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ORANJESTAD (September 1, 2019) – Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my newsletter.

This weeks edition features the top news headlines in Aruba.

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New Post Stamp Collection Featuring Aruban Medicinal Plants

The local post office released new post stamps featuring traditional medicinal plants in Aruba. 

It’s a set of four collection stamps worth 90c, 130c, 220c, 500c.

Here’s how they look like…

Oregano & Malohi (Lemongrass)

Oregano

The popular oregano plant in Aruba is often used for seasoning, but it’s also used by natives to relieve headaches. 

Oregano is also used for its different medicinal properties including: antibacterial, detox, antifungal and increases energy levels. 

Malohi

This plant is abundant on the island, it’s better known as lemongrass.

The leaves are used to make tea for treating fever and common colds.

It’s also used to treat combat fatigue and as a natural relaxer. 

Senna and Mentha

Senna

Senna is also known as Sennablad on the island, it’s primarily used for its laxative and purgative properties. It doesn’t grow everywhere on the island, but it’s available at local pharmacies. 

Dry senna leaves have been used since ancient times as laxatives, and they remain an important plant in both traditional and conventional medicine. 

Mentha

The leaves of the mentha plant are cool and spicy. It’s often used in essential oils, to cook, and has therapeutic properties. 

Locals use mentha to help with diarrhea, upset stomach and indigestion. 

All the plants on the post stamps are available in nature, or in local pharmacies. And they are used for different purposes, including medicinal. 

The original envelope including all the four post stamps costs $7.00 – Stamps are available at the post office locations in Oranjestad, San Nicolas and St.Cruz.




Fast Ferry Project Delayed 

The fast ferry service between Aruba and Curacao (and eventually Bonaire) is still in the pipeline, but without final date for construction. 

Traveling by ferry between the island is something we all want to do once, but we have to wait on fulfilling this dream, because the project is still on hold. 

concept harbor for fast ferry

According to the transport Minister, several laws and policies still need to be put in place before any development can continue. A memorandum of understanding has already been signed between the two islands. However, before the fast ferry project is formalized, certain aspects have to be completed, these include but are not limited to:

  • a new operator has to be selected (Fred Olson, Agua Liner or Waterbus)
  • more funds are needed
  • a new ports authority has to be formed ( San Nicolas Port Authority)
  • Policies and service agreements

The fast ferry service is a strategic plan to increase tourism and economy between the two Governments of Aruba and Curacao. 

This means the progress of the fast ferry project also depends on the Government in Curacao.


New CEO at Airport in Aruba

The new CEO of Aruba’s Airport (Joost Meijs) was presented to the public this week. He is the successor of the airports long time former CEO, James Fazio. 

Joost Meijs was previously the CEO of Eindhoven Airport in the Netherlands), but now he’s the new leader of the Aruba airport as of September 1, 2019. 

He will be responsible for overseeing the airports redevelopment project “Gateway 2030”. The project includes adding new gates, removing various steps inside the check in halls, new facilities, more restaurants, bars, and several new upgrades. 

It’s a big project that will make Aruba’s airport the most unique in the Caribbean region – a five year capital investment program worth over 300 million US Dollars. 

The airport has already transformed from the planning phase, and is now in the construction phase of the project.

“I look forward to contribute to new successes of the international airport of Aruba and I am really impressed by all that has been achieved so far by James Fazio and his team,” said Joost Meijs.

The successor of James Fazio was carefully selected by Royal Schiphol Group, which is a partner of Aruba Airport Authority, the organization that operates Aruba’s Airport.

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Food & Wine Pairing Dinner At Hilton Aruba Resort

Sunset Grill has a special food & wine pairing dinner following the resorts 60th year celebrations of hospitality in Aruba.

The wine selection and variety of culinary dishes are going to be one of a kind. Featuring the wines from Rodney Strong Vineyards and 4-course dinner from Executive Sous-Chef Katia Soujol and Executive Chef Matt Boland. 

Event Schedule

  • 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Welcome Reception at Mira Solo Lobby Bar
  • 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Wine Pairing Dinner at Sunset Grille

Are you looking forward to a night with Rodney Strong?

Date event September 13, 2019.

Price per person $99.00 – limited seating, more details or reservations email [email protected]




New in Aruba – Tito’s Tuesday at Ricardo’s Restaurant

Things are heating up with Ricardo’s restaurant new weekly event “Tito’s Tuesday” held on the beach.

The new event features special prices on Tito’s Handmade Vodka drinks with your choice of mixers.

Tuesday is a fun day at Ricardo’s.

Enjoy music by DJ’s, live MC, exciting beach games, delicious BBQ and Tito’s vodka drink.

Tito’s is every week Tuesday

What are you doing on Tuesdays in Aruba? Go to Ricardo’s for Tito’s! (every Tuesday from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM).

Ricardo’s restaurant is located on the beach, behind Aruba beach club resort on Eagle beach. d

Read more details and see pictures and video about Tito’s Tuesday at Ricardo’s here.




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ORANJESTAD (August 12, 2018) – Once a week, on Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my weekly newsletter.

This weeks edition features the top news headlines in Aruba.

Subscribing to my newsletter is an ideal way to stay up to date with what’s going on in Aruba – whether you’re living on the island, miles away or your first visit!  

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Four New Possible Ramsar Sites in Aruba

Nature in Aruba gets another win after four new areas on the island were signaled for possibly being officially claimed as ramsar sites.

What is a ramsar site?

Ramsar sites are protected wetlands that have a high biodiversity of flora and fauna.

Aruba only has one official ramsar site which is the Spaans Lagoon.

The four locations which can possibly be ramsar sites are:

  • Bubali Plas
  • Isla Di Oro (Mangel Halto)
  • Reefs in Oranjestad
  • Reefs in San Nicolas.

Why is it important to protect these areas as ramsar sites?

Because experts indicated that these areas are important to feed the animals that live in this habitat. To put it in perspective, there’s over 200 bird species living in Bubali Plas (great place for bird watching). All over the island you will find more species of animals, so protecting them is very important. 


Talks About Marine Park

Aruba is surrounded by amazing blue oceans and a marine environment that’s unique around the world.

To protect the island’s unique underwater environment, the government wants to implement a marine park.

What’s a marine park?

A marine park is a new law that will help conserve Aruba’s ocean and the marine species (including corals) that lives within and rely on these habitats.

The new marine park will be implemented soon in Aruba, it’s almost official.

The law to officially make this happen is now at the government advisory board which is in charge of the legislative process, according to the minister of environment.

At least three zones were already mentioned to be protected:

  • Druif beach
  • Boca grandi
  • Rodgers beach
  • Mangel halto
  • Isla di oro.

Of course a the list of protected fora and fauna will be updated with new species.





New Farming Project In Aruba

Aruba is making the first step in revolutionizing the farming industry in the Caribbean.

The minister of primary sector held a press conference this week to announce they have approved Vertical Designs Aruba (VDA) to build a vertical farming project in Aruba, using Affinor Growers company’s vertical farming technology.

Who is Affinor Growers?

Affinor is the only vertical farming technology company offering solutions for both indoor controlled growing and the greenhouse agriculture industry.

They are going to build a farm using vertical growing technologies. This will allow them to produce crops (romaine lettuce, spinach, strawberries and other local procuce) year around on land that, previously, could not be utilized for farming (considering the islands climate).

This project moves Aruba a step closer to producing its own fruits and vegetables, and not be depend on importation anymore.

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More Details About The Fast Ferry Project

It looks like we will be able to visit our neighbouring islands (Bonaire & Curacao) in the near future, because the stakeholders for the fast ferry project are pushing for it be possible.

Price wise the fast ferry is interesting. According to stakeholders the cost of the ferry can be almost half the cost of what the airlines charge to fly between the islands. 

If the price really comes down to half the price this will make it affordable if you have a big group wanting to visit Bonaire or Curacao (which is going to be a different experience, very unique mode of transportation).

It’s estimated that the fast ferry will be in service by the end of 2019.

Maybe thinking about extending your vacation days in Aruba is a good thing for next year if you want to take a trip on the ferry.


Tony Roma’s in Aruba Closing Down

Did you hear the news? I’m shocked also.

It’s true.

Tony Roma’s in Palm Beach will be closing down after 25+ years of service.

Their last serving will be on August 31, 2018 at 11:00 PM.

It’s sad to see this place go, but there are other local places on the island that serve delicious BBQ, especially on Sundays.


New Gas Price

If you plan on renting a car and cruise around the island take note of the new gas prices.

As of August 8, 2018 the prices are now:

  • Gasoline 217.1 Aruban cents for one liter (+2.3 cent) ($4.58 per gallon)
  • Diesel 184.6 Aruban cents for one liter (-0.1 cent) ($3.91 per gallon)

Don’t know who to rent a car from? Use one of my personal car rental recommendations

Pro Am Golf Tournament in Aruba

One of Aruba’s premier golfing tournament is about to start!

The idea of the pro-am tournament is to partner up professional and amateur golfers into teams to compete in a 36-hole tournament.

The event will be held at the Tierra del Sol golf course that has a jaw dropping view of the rugged northern coast of the island.

Date of the event – August 24 – 26, 2018

Even if you don’t plan on playing, this tournament is entertaining to watch and socialize on the island.

There’s going to be brunch buffets on each of the tournament days, BBQ party and open bar.

Aruba’s Annual Culinary Week

It’s almost time again to enjoy delicious three course menus from the top restaurants on the island for a special price!

Experience fine dining without spending hundreds of dollars

Restaurant week in Aruba will take place on August 29 – September 5, 2018.

Nine restaurants will be participating at this event and all of them offer something special:

  • Tango Argentine Grill
  • Café the Plaza
  • Fishes & More
  • Qué Pasa
  • Moomba Beach
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Dragonfly
  • Nos Clubhuis
  • Hadicurari

The 3 course menus are priced at $20.00 and $26.00.

This years rataurant week is special, because part of the profits will go to an elderly home in Aruba (Maris Stella).




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ORANJESTAD (July 22, 2018) – Once a week, on Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my weekly newsletter.

This weeks edition features the top news headlines in Aruba.

Subscribing to my newsletter is an ideal way to stay up to date with what’s going on in Aruba – whether you’re living on the island, miles away or your first visit!  

If this is your first time reading my newsletter – welcome!

Aruban Student Makes Unofficial Fast Ferry Terminal Concept

An Aruban student in Architecture & Design at TU Delft (university in Netherlands) finalized her studies with a conceptual design for the ferry terminal in Aruba.

She took advantage of the current situation on the island – a possible fast ferry service connection between ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) and made the unofficial model concept for the terminal.

Here’s the concept…

Unofficial Fast Ferry Terminal concept

According to the creator, the circular design minimizes congestion allowing for optimal logistics of cars, passengers and cargo when boarding (and unboarding the ferry).

The terminal also has different levels and has solar panels on top that can provide energy for a 100 houses and electric transportation.

The design is a model concept by the student –  not yet officially approved by minister or any other stakeholders. Everything is still possible… 

Related News – Get Ready For Fast Ferry Service Between Aruba & Curacao




Taxi Union Presents New List of Rates

Last week I announced that the new taxi fares has gone up. The taxi union confirmed that the new rate from Airport to High Rise Hotel went from $26.00 to $31.00

However, the list wasn’t completely given out because it wasn’t ready yet.

The prices are now ready, and the union released one of the new lists with fares for popular routes.

The taxi fare hasn’t gone up in about 9 years, and it’s still cheaper compared to the rest of the Caribbean region.

Both sides of the parties agreed with the current contract (and rates) which are fixed for the next four years. New prices are already in effect.

Here’s a view of the new taxi fares for most popular routes…




New Flights To Aruba From St.Domingo

Intercaribbean Airways introduces new flight routes from Santo Domingo to Aruba and between Curacao and Kingston, Jamaica.

The new routes are addition to the services  between flights to Tortola, St. Maarten and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.

The news was announced by chairman of the airline that’s based in Turks & Caicos.

Intercaribbean Airways connects 22 destinations and 14 countries in the Caribbean region.

The airline will soon announce the dates of the inaugural flights.

Where Should you Live in The Caribbean?

Caribjournal thinks you should live on Aruba!

A couple of days ago they published an article “The Top 20 Islands to Live on in the Caribbean” and they ranked Aruba in the top #3 right after Grand Cayman #2 and U.S Virgin Islands #1.

They ranked the island in the top because it’s…

  • Outside the hurricane belt
  • Overflows with sunshine
  • Most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean
  • Great shopping
  • Increasing art scene
  • Big future in tech startup sector

The shopping scene in Aruba is booming after the government implemented new law to extend opening hours.

Related News – Extended Store Opening Hours (July 15, 2018).

The reason why so many people chose to visit Aruba more than once, because once you’re in Aruba you’ll find out that the cuisines are delicious, the people are really friendly and gives you a lifetime experience. That’s what makes us one happy island.

Wouldn’t you love to live in Aruba?


Buy A House With Ocean View

The chamber of commerce in Aruba supports the government’s idea to create houses on the unused terrain of ports authority near bushiri.

Because the space limitation, the idea is to create vertical complexes at least 3 levels high facing the Caribbean ocean.

This would be a spectacular view to wake up to as to cruise ships pass by to dock on nearby port.

Each house will have 2 bedrooms, bathrooms 1,5, washok, balcony, dining room, kitchen and with sustainable materials.

The project is just an idea of the government, nothing has been approved yet.

Where To Stay in Eagle Beach?

Eagle Beach is famous for its beautiful Caribbean waters, soft white sand and amazing views.

Staying at eagle beach is a dream come true (being so close to the beach).

Right across from Eagle, is a beachfront boutique style resort called Paradise Beach Villas that’s perfect if you’re looking for a place to stay in the eagle beach neighborhood.

The resort is conveniently located and affordable.

It’s close to the beach, there’s plenty of restaurants in the area, casino, public transportation and supermarkets are closeby.

Did you book your ticket to paradise yet?

Aruba is waiting on you!


Future Education in Aruba – Building A  “Smart School”

After 7 years of abandonment, one of the oldest schools in Aruba “Frere Bonifacius” will be demolished and a new “smart school” will be here soon.

It’s one of the first schools in aruba that was a pilot project to move from  traditional methods of lesson to digital to using ipads and technology.

Students have been using this building, but relocated to another location after this one was disapproved.

This school is located in the downtown area of the island and is a catholic school, belonging to a nearby church.

After 7 years after abondiend it gets demolished and renovated.

Minister of education announced the project this week and works have already started.

The intention is to recreate Frere Bonifacius into a modern smart school. The focus of this school will be education through digital and use of sustainability developments.

The project should be complete within 1 year.

Aruba Symphony Music Festival

This year marks the 4 consecutive year for the Aruba Symphony Music Festival.

Over 80 music students from all over the world came to Aruba to follow workshops and give multiple shows.

It’s estimated that in the last 4 years that the event is available, that over 250 international students visited the island to participate in the festival.

During the festival, artists and students from more than 15 countries, will give the happy island concerts, workshops, and classes led by celebrated musicians from all over the world.

If you’re interested in classical music and curious what this festival has to offer visit one of their concerts, here’s the schedule.

July 24, 2018 – Ritz Carlton Hotel Ballroom @ 8:00 PM (entrance free or donation box)

July 25, 2018 – Casibari Cafe in Paradera @ 8:00 PM (entrance free or donation box)

July 26, 2018 – Freewinds Cruise Ship @ 8:00 PM (entrance free or donation box)

July 27, 2018 – Cas Di Cultura @ 8:00 PM (entrance free or donation box)

July 28, 2018 – Cas Di Cultura @ 8:00 PM (entrance free or donation box)

July 29, 2018 – Cas Di Cultura @ 8:00 PM (entrance $20.00)




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Once a week, on Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my weekly newsletter.

This weeks edition features the top news headlines in Aruba.

Subscribing to my newsletter is an ideal way to stay up to date with what’s going on in Aruba – whether you’re living on the island, miles away or your first visit!  

If this is your first time reading my newsletter – welcome!

New Extended Store Opening Hours in Aruba

As of July 9, 2018 all stores (supermarkets, internet cafes, copy centers and other retail stores on the island) will be allowed to stay open until 12:00 AM.

Stores can stay open until late without requesting for permission by the government. It’s not a obligation for stores to stay open until late, but if they choose to, it is possible.

Here’s the new opening hours for stores on the island:

  • Monday to Saturday 6:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday (and holidays) 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Labor Day – All Stores Closed

Take Note – opening times are noted 6:00 AM, but all stores have different opening times. Holidays stores are open, but some stores may choose to remain closed.

The new extended store opening hours means more shopping time for you and longer nightlife experience.

It’s expected that supermarkets and certain retail shops in the downtown area will take advantage of this new law by the government (and you should also).


Green Corridor Project Update

It’s been a few months since the new infrastructure highway project green corridor was opened for the public.

However, the project is not yet complete due to delays of the contractor.

According to the minister of infrastructure, the contractor still needs to complete several aspects of the green corridor project, before officially completing the project.

A definite date for completing the project is not yet known, but contractors are aiming for end of August 2018.

Green corridor is a highway starting from the airport heading south of the island, with 3 new roundabouts and a bridge. This highways shortens the drive time crossing the other side of the island.

Gasoline Price Goes Down

There’s a new price at the gas station for gasoline and diesel.

This time the price got reduced, the new prices are…

  • Gasoline (214,8 Aruban florins per liter / reduced 4,9 cents
  • Diesel (184,7 Aruban florins per liter / reduced 4,3 cents

Prices includes all taxes

Planning to rent a car on the island? Check out our rental prices and reserve your car today!

If you’re not planning to rent a car in Aruba, you would have to rely on public transportation bus or taxi (read last weeks newsletter for new taxi rates).




Every Tuesday Discount on Fruits & Vegetables at Ling & Sons

After a successful promo for discount on vegetables and fruit (20% off) at Ling & Sons, management decided to extend the promo.

Every Tuesday you can enjoy discount on fruits and vegetables at the largest American style supermarket on the island.

Promotion valid until mentioned otherwise.

Nature Is Important Enough To Protect

There’s a new law being revised at the government advisory board to protect 17 nature areas and marine park.

According to the minister of infrastructure, the plan is to let the 17 areas, including marine park fall under protection of national park of Aruba (Arikok).

This will be done in an effort to conserve and protect nature.

Aruba Marriott Supports Stimami Steralisami

Aruba Marriott organized different activities to raise funds for the stimami steralisami program.

Among the activities they did were a dog walk, flea market for dog owners, and a plastic duck race in the lazy river pool of the Marriott resort.

A total of 25.000 Aruban florins (+/- $14.000) was raised for stimami steralisami.

Stimami steralisami is a foundation focused on reducing the amount of stray dogs and cats on the island by sponsoring the costs of sterilization, castration (and awareness programs) for pet owners.


Long Table Event Was A Success

This week Renaissance Resort & Casino organized their second long table event. 

For one night only, they served a long table, seating 1000 people, spanning from LG Smith Boulevard to main street.

Tickets were on sale for $25.00 for a 3 course menu including 2 glasses of wine (sold out a month in advance!)

This years proceedings ($25.000) were donated to Casa Cuna.

Casa Cuna is one of the orphanage houses on the island.

Giving back to the community is part of renaissance resort and casino philosophy said the general manager of the resort.

This years long table event was a mash up, are you going to participate next year?

Culinary Secrets na Hadicurari Restaurant

Hadicurari restaurant is organizing their next edition of culinary secrets.

This time the chef is showcasing the delicious flavors of oysters.

Do you like to eat oysters?

The culinary event will be on July 27 – 28, 2018 from (5:00 PM – 11:00 PM).

The menu will consists of a 4 course culinary menu with a combination of steamed oysters, followed by a delicious oyster soup.

As main dish there’s going to be a mussel pot and for dessert there’s melon gazpacho, cinnamon ice cream and fresh fruits.

If you’re interested reserve ahead of time  at Hadicurari restaurant.

Hadicurari is located between Marriott Stellaris & Holiday Inn.

The price is $48,50 per person + 15% service charge. There’s also a  wine arrangement option available for $35.00 per person.




Street concert in Aruba

The downtown area will be transformed into a street concert the end of this month (July).

This will be the first ever street concert in the downtown area of Aruba.

Who will be performing?

Local and international artists.

  • Ir-Sais
  • Dongo
  • Jeon
  • DJ Outkast
  • DJ Bash
  • And more acts

The street concert will be held on July 28, 2018 in the main streets of Aruba.

Are you going to be on the island during the day of the concert?

If you’re looking for something to do and want to catch a glimpse of the local music scene in Aruba, this event is a must visit!

More info about this concert in upcoming newsletter.

Aruba Baseball Champions Latin America

Last night I watched a baseball game in suspense, as the junior league baseball team of Aruba won Panama by a score of 15 – 4. The score might make you think they knocked out panama, however the game was tied 4-4 until the last inning. The game went extra innings, and here’s where Aruba scored all the big runs and won!

These kids were awesome!

After 6 years, Aruba takes the championship of Latin America.

Winning this competition means the team will travel to Michigan for a chance to win an international title.

This will be the teams 3rd time visiting Michigan to take part of an international competition.


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Once a week, on Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my weekly newsletter.

This weeks edition features the top news headlines in Aruba.

Subscribing to my newsletter is an ideal way to stay up to date with what’s going on in Aruba – whether you’re living on the island, miles away or your first visit!  

If this is your first time reading my newsletter – welcome!

News Update in Aruba – Developments Near High Rise Hotel 2018

The minister of tourism announced new developments that will take place soon near the high rise hotel area, one of them is a newly renovated pier.

During a press conference, on palm beach, he officially inaugurated one of the most beloved piers on the island by locals and tourists.

This pier is part of memories to hundreds of thousands of people that have visited Aruba over the years. It’s better known as “toren” among locals.

Here’s how the toren looks like after renovation…

news updates in Aruba

Can you imagine yourself diving off the pier, into the sweet Caribbean waters?

The pier took about 1,5 months to restore into what will become now a popular landmark on the island (read more info and before and after pictures of the pier in last newsletter).

If you’re visiting Aruba soon, add diving off this pier on your to do list. It’s located on the beach between Divi Phoenix & RIU Antillas.  

Future Plans For The High Rise Hotel Area

The strip between Brickell Bay Hotel and Hostaria Di Vittorio will be renovated. Including a new boardwalk, additional parking spaces, and new kiosks with Aruba souvenirs.

The road between RIU Antillas & Holiday Inn will be completely renovated into a new upscale strip.  

The intersection near Wendy’s Palm Beach will also be reconstructed.

The first phase of the project will commence this year, after official announcement by the government and public works department.




Places To Stay Near Eagle Beach

Eagle Beach is famous for its beautiful Caribbean waters, soft white sand and amazing views.

Staying at eagle beach is a dream come true (being so close to the beach).

Right across from Eagle, is a beachfront boutique style resort called Paradise Beach Villas that’s perfect if you’re looking for a place to stay in the eagle beach neighborhood.

The resort is conveniently located and affordable.

It’s close to the beach, there’s plenty of restaurants in the area, casino, public transportation and supermarkets are closeby.

Did you book your ticket to paradise yet?

Aruba is waiting on you!


New Taxi Rates in Aruba

New taxi fares just went in effect this week.

Why did they increase the fares? Because the taxi drivers have been waiting for a raise for over 9 years.

The taxi union didn’t publish the new list of rates as of yet, however one member confirmed that a trip from the airport to the high rise hotel will be now $31.00 (used to be $25.00 before).

Taxis in Aruba do not have meters since rates are based on destination rather than mileage and are set by the Aruba Department of Public Traffic (and the Government).

Prices are based on distance with a maximum capacity of five passengers per taxi.

There’s about 450 taxis on the island (some are independent / some are represented by taxi union).

Taxis in Aruba are known to be reliable, and less expensive than other islands in the Caribbean region.

The new fares are fixed for the next four years.

Despite set fares, it is best to agree on the price and currency (Aruban Florins or US Dollars) of the fare before getting into the vehicle. If you rather rent a car, ask me for my car rental rates (free pick up included – best rates on the island). 


Fast Ferry Moves Closer To Reality

The minister of transport gave an update on the fast ferry service after a town hall meeting with stakeholders last week in san nicolas.

All the stakeholders agree to this new fast ferry project, because it will diversify the islands tourism and economy.

Fast ferry will not only be for tourism, but also makes business between the two island possible and affect their economy in a positive way.

The next step is to to sign an agreement between Aruba, Curacao and the operator of the fast ferry.

According to the minister, at least 4 operators expressed their interested in in the project. The fast ferry will also not be a conventional or traditional ferry, it’s going to be a modern one (minimum 120 meters in length).

The ferry will have a capacity to board cars, trucks and busses (at least 300 automobiles) and a minimum of 800 passengers.

The fast ferry harbor will be constructed in San Nicolas.

If you’re always wanted to visit Curacao for a day or two during your vacation in Aruba, it’s going to be soon possible (and for a fraction of the price of airfare). Read more info about the fast ferry in my previous newsletters.




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Once a week, on Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my weekly newsletter.

This weeks edition features the top news headlines in Aruba.

Subscribing to my newsletter is an ideal way to stay up to date with what’s going on in Aruba – whether you’re living on the island, miles away or your first visit!  

If this is your first time reading my newsletter – welcome!

Temporary Crisis Levy in Aruba

The government implemented a temporary crisis levy in Aruba and its effective today (July 1, 2018).

Here’s the official notice letter by the tax department in Aruba.

“The Aruba Tax Department hereby reports that recently the Parliament of Aruba passed a legislative bill entitled “introduction of a crisis levy and other tax measures”, which provides for amendments to a number of tax ordinances. The most important amendments are summarized below and are scheduled to enter into force on July 1, 2018.

Turnover tax (BBO, BAZV and BAVP)

Subject to turnover tax (“Belasting op bedrijfsomzetten”), abbreviated as BBO, and health tax (“Bestemmingsheffing AZV”), abbreviated as BAZV, are entrepreneurs that in the course of their enterprise supply goods or render services in Aruba. The taxable base consists of all remunerations (in cash or in kind) received by the entrepreneur for the supply of goods or the rendering of services in Aruba. The tax rate is set on 1.5% for the BBO and 2% for the BAZV. Please be informed that although they are different tax types, their tax base and other characteristics are similar.

As of July 1, 2018 a PPP projects additional funding tax (“Belasting additionele voorzieningen PPS-projecten”) has been introduced at a tax rate of 1.5%. This tax type can be abbreviated as BAVP.

The existing BAZV tax rate has been adjusted as of July 1, 2018 to 3% and would therefore bring the total turnover taxes such as BBO, BAZV and BAVP to 6%.

Turnover tax is payable by the business supplying the good or service. In practice, this can cause complications for foreign businesses, given their limited presence in Aruba. These complications will be partially eliminated with the introduction of the possibility for the Minister in charge of finance to determine that in some cases the BBO/BAZV/BAVP will not be payable by the foreign business, but by the domestic client (“reverse-charge mechanism”).

On a final note. The exemptions for particular services supplied by banks and for forming and performing insurance contracts has been revoked. However, this does not extend to pension or life insurance contracts.

THE ARUBA TAX DEPARTMENT June 27, 2018”

As of July 1, 2028 certain products and services are going to cost more.

Here’s some of the most important changes you take note of.


New Passenger Related Airport Taxes

The airport tax will increase as of July 1, 2018.

This was announced by Aruba Airport Authority, after they released plans for their new “gateway 2030” project to renovate the entire airport. To be able to finance the project, the decision was made to increase the passenger related airport charges.

The taxes that will change are…

  • Passenger facility tax
  • Security Surcharge
  • General Usage Charge
  • Special Facility Charge
  • Transfer

The new airport taxes varies for different countries.

The taxes are separated for: US travelers (including transit), flights to Bonaire, Curacao / St. Maarten and passengers to all other destinations.

Here’s a view of the new rates and charges.

Comparing the airport charges in the Caribbean, Aruba’s airport taxes are one of the lowest in the region. 

New changes in prices will be implemented into your airline ticket and count as of July 1, 2018.

Taxi Drivers Want To Increase Rate

Taxi drivers association in Aruba also want to increase their rates, after the government announced the new temporary tax levy.

According to the taxi drivers, they haven’t received an increase in rate by the government since the first turn over tax was introduced over a decade ago.

The taxi drivers didn’t publicize their new price list yet, because they are waiting approval by the government.

More information will be published after official news has been released.




Paying More For Gas

Renting a car on the island is one of the best things you can do if you plan to discover the island, out and about, or grocery shopping.

If you’re planning on renting a car in Aruba, here are the new gas prices as of July 1, 2018.

  • Gasoline – 219,7 cents per liter (increase of 10,9 cents)
  • Diesel – 189,0 cent per liter (increase of 9,3 cents)

1 US Dollars is equal to 1,75 Aruban guilders.

Take note of the new gas prices and budget accordingly if you renting a car in Aruba.

Don’t have a car rental yet? Let me help you find a rental car, just send me an email.

Bank Fees Also Increase

The banks are also increasing the fees on their services as a result of the tax increase.

It depends on the bank in Aruba how much they will increase the fees (or if they decide not to).

Aruba Bank is one of the islands many banks, and they published the fee schedule for the convenience of their customers (locals and foreigners).

Incase you plan to use your credit card or debit card on the island, here’s some of the fees you should take note of (if you’re using ArubaBank).

Non residents in Aruba are charged when withdrawing money from credit or debit card at Aruba Bank ATM $5.30 (per withdrawal). Locals are charged 4,50 Aruban florins to withdrawal at other ATM.

Fast Ferry Project Moves Forward

Last week the minister of transport announced plans start with a fast ferry service between ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao)..

During a town hall meeting in San Nicolas this week,  the minister gave a presentation about the fast ferry project. He also invited a special guest, Ton Jansen, who is an expert at fast ferry to give a scope of the project, receive feedback from stakeholders (and address any concerns).

According to the minister of transport, the next step will be signing an agreement between ABC islands to start construction (including the fast ferry operators).

More details about fast ferry projects in my recent newsletters.


Old Lens Used By California Lighthouse Displayed at the Cruise Port

The old lens used in the California Lighthouse is displayed in the halls of the cruise port in Aruba. The lens is over 100 years old and was manufactured by a French company that doesn’t exist anymore.

Cruise passengers are going to be the first to admire this important part of Aruba’s history.

The idea is to keep relocating the lens around the island, so everyone gets a chance to see it and learn about the history of the california lighthouse.

California lighthouse is one of the most popular landmarks on the island. It was closed for several years, but was recently restored and is open for the public.

Jetblue Adds 2 New Flights To Aruba

JetBlue announced that they are adding extra flights to Aruba from Boston.

Take advantage of the cheap flight deals and book your trip to Aruba (and find a nice place to stay near Eagle or Palm Beach).

All inclusive in Aruba or not?

All inclusive in Aruba or not, this view is amazing! Wish you were here…

JetBlue is one of the islands most important airlines that services from Boston, New York and Fort Lauderdale.

The airline will have 2 additional flights from Boston that will start in the last quarter of 2018 (and into 2019).




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News About Fast Ferry in Aruba

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Update About Fast Ferry Service in Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao

Do you ever dream about a Caribbean getaway between the ABC islands, but think it’s too expensive?

There’s a new fast ferry service on the way that might just make your dreams a reality!

It’s going to be a fast ferry that services inter island (Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao).

The minister of transport announced important updates about the project this week during a press conference.

He shared some of the following information about the fast ferry.

The project is still in the beginning stages.

An expert at fast ferries (Ton Jansen) will be on the island this week to inform the public and stakeholders about the project.

The goal at this moment is to share the details about the project, address any concerns by the public and stakeholder (including feedback and suggestions).

If you’re interested in this workshop by the minister of transport & Ton Jansen visit Santa Teresita Center (in San Nicolas) on June 26, 2018 starting at 7:00 PM.

According to the minister the fast ferry will:

  • Increase tourism in Aruba (and in San Nicolas)
  • Create a new economic pillar for Aruba
  • Create commerce between Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao
  • Introduce new businesses in San Nicolas

The next step in the project is to sit with the developers, and make a execution plan to create the infrastructure for the fast ferry between ABC islands (including the harbors).

Fast ferry will introduce a simpler and less expensive mode of transportation between ABC islands.

It’s not definite yet how much a ticket for the ferry will cost, but it will be hundreds of dollars cheaper than airline tickets.

Fast ferry passengers will be able to travel with their cars, and medium business owners get the opportunity to ship small cargo without paying the high prices of container cost (and waiting too long to ship).

During the press conference, the minster also mentioned that they will be breaking down one of the walls of the refinery (no longer functioning) in order to create a view of the beach. And they also plan to renovate the beaches in the area of san nicolas (especially rodgers beach).

If you’re an entrepreneur, this is your chance to start a business in San Nicolas.

It’s not definite when construction of the facilities and harbor for the fast ferry will begin, but the news sounds like a great start!




Isla Di Oro Project Not Approved!

The minister of infrastructure received feedback from different non governmental organization (NGOs) that the location at isla di oro is not suitable for an overwater bungalow resort.

NGOs don’t approve of the project, because of the negative impact it can have on the mangroves, marine life and the people living in the area of isa di oro (located in Savaneta).

Considering these points, the government denied the developers to continue.

The project also doesn’t fit the spatial development program (ROP) introduced by the government. They also announced that they won’t be approving any projects that don’t fit the current ROP. 

A new law will be implemented soon that protects the ROP from being adapted to approve projects that don’t fall within the rules of the ROP.

Despite the project being denied, the minister of infrastructure still thinks it is a great idea to introduce this type of resort on the island, but not at isla di oro.

The government might reconsider the project if the developers find another area to build the resort that won’t have a negative impact on the environment.

Things To Do in Savaneta (and places to stay)

Did you know Savaneta, was the island’s very first capital?
Did you ever consider staying in this area while on vacation? 
It’s a very tranquil place to stay. 
There’s no big resorts in Savaneta , only local residences, and a few apartment rentals and bed  breakfast-style accommodations.
Places To Stay in Savaneta
Savaneta is also known for restaurants that have fresh seafood. 
And last but not least, the beaches on this part of the island are beautiful!
Mangel Halto Beach is one of them. This beach is like no other on the island. It is a great snorkeling spot adorned with beautiful mangroves and great for kayaking!



The New Smart Community in Aruba

While the government denied the overwater bungalow project this week, they officially inaugurated another one called “smart community”.

It’s a residential area serving as a small scale environment with sustainable living conditions to gather knowledge about sustainable energy specific to the Aruba’s climate.

The project is fundamental to the development of Aruba, because these houses are a model of how to build greener homes in the future.

All the houses were constructed with different sustainable building materials and have top of the line technology installed for living in Aruba’s climate.

Smart Community is a collaboration between the Government of Aruba, FCCA, Utilities NV, ELMAR, WEB ARUBA NV, SETAR and TNO Caribbean.

The people living in the houses signed up for the experiment that will take a minimum of 5 years. During this period, experts will be investigating technology used in construction, renewable energy sources, (sun, wind, water), reusing water,  innovative agriculture experiments, and waste management,

The smart community is easy to spot.

It’s located on the highway in St.Cruz (close to Brouwerij Nacional Balashi).

Here’s image that shows the idea behind it…

A map of the smart community.

Aruba Hopes To Strike Gas Or Oil

A drill ship close to Aruba is currently exploring beneath the waters surface, hoping to find gas or oil.

The drilling is taking place on the north west coast of the island.

According to the director of Aruba’s Petroleum Company, the exploration process can take a minimum of 40 days.

International experts evaluated the Aruban waters with seismic research, surveys and other processes since 2010. They recently installed a drilling platform and now it’s time to find out if they were right.

If they strike gas or oil, it will be favorable for the island.

The first area drilled on is Bon Bini (here’s a map below).

Drilling in the middle of Bon Bini

Crisis Management Office Ready For Atlantic Hurricane Season

The crisis management office in Aruba announced that they are prepared for the Atlantic hurricane season (started June 1 ends November 30, 2018).

During the past weeks, the crisis management office organized different simulations on Aruba regarding hurricanes.

Different stakeholders participated in these events: government strategic departments, NGOs, and police, ambulance, red cross and military service.

Even though the meteorology experts predict that Aruba will not be in direct path (or danger) for this hurricane season, the crisis management office still has a plan in place, incase any foreseen circumstances take place.


Local Favorite Pier Restored

The famous blue pier in front of riu antillas got a renovation from top to bottom.

Locals refer to this place as – toren.

Even I have good memories diving off this pier 🙂

If you’re a long time visitor, you probably remember this pier (and have good memories of it also).

The pier is located on palm beach, between RIU Antillas and Divi Phoenix.

This beach is a must visit if you’re looking for an “unique local experience”.

Here’s two images showing before and after the renovation.

before the restoration.

pier in aruba

This is how it looks like now, beautiful!

Summer Beach Festival At Moomba Beach

If you’re going to be on the island (June 30, 2018), and you want to party, head over to Summer Beach Festival at Moomba Beach.

Imagine a beach party, with great music, drinks and lots of foam (expect to get wet and foamy).

There’s going to be several DJ’s, BBQ on the beach, beer bucket deals and great atmosphere.

The event is taking place June 30, 2018 from 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Moomba beach is located between Marriott Aruba Surf Club & Holiday Inn resort.

Entrance is free.

Of course, I’m going to be there – let’s meet 🙂




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