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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!  

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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 news updates in Aruba.

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The Border Between Venezuela & ABC Islands Remains Closed For Boats

The Aruban government decided to keep the borders between Venezuela closed for boats, after a meeting with customs and maritime department from the ABC islands.

The meeting was a follow up on the recent encounter between the minister of exterior relations from Netherlands and Venezuelan authorities to reopen the border based on terms to be decided between ABC islands and Venezuela in an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding)

Bonaire and Curacao already signed the MOU and reopened the border for boats, but the islands prime minister wants to ensure clarity, transparency and stricter border controls for Aruba before reopening it fo maritime traffic.

The prime minister wants boats from Venezuela to comply with different points within the MOU.

  • Only boats that are licensed to export from Venezuela and comply with all security regulations are allowed in Aruba
  • Only goods with certification from Venezuela can be imported
  • And only people with proper documents are allowed on the boats.

The MOU also includes setting scheduled departure dates & time, mooring positions, and document control before docking.

The air traffic is restored and normal again, but only the maritime communication between Aruba and Venezuela is closed since January 5, 2018.

Whether the border between Aruba and Venezuela will open depends on a meeting with authorities from Venezuela scheduled in June.




Report Your Concerns About Aruba’s Infrastructure & Environment

The government department of planning and infrastructure launched a new website (infraruba) that allows users to report any concerns regarding the islands infrastructure, waste management, housing, security, nature and environment.

Infraruba is an innovative platform that involves the community in the process of keeping the island clean and maintaining the infrastructure.

You can also see how much cases have been reported, how many are being attended to and completed.

All concerns will be processed by the City Inspector Bureau.

Infraruba is a new project between different stakeholders like Department of Infrastructure & Planning, FCCA, Kadaster, Serliamar, Department of Nature & Environment, City Inspector, DTI and National Park Arikok.

Report any concerns on the infraruba website.

Together we can help keep Aruba clean, and protect our natural resources!

Judge Orders Barricades Around Wetland Near Palm Beach

The court ruled in favor of Aruba Birdlife Conservation to protect wetland area near Palm Beach from construction.

According to the judge, the barrier around the wetland area (located in the back of The Mill Resort & Suites) will stay in place. It’s currently barricaded, but the judge ordered large boulders to replace the barricades. (deadline in 2 weeks).

The court also ruled the government to actively protect this wetland area from now on.

In 2013 all 21 members of Parliament of Aruba voted unanimously in favor of ABC’s proposition to place 16 nature areas under the national parks protection.

This wetland in Palm Beach is one of the sixteen nature areas.


Foam Boxes Prohibited As Of Next Year

Members of the parliament approved a motion to ban foam food boxes, plates and cups.

The motion was approved with 20 votes and 1 vote against. It’s another step towards a cleaner island, with plastic bags already banned since last year.

The government will pass a “landsbesluit” which prohibits the use, importation and distribution of foam boxes and cups. It’s going to take a while before the new law is implemented, it’s expected to be enforced on January 1, 2019.

Foam boxes and cups will be replaced by biodegradable items which minimizes the effect on the islands environment.

The government will start different awareness campaigns against foam boxes and cups in July.

Government Plans To Reduce Tariff For Water & Electricity

The prime minister announced a reduction for the water and electricity tariff. But, it’s not sure when it will be implemented.

It all depends on the result of the annual governmental financial breakdown for 2017.

According to the prime minister, the tariff reduction is intended as a alleviation for the upcoming tax increase (known as crisisheffing) this summer.  

How much the reduction is going to be, is not yet know.

HOH signs Agreement with VUmc

The director of Aruba’s hospital (Dr. Horacio E. Oduber Hospital – HOH) signed a MOU with VUmc (Vrije Universiteit Medical Centre) to continue their partnership, to provide medical education and specialization for nurses and medical workers on the island.

VUmc has been working together with HOH since 2010.

This is the second time since 2015 that VUmc and HOH decide to resign an agreement to continue working together on elevating the quality within the medical field in Aruba.  

The minister of health also recently opened the new rooms for cardiology and radiology in the new bed tower hospital (an additional medical facility next to the current hospital building).


American Airlines Announce Flights Into Aruba From Two New Gateways

American Airlines announced the expanding into the US Market out of Aruba with two new flight services between Dallas Fort Worth International Airport & O’Hare Chicago International Airport.

The official flights from these two new gateways will start on December 22, 2018. But you can book flights as of May 14, 2018.

Are you based around these areas?

If so you’ve got some new routes to fly to Aruba, even if it’s going to be your first time on the island.

These new flight connection into Aruba from the MidWest adds more possibilities for travelers looking for a Caribbean escape in this area.

Book your trip to Aruba as soon as possible.

Soul Beach Music Festival Will Be Big: 5000 Tourists Expected!

This year will be the 18th edition of Aruba soul beach music festival.

It’s the place to be during Memorial Day Weekend on the island (May 23 – 29, 2018).

From beach events and pool parties to award winning performances by Alicia Keys, Guy, Maxwell, and Sevyn Streeter. The event also promises laughs on comedy night headlining Marlon Wayans.

It’s expected that over 5000 tourists will be visiting this years soul music festival. And the event is also well visited by locals, so it’s going to be BIG!




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Road Between Sasaki & Superfood Closed

The department of public works announced that the road starting from the roundabout at Sasaki, near Eagle Bowling until the intersection at Superfood will be closed at both ends as of March 1, 2018.

Entrance between Amsterdam Manor and Bubali Plas will also be temporarily closed.

All the aforementioned road entrances will be closed, because a new roundabout will be constructed at the intersection from superfood.

Here’s a view of the road closing…

A map of the deviations near Sasaki.

The roundabout is part of the “Watty vos Boulevard” project, which is a new ring road.

It’s been dubbed watty vos boulevard, named after Aruba’s first minister of Justice upon achieving status aparte from the Netherlands.

Watty vos Boulevard will alleviate commuter traffic and congestion along L.G Smith Boulevard and provide ready access for vacationers arriving from the airport to the principal resort areas.

The project requires reconstruction of existing infrastructure in Oranjestad, Ponton, Noord and the scenic road longside eagle beach.

Watty vos Boulevard will also reroute large cargo trucks from the barcadera container harbor, facilitating direct access to warehouses and the hotel area. This will clearing L.G Smith Boulevard from large commercial vehicles.

Here are the following deviations near the road closings….

Traffic from Oranjestad towards Noord will be deviated at the Sasaki roundabout, direction Pos Abou, to Caya Ritmo or Caya Musica, exiting at the intersection from Bubali / San Miguel to reach in Noord.

Drivers will also be deviated at the roundabout from Sasaki towards J.E Irausquin boulevard.

Traffic from Noord to Oranjestad will be deviated at L.G Smith (intersection at McDonald in Noord), to the ex house of Cheng (close to The Mill resort), towards J.E Irausquin Boulevard direction Oranjestad.

A lot of locals and repeat vacationers, are concerned that the median on eagle beach will be removed.  And how the pedestrian crossing will work at the new roundabout near Superfood.

Creating a bridge, like the one at the roundabout near Pos Chiquito will benefit shoppers who walk to superfood.

All traffic towards the roundabout of Sasaki weg and intersection at superfood will be deviated for the upcoming 3 months (Until June / July 2018).

More information about the ongoing constructions will be announced soon by the department of public works.

Rent a car now!

Change in Bus Route To Noord

The mayor public transportation of Aruba (Arubus), announced a change in their route for bus lines L7 & L7A, due to the construction of the new roundabout near superfood.

Here’s a view of the new route….

A map for the new routes.

Take note of the new route adjustments, which will be implemented for the following 3 months (until June / July 2018)

Mandatory Yellow Fever Vaccine

The ministry of Health of Aruba established that, as of March 1, 2018, the requirement for the Yellow Fever Vaccine proven by an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP), also known as the Yellow Book, will enter into force.

The decision was made at the suggestion and guidelines of the World Health Organization and  International Health Regulation.

Yellow fever vaccine is mandatory for all passengers arriving from Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Paraguay, Panamá, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo and Uganda.

The new measure does not apply for Chile, Uruguay and other countries that are not considered at high risk for yellow fever transmission.

If you’re travelling from one of the aforementioned countries, you must be vaccinated at least 10 days before the trip.

In case you’ve been vaccinated before for yellow fever and have the vaccination document, you don’t have to be revaccinated.

However, if your vaccinated, but lost your card, you need to get revaccinated.

Visitors who were born in areas classified as high risk for Yellow Fever transmission, but live in Europe and the United States and travel to Aruba, do not need to get the vaccine or present the yellow book.

Passengers who reside in Europe or the United States and travel from countries classified as high risk to Aruba do need to be vaccinated and present the yellow book.

Except for:

  • Passengers who have been in countries at risk and are in transit through Aruba. This also includes those who have to leave and re-enter the airport or cruise ships in less than 24 hours.
  • Passengers on their way to Aruba who have been in transit through countries at risk (in their airports and ports).
  • Passengers who, having been in the countries considered at risk, before entering Aruba have remained for a period of at least 6 days in a country that is not considered at risk and have not developed fever during that period.

Important to note the for airlines and cruises:

  • The same rules that apply to passengers, also apply to cabin crew and non-flying management.
  • Regardless of these requirements, it is recommended that all crew members be vaccinated against Yellow Fever if travelling regularly to countries considered to be at risk.

The yellow book is not required for…

  • Those who are coming on a connecting flight (including cabin crew) or cruise and will be less than 24 hours on the island.
  • Children under 9 months of age.
  • People with a history of acute hypersensitivity reaction to any component of the vaccine (including gelatin, eggs, egg products, or chicken protein).
  • People with a thymus disorder.
  • Immunocompromised individuals from the following: symptomatic HIV infection or AIDS, malignant neoplasms, primary immunodeficiency diseases, transplantation, immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory therapy, radiation, therapy.

The yellow book (ICVP) must be presented to the immigration officers of the Department of Immigration, Security and Alarm of Aruba (IASA).

If you have any of these (medical) contraindications for yellow fever vaccination, an up-to-date medical waiver can be issued instead of administering the vaccine.

Pregnant or breastfeeding women and people 60 years of age and older should consult with their doctor and in case they do not recommend administering it, they should provide the person with a medical letter with an official letterhead and stamping.


Protecting Shoco From Extinction

Shocos in Aruba are critically endangered, but a conservation progress was started to save the birds from extinction.

The shoco population is decreasing due to destruction of their habitat, with the recent constructions and developments on the island. And invasive animals like boa snakes, stray cats and dogs also are responsible for endangerment of the species.

The experts at the department of wildlife & conservation ecology from the state of new mexico started a conservation program for the shocos in collaboration with Aruba National Park and Aruba Birdlife Conservation.

They made several soft release sites around the island where shocos are known to live, in an effort to catch and relocate the birds to Arikok national park for special care and a chance to survive.

Park rangers also made artificial nests in order to stimulate the reproduction of shoco’s.

In 1999 a study was made and they found less than 200 pairs of shoco couples on the island. However, a healthy population of shoco’s requires over 200 pairs of bird couples.

The amount of shoco couples did not reach over 200 for the past 20 years.

According to ABC, it’s not too late to conserve our national symbol of Aruba.

Shoco was declared a National Symbol of Aruba in 2012 and in 2014 a legislation was implemented to protect the shoco as intended.

More information about the future conservation process will be released at a later date by the Aruba Birdlife Conservation.

A shoco on a cactus in Aruba, beautiful!

New Task Force For Stray Dogs & Plastic Bags

The government introduced a new task force that will be in charge of enforcing the dog act law (known as ley di cacho in Aruba), use of plastic bags and illegal dump sites.

The task force is a collaboration between city inspectors, police and lawyers.

City inspectors are now authorized to give out sanctions and fines for littering, or animal abuse.

The minister of environment also announced that more laws will be introduced and implemented in the near future to protect nature in Aruba. Such as a ban on foam boxes, and other plastic products which are dangerous to the islands marine life.

Most of these products will be replaced with biodegradable materials.

New Market For Fruits & Vegetables

It’s been over a month since the President from Venezuela closed the frontiers of his country, banning all commercial communication between the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao).

The decision to close the frontiers was implemented in an effort to stop minerals, precious metals and other items from illegally being exported out of Venezuela.

Due to the ban, local markets who depend on fresh fruits and vegetables from Venezuela experienced a shortage of products.

The bigger supermarkets import their fruits and vegetables from other countries. Like the united states, but importing fresh produce from Venezuela is cheaper and faster for smaller business.

Because of the current situation, farmers from Colombia offered to ship fruits and vegetables to Aruba at a reasonable price.

The frontiers between Venezuela and ABC island remains closed until further notice by the president.

The local government wants to depend less on importation of produce in the future, and is exploring new ways to grow fruits and vegetables locally on the island.


Baseball Park in Dakota

The minister of sport announced that a new state of the art baseball field will be constructed in the district of Dakota.

The former “Little League Ballpark” will be dismantled and reconstructed into a new baseball field.

According to the minister, the project is in the design stage, and construction work will start soon.

The baseball field will be completed before the end of 2019.

Aruba International Half Marathon

Aruba International Half Marathon will take place soon on the island.

It’s the longest race event in Aruba, nearly covering the entire length of the island, from San Nicolas to Oranjestad.

The route starts from Joe Laveist Ball Park, in San Nicolas, and ends in front of Alhambra Casino.

The race will be on March 25, 2018, starting at 5.30 AM at Joe Laveist Ball Park.

Local and international athletes from all over the world will join the race.

There’s already over 700 people registered for the competition, are you joining?

Inscription is open until March 23, 2018.

For more information and registration, visit the “Aruba Half Marathon website”.

Or to register in person visit the promoters at IBISA (Frankrijkstraat 1 – or Dr.Schaepmanstraat 52).




Flip Flop Festival 2018

It’s time for one of Aruba’s widely popular beach events, Flip Flop Festival.

Flip Flop features artist from different music genres like Reggae, Urban, Dancehall, Soca and Latin.

Last year artist like Rick Ross and Morgan Heritage were on the sunny island, and gave one of their best performances in the Caribbean region.

Previous flip flop editions featured other popular artist like DJ DYNA, Quintino, TOK, Gyptian and Israel Vibrations.

The line up for this years fest isn’t known yet, but it promises to be good!

More information about flip flop will be announced by the promoters at a later date.

Mimo’s Ice Cream Rolls

There’s a new  way to enjoy ice cream in Aruba.

Located at Paseo Herencia mall, a place called Mimo’s ice cream rolls that makes “stir fried ice cream”.

Stir fried ice cream was started in Thailand, by mixing ice cream with different flavors, fruits and candies.

Ice cream rolls are prepared in front of your eyes by the vendors at Mimo’s.

They are made by pouring a mixture of your favorite flavors, fruits and candies into a -18 to -35 degree Celsius metal pan. The mixture is mashed and stirred using two spatulas, until it freezes and solidifies. It’s finally scraped into rolls for you to enjoy.

Find out more about this sweet dessert at Mimo’s ice cream rolls, open everyday from 5.30 PM to 10.30 PM.




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DIMAS Wants To Speed Up Permit Application Process

The department that administers alien policy, admission and integration in Aruba announced that they are working on a plan to speed up the application process for permits.

According to the director, DIMAS processes approximately 5.000 permits every year. It takes a lot of time to review these permits, however, by changing their screening procedures the process will be more efficient.

More information as to what exactly will changes will be announced by the director soon.

Receiving a work permit is not easy, the rules are strict.

Visit DIMAS website for more information on requirements to apply for a permit.

Price Control on Basic Foods

Aruba is one of the most revisited islands in the Caribbean.

Plenty of people fall in love with the island, and end up moving here.

Do you dream of living in Aruba? I’m sure you do!

There’s different factors to consider when living on the island, one of them is the cost of living.

Due to a “free enterprise” system on the island, the prices can be set by shop owners as high as they want, based on supply and demand.

However, certain supermarkets increase the prices on the basic foods and locals are reporting it.

The government took notice and plans to stop overpricing on basic foods with more in store controls. And they also want to add more items to the list of basic goods protected by overpricing.

The main basic goods that are protected are sugar, coffee, powdered milk, white bread, tea, rice, flour, baby food, butter, cooking oil, eggs and fish.

Control of prices for basic goods around the island is done by the department of economic affairs.

Prices for various products will vary on the island.

Items are more expensive near the hotel area.

If you’re looking to save money on groceries, shop more inland. Or at supermarkets like Superfood and Ling & Sons.

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Growing Our Own Fruits & Vegetables

The president of Venezuela closed the frontiers between ABC islands for commercial communications (by air and sea) a few weeks ago.

Since then, there has been a shortage of fruits and vegetables at certain local markets who depend on importation of produce from Venezuela.

There’s still fruit and vegetables being imported from other countries like Colombia and America, but it’s more expensive.

The recent situation in Venezuela is pushing the local government to think about the islands ability to grow its own fruits and vegetables.

Many local farmers have been growing fruits and vegetables for years, but it’s not enough to sustain the island.

The government is starting different campaigns to inspire locals to start growing their own produce, support local farmer, finding innovative ways to use a small area to grow fruits and vegetables.

Aruba will shift from import of fruits and vegetables, to growing its own in a few years.

New Changes For Public Transportation in Aruba

The minister of transport announced new changes in the public transportation company Arubus.

He changed the committee of Arubus, and will also be investing into new buses soon.

Within a short period of time, he also plans to lower the bus tariffs for locals and visitors.

More information will be shared by the minister of transport during another press conference.


Be Aware Of News Gas Price

The minister of finance announced new gas prices, based on the US Marketscan.

As of January 14, 2018 gasoline increased with 7,5 cents (194.3 cents per liter) and diesel with 6,4 cents (168.3 cents per liter).

Changes in gas prices are announced every second Wednesday of the month.

Take note of these changes in gas prices when budgeting for gas. Prices are in Aruban guilders ($1.00 equals 1.75 guilders)

Rent a car now in Aruba.

Roundabout Codemsa Floods After Rain

The transport infrastructure on the island is going through some major renovations, with existing roads being fixed and construction of new roads.

One of the newest projects at the moment is Watty Vos Boulevard.

It’s a construction of a new arterial road 2×2 around Oranjestad, between the two intersections at Sabana Blanco and Punta Brabo.

The route begins at the roundabout at Sabana Blanco, through neighborhoods of Meiveld, San Barbola, Sero Patrishi, Tanki Leendert, Ponton, and Bushiri to finish at the intersection of Punta Babo.

All the lanes starting from the intersection at Punta brabo through J.E Irausquin Boulevard to Westin Hotel, a part of L.G Smith Boulevard, Caya Punta Brabo, Dr. Horacio E. Oduber Boulevard and a part of the route of Ponton and Noord will be reconstructed.

Watty Vos Boulevard will realize the following objectives…

  • Improve traffic flows, shorten travel times and improve road safety
  • Enable and facilitate the relocation of the existing port of Aruba to Barcadera
  • Improve the appearance and traffic safety in low-rise hotel zone

When one starts a projects, issues will arise that you didn’t expect, and Watty Vos Boulevard isn’t different.

Unfortunately the drainage system at the roundabout near Cumana doesn’t work as it should after it rains, causing floods on the road making the roundabout inaccessible to traffic.

If you’re driving on the island during the next couple of weeks, be aware of the flooding situation near the roundabout at Cumana, in case it rains.

Weather Report

Aruba has the most sunniest days in a year, compared to other islands. However, there’s a lot of clouds in the Caribbean region and their passing over Aruba too.

For this week the weather will be generally dry and partly cloudy with passing showers during the day and at midnight.

We’ve been alerted by the meteorological department during the past two weeks  for strong winds and rough beach conditions.

This week the winds sustained the same level, making the beaches near the north coast of the island, arashi, low rise and high rise hotel area rougher than usual.

Stay alerted for strong currents when swimming or snorkeling in the aforementioned beaches.




Drilling, Hoping To Find Gas or Oil

After signing a gas and petroleum exploration deal more than 5 years ago with the Aruban public oil company, Compania di Petroleo Arubano (CAP), the Spanish energy company, Repsol, finally entered the third phase of oil and gas exploration in 2018.

The director of CAP explained about the 4 phases of the project and what they are working towards during a recent press conference.

According to the director the first two are already completed. They initially did a seismic survey in the southern waters of Aruba close to the Venezuelan maritime border.

Seismic surveys indicates the presence of minerals in the seabed off Aruban shores.

The surveys showed the presence of minerals, so they continued with a second phase, which was a three-dimensional (3D) mapping of the seabed.

Now they are moving to the next phase which is conducting test drilling and should take about 2 years to finish. If the test drills prove to be successful, they should enter the final phase in 2020.

Extra Measures To Conserve The Shoco

Arikok National Park and Aruba Birdlife Conservation achieved another milestone for the conservation of owls on the island, named Shoco in Papiamento.

This time experts were invited to Aruba to give training to 20 local park rangers on conservation of shocos.

In 2011 a campaign was started by ABC to save the shoco from extinction.

After that the shoco was declared a National Symbol of Aruba in 2012 and in 2014 a legislation was implemented to protect the Shoco as intended.

In 2017 the a new protected species list helped to fortify the Shoco’s position one step further.

Long live the shocos!


Be a Volunteer For Aruba Doet!

Aruba Doet will be organizing the biggest volunteer event on the island.

The organization is known to take part in hundreds of community initiatives.

For example, beach clean ups, yard work for elderly at home, repainting school facilities, helping out at elderly homes and different other hands on projects.

The volunteer event was started in the Netherlands and is now being highlighted by 5 other islands, such as CURA Doet (Curacao), BON Doet (Bonaire), Statia Doet (Sint Eustatius) and SXM Doet (Sint Maarten).

Aruba Doet will take place on March 9 – 10, 2018.

Are you going to be on the island during first two weeks of March?

If so, give a helping hand and join Aruba Doet for the biggest volunteer event on the island.

Sign up at www.arubadoet.com

New Tomahawk Steak At Tango Restaurant

One of the best restaurants on the island, Tango Argentine Grill added a giant piece of steak to their menu!

It’s called the Tomahawk steak named after a Tomahawk axe.

This is an exclusive on-the-bone rib steak, cut from the fore rib with the entire rib bone left, served with fries and vegetables.

The price for the tomahawk steak is $125.00

Tango Argentine Grill is located in Arawak Garden, situated on the high rise hotel strip.

It’s open 7 days a week from 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

There’s live music from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM.




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Reading the newsletters on VBA is a perfect way to stay up to date with what’s happening in Aruba – whether you’re living on the island, miles away or your first visit!

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Aruba Newspaper Headlines

A lot happened on the island this week….

Coney Island Is Finally Open

Coney island (Interpark) finally opened its doors as of January 11, 2018.

The local authorities approved all the rides during the final inspection of the park last week.

Interpark will be open 7 days a week, for a one month long (any extended days will be announced).

There’s over 20 rides available for kids, teens and grown ups.

Entrance to the park will be $3.00 and rides have to be paid separately with purchase of tokens.

This is the largest park ever to visit Aruba. It’s located on L.G Smith Boulevard, close to the cruise port.




Watch Out For Fake 100 Aruban Guilder Bills

The central bank of Aruba confirmed the circulation of fake bills and has some tips to spot them.

Pay attention to the following details, the fake bills…

  1. Feel different, and the color isn’t the same as the real bills.
  2. They don’t have serial numbers.
  3. The CBA watermark doesn’t show when you hold it against the light.
  4. And the silver foil isn’t shiny and visible compared to the real bills.

Watch the image below to see the differences…

Watch out for false 100 Aruban Guilder bills.

Helicopter & Drones a Reality in Aruba

The minister of justice confirmed that helicopters and drones will be used to increase security on the island.

At the moment funds are being gathered to reintroduce the helicopter.

It will be used by the police department to help the coast guard control Aruba’s frontiers and for fast response emergency cases.

Funds for the drones are already available, they will be used around the beach area, downtown area, cruise port, hotel area and certain districts on the island.

The laws for using drones in Aruba will be adapted. Different aspects need to be considered, for example privacy and safety when flying drones.

According to the minister, helicopter and drones are essential and will optimize the security on our island.

Closing Parkietenbos Within 90 Days

The new minister of environment and infrastructure wants to close the landfill, better known as parkietenbos within 90 days.

He started a committee dedicated to find another solution to dispose of the islands waste.

Together with the government they issued a ministerial decree, which officially assigns an area near the district of seroe thijshi as the new location to deposit garbage.

Parkietenbos landfill will be sanitized and closed for entry.

Ecotech (the islands “waste to energy” company) is in charge of compacting the garbage into packages and delivering them at sero thijshi. Serlimar (waste collection and management company) will supervise the waste management process.




Diesel Prices Up, Gas Gets Cheaper.

Gasoline is now 2,1 cents cheaper as of January 10, 2018. One liter of gasoline costs 186,80 Aruban cents.

The price for diesel increased with 1,6 cents, one liter of diesel costs 161,9 Aruban cents.

Note the changes in gasoline price to calculate your budget for gasoline or diesel.

Don’t have a car yet for Aruba? Contact me for a car rental.

Venezuela Extends Ban Against ABC Islands

The president of Venezuela extended the ban of commercial communication (by air and sea) between ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao)

According to the president, their natural resources and products like copper are stolen and he wants to stop the trafficking of contraband.

He initially implement a ban for 72 hours, but the ban got extended until January 15, 2018.

The Aruban government wants to find common ground and open back the commercial connections between Venezuela.


Discussing The Future of Aruba’s Refinery

New leaders were appointed after the top officials of CITGO Venezuela were arrested about a month ago.

The incarceration of the top officials caused the funds required for the rehabilitation of the refinery never to reach the bank account of Refineria di Aruba (RDA), which supervises the project.  

The new leaders and president of CITGO Venezuela are currently on the island to discuss the progress and financing of the rehabilitation.


New Developments in San Nicolas

The government plans to introduce new projects to develop the main streets of San Nicolas.

An advisory board was created to manage the projects.

In the near future they will implement sound system and free wifi throughout the whole main streets of San Nicolas (and Oranjestad).

San Nicolas will be re-branded as the cultural and heritage city of Aruba.

There’s also plans of constructing two new hotels, but construction depends on the rehabilitation of the refinery.

Nicolas store will be restored into a cafe.

The project is a collaboration between a young local entrepreneur and foundation for Aruba’s museum.

Camping Season in Aruba

Locals on the island have many traditions, and camping is one of them.

Camping is a popular family activity for locals during semana santa, known as Easter holy week.

Beaches are dotted with tents and trailers, and a lot of fun – it’s a perfect opportunity to mingle with locals and catch a feel for life on the island.

Camping season starts on March 25, 2018 until April 8, 2018.

The beaches most likely to be occupied by campers are surfside beach, baby beach, a part of eagle beach, malmok and arashi.

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I’m enjoying the camping season.

Healthy Hour At Bucuti

Bucuti & Tara beach resort added a “healthy hour” to their wellness program.

During healthy hour (3:00 PM – 4:00 PM), guests can munch on complimentary healthy snacks.

Nutritious batidos and craft mock-tails will be half price at the bar.

Besides healthy drinks, you can also participate in yoga sessions, meditation, tai chi and wisdom walks on the beach.

Or learn more about nutrition during the demonstrations of healthy dishes prepared by the chef at Bucuti.

“Our mission is to keep expanding our services to promote a healthier lifestyle and to give our guests the best possible vacation” said the CEO of Bucuti resort.




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News Updates About Aruba

A lot happened this week in Aruba. Can you imagine so many developments happening on such a tiny island?

Let’s get started with what we’ve all been waiting for to happen….




Taking Down Bushiri Hotel

The old bushiri hotel is completely gone!

A few days ago the last part of the resort was knocked down. Here’s a picture of the last piece of the building as it’s being dismantled.

Bye bye, Bushiri hotel!

The building was there for years with no use, now there’s a beautiful strip of beach dotted with palm trees.

According to the government no hotel or commercial buildings will be created here. This location will be used as a new beach and recreational area for locals and visitors.

We can finally close the chapter of Aruba bushiri hotel, which formed an important part of Aruba’s hotel industry.

New Maneho Medio Ambiente

The new minister of nature and environment means business with his new proposal to introduce a new legislation to protect our environment from now on.

The new coalition of government all campaigned with improvement of our environment.

According to the department of nature & environment, the previous minister didn’t do much regarding protection of nature here on the island. They are happy with the recent meetings on solving issues regarding our nature.

The new minister ordered a rapport to be delivered within 90 days that has to be updated with the current state of the infrastructure, giving of lots to build homes and government projects.

With this new rapport, a step in the right direction will be made towards a balanced growth, development and care for our environment. 




More Info on new Hotel

In last weeks newsletter I mentioned the plans of building a new resort near blue residences on palm beach was in the news.

The news about the hotel gained a lot of controversy, because it’s near a protected wetland by the Aruba Bird Life Conservation foundation (ABC) – they claim construction is prohibited in this area.

ABC doesn’t approve of the new resort, because 40% of the property is being built on a protected wetland.

However the project is already approved by the previous minister, prior to the elections in September 2017.

The new minister of infrastructure requested more information regarding the construction of the new hotel and advice from government agencies on the ongoing development. Now that the new minister of environment wants to protect Aruba’s nature he has a handful with this controversial project.

This wetland is one of the 16 protected areas by the arikok national park.

According to the ABC the project is about 5.000 square meters and exceeds the area in the space development plan made by the government and that’s against the law.

The president of ABC promised to take the engineering firm and investors to court for building on a protected area.

This is going to be settled in court.

Here’s an aerial view of the empty lot for the new suites, the area marked with red is the protected wetland.

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here’s the empty lot and wetland area.

Project Harbor Area

The building known as “Mar Azul” near the cruise port has a new owner and they plan to renovate the building and bring it back to life.

Mar azul was created years ago as a commercial and residential area, however it was occupied with stores for a while, but suddenly was emptied and remained unused for years.

The new owners are keeping the residential and commercial idea behind the building, but they will make a few changes, like the name which will be “Harbor House”.

They named it harbor house due to it’s location (close to the cruise port) and its functionality.

At the moment Mar Azul has a total of 94 apartments on the top floors and 19 commercial buildings on the ground level.

Harbor house will have 94 apartments, 12 commercial buildings (which will be shops and restaurants) and 7 kiosks for local artists to display their crafts.

There’s also going to be more parking spots, a total of 140 spots – 100 more than the lot on Mar Azul which only has 40 parking spots.

Mar azul also includes a fish market.

The fish market is very sentimental to this part of the island, because years ago there was a popular fish market right here.

According to the investors the building will be a success based on the location and the change in architecture they will make which is different than to what it is now.

The renovation of the building will commence in 2018. In total about 30 million dollars will be invested into restoring and beautifying the building.


General Aviation Terminal For Sale

The concession agreement of the company in charge of the private “general aviation terminal” (which is Universal Aviation) is ending on December 31, 2017.

Maybe you’ve heard the rumors that the private airline terminal to the south of the island is for sale, and the rumor is true!

Since the current contract is coming to an end soon the terminal went into a bidding process, which ended December 1,  2017.

During the bidding process any company or person could express their interest in owning the private terminal. However, the final decision as to who will own it is in the hands of the Aruba Airport.

No one knows who the winner of the bid is, but the announcement will be made before December 18, 2017. Starting January 1, 2018 the new management can officially take over the complete operation of the aviation terminal.

According to Claudius Stamper, who runned the terminal for the last couple of years, their biggest market was Venezuela, but the business isn’t as lucrative as it once was.

Because the current crisis that Venezuela is in had a negative impact on the company’s revenue, and he doesn’t see the situation changing anytime soon.

“Whoever takes over has a lot of work to do, I wish them success to make the private terminal greater than it is now” were the words of the Claudius Stamper during an interview.

Coney Island Under Construction

Last week I mentioned that there’s a coney island on the island.

There isn’t a date set yet for the official opening of the park because they are still installing the rides at the moment and the rides have to pass 4 inspections by the local authorities before it opens.

“It’s the largest coney island park ever in Aruba” according to the head of the department of inspection.

There’s a total of 28 rides in this family oriented park, for kids, teens and adults.

This week the local authorities did a preliminary inspection on the park and they approved it. However, there’s still 3 other inspections to be done which includes a final evaluation after all the rides have been installed, before the park is opened to the public.

If the park passes the inspection it will stay on the island for about 2 months and about 70 locals will get a part time job either being a ticket vendor, security, or managing the equipment.

The coney island is located close to the cruise port, which is on the L.G. Smith Boulevard.


Rumors about No More Paid Parking

There’s been rumors that paid parking will be eliminated and the main street will be re-opened to the traffic.

Well, the rumors are kind of true, not completely.

Truth is that the new minister of transportation wants to eliminate paid parking and open back traffic for the main street.

The decision hasn’t been made yet officially, but it’s just an idea of what the minister wants to implement in the near future.

Before any official announcement are made, the minister needs to negotiate with Aruparking, the company in charge of paid parking if the parking meters can be completely removed.

As far as opening the main street for traffic, the minister has to negotiate with Arutram (owners of the electric tram in the downtown area) to find out what is really possible.

He also wants to extend store opening hours after 6 pm, for cruise passengers, but the schedule depends when there’s ships docked.

There’s no official news as of yet, so lets wait and see what solutions they will come up with after their negotiations.  I covered the rules about paid parking in Aruba in a recent article. 

Gone With Citgo Desk

The new minister of labor eliminated the “citgo desk” made by the previous government.

Citgo Desk was created to hire locals and contractors to work in the refinery. But according to the new minister of labor, the desk wasn’t functioning properly and made way for a lot of corruption in regards to work permits.

So they are making a new “desk” called oil and gas industrial desk which will employ locals for the refinery.

Locals and contractors will be re-registered and given preference to job selections.

One of the agreements within the contract between citgo and the government is a 80/20 rule, which means 80% of the workers in the refinery must be locals and the rest can be international.

With local workers the minister means people dutch nationalities, it doesn’t matter if they were born in Aruba or not. People that have been working on the island for years with a working permit without a dutch nationality also have preference for jobs in the refinery.

Coast Control By Land & Sea

The new minister of justice added two jeep wranglers to the fleet of cars, especially to patrol the north coasts of Aruba.

It’s been 20 years since the “kustwacht surveillance” which consisted of the police, customs and coast guard patrolled the north coast of the island. Since the coastguard got their own boat, they stopped this team and the coastguard got full control of Aruba’s coast.

With the new jeeps, our coast are better protected from unwanted visitors who are trying to sneak into paradise.

These jeep wranglers really have big tires, lift kits, skid plates, special blue light that make them visible from miles away.


Christmas Season in Aruba

A few more weeks, and it’s Christmas!

It’s tradition on the island to decorate houses with lights. But there’s a few houses on the island that take Christmas decorations to the next level.

One of the beautifully decorated Christmas houses in Aruba cas di luz which is located in San Nicolas (weg seroe preto).

This week it was officially opened to the public.

It’s a castle like building completely decorated with lights and ornaments. A must visit place on the island if you’re visiting during Christmas season.

Not only the decors are nice to see, but there’s also great ambiance by local bands with live music, local Christmas foods and drinks.

The lights turn on at 7.00 pm until 11.00 pm during the week, but during the weekends they stay on after 12.00 AM.

You can visit cas di luz until January 5, 2018.

There’s also more houses that take Christmas decorations seriously and that’s in the district of Sero Jan Flemming and WaraWara.

Both these districts also have a lot of decorated houses and are also worth viewing.

Fireworks in Aruba

Tradition here in Aruba after Christmas is the joy of buying fireworks, called “Klapchi” on the island.

Over a dozen containers filled with klapchi just arrived a few days ago. Now it’s time for the permit holders to collect their fireworks and sell them in their stores.

You can buy fireworks on the island from December 27, 2017 until December 31, 2017.

The sky is going to be lit on new years, a must see!

Grand Opening New Intermezzo Day spa Location

Intermezzo day spa is inviting you to their grand opening of their new location next to Tony Roma’s building (in front of Holiday Inn).

It all starts December 14, 2017 at 6.00 pm featuring d’licious band with live music and entertainment. The opening event is so big, it’s 3 consecutive days following with Christmas fairs on December 16 – 17. There’s going to be arts crafts, accessories and beauty products at the fair. Come and celebrate the opening of this new spa with us.  




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Once a week, on Sundays I publish a recap of recent Aruba news updates. If this is your first time reading my newsletter – welcome!

Current Aruba News

This weeks news in Aruba is focused on the island’s development.

There’s a lot going on at the moment, especially around the infrastructure of the island.

New buildings are being created, roads are being reconstructed, new highways and parks are being built, the bushiri hotel is almost completely dismantled and so much more!

If you think Aruba is beautiful now, you will be amazed by how it’s going to look in 2018..

Aruba is making huge progress, and you should read what’s going on the island, so you know what to expect in the future.




Havenstraat is Open Again

Havenstraat, which is one of the roads in the main street was closed for construction since last week.

The pavers had to be replaced, now it’s open again for the public.

This street is an alternative to the LG smith boulevard, if you want to make your way through the downtown area during rush hour and when there’s a cruise ship docked at the ports.

During a press conference the new minister of infrastructure officially declared the Havenstraat open and also mentioned that night work for roadside construction will be possible from now on.   

According to the minister it’s not acceptable to have main roads such as Havenstraat closed during rush hour and high season. That’s why he introduced a new mandate to execute roadside construction during the night hours, when possible.

This will alleviate the obstruction during the daytime and gives the public workers better and safer working environment.

Green Corridor & Watty Vos Boulevard

As you may have seen while driving around Aruba – the island is under construction, especially the roads and highways. No other island in the Caribbean has made such progress in its infrastructure, so you have something to look forward to when visiting Aruba in the future.

Two of the largest projects at the moment are the green corridor and watty vos boulevard.

This week the director of the public works company explained more about the projects.

According to him, both the green corridor and watty vos boulevard should be completed within the first quarter of 2018.

So who’s really in charge of the projects and what’s the status of them at the moment?

The director said that both projects are public private partnership, between the government and international companies.

Green corridor is being constructed by ODINSA, a special purpose vehicle company created by Caribbean Infrastructure Company. Watty vos Boulevard is being developed by Mota Engil, a Portuguese group of civil construction and public works.

Both companies signed an agreement with the government to design, construct, finance and maintain the new highways for 2 decades.

The new infrastructure projects boosted the economy as 95% of workers from both these companies are locals.

Green corridor is almost finished. It’s a double two way road that starts from the airport, until the district of pos chiquito. You can also drive on a new bridge and roundabouts.

If you decide to visit baby beach, mangel halto, charlie’s bar, carubbian festival or any other place in the south part of the island, you’re going to have to drive on the new bridge.

Watty vos boulevard is still under construction, there’s still a lot to be done here.

The department of public works is finishing the roundabouts and roads on this beltway.

If you’re still looking to rent a car don’t hesitate to contact me for a free car rental quotation.




New Hospital Project

Aruba’s hospital got expanded with two buildings, called new bed towers and all patients were transferred to the new towers.

The rooms of the new bed towers are modern, feature new equipment and machinery and a new emergency department with more waiting rooms.

Now it’s time for the old building to be renovated.

The plan is to renovate the entire hospital, which includes building a new warehouse, replacing the electrical system, updating the equipment and making the building more modern.

At the moment the old building has a total of 275 rooms, which accommodates more than 2 people at the same time. However, after the renovations, the amount of rooms will be reduced by one, leaving 274 rooms. The new rooms can hold up to 2 people maximum.

Citgo’s Mancamp Almost Complete

A section of the mancamp that will house the workers helping to rehabilitate the refinery is complete.

“The hard work to construct the mancamp shows the commitment of Citgo Aruba to the local community to bring the refinery back to full operation” said the interim vice president and GM of Citgo Aruba refinery.

The dormitories are located near the refinery in San Nicolas.

Several buildings will be created that can house up to 400 workers each.

A total of 1500 workers are expected to help refurbish the refinery and every single one of them needs a place to sleep. The first facility is already getting beds and furnitures.

Once the refinery starts back again, even partially, it’s projected to give the economy a huge boost. The effect of the refinery’s rehabilitation can already be felt and seen, as over 150 residents got employed.  

The mancamp should be completed in the first quarter of 2018.




New Mandates By The Government

Since the new government was officially installed, some ministers took it upon their their selves to visit and talk to directors and GM’s of different companies and organizations.

They also implemented a few new mandates already!

For example…

Improving Waste Collection

The new minister of environment & nature (Otmar Oduber) visited the board of directors from the waste collection company (serlimar).

During the meeting they touched on the subject of waste collection near the area of parkietenbos, which has been a problem for residents in the area. Locals near the districts of parkietenbos have been complaining about the situation for over a decade now.

No other government has been able to fix the issue, but the new minister promised to find a permanent solution for the island’s waste disposal area.

Ending Permit Exemptions

The new minister of labor met with the department of labor and instructed the director to put an end to “permit exceptions” until they have enough data about the local job market.

Because the previous minister of labor accepted cash payments in return for work permits, the new government will keep an eye out for these illegal practices.

Work permits are being denied until the department of labor and the minister reach a decision.

Full Suite Hospitality App

Amsterdam Manor introduced a new app that lets you control your experience with the touch of a button.

The new app is called, Alice (named after the housekeeper on the popular TV show, the Brady bunch).

It’s a platform that keeps guests, staff and concierge connected to one another.

Now you don’t have to go to the front desk or call in to put in a request. You can order housekeeping amenities, make dinner reservations at passions on the beach restaurant, ask for a wake up call or ask any question through the new app!

The front desk can log in and see the status of any guests request in real time and cater to them instantly.

You can even communicate with the staff after your visit and share your thoughts on your stay.


Baby Dolphin Found Dead

This week the Aruba Marine Mammal Foundation received a notification that a baby dolphin was found near dos playa, which is one of the beaches on the north coast of the island.

When they arrived on the scene they found a newborn dolphin without any signs of life, right on the seashore.

The dorsal fin of a newborn dolphin gets in an erect state when it swims for 2 – 3 hours after being born, however, this dolphin’s dorsal fin wasn’t erect yet, signaling that it died a short moment after being born.

The dolphin was confiscated by the local authorities and they will conserve its skeleton to display in the museum..

Dolphins aren’t rare in Aruba, however, you’ll find them in the north coast of the island, far out in the deep blue, where it’s not allowed to swim or snorkel.

This is the 4th time a dolphin ends up on the island’s shores. The other recent cases happened near the lighthouse, baby beach, coast of Oranjestad and near the refinery in San Nicolas.

Aruba Art Fair

This weekend locals and visitors experienced the Aruba art fair 2017.

It’s a 3 day art fair with the purpose to exhibit and sell art made by local and international artist.

Not only did they display and sell arts, but there was dance, theater and music.

The highlight of the art fair are murals that were painted by local and international artist on the walls of buildings in the main streets of San Nicolas.

A photography contest was also organized aimed to feature Aruba’s nature and diverse population. The winning photographs will be exhibited in the City Hall of Doral, Florida!

This year school kids were invited to express their creativity on a 2×3 blank canvas. Aruba art fair handed paint supplies and canvases to different schools around the island and exhibited all completed canvasses during the fair.

During the art fair visitors got a chance to meet the local artists through a short 3 minute intro video that shares each artist’s unique story and art.

Upcoming Events in Aruba

Here’s some events worth visiting if you’re on the island…

Next week Aruba will be celebrating the annual short film festival.

What’s the Aruba Short Film Festival?

It’s a red carpet event dedicated to local filmmakers.

During the festival local filmmakers will be awarded and honored for their short films they created during 2017. Visitors will also get a chance to see different short films produced by locals on a big screen. Each film is minimum 3 minutes and maximum 15 minutes.

The grand event will take place on November 30, 2017 in the crystal theater located at Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino. It starts at 7.00 PM until 10.00 PM.

Tickets are for sale at the door for $6.00 per person.

Aruba Fashion Week

Fashion week in Aruba is an exciting celebration that positions the island as an unique destination for fashion in the Caribbean.

It’s a 3 day event full of fashion & lifestyle shows, cocktail party and business meetings.

The event will take place during December 1-3, 2017 – Tickets start at $20.00 at the door.

Aruba will be the runway for the latest collection of brand names such as Prada, Hernan Zajar, local designer Gigliola Gomez and Elisa Lejuez among others.

The event starts with a fashion show at the Marriott Resort & Stellaris & Casino on December 1, 2017 at 6.00 PM. Followed by a shopping experience and press tour at Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino between 11.00 AM and 4.00 PM. The last day will be a fashion talk conference at the Ritz Carlton at 1.00 PM and a show at the Renaissance pier at 6.00 PM.

Visit Aruba fashion week and experience the trendiest looks designed by local artist.


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