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ORANJESTAD (May 26, 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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LaGuardia To Aruba With American Airlines

Tourism in Aruba is growing fast, and the trend will continue this year, as the island gets another airlift boom.

As of June 8, 2019 it will be possible to fly with American Airlines from LaGuardia Airport New York to Aruba.

The flights are once a week, every Saturday. Only 160 seats are available.

American Airlines currently has connections to Aruba available from Miami, Philadelphia, Charlotte.

The airline company introduced Aruba to 170.338 visitors in 2018.

Aruba’s airport is currently serving over 2 million visitors a year.

The Hyatt Place Hotel Almost Complete

The new hotel in Aruba, Hyatt Place, is almost complete.

Conveniently located adjacent to the airport, this hotel is the newest addition to the business center in Oranjestad. And the first Hyatt Place Hotel in Aruba.

The hotel provides business and leisure travelers a comfortable place to stay  before beginning the next leg of their journey.

Hyatt Place has 116 rooms, 21.000 square feet of office space, food court, retail shops, casual dining restaurants and car rentals.

Plans are to open the hotel in the late 2019.

New Kiosk Cosecha Opening at Welcome Plaza

Now you can buy authentic arts and crafts handmade by local artisans at Cosecha’s new kiosks in front of the cruise port.

Cosecha is an organization that represents local artisans by displaying their arts and crafts in their art galleries in Aruba.

You feel the genuine Aruban identity transmitted by the arts & crafts as soon as you step inside the kiosk.  

Here’s a little taste of what’s inside…

Cosecha represents almost 70 local artisans in different aspects of art including mosaic, photography, hand painting, jewelry, handmade bags, driftwood, plastic and so much more different type of arts and crafts.

The new kiosk functions as a small gallery store and hub for information for all questions related to arts and crafts on the island.

Read more about the new Cosecha kiosk in Oranjestad here.

Ban Topa na San Nicolas

Carubbian is replaced with a new event named “Ban Topa Na San Nicolas” which translates to “Let’s Meet in San nicolas”.

As the name suggest, the event is local.

Something you attend if you want to get a feel for the “way of the Aruban life” in San Nicolas. From the arts, culture, music, food and Aruban ambience.

Food? Yes.

There’s over 15 food stands with local and Caribbean cuisines.

Handmade arts & crafts by local artisans will be available, you won’t find these creations anywhere else on the island.

Where’s “Ban Topa Na San Nicolas”?

In the promenade and main streets of San Nicolas.

Ban Topa Na San Nicolas is held on the first Thursday of the month, from 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

The next edition will be June 6, 2019.

The Mexican Pop Up Restaurant at Marriott

Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is hosting a pop up Mexican gastronomic experience at their restaurant – The Lobby.

A special guest chef from Mexico will be two days in Aruba to create cuisines to delight the foodies palette

What can you expect?

Traditional Mexican food.  Spicy aromas!



Aguachile Negro is on the menu. A dish native to Mexico similar to the ceviche, only spicier – yummy!

It’s commonly made with shrimp, but any other shellfish like sea scallops are also used. Even octopus.

The chef will also prepare different guacamole sauces served with handmade tortilla chips.

Any pork lovers? Slow roasted suckling pig is on the menu.

Mexican pop up restaurant at marriott takes place May 31 & June 1, 2019 starting 7:00 PM.

For more information, price, reservation call (+297) 520-6670 / 520-6343 / 520-6652

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