New Passenger Flow Control at Aruba’s Airport

Aruba’s airport introduced a new passenger flow control system for all US bound travelers as of December 1, 2021.

The passenger flow control system was introduced to better manage the flow of travelers inside of the airport’s facilities due to the ongoing expansion construction works of the airport (project Gateway 2030).

Read More – Aruba’s Airport Project Gateway 2030



The new passenger flow control system is a staged approach to regulating the amount travelers that enter the departure halls and other airport facilities.

After introducing the new passenger flow system, waiting lines to check-in will be shorter, and the check-in process will be faster, which makes departing the island a piece of cake.

Passenger flow control also prevents travelers from arriving too early at the Airport.

How does it work?

It all starts with the online ED-Card you fill in before traveling to Aruba.

Your departure flight information is used to determine the dedicated time slot that you have to be at the airport in order to enjoy a safe, easy and fast check-in process.

All travelers will be assigned to a color group (Yellow, Blue, Orange) which indicates the estimated time that travelers should arrive at the airport. This is based on the traveler’s airline scheduled departure time.

Here’s a view of the check-in time schedule based on color groups (Yellow, Blue, Orange):



If you’re departing from Aruba to the US you should take your scheduled departure time into account to determine when you should arrive at the airport at the latest to check in.

What To Expect When Arriving At The Airport

A passenger flow ambassador will welcome you at the airport and help you control your check-in time slot and assist you with any other questions.

You will be guided by different airport ambassadors at the several check points at the airport, before boarding the airplane.

The passenger airflow control system will end on March 12, 2022.



Aruba’s Tourism Recovery in Numbers

The island is set to recuperate 95% of its tourism in 2022, according to the CEO of Aruba’s tourism board (Aruba Tourism Authority).

Aruba’s tourism took a major hit after the pandemic in 2019.

Local and international tourism experts projected for tourism to recuperate at a slow rate, but tourism is recuperating faster than expected.

It’s been a long road to recovery, but well worth it, as the island looks to recuperate approximately 75% of tourism at the end of 2021 (compared to 2019).

The amount of bookings to Aruba that the tourism board has received gives a positive indication that tourism is heading in the right direction.

Over 70.000 travelers visited Aruba in October 2021, and the amount of tourist in November and December is projected to be over 100% more compared to the same periods in 2019, before the pandemic.

Aruba is expecting a big growth in tourism in 2022, as the island’s Tourism Minister announced 1.8 million+ available air seats.



Secret’s Hotel Will Be The Highlight of San Nicolas

The developers of one of the newest hotels in Aruba – Grupo Martinon – gave a detailed presentation to the Government of Aruba this week during a private meeting between the two parties.

It’s a new hotel – Secrets Resorts – located in San Nicolas (Seroe Colorado).

A luxury resort, all inclusive and only for adults.

The meeting between Grupo Martinon & the Government was focused on the plans, future and construction progress of the resort.

Aruba’s Government is making sure the developers are complying with Aruba’s laws and regulations set for the construction of the resort including respecting the environment and nature, and also offering employment opportunities to locals residents first.


Baby-Beach-Resort-in-Seroe-Colorado

Layout of the future Baby beach resort in Seroe Colorado


Secrets Resort is currently in its first phase of construction, which includes erecting steel structural frames of the resort and digging the foundation of the property.

The construction of secret resort is one of the largest construction projects happening in Aruba at the moment, and one of the most unique, as it is one of the first large and exclusive hotels in San Nicolas.

After the meeting with Grupo Martinon, the Prime Minister said during an interview – “I believe that Secrets Resort will be a main attraction for the area of San Nicolas and an important economic pillar for the island”.

According to the Director of Grupo Martinon, the hotel is set to open in 2023 and will employ about 600 local employees at first to run the resort.



New Direct Flights From Sweden To Aruba

Ving AB, a Swedish tour operator, will fly to Aruba from Stockholm for the winter season 2022/2023.

The Swedish tour operator recently announced that is has signed a contract with Air Lease Corporation for an aircraft A330-900, which will be operated by its subsidiary Sunclass Airlines.

The newly acquired aircraft was intended for France Airways (bankrupt in 2019).

But Ving AB (Sunclass) will now become the first Scandinavian airline to acquire the aircraft and use it to re-activate flights to the Caribbean in the winter season of 2022/2023, including Aruba.

The inaugural flight out of Sweden to Aruba is set to take place on November 24, 2022.

The airline will fly to Aruba 9 times during 4 months, and will transport around 3.400 visitors from Sweden to the One Happy Island.

The last flight to Aruba from Sweden will be on March 16, 2023.



German Cruise Ship “Mein Schiff” First Time Aruba Visit

Aruba welcomed the German cruise ship – Mein Schiff – for the first time! 

The ship was revealed in 2018 and cruises with the Malta Flag and is owned by TUI Cruises.

At 315 meters, Mein Schiff,  is a fairly large ship that can hold up to 1100 crew members and 3000 passengers. The ship has 12 restaurants, entertainment, gym, and 17 bars. 

Mein Schiff is one of the many cruise ships that will dock in Aruba during the next year (2022).

Aruba is enjoying the resumption of cruise tourism since June 2021, after cruise tourism stood still for over a year since the pandemic. 

There’s over 31 calls for cruise ships to dock on the island’s ports in November, and there’s over 38 cruise ship calls to dock in December. 



New Post Stamps in Aruba

Aruba’s post office revealed a new post stamp series featuring agriculture on the island. 

The post stamps were released on November 16, 2021.

They were designed by Elvis Tromp, who is a local painter and graphic designer. 

He is known for painting Aruban landscapes and family portraits. 

The agriculture post stamps show how local farmers go through the process of cultivating plants on the island. From planting the seeds, watering the plants daily, until the plant bears fruit.


new agriculture post stamps.


Agriculture in Aruba is a tradition by local farmers, and local families that want to build their own sustainable gardens are also following the old tradition. 

The land in Aruba is very dry, but local farmers use small areas for growing, or vertical farming to cultivate different plants such as cucumbers, corn, lettuce, papaya, peanuts, tomatoes, lime, and other native plants. 

These post stamps are the perfect item to add to your portfolio if you are a collector.

The values of the agriculture post stamps are 90 cents, 220 cents, 320 cents and 420 cents. They can be purchased for 10.50 Aruban florins (or $6) at the local post office in Oranjestad or San Nicolas.



Aruba Starts With Booster Shots

Aruba started administering booster shots after The Netherlands approved the islands request to provide extra dose of vaccine against the virus for locals in high risk groups.

The booster shots are intended for residents 60+ years old and all health care workers that are in close contacts with patients.

Booster shots are similar to the first two vaccines shots, but the booster increases the effectiveness of the first and second vaccines.

At the moment 62% of Aruba received both shots of the vaccine (Pfizer). 

66% of Aruba’s population received only the first dose of the vaccine.

The group of 60+ year olds are 84% vaccinated on the first dose and 81% received both vaccines.

According to the Health Minister, the rate of vaccination at the moment is approximately at 270 shots every week.

The government will continue to organize vaccination events and encourage locals to get vaccinated in order to combat the pandemic.



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Reopening Aruba’s Live Audience Events

As the island moves toward full reopening, the Government wants to organize its first live audience event with live entertainment.

The test event is a couples dance party, better known as Bailable on the island.

Only 250 couples (500 attendees) will be allowed to enter the party.

The event was set to take place on November 13, but has been rescheduled on November 27, 2021.

If you want to join the party you need to be vaccinated, or present a negative test result taken 72 hours before the party.

According to the Health Minister, the decision to organize a “test event” is approved, because of low amount of new virus infections and hospitalizations begin to decline.

The plan is to organize a series of 5 carnival themed events, to celebrate carnival since it has been officially cancelled for 2022.

This live audience event is not going to be the usual, because the Government has added new health protocols that means a change of party experience to guarantee a safe party for all attendees.

New protocols that will be in effect are staying at least 6 feet away or two arms length away from other couples. And also maintaining the best possible hygiene protocols and safety precautions. 

The second live audience event is planned on January 8, 2022.



New Art Gallery “ArtisA” Open in San Nicolas

A new art gallery – ArtisA – opened in San Nicolas and they presented the inaugural exhibition by Elvis Tromp: Discover the World of Elvis Tromp Through a Culinary & Arts Experience”.

ArtisA stands for Art is Aruba.

The goal of this new art gallery is to create and display local and international art project for the viewing public.

ArtisA is owned and managed by – Tito Bolivar – a local art curator who also manages Aruba’s art fair. Which is an art project that gives local and international artists the freedom to create wall art in the main streets of San Nicolas.

Take a visit to the new ArtisA Gallery in the main streets of San Nicolas located at: Bernard van de veen Zeppenfeldstraat #6.



New Gelatissimo Ice Cream Bus on Palm Beach

Gianni’s Ristorante Italiano hosted a celebratory event last week to introduce its new ice cream bus on Palm Beach.

The new ice cream bus is called Gelatissimo bus – a real Italian Gelateria – right in the middle of the Caribbean.

Gelatissimo bus offers Italian delicacies including, but not limited to gelato, popsicles, bon bon’s, pizza’s,  and cool beverages.

The bus is a double-decker with indoor and outdoor seating.

Gelatissimo bus is the newest place to visit if you have a sweet spot for dessert after dinner.

The bus is located on the Plaza next to Gianni’s restaurant and is open daily from 5:00 pm – 11:30 pm.


Gelatissimo Sweets



Late Night Eaters Guide For Aruba Food Trucks

You will be on the island soon, and you’re looking forward to trying the food trucks in Aruba that you’ve been reading everyone rave about online.

There’s so many food trucks in Aruba, making a decision of which one to try can be harder than you think. 

Being a local on the island, I can recommend a few food trucks you can check out when you get the late night craving.

This article is a list of food trucks in Aruba that will be updated frequently with additional food trucks on the island.

Find Out More – A Late Night Eaters Guide To The Best Food Trucks in Aruba


Beach Buoy Maintenance

The Tourism Minister announced that the maintenance of floating beach buoys at several beaches around the island started as of this week.

A field of buoys will be strategically installed on several beaches around the island including Malmok, Arashi, Tres Trapi, Palm Beach and Costa Linda.

These buoys are like floating barriers used on the island’s open beaches to segregate and protect swimming areas. They also restrict entry of passing boats and jet skis. 

Works to install the new buoy fields have already begun. The buoys will be brightly colored for visibility, made up of a combination of small floats and larger marker buoys, connected by high tension floating ropes.

Local contractors are leading the installations of the new buoys with help of spotters on the beach.

According to the Tourism Minister, the project will be completed late 2021.



Stairs Towards Rodger’s Beach Soon Restored

Tourism Minister announced a new renovation project to restore the concrete staircase that leads to Rodger’s Beach. 

The renovation project is part of the masterplan to revamp the entire Baby beach area.

A pier that extends over the water at Rodger’s will also be restored to its original glory.

Here’s a view of the staircase right now, before renovation works start….



Major effort is being gathered to renovate the beach area’s in San Nicolas.

At the end of the revamping project, the infrastructure at Baby & Rodger’s beach will be completely renovated. 

This includes additional huts for shade, beautiful landscaping, new public restrooms, new parking areas, food & beverage spots, and new courts for beach sports.



More About San Nicolas Developments

Everyone knows that a new exclusive hotel is being constructed in San Nicolas (Baby Beach) – Secrets Resorts.

Constructions works have slowed down because of the pandemic, but developments are still taking place at the moment, but at a slower pace.

San Nicolas Has The Potential To Become Aruba’s Tourism Capital

According to the Tourism Minister, the renovation at Rodger’s beach is the start of a bright future for the district of San Nicolas. 

He also said that San Nicolas has the potential to become the tourism capital of Aruba, after the renovations are completed.

Construction of the staircase at Rodger’s beach will start within one month, and it should be ready at the end of 2021.


Beaches are shining like diamonds…


Self Test Kits Now Available in Aruba

The local pharmacy brand “Botica di Servicio” now offers self test kits to the public.

Aruba’s Department of Public Health approved self test kits after the demand for alternative test solutions by the private and commercial sector.

Self test kits are perfect for locals and visitors to test for coronavirus at home, if they have mild symptoms or light symptoms.

The test kits are not a substitute for the current policy of the Department of Public Health, but another method to help aid the primary strategy to test suspicious corona cases on the island.

An important factor to consider when using self test kits – the result of the test kits are not the official diagnosis, unless verified at an accredited lab – if you are using it to test before flying.

The 4 brands of self test kits available on the island are:

  • Panbio COVID-19 Ag Rapid Test Device
  • Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Test
  • SARS CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test
  • Standard Q COVID-19 Test

These four self test kit brands are only available to locals. 

Visitors are able to purchase the BinaxNOW Covid19 AG Card Home Test.



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The Stairs Towards Rodger’s Beach Soon Restored

Tourism Minister announced a new renovation project to restore the concrete staircase that leads to Rodger’s Beach. 

The renovation project is part of the masterplan to revamp the entire Baby beach area.

A pier that extends over the water at Rodger’s will also be restored to its original glory.

Here’s a view of the staircase right now, before renovation works start….


Stairway to Rodger’s Beach at the moment – renovations on the way!


Major effort is being gathered to renovate the beach area’s in San Nicolas.

At the end of the revamping project, the infrastructure at Baby & Rodger’s beach will be completely renovated. 

This includes additional huts for shade, beautiful landscaping, new public restrooms, new parking areas, food & beverage spots, and new courts for beach sports. 

More About San Nicolas Developments

Everyone knows that a new exclusive hotel is being constructed in San Nicolas (Baby Beach) – Secrets Resorts.

Constructions works have slowed down because of the pandemic, but developments are still taking place at the moment, but at a slower pace.


Rodger’s Beach is Beautiful…


San Nicolas Has The Potential To Become Aruba’s Tourism Capital

According to the Tourism Minister, the renovation at Rodger’s beach is the start of a bright future for the district of San Nicolas. 

He also said that San Nicolas has the potential to become the tourism capital of Aruba, after the renovations are completed.

Construction of the staircase at Rodger’s beach will start within one month, and it should be ready at the end of 2021.



Proposed Motion: Beach Access For People With Disability

A member of the Parliament proposed a new motion to create new infrastructures for people with physical disabilities to access the beach in Aruba.

The newly proposed motion will be discussed during upcoming Government meetings.

Construction will start as soon as the motion is approved by members of the Government.

New infrastructure for beach access for people with a disability include: Baby Beach, Rodger’s Beach, and the beach close to Divi Phoenix resort (Strand-politie).

Improving the beach access will have a positive impact on the physical and mental health of those with a disability.


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Aruba’s First Pilot “Test” Event

The Government in Aruba is preparing to take another step in the direction to returning back to normal life before the pandemic by organizing a test event. 

The test event is a couples dance party, better known as Bailable party on the island.

Only 250 couples will be allowed to enter the party.

The event will take place on November 13, 2021.

If you want to join the party you need to be vaccinated, or present a negative test result taken 72 hours before the party.

It’s been over 1 ½ years since the last dance party was organized when the pandemic started.

According to the Health Minister, the decision to organize a “test event” is approved, because of the progress of Aruba’s recuperation from the pandemic.

The island has maintained a low infection rate during almost 3 consecutive months. 

If there’s no detectable spread of virus after the test event, the party will be considered a success.

The Government could start to allow party promoters to organize events in a controlled manner that follows all Government’s health regulations to prevent new infections.

Aruba’s test event is modeled after similar successful test events in The Netherlands.

Reopening the islands entertainment economy is important, but remains a complex and difficult task. 



New Wine Preservation System at L.G’s Steak & Chop House

The famous steakhouse in Aruba – L.G Smith’s – introduced a new wine preservation system for their wine collection. 

It’s a new wine preservation system by Coravin. 

What’s new about this wine preservation system?

It has the one of the most innovative technologies in the wine preservation industry – it prevents the oxidation of wine – and pours wine without removing the cork, making your wine taste like it was never opened before, every time a glass is poured.


Wine poured with Coravin preservation system.


L.G’s has a highly sought after wine list by wine connoisseurs, which includes Chateau Montelena and the popular Whispering Angel.

The steak & chop house is known for their USDA-inspected aged prime steaks and has held the title as the number one steakhouse in Aruba on trip advisor for years.

They are open every day from 6.00 pm – 11.00 pm.



Cosecha Art Gallery Closed Until Further Notice

The local craft and art gallery store in Aruba, better known as Cosecha is closing its doors.

Cosecha has been affected by the pandemic as much of the rest of the arts sector around the world.

The art gallery opened its doors in 2015 in Oranjestad, then followed by launching one gallery in San Nicolas, and another near the entrance of the islands cruise port.

It all started with 25 local artisans displaying their locally made arts and crafts to visitors. Through the years, Cosecha has grown to a larger size of local artisans, over 125 local artists.

Cosecha not only sold art and crafts, but also provided arts workshops.

Since Cosecha’s grand opening until today, they have provided workshops for over 4000+ visitors and locals. 

Read More About Cosecha



New Residential Project in Oranjestad

The Government in Aruba is investing into renovating the current infrastructure on the island.

One of the newest developments in Aruba is going to be the transformation of the old department of custom’s building in Oranjestad into a new residence. 

More details about the residence project will be announced at a later date by the Government.



Watch Sarah-Quita Prepare For Windsurfing Competition

Aruba’s Tradewinds gave birth to a professional windsurfer known as Sarah-Quita Offringa.

Sarah Quita is one of Aruba’s professional athletes and Che’s preparing for a international competition in Brazil.

She has competed in the PWA World Tour competitions and has numerous championship titles under her belt.

Her skills are so good, that she was nominated by the International Sailing Federation for world sailor of the year awards.

Sarah is currently in Brazil preparing for a windsurfing competition, follow her as she gets ready to claim gold!




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Aruba’s Expands US Departure Hall

Aruba’s airport has seen an increase in passenger traffic during the years, and the airport is responding by expanding the building with a new project called “Gateway 2030”.

Gateway 2030 is an expansion project of the airport, which includes adding new gates, removing various steps inside the check-in halls, new facilities, more restaurants and bars, and several new upgrades.

Construction works for project gateway 2030 have already started. 

According to the CEO of Aruba’s Airport, the current construction is at phase 1-A at the moment, which is expected to finish in 2024.


Related Article – All About Project Gateway 2030


Project Gateway 2030 is expected to cost $140 million dollars.

The expansion of Aruba’s Airport doesn’t only cater to visitors but also creates local job employment for over 300+ Arubans. 

If construction works continue as planned, the airport will have a completely new look as of 2024.

Phase 1-A of construction includes but is not limited to the expansion of the current US departure’s check-in hall to twice its current size.



The current baggage hall area will also be completely renovated with modern technology.

According to the Tourism Minister – “the new baggage hall will feature one of the best luggage conveyor belt” technology has to offer. 

Project gateway 2030 and its new airport innovations will also give travelers one of the best Airport experiences in the Caribbean.



New Closing Hours For Local Establishments

The pandemic introduced chaos into the world but countries are responding with different measures to regain normal life again, one of them is closing hours in the business sector. 

Aruba has kept the rate of infection low and managed to keep increasing the vaccination rate on the island. This was one of the factors why the Government announced the easing of closing hours for local establishments.

As of October 17, 2021, all businesses within the tourism catering industry are allowed to close at 1.00 am (before it was 12.00 am).

Casinos are allowed to offer the best chances of winning to their customers until 2:00 am. 

These new measures are valid until further notice by the Government of Aruba.


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The First Post Stamp 2021

Aruba’s postal service company released its first official post stamp for 2021.

The newest stamp of post-Aruba features a painting of one of the most photographed trees on the island also known as the Fofoti – located right on Eagle beach. 

Fofoti trees are native to the island and only grown in certain tropical regions around the world.


Fofoti Tree – The first Aruba post stamp 2021


Fofoti tree is a species from the Combretacaea family tree.

The tree is shaped this way because of the island’s constant wind that blows from the same direction – east to west – also known as the Aruban tradewinds.

Fofoti trees are not only found on Eagle beach, but also along hiking trails in the island national park, and areas like Rooi Prikichi, Rooi Canashito, and Rooi Sero Crystal.

It can grow anywhere inland of an island, as long as the roots are planted near seawater. 

Like many other trees on the island, these trees are natives and protected by law. 

If you’re an adventure seeker – you’ll find more beautiful fototi trees along the beach coastlines of Baby Beach, Malmok, Eagle, and Surfside.

This new post stamp is valued at 8.50 florins – $5 US dollars – and it’s available at the post office in Aruba, located in Oranjestad and San Nicolas.


Private Jeep Tours

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It’s a private tour by a PRIVATE ARUBAN TOUR GUIDE. 

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At least 10 Cruise Ships Expected in November 2021

Cruise tourism recently restarted in June 2021, and Aruba’s cruise calls have been steadily growing up to 31 cruise ships in November 2021. 

According to Tourism Minister, cruise ship calls to Aruba were expected to be around 18, but more than 31 cruise ships have called to dock on the island’s sun-kissed shores. 

October 2021 has 9 calls for cruise ships to stop over on the island on their way to their next island in the Caribbean. 

Aruba is one of the leading islands in the Caribbean leading the revamp of the cruise tourism industry.



Here’s a list of scheduled cruise ships to dock on the island:

  • Celebrity Cruise
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
  • Carnival Cruise Lines
  • TUI Cruises
  • AIDA Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • Marella Cruises
  • MSC Cruises
  • Holland America Line
  • Windstar Cruises
  • Azamara Cruises

Here’s a schedule for the cruise calls for November 2021



“Third Booster Jab” On The Way

Aruba’s department of public health plans to administer the 3rd dose of coronavirus vaccination to the public. 

The decision falls in line with the world’s health organization to boost the immune system of citizens who are more susceptible to getting covid. 

The 3rd vaccination dose will only be administered to a selected group of locals who fall into this group of citizens who have a low immune system, after advice from the Dutch Institute for Public Health. And those who already received their second jab. 

The rate of vaccination in Aruba – 75% – is among one of the highest in the Caribbean.

Aruba also has one of the lowest infection rates in the region at the moment, due to the strict measures taken by the Government.



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9 Cruise Ships Scheduled in October

The sun kissed shores of Aruba is expected to receive 9 cruise ships for October 2021. 

Yes – 9 cruise ships are scheduled to dock in Oranjestad.

This is a boost for the islands economy after the pandemic.

The number of ships that visit Aruba is steadily growing each month since cruise tourism reopened in June 2021.

Three additional ships have requested to dock on the island compared to last month (6 ships in September 2021).

Here’s a list popular cruise lines to visit Aruba:

  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
  • Carnival Cruise Lines

Below you will find the list of cruise ships in October 2021, including arrival dates, estimated arrival hour and departure time:

Cruise Ship Schedule October 2021


Note that the cruise schedule is subject to change without prior notice. According to the Tourism Minister – It’s been a good year for cruise tourism in Aruba, and the future seems bright – as there are 18 more cruise calls scheduled for the remainder of 2021.




KLM Increases Operation With 15 Flights

The Royal Dutch airline KLM is adjusting its flights schedules to Aruba with 15 additional flights.

This new flights are scheduled between December 15, 2021 – January 14, 2022.

It’s great news for European travelers who are looking to escape the winter season.

KLM will operate the additional flights with their Airbus A330.

The airbus has a capacity of 268 seats – this means an additional 4020 visitors – out of Europe during the islands high tourism season.

KLM Flights preparing to land in Aruba


For years, KLM has had close ties with Aruba.

As the island continues to attract new visitors, KLM is certainly onboard by serving the demand of travelers from Europe.

The increase of flight reflects KLM’s firm belief that Aruba is one of the best destinations in the Caribbean.

According to the Tourism Minister, this year’s high season is set to surpass the successful tourism year in 2019.


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$100.000 Cash Giveaway at The Ritz Carlton Casino

The casino at Ritz Carlton is giving away $100.000 cash!

That’s more than enough money to keep coming to Aruba for a lifetime.

Everyone that visits and plays at the casino has a chance win $100.000

The cash giveaway started on October 1 and it ends December 30, 2021.

Maybe you’re going to be $100.000 richer in 2022, while vacationing in Aruba…

The Casino At The Ritz Carlton


How do you participate in the cash giveaway?

All you have to do is register as a new member of The Casino’s VIP club – it’s completely free –  a valid ID is required.

Only existing members, and newly registered members are eligible for the grand prize.

You’re missing out if you play at the casino without a VIP membership card.

How do you win?

You have to accumulate raffle tickets.

Slot players get 1 raffle ticket for every 80 points.

Table players earn 1 raffle ticket with very $40 theoretical wins.

Playing at the casino is not the only way to win the $100.000 cash prize – you can also eat your way to riches – at Casa Nonna or BLT Steak, two dining spots at the Ritz-Carlton.

A raffle ticket is awarded with every dinner purchase.

In order to redeem your raffle ticket, present the restaurant voucher together with the dinner receipt at the Casino VIP desk on the same night of the dinner.

The Casino will select 20 finalists to win a total of $100.000 in cash prizes on December 30, 2021.


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Planting New Trees For Aruba’s Future Generations

Aruba’s National Park – Arikok – started a movement to plant new trees on the parks land. 

The goal is to restore the biodiversity of native plants.

As the newly small plants grow, they become a valuable resource for wildlife in the park.

Restoring the biodiversity of native plant species is one of the many ways to combat and protect the islands environment against the effects of climate change, according to the park rangers.

Group of Park Rangers and locals planting trees


A group of local volunteers and park rangers planted trees on September 25 – 26, 2021. 

Together they managed to plant 9 different native tree species, ranging from the most extinct trees and important ecological functions.

This includes but not limited to local trees species such as: Supi, Asufro and Pereskia Guamacho.

Over 100 mangrove trees (two different species – mangel preto and mangel blanco) were also planted on the beach strip near the military base in Savaneta.



100 Days Inside Old Phosphate Mine in Seroe Colorado

Local Aruban better known as – Heintje Ras – will spend 100 days in a phosphate mine located in San Nicolas.

His goal is to raise $600.000 to expand his current museum – Museum of Antiqueness – in Aruba.

The antiqueness museum is currently located at his home, but he wants to build a mega museum.

A large museum where he can display over 7.000 antique Aruban items dating back to the 1600’s. 

These include tools, radio’s, instruments, paintings, sewing machines, furniture, pots and pans. 

Heintje’s 100 day challenge started on October 2, 2021 until January 9, 2022. 

He’s been preparing for this day for over a year.

The mines are located over 6 meters underground in Seroe Colorado.

Back in the 1880’s they used to mine phosphate here.

Aruban Phosphate Company was the local operator – it had around 300 workers – who mined and exported over 446.445 tons of phosphate during the company’s operation.

If Heintje completes 100 days in the mines, he will automatically be inducted into the Guinness Book of Records. 

A Judge of the Guinness Book of Records will be on the island to monitor his progress until the mission is completed. 


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Self Test Kit Soon Available in Aruba

Self test kits are soon going to be available at the pharmacies on the island

The Department of Public Health approved self test kits after the demand for alternative test solutions by the private and commercial sector.

According to the Department of Public Health, the test will be available before the end of October 2021.

It’s not sure which brand of self help test kits will be available to the public as of yet.



Self help test kits are not a substitute for the current policy of the Department of Public Health, but another method to help aid the primary strategy to test suspicious corona cases on the island. 

An important factor to consider when using self test kits – the result of the test kits are not the official diagnosis, unless verified at an accredited lab – if you are using it to test before flying.

Self-help test kits only benefit locals and visitors as far as screening, detecting infections with light or no symptoms and stopping the spread of coronavirus.



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Aruba’s New Ministers Officially Sworn in

All the new ministers from the recent Government elections have been officially sworn in. 

The traditional sworn-in ceremony was streamed live from the “Cas Ceremonial” from Aruba’s Governor on September 20,2021.

This ceremony obliges all ministers to take an oath or promise before accepting office as written in Aruba’s Constitution.

It took almost 2 months to form the new Government after the elections took place on June 25, 2021.

Cabinet Wever Croes II is the official name of the new Government. 

It consists of a coalition between 2 political parties (MEP & RAIZ), and includes 8 ministers that will govern the island for the next 4 years.

Here’s a look at the Ministers and their functions:

  • Evelyna C. Wever Croes

Prime Minister, Minister of General Affairs, Innovation, Government Organization, Infrastructure and Spatial Planning. 

  • Geoffrey B. Wever

Minister of Economic Affairs, Communications, Sustainable Development.

  • Ursell M. Arends

Minister for Integrity, Nature, Transport and Elderly Care

  • Xiomara J. Maduro

Minister of Finance & Culture

  • Rocco G. Tjon

Minister of Justice & Social Affairs

  • Glenbert F. Croes

Minister of Labor, Integration & Energy

  • Danguillaume P. Oduber

Minister of Health & Tourism

  • Endy J. H. Croes

Minister of Education & Sports


The Ministers of this island for the next 4 years.


New Game Room at Renaissance Marketplace

Aruba has a new arcade room located at the Renaissance Marketplace in Oranjestad.

It’s 180 square meter room with all modern arcade games managed by Wind Creek Casino.

There’s over 20 game machines, and 16 interactive games like air hockey, basketball free throws, and claw machines.

Game cards are available for 1 dollar and you can preload your game card to play at the machines with as much as you like.

The arcade games vary between $0.50 – $2.00

Kids and the young at heart can now play games, win points and save up for small and large prizes.

Arcade Aruba is open daily from 12:00 pm until 12:00 am midnight.



Food & Wine Pairing Event By Red Cross

Red Cross in Aruba is organizing a “food & wine pairing” fundraiser event and is asking for your help.

All the funds collected during the fundraiser will be used to create more programs to help the local community. 

The food & wine pairing event will take place November 6, 2021 at Quinta del Carmen. 

It’s a 4 course fine dine menu, including wines paired with every meal. 

The price for food & wine pairing event is $110

Tickets are available for sale at the Red Cross and H&H Fine Wines & Spirits.

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Food & Wine Pairing is Delicious


New Executive Chef at Hilton Resort

Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino introduced their new Executive Chef this week, after former Executive Chef Matt Boland retired.

Oliver Falchi is the new Executive Chef that oversees all culinary operations at Hilton.

He is from France and has plenty of experience working in the best restaurants and hotels around the world.

His past work experience include: Relais Et Chateaux (a collection of gourmet restaurants at boutique hotels around the world) located in France, Argentina, Switzerland and French Polynesia.

Oliver is specialized in classic French dishes with a blend of Argentinean art of cooking in the kitchen with open fire.

The food at Hilton will be made under the supervision of Oliver, and it will no doubt taste excellent.



New Spot For Ribs & Seafood in Aruba

When is the last time you had the best ribs near Eagle Beach?

Or the best seafood dish?

If your answer is: a long time ago – let me show you this new place.

It’s a newfound gem near Eagle Beach.

It’s called – The Brownstone.

The Brownstone started as a simple bar concept.

A place where you can eat good food at the bar, share stories with the bartender, and watch a live game on a big screen.

It’s now a perfect spot for ribs and seafood on Eagle Beach.

No doubt one of the newest spot on Eagle for ribs and seafood, but there’s more options on the menu.

Read the newest restaurant review about the brownstone below.

Read more about “The Brownstone” – Ribs, Seafood & Daily Specials



JetBlue Celebrates 15 Years Operating Aruba Flights

JetBlue recently celebrated 15 years anniversary of operating flights to Aruba.

It all started in 2006 when JetBlue announced it will start offering daily flights to Aruba, out of John F Kennedy International Airport in New York. 

In 2007, one year after the initial flight to Aruba, Jetblue was offering flights to one happy island out of Boston. 

The demand for flights to Aruba out of Boston was so high that the initial weekly flights plan turned into daily flights. 

JetBlue hit a major milestone on the road to 15 years anniversary flying to Aruba, when the airline flew in it’s one millionth traveler to the island in 2014. 

The airline later added Fort Lauderdale (January 2017) and Newark (November 2020) on their flight schedule to Aruba. 

From offering its first Aruba flight in 2016, fast forward to 2021, JetBlue is now the largest market share holder (27%) for departing flights out of Aruba.


JetBlue in flight to Aruba.


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New Spot To Eat, Drink & Watch The Sunset

There’s a new restaurant / bar in Aruba that offers local food, cold beers and beautiful sunsets. 

Two new establishments in one spot – it’s like the best of both worlds.

The new restaurant is called “Cadushi Sunset Terrace” and the new bar is known as “Straddle it Saloon”.

Cadushi Sunset Terrace has a “Flaming Saturday & Sunday” BBQ special:

  • Chicken and Ribs for $10.00
  • Chicken, Ribs and Chorizo $13.00

Or try their regular menu which features coconut shrimp, fish, steak and hamburgers.

For the cold beers and drinks go to Straddle it Saloon. It’s a new biker bar offering cold beers, even the locally made brews like Balashi, Chill and the New Magic Mango. 

They are located at the previous bar known as “Mi Dudu Bar” in Moko.

The restaurant / bar is set on top of large boulders, which gives you  beautiful view when the sun sets in background.

Both are open daily:

  • Monday – Friday 4.00 pm – 11.00 pm
  • Weekends – 4.00 pm – 1:00 pm


Ike’s Bistro New Vegan Menu

Ike’s Bistro is a popular resort restaurant in Aruba and they have a new vegan menu that is worth trying if you like to eat healthy food. 

The new menu was created by Executive Chef Sandro Herald and his team of cooks.

It’s a interesting menu that features mouthwatering green food.

You can select anything to eat from the menu, or you can pick a three course meal that is paired with a wine tasting experience.

Here’s a view of the menu:

    • Appetizers – Vegan Fish Taco, Chickpeas Tartare & Avocado, Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings, Vegetable Tempura, Tomato Basil Soup, Lemongrass Carrot Ginger Soup, Arugula Jackfruit Salad and Mesclun Salad.
    • Main Course – Sesame Ginger Duck (has gluten in it), Stuffed Corn Chips & Avocado, Grilled Fish Filet, Roasted Cauliflower, Truffle Porcini Risotto, and Grilled Tofu.
    • Dessert – Caribbean Snickers

The jackfruit salad is a perfect appetizer to start of your vegan three course meal at Ike’s!

Ike’s Bistro also continues to offer their regular menu with seafood and meat for non-vegans.

It’s an open air restaurant, under a large cabana located at Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa.



Aruba Awarded 3 Times by Travel + Leisure

Aruba ranks 3 times by Travel + Leisure online magazine the “world’s best awards 2021.” 

Travel + Leisure readers vote for the best islands, cities, hotels, cruise lines, airports and other vacation experiences. 

Aruba wins in 3 different categories including:

  1. Top 25 islands in the Caribbean
  2. Top 25 islands in the world
  3. Top 25 resorts in the Caribbean

Here’s how Aruba ranks in the “best of the world awards” by Travel + Leisure, according to readers who voted:

  • Top 25 Island in the Caribbean – Aruba #3
  • Top 25 Island in the world – Aruba #18
  • Top 25 Caribbean Resort – Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort #12

What makes Aruba attractive to visitors around the globe?

The happy and friendly locals on this island is a major attraction – the crystal clear beaches and tropical paradise nature is extra!

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New Games at Wind Creek Casino

There’s a new exciting gaming machine at Wind Creek casino called Battle Challenge.

Battle Challenge is fun and gives players the thrill of racing to win prizes. The game let’s you challenge other players, and play “against the house” in a racing competition resembling “Mario Kart”.

The race cars speeds up around a track and you can wager more to accelerate the car. Players can slow down opponents cars, or use power ups to protect their car from being slowed down in the race.

Only the first, second and third places are rewarded with free play, credits to purchase food, cash, and other prizes.

The battle challenge racing game is available at Wind Creek Crystal Casino.

Here’s a video (2 minutes) of the game in action, and how it works.



Carnival 2022 Still Uncertain

Carnival celebrations are uncertain due to the current pandemic around the world, this is also the case in Aruba.

Aruba is known to have one of the most beautiful parades on the globe.

The celebration of Carnival is one of the oldest traditions on the island.

Aruba’s Cultural Minister and the official organization that manages Carnival in Aruba did not make a final decision as of yet, whether to let Carnival resume in 2022.

There are plenty of factors to consider before a decision can be made, according to the President of the Carnival Organization.

Carnival season in Aruba is a guaranteed good time!

According to tradition on the island, the Carnival season starts on November 11 with the release of the official jingle.

Followed by a Torch Parade, known as Fakkel Optocht, on the first Saturday in January – and queen elections, and several other parades.



Aruba Expands Fleets of Public Buses

Aruba’s public transportation company, known as Arubus, is set to expand its fleet of buses.

The current fleet at Arubus consists of 20 buses.

Now there are 15 new buses that are being shipped from Brazil, which will make the fleet 35 buses. 

There’s no date yet when the buses will arrive in Aruba.

Arubus also revamped their bus schedule due to coronavirus as of September 5, 2021.

To find out more about the new bus schedule’s visit Arubus route scheduler.  

Public bus fare in Aruba are as follow:

  • $2.60 per trip
  • $5.00 roundtrip
  • $10.00 day pass

You can visit nearly all the beaches in Aruba with public transportation.

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Air Travel Ban Between Venezuela Extended

The local Department of Civil Aviation extends the ban on air travel between Venezuela and Aruba for another 3 months. 

This announcement was made public by the department in the local news on September 10, 2021 with a notice to airmen number A0543/21.

All general, commercial flights and shipping packages from or to Venezuela will be suspended until December 10, 2021. 

Air Travel between the two countries is suspended due to the instability within Venezuela at the moment.



Aruba Eases Corona Measures

The Prime Minister of Aruba announced the easing of measures, after taking strict measures to stop the spread of delta virus on the island.

It wasn’t long ago that the Prime Minister applied curfew and other measures as the number of active cases started to rise. 

The measures were timely, as today the cases are considerably low and a high rate of vaccination throughout the local population.

Here are the new measures that are effective as of September 2, 2021

  • Curfew is eliminated (also known as – toque de queda)
  • All establishment are required to close at 12:00 AM
  • Restaurants are allowed to seat 6 people per table (was 4 before)
  • Face masks are still required
  • It’s prohibited to consume alcohol on public roads
  • Social distance remains

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“Rosario Bibo” at Alto Vista Chanel

The Alto Vista Chapel is holding a Rosario Bibo on September 20, 2021.

Rosario Bibo is the local name for a live rosary mass service on the island. 

The Alto Vista Chapel is one of the iconic spots in Aruba to visit. 

It has been pictured in many ways throughout the years on instagram – the most visited time is in the morning hours by tours. However, this “Rosario Bibo” is going to be special, as the ceremony of the Rosario Bibo will be held at night.

If you are on the island and are looking for a special way to pray with rosary, pass by the Alto Vista Chapel starting at 7:30 pm (September 20, 2021).


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If you’re in Aruba, go to the alto vista chapel for rosario bibo.


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