Aruba Looks Into Easing Entry Requirements for Vaccinated Travelers

CEO of Aruba’s Tourism Authority announced that the tourism board is looking into easing entry requirements for vaccinated travelers.

She confirmed that her team is working on a management plan to roll out the new entry requirements that vaccinated travelers have to maintain. 

This does not mean that entry is denied to travelers who are not vaccinated. 

Everyone is welcome to visit Aruba, the One Happy Island, if you have all the current entry requirements by the Aruban officials, including a negative covid test results.

Once this new program is approved, vaccinated travelers will not be required to show proof of a negative coronavirus test.



Aruba Has The Highest Vaccination Rate in The Caribbean

According to, ourworldindata.org – Aruba leads the way when it comes to the island with the highest vaccine taken per 100 inhabitants. And the island ranks second as the best vaccinated country in the world. 

This means that Aruba is on the right path to recovery. Visitors can also feel comfortable and safe that the island is one of the safest places to visit during these times.

Take a look at the statistics below, which shows the share of people who received at least one vaccine dose of covid-19. 



Vacunathon Was a Success

In an effort to reach herd immunity on the island, the government of Aruba organized a vaccination marathon, locally dubbed as vacunathon.

The vaccination marathon took place on April 24 – 25, 2021.

This is part of the Government’s vision to vaccinate 85% of the island population in order to reach herd immunity and help Aruba recover from the coronavirus crisis. 

The vacunathon was only for locals who were receiving the first dose of vaccination.

The community is responding well to the new movement “ban vacuna” in Papiamento “Let’s vaccinate”, because  7001 locals received their first vaccine during the vacunathon event.

Another edition of vacunathon may possibly be on the way, according to the health minister.

As of April 28, 2021 a total of…

  • 53.631 locals are vaccinated
  • 60.314 locals registered to get vaccinated
  • 33.108 locals received 1st dosis
  • 20.523 locals with 2nd dosis
  • 74.154 total applied vaccinations

At the moment the island is slightly over 50% vaccinated.


 


Aruba’s New & Less Strict Coronavirus Measures

Aruba has new coronavirus measures as of April 26, 2021.

The Aruban Government eased the current rules and regulations, because the amount of infections on the island has reduced significantly, and the amount of people receiving vaccinations is increasing daily. 

The new measures announced by the Government include:

New Closing Hours

A change in closing hours (retail stores & supermarkets) 10.00 pm (before it was 9:00 pm) – The Public Health Department will review measures for restaurant closing hours on May 15, 2021. 

Toque de Queda (Curfew)

Curfew is now set to 11:00 pm (before it was 10:00 pm)

Gebiedsverbod (area prohibition)

It is not allowed to be on the beach, parking lots and public area’s after 7.30 pm (before this was at 7:00 pm)

Fitness Centers

Gyms are allowed to open again with strict protocols.

The new coronavirus measures are effective as of April 26, 2021 until further review and announcements by the Government.


Manchebo Beach Resort Unveils Luxurious Hospitality Lounge

Manchebo resort revealed their brand new hospitality lounge.

What used to be a gift store is now a lounge – a place to relax and refresh.

Inside of the lounge was inspired by interior design company in Venezuela (Adriana Hoyos)

The new lounge is called “Bill’s Hospitality Lounge” named after Bill Crona, who is the chairman of the resort’s board. 

General Manager of Manchebo Beach Resort says “the new lounge adds a new luxury experience to the property that guests have come to enjoy while staying at the hotel”.

Manchebo also added a new spacious open air lobby to welcome guests.


The new Bill’s Hospitality Lounge.


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These Are The New Coronavirus Measures in Aruba

Aruba will have new coronavirus measures as of April 26, 2021.

The Aruban Government eased the current rules and regulations, because the amount of infections on the island has reduced significantly, and the amount of people receiving vaccinations is increasing daily. 

The new measurements announced by the Government include:

New Closing Hours

A change in closing hours (retail stores & supermarkets) 10.00 pm (before it was 9:00 pm) – The Public Health Department will review measures for restaurant closing hours on May 15, 2021. 

Toque de Queda (Curfew)

Curfew is now set to 11:00 pm (before it was 10:00 pm)

Gebiedsverbod (area prohibition)

It is not allowed to be on the beach, parking lots and public area’s after 7.30 pm (before this was at 7:00 pm)

Fitness Centers

Gyms are allowed to open again with strict protocols.

The new coronavirus measures will be effective as of April 26, 2021 until further review and announcements by the Government.



Locals Continue To Vaccinate To Reach Herd Immunity

In an effort to reach herd immunity on the island, the government of Aruba is organizing a vaccination marathon, locally dubbed as vacunathon.

The vaccination marathon takes place on April 24 – 25, 2021.

It’s expected that over 10.000 locals will receive their first vaccination during the two days of the vacunathon (Pfizer).

This is part of the Government’s vision to vaccinate 85% of the island population in order to reach herd immunity and help Aruba recover from the coronavirus crisis. 

The vacunathon is only for locals who are receiving the first dose of vaccination.

The community is responding well to the new movement “ban vacuna” in Papiamento “Let’s vaccinate”.

As of April 24, 2021 over 49.351 locals have already received their first shot of vaccination (Pfizer). 

The state of vaccination in Aruba as of April 24, 2021:

  • Amount of locals registered to get vaccinated: 56.318
  • Amount of locals with 1st dose: 29.423
  • Amount of locals with 2nd dose: 19.928
  • Total vaccinations applied: 69.279

On The Road To Aruba’s Electoral Debate 2021

The Aruban Government of Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Coes offered its resignation to the governor of the island a few weeks ago. 

That decision was made after the Public Prosecution Service in Aruba announced that a criminal investigation is taking place into the misuse of money by one of the Governments coalition party.

Aruba’s Chamber of Commerce, together with the University of Aruba is organizing a electoral debate, before the new Government election in June.

This debate is a chance for locals and everyone who is interested to hear representatives of different political parties discuss various relevant and critical topics concerning the island at the moment.

Topics that will be debated are economic, public finance, labour, healthcare system, tourism, justice, school system, social situations.

The debate will take place on June 3 & 13, 2021. 

Both debates can be seen on local TV and you can also follow it online via Live Streaming (a link to debate will be shared as soon as it is available).



Occupancy Rates at Timeshare Resorts in Aruba

According to the President of Aruba Timeshare Association, this hotel industry is still strong, even at the start and during the pandemic. 

Visitors that own timeshare in Aruba were the last to leave the island, when the pandemic started, and the first to arrive in Aruba when traveling was possible again.

Tourism is starting to pick up in Aruba again, with over 45.000 visitors in March 2021. It’s estimated that over 40% of Aruba’s current visitors are timeshare owners. 

At the moment, timeshare hotels have a 60% room occupancy rate, which is lower than usual, but still good considering the pandemic situation.

The occupancy rate for timeshares in Aruba are higher compared to non timeshare resorts and Airbnb’s at the moment. 

Costa Linda resort is one of the timeshare hotels in Aruba that has the highest room occupancy rate currently, set at 86%.

Aruba’s timeshare owners are the heart of the island travel industry. 

Thank you for making Aruba, your home away from home.



Chef Matt Boland Leaves Hilton Resort

Award winning Chef Matt Boland announced his retirement at Hilton Aruba after working as executive chef since December 2017.

Matt Boland was part of the culinary team at various restaurants and resorts on the island, including Radisson and Hilton. 

Hilton’s famed steakhouse, Sunset Grille, became a Triple A Four Diamond restaurant, under the leadership of Matt Boland. 

Sunset Grille is one of the only two restaurants with this achievement in Aruba. 

Matt has secured Sunset Grille as one of the visitors favorite places on the island.

He achieved exactly what he said he was going to do, when he took on the responsibility to work at Hilton as executive Chef – develop a fresh concept for Gilligan’s Beach Bar & Grill, the resorts seaside restaurant, and continue to nurture and expend the steakhouse experience at the Sunset Grill with innovation and cutting edge tasting dishes. 

According to Chef Matt Boland, he’s going on a new journey to fulfill his personal endeavors.


Friendly Reminder: It’s Not Allowed To Bring Home Beach Sand or Seashells

Airport custom agents are still intercepting many visitors who are returning home with seashells, beach sand, and corals. 

The amount of corals, seashells, and beach sand confiscated lately by the custom agents is alarming. 

It might seem fun and innocent to bring beach sand or sea shells back home as a souvenir, but this is illegal, and you can get fined.

According to the international treaty CITES and Aruba’s local laws, it’s prohibited to remove or export seashells, corals and beach sand from the island. 

If you decide to take home any item that belongs to Aruba’s environment, you may be confronted with a fine and get the items confiscated when checking in for departure. 

This is not a pleasant experience when departing Aruba. 

Let’s remember to respect Aruba’s nature and protect the environment.



Play Ball! – Aruba’s “Big Baseball League” Finally Starts

The grand opening and official start of Aruba’s “big league” baseball season took place on April 24, 2021.

Now you can see Aruban athletes play baseball on live streams, or watch the games in the stands if you happen to be in Aruba during the season games.

The baseball games will take place until June 20, 2021. 

There’s also an All Star game on May 29, 2021. 

The Big League category is for players between the ages of 16 – 19 years old. 

Different districts around the island registered their teams for this new season, including but not limited to North League (North Indians and Hammersharks), Center League (Quality Chiropractic Grasshoppers and Gillette Stars) and the South League (White Sharks). 

If you’re in Aruba during the big league season, you can watch a game of baseball and see what talent Aruba has to offer. Maybe you’ll see one of these aspiring players in the MLB soon.

Here’s a schedule preview of the big league games. 

  • April – 25
  • May – 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23
  • May – 29 (All Star Game)
  • June – 5,6,12 (Playoffs)
  • June – 13, 19, 20 (Finals)

Click here’s to see the latest schedule for the big league games in 2021.



Stormy Hurricane Season Expected in 2021

Forecasters are expecting another wild hurricane season in 2021, after record setting 2020.

Last year’s hurricane season was the most active on record with 13 hurricanes and 30 storms. Six major hurricanes were ranked category 3 or higher. 

Weather experts are predicting numerous tropical storms during the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, in terms of activity. 

If predictions are correct, this year will have 17 storms (average is 12 per season), 8 hurricanes (average is 4 per season), and 4 major hurricanes (average is 2 per season).

They also predict that 1 of those major hurricanes can possibly affect the Caribbean region.

Aruba is usually safe from storms and hurricanes, because the island is located safely outside of the hurricane belt.

If you’re looking for a safe place during the story times, visit Aruba.

Hurricane season starts June 1, 2021 until November 30, 2021. 


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Aruba’s Airport – Project Gateway 2030 Officially Starts in June 2021

Aruba Airport Authority announced that they will officially start their redevelopment project “Gateway 2030” in June 2021.

The project is aimed at addressing the airport’s capacity restraints, customer experience, and sustainability. 

Plans for “Project Gateway 2030” were announced before the COVID-19 pandemic. Regardless of the current crisis, the Airport decided to resume the project with a new mode of execution. 

This multiyear project will now happen in phases, in order to control and manage the progress of the project in the best way possible. 

The first phase of redevelopment includes:

  1. Constructing a new baggage hall
  2. Installing a new baggage handling system
  3. Expanding the US check in hall
  4. Expanding the airside and landside connections

The objectives for the first phase of redevelopment includes:

  1. Eliminating the need to recollect baggage on the way to US pre-clearance.
  2. Set a touchless and seamless check in process.
  3. Second screening only for selectee screening.
  4. Allow airlines to reduce the connection times at their respective hubs (tail to tail transfers). 
  5. Construct and operate projects in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. 

Project Gateway 2030 will be executed by five local contractors including: 

  • Albo Aruba
  • Bohama Aruba
  • Arubaanse Wegenbouw Maatschappij
  • Croon Caribe
  • CHS Technical Contracting & Technical Contracting


According to the Airport’s Director of Development & Technology “Project Gateway 2030 first phase will make use of the latest technology and innovation to benefit passengers. The new redevelopments will make travelers journey faster, seamless and hassle-free.”

The first phase of redevelopment for Gateway 2030 costs 140 million dollars and generates more than 200 local jobs. 

The groundbreaking for the first phase in redevelopment of Aruba’s airport will happen in June 2021.

Gateway 2030’s first milestone will be reached in February 2023, when the new baggage handling building and system will be completed. The second milestone is in August 2023, when the new check in hall will be completed. 

Phase 1 of the project should be fully completed in July 2024. 

The CEO of Aruba’s Airport, Joost Meijs, said “The planning and designing phase is complete, it’s time to execute our ambitions – we are excited to make history together.


Tourism Bounces Back Strong
Aruba is experiencing a rise in tourism numbers due to the growing demand for travel in the USA. 

48.967 travelers stepped foot on Aruba in March 2021. The majority of visitors were from North America (43.464), the rest were from Europe (2.538), Latin America (1.895) and 1.070 from other countries in the region. 

According to the Airport in Aruba, more than 15.000 travelers are expected within the first week of April 2021.


malmok boardwalk project in Aruba


California Lighthouse Open Again After Renovations

The California Lighthouse is open again for visitors after closing its doors in February for maintenance.

Renovations at the California Lighthouse include repairing the wooden stairs, plastering and painting the interior walls, and fixing the windows. 

A new banister was also installed to support visitors while climbing the stairs to the top of the lighthouse.

The new banister not only functions as support while climbing, but also prevents visitors from touching and leaning against the limestone walls when climbing. This will help against deterioration of the lighthouse walls.  


new banister, and stair at California Lighthouse.


Cosecha Presents New Art Collections & Shopping Night

There’s a new art collection on display at Cosecha Aruba.

Cosecha Aruba is one of the island’s best art galleries to visit if you are interested in purchasing local artisanal products. 

The new art collection features beautiful fauna paintings on antique wine bottles and tote bags created by local artist, Erika Moran. 

All of Erika’s new designs are inspired by Aruba’s nature, including various birds around the island.

The new art collection is for sale at Cosecha Art Gallery, located in the downtown area.

Starting April 8, 2021 it’s shopping night every Thursday at the Cosecha art gallery in Oranjestad.


The new art collection at Cosecha.


Watch Baseball Games in Aruba

Now you can watch Aruban athletes play baseball, after the island’s Little League organization announced that “Big League” baseball season will start again. 

The Big League category is for players between the ages of 16 – 19 years old. 

Different districts around the island have registered their teams for this new season, including but not limited to North League (North Indians and Hammersharks), Center League (Quality Chiropractic Grasshoppers and Gillette Stars) and the South League (White Sharks). More local teams are planning to join the league and create a big competition. 



The baseball games will start April 17, 2021 until June 20, 2021. There’s also an All Star game planned on May 29, 2021. 

If you’re in Aruba during the big league season, you can watch a game of baseball and see what talent Aruba has to offer. Maybe you’ll see one of these aspiring players in the MLB soon.

Here’s a schedule preview of the big league games. 

  • April – 17,18, 24, 25
  • May – 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23
  • May – 29 (All Star Game)
  • June – 5,6,12 (Playoffs)
  • June – 13, 19, 20 (Finals)

Full schedule will be posted soon by the league officials. (all games will be played in Santa Cruz – Veld di Winston)


Aruba Continues With Vaccination Program

The public health department of Aruba announced that the local vaccination program is heading in the positive direction.

According to the health department, over 47.000 locals have registered to receive the vaccine. This represents almost a third of the island’s population. 

The amount of locals who successfully received the vaccination is also increasing. As of this week, over 22.000 locals got the first vaccine dose, and over 11.000 got the second dose. 

More than 33.000 vaccines were applied since the first day of vaccination.

1000 locals are being vaccinated every day on the island on average. The health department’s goal is to increase the amount of vaccinations to between 2000 and 3000 daily.

The Health Minister mentioned that Aruba will only get one vaccine brand, and that’s Pfizer. 

The Netherlands sent another batch (30.420) of vaccines to Aruba to continue the vaccination program on April 14, 2021.


Fast Ferry Project Still in The Horizon

The fast ferry project announced a few years ago, is still in the pipeline, according to Transport Minister.

This project was put on hold, due to different situations that presented after the project was announced, including Coronavirus.

The Transport Minister said “the fast ferry project is currently on hold, but will be developed in the future”.

Fast ferry project will be a new way of transportation between Aruba & Curacao (and possibly Bonaire).


conceptual design fast ferry harbor..


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Happy Easter to you and your family.

Easter weekend is usually celebrated with locals camping on beaches around the island, but this year is different.

No Camping This Year

A tradition during Easter was cancelled this year.

This is the second year camping has been cancelled since coronavirus first came to Aruba in March 2020. Camping means agglomeration, and the current rules put in place for coronavirus don’t allow. 

Driving near the beaches this time of the month you would usually see tents, caravans, and locals having fun on the beach. The most popular beaches for local campers are Baby Beach, Rodgers Beach, Santo Largo, Surfside, Eagle Beach, and Arashi.

Let’s see if camping, Aruba’s tradition during Easter, goes ahead in 2022.


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Enjoying the camping a years ago…


A Step Closer To coronavirus Recovery

The Netherlands sent Aruba an additional 11.700 vaccines on April 2, 2021.

Total people vaccinated on the island as of March 31, 2021 is over 17.000 and more than 36.000 registered. 

The amount of people vaccinations administered per day was also increased to a maximum of 3000 locals per day.

As of April 5, 2021 – the standard protocols for the administration of the second COVID-19 vaccine dose in Aruba will change. 

The time-lapse between the first and second vaccine doses was 3 weeks, but now will change from anywhere to 3 – 6 weeks.

Health officials in Aruba have decided to adapt the time between the first and second vaccine, because all registered seniors have already received their second vaccine and are well protected.

The department of public health indicated that the effectiveness of the first vaccine dose remains high even when the second vaccine is given after 3 weeks, and also when it is administered within the 6th week after the first shot.

According to the Health Minister, the plan is to vaccinate as many locals 18 years and elders with the first dose.



Alcoholic Beverages Prohibited in Public Spaces & Public Roads

A new temporary ministerial regulation prohibits the consumption of alcohol or possessing alcohol in public areas. This new regulation is put in place to slow down the possibility of spreading coronavirus on the island. 

You are allowed to purchase alcohol in the supermarket and transport it, but consuming alcoholic beverages in public areas is not allowed.

Visitors are allowed to have alcoholic drinks on the resort property (including the beaches located close to their resort).

There’s also an area prohibition, meaning no one is allowed on the beach after 7:00 pm – unless you are located on the beach at your resort. 

Bars and restaurants are complying with new safety protocols, including 4 guests per table (kids under 12 do not count).

The temporary prohibition will be revised and possibly lifted on April 11, 2021.


weekly-sunday-brunch-in-aruba-at-the-mill

Drink responsibly, and not in public.


 Aruba’s Government Resigns

The Prime Minister of Aruba announced on March 30, 2021 that the Government has resigned, after the Public Prosecutor’s Office announced an investigation on the Governments coalition party (POR), short for Pueblo Orgulloso y Respeta (Proud & Respected Community).

Leader of the coalition party POR, is being investigated on the suspicion of embezzlement of Government funds.

Cabinet Wever-Croes, will only manage pending cases until a new Government is elected. 

The next election date was set to take place in September 2021, however, with the current situation, the election will happen on June 25, 2021.



Radisson Blu Officially Open

The newest resort in Aruba is finally open – Radisson Blu. 

The resort has over 133 suites – and is the second Radisson Blu in the Caribbean region (first one located in Punta Cana). 

Radisson Blu is located on the Palm Beach strip.

Look forward to a comfortable and luxurious stay, featuring swimming pools, gym, including a restaurant (Fire Lake Grill House & Cocktail Bar).

Book a stay at the new Radisson Blu if you’re visiting Aruba soon. 

Take a look at the spectacular views of the new resort.


All this blue, is beautiful.

The captivating entrance…

Take a dip in a brand new pool…

The views are spectacular


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Aruba Eyes To Extend CommonPass Travel Benefits To New York Visitors & Major Airlines

According to the Ministry of Tourism, travelers visiting Aruba from New York may be the next ones to be added to the list of passengers to use the new CommonPass program. Major US airlines may also be included into the new travel program. 

CommonPass is a new partnership between Aruba and JetBlue to allow travelers to visit Aruba with the least effort possible when it comes to COVID-19 entry requirements with fast and easy entry into the island. 

The new app lets visitors upload their COVID-19 test results and entry requirements to gain entry to the island directly into the app, and enjoying a dedicated pass through immigration upon arrival to get the vacation started as soon as possible. 

CommonPass app is not only beneficial towards visitors, but also restores the trust into travelers that Aruba truly is a safe place to visit during this Coronavirus pandemic.

Only visitors traveling from Boston (Logan International Airport) with JetBlue apply for the CommanPass travel program at the moment.

Read more – Aruba’s New CommonPass Program For JetBlue Travelers. 

Cruise Tourism Resumes in June 2021

Tourism Minister announced that cruise ship tourism will resume in the first week of June, one year after the Coronavirus pandemic started.

The first ship to dock at Aruba in June is really one of the most luxurious ships on the seas, Celebrity Millenium. This multi million dollar renovated ship is part of the Royal Caribbean Group that plans to set sail on a journey that includes Barbados, Sint Maarten, Curacao, and Aruba in June. 

Aruba Ports Authority and Cruise Ships have strong regulations, including everyone who visits Aruba by ship needs to have a proof of vaccination, including  crew members. Besides a proof of vaccination, everyone needs to show a negative PCR test within 72 hours of boarding the cruise ship.

According to the Minister of Tourism, additional strict protocols are being put in place in order to manage the new normal in cruise travel.

Over 1 million cruise visitors were expected to visit Aruba before the pandemic started on the island in 2020.

According to the Tourism Minister, almost 54.000 cruise visitors are expected as of June until the end of 2021. 

He also mentioned that between June and September, 3 cruise ships are expected to dock on the island weekly, including ships from Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Aruba Receives 3rd Batch of Vaccines

Aruba received its 3rd batch of 17.550 vaccines from Pfizer on March 23, 2021. The vaccines were sent from The Netherlands on a Dutch airplane, KLM.

This new batch of vaccines are destined to be used as the initial dose shot for first responders, locals 60 years or older, care givers, and locals between the age of 18 – 60 years old with health issues. 

As of today over 35.000 locals have registered to vaccinate. 

Aruba a Step Ahead in Sustainable Tourism

Three destinations were nominated by Travel+Leisure’s Global Vision Awards 2021 for taking measures to protect their land and communities for generations of visitors (and residents) to come.

Honored in this years list is Aruba, New Zealand and Pharaoh Islands.

In my eyes, Aruba is the winner.

Picture it…

A tiny island, mentioned amongst larger lands…

This little rock has the potential to be the leader when it comes to sustainable tourism, if you really look into it.

Aruba has one of the premier eco friendly resorts on the island, and around the world known as Bucuti & Tara. And more resorts are continuing the green trend on the island.

The island is also leading the charge for sustainable tourism, because the Government denied the continued use or importation of plastic products. Including the ban on all sunscreens containing octinoxate and oxybenzone.

Aruba is also focused on being the first island in the Caribbean to provide 100% clean energy to the community, with clean energy projects such the largest solar panel installation on the island at the Airports parking lot, and several wind turbines on the Southeast end of Aruba.

Soul Beach Music Festival 2021 Cancelled 

Soul Beach Music Festival in Aruba is officially cancelled. 

The Aruban Government has confirmed that large gatherings will not be allowed during the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, so unfortunately, the festival cannot safely go ahead as planned.

Due to the Governments advice and the current situation, the team at Soul Beach Music Festival found the need to adjust the scheduling for this year’s music festival. 

Anyone still holding a ticket from the 2020 festival will receive an email by April 7, 2021, allowing them to hold onto their tickets for exchange in 2022 or get a refund. 

Soul Beach Festival is looking forward to returning in May 2022.

Roadblocks & Traffic Detours Ahead

The road between the roundabout in Pos Chiquito (after the bridge) and La Granja Restaurant, will be closed for 8 weeks (between 9:00 am – 4:00 pm).

If you want to visit different sites and beaches on the Southeast end of the island, you have to take a detour on your way from Oranjestad to San Nicolas.

You have to take the first exit on the roundabout, after passing the new bridge on Green Corridor, as a detour that will take you towards Spaans Lagoon, Santo Largo and Savaneta back on the main road towards the Southeast end of the island.

Bartending Competition in Aruba

There’s a bartending competition in Aruba that you must attend if you’re on the island during the month of March. 

The event is simple, 12 bartenders created a one of a kind cocktail that they are offering at their restaurant or bar – and you get to vote who has the best cocktail!

For more information about the event, drinks and bartenders, read more here – Aruba’s King or Queen of Cocktails 2021. 


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It’s Getting Easier To Travel to Aruba Now

Aruba formed a partnership together with Jetblue, The Commons Project Foundations, and COVID testing companies Vault and XpresCheck, to launch the use of the CommonPass platform. 

This platform allows travelers who fly with JetBlue (Boston Logan International Airport) to Aruba, to enter the island using the CommonPass digital health pass. 

The CommonPass platform enables safer travel and easy entry, because travelers can simply scan their passports and other requirements in the app to verify that they meet the entry requirements for Aruba. 

JetBlue already started the program, and the first flight with CommonPass landed Tuesday (March 16, 2021) and will continue for all JetBlue flights from Boston to Aruba.

Aruba became the first Government to adopt the platform to streamline entry into the island. 



Travelers visiting Aruba are required to test for negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of or upon arrival on the island.

Instead of uploading the negative COVID-test result in a separate website, passengers can now upload their results using the CommonPass app, which will streamline the arrival process in Aruba.

This CommonPass app only applies for travelers flying with JetBlue and who utilize JetBlue’s testing partners, Vault for supervised at home PCR test or XpresCheck for in person testing.

Additional testing facilities will be added to the CommonPass app soon. 

Travelers with CommonPass app will have access to dedicated immigration lanes and pass through effortlessly, and start the vacation as soon as possible.

Paul Meyer, CEO, of The Common Project Foundation said, “CommonPass and the CommonTrust network provide passengers, airlines, and governments with a trusted system to digitally verify that an international traveler meets entry requirements upon arrival. Our registry of health data sources – information from labs, pharmacies, hospitals and health departments – is essential to giving the public the confidence to once again travel, attend events and enjoy activities they did prior to COVID-19”.

How To Enter Aruba With CommonPass App

Follow the steps below to successfully complete the process:

  1. Download the CommonPass app, prior to flight.
  2. Test for COVID-19 with Vault or XpresCheck (at home or airport).
  3. Enter invitation code after testing into the app & upload results.
  4. Fill in your online ED-Card
  5. CommonPass users pass through dedicated immigration lanes.

Proof of Vaccination Soon Allowed To Enter Aruba

At the moment, Aruba requires travelers to test 100% and show a negative test result to enter the island. 

According to the CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority, the requirements to enter Aruba can possibly also include a verification of vaccination.

This does not mean, you have to be vaccinated to enter the island, or else. It’s simply a flexible requirement to let visitors in without testing, if they have proof of vaccination. 

However, not yet official, still under review, but this is one of the changes in the future.

The protocols and management of this new entry requirements are being put in place at the moment, and will be announced when complete.

New requirement rules for entry for cruise ships are also being put in place, and most likely will only include travelers who are vaccinated.



Aruba Vaccination Program

Aruba started its vaccination program for locals on February 17, 2021.

The vaccines arrived on a Dutch airline KLM 777, named “Epidaurus” which was the name of a healing center during Greek & Roman times. 

Over 10.000 locals have been vaccinated as of March 5, 2021, and almost 32.000 people registered to get vaccinated (14.000 people of the registered group are locals 60+ years old). 

The Government of Aruba plans for 80% or more of the community to be vaccinated before the summer. 

According to the Health Minister, the vaccination program includes vaccinating between 300 to 800 people per day, until everyone who registered is vaccinated. 

The vaccine brand used in Aruba at the moment is Pfizer.

According to the Health Minister, a total of 17.550 vaccines are expected from The Netherlands on March 23, 2021 to continue with the vaccination program. 



Get Ready For Turtle Season

It’s that time of the year again, where Aruba’s oldest repeat visitors are coming back. 

I’m talking about leatherback sea turtles, and they are back to lay more eggs.

The leatherback sea turtles are protected by a local foundation called Turtugaruba.

They scout the beaches for turtle nest and barricade the areas. During the nesting season they monitor and protect the nests around the island and guide the turtles to the beach once they hatch.

Edith van der Wal, member of Turtugaruba explained that they expect more turtles to lay nests this year and are preparing for the annual nesting.

Last year a total of 40 nests were laid on Eagle Beach, this year more turtle nests are expected.

The baby turtles hatch after usually 60 day that the eggs have been nested.

Eagle Beach is not the only beach that turtles come to nest, Turtugaruba has located different leatherback turtles nesting sites including, Arashi, Bushiri, Rodgers Beach and Baby Beach.



Here’s a few rules you can follow in order to leave the turtles nest their eggs at night without disturbing or scaring them away:

  • Limit any sounds and movements that might stop the sea turtles to come ashore
  • Light can make a sea turtle turn back and not nest, no flash lights or camera flashes
  • Do not drive on the beaches with any type of vehicle, because the eggs can get crushed, and the compacted sand makes it harder for turtles to come out
  • No littering, because plastic materials can resemble a sea turtle’s favorite food, jellyfish
  • Do not disturb a nesting sea turtle, by trying to touch it, keep a safe distance at least 10 meters or more.

If you notice crawl marks on the beach on your morning beach stroll, tell the front desk at your resort to notify Turtugaruba (+297 5929393).

Two Boutique Hotels in San Nicolas

San Nicolas expects to receive two new boutique hotels at Baby Beach.

The boutique hotels will be located where Nanki Country Club (ex Esso Club) used to be (the abandoned buildings next to JADS Dive Center). 

Not much information can be said about the projects, because they are just in the initial stages of conception, said Haime Croes, the Director of Department for Infrastructure Management & Planning (DIP). 

It is known that the boutique hotels will have approximately 30 rooms. 

The project compliments the current renovations happening in San Nicolas at the moment, including new asphalt roads on Baby Beach. New facilities (bathrooms, parking spaces, huts, restaurants, kiosks, and sporting grounds). 

Another hotel, Secrets, is also under construction, overlooking Baby Beach (should be completed within 2 years).


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Layout of the future Baby beach resort, Secrets, in Seroe Colorado


Baby Beach itself will also be expanded with beach sand, including the Lone Palm Stadium area, creating more space for locals and visitors to enjoy the turquoise waters. 

A new pier was built at Rodgers Beach, which is a stone throw away from Baby Beach.

The upgrades at Baby Beach will take a few more months to complete.

Bartending Competition in Aruba

There’s a bartending competition in Aruba that you must attend if you’re on the island during the month of March. 

The event is simple, 12 bartenders created a one of a kind cocktail that they are offering at their restaurant or bar – and you get to vote who has the best cocktail!

For more information about the event, drinks and bartenders, read more here – Aruba’s King or Queen of Cocktails 2021. 


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With everything going on right now in the world, everybody is dreaming about a Caribbean vacation in Aruba. This version of Aruba’s Newsletter brings the dreamy vacation right to you.

Life is changing around the world, but one thing that remains the same – Aruba is open for happiness.

Happiness is whatever makes you happy, and guess what – it’s here.

Guess how many people made the decision to pack their suitcase, and make the vacation they have been waiting 0n since the virus outbreak a dream come true.

30.000+ Visitors in February 2021

Tourism is expected to pick up this summer, according to the World Travel  & Tourism Council (WTTC).

Aruba’s tourism will get a much needed boost, because of this upward trend in travelers behavior.

The islands Tourism Authority is doing a great job at working towards increasing tourism numbers, after the global travel market took a hit, because of Coronavirus.

According to Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA), 31.982 travelers set foot on the island in February 2021. Travelers from the USA make up 87% of the group, and the other 13% are visitors from Europe, Latin America, and other parts of the world.

Room occupancy in February 2021 was almost 70% lower compared to the same month in 2020.

ATA predicts that 42.000+ travelers will visit Aruba in March 2021.

When are you visiting Aruba?


The Return of Cruise Ships

It’s been a while since cruise ships docked onto the shores of Aruba – but if everything goes as planned, we’ll soon see the first cruise ship in the horizon, later this year in 2021. 

According to the CEO’s of Aruba Ports Authority (APA) and Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA), chances are high that the first cruise ships will arrive in Aruba during the summer time.

This information was verified after a meeting between the CEO’s and members of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association. 

Cruise ships do not intend to visit every island in the region, due to coronavirus. But Aruba is one of the islands in the Caribbean that will receive cruise ships as soon as cruises restarts.


Welcome Radisson Blu to Aruba

It’s official. A new hotel will open soon in Aruba. 

The newest resort to open its doors will be Radisson Blu.

Reservations will start as of April 15th, 2021. 

The resort has over 133 suites – and is the second Radisson Blu in the Caribbean region (first one located in Punta Cana). 

Radisson Blu is located on the Palm Beach strip.

Look forward to a comfortable and luxurious stay, featuring swimming pools, gym, including a restaurant (Fire Lake Grill House & Cocktail Bar).



Gone Are The Cool Casino Days

Gambling is one of the best things to do in Aruba at night.

Unfortunately, one of the gambling spots on the island known as, Cool Casino, closed its doors. 

Cool Casino has been managed by ESF Gaming Company International NV since July 2010.

If you’re an avid gambler on the island, you know about Cool Casino. In any case you do not know about the gambling spot, it was located in the RIU Palace Resort. 

Why did the casino close?

It’s a long story – but in short: debt, rent, and not complying to rules and regulations imposed by local bankers. 

This is the 3rd casino to close its doors during this pandemic including Eagle Casino (Eagle Aruba Beach Resort) & Excelsior Casino (Holiday Inn)

There’s still good news for gamblers, the owners of Holiday Inn are planning to reopen the casino (Excelsior) on their own.


Renovations Started at Baby Beach

Baby Beach is a iconic stretch of white sandy beach that attracts visitors and locals to San Nicolas.

The beautiful sandy shores and surroundings of Baby Beach are being renovated at the moment. 

After renovations are completed, Baby Beach will have an improved infrastructure, more restaurants, kiosks, and a larger beach area to swim. 

Also a new layer of asphalt will be placed on the road towards Baby Beach, from Seroe Colorado.



Who Makes The Best Cocktails in Aruba?

Drinks are a part of a Caribbean vacation – and there’s plenty of it in Aruba.

Twelve well known bartenders in Aruba are battling it out in a mixology challenge to find out who makes the best cocktails.

Each bartender will be creating their special cocktail in their respective restaurant or bar they work at for you to give it a try and vote. 

Food and drinks are a must in Aruba, and the go-to places are participating for the power of claiming their bartender as the best cocktail creator on the island. 

Here are the participating restaurants:

  1. Cafe The Plaza
  2. Fishes & More
  3. Hadicurari
  4. Moomba Beach
  5. Nos Clubhuis
  6. Que Pasa
  7. Salt & Pepper
  8. Sopranos Piano Bar
  9. Surfside Beach Bar
  10. Tango Argentine Grill
  11. Willem’s Dutch Pancakes

The mixology competition starts march 19 until March 31, 2021. 

You get a 5$ discount if you mention “KING05” when you order any one of the special cocktails.

Here are the participating bartenders, and where you can find them to taste their special creation. 

  • Maryleen Ras – Cafe The Plaza
  • Yaya Helder – Fisher & More
  • Gerson Albay – Hadicurari
  • Teun van Duin – Moomba Beach
  • Danny Kock – Moomba Beach
  • Johan de Beer – Nos Clubhuis
  • Denilson Geerman – Que Pasa
  • Roy van de Heuvel – Salt & Pepper
  • Tatiana Villa – Sopranos Piano Bar
  • JP Nahar – Surfside Beach Bar
  • Brandon Montes – Tango Argentine Grill
  • Naomi ter Wal – Willem’s Dutch Pancakes

Visit www.cocktailsaruba.com for more details and information.



A New Adventure with Aruba Nature Explorers

Aruba Nature Explorer is a new tour company on the island that offers a discovery tour as never before. 

The tour primarily focuses on sustainable tourism with an ecologically friendly base. 

One of the most beautiful things in Aruba are the beaches, but nature around the island is also a gorgeous sight to see. The landscape on the island is a diverse blend of flora, fauna, and land – waiting to be discovered.

Join a tour with Aruba Nature Explorers and leave with a deeper understanding and respect for Aruba. 

Here are some of the most popular tours:

  • Follow The Gold at Bushiribana Gold Mills
  • Mindfulness Sunrise Hike & Beach Meditation
  • Bird Watching & Hiking
  • Seroe Colorado & San Nicolas Hiking
  • Spanish Lagoon


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