Borders Won’t Closed, So You Can Visit Soon

The second wave of coronavirus is in Aruba, but the Government won’t be closing the border like they did the first time. 

According to the Tourism Minister, coronavirus is a reality that we all have to live with around the world, and closing the borders for travelers is not an option anytime soon to stop the spread of COVID. 

The borders need to stay open in a responsible manner to keep a balance between the economic and health state of the island. 

This means you can be sure that you will be able to travel to Aruba in the near future, until further notice by the Government.


Tourism Keeps Growing Even With Corona

Aruba ended the month of July with close to 14.000 visitors. 

The amount of visitors was higher than expected by the tourism board, and paints a positive picture for the island,in the midst of coronavirus times. 

Aruba could break records in August, because the tourism board is expecting a large number of visitors again, between close to 25.000 international travelers.

The current numbers are far below average, because the island is used to welcoming over 1 million visitors each year. But it looks like tourism is slowly picking up, and will reach 40% occupancy by the end of December, according to Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association.



Official COVID-19 Testing Requirements To Visit Aruba

Aruba Tourism Authority launched a new informational page to guide visitors through the coronavirus testing requirements before entering the island. 

The Government of Aruba requires all visitors to undergo a molecular SARS-CoV-2 test based on a nasal or swab (children under 14 years old are exempt from testing). All tests need to be performed by a certified lab, and the results need to be uploaded as part of the ED card process. 

All states in the USA have different entry requirements for Aruba.

On the new informational page you can select your place of residence and get the official information that you are required to comply with.

The information is available for the USA, Canada, Europe, Bonaire, Curacao and Caribbean (except Dominican Republic & Haiti)

Visit www.aruba.com/coronavirus-testing-requirements

 



The Easy Way To Find COVID-19 Testing Locations in USA

Traveling around the world right now is not easy to do, and Aruba is no exception. If you want to travel to Aruba you have to follow strict regulations, and one of them is to test for coronavirus prior to your departure. 

Some travelers manage to comply with all regulations, but many other visitors can’t find a testing site that provides COVID-19 results within 72 hours, just like Aruba requires. 

Luckily there’s a solution for this….

Bats Media & Consulting, an Aruban based company, created a website that lists all the rapid testing locations available in the USA. 

The frustration of looking for a rapid covid-19 testing location near you has ended. Now you can easily type in the state you live in, and with one click find the location that is the closest to you for testing.

You will find different rapid testing locations, including hospitals, labs, well-known drug stores chains such as CVS and Walgreens. Some locations deliver results within 42 – 72 hours, and even less than 24 hours. 

The new rapid testing website even makes it possible to report locations that don’t deliver on promised results, and you can also add new testing locations now yet listed on the site.

Visit www.rapidtesttravel.com for more detailed information and find out where the closest rapid testing is located to you.


You will drive on this bridge on the way to boca Grandi


Are Masks Required in Aruba, or Not?

Everywhere you go you will notice people wearing a mask, but face masks are not yet obligatory in Aruba. 

The Prime Minister has recommended wearing a facemask when indoors at public spaces, and almost all establishments in Aruba are displaying a “no mask, no service” sign at their storefront. This includes, supermarkets, retails stores, Government departments, banks, taxi’s, public transportation, pharmacies, doctors office and hospital. 

Masks are not yet obligatory, as you will not get a fine by the police for not wearing one when walking outdoors, but the community is taking the precaution seriously, and nearly everyone is already wearing a mask. 

The number of local transmissions of coronavirus cases has increased in a few weeks since a viral breakout in a nightclub.

According to local health authorities face masks will be officially required if the coronavirus transmissions get out of control.

Remember to wear your face masks in Aruba, especially when going in any stores, because no mask on means no service.



Aruba Will Pre-order COVID-19 Vaccines

Aruba aims to preorder vaccines for coronavirus and make sure to have them ready for delivery as soon as they hit the market. 

According to the Health Minister, the island will be pre-ordering vaccines for 20% of the Aruban population. The first group that will be in line to receive these vaccinations are the at risk group, including eldery people (65+ years), people with chronic diseases, and first line caregivers. 

There are several different vaccines at the moment, and a few of them are going through the last testing trials to make them official for the public. 

When the first vaccine will be available is not sure, but experts are expecting to have a vaccine ready by 2021. 

It’s not clear yet if the vaccine is going to be mandatory for everyone living in Aruba. The same counts for visitors, will it be mandatory to be vaccinated before traveling to the island?


Stores That Are Closed Due To The Pandemic

Coronavirus has taken the world by storm, including some business in Aruba that had to close their doors, because they couldn’t survive the crisis. 

The tourism sector in Aruba, and all the establishments in this sector, especially restaurants and bars suffered the most on the island from the economic turmoil caused by coronavirus.

Some companies were able to remain open and survive the crisis by offering take out and delivery, however other establishments couldn’t handle the decline in customers.  

Here’s a list of establishments in Aruba that are now closed:

  • Taste of Belgium
  • Denny’s
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Tinashi Music & Sports Pub

It’s uncertain if more businesses will close on the island, this depends on different factors, including the rate which the economy recuperates and the financial aid provided by the government.

Unfortunately these stores have closed, but looking at the bright side, another establishment will take its place and start a new journey soon.



Carnival 2021 Officially Cancelled

The foundation that manages Aruba’s carnival announced that Carnival in 2021 is officially cancelled. 

Due to the current coronavirus situation, it will be irresponsible to allow large groups of people to agglomerate and possibly continue the spread of the virus. 

The economic situation also helped lead to the decision to not allow carnival to continue as usual in January & February. 

All hope is not lost, because there is a chance that a smaller carnival might continue, but in July, starting with a “Carnival Warm Up Event”.

New concepts and ideas will be created by the foundation to innovate the carnival in 2022. For example to move the usual carnival schedules from January & February to July, August or September.


I was part of Carnival 65 with TOB Group.


Now You Can Order Delicious Meals From Renaissance Hotel

Renaissance Hotel Aruba launches an exciting culinary experience called “Ren On Wheels”.

It’s a new delivery service offered by the hotel to give you an opportunity to taste the special dishes from the comfort of your own home.

Ren On Wheels is a special offer highlighting Indian & Thai dishes. 

The dinner menu is for two people, including the option to combine with cocktails., wine or soda. 

Each menu comes with a 3 course menu, including a video and instructions on how to prepare and complete each dish.

Prices are 90 Aruban Guilders (or 52.00 US Dollars)

Ren on Wheels is only available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with delivery between 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Order your ren on wheels special deal through whatsapp messenger +297 5676140 or visit the website www.renonwheels.com



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Your Health & Well Being is Priority in Aruba

Aruba Tourism Authority started an initiative to protect visitors and locals by introducing a Health & Happiness Certificate for businesses on the island.

The Health & Happiness Certificate assures visitors and locals that the business is implementing safety and health protocols to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

108 businesses received their gold seal for health & happiness certificate, which is the highest recognition awarded for safety and health against the spread of coronavirus. And over 2000+ establishments will receive the health & happiness gold seal in the near future.

A business displaying health & happiness seal at the forefront of their establishment means that the department of public health has inspected and approved of their COVID-19 protocols. 

These COVID-19 protocols include, but are not limited to temperature checks and hand sanitizing at arrival, direction markers, staff training, face masks for staff, signs indicating social distancing, cleaning checklists & procedures, sanitizer dispensers around the property and cleaning logs.



Here’s a list of accommodations that have the health & happiness gold seal:

Accommodations

  • Amsterdam Manor
  • Aruba Beach Club Resort
  • Barcelo
  • Boardwalk Boutique Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Hotel
  • Marriott Aruba Surf Club
  • Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club
  • Renaissance Ocean Suites
  • The Ritz-Carlton Aruba

Casinos 

  • Alhambra Casino
  • Crystal/Wind Creek Casino
  • LIV Casino at Barcelo
  • The Casino at The Ritz-Carlton

Retail Shops

  • Adidas Aruba
  • AMC Unicon Megastore
  • Artistic Boutique
  • Aruba Aloe at Alhambra
  • Aruba Aloe at La Cabana
  • Aruba Aloe at The Village
  • Aruba Aloe Balm Hato
  • Aruba Aloe Renaissance Mall
  • Aruba Aloe Renaissance Marketplace
  • ASD Aruba Supplies
  • BENU Pharmacies
  • Best of Aruba
  • Boolchand
  • Botica Aloe (Pharmacy)
  • Botica di Servicios (Pharmacies)
  • Breitling
  • Caribbean Bakery Supplies
  • Carmen Steffens
  • City Fashion & Giftshop
  • Cosecha Oranjestad
  • Crown
  • DA Drogist
  • Dan’s Interior
  • Delta Blue
  • Dijtham Aruba
  • Dolce & Gabbana Aruba
  • Eva Boutique
  • Gucci
  • Guess
  • Home Fun Super
  • I Love Aruba Stores
  • Impex
  • Jolie Jewelry Boutique
  • Kok Optica
  • La Casa del Habano
  • Lindy Boutique
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Lucky Electronics
  • Lucky Super Store
  • Mango
  • Mario’s Sportshop
  • Monalisa
  • Mopa Mopa
  • My Gallery
  • Nature’s Discount
  • Nautica Store
  • Omega Boutique
  • Op=Op San Nicolas
  • Optica Leslie
  • Pandora Oranjestad
  • Penha (in Caya Betico Croes)
  • Pier Market
  • Prada
  • Price Smart
  • Rage
  • Ralph Lauren Aruba
  • Renaissance Mall
  • Sam’s Store
  • Season’s & Beyond
  • Setar Teleshops
  • Simon Square Foot Fit
  • Sport Caribe
  • Sun & Sand
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Varadero Caribe
  • Victoria Secret

Food & Beverage

  • Cafe The Plaza
  • Fresco Aruba
  • Haagen Dazs
  • Ricardo’s Bar & Restaurant
  • Solé
  • Starbucks Marketplace
  • Taste My Aruba
  • The Dutch Pankcasehouse

Supermarket

  • Food 99 Supermarket
  • Megastone Foodmart
  • New 88 Foodmart

You can be sure that your health and well-being is a priority in Aruba.



Business Closing Hours Under Review

The owners of restaurants, bars, casinos and other establishments are asking the government and local authorities to extend closing time, which is currently set at 11:00 PM. 

It’s hard for “nightlife & entertainment” businesses to operate and survive in the new circumstances.

Extending closing hours might be good for the economy, but is a threat for businesses who can’t maintain social distancing rules, and possibly increase the chance of spreading the virus, for example bars.

If businesses in the nightlife and entertainment industry can’t find a way to make a profit during current business hours, they might have to close their doors soon, unfortunately. 

Despite the request from business owners, closing hours still remain the same. Local authorities are evaluating possibilities to reach an agreement.

Until a new agreement is reached between the two parties, any business which does not comply with the current rules for closing hours risk being fined, or losing their license to do business. 

In case the closing times are extended for these establishments, businesses would have to keep in mind different COVID-19 protocols, including but not limited to social distancing.

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Hotels Are Operating at a Loss, but Still Operating

Tourism is restarting in Aruba, and around the world, but for hotels, it’s a money losing operation until tourism fully recovers again.

According to Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association, the hotel occupancy in July 2020 is at 9%. Hotels are receiving cancelations from previous bookings, but on the other hand, new travelers are starting to book rooms.

The projected hotel occupancy rate in August 2020 is at 18%.

Most travelers in Aruba right now are repeat guests and timeshare owners, but there’s also first timers.

The recuperation period for hotels and the tourism industry is expected to be a long journey, which means running a business at a loss for the time being. 

You can help boost the island’s economy by visiting as soon as possible.

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The Movies @ Drive In Opens Officially

It’s finally time to reveal the renovated drive-in movie theater in Aruba. 

The plans to renovate the old drive-in was announced in May, and 8 weeks later, the movie theatre is ready to welcome its first visitors and play the first movie after being closed for 30+ years.

July 29, 2020 marks the day that the drive in will be open for business. 

It all starts with a grand opening concert by local artist Jeon and guest performances by several well known DJ’s on the island.

The event starts at 6:30 pm until 10:00 pm. 

Entrance is only 35 Aruban Guilders (equal to $20.00) per car. 

The movies @ Drive In is located at Balashi close to the new bridge, on the newly built green corridor highway.

All proceeds from the opening night will be donated to two local foundations.

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Renovations at Hooiberg Almost Complete

The steps at Hooiberg are currently being renovated, including the huts that provide shade next to the trail when climbing the hill.

Although constructions were halted for several months due to coronavirus, works are resumed and scheduled for completion within a few weeks. 

The renovations at Hooiberg is part of a tourism product enhancement fund to improve the hills infrastructure and to beautify the area. 

Approximately 165 meters high and over 650 steps to reach the top, Hooiberg is one of the highest elevations on the island.

Once on the highest point, you have a view from all over the island, from Noord until San Nicolas. And on a clear day you can even see Venezuela.

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Cosecha Starts With Online Workshops

Cosecha Aruba is well known for its creative workshops, and now you can follow online art workshops with Cosecha, because they are going virtual.

Cosecha is a retail art gallery that displays crafts, designs, and heritage inspired arts handmade by local artists. 

Now you can follow Cosecha’s art & craft workshops in the comfort of your own home. 

All participants will be notified which materials will be needed before the workshops start. 

Signing up is easy and simple on Cosecha’s Facebook Page: Aruba-Cosecha

For more information send an email to – [email protected]



Key Points For Coronavirus in Aruba

Here are a list of key points according to the island’s Prime Minister during recent press conferences regarding coronavirus:

  • Aruba will not implement curfews or close the borders, because the current protocols at the airport to mitigate the importation of new coronavirus cases are working effectively (or until further notice).
  • Aruba will implement curfews or additional measures if required.
  • The number of infected visitors at the airport is low, this indicates that COVID cases are being intercepted at the airport, only when local transmissions are detected will stricter measures be implemented.
  • Masks will be required when local transmission is detected.
  • If you do not upload the correct coronavirus test when filling out your online ED-Card, you will be subject to a retest when arriving in Aruba.
  • If the results of your uploaded test are doubted by the department of public health, you will be subject for a retest at the airport in Aruba.

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More Visitors Than Expected

About 7000 visitors were expected in July after Aruba restarted tourism, however almost 4000+ visitors entered the island in one weekend (July 10 – 12, 2020).  

The majority of travelers are repeat visitors, but first timers were also present among the group.

According to the amount of tourism received after the islands opened its borders, tourism might recover faster than we expected.

Businesses are starting up again. Restaurants are serving their best cuisines. Bars are entertaining people and mixing their best drinks. Casinos are giving out cash wins. The beaches are dotted with visitors again. And the best of all? The vibe on Aruba is positive, just like we’re used to from the one happy island.

If flights keep coming into the island at this rate, Aruba will definitely surpass the 7000 expected visitors for July, and possibly break records in the upcoming months.

When are you planning to visit Aruba and join in on the fun?



A Brave Story By a Loyal Aruban Guest

I was tagged a few days ago by a Facebook friend (Karen) who is a loyal visitor of Aruba (visiting the island 18 consecutive years). The post was a heartfelt story of her decision to visit Aruba, even though people around her told her not to go, for obvious reasons. 

But she followed her heart, like many of the thousands of visitors who already visited the island once it was open to visitors, and she’s happy she did. 

Read her story, and hopefully it encourages you to make a trip to your home away from home, because everything is alright on this side of paradise. 

Karen says…

Well let me start by saying I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t skeptical about traveling to Aruba this year. I have a timeshare at Divi Golf. My original date was July 4th and of course the borders were not open to the US. Sure not going to lie was disappointed let’s face it who wouldn’t be, we love Aruba and have been coming here for 18 years. 

Then Aruba announced they were opening to US on July 10th. 

Hopeful yet skeptical. 

My timeshare worked with me to change the date to the following week. 

A lot of nay sayers saying we shouldn’t be going, we were stupid for traveling even some family said it wasn’t a good idea, my coworkers even some that come here have chose not to do so this year. Many saying what if we got sick there, what if they don’t take it seriously down there, what if this what if that! 

Then visiting some Facebook sites and many people were calling us considering traveling here selfish. Putting things in your head and questioning yourself. 

I followed the prime minister of Aruba and saw how she was taking every precaution to keep her island safe. 

Well we obviously made the decision to come to Aruba. 

I’m so glad I followed my heart and my own mind and didn’t let the negative people or comments affect our decision. I have never felt so welcomed here by everyone, they were sincerely so happy to see us and couldn’t thank us enough for coming to Aruba.

We had the best time and we’re sad that it went by so fast. 

I felt very safe here and they take way more precaution than any place in Massachusetts that’s for sure. They have sanitizing stations everywhere, and you have to use them, someone is standing right there, they do temp checks when you enter many places. 

Any stores we went to, you had to sanitize before entering. The people working here all wear masks, however it isn’t required for us.

So I say to anyone skeptical about your trip or considering changing your mind until next year, you can only do you, you know what’s best for yourself but I’m telling you if you want my advice I say go for it and come back to Aruba you’ll be glad you did. We’ll be back in October and can’t wait.

Thank you to the Aruba people for being so nice to us and for making us feel so very welcomed. I love all of you and love this island.

Masha Danki.

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2 Fools & a Bull Opens Again

It’s official – 2 fools and a bull is opening its doors again. 

The gourmet studio is one of the truly great restaurants on the island.

They’re opening with a big bang – a 5 ½ course dinner served by a master chef in Aruba, while you will be entertained and served unique wine pairings (optional). 

If you want experience dining at 2 fools & a bull, call to make a reservation – +297 586 7177.

Watch the promotional video, and get a taste of their menu, wines, and ambiance. 


Deals & Specials in Aruba

There’s some awesome deals in Aruba, but only for a limited time. 

Red Sail Aruba

Sail to Mangel Halto with Red Sail Aruba, only on Sundays.

Enjoy a lunch buffet + open bar for only 75 florins ($43.00)

  • 4 hour trip – (12:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

This sailing trip is a perfect getaway to swim and snorkel the Mangel Halto bays, which is known to have beautiful underwater life. 

For reservations call +297 5231600 or email [email protected]


New 16 Officially Protected Nature Reserves

The Minister of Territorial Development, Infrastructure & Environment announced an official decree to protect 16 nature reserves in Aruba.

It’s been a long journey to protect these nature reserves with the unwavering persistence by several nature organizations such as Aruba Birdlife Conservation (ABC).

These 16 areas around Aruba were carefully selected after evaluation and research, identifying regions that are of environmental importance to conserve in the future. 

Here’s a list of newly protected nature reserves in Aruba.

  • Spanish Lagoon (Ramsar Area)
  • Mangel Halto
  • Rooi Bringamosa
  • Rooi Taki
  • Red Manoonchi
  • Reefs near Oranjestad
  • California Dunes
  • Bubali Plas
  • Sero Teishi
  • Salina Malmok
  • Salina Serka
  • Salina Tierra del Sol
  • Salina Palm Beach
  • Sero Colorado beach strip

The nature reserves are now officially under management of Aruba’s National Park Arikok.

What does this mean for everyone? 

We all must respect the nature on the island, and always do our best to protect the flora and fauna living in it.



Carnival 2021 Could Face Major Changes

The schedule for Aruba’s carnival could be restricted due to coronavirus.

Carnival lovers are fearing they may not get the usual escape they are always looking for during one of the island’s largest cultural celebrations. 

According to the foundation for the management of Aruba’s Carnival (SMAC), it’s not definitive that Carnival will continue in January and February as usual (2021).

If carnival 2021 does continue, it will be scheduled in the summertime, says the President of SMAC.

The upcoming Carnival season will not only be hindered by coronavirus, but also the economic circumstances due to the pandemic. 

There are a number of factors that should be taken note of if coronavirus is not under control yet world wide. For example, limiting the crowd sized in groups, and how to social distance the crowds in the sidelines.

It’s still early to say what will happen next year, but we all know the island’s carnival is not intended to be cancelled.


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Zero Cases So Far As Aruba Reopens Tourism

Good news, the island of Aruba has the coronavirus under control!

There are zero positive cases after reopening the island to travelers from the USA.

Almost 4000 visitors and counting were welcomed in Aruba during the weekend of July 10-12, 2020. Flights continue to arrive out of USA, and other countries (except Dominican Republic & Haiti).

Strict entry requirements remain in place to enter Aruba at the moment, to limit the risk of importing new coronavirus cases.

The Prime Minister of Aruba mentioned during a live press conference that the Government is happy with the results they are receiving at the airport – zero cases until now from visitors.



Aruba Health App

If you are travelling to Aruba, I would advise you to download the Aruba Health App.

The Health App is a medical health check application developed by the Department of Public Health of Aruba.

It’s created for visitors to make their upcoming visit safe and pleasant.

The app is available in 3 languages. 

Download and register on the app to get several benefits, including: 

  • Speed up the process going through at the airport
  • Low touch travel experience, giving you piece of mind
  • Get your COVID-19 test results quick and conveniently (if you test at Aruba airport)
  • Know who to call and where to go, incase you start showing symptoms

Download the “Aruba Health App” – click here for android, click here for iphone, and here for the web app.

Current Coronavirus Situation

At the moment there are 4 coronavirus infections in Aruba, all are local people – zero infected tourists.

  • Active Cases – 4
  • Quarantine – 21
  • Deaths – 3

 


Key-points Regarding COVID-19 Rules in Aruba

Here are some of the rules, regulations and best practices you can expect here in Aruba.

They can change at anytime, depending on the ongoing situation in Aruba regarding coronavirus.

  • Print all documents when traveling to Aruba (copy of approval ED-Card, receipt coronavirus insurance, negative test results, etc.)
  • Download the Aruba Health App (if you test at the airport, you receive your results on the app, plus more valuable information).
  • It’s not required to wear masks in Aruba, but for everyones safety, please do in public spaces.
  • All casinos, restaurants and bars close at 11:00 pm.
  • Pool chairs at some hotels are placed in groups of 2 and are not allowed to be moved.
  • Some resorts closed their water & ice dispensers around the property.
  • Resorts, restaurants, and bars have rules and regulations to limit close interaction between guests and employees to keep everyone safe.
  • Tourists that are lucky enough to be in Aruba, are mentioning on Facebook groups that there’s little to no impact at all on their trips despite the current rules to stop the spread of coronavirus.
  • Important websites to visit when planning a trip to Aruba – www.edcardaruba.aw & www.arubavisitorsinsurance.com


Tourism Will Take Time To Recover

Following the three months without tourist on the island, here’s what figures are looking like right now.

Occupancy has dropped 50,6% in compared to the same period in 2019.

Luckily the island is open again for tourism, although not at full potential, better than nothing.

AHATA (Aruba Hotel & Tourism Authority) is projecting an occupancy rate of 9% in the month of July. Hotel room occupancy are expected to gradually increase to 40% in December, hopefully more, if you decide to visit Aruba.

Aruba is dependent on tourism, and at this recovery rate, the revenue for the industry will be low, and the cost to run business remains high.

COVID-19 is not over in the world, luckily Aruba still has low infection numbers – but the economic crisis caused by coronavirus is still not over for the island, until tourism booms again.


Regent Seven Seas Splendor Lays Up in Aruba

Cruises are still not a part of Aruba’s tourism. 

But the Regent Seven Seas Splendor is docked in the ports of Aruba. 

Seven Seas made the decision to lay up its ship meanwhile cruises are suspended around the world until further notice. 

No passengers are on board, only the captains and crew members. 

Both the captains and crew members passed all tests required by the public health department of Aruba.

Airline tourism has restarted in Aruba, and worldwide in certain countries, however, the cruise lines are still held up until September 15, 2020, until further notice by the US President. 

Regent Seven Seas Splendor is planning to stay docked at the ports of Aruba for at least a month, before departing again to its homeland.

There’s no official date yet set for when cruise ships travel will resume to Aruba. 

Updates regarding cruise ships will be officially updated by Aruba tourism Authority.


Elements Restaurant Receives Wine Spectator Award

Elements Restaurants received the prestigious wine spectator award of excellence. 

The restaurant received the award for its interesting wine selections that are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers. 

There’s millions of restaurants around the world, but only 2289 restaurants can say they have a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, including Elements in Aruba.


beachside-dinig-in-Aruba

Beach dining at Elements Restaurant…


Food & Beverage Director, and Michelin star trained chef, Marc Giesbers says it’s a beautiful feeling to be rewarded for the hard work of creating the restaurant’s wine list.

Elements has a selection of wines from all over the world, from light and relaxing wines to the most powerful and intense taste.

Marc says, wines are imported from different regions around the globe, including but not limited from New York (Finger Lake), which is known to produce spectacular white wines. 

He recommends visitors to try the award-winning Viognier from yalumba, a family owned winery in Australia.

The wines at Elements combine perfectly with their menu, for example, the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with a deliciously grilled sirloin steak.

Elements Restaurants will open as of July 15, 2020, with brand new renovations and upgrades.


White Screen For Drive in Installed

Aruba’s drive in theatre is making a comeback and the screen is already set-up.

The large white screen is securely placed on 10 containers (5 containers high, and 2 next to each other).



The final design of the drive-in will be modern, but still keeping its original look in its glory days, including ample parking, concessions stands, and bathrooms.

Drive-in Aruba first opens it’s doors in 1969 and operated for 40 years until it, unfortunately, closed in 2009. But the open-air movie theater is making a comeback, with the help of modern technology.

The drive in will be complete within month.

After the property is completed, it will officially be named “The Movies @ Drive In”.

Soon you can get out of quarantine life and enjoy a movie outdoors on the big screen.


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It’s official!

Aruba is open to the United States as of July 10, 2020, and other countries such as Curacao, Bonaire, Caribbean (except Dominican Republic & Haiti), and Europe.

Travelers are required to follow the steps advised by the local tourism authorities when visiting Aruba, including:

  • Fill in online ED-card
  • Purchase Aruba COVID Insurance
  • Download DVG Health App (advised)

The DVG Health App

The DVG Quarantine App is a medical quarantine health check application developed by the Department of Public Health of Aruba.

It’s created for visitors to make their upcoming visit safe and pleasant.

The app is available in 3 languages and helps you unlock:

  • register and add travel info to speed up the process at the airport
  • Low touch travel experience, giving you piece of mind
  • Get your COVID-19 test results quicker and conveniently
  • Know who to call and where to go, incase you start showing symptoms
  • Keep track of business who have Health & Happiness certificates

Welcome Back To Aruba Video

Aruba is opening again for visitors, and tourism will slowly start to recuperate.

How much tourism will Aruba get in the beginning?

This weekend, (July 10-12, 2020) a total of 40 airplanes and over 4000 visitors are expected.

Friday July 10, 2020

  • Europe – 1 Flight
  • United States – 5 Flights
  • Dutch Caribbean – 7 Flights

Saturday July 11, 2020

  • Europe – 2 Flight
  • United States – 10 Flights
  • Dutch Caribbean – 2 Flights

Sunday July 12, 2020

  • Europe – 1 Flight
  • United States – 7 Flights
  • Dutch Caribbean – 5 Flights

Here’s a video made by our local figures welcoming you back to Aruba, and explaining everything you should know before you visit Aruba.

We can’t wait to welcome you back to Aruba safely! While travel generally looks a bit different these days, we are still…

Posted by Aruba on Monday, July 6, 2020


Stricter Entry Requirements For Coronavirus Hotspots

Due to the recent surging coronavirus cases in the United States, Aruba has implemented stricter entry regulations for visitors flying out of coronavirus hotspots.

Here are 24 states that are on Aruba’s hotspot list.

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon 
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

What does this mean for you, if you reside in one of these states?

Travelers from the above 24 states don’t have the option anymore to perform a coronavirus test at the airport in Aruba, but are required to upload a negative coronavirus test result 12-72 hours before boarding the airplane. 

Visitors who are flying in from states that are not mentioned in the hotspot list have the option to upload a negative test result 12-72 hours or perform a rapid PCR test once in Aruba at their own expense ($75).

Find more detailed information and updates on www.aruba.com and fill in the ED-Card at www.edcardaruba.aw

The beaches in Aruba are waiting for you…


Aruba Receives Safe Travels Stamp by WTTC

Aruba was rewarded a special safe travel stamp by the World Travel & Tourism Council.

The specially designed stamp allows travelers to recognize governments, companies, and countries around the world that have adopted health and hygiene global standardized protocols, such as Aruba’s “Health & Happiness Code”

Over 1200 companies, including a list of major tourism groups, and over 80 destinations, have received the safe travel stamp, ensuring the safety and hygiene of travelers are the top priority to recover the travel & tourism sector. 

Aruba is one of the only two islands in the Caribbean with a safe travels stamp by WTTC.

aruba safe travels stamp by wttc


Rodgers Beach Pier Almost Complete

It’s almost official, the pier at Rodgers beach is nearly complete.

Rodgers beach pier is part of the beach beautification project in San Nicolas announced in 2019 by the Tourism Minister.

The size of the new pier is 29 square meters, including a large platform next to it that can be used to jump in the water or for sunbathers.

The beautification project is set to continue with an infrastructure upgrade at Baby & Rodgers beach, including new beach huts, additional parking spaces, new courts for sports (volleyball, soccer, and tennis), restaurants, bars, and bathrooms.

Here’s a view of the pier at Rodgers beach back in the old days of Aruba…

Rodgers beach in its glory days…

Here’s how the pier is looking at the moment in the middle of construction….

The pier is almost complete…

Construction works are going to be completed within the next month.

As tourism recuperates due to coronavirus, more tourists will be geared toward this side of the island, because of the renovation and upgrading of Baby beach, Rodgers beach, and the addition of a new hotel in the near future.


Denny’s Restaurant Closed in Aruba

The impact of coronavirus has led to the closing of Denny’s restaurant in Aruba. 

Due to the lack of clarity of the future of restaurants at the start of coronavirus in Aruba, the company’s outlook was dark. Even the possibility of operating the restaurant with take out and delivery was not possible, in these coronavirus circumstances. 

All staff members had to sign termination agreements with Denny’s management. 

Denny’s has closed several restaurants around the world, including 15 spots in New York.

Besides the closing of Denny’s restaurant, Taste of Belgium also shutdown a few weeks ago.


Possible Changes in Aruba’s Carnival 2021

The schedule for Aruba’s Carnival in 2021 might be different.

Usually celebrated in January & February, one of the biggest cultural celebrations on the island might be held in the summer.

SMAC (stitching maneho di Aruba su Carnaval), the foundation for the management of Aruba’s carnival proposed for the parades to be rescheduled in July, instead of the beginning of the year, due to uncertain situation of coronavirus. 

Although this news was mentioned by SMAC, it’s not an official decision as of yet, according to the president of SMAC. 

Depending on the coronavirus situation, Aruba’s carnival will go back to normal scheduling in 2022.


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Aruba’s borders are still closed for most of the world, except Bonaire and Curacao.

July 1, 2020, marks the date that visitors from Europe, Canada, and the rest of the Caribbean can visit Aruba (except Haiti & Dominican Republic). The USA can start to visit Aruba as of July 10, 2020.

The countdown is reaching its end, and Aruba is ready to kickstart tourism.

Are you ready to visit Aruba and enjoy the island life you’ve been dreaming about for a long time?


When & Where Airlines Resume Aruba Flights

The CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority shared a list of major airlines that confirmed their flights to Aruba as soon as the borders are officially open in July. 

Here’s a list of airlines that confirmed their flight schedules to Aruba:

  • JetBlue
  • Spirit Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • TUI
  • KLM
  • Air Canada
  • SouthWest (in November)

Here’s when the first flights are scheduled, and from which departure destination:

  • Jet Blue (New York, JFK) – As of July 10, 2020
  • Delta Airlines (New York, JFK) – As of July 10, 2020
  • American Airlines (Miami) – As of July 10, 2020
  • Delta Airlines (Atlanta) – As of July 10, 2020
  • JetBlue  (Boston) – As of July 10, 2020
  • United Airlines (New Ark) – As of July 10, 2020
  • American Airlines (Charlotte) – As of July 10, 2020
  • Spirit Airlines  (Fort Lauderdale) – As of July 10, 2020
  • JetBlue (Fort Lauderdale) – As of August 2, 2020
  • United Airlines (Houston) – As of August 8,  2020
  • United Airlines (New York) – As of August 10, 2020
  • American Airlines (Dallas) – As of October 10, 2020
  • Southwest (Baltimore) – As of November 1, 2020
  • American Airlines (Philadelphia) – As of December 17, 2020
  • Delta Airlines (Minneapolis) – As of December 26, 2020
  • Sun Country (Minneapolis) – As of December 26, 2020
  • KLM (Netherlands) – As of July 5, 2020
  • TUI (Netherlands) – As of July 11, 2020
  • Air Canada (Toronto) – As of July 18, 2020
  • WestJet (Toronto) – As of August 8, 2020
  • Avianca (Bogota) – As of September 1, 2020
  • Wingo (Bogota) – Date still pending
  • Copa (Panama) – Date still pending

By now you have already booked your flights to Aruba, or you are waiting for the coronavirus situation to clear up even more before you book your first trip.

Here’s a glimpse of what Aruba has to offer as soon as you can travel again to this side of the Caribbean…

What You Should Know When Aruba Opens It’s Borders


What’s New in Aruba

Aruba’s pristine beaches have been off-limits for international tourists since mid-March

The island is prepared and ready to welcome you, how are you planning to kickstart the grand opening?

There’s a myriad of things to do on the island, including but not limited to… 

Visit Our Beloved Animals

Phillips’s animal garden is open again.

If you and your family are looking for something to do while on the island, check out some of our animals.

Reopened since May 15, 2020, with all the necessary precautions, the private animal sanctuary welcomes its visitors again.

Founded in 2009, it’s the only place on the island that rehabilitates and rescues exotic animals in Aruba.  

Open every day from 9 AM – 6 PM, you’re welcome to see a variety of wild animals such as kangaroos, monkeys, alligators, peacocks, snakes, rabbits, alpacas, eagles, and many other species of creatures.

Social distance rules are in place and no large groups are allowed. 

Check Out The Donkeys 

Aruba has its own donkey sanctuary. 

It’s one of the only places where visitors and locals can go to help the volunteers take care of these animals. 

This includes feeding, cleaning, and taking care of donkeys.

Open from 9 AM – 4 PM, you are welcome to give a helping hand to one of the most beloved animals on the island for free.

Aruba trip report

This donkey is so cute.

New Hotel Experiences

Hotels and other accommodations in Aruba are reshaping guest experience.

They have come up with detailed operational plans on how they plan to welcome guests back to their properties and how they strive to secure their guest’s and employees’ well-being.

One of these plans is the health & happiness code implemented by the Aruba Tourism Authority.

A golden seal prominently displayed on a business’s doors to indicate they have done everything possible to keep their property coronavirus free.

What You Can Do in Aruba

Boardwalk Aruba

One of many boutique hotels in Aruba, Boardwalk Small Hotel, is offering its guests a new experience.

The boutique hotel recently revamped and expanded its capacity to 46 rooms on the property.

What can you expect when staying at the boardwalk?

  •  Health & Safety Procedures
  • Mobile check-in
  • Touch-free services
  • Clean sealed pool chairs
  • Flexible cancellation policy 

There’s a lot more to experience at the newly renovated boutique hotel…

The New Boardwalk Aruba Hotel

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

The island’s adults-only resort is also ready to welcome couples to enjoy a romantic stay on Aruba.

Bucuti has added new health and safety protocols to its operation as a response to coronavirus.

This includes a four week mandatory and documented training for all staff members.

Guests can now pre-register at the hotel online from home.

The rooms will be completely sterilized using advanced technology, including an ultraviolet portable area sanitizer.

Seating at the resort’s food & beverage area is expanded and spaced for safety. 

All other additional guidelines and safety measures at Bucuti rely on social distance, sanitation, single-use, and touchless guest experience.

Penthouse Suite at Bucuti

Pelican Adventures 

One of Aruba’s boat trip experiences, also known as catamarans, is ready to welcome you aboard. 

Pelican Adventures sails again as of June 19, 2020,  with new safety protocols advised by the public health department and tourism authority. 

To celebrate the grand opening, the adventure boat is offering special prices on sailing & snorkeling cruises, and sunset cruises. 

Restaurants & Bars

The best food and drinks are waiting to be prepared and enjoyed at Aruba’s finest restaurants and bars.

Recently open again, with new social distance and health guidelines, including but not limited to: 

  • 2 meter spaced seating between tables
  • New menus on walls or apps
  • Smaller diner crowds

Although coronavirus has introduced new rules for eating out, the food & beverage industry in Aruba plans to wow its guests again with spectacular dishes and the best drinks.

Here’s a list of restaurants and bars that are already open (not a complete list, but only a few recommendations):

  • OAK
  • Perla D’Italia
  • West Deck
  • Cafe the Plaza
  • Lucy’s
  • Zeerover
  • Local Store
  • Bugaloe
  • Moomba Beach
  • Gusto
  • Craft
  • Hamaka
  • Oxygen Lounge


Single-Use Plastics Officially Banned As of July 1, 2020

As of July 1, 2020, the Government ordinance will go into effect to ban single-use plastic in Aruba.

The Government made the decision to ban the use of plastic bags in 2019 but has now also included a ban on single-use plastic.

Here’s a list of single-use plastic products that will be prohibited to use on the island:

  • Styrofoam containers
  • Cutlery, styrofoam cups, plates, stirrers, and straws
  • Bags to pack fruits and vegetables.
  • Bags with handles used for carrying
  • Releasing balloons & plastic confetti into the sky

It’s banned to import, manufacture, sell, offer and use the list of plastic products above.

Not all single-use plastics will be banned immediately, there’s a list of plastic products that are exempt of the ban until further notice, including but not limited to:

  • Plastic products in medical use
  • Package wrappings for cold cuts and raw meat
  • Plastic food packaging used by local food manufacturers

Banning the use of plastic bags and single-use plastic is important to the island and the environment. It will also benefit the island’s marine life, especially the sea turtles that visit Aruba every year to nest.

Dangerous Sunblocks Banned in Aruba


Restoring The Staircase To Hooiberg

One of the highest landforms in Aruba, known as Hooiberg (Haystack) is set to receive an upgrade.

A local construction company will renovate a part of the existing staircase used by visitors to climb the 165-meter formation. 

It takes about 550 steps to get to the top of Hooiberg. Climbing this mountain is a good exercise and the view from the top is rewarding. 

Did you already climb Hooiberg?

You can see a 360 view from the entire island.

Hooiberg is not the highest point in Aruba, the highest elevation on the island is Jamanota at 188 meters.

Construction works at Hooiberg will start June 22, 2020, and will take a week to complete.


The New Pier at Rodger’s Beach

Rodgers beach is getting it’s old pier back, with new moderns add-ons.

The new pier is part of the beach beautification project in San Nicolas announced in 2019 by the Government.

According to the Tourism Minister, the size of the new pier is 29 square meters, including a large platform next to it that can be used to jump in the water or simply to sunbathe. 

As soon as the pier is completed within 6 weeks, the project is set to continue with an infrastructure upgrade, new beach huts, additional parking spaces, new courts for sports (volleyball, soccer, and tennis), restaurants, bars, and bathrooms at both Baby and Rodgers beach.

Here’s a view of the pier at Rodgers beach back in the old days of Aruba…

Rodgers beach in its glory days…

More tourists will be geared toward this side of the island, because of the renovation and upgrading of Baby beach, Rodgers beach, and the addition of a new hotel. 

San Nicolas has a lot to offer, another view of Aruba, culture, arts, food, and beautiful beaches. 

There’s truly a lot to do here on this side of the island. 

When in San Nicolas, visit the Tourist Information Center close to the central bus station for guides on what to do.


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Aruba officially announced it’s reopening its borders for visitors, however, there are strict requirements in order to enter the island. 

The borders are gradually opening to countries, welcoming visitors from neighboring islands first.

Here’s when you will be able to visit Aruba, depending on which country you’re from:

  • June 15  – Bonaire & Curacao
  • July 1 – Canada, Europe, Caribbean (except St.Domingo & Haiti)
  • July 10 – USA
  • South & Central America remains closed until further notice

Key points you should know about before you board your flight:

  • Travelers must fill in Embarkation-Disembarkation Card (mandatory) 3 days before boarding airplane
  • Upload COVID-19 test results while filling in ED-card (optional)
  • Required to wear a mask during your flight
  • Mandatory COVID-19 insurance (15$ per day per person)

The first requirement to visit Aruba is filling out an Embarkation-Disembarkation Card (ED-card) 3 days before your flight. 

This ED-Card has several requirements. 

All visitors are asked to complete a self-health declaration form, upload COVID-19 test results (optional), and purchase a mandatory Aruba COVID-19 insurance (15$ per day per person).

When filling out the ED-Card you can choose to upload COVID-19 test results proving you are negative for the virus.

If you do not upload a coronavirus test result when filling out your ED-Card, you have to take a mandatory coronavirus test upon arrival at the airport that costs 75$.

The ED-Card also asks you to agree with the following requirements:

  • Cooperate with all the health screening and testing as indicated by the public health authorities in Aruba upon arrival and during your stay on the island, including isolation & quarantine.
  • Agree to quarantine while you wait for results if you test for COVID-19 at the airport. 
  • Agree to follow instructions by public health authorities in Aruba including but not limited to isolate or quarantine if tested positive for COVID-19 (at the airport, or during vacation). 

Aruba is waiting on you…

When will the ED card be available?

The website to fill in the ED-Card will be launched on June 25, 2020.

About Aruba’s Mandatory COVID-19 Insurance

Aruba’s Tourism Authority and the Government are striving to accomplish the best package options regarding the mandatory COVID-19 insurance on the island.

They are taking into account guests that have their own insurance coverage, longer stays, for several weeks or months, while still delivering the coverage for guests that have a shorter stay on the island.

The details of this health insurance coverage is still currently being worked out, and any updates regarding this matter will be announced by the Government and Aruba’s Tourism Authority before the borders officially open.

What happens when you arrive in Aruba?

All visitors will be subject to 100% testing, this includes checking temperature and coronavirus symptoms, a short interview by on-site doctors, and a mandatory COVID-19 test if you haven’t uploaded a negative test result while filling in your ED-Card 3 days before the flight. 

Visitors who take a test for coronavirus at the airport, must quarantine 24-hours inside their accommodation and wait for results. 

If you test positive for coronavirus, you will be asked to check out of your resort and isolate at an accommodation designated by Aruba’s Tourism Authority.

In case your results are negative, you are at liberty to move around the island.

If you uploaded a negative test result when filling in your ED-Card 3 days prior to your flight, but you get infected with coronavirus after and show COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival at the airport (or while in Aruba), you are subject to retake a test, and if you test positive you will have to go into isolation at a designated accommodation.

What if you show symptoms of coronavirus while on vacation?

So you uploaded a negative test result prior to boarding your flight, or you tested negative at the airport for coronavirus. But what if you start to show symptoms related to coronavirus while on vacation?

In case a visitor notifies the hotel of COVID related symptoms, the staff will direct the guest to their room, and a representative will contact a private clinic in Aruba to assist you over the phone.

While on the phone, the medical professional will ask health-related questions to determine your health state.

If you do not meet the criteria for testing, the medical professional will advise the next steps you should take. However, if you do meet the criteria for testing, a specific date and time will be appointed for you to test at a diagnostic center on the island.

When the criteria for testing are met, visitors must follow health and safety regulations, which includes taking their belongings, get transported for testing, and isolate at a designated location to wait for results. 

The visitor’s travel companions will be advised to quarantine inside the accommodations pending the suspected person’s test results, which will be confirmed within 48 hours.

If test results are positive:

The visitor with coronavirus will remain in isolation at the designated accommodation until recovered. Medical follow up will be conducted throughout the isolation and quarantine process. 

Once the visitor recovers and tests negative for coronavirus, they can resume their vacation or depart the island.

If test results are negative:

The visitor will be allowed to return to their resort and the travel companions will also be released from quarantine.

Important information for travel companions in Quarantine

If someone you have traveled with is suspected to have coronavirus, you will not be allowed to accompany them to the test center. 

You’d have to quarantine inside your accommodation until results are known.

Travel companions of a confirmed case will need to check out and will be placed into quarantine at designated locations for 14 days.

The quarantine period restarts each time a new case is discovered within the group.

Travel companions not showing any symptoms of coronavirus can either stay in quarantine in Aruba, at a designated location or choose to depart the island.

If travel companions of a confirmed case develop coronavirus symptoms while in quarantine, they will also be transferred to a test center and wait in isolation at designated location pending results.

can you imagine yourself here?

Aruba’s Airport Cleared for Landing

The normal operation at Aruba’s airport is going to be different due to the coronavirus situation.

Here are key points when at the airport, all taking careful consideration of social distancing rules and hygiene:

  • At the check-in terminals, only 140 passengers will be allowed entry to provide social distance between travelers, previously the check-in area was packed with travelers. 
  • Only 34 travelers can stand in a row for security checkpoints.
  • Only 105 passengers are allowed to stand in a row at the immigration checkpoints when entering Aruba, previously this area had a capacity of 500 passengers.
  • Travelers have to follow direction markers on the ground. 
  • Hand Sanitizers are strategically placed at the airport

Key Points regarding entry requirements at Aruba’s Airport: 

  • requirements for entry in Aruba due to coronavirus are always subject to change depending on the progress made on the island. 
  • Always stay up to date for announcements made by the Government regarding new requirements to visit Aruba.

Here’s a view of the airport at the moment, showing you what you can expect when arriving and departing the island…

The immigration hall when upon arrival…

Check in area outside the airport

inside the check in area

The seats at the boarding area…

Clear 4 Landing Video

Here’s a video showing you what you should expect when going through Aruba’s airport, and a message by the Tourism Minister and CEO of the Airport.


Renaissance Aruba Resort Covers COVID-19 Insurance

If you choose to stay at Renaissance Resort & Casino they will cover the cost of Aruba’s 15$ per day per person COVID-19 insurance. 

The resort will cover insurance cost (15$ per person, daily) by deducting it from your room rate when you book your stay. 

This offer is available between August 31, 2020 – March 31, 2021, and can be canceled 24 hours before arrival.

Other accommodations will also be offering this convenient deal. 

The official list of accommodations offering to cover visitors daily insurance cost will be published soon.


Do Not Pick Up Sea Stars in The Ocean

Before a halt in travel due to coronavirus, travelers used to enjoy sea stars and take them out of the water for a Instagram picture, but this was dangerous.

Picking up a sea star and holding it above water can be fatal to this beautiful creature.

Sea Stars are very fragile. 

enjoy from a distance, don’t pick them up.

Sea Stars need to breathe in order to survive, and they can only breathe underwater. Fresh air is toxic to the sea star’s respiratory system. 

The department of nature and environment noticed a lot of sea stars out of their normal habitat, and wants to remind everyone to enjoy watching the starfishes when snorkeling from far, but don’t take them out of the sea. 

Picking up sea stars is illegal in Aruba. They are protected under the nature conservation ordinance flora and fauna (AB1995no2). 

Tres Trapi & Boca Catalina are beaches known to have the most sea stars laying on the bottom of the sea in Aruba, but they belong in the sea, and not out of the ocean.


Renovations at Drive-in Almost Complete

A few weeks ago the owners of Aruba’s first drive-in announced they were relaunching the business. 

Renovations works are happening fast and should be completed end of July 2020.

According to the owner, a large sum of money has been invested in new modern equipment for the drive-in.

Drive-in will have modern equipment, however, the design and building will maintain its essence like the first day it was opened. 

The movie’s soundtrack will be heard just like old times, through FM radio-frequency. The property has a capacity for 280 cars.

Here’s a video of the property at the moment during construction and the owner during an interview in Papiamento (if you don’t understand Papiamento, at-least you can see the property)… 

In its glory days, the entrance was charged per person, in modern times, they are going to charge per car. 

The first movie premiered at the drive-in opening in 1969 was “The Guns of Navarone” a British-American epic adventure war film. 

Closing its doors in 2009, the last movie shown on the big screen at the drive-in was “Fast & The Furious 4”, one of the most popular street car racing movies. 

Coronavirus changed the entire world, including the movie industry.

Sitting in a packed movie theater is suddenly out-dated, and the old school drive-ins are the new and safe alternative to watch a film in this era.

It’s not easy eating popcorn with a mask on anyway, soon you can comfortably enjoy a movie in your car in Aruba without worrying about the person sitting next to you.


The New Pier at Rodger’s Beach

It’s official – construction started on a new pier at Rodgers Beach.

The new pier is part of the beach beautification project in San Nicolas announced in 2019 by the Government.

According to the Tourism Minister, the size of the new pier is 29 square meters, including a large platform next to it that can be used to jump in the water or simply to sunbathe. 

As soon as the pier is completed within 6 weeks, the project is set to continue with an infrastructure upgrade, new beach huts, additional parking spaces, new courts for sports (volleyball, soccer, and tennis), restaurants, bars, and bathrooms at both Baby and Rodgers beach.

Here’s a view of the pier at Rodgers beach back in the old days of Aruba…

Rodgers beach in its glory days…

More tourists will be geared toward this side of the island, because of the renovation and upgrading of Baby beach, Rodgers beach, and the addition of a new hotel. 

San Nicolas has a lot to offer, another view of Aruba, culture, arts, food, and beautiful beaches. 

There’s truly a lot to do here on this side of the island. 

When in San Nicolas, visit the Tourist Information Center close to the central bus station for guides on what to do.


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