Airport Recommends 3 Hours Check-in Time For US Flights

Aruba’s airport eliminates the passenger flow control system at check-in for US bound passengers.

US bound passengers are not required to follow the color codes for groups set by the Airport passenger flow control as of September 13, 2022.

The passenger flow control system was introduced on June 24, 2022.

It grouped the US bound passengers into 4 color groups, and only allowing access to the US check-in terminal based on scheduled airline departure times.

Now that the passenger flow control is no longer in effect, all US flights will be operating without further access restrictions to process passengers check-in at the US check in terminal. 

All passengers that are traveling back to the US are recommended to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before their scheduled departure time.

Traveller’s to other destinations are required to be at the airport 2 hours before.


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Aruba’s Reina Beatrix International Airport.


Note that the ED (electronic disembarkation) card system will not show these new requirements.

This means passengers will not receive notifications regarding time frames of checking in as of September 13, 2022. 

Passenger flow system could be resumed when Aruba enters its peak travel season for US travellers, at the end of this year during the winter season. 

Aruba’s airport is continually striving to improve the check-in passenger flow.


Champions Sports Bar at Marriott Closed After 22 Years

Champions, the popular sports bar and restaurant in Marriott Ocean Club Aruba closes after 22 years of serving one of the best food and beverages on the island.

A letter from General Manager of Marriott Ocean Club (Pedro Vargas) announcing the closing of Champions, shared to owners and guests of the resort. With mixed feelings the general manager shared that September 15, 2022 marks the last day of operation for Champions sports bar since opening its doors in 2000.


Champions sports bar and restaurant in Aruba.


Although this will be the final day of service for Champions, it’s also going to make way for a new and exciting food and beverage experience in this same spot. 

Renovation and rebranding of a new food and beverage outlet has started since September 16, 2022 and construction works will be ongoing for a several weeks. 

Marriott Aruba is a hotel that is constantly evolving and looking for new ways to improve its products and services, in order to provide its owners and guests with the best possible vacation experience. 

The new dining concept that will replace Champions sports bar will be on a higher level in the current food and beverage service offerings known by Aruba Marriott. 

All associates of the Champions sports bar will continue to provide their usual excellent service at the new restaurant by Marriott Aruba. 

The new food and beverage spot will be unveiled soon, according to the General Manager.


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Bon Bini Festival is Back, Bigger and Better!

One of the islands festival known as one of the best weekly events to get to know the culture and traditions of Aruba is back! 

After almost two years of inactivity, mainly due to the pandemic, the Bon Bini festival is back on the island.

Bon Bini Festival has over 30 years of entertaining and educating visitors on the history and culture of Aruba.

The word “Bon Bini” means welcome in Papiamento (local language in Aruba) and this festival does exactly that! Visiting the Bon Bini Festival will make you feel at home in Aruba. 

The festival is composed of experiences that immerses guests into the Aruban folklore and culture.


A local show for Dera Gai tradition in Aruba, at Bon Bini Festival.


The first edition of Bon Bini Festival will be on September 20 + 27, 2022.

As usual, the Bon Bini Festival will be held every Tuesday at Fort Zoutman. 

Location of the festival is inside of the Aruba’s History Museum, better known as Fort Zoutman, in downtown Oranjestad.

There’s plenty of opportunity to meet locals, experience the folkloric Aruban music, dance, and cultural traditions. The festival also offers authentic local cuisines, also arts and crafts made locally on the island. 

Doors open at 6:00 PM and the show starts at 7:00 PM.

What can you expect from the Bon Bini Festival?

A great introduction to Aruba regarding its culture and traditions. 

Musical groups. Dancing groups. Local food. Great bar, and live shows! 

Entrance to the Bon Bini Festival is $15.00


Ling & Sons Now Has Own Bakery By Hendrickx The Baker

Ling & Sons now has its own bakery department and a new banquet assortiment by Hendrickx the baker, a popular Belgian bread crafter brand.

The supermarket recently added the Hendrickx Baker concept to its new bakery department and plans to serve quality breads and banquet items from Europe.

Hendrickx the Baker was personally in Aruba with his team from Netherlands, Belgium and France. The team took part in setting up the bakery and training staff how to bake the Hendrickx banquet items in stone ovens.

The new line of banquet products includes breads, croissants, pastries, homemade Belgian chocolates, cakes and other baked goods.

he official opening of the bakery was held on September 10, 2022.

Ling and Sons is a well known supermarket in Aruba where visitors and locals go to shop, because it is close to the hotel area and they carry a lot of American brand products and Dutch Products.


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Aruba Stop Reporting Weekly Covid Numbers

The Public Health Department (DVG) in Aruba recently announced that it will no longer publish weekly covid numbers.

This decision came in after two years of daily reporting, which turned into weekly covid number updates.

Because the cases have dropped for several weeks already, and the situation on the island is stable, there is no need to report the latest cases. 

Public health is still a high priority for the department, and they will keep track of the coronavirus development internally, just like the case with any other infectious disease.

This doesn’t mean that covid doesn’t exist, so incase of any new outbreak or potentially dangerous situation, the public health department will send out an alert to the local community and visitors.


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Here’s a few frequently asked questions regarding traveling to Aruba as we finally put the pandemic behind us.

Are you required to show a negative test result or proof of vaccination upon arrival in Aruba?

No, it is not required.

Travellers are no longer required to show a negative test result or proof of vaccination for COVID-19 when entering the island.

Are you required to purchase the Aruba visitors insurance?

No, travellers are not required to purchase Aruba visitors insurance.

However, the visitor’s insurance is optional.

You can still purchase the insurance policy and you will be covered if you get COVID during your vacation.

Do you still have to complete the Embarkation/ Disembarkation Card?

Yes, all travellers are required to fill the online ED-card, before arrival in Aruba.

Are you required to wear a facemask in Aruba?

No, it is not mandatory to wear facemasks in Aruba. 

However, certain establishments can require you to wear a mask.



Prepare To Visit Aruba’s Art Fair Event in November

Did you know that San Nicolas, a district in Aruba, is known as the “Street Art Capital of the Caribbean”?

This year the city will make a big impact in the art scene, as preparations are made for the 5th edition of Art Fair in Aruba.

Art Fair in Aruba is a 3 day event featuring over +150 art exhibitions, mural paintings in the main streets of San Nicolas, and outdoor galleries. popup stores, restaurants, tours, food, drinks, and live music.

Aruba art fair will take place during November 4 – 6, 2022.


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Artistic murals in San Nicolas worth checking out!


This year’s art fair will be curated by local architectural design and fine art expert, Renwick Heronimo.

Art Fair in Aruba is organized by the foundation ArtisA (Art is Aruba).

ArtisA promotes art, culture and movement in Aruba, especially in San Nicolas.

A selection of talented artist will make this year’s Art Fair unforgettable. 

Over 15 local and international artists will come together and unite all elements of art and showcase them during the art fair.

International artists from Mexico, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Czech Republic, Chile, Belgium, Canada, Netherlands, Bonaire and Curacao.



What can you expect from Art Fair Aruba?

You will get a view of the spectacular art scene in Aruba and a fun learning experience during the event, which will expand your heart for art.

Over 10.000 locals and visitors are known to visit art fair since the first ever event took place in 2015.

If you are in Aruba in November and you want to experience a different vibe on the island, visit the art fair for a unique look into Aruba’s art and what makes the city of San Nicolas the street Art Capital of the entire Caribbean.


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Arikok Hiking Tour to Natural Pool + Lunch

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Aruba’s Port City Start Public Tender Process

The Prime Minister of Aruba recently announced the official public tender of the new Port City project in Aruba.

Port City is a new modern city, with residential area, retail shops and public parks that will be located on the former cargo terminal in Oranjestad.  

The project kicks off with a “public tendering” process to invite companies that are interested in constructing the city to submit their construction bid. 

Over 70 local and international companies have expressed interest in developing the new port city.

Port city is an investment of more than 500 million dollars.

The entire area for development is 187.000 square meters, but only 40% will be designated for the boutique hotels, condominiums, retail stores, and the rest of the land will be left to develop public areas and vegetation.


The Future Port City in Aruba, Near The Cruise Port.


The first phase of construction will start in 2023, this includes the area from Bushiri Beach until the roundabout on L.G Smith Boulevard (in front Wendy’s). 

Construction of the port city will create job opportunities for over 3000 locals. Which will not only improve the labor force in Aruba, but also positively affect the economy and public finances.

According to the Prime Minister, The project is very important for the economic development of the island, as Aruba is still on the path to recovery as a result of the pandemic.



The Roundabout at Palm Beach is Almost Complete

The roundabout at Palm Beach is now open for traffic, but not yet officially completed.

Construction works are still ongoing, mainly in the middle of the roundabout. This includes placing the top layer of asphalt and landscaping to beautify the area. 

Traffic is moving smoothly now and safety has increased, with the new roundabout. Pedestrians now have crosswalks at each section of the roundabout to walk safely across the street in this area.

According to the department of public works the roundabout will be completed on September 23, 2022.


The Roundabout at the Moment., still under construction in the middle part.


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Arikok Hiking Tour to Natural Pool + Lunch

Horseback Riding Tours to Beautiful Wariruri Beach

Private Boat Charters (snorkeling tours, sunset tours, yacht rentals)


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Arikok National Park Acquires The Fontein

Aruba’s national park announced it acquired Fontein, one of the islands most longstanding gems and plans to turn this into a new nature experience for park visitors.

Also known as Hofi Fontein, is an 180+ year old traditional home with fresh water ponds. This area is considered one of Aruba’s cultural and traditional monuments, because of the history it represents.

Stories going all the way back to the first inhabitants of the islands, the Indians. Until today you can still see the paintings left by the Indians inside of nearby limestone caves, known as the Fontein Caves.

Now that Fontein is acquired and under the parks protection, the primary task for Aruba’s national park is conservation of the freshwater ponds.

One of the highlights of visiting the area of Fontein inside of the National Park is discovering several small ponds with tiny fishes that are ready to nibble on your toes, if you wet your feet.

This natural pedicure is one of the experiences that you can’t miss out on while exploring the Arikok National Park.




Natural pond with fishes nibbling on your feet – Image Source (arewethere-yet.com)


About Arikok National Park

Founded in the 1980’s, Arikok National Park is an independent foundation responsible for the conservation and management of 20% of Aruba’s land. The park also protects many marine life around the island.

Arikok has many other iconic monuments, views from mountains overlooking the wild north coastlines of Aruba, interesting wildlife, limestone caves, beautiful flora and fauna and many other exiting attractions, including a natural rock formation pool, known as Natural Pool.

Locals refer to it as “Conchi” in Papiamento, the native language in Aruba.



This is the natural pool in Aruba. Do you want to swim and snorkel here?


Standing on top of a giant rock at the natural pool.


Visit The Arikok National Park 

Arikok is one of the “must visit” places when in Aruba.

Visitors can explore the park on their own, or book a local hiking tour in Aruba, with a professional guide to show around the park.

Views of the Caribbean sea crashing against the coastlines in Arikok from the rugged hills are spectacular and worth the visit.

Next to the cultural monuments in the park, there’s also several hiking trails covering the national park entirely.

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The New Cocktail Bar in Palm Beach!

The first thing that comes to mind when you see this new cocktail bar in Aruba are, flamingo’s!

Flamingo’s is the newest cocktail bar in Palm Beach for cocktails, cold beers and tasty bites to eat.

Newly opened on August 26, 2022 in Palm Beach at the Paseo Herencia Mall. 

Flamingo’s also serves Dutch inspired meals for breakfast, smoothies, fresh health juice, and for lunch a wide selection of tapas.  

One of the best drinks on their menu are Mojito’s, with a flamingo twist!

Flamingo’s is also a sports bar when big games are live including NFL, NBA, Soccer, MLB and Formula One.



Baby Beach Renovations

Aruba is getting closer to starting a major upgrade and enhancement of Baby Beach.

Baby beach is one of the most popular beaches for international visitors, because of its shallow blue waters and amazing snorkeling experience.

To maintain the beach’s quality standards for beachgoers, the government is moving forward with a environmentally sustainable renovation project aimed at improving the conditions of Baby Beach.

The renovation project is part of the Seroe Colorado Masterplan, which is a large- scale upgrade of beaches in San Nicolas. 

Renovation of Baby Beach will be funded by Aruba’s Tourism Enhancement Fund.



The existing parking lots will be renovated and improved. All parking lots will be designed to block cars from driving and parking on the beach sand, which is prohibited on all the beaches around the island.

There is a pathway that connects Baby Beach and Rodger’s Beach, which is currently not accessible, but road will be restored to its original glory.

Indigenous plants will also be planted to improve the flora, and large palm trees will also be added to provide natural shade for beachgoers. 

The existing tennis court will be restored and an additional multifunctional court will be constructed for beach sports.

Expect two new food and beverage kiosks with traditional Aruban food and refreshments, including a new restrooms.

This project is significant for the protection of the environment of this area and to guarantee excellent beach conditions for beachgoers.



Ling & Sons Supermarket Expands Its Bakery Department

Ling & Sons is expanding their bakery department with a new banquet assortment by Hendrickx the baker, a popular Belgian bread crafter brand.

The supermarket added the Hendrickx Baker concept to its bakery and plans to serve quality breads and banquet items from Europe.

Hendrickx the Baker is currently in Aruba with his team from Netherlands, Belgium and France. The team is setting up the bakery and training staff how to bake the Hendrickx banquet items in a stone ovens.

The new line of banquet products includes breads, croissants, pastries, homemade Belgian chocolates, cakes and other baked goods.

The official opening of the bakery will be held on September 10, 2022 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

You are invited to try the in store tastings of Hendrickx banquet products.

Ling and Sons is a well known supermarket in Aruba that visitors and locals go to shop, because it is close to the hotel area and they carry a lot of American brand products and Dutch Products.



Update On The New Roundabout at Palm Beach 

The new roundabout at Palm Beach was scheduled to open on September 1, 2022, but due to unforeseen construction delays the official opening date is now rescheduled.

The roundabout will be closed for vehicles as of September 7, 2022.

Traffic will be partially allowed on the outside lanes of the roundabout as of September 9, 2022, which allows construction works to continue to complete the infrastructure project. 

The roundabout will be officially opened on September 23, 2022. 

Check this cool drone picture of the roundabout…


Current state of the roundabout in Palm Beach – Image Source (Noticacla.com)


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The New Baby Beach Waterfront Promenade

A new waterfront promenade will be on the rise in the near future at Baby Beach.

The developments are part of the Seroe Colorado Masterplan, which is a Government renovation project to upgrade the beaches and area located southeast of the island, better known as Seroe Colorado.

Here’s a model view of the beach and surroundings, after project is complete..




The waterfront promenade is part of the second phase of construction in the Seroe Colorado Masterplan.

It will feature a new parking lot for beachgoers to conveniently park their cars, two new food & beverage kiosks and public restrooms. The kiosks will offer Aruban traditional foods and drinks.

Two new multifunctional courts will be built for beach sports – volley ball, tennis, soccer, basketball.

New vegetation will be planted, including palm trees to provide beachgoers with natural shade.

According to the Tourism Minister, the new waterfront promenade at Baby Beach will start in October and take up to 6 months to complete.

A 40 room boutique hotel is also slated to be constructed next to rum reef, after the second phase of renovation project at Baby Beach is completed.



Welcome To The Future Oranjestad Port City

The former cargo terminal in Oranjestad will be transformed into a new leisure and upscale residential area.

This new residential area is named, Port City.

Port City was developed by Aruba Port Authority (APA), the company that manages Aruba’s harbor and cruise port.

APA developed the port city and has approval from the Aruban Government to move forward with the development starting 2023.

Port City will be constructed at the former cargo terminal area in Oranjestad.

The infrastructure project has 180.000 square meters of land for development. This includes the former container harbor area, paardenbaai, and bushiri beach. 

Here’s a view of what port city will look like in the future, designed by OZ Architects.



Port City will overlook the Caribbean sea and welcome cruise ships to Aruba, while connecting the harbor front to Oranjestad.

It will feature public parks, residences, retail stores and offices.

The project is a collaboration between Aruba Ports Authority and Port of Amsterdam international. The future port city is estimated to cost $78.000.000 million dollars to develop.



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JetBlue Suspends Flights From Fort Lauderdale + Newark To Aruba

JetBlue recently cancelled over 37 routes from their flight schedule, including flights from Newark (EWR) to Aruba. 

The decision by the New York Based airline hits two airports the hardest, which are Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Newark (EWR). 

Both airports are important hubs for travellers to fly to Aruba.

Some flights out of FLL or EWR from JetBlue have not been completely cancelled as of yet, but as of January 2023, all of these flight routes will be completely removed. 

Only United Airlines will fly non-stop to Aruba from Newark, unless a change in flight routes is announced.

Check your flight reservations if you’ve already booked flights from FLL or EWR to Aruba. JetBlue is changing their pre-booked flights from FLL to Aruba, to FFL to NY to Aruba, until further notice.


JetBlue Airplanes. Source: JetBlue


According to a statement confirming the recent move from a JetBlue spokesperson, the current suspensions are implemented to ensure operation reliability.

The flight suspension by JetBlue is primarily in markets and airports that are experiencing challenges in daily operations.

The airline industry experienced major operational issues leading up the summer, especially during bad weather, and unexpected air traffic control delays. 

According to JetBlue’s spokesperson, reducing flight capacity will boost operational reliability ahead of the current high season for travel. 

For now, these flight cuts are definitive into 2023, until the airline announces their return in the future. 

JetBlue is accommodating all travellers with an existing booking, or a full refund.

The airline announced it will add new flights soon to compensate for the recent flight cuts to continue a balanced growth, including New York to Aruba, and Boston to Aruba.



The Green Corridor Bridge Now Glows in The Dark

The largest bridge in Aruba now glows at night.

Illumination was added on the bridge in order to make it more visible to traffic at night.

The lights were installed during a scheduled preventive maintenance work on the bridge a few weeks ago.

The colors at the bridge switch between green and yellow.

Check the image below for a view of the bridge at night when the lights turn on…


The Green Corridor Bridge at Night


The maintenance works included sandblasting, rust removal, and painting over the bridge as preventive measures to avoid deterioration.

Maintenance work on the bridge will likely take place every 5 years according to the Director of Aruba’s department of infrastructure and planning.

If you want to see the bridge at night, drive towards the airport, and head in the southeast direction towards San Nicolas. 



The Largest Vow Renewal Ceremony in The Caribbean

Aruba hosted the world’s largest vow renewal ceremony again on Eagle Beach.

For the fourth year, this romantic island invited couples to renew their wedding commitment on the world’s most beautiful beach. 

Over 200 couples, both recently married or many years married, participated in this event, on August 11, 2022. The event was streamed live, on Facebook and Instagram. 

The beach was beautifully decorated with tropical and chic decorations.

Local artist, Edjean Semeleer, was the Master of Ceremony, with Andy Ousbourne leading the vow renewal ceremony. 

Couples came from all over the world including, but not limited to the United States, Italy, Ecuador, Argentina, The Netherlands, Germany, Uruguay, Brazil, Spain, Canada and Peru.


Image Source: Aruba Tourism Authority


Saying “I Do” one more time to reconfirm their love for eachother, with the perfect Caribbean sunset, champagne, and hors d’oeuvres and music. 

Aruba is the number one island for couples to celebrate love. 

Next year will be the 5th edition of the vow renewal, and promises to be big!

The event will take place on August 9, 2023 

All participants are encouraged to wear white and match with caribbean style.

If you’re planning a vow renewal, get ready for the occasion and take part in Aruba’s romantic tradition next year by visiting Aruba Tourism Authority’s website.

The cost of participation in the vow renewal ceremony is free.



Long Table Dinner in Aruba

Wind Creek Resorts is organizing their one night, and one table, with 1000 invites enjoying a spectacular dinner and giving away thousands dollars to charity.

This is the 4th edition of Wind Creek’s, Long Table Aruba all white dinner event, and it takes place on August 28, 2022.

Imagine dinner under the stars, at night, and a chic decorated street with a long table with hundreds of other guests enjoying the event.

Special about this event is the 1000 foot long table with all white table cloth seating 1000 invites to enjoy dinner that gives back the proceeds to a local charity on the island. 


Long Table Dinner event in Aruba – Source: Long Table Aruba.


The event was first introduced in 2017, and has donated over $75.000 to charity in Aruba. 

This year will be the 5th year since Wind Creek Resorts acquired Renaissance Hotel. To celebrate this achievement, Wind Creek is donating $40.000 to a local charity. 

With this donation, it would be the largest sum of money awarded to a charity from the long table event.

Renaissance Hotel was known to be involved with the local community, and this heartfelt supportive spirit is now also part of the new Wind Creek Resort.

Unfortunately, this year’s event is already booked.

The only way to look forward to this event is to prebook for next year’s long table event.

How to book?

Visit the, Wind Creek Hotel “Long Table” page for more details on the long table dinner event.



Taste This New Palette in Palm Beach

Aruba is a foodie paradise, and one of the newest restaurants on the island just revealed a new menu with a unique palette for you to taste.

The new restaurant I’m talking about is Blue Bar, located at the Radisson Blu.

Blu Bar is a new Peruvian pop-up restaurant by the latest resort in Palm Beach. They are open everyday from 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

The best thing about this restaurant are the appetizers and entrees that are matched with cocktails and wines that blend perfectly with each dish.


Blu Bar celebrated soft opening, grand opening coming soon. Source: Radisson Blu.


What’s on the menu at this pop-up restaurant?

You will find typical Peruvian cuisine and seafood centric dishes – ceviche, local fish topped sugar snap peas puree, slow cooked beef brisket, cowboy pork glazed with blackberry jam and served with tofu. 

The menu also features tiraditos, a Peruvian dish with raw fish, cut in the shape of sashimi, or similar to carpaccio, in a spicy sauce.

There’s plenty of Peruvian choice dishes on the menu that will satisfy anyone’s taste buds. 

Blu Bar is the only restaurant that offers Peruvian dishes on Palm Beach.



World Series of Poker in Aruba

World Series Poker is on the way to Aruba!

The international circuit of the planets largest poker tournament is on a world tour, and Aruba is next!

One of the most popular card games on the will be celebrated on the island of Aruba with the “World Series of Poker” celebrating 20 years of existence.

The poker games will be held at Hilton Resort from September 22 – October 2, 2022. Pro’s, amateur and every skilled level poker player in between are given a chance at the grand prize.


World Series of Poker in Aruba at Hilton. September 22 – October 2, 2022


The world series poker championships are held all throughout the world, and Aruba is one of the “poker destinations” with Las Vegas being the ending spot of the $1.000.000 cash game.

Aruba will be hosting the poker tournament in one of the most signature casinos when it comes to card games.

Are you ready for a game of poker at the Hilton?

Tables are open from 3:00 PM until 3:00 AM.

Card games include Roulette, Black Jack, Caribbean Stud Poker. Hilton Casino also includes Texas Holdem, Omaha, 4 – 8 limit, 2 – 5 and 5 – 5 no limit.



Monster Truck Show in Aruba

The American Monster Truck Association is preparing for a magnificent monster truck show on the island. 

The event is called “Caribbean Monster Truck Shootout”, is promised to be one of a kind. 

American Monster Truck Association aims to give shows around the Caribbean, and now Aruba is next on the list!

Expect 4 monster trucks executing spectacular jumps over cars, backflips and drifting. 

There’s even a surprise act by the one and only Transformers, Bumblebee and Optimus prime.

The show is taking place on September 30 – October 1 – 2, 2022 at Palo Marga Drag Race Strip. 

Tickets are $20 per adult, and $9 per child (until 12 years). 

You can purchase your tickets at different spots on the island including: NAPA (San Nicolas, Shaba, Santa Cruz), Caya Grandi Service Station, Bright Bakery, Tropical Bottling Company Carry Out (Oranjestad & San Nicolas).


Monster Truck Shootout in Aruba 2022 (September 31 – October 1 – 2).


Keep Aruba Clean With New Beach Bins

Aruba now has new eye-catching mint green beach bins to help you do away with your waste during your vacation and keep the island trash free!

The new beach bins are part of Aruba Tourism Authority’s campaign to preserve and protect the island for future visitors and locals to enjoy the island.

You can help keep Aruba clean by using these new recycling bins to throw away waste during your vacation.


New recycle bins on Aruba beaches.


The new beach bins are a nature preservation project between Aruba Tourism Authority and a local environmental friendly organization called Plastic Beach Party.

The bins are designed to collect separate waste items, including glass, metal and plastic. 

Together they installed 10 bins on 10 different beaches on the island to encourage visitors and locals to help the island recycle waste into reusable products, processed by Plastic Beach Party.

You will find these mint green beach bins at Palm Beach, Eagle Beach, Baby Beach and several other popular beaches on the island.



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Aruba “Seals The Deal” With British Airways

The Tourism Minister and Aruba Tourism Authority “sealed the deal” with British Airways to offer scheduled flights from London Gatwick Airport. 

Aruba is the first island in the Dutch Caribbean to have a scheduled flight service with British Airways.

As of March 2023, according to British Airways official website, you can travel to Aruba starting at £600, if you book now.

The flights are scheduled twice a week, on Thursday and Sunday.

Departing from London Gatwick Airport, to Aruba with a stop in Antigua. 

The new British Airways scheduled flight is a strategic addition to the already seasonal flights out of London Gatwick Airport from TUI-UK.


 


The last time Aruba welcomed British Airlines was over 35 years ago, as a non-commercial flight.

All flights will be serviced by one of the airline’s top class aircraft, the B777 with a capacity of 336 seats.

The European travel market represents almost 10% of the total amounts of passengers handled by the airport for the first 7 months of 2022.

There are 4 main airlines that depart from Europe to Aruba, TUI NL, TUI UK, KLM and the new addition, British Airways. 

The inauguration flight from British Airways is set for March 26, 2023.



Southwest Resumes Flights From Orlando To Aruba

Southwest Airlines recently announced that its resuming flights from Orlando to Aruba, after cancelation due to the pandemic. 

One of the reasons why Southwest Airlines made the decision to resume flights from Orlando to Aruba, is because of the island’s amazing growth in tourism after the pandemic. 

According to the Tourism Minister, the flights out of Orlando are significant to the island.

The flights from Orlando to Aruba are daily. 

There’s also plenty of options to travel with Southwest to Aruba, from Baltimore and Washington, once a week, on Saturday.


Beach in Aruba.


Tourism In Aruba Keeps Upward Growth Trend

Coming back from a devastating pandemic, tourism in Aruba is steadily breaking records compared to 2019 and 2022. 

Aruba’s tourism is frequently compared to 2019, as this is the last year of a normal tourism season, before the pandemic started.

The largest markets for tourism in Aruba are North America, Europe and Latin America. 

Here’s a view of how tourism is really growing, comparing 2019 and 2022.

  • April – 93.953 visitors (2019) / 101.969 visitors (2022)
  • May – 88.543 visitors (2019) / 91.403 visitors (2022)
  • June – 98.970 visitors (2019) / 101.526 visitors (2022)
  • July – 103.464 visitors (2019) / 109.006 visitors(2022)


What is propelling this growth for Aruba’s tourism?

Visitors like YOU are the reason for Aruba’s tourism! Thank you for supporting the locals on the island!

Everyone who visits Aruba, falls in love with the island, for different reasons.

You are part of a big group of visitors that have come to be known as family by many locals on the island. 

If it’s your first visit on the island, or you have become a repeat guest, we Arubans appreciate you!



The Masterplan To Revamp San Nicolas

Tourism Minister recently announced more details about the ongoing renovation project for San Nicolas, called “Seroe Colorado Masterplan”.

This master plan is part of the Government’s vision to beautify and upgrade the beaches and infrastructure of San Nicolas.

If you’ve been to Baby Beach recently, you might have noticed the newly created parking lots, new spacious beach to walk on, and new beach huts. 

When renovations at Baby Beach enters phase 2 as of September 2022, you will notice more changes soon.

This includes enhancing the surrounding nature, a new court for beach sports and activities, creating new facilities to buy food and refreshments and new bathrooms.

The existing wall that protects newborn sea turtles during nesting season will also be moved further away to provide additional protection for the turtles, and make the beach wider.

Upgrading Rodger’s Beach in Aruba

A stone throw away from Baby Beach you will find Rodger’s Beach, which is also slated to begin renovations as of 2023.

The first construction works near Rodger’s have already started, which includes a newly renovated pier, and a new staircase leading to the beach. 

After renovations start officially in 2023, a new 40 room boutique hotel will be constructed at one of the the abandoned buildings next to “Jads Watersports”, between Baby Beach and Rodger’s Beach. 

New parking lot, additional beach huts, and beach facilities will also be created at Roger’s.

Renovations in San Nicolas

Better known as the Sunrise City of Aruba, San Nicolas is known as one of the largest cities, located southeast of the island. 

It’s rich in culture, tradition and buildings that hold many of the old stories and memories of the island, when a refinery used to be the second pillar of Aruba’s economy, next to tourism. 

The Seroe Colorado Masterplan also includes the revamping of the city’s main streets and surrounding touristic areas.

What can you expect to see after renovations are complete?

New activities, carnival vibes, fashion shows, food festivals – one event to lookout for is the Aruba Art Fair, taking place in November 2022.

More details about the new upgrades in San Nicolas will be released soon by the Government.



New Mural in San Nicolas By Armando Goedgedrag

There’s a new mural that’s getting everyone’s attention in the main streets of San Nicolas. 

Here’s the mural, see picture below…


The New Colorful Mural in San Nicolas.


Painted by the talented Armando Goedgedrag, one of Aruba’s many outstanding painters, this mural is one of a kind.

Because of the intricate detail of this mural, it took Armando over 3 weeks to complete it. 

The mural is located at the end of the main street in San Nicolas.

This bright and colorful mural features the flora and fauna you will see all around the island.

In the right bottom corner, you see a gutu (also known as the blue parrot fish), often seen when snorkeling at the Palm Island.

You also see an orange tailed bird, locally known as the Blenchi Cora (Ruby Topaz Hummingbird). Next to the Blenchi Cora, you see the Blenchi Berde (Blue Tailed Emerald), another local bird found on the island.

The mural is mainly painted with yellow and orange paint, symbolising the sun (and sunrise) in San Nicolas, better known as Sunrise City. 

Also displayed on the mural are floral symbols that are used as decoration on the traditional houses in Aruba.

The beaches and green nature is also on the mural.

Make Your Promise To Aruba

Aruba Tourism Authority commissioned local artist Armando Goedgedrag to paint this mural in order to promote their new awareness campaign towards visitors and locals, to make a promise to protect the islands nature and environment.

What’s your promise to Aruba?

Here’s a list of promises made by visitors from all around the world until now, according to Aruba Tourism Authority’s website:

  • I will respect land, sea & nature (Canada)
  • I will move around safely, attentive to all rules and norms (Argentina)
  • Being sensible to all who call this island home (Italy)
  • I will honor the local culture (USA)

You can also make a promise to Aruba when you visit, and help keep the island beautiful for the rest of generations to come after you.

The “My Promise” Mural Challenge

If you are on the island and you want to make a promise to protect Aruba, do the My Promise Mural Challenge. 

What’s the challenge? 

Take a picture by the mural and show Aruba’s nature and your promise to the world.

Share your picture on social media (instagram) using hashtags #myarubapromise + #vacationsbyaruba

Watch Armando in the picture below to see how to do the challenge…



Update on Roundabout Construction at Palm Beach

If you’ve been to Aruba before, you remember the intersection at Palm Beach, between McDonald’s and Wendy’s. 

That intersection is gone.

A new large roundabout is being constructed here now, and it’s almost complete.

At the moment, only half of the roundabout is open for traffic, which is the lane on the west side of the roundabout, the road from Ritz Carlton to Oranjestad, or Palm Beach towards the hotel strip.

The east side of the roundabout is still under construction. 

On August 30 – 31, the roundabout will be completely closed, to lay the last and top layer of the asphalt on the new road and finalize roundabout construction. 

It is expected that the roundabout will be open on September 1, 2022.

If you are driving near Palm Beach before the roundabout opens officially, take note of the road signs with alternative routes around this area. 

Driving around Palm Beach will be safer and easier after the roundabout is completed.

If you are looking for a car rental in Aruba, check out our options and ask us for a quote in our car rental page.



New Early Bird Special in Aruba

Aruba is a foodie paradise, and dinner options just got more interesting after Que Pasa Restaurant announced their new early bird special. 

What are early bird specials?

Early bird specials are unique discounts offered by restaurants on their menu for diners who like to eat early.

So what’s new about Que Pasa’s early bird special?

It’s a 3 course dinner menu. 

Start with an appetizer. 

You can choose between the soup of the day or caesar salad

The main dish is the “fish of the day” served with chimichuri sauce, french fries and pepper sauce. Or you can enjoy a savory 4oz lomito (steak) well done, or just the way you prefer. 

The last dish on the early bird special is dessert.

Choose between vanilla ice cream or cheese cake. 

The early bird dinner menu is available everyday at Que Pasa Restaurant between 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm for only $29.00 per person.

Que Pasa is located in Oranjestad (Address – Wilhelminastraat 18).



Moving To Aruba is Everyone’s Dream

Living in the Caribbean is a dream that most people have, and some actually end up making the dream come true.

Waking up to the beach view and beautiful nature is priceless.

Island Origin Magazine, a Caribbean-American magazine that features travel, lifestyle and culture, listed Aruba as one of the best islands to live, if you’re thinking about relocating to the Caribbean.

Do you dream of living the island lifestyle?


Enjoying the island life with a nice walk on the beach.


Living in The Caribbean

Other islands mentioned by Island Origin Magazine that are also a good option to live are Curacao, Barbados and The US Virgin Islands. 

What makes Aruba the ideal place to live in?

Besides the happy people, beautiful beaches, amazing food selection, and surrounding nature, Aruba is one of the most modern and developed islands in the Caribbean. 

There’s plenty of land on the island to build your dream home. 

The island also has a bright future ahead, as the Government is investing in the tech industry, growing it’s circular economy, and plans to transitions to green energy by the end of 2050.

Agriculture is also being promoted, as locals are encouraged to start growing their own vegetables and fruits, as the island tries to rely less on importing food from away.



Ritz Carlton Casino Giving Away Cash!

The Casino at Ritz Carlton is giving away $130.000 in prize money every weekend during August and September 2022.

So what’s in it to win it?

To participate in this cash giveaway, visit the casino on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (August and September 2022).

Friday you can win $1000 cash prizes between 10:00 am – 12:00 am, playing the “Friday Mega Frenzy” games.

Win $5000 cash on Saturday and Sunday, playing bingo (as of 1:00 pm), with a progressive jackpot currently at $12000, cash money. 

You can also win $60 in slot machine credits playing at the casino after midnight. 

For more information on the cash giveaway contact +297 527 2276.



New Windturbines Park in Aruba Soon

Aruba’s utility company announced a request for expression of interest in search for a partner to build a new wind turbine park on the island.

The new project is part of the Government’s strategy to make Aruba completely dependent on renewable energy by 2050. 

The company that wins the bid, is required to design, build, own, operate and maintain the wind turbine park. This also includes supplying of the collected energy to Aruba, through the local utility company for the duration of 15 years. 

A 10 wind turbine park is already in function near the south east part of the island, known as, Vader Piet. Each of these wind turbines has a capacity of 3MW and are producing almost 15% of the islands energy.

Experts are continually looking for additional opportunities to provide the local community with reliable, affordable and sustainable energy.



Caribbean Monster Truck Shootout

The American Monster Truck Association is preparing for a magnificent monster truck show on the island. 

The event is called “Caribbean Monster Truck Shootout”, is promised to be one of a kind. 

American Monster Truck Association aims to give shows around the Caribbean, and now Aruba is next on the list!

Expect 4 monster trucks executing spectacular jumps over cars, backflips and drifting. 

There’s even a surprise act by the one and only Transformers, Bumblebee and Optimus prime.

The show is taking place on September 30 – October 1 – 2, 2022 at Palo Marga Drag Race Strip. 

Tickets are $20 per adult, and $9 per child (until 12 years). 

You can purchase your tickets at different spots on the island including: NAPA (San Nicolas, Shaba, Santa Cruz), Caya Grandi Service Station, Bright Bakery, Tropical Bottling Company Carry Out (Oranjestad & San Nicolas).



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New Passenger Flow Control at Aruba’s Airport

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

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

Read More – Aruba’s Airport Project Gateway 2030



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

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

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

How does it work?

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

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

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

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



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

What To Expect When Arriving At The Airport

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

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

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



Aruba’s Tourism Recovery in Numbers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Secret’s Hotel Will Be The Highlight of San Nicolas

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

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

A luxury resort, all inclusive and only for adults.

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

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


Baby-Beach-Resort-in-Seroe-Colorado

Layout of the future Baby beach resort in Seroe Colorado


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

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

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

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



New Direct Flights From Sweden To Aruba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



German Cruise Ship “Mein Schiff” First Time Aruba Visit

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

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

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

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

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

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



New Post Stamps in Aruba

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

The post stamps were released on November 16, 2021.

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

He is known for painting Aruban landscapes and family portraits. 

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


new agriculture post stamps.


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

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

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

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



Aruba Starts With Booster Shots

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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