Facemasks No Longer Required in Aruba

Aruba’s Prime Minister announced that facemasks are no longer required. 

The pandemic is not over yet, but the corona measures are being eased further, because the amount of new cases are very low. Furthermore, the amount of locals receiving vaccination is increasing. 

This new measure went into effect June 9, 2021. 

I can imagine you want to know where and when to wear facemasks.

While proof of vaccination is not required to enter any business or participate at any events, the public health department encourages locals who are not fully vaccinated to do so. 

Despite lifting facemasks mandates, the public health department strongly encourages the wearing of masks in public when social distancing is not possible. 

Businesses may require customers to wear face-coverings. 

Anyone who prefers to continue to wear a facemask is welcome to do so.


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Possible Reduction in Aruba Visitors Insurance

Aruba’s tourism board is evaluating reducing the rate for the island’s visitors insurance.

According to the CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority, the total number of imported cases of coronavirus is very low, and justifies the decision to reduce the price for visitors insurance.

As of July 2020 until April 2021, Aruba received over 310.000 visitors, and only 0.2% of travelers were infected with covid-19, which is relatively low.

The visitors insurance was created to provide travelers with advanced insurance protection in case testing positive for corona while on vacation.

It guarantees that you are properly insured and that local medical, and non medical providers are not left with unpaid bills. 

The visitors insurance covers:

  • Hospital Costs
  • Intensive Care Unit Costs
  • Transportation
  • Doctors Consults
  • Isolation expenses
  • Covid-19 tests  

If you happen to test for coronavirus, you will have little to no out of pocket expenses, giving you peace of mind during your stay.



Aruba’s Tourism Keeps Recuperating

According to the CEO of Aruba’s Tourism Authority, there’s 74.500+ travelers expected for the month of June. 

Aruba received a total of 70.683 visitors in May 2021, which is a 20% increase, compared to April 2021. 

The CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority says “Since March until May, tourism has been consistently growing with double digit numbers in Aruba”.

The US market has almost completely recuperated in May 2021, compared to may 2019. 

Aruba is one of the forerunners in the Caribbean when it comes to recuperating its tourism and recovering from corona pandemic.



Soul Beach Festival is Back Again

The popular Soul Beach Festival was cancelled in 2021 due to the pandemic.

But fortunately the promoters announced that “Aruba Soul Beach Festival” will be back again in 2022. 

Soul Beach will be held during memorial day weekend on May 25 – 30, 2022

The lineup of artists isn’t released yet, but the party will be unforgettable, including 3 nights of concerts, 5 nights of club parties and 5 days of beach parties.

It will be Soul Beach’s 20th anniversary this year.

Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival partnered with Divi’s top Aruba resort for accommodation during the event. 

Reserve your accommodation now at one of the participating Divi Resorts to get the best rates, including Divi Village Golf, Divi Dutch Village, Divi Aruba Phoenix.

Check out a short video of Soul Beach festival…


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Transformation Project at Ayo Rock Formation

A new renovation project was announced by the Prime Minister of Aruba to transform Ayo Rock Formation into a visitors site, including a botanical garden.

Renovations at Ayo Rock Formations started on May 31, 2021. There’s no scheduled date yet announced for completion of the renovation project.

This transformative project is part of the Government’s plan to create new outdoor activities on the island.

What is Ayo Rock Formation?

It’s a large site of monolithic boulder formations located about 3 kilometers away from the popular natural bridge, in a neighborhood called Ayo, located in Santa Cruz. 

The Ayo rock formation was inhabited by Arawak Indians many years ago. They considered this rock formation a sacred site to send prayers and perform religious rituals. 

The Arawak Indians also left behind various petroglyphs (carvings on rocks) that are interesting to see. Most carvings on the boulders, also known as rock art, are white or red, and form a large part of the island’s history and heritage. 

Ayo Rock Formation is one of the 32 sites on the island where you will find paintings by Indians. 

Renovation at the rock formation will happen in three phases. 

The first phase of renovation includes repairing the stone walls surrounding the rock formation, adding cabins for shade, and fixing the restrooms. 

Phase two of the project includes renovating the entrance of the rock formation and construction of a new parking lot. A new art and souvenir shop (called Cosecha) will also be constructed, where visitors can purchase handmade crafts by local artists. 

The last phase of renovation is landscaping and creating a one of a kind botanical garden featuring native plants in Aruba. 

You are invited to visit Ayo Rock Formations after renovations are completed to learn more about the history and heritage of Aruba, and enjoy the stunning views of the island from the boulders.



Baby Beach Beautification Project

Last week I mentioned that the Tourism minister completed the first phase of renovation at Baby Beach – a new road towards one of the most popular beaches in San Nicolas. 

The new road starts from the ex-Aruba Esso Club towards Baby Beach.

It’s a road used by locals and visitors who want to enjoy the moon shaped bay on the Southern part of the island.

Baby beach in San Nicolas is currently in the midst of a beautification project, which started in 2019.

The beautification project includes additional palapas on the beach for shade, large parking lot, restrooms, new restaurants and bars, new courts for beach sports, and facilities to exercise.

There’s no final date yet as to when the project will be completed. 

Here’s a view of the current renovations happening at Baby Beach…



Upward Trend Continues For Tourism in Aruba

Aruba recuperated 79% of its tourism in May 2021 compared to May 2019, before the pandemic broke out. 

Tourism is getting back to normal, and faster than expected, according to the Tourism Minister. 

A total of 58.000 visitors stepped foot on Aruba during the month of April 2021, but the month of May exceeded all expectations, with over 70.000 visitors. 

Airlines are also increasing their seats, reaching an average of 70% seat capacity.

June seems to be another month for tourism to keep surging as dozens of airplanes are expected to arrive. 

The first cruise ship will also arrive on June 10, 2021 which will bring more tourists, and start the recuperation of the island’s economy.



Renaissance Aruba Resort Awarded “Best of the Best”

Tripadvisor.com recently ranked Renaissance Aruba Resort as one of the best 25 hotels that topped every traveler’s list.

Renaissance is known in Aruba for offering unique experiences, and ofcourse beautiful pink flamingos. 

This is the second year in a row that Renaissance has been nominated for this award. 

Tripadvisor ranked Renaissance resort number 11 on the list, last year it was ranked number 18.

Have you been to Renaissance island already?



Celebrity Cruises Switch Cruise Ships For First Summer Cruise

Celebrity Millennium was scheduled to arrive in June, however, the cruise lines are swapping ships for the summer’s first sail, after cruises were halted at the start of the pandemic.

A new bill signed into the US laws to allow cruise ships to visit Alaska this year is the reason for swapping ships. 

According to Celebrity Cruise Lines, the new US legislation accidently listed the Celebrity Cruises ships to sail in Alaska, but unfortunately didn’t include Celebrity Summit cruise ship.

The Alaska Tourism Restoration Act specifically listed all the ships the new law applies to, which Celebrity Millennium is listed, but not Celebrity Summit. 

This means that Celebrity Summit is not legally allowed to sail to Alaska this year without visiting Canada. 

In order to comply  with the new law, Celebrity Millenium must sail roundtrip from Seattle in Alaska. 

All bookings with Celebrity Millennium will be transferred to Celebrity Summit.

Celebrity Summit will change the port order section of the itinerary. 

Summit will be visiting Bridgetown Barbados on Monday. Followed by a day of sailing on the sea, visiting Curacao on Wednesday, and Aruba on Thursday (June 10, 2021).


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Freewinds Volunteers Sanitized Twenty Million Square Feet in Aruba

Can you believe that the Freewinds volunteers have managed to sanitize over 20 million square feet of location on the island. 

This includes supermarkets, schools, churches, government offices, gyms, restaurants, bars, and the most visited tourist attractions.

The freewinds boat has been stranded dockside in Aruba since March 12, 2020 and they have since then helped minimize coronavirus infections on the island. 

I remember seeing the volunteers sanitizing different locations on the island since the beginning of the pandemic.

Besides helping to sanitize most parts of the island, they also distribute various informational booklets in regards to how to prevent coronavirus. They also give seminars and training on how to use one of the strongest virus and bacteria neutralizing agents. 

The Aruban Community is thankful to the Freewinds Crew for all of their efforts.



Hurricane Season 2021 Started Officially

The 2021 hurricane season started on June 1, 2021. 

Meteorologists are forecasting that this year’s hurricane season has a 60% chance of being more active than normal. 

They are expecting between 13 – 20 tropical storms, which are already named. 

From these, between 6 and 10 have the potential to become hurricanes, including 3 high category hurricanes. 

The first storm for 2021 is named Ana, which formed east of Bermuda early Saturday morning on May 23, 2021.

Here’s a list of the 2021 Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Names, provided by the World Meteorological Organization.

  • Ana
  • Bill
  • Claudette
  • Danny
  • Elsa
  • Fred
  • Grace
  • Henri
  • Ida
  • Julian
  • Kate
  • Larry
  • Mindy
  • Nicholas
  • Odette
  • Peter
  • Rose
  • Sam
  • Teresa
  • Victor
  • Wanda

Aruba is known to be one of the safest places in the Caribbean during the hurricane season, because the island is outside of the hurricane belt.



Vaccination Statistics in Aruba

Aruba continues its efforts to vaccinate 85% of the island’s population. 

Here are the latest vaccination statistics as of June 5, 2021.

  • 63.997 Locals vaccinated
  • 11.445 locals with first dose
  • 52.552 locals fully vaccinated
  • 115.144+ total applied vaccinations

The more locals vaccinate, the less chance there is of the virus infecting new people and keep on mutating into different strains, which our current vaccines offer no protection against. 

The total population of Aruba that received vaccination is currently at 64%.

Aruba’s goal is to reach  85% in order to get herd immunity.

Once this goal is reached, Aruba will most likely allow fully vaccinated travelers to enter the island without having to test for corona.



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Prime Minister Stops Curfew in Aruba

The Prime Minister of Aruba eliminated the curfew measure. 

She also flexibilized a few other measures against corona.

Gebiedsverbod (area prohibition) was also eliminated, this is effective at parking lots, reefs, and beaches.

Closing times for retail stores, supermarkets, and restaurants are 11.00 pm. 

Casino’s are allowed to open until 1.00 am.

Consuming alcoholic beverages in public is not allowed.

All the new measures went into effect as of May 25, 2021. 

The measures are being flexibilized, because of the recent reduction in new positive cases, and increase in the amount of locals who are vaccinating. 

Aruba’s positivity rate is also decreasing below double digit numbers, currently at 3%, as of May 29, 2021.



New Records Set at Second Vaccination Marathon Event

Almost 2.000 locals went to get their first vaccination against corona during the island’s second vaccination marathon.

According to the Health Minister, 1.752 locals vaccinated for the first time, and 6.513 locals took the second jab after taking the initial dose in April.

The number of people that attended the second vaccination event (8.265 locals) was larger than the crowd at the first edition (7.101).

The second vaccination marathon was held on May 22 – 23, 2021. 

Vaccinations took place at four different strategic locations around the island, to reach all neighborhoods. 

The main focus of the vacunathon event is to reach herd immunity, which is set at 85% vaccination of Aruba’s population.

According to the public health department, 62% of the island is vaccinated. 

Aruba is close to reaching herd immunity.



US Travelers Rank Aruba as Top 10 Vaccination Destination

US Travelers rank Aruba as one of the top 10 popular travel destinations when fully vaccinated – according to a recently released article on the web named “top 10 vacation destinations” by kayak.com

Aruba ranks in spot number 7, number 1 is Cancun Mexico, and last in the list is Cairo, Egypt #10.

Here’s the official list as ranked by Kayak.com

  1. Cancun
  2. San Jose Del Cabo
  3. Punta Cana
  4. San Jose
  5. Athens
  6. Montego Bay
  7. Aruba
  8. Bahamas
  9. Reykjavik (Iceland)
  10. Cairo

What makes Aruba a top destination in the Caribbean for travelers, whether vaccinated or not?

It’s the fact that, Aruba has one of the highest population vaccination percentages in the Caribbean, and currently there’s a low infection rate of 3%, which makes it one of the best destinations to visit during these times. 

Aruba is increasing the daily local vaccination rate in order to reach herd immunity. 

85% of the community has to be vaccinated in order to reach collective immunity.

Reaching collective immunity means that the island can speed up the recuperation process in regards to the economy, tourism, and public health of the community.

According to the CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority, the idea of a vaccination passport can be approved by Aruba, as soon as herd immunity is achieved on the island.



4.000+ Visitors in One Day

Aruba’s tourism is recuperating faster than expected, over 4.000+ visitors stepped foot on the island on May 22, 2021.

Tourism officials are expecting that June will be another record breaking month for stay over visitors on the island. 

According to the local tourism board statistics, a large part of Aruba’s visitors are travelers who already are fully vaccinated. 

Travel is becoming popular again, and you should take advantage of the affordable flight prices to the one happy island at the moment. 

Thousands of travelers are finding cheap flight tickets to Aruba using a Skyscanner app.

The app notifies you for cheap flight prices. 



Cruise Tourism Kicks Off With Celebrity Cruise Lines

Celebrity Cruise Line will be the first ship to dock at Aruba’s ports, after cruise tourism came to a halt last year. 

The cruise itinerary has 2 departure dates, either June 5 or 19, 2021.

Cruising on the great seas for 7 nights, visiting 4 ports while traveling a total of 3 sea days. 

The cruise ship will depart from Philipsburg, St.Maarten, and head towards Aruba, Curacao and Barbados.

Weekly port calls will be made as of June, at least once a week by cruise lines. 

All cruise ships have to operate under strict rules set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Including but not limited to, ships need to be at 50% capacity. This means 1500 – 3000 passengers in each cruise ship. And all crew members including cruise goers must be fully vaccinated. 

According to the Tourism Minister, the cruise tourism industry will gradually grow back to normal levels before the pandemic began. 

Local tourism experts project that Aruba will reach 50% of cruise tourism by 2019 before the end of the year 2021.

Which is between 200.000 – 400.000 cruise travelers this year, compared to 900.000 cruise visitors in 2019.



New Road Towards Baby Beach

Tourism minister completes the first of many projects at Baby Beach – a new road towards one of the most popular beaches in San Nicolas. 

The new road starts from the ex-Aruba Esso Club towards Baby Beach, and was completed this week.

It’s a road used by locals and visitors who want to enjoy the moon shaped bay on the Southern part of the island.

Baby beach in San Nicolas is currently in the midst of a beautification project, which started in 2019.

The beautification project includes additional palapas on the beach for shade, large parking lot, restrooms, new restaurants and bars, new courts for beach sports, and facilities to exercise.

There’s no final date yet as to when the final project will be completed. 



The First Storm For Hurricane Season 2021

The first storm for the Atlantic hurricane season has already formed. 

Named Ana, this storm formed 200 miles northeast of Bermuda and obtained speeds of 45mph.

It’s an almost stationary subtropical storm, forecased to slowly move towards the North Atlantic, dissipating gradually.

According to experts, despite Ana not being a threat, it’s still a sign for the upcoming hurricane season, which is expected to be more active than normal. 

Hurricane Season officially starts June 1 and it ends November 31, 2021.

Aruba has proven to be one of the safest islands in the Caribbean during the hurricane season, because the island is located outside of the hurricane’s path.



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Visitors Are Exempt From Testing When Herd Immunity Is Achieved in Aruba

CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority (Ronella Croes) says testing for visitors will be dropped when collective immunity is reached in Aruba.

According to the Health Minister, herd immunity will be reached when 85% of the local population is vaccinated. 

Herd immunity is important for the island, because it means being on the road to recovery for the health of our local people, tourism and economy. 

The Current Vaccination Rate

According to the Prime Minister of Aruba, the vaccination rate has to be increased in order to reach the island’s goal of 85% vaccinations of the population.

You’re probably asking, how much locals have already took the vaccine?

The answer is 60.000+ locals.

This represents 59% of the island’s population, according to the Prime Minister of Aruba. 

She also mentioned that 67% of the population over 60 years old are fully vaccinated.

The more locals vaccinate, the less chance there is of the virus infecting new people and keep on mutating into different strains, which our current vaccines offer no protection against. 

National Vaccination Marathon

The Government of Aruba and public health department organized a second vaccination marathon, locally known in Papiamento as vacunathon. 

The second edition of vaccination is meant for residents who already received a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. It’s also for locals who want to get their first dose. 

This time, the event will take place on May 22 – 23, 2021. 

It will be the last vaccination marathon, according to the public health department.

As of May 24, 2021 vaccinations will take place on appointments, including door to door efforts to reach all neighborhoods on the island. 

Masks Will Still Be Required

Face masks will still be required in Aruba, for visitors if you are fully vaccinated or not, according to the CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority.

Vaccination Status in Aruba

 These are the local stats regarding corona vaccination as of May 19, 2021.

  • 58.682 locals are vaccinated
  • 21.367 locals received 1st dose
  • 37.315 locals received 2nd dose
  • 95.997 total vaccination applied

The local vaccination status in Aruba is going to change significantly as of Monday 24, 2021, pending the results during the vaccination marathon.

Locals who are fully vaccinated are allowed to travel to and from Aruba, without the requirement to do a corona test

This new measure for the locals is set to be effective as of June 1, 2021.



Aruba is Blessed: Tourism Keeps On Growing

Aruba keeps welcoming more and more travelers everyday – Bon Bini!

Over 58.000 tourists stepped foot on Aruba in the month of April 2021, which is an increase of 20% in tourism compared to the previous month.

It is projected that the second quarter for tourism in Aruba will continue to grow with 70 – 75% compared to the first quarter of tourism on the island. 

It took over a year to reach this level of tourism recuperation, after Corona took a direct hit on the travel industry.

The Day Tourism Started To Slow Down

Between March 16th and April 20th, Aruba lost 94% of its air seats.

What was once 33,338 seats a week on March 16th, turned into 2,070 seats on April 20th, a drop of 31,268 seats.

Tourism Before The Pandemic in 2019

The Aruban economy is dependent upon its tourism industry.

According to reports from the World Travel and Tourism Council in 2019, tourism accounted for 98.3% of Aruba’s GDP of US$ 2,876 billion, and also generated 99% of all employment.

WTTC also estimated that visitors spent US$1.876 billion in Aruba in 2019.

In 2019, Aruba received 1.113.840 stopover visitors and 832,001 cruise visitors. These visitors generated 3.741 billion florins (US$2.089 billion).

On average, stopover visitors stayed 7.3 nights on the island, while cruise ships spent about 10 hours docked in Aruba. 

Stopover visitors generated about 3.554 billion florins (US$ 1.985 billion and 95% of all tourism credits) while cruise visitors 

generated about 180 million florins (US$ 100.6 million and 5% of all such credits).

Here’s a breakdown for the country of origin for tourism in 2019:

  • 75% of Aruba’s visitors came from the USA
  • 4% from Canada 
  • 4% from the Netherlands, 
  • 17% from the rest of the world.

It’s clear that the USA is Aruba’s primary market for tourism. 

52% of Aruba’s visitors from the USA came from these five states:

  • New York (20%)
  • New Jersey
  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut 
  • Pennsylvania.

Cruise Ships Will Help Boost Tourism

Aruba is preparing to welcome the first cruise ship in June.

It’s going to be the first cruise ship to dock onto the port of Aruba after the pandemic halted all cruise travel.

The CDC has implemented strict regulations for cruise ships, including but not limited to that all passengers including crew must be fully vaccinated in order to be onboard.

According to Aruba’s tourism board, the growth of cruise tourism will eventually normalize in 2022 going forward, as the CDC potentially eases measures for cruise travelers.


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Give a Helping Hand With Aruba Doet

One of the largest volunteer events on the island is taking place again this year.

The volunteer initiative was started by the Netherlands Oranje Funds in 2013 to unite people on the island and visitors to help the community with social projects.

This year Aruba Doet has a total of 167 social projects. This includes maintenance work around local schools, gardening projects, beach clean ups, paint jobs and many more needed project.

The unique thing about the Aruba Doet event is everyone join forces to give a helping hand. From local businesses to adults,  teens, visitors, and kids.

This year a total of 2800 volunteers are expected to help with the social projects – are you joining the team?

The event will take place on May 28 – 29, 2021.

Sign up for Aruba Doet, if you are on the island and want to help.

Everyone is welcome to give a helping hand, just register at www.arubadoet.com


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All About The Upcoming Elections in Aruba

Political parties are currently campaigning to win votes for the upcoming elections.

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

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

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

A New Government Will Be Elected

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

This is the first time in history that Government election in Aruba has 12 parties. 

Will only one party govern the island? Or is the Government going to be a coalition of parties, just like the Government that just resigned?

There’s new candidates to vote for, young professionals  ready to change the direction of the island’s future. 

According to the civil registry in Aruba, only residents with Dutch nationalities, 18 years and older can vote.

This group of voters represents a total of 70.281 voters.



Stormy Hurricane Season Expected in 2021

Local weather forecasters are expecting an “above average” hurricane season in 2021, after record setting 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


This view can be yours…


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“No Testing Required” For Vaccinated Travelers is Only Valid For Locals Residents

The Prime Minister of Aruba recently announced that fully vaccinated travelers will not be required to test for Corona when departing or arriving in Aruba. 

This statement brought a little confusion to the local and international travelers. 

But she later clarified the announcement that it’s only valid for locals currently residing in Aruba. And, only for residents who have received a complete vaccination. The second dose (Pfizer in Aruba) must have been administered at least 14 days before arrival or departure in Aruba. 

The new travel measure for locals will go in effect as of June 1, 2021. 

What About Vaccinated Visitors?

If you’re fully vaccinated, you’re probably wondering you can also skip testing for Aruba and save money on testing fee’s.

This will have to wait a little more, because according to the Prime Minister, the Government intends to remove the requirement to test for visitors also. But this is still being evaluated, and there’s is no date yet as to when a decision will be made.


Beaches are shining like diamonds…


Rules Are Rules

Aruba has no control over the measures taken by airlines and other countries.

Every stakeholder in the travel industry has different requirements for travelling during this pandemic.

For example, if you’re traveling to the US from Aruba (or any other foreign) country, the CDC requires you to show proof of a negative covid-19 test, regardless of your vaccinations status. 

This also counts for airlines that require a negative corona test result before boarding.

It’s a New Trend Around The World 

Other countries around the world are also opening their doors to vaccinated travelers with less strict entry requirements. 

Aruba is also taking a step in this direction, but only for locals residing on the island at the moment.


The famous Aruba sign near the high rise hotels…


The Debate: Allow it or not

There is an ongoing debate whether vaccinations should be a passport to enter Aruba, and other countries.

It’s true that vaccination removes the need to pay for expensive testing when traveling. But although the vaccinated are largely protected by the vaccine, it’s not yet clear how much they could still spread corona to others, if they are unknowingly infected. 

The Government Will Clarify Announcement

All the remaining details of this new travel measure will be clarified by the Prime Minister and public health department officials during their weekly press conference.

Take note that the easing of entry requirements for vaccinated travelers will have alternative protocols that should be followed, implemented by the Aruban Government.

Whether you’re vaccinated or not, you can still travel to Aruba with negative test results – until announced otherwise by the officials in Aruba.


Aruban Continues to Ease Corona Measures

The Government in Aruba eased the coronavirus measures as of May 10, 2021.

The coronavirus measures were eased, because….

  •  The total amount of infections on the island is below 100
  • The daily new infections are relatively low
  • The amount of hospitalizations are low
  • The amount of people getting vaccinated is growing daily

Here’s a vaccination status as of May 12, 2021…

  • 56.582 locals are vaccinated
  • 28.981 locals have first dose 
  • 27.601 locals have second dose
  • 84.183 total vaccinations applied 

Here’s the new measures against coronavirus, as of May 10, 2021:

  • Curfew 

Has been changed from 12:00 pm – 4:30 am. Before it was 11.00 pm – 5:00 am.

  • Store Closing Hours

All stores, including restaurants, gas stations, supermarkets, bars must be closed by 11:00 pm. Closing time was 10:00 pm previously.

  • Social Distance 

It’s still required to keep 1.5 meter distance and wear a mask indoors and at crowded spaces.

Restaurants are allowed to host more guests, and musicians are able to deliver local entertainment with live music again.


Views are beautiful everywhere around the island.


Tourism Slowly, But Surely Increasing Every Month in Aruba

CEO (Tisa Lasorte) of Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association AHATA recently released the latest hotel room occupancy report for April 2021.

The pandemic had a big impact on the room occupancy for hotels in Aruba. But the island is on the road to recovery, because according to AHATA’S monthly report, the average occupation rate for hotels in Aruba was around 52.7% in April 2021.

This is growth compared to last month (March) 2021, and a reduction of 36.2% compared to tourism in April 2019.

Here’s the projection for room occupancy in Aruba for the remainder of 2021.


Projected hotel room occupancy for 2021 in Aruba.


It’s expected that by the end of 2021, room occupancy for all hotels registered with AHATA will be at 55%.

Stay Over Visitors in April 2021

Aruba is still a favorite and popular travel destination.

According to the island’s tourism board, a total of 58.774 stay over visitors stepped foot on Aruba in April 2021. 

Here’s a breakdown of the countries for visitors.

  • 53.556 travelers were from North America
  • 2530 travelers were from Europe
  • 1655 travelers were from Latin America
  • 1033 were travelers were from other regions

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Aruba’s beautiful coasts and famous red Anchor.


Boardwalk Project Completed 

The Tourism Minister announced that the Boardwalk Project in Malmok is finally completed.

The boardwalk is a new walkway strip alongside the beach at Malmok, that gives locals and visitors a safe and beautiful environment for leisure walks, exercise or relaxation.

Here’s a view of the boardwalk..


Now you can take a nice walk alongside the boardwalk in Malmok.


The views are worth visiting this side of the island…


Construction for the boardwalk started in 2019, and the final product is beautiful. The whole strip offers spectacular views of the beach, and sunsets.

The walkway is made out of concrete pavers that starts from the intersection at Malmok, until the kite surfing spot at Fisherman’s Hut. 

Alongside the whole length boardwalk you will find reflective bollards that provide safety and protections from nearby traffic. 

There’s also plenty of parking spaces now, so you can easily visit one of the beaches in Malmok or Fisherman’s Hut.

It’s a must visit spot in Aruba to spend a day at the beach, view a beautiful sunset or enjoy a nice leisurely walk alongside a gorgeous beach.


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Watch the sun go down….


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

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a pleasant experience when departing Aruba. 

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


Don’t take anything that belongs on the beach, please.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Stormy Hurricane Season Expected in 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Aruba Looks Into Easing Entry Requirements for Vaccinated Travelers

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

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

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

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

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



Aruba Has The Highest Vaccination Rate in The Caribbean

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

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

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



Vacunathon Was a Success

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

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

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

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

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

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

As of April 28, 2021 a total of…

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

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


 


Aruba’s New & Less Strict Coronavirus Measures

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

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

The new measures announced by the Government include:

New Closing Hours

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

Toque de Queda (Curfew)

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

Gebiedsverbod (area prohibition)

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

Fitness Centers

Gyms are allowed to open again with strict protocols.

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


Manchebo Beach Resort Unveils Luxurious Hospitality Lounge

Manchebo resort revealed their brand new hospitality lounge.

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

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

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

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

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


The new Bill’s Hospitality Lounge.


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These Are The New Coronavirus Measures in Aruba

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

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

The new measurements announced by the Government include:

New Closing Hours

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

Toque de Queda (Curfew)

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

Gebiedsverbod (area prohibition)

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

Fitness Centers

Gyms are allowed to open again with strict protocols.

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



Locals Continue To Vaccinate To Reach Herd Immunity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On The Road To Aruba’s Electoral Debate 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Occupancy Rates at Timeshare Resorts in Aruba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Chef Matt Boland Leaves Hilton Resort

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

This is not a pleasant experience when departing Aruba. 

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Stormy Hurricane Season Expected in 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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