Aruba Implements New Measures Against Delta

You might have heard the news by now if you are looking to travel to Aruba – the Government reintroduced new measures against Delta. 

The new measures are not strict and don’t really limit your vacation or local life on the island.

Aruba’s new measures are very flexible compared to the measures taken by other Governments around the world.

All the new measures are aimed at slowing down the infection rate and keeping the locals and visitors on the island as safe as possible through this global pandemic. 

These are the new measures according to the Prime Minister:

  • Face masks are mandatory again (buy your own personal Aruba facemasks here).
  • Businesses must close at 12.00 am (midnight) until 6:00 am. 
  • There’s a ban on public areas, parking lots and beaches after 12:00 am midnight until 6:00 am.
  • Drinking alcohol in public areas is prohibited. 

The new measures do not include curfews or lock downs as the Government tries to find a balance between managing the pandemic and normal life on our one happy island. 

Ban On Beaches

Visitors staying at their hotel are allowed to be on the beach, if it’s on your resort property.

However, it’s not allowed to be on the beach that is not near any hotels, after midnight (example: Arashi, Surfside, Baby Beach, Malmok, Grapefield or Mangel Halto).

Casino

The new closing times for businesses (12:00 am midnight) also apply for casinos. 

All new measures are effective as of August 7, 2021 – until further notice by the Aruban Government.



Testing is Mandatory Again in Aruba

The Government made testing mandatory again as of August 1, 2021.

This new measure is aimed at slowing down the rate of an important new coronavirus variant “Delta” that is affecting the world at the moment. 

Aruba’s new travel measure counts for every traveler, also for travelers who are fully vaccinated – especially after the government announced exemption from testing for US travelers with smart health cards, which will not be effective anymore since testing is mandatory again.

The Government also announced that the “Aruba Visitors Insurance ” price will be decreased to $15 per stay (no longer than 180 days – it was previously $30).

Insurance for kids under 12 (confirm) years old is free. 

To enter the island you need to have a negative test done in your country 72 hours before arrival, or you will have to get tested when you arrive in Aruba for $75.


Check in area outside the airport


More Pfizer Vaccinations

Aruba received a new shipment of Pfizer vaccines from The Netherlands as the Government continues its vaccination program to vaccinate 85% of the population of Aruba.

The new shipment of vaccine arrived on August 4 on a flight from KLM. 

This gives the Government an additional 12.285 Pfizer vaccines.



Frontier Airlines Will Now Fly To Aruba

It’s official – frontier airlines will start operating in Aruba as of November 2021. 

The airline is headquartered in Denver, Colorado and plans to add Aruba as its new destination departing out of Miami International Airport. 

According to the Senior Vice President of the airline – “Frontier airline’s mission is to deliver the lowest fares to travelers out of Miami, and also offer the same opportunity for locals who want to visit the US. 

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8 Cruise Ships Scheduled For August 2021

Cruise ships are cruising again, and Aruba has 8 cruise ships scheduled to dock on the island’s ports in August. 

The cruise industry is growing slowly, but surely –  especially in Aruba, as August has an increase of cruise ships compared to the month before. 

Usually filled with cruise ships from all over the world, the ports in Aruba did not receive any ships for 15 months, due to the pandemic. 

Aruba was blessed to be one of the first destinations for cruise ships as the cruise industry restarted a month ago. 

Next to stay over visitors, cruise tourism is also important to the island’s economy, as it helps the island recover from the pandemic. 

Here’s the cruise schedule for August 2021:

  • August 3 – Royal Caribbean Odyssey of the Seas
  • August 5 – Celebrity Summit
  • August 10 – Carnival Horizon
  • August 18 – Royal Caribbean Odyssey of the Seas
  • August 19 – Celebrity Summit
  • August 21 – Star Breeze
  • August 24 – Carnival Horizon
  • August 31 – Celebrity Equinox

Carnival Horizon is scheduled to visit Aruba 24 times for the remainder of 2021. 

Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Summit and Carnival Cruise Lines will dock at Aruba’s ports 69 times for this year.



Expect New Regulations Against UTV & ATV Vehicles

Nature in Aruba attracts visitors to drive around in utility and all terrain vehicles (ATV / UTV) to discover the island’s beauty.

However, Aruba’s nature is sensitive to these vehicles as they can cause irreparable harm to our nature if not operated responsibly. 

Adventurous visitors who are not familiar with the island’s laws drive these vehicles on the beach and landscapes, which is not allowed. 

The Government is proposing new measures to address the use of these vehicles. 

According to the Prime Minister, “the aim is not to prevent the use of these vehicles, however, the new regulations will be implemented to protect the island’s nature and insure these vehicles are operated responsibly”.

The new regulations will be announced soon by the Government.



Watch Turtle Hatch on the Beach

It’s the time of the year again – watching baby sea turtles hatch on the beach in Aruba.

Leatherback sea turtles lay eggs on the beach every year. 

This year’s egg laying season finished in July 2021. 

If you are in Aruba you can witness this wonderful phenomena. 

In the following two months (August and September) baby turtles will hatch on Eagle Beach and make their way to the sea for their new journey. 

There’s over 40 nesting egg spots around Eagle Beach – and more around the island.

Here’s a few tips you should know about, if you’re watching a turtle nest hatch on the beach:

  1. Do not attempt to touch sea turtles, stay at least 5 meters away
  2. Do not take sea turtles out the water
  3. Give a nesting sea turtle space, stand at least 10 meters away.
  4. Do not shine lights directly at sea turtles at night
  5. Do not feed sea turtles, the sea provides enough food.
  6. Keep the beach clean of plastic and other harmful items.

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Set on top of a hill and surrounded by lush gardens, Villa Tropical is a cozy vacation home perfect for a family getaway (or big group) .

Beyond its location, Villa Tropical is one of the most spacious, comfortable, and family friendly villas in Aruba.

The villa has five bedrooms, 4 ½ bathrooms, a modern gourmet kitchen, an indoor dining room, and two large gazebos over the villa’s property.

Villa Tropical’s has everything you need to entertain your family, and big group of friends traveling together.

There’s a natural rock pool, hot tub, 3 acres of open spaces, professional regulation sized beach sand volleyball court, billiard table, ping pong table, satellite, Apple TV and on-site staff that’s on-call 24/7 for any local concierge service.

Villa Tropical is irresistibly comfortable, relaxing and cozy.

I spent a weekend at Villa Tropical with my family, and we enjoyed every bit of it!  

Let’s step inside and I’ll show you the house…


Welcome to Villa Tropical


Inside Villa Tropical

The villa’s main large white doors open to a spacious living room and view of a paradise. 

As you enter the villa you directly see the backyard through the living room’s large glass sliding doors, including a sparkly blue pool and palm roof gazebo surrounded by lush tropical gardens.


 


Villa Tropical’s main living room sits right in the middle of the house’s floor plan.

The room is surrounded by high ceilings, furnished with two large comfortable couches, a dining table seating 8 people, and a foosball table for family game time.

High ceilings inside the villa creates a lofty feel to the home. 

The villa has floor to ceiling windows, and each window provides a picturesque view of Aruba.




Villa Tropical also has an entertainment room with comfortable couches and a large flat screen TV, including Direct TV and Apple TV. 

You can watch your favorite series on Netflix, or browse for videos on YouTube.

The media room also has a variety of board games, and a wine refrigerator.




Adjacent to the media room is a fully equipped modern gourmet kitchen. 

Preparing home cooked meals is easy in this fully stocked kitchen.

If you love to cook, you’re going to enjoy making your own meals at your convenience. Preparing your own breakfast, lunch, and dinner is a huge bonus when staying in Aruba (and a money saver). The kitchen features every appliance you can think of – including a variety of dinner and glassware.





 The villa is decorated with Aruban themed arts reminding you that you are in One Happy Island.





The master bedroom is located on the rear of the villa.

It has a walk-in closet, including an Ensuite bathroom with dual walk-in showerheads.

The master bedroom is equipped with a king size bed. 

A glass sliding door separates the master bedroom and the tropical backyard.

You can see the lush tropical garden, natural rock pool, and gazebo through the glass sliding doors – the view from this room reminds you that you’re in the Caribbean.




Villa Tropical has 4 additional bedrooms, and they all are impressive and sleep comfortable!

Next to the master bedroom is the second bedroom, including its Ensuite bathroom and shower.



Three bedrooms are located across from the central living room, next to the kitchen and media room.

One bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and shower. 

The other two bedrooms have a shared bathroom and shower.

All bedrooms are equipped with a TV and connection to a DVD player, Apple tv, amazon fire sticks.




Villa Tropical’s Backyard

Villa Tropical has a custom made natural rock swimming pool, including a waterfall. 

The pool is surrounded by a huge garden with flowers and plants (my favorite is the pineapple tree!).







Me & my family are all enjoying the swimming pool…


Across from the pool you’ll find a wooden, including a dining table for 6 people under a handmade beach straw gazebo – perfect for family lunch or dinner under the moonlight.

The wooden deck gives you a perfect view of the sunset in the distance slowly dropping behind the low rise and high rise hotels. 

A large Bluetooth speaker is also available under the gazebo (also a large screen TV).




 

The backyard has a second large gazebo with a private bar lounge area and a classic billiard table.






A professional regulation sized beach sand volleyball court is set right on the spacious backyard.



Villa Tropical stays true to its name, featuring a 3 acre garden with a 30 fruit tree orchard. 

There are several fruit trees around the property, including but not limited to papaya, mango, guayaba, coconut, lime, kenepa, banana, tamarind, pineapple, and cashew.

Visitors are encouraged to pick fruits from the trees, delicious!






The villa was built with total relaxation, comfort, and entertainment in mind.

A cozy and truly family-oriented house with a swimming pool, billiard table, ping pong table, foosball, volleyball court, jacuzzi, bbq, outdoor terrace, dartboard, badminton, snorkel gears, and bean bag toss are just a few of the activities found on Villa Tropical’s property.



The Cozy Private Family Home

Villa Tropical is located on a hill, with inland views of the island from the front of the house. Including sweeping views of the hotels area alongside Palm and Eagle beach in the distance from the backyard.

Another unique point of the house is the magical backyard that has a natural rock pool, gazebo with private dining, hot tub, big property with fruit trees, a volleyball court, and billiard table under a gazebo with a personal bar.





Location & Transportation

Villa Tropical is conveniently located in Noord, close to the tourist area and popular beaches (Eagle & Palm beach).

It’s recommended to rent a car for the duration of your stay. This way you can easily visit restaurants, beaches, bars, and other fun activities on the island. 

The villa is also close to one of the largest supermarkets in Aruba (Superfood Supermarket). There’s also another supermarket close by, within a 1-minute drive away (save-a-lot supermarket).

Concierge service can be arranged by the onsite property manager (Javier). He can schedule private massages, manicures, pedicures, or he can make any reservation that you wish!


Amenities at Villa Tropical

The villa has a laundry room, including a washer machine and dryer.


Book Your Stay Now at Villa Tropical

Check the villa’s official website for additional information, and reservation calendar.

Visit the website here – www.arubavillatropical.com


 

A total of twelve Aruban  bartenders will compete against each other to display their cocktail making skills. 

The one who proves to have the skills and competency to create spectacular cocktails will be crowned the king or queen of cocktails in Aruba. 

King of Cocktails Aruba

Event starts on March 19 and it ends on March 31, 2021. 

Each bartender will make their special cocktail, and which will be available for you to try. (At their restaurants or bars, mentioned in this list) 

Find the bartender at his or her bar (or restaurant) and ask for one and be surprised. Remember to vote. 

Cocktails Price

All drinks cost $12.

Get a 5$ discount if you mention “KING05” when you order drinks.

Once you leave your vote for the best cocktail, you automatically enter a raffle to win a gift certificate to win $100, $50 or $25.

Let’s talk cocktails…

Stroopwafel Martini @ Willem’s Dutch Pancakes

The stroopwafel martini was created after inspiration of the stroopwafel which originated from Gouda, Netherlands.

Naomi ter Wal, the bartender behind this cocktail, wanted to make something she is proud of and close to her, being born and raised in Gouda.

She describes it as an amazing cocktail with a special Dutch cookie.

The stroopwafel martini is creamy and caramel-ish.



 

Ingredients

  • Absolut Vanilla Vodka
  • Baileys
  • Coffee liqueur
  • Shots of coffee
  • Caramel powder
  • Stroopwafel

How to make it

  1. Mix Absolut vanilla with baileys, coffee liqueur and a shot of coffee.
  2. Dash of caramel powder.
  3. Top it off with whipped cream and stroopwafel crumble.

Dragon Passion Martini @ Tango’s

The dragon passion martini was inspired by the freshest fruits in the Caribbean and Argentina. 

Brandon Montes, the creator of this cocktail, wanted to make a drink that is well known in his hometown Argentina, and he succeeded.

The Dragon Passion Martini is refreshing, citrusy taste and sensual, perfect for any meal.



Ingredients

  • Muddled dragon fruit
  • Fresh Passion Fruit juice
  • Mango Vodka
  • Passion fruit liqueur
  • Simple syrup
  • Lime syrup
  • Egg white

How to make it

  1. Mix dragon fruit  and passion fruit juice.
  2. Add mango vodka and passion fruit liqueur.
  3. Add simple syrup and lime syrup.
  4. Egg white to make the surface foamy & steady for garnish.

Ginger Licious @ Salt Pepper

The Ginger Licious drink was created out of the passion to create refreshing drinks.

Roy van den Heuvel, the bartender behind this gingery cocktail used ingredients with refreshing properties to create it.

Including cucumber, raspberry and cucumber vodka, honey, ginger and a dash jalapeno.

He describes the drink as refreshingly flavorful with a little kick!



Ingredients

  • Cucumber Vodka
  • Lemonade
  • Raspberry Extract
  • Syrup of Jalapeno
  • Honey
  • Fresh Ginger

How to make it

  1. Add ½ ounces of syrup, 
  2. Add 1 ¼ ounces of cucumber vodka
  3. Add 1 ounce lemonade
  4. Add ½ ounces of raspberry extract
  5. Add ice and shake it up! 
  6. Pour into your glass.

Piña Colada Mojito @ Sopranos

The piña colada mojito was masterfully created by combining two well known cocktails together, piña colada and mojito!

Tatiana Villa, the bartender behind this cocktail, wanted to create a signature drink that gives vacationers a tropical taste and reminder that they are in Aruba.

She describes the drink as sweet tasting with a tropical Caribbean vibe.



Ingredients

  • Coconut rum
  • Mint leaves
  • Lime juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Piña colada mix
  • Soda water

How to make it

  1. Mix the malibu, mint leaves, lime juice, pineapple juice, and pina Colada mix
  2. Finish off with a splash of soda water.

Kulikitaka @ Surfside Beach Bar

Inspired from the song Kulikitaka by Tono Rosario, this drink was created to give out tropical flavors. 

JP Nahar, the creator behind this drink, made rum as the main ingredient of the cocktail.

He describes the cocktail as refreshing with a sour kick.



Ingredients

  • Coconut Rum
  • Grand Marnier liqueur
  • Dry White Rum
  • Simple Syrup
  • Lime Juice
  • Red Bull
  • Cranberry juice

How to make it

  1. Add 3 second pour of lime juice, simple syrup and cranberry juice into the shaker.
  2. 5 second pour of coconut rum and dry white rum into shaker
  3. 3 second pour of Grand Marnier tino shaker
  4. Splash of red bull into shaker
  5. Add ice and shake it up!
  6. Pour into glass and top it off with ice. 

Kiwi Sakétini @ Que Pasa?

The kiwi sakètini, was crafted with love and passion, by bartender Denilson Geerman.

A very high-end brand of Sakè is used as an ingredient in this cocktail that pairs well with fresh sushi. 

When you drink the kiwi sakètini, the taste brings you all the way to Asia. 

The key to this cocktail is making it out of fresh ingredients.



Ingredients

  • Kiwi
  • Sakè
  • Gin
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Simple syrup

How to make it

  1. Mix the kiwi with gin, lime juice and sake.
  2. Add ice and shake it up!
  3. Garnish with small pieces of kiwi slices.

Peanut Butter Old Fashion @ Nos Clubhuis

The peanut butter old fashioned was inspired by the demand for classic “old cocktails”.

Johan de Beer, the creator of this cocktail, remade an old fashioned cocktail, with a new nice and sweet taste. 

He describes the peanut butter old fashioned as an original oldie cocktail taste, with a sweet and sour kick.



Ingredients

  • Old Fashion Aromatic
  • Screwball peanut whiskey or bourbon whiskey
  • Simple syrup
  • Cherries
  • Slice of orange
  • Peanut butter

How to make it

  1. Mix in glass all ingredients.
  2. 2 counts of Whiskey.
  3. Add a cherry, orange slices, a dash of aromatic, and a dash of simple syrup.
  4. Add a small splash of water, crush and mix it. 
  5. Add ice and stir it.

Tropical Ginger @ Moomba Beach

The tropical ginger was inspired by tropical flavors and made by a local Aruban bartender.

Danny Kock, the creator of tropical ginger specializes in mixology and loves to create his own special flavors. 

He describes his drink as refreshing, bubbly and spicy.



Ingredients

  • Brugal rum
  • Bacardi
  • Own mix simple syrup: pica papaya, green peppers, and jalapeno juice
  • Lime juice
  • Ginger syrup
  • Coconut soda

How to make it

  1. Mix 1.5 1.5 ounces of white rum
  2. Add 1/2 ounces of dark rum
  3. 1/2 ounces of lime juice
  4. 1/4 ounce of mixed simple syrup
  5. Add a splash of ginger syrup and coconut soda
  6. Stir it up!

Mango Mojito @ Hadicurari

The mango mojito is not known in many cultures, because it adds salt to mangos. 

Gerson Albay, the creator of the mango mojito, created the drink based from a fusion of different cultures.

He describes the drink as complex, but easy to make, and hard to forget once you taste it.



Ingredients

  • Orange Vodka
  • Peach Schnapps Liquor
  • White rum
  • Fresh mango slices
  • Lime slices
  • Mint leaves
  • Mango pure
  • Simple syrup
  • Lime juice
  • Club soda
  • Extra Pink Himalayan Salt

How to make it

  1. Add 4 lime slices into a shaker.
  2. Add mint leaves into the shaker.
  3. 1 ½ ounces of orange vodka.
  4. ½ ounces of peach schnapps.
  5. 4 drops of mango pure.
  6. 4 drops of lime juice.
  7. 3 drops of simple syrup.
  8. 4 pieces of fresh mango.

Déjà Vu @ Fishes & More

The Déjà Vu is a cocktail that brings back memories of the one happy island.

Ariahaj Helder, the creator of this cocktail, made this drink with locally produced ingredients in Aruba. 

Her goal was to make a drink that gives you a cool and refreshing feeling. 

She describes the drink as nice and smooth, reminding you of the fresh Aruba beaches.



Ingredients

  • Chill beer
  • Tito’s Vodka
  • Limes
  • Mango extract
  • Passion fruit juice
  • Simple Syrup
  • Seltzer Water

How to make it

  1. Add ice into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add 2 ounces of Tito’s Vodka, 1 ounce of Chill beer.
  3. 1.5 ounces of passion fruit juice, ½ ounces of mango extract.
  4. ¼ ounces simple syrup, and squeeze half a lime into the shaker.
  5. Shake and stir it!
  6. Pour into a glass and add a splash of seltzer water.

Mary’s Tropical Treasure @ Cafe The Plaza

The cocktail Mary’s tropical treasure is just as the name suggests, full of tropical flavors. 

Inspired bartender and mixology specialist,  Maryleen Ras, this cocktail was created by using different ingredients such as candy, spices and fruits. 

She describes the drink as sweet, surprising and fruity.



Ingredients

  • Dark rum
  • Amaretto
  • Watermelon syrup
  • Dadel (date) syrup 
  • Lime

How to make it

  1. Mix the dark rum, amaretto, and ice into a shaker. 
  2. Add watermelon and Dadel syrup
  3. Shake it up!
  4. Optional: garnish with mint, yellow dragon fruit, burned orange peel & pineapple peel.

Tony’s Crush @ Moomba Beach

Tony’s Crush is a well balanced drink that you can drink anytime of the day.

This cocktail created by Teun van Duin, has a lot of the Caribbean liquid spirit, better known as Rum.



Ingredients

  • Watermelon pieces
  • Lime juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Silver rum
  • Cointreau
  • Passion Fruit Passoa

How to make it

  1. Mix the watermelon slices with lime juice and simple syrup into a shaker.
  2. Add 3 counts of rum, Cointreau, and passion fruit passoa into the shaker. 
  3. Add ice into the shaker and shake it up! 
  4. Pour into glass with crushed ice and add a dash of sprite.

Vote For Your Favorite Cocktail

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After you’ve tried the cocktails, vote for your winning bartender here and get a chance to win a gift certificate.

Leave a comment, and share with us, which cocktail in this list you like the most, or share the best cocktail you’ve ever had in Aruba.


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According to travel studies worldwide, travelers are more likely to stay local when traveling, before deciding to visit other countries.

This decision to stay close to home is based on the fear of coronavirus.

As the fear for coronavirus slowly eases away, and travelers make plans for travel outside of their own countries, which destination are you visiting first?

Aruba’s Tourism Authority has been supporting the island’s travel industry by promoting the island’s culture, heritage, and food in the hopes of inspiring travelers to visit Aruba.

 If you’ve never been to Aruba before, or if the island is your go-to spot in the Caribbean, here’s 5 reasons why you should visit Aruba as soon as lockdowns are lifted.

1 – New “Health & Happiness Code” Makes Aruba Safe

I understand it, you’re probably scared or worried about coronavirus. It’s on everyone’s mind. 

But when it comes to Aruba, your fears should melt away. Because Aruba is one of the islands in the Caribbean that is ahead of the pack when it comes to flattening the coronavirus curve.

Slowing down the spread of COVID-19 and having zero active cases at the moment, Aruba’s taking additional safety measures to get back to the new normal.

One of these safety measures is the island’s new Health & Happiness certification program developed by the Aruba Tourism Authority.

The Health & Happiness certification is a program to elevate hygiene, health, and sanitation protocols to a level travelers and locals demand as a part of the new normal lifestyle due to coronavirus.

This certification program is important because it focuses on protecting your health and safety. 

You should feel safe that businesses displaying this “Health and Happiness” gold seal sticker at the forefront of their business are implementing health, hygiene, and sanitation protocols designed to keep the establishment coronavirus free. 

Restaurants, hotels, and attractions are slowly starting to open with strict application of safety measures. There are over 300 businesses on the island that already received their health & happiness code.

These businesses include accommodations, retail, supermarkets tour operators, activities, transport, spa, casinos, food trucks, food & beverage.


The Golden Safety Sticker You Should Look Out For…


2 – Business Are Upgrading Their Service & Products

During the downtime, businesses in the tourism sector are upgrading their establishment and upgrading their services for visitors in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Restaurants are updating their menus, reducing crowd sizes. Hotel staff received additional training on safety and health guidelines. Taxis have new protocols to transport visitors. Casinos are protecting their players by separating machines with Plexiglas and social distancing and implementing smoke-free game rooms. Supermarkets are guiding visitors with direction markers. 

These new safety measures and upgrades to the business means visitors will experience a superior quality of service.


I Love Aruba, Do You?

3 – Aruba Depends on Tourism

Aruba has an official population of over 113,000 people and 58.000 people work in the island’s labor force, but the entire island’s economy and main source of income depends on tourism.

Without visitors, the economy isn’t much on the island.

According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, tourism accounted for 98.3% of Aruba’s GDP of $2.9 billion and generated 99% of all employment in 2019.

How many visitors does Aruba get? 

In 2019 a total of 1.113.840 stopover visitors and 832.001 cruise visitors enjoyed one happy island.

The majority of visitors in 2019 came from USA (75%). Four percent of visitors were from Canada, another four percent came from The Netherlands and 17% came from the rest of the world. 

The Central Bank of Aruba estimated that visitors in 2019 generated a total of $2.1 billion in tourism credits. This includes tourism sales and timeshare maintenance fees.

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4 – Nature Restored Itself

The absence of people in the environment during lock-down had a positive effect on nature around the world and in Aruba. 

Human pressure is less and nature has responded positively.

Changes can be sensed in a clearer sky above our heads. The trees are greener. You can smell the fresh air when outside. The beaches are bluer than usual and even the beach sand we walk on feels different. 

The environment in Aruba will continue to restore itself with the help of new Government policies, including but not limited to the regulation of ATV & UTV vehicles on protected natural areas and the National Park Arikok.

Nature will continue to restore itself, waiting to be admired by you, Aruba’s loyal visitors.


Beaches are shining like diamonds…


5 – Aruba Misses You

The people of Aruba love its visitors as much as visitors love Aruba and the people.

Long-lasting friendships were made since the island opened its door to tourism for the first time.

Friends that have become family.

Simply said, we miss our visitors.

Not having our friends to share the one happy island with means we miss you and can’t wait for you to return.


I Love You As Much As Friends & Family, Can’t Wait To See You Back…


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Travel restrictions around the world are still in place as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

As we all dream of one day of going outside again, everyone is asking the same questions – when will it end? And how will travel look like when borders are reopened?

Truthfully, no one knows the definite answer to these questions. It all depends on how each country manages the crisis.

And even if borders are open again and health authorities give green light to travel again – you have to take safety concerns into your own hands.

Here’s how you can safely plan your travel after coronavirus outbreak ends.






Don’t Rush To Book Your Trip

Experts can only speculate, but no one knows when Coronavirus is going to end once and for all.

Even if the outbreak ends and the world slowly returns to normal – chances are that the virus can cause an unforeseen second wave of infections, that you should avoid at all cost.

If this turns out to be the case, it can ruin your travel plans.

It’s best to play it safe and keep your options open.

Booking way to early, and find out that borders and travel restrictions are still in place will ruin your travel plans and cost a lot of money, if you do not have proper trip insurance in place.

This counts for booking flights, hotels, vacation rentals, restaurants and activities.

Only book when you’re certain that it’s really safe to travel again considering all aspects.

Related Article – Coronavirus Is Improving in Aruba



Check Cancellation Options Before Booking

When booking your trip, look for free cancellation options – this counts for flights, hotels, villas, rental cars, restaurants and activities.

Many of tourism related companies made the cancellations flexible for travelers.

Certain hotels and airlines have a full refund or free cancellations until certain dates. Other companies even offered travelers the option to reschedule their vacation later in 2020 or 2021 without any additional fees.

Protect your travel investment by informing about cancellation policy before booking anything related to vacation.






Secure Your Trip With Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is an important aspect of vacations, even more now with coronavirus outbreak.

Insurance companies have adapted their coverage since the outbreak, and the fear of Coronavirus is not included in your travel insurance.

As we all know, travel insurance is divided into two separate groups – health insurance and trip insurance.

Health insurance covers any accident or illness that happens when you are abroad, but if you get sick with COVID-19, your travel insurance may not cover any of your medical expenses, depending on your insurance plan.

Fear of coronavirus is not a valid reason within trip insurance policies.

The best option when searching for travel insurance is to purchase “Cancellation for Any Reason Travel Insurance”.

As the name suggest, your expenses when canceling a trip will be covered, including if you fear Coronavirus.

If you do not have an insurance plan like this, you may lose money when cancelling your trip.

Consider purchasing travel insurance that covers everything you need when booking your vacation.

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Stay Safe When Traveling

Aruba will improve its tourism in aspects to cleanliness to provide a safety for its visitors.

But how can you take your health into your own hands while traveling?

Travel with certified masks that protect against coronavirus.

Use hand sanitizers and bring Lysol wipes to clean surfaces that you are going to be in frequent contact with at your hotel or vacation rental.

It’s also important to practice proper hygiene, this means washing your hands with soap because it’s the most effective compared to using hand sanitizers.

Try not to touch your face if you didn’t wash or sanitized your hands.

During your vacation use social distance as a way to protect yourself and others. If you notice someone coughing or sneezing, and has symptoms that look like the flu, keep away from them. Keeping a 1,5 meters distance is advised by health organizations, but removing yourself from their presence is the safest option.

To avoid food and beverage related infections, visit restaurants and bars that practice safe hygiene when preparing your food and drinks.

This includes restaurants and bars that have their employees that use masks, wash hands properly and frequently. And establishments that do not allow guests at full capacity, social distance is key!

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This is a guest post written by a dear friend of mine, Charles Croes – a famous writer in Aruba. You’ve probably read his words and stories inside of many magazines that are published to visitors on the island. He’s sharing a story about the origins of Aruba – a few words to lift your spirits during the hard coronavirus times.

Charles Croes writes…

It is my hope that this short story is read quietly at home and that it brings you a semblance of inner peace.  It is my belief that these times are on us to measure us as a global people. I also feel that whatever the outcome, that it will be of our making. 

In an odd way, I see this plague as a messenger that tells us a story about who and what we are and does so on a daily, perhaps hourly or minute by minute basis. While I am respectful of the conditions of these times, I am in awe of us as a species. 

We will continue and will do so splendidly. Of this I am sure.

This short story is an observation, not of the subject matter but instead about what it is when we leave our established homes and go to places we call our home away from home. 

I wonder often what it is we look for. 

It certainly cannot be the same as what we leave behind. In talking to many visitors to our island, I often tell them, “You are not going back to reality. Aruba is reality. Where you are now returning to is unfortunate.” 

And by that, I mean the daily routine and not the place. Simply said, Aruba is splendidly different than home. Not better, just splendidly different.




The Start of a New Day in Aruba

A bird floats over the ocean as it views the piece of land he calls home. Effortlessly – he soars while scanning his domain – making sure that all is tranquil and, as it should be.

Out of the corner of one eye, he sees a small white house.

It is a point of reference for him as well as it is for many other living creatures in the area.

The ongoing shrieks from birds as they skitter back and forth along the washing shoreline becomes a normalcy that is there yet unheard.

It is a part of it all, a part of Aruba.

All the while that one single bird floats and looks down on the happenings of his island home.

It is a seaside sounds of birds running on the shoreline mixed with that of the ocean lapping against the white shoreline creating a delicious foam that disappears as quickly as it is created.

The ocean mist floats on the wind leaving a salty wetness on the stones surrounding the small white house – it is a normal thing.

All the while, the bird hovers in silent vigil.





The soft sounds of moving shore sand mixed with that of small rolling shells create nature’s symphony with a rhythm that follows the movements of the gentle surf.

It is a soft and gentle sound made by tiny shells in their struggle to get out of the water and onto the land. They lie there, clinging to the shore only to be swept again into the sea by the same waves that brought them. Their quest, on this new day, will be to form a part of the beach or to crumble and become a grain on the nearby dunes.

It is an eternal quest with an eternal soothing sound.

The bird flies overhead and observes all.  He has seen it before.  Then, slowly he blinks his eyes and turns his head to the ocean in search for a small swimming morsel.

In a bushy area nearby, a thin and dusty dog rests after a night on the prowl. His lean muscles are unable to hide the bony structure that supports them.

Not far away, a small gray owl nestles in the crags of the dried corral that he calls his home. The owl sits while his head spins like a bulb on a socket. It is difficult to know if he is surveying the areas around him or looking for a juicy meal.

In this desolate place, no one knows and no one cares.

The thin and dusty dog and the owl occasionally eye each other to establish their respective domains. All the while, the soaring bird observes.

The scene is remarkable.

The colors of the landscape are stark and their edges serve as boundaries for the changes from one piece of nature to the other.

A savage and deep blue ocean turns to an aquatic green as it comes closer to land.

Then the shallow water white sands start the color change to turquoise and finally to the brilliant white of natural sand.

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Further in and in its own small space, is the small Cunucu house with its green windows recently painted.  All of this, when taken into consideration by our senses, know that only nature could create this beauty.

All the while – the bird floats overhead looking at this splendor.  He sees the dusty dog with half-opened eyes looking for the owl that has receded into his rocky crag for the moment.

In a small white room of the Cunucu house with its open windows – lies a man on a bed.

The salty sea breeze gently blows across his brown face.  To him, the smell of ocean is sweet.  His shocking white hair is thick with small tufts that move with the wind acting like human weather vanes. One at a time, his eyes open then close again.

This stocky man started his with the simple movement of his arm.  Lifting it he let it fall on the pillows next to him and thought to himself, “one hour”.

The heat (or lack of it let him know how long ago she awoke and left his side to make him the black coffee which was his morning ritual.

Her aroma lingered but not the heat of her face.

Turning on his side, he looked out the window and saw a bird soaring high above.

The bird saw him.

All that was him walked into the room and handed him the small cup of coffee.

He brought it to his lips and allowed the brown liquid to linger there.

She leaned over and whispered softly, “Get my love, it’s the Day.”

He grunted and repeated “The day”

And so, new beginnings arrive all over our world. At different times and in different places.

All we have to do is live them.

In a small white house with green shutters, a couple did just that.

All the while – an owl bobbed his head as he looked at the dusty sleeping dog.

The birds soared overhead and smiled a bird-smile knowing that in her world, all is well.

And so started The Day.