Palm Beach Gets a High-Rise Makeover!

The Department of Public Works (DOW) in Aruba unveiled an exciting project set to unfold in the vibrant Palm Beach area.

This project comes alongside several others that are already in progress.

As per their announcement, the High Rise Upgrade project comprises three main phases.

The first phase involves the reconstruction of the road between Riu Antilla and South Beach. Additionally, new drainage and sewage systems will be installed beneath the roadway.

The second phase encompasses similar improvements as the first, but this time it extends from South Beach to the Holiday Inn hotel.

Finally, the third phase focuses on the reconstruction of the promenade and sidewalks from Riu Antilla to the Holiday Inn.


RIU – One Of Aruba’s High Rise Hotels


Considering the project’s location in the High Rise area, the need for imported materials, and potential weather-related delays, DOW decided to maintain public access this year and award the project to commence in 2024.

The plan is to keep public access uninterrupted throughout the reconstruction.

However, this timeline and plan can only be maintained if there are no weather-related delays or issues with the delivery of required materials from abroad.



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Aruba’s Highrise Infrastructure


Expected that we are entering the hurricane season, where heavy rainfall can be expected, the Department of Public Works decided to postpone the start of these works to the following year, specifically after Carnival and Easter Season, in 2024.

Starting the project after the Easter season would provide ample time for the contracted construction team to secure the necessary materials from abroad, thus preventing material delays from impacting the project timeline.

The public closure for the project is scheduled for October 27th.  There will be various changes in routes as the project progresses to ensure hotel accessibility., and care will be taken to mitigate construction risks.

The complete project will have a duration of on average 75 working days.

So in 2024 when you visit Aruba, expect to see a whole new renovated high-rise main street, surroundings, and landscaping.


Ayo Park Revamped: A Breath of Fresh Air in Aruba

During a press conference by the Government of Aruba, Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes, along with Minister Xiomara Maduro, announced the completion of the first phase of the renovation works at Ayo Park.

The Prime Minister explained that this project began during the pandemic when the world realized, that to move beyond the pandemic and lead healthier lives, there was a need for more outdoor activities.

Thus, the government established the Aruba Amenities Commission, which, in collaboration with various government departments and semi-governmental organizations, worked on several projects, with Ayo Park being one of them.


The Prime Minister (Yellow) and government in Aruba


She further explained that a year and a half ago, they started the restoration work at Ayo Park.

The commission initially carried out urgent work to mitigate the main issues and then began planning and executing the renovation of different parts of the park.

The Prime Minister indicated that Phase 1 covered various aspects. They began by renovating the walking path, installing metal rails for safety along the route, renewing the roofs of the cabins, building a wooden bridge where the creek enters Ayo, painting the rails that protect the cave drawings, and managed to create two new park entrances.


Ayo + Casibari Rock Formations


The amenities commission is already preparing for phase 2, which will bring technology to enhance the visitor experience.

Also adding more parking space to expand the capacity to accommodate more visitors.

Soon visitors can use their phones with QR codes to access information at significant points along their walking route.

This new technology adds an educational value.

The educational value of the experience is increasing, and it covers aspects such as the historical and indigenous parts of the site, as well as geological information, history, the age of the stones, and valuable botanical and bird information,

Phase 3 will include an information center for visitors.



Parking Paradise on Horizon At Eagle Beach

In the enchanting realm of Eagle Beach, a remarkable transformation is currently underway.

The area is getting a fresh makeover, and the changes are already taking shape. These endeavors are made possible through the Tourism Product Enhancement Fund (TPEF) and the Ministry of Tourism.

What’s the objective you ask?

To revamp Eagle Beach completely and bring it into proper order.

Once upon a time, people would park their cars just about anywhere along the open stretches of the beach. Now, a solution is in the works to turn this into a well-organized parking paradise for everyone arriving at this sandy haven.


New Parking Lot Haven at Eagle Beach


The construction work is already in full swing, with contractors hard at work from early hours.

They’ve cleared away all the edges and are well on their way to completion, ensuring that both tourists and locals will soon have a designated parking area.

These transformations are happening just beyond the Driekiel roundabout, near Amsterdam Manor.


The New Driekiel Roundabout (Driekiel is Papiamento for Turtle).


The upcoming changes promise to enhance the experience for all who come to revel in the beauty of Eagle Beach.

Whether you’re a visitor or a resident, you’ll soon have a convenient and organized spot to park your vehicle, making your beach days even more enjoyable.


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San Nicolas Water Tower: Restoration & Legacy

If you visit San Nicolas in the upcoming weeks, you will notice the Water Tower surrounded by scaffolding for maintenance work.

The maintenance project will be carried out by local construction companies and is expected to last approximately three months. The tasks involve painting the exterior of the monument, installing a lightning rod, and repairing certain sections of the walls within the building.

During this maintenance period, the Museum of Industry will remain open to the public, ensuring the safety of both visitors and workers.

In addition to the work commencing in October in San Nicolas, maintenance is also being performed on Casita Geel and Huisje Wild.

The work at Weststraat 15, known as Casita Geel, aims to adapt the building for a new tenant, which will be announced soon.


Water Tower in Sanicolas


San Nicolas Water Tower

In 1933, Aruba developed its water distillation plant in Balashi and created its water distribution network.

To address water pressure issues during peak usage hours, it was decided to build two water towers. The San Nicolas Tower was inaugurated on August 14, 1939, while the Oranjestad Tower followed suit on November 4, 1939.

The restoration of the San Nicolas Water Tower was completed in 2013, and in 2016, the Museum of Industry opened its doors within the tower on Bernhardstraat.



Look Out For Aruba Open Beach Tennis

Aruba Open Beach Tennis Championship, organized by Beach Tennis Aruba (BTA), is starting again in the month of November.

This marks a historic moment, as BTA, for the first time in many years, will be hosting a tournament that complies with international competition standards.

About The Tournament

The upcoming tournament promises to be a game-changer for both BTA and the island of Aruba.

The event will feature state-of-the-art facilities, international athletes, and world-class competition. Fans can expect an unforgettable experience that positions Aruba as a key player in the world of beach tennis.


Aruba Beach Tennis Championships.


About Beach Tennis Aruba

Beach Tennis Aruba is the leading organization for beach tennis on the island, dedicated to the advancement of the sport and the development of local athletes.

Are you going to be in Aruba in November?

The event takes place during November 12 – 19, 2023.

Make sure to visit this event filled with sports, food, music, and plenty of fun things to do – it’s a one-of-a-kind experience.



Aruba’s Hospitality Is Still Top Notch

Aruba celebrated the extraordinary journey of the hotel industry on our island during World Tourism Day on 27 September.

Tourism has not only strengthened our island’s economic stability, acting as a resilient shield during times of turmoil and crisis, but it has also successfully led to economic growth and prosperity.

So, how did we achieve such remarkable success? What is the essence of Aruba’s success?

“Our brand, ‘One Happy Island,’ is not just a slogan; it is engraved in our DNA,” said Ronella Croes, CEO of the Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA), at the start of her speech on the occasion of World Tourism Day.


Aruba’s One Of A Kind Scenery


Visitors can be drawn to Aruba’s clear seas, blue ocean, and perfect climate, but they return time and again mainly for the warmth and kindness of our people. A significant part of our success relies on customer service, the genuine hospitality of Arubans, and our human capital. Our visitors feel at home; they feel secure,” according to Ronella Croes.

Aruba consistently scores high in guest satisfaction, and Aruba ranks among the top destinations in the Caribbean in terms of guest experience, as measured by feedback and reviews from Aruba on over 100 platforms, with monthly reports.

The various accommodation projects currently under development require diligent management on Aruba’s behalf to optimally capitalize on the opportunities presented while also considering the possible social and environmental impact on our island.

Aruba’s heavy reliance on tourism requires that the tourism authorities’ decisions, even the most challenging ones, prioritize sustainability, which is one of the points brought forward by ATA’s executive.

What do you love about Aruba?

The warm-hearted local people and the happiness they express, right?

The beautiful beaches are just a plus!


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Discover Flamingo Beach


Visiting the Flamingo’s at Renaissance island is one of the most sought after places to visit in Aruba.

We have two different packages available:

  1. Day Pass To Flamingo Island
  2. Day Pass + Massage Package


Day Pass on Flamingo Beach


  • Island Passes are $125.00 per person.

What’s included?

Food + drinks are not included.

Day Pass + Massage Package


One Person

  • $185 per person – one free drink included.
  • $205 per person – lunch and 1 free drink included.

Couple

  • $345 per couple – one free drink included.
  • $385 per couple – lunch and 1 free drink included.

Reserve Your Spot On Flamingo Island

Flamingo Island is one of the most popular places to visit in Aruba, this means the island is nearly always booked.

We have special packages available to help our guest visit the private island and see the flamingo’s.

Send us a request to visit flamingo island by filling the form below.

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Self Test Kits Now Available at “Botica di Servicio” in Aruba

The local pharmacy brand “Botica di Servicio” now offers self test kits to the public.

Aruba’s Department of Public Health approved self test kits after the demand for alternative test solutions by the private and commercial sector.

Self test kits are perfect for locals and visitors to test for coronavirus at home, if they have mild symptoms or light symptoms.

The test kits are not a substitute for the current policy of the Department of Public Health, but another method to help aid the primary strategy to test suspicious corona cases on the island.

An important factor to consider when using self test kits – the result of the test kits are not the official diagnosis, unless verified at an accredited lab – if you are using it to test before flying.

The 4 brands of self test kits available on the island are:

  • Panbio COVID-19 Ag Rapid Test Device
  • Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Test
  • SARS CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test
  • Standard Q COVID-19 Test

These four self test kit brands are only available to locals. 

Visitors are able to purchase the BinaxNOW Covid19 AG Card Home Test.


COVID-19 Ag CARD



Canadians Can Fly To Aruba Again After Suspended Air Travel

The Canadian Government eased its travel restrictions and the airlines have resumed service to Queen Beatrix Airport. 

After a long awaited trip to the Caribbean because of the pandemic, Canadian’s have options to travel to Aruba as thousands of seats open during the fall and winter season.

Sunwing resumed their flights from Toronto Pearson International Airport to Queen Beatrix International Airport as of September 20, 2021.

They offer weekly Monday flights.

Air Canada also resumed flights to Aruba:

  • Sundays as of October 3, 2021
  • Thursday & Sundays as of November 2021
  • Monday, Thursday and Sunday as of December 2021
  • Monday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday in January 2022

West Jet will restart its own flights to Aruba – Tuesday and Saturday – as of November 6, 2021. And increasing operations in January 2022 to four times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday).

The new flights by all three airlines combined add over 55.000 seats to the island.

So Canadians are welcome in Aruba after months of suspended air travel. 

Aruba is the perfect island to escape the cold weather that is coming up in Canada.



Splash Park in Aruba Permanently Closed

The popular aquatic water splash park in surfside beach is now permanently closed. 

Due to the effects of the pandemic, the performance of the splash park was very low and the owners could not keep its doors open. 

The splash park was an unique attraction in Aruba that featured inflatable bounce houses on the water. 

It had different bounce houses such as: tower climbers, giant slides, bouncers, high rollers, air launchers, swings and monkey bars. 

The pandemic was a hard hit for small businesses around the globe, including the splash park. 

All bounce houses of the splash park have been dismantled and the beach is clear for normal swimming again. 


Fun times in the sun!


Traffic Update at Intersection in Palm Beach

The department of public works (DOW) announced that a roundabout will be constructed at the intersection between McDonald’s & Wendy’s as of 2022. 

Due to the traffic lights not working at this intersection, it presents a safety challenge for both drivers and pedestrians. 

According to the Director of DOW, temporary speed bumps will be constructed at the intersection to regulate traffic until roundabout construction work starts.

The speed bumps will be added to slow down traffic towards the Palm Beach intersection for drivers coming from Superfood. 

Construction of speed bumps will take place during October 11 – 12, 2021. Read road signs for driving directions. 

If you are driving from Superfood towards the hotel area, you will reach the intersection – remember to slow down for the speed bumps.


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Intersection at Palm Beach between Wendy’s & Mc Donald’s.


Glitz Casino $5.000 Cash Giveaway

You can now win $5.000 at Glitz Casino in Aruba.

How to join the cash give away?

Sign up for the casino’s Glamour Club Card. 

Only glamour club members are eligible to participate for the cash prize. You have to be 18 years or older and have a valid I.D to register for the glamour club card.

Registered club members can earn entries between October 1 – 30, 2021. Double entries are awarded every Tuesday & Thursday.

You earn one golden ticket for every 25 slot points.

Four lucky winners will be chosen – on Fridays in October from 6.00pm – 10:00pm – every hour for a chance to win a small cash prize or become a $5.000 qualifier.

The lucky winner of the major cash prize will be selected on October 30, 2021. 

Glitz Casino is located at La Cabana Beach Resort.



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Aruba Early Bird Specials

You will be on the island soon, and you’re looking for affordable restaurants in Aruba to dine with your family, here’s my suggestion – take a look at the Aruba early bird specials.

Chances are you are not familiar with early bird specials Aruba so let me introduce you to this dining niche on the island.

Early birds are restaurant specials in Aruba.

A few of the top places to eat in Aruba are known to offer discounts on their regular menu for the early diners.

Early bird specials is usually a 3 course menu including: appetizer, main dish and a dessert. 

A few restaurants also include one free house wine to the early bird dinner special.

Early bird dinner specials in Aruba are a great way to taste a portion of the restaurants menu at a discount, before deciding to go for the regular priced menu items.

This article contains a list of Aruba early bird specials that are either accessible by bus, or within walking distance if you are staying in Palm Beach, Eagle Beach or Oranjestad.

Keep reading and let me me help you narrow down your dining choices during your vacation.



Aruba Early Bird Special in Palm Beach

Palm Beach is known as the place to visit while in Aruba if you want a night out on the island.

Restaurants are all over on this side of the island.

Here’s a list of places to eat in Palm Beach that offer early bird specials:

  • Bohemian Restaurant – $34.00 – daily from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
  • Tango Restaurant – $25.00 – daily from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
  • Chicken & Lobster – $29.95 – daily from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

A Taste of France at Papillon Restaurant

One of the must eat places in Aruba – Papillon Restaurant – offers a 3 course early bird dining menu.

It’s located at the The Village Shopping Plaza in Palm Beach, right across from the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort.

Everything at Papillon is French inspired from the menu to the food which is made with a Caribbean flair.


Papillon Restaurant in Aruba

Come at Papillon and taste a Caribbean France inspired dish!


Papillon early bird menu is a 3 course dinner for only $32.00 – a free glass of house wine included in price.

The special on dinner is available from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. 

Here’s a look at the early bird menu at Papillon.


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Appetizer

Start the 3 course dinner with the soup of the day also known as Soupe du Jour in French. 

If you don’t have an appetite for soup, try the Quiche Lorraine.

It’s the classic Quiche French tart made with eggs, leek and bacon.

Main Dish

For the main dish you have two options: grouper or filet Mignon.

The grouper is filet and pan fried in olive oil, served with white rice, vegetables and local creole sauce.

Or try the filet mignon served with Mediterranean vegetables, potato gratin and red wine garlic sauce.

Dessert

The best way to finish a meal is with dessert.

If you still have room left over for sweets, you can either choose red fruits and vanilla ice cream.

Or just coffee / tea.



Aruba Early Bird Specials in Eagle Beach

Eagle Beach is known for the most beautiful shores in the Caribbean, but few know about the best restaurants on Eagle.

This popular beach strip is dotted with the best restaurants in Aruba.

Here’s a list of places to eat in Eagle Beach that offer early bird specials:

  • Chalet Suisse – $46.00 – daily from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm.
  • Twist of Flavors – $28.00 – daily from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm.
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Ribs & Seafood Early Bird Special at Brownstone


The newest place for ribs and seafood on Eagle Beach also offers a wide selections of dishes on their early bird dine menu.

It’s called The Brownstone Restaurant at the Alhambra Plaza Mall – right across from the casino.


Enjoy one of the best ribs and seafood in Eagle Beach.


Visit the Brownstone and enjoy a 3 course meal including appetizer, main meal and dessert for only $28.

The special is available everyday from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm.

Here’s a look at the early bird menu at The Brownstone:

Appetizer

You can begin your early bird dinner with a choice between 3 starters.

  • Broccoli Soup – finished with crunchy bacon strips
  • Tomato Salad – thin sliced tomatoes, feta cheese, olives and basil dressing
  • Mix Salad – tomatoes, bell pepper, red onions and champagne vinaigrette

Main Dish

  • Full rack of ribs – two types: BBQ Honey or Smoked BBQ
  • Deep fried grouper – served with 2 dip sauces: tartar sauce and French cocktail
  • Half roasted chicken – Caribbean Curry

Desert

It might be difficult to eat more after the main meal, but if you still have room for dessert get ready for a sweet palate-pleaser.

The dessert offered on the early bird menu is a flambeed strawberries served with vanilla ice cream.

This is no doubt a sweet dessert sure to please any foodie.


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Restaurant Specials in Oranjestad

Oranjestad is the Capital City of Aruba.

It’s the center of the island’s shopping plazas, bars, hangout spots and restaurants.

This side of the island is dotted with local restaurants – but only a few offer the early bird special.

Here’s a list of restaurants that offer dinner specials in Oranjestad:

  • El Gaucho – Lunch Menu Special – $26.75 – from 11.30 am until 5.00 pm
  • Que Pasa – Weekend Brunch – $29.00 – from 11.00 am until 15:00 pm

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3 Course Choice Menu at Café the Plaza in Oranjestad


One of the oldest restaurant in Oranjestad that has been serving food for 30 years is Café de Plaza.

Café the Plaza is a Dutch restaurant.


Dutch Cuisine at Café the plaza.


Enjoy a 3 course meal including appetizer, main meal and dessert for only $27.50

The 3 course choice menu is available from 12.00 pm – 10:00 pm

Appetizer

  • Greek Salad
  • Beef “Truffle” Carpaccio, smoked salmon cucumber rolls and stuffed potato skins.

Main Dish

  • Shrimp Scampi
  • Latin Parrilla
  • Grouper
  • Chicken Supreme

Desert

  • Belgian Berry Waffle
  • Carrot Cake
  • Quesillo or Cheesecake

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The Brownstone

When is the last time you had the best ribs near Eagle Beach?

Or the best seafood dish?

If your answer is: a long time ago – let me show you this new place.

It’s a newfound gem near Eagle Beach.

It’s called – The Brownstone.

Keep reading and I’ll show you the best of the best of what The Brownstone has to offer…


The Brownstone Restaurant


The Brownstone started as a simple bar concept.

A place where you can eat good food at the bar, share stories with the bartender, and watch a live game on a big screen.

It’s now a perfect spot for ribs and seafood on Eagle Beach.


New York Style Look with International Food Flavors


The look and feel of the restaurant is similar to the brownstone structures in New York, when they first popped up in the early 19th century.

Almost everything inside of the restaurant is handmade, from the chairs to the the bar.

Cognac brown is the owners favorite color, and she decorated the entire place with chic brown décor.


Have a drink at the handmade Brownstone bar


The Brownstone offers a variety of cuisines styles influenced by different regions including:

  • Caribbean
  • Dutch
  • Europe

The menu also accommodates children:

  • Deep Fried Grouper
  • Home Made Chicken Nuggets
  • Pasta With Tomato Sauce
  • Scoop Vanilla Ice Cream

It’s no doubt one of the newest spot on Eagle for ribs and seafood, but there’s more options on the menu.

Half roasted chicken is also available in different styles: BBQ Honey Smoked, Korean Style, Caribbean Curry and Herb Seasoned.

The fish cuisines are made with the local catch of the day which is usually red snapper, also available in different styles: Korean glazed, Caribbean style and chefs style.

All main courses on the menu (expect pasta dishes) are served with potato gratin (cheese and potato layered on top of each other) and coleslaw.

Besides the regular food, there’s also a special menu for vegetarian, gluten free and lactose free foodies.



The beverage menu includes but is not limited to soft drinks, local beers, draft beers, cocktails, martinis, coolers, wines, and coffee.

There’s more on the menu, but the following beverage and food items listed below are among the best of what The Brownstone has to offer.

 


The Best Cocktail – Brownstone Cocktail

Let your taste buds tingle with a sip of the best house drink – The Brownstone Cocktail.

This is the restaurant’s iconic drink.

Made from a combination of ingredients including:

  • Brugal White Rum
  • Muddled Cucumber
  • Elderflower Syrup
  • Dash of Angostura

Served on ice –  a refreshing alcoholic drink with a slight cinnamon spicy taste.


Refreshing cold drink, served on ice.


The Best Draft Beers by Abita

At the brownstone they are proud to tap all IPA draft beers by Abita Brewing Company in Louisiana.

Here’s a few available draft beers at The Brownstone:

  • Purple Haze
  • Hop On

The purple haze draft beer is one of my favorites.

It’s a lager brewed with pilsner and wheat malts and vanguard hops.

Real raspberries are also used to add fruity aroma, and shade of purple color to the beer.


the brownstone restaurant draft beer

Cold draft beer by Abita.


The Best Appetizer – Grilled Scallops

There’s plenty of starters on the menu when it comes to appetizers.

If your not allergic to seafood, start your main meal with the grilled scallops!

Scallops are grilled to perfection: delicious crispy brown crust.

And glazed with sesame chili & soy sauce, yummy!


Grilled Scallops – Image by Sizzlefish.


Best Soup – Fish Caribbean Bouillabaisse

Soup is a popular dish in the Caribbean, especially fish soup made from the catch of the day.

The Brownstone offers a good tasting Caribbean inspired bouillabaisse fish soup.

It’s made with the days local catch, calamari, shrimp and mussels.

Freshly prepared in a light tomato fish broth.


Seafood Soup | Image by Pinterest


Best Salad – Garlic Herb Cream Cheese Mix Salad

If you like to eat light and healthy meals, you should try The Brownstone’s mixed salad. 

It’s a fresh mixed salad served with warm garlic herb cream cheese in puff pastry, walnuts, pear plums and champagne vinaigrette.

You can choose to add shrimp or scallops to the salad.


Fresh Salad.


Best Meat Dish – The Ribs

Do you finally remember the last time you had good ribs?

The ribs at brownstone are well seasoned, slowly roasted and finger licking good.

Every bite is as close to heaven as you can get.

The chef prepares the ribs in different styles:

  • BBQ Honey Smoked
  • Sweet & Sour Teriyaki
  • Cajun Dry Rub
  • Chefs Style

Try all of the signature rib style and experience the great taste and tender ribs for yourself.


the brownstone restaurant ribs

The Brownstone perfected ribs!


Best Seafood Dish – Grilled Stuffed Calamari

Another seafood option for sea dish fanatics at The Brownstone is the stuffed calamari. 

Calamari can be prepared in numerous ways: fried, braised, grilled and roasted.

The Chef at Brownstone grills the calamari perfectly to a crisp light brown texture. Afterwards combining the calamari with shrimp, mushrooms, spinach and a saffron sauce.

This dish is full of taste!


Or try the bacon wrapped shrimp, delicious!


Best Dessert – Flambéed Strawberries Over Vanilla Ice Cream

What’s the best way to finish a meal? If your answer is dessert, you’re correct!

It’s a tradition to conclude a meal with sweet tasting food, or a sweet beverage or liqueur.

At The Brownstone you get 3 choices for dessert, and the best one is the flambéed strawberries served over vanilla ice cream.


Specials at The Brownstone

Take advantage of the daily specials:

  • Early bird dine menu
  • All you can eat ribs
  • Live music

Check out the specials available at The Brownstone.


3 Course Early Bird Dine Menu For Only $28

Enjoy a 3 course meal including appetizer, main meal and dessert for only $28.

Choose your appetizer:

  • Broccoli Soup – finished with crunchy bacon strips
  • Tomato Salad – thin sliced tomatoes, feta cheese, olives and basil dressing
  • Mix Salad – tomatoes, bell pepper, red onions and champagne vinaigrette

For the main dish you can choose between:

  • Full rack of ribs – two types: BBQ Honey or Smoked BBQ
  • Deep fried grouper – served with 2 dip sauces: tartar sauce and French cocktail
  • Half roasted chicken – Caribbean Curry

Early bird dinner available from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm


3 course menu worth every dollar.


All You Can Eat Ribs (Saturday) For $24.50

How much ribs can you handle?

If you are hungry for ribs, go to the all you can eat ribs on Saturday night for only $24,50

You can choose between different rib styles including:

  • Korean Glaze
  • Cajun Dry Rub
  • BBQ Honey Smoked

Potato gratin and coleslaw are served only once with the first order of ribs.

You can eat as many ribs as you can handle after.

The BBQ ribs is available during the entire night.


How much ribs can you handle?


Live Music (Sunday)

Enjoy live music every Sunday from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm.


Come and enjoy the live entertainment at The Brownstone.


Location

The Brownstone is located at the Alhambra Casino Marketplace.

Address – J.E Irausquin Boulevard 47


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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.


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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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