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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.


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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