Are you dying to visit Aruba, but keep putting it off because you think it’s too expensive? You’re not the only one looking for cheap Aruba vacations.

Travel expenses have gone up during the years in the Caribbean region, but if you research and plan smart, you can save money in Aruba.

Here’s some of the top tips and strategies you can use to find the cheapest flights to Aruba and save money on accommodation, food and get discount on activities.

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Walking the beach strip near fisherman’s hut…

How To Book Cheap Trips To Aruba

Aruba is one of the easiest places to reach in the Caribbean because of the amount of airline carriers that service the island.

There’s over 100 direct flights to Aruba every week from 14 gateways in North America. Don’t forget the one-stop connections from almost every city in the US. And all the other international gateways around the world.

The price for airfare to Aruba is determined by different factors…

  • where you’re departing from
  • non stop flight or layovers
  • seat demand & supply
  • season (christmas, carnival, low, high, hurricane)
  • days ahead of purchase

All of these factors are outside of our control.

How can you avoid seeing the price of flights to Aruba drop a few days after you buy it, or watch it go over your budget because you hesitate to click?

One of the best strategies is to set the amount you’re willing to pay for a flight to paradise.

Once you’re comfortable with that number, if you see anything near it, buy it! Most likely prices aren’t going down, and if you do manage to get tickets below your starting price – hooray!

You’re well on your way on a cheap Aruba vacation.

Here’s some useful tips to booking affordable flights to Aruba.

  • look for flights that have layovers
  • be flexible with your flying dates
  • fly in from another state
  • use flight alerts for low fare notification by email
  • search for flights in incognito browser
  • look for budget airlines
  • watch for flash sales at airlines

What if the airlines drops the prices much lower after you purchased your flight?

Depending on the airline, you can receive a refund for the difference if you claim it within 24 hours (contact airline and ask for approval).


Cheap Places To Stay in Aruba

One of the most expensive things on your budget is accommodation, you’re better off looking for affordable places to stay in Aruba.

Aruba has big resorts that can costs hundreds of dollars per night. But if you don’t have a big budget, you can also find a place to stay at the other accommodations that the island has to offer.

Depending on how much you want to spend per night, you will definitely find some budget hotels in Aruba.

Take a look at…

  • Bed & Breakfast hotels
  • Rent a beach house
  • Rent From Timeshare Owners
  • Smaller apartments

Rates below $100 below per night are possible, and close to the beach!

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How To Save Money on Fine Dining

Aruba is known to have the best culinary scene in the Caribbean region.

There’s over 200 places to eat on the island!

How can you get a taste of the Caribbean dishes and international cuisines, without paying hundreds of dollars on the bill at some of the top class restaurants on the island?

Experience fine dining without spending hundreds of dollars

Get 15% Off Your Restaurant Check on Mondays

Do you have an American Express card?

If the answer is yes, you are eligible to get a 15% discount on your final bill at selected restaurants in Aruba.

This deal is only available on Mondays (and not valid in combination with other special offers)!

Aruba has over 200 restaurants, but the deal is only available at 10 restaurants.

Hopefully you have a craving for Asian Cuisine, fresh fish (and seafood), sushi, local cuisine, and international dishes, just to name a few of the culinary options available.

Here’s the following restaurants you can enjoy this special discount on…

  • Salt & Pepper (international cuisine & tapas)
  • Dragonfly (sushi & asian cuisine)
  • Tango Argentine Grill (Argentinian grill & open charcoal)
  • Fishes & More (international cuisine & seafood)
  • Sopranos Piano Bar (sing along piano bar)
  • Nos Clubhuis (local seafood)
  • Hadicurari  (international cuisine & seafood)
  • Moomba Beach (beach bar & international cuisine)
  • Cafe The Plaza (international & Dutch cuisine)
  • Que Pasa (international fusion cuisine)

If you’re staying on the island (on a Monday), take advantage of this special and pay with your american express card to receive a 15% discount on your final bill.

Take Advantage of Early Bird Dinners

Early bird specials contains appetizers, main course and dessert. Price range from $20 – $40 per person.




Book Activities Online & Receive Discounts

If you have some activities you would definitely like to do, you can save money if you book them online. Some companies like island excursions, snorkel tours, fishing excursions, horseback riding, sunset sails, restaurants, offer a discount if you book online.

You can save some serious cash by pre-booking ahead of your arrival.

You can either book directly online from the companies, or from third party vendors like Viator.

Related Article – 21 Unusual Activities You Haven’t Thought About Doing in Aruba

Other Money Saving Tips in Aruba

Here are some other useful information to help you plan a cheap Aruba vacation.


Take The Bus Around The Island

Arubus N.V. is the public bus in that services all major areas of the island.

The main bus station is located in front the Cruise Terminal in Oranjestad. Line 10, Line 10A, and Line 10B takes you to the beach and hotel areas. 

Retour Card for $5.00, valid for 2 trips on the day of initial use.

Day pass for $10.00 valid for unlimited trips on the day of initial use.

Take The Taxi When You Need It

Taxis are available 24 hours in Aruba.

What’s the average price for a ride? It depends on the distance, use the average of $31.00 from airport to high rise hotels.

Rent Vehicles Outside of the Airport

I recommend not renting a car at the airport, if you can avoid it. Because airports charge extra taxes and rental fees that can easily be avoided. 

How To Rent A Car in Aruba Without Overpaying on Taxes & Fees

Coupons Save You Big Cash

One of the best ways to save money on the island is to search for coupons!

Free drinks, wines, $5 off or 15% or more discount adds up to your savings.

Where can you find these coupons?

Easily findable as you enter the airport arrival hall. There you should find greeters with bags of souvenirs. Or at your hotel concierge desk.

Bring your own snorkeling gear

Renting gear costs on average $15.00 – $25.00 Buying your own gear costs nearly the same (or less if you get a bargain).

Having your own snorkeling gear is handy, instead of losing precious time finding one, that you might end up not liking.


Rent a place with a kitchen

Find a affordable place to stay with a kitchen.

Bring your own dry foods (that you can’t do without),

Go to local supermarket, buy grocery, cook breakfast, lunch, save money for fine dining, activities or your next trip to Aruba. 

Related Article – How To Visit Aruba on A Budget


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Living in Aruba is great!

It gives me the unique opportunity to explore the island at my own pace, when I want, and my journeys always lead me to find new places most tourists (and locals) don’t know much about.  

This time I made it to the other side of the island, to Boca Grandi Beach.

It’s not a new place for me, also not to those who have traveled to Aruba for years. However, this time I discovered new things to do here that made me fall in love all over again with this beach.

Let me tell you..

It’s not like any other of the beaches in Aruba, or in the world even.

Boca Grandi is known for one of the best kitesurfing spots on the island.

This beach is different.

It’s off the radar for most tourist and locals.

There’s no palm trees, but grape trees (edible, grows seasonally).

White sand, miles of it, and dunes covered in green flora and all of this beauty surrounded by clear blue waters.

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Beautiful sand dunes at boca Grandi beach…

It’s not easy to reach Boca Grandi, but if you dare to make the journey, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful scenic views and a private beach to call your own for the day.

In this article I explain how to get Boca Grandi, the top things to do here besides kite surfing just in case you decide to explore Aruba and find this “undiscovered beach”.

And some other helpful tips to make your experience here one to remember.

Where is Boca Grandi Beach?

It’s far from the hotel area, but not hard to find.

The bus doesn’t pass here. Taxis can drop you here,  but this is an expensive ride, compared to renting your own car or jeep in Aruba.

If you decide to rent a car, drive from the hotel area back to the airport and keep driving on the highway to the south side of the island. Stay on this highway following this direction through Pos Chiquito, Savaneta, San Nicolas until you reach Sero Colorado (it’s the same drive to baby beach).  

You will drive on the giant bridge in the background on your way to boca Grandi…

When you approach the entrance of Sero Colorado, you’re going to see a giant red anker.

The road to the left of the anchor leads to Boca Grandi beach, and the road to the right leads to baby beach.

The drive from hotel area to boca grandi can be 30 – 45 minute depending on traffic.



Before Boca Grandi Stop & Learn About The Red Anchor

Before you reach Boca Grandi Beach you’re going to notice a giant red anchor.

It’s not just any anchor.

This anchor laid on the bottom of the ocean near the coastal waters of Boca Grandi for decades, until it was accidentally discovered by members of a tugboat crew who worked for the nearby refinery on the island in 1970’s.

This anchor not only marks, the entrance to Boca Grandi Beach, but this anchor is also an important part of history for the island.

It’s dedicated to all seamen who worked in the refinery after it closed for good in 1985.

The anchor is approximately 10 feet 6 inches wide and 15 feet 6 inches tall and manufactured in Germany in the 1960’s.

This picture will be iconic.

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When you see this anchor, you know you’re close to boca Grandi, stop and get closer to this anchor, it has history….

The anchor continues to be “a must see” and one the most photographed landmarks on the island, by both locals and visitors alike.

Follow the road to the left of the anchor to drive to Boca Grandi Beach (the road to the right of the anchor leads to Baby Beach).

Related Article – Escape the Crowds by Visiting This Secluded Beach in Aruba

Spend The Day At The Beach How You Really Want!

Boca Grandi beach is not the traditional tourist beach, it’s mostly isolated with no amenities.

The stretch of beach here is over 1 kilometers of soft sand that turns slightly pink everytime the waves touches the shores.

Imagine what you can do on this beach that is generally undiscovered…

  • Relax, unbothered, like there’s no tomorrow
  • Sun bath and get tan
  • Have a picnic or lunch here
  • Long beach walks, and find great clean areas to swim
  • Hike
  • Read a book, undisturbed
  • What’s your favorite thing to do on the beach? You can do it here!

Boca Grandi is windy, the currents are known to be strong here, swimming is not advised in the deep blue, but staying on the shores is advisable and safe.

If you want shade from the sun, sit under one of the man made shacks.

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There’s a few of these shacks on the beach…

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Shade from the Caribbean sun…

There’s no supermarkets near Boca Grandi (only a small kitesurfing school with a small beach bar).

If you plan to spend a day, or at least a few hours at this beach, come fully prepared with food, water and drinks.

Before you go to the beach in Aruba, make sure you have checked off your list of must have items when on the beach.

Walk The Beach and Find Your Next Souvenir

Walk on miles of sand and discover the beach!

There’s no telling what you’ll find on your walks. You might see a gang of goats or if you get lucky our local donkeys roaming near the dunes or walking from a distance.

Or just walk around the dunes and see the island from a different perspective.

This is how beautiful is looks here at boga grandi…

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Can you imagine yourself standing between beautiful dunes…

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Boca Grandi beach is different, it’s unique, it’s beautiful…

If you have a great eye for “what can be” you can walk into cool driftwood, and organic materials that washed up on the shore that you can use for souvenirs.

You never know what you’ll find.

It’s always curious to find out what the ocean brings to shore….

This is what I found on one of my walks…

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Walk the miles of white beach and find something awesome…

Learn How To Kitesurf (or Just Watch For Fun)

Boca Grandi Beach has on-shore winds, strong currents and plenty of small waves.

There’s a kitesurf shack on the beach, and they offer lessons. If you’re interested in a lesson or rentals don’t hesitate to ask around.

Just incase kitesurfing is not your thing, watching from the sidelines is also interesting, as surfers fly across the ocean.

Isn’t this view a beautiful one?

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Learn the art of kite surfing in Aruba from the best instructors…

Remember This Before You Visit Boca Grandi Beach

Boca Grandi Beach is surrounded by white sand dunes, and flora, so it’s important to conserve this piece of nature.

Remember this before you visit boca grandi (or any beach on the island)…

  • Do not drive on the sand or dunes (explore them by foot)
  • Keep the beach clean (no plastic, glass or cigarette on the beach)
  • Park the car before the beach sand starts and walk over the dunes to the beach.

Help keep our beaches sparkling like a gem.

Don’t drive on the sand or dunes.

Keep our beaches clean!

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Please do not drive on the beach or dunes…it’s illegal!

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Aruba is more beautiful when it’s clean…

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Once a week, on Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my weekly Aruba news reports.

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What You Need To Know About The New Tax 2018

The tax in Aruba will increase as of July 1, 2018.

At the moment taxes are 3,5% (BBO 2,5% – BAZV 1%). The tax is going to change in two segments. The BAZV will be increased by 1% and a new tax will be introduced (BAVP 1,5% – Belasting Additionele Voorzieningen PPP projecten)

According to the prime minister, BAVP is a temporary tax that will go towards paying for the PPP (public private partnerships) projects approved by the previous government (Green Corridor & Watty Vos Boulevard). And the tax was also implemented in order to reform the tax department on the island into a more fair and simple system.

Foundations like CARTAC (Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre) and IMF (International Monetary Fund) will be helping the government.

The banks in Aruba had exonoration since 2007 from paying taxes (BBO) on income generated from their services (administration fees & interest rate).

But the exoneration will end and they will have to pay their fare share to the government.

So for example, if the bank charges 5 Aruban guilders ($3.00) for transaction or administrative fee’s (30 cent of this 5 guilders has to go the the government – and the bank keeps the rest).

There’s been lots of rumors that the bank will start to charge 6% on every transaction, as a fee, but not this is not true. However, it does depends on the banks if they will increase certain fees in order to pay the 6% tax on their earnings.

It’s possible that the price for white bread (which is in the basic food goods) can increase, but this is not yet official (still being discussed between government and bakers).




Wind Farm Project in Urirama Discontinued

The government revoked the permission to build a wind farm in Urirama and will evaluate where to relocate it, far away from residences.

Locals who live nearby didn’t agree to the new wind farm project, because they were worried about their health, noise and also the visibility within this area will be lost. More than 10.000 signatures were collected by locals to stop the project.

Urirama is the landscape area close to alto vista chapel.

Can you imagine this beautiful backdrop gone forever?

The government wants to invest in renewable energy, but not at the expense of nature and people.

Most likely the wind turbines will be relocated to the current wind farm located in Vader Piet (San Nicolas).

European Companies Interested in Fast Ferry Project

According to the minister of transport, there are a various European companies who are interested in being a part of the fast ferry project for the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire & Curaçao).

The companies that showed interested are Fred Olson, Aqua Liner & Waterbus.

Before the project moves forward, the government needs to make an investigation and assessment to find out what is necessary to make the fast ferry project a reality.

Representatives from companies interested to manage the ferry will be on the island to give a presentation to the governmental departments. And afterwards sign an MoU between Aruba, bonaire & Curacao to start the construction of a harbor.

The harbor will be constructed in the area of San Nicolas according to the transport minister.


Border Reopened – Fruits, Fish & Vegetables From Venezuela

The maritime border between Venezuela and Aruba is finally open since June 7, 2018 after being closed since the first week of January 2018.

After the border was reopened the first few small boats transporting fruits and vegetables docked on the island, bringing long awaited goods to local market owners.

When the border was closed, goods had to be imported from USA and other countries, which were way more expensive than from Venezuela.

The government also mentioned that from now on there will be stricter controls when importing goods from venezuela (passengers and goods have to be properly documented).

Aruba Starts To Think About Growing Own Produce

Minister of agriculture made an agreement with experts from Wageningen university to exchange information on agriculture.

This is an effort for Aruba to start growing their own fruits and vegetables, and not depend from importation.

The experts at Wageningen are willing to travel to Aruba so they can investigate the possibilities to grow produce on the island (and what will be required)..

Farmers will also be educated on advanced growing techniques (for the weather conditions in Aruba), and locals who are interested can also learn how to grow fruits and vegetables on their own.

Not only does the minister of agriculture want to make agriculture another pillar in the economy for Aruba in the future, but he also wants to include agriculture in our education.

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Three Areas Designated To Be protected By Marine Park

Decades ago the island started the project to create a marine park in Aruba (both on land and in the ocean). However, only half of the project was completed, the marine park on land which is national park Arikok.

A marine park consists of an area protected to preserve a specific habitat and ensure the ecosystem is sustained for the flora and fauna that exist there.

But now the government is resuming the other half of the project: marine park in the ocean.

There are in total 3 areas destined to be protected by law soon.

The first one is the beaches close to National Arikok.

The second area are the beaches near Sero Colorado, Baby beach, Rogers Beach and Lago Keys (all will be protected because of the corals which have an impact on the sea life).

The third area that will be protected by the marine park will be the beach of Santo Largo, until Spaans Lagoon and Mangel Halto.

This area is located on the south coast of Aruba and contains the largest amount of mangroves on the island (including a reef, great for snorkeling).

This area is also known to have dolphins that pass by to give birth to babies.

How To Kayak The South Coast of Aruba.




Start of Drilling For Gas or Oil

The vessel “West Capella” will start exploring beneath the waters surface for oil or gas this week.

It will explore a site named “Bon Bini” not far from the coastal waters from Aruba.

If you’ve been to the island recently, you’ll notice many drill ships around the coastal waters, and wonder what they are doing there.

These are ships who are waiting to move on to another project, and some of them are researching the surface waters for more explorations like west capella in the future.


Update On Infrastructure Works (Watty Vos Boulevard)

The construction works were restarted, after several weeks of works being stopped for the construction of Watty Vos Boulevard (at the roundabout near Cumana).

According to the director of public works and minister of infrastructure, the works were hindered due to technical issues. However, this has been resolved and works are on again.

Construction near the roundabout at cumana is scheduled to be completed in August.

The department of public works closed the main road L.G. Smith Boulevard (Sasaki Weg), east of Super Food Supermarket (as of May 23, 2018).

And they reopened the L.G. Smith Boulevard west of Tropicana Hotel for traffic in both directions.

The detour will affect traffic from Oranjestad, Noord, J.E. Irausquin Boulevard and San Miguel.

All detours will be indicated by barricades and warnings signs.

The roads near this area are closed, because of a roundabout construction near super food supermarket.

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Here’s a view of the detours on map and the roundabout near super food.

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The current situation near super food.

More Busses For Aruba’s Public Transportation

Minister of transportation recently added more busses to the fleet of Arubus.

The buses are from a Dutch company called connections, which is one of the biggest public transportation company in the Netherlands.

During a recent trip to the Netherlands, the minister managed to buy 9 buses that were not in use by connections, but that are in good condition including air conditioning.

The buses vary between prices, but all nine were acquired for approximately 100.000 euro, instead of $170.000 for one new bus,

The buses from connections will be used only for a transitory phase until at the end of this year, when the fleet of Arubus will be strengthened again with more new buses, according to the minister.

The transportation system in Aruba is easy, if you don’t plan to rent a car you can take the bus to various places around the island (including the top beaches). Retour Card for $5.00, valid for 2 trips on the day of initial use. Day pass for $10.00 valid for unlimited trips on the day of initial use.

Or rent a car on the island (for less than $40.00 a day).

Delta Airlines Opens New Flights From Boston

Delta Airlines adds a new route to Aruba.

The airline inaugurated a new nonstop service between Boston and Aruba (on June 9, 2018)

The new flights, which will operate weekly on Saturdays.

Travelers will now fly in a 737-900 aircraft with a maximum of 180 passengers.

Delta Airlines transported over 130.000 passengers to Aruba in 2017 (an increase of 7.500 travelers compared to 2016).

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The Beach Between Playa Linda & Moomba Will Be Restored

Aruba will  start a big project soon to revitalize and restore the beaches between Playa Linda Beach Resort and Moomba Beach.

The contractor in charge of this is Varadero Aruba.

Varadero is a local market leader in dredging. Their activities include the construction and maintenance of ports and waterways, coastal defense and land reclamation. They also provide related engineering and other specialist services, such as, soil improvement and land remediation.

The project is one that has been in the planification stage for nearly 2 years.

The beach has been damaged a little bit by hurricane Matthew back in 2016 and will be restored.

Revitalize and restoring of the beach means taking away the built up mud like sand in certain locations and pumping new fresh sand.

This will be done with the help of a dredging machine.

The entire beach area to be restored will be divided by 6 areas. During the dredging of each section, it will be closed off by gates and signs to warn beach goers of works going on.

Construction works will be done efficiently.and safely not to disturb the beach experience for visitors and locals in this area (and safe for the marine life).

Varadero Aruba has experience in dredging.

About a year ago they completed dredging the surfside beach and did a great job.

The dredging between playa linda beach resort amd moomba beach should be completed within 6 months.




Maritime Border Between Venezuela and Aruba Reopens June 7, 2018

Prime minister of Aruba confirmed that the border between Venezuela and Aruba will be reopened for boats on June 7 (only for importation of certain products).

It’s been almost 6 months since the President of Venezuela closed the border between the ABC islands for commercial transport for air and sea.

The prime minister sent a group of representatives to discuss the possibilities to open the maritime border. And they managed to come to an agreement with the authorities from Venezuela to reopen the border only for the importation of fruits, vegetables and fish.

Both countries will implement stricter controls for importation of goods from Venezuela from now on.

Only boats made for import that has the proper documentation for goods and passengers will be allowed in Aruba.

Aruba Birdlife Conservation Saves Wetland Near Divi Phoenix in Court Case

This week the court ruled in favor of Aruba Birdlife Conservation against Island Estate Reality which wanted to build a mall including parking lot near eagle beach.

The real estate company intended to create a mall including parking lot in front of the Divi Phoenix, however the location is a protected wetland.

Even though the previous minister of infrastructure approved of the project, the court denied the petition for island estate reality to continue with developments in this area.


It’s Still Not Allowed To Use Harpoons

Minister of justice wants to introduce an electronic permit to allow fishing with harpoon.

However, the law can’t yet be implemented, because its not approved yet by different government departments.

Investigations are still going on to decide under which conditions fishermen can use harpoons. All of these requirements still need to be decided upon before approving electronic permit for harpoons.

According to the director of department of nature and environment , it’s still not allowed to use harpoons or spearfish in Aruba.

There’s no specific date to implement the new electronic permits.

You Can Now Rate Service Given By Family Doctors

Minister of public health announced that a app will be launched that rates the quality of service that family doctors give their patients.

This app gives the community the ability to rate on their service and in turn forcing a better quality rendered by their family doctor.

It will be launched on June 14.

The health minister also announced that as of July 1, 2018. The emergency family doctor office located on Eagle will be relocated in the new hospital building close to the ER (with extended opening hours).

Moving the departments together allows for better communication between the doctors, reduces the waiting time and better service for patients.


The Start of Atlantic Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season started June 1.

The hurricane season didn’t start out yet properly and there’s already a few hurricanes that are predicted.

The peak season for hurricane is between August – October.

Aruba rarely is hit directly by hurricane, because the island is located outside of the hurricane paths.

2018 Atlantic hurricane names on the way – Alberto, beryl, Chris, Debby. Ernesto. Florence, gordon, Helence, Issac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, valerie and William.

Winds Starting To Pick Up

If you’ve been to Aruba before, you know about the islands tradewinds. But expect the winds to be a little stronger during hurricane season.

Beach goers are advised to stay alert for strong winds and currents. Strap any loose object and personal belongings that can easily blow away.

Island Tips – Use these handy beach towel clips to keep your towel from flying away.

Now You Can Fly Winair in Aruba to St.Maarten

Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA) confirmed the news that Windward Islands Airways Intl. N.V. (Winair) will start to fly Aruba – St.Maarten as of  July 2018.

Winair is the official airline from St.Maarten.

They will fly from St.Maarten to Aruba via Curacao on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

From Aruba to St.Maarten  via Curaçao on ,Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

All flights will be in a small plane with a capacity of 48 passengers.

Surinam Airways Introduces New Aircraft

Surinam Airways now has a new airplane (737-700).

The new plane has a capacity of 128 passengers, including 8 business class seats and 120 economy seats.

Suriname Airways operates in 6 destinations -Aruba, Curacao, Trinidad & Tobago, Belem (Brazil), Guyana (Georgetown) and Miami.

Flights in the new airplane are scheduled for October 2018.


Aruba’s Youth Honored With Excellence

This week the two brothers (Lacle) and Mishally wever who journeyed the from Netherlands to Singapore by bike were awarded and recognized as “Hobennan Di Excelencia” by the prime minister of Aruba.

They promoted Aruba by having the flag with them the entire way from europe to asia.
The prime minister also awarded a teenager “Haischel Dabian” who managed to win a international blockchain competition 2 times in a row.

New Place To Try Patisserie in The Morning

A new place you should visit when in Aruba just opened on May 25, 2018.

It’s called Aruba Experience Cafe – Patisserie.

A cultural cafe situated in a beautiful cucunu where you can enjoy an excellent coffee with a delicious homemade panini, pan dushi, cakes and more.

The shop is located in one of the oldest houses back then in Aruba (over 150 years old).

Aruba Experience Cafe is located in the downtown area (address – John G Emanstraat 37)

New Slot Machines at Stellaris

Stellaris Casino has 6 new slot machines.

According to the marketing supervisor they are the only Casino in the Caribbean region with this type of new machines.

The new slots are named star rise (3) and wild fury (3). Both machines have a progressive jackpot that pays big!

Are you going to be the one to win it all?

Not only does stellaris have new slot machines, but they also have a “feel good bingo” on Thursday,  Saturday and Sunday




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So your thinking about going kayaking in Aruba?

You’ve made a great choice, because it’s actually one of the most unique ways to see the island from another point of view.

Kayak The Southern Coast of Aruba

Aruba is surrounded by beautiful beaches, the most popular ones are located on the western coast (hotel area), but the beaches that are best for kayaking are at the southern coast of the island.

There’s different reasons the south coast is great for kayaking:

  • Quiet waters and lagoon
  • It has one of the largest mangrove forest on the island
  • Great for sightseeing
  • Plenty of “secret” beaches and reefs to swim and snorkel
  • Beautiful hidden coves along the route
  • Awesome underwater life

What’s it Like Kayaking in Aruba?

Imagine paddling with your friends and family, through a lagoon covered with mangroves.

You’ll “ooh and aah” while you point out to the sites along the kayak route to your fellow kayakers.

You’re going to feel up close and personal with nature as you kayak in this area of Aruba.

What Are You Going To See?

You will notice that the coast is dotted with beautiful green mangroves. These mangroves are important for the marine life.

There’s also a barrier reef  perfect for snorkeling. You’ll be amazed by the underwater life.

From colorful tropical fishes, to corals, sponges, manta rays, star fish, snails, squids, angel fish, parrot fish, zebra fish, trumpet fish, eels, and many other gorgeous underwater creatures.

The southern coast has reefs and secret snorkeling locations that will leave you amazed.

Perfect for underwater photography, don’t forget your underwater camera or waterproof phone cases.

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This could be you….


How To Explore The Southern Coast of Aruba

Are you convinced you should go kayaking in Aruba?

If you’re staying near the low rise or high rise hotel area, you’re going to need:

  • a rental car (including trailer for the kayak)
  • Find and contact rental company
  • Know how to: drive to the south coast, kayak routes and must see spots (and snorkel).

It can be a hassle to transport or rent the kayak.  

All of this can take so much time away from actually going kayaking.

Booking a guided kayak tour is one of the best ways to explore the south coast of Aruba.

Guided Kayak Tours in Aruba

Consider a kayak tour if you’re a beginner at kayaking, don’t know how to get to the southern coast, unknown with the kayak trails or must see spots.

Aruba Kayak Adventure

I recommend booking a guided tour with an established and reputable company – Aruba Kayak Adventures.

They are one of the first kayak companies in Aruba and have many years of experience leading people of all abilities on kayaking.

Kayak Adventure Tour Explained

Aruba Kayak Adventures picks you up at your hotel (including drop off), and take you to the start point of the kayal tour.

After getting to know your guides, they will brief you with full instructions on safety, how to easily get in and out of the kayak, how to paddle and steer.

When you get the hang of it, off you go!

You’ll explore the mangroves at the Spanish Lagoon (legendary for pirate stories) and head out to open waters at Mangel Halto (most beautiful azure waters you’ll see) for a break.

After the break, your guide will take you for a swim and snorkeling at the barrier reef (amazing underwater life)

After you snorkel you will paddle your way back to the launch point and head out for lunch at the islands National Brewery Balashi Beer Gardens.

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Mangel Halto is calling your name…




Rent a Kayak in Aruba

If you’re not that much interested in guided tours, but want to explore the southern coast of Aruba on your own than you should look consider kayak rental in Aruba. 

Aruba Kayak Adventure also rents out kayaks!

Other Places To Kayak When Renting

Besides exploring the southern coast of the island, you can also kayak the western coast beaches like: malmok, tres trapi, and boca catalina bay and arashi.

Kayaking near the western coast of the island,  watch out for boats and stronger currents (and winds).

Kayaking in Aruba can be challenging, basic physical & upper body strength are required.

Always make sure to wear a life vest when kayaking, even if you’re the best swimmer.

Places To Stay Near Southern Coast of Aruba

The southern coast of the island is different than the hotel area. In this part of the island, you’ll get a feeling of living among locals, and close to the beach (plus is more quaint and relaxing). Here’s a few accommodations in the southern coast of the island.

Serene By The Sea

Club Arias Bed & Breakfast

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Thousands of visitors and locals crowded the downtown area craving to taste the best street cuisine during food truck festival in Aruba (April 28 – 29, 2018).

What Is Food Truck Festival in Aruba About?

Food truck festival is all about bringing locals and tourists together to enjoy the best street cuisine from food trucks on the island.

Not only food, but also live music and a kids corner.

It’s one of those perfect island get together for families looking to enjoy an evening out.

Food truck festival takes place once a year in April (2018 was the 2nd edition).

You’ve probably missed it this year.

But keep reading to find out more about the event and what you should expect if you plan to visit next year.

You’ll have an appetite for food trucks in Aruba after reading this!



Food Truck Festival in Aruba 2018

The event was held right in the middle of the downtown area, on plaza daniel leo (in front of Zarra, behind Renaissance Resort & Casino).

All the food trucks were stationed around the plaza, with hungry customers waiting in line to taste new flavor cuisine.

All The Local Favorite Trucks Were On Site

There where a lot food trucks.

Not only food trucks, but also food stands by locals who do pop ups and private catering.

All the local favorites were on site – Eataly, El Mexicano, Candela, Pofferdorie, Nos Local, Burger Joint, Skina Crioyo Snack, E Sushi Hap, Piets, D’abaru, Lit, The Little One, Ice Cream, Gelatissimo, Aged Wine Bar – over 15 different food trucks and stands!



It’s All About Truck Food

The culinary scene in Aruba (including truck food) is influenced by over 75 different nationalities that live on the island.

Truck food offers traditional platters like funchi, carni stoba, oyster soup, seafood platters, BBQ and many more local dishes.

Next to local tradition, the food truck scene is also influenced by the Dutch pancake (poffertjes), fries with mayonnaise (and peanut sauce with onions) and haring.

There’s also wraps, tortillas tacos, burrito, quesadilla ,Tacos, burgers, sushi, various cuisines from different island in the Caribbean, Japanese dishes, Arabic food, and local ice cream.

These are just a few options of what’s available on the island for truck foods, but not limited to what’s mentioned either (so many choices, and many other food trucks weren’t on site).

Delicious steak platter at Piets Super Snack. Fries, steak, pink sauce and small salad on the side with dressing. Oyster soup from Piets was yummy!

Dutch fries with mayonnaise, ketchup or peanut sauce!

A few food stands offered vegetarian cuisine for non meat eaters.

Price For Food

You have to buy tokens to pay for the food.

1 token is 2,50 Aruban florins. (1 USD = 1.75 Aruban florins) – 3 dollars is worth 2 tokens and you get 25 cents back change.

The food at all trucks where minimum 2 tokens, and certain platters ranged up to 3, 4 even 6 tokens.

Soft drinks were 1 token, beers 2 tokens, wine and mixed drinks 3 tokens or more.

Admission to the food truck festival is free.

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Where Can You Find These Food Trucks Outside of Food Truck Festival?

We all have our moments when we crave a late night bite or a fast lunch run from the beach.

Food trucks come in real handy, but  where do you find them?

If you missed this year’s festival, you can still get a taste of Aruba’s street cuisine by visiting the food trucks on the island.

Here’s a few popular food trucks and where to find them.

  • Eataly (in front of Eagle Bowling on sasaki weg)
  • El Mexicano (in front of Lekker restaurant in Palm Beach)
  • Candela (in front of royal plaza in Oranjestad)
  • Burger Joint (located in ponton, close to wema hardware store)
  • Piets Super Snack (in front of Stadium Frans Figaroa in Noord)
  • Happy Appy’s Shoarma & Patat (located close to mangel halto beach)
  • E Sushi Shap (this restaurant is in Tanki Leendert)
  • Ice Cream (stationed at arashi beach)
  • All the other food stands either only do pop up events or private catering services.





What Type of Drinks were Available?

Food truck festival also had a variety of drinks available.

Soft drinks, wine, cocktails and various different types of craft beers.

There was also a stand called LIT that offered plant based drinks infused with locally made rum.

The drink called “kalamara” was refreshing and gets you lit – with hibiscus flower and white rum.

LIT was one of the food stands that had vegetarian options on their menu.

Dish called “crioyo maneuverz” fried okra, squash, pumpkin, black eyed peas, pâté and edible flowers.

Tips For Visiting Food Truck Festival

Your goal is to try as many food trucks as possible before the event ends.

Most likely you’re only going to make it to a few trucks because of the long waiting lines.

How can you get this advantage when hundreds of other people are also waiting in line to try street cuisines?

My tip to you is go early to buy tokens and be the first one in the row for your favorite trucks you want to try.

Or if you’re visiting with a group, split up and order everyone’s favorite separately and enjoy the culinary delights at the dining area.

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My Final Thoughts About Food Truck Festival

If you like to eat, you should plan your trip to Aruba around this event (which takes place in April).

If your trip to Aruba is not during food truck festival, you can still enjoy truck food by visiting their locations around the island.

Bon Appetit!


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This post includes a list of 21 unique things to do in Aruba that you’ve probably never thought of doing before, but should book for your upcoming trip.

Unique Things To Do in Aruba

The list consist of three categories from beach, air and land activities. It has both low impact energy activity and adventure for thrill seekers.

You might of never heard from these activities before (that’s the point), and some you’ve never gotten the chance to do it before, but totally should.

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21 activities in Aruba you’re missing out on!

Cost of Activities in Aruba

The cost of activities in Aruba can range from different prices, some can be free, but some can range between $20.00 and $100.00 per person.

This depends on the type of activity and can range even more up to the hundreds of dollars depending on the exclusivity of the activity.

Should You Book Activities Online, or in Aruba?

It all depends on your personal preference, if you you don’t want to be married to any activity you can wait until you’re on the island to book. But doing this, depending on the activity you’re trying to book it could be sold out for when you want it.

The best advice I can give is to book the activities online that you certainly don’t want to miss, and the other ones that you don’t really care about you can book on the island.

You can easily book the activities that are listed in this article by using the referral links to the companies website. There’s a bunch of other reasons you should book your activities online…

  • It’s fast, easy and you get the best price
  • Guaranteed access, experience a hassle-free trip
  • You will receive your voucher via email, print this voucher or show it on your smartphone at the meeting point

Keep reading to discover my list of unique and unusual off the beaten path activities while in Aruba…




Beach Activities in Aruba

The island is known for its beautiful beaches, but they’re also popular among tourist that are looking for fun motorized (and non motorized) water sports.

Next to jet ski and banana boats, there’s a dozen more water fun to experience on the island.

Here’s a few of the beach activities in Aruba that are unique and worth doing, if you dare.

1. Jet Blade, Jet Pack & Hoverboard in Aruba

If you’re looking for a wild ride consider doing jetblade in Aruba.

What’s jet blade? It’s an underfoot water propulsion equipments that lets you levitate above water. Are you ready to be propelled 30 feet in the air? 

Book the jetblade in Aruba here – It’s going to be quite a rush to your brain.


Jet Blade in Aruba – $102.50

from: Viator

There’s also a propelled jetpack available if you want to learn how to fly.

It’s designed to boost you up in the sky. Up to nine meters high, wow!

A certified instructor will teach you how to work with these machines.

Once you manage to lift yourself up you’ll have freedom of movement and fly just like a bird.


Aruba Jetpack Adventure – $102.49

from: Viator

Do you dare to do this one? If so, reserve your jetpack experience in Aruba.

If the jetpack or jetblade isn’t enough adventure for you, try the hoverboard!

The hoverboard has enough power to propel you up to 40 feet in the air.

It’s the next best thing between surfing and flying at the same time.

If you’re really skilled you could be doing some tricks within no time.


Hoverboard in Aruba – $102.50

from: Viator

Video For Jet Blade & Hoverboard

Check out this video that captures the adventure that awaits you…

2. Take A Trip on Aqua Donut

The first activities might not be for everyone, but taking a trip on the aqua donut maybe the water activity that’s right for you.

The aqua donut is a motor powered boat that you can rent out (no need for boat license).

Go with the aqua donut if you’re looking for an unusual way to relax on the beach.

unique things to do in Aruba

For more information visit – https://octopusaruba.com/aquadonut/

One donut boat can hold up to 10 people.

For more information visit the aqua donut page. 


3. Rent a Private Boat in Aruba

There’s plenty of catamaran that offer excursions on the island, but a few offer the personal experience like Octopus private boat in Aruba.

Octopus offers trips customized to your personal preferences. You get to create the days itinerary with the captain and crew members, tell them what you want and they show you the best way.

They have private snorkel tours, breakfast with champagne in the morning, wine, whiskey and beer tasting sessions.

There’s over 26 different type of drinks aboard the ship. It’s a minimum of 2 hours sailing depending on your personal package. Also includes sandwich for lunch, snacks and fruits.


Octopus The Private Boat From Aruba! – $900.00

from: Viator

4. Climb Aboard A Submarine

Yes, it’s true – Aruba has a submarine and it offers a truly different experience.  

The vessel departs from Atlantis in Oranjestad towards a journey over 150 feet below the waters. The captain takes you to two popular shipwrecks, and the barcadera reef which is known for colorful marine life.

I took one of these submarine tours once, and it was quite and experience, one I’d likely do again.

Atlantis Submarine Video

Curious what the submarine looks like and the tour?

Take a peek at the fun you can have inside this submarine…

5. Take The Kids To Splash Park

Are you traveling to Aruba with kids?

Bring them to the inflatable park located on the beach that’s fun for the entire family.

There’s plenty of attractions within the park like monkey bars and massive towers that are a challenge even for the most skilled climbers.

It also has a huge trampoline, which is one of the highlights of the place.

Buy the entrance for the splash park and get the family ready to challenge each other with climbing, running, crawling and bouncing into the water!


Aruba Water Park and Tour – $45.00

from: Viator

6. Snorkel The SeaBob Way

Snorkeling is exciting and it’s always a fun thing to do on the island. But going snorkeling with underwater scooters (seabobs) makes the journey of discovering marine life unique.

Can you see yourself holding on to one of these water scooters as you blast your way through the ocean?  

The tours take place near boca catalina and bays near the area of malmok.

7. Go Diving, But at Night Time

Diving is a beautiful water activity that’s mostly done during the day, but the fact that you can also go diving at night in Aruba makes it quite unique  and a must do for scuba enthusiasts.

It’s going to be a whole new world when you go diving under the glow of the moonlight.


Red Sail Aruba Night Diving Aruba – $67.29

from: Viator

You must be a certified diver to book this excursion (and must show certification). Depending how long your last dive was, a refresher course will be recommended when signing up. This night diving excursion might not be the perfect one for beginner divers, but you can always book an introductory diving lesson in Aruba.

8. Do Yoga On a Stand Up Paddle Board

Are you attracted to blissful activities?

If so try doing yoga while balancing on a stand up paddle board. It’s one of the ultimate ways to achieve relaxation in Aruba.

What’s unique about this yoga class? It’s done by one of the most popular yoga teachers on the island Yoga Girl.

Think you’ll have a hard time being stable on the board? Don’t worry they pre-anchored it to stay in place, so the only thing you have to worry about is focusing on the meditation. A fun new trend to try even once…

For more information & bookings visit the island yoga website



Air Activities in Aruba

Most of us belong to water or land activities, but this part of the list for unique things to do in Aruba, features activities that require you to be in the sky…

These following suggestions for unique things to do in Aruba are obviously for those who are looking for a wild experience and an unforgettable time on the island.

9. Up, Up and Away on a Parasail

Can you imagine yourself up in the air enjoying the panoramic view of the island?

If so, let one of the watersport boats tow you while your strapped to a kite up to 400 feet in the air.

They offer trips for single or double flyers for adults, kids and even if your in a wheelchair!


Aruba Parasailing Adventure – $62.00

from: Viator

10. Aim High Go Skydiving

Would you go skydiving?

Not sure right? Me neither..

Maybe someday I will, maybe…

However, if there’s any place I would go skydiving for the first time, it will probably be in Aruba.

Skydiving Aruba is owned by two professional skydivers. The airplane is especially made for skydiving. And the instructors are licensed and comply with all regulations by the United States Parachute Associations.

Are you thrillseeker enough to sign up for this unique activity in Aruba?

For more information and bookings visit the skydive Aruba website.

Explore Aruba in Different Ways

The island is small in size, but don’t let the perception of Aruba being tiny make you think there’s nothing much to see on the island. In contrary there’s plenty of sites to see and unique things to do in Aruba.

The most popular way to explore the island is with a land rovers, but there’s many other unique ways to discover Aruba…

11. Segway Tour in Aruba

See the island on a two wheel all terrain vehicle that’s pretty easy to ride once you get the hang of it.

I’ve driven one of these machines before and they’re pretty fun.

They have different segways tours available starting from the hotel area alongside the coastlines towards Malmok coastlines for sightseeing.

They also have segways tours that go further towards the malmok coastlines Arashi beach and the California Lighthouse. Or book a private segway tour full customized to your personal preferences.

Segways are fun for kids and give you a taste for the off-road experience on the island with jeeps, atv and utv.


Malmok Beach Sightseeing Segway Tour in Aruba – $50.00

from: Viator

12. Wear Boots and Go Hiking (or mountain biking)

Are you the type that likes to go out in nature?

If so consider a hiking trip to explore the island by foot on the islands outback trails.

Aruba is for the most part desert and dry landscape which makes for a perfect hiking opportunities.

The best place to hike is within National Park Arikok, because of the awesome trials to miramar and jamanota which gives you spectacular views of the north coastline of the island. It’s really incredible.

During the trip you’ll see cactus, rock formations, caves with ancient indian paintings, goats, donkeys, shocos (Aruba’s burrowing owl) and beautiful views, you won’t believe the stunning scenery exist in the world.

You can even book a private mountain bike tour on the island with a guide that will take you through the outback to see the island in a unique ways and point of views.


Personal Advanced Mountain Biking Tour in Aruba – $160.43

from: Viator

13. Go Off Road

No matter how many times you discover the island by jeep, utv or atv it remains one of the most unique things to do in Aruba.

What makes this activity unique? Every visit can be different and you always encounter new secret coves, caves and private beaches.

There’s different tours you can choose from atv tours that include swimming at natural pool or utv tours to iconic sites around the island and hidden bays like blackstone beach.

Depending where you want to go, a standard rental car can be enough to explore the country side of the island, however if you want to visit sites like natural pool you need to rent a jeep or book a tour to take you there.

You can also rent and drive your own utv or atv to explore the island on your own.

14. Take a Ride on a Trike

See the island on a trike guided tour.

A trike is a three-wheeled motorcycle. It’s an unique thing to do in Aruba for couples.  

Can you imagine yourself rolling through the island on this awesome looking bike?

For more information and bookings check out the trike page.  

15. Explore The Island in a Spyder

There  are other unusual ways to discover the island, similar to the trike, but this is the spyder tour.

What’s makes this tour different is the type of vehicles.

They’re fun to drive and give you an adrenaline rush.

Spyder tours go to popular landmark,  beautiful beaches and local hangout spots on the island.  

Book one of these unique looking bikes and rev through the downtown area towards scenic places.


Aruba Spyder Tour – $200.00

from: Viator

16. Ride A Horse in Aruba

Want a more relaxing and unique way to explore the island other than a motorized vehicle?

Consider seeing what the island has to offer with horseback ride.

There’s private ranches on the island that offer tours to national park arikok and even horseback tours to one of the islands hidden bays andicuri. You can even choose private horseback tours to a hidden lagoon.

Whichever excursion you take you’ll be sure to see Aruba’s beautiful views along the way.

17. Have Dinner & Watch A Frank Sinatra Show

You’re invited to enjoy a dinner and a show by native islander Fred de Jong.
The local vocalist channels Frank Sinatra through his music as you enjoy spectacular dishes and drinks in the evening. Fred de Jong also covers other popular romantic songs.

It’s a must try activity if you love Frank Sinatra’s music and culinary dishes on the island.

The show takes place once a week and is one of the unique things to do in Aruba for couples.

18. Summer Bike Vibes

Are you looking for a fun way to go sightseeing and  spend time in Aruba with friends?

Then maybe you should look into booking a trip on the summer bike vibes.

You and friends can enjoy drinks while you pedal down the strip on palm beach and eagle beach…

Find out more information & bookings visit the Aruba summer bike vibes page.

19. Sing on a Karaoke Bus

Aruba has a lot of different excursions, but there’s only one bar hopping bus that has karaoke on board.

The bus is known to also go bar hopping for free shots, bar jams and dinner tours.

Hop on the bus and sing along with a large karaoke tv screen that displays the lyrics as you make your way through the island. Visit Karaoke Party Bus Facebook page for more information.


20. See Pink Flamingos

I’m sure you’ve heard about pink flamingos on the island, and you want to visit them.

The flamingos live on a private beach owned by the Renaissance Resort.

They are the main attraction on this private island, but the private island is also great for relaxing and also offer different other unique things to do in Aruba. Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino
You can visit the private island free if you’re staying at the Renaissance hotel, in case you’re not staying the tickets can start from $100.00 or more. If you really want to see these flamingos, I recommend staying a night at the Renaissance Hotel to get a free pass to the island. Check here for availability to spend a day or more at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino.

It’s not possible to book a day pass to the private island in advance, so I advice to call the resort ahead of time to make sure they still have day passes for sale and reserve them then.

21. Try The Escape Room

Last but not least on my list of unique things to do in Aruba is the escape room.

It’s a live action entertainment experience where you are locked in a room and the only way to get out is to figure out mysteries to unlock the door.

You’ll be handed clues and puzzles and  have 60 minutes to solve the case.

Don’t worry incase you panic and need to exit before time, you can. This activity is great for a group of friends looking for a kick and  something unusual to do in Aruba.

Video Escape Room

Want to see more about the escape room? Check out this video…

For more information & reservations visit the escape room page.

Plan A Trip To Aruba

It’s not a secret that Aruba is special and turns every first time visitors into loyal repeat guests.

If you’ve been to the island once, you know what I’m talking about.

Planning a trip to Aruba is not an easy task, but once you’ve gotten yourself a plane ticket and a place to stay, prepare  for an unforgettable time of your life on the island.

Start researching the hotels deals on the island with one of my favorite tools to research hotels…

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