Palm Beach Gets a High-Rise Makeover!

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

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

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

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

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

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

RIU – One Of Aruba’s High Rise Hotels

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

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

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

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Aruba’s Highrise Infrastructure

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

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

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

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

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

Ayo Park Revamped: A Breath of Fresh Air in Aruba

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

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

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

The Prime Minister (Yellow) and government in Aruba

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

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

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

Ayo + Casibari Rock Formations

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

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

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

This new technology adds an educational value.

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

Phase 3 will include an information center for visitors.

Parking Paradise on Horizon At Eagle Beach

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

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

What’s the objective you ask?

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

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

New Parking Lot Haven at Eagle Beach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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San Nicolas Water Tower: Restoration & Legacy

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

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

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

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

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

Water Tower in Sanicolas

San Nicolas Water Tower

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

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

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

Look Out For Aruba Open Beach Tennis

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

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

About The Tournament

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

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

Aruba Beach Tennis Championships.

About Beach Tennis Aruba

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

Are you going to be in Aruba in November?

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

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

Aruba’s Hospitality Is Still Top Notch

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

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

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

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

Aruba’s One Of A Kind Scenery

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

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

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

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

What do you love about Aruba?

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

The beautiful beaches are just a plus!

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Hilton Embassy  Suites Opening Soon

Hilton is opening a second resort on the island as of 2023.

It’s named the Embassy Suites,  located near Eagle Beach, close to Divi Phoenix and the Butterfly farm.

The Embassy Suites will be  the second Hilton Resort in Aruba, as the first one is Hilton Caribbean Resort, in Palm Beach.

The new resort is set to open and accept reservations in the quarter of 2023.

Here’s two pictures showing the construction stage of the resort at the moment (October 2022).

The New Embassy Suites in Aruba

The building of Embassy Suites in Aruba.

New Luxury Yacht Collection By Ritz Carlton

Ritz-Carlton launches a luxury yacht cruise collection and one of the yachts has Aruba in its itinerary. 

This is the first luxury yacht cruise ship of the Ritz Carlton, named The Evrima. 

The ship embarked on its maiden voyage on October 15, 2022 for a seven night cruise from Barcelona to Nice. In 2023 the ship has plans to cruise towards the Mediterranean, Central America, South America and tropical destinations, including Aruba. 

According to Ritz Carlton, plans are to operate the ship for a 7 to 10 night cruise starting at $6000 a week.

Ritz Carlton’s concept for its new yacht collection was to introduce a luxury service and style in the cruise industry with a 624 foot yacht that can accommodate 298 passengers. Including 246 crew members.

Can you imagine yourself on this cruise?

Evrima has one of the highest staff and space ratios at sea, at the moment in the cruise industry. 

The yacht features amenities like no other, including a main lounge area at the living room and lookout lounge, connected to a marina for access to water sports.

Also included are specialty restaurants, wine tasting room, sauna, spa, fitness room and infinity pool. 

There’s a total of 149 suites available, each having a private balcony ranging between 300 and 1091 square feet. The luxury yacht Evrima also has 12 two story loft suites. 

Are you ready to sail to Aruba in luxury? It will be an awesome sight to see Evrima!

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Art & Fashion Week in Aruba

Local and international artists are painting murals in San Nicolas to prepare for the amazing artweek event in Aruba in November. 

The event starts with a fashion show on November 2, 2022. This year’s art fashion is focused on climate change, and features 11 local and international designers. 

Followed by the maint artweek event, Artweek, on November 4 – 6, 2022. There are over 80 local and international artists this year participating in Aruba’s artweek.

This will be the 5th year of Artweek in Aruba.

Aruba is becoming the Art Capital of the Caribbean, and also one of the rising stars in the fashion world. 

You are invited to visit the Artweek and enjoy art in all its different forms, including but not limited to murals, paintings, dance, music, photography, cultural expositions and pop-up restaurants.

Lobby Bar in Palm Beach Closes Soon

One of the best bars in Palm Beach, known as Lobby Bar,  is going to close soon.

Lobby bar posted the news on Facebook  that it will close its doors soon permanently, until further notice.

The bar is closing because of unfortunate circumstances that make it impossible to cater to their clients on the level they want to achieve.

Known for fine dining and lounge experience, the lobby bar will be missed by many patrons.

TGI Friday Reopens at Paseo Herencia Mall

TGI Friday reopened its newly renovated  restaurant this week.

Now they are located in the second floor entrance of Paseo Herencia.

The restaurant is ready to serve the best food and drinks, with a brand new decor design.

Renovations started in August 2022.

TGI Fridays remain with normal operation time.

Open for breakfast, as of 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Lunch is available as of 12:00 pm, and dinner is served until 11:00 pm (Sunday to Thursday). 

Friday and Saturday, TGI Friday is open until 12:00am.

When you visit, try TGI’s iconic blue drink, the Electric Lemonade!

Norwegian Prima Cruise Ship Visits Aruba

Aruba received a first time visit by Norwegian  Prima.

It’s the first of six cruise ships by Norwegian Cruise Line.

The ship is 229 meters long and has a capacity of 3215 passengers, with 1646 rooms.

This is not the first cruise ship to arrive for the first time this year, and it will not be the first one. Because, the Tourism Minister and Director of  Aruba Ports Authority are looking for opportunities to attract more ships to dock on the island. 

The ship is scheduled to return to Aruba once again in November. 

There’s various other ships that are scheduled to arrive in Aruba for the first time.

The cruise industry was hit harder than the aviation industry, but Aruba’s cruise tourism recuperated very fast. It is expected that cruise tourism will recuperate 80% of the cruise passengers compared to 2019, at the start of the pandemic.

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Airport Recommends 3 Hours Check-in Time For US Flights

Aruba’s airport eliminates the passenger flow control system at check-in for US bound passengers.

US bound passengers are not required to follow the color codes for groups set by the Airport passenger flow control as of September 13, 2022.

The passenger flow control system was introduced on June 24, 2022.

It grouped the US bound passengers into 4 color groups, and only allowing access to the US check-in terminal based on scheduled airline departure times.

Now that the passenger flow control is no longer in effect, all US flights will be operating without further access restrictions to process passengers check-in at the US check in terminal. 

All passengers that are traveling back to the US are recommended to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before their scheduled departure time.

Traveller’s to other destinations are required to be at the airport 2 hours before.

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Aruba’s Reina Beatrix International Airport.

Note that the ED (electronic disembarkation) card system will not show these new requirements.

This means passengers will not receive notifications regarding time frames of checking in as of September 13, 2022. 

Passenger flow system could be resumed when Aruba enters its peak travel season for US travellers, at the end of this year during the winter season. 

Aruba’s airport is continually striving to improve the check-in passenger flow.

Champions Sports Bar at Marriott Closed After 22 Years

Champions, the popular sports bar and restaurant in Marriott Ocean Club Aruba closes after 22 years of serving one of the best food and beverages on the island.

A letter from General Manager of Marriott Ocean Club (Pedro Vargas) announcing the closing of Champions, shared to owners and guests of the resort. With mixed feelings the general manager shared that September 15, 2022 marks the last day of operation for Champions sports bar since opening its doors in 2000.

Champions sports bar and restaurant in Aruba.

Although this will be the final day of service for Champions, it’s also going to make way for a new and exciting food and beverage experience in this same spot. 

Renovation and rebranding of a new food and beverage outlet has started since September 16, 2022 and construction works will be ongoing for a several weeks. 

Marriott Aruba is a hotel that is constantly evolving and looking for new ways to improve its products and services, in order to provide its owners and guests with the best possible vacation experience. 

The new dining concept that will replace Champions sports bar will be on a higher level in the current food and beverage service offerings known by Aruba Marriott. 

All associates of the Champions sports bar will continue to provide their usual excellent service at the new restaurant by Marriott Aruba. 

The new food and beverage spot will be unveiled soon, according to the General Manager.

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Bon Bini Festival is Back, Bigger and Better!

One of the islands festival known as one of the best weekly events to get to know the culture and traditions of Aruba is back! 

After almost two years of inactivity, mainly due to the pandemic, the Bon Bini festival is back on the island.

Bon Bini Festival has over 30 years of entertaining and educating visitors on the history and culture of Aruba.

The word “Bon Bini” means welcome in Papiamento (local language in Aruba) and this festival does exactly that! Visiting the Bon Bini Festival will make you feel at home in Aruba. 

The festival is composed of experiences that immerses guests into the Aruban folklore and culture.

A local show for Dera Gai tradition in Aruba, at Bon Bini Festival.

The first edition of Bon Bini Festival will be on September 20 + 27, 2022.

As usual, the Bon Bini Festival will be held every Tuesday at Fort Zoutman. 

Location of the festival is inside of the Aruba’s History Museum, better known as Fort Zoutman, in downtown Oranjestad.

There’s plenty of opportunity to meet locals, experience the folkloric Aruban music, dance, and cultural traditions. The festival also offers authentic local cuisines, also arts and crafts made locally on the island. 

Doors open at 6:00 PM and the show starts at 7:00 PM.

What can you expect from the Bon Bini Festival?

A great introduction to Aruba regarding its culture and traditions. 

Musical groups. Dancing groups. Local food. Great bar, and live shows! 

Entrance to the Bon Bini Festival is $15.00

Ling & Sons Now Has Own Bakery By Hendrickx The Baker

Ling & Sons now has its own bakery department and a new banquet assortiment by Hendrickx the baker, a popular Belgian bread crafter brand.

The supermarket recently added the Hendrickx Baker concept to its new bakery department and plans to serve quality breads and banquet items from Europe.

Hendrickx the Baker was personally in Aruba with his team from Netherlands, Belgium and France. The team took part in setting up the bakery and training staff how to bake the Hendrickx banquet items in stone ovens.

The new line of banquet products includes breads, croissants, pastries, homemade Belgian chocolates, cakes and other baked goods.

he official opening of the bakery was held on September 10, 2022.

Ling and Sons is a well known supermarket in Aruba where visitors and locals go to shop, because it is close to the hotel area and they carry a lot of American brand products and Dutch Products.

Come and taste what the new bakery at Ling & Sons has to offer!

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New Passenger Flow Control at Aruba’s Airport

Aruba’s airport introduced a new passenger flow control system for all US bound travelers as of December 1, 2021.

The passenger flow control system was introduced to better manage the flow of travelers inside of the airport’s facilities due to the ongoing expansion construction works of the airport (project Gateway 2030).

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The new passenger flow control system is a staged approach to regulating the amount travelers that enter the departure halls and other airport facilities.

After introducing the new passenger flow system, waiting lines to check-in will be shorter, and the check-in process will be faster, which makes departing the island a piece of cake.

Passenger flow control also prevents travelers from arriving too early at the Airport.

How does it work?

It all starts with the online ED-Card you fill in before traveling to Aruba.

Your departure flight information is used to determine the dedicated time slot that you have to be at the airport in order to enjoy a safe, easy and fast check-in process.

All travelers will be assigned to a color group (Yellow, Blue, Orange) which indicates the estimated time that travelers should arrive at the airport. This is based on the traveler’s airline scheduled departure time.

Here’s a view of the check-in time schedule based on color groups (Yellow, Blue, Orange):

If you’re departing from Aruba to the US you should take your scheduled departure time into account to determine when you should arrive at the airport at the latest to check in.

What To Expect When Arriving At The Airport

A passenger flow ambassador will welcome you at the airport and help you control your check-in time slot and assist you with any other questions.

You will be guided by different airport ambassadors at the several check points at the airport, before boarding the airplane.

The passenger airflow control system will end on March 12, 2022.

Aruba’s Tourism Recovery in Numbers

The island is set to recuperate 95% of its tourism in 2022, according to the CEO of Aruba’s tourism board (Aruba Tourism Authority).

Aruba’s tourism took a major hit after the pandemic in 2019.

Local and international tourism experts projected for tourism to recuperate at a slow rate, but tourism is recuperating faster than expected.

It’s been a long road to recovery, but well worth it, as the island looks to recuperate approximately 75% of tourism at the end of 2021 (compared to 2019).

The amount of bookings to Aruba that the tourism board has received gives a positive indication that tourism is heading in the right direction.

Over 70.000 travelers visited Aruba in October 2021, and the amount of tourist in November and December is projected to be over 100% more compared to the same periods in 2019, before the pandemic.

Aruba is expecting a big growth in tourism in 2022, as the island’s Tourism Minister announced 1.8 million+ available air seats.

Secret’s Hotel Will Be The Highlight of San Nicolas

The developers of one of the newest hotels in Aruba – Grupo Martinon – gave a detailed presentation to the Government of Aruba this week during a private meeting between the two parties.

It’s a new hotel – Secrets Resorts – located in San Nicolas (Seroe Colorado).

A luxury resort, all inclusive and only for adults.

The meeting between Grupo Martinon & the Government was focused on the plans, future and construction progress of the resort.

Aruba’s Government is making sure the developers are complying with Aruba’s laws and regulations set for the construction of the resort including respecting the environment and nature, and also offering employment opportunities to locals residents first.


Layout of the future Baby beach resort in Seroe Colorado

Secrets Resort is currently in its first phase of construction, which includes erecting steel structural frames of the resort and digging the foundation of the property.

The construction of secret resort is one of the largest construction projects happening in Aruba at the moment, and one of the most unique, as it is one of the first large and exclusive hotels in San Nicolas.

After the meeting with Grupo Martinon, the Prime Minister said during an interview – “I believe that Secrets Resort will be a main attraction for the area of San Nicolas and an important economic pillar for the island”.

According to the Director of Grupo Martinon, the hotel is set to open in 2023 and will employ about 600 local employees at first to run the resort.

New Direct Flights From Sweden To Aruba

Ving AB, a Swedish tour operator, will fly to Aruba from Stockholm for the winter season 2022/2023.

The Swedish tour operator recently announced that is has signed a contract with Air Lease Corporation for an aircraft A330-900, which will be operated by its subsidiary Sunclass Airlines.

The newly acquired aircraft was intended for France Airways (bankrupt in 2019).

But Ving AB (Sunclass) will now become the first Scandinavian airline to acquire the aircraft and use it to re-activate flights to the Caribbean in the winter season of 2022/2023, including Aruba.

The inaugural flight out of Sweden to Aruba is set to take place on November 24, 2022.

The airline will fly to Aruba 9 times during 4 months, and will transport around 3.400 visitors from Sweden to the One Happy Island.

The last flight to Aruba from Sweden will be on March 16, 2023.

German Cruise Ship “Mein Schiff” First Time Aruba Visit

Aruba welcomed the German cruise ship – Mein Schiff – for the first time! 

The ship was revealed in 2018 and cruises with the Malta Flag and is owned by TUI Cruises.

At 315 meters, Mein Schiff,  is a fairly large ship that can hold up to 1100 crew members and 3000 passengers. The ship has 12 restaurants, entertainment, gym, and 17 bars. 

Mein Schiff is one of the many cruise ships that will dock in Aruba during the next year (2022).

Aruba is enjoying the resumption of cruise tourism since June 2021, after cruise tourism stood still for over a year since the pandemic. 

There’s over 31 calls for cruise ships to dock on the island’s ports in November, and there’s over 38 cruise ship calls to dock in December. 

New Post Stamps in Aruba

Aruba’s post office revealed a new post stamp series featuring agriculture on the island. 

The post stamps were released on November 16, 2021.

They were designed by Elvis Tromp, who is a local painter and graphic designer. 

He is known for painting Aruban landscapes and family portraits. 

The agriculture post stamps show how local farmers go through the process of cultivating plants on the island. From planting the seeds, watering the plants daily, until the plant bears fruit.

new agriculture post stamps.

Agriculture in Aruba is a tradition by local farmers, and local families that want to build their own sustainable gardens are also following the old tradition. 

The land in Aruba is very dry, but local farmers use small areas for growing, or vertical farming to cultivate different plants such as cucumbers, corn, lettuce, papaya, peanuts, tomatoes, lime, and other native plants. 

These post stamps are the perfect item to add to your portfolio if you are a collector.

The values of the agriculture post stamps are 90 cents, 220 cents, 320 cents and 420 cents. They can be purchased for 10.50 Aruban florins (or $6) at the local post office in Oranjestad or San Nicolas.

Aruba Starts With Booster Shots

Aruba started administering booster shots after The Netherlands approved the islands request to provide extra dose of vaccine against the virus for locals in high risk groups.

The booster shots are intended for residents 60+ years old and all health care workers that are in close contacts with patients.

Booster shots are similar to the first two vaccines shots, but the booster increases the effectiveness of the first and second vaccines.

At the moment 62% of Aruba received both shots of the vaccine (Pfizer). 

66% of Aruba’s population received only the first dose of the vaccine.

The group of 60+ year olds are 84% vaccinated on the first dose and 81% received both vaccines.

According to the Health Minister, the rate of vaccination at the moment is approximately at 270 shots every week.

The government will continue to organize vaccination events and encourage locals to get vaccinated in order to combat the pandemic.

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Beach Buoy Maintenance

The Tourism Minister announced that the maintenance of floating beach buoys at several beaches around the island started as of this week.

A field of buoys will be strategically installed on several beaches around the island including Malmok, Arashi, Tres Trapi, Palm Beach and Costa Linda.

These buoys are like floating barriers used on the island’s open beaches to segregate and protect swimming areas. They also restrict entry of passing boats and jet skis. 

Floating beach buoys

Works to install the new buoy fields have already begun. The buoys will be brightly colored for visibility, made up of a combination of small floats and larger marker buoys, connected by high tension floating ropes.

Local contractors are leading the installations of the new buoys with help of spotters on the beach.

According to the Tourism Minister, the project will be completed late 2021.

New Gated Community in Aruba

A new wave of residential projects has emerged in Aruba, catering not only to home ownership, but also to those who seek a sense of community.

It’s the first large vertical residential project and gated community in Aruba.

The gated community is located close to Eagle Beach (a few blocks away from Ling & Sons).

Construction of Caribbean Town Villas & Apartments will start soon, which apartments are priced between $100.000 and $200.000

The villas and houses are priced separately, and available upon request at the sales office.

Villas and townhouses are available in different sizes – studios, 1 or 3 bedrooms. The apartments are available in studio, 1 or 2 bedrooms.

The project will have 4 buildings hosting 328 residential units, 4 townhouse buildings with 10 houses in each building, including 4 commercial buildings. There’s also community pools, beautiful landscapes, courts for sports, and many more amenities around the property.

New gated community in Aruba near Eagle Beach.

Caribbean Town Villas and Apartments will be constructed within 2 phases.

The beginning phase includes the construction of two buildings that will house several apartments. 

At first the building named, Turks & Caicos, will be created, followed by the Guadalupe Residence, which both have 56 and 70 apartments respectively.

Both buildings are at least 7 stories high.

Two town buildings are also going to be constructed during the first phase of the project.

After the first phase of the project is complete, construction work will start with the remaining villas and houses.

Do you dream of living in Aruba? This is your chance to make it a reality.

Roundabout Construction at Palm Beach

The public works department is preparing to start a new project that will improve traffic conditions at the intersection located at Palm Beach, between Wendy’s and McDonald’s

Construction works will start as of 2022. This includes the repair of several streets that converge in the same area.

According to the Director of the Public Works Department, the roundabout will be designed with enough room to move traffic through the area safely and smartly without causing any congestion or traffic accidents. 

Roundabout in Eagle beach.

The new infrastructure project includes the roundabout construction, new asphalt for surrounding roads, green space, side walks, and stamped crosswalks. 

Navigating through roundabouts can be quite confusing,  but with enough practice, anyone can do it.

Construction will start early 2022 and will be completed in May 2022.

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Aruba Expects Record High Tourism in 2022

Aruba’s tourism is continually growing as the island is expected to break records in air seat capacity in 2022, compared to levels before the worldwide tourism halt.

The growth of Aruba’s tourism is showing significant momentum that will rollover into 2022 as the island’s tourism board expects 1.8 million travelers.

Air Traffic in Aruba is seeing over 25 airlines everyday that depart out of 28 different destinations around the world.

According to the Tourism Minister, Aruba has recovered almost 90% of the island tourism pre-pandemic. 

The air seat capacity for 2021 is estimated at 1.4 million visitors, which is 21% less compared to 2019. Data from early bookings to Aruba for 2022 project that the amount of visitors will surpass 1.7 million.

US travelers make up the majority of visitors to Aruba. Over 90% of flights to Aruba from the US depart from the East, Mid West, and South of the country.

Aruba also continues to add more flight options from different destinations, as Delta Airlines, starts flying from Boston to Aruba starting December 18, 2021.

The islands airlift committee is continually searching to expand Aruba’s gateways, as the group explores flight options from Hartford, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit that can potentially open anytime soon.

Flight services will resume by different airlines from different states such as La Guardia, Chicago, Dallas, and Minneapolis.

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Frontier Airline Now Offers Non-Stop Flights To Aruba

Frontier Airlines announced they are adding 15 new nonstop routes to their flight schedule, and one of those flight paths leads to paradise!

Most of the airline’s expansion is happening in Miami, where they are opening 9 new routes, including the first-ever service to Aruba.

If you’re lucky, you might catch one of their introductory fares to Aruba starting at $79.00

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The airline will start operating to Aruba as of November 20, 2021, weekly on Saturdays out of Miami International Airport. 

Frontier airline is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and operates more than one hundred Airbus A320 aircrafts.

The fleet of aircrafts offer flight services to approximately 120 destinations in the US, Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. 

Frontier Airlines new non stop service to Aruba from Miami is crucial to further expand the island’s recovery and growth in tourism.

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9 Cruise Ships Scheduled in October

The sun kissed shores of Aruba is expected to receive 9 cruise ships for October 2021. 

Yes – 9 cruise ships are scheduled to dock in Oranjestad.

This is a boost for the islands economy after the pandemic.

The number of ships that visit Aruba is steadily growing each month since cruise tourism reopened in June 2021.

Three additional ships have requested to dock on the island compared to last month (6 ships in September 2021).

Here’s a list popular cruise lines to visit Aruba:

  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
  • Carnival Cruise Lines

Below you will find the list of cruise ships in October 2021, including arrival dates, estimated arrival hour and departure time:

Cruise Ship Schedule October 2021

Note that the cruise schedule is subject to change without prior notice. According to the Tourism Minister – It’s been a good year for cruise tourism in Aruba, and the future seems bright – as there are 18 more cruise calls scheduled for the remainder of 2021.

KLM Increases Operation With 15 Flights

The Royal Dutch airline KLM is adjusting its flights schedules to Aruba with 15 additional flights.

This new flights are scheduled between December 15, 2021 – January 14, 2022.

It’s great news for European travelers who are looking to escape the winter season.

KLM will operate the additional flights with their Airbus A330.

The airbus has a capacity of 268 seats – this means an additional 4020 visitors – out of Europe during the islands high tourism season.

KLM Flights preparing to land in Aruba

For years, KLM has had close ties with Aruba.

As the island continues to attract new visitors, KLM is certainly onboard by serving the demand of travelers from Europe.

The increase of flight reflects KLM’s firm belief that Aruba is one of the best destinations in the Caribbean.

According to the Tourism Minister, this year’s high season is set to surpass the successful tourism year in 2019.

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$100.000 Cash Giveaway at The Ritz Carlton Casino

The casino at Ritz Carlton is giving away $100.000 cash!

That’s more than enough money to keep coming to Aruba for a lifetime.

Everyone that visits and plays at the casino has a chance win $100.000

The cash giveaway started on October 1 and it ends December 30, 2021.

Maybe you’re going to be $100.000 richer in 2022, while vacationing in Aruba…

The Casino At The Ritz Carlton

How do you participate in the cash giveaway?

All you have to do is register as a new member of The Casino’s VIP club – it’s completely free –  a valid ID is required.

Only existing members, and newly registered members are eligible for the grand prize.

You’re missing out if you play at the casino without a VIP membership card.

How do you win?

You have to accumulate raffle tickets.

Slot players get 1 raffle ticket for every 80 points.

Table players earn 1 raffle ticket with very $40 theoretical wins.

Playing at the casino is not the only way to win the $100.000 cash prize – you can also eat your way to riches – at Casa Nonna or BLT Steak, two dining spots at the Ritz-Carlton.

A raffle ticket is awarded with every dinner purchase.

In order to redeem your raffle ticket, present the restaurant voucher together with the dinner receipt at the Casino VIP desk on the same night of the dinner.

The Casino will select 20 finalists to win a total of $100.000 in cash prizes on December 30, 2021.

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Planting New Trees For Aruba’s Future Generations

Aruba’s National Park – Arikok – started a movement to plant new trees on the parks land. 

The goal is to restore the biodiversity of native plants.

As the newly small plants grow, they become a valuable resource for wildlife in the park.

Restoring the biodiversity of native plant species is one of the many ways to combat and protect the islands environment against the effects of climate change, according to the park rangers.

Group of Park Rangers and locals planting trees

A group of local volunteers and park rangers planted trees on September 25 – 26, 2021. 

Together they managed to plant 9 different native tree species, ranging from the most extinct trees and important ecological functions.

This includes but not limited to local trees species such as: Supi, Asufro and Pereskia Guamacho.

Over 100 mangrove trees (two different species – mangel preto and mangel blanco) were also planted on the beach strip near the military base in Savaneta.

100 Days Inside Old Phosphate Mine in Seroe Colorado

Local Aruban better known as – Heintje Ras – will spend 100 days in a phosphate mine located in San Nicolas.

His goal is to raise $600.000 to expand his current museum – Museum of Antiqueness – in Aruba.

The antiqueness museum is currently located at his home, but he wants to build a mega museum.

A large museum where he can display over 7.000 antique Aruban items dating back to the 1600’s. 

These include tools, radio’s, instruments, paintings, sewing machines, furniture, pots and pans. 

Heintje’s 100 day challenge started on October 2, 2021 until January 9, 2022. 

He’s been preparing for this day for over a year.

The mines are located over 6 meters underground in Seroe Colorado.

Back in the 1880’s they used to mine phosphate here.

Aruban Phosphate Company was the local operator – it had around 300 workers – who mined and exported over 446.445 tons of phosphate during the company’s operation.

If Heintje completes 100 days in the mines, he will automatically be inducted into the Guinness Book of Records. 

A Judge of the Guinness Book of Records will be on the island to monitor his progress until the mission is completed. 

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Self Test Kit Soon Available in Aruba

Self test kits are soon going to be available at the pharmacies on the island

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

According to the Department of Public Health, the test will be available before the end of October 2021.

It’s not sure which brand of self help test kits will be available to the public as of yet.

Self help 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.

Self-help test kits only benefit locals and visitors as far as screening, detecting infections with light or no symptoms and stopping the spread of coronavirus.

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Prime Minister Stops Curfew in Aruba

The Prime Minister of Aruba eliminated the curfew measure. 

She also flexibilized a few other measures against corona.

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

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

Casino’s are allowed to open until 1.00 am.

Consuming alcoholic beverages in public is not allowed.

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

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

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

New Records Set at Second Vaccination Marathon Event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aruba is close to reaching herd immunity.

US Travelers Rank Aruba as Top 10 Vaccination Destination

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

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

Here’s the official list as ranked by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4.000+ Visitors in One Day

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

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

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

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

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

The app notifies you for cheap flight prices. 

Cruise Tourism Kicks Off With Celebrity Cruise Lines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Road Towards Baby Beach

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

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

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

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

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

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

The First Storm For Hurricane Season 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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