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

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

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

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

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






Don’t Rush To Book Your Trip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related Article – Coronavirus Is Improving in Aruba



Check Cancellation Options Before Booking

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

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

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

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






Secure Your Trip With Travel Insurance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related Article – Aruba Not Ready To Lift Coronavirus Restrictions



Stay Safe When Traveling

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

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

Travel with certified masks that protect against coronavirus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ORANJESTAD (July 28, 2019) – Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my newsletter.

This weeks edition features the top news headlines in Aruba.

Subscribing to my newsletter is an ideal way to stay up to date with what’s going on in Aruba – whether you’re living on the island, miles away or your first visit!

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New List of Inadmissible Items At The Airport

Are you traveling to the United States from Aruba?  

If you answered yes, take note of the new list of prohibited items by Reina Beatrix Airport effective as of June 25, 2019.

Avoid monetary fines and flight delays by declaring all food products to U.S. Customs & Border Protection. 

Some items that you brought or bought during your trip in Aruba may be permissible to the United States, but these items must be declared and inspected. 

So what items are allowed, according to the new list by the Airport?

  • Pasteurized/Hard Cheese
  • Seafood
  • Poultry (cooked)
  • Bananas
  • Bakery Items without pork/beef
  • Any meals that you consumed outside the airport prior to entering the Aruba CBP inspection area. 
  • And any meals purchased inside of the airport facility. 

These items listed above are allowed when boarding an airplane, but it should be declared first. 

Besides declaring the items in your luggage, travelers are also encouraged to declare any excursions to several activities around the island including:

  • Donkey Sanctuary
  • Ostrich Farm
  • Philips Animal Garden
  • Or any horseback riding activities.

Remember to declare your items, because the regulations for permitted, restricted and prohibited items are subject to change at any time. 

For more information visit the airport page for the complete list of inadmissible items.




Bridging the Natural Bridge in Aruba

September 2, 2005 marked the collapse of the natural bridge in Aruba. 

Forever etched in history and our minds, the natural bridge still remains one of the most popular attractions for visitors and locals, even though it collapsed. 

Now, after a decade, a new foundation called 

“Bridging the Natural Bridge” will construct a new “natural bridge” between the large gap spanning nearly 30 meters. 

The original natural bridge was about 7.6 meters high. It’s predecessor will be made out of natural and innovative materials. 

No date is available yet for construction, until further notice.  

Spatial Development Plan 2019

The shape and patterns on a country challenges the development that is possible, and Aruba is no different.

Infrastructure Minister revealed a new spatial development plan for the island that will be effective for the next 10 years.

The new spatial development plan consists of a zoning map of Aruba, including several policies and regulations for development in protected areas. 

Here’s the new zoning map of Aruba.

Spatial-Development-Plan-Aruba-2019

a detailed look at the view of the island in zones.

The new zoning plan has regulation and policies that focus on a balance between nature and economic development including private sector, locals and tourism.

This means nature areas will be protected from construction of large resorts. Permits will only be issued for valuable projects in the tourism industry, local developments and agriculture.

A botanical garden for medicinal plants, fruits and vegetables is on the government’s vision in the near future. 




Win a 2019 Jeep Wrangler in Aruba

Wind Creek Casino at Renaissance Resort is rewarding one of their members a chance to win a brand new 2019 Jeep Wrangler.

How do you win?

As of August 2 until September 28, 2019 you’re going to be able to accumulate points using the Casino’s “Wind Creek Reward Card” to exchange for  raffle tickets to win the Jeep. 

Points can only be accumulated on Friday & Saturday. 

One raffle ticket is worth 150 points, you get more points to purchase raffle tickets. If you play more. All raffles must be entered into the drawing before September 28.

The winner will be selected on September 29, 2019. 

Besides the Jeep Wrangler, Wind Creek is offering players to win several prizes adding up to $25.000 cash.

You can play at both Wind Creek Crystal (open 24 hours) & Seaport Casino (open until 4 AM).

Visit the Player Services booth at Wind Creek Casino for more information and subscription for the Membership Card.

Subscription to the Wind Creek Reward Card is free.




Events To Attend When in Aruba August 2019

There’s a lot of tourist activities on the island. But on the other side, there’s also another world of events going on the island you may not know about.

Here’s a list of things to do in August 2019.

Visit The Farmers Market at the Ostrich Farm

Did you always wanted to try local bits and bites, buy local arts and crafts?

Visit the ostrich farm, located on the north country side for their weekly farmers market. 

Local farmers and artisans will present their home grown and made products including, but not limited to liqueurs, wines, snacks, pineapple juice, fruits, vegetables, and unique art pieces. 

The event is kid friendly. Shaved ice for the kids. Smoothies and lunch.

August 4, 2019 – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

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Rose All Day in Aruba

August 10 is going to be rosé all day in Aruba.

Renaissance island, also known as the flamingo island, has a rosé all experience for those who enjoy a glass of wine or champagne.

How does a rose all day look like in Aruba?

Private island. Beautiful weather. Beach. Stunning views. Music. Delicious food and drinking rosé all day. 

The dress code for the rosé event is white & pink.

Tickets for this event are normally $40, but there’s an ongoing early bird sale for just $30 – special available until June 30, 2019. (Event is on August 10, 2019).

Admission to rosé all day includes a boat ride to Renaissance island, $10 wine credit, and a goody bag.

VIP packages are also included for six people at $600. This includes: butler service, snack platter, 2 wine bottles and a private cabana.

Tickets are available for sale at the Navigators Desk or Front Desk at Renaissance Marina Hotel. For more information or reservations call +297-523-6115.


Explore Aruba At The Island Festival 

There’s a new reason to visit San Nicolas besides the stunning mural arts, display of culture, and beautiful beaches – a new street festival.

This month is going to be the 3rd edition of Island Festival.

It’s a 3 street festival in the promenade of San Nicolas. 

Each street will represent an island with its own theme: local island, multicultural island and historical island. 

Walk the trio streets and experience their local and multicultural food and drinks, music, ambience and vibe. 

Island festival will also have live shows. 

Local actors will illustrate the Aruban way of life back in the days and how the lifestyle developed until today. 

Two local bands will be playing live groovy Aruban music.

There’s also going to be different kiosks with local arts and crafts for sale made by Aruban artists. 

Island Festival will be organized once a month in San Nicolas. 

The next edition of island fest will be on August 28, 2019. 

Locals will be there. You are also invited to visit San Nicolas. 

Come and eat our food, taste our drinks, mingle with locals and experience the Aruban way of life!

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Listen To Steel Pan Music

Experience music that is typical to the island – steel pans! 

This year is going to be the 3rd edition of the steel pan celebration “Honor To Connor”.

The event is in honor of the islands steel pan music pioneer named Edgar Connor who was a star back in the days.

Various local steel pan artists will be performing including: Nico Connor, Lee Connor, Paula Engelen, Zaira Orman, Tico Kock and Ronwayne Kock. Additional performances will also be available in the likes of Quiver Quips Steel Orchestra, The Aruba Invaders Steel Orchestra, NLG Dancers and Carnaruba dancers.

Event will be at the Edgar Connor Amphi-Theatre at Paseo Herencia Mall on Palm Beach – August 18, 2019 – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM (entry is free)





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ORANJESTAD (July 14, 2019) – Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my newsletter.

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Culinary Master Series at La Vista

Two chefs, are preparing an author’s cuisine during two nights at La Vista restaurant at the Marriott resort.

This food event will be hosted by the sous chef (Taka Kondo) at the 3 Michelin star restaurant in Italy named, Osteria Francescana, owned by Massimo Bottura, who is an Italian restaurateur.

Osteria Francescana was named the number 1 restaurant in the world in 2018.

Chef Taka Kondo will be accompanied by his wife, Chef Karime Lopez.

Chef Karime López is head chef at Gucci Osteria in Italy, also owned by Massimo Bottura.

The culinary event will be a five course dinner and wine pairing.

It will take place August 9 – 10, 2019 at Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. Events starts at 7:00 PM.

Price is $189 per person.

For questions and reservations visit the Marriott Resort front desk.




The Future of Port City in Aruba

The harbor in Oranjestad will soon be transformed into a vibrant living and commercial area named Port City.

Port City will become an integrated part of the downtown area, and the island as a whole. The city will host a diversity of businesses, convention center, restaurants, boardwalks, boutique resorts, affordable houses for locals, public spaces and a large recreational park.

The project is going to be built on approximately 50 acres of land, and has an investment value of $500.000

Bushiri beach, which is next to the harbor will be renovated and made accessible for locals and visitors.

The project is still in the planning stage and the date for construction is not yet known.


Olde Molen Night Club Plans on Revamping as a Local Boutique Hotel

Owners of the popular Olde Molen nightclub in Aruba announced their plans to transform the club into a new boutique hotel.

The Olde Molen has a popular landmark, which is an Old Dutch Windmill that was shipped to the island from the Netherlands in the 1960’s. This windmill is one of the most historic spots on the island, and reminds us of the Dutch influences in Aruba.

Since 1962, this old windmill has hosted several establishments, including restaurants and bars.

Now it will possibly be turned into a locally owned boutique hotel. The Olde Molen is located on Eagle beach, close to RIU resort. According to the owners, the boutique hotel will have traditional characteristics of buildings in Aruba, to give the hotel a local touch.

Here’s a sketch of the future boutique hotel.

The view of new Olde Molen Boutique Hotel.

According to the owners, it’s going to be named The Olde Molen Boutique Hotel.

The hotel will have 100 rooms, and will have the old Dutch windmill in the center. It will include a pool, kiosk with different shops, parking spaces. And the night club as it is known today, will be a memory.

The boutique hotel is only in the planning stage at the moment, no exact date was mentioned yet for start of construction.




5th Year Southwest Anniversary 

Southwest Airlines celebrate their 5 year anniversary providing roundtrip service to Aruba.

The airline company made its first commercial flight from Baltimore (BWI, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport) to Aruba on July 1, 2014.

One year later, on March 7, 2015 Southwest Airlines sets another historic mark as they launched their first flight from Houston to Aruba.

You can fly out of Houston to Aruba once a week, on Saturday. It’s also possible to fly to Aruba with Southwest daily from Baltimore and Orlando (Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport).

A total of 85.000 passengers used the point to point flight service in 2018 by Southwest. Up to today in 2019, the airline already transporter up to 40.000 passengers, with an uprising trend that promises to break last year’s numbers.

Cruise Ship Hosting Cirque du Soleil Visits Aruba

An unique cruise ship will dock in Aruba on November 2019.

It’s the MSC Meraviglia.

What makes this cruise ship special?

They have a unique partnership with Cirque du Soleil, taking entertainment at the sea to a new level.

Visitors have the opportunity to see two original shows by Cirque du Soleil and enjoy a culinary experience.

Cirque du Soleil will have 2 different shows, Viago and Sonor. Each show has its unique concept, ambiance, story line, costumes and make up.

It’s the perfect dinner and a show in Aruba.

MSC Meraviglia will dock November 6, 2019 on the island.


Aruba Summer Music Festival

Aruba is hosting an additional Summer Music Festival in August 2019.

After Silvestre Dagond, Ala Jaza, Jeon and Manuel Turizo performed in the first leg of the festival, now it’s time for Farukko to put his show!

The best local bands like N’Fuzion, D’Licious and guest band from Curacao, Gentz are on the line up as opening acts.

Promoters estimate 5000 visitors to attend, and also the locals festival goers. It’s going to be one of those must attend festivals in the Caribbean.

Summer music festival will be at the Harbour Arena, in Oranjestad on August 17, 2019.

Tickets are available at Sandra’s Garden at Surfside beach. General entrance $38 – VIP $78 – Diamond $115.

Doors open at 7:00 PM and the first band starts at 8:00 PM

Local food trucks are also going to be on site with delicious street cuisine from different nationalities only found in Aruba.

Visit the island and experience how amazing festivals are in Aruba.





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ORANJESTAD (June 9, 2019) – Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my newsletter.

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NY To Aruba With American Airlines

American Airlines expanded its footprint to Aruba this week with the inauguration of new flights to the island from LaGuardia airport in New-York.

The flights are scheduled to depart every Saturday.

A total of 160 seats are open, including 16 first class seats and 144 seats in the main cabin.

American Airlines has a strong presence in the Caribbean region with over 900 weekly flights to 38 destinations. They currently service Aruba from different international gates including: Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Miami, New-York and temporary flights from Chicago.

New York has a lot of residents that love to travel to the Caribbean, especially Aruba.




Update on Aruba Airport Expansion Project

The expansion of Aruba’s airport is becoming a reality as the design and tender documents are finalized, including the prequalification for the contract bids for the main terminal construction.

At the moment, the works are being prepared to expand the airport. After this is completed, the remaining planning process will be executed and contractors will move into full construction mode.

Five companies are currently in a prequalification process to be selected to reconstruct the main building, expanding the terminal and roadways, construct additional parking spaces, and other upgrades.

The airport expansion project is better known as Gateway 2030. It’s a renovation and expansion of Aruba’s 34.000 m2 terminal with an estimated construction time of 4 years.

This expansion is needed to provide the capacity and service upgrades required for the amount of passengers who use the islands airport. At the moment nearly 2 million visitors are using Aruba’s airport every year and the amount of visitors is projected to grow in the near future.

Here’s a list of companies participating in the pre qualifications to execute the construction:

  • Aecon Group Inc
  • Ballast Nedam International Projects B.V.
  • Bam International B.V.
  • Bouygues Batiment International
  • Tav Tepe Akfen Construction & Operation Co.



Coastal Clean Up in Aruba

For almost two decades, Aruba Tourism & Hotel Authority organize coastal cleanups around the island.

This year is no different.

More than 900 people participated in this beach clean up, included schools, hotel staff, organizations, local residents and visitors.

This years coastal clean up is the 18th edition. And a total of 14 beach areas received a beautification upgrade.

Here’s a list of beach areas that were cleaned during this day:

  • Santana di Cacho
  • Roger’s Beach
  • Bachelor’s Beach
  • Plastic Beach
  • Rincon
  • Rincon banda di Rancho,
  • Grapefield
  • Boca Putri
  • Ex-Bushiri
  • Eagle Beach
  • Fisherman Huts
  • Malmok
  • Tres Trapi
  • Boca Catalina
  • Arashi
  • California Dunes
  • The bays behind Alto Vista Chapel

Hoteliers Pass Screening For Baby Beach Hotel

After the company that is interested in developing a hotel in San Nicolas passed their screening by the department of national security in Aruba, they reach closer to starting construction.

Tourism minister confirmed that three rivers real estate passed the screening necessary required by investors before any further developments.

The reality comes closer that Baby beach and the entire San Nicolas community will get a hotel to call its own. Further information will be released at a later time.




Pride Month At Marriott

June 1, 2019 marks the 50th year anniversary for pride month!

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino eagerly join the celebration by lighting up the entrance to their resort with the colors representing the Pride Flag.

The aim of lighting their entrance up with colors of the pride rainbow flag is to promote diversity and inclusion among guests and associates. And also to support the LGBTQ community and drive awareness that Marriott resorts are LGBTQ friendly.

Marriott International will hold a “Queer Me Out” speaker series at six destinations worldwide this year to speak about important issues within the community.

The entrance at Marriott will be lit throughout the month of June. 

Aruba Extends Closing Frontier Venezuela

A month ago, the prime minister of Aruba decided to close the frontier between the island and Venezuela.

Now the frontier remains closed for at least 3 months more, this was announced by the Government.

Due to the current situation in Venezuela, the prime minister made the decision to close the border to stop immigration to Aruba.

No airplane or ships are allowed from Venezuela to Aruba. This also counts for Curacao, Bonaire and Brazil. 


Aruba Summer Music Festival

Summer time is just around the corner, and one of the islands hottest music festivals is getting closer.

This year is going to be the 5th edition of Aruba’s Summer Music Festival.

It’s the largest festival in Aruba featuring Latin artists.

Who’s performing this year?

  • Silvestre Dangond
  • Farruko
  • Manuel Turizo
  • Ala Jaza
  • Jeon

Local Bands: Solo Banda Show & D-Licious

Aruba Summer Music Festival takes place 28 – 29 June, 2019.





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ORANJESTAD (June 2, 2019) – Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my newsletter.

This weeks edition features the top news headlines in Aruba.

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Mosquito Controlled Resorts in Aruba

Aruba is practically mosquito free and good weather guaranteed.

The department of public health confirmed this by recently awarding the hotels in Aruba that managed to stay free of mosquitoes in 2018.

This was part of a yearly “mosquito certification program” by the department of public health and Aruba Hotel & Tourism Authority (AHATA).

All resorts in Aruba registered by the AHATA are required 3 controls during the year for possible mosquito breeding grounds and prevention.

Mosquitoes are going to be the least of your worries when on vacation in Aruba!

Here’s a list of hotels that are mosquito controlled in Aruba:

  • Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort
  • Eagle Aruba Resort
  • Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort
  • Manchebo Beach Resort
  • Aruba Marriott Resort
  • Marriott Aruba Ocean Club
  • Holiday Inn Aruba
  • Brickell Bay Beach Club
  • Divi Aruba All-Inclusive Beach Resort
  • Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort
  • Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort
  • Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort
  • RIU Palace Aruba
  • RIU Palace Antillas Renaissance Aruba Resort
  • Paradera Park Apartments
  • Palma Aruba Condos

Think Aruba if you want to go on a mosquito free vacation in the Caribbean.




IMAX Theater Under Construction

The movie industry in Aruba is expanding with the construction of a new IMAX theatre.

Located on a 6500 square foot lot next to Sasaki Weg (close to Eagle beach), the new movie theater will be the largest and most modern in the Caribbean region.

Construction started in October 2018 and is projected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020. In May 2019 an important construction milestone was reached as the contractors poured cement for the movie theaters foundation – it took over 100 trucks and 800 m3 of cement.

The new IMAX theater is a investment of 19 million US dollars.

When completed, the new IMAX theater will have 10 movie rooms.

7 regular movie rooms, with 2 additional VIP rooms and a one of a kind VIP room that includes a private balcony.

Besides the movie rooms, the IMAX will also feature 7 different restaurants.

This will be one of the new spots to visit if you want to catch the latest movie or satisfy your taste buds.


Southwest Resumes Flights To Aruba From Houston

Southwest recently announced it will resume several seasonal routes to the Caribbean for the upcoming winter season including beautiful Aruba!

According to the airline company, it’s going to be a weekly Saturday flight from Houston to Aruba as of November 9, 2019.

If you’re already planning a winter escape this year, you have more options to fly to Aruba now with Southwest.

Trade the snow for sunshine and enjoy the island.

There’s a bunch of things to do in Aruba during the final months of the year.

Here’s a list of suggestions for your to do list:





New Catalogue With Indian Rock Drawings

Aruba is known for palm trees and white sandy beaches, but on the other side of the island you’ll find the countryside.

This part of the island is dessert and home to caves previously inhabited by indians. Inside the caves you’ll find brownish-red color drawings on the stone walls made by indians who lived on the island almost 4000 years ago.

drawings inside the caves in Aruba

Two decades ago, an archaeologist and a writer started an inventory of all the drawings inside the caves and added them all into a catalogue.

The new catalogue named “The Archaeology of Aruba: The Pictographs & Petroglyphs” is more than a colorful coffee table centerpiece. It’s a hardcover book with over 400 pages of indian rock paintings around the island, and explains where to find them.

You can purchase this catalogue at the archaeological music in Aruba or at the local bookstores.

Where can you go to see these indian rock drawings for yourself?

Take a trip to the islands only National Park (Arikok) to find these caves.

The most prominent caves are named: Guadirikiri, Fontein and Huliba.


Protect & Conserve Aruba’s Endemic Birds

In order to save and protect owl in Aruba, a local organization named Aruba Birdlife Conservation started a “Global Owl Project” to conserve these beautiful birds.  

The goal of the owl project is to create 500 artificial nests around different areas in Aruba. Artificial nests are necessary to conserve owls, because their natural habitat is destroyed by predators (snakes), development, constructions and off-road vehicles driving on protected beach terrains and countryside.

Besides the global owl project, Aruba Birdlife conservation also started a conservation project to protect another bird species: the Prikichi, a parakeet native to the island. Artificial nests will also be created to conserve prikichis.

Owl in Aruba. Hoot Hoot.

The prikichi is the national bird of Aruba and the shoco is Aruba’s national symbol.

Also known as the national bird of Aruba, the prikichi is a parakeet native to the island.

Aruba has over 20 birds species, the owl and the prikichi are the only two endemic species found on the island. This means they are found nowhere else in the world, only in Aruba.

The global owl project hopefully will boost the awareness of nature in Aruba and ensure that these birds do not go extinct.

Hurricane Season

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season officially started in June.

Hurricane season is an annual event that marks the formation  of tropical cyclones and storm in the Northern Hemisphere of the world.

As expected every year about 10 tropical storms will form and at least 5 of these storms turn into hurricanes.

Hurricane season starts from June until November. The months of August, September and October are known as the most active for hurricanes.

Last year was one of the most active hurricane season in history for the Caribbean region. Some countries and islands are still recovering from the damage done by these storms.

Luckily Aruba is outside of the hurricane belt, there’s little chance that the island will be affected by any large storms.

Meteorologists are prognosticating a below average active hurricane season for 2019.





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ORANJESTAD (April 14, 2019) – Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my newsletter.

This weeks edition features the top news headlines in Aruba.

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Food Truck Festival

It’s that time again for foodies in Aruba.

The popular “Aruba Food Truck Festival” is back again and bigger than before!

Follow my journey during last years food truck festival.

Food Truck Festival is the place to go if you want to taste street cuisine in Aruba.

Let your taste buds experience the sweet taste of what can only be experienced outside of the fine dining establishments found on the island. Over 15 food trucks and food vendors will be on site this year!

Aruba food truck festival

Visit the Food Truck Festival for delicious street food!

The festival is also famous for the atmosphere set by live music and entertainment.

Besides delicious street food, there’s also exoctic drinks and craft beers available!

The festival is a family event, and everyone’s invited.

Food Truck Festival takes place on April 26 – 27, 2019 at Plaza Daniel Leo located in the downtown area.

It starts 7:00 PM until 11:00 PM on both days and entrance is free.




King’ s Day Celebration in Aruba

Another public holiday is approaching as the island will be celebrating King’s Day on April 27, 2019.

Kings Day, better known as Koningsdag (Dutch) is an official holiday in the Netherlands and all the Dutch islands, including Aruba.

April 27 is the birthday of King Willem Alexander.

Until Queen Beatrix renounced her throne in 2013, the holiday was known as Queen’s Day ( Koninginnedag in Dutch) and was celebrated on 30 April.

Aruba celebrates King’s Day with an official ceremony and parade at the Wilhelmina Park in the downtown area. There’s also different family friendly festivities around the island including sports and kite flying competitions.

Dutch snacks and drinks will also be available.

Restaurants and beach bars are known to have specials on food and drinks with live music to entertain.

Locals wear orange shirts to represent the Dutch pride, are you joining?

During this day, all stores, shops, gasoline stations and supermarkets will be closed for the day.


Popular Dutch Coffeeshop Will Open in Aruba

A popular coffeeshop in Amsterdam, The Bulldog, will open an outdoor bar & cafe in Aruba.

The Bulldog will be located at the former wet bar & lounge spot inside the Paseo Herencia Mall at Palm beach.

It’s going to be the same inviting, comfortable and relaxing atmosphere the shop is known for in The Netherlands, but with an indoor and full outdoor terrace setting in paradise!

With a pool area close to the bar.

Expect fresh smoothies, Caribbean cocktails, small bites and snacks.

The official opening date is not known yet, but somewhere in 2019!

Watty Vos Boulevard Infrastructure Project Update

According to the department of public works, the new infrastructure project in Aruba known as “Watty Vos Boulevard” is almost complete.

Watty Vos Boulevard project is a new beltway that connects the district of Noord with the inland roadways. It includes new highways, overpass and several roundabouts.

The last four roundabouts are in construction at the moment, and these include:

  1. intersection at Alhambra Casino
  2. near Oceania on Eagle beach
  3. intersection at Noord
  4. intersection on Sasaki Weg, close to Divi.

The intersection at Alhambra Casino will be closed for construction as of April 13, 2019.

Detours toward end destinations in surrounding areas will be suggested with road signs.

Construction works will take 2 months to complete.



New Bills in Aruba

Aruban parliament approves a new law to introduce new designed Aruban florin bills.

The 500 Aruban florin bill will be replaced for a 200 florin bill, because the former is no longer used during transactions.

Besides swapping the 500 floin bill for 200 florin, the central bank of Aruba will also be printing a new series of paper money to replace the old ones.

Aruban Paper Money Bills

After the introduction of new paper money bills, locals and visitors can change the old bills for new ones at the Central Bank of Aruba.

The common exchange rate in Aruba is 1 US Dollar equals 1.75 Aruban florins. But the casino and banks have higher exchange rates, up to 1.80 Aruban guilders or more.

You can pay with US dollars everywhere on the island, except for $100 bills (and $2.00 dollar bills), because it is not accepted everywhere.

You can pay with credit and debit cards. American express is not accepted everywhere.

The new Aruban bills will be presented on May 2, 2019.


New CEO for Aruba’s Airport

The new CEO of Aruba’s Airport was presented to the public, after the current CEO, James Fazio, announced his retirement a few weeks ago.

Joost Meijs, CEO of Eindhoven Airport (Netherlands) will start his function as the new leader of the Aruba airport as of September 1, 2019.

He will be responsible for overseeing the airports redevelopment project “Gateway 2030”.

The airport is currently transitioning from the planning to the construction phase of the project.

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View of Aruba’s airport

“I look forward to contribute to new successes of the international airport of Aruba and I am really impressed by all that has been achieved so far by James Fazio and his team.” said Joost Meijs.

The successor of James Fazio was carefully selected by Royal Schiphol Group, which is a partner of Aruba Airport Authority, the organization that operates Aruba’s Airport.

Before the new CEO takes full control of operations, he will be properly prepared to take the leadership role of the construction project.





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With hundreds of fine dining establishments to choose from, making dinner plans in Aruba can be hard – but I’ll make it easier for  you, because I found a hidden gem!

To make your menu choices as simple as possible, I’m highlighting some of the most stellar dishes you should try, if you decide to visit.

Let me take you through a culinary journey at this spot: Ricardo’s.





Escargot & Ceviche For Starters

If you love seafood like me, you’ll be delighted with one of the chef’s favorite appetizers – escargot!

Half a dozen escargots swimming in delicious garlic butter sauce and white wine sauce.

Each one of these cooked edible land snails were tasted amazing.

The dish is accompanied with corn starch based polenta bread, known locally as funchi.

Fresh fish and seafood are plenty on the island!

Knowing this, another seafood dish was in front of me after indulging my first appetizer. This time a favorite on tropical island, especially in Aruba – Ceviche!

Chunks of grouper, marinated in lemon, sea salt and onions. Topped with herbs and bell peppers.

Every bite was tasty and refreshing, just as this Peruvian inspired dish is supposed to be prepared.

If you’re not a ceviche lover, this dish will convert you into one, once you take a bite.


Chef’s Pepper Steak

Beyond the endless meat options on Ricardo’s menu, I settled for the Chef’s Pepper Steak!

Juicy beef tenderloin accompanied with a peppery cognac sauce.

The top quality meat is grilled to perfection, served with delicious mashed potato and mixed vegetables.

This dish has an exquisite taste and surely will leave any meat lover wanting more!





Aruban Grouper Filet

If you’re looking for an authentic specialty during your vacation in Aruba, try the Aruban Grouper Filet!

Fish is a part of traditional Aruban dishes, and the chefs at Ricardo’s put a new spin on a classic cuisine with nice presentation.

Tantalize your taste buds with this crispy pan fried grouper with mango creole sauce.

It’s served with rice topped with herbs and mixed vegetables.


Chefs Recommendations

After my last dish, the hostess suggested I try lobster pasta with vodka creamy sauce on my next visit – which I will definitely do!

Drink & Wine Recommendations

Besides cocktails and mixed drinks, there’s plenty of wines available at Ricardo’s that compliment each dish perfectly.

According to the hostess, which is also a knowledgeable sommelier, suggests drinking red wine when eating steak, especially pinot noir.

When indulging in fish, salad or chicken, try a glass of white wine.




Location & Reservations At Ricardo’s

Ricardo’s is a restaurant & bar located at the Aruba Beach Club.

It’s a open restaurant with two dining options: on deck or on the beach!

Their menu features the best Aruban cuisine and international dishes.

If you want to taste what Ricardo’s has to offer, place your reservation here in their online booking system.

Reservations at Ricardo’s are only accepted at least one day prior to your visit (not valid for same day reservations)

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