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

This weeks edition features the top news headlines in Aruba.

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New Extended Store Opening Hours in Aruba

As of July 9, 2018 all stores (supermarkets, internet cafes, copy centers and other retail stores on the island) will be allowed to stay open until 12:00 AM.

Stores can stay open until late without requesting for permission by the government. It’s not a obligation for stores to stay open until late, but if they choose to, it is possible.

Here’s the new opening hours for stores on the island:

  • Monday to Saturday 6:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday (and holidays) 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Labor Day – All Stores Closed

Take Note – opening times are noted 6:00 AM, but all stores have different opening times. Holidays stores are open, but some stores may choose to remain closed.

The new extended store opening hours means more shopping time for you and longer nightlife experience.

It’s expected that supermarkets and certain retail shops in the downtown area will take advantage of this new law by the government (and you should also).

Green Corridor Project Update

It’s been a few months since the new infrastructure highway project green corridor was opened for the public.

However, the project is not yet complete due to delays of the contractor.

According to the minister of infrastructure, the contractor still needs to complete several aspects of the green corridor project, before officially completing the project.

A definite date for completing the project is not yet known, but contractors are aiming for end of August 2018.

Green corridor is a highway starting from the airport heading south of the island, with 3 new roundabouts and a bridge. This highways shortens the drive time crossing the other side of the island.

Gasoline Price Goes Down

There’s a new price at the gas station for gasoline and diesel.

This time the price got reduced, the new prices are…

  • Gasoline (214,8 Aruban florins per liter / reduced 4,9 cents
  • Diesel (184,7 Aruban florins per liter / reduced 4,3 cents

Prices includes all taxes

Planning to rent a car on the island? Check out our rental prices and reserve your car today!

If you’re not planning to rent a car in Aruba, you would have to rely on public transportation bus or taxi (read last weeks newsletter for new taxi rates).

Every Tuesday Discount on Fruits & Vegetables at Ling & Sons

After a successful promo for discount on vegetables and fruit (20% off) at Ling & Sons, management decided to extend the promo.

Every Tuesday you can enjoy discount on fruits and vegetables at the largest American style supermarket on the island.

Promotion valid until mentioned otherwise.

Nature Is Important Enough To Protect

There’s a new law being revised at the government advisory board to protect 17 nature areas and marine park.

According to the minister of infrastructure, the plan is to let the 17 areas, including marine park fall under protection of national park of Aruba (Arikok).

This will be done in an effort to conserve and protect nature.

Aruba Marriott Supports Stimami Steralisami

Aruba Marriott organized different activities to raise funds for the stimami steralisami program.

Among the activities they did were a dog walk, flea market for dog owners, and a plastic duck race in the lazy river pool of the Marriott resort.

A total of 25.000 Aruban florins (+/- $14.000) was raised for stimami steralisami.

Stimami steralisami is a foundation focused on reducing the amount of stray dogs and cats on the island by sponsoring the costs of sterilization, castration (and awareness programs) for pet owners.

Long Table Event Was A Success

This week Renaissance Resort & Casino organized their second long table event. 

For one night only, they served a long table, seating 1000 people, spanning from LG Smith Boulevard to main street.

Tickets were on sale for $25.00 for a 3 course menu including 2 glasses of wine (sold out a month in advance!)

This years proceedings ($25.000) were donated to Casa Cuna.

Casa Cuna is one of the orphanage houses on the island.

Giving back to the community is part of renaissance resort and casino philosophy said the general manager of the resort.

This years long table event was a mash up, are you going to participate next year?

Culinary Secrets na Hadicurari Restaurant

Hadicurari restaurant is organizing their next edition of culinary secrets.

This time the chef is showcasing the delicious flavors of oysters.

Do you like to eat oysters?

The culinary event will be on July 27 – 28, 2018 from (5:00 PM – 11:00 PM).

The menu will consists of a 4 course culinary menu with a combination of steamed oysters, followed by a delicious oyster soup.

As main dish there’s going to be a mussel pot and for dessert there’s melon gazpacho, cinnamon ice cream and fresh fruits.

If you’re interested reserve ahead of time  at Hadicurari restaurant.

Hadicurari is located between Marriott Stellaris & Holiday Inn.

The price is $48,50 per person + 15% service charge. There’s also a  wine arrangement option available for $35.00 per person.

Street concert in Aruba

The downtown area will be transformed into a street concert the end of this month (July).

This will be the first ever street concert in the downtown area of Aruba.

Who will be performing?

Local and international artists.

  • Ir-Sais
  • Dongo
  • Jeon
  • DJ Outkast
  • DJ Bash
  • And more acts

The street concert will be held on July 28, 2018 in the main streets of Aruba.

Are you going to be on the island during the day of the concert?

If you’re looking for something to do and want to catch a glimpse of the local music scene in Aruba, this event is a must visit!

More info about this concert in upcoming newsletter.

Aruba Baseball Champions Latin America

Last night I watched a baseball game in suspense, as the junior league baseball team of Aruba won Panama by a score of 15 – 4. The score might make you think they knocked out panama, however the game was tied 4-4 until the last inning. The game went extra innings, and here’s where Aruba scored all the big runs and won!

These kids were awesome!

After 6 years, Aruba takes the championship of Latin America.

Winning this competition means the team will travel to Michigan for a chance to win an international title.

This will be the teams 3rd time visiting Michigan to take part of an international competition.

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