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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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