ORANJESTAD (June 23, 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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Nature Conservation Projects in Aruba

Besides the beautiful beaches, Aruba is also a nature’s lovers paradise.

The national park of Aruba (Arikok) intends to keep the island a paradise for nature lovers by starting various nature conservation projects.  

Restoring the population of native parakeets called lora’s & prikichis is one of their goals.

The population on the island has decreased mainly due to building, habitat loss and invasive species like the boa constrictor snake.

To prevent a decline in the shark population, investigations are also currently ongoing as to the amount of sharks in the islands deep blue waters.

Sharks are not commonly found in the shores of Aruba, but most likely out in the deep blue, miles away from the beaches.

A marine park will be implemented soon to protect flora, fauna and underwater life at different beach areas.

The marine park will be effective at mangel halto and the surrounding bays. And at most of the beaches in San Nicolas, including Baby beach and Rodgers beach.

Arikok national park will also start a restoration project for the mangroves at spaans lagoon.

Including the planting new mangrove seeds in the area.

A botanical garden will also be introduced in Aruba soon, with focus on medicinal plants.

Mind Your Code of Conduct When in Aruba

Tourism Authorities will start an awareness campaign after two pictures of visitors with their jeeps and UTV in the ocean went viral on social media.

The pictures caused an online outrage for both visitors and locals.

How could someone end up with a rental vehicle in the ocean, while it’s not even allowed to drive on the beach sand?

The new awareness campaign will be implemented to reinforce the code of conduct for responsible traveling in Aruba.

Both travelers and locals play an important role in developing responsible and sustainable tourism because they make a difference with their conduct and decisions.

If you did not know it yet, it’s not allowed to drive on the beaches in Aruba.

Planning on going off-roading with jeeps, UTV or ATV?

Be careful where you drive on the north coast of the island.

The terrain on this side are dry and rocky, but a lot of flora and fauna can be found here.

Watch out not to drive over habitats belonging to lizards, iguanas, crabs, owls, rabbits and other small animals, even indigenous plants.

The best way to discover the beauty of the northern coast without destroying nature is by joining guided tours. Locals who know the island can show you the way through Aruba’s beauty.

After the incidents with vehicles in the ocean by visitors, the government plans to fine drivers who choose to break the law.

There are over 1000 ATV and UTV rentals on the island, can you imagine if everyone drives on the beach, rides over animal habitats or enter the ocean?

Everyone needs to respect nature in Aruba – locals and visitors alike.

New Changes For Arubus & Paid Parking in Aruba

Arubus and Aruparking are introducing new changes.

Transport minister announced important updates this week regarding the new buses and the future of paid parking in Aruba.

After appointing a new director for the public transportation company, transport minister revealed the new buses on the way to Aruba.

A total of 15 new buses are on the way to Aruba from Brazil.

All with a bright yellow paint job that is visible at night, including the Aruba logo on the sides.

The first six buses are scheduled to reach Aruba end of July and the other buses in August 2019.

By the end of 2019, Arubus should have a float of 30 new buses.

All new buses have air conditioning, free wifi and wheelchair accessibility.

Paid Parking in Aruba

Parking in Aruba was always free, but it all changed in 2016 when paid parking was introduced in the downtown area.

However, in 2017 paid parking became a suggestion, not a must. And the yellow car wheel clamp was removed. But parking in permit spots (marked with yellow lines) is still not possible, and your car will be towed.

Now in 2019, Aruparking plans to introduce new rules: parking close to the downtown area will have a price. And free parking will be allowed, but further away from the main-street.

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.

Marco Antonio Solis Announces Concert in Aruba

The iconic Mexican singer-songwriter, Marco Antonio Solis, will perform all of his greatest hits live in Aruba this year.

Currently on tour in the US, the singer has a long list of Latin songs that make anyone dance and enjoy listening to.

Marco Solís was awarded five Latin Grammy Awards, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and is inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame.

His concert in Aruba will be on November 10, 2019.

The last Latin artist to perform in Aruba was Ana Gabriel, back in May 2019.

Ticket prices and venue will be announced at a later date.

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.

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