ORANJESTAD (August 25, 2019) – Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my newsletter.

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New Developments in San Nicolas

The commercial organization in Aruba, known as San Nicolas Business Association recently organized a business summit for the development of San Nicolas in the near future.

Local and international investors were invited for brainstorming sessions. And several business plans were presented that are going to become reality within 6 months.

San Nicolas is going to be different soon.

Change is inevitable on this side of the island, as a new all inclusive resort is planned for construction. The resort will not only boost the economy of the island, but also serve as a catalyst for new business in San Nicolas.

Recent developments include a new movie theater (Principal), murals, arts and crafts stores, monthly tourism events (island festival), new tourist information center and beach upgrades.

The main streets and promenade of San Nicolas will be transformed into a shopping center strip featuring culture, arts, food and drinks – the place to visit when in San Nicolas.

Do you want to be a part of the change that’s happening in San Nicolas?

Submit your business plans to San Nicolas Business Association – email to mail@snbaaruba.org

This is your chance to open a business in Aruba.

The Start of Resort Construction in San Nicolas

Construction work started this week for the first hotel in San Nicolas.

What is now an empty and barren land will soon feature a 900 room hotel named Secrets Resorts.

Soil surveys are being conducted at the moment to determine the best engineering works to construct the resorts foundation. The initial works for land preparations will last up to the end of September.

The groundbreaking construction for Secrets resort will start in late 2019 (October or November).

Secrets resorts will be constructed in two phases, starting with 600 rooms in the first phase, and 300 rooms in the second part. The resort will feature a luxury casino, upscale restaurants and swimming pools.


Layout of the future Baby beach resort in Seroe Colorado

The first 600 rooms are all inclusive, and the rest of the 300 rooms will be non-inclusive.

Besides the new secret resort, two new locally owned boutiques hotels are also going to be built near Secrets resort. Both boutiques are going to be exclusive with no more than 40 rooms.

The infrastructure at Baby beach and Rodger’s beach will also be renovated and upgraded. New restaurants are coming, more bars, extra parking spots, additional beach huts, new grounds for beach sports.

Tito’s Tuesday at Ricardo’s

Things are heating up with Ricardo’s restaurant new weekly event “Tito’s Tuesday” held on the beach.

The new event features special prices on Tito’s Handmade Vodka drinks with your choice of mixers.

Tuesday is a fun day at Ricardo’s.

Enjoy music by DJ’s, live MC, exciting beach games, delicious BBQ and Tito’s vodka drink.

Tito’s is every week Tuesday

Watch one of the latest videos showing the fun and excitement of Tito’s Tuesdays at Ricardo’s.

What are you doing on Tuesdays in Aruba? Go to Ricardo’s for Tito’s! (every Tuesday from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM).

Ricardo’s restaurant is located on the beach, behind Aruba beach club resort on Eagle beach.

Island Festival August 28, 2019

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!

Casibari Jazz Festival in Aruba

Experience the first edition of the Casibari Jazz Festival.

It’s a two day event with featuring two stages with local jazz musicians, food court and art fair.

The event will be held at Casibari Music Cafe & Grill (located at Paradera).

Tickets are $25.00 (per person for one night).

September 20 – 21, 2019 from 6:00 PM – 12:00 PM

Additional specials during Casibari Jazz Festival

  • Happy hours from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • BBQ special 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Fiesta di Cunucu

Get a feel of the islands traditions at Fiesta di Cunucu. 

Fiesta di Cunucu takes you back in time to traditional Aruban houses made with clay and plastered with typical architecture dating more than 150 years. 

It’s a cultural event featuring local farmers market, and folkloric dances. There’s also going to be traditional music from Aruba known as “Caha di Orgel” (organ box, music box), local dancers, singers and several other local musical groups.

The cunucu house will be fully furnished with antiques, and locals will be dressed in traditional clothes giving you the experience of how locals used to live back then. 

Walk alongside the house and be amazed of the Arubans used to live in the past.  

This months fiesta di cunucu will be held at a monumental cunucu house known as “Cas Tan Tin” located at Pos Abao 19 (district Noord). 

September 29, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Aruba Reef Care Project

The Aruba Reef Care Foundation continues to raise awareness about the protection of the islands marine life with reef care project 2019. 

Aruba Reef Care Foundation has been at the forefront of marine environmental causes since 1994. This year is going to be the 25th consecutive year for Aruba’s reef care and awareness campaign. 

As a volunteer you will be able to sign up for many different activities, including but not limited to cleaning up the underwater reef and beach. 

You’re invited to help raise awareness and safeguard the environment and protect Aruba’s marine life. 

Registration is 5 Aruban florin ($3.00)

As a registered participant, you get a free colorful Aruba reef care t-shirt, certificate of participation and a light lunch. You also get entry to the closing event “appreciation party” with chances to win prizes.

Operation center for the beach and reef clean up action will be at Neptali Henriquez Park (next to Surfside Beach, close to the airport). 

Event will be held on September 29, 2019 from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Register at reefcarearuba@gmail.com

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