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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.

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!

Top News Headlines in Aruba

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The Details About Dredging Project in Palm Beach

Last week I mentioned that the beach between playa linda beach resort and moomba beach will be restored (dredging project).

The intention is to clean up the beach from debris, dead seaweed, and plastic during dredging. In the end, we all will have a cleaner beach, and more reasons to visit Aruba!

Here’s a notice letter from the company in charge of the dredging process.

“Dredging Notice Dear,

Valued Guest,

Here on the One happy island of Aruba, we always strive to enhance our guests’ experiences and do so by continuously improving our environment in order to make sure visitors and locals can enjoy our pristine beaches for years to come.

Therefore, we would like to inform you that a beach replenishment and revitalization project will begin on Monday, June 11, 2018. This project is beneficial to our beaches and our environment, as it will ensure that our beaches remain a preferred choice of many travelers.

In the interest of public safety, the dredge area will be divided in sections, as shown in picture below, during the project. The sections will be temporarily closed to the public during dredging operations. Guests will still be able to enjoy our wonderful beaches since the project will be carried out only one section at a time. The purpose of this project is to give our guests the utmost beach experience by maintaining its clean condition.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time of progress.

Should you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact us at +(297) 594.5684.

Yours sincerely,

Varadero Aruba”

Here’s a map of the beach area that will be restored.

section near playa linda

section nar holiday inn.

You may be wondering, will the palapas in this area be removed during the dredging?

All palapas will remain in place (unless mentioned by Varadero or other stakeholder).

The mobilization of the equipment started June 11, 2018 and the actual dredging will start on June 19, 2018 with fase A1 and to other sections.

Here’s the dredging schedule.

  • Start date (mobilization): 11 – 18 Jun 2018
  • Playa Linda section A1 – 19 Jun – 9 Jul
  • Playa Linda section A2 – 10 Jul – 30 Jul
  • Moomba section A3 – 31 Jul – 27 Aug
  • Holiday Inn section A4  – 28 Aug – 18 Sep
  • Holiday Inn section A5  – 19 Sep – 9 Oct
  • Holiday Inn section A6  – 10 Oct – 30 Oct
  • Project completion (demobilization): 1 nov – 8 nov 2018




New Pier For Fishermen at Cura Cabai (including a relaxing beach)

The government inaugurated a new beach called Cura Cabai.

It’s a beach located on the coast of Zeewijk (Savaneta) and it’s dedicated to fishermen in this area who use the pier daily. To dock the boats (and safety during bad weather).

The pier was extended, and will become a center to buy fish caught by local fishermen.

Other renovations include: lights for illumination at night, reconstruct beach, new palapas, palm trees, on sitekiosk (including shower & bathroom for beach users), and asphalted parking lot free.

The project took 2 years to construct and cost almost 1,5 million dollars.

Here’s a few pictures of the new beach at Cura Cabai. 

fishermen pier

cura cabai beach view

Overwater Bungalow Project at Isla Di Oro Stopped

The government decided to stop the over water bungalow project at isla di oro.

According to the minister of infrastructure, the project did not receive the permits to continue construction, taking into consideration the environmental impact it would have on this area (including flora & fauna).


Drilling For Gas Or Oil in Aruba

Drill ships are currently exploring beneath the waters surface for gas or oil.

The drilling will take place on the north west coast of the island.

According to the minister who started the project, it’s going to be favorable for Aruba if they do find gas or oil.

International experts evaluated the Aruban waters with seismic research, surveys and other processes since 2010. Now it’s time to find out if there’s gas or oil.

If they strike gas or oil, it will be favorable for the island.

Here’s a view of the locations that will be explored by drill ships.

The first area drilled on is Bon Bini (here’s a map below).

drilling map

Wind Farm Definitely Discontinued in Urirama

The proposed wind farm project at Urirama (close to Alto Vista Chapel) will definitely not be continued at this location.

According to the government, the project is not friendly to the nearby residence area.

The plan is to put additional wind turbines at Vader Piet (located in San Nicolas, where a wind farm is already constructed).

Investigations are taking place to find out how much wind turbines will be added exactly, depending on the amount of electricity needed to be generated.

The government is also looking into other forms of renewable and sustainable energy such as sun and water (generated by waves).

Open Sky Policy Between Aruba & Colombia

The minister of transport recently agreed to an open sky policy with the transport minister from Colombia (Bogota).

With the new open sky policy, their will be no more restrictions to fly to Colombia or vice versa.

This opens up possibilities for new aviation partners that fly to Aruba (from Colombia), families who want to travel to meet loved ones, those in search of medical care in the exterior and more tourism.


Future of Agriculture in Aruba

The minister of agriculture recently met with the local farmers association to discuss the future of growing produce for the island and not depend on import.  

The topics discussed between the two parties were:

  • the agreement between WEB and local farmers to subminster water at a lower price rate
  • Available areas to use for agriculture by local farmers.

According to the minister, there’s a possibility that experts at the university of Wageningen will be invited on the island to exchange knowledge on the latest growing technologies.

And also design and construct greenhouses especially for Aruba’s weather (controlled temperature), which is a key factor to successfully grow certain type of fruits and vegetables on the island.

The minister also expressed his vision to add agriculture to the school curriculum in the future.

App To Rate The Family Doctor Soon Complete

Last month the government announced an app that allow patients to rate the service given by family doctors.

The app is in the final stages of development and should be rolled out within a few short weeks.

Not only will you be able to rate the quality of medical service given by the family doctor, but also their assistants and receptionists.

You Can Now Buy Lotto Online

From now on it’s possible to buy your lotto tickets in Aruba from your smartphone, tablet or computer.

All the games provided by lotto Aruba Will be available on the web.

To start playing online, go to the lotto Aruba website and follow the sign up instructions (create an account).

Take note – to play online you have to recharge your account with credit, which is only available at the reseller kiosk around (it’s not possible to load credit with debit/credit cards).

The Best Activities in Aruba

Looking for things to do on the island? Here’s some of the best Aruba has to offer.

Guided Mangel Halto and Baby Beach Snorkeling Tour from Aruba – $35.00
from: Viator

De Palm Island Passport to Paradise, Aruba – $99.00
from: Viator

Aruba Sunset Catamaran Cruise – $57.00
from: Viator

Aruba Atlantis Submarine Expedition – $105.00
from: Viator

Aruba Sightseeing Tour by ATV – $80.00
from: Viator


New Bank Fees You Should Know About

The government introduced a new tax increase that will be in effect as of July 1, 2018 (from 3,5% to 6%).

Banks in Aruba were exonerated since 2007 from paying taxes on the services that generate income (bank fees).

However, with introduction of the new taxes, the exoneration will be removed and banks are going to start to pay their fair share of taxes.

The bankers association confirmed that they will not be introducing new fees that charge 6% on every transaction.

However, they will be increasing the already existing bank fees to 6% (this includes swipe fee, credit card fee, late fee, transaction fee, service fee, international transfer fee).

Soon Real Time (instant) Payment Between Banks in Aruba

As of January 2019 it will be possible to process payments between banks on Aruba, in real time (Instant).

This was announced by the Central Bank of Aruba, after signing a 5 year partnership contract with equensWorldline to provide the payment system.

equensWorldline is the pan-European leader in payments and transaction services.

Changing Hurricane Season Predictions

Experts are changing their prognostication for the Atlantic hurricane season, from a active one to average.

They expect 6 low category hurricanes (two low category), 13 tropical storms.

The 2018 hurricane season, started June 1, 2018 and will end on November 31, 2018.

Aruba is known for its trade winds and cooling breeze, but the wind has picked up a bit due to the upcoming hurricane season.

The meteorological department warns beachgoers for strong winds, currents and waves.

Island Tips Use these handy beach towel clips to keep your towel from flying away.

Gasoline Price Goes Up

Minister of finances announced an increase of price for gasoline and diesel.

As of June 13, 2018 the price for gasoline augmented with 6,4 Aruban cents, now 208,9 cents per liter. And diesel increased with 7,7 cents, now costs 179,8 Aruban cents per liter. These prices include taxes.

The price for crude oil is increasing worldwide, and it’s also affecting the fuel rate on the island (not a decision or influenced by the government).

Take note of the prices of gasoline and diesel when renting a car.

How To Rent a Car in Aruba.

TUI Now Flies From Belgium To Aruba

TUI now flies from Belgium to Aruba.

This service starts as of June 15, 2018.

The flights will depart from Brussels, with a stop in Santo Domingo, and direction Aruba and return to Belgium.

Aircraft that will be used for the flight is the dream liner B737-800.

Flights will be once a week.




New Airport Charge Regulations

The airport tax will increase as of July 1, 2018.

This was announced by Aruba Airport Authority, after they released plans for their new “gateway 2030” project to renovate the entire airport.

The taxes that will change are…

  • Passenger facility tax
  • Security Surcharge
  • General Usage Charge
  • Special Facility Charge
  • Transfer

The new airport taxes varies for different countries.

The taxes are separated for: US travelers (including transit), flights to Bonaire, Curacao / St. Maarten and passengers to all other destinations.

Here’s a view of the new rates and charges.

new airport charges 2018

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

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!

Aruba News Reports

If this is your first time reading my newsletter – welcome!

What You Need To Know About The New Tax 2018

The tax in Aruba will increase as of July 1, 2018.

At the moment taxes are 3,5% (BBO 2,5% – BAZV 1%). The tax is going to change in two segments. The BAZV will be increased by 1% and a new tax will be introduced (BAVP 1,5% – Belasting Additionele Voorzieningen PPP projecten)

According to the prime minister, BAVP is a temporary tax that will go towards paying for the PPP (public private partnerships) projects approved by the previous government (Green Corridor & Watty Vos Boulevard). And the tax was also implemented in order to reform the tax department on the island into a more fair and simple system.

Foundations like CARTAC (Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre) and IMF (International Monetary Fund) will be helping the government.

The banks in Aruba had exonoration since 2007 from paying taxes (BBO) on income generated from their services (administration fees & interest rate).

But the exoneration will end and they will have to pay their fare share to the government.

So for example, if the bank charges 5 Aruban guilders ($3.00) for transaction or administrative fee’s (30 cent of this 5 guilders has to go the the government – and the bank keeps the rest).

There’s been lots of rumors that the bank will start to charge 6% on every transaction, as a fee, but not this is not true. However, it does depends on the banks if they will increase certain fees in order to pay the 6% tax on their earnings.

It’s possible that the price for white bread (which is in the basic food goods) can increase, but this is not yet official (still being discussed between government and bakers).




Wind Farm Project in Urirama Discontinued

The government revoked the permission to build a wind farm in Urirama and will evaluate where to relocate it, far away from residences.

Locals who live nearby didn’t agree to the new wind farm project, because they were worried about their health, noise and also the visibility within this area will be lost. More than 10.000 signatures were collected by locals to stop the project.

Urirama is the landscape area close to alto vista chapel.

Can you imagine this beautiful backdrop gone forever?

The government wants to invest in renewable energy, but not at the expense of nature and people.

Most likely the wind turbines will be relocated to the current wind farm located in Vader Piet (San Nicolas).

European Companies Interested in Fast Ferry Project

According to the minister of transport, there are a various European companies who are interested in being a part of the fast ferry project for the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire & Curaçao).

The companies that showed interested are Fred Olson, Aqua Liner & Waterbus.

Before the project moves forward, the government needs to make an investigation and assessment to find out what is necessary to make the fast ferry project a reality.

Representatives from companies interested to manage the ferry will be on the island to give a presentation to the governmental departments. And afterwards sign an MoU between Aruba, bonaire & Curacao to start the construction of a harbor.

The harbor will be constructed in the area of San Nicolas according to the transport minister.


Border Reopened – Fruits, Fish & Vegetables From Venezuela

The maritime border between Venezuela and Aruba is finally open since June 7, 2018 after being closed since the first week of January 2018.

After the border was reopened the first few small boats transporting fruits and vegetables docked on the island, bringing long awaited goods to local market owners.

When the border was closed, goods had to be imported from USA and other countries, which were way more expensive than from Venezuela.

The government also mentioned that from now on there will be stricter controls when importing goods from venezuela (passengers and goods have to be properly documented).

Aruba Starts To Think About Growing Own Produce

Minister of agriculture made an agreement with experts from Wageningen university to exchange information on agriculture.

This is an effort for Aruba to start growing their own fruits and vegetables, and not depend from importation.

The experts at Wageningen are willing to travel to Aruba so they can investigate the possibilities to grow produce on the island (and what will be required)..

Farmers will also be educated on advanced growing techniques (for the weather conditions in Aruba), and locals who are interested can also learn how to grow fruits and vegetables on their own.

Not only does the minister of agriculture want to make agriculture another pillar in the economy for Aruba in the future, but he also wants to include agriculture in our education.

Best Tours in Aruba

Aruba Sunset Catamaran Cruise – $57.00
from: Viator

Aruba Sunset Cruise and Seaside Dinner – $85.00
from: Viator

Aruba Sunset Cocktail Cruise – $39.00
from: Viator

Three Areas Designated To Be protected By Marine Park

Decades ago the island started the project to create a marine park in Aruba (both on land and in the ocean). However, only half of the project was completed, the marine park on land which is national park Arikok.

A marine park consists of an area protected to preserve a specific habitat and ensure the ecosystem is sustained for the flora and fauna that exist there.

But now the government is resuming the other half of the project: marine park in the ocean.

There are in total 3 areas destined to be protected by law soon.

The first one is the beaches close to National Arikok.

The second area are the beaches near Sero Colorado, Baby beach, Rogers Beach and Lago Keys (all will be protected because of the corals which have an impact on the sea life).

The third area that will be protected by the marine park will be the beach of Santo Largo, until Spaans Lagoon and Mangel Halto.

This area is located on the south coast of Aruba and contains the largest amount of mangroves on the island (including a reef, great for snorkeling).

This area is also known to have dolphins that pass by to give birth to babies.

How To Kayak The South Coast of Aruba.




Start of Drilling For Gas or Oil

The vessel “West Capella” will start exploring beneath the waters surface for oil or gas this week.

It will explore a site named “Bon Bini” not far from the coastal waters from Aruba.

If you’ve been to the island recently, you’ll notice many drill ships around the coastal waters, and wonder what they are doing there.

These are ships who are waiting to move on to another project, and some of them are researching the surface waters for more explorations like west capella in the future.


Update On Infrastructure Works (Watty Vos Boulevard)

The construction works were restarted, after several weeks of works being stopped for the construction of Watty Vos Boulevard (at the roundabout near Cumana).

According to the director of public works and minister of infrastructure, the works were hindered due to technical issues. However, this has been resolved and works are on again.

Construction near the roundabout at cumana is scheduled to be completed in August.

The department of public works closed the main road L.G. Smith Boulevard (Sasaki Weg), east of Super Food Supermarket (as of May 23, 2018).

And they reopened the L.G. Smith Boulevard west of Tropicana Hotel for traffic in both directions.

The detour will affect traffic from Oranjestad, Noord, J.E. Irausquin Boulevard and San Miguel.

All detours will be indicated by barricades and warnings signs.

The roads near this area are closed, because of a roundabout construction near super food supermarket.

How To Rent A Car in Aruba Easy

Here’s a view of the detours on map and the roundabout near super food.

news-stories-in-aruba

The current situation near super food.

More Busses For Aruba’s Public Transportation

Minister of transportation recently added more busses to the fleet of Arubus.

The buses are from a Dutch company called connections, which is one of the biggest public transportation company in the Netherlands.

During a recent trip to the Netherlands, the minister managed to buy 9 buses that were not in use by connections, but that are in good condition including air conditioning.

The buses vary between prices, but all nine were acquired for approximately 100.000 euro, instead of $170.000 for one new bus,

The buses from connections will be used only for a transitory phase until at the end of this year, when the fleet of Arubus will be strengthened again with more new buses, according to the minister.

The transportation system in Aruba is easy, if you don’t plan to rent a car you can take the bus to various places around the island (including the top beaches). Retour Card for $5.00, valid for 2 trips on the day of initial use. Day pass for $10.00 valid for unlimited trips on the day of initial use.

Or rent a car on the island (for less than $40.00 a day).

Delta Airlines Opens New Flights From Boston

Delta Airlines adds a new route to Aruba.

The airline inaugurated a new nonstop service between Boston and Aruba (on June 9, 2018)

The new flights, which will operate weekly on Saturdays.

Travelers will now fly in a 737-900 aircraft with a maximum of 180 passengers.

Delta Airlines transported over 130.000 passengers to Aruba in 2017 (an increase of 7.500 travelers compared to 2016).

When are you booking your trip to Aruba?


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I know how much it means for you to stay up to date with what’s happening on your home away from home – that’s why this newsletter is free and available to everyone!

Do you enjoy the information I share?

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21 Unusual & Unique Activities in Aruba





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

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!

Aruba News Reports

If this is your first time reading my newsletter – welcome!

The Beach Between Playa Linda & Moomba Will Be Restored

Aruba will  start a big project soon to revitalize and restore the beaches between Playa Linda Beach Resort and Moomba Beach.

The contractor in charge of this is Varadero Aruba.

Varadero is a local market leader in dredging. Their activities include the construction and maintenance of ports and waterways, coastal defense and land reclamation. They also provide related engineering and other specialist services, such as, soil improvement and land remediation.

The project is one that has been in the planification stage for nearly 2 years.

The beach has been damaged a little bit by hurricane Matthew back in 2016 and will be restored.

Revitalize and restoring of the beach means taking away the built up mud like sand in certain locations and pumping new fresh sand.

This will be done with the help of a dredging machine.

The entire beach area to be restored will be divided by 6 areas. During the dredging of each section, it will be closed off by gates and signs to warn beach goers of works going on.

Construction works will be done efficiently.and safely not to disturb the beach experience for visitors and locals in this area (and safe for the marine life).

Varadero Aruba has experience in dredging.

About a year ago they completed dredging the surfside beach and did a great job.

The dredging between playa linda beach resort amd moomba beach should be completed within 6 months.




Maritime Border Between Venezuela and Aruba Reopens June 7, 2018

Prime minister of Aruba confirmed that the border between Venezuela and Aruba will be reopened for boats on June 7 (only for importation of certain products).

It’s been almost 6 months since the President of Venezuela closed the border between the ABC islands for commercial transport for air and sea.

The prime minister sent a group of representatives to discuss the possibilities to open the maritime border. And they managed to come to an agreement with the authorities from Venezuela to reopen the border only for the importation of fruits, vegetables and fish.

Both countries will implement stricter controls for importation of goods from Venezuela from now on.

Only boats made for import that has the proper documentation for goods and passengers will be allowed in Aruba.

Aruba Birdlife Conservation Saves Wetland Near Divi Phoenix in Court Case

This week the court ruled in favor of Aruba Birdlife Conservation against Island Estate Reality which wanted to build a mall including parking lot near eagle beach.

The real estate company intended to create a mall including parking lot in front of the Divi Phoenix, however the location is a protected wetland.

Even though the previous minister of infrastructure approved of the project, the court denied the petition for island estate reality to continue with developments in this area.


It’s Still Not Allowed To Use Harpoons

Minister of justice wants to introduce an electronic permit to allow fishing with harpoon.

However, the law can’t yet be implemented, because its not approved yet by different government departments.

Investigations are still going on to decide under which conditions fishermen can use harpoons. All of these requirements still need to be decided upon before approving electronic permit for harpoons.

According to the director of department of nature and environment , it’s still not allowed to use harpoons or spearfish in Aruba.

There’s no specific date to implement the new electronic permits.

You Can Now Rate Service Given By Family Doctors

Minister of public health announced that a app will be launched that rates the quality of service that family doctors give their patients.

This app gives the community the ability to rate on their service and in turn forcing a better quality rendered by their family doctor.

It will be launched on June 14.

The health minister also announced that as of July 1, 2018. The emergency family doctor office located on Eagle will be relocated in the new hospital building close to the ER (with extended opening hours).

Moving the departments together allows for better communication between the doctors, reduces the waiting time and better service for patients.


The Start of Atlantic Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season started June 1.

The hurricane season didn’t start out yet properly and there’s already a few hurricanes that are predicted.

The peak season for hurricane is between August – October.

Aruba rarely is hit directly by hurricane, because the island is located outside of the hurricane paths.

2018 Atlantic hurricane names on the way – Alberto, beryl, Chris, Debby. Ernesto. Florence, gordon, Helence, Issac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, valerie and William.

Winds Starting To Pick Up

If you’ve been to Aruba before, you know about the islands tradewinds. But expect the winds to be a little stronger during hurricane season.

Beach goers are advised to stay alert for strong winds and currents. Strap any loose object and personal belongings that can easily blow away.

Island Tips – Use these handy beach towel clips to keep your towel from flying away.

Now You Can Fly Winair in Aruba to St.Maarten

Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA) confirmed the news that Windward Islands Airways Intl. N.V. (Winair) will start to fly Aruba – St.Maarten as of  July 2018.

Winair is the official airline from St.Maarten.

They will fly from St.Maarten to Aruba via Curacao on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

From Aruba to St.Maarten  via Curaçao on ,Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

All flights will be in a small plane with a capacity of 48 passengers.

Surinam Airways Introduces New Aircraft

Surinam Airways now has a new airplane (737-700).

The new plane has a capacity of 128 passengers, including 8 business class seats and 120 economy seats.

Suriname Airways operates in 6 destinations -Aruba, Curacao, Trinidad & Tobago, Belem (Brazil), Guyana (Georgetown) and Miami.

Flights in the new airplane are scheduled for October 2018.


Aruba’s Youth Honored With Excellence

This week the two brothers (Lacle) and Mishally wever who journeyed the from Netherlands to Singapore by bike were awarded and recognized as “Hobennan Di Excelencia” by the prime minister of Aruba.

They promoted Aruba by having the flag with them the entire way from europe to asia.
The prime minister also awarded a teenager “Haischel Dabian” who managed to win a international blockchain competition 2 times in a row.

New Place To Try Patisserie in The Morning

A new place you should visit when in Aruba just opened on May 25, 2018.

It’s called Aruba Experience Cafe – Patisserie.

A cultural cafe situated in a beautiful cucunu where you can enjoy an excellent coffee with a delicious homemade panini, pan dushi, cakes and more.

The shop is located in one of the oldest houses back then in Aruba (over 150 years old).

Aruba Experience Cafe is located in the downtown area (address – John G Emanstraat 37)

New Slot Machines at Stellaris

Stellaris Casino has 6 new slot machines.

According to the marketing supervisor they are the only Casino in the Caribbean region with this type of new machines.

The new slots are named star rise (3) and wild fury (3). Both machines have a progressive jackpot that pays big!

Are you going to be the one to win it all?

Not only does stellaris have new slot machines, but they also have a “feel good bingo” on Thursday,  Saturday and Sunday




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Read More About Aruba

How To Discover The Southern Coast Of Aruba By Kayak

Top 15 Must Have Items To Bring To The Beach in Aruba

Where To Eat Local & Go Snorkel – 3 Days in Aruba Itinerary

21 Unusual & Unique Activities in Aruba





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News Stories from Aruba

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New Tax As of July 1, 2018: The B-AVP

After a meeting which took over 10 hours, the parliament of Aruba approved and adapted several laws (over 13 new motions) in order to implement the tax increase.

Aruba’s parliament consist of 21 members, and 12 of them voted pro while 9 where against new taxes changes.

At the moment taxes are 3,5% (BBO 2,5% – BAZV 1%). The tax is going to change in two segments. The BAZV will be increased by 1% and a new tax will be introduced (BAVP 1,5% – Belasting Additionele Voorzieningen PPP projecten)

According to the prime minister, BAVP is a temporary tax that will go towards paying for the PPP (public private partnerships) projects approved by the previous government (Green Corridor & Watty Vos Boulevard).

The government will compensate over 17.000 pensioners, by lowering their health insurance (from 10,5% to 6,5%). And lower the income tax and payroll tax by 2% for those who earn less than $1775.

The tax will count for basically every product, except foods items in the basic good list (bread, baby powdered milk, eggs, fish, rice and other basic necessities).

All stores are required to print the amount of taxes charged on the receipt, including the new BAVP.




Important – Detour Alert Superfood Intersection!

The department of public works closed the main road L.G. Smith Boulevard (Sasaki Weg), east of Super Food Supermarket (as of May 23, 2018).

And they reopened the L.G. Smith Boulevard west of Tropicana Hotel for traffic in both directions.

The detour will affect traffic from Oranjestad, Noord, J.E. Irausquin Boulevard and San Miguel.

All detours will be indicated by barricades and warnings signs. The roads near this area are closed, because of a roundabout construction near superfood supermarket.

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Here’s a view of the detours on map and the roundabout near superfood.

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The current situation near super food.


Radio Stations Sign Royalty Agreement With Dutch Company (and avoid DUCAPRO Agreement)

A few months ago the Aruba Broadcasting Association that represents all radio and tv stations on the island received a letter by DUCAPRO that forces them to pay royalty fees for playing commercial music.

This is the first time in history that radio stations in Aruba have to pay to play commercial songs. The fee that DUCAPRO wants to charge is $1700 monthly.

There are in total 21 registered radio stations on the island that are represented by the Aruba Broadcasting Association.

According to the letter sent by DUCAPRO, the agreement will take effect as of June 1, 2018. If a radio stations don’t register with DUCAPRO and pay royalties, they can receive a fine.

Radio stations owners protested against the idea, and even said to change their format into a ‘talk radio’ to avoid paying for fees.

According to DUCAPRO, the monthly fee allows radio stations to play commercial music anytime.

But the Aruban Broadcasting Association ditched DUCAPRO agreement and sign a deal with BUMASTEMRA(Dutch Company) to pay music royalties fee thats are lower and reasonable than DUCAPRO.

Not everyone will be charged the same rate, but according to the size of the listeners and amount of registered commercial music playtime.

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Open The Border To Import Fruits, Vegetables & Fish

The maritime border between Venezuela and Aruba is still closed.

Since the border was closed in January, local market owners haven’t received any fruits, vegetables or fish from Venezuela. They are forced to import goods from other countries, which are more expensive and take longer to deliver.

Local market owners asked the prime minister to reopen the border for at least the importation of fruits, vegetables and fish.

However, the Aruban government can’t reopen the border yet, because they are still waiting for the authorities in Venezuela to send a document with all the conditions that Aruba needs to abide by in order to reopen the border for importation of products by boat.

The prime minister sent a representatives to Venezuela this week in order to speed up the process to reopen the border, at least for fruits, vegetables and fish.

Predictions For Hurricane Season In Aruba 2018

International and local meteorologists predict that this year’s hurricane season will be as bad, or worse, than last year.

The hurricane season starts from June 3 to September 30.

Meteorologists are predicting 14 storms and 7 hurricanes, that will form this year. Out of the 7 hurricanes, 3 will fall in the range of category three or five.

The tendency is for hurricanes not to directly hit Aruba, because the island is located right outside of the paths hurricanes take in the Caribbean.

Hurricane research caribbean already named these storms – Alberto, Beryl, Chris and Debby.

Aruba is known for its trade winds and cooling breeze, but the wind has picked up a bit due to the upcoming hurricane season.

The meteorological department warns beachgoers for strong winds, currents and waves.

Island TipsUse these handy beach towel clips to keep your towel from flying away.


Watch The World Cup in Aruba

Aruba Bank and Tele Aruba sign an agreement to transmit every soccer game by FIFA World Cup 2018.

Although the islands favorite team (The Netherland) is not participating in the World Cup, there are plenty of other teams to cheer for!

The first game will be Russia against Saudi Arabia on June 14, 2018 (11:00 AM Aruban Time). There will be different bars and restaurants near the hotel area that will transmit games live on big screen tv’s.

Do you like to watch the World Cup?

If so, join the locals at your favorite bar on the island and enjoy the games.

Biggest Ship in The World Docks in Aruba

One of the biggest cruise ships in the world docked in Aruba this week – freedom of the seas.

Freedom of the Seas is a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International and iy can accommodate 3,634 passengers and 1,300 crew on fifteen passenger decks.

The harbour was dredged 12 meters deep, before the gigantic ship docked in Aruba’s cruise port.

It’s the first time a ship of this size visits Aruba.

Director of Aruba Ports Authority said that the facility will be renovated and in the upcoming years to accommodate more boats and biggers ships


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Updates on Infrastructure Developments in Aruba

The minister of infrastructure, director of public works of Aruba and owner from company in charge of construction of new watty vos boulevard (WvB) beltway reunited to discuss the roundabout near cumana, that used to overflood when it rains.

According to the  director of the public department, the flooding issue near the roundabout near cumana has been solved. However, the bigger part of construction is now taking place.

There’s over 150 contractors working on the WvB.

The construction of the roundabout near superfood is still not complete, but it’s running on schedule, the director of public works will be announcing new updates and deviations around this area soon.




Law To Increase Tax Discussed This Week

Members of the parliament discussed the law that has to be approved to increase tax as of July 1, 2018.

The prime minister called the tax “crisis ontheffing” and will increase from 3,5% to 6%.

Earthquake Felt in Aruba

Last week Sunday before sunset (around 18:40 PM), a lot of locals and tourist posted on Facebook that they felt the earth shake in certain parts of the island.

The department of meteorology and sources in venezuela confirmed seismic activity with a maginiture 3,1 that originated about 14 kilometers from the southeast coast of the island.


Late Start For Turtle Season This Year

Turtle season started in Aruba a few weeks ago.

However, the director of (tortuga Aruba) is concerned about the current turtle nesting season.

According to her, the Caribbean (including Aruba) is experiencing the slowest start to nesting season ever. Because people drive vehicles on the beach sand, destroying turtle nests, and this keeps the turtles from nesting.

According to the minister of environment, it’s illegal for all vehicles to drive on the beach or dunes, with the exception of local authorities in case of an emergency.

Turtle nest near grape field beach protected by baricade.

Have Respect For Our Beaches & Sand Dunes

According to the president of (tortuga foundation), there’s already 7 turtle nests around the island.

The baby turtles take about 2 months (60-70 days) before the eggs hatch.

Tortuga Aruba asks the locals and visitors to respect our beaches and sand dunes! It’s against the law to drive on them. When you drive on the beach or sand dunes, the vegetation gets disrupted, which endagares the local flora and fauna that depends on this habitat.

Instead of driving on the dunes, take the dirt roads and rocky trails in Aruba’s outback when offroading and stay of the beaches and sand dunes!

Please don’t drive on the beach or dunes, it’s illegal!




Airport Renovations gateway 2030

Construction works started to renovate and expand Aruba’s airport.

The project is called “Gateway 2030”.

According to the CEO of the airport, the construction works are executed by phases. Before the end of 2019, construction works will start on the new main terminal.

The first part of the project is scheduled to be completed within the next 5 years. However certain facilities will be completed within 18 months (3 additional airplane gates, new luggage system and central check in hall).

The project also includes a new preclearance for US visitors, with an improved security control system approved by the TSA.

The project promises shorter waiting times and faster check ins once finished.

It’s estimated that the project will costs around 160 million dollars and should be completed in 2022.

The airport will be renovated from top to bottom.

Balashi Beer Gets A New Look

The balashi beer brand was launched this week.

No changes were made to the taste of the beer. However, the green color of the bottle is more shiny than before, with balashi logo in a bold red color and a gold fofoti tree.

Two new balashi beer bottles

The beer cans also have a new style, finished with a dark green color, red balashi logo and fofoti tree (there’s also a lot of gold color incorporated also on the can).

The new beer can design.

Balashi is brewed locally on the island (barley and hop imported from Europe, and fresh water from Aruba) with a recipe that’s nearly two decades old.

Drink a balashi on Aruba, and taste how good it feels to be on the happiest island in the world.


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Ling & Sons Supermarket For Sale

Interisland businessman  (Gerard Van Den Tweel) is selling his supermarkets in Aruba (Ling & Sons), Bonaire & Curacao.

Who’s buying the family business?

According to the owner, he’s selling his Caribbean supermarkets  to a Jamaican businessman (Gassan Azan).

Despite selling the supermarket, Gerard will still be involved over the next years in management and operations.

Nothing much will change for the employees working at Ling & Sons,  or the brand name products.

Ling & sons  is the most popular supermarkt for tourist and locals next to Superfood.

Lab Results Confirm Oil Spill Originated From Trinidad

Laboratorium results confirm that the oil spill that happened a few months ago was indeed from Trinidad.

According to the director of the crisis prevention, Aruba filed an oil spill claim, that can potentially run up into six figures.

It’s not sure if the company responsible for the leak (petrotrin) will pay the fine or the Government from Trinidad.

The oil spill claim is managed by ramp attack. An international broker for the Caribbean region.

Curacao and Bonaire were also affected by the oil spill and also filed a claim.




New Solution To Reduce Waste At Parkietenbos

After the minister of environment sent in a request for information, a group of technicians and engineers came up with recommendations to reduce the amount waste and activity at parkietenbos.

Parkietenbos is the dump in Aruba, where all waste gets treated and processed.

There’s various stakeholders involved in this project, one of them is WEB, which is in charge of the waste treatment facility.

Different aspects needed to be considered during the request for information reports, such as technology, environment, social impact and if it’s financially viable.

The minister will evaluate all the reports and make a decision to move forward to remedy the situation at parkietenbos.

This will happen with a request for proposal, in which a definitive solution will be implemented to reduce 90% of the activity at parkietenbos.

More efforts will be made by the government to re-use certain products and recycle more.

The government already announced a ban on styrofoam food boxes, cups and utensils as of January 1, 2019.

Local Market Owners Wait For Border Between Venezuela & Aruba

Last week the customs department from Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao reunited to discuss the reopening of the maritime border between the islands.

Bonaire and Curacao decided to reopened the borders, but Aruba kept it closed for boats, only airplane traffic is allowed.

The islands prime minister wants transparency and stricter controls between the Venezuela and Aruba for boats. This is a part of the MOU (memorandum of understanding ) that needs to be complied with by venezuela.

But the local market owners want the government to reopen the borders, in order to continue importation of products from Venezuela, which is cheaper, faster and better quality than from the USA and other countries.

Local fruiteries haven’t received their goods from venezuela for over 5 months, they have been depending on import from USA (and other countries) but it is too expensive.

Sales have dropped more than 50% already since the Venezuelan president announced a border close between ABC islands.




New Condominium On The Rise

There’s a new condominium on the rise near Eagle Beach (O condominiums).
A local contractor company (atco) was in charge of laying the cement for the foundation of the resort.
According to atco’s operations manager, it was the largest project. It’s the most amount of cement they had to produce and deliver for one project.

They used over 1124 cubes of cement, which equals 153 trucks with a capacity of 8 cubes.

Gasoline Price Passes The 2 Guilders Per Liter

The minister of finances announced changed in gasoline prices this week.

Gasoline is now 202.5 cent per liter (+7.0 cents) and diesel is now 172.00 cents per liter (+7.3 cents) – prices

includes tax.

According to the minister, the new gas price is affected by international market, and has nothing to do with Aruba’s government. She also noted that between 2011 – 2017, the price for gas price was always high between the months February and May.

She also predicted that the prices for gasoline should drop around September.

Take note of changes in gas prices for budgeting if you plan to rent a car in Aruba.




Questions About Isla Di Oro’s  Spatial Development Plan

Leader of RAIZ (new political party) made use of the law of transparency in our local ordinance to request information and clarity about the spatial development plan regarding isla di oro.

The minister of infrastructure answered by delivering the requested documents this week including an environmental impact assessment report, with all the latest update about the isla di oro project.

According to the minister, the government didn’t make any official decision yet whether to proceed with the project as of yet.

However, they are not opposed to it either, as long as it’s in proper balance between infrastructure and surrounding environment.

What’s it going to take for the project to proceed? Let’s find out, as time goes by…

The minister shares the same opinion for construction of new hotels, condominiums and apartments – as long as the developments plans fit in the future plans of the spatial development plan.

However, he also mentioned that a moratorium has to be implemented some time.

A motion was already presented and accepted by a majority of the parliamentarians few weeks ago.

If plans go according to the government, the first steps to moratorium will be implemented as of this year, while maintaining an economic developments on the island.

A new concept law will be introduced for the moratorium (regarding the amount of rooms for hotels, condominiums and apartments).

Local Radio Stations Have To Pay Royalties As Of June 1, 2018

For the first time in history, radio stations in the Dutch Caribbean islands, including Aruba has to pay royalty fees for playing certain songs, for the first time.

The registration and delivery of back office royalty administration services to Aruba is in charge of Pro Socan.

of music played by local radio stations (including Bonaire, Curacao & St.Maarten) will be collected by SOCAN and PRO Ducapro. They will provide the adequate administration services for local and international music.

It’s a new concept for the local radio stations, which are still opposed to the idea of paying for royalties, when playing a song for the first time.

Pro Ducapro also has backing from the Aruba Musician & Artist Association (AMAA), along with other local and regional artist associations and government entities.

Any local radio station that doesn’t sign the new agreement before June 1, 2018 can be fined if they play any registered song.

A separate website with all the registered local and international songs will be released soon.

Aruba e-Biz Seminar

This year is going to be the 3rd edition of E-Aruba Business Seminar. It’s Aruba’s biggest e-commerce business seminar.

The Business Seminar features international top speakers that will cover social media, digital marketing, entrepreneurship and financial technology. At the end of each presentation, a panel discussion will be held with local professionals and Q&A for the attendees.

Here’s some of the speakers that will be attending the seminar:

  • Miri Rodriguez, storyteller and social media manager at Microsoft
  • Mario Vinasco, marketing manager data analytics at UBER
  • Andrea Vahl, writer of Facebook for dummies

The event will take place June 9, 2018 at Renaissance Convention Center in the morning.

Tickets are available at Office Systems, Superfood y and online at www.e-aruba.com


New Changes At The Emergency Room

The minister of health announced new changes that will take place at the emergency room soon.

According to the minister, HAP isn’t functioning effectively. This is caused by the distance between HAP and SEH buildings are too far apart, which causes long waiting times before being attended.

The minister wants to relocate the huisartsenpost (HAP) to the medical office building, which is closer to the emergency room, and will also extend the service hours at HAP to reduce the waiting list at SEH. At the moment HAP is open from 18:30 PM to 22:30 PM (will be extended until 00:30 AM)

The changes will take place as of July 2018.

Medical assistance will be given first at the HAP building, and if it’s a real emergency, the patient will be helped at SEH. In case the patients needs urgent help, they will be directed immediately to SEH.

According to the minister, the new changes will reduce the waiting time at SEH.

Power Outage in Aruba

A power outage happened on the island on May 11, 2018 around 9:30 AM.

The current was gone due to a problem with one of the turbines from WEB (local company that produces water and electricity for the island).

The blackout also affected the water pressure in a lot of households.

It took almost 6 hours to power the entire island again.

Even though Aruba experienced a complete power outage, the airport remained open.

The airports emergency back up system provided the necessary power to continue all operations.

Attention Timeshare Owners

CEDE Aruba (Center for Development of Aruba) together with ATSA (Aruba Timeshare Association) is currently working on the Happy Community Iniative.

It’s a platform which would give the timeshare community of Aruba the opportunity to support community projects in Aruba by volunteering and making donations.

To assess the interest in such a program, MGM SOURCE, on behalf of CEDE Aruba and ATSA, would like to request your participation in a quick survey, which will take less than 3 minutes of your time.

The purpose of the survey is to assist in determining this endeavor further.

This has nothing to do with the government of Aruba.

It’s an initiative of the private sector.

if you’re a timeshare owner, take the Happy Community Initiative Survey.


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The Border Between Venezuela & ABC Islands Remains Closed For Boats

The Aruban government decided to keep the borders between Venezuela closed for boats, after a meeting with customs and maritime department from the ABC islands.

The meeting was a follow up on the recent encounter between the minister of exterior relations from Netherlands and Venezuelan authorities to reopen the border based on terms to be decided between ABC islands and Venezuela in an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding)

Bonaire and Curacao already signed the MOU and reopened the border for boats, but the islands prime minister wants to ensure clarity, transparency and stricter border controls for Aruba before reopening it fo maritime traffic.

The prime minister wants boats from Venezuela to comply with different points within the MOU.

  • Only boats that are licensed to export from Venezuela and comply with all security regulations are allowed in Aruba
  • Only goods with certification from Venezuela can be imported
  • And only people with proper documents are allowed on the boats.

The MOU also includes setting scheduled departure dates & time, mooring positions, and document control before docking.

The air traffic is restored and normal again, but only the maritime communication between Aruba and Venezuela is closed since January 5, 2018.

Whether the border between Aruba and Venezuela will open depends on a meeting with authorities from Venezuela scheduled in June.




Report Your Concerns About Aruba’s Infrastructure & Environment

The government department of planning and infrastructure launched a new website (infraruba) that allows users to report any concerns regarding the islands infrastructure, waste management, housing, security, nature and environment.

Infraruba is an innovative platform that involves the community in the process of keeping the island clean and maintaining the infrastructure.

You can also see how much cases have been reported, how many are being attended to and completed.

All concerns will be processed by the City Inspector Bureau.

Infraruba is a new project between different stakeholders like Department of Infrastructure & Planning, FCCA, Kadaster, Serliamar, Department of Nature & Environment, City Inspector, DTI and National Park Arikok.

Report any concerns on the infraruba website.

Together we can help keep Aruba clean, and protect our natural resources!

Judge Orders Barricades Around Wetland Near Palm Beach

The court ruled in favor of Aruba Birdlife Conservation to protect wetland area near Palm Beach from construction.

According to the judge, the barrier around the wetland area (located in the back of The Mill Resort & Suites) will stay in place. It’s currently barricaded, but the judge ordered large boulders to replace the barricades. (deadline in 2 weeks).

The court also ruled the government to actively protect this wetland area from now on.

In 2013 all 21 members of Parliament of Aruba voted unanimously in favor of ABC’s proposition to place 16 nature areas under the national parks protection.

This wetland in Palm Beach is one of the sixteen nature areas.


Foam Boxes Prohibited As Of Next Year

Members of the parliament approved a motion to ban foam food boxes, plates and cups.

The motion was approved with 20 votes and 1 vote against. It’s another step towards a cleaner island, with plastic bags already banned since last year.

The government will pass a “landsbesluit” which prohibits the use, importation and distribution of foam boxes and cups. It’s going to take a while before the new law is implemented, it’s expected to be enforced on January 1, 2019.

Foam boxes and cups will be replaced by biodegradable items which minimizes the effect on the islands environment.

The government will start different awareness campaigns against foam boxes and cups in July.

Government Plans To Reduce Tariff For Water & Electricity

The prime minister announced a reduction for the water and electricity tariff. But, it’s not sure when it will be implemented.

It all depends on the result of the annual governmental financial breakdown for 2017.

According to the prime minister, the tariff reduction is intended as a alleviation for the upcoming tax increase (known as crisisheffing) this summer.  

How much the reduction is going to be, is not yet know.

HOH signs Agreement with VUmc

The director of Aruba’s hospital (Dr. Horacio E. Oduber Hospital – HOH) signed a MOU with VUmc (Vrije Universiteit Medical Centre) to continue their partnership, to provide medical education and specialization for nurses and medical workers on the island.

VUmc has been working together with HOH since 2010.

This is the second time since 2015 that VUmc and HOH decide to resign an agreement to continue working together on elevating the quality within the medical field in Aruba.  

The minister of health also recently opened the new rooms for cardiology and radiology in the new bed tower hospital (an additional medical facility next to the current hospital building).


American Airlines Announce Flights Into Aruba From Two New Gateways

American Airlines announced the expanding into the US Market out of Aruba with two new flight services between Dallas Fort Worth International Airport & O’Hare Chicago International Airport.

The official flights from these two new gateways will start on December 22, 2018. But you can book flights as of May 14, 2018.

Are you based around these areas?

If so you’ve got some new routes to fly to Aruba, even if it’s going to be your first time on the island.

These new flight connection into Aruba from the MidWest adds more possibilities for travelers looking for a Caribbean escape in this area.

Book your trip to Aruba as soon as possible.

Soul Beach Music Festival Will Be Big: 5000 Tourists Expected!

This year will be the 18th edition of Aruba soul beach music festival.

It’s the place to be during Memorial Day Weekend on the island (May 23 – 29, 2018).

From beach events and pool parties to award winning performances by Alicia Keys, Guy, Maxwell, and Sevyn Streeter. The event also promises laughs on comedy night headlining Marlon Wayans.

It’s expected that over 5000 tourists will be visiting this years soul music festival. And the event is also well visited by locals, so it’s going to be BIG!




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