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Future Tourism Developments

Tourism minister updates the public with projects and developments that will take place in the near future.

Due to the current state of the economy, the majority of the local community is against developments of new hotels on the island. However, tourism minister is focused on producing income for the government, and thinks it’s important to introduce tourism developments that will increase the quality of hospitality in Aruba.

The government will announce the upcoming tourism projects that will start soon.

One of the projects that will be introduced in the near future is near Bushiri beach, which was recently made clear of the old building that use to function as a hotel and culinary art school decades ago. According to the tourism minister, investors who want to develop this piece of land, must consider projects that will benefit the community and travelers, this counts from bushiri beach until tamarijn druif beach.

Another project that is within the vision of the tourism minister is, isla di oro.

This project entails a 60 over water bungalow style resort in the middle of the mangroves near Pos Chiquito and Savaneta.

There’s also 2 different petitions by investors to build all inclusive hotels in San Nicolas. But there’s also investors who want to invest into boutique hotel in this area, with about 900 rooms. This type of project will compliment the fast ferry project announced by the government.

More Information About Developments at Isla di Oro

As long as the “zoning policy” better known as the ROP “ruimte ontwikkelings plan” doesn’t change, project isla di oro cannot proceed. This was confirmed by one of the investors and the tourism minister.  

However, the tourism minister and infrastructure minister, who is in charge of the zoning policy, confirmed that the ROP is in process of being adapted.

It’s not certain when the ROP will be changed, but it will be sooner than later, according to one of the investors.

Besides the ROP that needs to be changed, there’s several NGOs that are opposed to the project.

Isla di Oro project was approved by the previous government, and the current government, which is a coalition of three different parties (AVP, POR & RED) also approve of the project.

The official name of the project at isla di oro is Zoëtry.

Zoëtry Isla di Oro will be an oasis and one of the only resorts in the Caribbean offering over-water suites.

Here’s a model of the upcoming project…

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This is how the over water resort will look like.

According to the investors, the project is environmental friendly and is destined to be a eco friendly tourism project. Tourism and infrastructure minister promises that if the project continues, it will do so only if it is approved by international regulations, and has to withhold to environmental regulations. This means protection for the mangroves in the area.

The project should be completed within two years after successfully changing the ROP, according to investors of this project.

Not everyone is happy with the project, because NGOs are of the opinion that the area is protected wetland, and construction is prohibited.

President of Aruba Birdlife Conservation is ready to take the investors to court, if necessary. Even if it has to be dealt with internationally, in order to stop the project from proceeding.

Another NGO called “Arubian Warrior” protested against the project with a demonstration on April 2, 2018 in front of the entrance at isla di oro.

Whether the project will continue lies on the changing of the ROP and manifestations of the NGO’s.




New Police Commissioner in Aruba

A new police commissioner (Andrew Hoo) was sworn in this week by the justice minister.

The previous police commissioner (Adolfo Richardson) lead the police force for 8 years, until recently, in which he has a new position within the interpol department.  

His successor graduated at the Police Academy in Apeldoorn. He also has a Bachelor degree of Science in Hotel Administration, and an Associate degree of Science Hotel Management, in addition to Executive Master of Tactical Policing, majoring in General Leadership.

According to the new police commissioner, the use of technology will be a mayor part of his vision within the police force.

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New Vehicles For Police Force & Ambulance

The police force receive 8 new vehicles.

Four of these cars are SUVs, designated to to the surveillance department and the rest of the cars are pick ups for the planning department.

All vehicles are Isuzu models, especially made and designed to accommodate the daily work of police on the island.

Justice minister confirmed during a press conference that more vehicles are on the way for the police force, about 22 more! He also said that drones, helicopters, and neighborhood watch police will also be reintroduced.

Health minister also announced a new vehicle for the ambulance department.

The new ambulance is state of the art and complies with every international regulation. It has wifi aboard enabling communication with the ER at the hospital.

According to the minister three more ambulances are on the way, which will complete 10 ambulances on the road to assist in any type of emergency.


Green Light For CITGO: Resume Rehabilitation

Prime minister of Aruba discussed the situation of the rehabilitation of the refinery on a popular morning radio show, after a meeting with representatives of CITGO.

According to the prime minister, the contract between CITGO is clear and there’s no room for error on their part moving forward, which can cause millions of dollars of fees.

The contract between Aruba and CITGO prevents the island to be jeopardized in any case the investors decide to abandon ship.

CITGO has been complying with the tax payments to the government since the start of the project, even until now, despite the refinery not being operational.

The prime minister also shared the good news during a press conference that a slowdown of the rehabilitation of the refinery is no longer effective.

Representatives of CITGO confirmed to have the necessary funds to proceed with the rehabilitation of the refinery within a short period of time.

Transport Between ABC Island & Venezuela Possible Again

Minister of foreign affairs in Venezuela confirmed that the ban on commercial communication between ABC islands and Venezuela has been lifted.

The ban was implemented during the first week of January, and was in working for over a month. It affected the importation of fruits and vegetables for local markets on the island.

From now on the Aruban government will be exercising stricter border controls between Venezuela, and products imported from the neighboring country will only be allowed if they are certified.



New Mural in San Nicolas

Local artist were invited to paint a new mural in San Nicolas.

It took them less than a week to complete a beautiful and artistic mural using paint that was donated by a local hardware store.

Inspiration for the mural was the cultural heritage city of the island – San Nicolas.

The mural incorporates a chameleon and one of the oldest buildings in the district Nicolas Store, which was a popular shop for locals decades ago. The nicolas store has now been remodeled and is now a hip cafe offering healthy foods.

Pass through the main streets of San Nicolas and see the new art project and different other murals painted by local and international artists.

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Beautiful new art mural in San Nicolas.

Soul Beach Music Festival

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

Soul beach music festival has been rated by both USA Today and Jetsetter magazine as one of the most popular Caribbean festivals in the region.

The event feature consecutive days of live music, comedy shows and beach parties.

Who will be performing?

No one better than award winning singers and songwriters Alicia Keys and Maxwell, also one of the worlds best comedians Marlon Wayans.

SBMF will take place during memorial day weekend, May 23-28, 2018.

Tickets for soul beach are available at Café the Plaza, Craft Coffee & Bar, Dragon CD & Electronics, Hamaka Sidewalk Café, MooMba Beach, Reflexions, Salt & Pepper, all CITGO gas stations (Boulevard, Essoville, Santa Cruz, Palm Beach) ad at Ponton Service Station.

Fore more info on tickets and other details visit www.Facebook.com/soulbeach

Master Bartending Class in Aruba

One of the lead Ambassadors of the Bacardi brand organized a “Master Bartending Training” in Aruba.

Different bartenders that were present during the training representing different bars and restaurants, learned to make classic cocktails using Bacardi that are popular between locals and visitors.

This includes drinks using a mix of different bacardi brands like rum, vodka grey goose, bombay, sapphire, martini and dewars whiskey.

A couple of weeks ago 9 different bars and restaurants received a “mojito certification award” by ambassadors of Bacardi. The following establishments got a mojito certification – Renaissance Blue Bar, Bucuti Hotel, Fusion Restaurant & Lounge, Cuba’s Cookin, Azia Restaurant and Lounge, Marriott Lobby Bar, Holiday Inn Hotel, Hilton Hotel, Pelican Pier and Marriott Stellaris Casino.


Hilton Aruba Presents Aruba Beer Time

Hilton Aruba has a new special “Aruba Beer Time” at their bar named Mira Solo.

There’s special price on buckets of three of the islands locally produced beers – balashi, chill and hopi stout.  

Dubbed as the “Aruban Trio”, how much buckets is enough for you?

Next to the beer special, they also have local snacks available, like cheese balls, croquet and loempia.

There’s also live music by a brass band, including a carnival show every Wednesday night.

It all starts every Wednesday from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Win Megabucks At Ritz Carlton in April

Ritz Carlton has a new campaign called “Mega Win”.

All players at Ritz Carlton casino can win up to $25.000 in prices during  the month of April.

With every 80 points accumulated until April 25 at any slot machine, you get a ticket to participate in the raffle to win cash prices varying between $500.00 and $2000.00

A total of 10 winners will be selected for different cash prizes on April 25 (9:30 PM) at the Ritz Carlton Casino.




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Happy Easter & Camping in Aruba

Happy Easter!

It’s a tradition among locals to camp during this season.

Families pitch up their tents, bring food, drinks, music and good spirits for a fun get together on the beach for over a week.

Here are some of the beaches that are known for camping – Baby Beach, Surfside, Bushiri Beach, Druif Beach, a section on Eagle Beach, Malmok, Tres Trapi and Arashi.

Camping is not allowed without a permit, but once obtained, you will have a blast!

Sleeping under the stars and waking up to the sound of the ocean is a one of a kind experience!

ECO-Resort Awaits Zoning Policy To Start Construction at Isla di Oro

Tourism Minister awaits changes in the ROP (ruimte ontwikkelings plan – zoning policy) to proceed with developments of an eco resort at isla di oro.

The project is a construction of 60 over-water bungalows. It started about 2,5 years ago, but was stopped due to various reasons, such as petitions and protest by NGOs.

The changes in the ROP will facilitate three important aspects at isla di oro.

According to the infrastructure minister, who is in charge of the zoning policy, the ROP will be adapted to prevent the mangroves in the area to be destructed, protect the marine life in the area of isla di oro that will be maintained by the marine park (more about this later in next news topic) and to bring economic developments to isla di oro, which is not owned by the government, but private property.

Not everyone is happy with the project – Aruba Bird life Conservation, one of the NGO’s that’s against the construction of the resort, shared a post on Facebook showing boat drilling at isla di oro. 

Don’t know where isla di oro is?

It’s between pos chiquito, pos grandi and savaneta, covered with beautiful giant green mangroves.

Here’s the image shared by ABC.

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Drilling in the shallows of isla di oro

Another group called Aruban Warriors are also against the resort, and they are organizing a protest on April 2, 2018 (11:00 AM) at the entrance of isla di oro, and with kayaks through the lagoon.

Economic development is great, but it can also cost you natural resources and habitat for flora and fauna. There needs to be a balance.

In February 2013, 21 members of the parliament voted to protect the mangroves area in savaneta (and as one of sixteen other important natures ares on the island, under National Park Arikok).

Five NGO’s officially informed the government on April 2016 that they are against the development of a hotel at isla di oro, near the mangroves.

More information about the project will be released during upcoming government press conferences.



Marine Park in Aruba

The department of nature & environment is conducting several researches in order to complete a marine park in Aruba.

The marine park will provide a range of benefits for the underwater environment by conserving and protecting biodiversity and ecosystems, including critical breeding, nursery and feeding habitats for fish populations.

During the following months several studies will be made by local divers, who will be collecting information about the species present in Aruba waters.The park encompasses four areas – National Park Arikok, Spaans Lagoon, Sero Colorado and Mangel Halto until Isla di Oro.

A management plan for each of these areas will be developed to maintain and restore their ecosystems and biological diversity.

The project started in May 2016 and should be completed on April 2019.


The Biggest Catch Of The Day

A local fisherman and his son caught a 157 kilo fish.

The lucky fisherman known as Tibo, said that he and his son went out fishing about 7 AM in the morning, an hour later they killed their first fish, but the second catch proved to be a big one!

At first they thought they hooked a manta ray or a decent sized shark, but as the catch slowly became visible they couldn’t believe their eyes.  

It was a HUGE djampou – an Aruban type of red grouper!

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Aren’t you glad you didn’t encounter this gigantic fish while snorkeling?

Awareness Campaign for Protected Flora & Fauna in Aruba

The department of nature and environment started an awareness campaign for protected flora and fauna in a national decree implemented by the government on August 15, 2017.

Aruba has a variety of flora and fauna that is indigenous to the island.

The decree protects over 100 species.

It’s prohibited to kill or cause damage to the flora and fauna mentioned inside this document.

Here’s a few of the flora protected by the law –  Agave Arubensis (Aloe), which is used to make hair and skin care products. It’s also used for medicinal purposes. The Bursera Simaruba tree which only grows on certain parts of the island. It’s aromatic tree, with a red-copper color bark known as palisia cora by locals. (cora means Red in Papiamento). And a tree called Taki, that has bright yellow flowers and can grow up to 6 meters high (it also has edible fruits).

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Aloe, Taki and Palisia Cora

The decree also protects the animals found only in particular regions on the island. Some of these animals including the Aruban burrowing owl is in danger of being extinct. However, recent capture and release projects will reverse the process and conserve these animals.

Here’s a few of the following animals protected by the law – Prikichi, which is an Aruban species parakeet. And the Shoco, better known as the Aruban burrowing owl are among the list of animals protected on the list.

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Shoco, Cascabel, Giant Grouper and Green Sea Turtle

The government declared in 2012 the Prikichi as Aruba’s national bird and the Shoco as the islands national symbol.

Snakes such as the cascabel which is one of the rarest snakes found only in Aruba is also under protection, so are the giant grouper fish and sea turtles.

Visit the website for the department of nature and environment in Aruba for the full list of protected flora and fauna on the island.




Growing Agriculture Market in Aruba

Local farmers (Santa Rosa) successfully managed to grow medicinal herbs and vegetables using aquaponics and hydroponics pilot systems.

Their goal is to find a solution to grow enough produce to sustain the island, using small area of land, and under Aruba’s typically dry weather conditions.

Santa Rosa is moving into the next phase of the project, which is recollecting data during the project to expand the operation and hopefully move closer towards ending the importation of fruits and vegetables.

CITGO Representatives On The Way To Aruba For Important Meeting

Next week representatives of CITGO will be on the island to talk about the refinery, which was recently announced to put a hold of the refurbishment.

The prime minister confirmed the upcoming meeting with representatives of CITGO during a press conference, but didn’t say who exactly was coming.

Hopefully a restart of the refurbishment for the refinery can be discussed.

Aruba Secures Frontiers With Interpol Data

The minister of justice announced that implementation of Interpol in Aruba.

Interpol is the world’s largest international police organization, with over 192 member countries. Aruba will collaborate with Interpol by linking to their database, to collect information about travelers who are wanted  internationally by the police or government.

These people will be automatically denied entrance to the island.

Justice minister plans to introduce more laws to combat criminality on the island and protects the islands frontiers from undesired visitors.

Almost Time For Flip Flop Festival

It’s time for one of Aruba’s widely popular beach events, Flip Flop Festival.

Flip Flop features artist from different music genres like Reggae, Urban, Dancehall, Soca and Latin.

Last year artist like Rick Ross and Morgan Heritage were on the sunny island, and gave one of their best performances in the Caribbean region.

This year the following artist will be performing: Fat Joe, Alborosie, Karol G, Beenie man, Jeon, Natty Rico, Freddy Moreira and more special guests.

Flip flop is a 3 day consecutive event, with a welcome party at emotions nightclub on April 28. Followed by a pool party at renaissance hotel on April 29 and ending with the main event on April 30, 2018!

Tickets are available at all CITGO gas stations around the island.

Prices have changed, since all the early bird tickets were sold out at $20.00

General entrance for the main event is $43.00 – Weekend VIP standing is at $72.00 (prices for VIP seating have not been released yet).

All prices are subject to change without notice, based on the availability of tickets.


Active Hurricane Season Expected

Meteorologists are prognosticating a hurricane season 60% more active than normally this year.

15 of the storms are already named, and 7 of them have potential to turn into hurricane (3 appear to be of high category).

Hurricane season starts on June 1, and ends on November 30.




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Taxes Increases 2,5% as of July 1, 2018

The government announced an increase in taxes this week.

During a press conference, the prime minister of Aruba, announced that taxes will increase 2,5% as of July, 2018. Currently taxes are set at 3,5%, which will change to 6% in a few months.

According to the prime minister, the taxes are temporary and necessary at the moment in order to pay for the “private public partnership” infrastructure contracts like (Green Corridor and Watty vos Boulevard) and the cost of health care.

The prime minister said that 1,5% is destined to pay for the “PPP” projects and an estimated 1% to will go towards the increase of health care on the island.

Besides raising the taxes, the government will start the process collecting tax payments owed by companies. And also decrease expenses in the government by cutting back on personnel, travel expenses and other unnecessary operations.

Directors of government owned companies will also receive a new salary cap.

More information about the increase in taxes will be reported by the prime minister in upcoming press conferences.




12 Weeks To Construct Roundabout At Superfood

The department of public works gave the members of Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association (AHATA) an update about the construction of the new roundabout near the intersection at superfood.

During the press conference,  the contractors of the infrastructure project, Mota-Engil announced that the roundabout will take up to 12 weeks to complete.

The government contracted Mota-Engil to design and construction of a new arterial road 2×2, including overpasses and roundabouts around Oranjestad between intersection Sabana Blanco and intersection Punta Brabo.  

According to the director of public works, safety for the tourist who are known to walk to superfood to do grocery shopping is of high priority. Proper zones for pedestrian crossing will be added to accommodate those who walk to superfood and Eagle Beach.

Take note when driving for road closings and deviations near the roundabout at sasaki, near Amsterdam Manor and at the intersection at McDonalds near South Beach.

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Harbour Area Renamed to Port City

The director of Aruba Ports Authority announced the renaming of the harbour area during a press conference this week.  

It’s now officially called “Port City” and the area is going to developed. However more information about the project will be released at a later date, according to the director of APA.

In the meanwhile works are being done to move the container port to Barcadera.

Possible Cruise Port in San Nicolas

Transport minister announced new projects that will take place in San Nicolas soon.

Next to a new fast ferry system between the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao), there’s a possibility of a cruise port in the southeast part of the island

According to Aruba Ports Authority, a new cruise port in San Nicolas will alleviate the traffic congestion in the downtown area when multiple ships are docked.

More information will be announced by the transport minister in upcoming press conference.


New Gate at Guadirikiri Cave to Protect Bats & Ancient Indian Paintings

The Guadirikiri cave located in the Arikok National Park received a new gate at the entrance to protect the bats and old indian paintings inside.

The guadirikiri cave will be guarded by park rangers, who will allow entrance from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM – outside these hours entrance to the cave is prohibited.

If you plan to visit the guadirikiri caves to see bats and paintings, help arikok conserve the cave and protect the bats by…

  • Limiting the use of flashlights
  • Don’t use cameras with flash
  • Don’t make any loud noises.

Get To Know The Oldest District Of Aruba

The managing director of Arutram, signed a memorandum of understanding with the president of stichting rancho.  

Stichting Rancho is an organization that documents the history of one of the oldest district of Aruba – Rancho. A district known to be frequented by fishermen since 1910, and had houses made of clay and has many stories by older natives.

The intention of the MoU is to share the history of the Rancho directly with the Arutram trolley drivers, so they can also properly inform visitors as well as locals during tours.

Aruba has a lot of history and culture.

Hop on the electric trolley in the downtown area and make your way through one of the oldest districts of Aruba as you learn more about its history.



Where To Find The Best Mojitos in Aruba

The regional brand ambassadors from Bacardi awarded 9 establishments in Aruba with the best mojito certificate.

Ambassadors from Bacardi personally trained the participants in the art of making the “perfect mojito” with Bacardi’s original recipe. 

So where can you find the best mojitos on the island as of now?

At the Renaissance Blue Bar, Bucuti Hotel, Fusion Restaurant & Lounge, Cuba’s Cookin, Azia Restaurant and Lounge, Marriott Lobby Bar, Holiday Inn Hotel, Hilton Hotel, Pelican Pier and Marriott Stellaris Casino.  

I have to try each one of them to decide who really has the best mojito on the island. 🙂 

Special Price on Chill Beer

Aruba’s National Brewery has a special promotion for their recently rebranded “Chill” beer.

When you buy 4 chill beers, you get two free!

This makes for a perfect ice cold bucket of beers under a palm tree at the beach.

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New look for chill beer…

Who’s Performing at Flip Flop Festival 

Promoters of Flip Flop recently confirmed the artists that will be performing at the upcoming event.

Here’s the list of performers…

  • Alborosie
  • Beenie Man
  • Karol G
  • Fat Joe
  • Jeon

The event will take place during 3 consecutive days, from April 28 – 30, 2018.

It all starts with a traditional opening party at emotions nightclub on April 28, 2018. Following with a pool party on April 29 at Renaissance Hotel. And the big concert is going to be on April 30 at Bushiri Beach.

Tickets are available at all CITGO gas stations around the island.


Aruba Voted Top 10 Caribbean Destination in By Tripadvisor 

Tripadvisor ranked Aruba again as a top 10 destinations to visit in the Caribbean.

Aruba was ranked number 4 on the list, just after Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Punta Cana. Other islands that also made the list are Barbados, Cayman Islands, St. Lucia, St.Martin, Turks & Caicos and Guadeloupe.

If you’ve never visited Aruba before, you should and find out why it’s constantly ranked top 5 destination in the Caribbean.

Delta Airlines Announces New Flights From Boston

Delta Airlines announced plans to add service between Boston’s Logan International Airport to Aruba as of June 2018.

Flights will depart every Saturday.

More information will be published soon by the airline company.

Aruban Brothers Journey The World With Bicycle

Two brothers from Aruba, better known as the “Lacle Brothers” successfully completed a journey from Netherland to Thailand on their bicycle.

They started on April 3, 2017. And after 357 days and 20 countries they arrived at their destination.

Here are a few of the countries they biked through – Germany, Austria, Hungria. Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria. Turkia, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Malaysia and Singapore.

Not only did they achieved their goal, they got to experience different cultures, and meet new people. They also made the Aruban flag popular all over the world!


First Aruban To Sign To Chicago White Sox

The White Sox have signed 17-year-old infielder Jerrick Francees as an international free agent.

He’s the first native of Aruba to sign a deal with the organization.  

Andrew Jones, born in Curacao was the only player to play for the White Sox.

Xander Bogaerts, who plays for Boston Red Sox is the only current major league baseball representative from Aruba.

New Italian Restaurant at Ritz Carlton Hotel

Ritz Carlton open its doors to a new Italian restaurant named Casa Nonna.

Casa Nonna means “grandmother’s house” in Italian. And the food is as welcoming and home-like as the name suggests.

They offer traditional Roman and Tuscan dishes made with fresh ingredients. 

If you’re looking for new Italian dining options, Casa Nonna is worth a visit – dinner from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM.




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Fast Ferry Service Between ABC Islands

The government announced a “fast ferry service” between the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao).

The fast ferry that will be implemented in Aruba is a transportation system that’s already being used successfully for over 20 years in the Canary island.

According to infrastructure minister, the harbor for the fast ferry will be constructed in San Nicolas.

The minister signed a Memorandum of Understanding with RDA (refinery di Aruba) to transpass an area within the refinery back to the government to build the harbor for the fast ferry.

The ferry can transport between 300 – 400 passengers including 80 cargo trucks and cars.

It will be a mayor boost for the economy of the island, but especially for the district of San Nicolas, since the rehabilitation of the refinery has been put on hold for a undefined period of time.

The ferry will depart from Aruba, and reach Curacao within 2 hours. It will then continue to Bonaire, return to Curacao and Aruba on the same day.

The project is a collaboration and understanding between ABC islands, and the Dutch Kingdom.

The ferry will benefit the islands in many ways, for example having a faster way of transportation for cargo between the Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao.

The project will take between 2-3 years to complete.




Lifting The Ban on Spearfishing

During a meeting with local fisherman, the minister of communication, Transport & Primary Sector for the island, announced that he is in the process of clarifying the recently introduced list of prohibited fish species and lift a ban on spearfishing

Last year the department of nature and environment introduced an updated version of the list of prohibited fish species, however according to local fisherman the list is not detailed and confusing.

The minister will revise and clarify the list of species that is prohibited to catch, and it will be reintroduced.

The reason spearfishing is banned on the island, is because those banned it were under the assumption that it’s harmful to corals. For example, if a fisherman misses a fish, the spear could puncture corals.

However, local fisherman say they spearfishing is practised in the deepest part of the ocean, where corals aren’t found.

The department of nature and the government reached an agreement on the following two points.

  • A change in the law for spearfishing will be introduced soon. However, only under strict conditions and with restricted locations.
  • The current list of protected fish species has to be clarified.

More information will be shared by the minister soon.

Alert For Big Waves in Aruba

The meteorological department sent out an official alert for high winds and strong currents, which is still in effect for the rest of this week.

Affected areas are the east coast, north coast, west coast, arashi, and beaches near the high rise and low rise hotel.

According to the department of meteorology, waves can be as big as 3 meters high on the north coast of the island (where it’s not allowed to swim).

The beach can also be rougher than usual at the other aforementioned bays.

Pay attention to strong currents and waves when swimming or snorkeling near Arashi,and beaches near the low rise and high rise area.


Too Much Sargassum!

The recent pick up in the wind towards the ABC islands led to a huge amount of seaweed called “Sargassum” floating to our shores in the north coast of the island.

Sargassum is a brown algae that makes up the floating seaweed mats known as the Sargasso Sea in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. These floating seaweed mats float in the open ocean, and provide a habitat for over 250 species of fish and invertebrates. And Seaweed acts as a first defense to capture incoming oil.

Near the shores at Alto Vista, the amount of seaweed reached 1,5 meters high.

The beaches near the low rise and high rise area are sargassum free!

Here’s a view of the wariruri bay on the north coast of the island…

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Washed up seaweed near Wariruri.

Volunteers Needed!

Locals and visitors are gathering at the north coast of the island to gather the seaweed that washed up on shore. More volunteers are always welcome, no registration needed, just show up and help collect seaweed.

Roundabout Construction Near Superfood

A new roundabout is being constructed at the intersection from Superfood supermarket.

L.G Smith Boulevard, roadside to Tropicana Hotel will be closed. And L.G Smith Boulevard roadside to Superfood will remain open as a two way road.

The reconstruction of this highway and roundabout will take between 3 to 4 months.

Here’s the new and updated map…

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A map with new roadblocks adjustments.

L.G Smith Boulevard direction Noord will be dedicated at the roundabout on Sasaki, near Eagle Bowling towards J.E Irausquin Boulevard. And towards Pos Abou, Caya Ritmo, and Caya Musica.

Traffic from Noord, intersection at McDonald at South Beach will be deviated at the first right turn near ex House of Cheng, towards J.E Irausquin Boulevard and Oranjestad.

Rent a car in Aruba now!

Art & Farmer’s Market

Cosecha together with Taste My Aruba will be organizing the first ever “Art and Farmers market” at night – under the stars.

This will be the first edition, and the event will be dedicated to Himno y Bandera, which is the national anthem and flag day.

During the farmers market, arts and crafts made by local artisans will be displayed and for sale.

Traditional dishes and drinks will also be available during the event like, oyster soup, balchi pisca, bacalao, fresh made fish, and cake for dessert.

Cosecha, which is an at gallery store will also be open, if you’re interested in buying more unique arts and crafts made by local artisans.

Find out more about Cosecha Art Gallery store here.

The event will take place on March 16, 2018 between 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, at the  Cosecha building (address: zoutmanstraat 1).

Visit the Art & Farmers market if you want an authentic Aruban experience.



USA Today Ranks Aruba Top 3 Island in The World

USA Today named Aruba as the 3rd most liked island in the entire world, according to their readers.

Aruba ranks among the top three most liked islands, because it’s positioned outside of the hurricane belt. And also the beaches, various beachfront hotel options, activities on the island, including the National Park Arikok with all of its wonders like the natural pool.

Aruba makes the list after Bora Bora and Dominican Republic.

Nowadays travelers are looking for a destination they can reach to easily with flights, fast, easy and as cheap as possible.

And the “one happy island” offers all the above and more!

Total Block Between Venezuela and ABC Islands

The National Institution of Aeronautical Civil Venezuela implemented a total ban between the ABC islands and Venezuela again this week.

The president of venezuela already banned the commercial communication between  the ABC islands in January. However the initial ban had exceptions for travelers who were in transit between the islands, and those traveling with a Dutch Nationality.

Now the exceptions are also outlawed with the recent ban. Making a total block between the ABC islands and Venezuela.

Local authorities in Venezuela and news sources have confirmed the ban until further notice by the President.

Southwest  Airlines Now Departs From Fort Lauderdale

Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA) welcomed the first passengers on the inauguration flight from Southwest  Airlines from Fort.Lauderdale.

It was just last year that Southwest announced that they will be changing their departure from Orlando to a new gateway in Fort Lauderdale.

According to the airline, the change will benefit travelers on a connection flight from New York, Boston and the north east.

As of March 8, 2018 Southwest will be operating daily out of Fort Lauderdale.


New Food & Beverage Outlets in Aruba’s Airport

Aruba’s airport now offers 3 new additional food and beverage outlets.

Travelers can visir Panda Express, Freshii, and Wineport while waiting for their flight to departure.

Panda Express is a fast casual restaurant chain which serves American Chinese cuisine like Kung Pao Chicken,  Orange Chicken, Chow Mein, Fried Rice and steamed vegetables.

Freshii is a Canadian fast casual restaurant franchise that serves burritos, wraps, soups, salads, and frozen yogurt.

Wineport is a unique wine and champagne bar designed specifically for those passengers that want to sit back, relax and enjoy the view of arriving and departing planes on the airport. They also offer premium cocktails,  and a wide selection of craft beers.

This project was a collaboration between the  Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA) and the Airport Hospitality Industry N.V. (AHI).

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New F&B selection, Panda Express, Freshii & Wineport.

The new 323.50 square meters food & beverage area was created to accommodate the growing demand for quality F&B options and extra seating areas for passengers visiting Aruba Airport.

The airport also has new and modern bathrooms, right next to the shops.

A total investment of about $1.100.000 dollars, According to the AAA.




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Road Between Sasaki & Superfood Closed

The department of public works announced that the road starting from the roundabout at Sasaki, near Eagle Bowling until the intersection at Superfood will be closed at both ends as of March 1, 2018.

Entrance between Amsterdam Manor and Bubali Plas will also be temporarily closed.

All the aforementioned road entrances will be closed, because a new roundabout will be constructed at the intersection from superfood.

Here’s a view of the road closing…

A map of the deviations near Sasaki.

The roundabout is part of the “Watty vos Boulevard” project, which is a new ring road.

It’s been dubbed watty vos boulevard, named after Aruba’s first minister of Justice upon achieving status aparte from the Netherlands.

Watty vos Boulevard will alleviate commuter traffic and congestion along L.G Smith Boulevard and provide ready access for vacationers arriving from the airport to the principal resort areas.

The project requires reconstruction of existing infrastructure in Oranjestad, Ponton, Noord and the scenic road longside eagle beach.

Watty vos Boulevard will also reroute large cargo trucks from the barcadera container harbor, facilitating direct access to warehouses and the hotel area. This will clearing L.G Smith Boulevard from large commercial vehicles.

Here are the following deviations near the road closings….

Traffic from Oranjestad towards Noord will be deviated at the Sasaki roundabout, direction Pos Abou, to Caya Ritmo or Caya Musica, exiting at the intersection from Bubali / San Miguel to reach in Noord.

Drivers will also be deviated at the roundabout from Sasaki towards J.E Irausquin boulevard.

Traffic from Noord to Oranjestad will be deviated at L.G Smith (intersection at McDonald in Noord), to the ex house of Cheng (close to The Mill resort), towards J.E Irausquin Boulevard direction Oranjestad.

A lot of locals and repeat vacationers, are concerned that the median on eagle beach will be removed.  And how the pedestrian crossing will work at the new roundabout near Superfood.

Creating a bridge, like the one at the roundabout near Pos Chiquito will benefit shoppers who walk to superfood.

All traffic towards the roundabout of Sasaki weg and intersection at superfood will be deviated for the upcoming 3 months (Until June / July 2018).

More information about the ongoing constructions will be announced soon by the department of public works.

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Change in Bus Route To Noord

The mayor public transportation of Aruba (Arubus), announced a change in their route for bus lines L7 & L7A, due to the construction of the new roundabout near superfood.

Here’s a view of the new route….

A map for the new routes.

Take note of the new route adjustments, which will be implemented for the following 3 months (until June / July 2018)

Mandatory Yellow Fever Vaccine

The ministry of Health of Aruba established that, as of March 1, 2018, the requirement for the Yellow Fever Vaccine proven by an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP), also known as the Yellow Book, will enter into force.

The decision was made at the suggestion and guidelines of the World Health Organization and  International Health Regulation.

Yellow fever vaccine is mandatory for all passengers arriving from Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Paraguay, Panamá, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo and Uganda.

The new measure does not apply for Chile, Uruguay and other countries that are not considered at high risk for yellow fever transmission.

If you’re travelling from one of the aforementioned countries, you must be vaccinated at least 10 days before the trip.

In case you’ve been vaccinated before for yellow fever and have the vaccination document, you don’t have to be revaccinated.

However, if your vaccinated, but lost your card, you need to get revaccinated.

Visitors who were born in areas classified as high risk for Yellow Fever transmission, but live in Europe and the United States and travel to Aruba, do not need to get the vaccine or present the yellow book.

Passengers who reside in Europe or the United States and travel from countries classified as high risk to Aruba do need to be vaccinated and present the yellow book.

Except for:

  • Passengers who have been in countries at risk and are in transit through Aruba. This also includes those who have to leave and re-enter the airport or cruise ships in less than 24 hours.
  • Passengers on their way to Aruba who have been in transit through countries at risk (in their airports and ports).
  • Passengers who, having been in the countries considered at risk, before entering Aruba have remained for a period of at least 6 days in a country that is not considered at risk and have not developed fever during that period.

Important to note the for airlines and cruises:

  • The same rules that apply to passengers, also apply to cabin crew and non-flying management.
  • Regardless of these requirements, it is recommended that all crew members be vaccinated against Yellow Fever if travelling regularly to countries considered to be at risk.

The yellow book is not required for…

  • Those who are coming on a connecting flight (including cabin crew) or cruise and will be less than 24 hours on the island.
  • Children under 9 months of age.
  • People with a history of acute hypersensitivity reaction to any component of the vaccine (including gelatin, eggs, egg products, or chicken protein).
  • People with a thymus disorder.
  • Immunocompromised individuals from the following: symptomatic HIV infection or AIDS, malignant neoplasms, primary immunodeficiency diseases, transplantation, immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory therapy, radiation, therapy.

The yellow book (ICVP) must be presented to the immigration officers of the Department of Immigration, Security and Alarm of Aruba (IASA).

If you have any of these (medical) contraindications for yellow fever vaccination, an up-to-date medical waiver can be issued instead of administering the vaccine.

Pregnant or breastfeeding women and people 60 years of age and older should consult with their doctor and in case they do not recommend administering it, they should provide the person with a medical letter with an official letterhead and stamping.


Protecting Shoco From Extinction

Shocos in Aruba are critically endangered, but a conservation progress was started to save the birds from extinction.

The shoco population is decreasing due to destruction of their habitat, with the recent constructions and developments on the island. And invasive animals like boa snakes, stray cats and dogs also are responsible for endangerment of the species.

The experts at the department of wildlife & conservation ecology from the state of new mexico started a conservation program for the shocos in collaboration with Aruba National Park and Aruba Birdlife Conservation.

They made several soft release sites around the island where shocos are known to live, in an effort to catch and relocate the birds to Arikok national park for special care and a chance to survive.

Park rangers also made artificial nests in order to stimulate the reproduction of shoco’s.

In 1999 a study was made and they found less than 200 pairs of shoco couples on the island. However, a healthy population of shoco’s requires over 200 pairs of bird couples.

The amount of shoco couples did not reach over 200 for the past 20 years.

According to ABC, it’s not too late to conserve our national symbol of Aruba.

Shoco was declared a National Symbol of Aruba in 2012 and in 2014 a legislation was implemented to protect the shoco as intended.

More information about the future conservation process will be released at a later date by the Aruba Birdlife Conservation.

A shoco on a cactus in Aruba, beautiful!

New Task Force For Stray Dogs & Plastic Bags

The government introduced a new task force that will be in charge of enforcing the dog act law (known as ley di cacho in Aruba), use of plastic bags and illegal dump sites.

The task force is a collaboration between city inspectors, police and lawyers.

City inspectors are now authorized to give out sanctions and fines for littering, or animal abuse.

The minister of environment also announced that more laws will be introduced and implemented in the near future to protect nature in Aruba. Such as a ban on foam boxes, and other plastic products which are dangerous to the islands marine life.

Most of these products will be replaced with biodegradable materials.

New Market For Fruits & Vegetables

It’s been over a month since the President from Venezuela closed the frontiers of his country, banning all commercial communication between the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao).

The decision to close the frontiers was implemented in an effort to stop minerals, precious metals and other items from illegally being exported out of Venezuela.

Due to the ban, local markets who depend on fresh fruits and vegetables from Venezuela experienced a shortage of products.

The bigger supermarkets import their fruits and vegetables from other countries. Like the united states, but importing fresh produce from Venezuela is cheaper and faster for smaller business.

Because of the current situation, farmers from Colombia offered to ship fruits and vegetables to Aruba at a reasonable price.

The frontiers between Venezuela and ABC island remains closed until further notice by the president.

The local government wants to depend less on importation of produce in the future, and is exploring new ways to grow fruits and vegetables locally on the island.


Baseball Park in Dakota

The minister of sport announced that a new state of the art baseball field will be constructed in the district of Dakota.

The former “Little League Ballpark” will be dismantled and reconstructed into a new baseball field.

According to the minister, the project is in the design stage, and construction work will start soon.

The baseball field will be completed before the end of 2019.

Aruba International Half Marathon

Aruba International Half Marathon will take place soon on the island.

It’s the longest race event in Aruba, nearly covering the entire length of the island, from San Nicolas to Oranjestad.

The route starts from Joe Laveist Ball Park, in San Nicolas, and ends in front of Alhambra Casino.

The race will be on March 25, 2018, starting at 5.30 AM at Joe Laveist Ball Park.

Local and international athletes from all over the world will join the race.

There’s already over 700 people registered for the competition, are you joining?

Inscription is open until March 23, 2018.

For more information and registration, visit the “Aruba Half Marathon website”.

Or to register in person visit the promoters at IBISA (Frankrijkstraat 1 – or Dr.Schaepmanstraat 52).




Flip Flop Festival 2018

It’s time for one of Aruba’s widely popular beach events, Flip Flop Festival.

Flip Flop features artist from different music genres like Reggae, Urban, Dancehall, Soca and Latin.

Last year artist like Rick Ross and Morgan Heritage were on the sunny island, and gave one of their best performances in the Caribbean region.

Previous flip flop editions featured other popular artist like DJ DYNA, Quintino, TOK, Gyptian and Israel Vibrations.

The line up for this years fest isn’t known yet, but it promises to be good!

More information about flip flop will be announced by the promoters at a later date.

Mimo’s Ice Cream Rolls

There’s a new  way to enjoy ice cream in Aruba.

Located at Paseo Herencia mall, a place called Mimo’s ice cream rolls that makes “stir fried ice cream”.

Stir fried ice cream was started in Thailand, by mixing ice cream with different flavors, fruits and candies.

Ice cream rolls are prepared in front of your eyes by the vendors at Mimo’s.

They are made by pouring a mixture of your favorite flavors, fruits and candies into a -18 to -35 degree Celsius metal pan. The mixture is mashed and stirred using two spatulas, until it freezes and solidifies. It’s finally scraped into rolls for you to enjoy.

Find out more about this sweet dessert at Mimo’s ice cream rolls, open everyday from 5.30 PM to 10.30 PM.




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CITGO Slows Down Refinery Refurbishment Project

“In 2016 CITGO launched the San Nicolas refinery refurbishment project with a firm vision and steadfast commitment to work with the Aruban government to bring jobs in the local economy, increase economic activity and contribute to energy security in the region.

While CITGO remains committed to the project, the U.S Government imposed sanctions related to shareholder Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) which doesn’t allow additional funding for the rehabilitation of the refinery.

CITGO has been actively working since August 2017 to obtain relief from these sanctions, but since relief has yet to be granted we must slow down the project immediately.

We understand the hardship this situation has caused for employees and the people of Aruba.

We continue to actively work on a solution and hope to resume the full project in the near future…”

These were the exact words of CITGO’s announcement in the media to slow down the refurbishment of the refinery.

Aruba is caught in the middle of an impasse between the US and Venezuela government. And about 300 employees were already forced to go home.

The government is revising the contract with CITGO for possible breaches and claims.

According to the prime minister, the executives from CITGO will be on the island to discuss the situation, and a possible reconsideration to slow down the refurbishment of the refinery.

More information will be released during the upcoming press conference by the government.


Mandatory Yellow Fever Vaccine

The ministry of Health of Aruba established that, as of March 1, 2018, the requirement for the Yellow Fever Vaccine proven by an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP), also known as the Yellow Book, will enter into force.

The decision was made at the suggestion and guidelines of the World Health Organization and  International Health Regulation.

Yellow fever vaccine is mandatory for all passengers arriving from Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Paraguay, Panamá, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo and Uganda.

The new measure does not apply for Chile, Uruguay and other countries that are not considered at high risk for yellow fever transmission.

If you’re travelling from one of the aforementioned countries, you must be vaccinated at least 10 days before the trip.

In case you’ve been vaccinated before for yellow fever and have the vaccination document, you don’t have to be re-vaccinated.

However, if your vaccinated, but lost your card, you need to get re-vaccinated.

Visitors who were born in areas classified as high risk for Yellow Fever transmission, but live in Europe and the United States and travel to Aruba, do not need to get the vaccine or present the yellow book.

Passengers who reside in Europe or the United States and travel from countries classified as high risk to Aruba do need to be vaccinated and present the yellow book.

Except for:

  • Passengers who have been in countries at risk and are in transit through Aruba. This also includes those who have to leave and re-enter the airport or cruise ships in less than 24 hours.
  • Passengers on their way to Aruba who have been in transit through countries at risk (in their airports and ports).
  • Passengers who, having been in the countries considered at risk, before entering Aruba have remained for a period of at least 6 days in a country that is not considered at risk and have not developed fever during that period.

Important to note the for airlines and cruises:

  • The same rules that apply to passengers, also apply to cabin crew and non-flying management.
  • Regardless of these requirements, it is recommended that all crew members be vaccinated against Yellow Fever if travelling regularly to countries considered to be at risk.

The yellow book is not required for…

  • Those who are coming on a connecting flight (including cabin crew) or cruise and will be less than 24 hours on the island.
  • Children under 9 months of age.
  • People with a history of acute hypersensitivity reaction to any component of the vaccine (including gelatin, eggs, egg products, or chicken protein).
  • People with a thymus disorder.
  • Immunocompromised individuals from the following: symptomatic HIV infection or AIDS, malignant neoplasms, primary immunodeficiency diseases, transplantation, immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory therapy, radiation, therapy.

The yellow book (ICVP) must be presented to the immigration officers of the Department of Immigration, Security and Alarm of Aruba (IASA).

If you have any of these (medical) contraindications for yellow fever vaccination, an up-to-date medical waiver can be issued instead of administering the vaccine.

Pregnant or breastfeeding women and people 60 years of age and older should consult with their doctor and in case they do not recommend administering it, they should provide the person with a medical letter with an official letterhead and stamping.




Mosquito Free Resort Awards

The Department of Public Health (Yellow Fever and Mosquito Control) awarded the hotels on the low rise, high rise and several other apartments for complying with their mosquito controlled resort program.

Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA) and Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association (AHATA) continue to focus on awareness campaigns in order to keep the hotel area and the rest of the island mosquito free.

The department of public health inspects the hotel area for possible mosquito breeding grounds at least 3 times a year, usually in March, July and November.

Mosquitoes should be the least of your worries when thinking about visiting Aruba.

Help Plastic Beach Party Keep Aruba Clean

Aruba is known as “one happy island”, and it’s also a beautiful one.

In order to maintain the islands beauty, protect the environment and marine life, we need to keep it clean.

A new non-profit organization called plastic beach party is focused on reducing Aruba’s dependance on plastic and you can help them achieve the goal.

The government already banned plastic bags at the supermarket and retail stores to reduce the circulation of plastic on the island.

During the recent carnival season, plastic beach party collected over 15 kilos of plastic, 10 kilos of aluminum cans, and more than 50 kilos of glass bottles.

The cans and bottles will be recycled and up-cycled. All the other plastics waste will be recycled by plastic beach party. They use the plastic to create relevant, useful and reusable products.

With the use of plastic recycling machines they create relevant, useful and reusable products. Plastic beach party processes between 100 – 200 kilo of plastic a month.

They offer plastic waste recycling for households and businesses. With a variety of plastic recycling pricing packages that make recycling accessible for anyone.

Give plastic beach party a hand by keeping the beaches clean after your visit.

Together we can make and help keep Aruba clean and plastic free!

Start of Camping Season in Aruba

The Aruba Police Force informs that the camping season in connection with Semana Santa (Holy Week) will start this year on March 28, 2018 and will end on April 8, 2018.

Aruba’s beaches will be dotted with tents, and families getting together to celebrate Easter.

Camping is a tradition by locals for many decades already, and anyone can join in on the adventure. However, there are some rules for camping on the island.

It’s not allowed to camp outside of the season or pitch a tent anywhere.

In order to camp, you need a permit.

Application forms for camping permit will be available until March 9, 2018 at the administrative office of all police stations.

Camping is only allowed on certain beaches like baby beach, near the bays of savaneta, surfside, arashi, malmok and small area on eagle beach next to costa linda resort.

It’s prohibited to barbecue on the white beach sand and campfires are not allowed.

Camping is one of my favorite pastime, we usually camp on baby beach!

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I’m enjoying the camping season.

Camping isn’t for everyone, but I do enjoy the beauty of sleeping under the stars on the beach.

There’s something magical about it.

Eagle Beach Top 4 in The World

TripAdvisor recently announced the top 25 beaches in the world and Eagle Beach is number 4 on the list.

The travel sites picks the best beaches in the world according to the quality and quantity of travelers that visit the destination. Eagle Beach is the best, no wonder it ranks in the top.

Tripadvisor quoted eagle beach as “awesome sand, ample shade, great for swimming”.

If you’re wondering what’s the best time to visit Aruba and dip your toes in the sand on Eagle Beach, it’s all year around!

Book your flight to Aruba as soon as possible…


Learn Words in Papiamento

The department of education re-launched their website for those who want to look up the correct spelling for words in Papiamento (the native language on the island).

The website has been around for a while already, but it was recently updated with over 17.000 words. All the words on the site are spelled according to the official Aruban orthography, which was published in April 2009.

The list of words will be updated in the future.

Learn more words in Papiamento at www.papiamento.aw




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New Security Measures To Enter Aruba

New security measures to enter Aruba were announced by the minister of justice during a press conference.

According to him these new measures will facilitate the protection of the islands frontiers from visitors who overstay and violate the laws.

He plans to implement an advanced info passenger system, which allows the local authorities to get more information about passengers on a plane, if necessary.

As of March 1, 2018 a new Interpol department will be opened in Aruba.

Interpol is the world’s largest international police organization, with over 192 member countries. Aruba will collaborate with Interpol by linking to their database, to collect information about travelers who are wanted  internationally by the police or government.

A new “ESTA Aruba” system will also be implemented in the following months.

The new system allows local authorities to review a travelers background information in real time. It facilitates the process of screening, approving and denying travellers entry to the island.

The new system will be rolled out in short period of time, for certain countries.

Further details about ESTA Aruba, in regards to who, how and when the form needs to be filled will be announced by the minister during a next press conference.




Carnaval 64 Comes To An End

The past 6 weeks on the island was all about Carnival!

The festive season started with a traditional torch parade through Oranjestad to kickoff the season on January 6, 2018.

Followed by Carnival queen elections, caiso & soca monarch music festival, children’s parades during the day, jouvert morning and lightning parades at night.

The parades made their way through the main streets of San Nicolas and Oranjestad.

February 11, 2018 is the final grand parade of Aruba’s 64th Carnival!

Sideliners witnessed thousands of colorfully dressed participants dance their way through the streets of Oranjestad and San Nicolas, following trucks with huge speakers.

A lot of songs became popular this year, even the hit by Big Shaq “Mans Not Hot” had a local spin on it. However, local artist composed songs that became a hit of their own during this parade such as…

  • N’Fuzion – Alive
  • Tsunami – Do What You Want
  • Le Groove – Sideliners
  • Buleria – For Once & For All

These songs have catchy melodies and easy lyrics you could sing along too.

If you’re eager to hear the tunes, search for them on YouTube and enjoy the island’s most popular Carnival music for 2018.

Enjoying Lighting Parade

This year I participated in the Jouvert Morning, which is a mass of people jamming through the main street of San Nicolas in their pajamas from midnight till the sun comes up.

I also was a part of Champagnes Group in lighting Parade with costume themed “Angel Wings”.

I had a blast.

If you’re looking for a one of a kind island experience, join the parades next year for Aruba’s 65th Carnival it’s going to be massive!

Here’s a video of the Grand Parade in San Nicolas…

February 12, 2018 is an official holiday – Carnival Monday!

Nearly all inland stores and downtown area will be closed, with the exceptions of shops near the hotel area.

Aruba Top 10 Destinations In The Caribbean

TripAdvisor named Aruba, one of the top 10 destinations in the Caribbean region for 2017.

Aruba ranks #6 in the list.

The island ranks every year in the top, because of its precious beaches and happy people, that keep visitors returning every year.

Here’s the list according to TripAdvisor.com

  1. Jamaica
  2. St.Maarten
  3. Cayman Island
  4. Puerto Rico
  5. Barbados
  6. Aruba
  7. U.S Virgin Islands
  8. St.Lucia
  9. Turks & Caicos
  10. U.S Virgin Islands


Alert Strong Winds & Beach Currents

The meteorological department issued an alert for strong winds and rough beach conditions as of February 9, 2018.

Aruba is known for its trade wind breeze, especially by kite surfers! However, the wind is stronger than usual for over a week already.

The alert counts for beaches near the north coast of the island, arashi, high rise & low rise hotels area.

Beaches near the hotel area are usually calm and small waves, but on windier days the currents can be stronger.

Be cautious when going snorkeling or swimming in the aforementioned beaches.

I’m sure you have a list of must have items to bring to the beach in Aruba, but here’s a island tip – bring clips to secure your beach towel, cup holders and a beach bag to store your personal belongings.


Spearfishing Electronic Permit

The minister of justice wants to lift the ban on prohibition for spearfishing in Aruba.

Spearfishing is a traditional sport practiced by the older generations.

However a ban was implemented in 2001, and spearfishing stopped, but still continues to be done illegally.

The ban was implemented because there was concerns that fishermen were spearfishing near collars, and could potentially damage them.

But he has proof that the sport is practiced in the deep blue sea, far away from the corrals, so the ban is necessary in 2018.

According to the minister the ban should be lifted and an electronic permits should be introduced in order to stop illegal spearfishing in Aruba. Electronic permits allows the local authorities to patrol, monitor the activity of fisherman and track their location.

The minister will hand out temporary permits to certain fishermen, but with strict rules on the locations where spearfishing is allowed.

New changes in the law will also be made.




San Nicolas Development Plan

The government introduced a committee last week that’s in charge of developing and revamping the main streets of San Nicolas.

Now they followed up by sharing some of the ideas they have planned during a press conference. For example, an university including a campus, a hotel in seroe colorado and new stores through the main streets.

They also plan on restoring existing community museum, industry museum, and the model train museum in San Nicolas.

Solar trees were installed throughout the main street of San Nicolas, allowing you to charge your electronic devices for free.

Free WiFi will also be installed in the main streets.

The idea behind these two projects is to create a lounge area between all the art galleries, stores and cafes.

Colorful parasols will also be added to provide shade from the sun.

There’s also plans of creating an art gallery called “Changa”, for one of the cultural games played in Aruba, which is dominoes.  

Changa, is a word locals use when a player wins at both ends of a domino game.

There’s lots of reasons to visit San Nicolas.

It’s a hidden gem, only discovered by visitors who dare to leave the resort and explore the rest of the island.

Here’s a list of places to visit in San Nicolas…

  • Baby Beach
  • Rodgers Beach
  • Mundi’s Health Cafe
  • Oneils Caribbean Kitchen
  • Museums
  • Charlies Bar
  • Kaminis Kitchen
  • Graffiti Murals

These are few suggestions, of course you will find other hidden gems while driving through main streets and off roads in San Nicolas.

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