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Once a week, on Sundays I publish the happenings on the island in my weekly Aruba news recap.

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The entire island is in party mode, because it’s Carnival season.

Until now we’ve crowned our Queen of Carnival, found our Caiso & Soca Monarch, jammed to music and admired plenty of parades through Oranjestad and San Nicolas featuring thousands of participants.

The following weeks will be more of the same celebrations, with the last parades:  2 children’s parades, 2 lighting parades and 2 grand parades and a jouvert morning.

As we’re still enjoying the events, let’s recap the news that made it through the noise of Aruba’s carnival…

Task Force Removes 3 Water Sport Establishments

Last week the government implemented a “3 strikes you’re out” in the beach policy and introduced a new task force to implement the policy.

The decision was made after a conflict between two beach vendors on Palm Beach that got out of hand was caught on video.

Beach policy is not new, it was introduced in 2014, but due to the lack of implementation and enforcement of the policy, the beach vendors made their own laws.

For example, having more chairs, or taking a bigger territory than stated in the beach policy.

Task force is a collaboration between DIP (Department of Infrastructure & Planning), Directie Scheepvaart, DOW and the police.

However, the police are in charge of giving out warnings or closing down beach vendor establishments.

This week they made an unexpected visit at beach vendors on Palm Beach and Eagle Beach.

A total of 42 beach vendor companies were inspected and 37 of them received a “written warning” for failing to comply with regulations in the beach policy. This counts as their first strike, according to the new policy, two more warnings and their establishments get removed from the beach.

The task force closed down 3 of the beach vendors during their control for not having permits.

From now on all vendors must display their permit and regulations for clients to see.

With the introduction of the new task force, the law and order regarding water activities, umbrella and chair renting should be restored on Aruba’s beaches.


Botanic Garden in Aruba

Aruba’s minister of primary sector announced the construction of the islands first Botanical Garden.

The garden is an initiative to conserve, protect, and fortify the evolution of Aruba’s primary sector.

It’s going to be focused on fruits, vegetables and medicinal herbs, which was used to cure diseases by our elders on the island.

Looking back to history, cultivating medicinal herbs and using it for treating disease is part of Aruba’s culture.

The knowledge and skills to grow these native medicinal herbs will be passed onto future generations with the help of this project.

Botanical Garden Aruba  is a collaboration between the government and Santa Rosa, a foundation for agriculture and fishermen.

Santa Rosa also hosts the largest farmers market on the island.

According to the minister, a group of experts will be in charge of planning and structuring the botanic garden. The garden will be constructed at Santa Rosa, which is located close to the popular landmark Hooiberg (Haystack), in the district of Piedra Plat.

The botanic garden is the response to Aruba’s search to be independent for basic food, after the president of Venezuela closed its frontiers to the ABC island (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) for commercial communication by air and sea.

Causing shortage of fruits and vegetables at local markets who depend on imported products from Venezuela.

Soon Aruba won’t be dependant on importations of fruits and vegetables anymore. At least more than half of the produce should be made here on the island.

Aruba’s first botanic garden will of course create another “thing to see” on the island, boosting the economy.

There’s already plans of creating an app for the botanical garden, for visitors, enabling you to get the full specifications of the medicinal herbs by a scan of the bar code.




Safest Traffic in Dutch Kingdom

Aruba has the lowest amount of fatal traffic accidents within the Dutch Kingdom in 2017.

This is due to the increase of police on the road, more controls, campaigns by foundations to prevent drunk driving, and traffic safety management to prevent accidents.

For example, a lot of sleeping police and roundabouts have been constructed, which causes a reduction of the velocity. Also a recent ban of driving while using your cell phone was implemented that also increased the safety on the roads.

The traffic in Aruba is very safe, only 2 fatal accidents happened in 2017.

Don’t speed, text and drive, or drive after a few drinks at the restaurant.

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Warning: High Winds, Strong Currents and Big Waves

The meteorological department of Aruba alerts the community for high winds, strong currents and big waves at the beach as of January 26, 2018.

Beaches affected by this alert are the north coast, arashi beach, and high rise and low rise hotels.

Take precautionary warning for swimming at the aforementioned beaches.

Aruba Summer Music Festival 2018

The promoters (SD Productions & Loco Lobo Productions) announced the Aruba summer music festival during a press conference this week.

It’s the 4th edition of ASMF and it will be on June 29 – 30, 2018.

The artists line up has a mix of different music cultures, from the Caribbean, Latin America and North America. Featuring artists like Ozuna, Nacho, Eddy Herrera, Felipe “Pipe” Pelaez, Victor Manuelle and Fonseca.

Local bands will also be performing (Buleria, D’Licious & ‘N Fuzion).

The festival will take place at Harbour Arena, close to the cruise port.

Here’s the schedule for the festival…

June 29, 2018 – The local bands will be performing, followed by presentations from Ozuna, and Nacho.

June 30, 2018 – Eddy Herrera, Felipe “Pipe” Pelaez, Victor Manuelle and Fonseca.

Early bird tickets are available as of 29 January, 2018 at Sandra’s Garden, located near the linear park on surfside beach.  

General entrance is $58 – VIP costs $100.00 – Diamond $143.00

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Once a week, on Sundays I recap the most relevant and recent Aruba news topics.

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Let’s get started with the one of the most important Aruba news topics on the island.

Task Force Enforcing Beach Policy After Argument Between Water Sport Owners

A video of two water sport owners arguing over “business on the beach” surfaced the internet and went viral.

It also got the attention from the government, which disapproves of the situation.

The minister of Tourism, Infrastructure, Justice and Transportation signed a ministerial decree which empowers an appointed task force to re-establish order on the beaches between water sport owners and chair vendors.

The new task force is a collaboration between the police, department of infrastructure and planning, public works company and directie scheepvaart.

As of January 21, 2018 the task force will hold regular controls to make sure water sport owners and chair vendors are following the beach policy.

The government also implemented a “3 strikes you’re out” policy.

All the disciplinary actions taken against those who don’t follow the beach policy will be recorded in a database. When a warning is issued 3 times, the owners will lose their license to do business on the beach.




Indefinite Frontier Ban in Venezuela For ABC Islands

The president of Venezuela closed the frontiers between his country and ABC (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) islands for an indefinite period of time.

He implemented a ban, because precious metals, minerals and other products are being illegally exported out of Venezuela – according to him.

This means no commercial communication is possible to and from Venezuela, either by sea or air.

The Aruban government met with officials from Venezuela this week to resolve the situation and reopen the frontiers.

According to the prime minister, a written agreement was made to reopen the frontiers, but it has yet to be approved by the president of Venezuela.

The frontiers are still closed, and no one knows when the ban will be called off.

So what consequences does this have for Aruba and other islands?

The supply of fruits and vegetables are running low at local markets, because they depend on products from Venezuela that reach by small boats.

However, the big supermarkets on the island have enough fruits and vegetables, because they import their products from other countries.

Importing fruits and vegetables from Venezuela is 30% cheaper compared to other countries for local markets owners.

For example, one kilo of watermelons is $6.00 more expensive to import from the U.S than from Venezuela. One kilo of tomatoes are about $3.00 more expensive. And a kilo of apples costs $8.00 in the U.S, but $3.00 in Venezuela.

As of now the local markets are receiving their fruits and vegetables from Colombia, which is a bit more expensive than Venezuela, but still an affordable alternative.

The only issue with importing from Colombia is that it takes longer for the boats to reach Aruba, about 24 hours compared to 7 hours from Venezuela.

Aruba imports more than 50% of its products from Venezuela, the rest is imported from Colombia, Netherlands, America and Chile.

So who’s to blame for precious metals, minerals and products being illegally transported by boats to the ABC?

Border control in Venezuela is known to be strict, but there’s a theory that the customs are the ones who are allowing the products go in return for money to survive the current situation in Venezuela.

The government should look into investing in ways to grow our own fruits and vegetables.

Aruba has the perfect weather conditions to cultivate its own products.


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Maybe Aruba Will Move Forward Without A Refinery

What consequences does the closing of Venezuela’s frontiers and incarceration of the top officials in CITGO Venezuela have on completing the refurbishment of the refinery?

Since the President of Venezuela closed all commercial communications with ABC islands, and the top officials of CITGO Venezuela are still incarcerated, what does this mean for the future of the island’s refinery?

The rehabilitation of the refinery was supposed to take about 2 years until working on full capacity, however with the delays it’s going to take longer than expected.

“Maybe we should think of an Aruba independently of a refinery”

Said the prime minister during a press conference a few weeks ago.

The government doesn’t have much information about the progress for the refinery.

They are investigating possible breaches in the contract by CITGO.

5 Reasons To Escape The Winter in Aruba

Is the cold weather making you dream about a trip to Aruba?

If so, you’re most probably suffering from the winter blues.

There’s plenty of remedies to treat your depression, but the best cure is a vacation in Aruba.

Here’s 5 reasons you should escape the cold in Aruba this year.

It’s the perfect winter escape, because the island is an oasis of sunshine, beautiful hotels and plenty of things to do in Aruba.


Caiso & Soca Monarch Tickets For Sale

Ticket sales for Aruba’s Caiso & Soca Monarch 2018 are available now!

Caiso & Soca Monarch is a 3 day music festival during Carnival season, featuring different compositions by local bands.

The event will take place at Carnival Village, which is located in San Nicolas, close to the refinery.

It all begins with 3 pre-final nights which will take place on January 22 – 23 – 24, 2018.

A total of 91 compositions will be displayed during the pre-finals. To be exact, 72 songs are soca’s and 19 of them are caiso’s.

Only 35 songs will make it to the finals to be crowned Aruba’s Caiso & Soca Monarch for 2018.

The finals will take place on January 27, 2018 at Carnival village.

Pre Finals tickets cost $9.00 and tickets to the finals event are $15.00.

Tickets are available for sale at all CITGO gas stations.

Bon Bini Festival Revamped

Every Tuesday visitors can get to know more about the culture and history of Aruba by visiting the popular “Bon Bini Festival” at Fort Zoutman.

Bon Bini means welcome in Papiamento.

It started since 1985 under the name Watapana Festival. The festival is over 30 years old and continues to introduce visitors to the culture of the island.

This year the promoters decided to revamped the festival and added brand new themes, shows and surprises to the program.  

Entrance price for Bon Bini festival is now $10.00, which will be used to contributions for the developments of Fort Zoutman.

Bon Bini festival starts at 6.00 PM every Tuesday at Fort Zoutman which is located in the downtown area, close to the Parliament building.

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Preserving Spaans Lagoen

Arikok National park is creating a new management plan for Spaans Lagoon, which has been officially recognized as a ramsar area back in 1980.

Spaans lagoon is an area of cultural, historical and geological value for Aruba.

It also has an immense biodiversity of flora and fauna that needs appropriate attention.

Spaans lagoon covers over 70 hectares.

It’s Aruba’s most significant coastal lagoon and one of the largest natural lagoons in the Caribbean.

The lagoon is about 2 kilometers long and surrounded by mudflats and mangroves.

Spaans Lagoon was officially passed under the protection of Arikok National Park in March 2017 during a visit of the Princess Beatrix.

Arikok will be taking the following points into consideration in the management plan to conserve Spaans Lagoon.

  • Management and restoration of habitat and species
  • Public access to the spaans lagoon
  • Management of invasive species
  • Legal protection for the lagoon

Arikok already added signs near the lagoon to warn visitors about the rules of entering the nature reserve.

Entrance to the lagoon will soon be restricted to the public and only accessible with a park ranger.

Here’s a view of the Spaans Lagoon…

A view of Spaans Lagoon.

E-Commerce in Aruba

A few startup companies in Aruba are already using the latest technology in e-commerce to grow their business.

However, the new way of business hasn’t gone mainstream yet on the island.

The chamber of commerce wants to implement it for all business.

They created a “white paper” document in which all aspects that they have to consider to introduce e-commerce in Aruba.

The document is already in the hands of the Governor and Prime Minister, awaiting to be reviewed.

The government needs to adapt certain laws before e-commerce can be a reality.

So what’s inside this documents?

Mainly all the constructive comments by business owners in regards to how they think e-commerce should be developed on the island and how it would help their business grow.

The banks in Aruba play an important role for e-commerce to be possible on the island, and they have made some important developments recently that can easily facilitate  the new business model.

Locals in Aruba are ordering from Amazon (or other websites) and receive their packages within 2 weeks. By allowing e-commerce in Aruba the delivery time will be shorter.

If the business can get their products at a cheaper price to locals online and still make a profit it would be a win – win – win situation.

Dia Di Betico – January 25, 2017 – National Holiday

You’re invited to celebrate the cultural ceremony on “Dia Betico” at Plaza Libertador Betico Croes on January 25,  2018.

So what is “Dia di Betico” Exactly?

It’s the birth date of a local politician who was the driving force behind attaining Aruba’s status aparte (special status) in the Dutch Kingdom.

This year would have been his 80th birthday.

Plaza Betico Croes is located close to surfside beach, a stone throw away from Cas di Cultura and Talk Of The Town Hotel.

The event stats at 6.00 PM with an Aruban culinary fair and local art.

Here you will find the most traditional and delicious Aruban bites, snacks and beverages.

There’s also going to be musical entertainment and traditional dance presentations.

All stores and businesses will be closed during this national holiday

Local Chinese supermarkets are known to be open, in case you need some groceries or other necessities.

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More About Aruba For First Timers

Aruba is an island full of contrast.

One area is dotted with resorts, beaches and fun for the whole family, while the rest of the island boasts natural bridges, caves and coves formed by pounding of the ocean.

After the sun sets, Aruba starts to get captivating, with over 200 restaurants offering some the best dishes on the island that offer different culinary experiences, cocktail lounges, casino and booming night clubs.

If you’ve never been to Aruba before, what are you waiting for?

Paradise is calling….




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Recap Aruba News

Keep on reading to find out what’s been happening on the island…

Opening Coney Island Pushed Back

Last week the promoters of Coney Island announced that the park would open on January 2, 2018.

But the park is still closed.

Local authorities didn’t inspect the park on time for it to open, because a giant ferris wheel wasn’t assembled yet.

The final inspection will take place after the ferris wheel is installed and functioning.

The opening date has yet to be announced.

In the meantime everyone’s excited for the doors to open.

A New Vision For Tourism

The minister of tourism recently announced new projects that will take place in the next 4 to 8 years.

One of his short term goals is to repair the strip on the high rise hotel area and focus on improving the downtown area.

He also mentioned that San Nicolas will also see developments with new projects that will infuse the district with more visitors.

One of the many projects in the sunrise city is building two new all inclusive hotels.

However the construction of these resorts are dependant on the rehabilitation of the refinery.


Refinery Rehabilitation On Hold

The rehabilitation of the refinery is practically on hold, after top management of CITGO Venezuela were arrested a few weeks ago.

The reason it’s on hold is because of low funds.

After the top officials of CITGO were arrested, the money to fund the rehabilitation has yet to be transferred on the bank account of RDA (Refineria Di Aruba) which supervises the entire operation.

The government will revise the contract between CITGO for possible breaches. They will also create new agreements, deadlines or sanctions if necessary.

“If CITGO doesn’t complete the rehabilitation of the refinery, we will have to look for other investors who are willing to take over, or think of an Aruba that will progress without a refinery” said the prime minister during a press conference.

The prime minister has still to release further information about the situation.

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Venezuela Closes Frontiers For ABC Islands

The president of Venezuela closed all commercial communications (by air and sea) with Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao after threatening to do so last week.

He implemented a ban for 72 hours as a part of the “Plan Centinela de la Soberanía Y Contra el Contrabando”.

The president instructed the armed forces to take over every cruise port and airport where contrabands are usually smuggled with the intention to stop merchandise and minerals from being taken from the border of Venezuela.

He urged the leaders from the ABC islands to combat the smuggling from contrabands to and from Venezuela.

The ban doesn’t count for travelers.

Prime minister of Aruba is worried about the current situation, because the ban can have a negative impact on the commercial, family and culture relationship with Venezuela. And this can also have a negative effect on the other islands in the Caribbean.

The Aruban government is in contact with the department of foreign affairs in the Netherlands and Venezuela to rectify the situation.




New Owner General Aviation Terminal

Aruba Airport Authority finalized the concession agreement between the new owners (W Aviation) of private general aviation terminal.

W aviation officially took over the operations at the private terminal as of January 1, 2018.

They offer different aviation services, like plane fueling, ancillary services, customer service, concierge, aircraft parkings, customs supports and ground handling.

Over $1.8 million dollars will be invested this year into refurbishing the interior of the private aviation terminal and improving the exterior of the property.

The private terminal will have a new state of the art passenger lobby,  new customer service area, bistro bar, luxurious VIP passenger lounges, executive conference rooms, pilot lounge and flight planning room.

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Increasing Security in Aruba

The minister of justice recently announced that he will be implementing new measures to increase security on the island.

He explained that the police will be equipped with drones for surveillance near the hotel area, beach and cruise port. A helicopter will be reintroduced for rapid response cases and other emergencies.

Panic buttons and cameras will be installed at all lotto reseller points.

The minister also wants to increase the participation of the community in solving crimes with golden tips and a new board of advisory.

Expect 200 extra police on the force in the near future. This means more officers circulating the tourist area’s and more safety for everyone.

The official date when these implementations will take place hasn’t been announced yet by the minister. However, he did mention everything will be in place in a short matter of time.




Government Protects Wetland From Development

The new minister of nature and infrastructure denies the petition to give a wetland property to De Veer Chain Theatres (DVCT).

DVCT is owned by a local businessman who wants to create another cinema on the island, but the only issue is the property is located on a protected wetland near palm beach.

The previous minister of infrastructure approved the petition despite receiving advice from different government agencies not to proceed with developments in this area.

After the recent government elections the new minister of nature and infrastructure reviewed the petition by DVCT and disapproved it, because it doesn’t fit into the space development plan by the government.

Sunny Weather Report

The meteorological department of Aruba prognosticates sunny weather for the rest of the week.

Maximum temperature will be around 30 degrees and lowest around 25 degrees.

There will be some clouds hovering above the island, but most likely a dry and sunny weather will prosper – perfect for those beach days!


Pope Francis Blesses Aruba

Minister plenipotentiary of Aruba was in Rome as guest of COTAL (confederation of organization tourism in latin america) and was invited to meet the Pope.

During the ministers visit, the pope blessed the Aruban flag and the entire island.

He also received a painting of Alto Vista Chapel, which is one of the most religious places in Aruba.

The blessed flag will receive a special place in Aruba’s parliament.




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Let’s get started with the recap of current Aruba news for this week.

Gateway 2030 Will Revamp Aruba Airport

Aruba airport authority announced a major renovation project.

It’s called the “Gateway 2030 Project”.

The airport will be renovated into a more modern and expanded facility, with an emphasis on sustainability.

In 2015 about over 2.9 million travelers made use of Aruba’s airport.

The amount of visitors is still increasing, with the growth still expected to continue for the coming years the airport has to expand to accommodate the amount of travelers.

After the renovation, Aruba’s airport will have…

  • A centralized and expanded check in hall
  • New security & immigrations procedures
  • Three additional gates
  • Upgraded US preclearance facility
  • New Baggage handling system

This is just a few of the changes that will take place during the Gateway 2030 Project.

There’s so much more that’s going to change during the renovations than I mentioned above – the airport won’t look the same anymore.


Aruba Named Safest Island For Your Next Winter Escape

It’s hard to say which island is the safest island in the Caribbean, because of many factors one needs to consider.

Despite all the other popular islands one can choose from, a popular lifestyle blog “Culture Cheat Sheet” named Aruba among the safest islands to visit for your next winter escape.

They added Aruba to the list of safe islands to visit, because its outside the hurricane belt and the overall high safety in regards to crime on the island.

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Coney Island Missing Final Inspection Before Opening in Aruba

Coney island is almost open for the public.

The park is just missing one final inspection by the local authorities.

They already approved the first set of rides during previous inspections

However, more containers arrived this week with extra attractions, which also need to be installed and inspected before the park opens.

If the local authorities approve of the rides during the final inspection, coney island will officially obtain their permit and will open their doors on January 2, 2018.

Coney island has over 28 attractions, a perfect family friendly park with entertainment for kids, teens and grown ups.

The price for entry to the park hasn’t been mentioned officially yet, but word around town is that the general entrance is $4.

The attractions will cost between $1 – $4, depending which ride.

Coney island is located on LG Smith boulevard, close to the cruise port.

Removing Parking Meters & Allowing Cars in Mainstreet

A few weeks ago the minister of transport announced that he wanted to remove the parking meters and allow cars to drive through the mainstreet during certain hours.

Before any official decision was made, the minister had to reunite with all the stakeholders like AruParking in the downtown area.

He didn’t release any official information yet since his initial announcement.

But the prime minister of Aruba did mention the situation during a weekly government press conference.

According to her,  they will take the decision to reopen the mainstreet for cars and remove parking meters within 90 days into 2018.




Venezuela To Close Commercial Communication Between ABC Islands

The president of Venezuela threatened to stop all means of commercial communication between Venezuela and ABC islands (and the Caribbean).

He wants to end trafficking of contraband merchandise from the ABC islands and Caribbean to Venezuela.

“I am seriously considering closing all means of commercial communications, by air and sea with Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire at any moment” said the president during a press conference last week.  

The prime minister of Aruba took note of the presidents expression and also shared her concerns with the community.

“If the president breaks all commercial ties with the ABC and the Caribbean, it could have a negative impact for us” said the prime minister of Aruba during a weekly government press conference.

The president of Venezuela didn’t take any measures yet.

Aruba Weather Forecast

The meteorological department of Aruba issued a warning for “bad weather” during a public service announcement this week.

According to the meteo department, we can expect clouds and rain showers in certain areas of the island.

They also warned for rough beach conditions, especially in the north coast of the island.

Be careful when swimming.

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Carnival in Aruba – Torch Parade

Aruba kicks off the carnival season on January 6, 2018 with a torch parade.

This is the 64th edition of Carnival.

The torch parade passes through the LG Smith boulevard.

You can see the parade by standing along the roadside of the strip from the cruise port, or royal plaza.

One of the best places to see the parade is near renaissance resort or the parliament building.

Carnival is one of the most popular seasons in Aruba, because of the events, parades and festivals with decorated floats, music, groups with colorful designed costumes and a great ambiance.

Torch parade begins at 8:00 PM until 1:00 AM.

The route starts from Aruba Entertainment Center and ends at the cruise port.




New Years Eve in Aruba

The tradition in Aruba is to light the sky with fireworks just as we go into the new year.

In Aruba we call fireworks, klapchi!

And lighting fireworks has the meaning of getting rid of all the bad and negative vibes from our lives, and starting a blessed and prosperous new year!

Can you imagine nearly every house in Aruba lighting up fireworks at 12.00 AM?

The whole island will be lit from above with colorful fireworks and cracking sounds.

It’s really a must see when on the island.

But what about new years celebrations?

There’s lot to do on the island after the firework display.

If you’re on the island and are looking for a new years party to join, here’s some suggestions….

  • Buleria at Seaport Conference Center (gala party)
  • Bars at South Beach
  • Emotions Nightclub near Sasaki Highway
  • Moomba Beach
  • Bugaloe
  • Gusto

If you’re on the island, enjoy the fireworks and new year parties!

It’s been a pleasure to share what’s been happening in Aruba with you in 2017 – looking forward to 2018 and your next trip to paradise!

Thanks for supporting this newsletter, whether you donated, shared every article with your friends or by just following the blog.

I appreciate your readership!

I want to wish you a happy new year and all the best in 2018 – See you in Aruba!




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Smart Houses For Sale in Aruba

Aruba has its first smart community of 20 houses.

It’s a residential area serving as a small scale environment with sustainable living conditions to gather knowledge about sustainable energy specific to the Caribbean climate.

The project is fundamental to the development of Aruba, because these houses are a model of how to build greener homes.

All the houses were created with innovative building materials and have top of the line technology installed for sustainable living in Aruba’s climate.

Smart Community is a collaboration between the Government of Aruba, FCCA, Utilities NV, ELMAR, WEB ARUBA NV, SETAR and TNO Caribbean.

Registration already started to own one of these smart homes. However, strict rules apply for signing up –  you have to be a resident in order to qualify.

And you have to be willing to take part in the experiment by monitoring and reporting information about your energy and water consumption.

Extra Flights To Aruba During Winter

Aruba Airport Authority recently announced two new flights to Aruba for the entire winter season.

Both flights are departing once a week, on Saturday, from Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport.

Sun Country is one of the airlines providing these extra flights – the promo is available until April 2018.

The second option is by Delta Airlines, with their promo ending at the end of March 2018.

Windsor Jet Wins General Aviation Bid

Windsor jet management will be taking over the entire operation at the private general aviation terminal.

The concession agreement from the current owners (Universal Aviation Aruba) will terminate on December 31, 2017.

According to the director of UAA, they don’t want to extend the concession, because the business isn’t lucrative anymore. Their primary market was Venezuela, but due to the situation over there, it affected their revenue.

The new owners and staff will start managing the private terminal officially as of January 1, 2018.

They are specialized in chartering jets everywhere in the world with a fleet of 100+ airplanes.


Prohibited Fishing List To Be Revised

A few months ago the department of nature and environment announced a new legislation that prohibits fishermen from catching certain fish species.

The local fishermen didn’t approve of the new list, because it contained fishes that make their bread and butter.

So they protested against the government, asking them not approve of the list.

This happened before elections – now there’s a new government and they have other ideas in regards to this fishing list.

During a press conference the new minister of justice announced that he will revise and amend the list created by the department of nature and environment.

He also shared his plans of creating an electronic permit for people who want to fish with harpoons.

Saving Mangroves in Santo Largo

A few months ago the director of Aruba Bird life Conservation grabbed everyone’s attention by posting a picture of mangroves in a lagoon nearby the area of Savaneta, Santo Largo that were slowly dying off.

The department of public works quickly took notice of this and consulted the University of Wageningen on how to salvage the mangroves.

Research showed that the mangroves were slowly dying, because the salinity in the lagoon was too high.

According to the director of public works, the underground inlet and outlet pipe that supplies fresh sea water to the lagoon was damaged by contractors during a previous roadside construction.

This compromised the circulation of fresh water to the lagoon, causing the salinity to increase and slowly kill the mangroves.

Public works fixed the broken pipe and installed an extra pump to supply fresh sea water in the lagoon.

The department of nature and environment is monitoring the mangroves carefully to save them.

However it will take a few more months before the mangroves are fully restored.

Here’s the picture of the mangroves shared by ABC.

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A view of the mangroves near Santo Largo.

Finding a Solution For Parkietenbos

One of the important tasks of the new minister of environment is to find a solution for Aruba’s landfill known as parkietenbos.

It was created years ago for depositing waste and garbage. However, the place wasn’t managed correctly and is unhealthy for the residents that live close to the landfill.

Historically, landfills have been the most common method of organized waste disposal and remain so in many places around the world. But the minister wants to close down parkietenbos within the next 90 days and find another solution or place to deposit waste.

The minister was handed a report by a research institute in Aruba (TNO) with possible solutions for the rehabilitation of parkietenbos.

A program manager of TNO explained the results of their experiment in the report to the minister and handed the document to him personally during a meeting.

They didn’t explain in details what exactly was in the report.

Hopefully it contains a solution to end the landfill for once and for all or at least make a move into the right direction.




New Changes For Labor in Aruba

The minister of labor wants to implement a few changes in the labor market, which according to him will improve the quality of life, health and security for employees.

For these changes to take effect, the minster has to adapt certain laws in the “Arbo Wet”, which has been unreviewed for over 10 years.

One of his goals is to put an end to employment agencies, known as uitzendbureaus in Aruba.

According to him, these agencies are misusing the labor law that doesn’t benefit the employees.

A person working through an employment agency is only guaranteed a temporary job. If they are lucky, they can land a full time job.

However, these conditions don’t provide a real future for people who look for work at employment agencies. Because they can’t go to the bank to get a loan for a car or a house with a temporary job.

This is unfair for the employees.

Employees have to be granted more possibilities, according to the minister.

“We’re going to finalize this soon, and also introduce a new structure in the salary” said the minister during a press conference.




New Changes For Labor Laws

The department of labor announced a new change in the “ordenanza laboral” as of January 1, 2017.

Ordenanza laboral is a document which stipulates all the laws and protection for employees. For example, the maximum working hours, off days, agreements on overtime, working hours during holidays, vacation days and sick leave to name a few things covered by this document.

The change made in the ordenanza laboral is the factor used to calculate the salaries and the limit of salary that falls under laws of the ordinance.

In 2018, everyone who earns less than $2.346,72 per month or $28.160,64 per year will fall under the protection of the labor ordinance and its laws.


Christmas at Fort Zoutman

The museum of Aruba located at fort zoutman (in the downtown area) will be opening its doors for the first time during Christmas season.

Fort Zoutman is a military fortification built in 1798 by the Dutch army, it is one of the oldest structure on the island.

On December 26, 2017 they will be open from 10 AM until 6 PM.

You are invited to pass by fort zoutman to learn about the history of the island.

There’s also going to be live music by groups singing Christmas carols.

Local artists will be displaying their art to the public – a one of a kind chance to buy an unique art piece made by a local artisan.

And most importantly there’s going to be traditional Christmas snacks and drinks like ayaca, ham di pasco, coecoei, and chuculati pinda.

There’s a lot of events to attend during the holidays on the island.

For example, ice skating at Renaissance marketplace, dining at restaurants with a festive theme, watch decorated houses and so much more exciting events.

So if you’re in Aruba this Christmas, have fun and enjoy the season.

I want to wish you and your family a merry, merry Christmas!




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Updates About Aruba

Keep on reading for more details about what’s been happening on the island.

New Policy Changes for Permits

The minister of justice recently announced changes in the procedure for permits.

From now one all extended stays by visitors will be processed by Instituto Alarma y Seguridad Aruba (IASA).

And a selected group of foreigners requesting their first living permit can now remain on the island while their documents are being processed.

But not everyone is granted this luxury, only certain people can stay on the island while their permit is in process.

People who are contribute to the labor force, and the island are in this selected few. For example investors, people on pension, students, trainees and those married to an Aruban.

Living permits by other groups of people will be processed normally, by waiting for their permit in the exterior.

These changes don’t mean that all permits will be automatically approved, it’s only a new way to accommodate people who’s permits are taking longer than usual.

One of the requirement for a longer period of stay is your income, if they notice you don’t have enough income for your requested extended duration of stay they will automatically deny the petition.

The deportation statistics in Aruba has increased as this year more than 1000 people got deported.

These are tourists that never leave the island, but are captured and deported during raids by the coast guard.




New Changes In Our Education System

The new minister of education implemented a new multilingual plan for all schools in Aruba that will take effect in January 1, 2018.

His intention is to offer either Dutch or Papiamento as the language of instruction at the schools, depending on their status and structure. All public and catholic schools will be giving lessons in Papiamento and all protestant schools will gave their lessons in Dutch.

The government also signed a contract with a local telecom company to install wifi at all schools on the island.

The project should be completed before the new school year of 2018-2019, which is about 8 months away.

A total investment of $600.000 is needed to install wifi in all schools and will be funded by the government.

After the government announced that all schools will have wifi soon, the minister of transport and communications also followed with great news by that wifi will also be added in the main street of San Nicolas soon.

Aruba’s Infrastructure Progress

Aruba is undergoing a complete infrastructure renovation, especially our highways.

The most recent project is the green corridor, a new highway starting from the airport until savaneta, which is almost completed.

We’re already driving on the green corridor highways and the new bridge, but there still a few things to be done. For example creating a linear park and playground for kids and beautifying the area with trees.

There’s also another project called watty vos boulevard – it’s a beltway for the downtown area. This particular project is experiencing a delay.

The stagnation is being caused by a faulty drainage system.

According to the director of Aruba’s public works company, the drainage system installed by the contractor isn’t working effectively, after we experienced a few rainy days the previous weeks.

The drainage system has to be improved before they can continue with constructing the watty vos boulevard.

They asked for advice from experts in the Netherlands in this field.

The project was supposed to be finished by the end of this month, but now a deadline isn’t set yet, until they fix the drainage issue.

While the watty vos boulevard is experiencing a delay, the roundabout near the hospital on sasaki weg is almost complete.

This roundabout is also a part of the watty vos boulevard.

During Christmas time the workers will go on vacation and the main road will be open until the end of next year when they close it again to complete the new beltway.




Downtown Area Will Be Booming

A new commission was created to attract more shoppers in the main streets of Aruba.

The commission is lead by the prime minister of Aruba.

Their goal is to involve different stakeholders and business owners to promote the downtown area and bringing back life into the main street – the idea is to make the main street the go to place for “ambiente” (means ambiance in Papiamento).

There was a previous organization called OBID who was part of the previous government, but according to the new prime minister they didn’t have the full support they needed to succeed.

With this new commission they plan to revive the downtown area.

There’s been a lot done to our “caya grandi” as we locals call our main street. For example, the electrical tram that loops the shopping area, beautiful landscapes and infrastructure.

Recently they also added a new kiosk for local art in front of the cruise port. There’s also a new colorful building in front of the cruise port that will be opened soon – offering more shopping and dining options.

The marina azul building is going to be renovated, into a new shopping mall and residential area, apply named harbor house.

There’s also free wifi in the downtown area.

Soon the downtown area will be booming and the place to be while in Aruba.

General Aviation Workers Owed Double

The company (universal aviation) previously in charge of the private airport terminal reached the end of their concession agreement and opted not to extend their contract. However, putting the private airport for sale means firing the staff.

Sending the workers home wasn’t an easy task as some of them rejected their “package money” to leave the company.

From the total of 26 workers, a group of 16 staff members signed the initial package and the rest didn’t went to court to solve the matter.

They won the case and the judge ordered the owners to pay them double of what they were offered in the first place.

The last day for the company and staff is 31 December 2017.

They haven’t announced the new owners yet, but in 2018 a new management will take over of the private aviation terminal.


Rehabilitation Refinery Delayed

The director of RDA (Refeneria di Aruba) announced that rehabilitation of the refinery is delayed at least 6 to 9 months.

According to him, the delay is caused by many reasons, one being a recent arrest by top citgo officials in Venezuela. Due to the arrests made, the government couldn’t collect the loan to continue with the renovation of the refinery.

But the director of RDA clarified that the money will be paid out soon.

With the delay, the first phase of the rehabilitation should be completed in the first quarter of 2019. Which should of been done 18 to 24 months after they signed the contract back in October, 2016.

However, the director remains positive that the refinery will make the startup deadline, which is on October 1, 2020.

If the refinery is not fully operational by then  there will be a breach of contract by CITGO, which can have penalties tied to it for the giant oil company.

Gas Price Goes Up

The price of gasoline and diesel is on the rise again after being stable for a period of time.

Last week the minister of finance and economy announced changes of price in combustibles. Based on the market, the price for gasoline increased with +5,3 cents, and diesel is +4,8 cents more expensive.

Gasoline is now 188,9 cents per liter and diesel is 160,3 cent per liter. Take note of these gas prices when budgeting for gas on your car rental.

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Parkietenbos Closed Within 90 Days

One of the first tasks at hand by the new minister of environment is taking care of the waste management at Aruba’s dump *parkietenbos”.

The minister wants to close the dump area within 90 days.

During an interview he mentioned that the dump will be partially closed and no one will be allowed to deposit their garbage.

A new area will be appointed where locals cam deposit trash, which will be managed by the islands local waste company (serlimar) to prevent the situation from parkietenbos to happen again.


Plastic Recycling Project

A new organization called plastic beach party will be collecting and recycling plastic together with the divi resorts.

According to the co founder of plastic beach party, they collected almost 105 kilos of plastic on two divi properties during a test phase.

This plastic was recycled and transformed with 3d printing technology into trophies, key chains, and jewelry just to name a few examples.

The idea behind the project is to create reusable products that are made from recycled plastic designed to reduce the amount of plastic waste in Aruba.

Please support us by helping to keep our beaches clean, there’s lots of garbage cans all over. Don’t let plastics fly away into the nature and precious beaches.

Divi resorts is known as one of the leading hotels when it comes to sustainability projects. Their recent investments include, solar energy, recycling water, using reusable cups and no longer offering plastic straws in the resorts.




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News Updates About Aruba

A lot happened this week in Aruba. Can you imagine so many developments happening on such a tiny island?

Let’s get started with what we’ve all been waiting for to happen….




Taking Down Bushiri Hotel

The old bushiri hotel is completely gone!

A few days ago the last part of the resort was knocked down. Here’s a picture of the last piece of the building as it’s being dismantled.

Bye bye, Bushiri hotel!

The building was there for years with no use, now there’s a beautiful strip of beach dotted with palm trees.

According to the government no hotel or commercial buildings will be created here. This location will be used as a new beach and recreational area for locals and visitors.

We can finally close the chapter of Aruba bushiri hotel, which formed an important part of Aruba’s hotel industry.

New Maneho Medio Ambiente

The new minister of nature and environment means business with his new proposal to introduce a new legislation to protect our environment from now on.

The new coalition of government all campaigned with improvement of our environment.

According to the department of nature & environment, the previous minister didn’t do much regarding protection of nature here on the island. They are happy with the recent meetings on solving issues regarding our nature.

The new minister ordered a rapport to be delivered within 90 days that has to be updated with the current state of the infrastructure, giving of lots to build homes and government projects.

With this new rapport, a step in the right direction will be made towards a balanced growth, development and care for our environment. 




More Info on new Hotel

In last weeks newsletter I mentioned the plans of building a new resort near blue residences on palm beach was in the news.

The news about the hotel gained a lot of controversy, because it’s near a protected wetland by the Aruba Bird Life Conservation foundation (ABC) – they claim construction is prohibited in this area.

ABC doesn’t approve of the new resort, because 40% of the property is being built on a protected wetland.

However the project is already approved by the previous minister, prior to the elections in September 2017.

The new minister of infrastructure requested more information regarding the construction of the new hotel and advice from government agencies on the ongoing development. Now that the new minister of environment wants to protect Aruba’s nature he has a handful with this controversial project.

This wetland is one of the 16 protected areas by the arikok national park.

According to the ABC the project is about 5.000 square meters and exceeds the area in the space development plan made by the government and that’s against the law.

The president of ABC promised to take the engineering firm and investors to court for building on a protected area.

This is going to be settled in court.

Here’s an aerial view of the empty lot for the new suites, the area marked with red is the protected wetland.

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here’s the empty lot and wetland area.

Project Harbor Area

The building known as “Mar Azul” near the cruise port has a new owner and they plan to renovate the building and bring it back to life.

Mar azul was created years ago as a commercial and residential area, however it was occupied with stores for a while, but suddenly was emptied and remained unused for years.

The new owners are keeping the residential and commercial idea behind the building, but they will make a few changes, like the name which will be “Harbor House”.

They named it harbor house due to it’s location (close to the cruise port) and its functionality.

At the moment Mar Azul has a total of 94 apartments on the top floors and 19 commercial buildings on the ground level.

Harbor house will have 94 apartments, 12 commercial buildings (which will be shops and restaurants) and 7 kiosks for local artists to display their crafts.

There’s also going to be more parking spots, a total of 140 spots – 100 more than the lot on Mar Azul which only has 40 parking spots.

Mar azul also includes a fish market.

The fish market is very sentimental to this part of the island, because years ago there was a popular fish market right here.

According to the investors the building will be a success based on the location and the change in architecture they will make which is different than to what it is now.

The renovation of the building will commence in 2018. In total about 30 million dollars will be invested into restoring and beautifying the building.


General Aviation Terminal For Sale

The concession agreement of the company in charge of the private “general aviation terminal” (which is Universal Aviation) is ending on December 31, 2017.

Maybe you’ve heard the rumors that the private airline terminal to the south of the island is for sale, and the rumor is true!

Since the current contract is coming to an end soon the terminal went into a bidding process, which ended December 1,  2017.

During the bidding process any company or person could express their interest in owning the private terminal. However, the final decision as to who will own it is in the hands of the Aruba Airport.

No one knows who the winner of the bid is, but the announcement will be made before December 18, 2017. Starting January 1, 2018 the new management can officially take over the complete operation of the aviation terminal.

According to Claudius Stamper, who runned the terminal for the last couple of years, their biggest market was Venezuela, but the business isn’t as lucrative as it once was.

Because the current crisis that Venezuela is in had a negative impact on the company’s revenue, and he doesn’t see the situation changing anytime soon.

“Whoever takes over has a lot of work to do, I wish them success to make the private terminal greater than it is now” were the words of the Claudius Stamper during an interview.

Coney Island Under Construction

Last week I mentioned that there’s a coney island on the island.

There isn’t a date set yet for the official opening of the park because they are still installing the rides at the moment and the rides have to pass 4 inspections by the local authorities before it opens.

“It’s the largest coney island park ever in Aruba” according to the head of the department of inspection.

There’s a total of 28 rides in this family oriented park, for kids, teens and adults.

This week the local authorities did a preliminary inspection on the park and they approved it. However, there’s still 3 other inspections to be done which includes a final evaluation after all the rides have been installed, before the park is opened to the public.

If the park passes the inspection it will stay on the island for about 2 months and about 70 locals will get a part time job either being a ticket vendor, security, or managing the equipment.

The coney island is located close to the cruise port, which is on the L.G. Smith Boulevard.


Rumors about No More Paid Parking

There’s been rumors that paid parking will be eliminated and the main street will be re-opened to the traffic.

Well, the rumors are kind of true, not completely.

Truth is that the new minister of transportation wants to eliminate paid parking and open back traffic for the main street.

The decision hasn’t been made yet officially, but it’s just an idea of what the minister wants to implement in the near future.

Before any official announcement are made, the minister needs to negotiate with Aruparking, the company in charge of paid parking if the parking meters can be completely removed.

As far as opening the main street for traffic, the minister has to negotiate with Arutram (owners of the electric tram in the downtown area) to find out what is really possible.

He also wants to extend store opening hours after 6 pm, for cruise passengers, but the schedule depends when there’s ships docked.

There’s no official news as of yet, so lets wait and see what solutions they will come up with after their negotiations.  I covered the rules about paid parking in Aruba in a recent article. 

Gone With Citgo Desk

The new minister of labor eliminated the “citgo desk” made by the previous government.

Citgo Desk was created to hire locals and contractors to work in the refinery. But according to the new minister of labor, the desk wasn’t functioning properly and made way for a lot of corruption in regards to work permits.

So they are making a new “desk” called oil and gas industrial desk which will employ locals for the refinery.

Locals and contractors will be re-registered and given preference to job selections.

One of the agreements within the contract between citgo and the government is a 80/20 rule, which means 80% of the workers in the refinery must be locals and the rest can be international.

With local workers the minister means people dutch nationalities, it doesn’t matter if they were born in Aruba or not. People that have been working on the island for years with a working permit without a dutch nationality also have preference for jobs in the refinery.

Coast Control By Land & Sea

The new minister of justice added two jeep wranglers to the fleet of cars, especially to patrol the north coasts of Aruba.

It’s been 20 years since the “kustwacht surveillance” which consisted of the police, customs and coast guard patrolled the north coast of the island. Since the coastguard got their own boat, they stopped this team and the coastguard got full control of Aruba’s coast.

With the new jeeps, our coast are better protected from unwanted visitors who are trying to sneak into paradise.

These jeep wranglers really have big tires, lift kits, skid plates, special blue light that make them visible from miles away.


Christmas Season in Aruba

A few more weeks, and it’s Christmas!

It’s tradition on the island to decorate houses with lights. But there’s a few houses on the island that take Christmas decorations to the next level.

One of the beautifully decorated Christmas houses in Aruba cas di luz which is located in San Nicolas (weg seroe preto).

This week it was officially opened to the public.

It’s a castle like building completely decorated with lights and ornaments. A must visit place on the island if you’re visiting during Christmas season.

Not only the decors are nice to see, but there’s also great ambiance by local bands with live music, local Christmas foods and drinks.

The lights turn on at 7.00 pm until 11.00 pm during the week, but during the weekends they stay on after 12.00 AM.

You can visit cas di luz until January 5, 2018.

There’s also more houses that take Christmas decorations seriously and that’s in the district of Sero Jan Flemming and WaraWara.

Both these districts also have a lot of decorated houses and are also worth viewing.

Fireworks in Aruba

Tradition here in Aruba after Christmas is the joy of buying fireworks, called “Klapchi” on the island.

Over a dozen containers filled with klapchi just arrived a few days ago. Now it’s time for the permit holders to collect their fireworks and sell them in their stores.

You can buy fireworks on the island from December 27, 2017 until December 31, 2017.

The sky is going to be lit on new years, a must see!

Grand Opening New Intermezzo Day spa Location

Intermezzo day spa is inviting you to their grand opening of their new location next to Tony Roma’s building (in front of Holiday Inn).

It all starts December 14, 2017 at 6.00 pm featuring d’licious band with live music and entertainment. The opening event is so big, it’s 3 consecutive days following with Christmas fairs on December 16 – 17. There’s going to be arts crafts, accessories and beauty products at the fair. Come and celebrate the opening of this new spa with us.  




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