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The local newspapers might give you a thumbnail sketch of what is happening on the island. Or you might be having a hard time understanding what is written in the newspaper, because you’re not that fluent yet in Papiamento.

Whichever the case maybe, here you can get the latest news out of Aruba in English and for free!

This weeks newsletter is dedicated to Aruba’s beaches. We all know they’re beautiful, but many people don’t respect our beaches, so it’s important to focus on the aspect of keeping the beach clean.

Protect Aruba’s Beaches

There’s always been rules and ways of conduct on the beach, but unfortunately many locals and visitors don’t know about them…

Last year a group of friends who always hang around the beach, started a movement called – the blue block project.

The blue block project was a movement to make everyone conscious about protecting our beaches.

Because they noticed that too many people driving on the sand dunes, when it was actually prohibited to drive on them. They also noticed beach goers who leave their trash behind, or don’t bother to see a plastic bag blown into the sea.

They gathered concrete blocks, painted them blue and wrote bright yellow positive messages on them. For example, “keep our beach clean” – “don’t drive on the dunes” and “don’t drive on the beach”.

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No one enjoys a dirty beach, please keep it clean!

These blue blocks can be seen on the beaches like boca druif, wariruri, boca bayena, andicuri, shark bay, dos playa, grapefield and boca grandi.

The movement was a good one, supported by locals and visitors.

New Life into The Project

Last week the CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority announced that they want to continue to bring awareness to locals and visitors, to take care of Aruba’s beaches and medio ambiente (nature in Papiamento).

During a press conference, the members behind the project, presented different tools and tips to all stakeholders (motorized vehicle rental, and hotels) to help inform visitors about the movement.

All stakeholders received stickers and flyers that they can hang on their car door handles to help spread the message – no tire tracks on our beaches and sand dunes.

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Press conference about protecting Aruba’s beaches

Rules of the Beach

Aruba Tourism Authority will be adding signs (in English & Spanish) on different beaches in Aruba, that will be pointing out the rules and ways of conduct on the beach.

One of the most important things you should know is that it’s prohibited to drive on the beach and sand dunes, with any type motorized vehicle.

Driving on the sand dunes kills the vegetation and brings the marine shore life in danger.

Some of the other beach codes are….

  • No littering, keep the beaches clean
  • It’s prohibited to use charcoal grill on the beach (use gas grill)
  • Don’t touch (or endanger) Aruba’s marine life, because they are protected.
  • Be aware of turtle nesting sanctuaries.

The police is also part of the project, and will be cooperating with bringing awareness to locals and visitors. They have also made it very clear that anyone who violates any of the above mentioned rules can be punished by law.

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One of the flyers that you will see around the island.

Zero Mosquitoes in Hotel Area

Recently the president of Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association, the director of department of health and the minister of public health had a meeting to talk about the mosquito situation in Aruba, especially around the hotel area.

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Talking about the mosquito situation on the island.

They discussed the current situation and future plans needed to eliminate all possible mosquito breeding grounds near the hotel zone.

There is no reason to panic or be concerned about the zika in Aruba, because at the moment, the total amount of cases of zika has reduced dramatically compared to two months ago. This meeting was just a precautionary one, to brainstorm idea’s to prevent any formation of new mosquito breeding nests.

The president of AHATA reassured the minister of public health, that his team is working on keeping the hotel area free of mosquitoes (and breeding nests).

They must be doing a good job, because many of you confirmed last week on Facebook, that mosquitoes weren’t an issue during your most recent trip to Aruba.

But no matter how good the mosquito situation is going on the island, it’s always a good idea to buy your mosquito repellent, just in case you need it.

Is MiO going to close?

MiO is a network provider in Aruba popular for offering mobile hotspot devices.

Many visitors (and locals) use their services to get data.

However, the company might be closing soon, leaving their customers to look for data somewhere else….

What are the issues they’re facing at the moment?

The company has been battling the minister of telecommunication (Richard Arends) in court with regards to their licensing fees.

According to Richard Arends, mio hasn’t been making any payments for their license in the past two years.

During an interview he confirmed that the company has been given an ultimatum date (July 1, 2017) to pay their license fee, which is about 8 million dollars.

He promised to “pull the plug” on mio, if they don’t pay the fees.

In the meanwhile, a number of employees have been reportedly fired for no reason.

Is this a sign, that mio’s era is coming to an end? The future of the company is not looking bright….

Let’s wait and see what happens next month, if they’re going or staying….

New Hospital in Aruba

Maybe you didn’t know it yet, but the hospital is being expanded, with two new facilities.

Last week the prime minister, together with the minister of infrastructure and public health were invited for a tour in the new building.

The facility has new emergency rooms and maternity wards. At the moment the current emergency room only has 10 rooms for patients, the new facility has 17 emergency rooms.

The new building has a total of 134 hospital beds, each room holds up to two patients. Which means an increase in privacy for patients.

The new hospital promises faster help once you arrive for emergency treatment, and will be open within the next couple of months (in the end of 2017).

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Aerial view of the two new hospital buildings. (two buildings on the right side)

Highway Closed in front of Marriott

The highway in front of the Marriott Ocean & Surf Club will be partially closed on April 24 – 25 , 2017 for regular road maintenance, during 6:00 PM until 2:00 AM on both days.

They’re going to be adding new asphalt on this road.

So if you’re in Aruba in the following days, and you need to pass on this road, you need make a detour.

The advised road is to drive passed Caribbean palm village until you reach the district of bakval, make a left and come out at the small roundabout, between Marriott and Ritz Carlton.

If you’re renting a car in Aruba in the following days, please take note that the road in front of the Marriott will be closed during the evening.

However, if you’re still looking for a rental car in Aruba. Let me personally help you find one, click here to see my car rental rates.

Great News For Book Readers

There’s a ship docked at the cruise port and it happens to be the world’s largest floating book library.

The name of the ship is Logos Hope, and it’s owned by a non-profit organisation in Germany.

Last time Logos Hope was docked at the ports was in 2010, and more than 17.000 people went to visit.

This time the ship is docked until May 7, 2017 at the Oranjestad cruise terminal.

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Grab your chance to experience the Logo Hope.

Things you can do on the boat…

You can browse  and buy over 5.000 different books at a fraction of retail price. Book titles from science, cooking and health to personal development and many more interesting novels.

There’s also children’s books, including story books, academics, atlas, and many more fun reads for kids.

The boat has a “visitor experience deck”, where you can watch an introduction film and learn more about the ship. There’s also a kids corner for children to play. Live music, and theater plays.

They have a cafe that sells drinks, snacks, popcorn and everyone’s favorite – ice cream!

If that wasn’t enough they also have various interactive events hosted by international crew from over 60 countries.

If you’re looking for something to do with kids, consider visiting Logos Hope.

Details – Logos Hope is at Gate 7 of the cruise terminal. They are closed on Monday, and open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. On Sunday they open from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Entrance is only 1 Aruban guilder (less than a $1.00). Children under 12 years old and adults over 65 enter for free. Tickets can be purchased on board at the welcome desk.

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Modern Kiosks Opening Within a Month!

A new modern shopping plaza just opened near the cruise port, on a newly created square called “Welcome Plaza”.

There are more than 20 different colorful little shops that will be used by kiosk owners that are currently stationed near the central bus station.

The facilities have public bathrooms (and for wheelchair users), different outlets to charge your devices and free wifi.

The plaza is connected to the electric tram that loops the entire main street. Which has been also completely renovated.

It’s looks beautiful!

Click here to read more about the electric tram in the downtown area.

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Modern looking kiosk.

“A part of the total vision has been realized” – were the exact words of the prime minister during the soft opening of the new kiosks.

All kiosks owners were informed that they could move in within a month!

If you collect local souvenirs, you should take a trip at this side of town soon….

Aruba Goes Zero Tolerance Against Animal Abuse

A dog act was adopted about two years ago unanimously by the Aruban parliament.

It was introduced as we locals know it as – “ley di cacho”.

Everyone understood that if you have a dog, it should be in your yard, with proper care and treatment. If the dog is outside of the yard and bites someone, or causes any type of accident, it will be the owner’s responsibility.

However, it hasn’t been effective since its introduction. Because there are still people who abuse their pets, and really don’t fear the consequences.

For a moment it seemed like the police didn’t care, but during an interview, police commissioner (Trudy Hassell) explained that they were secretly working on a new approach to enforce the dog act.

According to Trudy, the police is now giving out fines. Depending how severe the case is, the fine can reach up to six thousand dollars.

It looks like this time they mean business, because a couple of weeks ago, they already incarcerated someone.

More about “ley di cacho”

The law requires dog owners to give their pets proper treatment.

For example, giving the dog enough water to drink. Providing a proper place for shade against the sun (rain and wind).. Must take the dog to the veterinary for medical treatment if necessary.

If the dog is on a leash, it has to be at least ten meters long, allowing the dog space to move around. A kennel must be at least 2 meters high (for average sized dog) and at least 7 square meters.

If you’re an animal lover and want to know more about the dog act in Aruba, click here to read it.

Gasoline Just Got Cheaper in Aruba

The price of gasoline dropped 2 cents, since April 10, 2017.

Now you have to pay 1,768 cents for one liter of gasoline. The price for diesel also dropped considerably by 5.5 cent. A liter will now cost you 1,428 cents.

Last year in April (2016) one liter of gasoline was around 1,618 cents, about 15 cents cheaper. Diesel was also a lot cheaper a year ago in April, 1,239 cents per liter (a different of 19 cents).

Take these gas prices into consideration when calculating your budget for gas.

If you’re interested in renting a car, let me personally help you find a car in Aruba.

Click here to see my car rental rates and reserve yours today.

The Beach Policy Must Be Reinforced

Members of the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association (AHATA) are not happy with the implementation of the beach policy, because some permit holders are still breaking the rules.

This policy counts for watersport owners, hotels, shade providers and any other person that holds a permit to do business on the beach.

Some of them are using more space than they are allowed, which leads to many complaints from beach visitors.

During an interview the minister of justice (Arthur Dowers) explained that he had a meeting with members of the hotel association, the police and DIP (department of infrastructure and planning). The outcome of the meeting was clear – a new approach is necessary to regulate Aruba’s beaches.  

However, I haven’t heard the minister or members of DIP explain how they are going to manage and control permit holders on their compliance in regards to the beach policy.

Who’s going to stop the “palapa wars” on the beach?

One might think the police can solve the issue, but the truth is they can’t do nothing much about it. Their only function is to provide security around our beaches.  

DIP is the only one in charge of taking away a permit or removing any obstructions on the beach (they can ask the police for assistance).

If you want to read more about the beach policy click here.

Watch Out For Jellyfish

Aruba’s beaches attracts millions of visitors. But when visiting a tropical island, there’s underwater creatures that you should be aware of.

Because a couple of days ago two people got stinged by jellyfish near fisherman’s hut (next to the Ritz Carlton). Both victims reportedly had swelling and purple spots on their body.

Hopefully they are okay by now….

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One of the victims..

Jellyfishes are common around Easter time in Aruba, because the wind tends to be stronger during this season. So the current can bring jellyfishes around public beaches.

What should you do if you ever get stinged by a jellyfish?

Depending on the type of jellyfish, how bad the sting actually is, and your reaction to it, you should spray ammonia on the wound. You can also use vinegar or vodka.

But if you get a really bad reaction you should call the ambulance.

Just take this as an advisory and be careful and use common sense when swimming and snorkeling in Aruba during this season.

If you want to learn more about Aruba’s fishes, check out my fish identification guide.

Click here to read more about my fish ID Guide.

New Bar in Aruba

If you enjoy a drink or two during your vacation, you should put this new bar that just opened in renaissance marketplace on your list.

It’s a new bar for craft beer and wine lovers. It’s called Aged Wine Bar.

During an interview the owner of the place, Renzo Ruiz, explained that he also owns vapor lounge, and decided to expand his lounge into a wine bar.

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Aged Wine Bar in renaissance marketplace

Camping in Aruba

During Easter season in Aruba, many locals attend church, participate in egg hunts around the island, but the most fun thing to do during this season is camping!

Camping is a family tradition for many locals during the Easter season.

Eagle beach, Arashi, Surf-side and Baby Beach are packed with tents and trailers.

Even though it’s a public holiday and most places are closed, there’s is plenty to do during Easter Sunday and Monday in Aruba. From hotels that offer special brunch and dinner packages, egg hunts, and the local camping experience around the island.

I’m also camping with my family and friends at Baby Beach.

There’s nothing better right now than just enjoying family, friends and laughter on the beach right now….

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Me having some fun on baby beach on Easter Sunday.

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Breaking News Aruba

Staying up to date with what’s happening on the island means you need to read the local newspaper. But that’s hard to do if you don’t understand the local language – Papiamento!

The reason I started this Aruba news bulletin is to keep you up to date with what’s happening on the island, because I know how much it means to you to stay connected with your home away from home.

Where do I get the information for breaking news Aruba?


I watch the news nearly every day on tv, read local newspapers (online and some in print) and occasionally listen to a radio station locals call to discuss what’s happening on the island.

I pick the most relevant breaking news that you can relate to and translate it into English.

So let’s get started with this week’s recap of breaking news Aruba….

Zika Outbreak in Aruba

Reporting about zika in Aruba is something very delicate, because many visitors (including you) might get scared to visit Aruba, in fear of getting infected.

But I believe being honest about the situation is the best thing anyone can do, and that’s exactly what the report is about – the truth about the zika situation in Aruba.

Believe it or not, Aruba just came out of a zika outbreak about a month ago. The outbreak went under the radar and unnoticed to many locals and visitors.

In the month of February the department of public health received notifications from doctors, that a number of people walked in their office with zika like symptoms, which are high fever, joint pain and rashes. To be specific, there were a total of 1185 unconfirmed cases, but a total of 298 people were confirmed to have the zika virus, 12 people were diagnosed with chikungunya and 1 with dengue.

The confirmed cases (and unconfirmed ones) are from people who live in the district of San Nicolas, Savaneta, Pos Chiquito and Santa Cruz. About 65% of these cases are from inhabitants who are between 25 and 64 years old.

Out of these reported cases, 7 pregnant women have reported to have symptoms that point in the direction of Zika. However, only 2 of these women are confirmed to actually have the zika virus.

The babies of the pregnant women, have not yet developed any sign of being infected with zika. Until today there are no babies born with microcephaly (a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected) in Aruba.

The Current Zika Situation in April 2017

The zika outbreak was something that we went through in the month of February, because all the confirmed and unconfirmed cases were reported almost two months ago.

So why are we hearing about an outbreak until now?

The reason that a public notification about any kind “zika outbreak” hasn’t been given in the previous months, is because it takes about 4 weeks to get the results, to know if you’re dealing with an outbreak or not.

So the current results that have been obtained last week from a laboratory in the netherlands should be interpreted in retrospective, because they reflect the zika situation in the month of February.

Beneath the Epidemic Line

The department of public health is continually collecting reports of possible zika cases by doctors from patients who walk in and have the symptoms.

So, the good news is that the amount of reported cases in the month of March and April has decreased significantly. The total amount of registered cases to this date is well below the epidemic line.

Despite a decrease of reported zika cases, the department of public health is treating the current situation as if there’s still an outbreak, to prevent one from happening again and to eliminate the amount of mosquitoes in Aruba as soon as possible.

What’s being done to combat zika?

Since last year when it started to rain a lot, the department of public health, began to take action and fumigated around the island. They have been continually doing this throughout last year and in 2017.

Last month they swept Aruba by fumigating every corner of the island.

Aruba’s tourism board and hotels are aware of the situation and are also treating it as if there is still a zika outbreak at the moment. They have various awareness projects to inform visitors about mosquitoes and have an effective plan in place (by doing continuous check ups for mosquitoes and breeding grounds) that practically keeps the hotel area’s mosquito free.

Since the latest reports came out from the month of February, the department of health has been inspecting the houses were most of the zika cases were reported for any signs of mosquito breeding nests.

They are following a plan given to them by the pan-american health organization and world health organization to combat mosquitoes.

The department of health has been doing a good job combating mosquitoes since the month of February, because the amount of reported cases until now is very low.

Despite their successes, they have stepped up their plans and ways of combating mosquitoes in Aruba.

They noticed a progress compared to last year, because in 2016 it took about 8 weeks before the whole island could be swiped and fumigated. Now they are doing the same job in less than a month, because they invested in new equipment, insecticides and have more inspectors to control the island.

Prevention when in Aruba

When you travel to Aruba, you should take precautionary matters into your own hand to avoid being bitten by a mosquito. You can do this by…

  • sleeping under a mosquito net, (if you don’t have air condition in your room).

  • Always put on mosquito repellent

  • Wear clothes that cover your whole body during the day

  • And avoid any areas that can have possible mosquito breeding nests (sites  that have a lot of rainwater puddles).

So should you be worried about zika in Aruba?  


You shouldn’t be worried about getting Zika in Aruba, but you should protect yourself against mosquito bites, just like you were at home (or any other place in the world).

Based on the current statistics, only one or two visitors were infected by zika, and this was about a year ago. Since then there was no reported cases including visitors.

Another reason why you shouldn’t worry about zika, is because the hotels are doing a very good job keeping the resorts mosquito free. To reassure you about this, the department of public health, did several tests around the hotel area for mosquitoes (and possible breeding grounds) and confirmed that the amount of mosquitoes in the hotel area is low and practically non existent compared to the “inside” of the island.

However, there are people who always get bitten by mosquitoes (maybe because their blood taste sweet to mosquitoes), and then there are people who confirm that they didn’t even notice a mosquito during their entire vacation in Aruba.

You also shouldn’t worry about zika in Aruba, because the department of health is required to report the islands zika situation to the world health organization and centers for disease control and prevention (CDC).

If there was any kind of danger, the CDC would publish this information. Until now, the CDC website hasn’t been updated with any kind of travel bans, since last year when there was an international travel warning to the Caribbean region.  

Despite of the “old zika outbreak”, the situation is normal and under control at the moment. The reported cases came from locals, and the department of public health is passing by each of these homes to inspect their yards for possible breeding nests.

So you shouldn’t be worried about zika in Aruba, however it’s the few locals who have breeding grounds in their yards that are a concern to the local authorities.

Aruba Keeps It Professional

Aruba is one of the few places that is still reporting about the zika situation. Other countries have decided not to let out any information about their zika situation. This include other islands in the Caribbean region, south america and central america.

The fact that Aruba is willing to publish their zika situation, knowing that it can potentially hurt tourism, means you can put your trust in the island’s department of public health, because it’s clear they have nothing to hide.

It’s better that I inform you about what the truth is in the local newspapers, instead that you come here and be surprised that no one told you about what has been going on.

Now you know what’s really going on and you can make an informed decision about travelling to Aruba and how you can protect yourself.

Arikok Newly Protected Nature Sites

Last week princess Beatrix was in Aruba, and she officially transferred two of the most beautiful areas of Aruba under protection of the island’s only national park – Arikok.

The two nature areas that are now protected by Arikok are Spaans lagoon and bubali plas.

Spaans lagoon, is an addition of almost 70 hectares for Arikok. This site also has double the amount of bird species that live inside the national park itself.

During a press conference, the president of Arikok, Greg Peterson, divulged that in the future in total of 16 nature areas will fall under the protection of the park. They have been trying to get these areas under their protection since 2010, but it was until 2013 that the members of the parliament unanimously voted for these 16 areas to be protected by Arikok.

Management of Arikok said they are working on a plan to maintain the nature areas under their responsibilities. The funds needed to maintain these areas are going to be subsided by the government.

At the moment Spaans lagoon is free to enter, however it’s not sure if they will start charging for entry like they do at Arikok. If they do start charging for entrance, the money that will be collected will be used to maintain the Spaans lagoon.

If they are going to charge for entry, they will need more park rangers, which means more locals can get a job. It’s a win – win situation for everyone, especially for the island’s flora and fauna.

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Princess Beatrix receiving a beautiful painting at bubali plas.

Restoration of Spaans lagoons mangroves

A part of the mangroves of Spaans lagoon has been destroyed due to the construction of a new bridge near pos chiquito.

To compensate for the loss of these mangroves, Arikok is digging a canal (150 meter long and 2.5 meter wide) on the north side of the lagoon close to Frenchman’s pass, connecting to the open sea. The canal is going to be created in such a way that it provides a favorable condition allowing for growth of new mangroves trees.

The management of Arikok also mentioned that they may host an event where locals and visitors can plant a mangrove tree, which will accelerate the growth process.

Wouldn’t you want to plant a mangrove tree, if you got the chance to? 

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Restoration of mangroves in Spaans lagoon.

Aruba Smart Community

The government wants the island to transition 100% to renewable energy by 2020.

To reach this goal, in 2014 they started a project to build a smart community of 20 homes. The project has been put on hold for a while since it started, but today, the first sustainable homes, are finally visible from a distance.

The community is located in the district of Santa Cruz on a hillside overlooking the ocean.

This smart community is going to be platform that offers companies a chance to test their sustainable innovations in a real-life environment. It also provides opportunities for local and international companies and research institutes to test specific sustainable innovations.

The current stakeholders linked to this project are: the Government of Aruba, FCCA, Utilities Aruba NV, WEB Aruba NV, NV ELMAR, SETAR NV and Caribbean Branch Office TNO.

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A view of the new smart community

More About The Sustainable Houses

The homes will be built in a sustainable way and will be provided with appliances directed towards low energy consumption. This means they will be testing out different types of insulation and use of sustainable, low-maintenance building materials.

Every house is going to be unique and will be monitored to provide information on the use of energy, water and other factors relevant for sustainability.

The knowledge gained from this project will be used in the building of future homes on the island to make Aruba 100% green.

When the project is complete, the government will start taking petitions from people who wish to own one of these homes.

Do you have a dream to live in Aruba? If so, I would look into this community, because it looks like a great investment.

“Rosario Bibo” At Alto Vista

With the upcoming Easter season, most people get ready to start enjoying the holiday. To start out the Easter season, Alto Vista Chapel is organizing a “Rosario Bibo” at the alto vista chapel (April 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM).

If you’re wondering what a rosario bibo means, it’s a rosary night, where everyone is invited to come and pray for the entire island. This includes prayers for families, our youths, the people who are sick, and for everyone who you know that could use a prayer or just to say thanks for your current blessings in life.

If you happen to be on the island, visit the alto vista chapel for the rosario bibo. This time around the chapel will be totally different, a must experience between the locals.

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If you’re in Aruba, go to the alto vista chapel for rosario bibo.

Beach Policy is not Being Followed

On July 1, 2016, there was a new beach policy introduced, that would regulate Aruba’s number one attraction – the beach!

The beach policy includes regulation of water sports, reducing sprawl of parasols and more policies to maintain order on Aruba’s beaches.

A few days ago the minister of justice held a meeting with all stakeholders, because they were complaining that no is really following the rules set by the government.

The minister of justice said during a press conference, that they will be acting strongly against those who are not applying the new beach policy to their business on the beach. This includes chair rentals, water sports and other businesses on the beach.

They are going to examine who hasn’t been applying the new policy, and will revoke their license.

If you want to review the beach policy click here.

Suriname Airways Now Flies To Orlando

Suriname Airways has much reason to celebrate, because they did their first inauguration flight on April 3, 2017 to Sanford Orlando international airport.

According to the CEO of the airlines, they decided to open the gates to fly to Orlando, because many locals travel to Disney world (and many locals live in Orlando, especially students.).

The new flight to Orlando is also good for Aruba’s tourism, because that means people who live in area of Orlando, can also have a chance to visit the island, thus making an impact on the market in Orlando.

It’s also good news for you, if you want to fly through Orlando to Aruba, now you can try out Suriname airways service!

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CEO of Suriname airways, Robbi Lachmising (left) and CEO of Aruba’s Airport James Fazio (right)

Aruba’s Best Athletes in 2016

This week Aruba’s best athletes were honored for their achievements during the sporting year of 2016.

The event is held every year (for 14 consecutive years already), by Aruba’s local lottery company (Lotto Aruba). The event is organized to show gratitude, and gives motivation to Aruba’s local athletes to do even better.

Different sport federations on the island nominated their best athletes and only two of them were selected as Aruba’s best.

The first sporter, Renze Postma (a triathlon athlete), won Aruba’s local athlete award. This is the third time she’s winning the local athlete award in a row.

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Aruba’s best local sporter, Renze Postma (right)

And the absolute winner of 2016, claiming Aruba’s best international athlete is Aksel Samardzic (beat tennis player), who is representing the island internationally.

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Aruba’s best international athlete, Aksel Samardzic (right)

Much luck to these two winners in their careers – I hope they keep breaking records, and make Aruba famous in the sporting world.

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Breaking News about Aruba

The reason I started this news bulletin about Aruba is to keep you up to date with what’s happening on the island, because I know how much being connected with your home away from home means to you.

Where do I get the information for breaking news about Aruba?

The information for my weekly newsletter comes from watching the news, reading the local newspapers (online and some in print) and from locals that discuss what’s happening in Aruba on the radio during the day.

At the end of the week I pick the most relevant news out of Aruba that you can relate to.

This weeks breaking news about Aruba is full of items that are the “talk of the town” at the moment.

The biggest breaking news about Aruba this week was a shocker, I couldn’t believe it myself when I heard that the….

Minister Of Labor Is Being Accused of Corruption

This week the minister of labor & employment, Paul Croes, (including several of his other colleagues) received a surprise visit from the police at home. The police raided their homes, taking papers, computers and more with them.

At the same time, the public prosecution service was giving a public announcement, declaring the minister of labor as a prime suspect in a corruption case.  The public prosecution service mentioned during the press conference that he is being accused of accepting (and asking money) for (work) permits.

As the news came out, it spread like wildfire, becoming the talk of the town!

Paul Croes had to speak his side of the story and he did, with a concise speech confirming the public that he is indeed a prime suspect in “this investigation”. But he didn’t mention or confirm for what he was being accused of….

It was clear to him that the situation was a serious one, and asked the prime minister, Mike Eman, for a “time out” from his ministry until the end of the investigation. The prime minister granted him a break from his ministry and transferred all of his duties to his colleague, the minister of finance, Angel Bermudez.

What are other members of the parliament saying?

Members of the political party Movimiento Electoral di Pueblo (MEP) demand a public reunion to discuss the matters at hand. They find that the minister of labor shouldn’t be given a temporary leave from his ministry, but that he should to retire from his position as minister immediately.

What can there be done to prevent this from happening again?

Aruba’s parliament needs a “good governance” policy.

Everything a politician does needs to be transparent and accessible to anyone who wants to know. At the end of the day someone needs to be held accountable for what happens.

What do you think they should do to prevent this from every happening?

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Minister Paul Croes (left) & Minister Mike Eman (right)

New Protected Areas in Aruba

It’s official, spaans lagoon and bubali plas are protected by Aruba’s one and only national park – Arikok. The parks protected areas expanded more with the addition of these two beautiful sites. Arikok has protection of a total of 16 area’s on the island.

The inauguration of spaans lagoon took place at the balashi gold mill ruins with the presence of princess Beatrix and the prime minister of Aruba, Mike Eman.

During a press conference, the chairman of Arikok mentioned that they are going to start with the maintenance of the area, beginning with the removal of silt near the lagoon.

If you’ve never been to spaans lagoon, or any other sites in arikok, you should plan a visit. Seeing the “other part of the island” is a thing you can’t miss out on….

The inauguration at balashi gold mill ruins.

How much do you love Aruba?

Aruba Hotel And Tourism Association recently recognized and expressed much gratitude to one of the island’s most loyal return visitor, Larry Darick, for voluntarily helping to keep Aruba’s beaches clean and beautiful during his vacation.

He’s been coming to Aruba for over 20 years and stays for about 3 to 4 weeks at a time.

Larry told AHATA during an interview that he survived a big accident and since then he got the feeling that he should start giving back, and he’s doing it by cleaning up the beach.

In the morning Larry wakes up and takes a walk on the beach while cleaning it up.

On his daily walks he removes plastic bags, bottles and glass from the beach. Sometimes he finds unusual trash that washes up on the shorelines, like a coca cola bottle that was produced in south Africa. According to Larry the majority of trash at the shorelines comes from ships and other neighboring islands. So the coasts need to be maintained on a regular basis.

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All of this is on the beach.

Larry also mentioned during is interview that the island has progressed a lot since the first time he stepped foot in Aruba, which is years ago. He’s noticing less trash on the beach, making them more beautiful.

Everyone who comes to Aruba, falls in love with the island (including you)…

So the question is, how much do you love Aruba?

I hope as much (or more) than Larry, who is a great example for both locals and visitors.

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Larry is a real hero in Aruba.

Sea Turtles in Aruba

A few days ago the first turtle nest was spotted on the beach in front of Amsterdam Manor.

The local organization, committed to helping sea turtles in Aruba, took notice of this and immediately closed the turtle nest with barricades.

There are different types of turtles in the world, but the one that visits Aruba to lay eggs is the leather back sea turtle. And it happens to be the largest turtle in the world.

In Aruba we call them Driekiel. These driekiels are known to lay several nests during one season in Aruba. We’ve seen this happen in the past already, because last year only 2 turtles came to Aruba, but both of them created a total of 20 nests – wow!

The turtles usually can be seen at night on eagle beach, but recently they have been spotted at different beaches on the island including arashi, andicuri and boca grandi.

If you think you have been revisiting the island for a long time, think again, because these leather back turtles have been revisiting the island for many more years and are also distinguished repeat guests!

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The famous driekiel.

Is The Bushiri Hotel Coming Down, or Not?

Since the area around the bushiri has been cleaned, many people want to know when the abandoned building will be brought down….

So the director of Aruba’s infrastructure company, Marlon Croes, elaborated on the status of the abandoned bushiri hotel during a recent interview.

He said that they are practically done with cleaning up the place, but are waiting for the paperwork to be reviewed and signed, so the government can give them a start sign to begin bringing down the abandoned hotel.

According to him, removing the old building is a longer process than many people expect. But that it shouldn’t take any longer that they get the green light.

The plan is to create a recreational park for locals and visitors including a public beach.

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The area near bushiri hotel.

Paarden Baai Plaza Almost Done

Aruba is going to get a new place soon in the downtown area. A small shopping center called paarden baai plaza, near the cruise port. It’s not going to be filled with high end fashion stores, instead it’s going to be a new zone for kiosk that sell souvenirs, local art and I love Aruba shirts.

What’s the idea behind paarden baai plaza?

At the moment there are three flea markets in the downtown area. The first one, in front of the royal plaza mall. The second one is further down the road, right next to the gas station on LG Smith boulevard. And the third flea market is right next to the central bus station.

But the last flea market next to the bus station is kind of an eyesore to the downtown area, because the kiosk are made out of wood, and are starting to deteriorate.

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The current situation near the bus station.

The kiosk owners next to the bus station are going to move into these new cute little colorful shops. And the old wooden kiosk will be finally removed making the site beautiful again.

Paarden baai plaza will be finished in about less than a two months.

If you’re coming to Aruba in the following months, remember to visit the downtown area, to see the new paarden baai plaza.

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New kiosk on paarden baai plaza.

Hilton Resort with New Juice Bar

If you love the idea of a healthy lifestyle, even when you’re on vacation, you should look up Laguna restaurant, and think about going there for breakfast. Because they have a new juice bar. It’s not just any type of juice bar, but a vegetarian and gluten free juice bar.

The resort has been getting good reviews since the introduction.

Some of their most popular smoothies are superfood (made with oranges, pineapple, spinach, celery, cucumber and aloe) and morning boost (made with spinach, blueberry, pineapple, banana and oranges).

They serve smoothies during their breakfast hours, which is from 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

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The ladies that will make your healthy smoothies.

Is ESTA really good for Aruba?

Before you know it, you’re going to have to fill in an electronic system for travel authorisation (ESTA) form before you decide to come to Aruba (visitors from the Netherlands don’t have to fill in the form).

However, many people are starting to doubt if the ESTA is going to affect the amount of visitors who decide to travel to Aruba.

But Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA) thinks different about the situation….

They says that they don’t expect it to have a negative impact on tourism, but that it will be a step forward in the right direction to controlling the island’s borders and keeping out undesired visitors.

At the moment they are working together with the department of immigration to digitalize all the required information that you need to submit online before you can visit Aruba.

The situation around ESTA is developing really quick, expect it to be introduced at the end of 2018 (or first quarter of 2019).

As soon as ATA releases more information about the new system, I will let you know in my newsletter.

Do we need a new hotel in Aruba?

There are many bungalow eco-resorts in the Caribbean (for example jamaica and mexico).

The developers of these eco friendly resorts want to build one in Aruba, near the mangroves at isla di oro in pos chiquito.

The project is still in a deadlock, because they haven’t received any permits yet from the government to start construction.

One thing is for sure, the majority of locals and organizations, such as Aruba Bird Life Conservation is against the new eco-resort. But then again you have other non governmental organizations that support this new resort.

The company didn’t receive any permits to build yet, because the government needs an environmental impact assessment of the mangrove area, before they can give out a permit.

But they recently completed the assessment and they have reported back to the government.

The study has been done by an international organization and results of the assessment, a nearly 300 page long document, shows that the mangroves are dying and the corals are in danger.

According to the owner of the company something needs to be done urgently to protect the mangrove area in pos chiquito!

They made it clear that they have the money, support of local non-governmental organizations and experience to start building and maintaining the endangered area.

However, the government hasn’t made any public announcements yet whether they will approve or deny their request to construct the eco-resort.

What are your thoughts?

Do you, as a frequent visitor to the island, think that another hotel is necessary?

Dogs in Aruba

Many locals in Aruba love animals and the majority of them have dogs as pets.

Unfortunately a lot of these animals are being abused and neglected. All of these pups end up homeless and sick.

To help solve the current situation, there’s a new initiative by united dog foundation Aruba to sterilize a total of 400 street dogs. This isn’t the first time they are doing this, because about two years ago the united dog foundation Aruba sterilized about 4000 cats and dogs on the island.

They are repeating their efforts again, but this time with a focus on street dogs in the area of San Nicolas.

They will start (in the beginning of May) with this project by picking stray dogs from the streets of San Nicolas, sterilize them, take care of them until they are good to go.

If you’re an animal lover and have a place at home for a pet, pass by one of the local animal shelters, and adopt one of these pups.

Starbucks Fun Walk

Starbucks Aruba is celebrating their Global month of services, dedicating a fun walk supporting and giving back to the community. They have been doing this event for years and this time they are raising funds for a foundation called “Cu Amor Pa Aruba” (Love For Aruba).

The fun walk is going to take place on April 8, 2017 (8.00 AM, registration starts at 7.30 AM) . The starting point will be at the Renaissance marketplace, right next to cafe de plaza. It’s going to be a 6 km route.

If you’re on the island and want to join the walk for a good cause you can register at starbucks (at renaissance market place, paseo herencia) for only 6 dollars. Your inscription gives you a cup of coffee, a recyclable shopping bag and water during your run.

Police Catch 5 Thieves

The public aid office in savaneta was unfortunately robbed a couple of days ago. The anti socials entered the building, attacked the security guard and took about $20.000 from the money transport workers.

It must have been a planned attack. But the police were smarter and reacted fst on these robbers and caught 5 of them in a matter of no time!

Most of them have already been in contact with the law and are no strangers to the police. Two of them are island natives.

After the couple of robberies in the last couple of weeks, the police are surely more proactive with this bust. They surely did a great job, two thumb up!

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One of the robbers.

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News Out of Aruba Information

Staying up to date with happenings on the island means you need to read the local news. But that’s hard to do if you don’t understand the local language – Papiamento.

Having a way of getting news out of Aruba in English is essential if you want to stay connected with what’s happening with your home away from home.

So where do I come up with the information for news out of Aruba and how true are my observations about paradise?


I watch the news nearly every day on tv, read local newspapers (online and some in print) and occasionally listen to a radio station locals call to discuss what’s happening in Aruba.

During the end of the week, I do some writing for my newsletters…

I pick the most relevant news out of Aruba that you can relate to and translate it into English, so you can stay up to date about what’s happening on the island.

Today’s (March 19, 2017) recap for news out of Aruba is dedicated to Aruba’s flag day!

Because yesterday the entire island celebrated flag day…

Dia Di Himno Y Bandera

Yesterday (March 18, 2017) Aruba celebrated its flag and national anthem.

Locals dress in their favorite Aruba t-shirt displaying their sense of pride for this day!

The official national holiday is celebrated with different events around the island (including cultural song festival, local games, museums, sport events or just spending the day with the family at the beach).

And of course, what can’t be missed is – local food and drinks. From sopi oester (oyster soup) and pastechi to keshi yena and carni stoba (goat stew) – just delicious!

More About The Flag & Anthem

In 1972 a well known politician (Betico Croes) proposed that Aruba should have status aparte (special status – to be a separate autonomous island within the dutch kingdom).

Then came a referendum by political parties, that left the locals to choose whether they wanted to join a federation or be a independent autonomous within the dutch kingdom.

The majority of local people who were allowed to vote at that time decided for independence. A total of 2.147 people signed the status aparte document that was sent to the dutch government.

But in 1976 the dutch government refused to negotiate (and to give) Aruba a separate position within the dutch kingdom.

On March 18, 1976 that Betico Croes declared Aruba’s independence with the inauguration of the Aruban flag and our national anthem – “Aruba Dushi Tera”.

Ultimately on January 1, 1986 Aruba was granted status aparte!

Aruba’s national anthem (Aruba Dushi Tera) was composed by three well known men in Aruba (Padu del Caribe, Hubert Booi and Rufo Wever). Only Padu is still here with us, the other two already passed away – unfortunately.

What’s interesting to know is that Padu del Caribe was one of the 2.147 people that signed for Aruba’s independence!

Honoring Our Arubans

On March 17, 2017 the government organized a special candle ceremony for all the 2.147 people that signed for Aruba’s independence at the “status aparte” monument in the downtown area.

Friends and families of those who signed were invited to light a candle of each of these men and women (in total of 2.147 candles).

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Family members lighting a candle.

Inauguration of Plaza Padu

The government made a special monument for the three men that responsible for composing Aruba’s national anthem.

The new monument is called – Plaza Padu. Which is right behind the current parliament building not far from the Renaissance Hotel.

Plaza Padu is a must see on your next trip to Aruba.

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New monument statue on plaza padu.

Besides patriotic flag day celebration, some other things happened in Aruba, like…

Aruba Tourism Authority Supports ESTA

The CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority, Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, agrees with the introduction of ESTA in Aruba.

During a meeting with the department of immigration, she stated that ATA supports ESTA, because it safeguards the islands frontiers.

As a native islander, I also agree with the new system, because it allows for better management of who exactly is coming to Aruba and why…

I think the new ESTA system is going to become an important factor to stop the flow of people with bad intention to enter the island.

But there’s also a online ED Card…

Isn’t that confusing…? Should you fill in both?

According to the CEO of ATA, the ESTA form is comparable with the online ED card that was introduced a couple of years ago.

However, there is a small difference, the ESTA is focuses more on pre-screening.

The new system is still not finalized, so it still needs to be integrated with the current online ED card.

As soon as the ministry of justice gives more information about the new ESTA system I will notify you about it in my newsletter.

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The CEO of ATA, Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes

Plans To Expand Aruba’s Airport

Aruba’s airport is big and beautiful, but there’s still plans for expanding which is known as the “entrance to paradise” among travelers looking for a relaxing beach getaway.

According to the chief operation officer, Jurgen Benschop, the amount of travelers that use the airport has grown in the past 2 years. The current building has been designed to accommodate about 2 million passengers and now about 3 million visitors have visited in the past two years.

Expanding the airport is the only way to maintain the award winning quality of service that Aruba’s airport is known for.

The Current Plan….

Jurgen Benschop mentioned during an interview that they are still in the brainstorm part of the project.

At the moment they are focused on creating a plan to expand the airport that can accommodate the growth of passengers for the next 20 years ahead.

Right now the check in terminal is divided into two sections – the US and all other destinations.

But the current plan is to combine these two terminals into one big check in area.

All luggage’s will pass through one screening and will be divided afterwards according to the traveler’s destination.

The whole idea is to eliminate, the part where you have to recollect your luggage to check in at the immigration.

Is Isla Di Oro Really in Danger?

There is a big impasse between a local environmental non-governmental organization “Aruba Bird Life Conservation” and Grupo Isla, which is the leader of the isla di oro project.

The isla di oro project is an upcoming plan for a new wellness eco-resort in the mangrove area near Pos Chiquito. The resort is going to have bungalows style rooms all over the lagoon.

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bungalow style hotel in Aruba

However, I have a mixed feeling about this project…

On one hand this development is going to destroy a piece of nature in Aruba. But on the other hand it “could be a positive” development for tourism and luxury.

The project is currently in a deadlock…

So in an effort to “get the right to build”, Grupo Isla did a study (that costed about 500 thousand dollars), that proves that the mangroves are in danger and need to be protected.

However, I don’t think destroying a piece of nature and building another hotel is going to do the mangroves any good.

It looks like they’re trying to throw the local community a “fastball” to get us to agree to build.

The mangrove area near pos chiquito is not the cleanest compared to other locations on the island. There is no circulation of water and there’s a lot of bugs also. But the area can be cleaned up and maintained without having to build a bungalow eco-resort.

These investors are looking for a possible cooperation with the government, which in my personal opinion – I disagree with.

So is isla di oro really in danger?

I don’t believe so, every time I pass around there, the trees seem greener than ever.

However, I do agree that it needs to be cleaned up and the circulation issue needs to be fixed.

Listen to Franz Sydow (one of the investors) as he explains the results of the investigation they made…

News Out Of Aruba About CITGO

During the past couple of weeks there has been a lot of progress in regards to the new refinery in Aruba.

Since the refurbishment of the refinery started a few months ago, the government already managed to hire and place 350 local employees in key positions to complete the rehabilitation.

The 350 employees are working for contractors and others have a contract directly with CITGO. In the coming months more people will be contracted to work in the refinery.

The new plant is going to be an upgrade style refinery that will run on natural gas, so they are also creating a pipeline at the moment to transport gas from Venezuela to Aruba.

The gas pipeline is projected to be finished in the first half of 2018!

Natural Bridge Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

Five decades ago a local family started a refreshment shop in the area of natural bridge.

There was no electricity or access to water.

Slowly but surely the family expanded the little shop into what is now known as one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Aruba.

However, the local family recently sold the facility to Palm Tours, which is a locally owned excursion company in Aruba (I used to work there in my teen years as a tour guide).

Palm Tours invested money to renovate the building completely.

They refurbished the entire building making it look just like a traditional old cunucu house.

Natural Bridge is celebrating its one year anniversary since palm tours took over and renewed the building.

The area of natural bridge has no electricity (or water), they use generators that runs 24/7 all the time. A truck delivers water every day at the site so that the toilets can work.

If you want to use the bathroom they will charge you 1$ to help pay for the generator and transportation of water to use the bathroom.

If you get a chance, visit the natural bridge to see it’s new beauty!

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New entrance sign from Natural Bridge

Aruba Weather Forecast

If you’re looking for perfect weather condition to get away from the cold weather, it’s Aruba!

The island has the most sunniest days out of every Caribbean island in the region.

This weeks weather forecast doesn’t have any strange occurrences other than the normal breezy winds with sunshine (and maybe with some clouds).

Only on Thursday a brief shower is expected.

Today is perfect weather to head out to the beach with the family on a Sunday!

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5 day weather forecast


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Then you’re in the right place…

Every week (on Sundays) I post the most recent Aruba news that pertains to you.

I write this newsletter, because I know how hard it is to find recent Aruba news in English.

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You might be wondering where I get my information from…

I watch the news on TV, read all the different local newspapers online (and some in print) and occasionally listen to the radio station locals call to discuss what’s happening in Aruba.

I hand pick and translate what you can relate to, so you can get the most recent Aruba news in English.

So let’s start this week’s recap of recent Aruba news for 5 of March 2017…

Big Festival Announcements

This week Aruba Tourism Authority announced 3 big festivals that are going to be held during the coming months.

Here’s what’s one schedule regarding festivals in Aruba…

Flip Flop Festival

After announcing dancehall artist Konshens and reggae sensation Morgan Heritage as the two main acts last week during a press conference, the organizers of flip flop came out with another surprise announcement.

They added a hip hop superstar to the line up – Rick Ross!

This years flip flop is a must attend event if you enjoy dance hall, reggae or hip hop. It will be held on 31 March until 2 April. With the main event being held on 1 April (Morgan Heritage, Konshens and Rick Ross).

The party will kick off with dutch DJ siblings – shermanology in club emotions (31 March).

The last day of flip flop is a pool party with DJ Outkast at Renaissance Hotel (2 April).

You can still buy your early birds tickets at any gas station in Aruba for $20 (there’s not much early bird tickets left, 95% already sold).

I still have to buy mine, for the main event of course!

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Flip Flop conference.

Soul Beach Music Festival

One of the biggest festivals in Aruba is back again for 2017!

Soul beach music festival is just what the name says it is – soulful!

This event is popular because of the caliber of R&B artists that are known to perform on stage. And this year promises to be bigger than ever with artists like Mary J Blige, Faith Evans and Usher!

Soul beach is also known for it hilarious stand up comedy nights.

This year on of the “Kings of Comedy” – Cedric the Entertainer is going to be on stage!

The organizers of soul beach also said during a press conference that there will be an app that you can download to see everything about soul beach (I will update you on any news from the app).

This year promises to be a big year for R&B in Aruba – are you going to be here for it?

Aruba Summer Music Festival

It’s official – Aruba summer music festival has been officially announced (including artist who are performing).

If you’re going to be in Aruba in the end of June you should put this fest on your to do list.

This years Latin flavor music festival features the reggaeton duo from Puerto Rico – Zion & Lennox.

Artists like Maluma and Juan Luis Guerra are scheduled as main performers.

The festival dates are 30 June and 1 July 2017.

If you like Latin music, you should visit for the weekend fest

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Organizers from Aruba music festival at a press conference.

The End of Aruba’s Carnival 63

The 63rd edition of carnival is finally behind of us.

It was a nearly 2 months of ongoing festivals, queen elections and parades. This years carnival started with a traditional torch parade right in the first week of January and ended with the annual grand parade in the downtown area of Aruba last week.

I have to say I enjoyed myself during this carnival season, because it was the first time I participated in it.

I went in for Lighting Parade in San Nicolas! It was amazing (I can’t wait for next year).

Now I know why thousands of people fly from all over to participate in Aruba’s carnival.  

If you’ve always wanted to go in Aruba’s parade, please do so, you won’t regret it!

Check out this movie from Aruba’s grand parade 2017.

Safety Training for Employees at Playa Linda

12 employees from different departments of Playa Linda including the entire loss & prevention team recently completed a safety training successfully.

Where did the idea come from?

The main goal was to have a first response group from different departments of the resort (including the loss & prevention department) – “in case something happens”

The moment a calamity presents itself there is supposed to be more colleagues to help the guests than just the security guards. – this is what the HR director of Playa Linda, Linda Kelly, said during an interview.

What must they know about safety?

Security and safety means much more than catching thieves.

The new employees that have been trained by this safety course must know…

  • All the emergency exits
  • The resort floor plan
  • Must know how to remain calm
  • And give first aid help

The director of the loss & prevention department, Fernando Fecunda, was one of the employees who suggested this safety training to management.

He also mentioned during his interview that he’s glad management decided to take him up on his offer, because now the Playa Linda is better prepared in case of anything!

Two thumbs up for Playa Linda for providing more safety to their guests.

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Selected employees for the safety team.

Neighborhood Watch Solves Crimes

A neighborhood watch created in the city of Wayaca (near the airport) was essential in catching thieves in the act of robbing a house.

A couple of months ago there was a slight increase in crimes committed inside homes from locals. After the government examined these cases it was clear that most of them were committed by Venezuelans (with no good intentions).

The reason why?

Because the situation in Venezuela is getting worse by the day with the current crisis they are dealing with.

Aruba is close to Venezuela and gets undesired visits by undocumented travelers who come here with bad intentions. They are happy to find 50 dollars in a break in, because american dollars are worth much back home.

However, the local community is starting to fight back…

They’re taking safety and security in their own hands by starting neighborhood watches via whats-app. If anything strange is happening outside, someone send a whats-app and every one is alerted. The police are also continually notified by these groups and use the information they receive as tips to solve any committed crimes.

Neighborhood watch is something normal in the US, but entirely new here in Aruba. It’s starting to pick up more between locals on the island and getting a life of it’s own.

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Flyer for the neighborhood watch Aruba.

The Fight Against Mosquitoes

The company in charge of combating mosquitoes in Aruba “Gele Koorts Mosquito Bestrijding” recently did a control around Aruba to get an index of the amount of mosquito breeding places on the island (and to destroy them of course).

The mosquito’s they are particularly after are aedes aegypti, which are known to cause dengue, chikungunya and zika.

The control was one with intention to remove all the existing breeding grounds they encountered. And also make house owners aware who had mosquito breeding nest in their yards on how they can prevent mosquito breeding nest. They also shared pest control products to locals to help kill the mosquitoes.

Like I mentioned in an article before the government is taking an active role into combating mosquitoes and zika.

Click here to read why you should travel to Aruba despite zika warnings.

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Busy with breeding ground examinations at a locals house

Man Dies During Diving

Unfortunately an American tourist passed away near nikki beach while he was diving.

It was during the midday that beach goers saw a body floating near nikki beach and they called the police (and ambulance). The authorities took the man out of the water and tried to give him CPR, however not even a hour after he was pronounced dead…

I’m not sure how he died, but there are stories that he had a heart attack while diving.

They most likely do an investigation into what exactly happened to him.

Condolences to the family members and friends this person left behind…

Take note that the currents are a little strong during this season in Aruba, so be careful when you’re snorkeling (or diving). Don’t go too far out if you can’t swim (and avoid going alone)!

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Man unfortunately dies while diving.

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Line Up For Flip Flop Festival 2017

This years flip flop festival promises to be bigger than ever, because of the artists that are performing.

The first two artists who are going to be in the line up at flip flop are Konshens and Morgan Heritage (both artist are from Jamaica).

Konshens is known in the dancehall music scene for his hits like, bruk of ya back, gal yu a bubble and Mr.Policeman.

And the Grammy award winning band, Morgan Heritage, formed by the reggae artist Denroy Peter Morgan will delight us with their musical tunes.

Flip flop will take place on 31 march until 2 april 2017.

If you’re in Aruba and want to go you can buy your early bird tickets for $15 at all gas stations in Aruba.

During the next couple of weeks the organizers of flip flop will announce the other remaining artists that will be performing.

Are you going to flip flop this year?

Try Some Italian Ice Cream by Marriott

A new shop just opened in Marriott Stellaris & Casino that sells gelato.  

It’s an Italian company named Gelato & Co.

Have you ever heard of it?

I didn’t…

But the company is known to make their gelatos (Italian ice cream), sorbets, cakes and other fresh desert with natural ingredients. They use no artificial flavors, preservatives and coloring.

We all have to live healthy to live long to keep on enjoying Aruba…

So this new place sounds like a healthy option if you’re looking for a refreshing ice cream.

You can find Gelato & Co in the lobby from Marriott Stellaris & Casino. It’s open from 10 AM to 12 AM.

I might have to visit them soon because I enjoy eating ice cream…

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New Gelato shop in Marriott.

Eagle Beach Again in Top Ranks

According to the Travelers Choice Awards by TripAdvisor, eagle beach is in the top 3 for “beaches in the Caribbean”.

The top beaches were chosen by reviews from travelers on TripAdvisor during the last 12 months.

A lot of travelers commented that eagle beach is beautiful because of the long stretch of white sand and turquoise water (a perfect destination for a beach getaway).

Arashi beach also was nominated in the top 25 beaches in the Caribbean.

The beach at Arashi is popular because you can snorkel, bathrooms are available, there’s a snack bar, great shade from palapas and is easily reached by car and public transportation.

How do you feel that one of your favorite beaches in Aruba ranks best in the Caribbean?

Way to go Aruba!

Aruba’s National Bird

The government decided to make the prikichi the national bird from Aruba.

The decision came a few weeks after the group from Aruba Bird Life Conservation went with the prime minister of Aruba to a bird life conservation festival in Colombia. 

Out of more than 200 species of birds in Aruba, the prikichi and the shoco (owl – Aruba’s national symbol) are the only two birds that are native to the island.

What’s interesting is that the scientific names for these two birds contains the word “Arubensis” which means that they are from Aruba, of course! 

I remember admiring the bright yellow and green birds when I used to play in the cunucu (yard in Papiamento) as a kid. I could recognize them without seeing them, because they made a distinct chirping sound…  

However, I noticed a decline in the amount of prikichi and shoco that are on the island.

This is because of boa constrictor snakes that are eating these birds. It’s the way of mother nature, and if we would like to preserve the prikichi and shoco we have to protect them.

So after this announcement, the prikichi (and shoco) is now a protected bird!

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A prikichi sitting on a tree branch.

Sterilizing Stray Dogs on Aruba

Animals are fun and amazing to have.

A lot of locals have dogs and cats here in Aruba, but some of them don’t know how to take care for their pets.

This negligence of animals is resulting in a high amount of stray dogs in Aruba.

The situation is getting out of control, because there are too many dogs wandering around looking sick, emaciated and full of disease.

Last year veterinaries together with bucuti and tara beach resort started a program to sterilize dogs and cats. The resort was paying half of all costs for sterilization for the locals.

Since the program first started a total of 6000 dogs and cats were registered and almost 4000 of them got sterilized.

The total amount subsidized by bucuti and tara resort until now is about 380.000 Aruban guilders (which is about 217.000 us dollars).

The sterilization program is currently ongoing and proving to be successful, but it’s only a small part of the solution.

The other part of the solution is to teach pet owners how to take care of their dogs (or stop people that can’t take care of pets from getting one).

If you’re ever interested in adopting a four legged friend, you’re welcome to do so at one of our veterinaries.

Bushiribana Gold Ruins Graffiti

This week someone wrote “Aruba Pro Pedofiel” on the walls of the gold mine ruins (what was this person thinking?)

However, this not the first time that they wrote this slogan on the gold mill walls (it’s the 4th time).

It all started with one father whose daughter was molested and began writing “Aruba pro pedofiel” all over the island. Now a few more angry parents are also starting to paint this slogan around the island, because of a recent child molestation case. They are mad because the child molester didn’t get a long enough jail sentence. 

I understand that they want to voice their opinion, but damaging local property and a tourist attraction is not the solution…

I hope this trend stops and that the government starts giving longer sentence for child molesters.

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This is not the way to resolve this.

Archaeological Museum Closed

If you have a visit to the archaeological museum planned when in Aruba (in the first two weeks of March) you’re going to be disappointing, because they’re going to be closed on 28 of February 2017.

The reason they are closing is because they are installing a new air conditioning system.

So if you had planned to visit the archaeological museum you have to reschedule…

They said it will be known publicly when the museum will open again.

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The museum is going to be closed for renovation

Too Much Tourist Getting into Accidents

This week a lot of accidents took place with tourists in the mix.

Many of them which are unfortunate and some could of been completely prevented.

The first accident happened between a local and two tourists in the downtown area.

The rental car involved in this accident failed to give the other party preference and caused the accident. They were not hurt severely, but needed to be taken to the hospital for observation.

Another accident happened this week with a lady that was speeding in a residential area and lost control of her rental car. She managed to turn over the car, knock down a traffic sign and hit full on into a house that was under construction.

It was a miracle that she came out of the accident without any major injuries.

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She completely turned over the car.

A couple parked their car near Malmok beach to go snorkeling.

But when they returned to their car, they were shocked to see that someone broke into their car and took their belongings.

I don’t know if they left their belongings visible, but if that was the case, this could of easily been avoided.

This is enough to give anyone with a bad intention the impulse to break in…

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Police taking notes of what happened

If you’re going to drive in Aruba always be careful (while driving and parking).

They will break in your car, anywhere in the world, even in broad daylight, if you leave your belonging visible.

My advice to you is…

  • Never speed (stay in the driving limit)
  • Don’t drink and drive
  • Never drive and text on your phone
  • When leaving your car hide all personal belongings out of sight.

If you’re looking to rent a car for your upcoming trip click here to see our rental rates.

Security Cameras

The government is going to use technology to bring down the crime rate on the island.

Minister, Arthur Dowers wants to put cameras on certain areas of the island to increase security for locals and tourists. They are currently running a few tests with these cameras positioned near the hotel and downtown area. Because some area’s for example by the pelican pier are reported to have locals selling drugs to tourist. They are a molestation for people who are not interested (and it’s against the law)…

With the help of these cameras the government is planning to catch these drug dealers red handed.

If the cameras prove to be successful more will be added (there are talks that about 600 cameras will be placed all over the island).

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security camera near the beach in Aruba

Latest News From Aruba about CITGO

The rehabilitation of the refinery is finally starting to take place after the government signed a contract with CITGO in 2016,

About one week ago more than a 100 people were contracted and officially given a badge to enter the refinery.

Today there are more than 200 people who are working to recover the refinery.

This week the government announced that about 200 specialists from Trinidad & Tobago will be contracted to help rehabilitation process. 

It seems that a lot of foreign workers are being contracted, but that was part of the deal. More foreigners than locals would be contracted to rehabilitate the refinery. But, after the refinery is in full swing, 80% of the employees have to be locals. 

When the rehabilitation of the refinery is completed those who were contracted from away have to go back and locals are going to run and maintain the refinery.

The director of Aruba investment bank, Frendsel Giel said that the refinery will yield more than 340 million dollars annually for Aruba. The majority of this money will go to workers, local contractors and the government. And the city of San Nicolas will be booming again!

The reopening of the refinery will definitely give a boost to Aruba’s economy.

Green Corridor Bridge

Last week the director of ODINSA (an infrastructure company from Colombia), Carlos Zubieta Uribe, shared a positive update about the developments of the bridge that they are in charge of constructing during a press conference.

He said that the construction of the bridge is on schedule and everything is going according to plans.

After they complete the structure they will move to the next phase of the project that includes adding lights to the bridge, putting road signs and putting asphalt on the road.

The deadline of this bridge is set to be in August of 2017.

The bridge is part of the green corridor project, which is a renovation of the existing highway and creation of a new one from the airport to the area of pos chiquito (and savaneta) including several new roundabouts.

Soon you will be able to drive on the new highway and bridge of the “green corridor”.


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Green Corridor Bridge


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