Posts

Once a week (on Sundays) I make a recap of the most recent news in Aruba that’s relevant to you.

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

Recent News in Aruba

If you want to keep up with what’s happening on the island – this newsletter was made for you!

The newsletter gets published every Sunday and it’s free (thanks to generous readers who give a small donation to cover all website costs (maintenance, hosting fees etc.)

Before you read what’s been happening in paradise this week, enjoy this view!

recent news in Aruba

Can you imagine yourself here?

Aruba Hospital

The new hospital building aptly named “new bed tower” was introduced to the public during a press conference this week.

A soft opening was celebrated for the hospital project that took almost two years to finish.

The project consisted of two stages (construction of the new bed tower and renovating the existing hospital building).

New bed tower has 5 floors, with different sections like pediatric department, emergency rooms, delivery rooms and more health departments.

The minister of public health gave a speech during the press conference – he noted that the new bed tower isn’t only a beautiful building, but it represents a betterment of Aruba’s health care.

According to the minister of public health, Aruba’s hospital is going to be the best in the Caribbean region (open for medical tourism in the future).

The official opening of new bed tower will be on August 1, 2017 during an “open house” starting at 9:00 AM until 12:00PM.

recent news in Aruba

Driveway Behind New Bed Tower

Southwest Expands Flights To Aruba

Southwest is going to shift their non-stop flight from Orlando to a new international terminal in Fort Lauderdale (starting in March 8, 2018).

The new departure terminal for Southwest Airlines in Fort Lauderdale will not only offer South Florida a new gateway to travel to Aruba, but it also offers travelers a consolidated, single terminal international experience for their customers from elsewhere in the U.S.

Travelers who are visiting Aruba from the new terminal in Fort Lauderdale have a pre clearance set up – so it makes connecting back in the states easier.

A Scare at The Airport

A bomb alert was activated this week at Aruba’s airport, by a captain of Southwest Airlines (from a flight that departed from Orlando).

It all started when the captain went to the bathroom (in the front of the airplane) and saw the word bomb written on a paper.

The local authorities immediately paralyzed the airport completely – no airplane was allowed to take off or land.

After the captain landed the aircraft, the police immediately did a thorough search of the airplane with the help of k9’s, but found nothing particular.

They arrested two American women after questioning people who were sitting close to the bathroom.

The ladies were interrogated by the authorities and were detained for a day, but they were released, because the police couldn’t prove that they were guilty.

Many people used the bathroom before and after the two ladies, so anyone could have done it.

According to the two suspects they didn’t even know about what was happening and managed to prove their innocence.

It seems as like the person who wrote the word bomb intended it to be a joke, but it went too far and went terribly wrong.

These ladies were lucky that they came out innocent after the investigation, because they would of been charged with different lawsuits by Aruba’s airport and by Southwest airlines.

This act is punishable on Aruba and you can be incarcerated for up to 9 years.




Campaign Against Mosquitoes

The department of health started a awareness campaign for the locals about how to combat mosquito breeding nest in their yard during the upcoming rainy season.

We’ve experienced a very dry half of 2017 – however, hurricane season started June 1, this means more rain and more chance for mosquitoes.

The department of public health has been doing a great job with combating mosquitoes by fumigating the entire island.

Talk to your doctor if you plan on getting getting pregnant after your visit Aruba to get the best advice.


Paid Parking

The prime minister wants to charge $1. 00 daily for paid parking that will be included in the car rental price for parking in the downtown area.

However, according to many politicians this isn’t fair, because car rentals and hotels are already charging visitors a levy fee ($1.00 & $3.00) per day respectively imposed by the government.

Adding another dollar to cover parking fees for tourist is unfair because…

Not every tourist that rents a car is going to visit the downtown area and won’t use the paid parking.

In addition to that, there’s no guarantee that a tourist will find a parking space while in the downtown area.

The parking fee hasn’t been implemented yet – it’s only an idea at this point.

Parking is still free in the hotel area and beaches of Aruba (only the downtown area has paid parking).

If you want to rent a car but don’t know which rental company to contact, click here to send me a car rental request.

I will personally provide you with a car rental quotation for any car you’d like to rent within a few hours.

Aruba Lions Club Reveals New Monument

Aruba lions club revealed a new monument during a special ceremony this week.

The president of the club mentioned during a speech before the big reveal that they are celebrating 70 years of existence (and 100 years of international lions club).

Aruba lions club has been offering volunteering services to the local community for 7 decades.

The monument was revealed in the presence of the press and other guests by a long life member of the club.

If you’re interested to see it, you can find it easily, because it’s right outside of the airport.

recent news in Aruba

Aruba Lions Club Monument

The Queen of Freestyle Windsurf

Sarah Quita Offringa added another gold medal to her career and also racks up her 10th consecutive win in freestyle windsurfing at fuerteventura. in Spain. 

She’s the best in the world in women’s freestyle windsurfing and I’m proud she’s from Aruba.

Sarah has been nominated for woman of the year and has a documentary about her named “cabei busha” (the curly gem).

recent news in Aruba

Sarah Quita is #1 – Aruba Ariba!

Be Aware of Road Constructions

Aruba is undergoing a lot of development at the moment, especially to its infrastructure.

For example, the green corridor highway starting from the airport until San Nicolas and the new watty vos boulevard (a new beltway).

With the ongoing constructions, there’s plenty of roads that are going to be closed.

If you’re in Aruba and plan to explore the island in a rental car it’s good for you to know which ones are going to be closed.

On July, 31 2017 the highway between the roundabout in pos chiquito and la granja restaurant will be closed due to adding new asphalt on the road (it’s going to take about 10 days to open again).

A part of the highway in the district of alto vista will also be closed during July, 31 – August, 2 (from Turibana 26 to Alto Vista 32).

Alternative roads will be indicated with signs.




Strong Winds

Local meteorologist expect stronger winds than usual in Aruba this week.

Due to change in atmospheric pressure in Aruba’s region we may experience very strong winds.

A warning for all beach goers to be cautious when swimming, tie down all objects that can fly away and be dangerous to people around you.

They also advise beach goers not to swim to far out on the north and east coast of the island during this week.

The effects of these strong winds can be felt the most at manchebo beach, so be careful when swimming in that area.

Hilton Aruba Resort

The Hilton received two awards by familyvacationcritic.com and hotels.com

Guests left positive comments on  familyvacationcritic.com about Hilton resort – so the resort received a “favorite among families award”.

Hotels.com gave Hilton Aruba the “loved by guests” award, because of the exceptional feedback by their guests.

Fire Department Get New Cars

A local car sale company (Yrausquin) recently sponsored the fire department with four new cars.

The model cars they received are from Mitsubishi.

These 4 new cars are going to be used for emergencies – especially during calamities that include floods, because these cars have water wading capacity up to 700 millimeters.

recent news in Aruba

New Fire department Cars

Support Vacations By Aruba Newsletter

I invest my personal time to make this newsletter available to you for free, because I know how much it means for you to stay up to date with what’s happening on your home away from home.

If you want to support me with maintaining the website costs or want to buy me a beer so I can stay creative (because nothing great was invented by drinking water) – please make a donation of your choice.

Click on the amount you wish to donate and you will be directed to pay pal on the next page.

You’re awesome!

[sdonations]2[/sdonations]

Vacations By Aruba Newsletter

Did you enjoy reading this week’s important Aruba news recap?

If so sign up for my newsletter to get future news updates out of Aruba straight to your email -for free.

Join my newsletter today and I’ll email you my “Aruba on a Budget” e-book as a gift…

Once a week (on Sundays) I make a recap of the latest news from Aruba.

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

Latest News from Aruba

This newsletter is for you if you want to keep up with what’s happening on the island.

The newsletter gets published every Sunday and it’s free (thanks to my readers who give a small donation to cover all website costs (maintenance, hosting etc.)

New US TSA Rules

The US TSA implemented a revised security measures for all passengers travelling from all destinations to the united states.

Aruba’s airport also has to comply with the new requirements that have been in effect since July 19, 2017.

The revised security measure is an introduction of a new prohibited items (exemption list) – which means you will be subject to additional screening of personal electronic devices after checking in.

You might experience a longer boarding time than usual when travelling to the US from Aruba due to the new security measures.

To avoid any delays, the US TSA advises you to check in 3 hours prior to departure.

Fire At Aruba Beach Club

latest news in Aruba

There was a fire in one of the main towers at Aruba beach club this week.

All guests and employees that were near the tower that caught fire had to be evacuated.

The fire department in the district of tanki flip was immediately notified and had complete dominion over the fire shortly after their arrival.

Fortunately no one was hurt, only material damage.

According to firemen the fire was caused by a short circuit in the tower house.

CITGO & WEB Sign Memorandum of understanding

Aruba’s water treatment plant (WEB) signed an MOU with CITGO to subminister water and electricity to the refinery once the first half of the refinery starts up.

The pilot plant is going to be constructed on the property of the refinery.

There have been many rumors in the newspaper this week that the rehabilitation of the refinery is halted, but of course it’s not true.

The rehabilitation of the refinery is in full swing!

Project Watty Vos Boulevard

The minister of infrastructure explained about the current infrastructure project called watty vos boulevard during a press conference this week.

If you’ve been to Aruba recently you may have noticed that most area’s are under construction – and you’ve been confronted with many detours while driving on the island.

The reason for all of this is because one of the biggest infrastructure project in 30 years is taking place at the moment.

The infrastructure project is called watty vos boulevard and it consist of….

  • Relocating the container port from the downtown area to barcadera.
  • Creating the green corridor (a new highway from the airport to san nicolas, including a bridge)
  • Expansion and renovation of Aruba’s hospital
  • Watty vos boulevard ( A beltway considered to be the backbone of Aruba’s highway by the minister of infrastructure

Watty vas boulevard is going to be a ring road that connects all districts in Aruba together, making all districts on the island accessible from one main road.

The beltway is going to ease the congestion on L.G. Smith Boulevard (from surfside beach until the central bus station).

Click here to ask me for a car rental quote, I’ll answer within a few hours.

T-intersection on Sasaki Closed During July

latest news in Aruba

The director of Aruba’s public works company (DOW) recently announced that the t-intersection on sasaki weg will be closed due to construction of a new roundabout.

Traffic in the area will be deviated at this t-intersection (near the hospital – punta brabo and L.G. Smith Boulevard).

All works should begin in August and should be finished within a month.

2 Restaurants Awarded By TripAdvisor

latest news in Aruba

TripAdvisor awarded two of Aruba’s restaurants (White Modern Cuisine & The Kitchen Table By White) with a certificate of excellence.

These two restaurants are among the best in Aruba.

The kitchen table by white only has 16 seats in their culinary studio – if you want to try their 7 course feast, you better make reservations as soon as possible.

Are you vegetarian? No problem they have a 7 course vegetarian dish menu.

They are situated in blue residences.

White modern cuisine is known for being innovative and creative with their dishes – introducing a new kind of dining experience with their perfect mixture between food, cocktails and wines.

They are located in the gold coast clubhouse.

RIU Hotel Celebrates Big

The staff at RIU hotel have a double celebration this month – RIU celebrates their 10th year anniversary and has been awarded for their social, economic and environmental impact in Aruba.

RIU established their resort in 2007 on the island, and have been providing exceptional service to all of their guests until this date.

The general manager of RIU credits the staff for their success during these 10 years.

Beside celebrating their 10th year anniversary, the RIU staff are also enjoying the award they won from travel life (a web based certification sustainability performance system).

Travel life is dedicated to making vacations more sustainable – working with different tourism based business all over the world to help them improve their social economic and environmental impacts.

Did you know that lime trees are grown on RIU’s property, and they use these limes in the bar and restaurants?

Riu Hotels

New Places At Renaissance Marketplace

When visiting Aruba, one always looks for new places to visit.

If you know what I’m talking about, there’s 3 new places you should visit in renaissance marketplace.

The new places you should visit are aged wine bar, le garage bistro and starbucks (which has been expanded).

Le garage bistro is a French restaurant and is situated were cilo used to be.

Try their most popular dishes, duck a l’orange, bouillabaisse soup and escargot.

Aged wine bar specializes in craft beer and different exotic wines.

Never tried a craft beer before?

Visit aged wine bar to experience these new type of beers.

Starbucks established itself in renaissance marketplace for a while now,

Starbucks expanded the building, making it more spacious for their clients.

If you like starbucks, try their new nitro cold brew drink.




100 Vow Renewals in Aruba

Aruba’s tourism board invited over a 100 people that are going to be staying in Aruba during the month of August to renew their vows on eagle beach.

The intention is to create one of the biggest vow renewal ceremony in the Caribbean.

All couples will be saying I do again on August 8, 2017 on eagle beach.

Baseball Team Gets New Uniform By The Government

latest news in Aruba

The government sponsored Aruba’s national youth baseball team with brand new uniforms.

They got the new uniforms because they are going to participate in the first youth baseball classic in Curacao this month (July, 2017).

This is a great opportunity for these young players to get noticed by scouts and get selected for a scholarship to play in the major league.

Xander Bogaerts is an inspiration to many local baseball player, who also aspire to be a professional ballplayer one day in America.

Good luck to our national team during the competition in Curacao.

Two of Aruba’s pony league baseball teams also received new uniforms sponsored by Aruba Bank and Benjamin Security.

They’re going to represent Aruba in the World Series Pony Baseball League (under 11 years old) in America.

Aruba Won 9 Medals During Caribbean Karate Championship

The Aruba karate team won 9 medals during the Caribbean karate championship in Suriname.

In total they managed to win 5 bronze medals, 3 silver medals and a gold one.

It may have gone unnoticed by many, but Aruba’s karate is among the best in the Caribbean. It’s one of the sports that is developing very fast in Aruba.

The Aruba karate federation wants to join the Tokyo Olympic games in 2020.

Support Vacations By Aruba Newsletter

I invest my personal time to make this newsletter available to you for free, because I know how much it means for you to stay up to date with what’s happening on your home away from home.

If you want to support me with maintaining the website costs or want to buy me a beer so I can stay creative (because nothing great was invented by drinking water) – please make a donation of your choice.

Click on the amount you wish to donate and you will be directed to paypal on the next page.

You’re awesome!

[sdonations]2[/sdonations]

Vacations By Aruba Newsletter

Did you enjoy reading this week’s important Aruba news recap?

If so sign up for my newsletter to get future news updates out of Aruba straight to your email -for free.

Join my newsletter today and I’ll email you my “Aruba on a Budget” e-book as a gift…

Once a week (on Sundays) I do a recap of breaking news on Aruba.

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

Breaking News on Aruba

So what’s been happening on Aruba this past week?

Well a lot of new developments have taken place, let’s start with…

Protest Against Bringing Down Bushiri Hotel

The minister of infrastructure, recently announced that the old bushiri hotel will be brought down within 2 months.

There’s talks of constructing a new hotel, a recreational area for locals and a public beach.

However opposing parliament members don’t agree with the decision.

According to opposing party members, bringing down the hotel is destruction of capital.

Instead of bringing down the building, they find that the minister of infrastructure should do a study to find a better use for the building.

They recommended to transform the building into a nursing home for elderly people.

There’s many speculation to what’s going to happen to bushiri once it’s gone.

Hard rock hotel wanted to build, but couldn’t meet the financial requirements. Then Hyatt wanted to take over the building, but the government denied their petition.

I’m not sure what the plans are going to be exactly for the hotel.

But let’s see if the government is going to do what they promised – bring down the building.

Or if this is just another election stunt to get votes.

Taking Down a Crane

The giant crane next to cruise port is going to be toppled.

It was built in 1983, but in the recent years it hasn’t been used anymore and is taking up valuable space on the port.

There has been many attempts to pull down the giant crane, but it still stands tall.
If you want to watch the toppling, you can do so on Aruba ports webcam – portarubawebcam.com

breaking news on aruba

Bring Back The Wheel Clamp

Kiosk owners near royal plaza mall want the government to re-implement the wheel clamp.

Because they are starting to see their sales drop (almost 40%) – since the wheel clamp has been removed.

According to the kiosk owners, locals are occupying all the parking spots, leaving no space for visitors to park their rental car – as a result they don’t get clients.

There isn’t an official law yet to sanction those who park their cars incorrectly, so Aruparking can’t enforce any fines as a sanction. All they can do is tow your car, if you parked incorrectly(in yellow marked spaces, or on the sidewalk).

Not only the kiosk owners are being affected by this situation, but all the stores near the area of royal plaza are feeling the effect.

However, the store owners located in the main-street are happy that the wheel clamp is no longer being used, because it was one of the factors that stopped people from going in the main-street.

So what is the government going to do about the parking situation near royal plaza to help kiosk owners that sell Aruban souvenirs?


New Judicial Policy

The minister of justice presented a new policy judicial policy for the next 3 years.

The new policy focuses on creating peace, safety and security in local communities.

Also to add more integrity within all the departments of justice, and a new plan of approach to help addicts.

Before this new judicial policy, the minister of justice focused on…

  • Reducing cases of violence
  • Creating special programs for youths involved in crime
  • Combating burglaries and robberies.
  • Traffic Safety
  • Increasing fine rates
  • And educating the public how they can protect their self against crime.

During a press conference the minister of justice mentioned that the majority of crimes committed on the island, are from people who entered Aruba illegally. That’s why he introduced ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) a few months ago to control and safeguard Aruba’s frontiers.

Soon everyone who wants to visit Aruba (except Dutch nationalities) has to register before entering Aruba.

According to the minister of justice, the new ESTA form will help decrease undesirable (and undocumented) travelers to Aruba, who don’t have any good intentions.

The government is still working on the new travel system, but it will be officially introduced in September (2017).

Update on Toronto Suspect

A few weeks ago “Toronto murder suspect” Michael Teddy Gibson made international headlines when he got arrested during a police car chase.

He is being suspected of murdering a Canadian visitor in the district of Jaburibari.

There are more suspects in regards to the Jaburibari murder case (a total of 8), however 7 of them were recently released.

The only person still caught in the mix is Michael Teddy Gibson.

All the other 7 suspects were present during the crime, but according to investigation they had nothing to do with it and were released.

The investigation is still ongoing, and I’m not sure what’s going to happen to Michael – whether he’s going to be incarcerated here or deported to Canada.

Insel Air

Insel Air is in a very sticky situation at the moment….

The airline owes more than 30 million dollars to a total of 240 creditors.

They also still need to pay their employees for the past 4 months – which adds up to almost a million dollars.

They haven’t been making any money recently, and have been banned to fly to certain areas.

A judge gave insel air protection against bankruptcy. But, the same judge added an ultimatum recently for the company to pay their debts (June 7, 2017) or present a plan to “restart” the airline company.

If they don’t pay or have a plan to make things better financially – insel air will be declared bankrupt.

New Flights To Aruba

Sun Country Airlines announced new seasonal flights to Aruba starting from December 23 , 2017 until April 8, 2018.

The flights will be weekly (on Saturdays) from St. Paul International Airport in Minneapolis.

This is good news for those who want another option to fly direct to Aruba.

If I was you I would start checking airfare prices and book as soon as possible, because your trip to Aruba can’t come soon enough 🙂


Pos Chiquito Road

On May 22, 2017 until May 27, 2017 the main road at the roundabout from pos chiquito will be closed.

This will be done to restore the small bridge that people use to cross near the roundabout.

breaking news on Aruba

The bridge is deteriorated and is very dangerous, it could fall anytime and hurt someone.

All traffic coming from Oranjestad will be deviated from the roundabout.

So if you’re on the island during these dates, you need to follow the road signs to visit the east side of the island (baby beach, Rodgers beach, zeerover and all other popular spots).

Click here to let me help you rent a car in Aruba.

Free WiFi

Aruba Tourism Authority recently placed free WiFi on the island, to enhance your experience during your vacations. Now when you take a picture or record a video, you don’t have to wait to get to the hotel to share it, you can do it right then and there – for free!

The locations where WiFi have been added are…

  • Eagle Beach
  • Mangel Halto Beach
  • Casibari Rock Formation
  • Plaza Turismo

Arts & Crafts Workshop

There’s a workshop you can attend at an art gallery store in San Nicolas called Cosecha.

The workshop focuses on conscious discipline, where all participants will learn to make a “Job Board” to help create responsibilities for their children.

This workshop is for parents, care takers, teachers, and anyone who wants to learn how to consciously discipline a child.

It’s on May 23, 2017 and starts from 7.00 PM to 9.00 PM.

Entrance for this workshop is $20.00 – if you want to register send an email to [email protected]

Read more about Cosecha and local art here.

Wine & Food Pairing Dinner

There’s going to be a wine & food pairing dinner at El Faro Blanco restaurant.

The wines introduced during this event are from Ruffino, made in Italy.

Dinner will take place on May 26, 2017 starting from 6.30 PM (right before sunset).

Price to attend this event will be $66.00 – if you’re interested send an email to [email protected]  

The dress code for this event is casual.

Support Vacations By Aruba Newsletter

Every Sunday I post a weekly recap of breaking news from Aruba – for free!

Because I know how much it means to you to be able to stay connected with your favorite place in the world…

On my part I invest hours into being creative so I can making this newsletter and have a few monthly costs to run this website.

If you want to support me by buying me a few cold beers to stay creative (because nothing great was invented by drinking water) or want to help with the website costs, please make a donation of your choice.

It’s not necessary to do so, but if you feel like it, please do so – I would highly appreciate it.

Use the PayPal donation button below to donate.

[sdonations]1[/sdonations]

Vacations By Aruba Newsletter

Did you enjoy reading this week’s news out of Aruba recap?

If so sign up for my newsletter to get future news out of Aruba updates straight to your email.

Join my newsletter today and receive my “Aruba on a Budget” e-book as a personal gift from me right in your inbox.

Once a week (on Sundays) I do a recap of the most breaking Aruba news.

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

Breaking Aruba News

Staying up to date with what’s happening on the island means you need to read the local news. But that’s hard to do if you don’t understand what’s written in the newspaper.

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 in Aruba?

Well…

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.

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

Aruba Police Capture Toronto Murder Suspect

A murder suspect, wanted by the police in Toronto, has been caught by the local police – after a car chase that ended with the suspects SUV upside down in a ditch.

A local newspaper in Canada (Toronto Sun) confirmed the suspected killer is Michael “Teddy” Gibson after seeing his picture online.

There were also 4 other people arrested (2 women and 2 men).

breaking news Aruba

Michael Gibson is in custody of Aruban police.

Murder in Jaburibari

He remains in custody in Aruba, because he may be possibly tied to a murder of a Canadian visitor in the district of Jaburibari.

The local police haven’t released any information yet regarding both the arrest and murder case in Jaburibari.

Canada has an extradition treaty with Aruba, but he can’t be transferred yet, because he’s a prime suspect now on the island for the murder in Jaburibari.

Good Job!

Thumbs up to Aruba’s police.

The police were very attent, noticing the suspects car driving irresponsibly, run a red sign and ignored stop signs from the authority.

Police Catch Thief Who Robbed Tourist

The police was called to attend a robbery case in the district of Noord.

They were informed that a security guard near the Ritz Carlton saw a man rob a tourist and was trying to get away on his bike. But luckily, the security managed to catch him.

When the police got there, they found the man sitting on the floor and just had to put him in the dog catcher (police car in Aruba).

breaking news Aruba

Thumbs up to the security.

New Squad Cars

The minister of justice (Arthur Dowers) is expanding his police car fleet with more vehicles.

A couple of months ago they received 2 Toyota RAV 4’s, but this time they’re adding 3 new 4×4 Hilux pick-ups.

The new pick-ups were funded by the Aruba Hospitality & Security Foundation.

breaking news Aruba

New 4×4 pick up for the police.

Aruparking – No More Wheel Clamps

The prime minister announced that the wheel clamps are no longer going to be used, after a group of downtown area business owners manifested in Aruba’s parliament.

breaking news Aruba

Business owners protesting – no more wheel clamps!

According to the director of Aruparking, the removal of the wheel clamp doesn’t mean that you don’t have to pay for parking. It is still required to pay for parking, if you don’t your car will be towed.

The government is working on new sanctions for offenders. One of the way the prime minister explained they can do this is by sending a fine home.

The Reason for Aruparking

Before paid parking, drivers used to park their cars irresponsibly in the downtown area – bringing other people in danger.

In an effort to regulate and maintain order in parking, the government introduced paid parking.

However, the business owners in the downtown area said they suffered greatly for it.

More than 50 shops had to close during this period.

It’s clear that the paid parking had an effect on business in the downtown area, but it’s not the only reason why the main street is doing bad – business wise.

There are many other factors contributing to the situation of the downtown area, like…

  • Malls that are being opened outside of the downtown area
  • People shop online now a days
  • Because of the decreasing purchasing power of money.

A Better Solution

Paid parking definitely stopped people from visiting the downtown area, because they simply don’t want to pay for parking.

A better solution is to eliminate the paid parking and only fine drivers who park irresponsible (on the side road, on a corner and etc). Or tow their car.

Situation at Aruparking

The situation at Aruparking is not clear, and employees are afraid that they will lose their job.

If Aruparking gets into financial trouble, the government will step in, because they own it.

I will keep you updated on the parking meter situation in Aruba as it unfolds.

Hotels Not Happy With Beach Policy

There’s a new beach policy in Aruba, and the hotels don’t like it.

The new policy states that they have to have a permit to be able to place lounge chairs and palapas on the beach.  

Hotels disagree with the rate calculation for the permits, which is about $310.00 for one beach chair – a year. According to the hotels, rates for permits should be lower.

The government issued a deadline for permit payments, which was May 1, 2017 – however, no information has been released since then yet.

First Come First Serve

The beaches in Aruba is public, why not offer palapa on a first come first serve basis?

If hotels don’t want to be charged, they shouldn’t charge visitors either.

Let’s end the “palapa wars” in paradise.

Quad Racer Accident at Natural Pool

The local authorities (ambulance and police) were notified of an accident with a quad racer at Natural Pool.

A couple got into an accident with a quad racer on the way to the natural pool. They lost control when making a turn and hit against a pole.

According to members of the ambulance, the couple didn’t want, and even denied medical assistance.

breaking news Aruba

Quad racer accident near natural pool.

Be Careful….

Accidents can be right around the corner, be careful when operating any kind of motorized vehicle while on the island. The last thing you want in paradise is to get in an accident.

Click here to rent your car in Aruba with me.

Archaeological Discover in Aruba

Archaeologist discover funeral attributes in a cave near Sero Colorado.

They found 3 graves with skeletons next to each other (two adults and one child).

These finds will be further inspected, and end up in Aruba’s museum for display one day.

More NewsClick here to read last weeks news recap.

Breaking news Aruba

Archaeologist by the caves in Sero Colorado.

Support Vacations By Aruba Newsletter

Every Sunday I post a weekly recap of breaking Aruba news. Other news outlets charge you a fee for reading their online newspaper – I do it for free!

If you want to thank me with a cold beer or want to help with the website costs, please make a donation of your choice.

Use the PayPal button below to donate any amount of your choice.

Tap in front of the slider, to move it to the right. The more you tap the slider to the right, the more money you add and “the more I smile”!

[sdonations]1[/sdonations]

Vacations By Aruba Newsletter

Did you enjoy reading this week’s news out of Aruba recap?

If so sign up for my newsletter to get future news out of Aruba updates straight to your email.

Join my newsletter today and receive my “Aruba on a Budget” e-book as a personal gift from me right in your inbox.

Once a week (on Sundays) I do a recap of the most latest news of Aruba that you can relate to.

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

The Latest News of Aruba

You might be having a hard time understanding what is written in the local newspapers, because you’re not that fluent yet in Papiamento, or you just can’t find any real news, just touristy topics.

Whichever the case maybe, here you can get the most relevant and latest news from Aruba in English that pertains to you – for free!

Zika in Aruba

Zika is a topic that just won’t go away, just like the mosquitoes that are hard to get rid of.

Many people wonder how the zika situation is in Aruba and if they should postpone their trip.

In my opinion, you should come to Aruba, because the hotel area in Aruba has the best protocol in regards to keeping the zone mosquito free.

However, depending on your situation, if you’re trying to get pregnant, and don’t want to risk, you may consider postponing the trip for next year.

To help you make a better decision, I have the most recent information to share with you with regards to the zika on the island.

The Current Situation

The good news is, in comparison to the month of February and March, the amount of reported and confirmed cases of zika has reduced according to Dr. Wilmer Salazar.

He didn’t say the exact amount of cases, but assured the public that they are well below the minimum limit.

The decrease in the amount of zika cases is due to we’re going through a period of drought. No rain means no mosquitoes, which leads to lower cases of zika.

New Policy To Combat Zika

The minister of public health wants to create a new policy, so they can combat zika in Aruba with a different approach.  

During a press conference he said that from now on, during October and March, they’re going to assume that there’s going to be a zika outbreak, because of the “rainy season” on the island.

By assuming that we will be dealing with a zika outbreak, when rain is expected, will make the government’s efforts more effective.

latest news of aruba

Minister of Public health Alex Schwengle during zika press conference.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of zika is an issue at the moment, because the symptoms of zika are not exclusive to the disease.

The other problem with the diagnosis is that it takes too long to confirm if a person has zika or not (it can take up to 4 weeks). So this means all results reflect the situation of a month ago and not the current state of order in paradise.

All tests to confirm the amount of zika cases are being done by National Institute for Health and Environment called RIVM in the Netherlands.

Prevention

Since last year ATA (Aruba Tourism Authority) teamed up with the department of public health to keep the hotels in Aruba mosquito free.

They have invested a lot in awareness projects for the locals, for their workers to inform the guests and manpower to continually sweep the hotel area for mosquitoes.

What Should You Do To Protect Yourself

Some people never have a problem with mosquitoes in Aruba, but the situation can be different for you. So what can you do to protect yourself?

During your trip you should avoid getting mosquito bites by…

  • Using insect repellents
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants

After your trip, visit your doctor for a check up, even though you might not feel sick.

What are the best insect repellents?

The CDC recommends everyone to use repellents that include DEET, picaridin, lemon oil or eucalyptus.

Here’s some of the best reviewed repellents on Amazon containing these required ingredients by the CDC.

New Road & Bridge Finished in July

“The new green corridor highway and the bridge over the spaans lagoon should be open for public use in the end of July” – according to Carlos Zubieta, the director of the infrastructure company in charge of the project.

During a press conference he mentioned that only 25% of the green corridor projects remains to be constructed.

The green corridor consists of several roundabouts, a two- way high road that starts  from the airport, and ends in pos chiquito – a total of about 7 kilometers. Including the reconstruction of a 13 kilometers long highway until San Nicolas and a 13 kilometer bike path.

latest news of aruba

Roadside construction in the district of Savaneta.

According to the director, the most important things are done (the bridge and the two way high road) – now they are working on a roundabout near sero thijsji, in mahuma (near the balashi beer factory) and in the area of kibaima.

There’s another project going to be started soon – 5 mini parks in the green corridor area. The parks are set to be done at the end of the year.

latest news of aruba

An aerial view of the green corridor bridge.

Dog Sterilization Campaign

I know a lot of you are animal lovers and have pets. It’s hard for you to see the street dog situation on the island, and we locals don’t like it either.

Fortunately a wonderful team of veterinarians and surgeons together with united dogs Aruba are going to be sterilizing stray dogs in an effort to end stray dogs.

They will be focusing in the districts of San Nicolas.

During 4 days (May 3 – 6, 2017) they will be sterilizing a minimum of 100 dogs a day.

latest news of aruba

Fight the good fight…

How They’re going to do it

They will have a mobile animal surgical hospital to operate on the dogs on site.

Volunteers are going to be in charge of the care of the animals before and after sterilization.

If you want to know more about their campaigns go to www.uniteddogsaruba.com

New Shooting Range in Aruba

There’s a new shooting range for the Aruba’s police force. It’s located near the wind parks of vader piet in San Nicolas.

The shooting range was constructed by a local general contractor and Aruba’s public works company. FDA (Foundations of Development of Aruba) funded the project, which costed about 1.5 millions dollars.

Chief commissioner Dolfi Richardson was present during the inauguration of the new facility and expressed his gratitude during a speech.

According to him the shooting range allows all personnel that carry a gun to work (police, money transfer workers, and security), a chance to train, educate and keep their self up to date with the latest’s shooting techniques.

It’s great to see that the government is investing into the police to sharpen their shooting skills to protect and serve locals and visitors.

Police Catch 35 Robbery Suspects

The police caught a total of 35 suspects of robberies committed in the first quarter of 2017.

In January they caught 5 of them, the following month they got 13 suspects and in March they managed to arrest 17. All of them are suspects in the crimes committed during the first for months of 2017.

I’ve noticed a crime trend in Aruba. A few months ago all robberies were directed toward taxi’s and elderly people at their home. Then it shifted towards tourists. After a while they were robbing lottery vendors. Now they are are focusing on homes and supermarkets.

Last week a house was robbed in the district of Santa Cruz during the day. The following day a robbery took place at a home in palm beach. The act was committed by 3 suspects. They went with $5.000, cell phones, and other personal items.

They duct taped the two people in their homes and took away everything. They reportedly came in through an open window and within a few minutes they left using the front door.

latest news of aruba

The house that was robbed in Palm Beach.

The Amount of Crimes on the Island

The police didn’t mention the amount of crimes in the first quarter of 2017. However, to provide transparency they explained more details about what these 35 suspects were detained for.

All arrests have been made in connection with robberies at restaurants (La Granja), residences (in the district of Noord – Safir, Esmeralda and Palm Beach). Boardwalk Hotel, Blue Village, Club Arias, Dennis Bar and Hagemeyer (a home store) near Price Smart.

Nothing To Worry About

The crime rate on the island isn’t targeted at visitors at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that one should be careless. Very often people get robbed because they leave valuable items in the car, visible to everyone. Or leave their personal belonging unattended when at the beach.

Just be careful of your surroundings and never let your guard down while you enjoy your vacation. Because, everyone’s looking for a relaxing time in Aruba after all….

New Bargain Store in Aruba

There’s a new bargain store in Aruba.

It’s called “op=op” – they sells health products, cleaning products, personal care items,  by all major and international brands, with big discount prices. I’ve read more than 50% discount.

The concept behind the store is, the more you buy the more you save. It’s located in Savaneta on the main road. They opened last week, they managed to gather a big crowd for the opening.

latest news of Aruba

The crowd at the opening of the store.

If you like shopping at bargain stores, visit op=op in Savaneta to see what they have to offer, you might just get a good deal in Aruba for your favorite brand name products.

Gas Stations Closed on Monday

Fuels Marketing & Supply Aruba publicly notified that all gas stations are going to be closed on labor day (May 1, 2017).

All gas stations are going to close at midnight until and will open back on May 2, 2017 at 6:00 AM.

If you’re on the island, and you have a rental car, remember to refill on gas.

Click here to get my personal help with car a car rental. 

Open Day at the Military Base

On labor day, Aruba’s military base is organizing their annual open day.

The event starts at 10:00 AM until 16:00 PM at the military base in Savaneta.

Open day allows visitors to get a experience of the daily life of local marine.

The proceeds from this event are going to be donated to an organization the island.

Entrance is free. Bring your kids for an awesome day at the military base.

latest news of aruba

The military base during last years open day.

No More Rock Stacking

Recently the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association announced that they discourage the act of rock stacking near the north coasts of the island.

Rock stacking has become a popular activity among tourists, the area on the north coast of the island piled with rocks is called “Wishing Garden”.

Many people think stacking rocks will make your wishes come true. However, this is not true, it’s just a myth started by a tour operator.

The rocks are used by crabs, insects, lizards and other small animals that are looking for shelter between the openings of the rocks. However, if the rocks are being are being removed and stacked on top of each other, the small animals won’t have a place to seek refuge when they need it.

Every time you stack a pile of rocks, you’re taking away their natural habitat.

latest news of aruba

Please don’t stack any more rocks.

Rock Stacking Demolition Derby

There’s a rock stacking demolition derby being held today (April 30, 2017) on the north coast of the island. The goal is to knock down as much rocks as possible to reverse the situation and preserve Aruba’s nature.

People who supported the movement on Facebook, signed up as volunteers and are going to restore the damage.

Support Vacations By Aruba Newsletter

Every Sunday I post a weekly recap of breaking news from Aruba – for free!

Because I know how much it means to you to be able to stay connected with your favorite place in the world…

On my part I invest hours into being creative so I can making this newsletter and have a few monthly costs to run this website.

If you want to support me by buying me a few cold beers to stay creative (because nothing great was invented by drinking water) or want to help with the website costs, please make a donation of your choice.

It’s not necessary to do so, but if you feel like it, please do so – I would highly appreciate it.

Use the PayPal donation button below to donate.

Tap in front of the slider, to move it to the right. The more you tap the slider to the right, the more money you add and “the more I smile”!

[sdonations]1[/sdonations]

Vacations By Aruba Newsletter

Did you enjoy reading this week’s news out of Aruba recap?

If so sign up for my newsletter to get future news out of Aruba updates straight to your email.

Join my newsletter today and receive my “Aruba on a Budget” e-book as a personal gift from me right in your inbox.

 

Once a week (on Sundays) I do a recap of the latest news out of Aruba that you can relate to.

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

Latest News Out Of Aruba

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”.

latest news out of Aruba

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.

latest news out of Aruba

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.

latest news out of Aruba

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.

latest new out of Aruba

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).

latest news out of Aruba

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.

latest news in Aruba

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.

Support Vacations By Aruba Newsletter

Every Sunday I post a weekly recap of breaking news from Aruba – for free!

Because I know how much it means to you to be able to stay connected with your favorite place in the world…

On my part I invest hours into being creative so I can making this newsletter and have a few monthly costs to run this website.

If you want to support me by buying me a few cold beers to stay creative (because nothing great was invented by drinking water) or want to help with the website costs, please make a donation of your choice.

It’s not necessary to do so, but if you feel like it, please do so – I would highly appreciate it.

Use the PayPal donation button below to donate.

Tap in front of the slider, to move it to the right. The more you tap the slider to the right, the more money you add and “the more I smile”!

[sdonations]1[/sdonations]

Vacations By Aruba Newsletter

Did you enjoy reading this week’s breaking news from Aruba?

If so sign up for my newsletter to get future news out of Aruba updates straight to your email.

Join my newsletter today and receive my “Aruba on a Budget” e-book as a personal gift from me right in your inbox.

Once a week (on Sundays) I do a recap of the most breaking news from Aruba.

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

About Breaking News from Aruba Newsletters

One of my readers described my newsletter as “getting a taste of Aruba without physically being there”.

I love it! Haha.

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.

breaking news in aruba

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….

breaking news from aruba

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.

breaking news in aruba

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….

breaking news from aruba

Me having some fun on baby beach on Easter Sunday.

Support Vacations By Aruba Newsletter

Every Sunday I post a weekly recap of breaking news from Aruba – for free!

Because I know how much it means to you to be able to stay connected with your favorite place in the world…

On my part I invest hours into being creative so I can making this newsletter and have a few monthly costs to run this website.

If you want to support me by buying me a few beers to stay creative (nothing great was invented by drinking water) or want to help with the website costs, please make a donation of your choice.

It’s not necessary to do so, but if you feel like it, please do so.

Use the PayPal donation button below to donate.

The more you tap the slider it to the right, the more money you add and “the more I smile”!

[sdonations]1[/sdonations]

Vacations By Aruba Newsletter

Did you enjoy reading this week’s breaking news from Aruba?

If so sign up for my newsletter to get future news out of Aruba updates straight to your email.

Join my newsletter today and receive my “Aruba on a Budget” e-book as a personal gift from me right in your inbox.