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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Important – Detour Alert Superfood Intersection!

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

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

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

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

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

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The current situation near super food.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Open The Border To Import Fruits, Vegetables & Fish

The maritime border between Venezuela and Aruba is still closed.

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

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

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

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

Predictions For Hurricane Season In Aruba 2018

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

The hurricane season starts from June 3 to September 30.

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

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

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

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

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

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Watch The World Cup in Aruba

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

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

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

Do you like to watch the World Cup?

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

Biggest Ship in The World Docks in Aruba

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

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

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

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

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


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Ling & Sons Supermarket For Sale

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

Who’s buying the family business?

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

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

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

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

Lab Results Confirm Oil Spill Originated From Trinidad

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

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

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

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

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




New Solution To Reduce Waste At Parkietenbos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Local Market Owners Wait For Border Between Venezuela & Aruba

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

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

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

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

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

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




New Condominium On The Rise

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

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

Gasoline Price Passes The 2 Guilders Per Liter

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

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

includes tax.

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

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

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




Questions About Isla Di Oro’s  Spatial Development Plan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aruba e-Biz Seminar

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

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

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

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

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

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


New Changes At The Emergency Room

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

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

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

The changes will take place as of July 2018.

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

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

Power Outage in Aruba

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

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

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

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

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

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

Attention Timeshare Owners

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

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

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

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

This has nothing to do with the government of Aruba.

It’s an initiative of the private sector.

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


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New Renovation Project at John F Kennedy School

An official ceremony took place this week to start the renovation and expansion project of John F Kennedy building.

The John F Kennedy building was  Technical school back in the days. Which is now abandoned   for over 2 decades. It is a monumental building in Aruba and will  finally be revamped without changing the original structure.

The building is located next to the roundabout close to surfside beach (not far from the airport).

It will cost almost 9 million dollars to renovate the entire building and create an additional facility. In the end an estimated 6000 square meters of office space will be available.

The renovated building will become “John F Kennedy Education Center” and it will house all the departments of education.

The signing of the agreement to start with the project was done by the minister of education, Aruba Investment Bank and Bohama Aruba,which is the contractor.

New Project: Renovation & Expansion of Medical Institute in San Nicolas

A kick off event was held this week for the renovation and expansion project at the medical institute for ambulatory care in San Nicolas (ImSam).

The building will be expanded by 688 square meters of new construction and a total of 7571 square meters of existing space will be renovated.

The scope of the work includes, but is not limited to renovations for the…

  • oncology center
  • Ambulatory surgery center
  • Imaging and phlebotomy area
  • Eye center area
  • Lobby area
  • Emergency department and entrance
  • Biomedical and storage room

There’s also going to be new installations for…

  • Elevator and stairwell
  • Central Energy Plant and relocation of the dialysis pump room
  • Two new peritoneal dialysis rooms

The project is scheduled to be completed within 18 months from now.




Almost 50 New Motions Presented By Parliamentary

Representatives in the parliament presented over 50 new motions this week.

Here are a few of the motions presented this week:

  • Create new HAVO & VWO schools
  • Deal with illegal taxi drivers
  • Offer good conduct paper to those who came in contact with law
  • Investigate and reduce the cost of healthcare
  • Implement a moratorium on hotels and condominiums
  • Reducing the cost of water and electricity
  • Introduce free transport for people with low income and physical limitations
  • Remove import tax for sports equipment

One of the motions which got a lot of attention is the legalization of medical marijuana in Aruba.

This motion didn’t get enough votes, with a total 6 votes pro, and 14 votes against.

The use of medical marijuana is taking over the world and a lot of countries are legalizing it.

Although the motion didn’t get enough votes, it sparked a conversation within the community.

The prime minister of Aruba appointed a commission to research the best way to legalize medical marijuana, in case it becomes legal.

Update on Fast Ferry Service in Aruba

The minister of transportation gave an update on the fast ferry project between ABC islands this week.

According to the minister the project needs to be presented and reviewed by the members of the parliament. And the ministers from the ABC islands involved in the project need to sign a MOU in order to continue with the developments.

The fast ferry will connect Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao at a lower price point compared to flights and will contribute to the economic development of the island, especially in San Nicolas.

More information on the fast ferry service will be released by the minister of transportation in upcoming government press conferences.

Frontiers Between Venezuela & ABC Island Still Closed For Boats

The frontiers between ABC islands and Venezuela was reopened for aviation a few weeks ago after being closed for several months, but the frontiers remains closed for boats.

The ABC islands has to comply with an memorandum of understanding (MOU) made by Venezuela in order for the maritime frontiers to open again.

According to the minister of transport, the  MOU states that each boat leaving Venezuela destination ABC island has to ask for permit 48 hours before departing. And the ABC islands (in this case Aruba) has to approve the pre clearance.

Before the boat reaches its destination, it has to anchor at a specific location given by the Aruba Ports Authority in order to be controlled by the border patrol (IASA).

The prime minister of Aruba will announce when the MOU is official.


Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association Appoints A New CEO

Members of AHATA voted Tisa LaSorte as the new CEO and president.

Tisa will officially move in her new leadership role on June 18, 2018.

The previous CEO, Jim Hepple served AHATA and the tourism industry for almost a decade.

According to him, he’ll be teaching tourism  at the university of Aruba, preparing the newcomers in the hospitality  industry.

Sport Minister Wants to Broadcast Every Game From Xander Bogaerts

Aruba’s baseball star Xander Bogaerts missed 15 games since April 8, because of an ankle injury.However, he’s been activated from the disabled list, and should play anytime soon.According to the minister of sport, every baseball game played by Xander Bogaerts should be streamed on television in Aruba. The idea behind it being to encourage and inspire the youths who want to become a professional baseball player one day. And so the island can see its star player in action! Whether every game will be televised, depends on many different factors like the ability to obtain broadcasting licenses for each game.

Celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month in Aruba

There’s going to be two jazz concerts in connection with International Jazz Day.

UNESCO officially made April 30 as International Jazz Day to bring awareness to the art form which unites people from all over the world. This was done on November 2011.

This year is the 13th edition of JAM in Aruba.

This event is celebrated on the island with several workshops, expositions and concerts on April 29 – 30.

Special invite for the concerts is professor Ed Saindon from Berklee College of Music.

The first concert will be at Casibari Music Cafe (April 29) – lineup: new Collection cu Ed Saindon, NCCU Singers and Black Coffee.

On April 30th there’s a concert at Renaissance Marketplace. Line up on this night features Caribbean Combo with Delbert Bernabela & Eduardo Maya. Also the Aruba Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Carlos Bislip & Friends. And Ed Saindon and Lenora Helm.

Both concerts start at 7:00 PM



Make Personal Prayers & Intentions At Alto Vista Chapel

There’s going to be a holy rosary  ( Rosario Bibo) at alto vista chapel.

Rosario bibo is a tradition amongst locals, to gather at the only  (and oldest) chapel on the island’s north shore and pray together.

Participating in a rosario bibo is a truly unique experience with locals.

The rosario bibo is on April 30, 2018 and starts at 7:00 PM.

You’re invited to Alto Vista Chapel to join locals on this sacred event to send out personal prayers and intentions.

Watch Out For Man-o-War, The Jellyfish Lookalike

National Park Arikok sent out a warning for beach goers to watch out for man-o-wars.

The man-o-war looks like a jellyfish, but its not. It’s actually a collection of organisms called polyps. These polyps are attached to each other and resembles a purple parachute on the water’s surface.

Normally these animals are found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean, however due to the strong winds and currents, they are likely to drift towards the north coast shores.

Man-o-wars have tentacles that can give you a painful sting.

They have been signaled by park rangers and visitors near the beaches like Dos Playa and Boca Prins.

These beaches are usually frequented by water sporters (body boarders & kite surfers) and swimmers (even though swimming here is dangerous and at own risk).

No More Plastic Beach – Keep It Clean!

The humanitarian service club “Aruba One Happy Island Lions” recently held a beach clean up event.

They cleaned the bay close to bachelors beach in San Nicolas also known as plastic beach.

The bay was dubbed plastic beach because of the items that are thrown from nearby ships and drifts towards the coast due to the strong currents and winds.

Aruba one happy lions club started the initiative to clean up this side of the beach 2 to 3 times a year.

Now that the beach is clean again, it has to remain this way. The one happy lions advises everyone that uses our precious beaches to help keep it clean.


Hand-A-Thon Event By Magic FM

One of Aruba’s radio station (Magic FM) is celebrating its 20th year anniversary with a popular hand-a-thon event.

Participants can win a car, but they have to keep their hands on it. The one who removes their hand from the car is disqualified, the last person standing, wins it!

participants will be selected for a chance to win a new Chevrolet Aveo 2018.

The last hand-a-thon took almost 65 hours.

The event is scheduled to take place on August 30 – 31, 2018 and September 1 – 2 , 2018.

All Stores Closed on Labour Day

The department of commerce announced that all stores will be closed on labor day (May 1, 2018).

Only the establishments near the hotel area will remain open.

If you’re on the island take note that all inland stores will be closed. This includes all gasoline stations!

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CITGO Promises To Continue Rehabilitation of Refinery

A few weeks ago, representatives of CITGO announced that they were slowing down the rehabilitation of the refinery due to sanctions by the US Government.

They were on the island this week to discuss a possible restart of the project.

During a meeting with the Prime Minister of Aruba, and the Director of RDA (refineria di Aruba), representatives of CITGO promised to continue the rehabilitation project.

This will be executed with a new plan and strategy.

A major issue for the project was financing, mainly because of the US sanctions imposed on the company. However, they promised to find financing to continue the rehabilitation of the refinery.

According to one of the contractors in charge of constructing a mancamp for expats, they haven’t received in arrear payments from CITGO yet.

They are not so sure about CITGO’s claim to continue with the refinery.

Marine Park Soon A Reality in Aruba

Minister of infrastructure announced that the long awaited Aruba Marine Park will be a reality soon.

The marine park is a selection of areas under water that are going to be protected by law, in order to conserve and protect its marine life. It will be runned by a foundation that is independent from the Aruban Government.

It’s a project that’s been in the pipeline for several years, according to the minister of tourism. But due to unfortunate circumstances, the marine park project was halted, until now.

The department of nature & environment, together with TNO are researching the required laws that need to be implemented in order to protect and conserve Aruba’s marine life.

According to the Minister, the project should be a reality very soon, before 2018 ends.




More Freedom & Flexibility for Medical Graduates in Aruba

Medical school graduates from the Caribbean, Latin America and other regions may soon practice medicine on the island.

This was confirmed by the minister of health during a press conference this week. However, before this becomes a reality, a change needs to take place within the BIG register in Aruba.

Better known as AruBIG, it’s a registration system, that prevents medics to work on the island if they are not registered in The Netherlands.

The BIG register functions as a way to guarantee a high quality of medical service on the island, compared to the Dutch medical standard. But, with the new changes that will take place within AruBIG, it will give the island more freedom and flexibility to employ medics.

This presents opportunities for those who practice medicine and always wanted to work in Aruba.

Official news will be announced by the health minister, after changes within AruBIG are complete.

Justice Minister Passes Law To Authorize Police To Control illegals

The Minister of Justice announced that a new decree will be implemented soon that will authorize the police to control illegals.

The police had the authorization to do this, however, it was stripped away by the previous Minister of Justice almost a decade ago.

Since then, controlling of illegals was in charge of the coast guard and Aruban customs.

According to the Minister of Justice, this is a necessary tool for the police, to control our borders, and protect the island from undesired visitors.

Compare Grocery Prices With New App

Minister of Finances introduced a new app to compare prices for groceries in the supermarket.

This was done in an effort to stop local Chinese supermarkets from jacking up the prices for basic need products, which have a fixed price by the Government.

The main basic goods that have a fixed price by the Government are: sugar, coffee, powdered milk, white bread, tea, rice, flour, baby food, butter, cooking oil and eggs.

More items will be added soon to the list of basic food by the Government.

Consumers can now report any supermarket for charging extra for basic food items.

Price for gasoline and diesel will also be available on the app.

The app will be officially rolled out to the public.



Gas Prices Heading Up

Minister of finances also announced an increase of gas prices.

Gasoline is now 2,3 cents more expensive (195,5 cent per liter). The price of diesel is now 0,4 cents cheaper (164,6 cents per liter).

Take note of the changes in gas prices, if you’re renting a car in Aruba.

Don’t have a car yet, or not sure if you need one? Ask me for a free car rental quotation.

Chipped Number Plates Soon in Aruba

Justice minister announced that he will introduce new number plates that include chips.

The new system will facilitate the control for traffic violations, pending road tax payments and other similar information.  

According to the Minister, the new chipped number plates will be available in November 2018.

Venezuela Opens Borders Between ABC Islands

The vice president of Venezuela opens border between ABC islands, after a meeting with the Minister of exterior relations in The Netherlands.

Venezuela closed its frontiers in the first week of January, after the President accused the neighboring islands for trafficking contraband like minerals, metals and other items.

Although the frontiers are open, it doesn’t mean “business can resume as usual”, according to the Prime Minister of Aruba.

Because as of now, there’s going to be stricter controls and conditions, for travellers, importation of fruits, vegetables and other products from Venezuela.

The Minister of Transportation announced, boats that are not registered in Venezuela can’t dock in Aruba.

He also mentioned that those who travel to or from Venezuela also need proper documentation, and all imported products need to be tagged correctly, by place of origin, including certificates.


Alert For Strong Winds

The department of meteorology warns for strong winds as of April 14.

According to forecasts, the winds will be stronger than usual, which will result in rougher beach conditions and bigger waves.

Rain is not expected, as the weather will be fairly dry, but windy.

The beaches on the east, north and northwest coast of the island will be affected by the strong winds.

Temperatures on the island will fluctuate between 26 – 32 degrees celsius.

Flip Flop Festival

It’s almost time for one of the best beach festivals on Aruba.

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

The main event will take place at bushiri beach arena, with performances by:

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

General tickets and weekend passes are available at all CITGO stations: palm beach, boulevard, santa cruz and essoville.

VIP gold weekend pass $675.00 – 3 day access for 6 people, vip table (and 1 premium bottle) for main event.

General admission for main event $41.50

Early bird VIP single weekend pass $70.00 (limited amount) – 3 day access to all events & vip standing area on main event.


Soul Beach Music Festival

Are you ready to visit Aruba during memorial day weekend?

It’s going to be one of a kind experience, with performances by Alicia Keys, Maxwell and comedian Marlon Wayans

SBMF will take place during May 23 – 29, did you already book your tickets?

More information about the Caribbean’s biggest soul music festival will be released soon.

Aruba Summer Music Festival

Summer is going to be hot in Aruba!

The party keeps going during ASMF l, featuring artist like Ozuna, Nacho, Victor Manuelle, Fonseca, Eddy Herrera and Felipe Pelaez.

The event will take place on June 29 – 30, 2018 at the harbour arena.

More information about ticket prices will be released soon.

Book Your Summer Trip To Aruba

Before you know it, it’s summer!

There’s no where you’d rather be on the world than in Aruba…

Book your trip to Aruba as soon as and get the best airfare rates possible.

Here’s a guide to book cheapest flights out to the Caribbean. 

There’s various hotels that have specials during the summer, keep your eyes open for sales places to stay in Aruba.


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Happy Easter & Camping in Aruba

Happy Easter!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t know where isla di oro is?

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

Here’s the image shared by ABC.

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Drilling in the shallows of isla di oro

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

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

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

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

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



Marine Park in Aruba

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

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

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

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

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


The Biggest Catch Of The Day

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

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

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

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

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

Awareness Campaign for Protected Flora & Fauna in Aruba

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

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

The decree protects over 100 species.

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

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

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Aloe, Taki and Palisia Cora

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

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

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Shoco, Cascabel, Giant Grouper and Green Sea Turtle

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

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

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




Growing Agriculture Market in Aruba

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

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

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

CITGO Representatives On The Way To Aruba For Important Meeting

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

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

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

Aruba Secures Frontiers With Interpol Data

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

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

These people will be automatically denied entrance to the island.

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

Almost Time For Flip Flop Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Active Hurricane Season Expected

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

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

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




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

The government announced an increase in taxes this week.

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

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

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

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

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

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




12 Weeks To Construct Roundabout At Superfood

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

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

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

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

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

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Harbour Area Renamed to Port City

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

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

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

Possible Cruise Port in San Nicolas

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Get To Know The Oldest District Of Aruba

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

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

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

Aruba has a lot of history and culture.

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



Where To Find The Best Mojitos in Aruba

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

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

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

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

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

Special Price on Chill Beer

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

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

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

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New look for chill beer…

Who’s Performing at Flip Flop Festival 

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

Here’s the list of performers…

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

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

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

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


Aruba Voted Top 10 Caribbean Destination in By Tripadvisor 

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

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

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

Delta Airlines Announces New Flights From Boston

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

Flights will depart every Saturday.

More information will be published soon by the airline company.

Aruban Brothers Journey The World With Bicycle

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

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

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

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


First Aruban To Sign To Chicago White Sox

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

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

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

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

New Italian Restaurant at Ritz Carlton Hotel

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

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

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

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




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CITGO Slows Down Refinery Refurbishment Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mandatory Yellow Fever Vaccine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Except for:

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

Important to note the for airlines and cruises:

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

The yellow book is not required for…

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

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

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

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




Mosquito Free Resort Awards

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

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

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

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

Help Plastic Beach Party Keep Aruba Clean

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Start of Camping Season in Aruba

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

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

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

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

In order to camp, you need a permit.

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

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

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

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

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I’m enjoying the camping season.

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

There’s something magical about it.

Eagle Beach Top 4 in The World

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

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

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

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

Book your flight to Aruba as soon as possible…


Learn Words in Papiamento

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

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

The list of words will be updated in the future.

Learn more words in Papiamento at www.papiamento.aw




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