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Once a week, on Sundays I publish a recap of the newspaper from Aruba with all the latest information about the island.

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DIMAS Wants To Speed Up Permit Application Process

The department that administers alien policy, admission and integration in Aruba announced that they are working on a plan to speed up the application process for permits.

According to the director, DIMAS processes approximately 5.000 permits every year. It takes a lot of time to review these permits, however, by changing their screening procedures the process will be more efficient.

More information as to what exactly will changes will be announced by the director soon.

Receiving a work permit is not easy, the rules are strict.

Visit DIMAS website for more information on requirements to apply for a permit.

Price Control on Basic Foods

Aruba is one of the most revisited islands in the Caribbean.

Plenty of people fall in love with the island, and end up moving here.

Do you dream of living in Aruba? I’m sure you do!

There’s different factors to consider when living on the island, one of them is the cost of living.

Due to a “free enterprise” system on the island, the prices can be set by shop owners as high as they want, based on supply and demand.

However, certain supermarkets increase the prices on the basic foods and locals are reporting it.

The government took notice and plans to stop overpricing on basic foods with more in store controls. And they also want to add more items to the list of basic goods protected by overpricing.

The main basic goods that are protected are sugar, coffee, powdered milk, white bread, tea, rice, flour, baby food, butter, cooking oil, eggs and fish.

Control of prices for basic goods around the island is done by the department of economic affairs.

Prices for various products will vary on the island.

Items are more expensive near the hotel area.

If you’re looking to save money on groceries, shop more inland. Or at supermarkets like Superfood and Ling & Sons.

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Growing Our Own Fruits & Vegetables

The president of Venezuela closed the frontiers between ABC islands for commercial communications (by air and sea) a few weeks ago.

Since then, there has been a shortage of fruits and vegetables at certain local markets who depend on importation of produce from Venezuela.

There’s still fruit and vegetables being imported from other countries like Colombia and America, but it’s more expensive.

The recent situation in Venezuela is pushing the local government to think about the islands ability to grow its own fruits and vegetables.

Many local farmers have been growing fruits and vegetables for years, but it’s not enough to sustain the island.

The government is starting different campaigns to inspire locals to start growing their own produce, support local farmer, finding innovative ways to use a small area to grow fruits and vegetables.

Aruba will shift from import of fruits and vegetables, to growing its own in a few years.

New Changes For Public Transportation in Aruba

The minister of transport announced new changes in the public transportation company Arubus.

He changed the committee of Arubus, and will also be investing into new buses soon.

Within a short period of time, he also plans to lower the bus tariffs for locals and visitors.

More information will be shared by the minister of transport during another press conference.


Be Aware Of News Gas Price

The minister of finance announced new gas prices, based on the US Marketscan.

As of January 14, 2018 gasoline increased with 7,5 cents (194.3 cents per liter) and diesel with 6,4 cents (168.3 cents per liter).

Changes in gas prices are announced every second Wednesday of the month.

Take note of these changes in gas prices when budgeting for gas. Prices are in Aruban guilders ($1.00 equals 1.75 guilders)

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Roundabout Codemsa Floods After Rain

The transport infrastructure on the island is going through some major renovations, with existing roads being fixed and construction of new roads.

One of the newest projects at the moment is Watty Vos Boulevard.

It’s a construction of a new arterial road 2×2 around Oranjestad, between the two intersections at Sabana Blanco and Punta Brabo.

The route begins at the roundabout at Sabana Blanco, through neighborhoods of Meiveld, San Barbola, Sero Patrishi, Tanki Leendert, Ponton, and Bushiri to finish at the intersection of Punta Babo.

All the lanes starting from the intersection at Punta brabo through J.E Irausquin Boulevard to Westin Hotel, a part of L.G Smith Boulevard, Caya Punta Brabo, Dr. Horacio E. Oduber Boulevard and a part of the route of Ponton and Noord will be reconstructed.

Watty Vos Boulevard will realize the following objectives…

  • Improve traffic flows, shorten travel times and improve road safety
  • Enable and facilitate the relocation of the existing port of Aruba to Barcadera
  • Improve the appearance and traffic safety in low-rise hotel zone

When one starts a projects, issues will arise that you didn’t expect, and Watty Vos Boulevard isn’t different.

Unfortunately the drainage system at the roundabout near Cumana doesn’t work as it should after it rains, causing floods on the road making the roundabout inaccessible to traffic.

If you’re driving on the island during the next couple of weeks, be aware of the flooding situation near the roundabout at Cumana, in case it rains.

Weather Report

Aruba has the most sunniest days in a year, compared to other islands. However, there’s a lot of clouds in the Caribbean region and their passing over Aruba too.

For this week the weather will be generally dry and partly cloudy with passing showers during the day and at midnight.

We’ve been alerted by the meteorological department during the past two weeks  for strong winds and rough beach conditions.

This week the winds sustained the same level, making the beaches near the north coast of the island, arashi, low rise and high rise hotel area rougher than usual.

Stay alerted for strong currents when swimming or snorkeling in the aforementioned beaches.




Drilling, Hoping To Find Gas or Oil

After signing a gas and petroleum exploration deal more than 5 years ago with the Aruban public oil company, Compania di Petroleo Arubano (CAP), the Spanish energy company, Repsol, finally entered the third phase of oil and gas exploration in 2018.

The director of CAP explained about the 4 phases of the project and what they are working towards during a recent press conference.

According to the director the first two are already completed. They initially did a seismic survey in the southern waters of Aruba close to the Venezuelan maritime border.

Seismic surveys indicates the presence of minerals in the seabed off Aruban shores.

The surveys showed the presence of minerals, so they continued with a second phase, which was a three-dimensional (3D) mapping of the seabed.

Now they are moving to the next phase which is conducting test drilling and should take about 2 years to finish. If the test drills prove to be successful, they should enter the final phase in 2020.

Extra Measures To Conserve The Shoco

Arikok National Park and Aruba Birdlife Conservation achieved another milestone for the conservation of owls on the island, named Shoco in Papiamento.

This time experts were invited to Aruba to give training to 20 local park rangers on conservation of shocos.

In 2011 a campaign was started by ABC to save the shoco from extinction.

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

In 2017 the a new protected species list helped to fortify the Shoco’s position one step further.

Long live the shocos!


Be a Volunteer For Aruba Doet!

Aruba Doet will be organizing the biggest volunteer event on the island.

The organization is known to take part in hundreds of community initiatives.

For example, beach clean ups, yard work for elderly at home, repainting school facilities, helping out at elderly homes and different other hands on projects.

The volunteer event was started in the Netherlands and is now being highlighted by 5 other islands, such as CURA Doet (Curacao), BON Doet (Bonaire), Statia Doet (Sint Eustatius) and SXM Doet (Sint Maarten).

Aruba Doet will take place on March 9 – 10, 2018.

Are you going to be on the island during first two weeks of March?

If so, give a helping hand and join Aruba Doet for the biggest volunteer event on the island.

Sign up at www.arubadoet.com

New Tomahawk Steak At Tango Restaurant

One of the best restaurants on the island, Tango Argentine Grill added a giant piece of steak to their menu!

It’s called the Tomahawk steak named after a Tomahawk axe.

This is an exclusive on-the-bone rib steak, cut from the fore rib with the entire rib bone left, served with fries and vegetables.

The price for the tomahawk steak is $125.00

Tango Argentine Grill is located in Arawak Garden, situated on the high rise hotel strip.

It’s open 7 days a week from 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

There’s live music from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM.




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Once a week, on Sundays I publish a recap of the news and current events in Aruba.

Subscribing to my newsletter is an ideal way to stay up to date with what’s going on in Aruba – whether you’re living on the island, miles away or your first visit!

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Current Events in Aruba

Carnival season in Aruba is still ongoing, this is the final two weeks for parades.

A lot of developments happened on the island recently….

Chill Beer Gets New Logo

Brouwerij Nacional Balashi, which is Aruba’s local beer brewery company, re-branded the chill beer.

The new logo of chill is clear and simple, which resembles the purity of the beer.

Not only did they change the chill logo, but the beer case packaging, six pack holder and the shape of bottle has a different design.

Chill has a special offer during Carnival season.

If you buy 5 cases of chill beer, you get 3 free cases. Or get 6 free, if you buy 10 cases.

Take your receipt to the brouwerij nacional balashi and receive one shirt for every 2 cases bought.

This deal of beers is only for glass bottles, not for beer cans and is only available during Carnival Season, which ends in February.

Here’s the new logo and bottle for chill…

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New look for chill beer…

Bucuti Resort Achieves Top Ranking Again!

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort makes it to the top of the list for tripadvisors rankings!

The resort sets a record for being nominated 2 times in 3 years as the top 25 romantic places to stay out of 1 millions hotels around the world.

Bucuti also ranks #1 for the most romantic resort in the Caribbean!

The resort is an adult only, and is dedicated to offering guests romantic experiences, and wellness treatments.

If you’re still thinking about a romantic island getaway, don’t look further than Aruba & staying at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort.

Read more – Top 5 romantic beach side dining restaurants in Aruba.

Renovated Red Parrot Restaurant

Red Parrot, one of the many restaurants at Divi & Tamarijn resorts received a makeover.

The interior of the restaurant is completely remodeled with a contemporary design.

New tables and chairs, new fabrics, different lighting, new carpet, fresh paint job and brand new artwork.

The food at red parrot is delicious – a must try when on the island.




New Roundabout at Superfood Intersection

Next month construction works will start to create a roundabout at the intersection from super food supermarket.

According to the director of the public works company, the roundabout will creates more safety for traffic. Because it reduces high velocity and there’s no need for traffic lights.

It also provides a safer way for visitors to cross from the hotel area to go grocery shopping at super food.

Rent a car now in Aruba!

 

Aftermath of New Beach Policy

A few weeks ago the minister of infrastructure announced a “3 strikes your out” to the beach policy and introduced new task force to enforce it.

Since then the task force patrolled the beach and controlled over a 30 water sports and chair vendors.

They closed down 3 water sport establishments.

One of the establishments that was removed is “Island Water Sport NV” owned by a local, existing since 1990’s.

They have three locations, in front of RIU, Marriott hotel and on Eagle Beach.

According to the owner, be sued the government for removing his establishments, because he has all the required permits.

Whether the water sport establishment will be allowed back on the beach will be decided in court.


Closing Down Parkietenbos Dump

Last year the minister of environment and nature announced that parkietenbos will be closed down within 90 days into 2018.

However, after a study done by experts, they advised the minister that only 80% of the operations at parkietenbos could be shut down at the moment.

An area near then the district of Sero Theisji has already been assigned as the new location to deposit the islands waste, in a responsible manner.

The operation will be supervised by serlimar which is the islands waste management company.

Transportation Minister Considers Lowering Bus Fare

Minister of transportation mentioned that a possible lowering of bus fares during  a press conference.

The government and the director of Arubus (Aruba’s public transportation company) will be evaluating the restructuring of bus fares.

Price for bus fare is varied at the moment…

One ride with a standard card is $1.71 – The advantage card is $1.14 per ride and if you pay cash it will be $2.57!

According to the minister a study will be made to restructures the bus fares.

Any updates on bus fare prices will be published in the following newsletters.

Aruba Doet Looking For Volunteers

Aruba Doet is one of the biggest volunteer programs on the island.

This year they registered a record 210 projects.

Projects were submitted by different companies, foundations, schools, sporting clubs and scouting groups.

They vary from regular yard maintenance and repainting jobs to beach clean ups and giving a helping hand to different organizations.

The event will take place on March 9 – 10, 2018.

Over 4000 people will be helping out on these 2 days in Aruba.

Are you up for a different adventure?

Every volunteer will receive a free t shirt, a certificate, and a reusable water bottle.

Sign up for this unique and local experience at www.arubadoet.com

Mangroves Destruction at Mangel Halto

President of Aruba Bird life Conservation alerts the government a second time for possible mangrove destruction near Mangel Halto.

The first time ABC alerted the government was for an area of mangroves near Santo Largo in Savaneta that were slowly dying.

Public works company took note of this and fixed the situation, now the mangroves are slowly restoring back to normal.

Read more – Stop The Destruction of Mangroves in Aruba

According to the president of ABC a few mangroves near Mangel Halto were intentionally damaged to make way for smaller boats to pass through the lagoon.

This incident started a movement to create an awareness campaign about protecting and conserving Aruba’s nature.  

At the moment the department of nature & environment is investigating the case of mangrove destruction near Mangel Halto.

The affected area is near Spaans lagoon, which is officially under the protection of Arikok since April 2017.

There’s a total of 15 nature areas that still needs to be officially transferred to the Arikok by the government.

Here’s an aerial image of the mangroves in Santo Largo, at Savaneta.

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A view of the mangroves near Santo Largo.

Colors of The Aruban Flag

Aruba is the most visited island in the Caribbean.

The beautiful beaches, landscape and the people keep visitors coming back.

Aruba’s beauty is also wrapped in its flag.

If you’ve been wanting to know more about the Aruban flag keep reading…

The Aruban flag was inaugurated together with the islands national anthem called “Aruba Dushi Tera” on March 18, 1976.

Aruba Dushi Tera means “sweet island of Aruba” in English.

The flag is blue, with 2 yellow horizontal stripes and a four-pointed white-fimbriated redstar.

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The Aruban flag!

So how is Aruba’s beauty incorporated in the flag?

The colors and symbols have a special meaning…

Blue represents the beautiful ocean that surrounds the island.

The four-pointed star represents a compass, and shows the 4 coasts which forms a natural barrier from the ocean.

The white border on the star symbolizes the white beach sand found in Aruba.

Red is the love that locals have on the island and also represents the Indians who lived on the island and lost their lives trying to protect it from intruders back then.

The yellow stripes represents the status aparte of Aruba.  

Two stripes are separated representing the islands independence in the Dutch Kingdom.

Yellow also represents the islands gold industry back then, flora and fauna like the native aloe plant, kibrahacha tree and wanglo.

March 18, 2018 is a national holiday in Aruba.




Government Denies Hotel Expansion

The government denied the developers of the Sands Group the permission to continue with expansion of an existing hotel on Eagle Beach.

The new infrastructure minister cancelled a permit by the Sands group to build a 600 room all inclusive hotel and 200 timeshare units issued by the previous minister.

The group dropped an injunction proceeding after the new minister issued a stop notice to the Sands group.




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

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Weekly Aruba News Recap

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

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

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

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

Task Force Removes 3 Water Sport Establishments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Botanic Garden in Aruba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Safest Traffic in Dutch Kingdom

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

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

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

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

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

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Warning: High Winds, Strong Currents and Big Waves

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

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

Take precautionary warning for swimming at the aforementioned beaches.

Aruba Summer Music Festival 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s the schedule for the festival…

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

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

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

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

Are you ready to dance at this latin inspired festival?




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Once a week, on Sundays I publish a newspaper Aruba recap. The newsletter covers a broad range of news topics.

It’s a perfect way to stay up to date with what’s happening in Aruba – whether you’re living on the island, miles away or your first visit!

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Let’s get started with this weeks recap of Aruba news.

Smart Houses For Sale in Aruba

Aruba has its first smart community of 20 houses.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extra Flights To Aruba During Winter

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

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

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

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

Windsor Jet Wins General Aviation Bid

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

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

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

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

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


Prohibited Fishing List To Be Revised

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saving Mangroves in Santo Largo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A view of the mangroves near Santo Largo.

Finding a Solution For Parkietenbos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




New Changes For Labor in Aruba

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is unfair for the employees.

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

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




New Changes For Labor Laws

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

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

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

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


Christmas at Fort Zoutman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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Updates About Aruba

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

New Policy Changes for Permits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




New Changes In Our Education System

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aruba’s Infrastructure Progress

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

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

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

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

The stagnation is being caused by a faulty drainage system.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Downtown Area Will Be Booming

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

The commission is lead by the prime minister of Aruba.

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

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

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

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

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

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

There’s also free wifi in the downtown area.

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

General Aviation Workers Owed Double

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

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

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

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

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

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


Rehabilitation Refinery Delayed

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gas Price Goes Up

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

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

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

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Parkietenbos Closed Within 90 Days

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

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

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

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


Plastic Recycling Project

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

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

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

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

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

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




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News Report in Aruba

Last weeks newsletter was focused on the islands development, this week there’s some exciting news, and special because there’s an amusement park in Aruba for the following months. Keep on reading to find out more about what’s been happening in Aruba. 

Coney Island in Aruba

There’s something exciting and fun, perfect for kids (and also for adults that still feel like kids) to do on the island.

It’s an amusement park, known as coney island by the locals.

The owners from the amusement park is are from Venezuela and they travel all over the Caribbean – now they are finally in Aruba.

Last time coney island was in Aruba, is about 2 years ago, back in 2015.

The staff are installing the rides at the moment – this will take about a week!

Coney island is located on L.G Smith Boulevard strip, close to the cruise port.

I spoke to one of the staff members and they informed me that they have over 25 rides. From popular kid rides like merry go rounds, Montana ruso, bumper cars to rides for adults, for example, slingshot, Ferris wheel, revolt (which turns you upside down) and more attractions, they are too much to name!

There’s also going to be popcorn, cotton candy, sweets and treats for children!

If you’re on the island (especially with kids) and are looking for something exciting and different to do, visit the coney island.

It’s truly one of a kind experience on the island, because it’s not everyday that we have a coney island in Aruba!

Commemorative Prikichi Coin

The government declared the “prikichi”,  one of island’s endemic birds as the national bird of Aruba on February 7, 2017.

This week the central bank of Aruba announced that a silver 5 guilder coin commemorative for the prikichi.

Here’s a picture of the new silver coin…

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This is really beautiful.

The prikichi can be found everywhere on the island, especially in the cunucu and mondi ( which mean in the garden and bushes in Papiamento). They are usually with a group. You can recognize them by their beautiful green and yellow feathers (and distinctive chirping noise)

The coins are made from silver and cost $82.00 each. You can buy them at the central bank of Aruba, located on J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 8.




Last Carubbian Festival for 2017

This week was the last edition of Carubbian festival for 2017.

If you’ve been looking forward to visiting Carubbian fest in December, you’re out of luck. Because the last edition for Carubbian 2017 was on November 30.

What’s the carubbian you ask?

It’s one of the best festivals in the district of San Nicolas to mingle with locals, get a feel for Aruba’s culture, taste local food and drinks, hear carnival music and watch musical style shows that depict the history of the Aruba.

The festival is held every Thursday night and promises great ambiance!

Carubbian festival will restart in 2018, the specific date will be announced by the organizers.




Early Bird New Dragon Fly (still.to.do)

If you’re a sushi and Asian cuisine lover, you must try Dragonfly’s new early bird menu.

Their new daily early bird menu consists of a main appetizer (Grouper Butterfly, Mozzarella Salad or Miso Soup), main course (Phad Thai, Green Curry veggies, Chicken teriyaki, Grouper Dragonfly and Mongolian Beef) and for dessert (Vanilla Ice Cream). This menu is available at 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM. The price is $19.75

The early bird menu also has all you can eat sushi from 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM. Four pieces are available per roll: California Roll, Alaska Roll, Tuna Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Dynamite Roll and a Veggie Roll. Two rolls per person are served at a time. The price is $23.50 per person.

These specials are worth looking into – Dragonfly is located in Arawak Garden across from the Barceló Resort.

More Hotels on Palm Beach (still to do)

There’s talks of another hotel on the island near the area of palm beach.

And it’s gaining the attention of environmental groups and the government, because is another large resort really necessary on the island?

According to the new minister of tourism, after this year’s election in September 2017, he explained that the hotel was approved by the previous minister in charge of infrastructure, but that he personally doesn’t approve of the project.

The new government wants a balanced expansion of hotels that has a minimal effect on the islands infrastructure, environment and social impact. They are focusing on a different type of niche in tourism by creating small boutique hotels.

It’s not clear what the future holds for this particular lot next to blue residences, because the developers have an agreement with the previous minister. No reaction was given from developers as of yet to the media.

Here’s a picture of the area this “new brand” hotel is going to be built.

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Is another hotel needed?


First Flight To Bonaire

It’s official!

Aruba airlines inaugurated their first flight to Bonaire this week, after announcing their inter island flights between Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao two weeks ago.

The members of the press and government were invited on the first flight to our neighboring island Bonaire.

Aruba airlines will fly direct to Bonaire 4 times a week (on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday).

But on Sundays the return flight from Bonaire will be with a stop at Curacao, before going to Aruba.

The airline has better prices to go to Bonaire and Curacao, compared to other companies.

I’ve heard that they will be also opening new flights to Aruba from Minneapolis with Delta Airlines and Sun Country – however, we’re going to have to wait for the official announcement!

Fiesta di Pasco

It’s December, finally!

The new month brings holidays and festive celebrations on the island.

What’s Aruba like in December?

It’s beautiful!

One things that’s tradition on Aruba is decorative Christmas lights, and this year is no different. As the sun makes it way down, homeowners turn on their christmas lights for display.

Not only are houses decorated, but nearly every roundabout on the island has a different Christmas theme decor and lights. The main street are also covered with beautiful christmas lights.

Here’s a picture of a decorated roundabout in the district of Hato.

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Happy holidays!

What should you expect around Christmas season in Aruba?

As we locals say, expect a “fiesta di pasco” with lots of ambiente (which means Christmas party with ambiance, and things to do in English).

There’s going to a bunch of Christmas events around the island, featuring local bands. You will also get to taste traditional foods like ayaca, keshi yena and ham di pasco.

If you’re on the island during the holidays, make sure to visit one of these local Christmas events to experience the most loved seasons.

Christmas Wonderland Marketplace

Believe it or not, Aruba has its own winter wonderland located right at the Renaissance Marketplace in the downtown area.

It’s one of the places you should visit with the family if you’re in Aruba during the holidays.

The wonderland is going to have a merry go round, ice skating rink (yes, ice skating in paradise), face painting, cookie baking and decoration, local bites and drinks and of course entertainment by local bands such as Las Unicas, Grupo di Betico, Tsunami, Le Groove, ‘N Fuzion, Claudius Philips & OREO.

All proceeds during the christmas wonderland will be donated to the mary joan foundation.

The shops, restaurants and bars at the Renaissance marketplace will have specials, so be sure not to miss out on these amazing deals.

The Christmas wonderland is open everyday from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM.

Renaissance marketplace is located in the downtown area, close to the cruise port.




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Current News in Aruba

The newspaper in Aruba this week was full of headlines banning the use of cellphones while driving on the island. It’s a fresh new topic and still is the talk of the town, if you don’t know about it, keep on reading…

The Government Puts Its Foot Down…

It’s official!

The government officially bans the use of cellphones while driving in Aruba on November 1, 2017. Not only for driving cars, but any motorized vehicle, utv, atv, motorcycle, trikes and scooters – anything with an engine basically!

Law breakers are going to be fined $290.00 on the spot. This time the police aren’t joking around, because word around the island is they fined over 30 people already since the beginning of the month.

The new law counts for locals as well as for visitors.

That’s a lot of money to be dishing out for using your cellphone in Aruba while driving. It can be spent on other excursions and fine dining on the island.

If one causes an accident because of being distracted by a phone, they can expect a higher fine up to $6000.00 or even jail time, depending on how severe the accident is.

You may be asking, can you use “hands free calling in Aruba”?

The answer is simple, if the police notices that you’re not paying attention while you’re driving, because you’re using cell phone it will count as a traffic violation.

So put down the phone and pay attention to traffic while driving in Aruba.

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Hunto Pa Aruba “Together for Aruba”

After a lot meetings and discussion about the visions of the different political parties, the new coalition finally agreed on the program they will follow for the next 4 years of the government and signed the official document.

The program is titled “hunto pa Aruba”, which means together for Aruba in English. It represents that all three political parties will put their differences aside and work together as one to lead the island forward.

“It wasn’t easy creating the program for the next 4 years, it took more time than expected” said the Aruba’s first female prime minister during an interview after signing the agreement.

The signing took place at the Haystack, (known as Hooiberg) which is the second highest mountain, located in the middle of the island. It can be seen from every angle around the Aruba.

The signing of the program at Hooiberg symbolizes putting Aruba at center of their focus during the next 4 years.

The new prime minister of Aruba also said that they started the process of sharing out tasks and selecting ministers.

After they decide who will be in charge of which sector, the screening process will begin for each nominee. This entails checking their background to see if they qualify to be a minister.

The focus of the new program is restoring Aruba’s economic situation.

It also includes a good governance policy. This means the government has to be transparent in their actions and show integrity within the parliament, because the previous government was involved in too many corruptions and scandals.

For example, the previous minister of labor is incarcerated at the moment for accepting cash payments in return for work permits.

One of the main agreements made by the coalition is to avoid separation of the newly formed government, because of any disagreements.

According to the new prime minister, this week they will select who will be ministers and they will be officially inaugurated within the parliament.




Watty Vos Boulevard & Green Corridor

Aruba’s infrastructure, mainly the highways are being renovated at the moment. While driving around the island, one may notice a lot of road side construction and detours.

The first project is the green corridor.

It’s a new highway from the airport until the district of Savaneta. The green corridor also includes a new bridge in the area of Spaans Lagoon.

After an unexpected heavy rainfall last Sunday, the green corridor got flooded with water. This raised a lot of questions in the community in regards to the drainage system.

The contractors in charge of constructing the green corridor highway, which are Caribbean Infrastructure Company, Odinsa, and DOW (Aruba’s public works company) were present at the scene during and after the rain last week Sunday to monitor the flow of rainwater and drainage system of the new highway.

According the the director of DOW, after a heavy rainfall, the green corridor highway should be dry within 4 hours (especially if it rains hard and for a long period of time).

They will inspect the drainage system this week to improve the total time it takes to dry the green corridor highways after rain, preventing structural problems in the future.

Linear park on green corridor

The green corridor bridge is finished and it’s a breeze to drive on it.

Contractors are busy extending the linear park in the downtown area through the green corridor.

The new linear park will be a total of 1 kilometers long and with different fitness equipments and playgrounds for kids.

The path will be constructed directly on the previous bridge that we used to drive on to cross the sides of the island, right on the spaans lagoon bridge.

Watty Voss Boulevard

The watty vos boulevard is another project that includes creating a beltway for the Oranjestad and Noord area.

Construction of watty vos boulevard are still ongoing. But before they install the drainage system on this beltway, the contractors are running a few simulation test in a lab in the Netherlands on how exactly the water flows while it rains in Aruba, so they can design the drainage system of the new boulevard in the most effective manner possible.

Transfer Patients To New Bed  Hospital Tower

The government announced the project of expanding the existing hospital building a few years ago.

Fast forward to today, the construction of the bed towers are completed. This week the nurses transported the first patients from the old building into the new hospital building.

“It was a very exciting and emotional moment to see the first patient enter the new hospital” said the minister of public health, who was a part of the project.

The new hospital offers patients more spacious rooms and modern equipment. For example an electronic bed, so they can adjust their beds automatically.

With the addition of two new hospital buildings, new technology and equipment, the quality of service at the hospital is guaranteed to improve.


A New Series Of Aruba Post Stamps

The local post office introduced a new series of stamps, titled “Flora 2017” on October 31, 2017.

Here’s an image depicting the new post stamps and their face values in Aruban money.

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The flowers on the post stamps….

The first stamp represents the Frangipani – 50 cents.

Known as the chameleon of plants on the island, because it adapts itself to most soil conditions and blooms beautiful flowers in a bouquet form in many gardens around the island.

The plant is used by locals who know about the power of healing of plants to treat stings by wasps, bees and centipedes. They break a branch and use the milky like sap to cure the bite wound.

Post stamp number two depicts the Bonchi Di Cabay – 90 cents.

This tree is indigenous to South America, but it has been brought to the Caribbean by the regions ancestors and also found in Aruba.

Bonhi di Cabay, which literally translates to “horse beans” in English, is beautiful tree with different colors of flowers from orange, peach and red. The bark of this tree is also used as medicine by locals.

The third post stamp shows the popular Tuna – 130 Cents.

It’s a species of cactus that grows nearly all over the island.

Watch out for the thorns of the tuna, because it can cause irritation and inflammation on your skin. Although the tuna can be scary because of their thorns, they are known to bloom very beautiful yellow flowers after a rainfall.

The following post stamp represents the Shoshoro – 135 cents.

Flowers on this tree only bloom once a day, and they come in all different sizes, appearances and colors ranging from all shades of purple and green.

There’s over 500 species of Shoshoro trees around the island.  

Post stamp number five is the Beyisima – 200 Cents.

This is a tree is known as a climbing vine.

After a heavy rainfall the Beyisima tree blooms it’s pink flowers that covers fences and other trees like a beautiful blanket.

It’s also known as “coral di windruif” on the island.

The next post stamp is the Strea di Venezuela – 220 Cents.

When you translate it, it literally means the “star of Venezuela”.

This tree is originally from the South of India and Sri Lanka, but can be found throughout the island, especially in gardens.

Post stamp number seven depicts the Mata di Lechi – 305 Cents.

If you translate “mata di lechi”, it means the milk tree!

This tree is originally from South Africa, however its present in many areas of the island.

Mata di Lechi produces a green fruit that contains a milky sap, which caterpillars feed on, before they transform into butterflies.  

The last post stamp depict the popular Hubada tree – 320 cents.

Hubada tree can be seen nearly everywhere in Aruba. They are popular because the flowers are orange and fluffy. These flowers can be beautiful, watch out for the Hubada’s thorns.

The stamps are for sale at the post offices in the district of San Nicolas, Santa Cruz and Oranjestad.

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Commemorative coins

The central bank of Aruba announced their third edition of commemorative coins.

It’s a 5 Aruban guilders coin dedicated to 60 years of existence of the red cross on the island.

This special 5 guilder coin will have the logo of the red cross and 60 years red cross engraved in red.

In 2013 the central bank of Aruba issued a commemorative coin of 5 guilders dedicated to Queen Beatrix.

A year later in 2014, the CBA dedicated a 5 guilder coin to the new head of the dutch kingdom, Prins m Willem Alexander.

The new red cross coins will be available at all the banks in exchange for 5 guilders. Or if you want to buy the red cross coin in a special protective case it will cost you 22 Aruban guilders, which is about 13 dollars.

The coins are made from aluminium and bronze, have a diameter of 23.5 millimeter and they weigh 8.7 Grams each.

Here’s a picture of the red cross coin….

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The new 5 guilder coins dedicated to Red Cross Aruba.

AHATA Beach Clean Up

Aruba Hotel & Tourism Authority held their annual beach clean up yesterday (November 4, 2017).

This is the 17th consecutive year that the tourism organization is organizing these clean ups events on Aruba’s beaches.

Over 500 people signed up as volunteers and helped clean the beaches in San Nicolas.

Believe it or not, they managed to collect a lot of garbage (different plastic items) that would otherwise landed in the ocean.

If we don’t protect Aruba’s nature, who will?

Please don’t leave garbage on the beach and avoid throwing cigarettes in the sand.




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