Thursday, December 23, 2010

Aruba Aloe Factory

Link: 10 great travel freebies around the world

"Aruba Aloe Factory Oranjestad, Aruba

"The island's native aloe plant can be found all over the island," Frei says. "Take a tour through the state-of-the-art Aruba Aloe Factory, and you'll see the production process firsthand, from the harvesting of raw aloe vera leaves to the finished product. Informative tour guides explain the restorative and soothing qualities of the aloe plant and its many uses, the most popular of which, at least among tourists, is applying it to sunburned skin." arubaaloe.com"

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Aruba Holiday Special Events

Link: Aruba Holiday Special Events
Special dinners, holiday events, shopping hours, supermarket & shopping mall hours.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Helpful Flying Tips for Holiday Travelers 2010

Helpful Hints for Holiday Travelers 2010

Helpful Hints for Holiday Travelers Checklist (printable .pdf)

"Traveling with Food

Everyone has favorite foods from home that they want to bring to holiday dinners, or items from their destination that they want to bring back home. Travelers should know that while pies are permitted through the security checkpoint, here is a list of liquids, gels and aerosol items that you should put in your checked bag, ship ahead, or leave at home.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Luggage Scale | Magellan's Travel Supplies

Aruba Bound
Easy-Grip Luggage Scale

Tired off standing on your home scale without and then with your suitcase to determine how much it weighs?

We have had a luggage scale for years and would not fly anywhere without it. You only have to rearrange your open suitcases on the floor of the airport at check-in once, to realize how much you need one of these scales. With the holidays coming, they make great stocking stuffers. Dh and I have also bought them as Christmas gifts for other family members who are frequent fliers.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Aruba and Artificial Reefs

There are a Variety of Environmental and Human Reasons for the Creation of Artificial Reefs

August 19th, 2010

"First of all, an artificial reef is any type of reef project, foreign object(s) or reef systems, which is not an original coral formation or natural coral ecosystem. These are usually made by humans for specific purpose such as promoting marine life growth or creating areas of marine growth where this is lacking or has been destroyed. Artificial reefs can also be created accidentally by sunken ships, aircrafts or due to flooding. Many man-made artificial reefs are created with a purpose, while others become an artificial reef by “accident” or because of history.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

White Christmas On The Sands Of Aruba

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Welcome Guests With A White Christmas On The Sands Of Aruba

December 1st, 2010
"Aruba’s premier resort for couples offers limited time only holiday package.

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts, Aruba’s premier resort for couples, invites guests to enjoy the white powder sands of Eagle Beach, designated as one of the “Dream Beaches of the World,” this holiday season. Couples can enjoy the “Dreaming of a White Christmas” package and experience for themselves why Bucuti is consistently rated the number resort in Aruba by TripAdvisor users.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

All Inclusive Or Not ? Eagle Beach Or Palm Beach?

Aruba Bound
How do you decide whether or not stay at an all inclusive resort in Aruba?

For your Aruba vacation should you choose a hotel resort on Palm Beach or Eagle Beach?

Here is an article to help you to choose between the two. Aruba All Inclusive Or Not-- Aruba's Eagle Beach Or Palm Beach?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Romantic Dinners in Aruba

The Flying Fishbone is an excellent choice for a romantic dinner. DO make a reservation ASAP and request a table on the beach next to the water! If you want to be there for sunset, make your reservation about at least a half hour before. Being so close to the equator, the sun sets very quickly. Dh and I have never eaten there for sunset. Just too early for us after spending all day on the beach. The down side of the Flying Fishbone is that if you do not have a rental car, it is a very expensive taxi ride from the resort areas.

Monday, November 22, 2010

AirTran Expanding Aruba Service

AirTran Airways starting November 2010, is expanding service to Aruba from Saturday to Saturday to Saturday and Sunday service. AirTran services Aruba with B737 aircraft with a two seating configuration of business and economy for a total of 137 seats.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT): Full Body Scanners

Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) [full body scanners]

Q. Where are imaging technology machines located?
A. Currently, there are 385 advanced imaging technology machines located at 68 airports nationwide. Airports that have the technology include the following.

Airports who currently have imaging technology:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Delta Airlines Expands Service to Aruba

Aruba Bound
"Delta Airlines Expands Service to Aruba – La Guardia to Receive Additional Weekly Service in the Winter Season
July 28th, 2010
Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA) has received word from Delta Airlines that as of December 18, 2010 through April 30, 2011, air service to Aruba will be expanded with weekly service from La Guardia airport. Service will be on Saturdays only and Delta plans to utilize B737-800 aircraft comfortably seating 16 passengers in business and 144 in economy. The flights will conveniently leave New York’s La Guardia airport at 10:36 in the morning and arrive in Aruba at 17:30 in the late afternoon.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

MCM Tours, aruba4u.com, Players Choice

MCM Tours, aruba4u.com, Players Choice, Thanks for the tip

Players Choice Tours

MCM Tours

We have been using these folks for our Aruba travel for 10+ years. Their prices cannot be beat. Specials

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Airfare to Aruba?

It is all about competition.

Weekend Non-stop from ATLANTA with competition from Air Tran:
Delta $426.70
Air Tran $456.70

Weekday Non-stop from ATLANTA without competition:
Delta $726.70

$300 per person is an extra $600 per couple. That is a lot of money to me ;)

or

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Aruba Goes Green

Media Advisory - "Aruba Goes Green"

"Newsflash | 20 September 2010

WHO: The Aruban Ministry of Finance, Communications, Utilities and Energy, The Royal Netherlands Embassy
WHAT: “Aruba Goes Green – Our Future with Green Energy” Conference
WHEN: September 29 - October 1, 2010
WHERE: Renaissance Convention Center, Aruba
KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  Former U.S. Vice President & Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore "Our Future with Green Energy” September, 29th
CONTACT: Carla Bundy (202-274-2632 / cy.bundy@minbuza.nl) or Floris van Hövell (202-274-2630 / floris-van.hovell@minbuza.nl)"

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Aruba Beach Tennis International Championships

November 19 - 21, 2010

"Beach Tennis can be played both competitively and recreationally and because it's so simple to play, it appeals to athletes and non-athletes of all ages. It's like regular tennis except its played on a regulation beach volleyball court. Using paddle racquets, two players on each team volley back and forth, hitting a slightly depressurized tennis ball directly over the net without letting it bounce... it's hard to make the ball bounce on sand! One hit per team is all that is allowed.

Competitions will be held at Moomba Beach."

More info: Beach Tennis Aruba

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Will U.S. cellular phones work in Aruba?

Yes, if you have a GSM (Global System for Mobile Telecommunications) cell phone you can purchase a SIM-unlocked compatible card in Aruba to telephone the US. Check out Telestial, SETAR or Digicel for a pre-paid SIM card.

Cingular/AT&T Customers can access information "Traveling Outside the US". You need to know if your wireless device will work in Aruba. You also need to activate an international roaming account.


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?



No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.~ General Douglas MacArthur

Monday, July 19, 2010

Free Hotel Upgrades Part I

By Michelle Delio http://www.fodors.com/

"Ask and you might receive
When you book a hotel room, ask about every possible discount. Do they offer a corporate rate? If you have a business card and you're not staying in a resort property, you probably qualify. Are you a government employee? Do you qualify for a military service rate? AARP? Local resident rate? (Hawaiian hotels offer steep discounts to island residents). If you don't qualify for any of these reductions, politely say "What's the absolute best rate available for the days I want to stay at your property?"

Thursday, July 8, 2010

New Passport Fees - Effective July 13

Link: New Passport Fees - Effective July 13

U.S. citizens will  be paying more for passport fees starting July 13.

New, adult passport will jump 35%
New minors under 16, passport will increase 25%

Existing passport fee
Adult fees increase almost 50%- $75 to $110.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sunset Grille at the Radisson Aruba

Sunset Grille at the Raddison Aruba

We love this restaurant. When you make your reservation, request a table outside.

Monday, July 5, 2010

For Aruba Do Not Forget To Pack A Hat

Aruba Bound
A hat for protection from the sun. Nothing worse than sunburned tops of ears.

We all wear the hats to protect our head, ears, and faces from Aruba's fierce sun. They also have under chin draw strings for those windy days in Aruba. Both dh and I have at one time or another gone swimming after a hat blown off by the wind. Even if you decide to go without the drawstring, the Ultimate Panama hat floats!

Mom's bonus? They are machine washable. The antique brass, screened grommets after 10 years are beginning to get tarnished. In my mind it only adds character to the hats.

So how do we tell the difference between whose hat is whose? Different colors! I have Natural and dh has the Khaki color. Dd has a lighter weight.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Camera from Aruba Found Floating in Key West?

I just think this is such a fascinating story...Link: Lost Camera Needs Aruban Help

A man in Key West finds a camera in an underwater housing. In going through the photos in an attempt to identify the owner he puts pieces of the puzzle together that the camera was lost by the owner while diving in Aruba.

Can you help reunite camera and owner?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Tradewinds Club at the Marriott Aruba

Craving Privacy? Look no Further than the Tradewinds Club at the Marriott Aruba Luxury Resort

Tradewinds Club provides a new level of affordable, yet luxurious Aruba luxury hotel accommodations

Palm Beach, Aruba (PRWEB) April 1, 2010 -- Tradewinds Club, a 49-room boutique hotel-within-a-hotel, has updated its policies in order to further cater to guests seeking upscale and personalized vacation experiences. In an effort to increase exclusivity, guests of the Aruba luxury resort must now be at least 12 years of age in order to stay within Tradewinds Club.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Aruba Customs has Started eSeaClear for Visiting Yachts

All At Sea- The Caribbean's Waterfront Magazine
As of March 2010 the Aruba customs has started to implement the Eseaclear system, https://www.eseaclear.com/PAN/index.cfm, for yachts visiting Aruba.

Addtional port information http://www.renaissancemarina.com/clearance-procedures/

Friday, March 5, 2010

Aruba Meets all Your Shopping Needs

"Aruba Meets all Your Shopping Needs

Paseo Herencia, a shopping & entertainment centre, is a new “old style” plaza surrounded by shopping, dining and a state of the art movie theatre. There is also a main stage featuring a nightly waterworks extravaganza and musical performances against a backdrop of Aruban architectural designs which also showcase the island’s heritage. Shops at Paseo Herencia are open Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Shops include Hunkemöller a leading European fashion store, Baci de Roma an Italian women’s boutique and one of three Aruba Aloe stores located on Aruba. For more information please visit: http://www.paseoherencia.com/

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Ritz-Carlton Aruba

Ritz-Carlton is to open a luxury new resort on the Caribbean island of Aruba’s famed Palm Beach.

ASIA Travel Tips.com Monday, 11 January 2010

The 320-room oceanfront resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, will offer several restaurants, a luxurious spa, two swimming pools, 24-hour casino and Ambassadors of the Environment by Jean-Michel Cousteau family program, which introduces young guests to Aruba’s natural wonders and cultural traditions. In addition to spacious rooms and suites, the hotel will include The Ritz-Carlton Club, a private floor accessible only by elevator key and offering light fare and dedicated concierge service throughout the day.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Bully- Aruba's Taxi Driver

Aruba Bound
Thanks for Bully- A nice overview of a day tour of the island.

The Aruban Taxi Driver

Bully Again

Aruba Taxi Fares

Email Bully-
The reply will be from Amador Lacle and DO check your spam folder.

Aruba Bound

Thursday, January 28, 2010