Saturday, December 31, 2011

Aruba New Year's Eve

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New Year's in Aruba is brought in with a huge bang. There is a tradition on the island of lighting firecrackers and fireworks on New Year's Eve. The noise of the firecrackers and fireworks are thought to rid oneself of the evil spirits from the past year in order to begin the New Year anew.

The pagara, a string of Chinese firecrackers is one of the popular parts of the Aruban culture. The story has it that the longer the length of the pagara, the more successful the family or business has been in the past year. Thus the more money you have, the longer length of pagara you are able to afford to purchase.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Now Open — iStore Aruba, the First Apple Concept Store in the Southern Caribbean

October 7th, 2011 - Surrounded by well-wishing family members and friends Milo Croes Jr. made his dream of many years come true, that of opening the first Apple iStore in Aruba and watching with great pride the recent ribbon cutting ceremony, at Ponton 67-B.

The stylish, contemporary store will be selling only Apple products and all Apple related products and accessories. As Aruba’s first iStore, it will be serving both the local and the tourist markets, bringing the Apple brand and culture closer to the community here.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Year of the Shoco, the Year of Wisdom – 2012 Aruba Bird Calendar launched

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December 8th, 2011- Aruba Birdlife Conservation proposes 2012 to be the Year of the Shoco, the year of wisdom. 2012 should be Aruba’s year of nature conservation. Aruba Birdlife Conservation proposes that a National Conservation Master Plan be developed and implemented in an effort to save very important nature areas. Achieving such would guarantee a certain level of quality of Product Aruba and in turn guarantee a certain level of quality of life to all.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

American Airlines Unveils 777-300ER Aircraft Interior Selections

Features Designed to Modernize and Enhance the Onboard Travel Experience; Integral Piece of American's Fleet Renewal Plan During Time of Restructuring


FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines today announced details of the interior selections for its fleet of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, including fully lie flat First and Business Class seats, seating plans that will give the airline the opportunity to offer a premium product in the main cabin, and Wi-Fi capability to keep customers connected while traveling internationally.

Friday, December 9, 2011

U.S. TSA: Traveling with Children


We have to screen everyone, regardless of age (even babies), before they can go through the security checkpoint.

We will not ask you to do anything that will separate you from your child or children.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Best of the Caribbean Readers’ Choice Awards 2011

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Voting: Voting begins November 28, 2011 and ends December 19, 2011. Results will be live on December 20, 2011.Voters are allowed to choose up to 3 options per category.

Best of the Caribbean Readers’ Choice Awards 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Laguna Restaurant at the Radisson Aruba

From our June 2011 trip report...
Laguna Prime Rib Buffet at the Radisson
The buffet at the Radisson was such a good value at *$23.95 per person plus 15% service charge we ate there twice. With our beverage credit included with our package through booking with MCM Tours, we were also able to enjoy wine with our dinner without running up an expensive tab. The beverages were added to our check that evening but deducted as a credit at check out.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Blue Residence Club Joins Preferred Residences

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE) November 29, 2011 04:05 PM Eastern Time-- Preferred Residences®, a hospitality branded membership and exchange program for luxury shared ownership resorts offered by an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), has added Blue Residence Club in Aruba to its exclusive exchange network. The property will feature 126 spacious condominium units that will be built in three phases, with the first scheduled for completion by summer 2013.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Make Your Next Getaway in Aruba 'Pure Magic' at Aruba Hotel & Spa

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Take Advantage of Complimentary Breakfast or Spa Credits at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

ORANJESTAD, ARUBA--(Marketwire - November 28, 2011 14:02 ET) - Beautiful, relaxing, laid-back and breathtaking are all words used to describe Aruba. For guests staying at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino through January 31, 2012, another word is poised to join the accolades: magic. Among the finest Aruba beach hotels, the Renaissance is proud to announce two exciting new "Pure Magic" packages that cater to both breakfast buffs and spa fans.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Aruba Marriott Announces New Adults-Only Oasis

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PALM BEACH, Aruba, Sept. 13, 2011, 3:41 p.m. EDT (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is set to unveil a 10,000 square foot, adults-only swimming pool and recreational area. Complete with an expansive terrace featuring plush cabanas and a fully stocked lounge with premium libations, the 1.5 million dollar project will be revealed in November 2011.

Conceived with the needs of the Aruba Marriott's guests in mind, the new pool provides more than a place to swim. The coral stone pavement, meticulous landscaping and illuminated pathways with glass mosaic tiles of the adults-only pool area help create a serene ambiance for the space, which is large enough to host group receptions of up to 150 guests.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Government Announces NEW Attraction within Walking Distance from Cruise Terminal

September 1, 2011 marks the beginning of the construction of what will become the Historical Center of Aruba in its capital of Oranjestad. The attractive project, which is part of the current Government’s BoAruba (Your Aruba) program, aims at repairing and rebuilding historic buildings and monuments in the city center within walking distance from the cruise port’s main gate.

About 10 million dollars will be invested to build a National Historic Center which will serve as the core place that houses the collection of facts and data about Aruba’s history. The center will complete the current cluster of historical Government buildings that currently house both the Legislative and Executive branches of the island’s Government. The buildings will surround a common Plaza area that will be named after Aruba’s most renowned composer, Mr. Juan Chabaya “Padu” Lampe.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Entry Into Aruba

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Entry into Aruba is fairly simple.

You will get off the airplane and follow the people ahead of you to Aruba Immigrations.

You will queue in line until you are called up to the booth where you will present your U.S. passport as well as a form you will be given on the airplane to be filled out while en route to Aruba. MAKE SURE you have a pen in your purse or pocket.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Double Your Paradise With a Special Aruba Destination Wedding Package

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Enjoy a Free Honeymoon When You Tie the Knot at the Renaissance Aruba Resort

ORANJESTAD, ARUBA, Sept. 23, 2011, 3:49 p.m. EDT (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- With crystal blue waters, captivating views and comfortable weather, Aruba is the perfect destination for a tropical getaway, year-round. From Frenchman's Pass to the California Lighthouse, when it comes to destination weddings, Aruba also offers a number of unforgettable settings. And until December 31, 2012, lucky newlyweds can take advantage of a special offer from the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Recognized In Highly-Regarded Condé Nast Traveler

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2011 Readers’ Choice Awards

November 8th, 2011- Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts has been voted one of the “Top Resorts in the Caribbean” in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler: 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards. Regarded as one of the most trusted sources of travel advice globally, the Readers’ Choice Awards polls all Condé Nast Traveler readers to determine the top resorts in the world and stands as the apex of excellence in travel. This year more than 8 million votes were cast in the survey reflecting the combined opinions of 28,876 Condé Nast Traveler readers rating the hotels, cities, and islands they visited in the past year.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Indulgence by the Sea Salon is Happy to Announce, the New Stock of Shellac is in

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Indulgence by the Sea Salon, located at the Tamarijn All Inclusive Beach Resort has recently introduced Shellac, a revolutionary nail color.

The product was developed in the USA by CND, and launched in the international market just recently. Astoundingly, Shellac, which goes on like nail polish, wears like gel and removes in minutes, allows a 14-day wear with a mirror finish, zero dry time, and no nail damage.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tamarijn Aruba Advice

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Comment on the internet: "Very stressed about all of the recent reviews of the Tamarijn!"

Major stress concerns

1) Bad repetitive food.
2) Having to wake up at 7 to reserve a hut for the day
3) Having to be in a long line at 7:45 AM to make reservations for restaurants.
4) Overall messiness in the resort
5) Rude staff

Menus at the buffet rotate everyday and are repeated every seven days. In other words, what is served on Monday is served the following week on Monday. Yes, maybe repetitive for those who are there for more than 7 days. On the other hand, how many different selections can you have for breakfast? There is a WIDE variety of items at lunch as well, though some are "staples" everyday such as the salad bar. To their credit, the salad bar rotates about 6 offerings though the "toppings", dressings and of course lettuce are always the same. Hot dogs are served daily. If you choose to eat a hot dog everyday it WILL be repetitive.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Aruba Reviews Part I

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In reading some recent reviews on a travel website, I have come to the following conclusion. Trip reviews are just that, one persons perception of a resort or a destination. Always do your own research and ask a lot of questions.

It is very interesting to see how people see things differently. Remember that game called "telephone" you played as a child?

Radisson Aruba finishes 18-month renovation - Travel Weekly

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Link: Radisson Aruba finishes 18-month renovation - Travel Weekly

Monday, October 24, 2011

ART Exhibition ‘Destinations’ – by Local Artist Grace Ashruf

ORANJESTAD - Grace Ashruf is very proud to exhibit her latest collection of original Art titled 'Destinations' on Wednesday, October 26th. The exposition will take place in the OLD Garage Cordia Building, at L.G. Smith Blvd. 114 and continue for two weeks.

This collection of 30 original artworks is a fusion of Contemporary Art and names of Aruban Neighborhoods. The works not only reflect the names of popular places on the island, but also many of the ancient aboriginal names given them by the native Indians. Much of the true significance of these names and their origins remain unknown.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa Completes $2 Million Room Rejuvenation

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September 26th, 2011- “Contemporary comfort … timeless Caribbean charm” is the new resort slogan of the Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa as announced by general manager Edgar Roelofs. “A complete two-million dollar room rejuvenation of the 45-year old resort located on the shores of majestic Eagle Beach will be completed this September 2011. We offer our guests the ultimate Caribbean vacation experience when combining today’s comfort with the intimate charm of the Caribbean” he adds.

Friday, October 14, 2011

La Cabana Beach & Racquet Club Celebrates 20 Years with Completion of US$36 Million Renovations

La Cabana Beach and Racquet Club is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year with the completion of a three-year, US$36 million room renovation project that re-establishes the resort as one of the premier timeshare facilities in the Caribbean.

Local dignitaries and tourism professionals will join in the celebrations at La Cabana on Sept. 20 in the newly completed hotel lobby.

“Once called the resort ‘where dreams come true’ La Cabana has resurfaced with a bold new look and feel from the front lobby to the interior of every room,” said Willie Mosconi, president of the Board of Directors.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Considering purchasing an Aruba Timeshare?

Playa Linda Beach Resort Pictures of Aruba
Let's outline some considerations when purchasing an Aruba timeshare. Purchasing a timeshare in Aruba is an investment. You need advice so you head to an online forum for advice. Keep in mind when seeking advice of others that many of those who reply will be owners of timeshares. They have a vested interest in their investment. It is only natural that they will give you all of the pro's of a resort and hardly ever any of the negatives.

Friday, October 7, 2011

It's All Accolades, Awards & Recognitions for the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives in 2011

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Properties Earn Kudos from Top Travel Brands Travelocity, TripAdvisor and Travel + Leisure

Oranjestad, Aruba – (August 15, 2011) – As the summer began to heat up, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives were also becoming “hot” as the properties earned recognitions from top travel industry brands Travelocity, TripAdvisor and Travel + Leisure for 2011.

“It’s truly an honor to receive these distinctions from some of the most prestigious brands in the travel and tourism industry,” said Alex Nieuwmeyer, Managing Director of Divi Resorts Aruba and Bonaire. “The fact that all three were awarded within the past few months is both a milestone and a testament to the success of our operations even within today’s highly competitive marketplace.”

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Southwest Airlines Announces Fares and Flights to/from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

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- Initial Schedule of Fifteen Daily Departures Begins Feb. 12, 2012

- Fares starting as low as $79 one-way

- Southwest, AirTran Take First Steps to Blend Frequent Flyer Programs

ATLANTA, Aug. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) is launching new service to Atlanta (ATL) on Feb. 12, 2012, bringing greatly reduced fares and new flexibility for both business and leisure Customers. With initial fares for nonstop travel as low as $79 one-way, the first Southwest flights to and from Georgia will also mark a significant and eagerly anticipated milestone in the carrier's acquisition of AirTran Airways.

Southwest President, Chairman, and CEO Gary Kelly revealed details of Southwest's first Atlanta schedule during a luncheon with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Renovation of the Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa Nears Completion

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PALM BEACH, Aruba, Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The award-winning Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa today announced that its overall property renovation is set for completion in the middle of October 2011, with the Aruba Tower refresh as the final phase of the transformation.

The renovation is part of an extensive USD 26 million renovation project which began in April 2010 and included refurbishing the 355-room resort's three guestroom towers and key public areas. Guests will experience a new sense of arrival, with updated furnishings and a reception area in the open-air lobby. Guests can now experience magnificent views of the ocean, beach, and pool the moment they arrive.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Surfing In Aruba

For local experience on conditions and hazards, hook up with a local.

"Bula Surf Shop was founded in 2003 by David and Yair based on nothing more than a love for surfing. The shop serves the local surf scene (yes, there is surf in Aruba) and other people in the know. Come see us in the shop Monday - Saturday from 9:30AM (after our morning surf session) to 6PM (before our evening session). We're in the Royal Plaza mall on the second floor. Tel 583-8458. Email" On Facebook

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Aruba's Linear Park to be Ready for September 30

All those passing by the site of the Linear Park can admire the progress in the construction work. Minister of Tourism, Transport and Labor, Otmar Oduber expressed his satisfaction with the latest park developments which will contribute to the enhancement of Aruban landscape.

Last Thursday, palm trees were planted, growing higher everyday to provide shade. Soon, other plants will also grace the park, among them green malaya, date palm, Chinese palm, Fofoti, Carawara and Green Bottom, providing a pleasant oasis on the highway. Next week, street lamps will be installed, giving citizens a good idea of how the park will look when Phase I is finished.

Friday, September 16, 2011

U.S. Department of Transportation’s Expanded Airline Passenger Protections Take Effect

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

WASHINGTON – New consumer protections for airline passengers established by the U.S. Department of Transportation go into effect today, and will make flying more convenient and hassle-free for air travelers nationwide. The new consumer protections, finalized earlier this year, include requirements that airlines refund baggage fees if bags are lost, increase compensation provided to passengers bumped from oversold flights, and provide passengers greater protections from lengthy tarmac delays.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Boca Bubu; A Local Aruba Site Worth Visiting

“Boca Bubu” A Local Site Worth Visiting

Every Summer vacation, once a week, we go on an outing with the kids to relax and to teach them a little of our culture. Last week Tuesday was no exception. We went to the Historical Museum and afterwards to the beach.

The kids wanted to go to Malmok, where there is a cliff they can jump off and into the water. Upon arrival there we met with Mr. Bubu Marchena working hard with sledgehammer and chisel in the hot sun. He told us he is busy constructing a staircase on the cliff to make it easier to enter and exit the water. This is the second time he is making this staircase, as in 1978 he constructed the original one but with time it eroded and disappeared. Many times he takes his grandchildren to swim there and he promised them to rebuild the staircase.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

El Gaucho Expands Its Already Extensive Menu With New Dishes

August 15th, 2011

Just when you thought it couldn’t get better, it did. El Gaucho Argentine Grill has just recently introduced three new entrees, to rave reviews from fans and friends of the restaurant.

Expanding on the restaurant’s selection of seafood dishes, the chefs added a melt-in-your-mouth Chilean Sea Bass, to the list of main courses. At El Gaucho Argentine Grill the Sea Bass is served as a thick cut, with a perfect light sear on the outside and a juicy medium-rare inside, which is incredible delicious with drawn butter and a sprinkle of Japanese seaweed salad, besides the restaurant’s famed traditional sides.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Two Aruban Airlines Making Great Strides

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July 25th, 2011

Last week, the official presentation of the Fokker 50 aircrafts to Insel Air International took place in Curacao. These are the new aircrafts acquired from KLM that will carry the Aruba logo. These aircrafts will be registered and stationed here on Aruba as soon as the AOC is completed. The Fokker 50’s will be part of the Insel Air International fleet along with their MD 80 which will all carry the Aruba branding. They will operate as a separate entity as Insel Air Aruba.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tera Park, A New “Green” Island Attraction

Date Monday, July 4th, 2011

A new island attraction within the tourism corridor promises to be a natural draw for both visitors as well as island residents. The proposed site of TERA Park includes plans for the development of a botanical garden, education center, bird observatory, art center and eco-restaurant within the Linear Park, at the intersection of Eagle and Palm Beach.

TERA Park is part of the TERA Aruba project, a non-profit enterprise devoted to the creation and operation of a multi-component, ecologically-based and educationally-focused attraction.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Top 10 All-Inclusives Beach Resorts for Exhausted Americans

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Posted: 8/1/11 11:28 AM ET

America is now the "no-vacation nation." According to a recent Reuters poll, a little over half of American workers (57 percent) use their full vacation allotment.

Even when Americans do manage to pull themselves away from work to travel domestically or to cities abroad, they manage to remain plugged in just in case the boss needs a report written or a last-minute project completed. This defeats the purpose of a vacation--leaving work and worries behind to relax, de-stress, and unwind.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Aruba You Can Do Better Than This

Aruban Teenager Helps Expose Island's Daily Slaughter!

Animal Relief Foundation Aruba

Save Aruba's Strays with Project Pet/Animal Relief Foundation Aruba

A Unique View of Arikok National Park Now on Display at the Visitors Center

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Date July 20th, 2011

All throughout 2011 and until March 18, 2012, various public institutions are holding special events throughout the island to celebrate the silver anniversary of Aruba’s “Status Aparte,” the right to autonomous rule within the Dutch Kingdom apart from the other five islands of the Netherlands Antilles. This year also marks 35 years of Aruba ha ving its own national flag and anthem.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Palm Beach Day Pass Pricing

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A friend just phoned the following Palm beach resorts for day pass pricing.

All prices are per person:

Occidental is 9 am -5 pm $77.00

RUI is 10 am - 10 pm $105.00

Radisson All Inclusive $75.00

Radisson including towel & palapa only $19

Druif Beach at the Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive

Tamarijn Aruba 1200 Building Beach
March 2009 Building 1200

This is by far the best description of beach conditions at the Tamarijn that I have ever read. It is not scientific, but it surely is fact.

Link: The waves at Druif Beach...
June 2009 Tamarijn Aruba Building 1200 Beach

June 2009 Building 1200 -1300

Friday, August 12, 2011

Get On the Plane Fast With the Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express

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New priority boarding benefit is latest enhancement to flight experience for Cardmembers and their travel companions

Aug 2, 2011

ATLANTA and NEW YORK, August 2, 2011 – American Express (NYSE: AXP) and Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today unveiled two new benefits – priority boarding and in-flight savings – for eligible U.S. Consumer and Small Business Delta SkyMiles Credit Cardmembers.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Participant of Lionfish Tournament sharing his secret


Participant of Lionfish Tournament sharing his secret from Hadicurari CentrodiPesca on Vimeo.

As the Aruba Lionfish Control Programs tournament heats up participants bring in more and more lionfish but participants get competitive. Here is Juan "Tintin" Giel with 15 captured Lionfish but does not want to tell much about it.

Who is going to be the Lionfish King of Aruba?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives Earn Earthcheck Certification

July 20, 2011

Less than one year after receiving benchmarking status, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba have achieved Silver certification from Earthcheck, the world's largest certifier of sustainable travel and tourism operators.

"We are very pleased to have achieved this certification from Earthcheck, which is a testament to our commitment to environmental responsibility," said Alex Nieuwmeyer, Managing Director of Divi & Tamarijn Aruba all Inclusives. "This is a clear

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

NEW RECORD: 30cm (11.8 inch) Lionfish is the largest of the invasive species officially registered so far in Aruba

Posted by Aruba Daily on July 28th, 2011

Lionfish Tournament of the National Control Plan yielding greater awareness and sounding alarm

A whopper of a Lionfish, 30 centimeters long (almost one foot long, 11.8 inches to be exact) shattered all previously held records in Aruba for the invasive species. The previous record, a Lionfish of 27.5 cm, caught during the first Lionfish Derby held last march by the trio from the boat Xiomara, consisting of John Laurence, Dechi Bisslik and Victor Franken, was broken by this impressive specimen. Last Monday 25th of july 2011, the team of Lifeguards Aruba, led by

Friday, July 22, 2011

Security for Our Trip to Aruba

For our latest trip to Aruba, we went with the Pacsafe system for the first time and loved it! Though it was not cheap, we will get many years use out of it and now that we have actually used it, knowing the security it provided, we feel that it was money very well spent. It served the dual purpose as a carry on for air travel to Aruba as well as beach bag each day.

This was dh's first time traveling with a backpack and he LOVED it. He will never go back to his wheeled carry on and separate computer bag EVER again. His Pacsafe backpack had a separate padded compartment solely for the 15" laptop. TSA security has always been difficult for him trying to juggle the laptop and this made it so much easier.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Delta Air Fares to Aruba

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C - O -M - P - E - T - T -I - O - N


Is the name of the game in air fares. For example, Delta's fares during the week, when there is no competition to Aruba, are astronomical.

If you fly on a day of the week during which Delta has competition from Spirit or Air Tran (soon to be Southwest)you will find a much cheaper fare. We have not been able to take advantage of Air Tran or Spirit's lower fares because we chose to stay more than 7 or 8 nights. As of right now, Air Tran and Spirit fly weekends only.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sushi-Ya Restaurant Features New Menu

Pioneering is in the blood of Sushi-Ya owner Deisy Gutierrez and her chefs, and so the latest trends in Japanese food are always being explored at Sushi-Ya. The Sushi-Ya team is also genuinely interested in the well-being of its esteemed customers, constantly seeking to add new healthy options to its menu. Reflecting its commitment to offering diners something new and something healthy, this Aruba restaurant has recently introduced a refreshed menu.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino: The New Adult Pool

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Upcoming enhancement: The New Adult Pool

"In an effort to enhance our guest services and hotel amenities, the resort will be adding an adult pool to its outdoor facilities. This new pool will be located between the Aruba Marriott Resort and Marriott Ocean Club, in front of the resort Health Club.

The project will consist of an adult pool, patio area with lounges and gazebos as well as a pool bar for beverages and refreshments.

The expected timeline for the pool project will be June 1st through October 31st, 2011.

In order to provide our guests with a relaxing and enjoyable stay, while minimizing any possible inconveniences, we will not have our Ocean Island view category available, during this time period."

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tips For a Stay at the Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Resort

  • Bring some kind of clips or clothespins to keep your beach towel attached to your chaise lounge. They do have a habit of blowing away.

  • There is an ice bucket in each room and ice machines available. If you enjoy drinking chilled water without ice, bring a plastic pitcher with you. Because of it's desalinized water, Aruba has some of the best drinking water in the world straight out of the tap. Fill the pitcher from the tap and store in your refrigerator.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Boutique Resort on Aruba Introduces Scuba Vacation Package

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The intimate Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa on Aruba offers a scuba diving package in collaboration with Red Sail Sports Aruba.

Diving in Aruba is famous for the spectacular shipwrecks and interesting coral formations that dominate Aruba's underwater realm. Manchebo offers the opportunity to discover Aruba's beautiful underwater world together with Red Sail Sports Aruba.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Marriott's Aruba Escape! Inclusive Package

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Escape! Inclusive Package

Package Includes
- Resort Room at the Renaissance Marina Hotel
- Room taxes and service charges
- Unlimited standard brand beverages including frozen
drinks in Renaissance operated outlets*
- Daily breakfast buffet in Renaissance operated outlets*
- Daily a la carte or buffet lunch in Renaissance operated outlets*
- Daily a la carte or buffet dinner in Renaissance operated outlets. Dinner is defined as one Appetizer or Salad, one entree, and one dessert
- 15 percent discount on indoor spa treatments
- Casino match play coupon of $10 per adult, per stay
* Renaissance operated outlets are BLUE (L/D), Aquarius (B/L/D), Captain's Corner (B/D), L.G. Smith's (D), Papagayo (L), The Lounge (D), and Sole (L/D)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Landmark Agreement With Insel & Tiara Air

Minister Oduber Signs Landmark Agreement with Insel and Tiara Air
Date April 21st, 2011

Minister of Tourism, Transport & Labor Otmar Oduber recently announced that Aruba’s own Tiara Air and Insel Air, based out of Curacao, have agreed to work cooperatively in providing flights out of Aruba to several new destinations, and inversely, allowing these new markets direct access into the island.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Aruba Gastronomic Association Dine Around Program

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Dine Around Program

Is the Dine Around Program worth it? Consider the following:

From their site:
  • "The list of member restaurants on this website is always changing so be sure to check for updates.
  • Each dinner at AGA restaurants includes appetizer, entrée, dessert, coffee or tea, and service charge (where applicable).
  • Beverages and surcharges for starred items are not included."

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

U.S. DOT Expands Airline Passenger Protections

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Lengthy article so following excerpts are the most pertinent

"Lost Bags and Bag Fees.
Airlines will now be required to refund any fee for carrying a bag if the bag is lost. Airlines will also be required to apply the same baggage allowances and fees for all segments of a trip, including segments with interline and code share partners. Airlines are already required to compensate passengers for reasonable expenses for loss, damage or delay in the carriage of passenger baggage.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Kitesurfing & Windsurfing Aruba



Aruba Active Vacations


Kite surfing, wind surfing, land sailing, mountain biking...
Looks like you can spend the day with Aruba Active Vacations...
chaise, shade and refreshment...

The Video show highlights, including lessons. Looks "interesting"

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Anti-theft laptop backpack by PacSafe: Demonstration

MeshSafe 200

This is a new purchase for us. We will use it for both the plane and the beach.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Tamarijn Family Package Kids Free up to Age 11

"December 17, 2011 through December 21, 2012

Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE ALL INCLUSIVE year round up to age 11

(Up to two kids in room with two paying adults)

Kids ages 12 to 17 at time of travel - $75.00 per child per night

18 years and older adult rate

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Why Relaxing Is Hard Work - WSJ.com

Link: Why Relaxing Is Hard Work - WSJ.com

You're on Vacation, but the Brain Is Wired to the Office; Some Tactics to Detach

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Aruba Gift Registry

"Aruba is now offering an island first with a FAST, EASY and FREE interactive way for couples to prepare for their special event as well as to help point friends and family in the right direction in the purchase of the right gifts."

Creating your registry
Register and assure yourself of the perfect gift - dining, activities, car rental and even a shopping spree on Aruba. Friends and family will enjoy the convenience of being able to provide their best wishes with exactly what you're looking for in making your on-island wedding, renewal of vows, honeymoon or any other celebration a memorable event. Registering, choosing from among diverse activity and service options, checking the status of your registry and redeeming gifts is easy and can all be accomplished through the website.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

How Has the Weather Been in Aruba? Typically Ordinary

There have been passing rain showers. Far from anything to ruin a vacation.

Rain in Aruba falls mainly over night and early in the morning. That is not to say you will not have a passing shower during the day however they are usually brief and generally last 10-20 minutes. We hardly ever leave the beach during a shower taking cover under a beach palapa or going into the ocean.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

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

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa Getting a $30 Million Face-Lift

Date March 3rd, 2011

The AAA Four Diamond Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa, situated on 15 acres of the island’s spectacular Palm Beach, has embarked on a $30 million refreshment project. All 355 guest rooms and suites are being completely refurbished in addition to the property’s expansive open-air lobby, casino and meeting facilities.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Honeymoon at the Tamarijn or Divi Aruba All Inclusive

ORANJESTAD, ARUBA – (October 21, 2010) – Couples who have just tied the knot can start their marriage off right by choosing the Divi and Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives’ 2011 Honeymoon Packages for their first escape as husband and wife. Providing excellent value with a wealth of inclusions from an array of accommodations and non-motorized water sports to cocktails or meals at a choice of nine dining outlets, there’s no reason to have cold feet about booking these packages!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

True love always finds way to Aruba

Photos by Julia Renfro
Photos by Julia Renfro
Photos by Julia Renfro
Jenny & Mateusz exchange vows at sunset

PALM BEACH - Jenny Giordano and Mateusz Kipczak were married on Palm Beach just before the sun gently set into the Caribbean Sea. Family and friends witnessed the exchange of rings and vows as Jenny and Mateusz united in matrimony with their emotional toes-in-the-sand ceremony.

Jenny went to Florence a year and a half ago to work and met Mateusz by chance.  It was love at first sight for both of them! Mateusz proposed to Jenny near Ponte Vecchio a year to the day of having met her there. Jenny already had it in her heart for years to exchange her vows in Aruba - a place that she has been visiting over the past thirteen years.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Romance in Aruba With Your Soulmate

Aruba Bound
1. A bottle of Verve Cliquot, only the best for this occasion, at sunset from the California Lighthouse or anywhere else along the beaches of the west side of Aruba.

2. Dinner on the beach at the Flying Fishbone or Passions at the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort or on the terrace at the Sunset Grille at the Radisson- here, for more privacy, make sure you request the table on the northwest corner of the terrace. Sunset can be beautiful at any of these locations, we prefer after dark with the tradewinds rustling through the palm trees and moon and stars overhead. But sunset from any of these locations, Passions especially, is nice as well.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Amuse Bistro Debuts with a Unique Menu of Delectable Appetizers

Aruba has an exciting and unique addition to its roster of outstanding restaurants. Owner Chef Patrick van der Donk, together with his lovely wifeYvette, opened Amuse, a little French bistro at Playa Linda Beach Resort, serving contemporary favorites in appetizer portions.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Delta Eliminates SkyMiles Expiration

Aruba Bound

SkyMiles members gain new industry-leading benefit

ATLANTA, Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today announced it has eliminated the SkyMiles mileage expiration, creating a new industry-leading benefit for all members. This program change is effective for all accounts as of Jan. 1, 2011, and makes Delta the only major U.S. carrier without mileage expiration.

Previously, miles expired 24 months after a member's last qualifying mileage activity, which required a member to earn or redeem miles within that period.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Boutique Resort Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa on Aruba Introduces New Logo & Slogan

Eagle Beach (Vocus/PRWEB) Thu Feb 10, 5:00 pm ET

Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa on Eagle Beach is expanding its clientele offerings of luxury and comfort. The resort introduces a new logo and slogan that suits their new image!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Construction of Aruba Linear Park to Begin

"January 18th, 2011

The Aruba Linear Park is scheduled to commence construction this week with Ministers Oduber and Sevinger kicking off this milestone. It is poised to become the largest one of its kind in the Caribbean with a total length of ten miles, extending from the Reina Beatrix Airport to Arashi Beach beyond the Marriott Resort. Because of the millions of Aruban florins that this will cost, the government has decided to build it in phases. The first phase will extend from the Las Americas Rotonde (traffic circle) near the Cas di Cultura up to Wilhelmina Park near Renaissance Marketplace, with a price tag of 4.8 million Aruban florins.

"The major portion of the funds for this project will be available from the Tourism Product Enhancement Fund (TPEF), generated partially from hotel room tax receipts.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

With De Palm Tours Volunteers keep Alto Vista Chapel clean

De Palm Tours- Aruba Today
ALTO VISTA – Recently a total of 24 employees from De Palm Tours volunteered to clean up the area around The Chapel of Alto Vista and Boca Pos de Noord, one of the many bays located along the island’s rugged north coast. The employees were divided into two groups, with several volunteers heading to the historic Alto Vista Chapel with lawnmowers and weed whackers to mow the grass that had grown tall thanks to the heavy rainfall that the island experienced in November and December. Waist-high weeds were also trimmed to form a carpet of green surrounding the chapel.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Aruba's newest beer is being launched, don't you dare miss it

Time to Chill this Sunday

"Aruba's newest beer is being launched, don't you dare miss it”

PALM BEACH - On Sunday, February 13th, in front of the Radisson and on the square across from Sr Frogs and Chino Latino, Balashi National Brewery is launching their latest beer, After haven been on the beer market for well over 10 years with Balashi,

How Many Divi Aruba's Are There?

I know it is extremely confusing...the only actual hotel resorts in the list below are the Divi All Inclusive and Tamarijn All Inclusive.

They are full hotels and not timeshares.

First I will list the Divi Resorts

Monday, February 7, 2011

Amsterdam Manor recognized by Earth Check

Amsterdam Manor Aruba- Aruba Today
EAGLE BEACH - Aruba’s eco-friendly resort with proven excellence in Hospitality & Customer Service.. With its pristine location and intimate ambiance, situated just steps away from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world Eagle Beach, The Amsterdam Manor captures the essence of relaxation at its best. The Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort is no doubt Aruba's best intimate resort. Unlike your average hotel, The Amsterdam Manor provides a level of personal attention and an understated elegance that are too often lacking in larger hotel chains. With consistently delivering delighting experiences to its guests by providing top personalized services.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Balashi Chill: A Unique Happy Hour

ORANJESTAD - Every Friday you can enjoy Happy Hour at CILO from 5 till 7pm! But this week’s edition brings you a unique offer you don’t want to miss out on: two Balashi Chill beers for the price of one. What a way to ease out your week. Forget all the meetings and the business stress and relax at CILO. We will serve you your Balashi Chill ice-cold to celebrate the upcoming weekend!

`Thank God it’s Friday’ gets a whole new meaning when listening to superb Angelo Koolman’s songs. Local vocalist/guitarist Angelo Koolman sings the stars from the sky on Friday’s during Happy Hour. You will know exactly why his name is Angelo after you hear him sing his ballads and hits! No wonder that this singer has gotten rave reviews after his performances on the top stages on the island.

Come to CILO and create the sweetest memories of special moments; come early and stay late with Angelo.

Story courtesy of Aruba Today

Ian Wright and an Aruban Weather Man

Today I want to send warm, greeting and thoughts to those in the snowy and frigid U.S.

After a rainy season in Aruba where rains fell way above average, things are back to normal...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

AirTran Airways Expands Caribbean Flight Options

AirTran Airways Expands Caribbean Flight Options and Unveils Seasonal Service Schedule

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), today announced the continued expansion of its burgeoning Caribbean flight schedule while unveiling its seasonal travel schedule.

The Caribbean expansion includes daily service to Aruba and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, from the low-cost carrier's hub in Atlanta as well as new, non-stop flights from Milwaukee to Cancun, Mexico.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Airfare 201: Oh, the Games Airlines Play! - SmarterTravel.com

Link: Airfare 201: Oh, the Games Airlines Play! - SmarterTravel.com

Aruba Resorts While Traveling With Disabilities III

Westin Aruba
Travelers with Disabilities

Details on hotel facilities for the physically challenged are available through the reservations staff. Room reservations are on a special request basis and are subject to availability. Wheelchairs are not available at hotels. Seeing-eye dogs are generally allowed, with proper documentation. Below are resorts with special facilities and amenities for the disabled:

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

Aruba Resorts While Traveling With Disabilities II

Adapted Happy Wheels Provides Products for Vacationers With Special Needs

Various companies on Aruba offer products that cater to the disabled. Adding to its line of such products, Adapted Happy Wheels offers the Roll-A-Ramp. This easy-to-assemble aluminum ramp is very resistant and can be rolled up and stored. It gives persons with limited physical mobility accessibility in a practical and faster way. The ramp can be bought or leased on a short or long term.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Chic New Pool Deck at the Divi Aruba All Inclusive

Aruba Bound
A Chic New Pool Deck at the Divi Aruba All Inclusive Makes Outdoor Activities Even More Enjoyable

Oranjestad, Aruba – (December 16, 2010) – Whether enjoying a cool beverage at the oceanfront poolside Pelican Bar or simply soaking up the abundant sunshine while relaxing in a comfortable lounge chair, there are many ways to enjoy spending time by the pool on the chic new pool deck at the Divi Aruba All Inclusive.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2010 Aruba's Top Ten Best Restaurants

Aruba's Top 10 Best Restaurants 2010

Aruba's Top 5 Best Restaurants 2010

We are thrilled that Windows on Aruba has made it to number one on the list. It had been a well kept secret on Aruba, but no longer. Here is one of our reviews. Our dinner at Windows on Aruba was equally excellent last Christmas night.

More of our reviews of Aruba Dining Guide's Top Ten Restaurants
Screaming Eagle Restaurant
Passions Restaurant at the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort
Review Passions at the Amsterdam Manor Aruba