Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Reminder for US Bound Air Passengers Departing Aruba

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The Aruba Airport Authority N.V. last year began using “Automated Passport Contol Kiosks” (APC kiosks) to check passports at Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix. These APC kiosks process passengers by means of these automated systems. The automated system is available to U.S .passport holders and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) and all Canadian passport holders. The kiosks will also recognize registration of all passengers from the 38 countries that do not require a U.S. Entry Visa that have a “Visa Waiver” completed with ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), which include Australia, Japan, Germany, the Netherlands and England.

Additional Information: Automated Passport Control (APC): U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Best Family Holiday Vacation Destination Aruba

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Holiday magic happens on the One Happy Island of Aruba! Bring your entire family down here to enjoy some of the best beaches of the Caribbean, gorgeous weather all year round and all the festivities Aruba Holidays have to offer! Read all about how we celebrate Christmas and where to go for New Year's ... More

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives Announce New Mexican Restaurant

The Divi and Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Resorts announce the opening of their new restaurant this December

Divi Aruba All Inclusive 60 Room Building Slated to Open in January 2016

ORANJESTAD, ARUBA - (December 4, 2015) - Just in time to impact the upcoming high season, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives are pleased to announce the opening of their new Mexican themed restaurant, Pure Lime, and Divi Aruba's first pool view category building.

Scheduled to open next month, amenities in the building's rooms will include a built in fridge, floating desk with pop-up electrical outlets and USB ports, 43 inch flat screen led TV and bathrooms with a walk-in shower and a granite counter with double sinks. With the ground floor just steps away from the pool deck, guests can take advantage of the full service bar located there.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Aruba Tourism Authority Announces Digital Embarkation and Disembarkation Card

Online Tool Will Enhance Visitor Ease to Island

ORANJESTAD, Aruba, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Effective December 1, 2015, Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA), Aruba Immigration Services (IASA) and Gamma will introduce a new service to the island's visitors. As a country that continually strives for the pursuit of innovation and modernization in guest services, Aruba's new service allows guests the option of digitally filling out the required Embarkation and Disembarkation card (ED-card) before ever stepping foot on the popular Caribbean island.

Presently, the ED-card is given to travelers while still onboard their flight. With the introduction of the new online version, visitors will be able to go to www.edcardaruba.aw as soon as they book their flights to fill out the digital ED-card as a convenient and green alternative, contributing to Aruba's commitment to sustainable action.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Best Fine Dining Restaurants- Caribbean


Best Fine Dining Restaurants- Caribbean

1. 2 Fools and a Bull- Noord, Aruba
“The food, the conversation and the wine made this is unforgettable experience. It's not just a meal it's a total experience.”
International Cuisine

2. Carte Blanche Restaurant- Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Travel Tips for Your Holiday Travel to Aruba

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Travel Tips
Preparing for travel may be stressful, but it doesn’t need to be. You are encouraged to keep these screening tips in mind to help facilitate the screening process on your next trip to the airport.

Advanced Imaging Technology
TSA uses this technology to safely screen passengers at the checkpoint. You are encouraged to remove all items from your pockets and avoid wearing clothing with large metal embellishments and large metal jewelry to reduce the possibility of alarming the machine.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

After Making Transcontinental Travel Feel Premium Again, JetBlue Begins Flying Mint to the Caribbean

Same Lie-Flat Seating and Acclaimed Service Set to Wow Island Seekers, With an Added Caribbean Twist

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NEW YORK, NY-- (Marketwired - November 06, 2015)- One year after disrupting transcontinental flying with its refreshing take on premium travel, JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) is set to launch its acclaimed Mint experience to Barbados and Aruba from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) beginning Saturday, November 7. Barbados and Aruba mark the first new Mint destinations since it launched in June 2014.

JetBlue will operate weekly roundtrip Mint flights on Saturdays through April 30, 2016, to Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados (BGI) and Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba (AUA), two of the airline's most popular Caribbean routes. Between December 19, 2015 and January 4, 2016, Mint flights we be offered daily. Additionally, seasonal weekly Mint service between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Barbados launches March 2016.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Cosecha - Aruba Craft Design & Heritage

Cosecha is as a design store in which you can immerse yourself in discovering genuine and locally made arts and crafts.



Cosecha is located in a 100-year-old monument of which's restoration was finalised in 2015 and lead by Aruba's Monumenten Bureau. The monument at Zoutmanstraat #1, in front of the Protestant church in Oranjestad and built in 1910, is an attraction in itself. Visitors with a bit of an interest for cultural history will want to get the feel of the monument and see original details inside. In 1910, seen from the porch deck, there used to be a view of the bay. It served as a government office for differente departments and housed the Archeological Museum for many years.

Cosecha Aruba

Friday, October 23, 2015

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Brickell Bay Offers Boutique Hotel and Spa Experience on Aruba's Exquisite Palm Beach

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PALM BEACH, Aruba, Sept. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As one of the best-kept secrets on Aruba, Brickell Bay Beach Club & Spa is an adults-only resort hotel that encourages guests to enjoy the island's tropical scenery at their own pace. Aruba has seen an uptick in tourism recently, and one glimpse of the famous white sand beaches and azure sky explains why. Brickell Bay is pleased to help visitors to this Caribbean island nation have the time of their lives and make memories that will last forever. Brochure is available here.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Don't You Get Sick of Aruba?

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I get to thinking about people dissing those who return to Aruba year after year. "Why do you go back to the same old thing?" "Why not try something new"? "Where is your sense of adventure?"

All are valid points for sure. Heard Hawaii is beautiful, but unless I can afford first class plane tickets for my entire family, that 8 hour flight each way is going to keep me away permanently.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

2015 Aruba International Film Festival Announces Line-Up

THE ONE HAPPY ISLAND GEARS UP FOR ITS LARGEST FILM EVENT OF THE YEAR, SPOTLIGHTING OVER 60 FEATURE AND SHORT FILMS AND ON-ISLAND CELEBRITIES INCLUDING TYRESE GIBSON

ORANJESTAD, Aruba, Sept. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The island of Aruba will once again host filmmakers and film enthusiasts from around the world during the fifth annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF), Oct. 7-11. Kicking off with a short film and Q&A session with actor Tyrese Gibson (from the Fast & Furious and Transformers franchises) and sponsored by the Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA), this world-class event is filled with international and regional premieres of feature-length and short films from around the world, special tributes, master classes, panel discussions and more.

"With more than 90 on-island nationalities, Aruba's diverse culture lends itself as the perfect host for films of all genres," said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of ATA. "We encourage guests to fully immerse themselves in Aruba's dynamic and authentic culture, during this popular festival and all around our One happy island."

Friday, September 25, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The #1 rule of cheap travel

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Travel strategies to help you travel the world on the cheap.
Clark Howard, Remember, my #1 rule of travel is buy the deal first and then figure out why you want to go there!
Link: The #1 rule of cheap travel | Clark Howard

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

U.S. Passport Awareness Month

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Plan now. Avoid stressful travel later.

In 2007, the Department experienced an unprecedented surge in passport applications, issuing over 18 million passports as a result of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). Nearly ten years later, those passports are beginning to expire, and the Department has been experiencing increased demand for passport renewals. The Department issued 14 million passports in 2014 and the increased demand is expected to continue through 2018.

Pro Tips for Your U.S. Passport

Passport Awareness Month

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Best Building at Tamarijn Aruba (updated)

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Buildings are only two stories and yes, all oceanfront. Here is a view from a room in 1300 building. First floor vs. second floor is personal preference. Some like the advantage of being on the ground floor and the ability to walk right out of your room directly on to the beach. Others think the view from the second floor balconies is better as well as enjoy a sense of security. Ground floor rooms all have security bars for the sliders.

For updated information see more about Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive buildings.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

De Palm Island Aruba

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Aruba's De Palm Island has added two new attractions- Zipline and Air-Jumpers.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Giving back to the community

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A new and rather unique initiative comes from the management of the Aruba Coffee Roasting Company: together with its employees they spent a day working as volunteers at the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary. The owners of this special company, Frank and Sheri Tieleman, believe in the concept of giving back to the community and they urge their employees to do the same. As a 100 percent Aruban company they started at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary as they view the donkey as a symbol of Aruban history.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Preparations Are In Full Swing for the Eat Local Restaurant Week

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Starting September 28 and lasting through October 9 2015, the One happy island of Aruba invites guests to explore local culinary delights during the Eat Local Aruba Restaurant Week.

Preparations are in full swing for this culinary event, highlighting authentic Aruban cuisine for two full weeks. The restaurants’ prix-fixe meals allow visitors to enjoy local cuisine for a very reasonable price, with lunches costing $15 and dinners $30-- $40.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Sparkling Donkey Teeth Thanks to American Dentist

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Pictured above Blanca, Darlene Conserva, dr. Peter Conserva en dr. Ricardo Contreras Oduber

The volunteers of Aruba's Donkey Sanctuary have been taking care of their donkeys for years now: they feed them and they provide first aid when needed. Professional medical aid is given by Dr. Ricardo Contreras Oduber, who has a clinic in Noord. With a herd of some 130 donkeys there is almost always a reason to call for the vet.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Aruba Invests $100 Million In Island Upgrades

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ORANJESTAD, Aruba, June 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of Aruba's ongoing, $1 billion+ island revitalization and beautification project, the destination recently invested more than $100 million in significant hotel updates to enhance visitors' experiences, with an additional $50 million planned for next year. The Aruba Airport Authority also fully renovated the Reina Beatrix International Airport, introducing new amenities and services true to the One happy island brand.

Major recent/upcoming property enhancements include:

Divi Resorts: Will have invested $36 million by end of 2016 – covering construction of 60 new luxury rooms at the Divi All-Inclusive and a 135-suite addition to the Divi Phoenix. Divi Dutch Village rooms will also receive a new look.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

RIU Hotels reopens the Riu Palace Aruba following a 25-million dollar renovation

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Palma de Mallorca, August 3, 2015- RIU Hotels & Resorts reopens its emblematic Riu Palace Aruba after investing 25 million dollars in a complete renovation. This Palm Beach resort, which opened its doors for the first time in 2007, now has a luxurious, elegant and modern style combined with new services and facilities, featuring an infinity pool overlooking the crystalline waters of the Caribbean.

All of the interiors of the newly renovated Riu Palace Aruba are decorated in the modern style the RIU Hotels chain is introducing in all its new projects. A concept based on clean, contemporary lines, where fresh, vibrant colours play a leading role. Likewise, its 450 rooms also have a new modern and comfortable image paired with the latest technology, such as flat-screen satellite TV, an electronic safe, and free WiFi.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Aruba Tourism Authority Launches The Happiness Builder

AN IMMERSIVE, DIGITAL TOOL TO CREATE A PERSONALIZED ISLAND EXPERIENCE

ORANJESTAD, Aruba, July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- While today's tech-savvy traveler may rely on Instagram, Facebook or even Periscope to document their epic moments during and after a vacation, Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA) has launched a new interactive experience allowing visitors to share their perfect Aruba vacation before ever stepping foot on the popular Caribbean island.

"The Happiness Builder is a content-rich planning experience where travelers can explore nearly 100 videos featuring adventure, relaxation, romance and cultural activities in Aruba," said Michael Beaujon, Digital Marketing Manager of ATA. "Simply pick your six favorite clips, add some happy music, personalize a message and share your own 'Shortcut to Happiness' video itinerary with friends and loved ones."

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hilton Hotels & Resorts Expands Caribbean Portfolio with Opening of Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino

New Beachfront Hilton in Palm Beach, Aruba Welcomes Travelers to One Happy Island

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ORANJESTAD, Aruba & MCLEAN, Va. July 15, 2015 02:00 PM--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Hilton Hotels & Resorts, the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT), announced today the opening of the 355-room Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, a 15-acre beachfront oasis in Palm Beach, Aruba. With a privileged location on picturesque white sand beaches, this upscale resort in Aruba welcomes travelers to one of the Caribbean’s most desired destinations.
“The opening of Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino is celebrated with pride”
“Aruba is the quintessential Caribbean island with its strong European influence, long stretches of white beach and eclectic culinary scene,” said Rob Palleschi, global head, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide. “As one of the most revisited destinations in the region, this opening marks an important milestone as we continue to expand our global presence and deliver on our commitment to providing diverse experiences for our guests.”

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

How Innovation and Sustainability Are Transforming Tourism

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June 18, 2015-  The "2nd International Executive Forum on Tourism Innovation and Entrepreneurship” will take place at the USC campus in Columbia, SC on August 3rd and 4th 2015. Hosted by the University of South Carolina, in collaboration with the Aruba Management Institute for Sustainable Tourism and Development (AMISTAD) and the University of Aruba, the forum will gather industry leaders, government officials, business entrepreneurs and scholars from the America’s, the Caribbean, and Europe to discuss leadership strategies and business solutions for innovation and entrepreneurship in tourism development.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New Menu Debuts at Windows on Aruba

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New Head Chef Matt Boland

July 7, 2015- Windows on Aruba, the fine dining restaurant at Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort, has recently debuted a fresh menu by Chef Matt Boland, the restaurant’s new Head Chef. Since its debut in May 2015, the menu has been met with rave reviews from guests.

Windows on Aruba, the fine dining restaurant at Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort, has recently debuted a fresh menu by Chef Matt Boland, the restaurant’s new Head Chef. Since its debut in May 2015, the menu has been met with rave reviews from guests.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Award Winning BLT Steak Set to Debut at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba This August

Luxury Aruba Resort to Introduce Island's Newest Culinary Experience

ORANJESTAD, ARUBA--(Marketwired - Jul 2, 2015) - In partnership with ESquared Hospitality, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba proudly announced today that a new BLT Steak restaurant will debut at the luxury resort this summer. Set to open in August, the critically acclaimed restaurant will celebrate its second outpost in the Caribbean, following the extraordinary success of BLT Steak at The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan.

"We are thrilled to introduce BLT Steak to the destination as the quintessential American steakhouse," said Steven Redkoles, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba. "We are confident that such a well-recognized and sophisticated culinary brand will find great success here in Aruba."

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

FDA Sheds Light on Sunscreens

FDA Sheds Light on Sunscreens

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking steps to help protect consumers from skin damage caused by excessive sun exposure.

The measures include the following:

"...final regulations that establish standards for testing the effectiveness of sunscreen products and require labeling that accurately reflects test results

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Aruba Wins TripAdvisor Travelers's Choice Award for Islands

Aruba has been recognized as a winner in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ awards in the Top 10 Islands — Caribbean category, ranking 8 out of 10. For the third year running, TripAdvisor has recognized the world’s top islands based on millions of reviews collected that year from travelers around the globe.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Kids Free at the Tamarijn All Inclusive This Summer

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KIDS AGES 17 & UNDER STAY, PLAY & EAT FREE ALL INCLUSIVE ALL SUMMER

Spend your summer at Tamarijn Aruba where the views are all ocean and the fun never stops. Go windsurfing, snorkeling, kayaking; climb the 30-foot rock wall; or simply relax taking in the mile long beach. It’s all included and for a limited time, up to two kids stay free when sharing a room with two adults.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Holiday Inn Resort Aruba All Inclusive Packages for All

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All Inclusive Packages for All

Holiday Inn Resort Aruba presents two different all-inclusive packages created according to your needs and expectations. Whether you are traveling alone or with your significant other, or you are traveling with friends or the entire family the Holiday Inn Aruba has what you need.

Family All Inclusive
A complete package for you and your group. You'll never have to worry about food or spend time scheduling activities to entertain your family. This incredible Family All Inclusive features room accommodation, three meals, local brand liquors and resort amenities.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Earns Induction Into TripAdvisor's "Hall of Fame"

The Divi & Tamarijn Aruba Receive Awards & Recognition from Two Leading Travel Websites

ORANJESTAD, ARUBA - (June 1, 2015) - The Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives continue to stand out as premier resorts, as the Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive has just been inducted into the TripAdvisor® "Hall of Fame" and the sister properties earned distinctions of excellence from two of the top travel review websites, TripAdvisor® and Family Vacation Critic.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Plan a Trip to Visit Aruba with These Travel Guide Tips

Find things to do in Aruba with the tips in our travel guide. From diving excursions to testing your luck at a casino, Aruba has something for everyone. More

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

Aruba: Your Shortcut to Adventure

ruba is your Shortcut to Adventure and with the most sunny days of any island in the Caribbean, you can do everything under the sun.

Find your happy Aruba adventure by land, by sea, by air or just by exploring. Hop a non-stop flight to the island where the adventure never stops. Plan your Shortcut to Happiness on Aruba.com

Friday, May 8, 2015

Aruba: Your Shortcut to Happiness

Happiness isn’t hard to find. It’s actually a lot closer than you think.

In Aruba, it’s your Shortcut to Happiness. With direct flights that land your toes in the sand before noon and inviting hotels and resorts just footsteps from the crystal-blue Caribbean.

It’s a happiness people would go to the ends of the earth to find…but you don’t have to. Plan your Shortcut to Happiness on Aruba.com

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pitbull to perform on Aruba during Summer Music Festival in June

On Friday June 26th and Saturday June 27th 2015 the Caribbean island of Aruba will host the first Aruba Summer Music Festival. During a press conference that was held recently latin sensations Carlos Vives, Nicky Jam, Jerry Rivera and Elvis Crespo were announced as part of the line-up. Besides this great line-up the event organizers still had a surprise performer to announce. On Wednesday night organizers confirmed that the popular performer Pitbull has been added to the line-up.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Party in the Street

Aruba shopping night in downtown Oranjestad 6 - 9 pm Friday evenings

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Apple Leisure Group Signs First Resort Deal in Aruba

Company Enters Eighth Country with Signing of Zoëtry Isla Di Oro Aruba

PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 30, 2015) — Apple Leisure Group® subsidiary, AMResorts®, has announced its fifth hotel in the first quarter of 2015 with the signing of Zoëtry® Isla Di Oro Aruba. The contract brings AMResorts’ award-winning brand Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts to Aruba for the first time and expands Apple Leisure Group’s rapidly growing footprint to its eighth country.

“Aruba reached the one-millionth tourist mark in 2014 and saw a 3.7 percent increase in arrivals from U.S. travelers*,” said Alex Zozaya, CEO of Apple Leisure Group. “Now is the perfect time to enter the market and introduce our world-class products and services to Aruba’s booming tourism industry.”

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sail Aruba’s Event Program Packed with Excitement

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The Sail Aruba 2015 event program is packed with excitement to fulfill the likes of young and old. The waterside activities will go hand in hand with actions pertaining to the Open House of the Dutch Marines’ 350 year celebration, a kids’ corner, downtown walks and activities, miniature boat races in front of the Governor’s house, and a Sail in Cinema hosted by the Renaissance Resort & Casino.

The Sail Aruba 2015 event program is now online at http://www.aruba.com/things-to-do/sail-aruba

The two full day event will open on Friday, May 1st, 2015 at 10:00 am. The public will be able to park in the vicinity of the Port of Oranjestad and walk over to the Main gate entrance (near Diamond’s International), where they can enjoy the local Seafood Festival, Open Market, Visit to all the ships in port, and the Port Exhibition “The Hearbeat of Oranjestad” at the main cruise terminal.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Allianz Global Assistance Announces First-of-Its-Kind Partnership With A-List Travel Bloggers

'The Travel Trifecta'

Popular Authors Johnny Jet, Lee Abbamonte and Gary Arndt Become Allianz Global Assistance Brand Ambassadors to Help Educate Consumers on the Importance of Travel Insurance


RICHMOND, VA--(Marketwired - January 22, 2015) - Allianz Global Assistance USA, a leading world provider of travel insurance and global travel and medical assistance, has forged an exclusive partnership starting today with the 'Travel Trifecta', a collaboration between three of the travel industry's most well-known influencers.

The newly formed trio of highly accomplished travel bloggers -- John DiScala of JohnnyJet.com, Lee Abbamonte of LeeAbbamonte.com and Gary Arndt of Everything-Everywhere.com -- will become brand ambassadors for Allianz Global Assistance. Together, the trio reaches an online audience of over 2 million people.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Downtown Oranjestad, Aruba Shopping Night

The Fiesta den Caya provides you the opportunity to enjoy the island during the day while creating the perfect setting to enjoy Aruba’s downtown shopping promenade every Wednesday night between 6pm and 9pm.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

JetBlue's Acclaimed Premium Experience, Mint, Begins Flying to the Caribbean This Fall

JetBlue to Become the Only U.S. Carrier to Offer Regularly Scheduled Lie-Flat Seating to Barbados and Aruba From New York

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NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - March 16, 2015) - JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU), New York's Hometown Airline™, today announced plans to offer its highly successful Mint experience from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Barbados (BGI) and Aruba (AUA), two of its most popular Caribbean routes. The new seasonal service begins in November and is available for booking on JetBlue.com today.

Since launching on transcontinental routes in June 2014, Mint has quickly become recognized for its whole new take on flying, which includes private suites, the widest seat and longest fully-flat bed in the U.S. domestic market (a), tapas-style dining, custom amenity kits and 15-inch flat screen televisions with free entertainment. With Mint service to the Caribbean, JetBlue will become the only U.S. carrier to operate regularly scheduled service with lie-flat seating to the region.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Aruba Wins National Geographic World Legacy Award For Leading Sustainability Efforts

ORANJESTAD, Aruba, March 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Praised for its unparalleled sustainability efforts, Aruba was named the National Geographic World Legacy Award Winner for "Destination Leadership" this week at ITB Berlin, the world's largest tourism convention.

The World Legacy Awards launched in 2014 to recognize the leading travel and tourism companies, organizations and destinations who are transforming sustainable tourism. More than 150 award entries were received, representing 56 countries and six continents. Finalists in five categories were selected by an international team of 18 sustainable travel experts, who conducted thorough on-site inspections before choosing the winners in each category.

As the "Destination Leadership" winner, Aruba immediately stood out to judges for its world-leading green energy initiative. In 2012, Aruba partnered with Sir Richard Branson's Carbon War Room, founded to fight climate change, and other key entities such as Harvard. Due to the island's natural solar/wind resources and aggressive plan supported by partners, Aruba is on track to be the world's first country to fully transition off fossil fuels by 2020.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Google Flight Search

Google offers the ultimate tool for looking up flights.

Flight Search

It is possible to sort all of elements listed below

Listed are:
  • Stops
    • Any
    • Nonstop
    • Up to 1 stop
    • Up to 2 stops
  • Price
  • Airline (includes alliances)*
  • Times
    • Outbound time
    • Dep.Arr.12am - 12am
    • Return time
    • Dep.Arr.12am - 12am
    • Dur. (duration of the flight/flight time)
    • Arrival
  • Round trip (price).

Friday, March 6, 2015

Aruban Donkey Sanctuary starts a new sponsoring program

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More than 40 volunteers take care of a large group of donkeys on a daily basis. They also help raise money, as 130 donkeys cost a lot. Now there is a new way to help support this worthwhile foundation.

Support the Aruban Donkeys (SAD) is a newly founded club for locals. Each participant pays just 10 florins a month and helps support the good work of the Donkey Sanctuary this way. Hopefully the Donkey Sanctuary can thus continue keeping this part of the Aruban cultural heritage alive. At the same time, participants also keep one of the island's most popular tourist attractions alive and in business.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

15th Anniversary of the Soul Beach Music Festival

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The Headliners for the Soul beach music festival are Charlie Wilson & Trey Songz. Shining Bright like a Diamond Memorial Day Weekend May 20-25. Comedy night and live performances by an array of music artists.

Los Angeles, CA – February 17, 2015 – Crowning off the 15th Anniversary of the Soul Beach Music Festival hosted by Aruba are nine-time Grammy nominee megastar Charlie Wilson, Saturday headliner, and Grammy nominated superstar Trey Songz, Sunday headliner, both illustrious music artists, sure to light up the Caribbean sky with melodic brilliancy and stellar main stage concert performances Memorial Day weekend, May 20-25. Voted #4 by USA Today readers’ choice “10 Best Caribbean Celebrations” as well as #1 “Caribbean Summer Festival” by Jetsetter Magazine, the 2015 Soul Beach Music Festival boasts a cross-section of visitors and celebrities who attend this renowned three-in-one experience featuring live music performances, comedy shows and beach parties. Bringing an astronomical repertoire, notorious hit maker/song writer Charlie Wilson sets it off with his sixth solo album, titled Forever Charlie and will tantalize festival goers with a gravity defying mix-up of electro-funk, dance flow and R&B romp. With 20 million albums and singles sold, Trey Songz delivers the perfect blend of R&B soul and pop feel-good on TRIGGA, his latest album, a quixotic fusion of heart and heat packed indulgence to culminate the Soul Beach Amphitheatre concerts.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Aruba Tourism Authority Reports 2014 Tourism Results

Nearly 10 Percent Increase In Stay Over Arrivals

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ORANJESTAD, Aruba, Feb. 23, 2015 - The Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA) reported total arrivals in 2014 increased by 9.5 percent, as compared to the same period in 2013. This global growth included a 3.7 percent increase in arrivals from the U.S. market, 26.8 percent increase from the South American market and a 4.1 percent increase by the European market.

With 1.07 million stay-over visitors overall in 2014, Aruba made history—as the previous record for annual stay-over visitors in Aruba was 9,79,256 in 2013, followed by 903,934 in 2012.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Good-Bye Snow. Hello Aruba.

Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives

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UP TO 35% OFF Travel March 1 - May 31, 2015
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KIDS POLICIES - For travel January 3 - March 31, 2015
Kids Ages 5 and Under - Stay, Play and Eat FREE all inclusive when staying in room with 1 or 2 paying adult(s).
Kids Ages 6 through 12 - $50 per child, per night when staying in room with 1 or 2 paying adult(s).
Kids Ages 13 and Older - Charged at adult rate.

NEW KIDS POLICIES - For travel April 1 - December 18, 2015
Kids Ages 5 and Under - Stay, Play and Eat FREE all inclusive when staying in room with 1 or 2 paying adult(s).
Kids Ages 6 through 12 - $50 per child, per night when staying in room with 1 or 2 paying adult(s).
Kids Ages 13 through 17 - $75 per child, per night when staying in room with 1 or 2 paying adult(s).

Special rates apply to new bookings only. Discount applies to hotel portion of bookings only. Discounted rates do no apply to kid's fees. Subject to hotel availability. Rates commissionable to travel agents on hotel only reservations. Restrictions apply.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Divi Vacation Club Debuts

Club Offers Premier Caribbean Destinations and Worldwide Travel

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Divi Vacation Club has launched, and this new points-based club offers members access to premier destinations in the Caribbean and worldwide travel opportunities. The Divi Vacation Club began enrolling members in January.

The featured Caribbean properties include Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort, Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort and Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort on Aruba; Divi Southwinds Beach Resort on Barbados; Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino on Bonaire and Divi Little Bay Beach Resort on St. Maarten. These resorts, known as Divi Club Destinations, feature a range of vacation experiences, from modern high-rise hotels, to intimate beachside settings, to top dive resorts.

In addition to the Divi Club Destinations, members can vacation in more than 80 countries through the Divi Exchange Network, which partners with Interval International® to access hundreds of resorts around the world.
“The Divi Vacation Club offers more travel flexibility than traditional vacation ownership, allowing club members to travel where they want, when they want and how they want, based on the amount of points they wish to spend,” says Marco Galaverna, president of Divi Management Group.
“With Pure Points, the currency used to book vacations, our members only spend the points they need depending on the season, resort, accommodation size and length of stay.” The Divi Vacation Club also helps members save money on their travel, insuring that their yearly vacation costs will remain stable and affordable for years to come.

The new club’s website (www.divivacationclub.com) also premiered in January, outlining club program details as well as providing access for current members to explore destinations, make reservations, research points balances and make payments. For more information on Divi Vacation Club membership, visit www.divivacationclub.com or call a sales center on Aruba: 1-800-257-4943/1-919-883-4699 or on St. Maarten: 1-877-349-0560/1-919-338-2750.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Aruba 2014 Grand Carnival Parade

Aruba's 61ST Grand Carnival Parade takes place this year on Sunday February 15

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

“Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster

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Story Courtesy of “Bati Bleki” and Aruba Daily
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BEACH POLICY, IN PLACE

January 16th, 2015- We welcomed the new beach policy with great enthusiasm, because before we had nothing. And I immediately read it with interest but it is very general and can be interpreted a million ways. Nevertheless, finally our number #1 asset is governed by a policy, and I have many questions. I am mostly bothered by the pirates who rent chairs and umbrellas and I hope they will have to reapply for their permits and that their petitions will be handled cautiously, and approved for only a limited number of chairs and a limited number of umbrellas based on merit, not nepotism. They can’t all be the minister’s relatives. Many of the nickel and dime hoteliers who charge extra for beach lounges and palapas can be thanked for that private enterprise proliferation. They created an opportunity for the freelancers, who were encouraged by rebelling guests, to rent for less than the hotel was charging, hence the of colorful stuff on the beach. The eternal question remains, who will enforce and supervise??



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"Must Have" for Aruba Travel

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SurgePlus USB Swivel Charger with Dual USB Ports

  • Superior power protection from damaging voltage fluctuations, surges, and spikes
  • 2 powered USB ports for charging your digital cameras, smartphones, MP3 players, and portable hard drives
  • Wall-mountable for 3 extra AC outlets without extra cords
  • 360-degree rotating plug with 4 locking positions for a compact, lightweight design
  • Damage-resistant housing protects circuits from fire, impact or rust, and prevents dents and scratches

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Jubileum: The Annual Donkey Walk

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Ayo. Again this year the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary is organizing its traditional Walkathon, a walk of 6.5 kilometers. Once again this is a tenth year and therefore a jubileum. Young and old are invited to walk together through our Aruban nature. Accompanied by some donkeys the walk will begin on Saturday 17 January at 5 pm starting at the Ayo Rock Formation park. Sign up will start at 4 pm.

Because of our jubileum the Dierenlot Foundation of the Netherlands has made a handsome offer: For the 10 florins which each participant pays, this Foundation will double that amount! In this way they wish to add extra support to the cause of the Donkey Sanctuary. At the end of the walk you will be treated to delicious fresh fruit donated by Super Food of Aruba. Therefore this year 2015 there is even more reason to join this walk and to support a worthy cause on our island. So, out of your chair and intothe open air!

Let 'Something Blue' Be the Caribbean Sea with the Divi & Tamarijn All Inclusives Wedding and Honeymoon Packages

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ORANJESTAD, ARUBA – (December 9, 2014) – Brides- and grooms-to-be who dream of tying the knot on a picturesque white sandy beach or want to spend their honeymoon with their toes in the sand can make their dream come true with the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives Wedding and Honeymoon packages.

Couples who decide to book their nuptials at the Divi Aruba All Inclusive or the Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive will receive an extra gift of savings for the occasion. As soon as their wedding party reserves at least 10 double occupancy rooms for 5 nights each, the newlyweds receive a FREE 7-night, all inclusive stay in an Oceanview or Beachside room with honeymoon package, which is a value package of up to $4,500.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Project Brings Zip Lines to De Palm Island

Zip lines are the first in Aruba by Extreme Engineering

Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) December 18, 2014- Extreme Engineering, the largest supplier in zip lines, climbing walls and Extreme Airs™ has sold a zip line project, including Extreme Air™ Jumpers, to De Palm Island Resorts located in Aruba. De Palm Island Resorts offers an all-inclusive experience where guests pay one entry price to experience everything from a world-class waterpark, food, beverages and thrill rides. The zip line project will be completed with De Palm Island Resorts’ expansion plans in early 2015.