Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts Offering Tech-Free Zones for Travelers Who Crave a Braincation

New survey shows travelers ready for some “Digital Detox” on their vacations.

For everyone who has ever had to deal with someone talking loudly into a cell phone while they were trying to relax, or felt pressured to be connected 24/7 to their job or elsewhere, The Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts collection is offering a solution.

The collection of nine exclusive resorts in seven locations across the Caribbean and Mexico will offer new optional “Braincation” tech-free zones beginning in December and running throughout the winter months. Guests wishing to enjoy some “digital detox” can retreat to a Braincation zone at each resort where they can enjoy peaceful relaxation with no cell phones or electronic devices in use. The Braincation zones will operate on the honor system and signs indicating an electronics-free environment will be designed to encourage guests to disconnect, relax and enjoy peaceful reading, conversation or other tech-free pursuits.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Say "I Do" and Stay in Paradise with the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba

All Inclusive Wedding and Honeymoon Packages

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ORANJESTAD, ARUBA – (December 12, 2012) – Whether looking for a picturesque sandy beach on which to exchange vows or a complete retreat for their first escape as husband and wife, couples will enjoy saying “I do” to the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Wedding and Honeymoon packages.

Brides and grooms who choose either the Divi Aruba All Inclusive or Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive for their marriage ceremony will also receive an added gift of savings. Once their wedding party books a minimum of 10 double occupancy rooms for at least five nights through participating vendors at the Divi Aruba, the newlyweds will receive a FREE honeymoon stay with an Oceanview room for up to 7 nights including:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

IHG Announces Renovation Plans for Upscale and Resort Properties in Key Caribbean Markets

IHG Announces Growth and Investment in the Caribbean

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) announced renovation plans for upscale and resort properties in key Caribbean markets, alongside recent additions to the region’s existing hotels. Owner and franchisee community continues to demonstrate confidence in IHG’s portfolio of strong brands, growing the Holiday Inn® Brand Family, including Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express® and Holiday Inn Resort®, as well as Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts estate.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Meet the Charming and Talented Chef Ever De Peña at Ike’s Bistro, Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa

While instilled with traditional values of Caribbean hospitality the Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa delivers a rewarding contemporary guest-experience. By offering a unique blend of beach-life and gourmet cuisine, spa pampering, and high-tech amenities, the Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa creates the perfect backdrop against which guests quiet their minds and de-stress. Recently, the tropical garden terrace has been repositioned as Ike’s Bistro, serving a modern twist on Mediterranean cuisine under the guidance of the full-of-surprises Chef Ever De Peña.

Manchebo Beach, Aruba (PRWEB) November 08, 2012- Just 26 years of age, the chef has nevertheless been cooking for the past 11 years. Venezuelan-born and raised in Aruba he entered the apprenticeship program at the local vocational high school at the age of 15, and for five years combined school and hands-on training, in some of Aruba’s finest restaurants under the watchful eye of the island’s top chefs. While the first dish he ever prepared as a young man was Pasta Primavera, he today deftly composes beautiful dishes with subtle and complex flavors, under-promising and over-delivering, on taste and on presentation, each time!

Friday, November 30, 2012

How to Pay for Your Vacation

Link: How to Pay for Your Vacation
You don't have to beg, borrow, or steal to indulge your wanderlust. Armed with these practical suggestions, your dream vacation may be more affordable than you think.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

RIU introduces Wi-Fi internet in the rooms and communal areas of its hotels in America

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Palma de Mallorca, 25th October 2012- In its constant effort to improve the service for guests and modernise its facilities, RIU Hotels & Resorts has just announced the introduction of wireless internet in its hotels on the American continent. Guests at RIU's resorts in Mexico, Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), Jamaica, the Bahamas, Aruba, Florida (United States) and Costa Rica can now enjoy a high quality internet connection in all the communal areas and rooms. What's more, in the hotels of the Riu Palace range, this service will be free from 1 November.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Aruba Cocktails

Aruba Smash

2 oz. Spiced Rum
1 oz. 7-Up
1 oz. Lemon Juice
1 oz. Orange Juice
dash(es) Orange Bitters

Mix in a highball and serve over ice

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Mosquito Season in Aruba

Link: Mosquitoes

New Exquisite Lionfish Menu at The Old Man and The Sea

Aruba October 25th, 2012

This weekend The Old Man and The Sea will be presenting it’s newest exquisite lionfish menu paired beautifully witha glass of Pinot Grigio Mezzacorona on October 26th,27th & 28th. Music by : Carlos Bislip (please find attached for more information) Special Thanks to Natasha Richardson who during the Press Conference gave us a lecture on the impact that the fish has brought to the Island and it’s nutritional value. Why it’s important to eat lionfish? Let’s support our lionfish hunters to keep fishing more and more lionfish in order to lower the population of the lionfish.

During the week Chef Christiaan & Chef Mario from The Old Man and The Sea, visited Jair Britten (lionfish hunter/Chef) to inspect the lionfish for the new exquisite menu at TOMS.

Story Courtesy of Aruba Daily

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Thistle is looking for friends and family members

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We would like to introduce Thistle to you, one of the donkeys that is living at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. Thistle came to us by accident. One of the cactus fences, that keep the donkeys inside the Sanctuary, had fallen down and donkey Esmeralda had run away. The volunteers could not find her and they were worried, as she was roaming somewhere on the streets. After a few weeks there was a phone call from the neighbors: two donkeys were standing near their house. That was mystifying, as we were missing only one donkey.
When we investigated, it appeared that these two donkeys were unknown to us, but they were easy to catch and they happily walked with us to the Sanctuary, Thistle in the front with a halter on, and his friend Expresso sauntering behind us. Meanwhile Thistle has been moved to Sta. Lucia, because he escaped at Bringamosa. It was the same old story: a hole in the cactus fence and a missing donkey. Finally we found Thistle in the company of another donkey in San Nicolas. Fortunately Thistle is a friendly, easy-going donkey, so the could be caught without much fuss. And so he is back in the fold, loving every minute.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

False Killer Whales in Aruba

Pseudorca crassidens

The false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) is a cetacean, and the third largest member of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae). It lives in temperate and tropical waters throughout the world. As its name implies, the false killer whale shares characteristics, such as appearance, with the more widely known Orca (killer whale). Like the orca, the false killer whale attacks and kills other cetaceans. However, the two dolphin species are not closely related.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Visit Aruba

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Garage Centraal Aruba donates a car to the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary

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Oranjestad – Recently Aruba Donkey Sanctuary received from Garage Centraal
Aruba a brand new pickup truck for use in their daily tasks.

With this car, an Isuzu pickup, the Sanctuary has another tool to help them manage their property, including the transport of produce, to their facilities.

The bad condition of the dirt road leading to the Sanctuary, makes this pickup truck an ideal vehicle for their use.
The dependable mechanism and durability of the Isuzu truck has been proven time again on our island by the many Isuzu owners; which made this a simple decision to make by our management.

For Garage Centraal Aruba, it has been a pleasure and privilege to cooperate with the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary, which was in dire need of a vehicle like the Isuzu pickup, so that they can continue with the preservation of the animals at the Sanctuary.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tips for Getting Upgraded at Your Favorite Hotel

Radisson Aruba Blogging to Aruba
Tips for Getting Upgraded at Your Favorite Hotel

"Sometimes, the stars all seem to align—you arrive at your hotel, weary from your travels, and check in at the front desk. The smiling clerk announces you've been upgraded, and you make your way up to your newly assigned suite, enjoying its luxuries for the cost of a standard double.

Friday, September 28, 2012

The List - Aruba

The top 10 must-dos in Aruba:: GO: AirTran Inflight Magazine

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A wonderful way to spend your spare time!

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For fifteen years now, Aruban donkeys have been sheltered at the local Donkey Sanctuary, which is run by volunteers. A group of about fifty volunteers of different nationalities is taking care of the donkeys and of the Sanctuary as well. Besides that, many of the volunteers participate in activities to raise funds. The volunteers form a nice group that enjoys working together for the well-being of the Aruban donkeys.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa is Re-Certified under The Green Globe Certification Program

August 2012, Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa successfully completed the Green Globe re-certification for a further year under the global Certification program. The global program recognizes Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa’s commitment to operating at the world’s highest environmental standard.

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Variety of Dining Options Distinguishes the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives

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Guests Can Dine at Both Properties to Enjoy Cuisine from Asian Fusion to Italian

Pictured: Ginger Asian-Fusion Restaurant at the Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive.

ORANJESTAD, ARUBA – (September 12, 2012) – If variety truly is the spice of life, then guests of the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives who appreciate fine food are in for quite a treat. Featuring more venues at which to enjoy a meal and a surprising range of international cuisines, dining at these two sister properties is a memorable affair.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Yankee is looking for friends and family members

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We would like to introduce Yankee to you: one of the donkeys that are living at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. He is a youngster, for he is only one year old. His mom Riba delivered him when she had a broken hind leg. We feared the day that the donkey baby would be born, but fortunately everything went right. Yankee has the same trait as Riba: he is shy and does not like to be petted. That is very unusual, for donkeys mostly love a good hug. This donkey is a mama’s boy: he goes wherever she is going.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

She’s is back “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster

September 10th, 2012
  • SHE’S BACK. Sometimes in 2005 I dropped my Bati Bleki column in the Diario, I don’t remember why, maybe because some editor stuck it in the back of the newspaper, adjacent to the obituaries instead of its regular spot on page 14. The column ran in the Diario since mid April of 1994, imagine, before cell phones, and high-speed internet, definitely before Facebook and social media, and then the column died, though many people continued to remind me, it was part of their Monday routine which they cherished. So, here we are, I am making a comeback, with a weekly column loaded with unnecessary yet entertaining information; same time, same place. If Diario is sold out, catch it in the Aruba Daily. Send me your print-worthy news to rc@visitaruba.com , my ears are always wide open and my computer always on!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Cowboy is Looking for Friends & Family Members

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We would like to introduce Cowboy to you; he is one of the donkeys that find a home at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. Thirteen years ago we received a phone call about an injured donkey that had a metal can wrapped around his leg. This was at Vader Piet, the area where the windmills are located. We tried to find the donkey, but we could not locate him. As there were often donkeys at Vader Piet, we regularly went there to feed the animals. One Sunday we saw a group of people standing around a donkey

Thursday, September 6, 2012

9/11 Day 2012- What Will You Do?

I will make a tribute on September 11.
I will not forget you.
I will remember by doing.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Aruba Tourism Authority Invites Kelly Ripa and New Co-host Michael Strahan to Go "Live!" on One Happy Island

ORANJESTAD, Aruba, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Now that Kelly Ripa has scored NFL analyst Michael Strahan as her permanent co-host, Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA) invites them to celebrate and go "Live!" on One Happy Island.

"We love Kelly's bubbly and positive personality and are thrilled she's found an equally energetic co-host she can have a blast with on camera," said Ronella Tjin Asjoe, CEO of ATA. "There's no better place than Aruba, One Happy Island, for this happy pair to kick off their new show, have some fun and entertain viewers back home."

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Wrinkle Free Packing

Dh and I held a "pack off" when he did not believe me that you could fit more rolled than he could folded. I won. I think it is pretty much a proven fact that not only does it save space, but also cuts down on wrinkles.

6 Tips for Wrinkle-Free Packing

From my years working in retail I have varied the instructions just a bit for folding.

For T-shirts, place face down, fold arms back plus an additional 2"-3" (depending upon the size of the shirt), take the rectangle and roll starting at the collar.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Kodak is looking for friends and family members

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We would like to introduce Kodak to you, one of the donkeys that find a home at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. It all started with a phone call that a severely injured donkey was roaming the area surrounding the Natural Bridge. Once there, it appeared that the donkey was badly wounded in his hind leg; it proved to be the much-feared screw worm, a disease where a fly lays eggs in a small wound. The worms then eat their way through the healthy flesh surrounding the wound, hereby causing it to grow larger and larger. Kodak was one of the first animals that was suffering from screw worm: something which is nothing to cheer about. It is also a very painful disease, so Kodak stood on just three legs during his first month at the Sanctuary.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Extraordinary Sights At Aruba Dive Sites

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Despite its close proximity of just 18 miles from Venezuela, the 6 miles wide and 20 miles long island of Aruba is an idyllic location and is renowned throughout the Caribbean for its wonderful beaches, turquoise waters and magnificent water sport opportunities. Under the control of the Dutch for nearly 400 years, tourism now plays a huge part in its economy and whilst sailing and snorkeling are very popular, without doubt when it comes to water based activities in Aruba diving is by far the biggest draw, and brings people from all corners of the world to explore the incredible waters that lie off shore.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Coco is looking for friends and family members

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We would like to introduce you to Coco, one of the donkeys that has found shelter at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. Coco was found in the Seroe Colorado district. Although she was limping badly, she was not easy to catch. For these cases our stun gun is the only solution. Because Coco’s front leg was dislocated and she was walking on the side of her hoof, we went straight to the vet, but after looking at her X-ray, he stated that dislocation was the culprit. He straightened her leg right away; that was easy as Coco was still under sedation. The donkey then had to wear a plaster cast for three weeks; we kept her skin clean and disinfected and now she only has a tiny scar to prove that she has ever been injured. Coco is not limping any longer and together with her fast friend Maartje she is enjoying her life at the Donkey Sanctuary.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Beachside Fine Dining

Link: Beachside Fine Dining

A list of top 5 beachside restaurants, from toes-in-the-sand romance and Peruvian Ceviche at Flying Fishbone in Aruba, to upscale mod and Latin-influenced Pacific Rim flavors Havana Blue in St. Thomas.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Popular Timeshares That Made the Top 100 Vacation Resorts List

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DOVER, NH--Marketwire - Aug 15, 2012 - VacationOwnership.com and Sell My Timeshare NOW have released the company's annual TOP 100 timeshares report, listing the timeshare resales and timeshare rentals that receive the most offers to buy or rent through the company's websites. Presented as two downloadable reports, "The Top 100 Resales" and "The Top 100 Rentals" reveal which timeshares consumers are choosing for affordable vacations at spacious resorts in the U.S. and around the world.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Buri is looking for friends and family members

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We would like to introduce Buri to you, one of the donkeys that find a home at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. He owes his name to the fact that he was found in Sjabururi. That in itself is quite a story. At first catching him was a breeze: together with someone from the fire brigade we lured him into a garden, but then the main artery in an old wound in his behind burst and it became a bloody situation. Once in the trailer the vet was called and he came in to stitch the wound and remove a rusty can from one of his hind legs. When Buri was healed he jumped the gate and disappeared in the cunucu. What we did not know at the time was that the vet had provided Buri with a chip. Years later a gorgeous, castrated white donkey was standing in front of our gate. Because we had no idea who it was, we looked for a chip. We could not find one, so we baptized him Mystery Man and chipped him. Two years later we discovered that Mystery Man already had a chip from the vet as well. And yes: Buri and Mystery Man proved to be one and the same. We had not recognized him as he had a reddish fur at the time; now he was very light in color.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Hyatt Regency Aruba Announces Upgrades to It's Culinary Landscape

Including a Highly Anticipated New Dining Concept

Update and additional details on the Hyatt Regency Aruba upgrades

PALM BEACH, ARUBA August 13th, 2012– Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Casino & Spa announced today that it will unveil two exciting restaurant upgrades in time for the holidays. In continuation of the resort’s multi-million dollar refurbishments initially completed in 2008, Hyatt Regency Aruba will welcome a new, upscale Mexican restaurant and a refurbished Ruinas del Mar, its signature restaurant, by December 17.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

TripAdvisor Beach And Pool Etiquette Survey Reveals Travelers' Waterside Code Of Conduct

Americans Name Blasting Loud Music and "Chair Hogging" the Top Beach and Pool Misdemeanors

NEWTON, Mass. – July 12, 2012 – /PRNewswire/ — TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the results of its annual beach and pool etiquette survey of more than 1,400 U.S. travelers, revealing that 83 percent of respondents believe people often violate some form of beach or pool etiquette, up from 74 percent in 2011. Thirty-one percent have asked a stranger to stop behaving rudely at the beach or pool, up from 26 percent last year.

Friday, August 10, 2012

The best Caribbean beach bars & their drinks: FoxNews.com

MoomBa: Aruba Bound
MooMba Beach, Aruba, Between the Holiday Inn and Marriott’s Surf Club

Published March 21, 2012 FoxNews.com

MooMba Beach Bar is a self-proclaimed “laid back beach bar featuring a myriad of tropical libations, call drinks, beer and wine.” Set just feet away from the shoreline, MooMba’s bar lies beneath a beautiful thatched-roof tiki hut called a palapa and serves countless fruity martinis and vacation staples including daiquiris, coladas, and the refreshing Caipirinha.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Travelers' Praise for the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives

Travelers' Praise for the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives Results in Distinctions from Tripadvisor, Travelocity & Expedia

Leading Travel Sites Continue to Recognize the Sister Properties for Excellence

ORANJESTAD, ARUBA – (July 30, 2012) – The reviews are in and travelers on TripAdvisor®, Travelocity® and Expedia® agree - the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives are the tops!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Homegrown Aruban Products

Looking for some novel ways to enjoy a taste of Aruba, or better yet, bring a souvenir of island culture back home to share with your family and friends? Aruba has several homegrown products that are great ways to incorporate a slice of island life into your stay here.

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Aruba Aloe Balm

Since 1890, Aruba Aloe balm has been in the business of growing and processing the Aruba aloe plant, and was one of the first companies in the world to make cosmetic products based on this curative gel. Today, the company proudly manufactures more than 50 different skincare and hair care products containing 100% pure Aruba aloe-vera gel. Aruba Aloe products will surely come in handy while visiting the island, especially the line of sunscreen and sun-care products, which are FDA-approved. The new Dessert Bloom products make up the company’s aromatherapy line made with organic essential oils and aloe-vera gel.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Textile painting at the Donkey Sanctuary

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The Donkey Sanctuary has thought up a nice activity for the summer holidays. Children are more than welcome every Tuesday afternoon to come and paint a nice tee-shirt or linen shopping bag. Seated among the donkeys, surrounded by a stunning piece of nature they can let their creativity loose while enjoying a soft drink and an ice cream. A team of volunteers will see to it that everything will go according to plan.

Your children can have fun on Tuesday afternoons starting from 1.30 pm; for AWG. 10,-- (shopping bag) or AWG. 20,-- (tee-shirt) they get a soft drink, an ice cream and the home-made result of their flowing creative juices. The dates are 17, 24 and 31 July as well as August 7. There is room for a maximum of ten children, so register fast at desiree@arubandonkey.org or via 593-2933. You can also register via Facebook: donkeysanctuaryaruba. Just do it!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Hyatt Announces Groundbreaking Children's Menu

“For Kids by Kids and Three Course Organic Menu Developed by Alice Waters

Developed for Kids, by Kids, Hyatt’s New, Healthier Menu Offers Fun, Fresh and Flavorful items

CHICAGO (July 16, 2012) – Hyatt Corporation today announced the launch of a new, innovative menu, “For Kids By Kids,” which provides more nutritious, fresh and interactive offerings for the three million children served annually in all full-service Hyatt hotels and resorts throughout the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. The menu is grounded in Hyatt’s industry-leading philosophy Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. – promoting healthy people, a healthy planet and healthy communities – and has been developed in association with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA). As part of the roll out, separate from its PHA commitment, Hyatt hotels will offer a three-course organic meal for children developed exclusively for the brand by renowned food pioneer and chef, Alice Waters.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Shoco Market Cafe at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Working Closely with US Customs at Reina Beatrix Airport

PALM BEACH, ARUBA (June 19, 2012) – Recently, Hyatt Regency Aruba & Resort has announced the re-launch of Shoco Market Café, transforming the space from a coffee and ice cream shop into a full-service market with a cozy ambiance.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Radisson Aruba Accommodations III

Bonaire Tower Deluxe Ocean Garden View
If view is most important to you, book a Deluxe Ocean Gardenview Aruba Tower or for a higher price and additional amenities, Plaza Club Deluxe Ocean Garden View. These are the highest category of rooms before suites.

Plaza Club rooms are located on the 7th and 8th floors of the Aruba Tower. All Aruba Tower rooms are premium rooms, larger guest rooms and larger baths, over those in the Bonaire and Curacao Towers.

Room Categories at the Radisson

Friday, June 29, 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Madsen, Liotta Rock Aruba Film Fest

Virginia Madsen, Ray Liotta and Xavier Samuel rock the red carpet and sun at the Aruba Film Festival.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Strea Charters Review

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Strea Charters

Strea only takes 8 people and this snorkel tour is an excellent value for the money for an intimate tour experience. Even if you do not snorkel, I would recommend this excursion for anyone looking for a leisurely boat ride along the mangroves of Aruba’s western coastline with turquoise waters all around.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Eat Like a Local at The Queen’s Restaurant – Now at Palm Beach Plaza

Date June 14th, 2012-- “The Queen’s” restaurant featuring authentic island cuisine, has moved from Oranjestad to Palm Beach Plaza and the always popular restaurant welcomed friends and loyal patrons for a festive opening on Friday night, June 1. An elegant décor with a breezy terrace overlooking Palm Beach welcomed guests along with owner Varella Innocencia, along with pitchers of mojitos on the house for the opening night. Friends and relatives toasted this family operation with glasses of Org-e and Hynotiq liqueur.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Holiday Inn Resort Aruba KidSpree Vacation Club

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The KidSpree Vacation Club is open daily, with scheduled games and activities through the day. Shuffleboard, Volleyball, Ping-Pong, Pool-shot, Aqua-volley, face & t-shirt painting, movies, excursions, board games, play garden with jungle gym, sand castle building and lots more! The Game Room houses 13 fun machines, and a Lending Library has a variety of books to borrow for vacation reading.

Private baby-sitting service is available. Optional off property excursions to interesting places are offered at a nominal fee.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Travel Shop Girl Blog: International Air Travel | Preparing for Your Next...

Travel Shop Girl Blog: International Air Travel | Preparing for Your Next...: Maybe it's your first time out of the country or perhaps it's your first trip in a few years. The last thing you're thinking about is what what to expect on your trip to the airport or on the plane.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Rio+20 Update: Aruba to go 100% Renewable Energy

SustainableBusiness.com News 06/20/2012 04:57 PM-  Sir Richard Branson and Aruba Prime Minister Mike Eman announced at Rio+20 today that Branson's Carbon War Room will work with the country to transition the island to 100% renewable energy and the world's first sustainable economy.

They will create a roadmap in line with the country's consensus-driven policy making that includes Aruba's citizens.

Aruba, a 33 kilometer-long island, just north of Venezuela, has one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean with low unemployment, mostly from its strong tourism industry.

Fofoti Tours & Transfers Launches New Website

June 19th, 2012- Fofoti Tours & Transfers strengthens online experience with a new website that meets their exceptional “offline” service reputation.

Oranjestad, 18 June 2012 – Fofoti Tours & Transfers, the young company that has revolutionized the tours and transfers services on Aruba, has given their website, www.fofoti.com, a brand new look.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Saving lives 'four paws at a time'- ARF Aruba

Story are sometimes extremely sad, but they are stories which must be told. The Animal Relief Foundation in Aruba is always looking for assistance. Even on vacation you can help.

Link: Saving lives 'four paws at a time' » Local News » NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Animal Relief Foundation Aruba

Animal Relief Foundation Aruba on Facebook

Monday, June 11, 2012

Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa

Interview with Famed Architect Morris Lapidus

Friday, June 8, 2012

How Airlines Spend Your Airfare

How Airlines Spend Your Airfare

This is an excellent analysis. Though it is very easy to hate most airlines, for any number of reasons, it is easy to see how fragile airlines are when their margins are so slim. Even more so when they are held captive to high oil prices just like the rest of us.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Timeshare By Owner Acquires Reserved Weeks Ready for Rental at Discounted Rates

From coast to coast, Timeshares By Owner has the vacation timeshare that’s right for you.

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) May 31, 2012- It’s that time of year again, it’s vacation time! That’s right! Summer time is approaching, the kids are out of school; it’s time to plan those summer vacations and Timeshares By Owner has some of the best deals ever just for that vacation! There are amazing destinations coast to coast, from Orlando, FL to San Francisco, CA; and don’t forget their international inventory – Freeport in the Bahamas, Saint Maarten in the Virgin Islands, Aruba, and many more!

Timeshares By Owner
We have amazing destinations coast to coast, from Orlando, FL to San Francisco, CA; and don’t forget our international inventory – Freeport in the Bahamas, Saint Maarten in the Virgin Islands, Aruba, and many more!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Interval International Recognizes Aruba Based Resorts

May 26th, 2012- ORANJESTAD – Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services, recognized Aruba-based member resorts that participated in this year’s fundraising initiative benefiting the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Education Foundation. Earlier this month, David Callaghan, Interval’s vice president of resort sales and service, presented Foundation executives with a $60,000 donation.

The shared ownership resorts in Aruba that generously contributed include the Aruba Beach Club, Caribbean Palm Village Resort, La Cabana Beach & Racquet Club, Paradise Beach Villas, Playa Linda Beach Resort, Marriott Vacation Club, and Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino.

“The Foundation is able to provide many more scholarships as a result of the commitment of valued partners like Interval and its resort affiliates,” noted Tom Pas, chairman of the CHTA Education Foundation. “We truly appreciate their efforts on behalf of higher education for Caribbean nationals.”

“Aruba-based resorts have consistently supported the CHTA Education Foundation and been instrumental in the success of this worthy cause,” said Callaghan. “It’s very gratifying that their efforts have funded scholarships and grants for so many individuals pursuing careers in hospitality.”

The CHTA Education Foundation was established in 1987 as a non-profit organization through which scholarships and special assistance would be made available for the education of Caribbean hotel industry personnel and students pursuing careers in tourism. As part of its mission, it provides people throughout the region with an awareness of the industry’s varied career opportunities, as well as technical and professional development. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded US$1.5 million in scholarships and grants to applicants who demonstrate a strong commitment to the hotel and tourism industry.

As a strategic partner of CHTA and a board member of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Education Foundation, Interval is committed to understanding the unique needs of the Caribbean region and providing products and programs tailored to this market.

Interval International operates membership programs for vacationers and provides value-added services to its developer clients worldwide. Based in Miami, Florida, the company has been a pioneer and innovator in serving the vacation ownership market since 1976. Today, Interval has an exchange network of approximately 2,700 resorts in more than 75 nations. Through offices in 15 countries, Interval offers high-quality products and benefits to resort clients and about 2 million families who are enrolled in various membership programs. Interval is an operating business of Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: IILG), a leading global provider of membership and leisure services to the vacation industry.

Story Courtesy of Aruba Daily

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Name the New Baby Contest

Aruba Bound
Last week a new baby boy, born late May 2012, came into the care of Aruba's Donkey Sanctuary. The sanctuary is organizing a “name the baby contest” and will draw the name out of the “hat” on June 30, 2012.

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Donate US$10 through their PayPal button on their website and enter your name for this cutie. Non-human names are preferred. Win this painting if your name is chosen for the little fellow.

Remember all donations made to charity are tax deductible for Arubans.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Aruba: The Happy Island of Caribbean

Link: Aruba: The Happy Island of Caribbean

Beautiful photos off the beaten path...

Thursday, May 31, 2012

“Life is like a box of chocolate…..and so is our menu!”

At 2 Fools and a Bull you will be surprised the moment you step in the door. A restored Cunucu house is the setting for a surprise dinner with an intimate number of friends. With just one seating a night, you will have great evening, mingling and meeting new people while co-owners Paul and Fred serve as your private chef and butler. At 2 Fool and a Bull you will be treated to an unforgettable culinary 5-course surprise dinner. A perfect wine-flight by the glass, is available at an extra charge for the wine lovers in the house! Or you might want to browse the Fools’ Wine Closet and find your own bottle to go with your special dining experience.

The Meet & Greet starts at 7… that’s when you will be served a flute of chilled champagne, and enjoy an opportunity to mingle with other patrons, also meet the 2 Fools.

The doors will close at 7.30, when the evening with your new friends begins.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Papillon Restaurant Aruba

My review of this restaurant:

There are many words one could use to describe this restaurant. I am just going to say, “WOW”.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

New Volunteers at Aruba's Donkey Sanctuary

For a few months two clients of Centro Man na Obra- a day care center for the mentally challenged on the island- have been working as volunteers at the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary.
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Jo-Anne Kock and
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D’Angelo Baptiste form part of the team of volunteers on Wednesday mornings.

Their tasks include keeping the grounds clean and keeping the water troughs filled under the guidance of Desiree Eldering, the leader of the Sanctuary. The two volunteers are having a lot of fun during their working hours: their laughter can be heard from afar and the donkeys love them. Their presence at

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Travelocity's FareWatcher PlusSM

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We are all well aware that airfare prices change day to day, minute by minute.

Travelocity's FareWatcher PlusSM has been doing a terrific job of notifying me of price changes for airfares which are actually AVAILABLE.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

Delta Continues New York Growth with Expanded Caribbean, Bermuda, Florida Service

Airline adds new and expanded flights to 10 popular destinations from LaGuardia, JFK

JFK-Aruba service will increase from Saturday seasonal flights to daily year-round service

Delta Air Lines and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 370 destinations on six continents. For more information visit news.delta.com.

NEW YORK, May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/-- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today announced new and expanded service to 10 popular destinations in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Florida from LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport, continuing its historic expansion in New York.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Aruba Reef Protection Project

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Purchase the bracelets at Jolly Pirates

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The History Of Aruba’s Famous “Divi” Tree, The Fofoti

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Link: The History Of Aruba’s Famous “Divi” Tree, The Fofoti

This Fofoti tree pictured, can be viewed on the right (north side) of the road heading west out of Arikok National Park.

Friday, May 11, 2012

WestJet launches new non-stop service to Aruba

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Airline makes first flight to its 30th sun destination available from Toronto Pearson

CALGARY, May 6, 2012 /CNW/ - WestJet announced the launch of new, non-stop seasonal service between Toronto and Aruba, Netherlands Antilles. The inaugural flight departed Toronto's Pearson International Airport at 9 a.m. EDT Sunday.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

An anniversary without a party...

This month the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary celebrates its fifteenth anniversary. In 1997 a few volunteers started catching and sheltering roaming donkeys. At first there were just 10 donkeys; by now there are 120 animals, who find a home at the sanctuary. Roaming donkeys are a hazard for the busy roads with heavy traffic and vice versa. The donkeys belong to the Aruban landscape, however, and they have become a tourist attraction: more than 25,000 visitors cross the gates of the sanctuary every year. There are still some 70 roaming donkeys left - still causing accidents.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Harley-Davidson Celebrates Women Riders in Latin America and the Caribbean During International Female Ride Day

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MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - May 1, 2012)- Harley-Davidson honors women riders across the globe this May by inviting them to join Women Riders Month events. During the month of May, hundreds of women riders from Latin America to the Caribbean will join thousands of other women in countries around the world to showcase their passion for the sport of motorcycling during the 6th Annual International Female Ride Day. What began in 2007 with a simple concept of "connecting women with motorcycling" has grown into a worldwide event, founded by MOTORESS in Toronto, Canada, inviting women riders around the world to "just ride," an idea that is passionately supported by industry leader Harley-Davidson.

Harley Ride
In celebration of this initiative, Aruba will be hosting their 3rd Annual Ladies of Harley Ride from May 4th to May 6th, consisting of a Garage Party at the dealership on May 4th, 2012 from 7 pm to 9 pm, night ride on May 5th to Moomba Beach with live music by Dushi Band and daytime ride May 6th with DJ entertainment, food, drinks and prizes to announce the new Ladies of Harley Queen of 2012. Last year's event was very successful, inspiring many women to join the motorcycle world. This year, it promises to be even more successful as Karen Davidson, creative director for Harley-Davidson General Merchandise and Great-Granddaughter of Co-Founder William Davidson, will be in attendance.

Monday, April 30, 2012

An Island to Call Your Own -- Right at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

Pair Aruba Hotel Deals With a Private Beach Island for a Perfect Caribbean Vacation

ORANJESTAD, ARUBA--(Marketwire - Apr 24, 2012)- Aruba -- even the word alone conjures up images of beautiful beaches, friendly people, and relaxing with a tropical drink in hand. And it's all for good reason -- this breathtaking paradise offers everything a visitor could desire for a tropical getaway. And when visitors want to add a layer of luxury and seclusion to their Aruba spa resorts, they do it at the private island at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Historia di Aruba

This is an amazing website full of Aruba history including photographs.

If you scroll about half way down you will see a few photos of Palm beach in the 1950's, including an artist rendering of the newly completed Aruba Caribbean Hotel, the first luxury hotel on the island.

Also included are photos of the original:
Divi Divi
Aruba Beach Club

The page also mentions the Ritz Carlton but evidently has not been updated since construction has progressed.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tips: Baggage & Packing For Aruba

  • Airlines are required to refund any fee for carrying a bag if the bag is lost
  • Airlines are required to compensate passengers for reasonable expenses for loss, damage or delay in the carriage of passenger baggage.
  • Airlines are required to disclose baggage fees when passengers book a flight.
  • Airlines are required to apply baggage allowances and fees the same throughout a passenger’s journey.
  • Airlines must now prominently disclose all optional fees on their websites, including but not limited to fees for baggage, meals,
    canceling or changing reservations, or advanced or upgraded seating.

Friday, April 20, 2012

New Online Travel Shopping Trends

Link: New Online Travel Shopping Trends: 4,638 travelers in the U.S., U.K., Germany, India, Russia and Brazil are surveyed to identify trend-setting consumers' behavior and motivations when shopping for travel online and identifies their experience during the destination selection, shopping and booking processes.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Set your sites on diving in Aruba

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The diminutive southern Caribbean island of Aruba, lying less than 20 miles from mainland South America, attracts over half a million tourists from far and wide, each year. Some come for the luxury accommodation, gorgeous beaches and guaranteed good weather, but huge numbers are drawn to this little piece of paradise by the excellent snorkeling, and more significantly, the fabulous diving opportunities, it presents. There are over 40 Aruba diving sites, the majority situated off the sheltered south western coast and the many local dive operators have developed a smooth and professional operation to allow visitors a truly memorable experience.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Bounty on Boas being offered by Arikok Park from April 16 to May 16

Link: Bounty on Boas being offered by Arikok Park from April 16 to May 16

ORANJESTAD - A wanted poster is making the rounds of island media, as the call goes out from rangers and management of the Arikok National Park...

Friday, April 13, 2012

Is Aruba's Drink Water Safe?

Aruba tap (drinking) water comes from their desalination plant. As of 2007, it was the third largest in the world.

According to WEB Aruba NV

"World Health Organization’s health criteria for TDS (total dissolved solids) is 600 parts per million (ppm). Aruba’s drinking water contains 5 to 15 ppm of Total Dissolved Solids, 40 times better than the criteria for TDS in water supplies. "

You will want ice cubes. Water comes out of the tap warm. Many of the water pipes run above ground due to much of the island being rock.

Packing tip: If you have a mini-fridge in your hotel room, pack a plastic one quart pitcher from home. Being plastic it is light weight and to conserve space you can stuff it with CLEAN socks and tuck right into your suitcase for the trip to Aruba.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Aruba - A Romantic Paradise

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By Heather Greene

A perennial favorite for honeymooners and others seeking romantic travel, Aruba is known for its year round high temperatures and its gorgeous white sandy beaches. This is the perfect destination for couples who love relaxing at the beach, shopping, gambling, a great nightlife, and water sports.

Monday, April 9, 2012

The Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino Installs Flyte Systems’ FlytePass

Aruba Marriott Provides Travel Convenience; Guests Confirm and Prepare for Flights in the Comfort of the Hotel with Greater Self-assurance

Palm Beach, ARUBA (PRWEB) April 03, 2012- Aruba Marriott Resort announces the installation of Flyte Systems, a premium travel information service being offered to guests of the resort. Flyte Systems is the leading provider of airport travel information for the hospitality industry, digital signage, convention centers and related businesses. Now, when staying at the Aruba Marriott Resort, guests can check-in to their flight and print their boarding pass at the resort with its new FlytePass system. FlytePass gives guests greater travel peace of mind by enabling them to confirm flights and securely print boarding pass documents at the property’s front desk area.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Holiday Inn Resort Aruba GoldenSpree

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GoldenSpree Holiday Inn Resort Aruba invites you to join a fantastic free program that gives our 60+ guests exclusive privileges, along with a commitment to personal attention, all from a name you trust.

Your GoldenSpree Membership opens the door to a world of excitement and fun, delivered with the special treatment that you deserve. Come on, join today and let the fun begin!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Aruba This Morning

Aruba: This is the view from De Palm Pier at Palm Beach this morning.

The Divi & Tamarijn Aruba Sit On One of Aruba’s Best Beaches

Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives Are Proud that Aruba Beaches Were Ranked By Travelers on TripAdvisor As Runner-Up to Providenciales As the Best Beach Destination In the World

Aruba Beaches Rated #2 in the World in TripAdvisor 2012 Travelers’ Choice Awards

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Oranjestad, Aruba – Anyone seeking the ultimate beach vacation will enjoy basking in the sun and sand at the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives.  In addition to the opportunity to experience one of the “Top 25 Beach Destinations in the World" per TripAdvisor’s rankings, guests receive added value from the use of all facilities, services and amenities at two adjacent all-inclusive beachfront resorts with nine dining options and seven bars, most with ocean views.

Friday, March 23, 2012

When to Purchase International Airfare to Aruba

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When to Buy- For the cheapest international airfare, purchase your airline tickets between five months and between six weeks/one month before departure. Also, try to buy international airfare when an airline has an sale, but since these are not regular events, sign up airfare alerts which will let you know when prices come down.

Flexible Travelers Only- If you wait to purchase inside the 30-days before departure window, you may see an occasional good deal but these are usually worthwhile only for those whose travel dates are extremely flexible.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Aruba: Vino Vince

Using various types of grapes and local fruits in several combinations, Vicente Kock has been able to produce local wine for the past quarter century. Shamu grapes (of Indian origin from Surinam), Galland grapes (Mediterranean grapes), and costa grapes (coastal grapes) are mixed with local fruits such as of the cashew, also found on trees in his gardens. From cuttings, Mr. Kock has also been able to grow such European grape varieties as sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and red and white muscatel, also added to the mix.
Taking into account the harsh sunlight and wind, as well as pests such as lizards, iguanas, birds and insects, producing the 400 bottles of wine annually is miraculous! Mr. Kock has mastered the art of grafting various varieties to create more hearty plants that can better weather the elements. The wines are for local use only and not for export. They contain no chemicals or preservatives. No machines are used in production. Aruba's arid desert soil is actually good for growing grapes. "The worse the soil, the better the grapes!" he explains.
TOURS AND INFORMATION: To obtain more information or visit the vineyard in Santa Cruz (Sombre 22-A) where Vino Vince is produced, call Vincente Kock at 585-3995 or 567-6623. Visits are generally scheduled for Monday and Thursday at 10 am.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Timeshare Marketplace RedWeek.com Announces Top 25 Timeshare Rental Resorts

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For the fifth year running, leading timeshare marketplace RedWeek.com releases its list of Top 25 timeshare rental resorts. The Top 25 ranking is calculated using statistics from the site's more than 1.5 million registered users.

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) March 13, 2012

For the fifth year running, leading timeshare marketplace RedWeek.com releases its list of Top 25 timeshare rental resorts. The Top 25 ranking is calculated using statistics from the site's more than 1.5 million registered users.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

7-Up is on the look-out for friends and family members

We would like to introduce 7-Up to you, one of the donkeys living at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. She came to the sanctuary in 2010 when the volunteers received a phone call that there was a roaming donkey in the vicinity of the Palomarga Racetrack. Catching this donkey proved to be very easy, as she was seriously ill. According to the vet she had anemia and she needed a series of drips. During the entire time that she received extra care, the volunteers also gave her extra vitamins, but nothing seemed to work. However, 7-Up had a surprise: she was around five months pregnant. Unfortunately she lost her baby; normally donkeys have a gestation period of eleven to fourteen months. After her miscarriage, 7-Up got her strength back and now she is as good as new.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Andrew is on the look-out for friends and family members

We would like to introduce Andrew to you, one of the donkeys living at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. Andrew is the 1-year old son of mother Sasha. A name giving contest was held and Andrew was chosen; actually his full name is Andrew Pikabu, but that name is too long. Andrew really listens to that name. He is a nice and quiet donkey; the only bad habit he has is that he keeps on biting the fence. He takes a good bite into the wood and inhales deeply. It is a strange habit, which sometimes occurs when horses or donkeys are bored. But Andrew is not bored at all; he is interacting with the other donkeys and has a whale of a time. So now and then we just replace the wood of the fence and that is that.

This beautiful donkey has been provided with a chip, just like all the other donkeys. On the chip is information about the donkey and its medical history. The donkeys at the sanctuary have a lot of friends with whom they can play all day long. And they love living there: they are well-cared for, they are fed and watered and when they are sick the vet is called. Yes, they are expensive customers for the sanctuary.

The volunteers are trying to cover the various costs with all kinds of activities and the sale of great donkey memorabilia in the shop. Fortunately, there are also visitors who wish to adopt a donkey, who buy something at the donkey shop or who make a donation. Thus they help support us. Everyone is welcome to visit the sanctuary, which has opening hours from 9 am until 4 pm and in the weekend from 10 am until 3. Entry is free of charge and one can enjoy a soft drink, a cup of coffee or a refreshing ice cream.

The volunteers of the sanctuary are hoping that somebody will adopt this friendly, lovely donkey. Of course the donkey will keep on living at the sanctuary; you only need to pay AWG. 30,-- per month for the donkey’s keep. With this amount you help support the sanctuary as well as your own donkey. And you will receive a beautiful certificate and a super T-shirt and your name and photo will be posted on our website. So please call the sanctuary at 593-2933; you can also register via the website www.arubandonkey.org or donate money on bank account number 40.03.025 at the Aruba Bank! Just do it!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice 2012 Best Beaches in the World

Travelers’ Choice Award-winning World Beach Destinations

#2. Palm/Eagle Beach, Aruba

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, today announced the winners of its annual 2012 Travelers’ Choice® Beach Destinations awards. One hundred eighty-one top beach locations were named around the world, covering 21 regions including lists for Africa, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Middle East, South America, South Pacific, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, U.K. and the U.S.

Award winners were determined based on the most highly rated beach destinations by travelers in TripAdvisor reviews.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Canadian Olympic National Synchronized Swimming Team

You may be thinking, "What does the Canadian Olympic National Synchronized Swimming Team have to do with Aruba?" If you are a Canadian in need of pool training, in winter when there are meters of snow on the ground, Aruba is a perfect training destination.

Since 2010, and through their friendship with the Aruban synchronized swimmers, this is the second time that the team has been invited to choreograph and practice their routine at the Roly Bisslik Olympic Pool facilities. According to team coaches, when it comes time to practice for the Olympics, the warmth of its people is what attracts the team to Aruba.

Building on this experience, Aruba will continue to offer athletes from around the world an ideal destination to boost their training programs with it’s near perfect weather and top notch facilities.

About Aruba
Aruba, One happy island, is truly an extraordinary experience. Located only two-and-a-half hours by air from Miami and four hours from New York City, the island is ideally situated in the southern Caribbean and boasts year-round cooling trade winds and perfect weather with average annual temperatures of 82 Fahrenheit and less than 20 inches of rainfall per year. Aruba serves up 28 luxurious hotels/resorts, championship golf courses, sumptuous spas, vibrant casinos, extraordinary international and local cuisine, exclusive shops and boutiques, exciting land and water activities, art galleries and museums, world-famous festivals and events, clubs and cafes with live music and world class beaches. The backdrop of a cosmopolitan tropical destination with warm, hospitable people is the perfect place for first-time guests and loyal visitors. For more information, please call 1-800-TO-ARUBA, visit them online at www.aruba.com or on Facebook.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Chippie is on the look-out for friends and family members

We would like to introduce Chippie to you, one of the donkeys living at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. Chippie has been with us at the sanctuary since 1997. He used to be the leader of the herd, but he has lost that position to Chocolat. Although he is not a leader anymore, he has not lost his dominant traits and now and then he will show clearly who is the boss. Other than that he is a really nice donkey, who loves to be petted. That is because he grew up as a domesticated donkey. The people who took care of him, could not do so anymore and that is how Chippie came to live with us. His owners just called us and brought him to the sanctuary. That is how we like it: this is a much better way than turning an animal loose with all the risks of accidents and injuries that might cause.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Haute Cuisine on Palm Beach – Quite Amuse-ing!

February 6th, 2012

Chef Patrick and his wife Ivette welcome you to Amuse, their French inspired bistro, where they share their passion for fine food and the classic art of cooking, enhances with a dash of Caribbean flair.

Patrick has opened his own place after years of esta­blishing the reputation of some of Aruba’s finest res­taurants. He is adamant about creating his sauces and specialties strictly from scratch; nothing is out of the box or can and all ingredients are fresh – he even grows his own herbs and spices, and believe it or not, churns his own fresh made ice cream daily! Imagine a sump­tuous desert of the creamiest Red Wine Ice Cream served up with a rich, moist, brownie, or Pineapple Carpaccio with fresh churned Cinnamon Ice Cream, and you have a finish for your dinner that will have you returning again the next day to try one of his other remarkable specialties.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

DePalm-adise: Meet Charlie

Link: DePalm-adise: Meet Charlie: There is no better way to enjoy the sweet life, or as we say in Papiamento (the local language) “e dushi bida” (doo-shee bee-dah), than...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Azzy is on the look-out for friends and family

We would like to introduce Azzy to you, one of the donkeys that is cared for at the Aruba Donkey Foundation. Two years ago she was found sauntering in the middle of the road, together with three other donkeys, in Santa Lucia. That was too dangerous with so much traffic there. The volunteers of the sanctuary lured the four donkeys inside with treats, where they have stayed. Azzy has a malformed behind and one of the volunteers has renamed her Jennifer Lopez, Jay Lo. She listens to that nickname even better than to her real name Azzy. She is a quiet donkey who has made friends with donkey Cloudy; they are always together. Donkeys are that way, very faithful. They often have a friend (boyfriend or girlfriend) for life. They are truly grieving when they lose their good friend, for whatever reason.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New Revelations From Recent Excavations!

February 9th, 2012- Aruba’s archeological team of the National Archeological Museum of Aruba, has uncovered a sixth grave in Santa Cruz. Based on certain characteristics, they have concluded that this must be a prehistoric graveyard. In the opinion of the team, what makes this discovery unique is not only that it was previously unknown, but that they were able to identify that there were several persons buried at different levels of importance buried at the site and buried in different ways. It is also interesting that the persons buried have different European characteristics as well as Amerindian; but there were no Caquetios in this find.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Aruba for the Amorous

Romance in Aruba

Link: Aruba for the Amorous

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Aruba Driving Tour: Nouth End of the Island

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From Oranjestad exploring the northern end of the island, it is easy to take the main road, 1A/1B towards the north past the low rise and high rise hotels. For the longer route and view of the beaches, make the first left for the low rise hotels and follow the road, past Druif Beach, Manchebo Beach, Eagle Beach and then the high rise resorts on Palm Beach. Turn right at the South Beach Mall onto Palm Beach Rd. in Palm Beach (3A/3B), and then turn left at the next traffic light onto the main highway 1A/1B. ...more

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Roland is on the look-out for friends and family members

We would like to introduce Roland to you, one of the donkeys living at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. A big, fuzzy sweetheart of a donkey, who has stolen the hearts of all the volunteers. Roland can always be found in the company of his friend Pepper. Roland always grooms Pepper, so the volunteers hardly need to brush him. This grooming entails softly biting the fur and scouring, cleaning the donkey in the process. The hooves keep their right length because of the many stones that are on the property: the hooves wear themselves down this way. Roland is a model donkey: always friendly, always happy and quiet. He loves to watch the action from a distance.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

2 Fools and a Bull Now Open on Palm Beach

February 8th, 2012

Popular chef Fred Wanders and super restaurateur Paul Faas have recently opened their Fool Fantasy kitchen, on Palm Beach 17, opting for an unusual name: 2 Fools and a Bull.

The bull is a leftover from the former Espanjola Way which occupied the charming cunucu premises for a short time last year. The 2 Fools prefix attests to the fact that both Fred and Paul are in possession of a typical self-deprecating Dutch humor, and that they are fearless innovators, in the kitchen and outside it, going out on a limb with a fun name for a Gourmet Studio, created by two good, life-long friends!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba Launches Inclusive-Light

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The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba Launches the First-Ever Inclusive-Light Offering Along with a New All-Inclusive Option

Starting at $439 Per Couple/Per Night, Packages Developed in Response To the Budgetary Concerns of Today’s Upscale Leisure Travelers

Palm Beach, Aruba – February 10, 2012–
In response to the cost-conscious, spending habits of today’s upscale leisure travelers, The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba is now offering the first-ever inclusive-light resort option along with a new all-inclusive offering.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Green Globe Certification Recognizes Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts

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Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Recognized by Green Globe Certification With Highest Achievement Award

EAGLE BEACH, Aruba – January 23, 2012 – Adding to their list of more than two dozen environmental awards and certifications,  Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts has been awarded the Highest Achievement Award as the top performing sustainable travel & tourism business in the Caribbean by Green Globe Certification. This recognition is the result of Bucuti earning the highest percentage of sustainability indicators under the Green Globe Standard for Travel & Tourism which includes criteria based on sustainable management, social economics, cultural heritage and environmental practices.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Whitney Houston Rest In Peace

God's choir has another angel.

Friday, February 10, 2012

10 Budget Caribbean Islands

Updated: 9/19/11 05:19 PM
It's no surprise that this Dutch - owned island is a popular destination for package holidays – sun - kissed and chockablock with sparkly casinos and pretty beaches, Aruba receives frequent direct flights from the U.S. and has a plethora of all-inclusive options. You’ll find great value on this budget Caribbean island in the form of spa resorts, private villas, and brand-name hotels like Marriott and the Hyatt Regency.

Great Value Hotel: Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa: This excellent-value beach boutique hotel is set on a pristine stretch of sand with a first-rate spa and rooms with fine Indonesian-style furniture, private patios or balconies, and flat-screen TVs. Rates from $169/night.

Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sassy is on the look-out for friends and family

We would like to introduce Sassy to you, one of the donkeys that are cared for by the Aruban Donkey Foundation. Not a spring chicken anymore, she is the great grandmother of donkey Sky. Sassy has a large family at the sanctuary and she recently bore twins. The volunteers did not know that Sassy was pregnant and even less that two donkey babies would be born. Unfortunately one of the two babies died at birth. The other one was called Surprise, but that donkey also died; after just eight days of living. Sassy received extra care during that period, but one would not notice that she is grieving for the loss of her twins. Actually, that is quite normal in the animal world. Sassy is sometimes likened to an Apaloosa horse, as she has a spotted coat.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Aruba Driving Tour: South End of the Island

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From Oranjestad exploring the northern end of the island onto the Arikok National Park. From Oranjestad simply head south out following the main road 1A (southbound)/1B (northbound). The first major sight on the right hand side is going to be Queen Reina Beatrix International Airport. Not worth a stop I know, but at least you will know you are heading in the right direction. ...more

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Day after the Big Game, Team Can Recoup on One Happy Island

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- They may not have won the biggest football game of the year, but New England players can still find something to smile about this week on one happy island. The Aruba Tourism Authority is offering them the chance to touch down and score some happiness with all-expense paid trips to the tropical island known for its cheerful vibe. While only the MVP of the winning club has the opportunity to jet off to another well-known destination, Aruba is making the offer to the entire New England squad.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Aruba Airport Authority Reports Year-end 2011 Traffic Results

Passenger traffic increase of 5.4%

January 20, 2012- ORANJESTAD – With the closing of 2011 AAA looks back on a year that ended satisfactory; the total number of revenue generating passengers (RGPs) increased with 5.4% compared to 2010 and the number of aircraft movements with a modest 0.9%. The latter number was positively influenced by the number of private aircraft that grew with 6.3%. The total number of RGPs was just short of 1 million. With that, it was AAAs best traffic year ever.

Re-shop rental cars and hotel bookings a week before your trip

Link: Re-shop rental cars and hotel bookings a week before your trip

Friday, February 3, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

Hyatt Regency Aruba’s newly renovated ZoiA Spa

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Immerse yourself at Hyatt Regency Aruba’s newly renovated ZoiA Spa scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2012. ZoiA – the Papiamento word for balance and poise – is reflected in the spa’s all-natural treatments. Guests will feel their cares melt away with relaxing massages, refreshing facials and rejuvenating treatments as spa specialists exude Aruba’s “one happy island” mentality.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Is there a sales tax in Aruba at restaurants?

Yes. You can see an example on a restaurant menu here (BBO Tax (SalesTax) or here (bottom of page).

Turn over Tax
The Turn Over Tax called "Belasting op Bedrijfsomzetten" (BBO) or Business Turnover Tax is an indirect tax, introduced as of January 2007. BBO is levied of the operating revenues realized by entrepeneurs within the framework of their business or profession by the supply of goods and rendering of services in Aruba. The general BBO rate amounts to 1.5%. A reduced rate of 1% is applicable for that part of the operating revenues that has been realized by the export of goods. Furthermore, certain exemptions are applicable. Most of the exemptions are connected with the medical sector, education, tourism and avoiding double taxation.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Record number of participants at the Donkey Walk 2012

The seventh edition of the Donkey Walk was record-breaking: more than 300 participants walked the 6.5 kilometer-long distance. The starting point was the Ayo rock formation and at 5 pm the impressive parade went underway, accompanied by two lovely donkeys and various police on motorbikes. Safety was a number one priority and the police was out in force, with a police car and an ambulance making up the rear. Crossroads had been closed off and everything went perfectly and according to plan.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Top 25 Bargain Hotels in Caribbean

4. Paradera Park- Oranjestad, Aruba

17. MVC Eagle Beach- Palm/Eagle Beach, Aruba

Friday, January 20, 2012

Travel Tip: Avoid Luggage Pilfering

August 3, 2011 7:00 am- "If you’re worried about items being stolen from your luggage, listen up. There are ways to avoid being a victim.

The first thing to remember is that smart luggage thieves don’t steal your bags. Instead, they take individual valuable items from your bags and hope you won’t notice until it’s too late.

Take a moment to open your bag and take inventory before you leave the airport, or it will be that much harder to file a claim with the airport and the TSA.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Holiday Inn Resort Aruba All Inclusive Packages

Aruba Bound
Information on the Holiday Inn's all inclusive package seems very difficult to find. I have been unable to find it offered through any tour operators. Through their Facebook page I did finally find where you are able to obtain pricing.

You can check availability here

If you go to the above link and enter your travel dates, it will come up with MANY different types of packages. You must scroll ALL THE WAY down to the bottom for the last offering which is the all inclusive package.