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Zanillya Debuts Electricity and Drums in Aruba

Palm Beach – Zanillya, an international artist with Aruban roots will be releasing her first English EP under the name Electricity and Drums on Monday, August 4th. The EP’s first single ‘Raise Ya Flag,’ was just premiered on select radio stations on her island of Aruba. All of the EP’s songs were written by Zanillya and [...]

Dining at Amazonia, Professional Argentinean Soccer Star Sergio Leonel “Kun” Agüero

Palm Beach – While vacationing at the Ritz Carlton Aruba for five happy days, post FIFA 2014 World Cup Games, professional Argentinean star Sergio Leonel “Kun” Agüero Del Castillo who plays as a striker for Premier League Club Manchester City and the Argentina National Team, dropped in for dinner at Amazonia.

Loyal visitors honored at the Costa Linda Beach Resort

Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a group of loyal and friendly Visitor of Aruba, at the Costa Linda Beach Resort, as Distinguished Visitors and Ambassadors of Goodwill. The symbolic honorary title is presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism as a token of appreciation to guests who [...]

Calamari and churrasco are the Laytons’ favorite choices at Tango Argentine Grill

ARUBA – This lovely couple is the Laytons; they came all the way from California to Aruba. From New Port Beach to the Arawak Garden, where they had dinner at fabulous Tango Argentine Grill, is quite a trip. But the newlywed Laytons have taken it all in stride, greatly enjoying themselves.

Thursday evening is Tapas Night – CILO City Lounge gives an international twist to tapas

The Spanish tapa, originally a slice of Parma ham covering a glass of sherry to keep the flies out, has flown the coop and gained fame worldwide. It is more than a slice of ham nowadays; it is a fun way to have dinner: one chooses a few delicacies and a small dish of this [...]

The Van Drunen family is now on Aruba in full force

ARUBA – Here they are: father Arien van Drunen, mom Saskia, Elle (15), Jesse (14), Elle (11) and Valentijn (9) from Holland. The Van Drunen family is once again on Aruba, this year in full force and ready to party. The family has been coming to the island seven years in a row and they can [...]

At Palm Beach Plaza Mall First mussels of the season at Taste of Belgium Restaurant

Although it might look like mussels are harvested from the fountain at the Palm Beach Plaza Mall in the photo, in reality they are flown in, dripping wet, from Zeeland in the South of Holland and the north of Belgium. The mussel season is starting tomorrow on Aruba, when Taste of Belgium Restaurant is the [...]

Arubaville, Hot Summer Cool Off!

ARUBA – The FunchiGals spent a lovely afternoon at the ultimate Caribbean hang-out/restaurant Arubaville, munching on the best beef carpaccio salad ever, relaxing and chatting away with manager Bas Frijters & Chef Rawlin Silvania about this exciting reinvention of a lovely little restaurant pier where Jair and I celebrated our wedding almost 11 years ago! [...]

The Kitchen Table by White Entertains Press Members for an 8-Course Dinner

Eagle Beach – The local press was recently welcomed by Hotelier Jan Van Nes and his staffers for a tour of Blue Residences and an unforgettable night at The Kitchen Table, by White. Blue Residences, the first luxury condo resort on Aruba’s famous Eagle Beach in 20 years, is currently under the final phase of [...]

Official: Venezuela tried to pressure Aruba

ORANJESTAD — Aruba’s top prosecutor said Tuesday that Venezuela ratcheted up various types of pressure against the Dutch Caribbean island and the Netherlands in recent days to try to win the release of a powerful former general wanted on U.S. drug-trafficking charges. But Chief Prosecutor Peter Blanken said the “actions against Aruba” were not the [...]

The Radisson Postcard Project, designed to promote art education

Palm Beach – The Radisson Aruba Resort Casino & Spa invited students participating in this summer’s RBC Royal Bank sponsored Art Rules Aruba to spend a day at the resort with their cameras. The art education program, celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2014, unfolded at Cas Di Cultura over two weeks in July, offering 9 [...]

Register now for the BTA Autumn League 2014

August 18  – November 13. Monday August 18  we start with the Autumn League 2014 and this will continue till November 13. This is the biggest weekly Beach Tennis League in the world with over 500 players in 8 levels and 31 categories


ORANJESTAD – Playa Linda Beach Resort recently recognized exceptional members of its team who have completed milestone anniversaries with the resort this year. The popular timeshare resort, which strives to be a “home away from home” for both owners as well as its employees, clearly demonstrated this point with an amazing 180 combined years of [...]

Presenting Caribbean Queen Yolanda Rivera

Palm Beach – Every month, Caribbean Queen at the Palm Beach Plaza Mall honors one local female artist who lives and creates here.  The Caribbean Queen program was launched when the store opened in late 2011. For the month of July 2014, local artist Yolanda Rivera is the boutique’s celebrated Caribbean Queen, showcasing her craft [...]

Aruba Motorcycle Tours is a new adventure to the beautiful island Aruba

Aruba Motorcycle Tours is a new adventure to the beautiful island Aruba. The owners Arjen Hof and Lucienne Hof-Kalis have been living on Aruba with their kids for more then 15 years. Arjen started working on Harley Davidsons when he was just 17 years old and well known on the island for being THE HARLEY-DOCTOR. [...]

CILO City Lounge celebrates its 5th anniversary with a month of events

Time flies: it is already five years ago that CILO City Lounge opened its glass doors. The extremely relaxed restaurant and lounge was a hit from day one, not only because of its perfect location on the corner of the Renaissance Marketplace downtown, overlooking the harbor, but also because of its trendy menu, its great [...]

Fitch Downgrades Aruba Credit

Fitch Ratings has downgraded Aruba’s long-term foreign and local currency issuer ratings to BBB- from BBB, the New York-based ratings firm announced. The firm said the island’s sovereign creditworthiness had “deteriorated” since 2009 due to the “negative impact of recent suspensions of operations at the Valero refinery.”

Salt & Pepper restaurant is the first stop for Tom and Beatrix from Kentucky

ARUBA – Tom and Beatrix are on the island! That is not exactly a newsworthy piece of information, you could say, but this couple from Louisville, Kentucky, is celebrating 20 years of holidays on Aruba. They come here not once, not twice, not even three times, but four times a year and their first stop [...]

Tourist Kids Give Back To Aruba Kids Enjoy protecting Aruba’s Reefs by creating awareness with our Save the Reefs Bracelet Program

Malmok – Aruba’s Marine Park Foundation in cooperation with the island’s popular water sports operators, Jolly Pirates have implemented an especially worthy “Protect the Reefs bracelet” program. The simple concept of a set of three awareness bracelets has been initiated to develop more reef care awareness and educational programs on the island.

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster July 28th, 2014

RAIN SONG & DANCE. Bachata super star Romeo Santos broke the long spell of drought on Aruba, delivering a deluge of much-needed rain water on the night of his performance. My friends who bought the $400.- concert ticket report finding shelter under tables, and soaking their butts in three- inch of muddy water. Some opted [...]

Sadia Futa Celebrates her 10th Anniversary at Caribbean Palm Village Resort

Noord – Her name pops up at every Employee of Month Award Ceremony, as she has been nominated and also won the coveted title a number of times. She also regularly collects Shining Star Awards and Extra Mile Awards for her impeccable performance at the reservations department, taking care of guests and owners requests and [...]

Aruba Releases Venezuelan Diplomat Sought by US

Aruba government released a former Venezuelan general who was detained on U.S. drug charges when he arrived to serve as his country’s consul on the Dutch Caribbean island, sending him home Sunday night and defusing a diplomatic fight with its neighbor. Aruba authorities had argued previously that Hugo Carvajal, a former military intelligence chief, didn’t [...]

Fusion, Tapas, Wine & Piano Bar is proud of its Trip Advisor Award of Excellence

Palm Beach – The charming lounge at the Alhambra Casino & Shops has just been recognized as one of the best establishments on the island, as it was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor, one of the world’s largest travel sites. The  continuous efforts made by Fusion’s team and the consistency in preparing [...]

Burton and Sharon Sorensen honored at the Divi Phoenix

ARUBA – Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a very nice couple as Distinguished Visitors at the Aruba Divi Phoenix. The symbolic honorary title is presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism as a token of appreciation to guests who visit Aruba for 10 to 19 consecutive years.

Second Quarter Awards at La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino Recognize Excellence

Eagle Beach – During a special lunch celebration at La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino, members of management lauded associates, supervisors and teams, nominated for exceptional performance during April, May & June of 2014. The nominees of the month of April took center stage at the conference room and were individually praised for their dedication [...]

Max and Lynn Levin honored at the Paradise Beach Villas

Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a very nice couple, whom are loyal and friendly Visitors of Aruba, at the Paradise Beach Villas as Ambassadors of Goodwill. The symbolic honorary title is presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism as a token of appreciation to guests who visit [...]

Development relations between Venezuela and The Netherlands

ARUBA – There are some serious developments now in the diplomatic conflict between the South American country and The Netherlands. Venezuela prohibits all aircrafts from The Netherlands, Aruba and Curacao to fly in their aerial space. The Venezuela Government gives order to their State Oil Company PDVSA to stop supplying oil products to Curacao. This [...]

Real Estate Miriam answers all

Ask Real Estate expert Miriam Engeln anything about properties in ARUBA, such as how to invest in real estate, how to maximize occupancy in vacation properties, rental income tips, constructing a house, home exchange, house flipping, retire-/ moving to ARUBA and so on. This week’s question by Anabelle Baker: How do I sell my house?

Aeropuerto Internacionl Reina Beatrix in Aruba: OPENED FOR BUSINESS AS USUAL

ORANJESTAD – Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA) confirms that the airport of Aruba is opened for business as usual. Supposedly there are rumors circulating giving the erroneous information that Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix would be closed. This information is not correct. All flights are being normally processed.

Honoring at Holiday Inn

David Leon & Sandi Restino from Ontario, Canada were honored as Distinguished Visitors after returning to Aruba for 10 consecutive years. The symbolic honorary title is presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism as a token of appreciation to guests who visit Aruba for more than 10 consecutive years.

Papillon’s mussels arrived again!

The mussels that are served in the weekends of July and August at Papillon restaurant in The Village are bursting with taste, fleshy and sumptuous. Flown in from Zeeland in the south of Holland, they are still dripping sea water, so to speak. Early last month the first mussel crop was allowed to be picked [...]

Fun in the Sun at Windie’s Summer Camp

Eagle Beach – With one cycle concluded, the next one is shaping up nicely for Windie’s Fun in The Sun Summer Camp, starting Monday, July 28th. The five-day program is filled with activities such swimming in the semi-Olympic pool at Aqua Windie’s and well-supervised visits to Eagle Beach. Also planned, excursions to Reina Beatrix Airport and [...]

Special guests honored at the Playa Linda Beach Resort

ARUBA – Recently, the following guests were  honored as an Ambassador of goodwill for the island of Aruba after returning to our island for more than 20 consecutive years: Steven & Ilana Ginsberg, Ken & Harold Heller and also Paul & Ronni Ginsberg. The symbolic honorary title is presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism [...]

Great cocktails for Leanna and Randy at Fishes and More

ARUBA – Leanna and Randy from Massachusetts, USA, are sad: they discovered their favorite restaurant on the island on the evening before they had to fly home again. The 21-year olds found out about Fishes and More Restaurant when the concierge at their hotel recommended it. When they tasted their first cocktails, they were in [...]

Housekeeping Supervisor Lidia Jose completes 25 years at Caribbean Palm Village Resort

Palm Beach – Lidia Jose celebrated her twenty-five year career at the Caribbean Palm Village Resort, at a special luncheon, hosted by management at the Asian Bistro on Palm Beach. Interim General Manager Astrid Muller supported by members of management thanked Lidia for her many contributions as a housekeeping supervisor and wished her many more [...]

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