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A Basic Guide to Everything Aruba

WELCOME

ARUBA 101

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DID YOU KNOW?

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ADVENTURE ISLAND Explore Aruba’s History, Culture and Top Highlights

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TEMPTING FLAVORS From Casual Meals to Fine Dining

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LUCK OF THE ISLAND Casinos and Nightlife Keep Things Hot

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RETAIL HAVEN Where to Get Your Island Gear and Souvenirs

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Discover, An Insider’s Guide to Aruba 2022

DE PALM TOURS Chairman of the Board Eric Robles Chief Executive Officer Reinder Fit Marketing Manager Lisandro Zambrano Marketing Team Swindy Kelly, Casandra Dijkhoff, Nathania Taylor, Jesser Pichardo and Deivy van der Biezen (design), Gilberto Perez (distribution) On-Island Distribution: De Palm Tours L.G. Smith Blvd. #142, Oranjestad, Aruba Tel: +297-522-4400 E-mail: marketing@depalmtours.com

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WELCOME

Proudly serving

Aruba for 60 years SALES LOCATIONS & ISLAND INFORMATION:

AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION De Palm Tours offers airport transportation for every arriving and departing flight. Our buses drive you to almost 50 different hotels and apartments on island. We offer: • Shared round-trip airport transportation by bus • Express round-trip airport transportation by van (max. two hotel stops) • Private round-trip airport transportation by car (to any location on island) See depalm.com for more information or visit one of our Concierge or Activities Desks in a hotel. Note: Airport Transportation & Packages can only be booked online.

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Atlantis Submarines Downtown Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort Aruba Marriott Ocean Club Aruba Marriott Resort & Casino Aruba Marriott Surf Club Barceló Resort Lobby Barceló Resort Beachside (in Coconuts Store) Costa Linda Beach Resort Courtyard by Marriott Aruba Resort De Palm Island Port De Palm (check-in) De Palm Island De Palm Pier Coconuts (between RIU & Hilton) Divi Beach Resort Divi Phoenix Resort Divi Village Resort Eagle Aruba Resort and Casino Hilton Resort Holiday Inn Resort Paradise Beach Villas Renaissance Aruba Beach Resort Renaissance Ocean Suites RIU Palace Aruba RIU Palace Antillas Tamarijn Aruba Resort De Palm Tours Head Office Locations are subject to change.

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Feel free to take one with you. All above mentioned locations All De Palm Tours buses Car rentals De Palm Airport Office Most hotels Most apartment complexes Butterfly Farm Gold Coast La Trattoria El Faro Blanco (California Lighthouse) Tierra del Sol The Market at Alhambra Gas stations Locations are subject to change.


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BASIC GUIDE

Aruba 101

LANGUAGES

YOUR BASIC GUIDE TO ALL THINGS ARUBA ISLAND FACTS Area and Climate

Aruba is 19.6 miles (30 km) long and 6 miles (10 km) across at its widest point, totaling 77 square miles (193 sq. km). Outside the hurricane belt, the island has an average yearly temperature of 86° F / 30° C, tempered by northeasterly trade winds.

Location

Aruba lies 15 miles (24 km) north of Venezuela and 890 nautical miles from the equator, at 12 degrees 30’ north latitude and 69 degrees 58’ west longitude.

Time Zone

Atlantic Standard Time year-round (equivalent to Eastern Daylight Savings Time).

Currency

Aruba’s currency is the florin, denoted by the letters “AWG” but also “AFL.” U.S. dollars are widely accepted and many banks exchange other foreign currency as well. Traveler’s checks are also widely accepted and there is no charge for using them in hotels, stores and restaurants. Major credit cards (Visa, MC, Discover & Amex) are accepted at most establishments.

Electrical Power

110/220 volts (same as the United States).

Drinking water

Aruba’s tap water is safe to drink. In a restaurant ask specifically if you want tap water or bottled.

HOLIDAYS 2022 • New Year’s Day Saturday, Jan. 1

• King’s Day Wednesday, April 27

• Betico Croes Day Tuesday, Jan. 25

• Labor Day Monday, May 2

• Carnival Monday Monday, Feb. 28

• Ascension Day Thursday, May 26

• National Anthem and Flag Day Friday, March 18

• Christmas Day Sunday, Dec. 25

• Good Friday Friday, April 15 • Easter Monday Monday, April 18

• Boxing Day Monday, Dec. 26 Information subject to change.

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While Aruba’s official languages are Dutch and Papiamento, English and Spanish are widely spoken. The native tongue Papiamento is a language with many influences, including Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese.

Here are a few words and phrases:

Welcome Bon bini How are you? Con ta bai? Fine, thank you Bon, danki Thank you very much Masha danki You’re welcome Na bo ordo See you later Te aworo Sweet Dushi My darling/sweetheart Mi dushi A kiss Un sunchi Happy birthday Masha pabien Goodbye Ayo Good morning Bon dia Good afternoon Bon tardi Good evening/night Bon nochi The good (Aruban) life Biba dushi

Important Telephone Numbers

Emergency: 911 Beach police: +(297) 586-3003 Queen Beatrix Airport: +(297) 524-2424

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BASIC GUIDE

GETTING AROUND CHARTERED TRANSPORTATION to various points of interest, as well as between your hotel and the airport, can be arranged with companies such as De Palm Tours: www.depalm.com.

CAR RENTAL AGENCIES are located at the airport. You can usually drop off and pick up your vehicle there or request pickup at your hotel. Your concierge can help you rent a car. BUSES There is daily bus service between several of the island’s larger districts and the hotel areas. The main bus station is located in downtown Oranjestad. Ask your concierge for the bus schedule or visit: visitaruba.com/getting-around/ bus-schedule/

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

When making a telephone call, always dial +, followed by the country code, area code (if applicable) and the actual phone number. To call Aruba: +297 and phone number U.S. or Canada: +1, the area code and phone number The Netherlands: +31, the area code and phone number Venezuela: +58, the area code and phone number Colombia: +57, the area code and phone number Argentina: +54, the area code and phone number Brazil: +55, the area code and phone number Curaçao or Bonaire: +599 and phone number Wi-Fi & Cellular phones Be aware of high roaming fees, especially for data transfers. Temporarily disable roaming to avoid high charges. Most locations offer free Wi-Fi, at some you might need to request a password or log-in. Free public Wi-Fi areas: Eagle Beach, Paardenbaai Plaza (downtown), Plaza Turismo (close to the airport), Casibari Rock Formation, Mangel Halto and Arikok National Park. Wi-Fi cards available at Setar: www.setar.aw/visitors/wi-fi/

HEALTH AND MEDICAL RESOURCES

Dr. Horacio E. Oduber Hospital Tel: +(297) 527-4000 Centro Medico San Nicolas (Imsan) Tel: +(297) 524-8833 Urgent Care Aruba 24/7 available: +(297) 586-0448 info@urgentcare.aw www.cuidomedico.com Vacation Dialysis At Dr. Horacio E. Oduber Hospital Tel: +(297) 527-4371 or 527-4071 r.kraaijvanger@hoharuba.com

TAXIS are also widely available, though you do not typically hail a cab in Aruba. You should call ahead to make arrangements or check in your hotel for available taxis. Also, taxis do not have meters. Instead, you pay a fixed rate set by government regulations. Prices are based on distance with a maximum capacity of five (5) passengers per taxi; On official holidays and after midnight an additional charge to the regular rate is applicable. Taxi fares can be found here: visitaruba.com/gettingaround/taxis-and-limos/

GASOLINE STATIONS

Gas pumps for your rental car register in liters: 1.06 quarts to 1 liter. Prices at gas stations are in Aruban florins converted at AFL 1.75 to US$1.00. Gas stations offer full service pumps where attendants fill up your tank or you can choose for a self-service pump. At a self-service pump you must first pay inside (a certain amount or request for a complete fill-up) before filling up your tank. All gasoline stations in Aruba sell exclusively unleaded gasoline and gas-oil (diesel).

PHARMACIES On Sundays only

two pharmacies (botica) are open, at different locations every week. Call the Hospital at +(297) 527-4000 for info on a pharmacy on duty on Sunday.

WHEELCHAIR RENTALS OR TRANSPORTATION

Essential Health Supplies In front of Aruba Hospital • Tel:+(297) 587-0940 US: +1 (786) 245-8093 info@essentialaruba.com • www.essentialaruba.com Labco Medical & Home Healthcare Tel: +(297) 582-6651 • www.labcoaruba.com Lite Life Medicab Tel: +(297) 585-9764

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DEPARTING ARUBA US Customs and Border Patrol Offices: +(297) 588-7240 - Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. www.cbp.gov Aruba Customs: Open 24/7 at the airport (for travelers) www.douane.aw/en/ info@douane.aw, +(297) 523-8888

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km/h (37 m/h) and on faster roads it’s 80 km/h (50 m/h). • Right side has the right of way (unless road signs say different). • Traffic on the roundabout has the right of way and drivers entering the circles must wait for an opening. • Vehicles have priority over non- motorized vehicles. Be careful on a bicycle since most drivers are not used to having bicycles riding around.


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De Palm

Activities & Tours Aruba is an island of enchanting natural beauty and warm hospitality. With its steady trade winds, rugged interior terrain, and lush aquatic life, this piece of paradise offers an excellent variety of outdoor recreational adventures.



SUN, SEA & SAND

De Palm Island A MUST-DO ON YOUR ARUBA VACATION! A coral island with open bar, activities, flamingos, and more! Sometimes you just need to escape the routine of the hotel scene. Switch it up with boundless activities, unlimited food and beverage, and unrestricted relaxation on a unique coral island just off the shores of Aruba. Exclusively offered at De Palm Island: Sea Trek® Underwater Helmet Walk (see page 24). HOW TO GET TO DE PALM ISLAND By Bus: Packages are available including round-trip transfers to and from most major hotels. You can book these packages online or at a hotel concierge desk. By Car: If you’re exploring Aruba by car, visit De Palm Island for a day of snorkeling, swimming, or relaxing. From downtown, go past the airport and take a right at the 3rd roundabout (look for the De Palm Island road sign). Free parking and tickets sales available at the terminal. The ferry to De Palm Island runs all day. TICKETS OR PACKAGES At the De Palm Concierge or Activities Desk in your hotel, at any De Palm sales location, online at depalmisland.com, or at De Palm Island (until 2 p.m.). 20 | DISCOVER ARUBA TOURS, DINING & SHOPPING


INCLUSIONS All-Inclusive Food and Beverage There is never a problem satiating your thirst or hunger at De Palm Island! Enjoy your lunch buffet featuring local and Caribbean fare, or grab a snack from our grill, like a hamburger, hot dog, or chicken tenders. And enjoy a cocktail, beer, or soft drink from our open bar. Lunch: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Grill: 12 to 4 p.m. / Open Bar: 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Body Drop Slides Twist and turn all the way down in one of our new breathtaking freebody slides. For those looking for something more daring, slide down a dark, twisting tunnel that will drop you into a spiraling bowl. *Guests under 48 inches tall (1.22 m) are not permitted on these rides. Snorkeling The coral reef just off De Palm Island is one of Aruba’s most spectacular snorkel sites. There’s no easier way to catch a glimpse of the spectacular marine life of the Caribbean, and the stunning blue parrotfish that are endemic to Aruba. Great snorkeling can be had in both waist-high and deeper waters. All snorkel gear is provided, as well as instruction. Complimentary snorkel tours of the reef are offered twice daily. Kids Water Park Your little ones will love the kids water park, where they can shoot water cannons, zip down slides, go under water showers, and get soaked by a tipping bucket.

Banana Boat Rides Unlimited fun with unlimited rides! Beat the heat and ride the waves. Hop on a banana boat for a splashing and thrilling adventure. Kids must be at least 10 years old and/or 50″ tall. No min. weight. Max. weight 300 lbs. Salsa Lessons Daily salsa lessons are given by Aruba’s best salsa teachers. Relaxation You can lounge in the sun to your heart’s content or splash about in the crystalline, turquoise water that surrounds the island. Beach chairs and palapas for shade are included. Bring your own towel. Private cabanas and beach cabanas available for rent. Flamingos De Palm Island is now home to a beautiful flock of gentle flamingos that enjoy life in a reserved section of the island. These elegant pink birds can be seen (not touched) from up close.

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Ultimate

Relaxation Glistening, white-sand beaches, picture postcard-worthy ocean views: De Palm Island is the perfect spot to unwind for the day in the privacy of your own beach cabana.

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BEACH CABANAS Enjoy the Luxury of a Beach Cabana! The newest addition to De Palm Island for those wanting to enjoy the beach in a private setting. You’ll share the beach with three other cabanas that include a corner sofa and dining area, fridge with Prosecco, juice and water. Your private beach is equipped with luxury beach beds, cushions and towels, a beach shower, and concierge service. Plus, this beach has its own bar. Includes: luxury beach beds, sofa area and dining area, refrigerator with Prosecco (1 bottle for 4 people), juice and water, cushions, towels, beach shower, own bar, and concierge service. PRIVATE CABANAS Elevate Your Beach Experience with a Private Cabana! Enjoy the blue waters and whitesand beaches of De Palm Island in the most luxurious way possible. Our private cabanas add privacy and comfort to your perfect Caribbean beach day. Enjoy the tranquility in one of our four private cabanas. Includes: sundeck with stairs into the ocean, shower, refrigerator with water and juice, bottle of Prosecco, private entrance, beach lounge chairs with cushions, and towels. PREMIUM SEATING A Quiet Respite in an Exclusive Beach Area! Enjoy a quiet respite and the company of our flock of gentle flamingoes in this exclusive beach

area with a limited number of premium lounge chairs. The cabanas or premium seating can be booked (at an additional cost) through contact@ depalmtours.com or at the De Palm Concierge or Activity Desks in one of the hotels. If still available, the cabanas or premium seating

can also be booked after arrival on De Palm Island. MASSAGES For a truly luxurious treat, opt for a massage or couple’s treatment in our spa with a view over the ocean. Reserve your spot right after arrival at De Palm Island.

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Underwater

Experiences

Snorkel right off the beach on one of Aruba’s coolest coral reefs, where massive parrotfish swim in swarms of brilliant blue. SEA TREK® A UNIQUE UNDERWATER EXPERIENCE You don’t want to miss this

delightful underwater experience that allows you to walk the sea floor on a custom walkway wearing specially designed diving helmets, offering an up-close view of Aruba’s marine life. Even non-swimmers and those who don’t snorkel can feed a

bevy of colorful tropical fish, view a sunken Jeep and bus, and pose for a photograph while sitting at the underwater Sea Trek Cafe. No dive certification or prior diving or snorkeling experience is required. Min. age is 8 years old. Duration: Approximately 1 hour including briefing. You will be scheduled after arrival at De Palm Island. Important: It is not allowed to consume alcohol before joining this activity. Min. age is 8 years old. Sea Trek is considered a dive activity, so if one of the following apply, a doctor’s letter is required to participate: pregnancy, recent surgery, epilepsy, seizures, or asthma. Underwater cameras are not allowed for safety reasons. Sea Trek is exclusively offered at De Palm Island and needs to be purchased together with an entrance ticket to De Palm Island. Tours offered daily. Reservations needed; space is limited.

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The duration is approximately 1 hour including briefing. You will be scheduled for your dive after arrival at De Palm Island. Your dive time will be scheduled based on your De Palm Island admission ticket. No dive certification or prior diving or snorkeling experience is required. Min. age is 8 years old. Duration: Approximately 1 hour including briefing. You will be scheduled after arrival at De Palm Island.

SNUBA® EXPERIENCE ARUBA’S UNDERWATER BEAUTY! Go beyond snorkeling and experience the world’s underwater beauty in the safest and easiest way possible with SNUBA. No dive certification required. With SNUBA, you can breathe easily underwater without wearing heavy, restrictive dive gear. Discover incredible coral formations and schools of tropical fish as you glide effortlessly under the surface. SNUBA is safe family fun, and it’s easy to learn. Your professionally trained SNUBA guide personally takes you on an underwater tour of the beautiful marine environment.

Important: It is not allowed to consume alcohol before joining this activity. Min. age is 8 years old. SNUBA is considered a dive activity, so if one of the following apply, a doctor’s letter is required to participate: pregnancy, recent surgery, high blood pressure, epilepsy, seizures, or asthma. Underwater cameras are not allowed for safety reasons. SNUBA is offered on De Palm’s Palm Pleasure sailing trip (daily) or at De Palm Island (surcharge applies). SNUBA at De Palm Island is offered daily except on Sundays, reservation needed.

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SAIL AND SNORKEL

Palm Pleasure

Catamaran See Aruba from a new perspective aboard the spacious Palm Pleasure, a 70-foot-long and 40-foot-wide catamaran! Enjoy different snorkel stops, an open bar, and beautiful views!

This catamaran trip is the perfect way to see two of Aruba’s best snorkeling sites! Journey beyond Aruba’s sandy shores to its tranquil, crystalline sea.

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MORNING SNORKEL ADVENTURE Snorkel Stops: Antilla Shipwreck Arashi Reef Boca Catalina

AFTERNOON DELIGHT Snorkel Stops: Antilla Shipwreck Boca Catalina Includes: Snorkel Gear Snacks Open Bar Upgrade: SNUBA Duration: Approximately 3 hours Departure: Boat leaves at 2 p.m. Departs from De Palm Pier located on Palm Beach between Riu Palace and Hilton Resort

Includes: Snorkel Gear Lunch Snacks Open Bar Upgrade: SNUBA Duration: Approximately 4 hours Departure: Boat leaves at 9 a.m. Departs from De Palm Pier located on Palm Beach between Riu Palace and Hilton Resort

SUNSET SAIL Sunsets are not only enjoyable on the beach — they are even more spectacular when viewed the Palm Pleasure way, aboard our luxurious catamaran! Includes: Tropical Treats Open Bar Duration: Approximately 2 hours Departure: Boat leaves at 5:30 p.m. Departs from De Palm Pier located on Palm Beach between Riu Palace and Hilton Resort

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UNDERWATER TOURS

Seaworld Explorer

Semi-Submarine This air-conditioned vessel, which was originally used for research on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, always remains above sea level, while its hull, which sits 5 feet below the surface, provides spectacular viewing of the Arashi coral reef, abundant sea life, and the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean, the World War 2 German freighter Antilla.

Tour Sights: Arashi Reef Antilla, the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean Duration: Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, including the shuttle vessel from/to De Palm Pier Departure: 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. at the De Palm Pier (between RIU and Hilton Resort) Recommended Attire: The semi-submarine is airconditioned. Wear casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Important Information: Transportation is not included. Check in at Coconuts Retail Store on De Palm Pier (between RIU and Hilton Resort) about 30 minutes before departure time. Must be able to climb stairs.

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Atlantis Submarines

Expedition

EXPLORE THE UNDERWATER WORLD FROM A REAL SUBMARINE! Join Atlantis Submarines, voted Aruba’s most outstanding attraction, on an unforgettable guided tour aboard the largest passenger submarine fleet in the world. The submarine is U.S. Coast Guard approved, environmentally friendly, and fully air-conditioned.

Tour Sights: Barcadera Reef Several shipwrecks Duration: Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, including the shuttle vessel to/from the submarine Departure: 11:00 a.m.; 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. Recommended Attire: The submarine is airconditioned. Wear casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Important Information: Children must be a minimum of 36 inches in height (90 cm) and 4 years old to ride the submarine. Transportation is not included. Check in at the Atlantis Store about 30 minutes before departure time. Must be able to climb stairs. Your trip departs from Atlantis Store Oranjestad, across from the Renaissance Resort.

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OFF-ROAD TOURS

Caves & Snorkel

Off-Road Safari AN OFF-ROAD RIDE TO THE CAVES WITH SNORKELING AT MANGEL HALTO! Bring your family fun to a whole other level and hop on one of our open-air vehicles for a discovery like no other. Kids will love coming across the magic of nature as you and your family surround yourself in the island’s flora and fauna while interacting with wildlife on the way to Aruba’s famous landmarks.

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Departure: 8:30 a.m. or 2:15 p.m. Tour Sights & Caves: Indian Cave Paintings Fontein Caves Guadirikiri Caves Boca Prins Snorkel at Mangel Halto Pass By: Windmill Park Vader Piet Lourdes Caves Northeast Coast Includes: Bottle of Water Snorkel Gear Admission Fees Certified Tour Guide Recommended Attire: Wear your swimsuit! Pack a towel, sunblock, sunglasses, a hat or visor, a camera, and shoes that will allow you to walk comfortably on rocky terrain. Transportation: Round-trip transportation from most hotels is included. To confirm your pickup time, visit one of our Activities Desks or Guest Services Desks in your hotel. Important Information: This tour is not allowed for guests with back, hip, neck, heart, or kidney problems; those who are pregnant; or children younger than 4 years of age (ID required). We recommend you bring extra cash for restroom usage and other activities as most locations only accept cash.

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OFF-ROAD TOURS

Baby Beach

Off-Road Safari See Aruba through the eyes of a local on the tour that covers most of the island. Take a ride in one of our open-air off-road vehicles to see the beauty of Aruba’s flora and fauna from the rocky north shore to beautiful Baby Beach.

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Duration: Approximately 7 hours Departure: 9:30 a.m. Tour Sights: California Lighthouse Alto Vista Chapel Baby Natural Bridge & Ruins Black Stone Beach Ayo Rock Formations Three Bridges Formation Glass Blowing Demo at Studio Murano Art Donkey Sanctuary Pass By: Baby Beach San Nicolas Street Art Frenchman’s Pass Red Anchor Includes: Water Lunch Snorkel Gear Recommended Attire: Wear your swimsuit! Pack a towel, sunblock, sunglasses, a hat or visor, a camera, and shoes that will allow you to walk comfortably on rocky terrain. Transportation: Round-trip transportation from most hotels is included. To confirm your pickup time, visit one of our Activities Desks or Guest Services Desks in your hotel.

Important Information: This tour is not allowed for guests with back, hip, neck, heart, or kidney problems; those who are pregnant; or children younger than 4 years of age (ID required). We recommend you bring extra cash for restroom usage and other activities as most locations only accept cash.

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OFF-ROAD TOURS

Natural Pool

Off-Road Safari Looking to see another side of Aruba? Come explore the rugged Aruban outback in one of our open-air vehicles. We take you on a thrilling adventure to the Natural Pool while enjoying beautiful views all around you!

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Duration: Approximately 4 hours Departure: 8:30 a.m. or 2:15 p.m. Tour Sights: Natural Pool Baby Natural Bridge & Ruins Alto Vista Chapel Pass by: California Lighthouse Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins Ayo Rock Formation Arashi Beach

Important Information: This tour is not allowed for guests with back, hip, neck, heart, or kidney problems; those who are pregnant; or children younger than 6 years of age (ID required). We recommend you bring extra cash for restroom usage and other activities as most locations only accept cash.

Includes: Water Snorkel Gear Recommended Attire: Wear your swimsuit! Pack a towel, sunblock, sunglasses, a hat or visor, a camera, and shoes that will allow you to walk comfortably on rocky terrain. Transportation: Round-trip transportation from most hotels is included. To confirm your pickup time, visit one of our Activities Desks or Guest Services Desks in your hotel.

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OFF-ROAD ADVENTURES

UTV

Off-Road Adventure SUPER CHARGE YOUR VACATION! Tackle the terrain in your own UTV vehicle! Get down and dirty as you blaze a trail through the wild beauty of Aruba’s outback. See Aruba through the eyes of a local on one of our UTV Off-Road Adventures that covers the best sightseeiOg spots on the island.

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Includes: Water Snack Bandana Snorkel Gear Lunch (Full day tour only) You can ask for all UTV Off-Road Adventures that we have available (half and full day) at the De Palm Concierge or Activity Desks in one of the hotels. Or visit depalm.com for more information. Note: Round-trip transportation from most hotels is included. To confirm your pickup time, visit one of our Activities Desks or Guest Services Desks in your Duration: hotel. Our UTV tours Approx. 3 hours, 4.5 are not recommended hours, or 7 hours for guests with back or kidney problems or Departure: pregnant women. 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., Min. age driver is 23 and 2:15 p.m. Pickup years old, min. age at the different hotels passenger is 12 years old is earlier. (ID required). Most Visited Tour Sights: California Lighthouse Baby Natural Bridge & Ruins Snorkeling and Flamingo Encounter at De Palm Island Blackstone Beach Three Bridges Mangel Halto Beach for photo op DISCOVER ARUBA TOURS, DINING & SHOPPING | 37


BUS TOURS

Bus Tours

Best of Aruba READY TO DISCOVER? Explore Aruba’s sea and land wonders. These excursions will leave you educated on Aruba’s history and culture. Our professional tour guides will give you the whole story, from the tall tales and common folklore to the certifiable facts about the island. Take in the island’s delights through an A to Z tour of Aruba presented the traditional way — in a comfortable, airconditioned coach. The full-day tour highlights some of Aruba’s wonders.

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Book your favorite tours at depalm.com. T: +(297) 522-4400 #DePalmTours


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BEST OF ARUBA BY BUS TOUR (FULL DAY) Duration: Approximately 7 hours Departure: 9:00 a.m. Tour Sights: Bubali Bird & Turtle Sanctuary California Lighthouse Baby Natural Bridge & Ruins Glass Blowing Demonstration at Studio Murano Alto Vista Ayo Rock Formations Snorkel at Baby Beach Pass By: Eagle Beach Palm Beach Arashi Beach Frenchman’s Pass Bushiribana Gold Smelter Ruins Balashi Gold Smelter Ruins Local Neighborhoods Southeast Coast Red Anchor Includes: Water Lunch Snorkel Gear

ARUBA SIGHTSEEING BUS TOUR (HALF DAY) Duration: Approximately 4.5 hours Departure: 10:00 a.m. Tour Sights: The Butterfly Farm Aloe Factory California Lighthouse Casibari Rock Formation Baby Natural Bridge & Ruins Pass By: Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins Palm Beach Arashi Beach Local Neighborhoods Includes: Water Note: Round-trip transportation from most hotels is included. To confirm your pick-up time, visit one of our Activities Desks or Guest Services Desks in your hotel. No age limit. We recommend you bring extra cash for restroom usage and other activities as most locations only accept cash.

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Adventure Island With so much to see and discover in Aruba, make sure to connect with its people, culture, and sights.



EXPLORE

One Happy Island With steady trade winds, rugged interior terrain, and pristine beaches, Aruba is unlike any other Caribbean island. HISTORY Aruba is one of four countries that make up the Kingdom of the Netherlands; local citizens of the island are Dutch nationals. The island’s first inhabitants were descendants of the Arawak tribe from Venezuela. Europeans arrived at the turn of the 15th century, followed by Spanish rule until 1635, after which the Dutch took control with a few intermittent years of British rule. In 1986, Aruba obtained a separate status as an autonomous country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. HISTORIC SPOTS Located in front of Malmok Beach is the Antilla, a German freighter sunk during World War II and home of Aruba’s most visited dive site. Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins on the northern coast

line offers insight into Aruba’s gold mining past. Fort Zoutman houses the Aruba Historical Museum alongside the Willem III Tower. MUST-EAT BITES Pan bati, a savory pancake with a sweet and fluffy texture, is the perfect accent to Aruba’s fresh seafood or dipped in a local stew. Pastechi is fried cheese inside a pastry. It can be filled with protein or vegetables. Keshi yena, a Dutch-inspired dish, is often made of Gouda cheese hollowed out and stuffed with a filling of spicy chicken.

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DRINK UP Balashi and Chill are Aruba’s main brews. A classic island cocktail is the Aruba Ariba, made with Coecoei (an Aruban liquor) combined with vodka, banana liqueur and local rum.


PAPIAMENTO Papiamento is a Creole language with elements of African, Arawakan, Dutch, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish spoken by over 300,000 people on the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao.

DOWNTOWN ORANJESTAD Aruba’s capital, Oranjestad, is one of the most colorful cities in the Caribbean; brightly colored, Dutch-style buildings line Main Street with the highest concentration of the island’s shopping and restaurants. Visitors can enjoy a variety of local stores stocked with Aruban crafts alongside Dutch favorites such as cheese and chocolates, in addition to iconic worldwide brands offering leather, jewelry, designer fashions, and more. Aruba’s most noted artists and craftspeople display products in this shopping oasis. Downtown Oranjestad restaurants, cafés, and bars offer over a dozen varying types of cuisine. Aruban classics to Brazilian, Chinese, Dutch, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Mexican, steak houses, and more are only a sample of the eatery choices. CULTURE Close proximity to South America and influence from

three different cultural reigns has transformed Arubans into an extremely eclectic population of over 90 different nationalities blending to make a warm, inviting community with many intriguing facets from cuisine and art to sport and lifestyle.

TOP PHRASES Bonbini, meaning “welcome,” is a friendly and often-used greeting. Por fabor translates to “please” and is the most useful local colloquialism for a tourist to ask for directions. Hopi bon, meaning “very good,” is a wonderful phrase to describe an experience or feeling on the island. Danki, translated as “thank you,” will come in handy. Ban goza, meaning “let’s enjoy,” describes the emotion of many island visitors. DISCOVER ARUBA TOURS, DINING & SHOPPING | 43


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Nature Aruba is home to a unique mix of flora and fauna particular to only this island. DIVI-DIVI TREES Aruba’s iconic tree grows best in this part of the world. With a maximum height of 30 feet, the tree is influenced by the northeast trade winds, allowing for impressive canopies that always point southwest, giving it the nickname of compass tree. DESERT LANDSCAPE Aruba is consistently documented as one of the sunniest spots in all of the Caribbean. This, combined with an arid climate, allows for dense cacti, desert flowers, Caribbean pines, wild orchids, lush vines and other exotic flora. MARINE LIFE Aruban waters are thriving with

incredible creatures such as sea turtles, moray eels, stingrays, octopi, seahorses, starfish, clown fish, barracuda, grouper, and more. BIRD-WATCHING There are over 200 species of birds on the island, including the prikichi, the Aruban parakeet with a lovely green plumage and yellow-orange head; the warawara, an eagle-like bird of prey; and the endangered shoko, a small burrowing owl. REPTILES Aruba is home to half of all lizard species in the world and rarities like the Aruban cascabel rattlesnake, Aruba leaf-toed gecko, and the Aruba whiptail lizard.

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ISLAND BEACHES Aruba’s beaches are famous for powdery-soft white sand set against a palette of turquoise and aqua, ever changing with the Caribbean sunlight. Visitors have 20 recommended beaches in which to enjoy, some including award-winning choices from National Geographic and USA Today. MOST FAMOUS BEACHES Eagle Beach, rated as one of the best beaches in the world, is the island’s widest beach and home to Aruba’s archetypal fofoti tree (often mistakenly called the dividivi tree), which are seen in many of Aruba’s promotional materials as well as wedding photos. Lowrise hotels line the landscape and there are a variety of watersports, beach activities, and food and beverage kiosks. Keep a look out for sea turtle nests. Baby Beach, on the southeast portion of the island, is a family and snorkeling haven. The water is calm, clear, shallow and sheltered from the ocean by a barrier. Arashi Beach, located on the northernmost part of the island, is a multifaceted retreat with Aruba’s California Lighhouse as a backdrop. The turquoise water is calm, making it an excellent spot for snorkeling.


The Natural

For thousands of years, pounding waves and strong winds have slowly chiseled away at the limestone cliffs along Aruba’s north coast to create several natural bridges. The largest of these bridges used to be the famous Natural Bridge, which collapsed on September 2, 2005. Despite this, it is still the most photographed natural bridge, and it remains a tourist attraction in Aruba, with the adjacent intact Baby Bridge also meriting a visit. 1. FORMER NATURAL BRIDGE The natural arch (as it used to be), measuring approximately 25 feet (7.6m) high and 100 feet (30m) long, was the remnant of an ancient cave. 2. COLLAPSED NATURAL BRIDGE Since the collapsed bridge is now blocking the ocean from the beach, magnificent sceneries of the waves bursting against the rocks can be viewed from the bay behind the ruins of the bridge. 3. WORTH A VISIT The beautiful building at the Natural Bridge has an Aruba country home look and feel, which is typical of the old-style homes on the island. The interior includes state-of-the-art restrooms, a nice bar, gift shop, and sitting areas. One of the most unique features are the panoramic views to the ocean and the surrounding hills right from the sitting areas that

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are created by a series of big windows. The view is second to none. 4. THE GIFT SHOP & BAR The gift shop offers unique souvenirs and the very popular Biba Dushi line of apparel. The bar includes a wide selection of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, snacks, sandwiches, and ice cream. Natural Bridge is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 5. TOURING THE NATURAL BRIDGE The Natural Bridge and Baby Bridge are a stop during many island tours and can also be reached with your own car. The roads are not perfectly paved but a 4WD is not necessary. The Natural Bridge is just a little farther down from Bushiribana Golds Mill Ruins, passing the

Ostrich Farm. From the Natural Bridge you’ll have a view to Andicuri Beach. This beach, though, can only be reached with a proper 4WD or organized off-road safari. De Palm Tour is your gateway to super fun and adventurous tours on the island! There are different tours where the tour sight is The Baby Bridge and Natural Bridge Ruins that can be booked through depalm.com. You can visit the De Palm Concierge or Activity Desks in one of the hotels. You can ask for Natural Pool OffRoad Safari, Caves and Snorkel Off-Road Snorkel, Andicuri UTV Off-Road Adventure, Full Day UTV Off-Road Adventure, Half Day UTV Off-Road Adventure or UTV & Jeep Natural Pool Combo & Bus Tours.

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Tempting Flavors With more than 90 nationalities represented on Aruba and four languages, the island is a cultural melting pot, which makes its cuisine all the more mouthwatering.



PAPILLON R E S TA U R A N T

Located in the heart of Palm beach, across the Hilton resort and Casino in the lively Village Mall; Papillon’s menu consists of classic French dishes with a local twist and is perfected with seasonal highlights throughout the year such as white asparagus, mussels, oysters and serves daily changing specials. Papillon can be summed up as a romantic, cozy, casual-elegant restaurant with excellent service, amazing food and a wonderful atmosphere with live entertainment and carries a very extensive list of wines from all over the world. For anyone unfamiliar with Papillon and its concept, the restaurant is named after one of the most famous prisoners in the world; Henri Charriere, who was nicknamed “Papillon” because of the butterfly tattoo on his chest. Discover the theme of the restaurant which is perfectly executed in the ambiance and interior design and celebrate life, great food and great times! Irausquin Blvd 348-A, Across the Hilton Resort Eagle - Palm Beach Aruba +297 699 5400 info@papillonaruba.com open daily from 5 - 10 pm


OUR DELICIOUS FARE > APPETIZERS Ceviche a la Papillon Grouper and shrimp marinated in lemon and lime juice with cilantro, Madame Jeanette peppers and red onions served with sweet potato and puffed corn Tuna Duo Classic French tuna tartar with fresh grilled tuna, wasabi mayonnaise and wakame salad Escargots Escargots in a creamy sauce with mushrooms, garlic, onions and herbs served with toasted bread Foie Gras Seared goose liver on a classic brioche accompanied by truffle and goose liver pâté with red fruits > ENTRÉES Dover Sole à la Meunière Flown in European North Sea Dover Sole, served in classic beurre noisette with parsley and lemon with new potatoes. upon availability Lobster a la Caraïbes 10oz Caribbean lobster tail with white wine and garlic butter sauce. Served with a tomato and mango compote Filet Mignon 8oz Angus beef, grilled to your liking and served with a red wine truffle sauce Rack of Lamb Marinated New Zealand rack of lamb with classic beurre Maître d’hôtel

Eggplant Bouillabaisse Our hearty vegan version of traditional French “fish stew” of eggplant, Chickpeas and vegan fish filet Red beet Risotto aux champignon Creamy red beet risotto with sauteed mixed mushrooms, served with Parmesan shaves and mesclun > DESSERTS Tarte Tatin à la Papillon Caramelized pineapple with cinnamon on a pastry crust with vanilla bourbon ice cream and a dark caramel sauce Crème brûlée Vanilla bourbon crème classically served with a crispy caramel top layer and a quenelle of blueberry fruit sorbet

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PAPIAMENTO R E S TA U R A N T

Dinner at Papiamento Restaurant is an experience no one will ever forget. Surrounded by a lush garden around a turquoise, sparkling pool with twinkling lights in the tree branches, the setting is magical. The 126-year-old Aruban “cunucu” house next to the pool is filled with gorgeous antiques from Europe, the oldest dating back to the early 1800s. It’s the personal touches that make this place so wonderful: real flowers in amazingly beautiful arrangements, polished utensils from a former, more leisurely era and the intense pride of knowing that wonderful dishes are being served. Washington 61, Noord Open Tuesday – Sunday Noon – 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Tel.: +(297) 586-4544 and+(297) 594-5504 papiamentoaruba.com


OUR DELICIOUS FARE > APPETIZERS Soppi Oester Aruban oyster soup, a true local specialty. Keshi Yena Minced tenderloin and chunks of chicken stewed with prunes, golden raisins, olives and cashews, flame-broiled with Dutch cheese — “Our Family Recipe.” Crudité Sliced salame, Calabrese and capocollo with marinated vegetables and olives. > ENTRÉES “Lenie’s” Parmesan Chicken filet baked in a tomato basil sauce with Gouda cheese au gratin and served with pasta. Chef’s Favorite Flame-grilled tenderloin steak with

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Gorgonzola au gratin. Cazuela Caribbean shrimp and rock lobster stewed in an Aruban-style chowder with coconut milk. > ON THE STONE Mermaid Filet of wahoo with Caribbean shrimp served with local papaya hot sauce . Lamb Chops Marinated in red wine and Provençe herbs, and served with mint jelly. Madame Butterfly Butterfly-cut tenderloin steak served with a green and pink peppercorn sauce.


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BAREFOOT R E S TA U R A N T

OUR DELICIOUS FARE > APPETIZERS, SALADS & SOUP Goat Cheese Medallions Goat cheese on roasted bell pepper, topped with a red onion chutney, finished with balsamic syrup. Skirt Steak Salad Salad of gourmet lettuce, avocado and papaya, topped with grilled skirt steak and finished with a light spicy papaya dressing. Prosciutto & Melon Delight of Parma ham & melon, served with arugula, completed with a bell pepper reduction. Lobster Cappuccino Lobster bisque finished with a vanilla froth. > ENTRÉES Caribbean Grouper Grouper filet topped with mango cream cheese, served with a mango sauce. For our full menu, please visit our website. Menu subject to change.

Blackened Mahi Mahi Blackened filet of Mahi, accompanied by a homemade pineapple salsa. Snapper “Old Amsterdam” Snapper fillet, topped with a crust of Old Amsterdam cheese, parsley & bread crumbs, complemented by a white wine sauce. Shellfish Trio Marriage of lobster, shrimp and scallops in a delightful lobster sauce. Chicken & Pineapple Chicken breast sautéed with vegetables & pineapple, in an oriental sweet & sour sauce, served with rice. Tenderloin & Truffle Tournedos (Angus beef) served with a sauce of truffle & mushrooms. > DESSERTS Snickers Cheesecake Cheesecake made of Snickers, served with hazelnut ice cream. BananaMisu Tiramisu made with banana instead of coffee.

As the name suggests, this is the ideal for dining on Aruba! The ocean in the background, the gentle tropical breeze and your feet in the white sand – all this while enjoying great food and friendly professional service. Located across Talk of the Town, near the airport, we have tables right on the beach and under a large palapa, if the elements do not cooperate fully. Barefoot is the ideal spot for a great dinner in a tropical ambiance. Gerco, Luc & the entire Barefoot team are looking forward to welcoming you here for a fabulous evening, in flip-flops! For reservations call us at 588-9824 or email us at eat@barefootaruba.com “Elegant dining in flip-flops” LG Smith Blvd 1, Oranjestad Tel.: +(297) 588-9824 Fax: +(297) 588-9834 eat@barefootaruba.com barefootaruba.com


DUTCH CARIBBEAN

QUINTA DEL CARMEN R E S TA U R A N T

OUR DELICIOUS FARE > APPETIZERS, Asian Mushrooms (Vegan) Carpaccio & Truffle Locally grown mushrooms Marinated raw beef tenderloin, stuffed with Asian vegetables, topped with truffle mayonnaise, finished with a teriyaki sauce. pine nuts, gourmet lettuce and crispy Parmigiano Reggiano. Grouper, Shrimp & Salmon Filet of grouper, topped with Scallops “Au Gratin” shrimp, smoked salmon, green Scallops under a crust of béchamel asparagus and goat cheese, sauce and Old Amsterdam cheese. finished with a white wine herb sauce. Watermelon Delight Tropical surprise of watermelon, Tenderloin & Blue Cheese cucumber, tomato, mint, olives and US Black Angus tenderloin marinated onion, topped with feta “au gratin” with blue cheese, cheese. served on sautéed garlic > ENTRÉES Red Snapper & Brie Locally caught red snapper filet, topped with Brie cheese, complemented by a creamy white wine sauce. Shrimp Piña Colada Stir fried shrimp with pieces of pineapple, complemented by a light spicy coconut-pineapple sauce. For our full menu, please visit our website. Menu subject to change.

mushrooms, complemented by a Madeira au jus.

In an almost 100-year old mansion,Quinta del Carmen is cooking in style. Be intrigued by its history while Sucade Lappen enjoying Dutch cuisine with (Draadjesvlees) Caribbean flair, paired with A traditional Dutch dish, similar a great glass of wine from an to an iron steak, stewed for extensive wine collection. hours in red wine, herbs and This beautifully restored Aruban spices, served in its own gravy. landmarkis a unique and Fantastic! must-visit spot on your tripto Aruba. Just a short drive from all the major hotels, a team of professionals > DESSERTS welcomes Stroopwafel Parfait you with a smile. Bon Bini!

Parfait of the famous stroopwafels set upon a swirl of caramel. Fabulous! > SPECIALS FROM THE BAR Watermelon Caipiroska A favorite! Juicy, fresh watermelon, Bols watermelon liqueur, vodka and fresh lime juice.

“Monumental Courtyard Dining” Bubali 119, Oranjestad, Aruba Tel.: +(297) 587-7200 Kitchen is open seven days a week from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Indoor air-conditioned seating also available. Now also serving tapas in our tapas garden.

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C H I N E S E & J A PA N E S E

BLOSSOMS R E S TA U R A N T

OUR DELICIOUS FARE > SMALL PLATES Vegetable Spring Roll Steamed Shu Mai Dumplings Steamed Roast Pork Bun Steamed Shrimp Dumplings Crab Rangoon Peking Dumplings (steamed or fried) Teppanyaki (Hibachi) also available > GOURMET SPECIALTIES Peking Roast Duck Rolled tableside into flour pancakes with scallions, cucumber, carrots and hoisin (plum) sauce. Sizzling Mignon Sauteed with scallions and onions in a fresh peppercorn sauce.

Shrimp, Noodles & Rice Specialties Crispy Shrimp with Sesame Seeds Special Pan-fried Noodles Blossoms Fried Rice (Chicken, Pork & Shrimp) > DESSERTS Traditional favorites such as Fried Banana with Ice Cream Fried Ice Cream Carrot Cake Chocolate Cake Caramel Fudge Cake Key Lime Pie

General Tao’s Chicken Diced chicken with vegetables in a chef’s special brown sauce. For our full menu, please visit our website. Menu subject to change.

Blossoms is the perfect balance for fresh and flavorful Japanese & Chinese cuisine with a Sushi Bar (coming soon!) and Chinese specialties as well as our popular Teppanyaki “Hibachi” tables.The decor is elegant, featuring dark woods, regal seating and rich fabrics. Teppanyaki Hibachi Early Bird specials are served from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Enjoy your favorites as well as new and exotic dishes, with impeccable service to complete this wonderful dining experience. South Beach Centre, Second Level Tel.: +(297) 586-3388 Dinner: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Reservations highly recommended, walk-ins are welcome. blossomsaruba.com theblossomsgroup@gmail.com


A MODERN AMERICAN STEAKHOUSE 28-DAY DRY AGED USDA PRIME & AMERICAN WAGYU BEEF SEAFOOD SELECTION WEEKLY BLACKBOARD SPECIALS BLT Steak The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba L.G. Smith Blvd. #107 Palm Beach +(297)527-2222

SERVING DINNER DAILY BEGINNING AT 6 P.M.

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CHALET SUISSE R E S TA U R A N T

OUR DELICIOUS FARE > APPETIZERS Mache Rosettes with Arugula & Chevre Chaud Crisp arugula and field salad served with fresh baked goat cheese.

Chateaubriand – U.S. Prime Filet Mignon for Two Broiled double cut, served with our fresh vegetables and béarnaise sauce, carved table side.

Avocado de la Mar Filled with crabmeat and shrimp salad with a touch of pernod.

Stuffed Locally Caught Grouper Medallions A must for seafood lovers. Stuffed with crabmeat and served with a creamy caperorange sauce and spring potatoes.

Seafood Chalet Suisse Delicately prepared with shrimp, crabmeat, fish, lobster and freshly sliced mushrooms. Escargot Bourguignonne With herbal garlic butter, fresh shallots and a touch of cognac. > ENTRÉES Caribbean Seafood Platter A combination of freshly broiled lobster tail, garlic shrimp, and fillet of fish. For our full menu, please visit our website. Menu subject to change.

U.S. Black Angus Rib Steak For big eaters only! Served with baked potato and cream spinach. > DESSERTS Swiss Chocolate FondueFor Two Our famous Toblerone chocolate fondue is served with a colorful variety of fresh fruits and cake for dipping. Peach Melba Deliciously sweet fresh peaches and raspberry sauce served on vanilla ice cream. > SPECIALS FROM THE BAR Pure Passion Ciroc Redberry, Passoa liquor, cranberry juice. The Chalet Tito’s vodka, Passoa liquor, Cointreau.

Nestled on picturesque Eagle Beach, we have been providing fine cuisine and excellent service for more than 20 years. Treat yourself to prime U.S. Black Angus steak. Sample the most delicately prepared rack of lamb, succulent seafood dishes and locally caught fish; or enjoy one of our traditional European specialties. Choose wines from around the world, and do not miss our Viennese apple strudel or our Toblerone chocolate fondue! Only a short drive from any hotel, you can visit us for a romantic dinner for two or for large parties and celebrations. J. E. Irausquin Blvd., 246 Eagle Beach Tel.: +(297) 587-5054 +(297) 587-0349 Open Monday – Saturday 5:30 p.m – 10:00 p.m. chaletsuisse-aruba.com reservations@ chaletsuissearuba.com


FOR RESERVATIONS CALL +297.527.2222 OR VISIT CASANONNA.COM

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MADAME JANETTE R E S TA U R A N T

OUR DELICIOUS FARE > APPETIZERS Madame’s Thermidor Gratin Chunky lobster & shrimp gratinated with fresh baby spinach and Gouda cheese, finished with a splash of hollandaise.

Butcher. The best cut, grilled to perfection and crowned with roasted almond mashed potatoes, sautéed mushrooms and an “out of this world” oxtail glace.

Korean Style Pulled Pork Spring Rolls With a crunchy red cabbage slaw and a sweet and spicy red Thai pepper plum dipping sauce.

Le Filet Mignon “Gianni Versace” A tenderloin cut in two halves, topped with fresh spinach, lobster medallions and sliced portobello mushrooms, with a dash of our hollandaise sauce.

The Famous Bang Bang Shrimp Sweet and spicy crispy shrimp, served on sliced romaine lettuce, fresh cut pineapple concassé and sesame seeds. > MAIN COURSES Crunchy Atlantic Cod Fillet Served with crunchy peanut crust and served with a kicking sweet and spicy chilly relish. The Old Butcher Steak Invented by Chef Kasi’s Grandpa Jupp Marga, a European Master For our full menu, please visit our website. Menu subject to change.

The original “Almond Grouper” Invented in 1999 at Madame Janette. This is often copied, but never reached! A fine grouper filet coated in almonds, served with a creamed spinach sauce. Madame’s Famous Burgerloin Our prime tenderloin, cut in two halves and filled with sautéed onions, mushrooms and cheese. Topped with our sauce Béarnaise. > DESSERTS Swiss Chocolate Soufflé Served with Raffaello gelato, “our award winning recipe.” “The Spoon” The ultimate dessert for dessert lovers. Meant to be shared by two. Don’t be afraid! Surely, one of the best you’ll ever eat!

Home of the original Almond Grouper

Madame Janette Restaurant was founded on April 2nd, 1999. The combined experience and knowledge of our staff resulted into a place which offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere. Karsten, the owner and also a European Master Chef, trained in ‘old school’ traditions, creates, with the help from his knowledgeable international staff, tasteful and creative dishes. We thrive to give our dishes an original flavour with a touch of Caribbean in it. We call it the Madame Janette Experience! We hope that you will have a wonderfuldining romance. Open Mon – Sat 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Closed Sundays Cunucu Abao 37, Aruba Tel.: +(297) 587-0184 +(297) 587-4784 Fax: +(297) 587-5477 mjresTaurant@setarnet.aw madamejanette.info





GASTROPUB/FUSION CUISINE

URATAKA CENTER R E S TA U R A N T

OUR DELICIOUS FARE Hamburger Pizza It’s a Signature pizza with burger chunks, bacon, ham, onions, tomatoes and a delicious burger sauce. Pizza Paranda It’s a Signature pizza with chicken, portobello mushrooms, onions and a delicious garlic sauce. Best Special It’s a Signature pizza with pepperoni, ham, green peppers, portobello mushrooms and black olives.

Seafood Pizza Authentic seafood pizza, with baby shrimp, squid, calamari and mussels. Super Hamburger Burger, cheese, bacon, egg and ham. BBQ Chicken wings Our chicken wings with an in-house made barbeque sauce.

For our full menu, please visit our website. Menu subject to change. At Urataka Center you can enjoy the best local pizza in Aruba. We offer different pizza styles with unique toppings and a Caribbean twist. This family-owned restaurant offers local favorites such as the Super Burger Pizza and the Pizza Paranda. You can also enjoy other dishes such as pasta, burgers and chicken cordon bleu, in our very casual setting. Make time to stop by for dinner or lunch; you will sure find your new favorite spot. Open Monday thru Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Urataka #12, Santa Cruz, Aruba Tel: +(297) 585-5212



Middle Eastern

Sultan Restaurant & Cafe Restaurant

Appetizers Hummus Beiruti Hummus base with an extra kick of lemon, parsley and spices served with Arab bread Babaghanoush Smoked eggplant spread served with Arab bread Salads Tabouleh Parsley, tomato, onion and bulgur salad served in a bowl. Balilah ottolenghi Chickpeas salad with parsley, tomato, mint, olive oil and garlic accompanied with arab bread Entrees Skewer Beiruti A specialty dish made of kafta and cheese wrapped in toasted Arab bread covered with a special tomato sauce and yogurt sauce on the side. Warak-Enab (also called yaprak dolma) 6pcs Grape leaves stuffed with rice and ground beef (also available vegan) Middle Eastern combi dish Falafel, kibbeh, kafta, malfouf and warak-eneb Desserts Baklava Arabic filo pastry desserts laced with honey and stuffed with almonds, cashews and pistacho. Served with pistacho creme anglaise and vanilla Ice cream These are some of our most requested Middle Eastern Specialties

Since 1998 By visiting Sultan Restaurant you will be delighted with a unique experience of the middle east in Aruba. Our Middle Eastern Specialty dishes are prepared with the basic spices used in the Middle East in a slightly modern fusion style. Typically, dishes are served according to savoury or sweet, rather than in courses. Food is served in various platters and dishes at a dining table, served in plates, and eaten with cutlery, as is the European tradition. In traditional Arabian restaurants, a large, low table lined with Persian rugs and with cushions around the sides is the setting for feasting; people sit cross-legged in a circle, and food is served in the centre, again eaten with cutlery in separate plates. Afterwards, tea will be served in "kamar baareek" glasses [literally 'narrow waist'] with sugar lumps, Persian sweets, and possibly a hookah, enjoyed in the same communal fashion.

Tuesday - Sunday 3:30 pm - 10:30 pm Palm Beach 21A Ph. (297) 586-6300 For reservations: visit: www.sultanaruba.com


You’ve brought your family, friends, appetites and enthusiasm to the table and it’s our mission to turn every meal into an experience. Our sushi chefs artfully prepare a wide variety of signature sushi, handrolls and nigiri, using only hand-selected, quality ingredients. We source the freshest seafood, hand-cut crisp vegetables and make our signature Hibachi dishes at your table. We also feature a wide selection of cocktails from mojitos, sangria and martinis to wine, beer and, of course, our famous sake. It’s certainly an experience that will delight all of your senses. Monday – Thursday 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Friday – Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Located in the South Beach Center Tel.: +(297) 586-2060 facebook Benihana Aruba Instagram Benihanaaruba

Recipe for a Good Time: Craveable food, cold beer and all the sports you could possibly watch on wall-to-wall big screen TVs. The most desirable wings on the island are always fresh and never frozen and will be served with the widest variety and selection of flavors that are not only for wings, you can toss burgers, chicken or shrimp in any wing sauce that is preferred. It’s too good to miss the best wings on the island and the unique experience of having our local Hooters girls serve you! Located in the South Beach Center Open Monday – Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Friday – Sunday 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. Tel.: +(297) 582-0040 Facebook Hooters Aruba Instagram hooters_aruba


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DINING & NIGHTLIFE

Luck

of the Island

As hot and exciting as Aruba can be, some of the most heart-pumping experiences can be had in the island’s world-class casinos. ALHAMBRA CASINO, in front of Divi Aruba All Inclusive Resort, has over 450 slot and video poker machines, live sports book, progressive bingo, and 16 table games, including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Let It Ride, and Three-Card Poker. Hours: daily, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. CASINO ARUBA, inside Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort, has over 200 slot machines, video poker, and a sports book. Table games include Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Caribbean Stud Poker, Let It Ride, Three-Card Poker, and Texas Hold ’em. There is also daily bingo and live poker, high-stakes bingo and weekly poker tournaments. Hours: daily, noon to 3 a.m. THE CASINO AT THE RITZCARLTON, Aruba is a 15,000-squarefoot beachfront gaming locale with over 265 slot machines, 17 traditional table games and spinning reels, video reels and video games with jackpots available 24 hours a day. GLITZ CASINO is located next to the 400-plus-room La Cabana resort on popular Eagle Beach. There are over 200 gaming machines and 9 table games,

including Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat and Pyramid Stud Jackpot. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. HYATT REGENCY CASINO has over 220 slot machines, including Blazing 7’s Super Scatter, Cleopatra, 5X Quick Hit, 10X Quick Hit, Williams Power Ball, and more; 13 gaming tables; 19 video poker machines and a casino bar with hand-rolled Cuban cigars. Open 24 hours. LIV CASINO, located in the lobby of Barceló Aruba, offers Blackjack, American Roulette, and over 120 electronic games and slots all on the best beach and street scene in Aruba. Hours: Noon to 3 a.m. daily. ORCHID CASINO is Aruba’s ultimate gaming destination There are countless choices of gaming fun and excitement for endless entertainment. Try your luck at the action-packed floor of slots, ranging from penny to $5 machines, meaning more choices for everyone, from beginners wanting to try their luck, to those who enjoy the thrill of betting the max. Let it ride at 12 action-packed tables, including Blackjack, Caribbean Stud, Roulette, and Dice, to name a few. Lay down a bet in Race & Sports Book. If Poker is your game, Orchid has more live games than anywhere in Aruba. Hours: Tables,

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10 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Sports, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Poker, 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. STELLARIS CASINO, inside Aruba Marriott Resort, is the island’s largest casino with over 26 gaming tables and poker tables featuring Let It Ride, Three-Card Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker and Blackjack. There are also state-of-the-art race and sports gaming kiosks, over 500 slot machines and an exclusive on the Wheel of Fortune slot machine. Hours: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 a.m.; Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 a.m.; Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 a.m. WIND CREEK CRYSTAL CASINO, in the Renaissance Aruba Resort, is part of the only gambling enclave in the capital city of Oranjestad and attracts a local following in addition to guests with well over 300 various trendy slot machines, and numerous table games, including Blackjack, Roulette, Caribbean Stud Poker, and Let It Ride; and the biggest table bankroll on island. Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. WIND CREEK SEAPORT CASINO, the only waterfront casino in downtown Oranjestad, offers 325 slot machines; daily bingo at noon; table games, including Blackjack, Roulette, Caribbean Stud Poker, and Three-Card Poker; and race and sports book. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 a.m. daily.


WIND CREEK SEAPORT CASINO, the only waterfront casino in downtown Oranjestad, offers 325 slot machines; daily bingo at noon; table games, including Blackjack, Roulette, Caribbean Stud Poker, and Three-Card Poker; and race and sports book, including eight mega screens. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. daily.

Distinctive Beats Once the sun sets, even more surprises and incredible performance abound across the island. PERFORMANCES AND SHOWS Aruba’s variety of family-friendly options and fantastic shows are a Caribbean standout. Popular choices include the Cuban’s Cookin’ Salsa Show and the

Sinatra Dinner Show. Caribbean steel pan and folkloric performances, beach barbecues and many themed-nights accompanied by interactive activity and cuisine highlight the annual calendar. BARS AND CLUBS Before selecting an evening amusement, check with

individual establishments for age policy. The legal drinking age in Aruba is 18 years; however, some venues require identification of 21 years of age to enter. Flamboyant and exotic clubs are scattered across the island, including dance clubs, karaoke bars, sports bars, cocktail lounges, wine and whiskey bars, and more.

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Retail Haven From international boutiques to authentically Aruban arts and crafts, scoop up the perfect souvenir with our guide to the best shopping in Aruba.



SHOPPING

Treasure

Hunting LUXURY & DUTY FREE IN ORANJESTAD Situated near the cruise ship docks, downtown Oranjestad is a bustling port city with a wealth of luxury shopping at your fingertips. Malls and plazas line the waterfront and boutiques run across Main Street, connected by

a state-of-the-art trolley. Part of the fun of shopping in Oranjestad is the colorful Dutch-style architecture for a taste of Europe in the Caribbean. A perfect example of that is found at the Royal Plaza Mall, a three-level shopping center with decorative Dutch colonial buildings in pale

pink and seafoam green. Here, you’ll find everything from high-end jewelers like Little Switzerland to locals’ favorite surf shop Bula. Nearby, you’ll also find outposts of Diamonds International and other jewelers. Just down the road, the Renaissance Mall is home to international designer boutiques, like Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana, as well as highend designer jewelry. Nearby, the alfresco Renaissance Marketplace is situated directly on the harbor near the scenic Wilhelmina Park and Seaport Casino. It’s a wonderful spot for both shopping and entertainment with a fantastic collection of sidewalk cafés and bars, local shops, a movie theater and live entertainment. SHOPS & CULTURE IN PALM BEACH Noord is a shopping mecca along Palm Beach and Aruba’s oceanfront resorts. Palm Beach Plaza is a sprawling

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shopping center designed in a chic Mediterranean style where you’ll find a bowling alley, spa, movie theater, restaurants and bars, as well as live music in the plaza. Shops include luxury brands like Tous, Bally, and Salvatore Ferragamo, as well as contemporary boutiques like Giordano for clothing, OndadeMar for swimwear and Panache for footwear. Nearby, T.H. Palm & Company is the perfect spot to scoop up island apparel for the whole family. Designed as an ode to Aruba’s history, Paseo Herencia Mall is located next door to Palm Beach Plaza. The beautiful outdoor shopping center boasts a central fountain with spectacular live water shows, dancers and music nightly. Shop for jewelry at Pandora and Little Switzerland, stock up on sandals at Havaianas and Birkenstock, and scoop up your favorite cosmetics at Maggy’s. You’ll also find souvenirs and art at Paseo Art Gallery, Arte Solo and Las Casas de Artesanas. The mall is also home to a movie theater and charming cafés lining the main plaza. Similarly, The Village is another outdoor shopping and entertainment complex. Arrive just before sunset when it comes alive with street performers, musicians and a nightly flea market with local artisans selling their crafts. Shop your heart out during the day and come sundown, Gusto is a hot spot for dining, drinking and dancing the night away.

ARUBA’S ONE-OF-A-KIND FINDS, ARTS & CRAFTS In addition to Aruba’s many enchanting shopping malls and plazas, you’ll also find local boutiques and art galleries scattered across the island. Look for the Seyo Nacional pa Artesania seal of authenticity for arts and crafts made locally in Aruba. Journey east through Noord and discover Terrafuse Aruba Glass Ceramics. In addition to shopping, you can also meet the artists or take a workshop in glassblowing, glass bead making, kiln casting, or ceramics. Terrafuse artisans also showcase their work at Cosecha, which has locations in Oranjestad and San Nicolas. At both galleries, you’ll find a wide array of authentic Aruban crafts, from paintings to jewelry, sculpture and ceramics. In downtown Oranjestad, Mopa Mopa and The Mask are

both must-visit boutiques for authentic Aruba arts and handicrafts. While visiting the Hooiberg mountain in Paradera, stop by Louis XV Antiques & Curiosities. Spanning 23 showrooms, you’ll marvel at antiques not only from Aruba but also from Europe and the Americas that date back to the 17th century. You’ll find everything from handmade furniture to elegant porcelain and Persian rugs. Aloe once covered more than two-thirds of Aruba, and you can learn about its history, which dates back to 1840 at the Aruba Aloe Museum & Factory in Oranjestad. It’s the perfect spot to scoop up body, sun, and hair-care products made from local Aruba aloe. If you can’t make it to the museum, you’ll find Aruba Aloe products at popular shops islandwide.

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SHOPPING

Take Aruba’s

Lifestyle Home

BIBA DUSHI AND ARUBA RESCUE In Aruba, we say “Biba Dushi,” which means “living the good life” in our local language, Papiamento. Aruba Rescue apparel benefits a local charity with every purchase. Both Biba Dushi and Aruba Rescue casualwear for men, ladies and children make for a wonderful memory of Aruba. Available exclusively at Coconuts retail stores, Atlantis Submarines and Natural Bridge. SOUVENIRS, ACCESSORIES AND BEACHWEAR At Coconuts retail stores you’ll find high-quality beachwear and souvenirs. Stroll the seashore

in style, sporting brand-name swimwear and accessories from premiere beach brands like O’Neill, Body Glove, Reef, 69SLAM and Vitamin A. Whether it’s a day of play under the sun or a night of romance under the stars, Coconuts’ extensive selection of swimsuits, sunglasses, beach toys, dresses, sandals and gifts will meet all your fashion and souvenir needs. GO LOCAL At Coconuts, we support local designers and artists through our “Go Local” movement. At our stores, you’ll find unique souvenirs and clothing design and manufactured on island.

COCONUTS BARCELÓ COCONUTS DE PALM PIER

COCONUTS ATLANTIS

ARUBA

COCONUTS DE PALM ISLAND

LOCATIONS Coconuts Barceló: The biggest of all Coconuts stores can be found beachside at the Barceló Resort in Palm Beach. Open: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Coconuts at De Palm Pier: Located on a pier between RIU Palace and Hilton Resort, this store is worth a visit for its location only. Open: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Coconuts at De Palm Island: When visiting the all-inclusive attraction De Palm Island, you will automatically be drawn into Coconuts. Open: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Atlantis Submarines: Located waterfront downtown Oranjestad, this shopping location is where you board for the Atlantis Submarine tour. Open: Monday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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In aruba we say “Biba Dushi” which means: Living the good life. Biba dushi casualwear for men, ladies & kids. makes for a wonderful memory of Aruba

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A conversation with Founder’s Son, Tesh Chugani Q: Where did you start and where does the name Kay’s name come from? A: We are a family owned and operated business in the Caribbean for 30+ Years. My Dad founded the business in 1989 on St.Maarten. When deciding upon a name, he wanted to incorporate his parents blessings. Kay was my Grandfather’s nickname and my Grandmother’s name start with S, hence Kay’s. We truly believe their blessings and good wishes are with us as we are now in 6 Islands, manage 9 retail stores, along with our production factories and wholesale division.

highest grade of natural vivid pink diamonds from the Argyle Mine in Australia and did a pink diamond halo around 2 diamonds. Wornby my wife, Reena, the 2 white diamonds represent our 2 daughters.

Q: What continues to inspire you to lead and grow your Family Business? A: This one is easy and without a doubt, My Parents. My parents moved from India to St.Maarten in the late 1980’s in hopes of starting a successful business and giving us the opportunity for a better future. My Dad had limited knowledge of the industry and spent his nights educating himself on gold, diamonds, and exotic gemstones. I recall the early mornings and late nights they had to put in to maintain and grow our family business all while not sacrificing family time. In the past many years, with the support of our loyal clients, we have been able to maintain our family integrity while growing our business across the Caribbean.

Q: What is the most unique or special jewelry item that you have designed in your 20+ Years? A: Can I say every piece? Every item I feel has a story! I have been blessed to be part of so many special occasions. If I had to pick from personal collection, it would be a 2 stone bypass ring with ideal-cut round brilliant diamonds and natural pink diamonds. I sorted the

Q: Can you share with us one special experience with a client that you recall? A: I remember this one like it was yesterday (though it was almost 17 years ago). I was referred to a client from Upstate NY and it was their first time to Aruba. As he introduced himself and his wife, he handed me his Credit Card and walked away. I recall asking him “where are you going and I have your credit card?” His reply “whatever she wants and I know you will take care of the fair price. You came highly recommended based off trust and family values and I know you won’t guide us wrong.” I never forgot that experience as it made me realize as a young leader and businessman, all we have is trust and our family values.

Weststraat 8 in Downtown Oranjestad | Tel: +297 5889978 | Email: info@kaysfinejewelry.com




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