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The Official Magazine of The Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association

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DE W EP LA CR OT MM EE N T

To our treasured guests, Bonbini to Aruba! It is our pleasure to introduce to you the official magazine of the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association (AHATA), Aruba Magazine. You can also find this publication online as a digital edition. AHATA and its many members are delighted you chose Aruba as your vacation destination. Whether it’s your first visit or you have been here before, Aruba offers a great vacation experience. We look forward to sharing our unique treasures with you and hope — above all — that you experience “The One Happy Island” and get to know our people and our warm and welcoming hospitality. In addition, our members encourage guests to be conscious of the environment and our local flora and fauna, even inviting you to take part in the island’s valiant sustainability efforts.

Tisa LaSorte President & CEO Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association

To help you get the most out of your visit, we have provided this special edition as your essential guide to all that the island has to offer. You will find that our resorts and member businesses provide a full range of modern amenities, world-class dining, luxurious spas, shops, casinos, a variety of in-house activities and excursions for you to discover. We encourage our visitors to form a deeper bond with Aruba and get to know our history, people and its tourism treasures. Explore each district’s truly unique attractions. If you are looking for an active vacation, Aruba’s cactus-strewn desert landscape, dramatic rocks, and unique flora and fauna make for a dynamic paradise ripe for exploration. Hike, horseback ride or visit the national park to appreciate pristine views of Aruba. If you are visiting seeking tranquility or a romantic escape, our famous award-winning, white-sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters and stunning sunsets offer the perfect setting for blissful relaxation. One can simply lay back in a lounge chair or seek self-enrichment with a wellness activity. Through it all, you can delight in a level of hospitality and service that is deeply ingrained in our Aruban culture. Thank you for visiting Aruba. We hope you share your experiences with friends and family, and we look forward to welcoming you back again and again! Warm regards,

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About the cover: Captured on Eagle Beach, the famous divi-divi tree is Aruba’s natural compass, always pointing in a southwesterly direction due to the trade winds that blow across the island. ©Ultima_Gaina/iStock/Getty Images Plus

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I NSI DER'S GU I DE

Get Happy With steady trade winds, rugged interior terrain and pristine beaches, Aruba is unlike any other Caribbean island. By Julie Bielenberg

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.

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Bonbini, meaning “welcome,” is a friendly and often-used greeting. Por fabor translates

History Aruba is one of four countries that make up the Kingdom of the Netherlands; local citizens of the island are also 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.

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to “please” and is the most useful local colloquialism for a tourist to ask for directions.

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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Ban goza, meaning “let’s enjoy,” describes the emotion of many island visitors.

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.

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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.

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.

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NAT U R A L WON DE R S

Natural Beauty Aruba is home to a unique mix of flora and fauna particular to only this island. 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. MARINE LIFE Aruban waters are thriving with incredible creatures, including sea turtles, moray eels, stingrays, octopi, seahorses, starfish, clown fish, goatfish, barracuda, grouper and hundreds more.

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 divi-divi tree), which are seen in many of Aruba’s promotional materials as well as wedding photos. Low-rise 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

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DIVI-DIVI TREES Aruba’s iconic tree, the dividivi tree is a member of the legume family. Known as the watapana tree, it 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 and photogenic canopies that consistently point toward the 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. BIRD-WATCHING There are over 200 species of bird on the island and bird-watching, spotting and photography are popular island attractions. Guests can spot 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 known lizard species in the world and is the only home to rarities including the Aruban cascabel rattlesnake, Aruba leaf-toed gecko and the Aruba whiptail lizard. Other photographic and colorful reptiles include iguanas, four species of turtle and numerous snakes. Iconic kododo blauw is a blue-green lizard seen around the island.

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The annual three-day November festival is an exposé of international and local artists who perform, display and interact with attendees. Music, dance, culinary competitions, visual art building pop-ups, on-site sculpture creation and more take over the streets of San Nicolas.

Local Talent

Vanessa Paulina grew up on the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao) and is best known throughout the Caribbean for her Childhood and Schizophrenia series. She has exhibited work around the world and continues her artistic passions as a muralist in addition to teaching painting, drawing and fashion classes. Her work can be found throughout the island.

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Creativity Reigns Aruba’s diverse community pulsates throughout its vibrant arts and cultural activities. History, craft and artistic freedom result in a splendor of community accomplishment and showcases. By Julie Bielenberg

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A popular expression of the island’s up-and-coming art scene is found throughout street art and murals in San Nicolas, also known as “Sunrise City.” There is a tour that highlights the murals along Main Street, including brief histories of artists from all over the world, as well as the local talents, who have created this beautiful street art.

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Galleries and Museums ArtisA is the center of art for San Nicolas. Here is where the Aruba Art Fair, Art Fashion and Christmas Fair occur along with projects such as Ban Mozaik and Nature and Faces. The first Friday of each month showcases a new artist gallery. The Aruba Aloe Museum & Factory offers a 25-minute guided tour. The journey reveals 150 years of the influential plant’s history on the island, including attributes of the plant, production and a phenomenal on-site retail shop. Aruba Model Train Museum is for visitors of all ages. Director J. de Vries opens up his private collection, with prior reservation, for free. Trains from America, England and Germany are the focus of the exhibit. Cosecha Creative Center is a cultural mecca for locals and tourists alike created from the desire for more local craft. The space provides workshops for the artisan industries taught by local residents who are certified by the government in his or her craft. The on-site design store is a euphoria of authentic Aruban art.

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Etnia Nativa Art Gallery & Museum exemplifies the beauty of recycled art. Owner and artist Anthony Croes utilizes his space to display art that intertwines archeology, history and culture. Fort Zoutman, built in 1796, with the addition of Willem III Tower in 1868, has served many purposes aside from its original protective nature. It was once government offices, a police department, post office, library and even prison. Today, visitors can tour the Aruba Historical Museum located inside. Louis XV Antiques & Curiosities is one of the biggest antique shops in the Caribbean and has 23 showrooms featuring handcarved wooden furniture, porcelain, jewelry, paintings, Oriental rugs, statues and more.

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ART ABOUNDS: From intricate street art to locally made arts and crafts, Aruba’s art community boasts world-class talent.

The Museum of Industry presents the history of gold, aloe, phosphate, oil and tourism through displays. It is located inside the iconic Water Tower in San Nicolas. San Nicolas Community Museum is the newest cultural exposé to open on Aruba. The collection contains fossils, an authentically re-created colonial kitchen and bedroom, a 19th-century barbershop and other historical moments frozen in time. Terrafuse Aruba Glass Ceramics is an art school created to further develop Arubans’ love for artisan craft and practice such as glass, ceramics and bronze work, and more.

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Discover Aruba Aruba’s cactus-strewn desert landscape makes for a dynamic paradise ripe for exploration. Spanning about 70 square miles, the island is composed of six major districts (with two subdivided, for a total of eight districts), each offering truly unique attractions and discoveries.

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HEART OF THE ISLAND: Oranjestad was originally known as the Bay of Horses (Paardenbaai) because native horses were bred and raised there before being exported to neighboring Curaçao.

ORA NJ ESTA D (EAST A N D W EST) As the capital of Aruba, Oranjestad is situated in the center of the island’s western coast, home to both the Queen Beatrix International Airport and the Aruba Ports Authority, where cruise ships dock. This bustling hub is where you’ll find the colorful and historic Dutch-style architecture that Aruba is famous for, as well as historic sites, museums, luxury shopping and a wide variety of delicious dining options. Brush up on your history of Aruba and its founding at the Aruba Historical Museum, which is located near the port between Fort Zoutman (Aruba’s oldest structure) and the historic Willem III clock

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NOORD Meaning “north” in Dutch, Noord is unsurprisingly situated at the northern tip of Aruba. This district is home to Palm Beach, where most of Aruba’s oceanfront hotels are found. From luxury to all-inclusive and boutique properties, chances are you’ll be checking into one of Noord’s fabulous hotels. This area is famous for its beach bars on the sand shaded by palapas, perfect for lunch or frozen drinks while overlooking the water. You’ll also find an impressive selection of restaurants, from authentic Aruban fare to fine dining and international cuisine. Further north, the California Lighthouse was erected from 1914 to 1916 and named for the California steamship that wrecked there in 1891. Today, you can scale to the top for spectacular panoramic views of the island and the sparkling Caribbean Sea. Nearby, the tranquil Arashi Beach is

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tower and lighthouse. Other museums of interest in Oranjestad include the Archaeological Museum of Aruba inside the historic Ecury family home and the Aruba Aloe Museum & Factory, dedicated to the plant that once fueled Aruba’s economy. Getting around downtown Oranjestad has never been easier with its stateof-the-art tram that runs along Main Street, making six stops at monuments, museums and shopping centers where you can scoop up everything from luxury to duty-free finds. You can also stroll along the waterfront’s scenic linear park, which is a popular area for walking and bike riding.

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a popular spot for snorkeling with coral reefs and wrecks found just offshore. For golfers, Noord is home to the PGA Championship 18-hole golf course at the Tierra del Sol Resort. A journey to the eastern side of Noord will lead you to the Alto Vista Chapel, originally constructed by Venezuelan missionaries in 1750 (rebuilt in 1952). Overlooking Aruba’s more rugged coast, it’s open to public prayer daily and makes for a popular historic site. SA N N ICOL A S (NORT H A N D SOU T H) San Nicolas is situated at Aruba’s southern tip. Home to a historic oil refinery, this industrial town is also where you’ll find some of the island’s most scenic and rugged beaches, including wind-whipped Bachelor’s Beach and Baby Beach, as well as the Seroe Colorado natural bridge. They provide

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OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: Adventurous visitors will find the Seroe Colorado natural bridge by climbing down the Seroe Colorado Lighthouse cliffside.

Find some of the island’s most scenic and rugged beaches, including wind-whipped Bachelor’s Beach and Baby Beach, as well as the Seroe Colorado natural bridge in San Nicolas.

unspoiled views of the island’s craggy perimeter. The steady breeze along this section of Aruba makes it a popular spot for kiteboarders and surfers year-round. The San Nicolas Main Street has been revitalized as an arts district, boasting impressive murals by both local and international artists. San Nicolas was the site of Aruba’s first Carnival festival, making it a festive place year-round, and especially during Carnival season, which runs from January into March. Nearby, you’ll find classic restaurants and bars for an authentic taste of Aruba.

Charlie’s Bar is a funky local dive and a must-visit for its eclectic décor of walls covered in license plates, sports memorabilia and international flags. It’s a great spot to enjoy Aruba’s local beer, Balashi, and a plate of conch fritters or fish creole. Head to Saco Felipe to try the local specialty saco, which is literally a meal in a bag bursting with everything from ribs to chicken, sweet plantains and a savory johnnycake, which can also be prepared stuffed with bacalao (local salted codfish). It’s a uniquely Aruban food experience.

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SA N TA C R U Z – A R I KO K N A T I O N A L PA R K Arikok National Park’s wild desert terrain covers about 20 percent of the entire island, and Santa Cruz is the gateway. Famous for its plateaus of limestone cliffs and caves, the park provides dramatic vistas of waves crashing against the rocky coast of Boca Prins. Whether you explore on your own or embark on a Jeep, horseback or ranger tour, there are plenty of natural wonders to discover.

The Quadirikiri and Fontein Caves are where you’ll spy ancient Arawak Indian drawings as well as stalagmites, stalactites and nests of harmless bats. Arikok National Park is also home to Aruba’s most popular attraction, the natural pool. Also known as Conchi, which means “bowl” in Arawak, the natural pool was created by a volcanic formation. The protected pool lies amid craggy rocks where waves pound the coast; yet the pool remains a tranquil oasis for swimming and

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AYO ROCK FORMATIONS: These monolithic rock formations were once considered a sacred site by the Arawak Indians.

PA R A D E R A An inland enclave on the northeastern part of the island, Paradera is one of Aruba’s smallest districts and is home to a fascinating topography of rock formations. The most remarkable site is the 541-foot cone-shaped mountain, known as the Hooiberg, which means “haystack” in Dutch. Hike the trail to the summit for a rewarding view of the island and the surrounding sea. This region is also where you’ll spy some of Aruba’s most impressive diorite boulders, including the Casibari and Ayo Rock Formations. Here, you can hike nature paths surrounded by massive boulders, spot ancient rock drawings and petroglyphs by Arawak Indians and scale steps to the top of these monolithic stones. While exploring the unique terrain of Paradera, cool off with

Famous for its plateaus of limestone cliffs and caves, the Arikok National Park provides dramatic vistas of waves crashing against the rocky coast of Boca Prins.

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snorkeling. While visiting Arikok, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like goats, lizards and maybe even a herd of friendly donkeys.


S AVA N E T A Located on the island’s southwestern coast, Savaneta boasts the unspoiled beaches of Mangel Halto with its mangrove trees mingling with the shallow, crystal-clear Caribbean waters. It’s a popular area for both snorkeling and shore diving. Prior to Oranjestad, Savaneta was the island’s first capital until 1797. This historic region is still home to the oldest house in Aruba, a cas di torto or “mud hut,” which dates back over 150 years. While many of Aruba’s larger resorts are located in Noord, Savaneta provides an off-the-beaten-path option with charming boutique hotels and waterfront bed-and-breakfast accommodations. Easy access to the sea; calm, tranquil waters; and a barrier reef just offshore make Savaneta a fisherman’s paradise. As such, it’s the destination for some of the freshest seafood in Aruba. At Zeerover, you can indulge in fish plucked straight from the sea onto its docks. The fish house and restaurant offers a charming local experience where you can buy freshly caught fish from the market on the wharf or simply snag a table on the dock to soak up the ambience and enjoy the fresh catch.

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Adventure Island Aruba is not what most people expect from a Caribbean hot spot. Yes, there’s seemingly endless sunshine and beautiful palm-lined beaches. But it also features windswept trees and rugged shorelines, with dramatic rock formations and a dry landscape in the interior. As a result, Aruba boasts an endless array of ecotourism adventures. We recommend signing up for a guided tour, and urge all our visitors to help protect local flora and fauna. For a full listing of tour operators, refer to page 95. By Bret Love

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The undeveloped east coast of Aruba, with its rugged landscape, makes it ideal for adventure seekers to explore the island from the Lighthouse to Baby Beach and all points in between.” – Warren Stanley, CEO, De Palm Tours

TAKE A BACKCOUNTRY TOUR A backcountry tour is a great way to see Aruba’s lesser-known wild side. Most tours start and end at the iconic California Lighthouse, which is an amazing spot to catch a spectacular sunset. You’ll see numerous other highlights along the way, including the place where Natural Bridge collapsed in 2005 and Andicuri Beach, a surfing hot spot. But our favorite stop is the natural pool, aka Cura di Tortuga. This pool in the volcanic rocks along the coast is the perfect place for a midday soak and take a selfie. VISIT BUBALI BIRD SANCTUARY This serene sanctuary’s lush tropical gardens and man-made bird ponds (from the nearby water treatment facility) provide a haven

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for more than 80 different bird species. Some of them are migratory, while others use the sanctuary as their annual breeding grounds. Depending on which time of year you visit, the beautiful birds you might see here include several different types of herons, egrets, coots, cormorants, ducks, parakeets, scarlet macaws and more. Make sure you take time to climb to the top of the observation tower, where you can get an impressive bird’s-eye view. SUMMIT THE “HAYSTACK” Located at 541 feet above sea level in the island’s center, the Hooiberg (aka Haystack Mountain) is one of Aruba’s best-known natural attractions. Climbing this volcanic formation entails a grueling 561 steps, but the reward at the top is breathtaking views of the island. If that sounds like a bit too much work for your taste, the smaller Ayo

and Casibari Rock Formations are located just north of Hooiberg. They’re said to resemble birds and dragons and are home to ancient Arawak cave paintings (Ayo) and panoramic views of the desert-like landscape (Casibari). TALK TO THE ANIMALS Aruba may not be home to many endemic wildlife species, but animal lovers will still find lots of lovely attractions. At the Butterfly Farm, you’ll step into a tropical garden teeming with butterflies from around the globe. The Aruba Ostrich Farm offers educational tours that include up-close encounters with approximately 80 of the world’s largest bird species. The Donkey Sanctuary features dozens of rescued donkeys, with opportunities to help feed and care for the cuddly cuties.

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EXPLORE ARIKOK NATIONAL PARK The only national park in Aruba, Arikok is located on the island’s east coast and covers 13 square miles. The hiking hot spot offers lots to discover, from abandoned gold mines and intriguing lava formations to historic plantation ruins. There are numerous caves — including ancient Arawak paintings in Fontein Cave and a bat colony in Quadirikiri Cave — and Mount Jamanota, the island’s highest point at 617 feet. Animal lovers will also find the sea turtle nesting grounds of Boca Prins and endemic species such as the Aruba whiptail lizard, shoko (a small burrowing owl) and the Aruban parakeet.


SURFING AND MORE OFFSHORE Held every July on Hadicurari Beach, the Aruba Hi-Winds tournament attracts some of the world’s best windsurfers and kiteboarders, thanks to near-constant breezes blowing in from offshore. There are numerous schools on the island that offer short or multi-day lessons in traditional surfing, standup paddleboarding, windsurfing or kitesurfing; and many of them can be found at the Fisherman’s Huts. If you’re looking for even more thrills on the water, parasailing offers an adrenalin rush followed by peaceful tranquility and the most unbeatable views of the island. Picturesque Mangel Halto beach is one of the best spots on island for snorkeling, kayaking and paddleboarding, providing access through the mangroves to the open sea.

LAND AND SEA: Aruba offers both landlubbers and water babies myriad activities to choose from.

SCUBA DIVE THE ANTILLA Romantic honeymoons may be the thing Aruba is best known for, but the island’s excellent scuba diving opportunities are a close second. In fact, Aruba has been recognized as one of the top wreck diving destinations in the Caribbean by Scuba Diving magazine. The Antilla is the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean — a 400-foot cargo boat believed to be supplying German U-Boats during World War II. Now advanced divers can explore the massive ship’s large compartments, cargo holds and boiler rooms, alongside the copious marine life that congregates there. GO UNDER THE SEA AT DE PALM ISLAND Located 10 minutes off the coast of Aruba, this family-friendly attraction boasts a colorful water park, beautiful beaches, banana boat rides, volleyball courts and more. You can snorkel with colorful parrotfish right off the beach on one of Aruba’s coolest coral reefs. For an extra charge, you can wear a specially designed diving helmet for their Sea Trek Tour, which allows people who aren’t scuba certified, or are just curious

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De Palm Tours You’ve found the perfect spot for airport ​ transportation​, romantic ​sunset sails, ​ sightseeing​in a luxury air-conditioned motor-coach, exciting off-road ​Vehicles and UTV rides​, s​ norkeling adventures​, ​Atlantis submarines​tours, ​underwater exploration, and splashing sliding​water park fun​. De Palm Tours is your personal activity guru! L.G. Smith Blvd. 142, Oranjestad Tel: 297-522-4400 Web: depalmtours.com Monforte Luxury Cruise Ready to live your best life? On board

Monforte III, exclusive experiences and genuine Aruban hospitality go hand in hand. Come with us and explore the secluded lagoons and tropical coves, our natural wonders. Enjoy a premium bar, creative

RELAX ON BEAUTIFUL BEACHES Arguably the most popular activity in Aruba is kicking back on one of its many world-class beaches, soaking up the island’s seemingly endless supply of sunshine. There are many to choose from, with lots of different activities. You can walk along the plush sands of Eagle Beach (the island’s longest), snorkel in the tranquil waters and manmade reef of Baby Beach, enjoy fun activities on Palm Beach, or get away from the crowds and enjoy the tranquility of Arashi Beach. And since most of Aruba’s best beaches are on the island’s

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northwestern side, almost all of them boast stunning sunset views.

cocktails and dishes with an executive chef on board. Your luxury experience will be like no other, because this is where you belong,

TAKE A SUNSET CATAMARAN CRUISE With its white-sand beaches offset by windswept fofoti trees, the coast of Aruba ranks among the Caribbean’s most uniquely picturesque. Numerous local tour operators boast fleets of luxury catamarans, which are a wonderful way to explore the brilliant aquamarine waters. Your captain and crew will ensure that the boat is in a perfect position to watch the setting sun, providing spectacular views of the island’s coastline along the way. Some of these cruises also include hors d’oeuvres as well as an open bar featuring local beer and cocktails.

indulging in the happiness and finer things in life which bring you joy. Tel: 297-583-0400 Web: monfortecruise.com Pelican Adventures Your adventure in Aruba starts here! This is the Pelican Adventures, where warm and friendly local guides introduce you to water and land excursions packed with fun and unique adventures! Don’t let others tell you about it, join them for a sail along our pristine, crystal-clear turquoise Caribbean waters! Get to know the island’s most gorgeous natural landmarks and highlights, a personal taste of the sweet island life! Tel: 297-587-2302 Web: pelican-aruba.com

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for a new experience, to stroll the ocean floor on a 375-foot walkway that takes you past a sunken Cessna 414 to shoot fun photos at the underwater “Sea Trek Cafe.”

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Retail Haven Aruba is a shopper’s paradise. Whether it’s luxury and duty free near the port in downtown Oranjestad or alfresco plazas near Palm Beach in Noord, shopping in Aruba is an absolute delight. From international boutiques to authentic Aruba arts and crafts, scoop up the perfect souvenir with our guide to the best shopping in Aruba.

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LU X U RY & DU T Y F R E E I N D OW N T OW N OR A NJ E STA D 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 highend 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 high-end designer jewelry, like Cartier, Chopard and David Yurman. 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 nightly. S H O P S & C U L T U R E I N PA L M B E A C H Noord is a shopping mecca along Palm Beach and Aruba’s oceanfront resorts. Palm Beach Plaza is a sprawling 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.

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At the Royal Plaza Mall you'll find everything from high-end jewelers like Little Switzerland to local surf shop Bula.

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. A R U B A’ S O N E - O F - A - K I N D F I N D S , 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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Shop stunning diamonds and jewelry, like this Simon G. necklace, at Pearlgems.

Little Europe & Time Square Built on 40 years of strong family tradition and exceptional customer service, Little Europe & Time Square have earned their place as Aruba’s premier retailers. They specialize in the very best of diamond and precious colored-stone jewelry and exceptional timepieces. They have the largest inventory of certified GIA and EGL loose diamonds in all shapes and sizes at duty/tax-free prices with guaranteed savings of up to 25 percent.

Little Europe Jewels and Time L.G. Smith Blvd. 15 Tel: 297-583-6833, ext. 1 Website: littleeuropejewels.com

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Bulova's new Marine Star timepiece features rose gold stainless steel and silicone strap.

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Tempting Flavors Aruba is a cultural melting pot, which makes its cuisine all the more mouthwatering. With more than 90 nationalities represented on Aruba and four languages — Dutch and Papiamento (a native dialect of African and Portuguese origin) as official languages, with most people speaking Spanish and English as well — Aruba is a cornucopia of both culture and cuisine.

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AU T H E N T I C A R U B A When it comes to dining in Aruba, visitors are encouraged to acquaint themselves with the local delicacies. You’ll find that Arubans love to feast on fresh fish, hearty stews and fried polenta with many dishes covered in Gouda cheese and accompanied by hot papaya sauce. One must-try is Aruba’s national dish, keshi yena, the name of which is derived from the Dutch word for cheese, kaas. Sink your teeth into baked Gouda stuffed with olives, green onions, peppers, cashews and raisins, and your choice of chicken, beef or seafood. Many local restaurants and chefs put their own personal spin on the traditional recipe. As you continue your Aruban culinary journey, sample Aruban fried delights, including pastechis stuffed with cheese, similar to an empanada, and the mildly sweet traditional Aruban bread pan bati. Seafood lovers won’t want to miss the bacalao (salted codfish), conch fritters, creole sushi roll or fish kebabs made with the local catch. Aruban stoba — a classic stew made with beef, goat or conch — features meat, potato, onion, garlic and chili pepper in either a tomato-based gravy or a lighter base of white wine vinegar stock, which is typically used for conch stoba. Situated in a 175-year-old Aruban manor house in Noord, Papiamento restaurant is about as authentic as it gets. Before dining, tour the home with its collection of rare Dutch antiques and an impressive

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wine cellar. Chef-owner Eduardo Ellis’ specialties include the seafood pot served in a handmade clay pot swimming with fresh vegetables and herbs. It will pair perfectly with one of the Papiamento’s 1,800 bottles of wines. DI N I NG W ITH A V I EW Aruba’s idyllic island setting and yearround beautiful weather make it the perfect destination for memorable beachside and outdoor dining experiences. Choose from open-air seating, waterfront views or toes-in-thesand romance. Aruba Marriott’s beachfront restaurant, Atardi, is known for magnificent sunsets and exquisite seafood. Diners particularly

enjoy the romantic ambience and the feel of the sand beneath their feet as they indulge in fresh fish and seafood dishes. Located on Palm Beach’s Pelican Pier, Pelican Nest Seafood Grill is Aruba’s favorite restaurant completely above the water offering stunning views any time of day. Beyond serving the freshest fish, juiciest shrimp and most exquisite Caribbean lobster, Pelican Nest provides diners the unique opportunity to feed the fish below while enjoying live music. Serving both breakfast and dinner, pureocean at Divi Aruba Phoenix is the epitome of excellent Caribbean beachside dining. The menu features fresh, local seafood, international options and island specialties.

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SEA FOOD FEAST Another benefit of Aruba’s island setting is the wide array of seafood available. On any average day, the fresh catch can range from mahi-mahi to grouper, snapper, lobster, squid and prawns. Some restaurants will even cook whatever you catch during your fishing excursion, for a truly unique sea-totable experience. Whether you prefer your fish grilled, pan-fried, blackened or deep-fried, the talented chefs and cooks throughout the island know how to prepare fish to perfection. Unique to Aruba is the opportunity to savor fresh seafood cooked with traditional Aruban flavors. Think whole fried snapper, conch fritters, fish cakes

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and lobster cooked with local herbs and served with rice and peas and plantains. I N T ERNAT IONA L DELIGHTS Aruba is also home to a wide range of international cuisines. No matter where you’re from or what you’re craving, you’re sure to find it being served in Aruba’s restaurants. Sink your teeth into juicy steaks and burgers at American restaurants. Madefrom-scratch pizza from Italian restaurants — which also serve everything from risotto and pasta to homemade lasagna — is a crowd pleaser every time. For pan-Asian fare, order everything from sushi to traditional Japanese, Chinese and Thai dishes. Think pan-

fried gyoza dumplings, tuna tataki, Mongolian beef, pad thai and unique rolls incorporating locally caught seafood. Looking for more exotic fare? Consider escargots and foie gras from exceptional French restaurants, or samosas and chicken tikka masala from rich and savory Indian restaurants. Fun and colorful Mexican establishments are on hand with sizzling fajitas, premium tequilas and margaritas, and traditional Mexican fare. And the most devoted of carnivores will find their own heaven on Earth at various Argentine grills serving up the finest meats and more. Satisfy your taste buds with traditional Aruban cuisine and so much more during your stay on island.

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Taste Makers Meet a few of the masterminds behind Aruba’s growing culinary scene.

CHEF GERARD COSTE Passions on the Beach

CHEF SEBASTIAN CECHET L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House

In 2017, Gerard Coste took over the kitchen at Passions on the Beach and revolutionized the restaurant industry on Eagle Beach. After working in top kitchens in France, England and Monaco, followed by 30 years on Aruba, Chef Gerard understands the joy, flair and love for food.

With over 21 years of culinary experience, Chef Sebastian Cechet brings a dynamic energy to L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House. His robust knowledge can be credited to the countries he’s lived in, including France, Turks and Caicos Islands, Canada, Cuba, and his home country, Uruguay. Chef Sebastian is passionate about using the best ingredients available and, when possible, using locally sourced elements.

COMPLEX EXECUTIVE CHEF ROMEO PENACINO Aruba Marriott Chef Romeo Penacino grew up in Pampas, Argentina, and went to culinary school. In 2003, he worked for the Marriott Buenos Aires, and in 2008, he moved to Marriott Grand Cayman where he held different culinary positions. In 2014, he accepted the role of Complex Executive Sous Chef at Aruba Marriott and was later promoted to Complex Executive Chef. Chef Romeo brings valuable food and beverage experience and an international flair to Aruba Marriott’s culinary program and the highest standard of culinary excellence.

CHEF/OWNER KASI Madame Janette Rock music, tattoos, motor bikes, vintage sports cars and excellence, are all part of the lifestyle of Kasi. Celebrating 20 years of success, his motto stays the same: “Let’s cook for people who like to eat, and come as you are.” Professionally trained in Germany and Switzerland, he is a master of all traditional techniques and recipes, and you can taste that in his food. Attention to detail is key, everything you see, hear and taste at Madame Janette comes from the creative mastermind Kasi.

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EXECUTIVE CHEF DARWIN TORRES Windows on Aruba Hailing from Venezuela, Executive Chef Darwin Torres is no stranger to the kitchen. With over 27 years of experience in the industry, Chef Torres is the culinary genius behind Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort’s Windows on Aruba restaurant, crafting perfectly plated dishes with seasonal ingredients that are bursting with flavor. Chef Torres specializes in international, fine dining cuisine and has recently developed inspiring vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes to accommodate all needs.

EXECUTIVE CHEF RAFAEL LOPEZ-ALIAGA The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba Hailing from Lima, Peru, and with a culinary career spanning over 25 years, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba’s Executive Chef Rafael Lopez-Aliaga has a plethora of luxury culinary experience. In addition, Chef Rafael is an active member of the Culinary Council for Marriott’s Caribbean and Latin American regional team.

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ATARDI L.G. Smith Blvd. 101, Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino Palm Beach 297-520-6537 • arubamarriott.com Atardi, the best-kept secret on the island, is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner, where you’ll be delighted by sunsets and the warm feeling of the sand between your toes. Sit back and connect with all your senses at this oceanfront pop-up restaurant.

BAREFOOT RESTAURANT L.G. Smith Blvd. 1, Oranjestad 297-588-9824 • barefootaruba.com eat@barefootaruba.com 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 and the entire Barefoot team are looking forward to welcoming you here for a fabulous evening, in flip-flops!

THE BEACH BAR J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 93, Oranjestad, across from Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort diviresorts.com/divi-village-dining.htm Life’s a beach! The Beach Bar, Aruba’s hottest new beachside bar and eatery, is THE place to enjoy great food, creative cocktails, tons of brews and live entertainment! Relax by the beach with a refreshing drink and cuddle up to watch a romantic Aruban sunset or dance the night away with your toes in the sand. Serving bar food from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Happy hour runs from 2 to 3 p.m. and again from 5 to 6 p.m., while the bar is open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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BLT STEAK & CASA NONNA RESTAURANTS L.G. Smith Blvd. 107, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba BLT Steak: 297-527-2699 ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/caribbean/aruba/ dining/blt-steak Casa Nonna: 297-527-2399 ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/caribbean/aruba/ dining/casa-nonna Indulge in an exquisite culinary voyage. Experience authentic Italian cooking and a culmination of traditional Roman and Tuscan fare, highlighted by fresh, local and seasonal ingredients at Casa Nonna New York. BLT Steak presents specially selected steaks, fresh seafood and satisfying sides.

COFFEE CORNER J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 93 Oranjestad Indulge in gourmet coffee and pastries on the go at the Coffee Corner. Serving up the best brews for an extra bolt of energy, this grab-andgo café will satisfy your caffeine cravings and help you kick off your day the right way! Open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

THE COVE J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 297-583-5000 casinoalhambra.com Located inside Alhambra Casino, The Cove is a full-service restaurant offering a variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and more. With bar-top video poker, your favorite sports on the big screens and buckets of imported icecold beer, it’s the place where locals love to go. Open daily from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

DUSHI BAGELS J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 87, Palm Beach, Playa Linda Beach Resort, Front Terrace 297-586-3035 dushibagelsandburgers.com franchising@dushibagelsandburgers.com Casual, Caribbean style located on the “hot spot” of Aruba. Dushi Bagels offers more than 10 different flavors of New York-style bagels, baked daily; delicious pancakes, omelets, protein bowls, fresh fruits, Nitro-infused coffees and anything you might want to create your own breakfast. Lunch and dinner offer a wide variety of delicious gourmet burgers made from prime beef cooked to perfection and many delicacies to choose from while you enjoy the daily live music from 7 to 10 p.m. Outdoor and air-conditioning sitting available. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. with happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m.

FUSION RESTAURANT WINE & PIANO BAR J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 297-280-9994 fusion-aruba.com Fusion Restaurant Wine & Piano Bar, nestled just behind the popular Alhambra Casino, invites you to unwind in its stylish lounge and terrace, offering a variety of cold and hot tapas and an exciting menu of international dishes. This restaurant is the ideal setting for a memorable dining experience, paired with daily live entertainment, featuring local talented musicians and international performers. Linger longer over a vintage wine from the extensive bar selection, and enjoy a relaxing evening of fun, among friends. Serving dinner from 6 to late and daily happy hour runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

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INFINITY GRILL J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 93, Oranjestad 297-583-5000, ext. 7878 Grab a burger, nachos or a sandwich at the poolside Infinity Grill at Divi Resort. You don’t even have to get out of the water to savor delicious food and drinks, as Infinity Grill has its own swim-up bar, which happens to be one of the largest on the island. Lunch and snacks are served from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Happy hour runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. while the bar is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

LG SMITH’S STEAK & CHOP HOUSE L.G. Smith Blvd. 82, City Center, Oranjestad 297-523-6195 An ever-evolving icon for fine dining and chic extravagance, L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House is the #1 steakhouse in Aruba according to TripAdvisor. This elegant restaurant perfectly fuses the curated flavors of a traditional steakhouse with an upscale, lounge atmosphere.

MADAME JANETTE RESTAURANT Cunucu Abao 37 297-587-0184 • madamejanette.com Welcome to Madame Janette Restaurant, founded on April 2, 1999. The combined experience and knowledge of our staff resulted in a place that offers fine dining in a casual, romantic atmosphere. Karsten (Kasi), the owner and a European master chef, uses his “old school” traditions to create tasteful and creative dishes together with a knowledgeable international staff. We strive to give our dishes an original flavor with a touch of Caribbean in it. We are very proud to have Aruba’s largest and rarest international craft beer selection! We call it the Madame Janette Experience! International Cuisine with a Caribbean touch... Only tell your best friends!!!

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MULLIGAN’S GOLF CAFÉ, BAR & RESTAURANT J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 93, Oranjestad 297-523-5017 mulligansaruba.com Mulligan’s Golf Café, Bar & Restaurant in Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort is always cooking up something delicious! It’s the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat after a round of golf at The Links. The restaurant and bar overlook the 9th hole and is enclosed with large windows for air-conditioned comfort, so you can cool off and refuel with savory sandwiches, fresh salads, specialty pizzas and more. The lively bar offers everything from tropical cocktails to classic favorites, in addition to a wide selection of wine and beer. Plus, don’t miss Mulligan’s daily happy hour specials and famous karaoke night on Thursdays! Breakfast is served from 6:30 to 11 a.m.; lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and dinner is served from 5 to 11 p.m. Happy hour is served from 5 to 6 p.m. while the bar is open from 11 a.m. to midnight.

PASSIONS ON THE BEACH J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 252, Oranjestad 297-527-1118 amsterdammanor.com/dining concierge@amsterdammanor.aw OpenTable.com Dine with your feet in the soft-white sand and the soothing sound of the gentle waves caressing the shore. From the highest quality meats to irresistible seafood, vegan and vegetarian dishes, there is truly something for everyone at this restaurant located on Eagle Beach in front of the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort.

PELICAN NEST SEAFOOD GRILL J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 237, Noord, on Pelican Pier 297-586-2259 pelican-aruba.com Aruba’s favorite restaurant completely above the water offers many unique attributes: a spectacular view at any time of the day — especially during sunsets — the wide array of fresh seafood, a relaxing atmosphere, exclusive seating for dinner and the option while dining to feed the fish. The Pelican Nest Seafood Grill offers two unique areas. First, Pelican’s Nest, located at the edge of the pier, offers a casual and tranquil atmosphere. This is the ideal place for quiet lunches and romantic dinners. The second area is the Pelican Pier Bar, located at the beginning of the pier, which offers a fun and laid-back atmosphere with happy hours, specialty cocktails, music and smiles all around.

PUREBEACH J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 75, Noord 297-586-6066, ext. 7002 purebeacharuba.com If you’re looking for a trendy hot spot where you can enjoy your favorite bar foods and tasty Caribbean cuisine, plus great drinks, happy hour and live music, purebeach at Divi Aruba Phoenix is the place for you! Relax and soak up the sun at this oceanfront eatery while enjoying a handcrafted cocktail, or paddle over to the swim-up bar and enjoy your drink of choice without ever leaving the refreshing pool. Food service hours include lunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., dinner from 5 to 10 p.m., tapas service from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Happy hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m. while the bar is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy karaoke Wednesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. with special happy hour service from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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RUTH’S CHRIS L.G. Smith Blvd. 101, Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Palm Beach 297-520-6600 arubamarriott.com Treat yourself to a five-star, sizzling meal and a bottle from an award-winning wine list at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. The prime cuts and seafood options are the stars of the menu, complemented by flavorful sides and classic desserts.

TIKI POOL BAR & GRILL J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 47, Oranjestad 297-583-5000 diviresorts.com/divi-dutch-dining.htm Take a dip in the pool and enjoy your favorite cocktails and snacks at Tiki Pool Bar & Grill. Offering light breakfast options, sandwiches, salads and small bites, this is the perfect spot for casual Caribbean and American cuisine. Serving breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and lunch from 12 to 3:30 p.m. Happy hour runs from 3 to 4 p.m., while the bar is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

PUREOCEAN J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 75, Noord 297-586-6066, ext. 7002 pureoceanrestaurant.com The epitome of excellent beachside dining, pureocean at Divi Aruba Phoenix features modern décor with an open-air layout. Dine beachside in the bistro or at tables situated under palm trees and twinkling lights. pureocean’s dinner menu features fresh seafood, international options and island specialties. You can also stop by for pureocean’s breakfast buffet from 7 to 11 a.m. for hot and cold dishes. Dinner is served from 6 to 10 p.m. Happy hour runs from 6 to 7 p.m.

SEABREEZE RESTAURANT & SPORTS BAR J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 93, Oranjestad 297-583-5000, ext. 5122/7805 Seabreeze Restaurant & Sports Bar is your one-stop shop for casual, open-air dining overlooking a shimmering pool at Divi Resort. Stop by for tasty treats all day long, including a delicious breakfast buffet with fresh fruits, pastries and hot dishes, as well as laid-back lunch options and romantic, candlelit dinners with continental cuisine and local seafood. Buffet breakfast is served from 7 to 11 a.m.; lunch and dinner hours are from noon to 9:30 p.m. Happy hour is from 5 to 7 p.m. while the bar is open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

WINDOWS ON ARUBA J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 93, Oranjestad 297-523-5017 • windowsonaruba.com When you’re looking for the best fish and steak on the island, Windows on Aruba at Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort is the place to go. This stylish, modern restaurant features floor-toceiling windows offering breathtaking views of the ocean and golf course. The mouthwatering dinner menu includes à la carte choices or a very affordable 3-course tasting menu. Windows on Aruba also offers a decadent Royal Sunday Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (one seating only) with unlimited mimosas. Open for dinner and drinks from 6 to 10:30 p.m.

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PUREDELI J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 75, Noord Escape the heat and grab a quick bite to eat at puredeli at Divi Aruba Phoenix! This airconditioned New York-style deli features fresh pastries, artisanal sandwiches, gourmet coffee and decadent desserts. Plus, enjoy added surprises like a custom Bloody Mary bar, incredible gelato and tasty pies. Stop by to stock up on snacks and sandwiches before exploring the island or lounging on the beach. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Also available through room service from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Washington 61, Noord Tel: 297.586.4544 297.594.5504 papiamentoaruba.com

Visitors of all ages are welcome to experience their lunch and dinner on the beach while listening to the soothing sound of the gentle waves caressing the shore.

LUNCH: 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM HAPPY HOUR: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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DINNER: 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM | Located on Eagle Beach in front of the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort | | For menu and reservations: www.amsterdammanor.com/dining | | +297 527 1118 | concierge@amsterdammanor.aw | www.OpenTable.com |

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SEE WHAT ALL THE SIZZLE’S ABOUT. Aruba’s hottest destination for premium cuts of prime beef, L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House delivers a masterful culinary experience in the heart of Oranjestad. Rated the top steakhouse in Aruba by TripAdvisor, this timeless bistro fuses the signature flavors of a traditional steakhouse with the modern look and feel of an upscale lounge.

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Open daily from 6 PM – 11 PM Located in Oranjestad, next to Wind Creek Crystal Casino. For reservations, please call 523.6195

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Luck of the Island Courtesty of The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

As hot and exciting as Aruba can be, some of the most heart-pumping experiences can be had in the island’s many world-class casinos. By Julie Bielenberg

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N IGH T L I F E & CA SI NO S 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: Sunday, 10 a.m. to midnight; Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 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: Monday through Friday, noon to 3 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. The Casino at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba is a 15,000-square-foot beachfront gaming locale with over 265 slot machines, 17 traditional table games from 4:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. and spinning reels, video reels and

video games with jackpots available 24 hours a day. Cool Casino, in the 5-star beachfront Riu Palace Hotel, has over 200 slots, 10 table games including Blackjack, Craps, Let It Ride, Roulette, Caribbean Stud Poker and Three-Card Poker in addition to weekly Blackjack tournaments and Superbets — a sports book–betting platform. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Eagle Aruba Resort & Casino has a Vegas-style gaming operation with over 100 slot machines and 6 table games, including Roulette, Blackjack and ThreeCard Poker. Hours: Open 24 hours 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. Hours: Noon to 4 a.m. 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. 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: Open 24 hours 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; numerous table games, including Blackjack, Roulette, Caribbean Stud Poker and Let It Ride; and the biggest table bankroll on island. Hours: Open 24 hours 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.

The Casino at the Ritz-Carlton, Aruba Let The Casino at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba dazzle your evenings with a roll of the dice. The 15,000-square-foot casino features 17 traditional table games and a selection of slot machines that features over 240 spinning reels, with jackpots available 24 hours a day. L.G. Smith Blvd. # 107 Tel: 297-527-2222 Web: ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/ caribbean/aruba/area-activities/casino Facebook: facebook.com/TheCasinoAt TheRitzCarltonAruba

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Once the sun sets, even more surprises and incredible performances abound across the island. By Julie Bielenberg

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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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Aruba’s variety of family-friendly options and fantastic shows are a Caribbean standout. Popular choices include the Carnival Fantasy Show, 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.

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Sweet Spot Like many visitors, you’re likely to be seduced into settling in for a longer stay. And if buying a piece of Aruban real estate appeals to you, there’s now more reason than ever to stake your claim on a piece of the island.

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Aruba offers endless stretches of whitesand beaches, spectacular turquoise water, striking desert landscapes and a warm, dry climate. In fact, since it rarely rains, the island has perfect weather for enjoying outdoor activities year round. Aruba has long been a favorite destination among the wealthy, with luxury condos and villas, fine restaurants, high-end shopping, exclusive night clubs and casinos. However, this island is not just for the rich; it also has plenty of great housing and entertainment options for people with a moderate budget. If you’re considering extending your Aruban vacation to a more permanent stay, there are many resources providing detailed information on what to do and where to buy. I recommend starting with local websites, like visitaruba.com, when you’re ready to dive into the island’s real estate industry. The website states: “Aruba offers many different possibilities for owning real estate. One option is to purchase a home or condominium as a retirement property and rent it out when you are not on the island. This can be done through a reputable property management company, or a condominium community’s own property management team.” The site also provides quick links to current real estate listings. Aruba is well-developed and has one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean. It also has a special residency program for retirees that is accessible to many. In order to qualify, people over the age of 55 need a minimum annual income of US$56,200 from a pension or other legal source. The person must also own a home on the island. Non-residents from around the world can purchase property in Aruba following the same process as Aruban residents. Some residences are built on lease land owned by the Land of Aruba. The lease is for 60 years and the homeowner must pay

a yearly fee for the lease rights. The fee ranges from US$200 to US$600 per year. Also, buying a house in Aruba means you have to pay land tax. This land tax is usually based on the selling price and is paid each year. Some of the most popular areas for new homeowners to settle down include Arashi, Malmok, Tierra del Sol, Topaz, Safir, Esmeralda, Ruby, Opal, Salinja Cerca and Palm Beach. This is because these communities are close to spas, tennis courts, shopping malls and, of course, Aruba’s glistening Caribbean Sea. Because environmental protection is important to all Arubans, it’s no surprise that the island’s communities put nature first. L’aquila Residences, a new condo complex coming to Eagle Beach, has already won international recognition for its sustainability and innovations. This modernistic, seven-story building boasts clean, symmetric lines, hugged by a honeycomb fence, and features energyconserving ICF construction, solar panels and the latest smart technologies. Learn more at laquilaresidences.com.

L’aquila Residences L’aquila Residences is an innovative project whose design was conceived under the scheme of a residential building that marks a before and after in the history of aruba. Schotlandstraat 37, Oranjestad Email: info@laquilaresidences.com Web: laquilaresidences.com

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Rich Traditions When people think of Aruba, there are a few things that instantly come to mind. Sun, sea, sand and vacation! But did you know that Aruba wasn’t always the vacation island that you know and love today? Let’s take a short trip down memory lane. By Jennifer Jongema

Stories about the origin of Aruba’s name are divided. Some claim it was derived from the two Carib Indian words ora oubao, which translate to “shell island.” Others suggest that the island got its name from the Spanish words oro hubo, which mean “there was gold” in English. While nothing was ever quite confirmed, this does reference two very notable periods in Aruban history: the Amerindian and the Spanish periods.

The Amerindians (Prehistory) It was discovered that the original inhabitants of Aruba were the Amerindians from the Arawak group. Their influence is still present in Aruban culture today. Many location names are derived from their language. Names like Hudishibana, Matividiri and Hadicurari can still be found on our island maps.

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Toward the end of the 1400s, Spanish colonizers came to the island and later enslaved the Amerindians. After some time, they were freed, but many of the original inhabitants were already exiled. The land was never returned to them. This period also left its traces in Aruban culture and is shown in our native language of Papiamento, which shares many words with the Spanish language.

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Dutch colonizers occupied the island from the Spanish, mainly for its strategically favorable location, right off the South American coast. Aruba was briefly conquered by the British during the Napoleonic Wars, but the Dutch reclaimed control in 1816. Aruba has been part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands ever since. Beside the native Papiamento, Dutch is the island’s second official language.

Industry Aruba wasn’t always the travelers’ hot spot it is today. The island used to be considered quite the industrial hub. The cultivation and processing of aloe is practically synonymous with Aruba nowadays; aloe vera can even be found on Aruba’s coat of arms. This symbolizes the tiny island of Aruba being the largest supplier of aloe resin in the 19th century. Aside from fishing and farming, people in Aruba sustained themselves by working for the gold mining and smelting companies. Aruba wasn’t rumored to be called Oro Hubo for nothing. Remnants of this industry can still be found at the Bushiribana and Balashi Gold Mill Ruins.

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A less glamorous natural product that was exploited in Aruba was guano — hardened seagull droppings. Guano contained phosphoric acid and made an exceptional fertilizer. Due to high demand at the time, Aruba was able to export guano to buyers abroad. When the Lago petroleum company opened a refinery in Aruba, it brought a lot of economic and cultural changes for the island. The company brought their management from the United States and many workers from English-speaking Caribbean islands like Grenada, St. Vincent and Trinidad, primarily to remedy the language barrier. This is part of the reason why Aruba is the cultural melting pot we see today.

Aruba’s history isn’t confined to a museum. It’s embedded in the features of every smiling face. It’s sculpted deeply into the rocks and gold mill ruins and Oranjestad sculptures. You’ll find traces of Aruba’s history and culture on cave walls, pastel facades and the faces of our happy people.” – Aruba Tourism Authority

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If you’re one of Aruba’s many loyal visitors, you may recognize bits and pieces Aruba’s cultural history in your vacation experience. Whether you’re learning a few words in Papiamento or using some of Aruba’s famous aloe products, you’re experiencing a bit of the island’s identity. There is so much to learn about this happy island; consider this your invitation to explore!

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Aruba’s tourism industry has grown significantly since the beginning of the 20th century. There were no hotels, guesthouses or condos before that time. A residential home in Oranjestad was purchased and renovated into the first guesthouse on the island. The house was nothing like any of the hotels we know today. There was no concierge or room service — just a simple place to stay for civil servants of the government and other guests. In the 1930s more flights started coming to the island. It was one of the crew members of the first flight to land on the island that opened Aruba’s first true hotel called Hotel Caribe. This hotel was nothing like the luxurious beach resorts Aruba is now known for. The first hotel built near the beach in Oranjestad was the Coral Strand Hotel (strand is Dutch for “beach”). This hotel still stands and is known

today as the Talk of the Town Hotel & Beach Club. While this hotel was built near the coast, it was not quite on the beach. In the 1950s, Aruba opened its first tourism bureau in the U.S. to start promoting the island internationally. It was around this time that the tourism industry really took off! Cruise ships started docking in Aruba and many more people learned about the unique quality of an Aruba vacation. The influx of international visitors and tourists was vital to the island’s growth, so much so that locals realized its importance early on. Since then, the local hospitality and service industries have been devoted to providing stellar vacation experiences. Today, the Aruban community’s service-minded nature is still prevalent. More hotels were built and activities were developed, molding Aruba into the versatile vacation paradise everyone loves to visit!

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Where Romance Blooms Saying “I do” in a romantic, exotic locale is a dream for many couples. Aruba — with more days of sunshine than any other Caribbean island — is one of the region’s most popular destination wedding locales, offering modern conveniences and technology while maintaining a distinct local charm and natural beauty.

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Islands magazine ranked Aruba among its “10 Best Caribbean Islands for Destination Weddings,” sharing, “This popular isle boasts a winning combo of barefoot island life and stiletto-heeled sexy glamour. Situated below the hurricane belt, the island is a true stunner.” The island’s award-winning beaches provide striking backdrops of powdersoft, white sands and remarkably clear turquoise seas. Beyond the beach, wedding events can be celebrated at historic manors, private tropical gardens, chic clubhouses, glitzy ballrooms and iconic island spots like the California Lighthouse. Couples have a bevy of accommodation options, including top worldwide hotel brands, budget-friendly all-inclusive resorts and intimate, locally owned boutique hotels. “Take your pick of extremely high-end luxury hotels to budget all-inclusives; Aruba has a destination wedding experience for any style or budget,” says website The TravelNet. Island vendors catering to the wedding market on Aruba have the knowledge and experience garnered from the dozens of weddings that take place here weekly. Whether it’s a vegan reception, a vintage VW van as a photo booth, a live band on a stage constructed over the sea or hand-rolled cigars, just about any trend or special request can usually be accommodated. Aruba’s most valuable asset, however, is its people. “One Happy Island” is much more than a slogan; hospitality is a way of life here, assuring that couples and their guests will feel welcome to embrace the One Happy Island spirit.

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CALCULATE YOUR BUDGET Destination weddings have additional costs like airfare, lodging and other typical expenses incurred while traveling. These expenses are in addition to the wedding and any other events that you may plan surrounding your nuptials.

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BLOCK ROOMS FOR YOUR WEDDING PARTY Room rates and availability vary depending on the time of year. The winter months are considered high season, reflecting higher rates and less availability. If you are planning to include family and friends, keep in mind that they will also have to shoulder their travel expenses and may need adequate time to request time off from work as well.

HIRE A PROFESSIONAL WEDDING PLANNER A destination wedding may not be the ideal situation to attempt a DIY wedding. A local wedding planner — such as Ceremonies & Celebrations in Aruba with Lissy Lampe — knows the ins

CREATE A MOOD BOARD Some couples come to the island to meet with their wedding planner and vendors in person, which does add a level of confidence in the one you are working with. If this is not feasible, collect images of flowers, décor, food and beverage, and other details of how you envision your wedding and share those with your wedding planner and vendors. DRESS FOR THE OCCASION Your wedding attire should reflect your personal taste and style; however, keep in mind that a heavily embellished gala gown and a complete tuxedo might not be wise choices for an outdoor event in Aruba’s warm climate. Also, do not pack your wedding attire in your checked baggage.

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Celebrating Love Boston couple Lindsay and Leo Ruiz set their sights on Aruba for the perfect destination wedding.

With family and friends coming together from Boston, Miami and Georgia, Lindsay Ruiz had her heart set on a destination wedding. “We knew having everyone join us in Aruba would be the best opportunity for everyone to get to know each other — and what better place than beautiful Aruba?” Lindsay gushes. The couple went to work planning their wedding for September 29, 2018, at Divi Aruba Phoenix resort with Marielle Hilkman of

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Aruba Weddings For You, Divi Resorts’ in-house wedding planner. Their guests checked into Divi’s pair of all-inclusive resorts, Tamarijn Aruba and Divi Aruba. “Everyone was so accommodating and we felt right at home,” recalls Lindsay. The wedding took place at pureocean restaurant situated directly on Palm Beach, where Lindsay drew inspiration for her ivory lace Monique Lhuillier gown to inform the modern, romantic décor. Working in a palette of blush pink, gold and white lace accents, they decorated long tables with lace runners, gold charger plates and handmade flower boxes — made by her Uncle Geoff — filled with a variety of blush-toned roses, garden roses and hydrangeas by Vicky Booi of Jardin Caribe, as well as gold-trimmed glass lanterns and candles. Their vanilla buttercream layer cake by Estrellita’s Pastry Aruba was trimmed in gold frosting with blossoming blush pink flowers made of sugar decorating the side. With the ceremony and reception held on pureocean’s private beach, Lindsay says, “It was the perfect setting — beautiful, quiet and intimate. The sunset was breathtaking.” And all the while, local photographer Demian Gibbs of Demian Gibbs Photography was on hand to beautifully capture every moment. As part of their wedding week, the couple threw a welcome party at Divi’s Sandpiper Bar. They loved that their destination wedding afforded them extra time to create memories and bond with their friends and family. “We went swimming in the ocean, spent time by the pool together, dined, danced and laughed throughout the week,” recalls Lindsay. “It was so great that we didn’t have to cram it into one or two days, which we would have had to do if we got married in Boston.” When Lindsay thinks back, her most memorable moment was simply sitting together with Leo at their table during the reception, taking it all in. “There were no pictures or speeches going on,” she says. “It was just the two of us watching our favorite people all in one place. We have so many memories to look back and reflect on from Aruba.”

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Aruba boasts a plethora of talented and dedicated wedding planners and professionals. Lindsay’s experience on her big day was one she’ll never forget. ”We were thrilled that our vision was brought to life with the help of our family and the team at Aruba Weddings For You.”

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A big step forward in local, sustainable farming took place in July 2018 with the establishment of a new growers’ association called United Farmers Aruba (UFA). UFA is a co-op for both large- and small-scale farmers on Aruba working together to successfully produce highquality, sustainable agricultural products. The association has grown to include roughly 30 members and now offers products directly to the hospitality industry of Aruba and local grocery stores. Some of the UFA farmers are using innovative hydroponic and aquaponic systems to produce consistently, despite periods of little rainfall, which can be quite common. Cunucu Fresh, Happyponics and 297 Farm all use hydroponics to grow leafy greens, and the D’abaru farm has

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In Aruba, environmental protection is much more than a fad. Huge legislative efforts have been made recently to reduce the use of plastics on the island. The year 2017 brought a victory for Aruba’s nature and environment: the ban of single-use plastic bags. Another milestone initiative is the banning of all single-use plastic as of 2019, with a one-year time period to transition and deplete inventory. Aruba also announced the ban of sunscreens with oxybenzone, a chemical that is harmful to coral, with a transition phase beginning in 2019 and a full ban by 2020. At least two companies on the island — Aruba Aloe and Arubalife Organics — are already on board with the ban, both proudly offering mineral-based, reef-safe sunscreens.

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ANIMAL MAGNETISM: Visitors can lend a hand at the Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, which provides a safe haven for Aruba’s endangered donkeys.

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set up an innovative rainwater collection system. Eco Living Aruba and Goshen Sustainable Development have both made great inroads with regards to sustainable farming on the island, and Goshen in particular encourages guests to visit its farm in Alto Vista, where special farm-totable experiences are highlighted. Island visitors, many of whom regard Aruba as their second home, enjoy safeguarding Aruba’s environment; and indeed, there are plenty of voluntourism opportunities for these eco-minded vacationers. The annual Aruba Reef Care Project is the island’s largest volunteer environmental initiative, with some 800 locals and tourists scouring the beaches and dive and snorkel sites. The Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association (AHATA) Environmental Committee works to create as much awareness as possible in the three Rs — Reduce, Reuse and Recycle — among the hotels, government and the public in general. It organizes the annual AHATA Coastal Cleanup, which sees teams of locals and vacationers working together to clean areas along the coastline.

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There are voluntourism opportunities for animal lovers, too. Visitors can help the Turtugaruba Foundation patrol beaches in order to spot and protect turtle nests. Aruba is proud of its many sustainability endeavors, but the journey to becoming a sustainable travel destination is neverending. It’s not always easy to adapt and find new ways to protect the island’s natural environment and those creatures living in it, but it’s certainly a worthy cause, for Aruba strongly believes that one sustainable island is indeed One Happy Island. We ask our visitors to join the “Aruba Promise,” which states: “I will help preserve this island for generations to come and be a mindful and responsible visitor. I will respect land, sea and nature, and leave only footprints that wash away. I will move around safely, attentive to all rules and norms, being sensible to all who call this island their home. I will honor the local culture, and embrace the One Happy Island spirit. I will behave sensibly on social media and care for what I share. This is my promise to Aruba.”

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Learn all the ins and outs of Aruba to get you started on a memorable stay.

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Mark Your Calendar Make sure to check out the special events taking place on island during your visit. For more information, go to visitaruba.com.

JANUARY Aruba Carnival Season January 4 – February 25 Carnival means weeks of events that bring you colorfully decorated floats, contagiously throbbing music, luxuriously designed costumed groups of celebrants of all ages, King and Queen elections, electrifying Jump Ups, Torch Light Parades that wind their way through the streets at night, the Jouvert Morning Pajama Parade, the Children’s Parades and finally the Grand Parade!

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Betico Day • January 25 Commemorating the birthday of the late Aruban political leader, Gilberto François (Betico) Croes, who helped the island attain “Status Aparte,” which granted Aruba autonomy from the Netherlands Antilles, allowing the country to function as a commonwealth within the Dutch kingdom. MARCH Aruba’s National Anthem and Flag Day March 18 A strong sense of pride is displayed each year as Arubans celebrate their Status Aparte with Dia di Himno y Bandera (National Anthem and Flag Day). An impressive folkloric production marking the holiday is held each year on Plaza Betico Croes in Oranjestad. This official holiday also features many events and activities for kids and adults.

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Aruba International Half Marathon March 22 International competitors will participate in Aruba’s longest road race covering the length of the island from San Nicolas to Oranjestad. The course starts in front of Joe Laveist Sport Park in San Nicolas and ends in front of Alhambra Casino Aruba. APRIL Aruba Fashion Week This yearly fashion, entertainment and lifestyle event brings an estimated 3,000 visitors for three continuous days of fashion and great business opportunities as well as an undisputed promotional value for the sponsors, designers and brands that accompany the event. Easter • April 12 Easter on Aruba has become one of the most important holiday seasons. It includes egg hunting, Mass on Easter Sunday, Easter breakfast, Easter brunch, beach camping, barbecuing and much more. There are great activities from Good Friday until Easter Monday planned for children as well as restaurant specials for all to enjoy. Earth Day • April 22 Every year, all around the globe, Earth Day is celebrated. Many different events, campaigns and activities are held worldwide. Here in Aruba we do our best to lead by example and treat every day as Earth Day!

Aruba Food Truck Festival April 26 & 27 All of the island’s best food trucks gather together at the Plaza Daniel Leo. Experience sizzling dishes and let your taste buds go wild. Enjoy craft beers and live music. King’s Day Celebration April 27 A government ceremony paying honor to King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands is followed by numerous sporting events and family-friendly activities. Also, many restaurants and bars hold specials. Don’t forget to wear your orange attire! International Boulevard Race 10K April 27 Hundreds of runners from around the world come to compete in Aruba’s most popular running race, organized for more than 55 years. Course begins on L.G. Smith Boulevard and ends at the Marriott parking lot. MAY Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival May 20–25 The Aruba Soul Beach Music festival is held on Memorial Day holiday weekend and includes many star-studded artists and comedians. The festival highlights five days of events such as beach parties, comedy nights and a big music festival

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featuring top class artists. This event and the island of Aruba is sure to amaze you with one long weekend of music, comedy, parties and, of course, lots of fun!

Runners and walkers from all around the world are expected. The main objection is to make this race unforgettable for all participants.

JUNE Aruba Aloe Wellness Month Start your summer off with a unique and holistic wellness program hosted by the One Happy Island. Recharge with invigorating yoga, Tai Chi or Pilates, or explore the island with off-property adventures such as organized beach walks and captivating Caribbean nature hikes.

Aruba Summer Music Festival June 26 & 27 The Aruba Summer Music Festival headlines with award-winning musicians and the best local DJs and bands. This three-day event takes place at Aruba’s Harbor Square Arena and delivers spectacular performances to thousands of locals and tourists!

Pride Month All month long, Aruba supports the LGBTQ+ community by hosting a variety of special events. COOLinary Food Festival at Renaissance Marketplace Join us and discover a variety of dishes from different participating restaurants at a “COOL” price. Experience a night at the Marketplace full of dining specials, entertainment and FOOD! Aruba National Coastal Clean Up Those visitors interested in enriching their vacation by joining this Aruba voluntourism initiative are welcome to join! Gloves, collecting bags and refreshments are provided at this environmental event for a green and clean Aruba! Contact AHATA at Tel. (297) 582-2607 or vanessa@ahata.com for more information. KLM Aruba Marathon • June 7 The race is AIMS/IAAF certified and is organized on the highest international level. The beautiful course will show you the best of Aruba, taking you along the from Palm Beach up to the famous California Lighthouse and Eagle Beach.

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JULY Aruba Hi-Winds Kitesurfing Windsurfing Tournament Aruba Hi-Winds introduces fun and action. The races expected are SemiLong Distance race for Kite Juniors, Kite Freestyle, Windsurfing slalom races, Windsurfing Freestyle competition, Kite boarding and Windsurfing long-distance races. Fourth of July Every year, there is a small fireworks show to celebrate with America! Various restaurants, resorts and businesses offer food specials, deals on drinks, celebratory events and fun activities. AUGUST Aruba’s Annual International Regatta This sailing event features fun, action, and competitions among international yachts, catamarans, sunfish, kitesurfers and windsurfers during the day, combined with music, beach parties and dinners at night! Renew Your I Do’s in Aruba Aruba is gearing up to host the largest Vow Renewal Celebration in the Caribbean... AGAIN, and we want YOU to be a part of this momentous occasion!

Couples from all over the world are invited to participate in this grandiose affair. Taking place on Eagle Beach, the world’s No. 3 beach, the atmosphere is filled with love, passion and a real destination wedding feel. SEPTEMBER Aruba’s Annual Beach & Reef Cleanup Join the Aruban Community, and Aruba Reef Care Foundation for a Beach & Reef Cleanup Action Fundraiser event! A clean-up of the island’s most popular beaches, dive and snorkel sites helps raise awareness for a clean marine environment. With over 800 participants, including local residents and visitors from around the world, it is the island’s largest volunteer environmental initiative. Casibari Jazz Festival Aruba September 20 The first edition of the Casibari Jazz Festival at Casibari Music Café and Grill is launching September 20th! Prepare yourself for a two-day event with two stages, a delicious food court and an art fair. OCTOBER Eat Local Aruba Restaurant Week This week-long event throughout October highlights authentic Aruban cuisine. The restaurants’ prix-fixe meals allow visitors to enjoy local cuisine for a very reasonable price, with lunches costing $15 and dinners $30 to $40. Shoco Artfest Aruba If you’re looking to get a glimpse of Aruba’s creative community then you don’t want to miss out on this unique arthonoring event. Halloween Celebrations October 31 Don’t forget to pack your costume to join in on the Halloween festivities in Aruba!

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Many hotels and resorts hold trick-ortreating for the little ones... and the bars, lounges and restaurants host parties for the adults! You will find many Halloween parties start the weekend before Halloween and continue through the 31st. NOVEMBER Aruba Open Beach Tennis Championships The Aruba Beach Tennis Open is an International event all about combining fun, sports and a festival atmosphere! Everybody and anybody who loves the beach, the parties and of course the best beach tennis matches in the world cannot miss this!

Aruba Art Fair Aruba Art Fair has the vision to make Aruba culturally and economically richer; a vibrant, diverse, inclusive paradise where affluent people want to visit in order to look for culture, heritage and fine arts. Get ready for endless, unique art provided by local artists, delicious food to satisfy your bellies and a street music concert to top off the affair! DECEMBER Winter Wonderland Christmas Market at Renaissance Marketplace Renaissance Marketplace invites you to Aruba’s biggest Christmas Market Winter Wonderland! From December 1–23, enjoy

featured live music, decorated Christmas cottages selling food & beverages, an ice skating court, a merry-go-round, face painting, other kids activities... and last but not least, Santa Claus himself! Christmas Fair Enjoy delicious artisanal food and drinks made especially for this season, arts and crafts, live entertainment and much more! Don’t miss out on this unique experience as San Nicolas will turn into a holly jolly, magical environment! Organized by ArtisA. Cadushi Festival The Cadushi Festival was born out of a perceived necessity for a different kind of activity on the island, an alternative gathering place for curious souls which could simultaneously serve as an inspirational and relaxing environment with different unique activities promoting mindful and conscious living, live music and healthy refreshments, as well as providing a showcase for local small business brave-hearts and creative, outof-the-box entrepreneurs.

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Christmas Day Enjoy your Christmas island style! Christmas in Aruba can still be a “white Christmas” by visiting one of our breathtaking white sandy beaches! Places and streets will be completely decorated with lights and Christmas trees. Bringing your family to Aruba this Christmas is a real treat. Many restaurants on Aruba offer special holiday menus during the entire holiday season. The hotels also host special breakfasts, lunches and/or dinners. New Year’s Celebration New Year’s Eve in Aruba means a night of endless fireworks shows everywhere you turn, restaurant specials to enjoy and many parties to attend!

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Insider Tips Get acquainted with Aruba.

ARUBA CODE OF CONDUCT www.aruba.com/us/code-of-conduct Aruba Code of Conduct outlines some local rules and regulations that visitors are asked to respect. This includes: Dress Code: Nudity and topless sunbathing are not allowed. Wear proper attire in public spaces (i.e. supermarkets, gas stations, hotel lobbies, etc.)

Parking: Park in designated areas and not on sidewalks. Always lock your car and do not leave your valuables behind.

Traffic: Always stop at a red light and no right turn on red. You have the right of way when on a roundabout. Use marked pedestrian crossings to cross the street. Be respectful of cyclists. Wildlife: Respect their space and do not chase them. Do not feed iguanas, especially no meat or human food.

Beaches & Dunes: Driving or parking on beaches, dunes and in the ocean is prohibited. Please dispose of your trash properly. Do not barbecue or start a fire on beaches and dunes. Avoid use of disposable plastic products on the beach.

North Coast: Our rugged North coastline is not a natural racetrack. Please do not speed. Stay on main dirt roads. Driving on sand dunes, on beaches and in the ocean is prohibited. “Wishing” rock stacking is not an Aruban tradition and is harmful to the environment and animals.

Life Under Water: Do not feed any marine life, including fishes and turtles. Do not pick up starfish for selfies. They can only breathe under water. Use only coral friendly sunblock in order to protect our marine life.

Heritage: Two fofoti trees on Eagle Beach are landmarks. Do not hang hammocks or belongings on them. Respect church areas and all services taking place here. No graffiti or carving.

One Happy Behavior: Be kind and respectful to others. We make an effort to speak four languages to communicate with our visitors. You can learn a few words in Papiamento; it’s fun. Please be patient and embrace being on “island time.” Do not harm Aruba’s treasures, trespass or venture beyond your safety in a quest for the perfect picture.

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 84° F/ 29° C, tempered by northeasterly trade winds.

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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. Exchange rate tied to the U.S. Dollar is $1.79. Major credit cards (Visa, MC, Discover and 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. LANGUAGES 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. IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS Emergency: 911 Beach police: +(297) 586-3003 Queen Beatrix Airport: +(297) 524-2424 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

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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/getting-around/taxis-andlimos TELECOMMUNICATIONS When making a telephone call, always dial +, followed by the country code, area code (if applicable) and the actual phone number. To call out, follow codes below: – 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

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– Brazil: +55, the area code and phone number – Bonaire: +599 and phone number – Curaçao: +5999 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/ 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 U.S.$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). DEPARTING ARUBA It is advised that you arrive at the airport 3 hours prior to departure. U.S. travelers go through passport control in Aruba at the

U.S. Customs & Border protection facility, meaning you won't have the hassle upon arrival in the U.S. U.S. 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 RULES OF THE ROAD • Always keep right, passing on the left. • Use turning signals, also at roundabouts. • Speed limit in urban areas is 30 km/h (18 m/h). • Speed limit out of town is 60 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. HEALTH AND MEDICAL RESOURCES Dr. Horacio E. Oduber Hospital Phone: +(297) 527-4000  Centro Medico San Nicolas (Imsan) Phone: +(297) 584-8833 Courtesy of Divi Resorts

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

Urgent Care Aruba 24/7 available: +(297) 586-0448 info@urgentcare.aw • www.urgentcare.aw

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EasyHire Aruba Aruba is more accessible than ever with this fabulous service offering single and twin model mobility scooters, wheelchairs, walkers, and all other mobility equipment for tourists or individuals with physical disability/reduction. Delivery and pickup at your hotel/condo or at the Cruise Terminal is free. Tel: 297-568-5165 Email: info@arubamobility.com Web: arubamobility.com High Performance High Performance has been in the entertainment industry for the past 18 years, producing and supporting conferences, concerts, corporate events and parties, supplying top-of-the-line audio, lighting, visuals, staging and meeting support equipment. Quality is our priority! Schotlandstraat 51, Oranjestad Tel: 297-588-5933 Web: hpsaruba.com

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A H ATA M EM BERS AIRLINES American Airlines www.aa.com KLM www.klm.com Surinam Airways www.flysim.com TUI Aruba www.tui.nl APARTMENTS Del Rey Apartments www.delreyaruba.com

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort www.bucuti.com

LIV Casino www.liv-casino.com

Courtyard by Marriott Aruba Resort www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/auacycourtyard-aruba-resort

Stellaris Casino www.marriott.com Wind Creek Crystal Casino www.renaissancearubaresortandcasino.com Wind Creek Seaport Casino www.renaissancearubaresortandcasino.com

Divi Aruba All-Inclusive Beach Resort www.diviaruba.com Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort www.diviresorts.com Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort/ Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort www.diviresorts.com

Palm Aruba Condo www.palmarubacondos.com

DESTINATION MANAGEMENT COMPANY De Palm Corporation www.depalmtours.com

AUTHORITY BUSINESS Aruba Airport Authority www.airportaruba.com

Eco Destination Management Services www.ecodms.com

Holiday Inn Resort Aruba www.holidayarubaresort.com

Aruba Ports Authority www.arubaports.com

Red Sail Sports www.redsailaruba.com

Hyatt Place Aruba Airport www.hyattplacearubaairport.com

BANK AIB Bank www.aib-bank.com

BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Aruba Timeshare Association www.arubatsa.com

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa & Casino www.aruba.hyatt.com

Aruba Bank www.arubabank.com

FOOD AND BEVERAGE AWD Aruba Wine & Dine www.arubawineanddine.com

La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino www.lacabana.com

Caribbean Mercantile Bank www.cmbnv.com CAR RENTAL AVIS Rent A Car Aruba www.avis.com HERTZ Rent A Car www.rentacarinaruba.com CASINOS Alhambra Casino www.casinoalhambra.com

The Little One www.thelittle.one Tropical Bottling Company www.tropicalbottlingcompany.com Papiamento Restaurant www.papiamentoaruba.com

Eagle Aruba Resort & Casino www.eaglearuba.com

Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa www.manchebo.com Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/auaaomarriotts-aruba-ocean-club/ Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/auaacmarriotts-aruba-surf-club/

HOTELS Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino www.arubamarriott.com

Paradera Park Apartment Hotel www.paraderapark-aruba.com

The Casino @ Hyatt www.hyatt.com

Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort www.amsterdammanor.com

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino www.renaruba.com

The Casino @ Ritz-Carlton www.ritzcarlton.com

Barceló Aruba www.barcelo.com

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba www.theritzcarlton/aruba.com

Cool Casino www.coolcasinoaruba.com

Boardwalk Hotel Aruba www.boardwalkaruba.com

RIU Palace Antillas www.riu.com

Eagle Aruba Casino www.eaglearuba.com

Brickell Bay Beach Club & Spa www.brickellbayaruba.com

RIU Palace Aruba www.riu.com

The Casino @ Hilton www.tcaruba.com

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Talk of the Town Hotel & Beach Club www.talkofthetown.com Tamarijn Aruba All-Inclusive Beach Resort www.tamarijnaruba.com INSURANCE ATLAS Risk Insurance www.atlasrisksolutions.com ENNIA Caribe Holding www.ennia.com Nagico Insurances Aruba www.nagico.com LAWYER Brown Advocaten www.brownlawyers.com Sjiem Fat & Co. www.arubalaw.com Van Eps Kunneman Van Doorne www.ekvandoorne.com MEDICAL SERVICES Essential Health Supplies www.essentialaruba.com

Little Switzerland www.littleswitzerland.com Maggy’s Duty-Free Perfumes & Cosmetics www.maggysaruba.com The Salamander Group www.shopping-aruba.com SALES/MARKETING/ADVERTISING Marriott Vacation Club of Aruba www.marriottvacationclub.com Marketing Plus Welcome Marketing www.wmaruba.com Yello Media Aruba www.findyello.com SERVICES Barbulet Concierge www.barbuletconcierge.com Bossi Security www.besuresite.com BSL Laundry Professional www.bsl-laundry.com

UMC Urgent Medical Care www.urgentcare.aw REAL STATE/INVESTMENT/ DEVELOPMENT COMPANY Aruba Caribbean Hotel Holding

Ceremonies & Celebrations in Aruba candcaruba@yahoo.com candcaruba@outlook.com

Dell Real State www.grupoisla.net

Professional Pest Control www.professionalpestcontrol.biz

MetaCorp

VCC International N.V. https://vcc-int.com/ SCHOOLS University of Aruba www.ua.aw SHOPPING MALL Milcro www.antracoplaza.com

Natura Development RETAIL Boolchand’s www.boolchand.com Colombian Emeralds International www.colombianemeralds.com

First Class Experience Aruba www.firstclassaruba.com

Gucci www.gucci.com

Palm Beach Plaza www.palmbeachplaza.com TAX ADVISORS Deloitte Dutch Caribbean www2.deloitte.com

Julius Penha & Sons www.jlpenha.com

EY Dutch Caribbean www.ey.com/aw

Diamonds International www.diamondsinternational.com

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Grant Thornton www.grantthornton.sx TAXI A1 - Taxi Transfers & Services a1taxiservices.aruba@hotmail.com TELECOMMUNICATION C3 Communication Caribbean Aruba www.c3.aw Digicel Aruba www.digicelgroup.com SETAR N.V. www.setar.aw TOURS & TRANSFERS ABC Aruba Tours & Attractions www.abc-aruba.com Bedrock Tours, dba Kukoo Kunuku www.kukookunuku.com De Palm Corporation www.depalmtours.com Eco Destination Management Services www.ecodms.com El Tours/Le Pep Tours www.eltoursaruba.com Fofoti Tours & Transfers www.fofoti.com Kini Kini Transfers & Tours www.kinikinitours.com TOURS & WATERSPORTS Action Tours Aruba www.actiontoursaruba.com Jolly Pirates www.jolly-pirates.com Pelican Adventures www.pelican-aruba.com Red Sail Sports www.redsailaruba.com Sinbad Charters www.sailawaytour.com TRAVEL AGENCY/TOUR OPERATOR S.E.L. Maduro Travel www.madurotravel.com WHOLESALER Tara Eco - Supplies www.taraeco.com

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