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Publisher’s letter

Innerview There are many things to appreciate about living in the Caribbean and particularly on Aruba. Given our moniker, “One Happy Island,” I would like to explain what that really means to me. First, let me preface my personal observations by simply stating that the world is in a migration mess right now. Accepting other cultures seems to have hit many roadblocks almost everywhere. The truth is we are all in this together. We are one planet of human beings, which brings me full circle as to Aruba’s gift of gifts. Aruba is an incredibly multicultural society with more than 70 cultures living quite harmoniously here. Aruba’s population’s ability to speak a minimum of four languages – saying hello to you

each morning in your language – is very much a necessary and integral part of their daily custom. Most importantly, and for whatever reason, we are one of the few Caribbean destinations blessed with such a safe, peaceful, and tranquil society. A task not easy to maintain but seemingly built into the island’s DNA and shared among all who come here no matter whether to live or to visit. The common remark is how chill or how trustingly laid-back our island is. Regardless of how well traveled you are, I think it’s fair to say that Aruba has lived up to its slogan. It has demonstrated this innate ability to be extremely welcoming and somewhat magical as to allow you a kind of “hitting the refresh button” on your life. All that negative charge will disappear the minute you enter Aruba’s airspace or its clear turquoise waters. Aruba, now this is a place to vacation. Welcome one and all,

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Douglass Markus MANAGING EDITOR

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Susan Campbell WRITERS

Michael Abraham, Richard Andrews, Dianna Beaufort, Giancarlo La Giorgia, Michael DeFreitas, Rosanna Mignacca PHOTOGRAPHERS

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F E AT U R E S 26 Discover Downtown

Follow our tour of downtown to explore architectural gems and exciting shopping, dining, and an unmatched ambience by Dianna Beaufort

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42 Diamonds Are Forever

It takes about a billion years of intense heat and pressure to form this exquisitely precious gem that is the symbol of love and romance by Giancarlo La Giorgia 60 One Happy Snorkeler

Snorkeling always tops the list of things to do on Aruba. Shallow, calm, clear azure waters and mesmerizing underwater sites await by Michael DeFreitas

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If you’re only here for a short time, Aruba is a compact treasure trove of awesome adventures and pleasurable pastimes by Susan Campbell 86 Natural Beauty

Mother Nature is the source of beneficial spa treatments and the inspiration for relaxing settings by Rosanna Mignacca

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The “alligator pear” leaves its mark on the culinary world at large, and the results are delightfully delicious by Susan Campbell 104 How Well Do You Know Aruba?

Take this fun quiz and find out! 110 Easier Money

It’s never been easier to “play your cards right” with table games like Caribbean Stud and Let It Ride by Michael Abraham 122 Land of Aloe

Aloe devotees have extolled the “divine” plant for its healing, health, and cosmetic benefits by Richard Andrews

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86 Spas 92 Dining 106 Island Info 108 Calendar of Events 110 Casinos 114 Nightbeat 126 Accommodation

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COVER CREDITS

Photographer: .............................Serghio Jansen Model: .............................................. Aishly Tromp Location: .............................Downtown Oranjestad

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News

Island Report News, events, and happenings around Aruba... Archaeological museum reopens After a two-year closure for maintenance, the National Archaeological Museum of Aruba has now officially reopened to the public in the heart of downtown Oranjestad. Housed in a spectacularly restored colonial housing complex, the museum offers a comprehensive collection of exhibits spanning 5,000 years of Amerindian culture. Over 10,000 artifacts are on display. Children will enjoy many interactive options, and the museum will host educational projects and workshops throughout the year. Open Monday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.facebook.com/namaruba ABC Tours wins multiple awards Two thousand nineteen was a great year of well-deserved recognition for ABC Tours & Attractions. They ranked very high in the prestigious TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice “Best of the Caribbean Awards,” the only Aruban company that made the cut. Their Ultimate Jeep Safari Tour, an exciting combo of land and water adventures made No. 3, while their unique Blackstone Beach, Cliff Jump & Hidden Treasures Tour made No. 5. They also continue to hold the No. 1 spot for adventure on USA Today’s 10Best Aruba website. www.abc-aruba.com Balashi’s surprise brews In 2019, Balashi released the “B Sixty 2,” a cool limited-edition German pilsner named after its factory address and created by Aruba’s first master brewer, Eugene Flanegin, to celebrate their 20th anniversary. But no worries if you missed it, they’ll be brewing up more creative surprises this year too. Meanwhile, you can always enjoy their iconic brands of Balashi, Chill, and HopiStout, anytime. You can also take a factory tour to see how such excellent beer is made from desalinated seawater! www.balashibrewery.com 16 Nights

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Island Report News, events, and happenings around Aruba... Pinchos celebrates 15th anniversary Two thousand nineteen marked 15 years of offering guests the ultimate in culinary pleasures at Pinchos Grill & Bar. And with charming hosts Robby V. Peterson and Anabela Peterson de Sousa at the helm as seasoned hoteliers and long-time restaurateurs, we’re sure they’ll be celebrating many more. Set upon a pier ablaze with twinkling lights over the sea, it’s one of the island’s most romantic dining locations, and their delectable grilled fusion dishes and superb signature drinks keep foodies coming back for more. For more details, visit www.pinchosaruba.com. Success for Melt Away Aruba Fall of 2019 was a very “gouda” time for Melt Away Aruba located in the enchanting courtyard of Paseo Herencia. It marked the first anniversary of a successful year serving up exciting cheese specialties as well as sweet and savory dishes along with an excellent selection of wines. Owners Torri and Donnie Schwentke are happy with their decision to leave their US home to open their dream business on Aruba and they have met many new friends and welcomed thousands of guests since. For details, visit www.meltawayaruba.com. Courtyard by Marriott Aruba Resort The Courtyard by Marriott opened their first resort-style property in the Caribbean and Latin America on the island of Aruba last December. Steps from famed Palm Beach, the $45 million investment created a gorgeous, modern stay of 148 rooms with a luxe water circuit and pool bar, a new spa and fitness center, and the Allegra Bistro for cosmopolitan dining. Managed by local industry expert Vicky Perez, it will set the quality standard for more resort-style Courtyard by Marriott properties to open elsewhere. www.courtyard.com Top to bottom, photos courtesy of Pinchos Grill & Bar, Melt Away Aruba, and Courtyard by Marriott Aruba Resort

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Local scene

Discover Downtown by Dianna Beaufort Downtown Aruba has everything. Chic boutiques, architectural gems, exciting shopping malls, quaint restaurants, hip nightclubs, and an ambience unmatched anywhere else on the island. Add some history to your next outing by heading downtown and following our tour. Start at Wilhelmina Park

Queen Wilhelmina was the longest-reigning Dutch monarch, ruling the Netherlands from 1898 to 1948. Wilhelmina Park, with its marble statue of Queen Wilhelmina amidst tropical gardens, was laid out in her honor in 1955. There is also a lovely statue of Anne Frank here, the base of which is inscribed with a very moving quote from her book. Just outside this waterfront park and to the left of Oranjestraat, are Aruba’s parliament buildings, built after the island gained Status Aparte (semi-independence) in 1986. Looking west you’ll see Renaissance Marketplace and the harbor beyond. This one-story complex has a wide variety of shops and restaurants selling beachwear, jewelry, and gifts, and serving everything from sushi to lattes. Walk north up Oranjestraat (heading inland)

Aruba’s first lighthouse, called Willem III Tower, was built in 1868. Time stands still not only on its clock, but also in the

Historical Museum behind, where old photographs of the island are on display. The museum is housed in Fort Zoutman, construction of which began in 1796 to defend Paarden Bay. With fortress walls only 10 feet high, it seems improbable that it could withstand attack, but it did, against the English in 1799. Soon after, houses were built in its line of fire as Oranjestad began to grow. Nowadays, the Bon Bini Festival, with dancing, arts and crafts stands, and local food, is held here every Tuesday evening. Continue up Oranjestraat to Wilhelminastraat

The red building to the left is the Hotel Colombia, considered the first hotel on Aruba. Mr. Nadi Henriquez, who later set up the first open-air cinema, built it in 1918. Connected to it is the striking Eloy Arends Manor on Wilhelminastraat, Oranjestad’s most authentic street. One of Aruba’s most regal homes, it is now the Town Hall and is often used for weddings. Eloy Arends Eloy Arends Manor

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Local scene was an Aruban physician and he built the home for his fiancée, Maria Laclé. During their engagement from 1922 to 1925 (it takes some time to build a mansion!), Ms. Laclé was obliged to avoid the neighborhood. The doctor’s good sisters furnished the house during their honeymoon. No accounts were left of how the bride felt about her in-laws’ choice of décor! Explore further east on Wilhelminastraat

Several buildings along Wilhelminastraat are, at their core, traditional cunucu, or country houses. These characteristic Aruban houses are low with a sloping roof rising to a saddle roof in the center. They were usually built facing the wind for Protestant Church

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natural air conditioning and plastered in ground coral. The building at number 27 is the oldest, dating to 1877. Most cunucu front patios have become shops and eateries, but the farther east you walk, the more authentic the houses. Return and head west on Wilhelminastraat

The oldest surviving church on Aruba is the Protestant Church built in 1846, between Schoolstraat and Rifstraat. The building stones of the church come from the house that previously occupied the lot. Called the“Church on the Bay”because of its visibility from Paarden Bay, it displays beautiful woodwork inside and is still used for special occasions.  Renaissance Marketplace and marina

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Local scene Continue west to Plaza Daniel Leo

Plaza Daniel Leo

Plaza Daniel Leo is Oranjestad’s most picturesque square with its colonial-style buildings. The decorative Dutch gables were inspired by those on Amsterdam’s canals, but are splashed with pastel Caribbean colors. Many of these now contain tony boutiques and duty-free shops. Walk to the north end of the square

Caya G.F. Betico Croes or Mainstreet runs from the square to the east. Still more shops line this lively street, selling everything from cameras to clothing and jewelry. Heading in the other direction is Schelpstraat. The restored Ecury Complex, a historic trading house at number 42, is now home to the National Archaeological Museum of Aruba. The collection of buildings includes two cunucu houses from 1867 and 1870. Inside the museum, a 4,000-year-old skull, shell jewelry, and ceramic figurines guide you through Aruba’s indigenous heritage. Schelpstraat has some impressive, restored cunucu houses. The grand Henriquez House (number 36-38), with its extra story, dormers, and terracotta roof tiles imported from Holland, is a more typically urban version of the cunucu.

National Archaeological Museum of Aruba

An aerial view of Royal Plaza Mall

Walk down towards Havenstraat and follow it back towards the center of town

Nearby Havenstraat also boasts its share of historic homes, as well as shopping and fine dining. If shopping is what you’re after, take some time to explore Royal Plaza Mall and Renaissance Mall both of which overlook the yacht basin and cruise ship terminal. 

Caya G.F. Betico Croes, also known as Mainstreet

To find your way through Oranjestad’s charming streets, please refer to our pocket on pages 24-25. 28 Nights

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Treasure Coins of the Caribbean By Bernard Reller, American Numismatic Association R-159127

Shortly after Christopher Columbus “discovered” the New World in 1492, Spanish conquistadores arrived to conquer and subjugate the indigenous peoples of present-day Mexico, Central and South America and exploit the vast riches of silver and gold found there. They soon established mines and mints to refine metal and strike coins for trading in the colonies and to finance the ever-expanding debt of the Spanish Monarchy in Europe. The wealth and produce of the New World was shipped to Spain via convoys of sailing ships guarded by heavily armed galleons, which carried most of the silver and gold. Many of these convoys would fall victim to violent hurricanes and marauding pirates. Early coins carried on one side an image of pillars and waves. The other side carried a simple shield bearing lions and castles. Minting in the colonies continued until 1825. For 300 years, Spanish coins served as the currency for much of the world including the early North American Colonies. The Spanish eight real coin or famous “piece of eight” was based on the avoirdupois ounce of approximately 28 grams. The gold “doubloon” later came to apply to other denominations of gold coins. The Spanish “piece of eight” ultimately gave rise to the United States dollar. Over the years, most of this crude Spanish coinage found its way into the melting pots of Europe and the world, but today treasure hunters and salvage divers, using modern equipment, are recovering long-lost caches of treasure, much of them in the waters of the Caribbean. Currently around the Caribbean, shipwreck treasure in the form of gold and silver jewelry is frequently worn by salvage divers, sailors, adventurers… and of course by their women. The trend harkens back to those swashbuckling days… when pirates roamed the Spanish Main… and life was lived on “the edge.”

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Touch of Gold proudly supports Sgt. Pepper’s Friends Foundation

Love is a four-legged word.

which is an Aruba-based, nonprofit animalrescue organization founded in 2015. To date, homes have been found for more than 1,200 dogs and cats. Adoption is available from the USA, Canada, Aruba, and the Netherlands. Sgt. Pepper’s Friends cares for about 125 animals year-round, with stray animals spayed or neutered every week. We love our beautiful island, and love helping the abandoned, sick and hungry dogs and cats that wander its streets. You too can make a difference in the lives of rescue animals in Aruba:

Donate Sgt. Pepper’s Friends relies solely on donations—financial support is most welcome through donation options on our website.

We can always use supplies, from collars, toys and anti flea & tick products, to airline-approved carriers and travel crates. Dog and cat food, bought locally, makes another very helpful donation.

Transport rescues to their forever homes. Flight volunteers bring rescues to their new homes in the USA and Canada. This process is easy and very rewarding! We arrange everything: booking and paying for the rescue’s flight; meeting you at the Aruba airport with the animal, supplies for the trip and documentation; and coordinating baggage-claim pick up with the adoptive family upon arrival. Volunteer full-time for three weeks to three

months (with part-time options for people vacationing here, including dog-walking and caring for the puppies and cats at our property).

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Shopping

Where to Shop Take advantage of the island’s fabulous shopping and pharmaceutical selections.

Benu Pharmacy Serving the community and visitors to the island for over 50 years with excellent health care services, Benu Pharmacies’ pursuit of innovation in services and prices has made them the largest pharmacy group in the Caribbean, offering their customers top products and better Rx pricing than in the US. Credit cards and debit cards are accepted as well as Aruban florins or US dollars. Seven locations on Aruba. Tel: 525-2599. Facebook: BENU Pharmacy Aruba

Cosecha Shop for Aruba’s finest locally made crafts, art, and souvenirs at Cosecha craft stores with locations in downtown Oranjestad, San Nicolas, and at the Welcome Plaza kiosk by the cruise ship terminal. All products have a seal of authenticity by the government of Aruba. While in San Nicolas, visit the Cosecha Creative Center where you can let your artistic style flow while partaking in a fun and inspiring workshop.  Tel: 587-8709 /8708 or 280-0144. For more info, email arubacosecha@gmail.com or visit www.arubacosecha.com. SHOPPING HOURS

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Stores are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday, although some Mainstreet stores close for siesta from noon to 2 p.m. Certain stores are open Sunday mornings and on holidays when cruise ships are in port. Most malls open at 10 a.m. and stay open until at least 10 p.m.

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DUTY-FREE INFO UNITED STATES US citizens, regardless of age, who have been out of the country for a minimum of 48 hours and who have not used their respective duty-free allowance within 30 days are entitled to an $800 duty-free tax exemption. Family members who live in the same home and return together can pool their exemptions, meaning a couple with two children can bring home $3,200 worth of articles, duty-free. Alcohol: The duty-free allowance for US citizens age 21 and over is two liters (67.6 US fl oz) as long as one of the liters was produced in a Caribbean Basin Initiative country, and the value of which is included within the $800 exemption. For more information on other possible exemptions visit www.cbp.gov.

CANADA Canadian citizens who have been outside Canada for seven days or more are permitted a duty-free exemption of $800. With the exception of tobacco and alcohol products, the goods purchased can follow at a later date. Citizens are permitted the same duty-free exemption of $800 if they are out of the country for 48 hours or more, provided they have all the goods with them when they arrive in Canada. Citizens are permitted a duty-free exemption of $200 for an absence of 24 hours or more; all goods must accompany them and the exemption does not apply to tobacco or alcohol products. Personal exemptions cannot be pooled with your spouse and/or children, nor can the 48-hour exemption be combined with the seven-day exemption. Alcohol: The duty-free allowance for Canadian citizens (who meet the legal age of the province they re-enter) is 1.5 liters of wine or 1.14 liters of alcohol or 8.5 liters of beer or ale. For more information on other possible exemptions visit www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca. Nights 39

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The Juggling Fish A must stop for visitors and locals alike in search of fun and stylish bathing suits, tees, hats, and great quality resortwear. Delighting all ages with an eclectic treasure trove of gifts, handcrafted souvenirs, gorgeous beach jewelry, and unique home dĂŠcor items. Christmas decorations are always in stock; take memories from beachside to home! On the beach at Playa Linda Beach Resort, Tel: 592-7802. Visit www.shopping-aruba.com, find them on Facebook, Instagram, or email orders@tsgretailgroup.com.

The Lazy Lizard This popular shop for top quality tees, beachwear, and resortwear ensures the entire family is decked out in high style and comfort in the latest fashions! A vast selection of whimsical gifts and souvenir treasures galore can be found at their location at Alhambra Mall, Tel: 592-7805. Visit www.shopping-aruba.com, find them on Facebook, Instagram, or email orders@tsgretailgroup.com. Photos courtesy of The Lazy Lizard and The Juggling Fish

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Diamonds Are Forever by Giancarlo La Giorgia Whether sitting pretty atop a ring, dangling from a pendant earring, or encrusted into a designer watch, a twinkling diamond commands attention. Certainly, everyone knows that nothing but a diamond ring will do when pledging eternal love to your sweetheart. So, how did our romance with this precious stone begin?

Remarkably, diamonds are a form of carbon, one of the most abundant substances on the planet. It takes about a billion years of intense heat and pressure deep below the earth’s crust for a lump of graphite – carbon’s most common form, best known as the “lead” in pencils – to form into the world’s hardest natural substance. In fact, the only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond, which is why it is so sought-after as an industrial abrasive. The clear, octahedral (double pyramidshaped) crystal was first discovered at least 3,000 years ago in India, where its unique beauty and imperviousness made it revered as a talisman against evil and harm. Interestingly, although its mines were exhausted long ago, India has stayed the world leader in diamond cutting and polishing, handling over 90 percent of rough stones. Diamonds as a symbol of romantic devotion go back to the European nobility of the Middle Ages, when they were left in their natural form and valued less for

their beauty than as uncommonly potent love charms. Legend had it that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with the super-tough mineral because it could pierce even the hardest heart – its name in English comes from the Greek adàmas, which means “unbreakable.” 

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Jewelry Over time, jewelers realized that precise cutting, or faceting, was required to fully capitalize on the diamond’s amazing optical qualities. Indeed, it is considered the most important of the four “Cs” used to rate a diamond’s quality, the others being carat weight, equal to 200 milligrams; color, ranging from colorless to light yellow (for white diamonds); and clarity, which varies from flawless to “included,” or blemished. Together, these determine the fifth “C,” cost. Round brilliant cut diamond

Faceting is what produces a diamond’s “fire,” (the refraction of light into its component colors), its brilliance (the reflection of light back to the eye of the viewer), and its scintillation (the sparkling effect when a diamond is turned in the light). Gem cutters slowly developed increasingly complex arrays of facets, culminating in 1919 with the 58-facet round brilliant cut, created by Belgian-born Marcel Tolkowsky who designed a set of “ideal” diamond proportions according to mathematical principles. Other “ideal” round brilliant cuts that factor in optical properties have been designed since then, but Tolkowsky’s remains the benchmark. The familiar pentagon-like profile is the most popular cut, accounting for over 80 percent of all finished diamonds. Marcel Tolkowsky’s “ideal” cut proportions 100% 53% 16.2%

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Unlike fancy cuts, there are standardized grades for the round brilliant cut among all the major diamond certification bodies: the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Hoge Raad voor Diamant (HRD), and American Gem Society (AGS). Gem cutters also like the shape because it allows them to cut two diamonds – one big and one small – out of a single, regularly shaped rough stone. The most popular fancy cut is the princess, a square or slightly rectangular shape that can feature as many as 144 facets. Since diamonds naturally have four corners, this cut preserves about 80 percent of the original rough. As a result, princess-cut diamonds are less expensive than round brilliant-cut diamonds of the same carat weight. In 2005, the AGS launched a standardized system for grading princess-cut diamonds, the first and only one of its kind.

There are countless other fancy cuts, many of them proprietary, such as Bez Ambar’s modified princess Quadrillion, Christopher Designs’ modified round brilliant Crisscut, or Trillion Diamond Co.’s triangular Trielle. Most of these are brilliant-cut diamonds, which emphasize a diamond’s reflective properties (and can better hide inclusions), while step-cut diamonds (think of an emerald) emphasize a diamond’s clarity and color. The Asscher cut, a square with cut-off corners, is a step cut first popularized in the Art Deco era and is making a comeback. There are slender shapes, such as the marquise (football) and baguette (rectangular) cuts, as well as round shapes like the cushion (oval) and pear (teardrop). The choices are endless, which is why a good jeweler is indispensable. They will offer suggestions about the many different pieces or loose diamonds, narrowing the choice down to what best suits the occasion and the customer. In the end, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but if a diamond catches your eye, you’ve found a partner for life. After all, diamonds are forever. 

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Precious Moments Stunning diamonds, classic watches, and extraordinary gems. Let Aruba’s premier jewelers help you create precious moments and amazing vacation memories.

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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, precious colored stone jewelry, and exceptional timepieces. They have the largest inventory of certified GIA & EGL loose diamonds in all shapes and sizes at DUTY/TAX FREE PRICES with guaranteed savings of up to 25%.

Doves St. Barths Collection necklace, rings, bracelet, and earrings

BRANDED JEWELRY Fope, Benchmark, Double Bone, and Doves (as seen on the red carpet!) TIMEPIECE COLLECTIONS Alpina, Bell & Ross, Citizen, Franck Muller, Frédérique Constant, Glashütte-Original, Graham, Hamilton, Longines, Luminox, Michael Kors, Michele, Mido, Oris, Rado, Roger Dubuis, Tissot, and Ulysse Nardin WATCH ACCESSORIES WOLF watch winders NEW! PRE-OWNED CERTIFIED WATCHES  Vast selection of the finest and most popular Swiss made watches! Trade-ins welcome.

Ulysse Nardin Skeleton X watch

Little Europe Jewels and Time L.G. Smith Blvd 15 Tel: 583-6833 ext. 1 store@leuropejnt.com www.littleeuropejewels.com Time Square Paseo Herencia Mall, Palm Beach Tel: 583-6833 ext. 2 timesquarearuba@gmail.com www.timesquarejewels.com Canary yellow diamond HALO Collection

Love for Eternity Collection

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Effy Jewelry Safari Collection pendant and ring

For more than 40 years, Effy has been creating fine jewelry designs that range from classic to daring. From the Caribbean to Alaska and beyond, this family-owned and -operated New York City-based brand is a favorite of those in search of a unique gift or memorable keepsake. Each stunning piece of Effy Jewelry comes with a certificate of authenticity and a limited lifetime guarantee. L.G. Smith Blvd 15, Oranjestad Tel: 588-9812 US Tel: (754) 218-8013

Effy D’Oro Collection bangle

Brasilica Collection necklace, ring, earrings, and bracelet Tanzanite Royale Collection ring

Canare Collection ring

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Cartier Since 1847, the Maison Cartier has been synonymous with iconic style and creations found inside its famous red boxes. The Maison has created a style beyond time where today’s creations become tomorrow’s treasures. Driven by its heritage, passion for beauty, and belief in the freedom to be oneself, Cartier invites you to experience its story and welcomes your visit to the Cartier Boutique Aruba at the Renaissance Mall in Oranjestad. Located in Renaissance Mall Tel: 529-9984 info@gandelman.net www.cartier.com

Cartier Santos-Dumont large model in steel with leather

Clash de Cartier bracelet, earrings, ring, and necklace in 18 kt pink gold

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Gandelman With a heritage that stretches back 89 years, Gandelman is renowned in the Caribbean with locals and visitors alike. As the official Rolex retailer on Aruba and exclusive agent for brands such as David Yurman, Cartier, and Bvlgari, Gandelman has built a legacy of trust and integrity, along with the personalized service you expect when purchasing a symbol of one of life’s most special moments. Visit Gandelman at the Renaissance Mall and Hyatt Regency Hotel and be welcomed by a familiar smile and view the latest collections.

David Yurman Novella pendant and ring in sterling silver, 18 kt yellow gold, and Hampton blue topaz

Nanis Dancing in the Rain Reverse bracelet

Locations in Renaissance Mall and Hyatt Regency info@gandelman.net • www.gandelman.net www.facebook.com/gandelmanaruba Nanis Dancing in the Rain gold earrings

Bvlgari Serpenti 18 kt rose gold earrings

Bvlgari Seduttori watch in 18 kt rose gold, stainless steel, and diamonds

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, 40mm, Everose gold

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RAGE Silver It all started 21 years ago when owner, Marny de l’Isle, bought a silver bracelet for her then boyfriend. It had little Kokopelli on it, which she later learned was the deity of good luck and fertility in Native American cultures. Discover RAGE Silver’s extensive selection of sterling jewelry from around the world and trendy, fine quality watches. All styles are selected by Marny for superior design at outstanding value. Let RAGE’s friendly staff help you choose a lovely piece of jewelry for yourself or a loved one. Shop by mood or for occasion, for any time of day, RAGE Silver has it all.

Uno de 50 Dancing ’til Dawn necklace

Crislu earrings

Renaissance Marketplace, Oranjestad FB: ragesilver • Insta: ragejewelry www.ragesilver.com

Na C Inox bracelet and ring for men

Buddha to Buddha Ben Double ring

JOLIE Jewelry Boutique At Jolie Jewelry Boutique elegance and beauty come to play. Fashionista Marny de l’Isle created a store for the chic and sophisticated woman inspired by big city trends. She focuses on tops and dresses, basics with a twist, and unique, contemporary jewelry with an edge. Having been in the fashion and retail world all her life, Marny wanted to expand her vision by combining jewelry with fashion. Discover your style evolution, and own who you are at Jolie Jewelry Boutique.

Kendra Scott earrings

Calvin Klein watch

Renaissance Mall, Oranjestad FB: jolie-jewelry-boutique www.jolie-jewelry.com Rebecca Dubai Collection rings

TiSento Milano ring

Uno de 50 Tu Bi Molt bracelet

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Kay’s Fine Jewelry

Natural Iconic blue zircon

“Experience Luxury with a Family Touch” Kay’s Fine Jewelry (KFJ) is proudly celebrating its 30th anniversary since first opening its doors in the Caribbean. Founded on St. Maarten, the family jeweler now has locations throughout the Caribbean including Aruba, St. Thomas, Nassau, and St. Kitts.

Natural alexandrite Color Change Magic earrings

The family foundation was built on the dreams of Dan and Raj Chugani, who from day one were destined to create a unique and memorable experience. The brothers were relentless in their pursuit, putting in endless hours perfecting their expertise of fine jewelry, its design, and its manufacturing. They also began shaping the uniquely personal and family-oriented service philosophy that has distinguished them as one of the leading retailers in customer loyalty, service, and the jewelry journey. Devoted clients of KFJ kept requesting locations in more destinations so they could easily return to their favorite family jeweler in the Caribbean.

Fine baguette diamond rings

Tesh Chugani, Fine Jewelry Designs tanzanite pendant and rose gold diamond ring

30th anniversary divi tree and diamond pendant

When the owner’s son, Tesh Chugani, who resides on Aruba and helps to manage that family’s store was asked what his family’s formula for business success was, he answered: “We don’t look at it as a business, but as an extension of our family. We understand that our customers come in seeking more than a piece of jewelry. They come in to celebrate moments, commemorate milestones, remember loved ones, and build their own family legacies to pass down. Our entire team and family continues to amaze me by going above and beyond to ensure our clients have a memorable shopping experience.” Visit this family store at their new location in the center of downtown Oranjestad. Be prepared to gain an understanding of what it means to be part of a jewelry story and legacy where value and quality has been a proud tradition for generations. Mention this article at KFJ Aruba to get a FREE Aruba Souvenir! Weststraat 8, Oranjestad info@kaysfinejewelry.com www.kaysfinejewelry.com Nights 53

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Colombian Emeralds International Colombian Emeralds International has expanded to over 50 locations throughout the Caribbean, Central America, and on board Norwegian Cruise Lines. They offer precious reminders of life-changing experiences. Like the exotic locations you travel to visit them, they believe their pieces should be captivating and spectacular. With artfully crafted, high-quality precious jewels and renowned brands at exceptional value, you are sure to find the perfect jewelry or watch to convey exactly the right sentiment for that special moment. Bring home more than a memory with Colombian Emeralds International. Â Locations in Renaissance Mall, Marriott Resort, and Beatrix International Airport www.colombianemeralds.com

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Eternity Fine Jewels

Marco Moore amethyst, white topaz, and diamond earrings and pendant

Uno de 50 Prisoner ring

Uno de 50 Living La Vida Loca bracelet with Swarovski Elements crystals

Family-run Eternity Fine Jewels is committed to make a lasting impression on its customers with friendly, personal service, and a wide collection of quality pieces and unique designs. Brand names include Thomas Sabo Silver, Marco Moore, CLIC, Steven Douglas, and flawless VIVACE diamonds. Let their knowledgeable and experienced staff help you find the perfect piece of jewelry for any occasion and for every taste and budget. Your referrals and continuing business is of the utmost importance at Eternity Fine Jewels. J.E. Irausquin Blvd 382-A, Hacienda Mall, Noord Tel: 587-6411 eternityaruba@gmail.com FB: Eternity-Fine-Jewels

Thomas Sabo Sterling Silver Collection rings

Vivace Flawless bangle

Thomas Sabo charm bracelet

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Kevin Jewelers With three locations on Aruba, Kevin Jewelers has been a family-owned business for four generations and offers the kind of personalized service one would expect from experts with over 70 years experience in the industry. Choose from a wide range of quality pieces with maximum value guarantees and certified appraisals backed up with US customer service centers.

Duchess Pink Diamond Collection pendant, earrings, and ring

info@kevinjewelersaruba.com www.kevinjewelersaruba.com THREE CONVENIENT LOCATIONS:

Weststraat 13 Downtown Bus Terminal Oranjestad, Tel: 583-4786 Divi Phoenix Resort (Lobby) Palm Beach, Tel: 582-7373 Holiday Inn Resort (Main Lobby) Palm Beach, Tel: 582-2688

Majestic Morganite Collection rings and pendant

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Kristie’s Jewels

Dune Collection beaded bracelet with divi charm made with Aruba sand. Exclusively available at Kristie’s Jewels.

HALO Collection 18 kt and 14 kt gold and diamond rings

Natural fancy yellow diamond ring

Owners Ravi and Anita Lalwani were the first jewelers to capitalize on the new niche of nighttime shopping in the malls in the highrise hotel area. They thank all their loyal customers and friends who have made them their jeweler and given them their love and trust. Ravi’s overwhelming passion for diamonds makes shopping at Kristie’s a unique experience. He says: “It’s amazing how diamonds have always been so closely associated with relationships and romance. And just as technology keeps improving, revolutionary methods of cutting have paved the way of harnessing far greater brilliance from a diamond than ever imagined possible.” Kristie’s Jewels invites you to come see this marvel of brilliance that is the Fire and Ice diamond. Everyone at Kristie’s is passionate about what they do, and it’s truly their pleasure to make your jewelry wishes come true. Kristie’s goes the extra mile for you by providing hotel drop-off, mail-order service, and guaranteed after-sales service. Their integrity, loyalty, and easy smiles will bring you back again and again. Paseo Herencia Mall, Tel: 586-0599 info@kristiesjewels.com www.kristiesjewels.com

Aruba divi tree charm exclusive to Kristie’s Jewels Mens wrap bracelet made with Aruba sand. Exclusively available at Kristie’s Jewels. Nights 57

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One Happy Snorkeler by Michael DeFreitas Snorkeling always tops my list of things to do on Aruba. Shallow, calm, clear azure waters and mesmerizing underwater sights await.

The west and southwest coasts offer an almost limitless assortment of snorkeling opportunities for everyone. You can drift three feet above shallow reefs, dive down 20 feet to sunken shipwrecks, and snorkel through the mangroves lining offshore islets. Here is a rundown of the top snorkeling locales around the island. Many spots are easily accessible right off the beach, while others can only be reached by boat. For these, sign up for one of the many half- and full-day island and boat tours where snorkeling is just part of the fun.

Northwest coast

The shallow waters off the west coast off Malmok, Boca Catalina, and Arashi Beach offer a host of snorkeling possibilities. The calm water, gentle currents, shallow reefs (6 to 30 feet) and good visibility contain numerous marine species such as large stands of elkhorn coral, sponges, and schools of colorful fish. The shallower 3- to 10-foot-deep reefs off Boca Catalina are ideal for beginners. This coast is also a great choice if you are looking for a bit of excitement. Between Malmok and Catalina is the wreck of the

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Antilla. It sits in about 60 feet of water, but the superstructure breaks the surface at low tide. Just south of Malmok is the Pedernales wreck, sitting in 30 feet of water and much of it visible above the surface. Both wrecks are great places to see swarms of schooling reef fishes like silversides, squirrelfish, butterflyfish, and parrotfish. You might also see the odd barracuda. Southwest coast

Running almost the entire length of the coast from Oranjestad to San Nicolas is a series of small offshore islands or cays. Located just offshore at the end of the airport runway is Renaissance Island, only a 10-minute water taxi ride from

the harbor. The 12-foot-deep waters surrounding this island paradise offer large areas of staghorn coral along with schools of blue parrotfish and white grunts. For a real treat, snorkel into the mangroves that line the shore to see small shrimp, lobsters, and crabs. It’s always a thrill to explore these underwater nurseries; it’s here that many of the most exciting creatures you’re likely to see while snorkeling are born. Just south of Renaissance Island, near Spanish Lagoon, is De Palm Island, a hot spot for snorkeling on Aruba. A fiveminute ferry ride from the tiny coastal town of Pos Chiquito, this little island offers calm water, great visibility, and a variety of watersports including snuba (a cross between scuba and snorkeling). 

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Activities Snorkelers in search of a scuba-like experience appreciate this activity as it does not require any certification. Water depths are 3 to 20 feet and you’ll see large schools of giant blue parrotfish, fields of staghorn coral, and sea fans. Southeast coast

The small, secluded bays along the southeast coast contain great snorkeling beaches, including Baby Beach. This is a favorite with families thanks to the shallow reef running across the mouth of the inlet that protects Baby Lagoon from the big easterly swells. The reef also offers great snorkeling opportunities with water that is about eight feet deep and swarms with giant blue parrotfish, butterflyfish, and wrasses. The deeper and choppier water on the outer edge of the reef is suitable for more advanced snorkelers. Water depths here average 17 feet and the critters tend to be larger, like stingrays, barracuda, and horse-eye jacks.

North coast

The rough north coast does not lend itself well to snorkeling. There is one spot, however, where, if the weather is calm, you’ll enjoy a truly unique snorkeling experience. It’s called Conchi or Aruba’s Natural Pool and it’s only accessible by four-wheel drive vehicles or on horseback. Waves crash over the rocks of this natural formation and fill the pool with water, which then warms up in the sun. On calm, clear days, the water of the pool is great for snorkeling. You’ll see coral and lots of colorful fish. So grab your mask and fins, dive in, and enjoy the underwater beauty of this happy snorkel island!  Caribbean shrimp

A pair of butterflyfish

A smiling parrotfish and French grunt

Conchi, Aruba’s Natural Pool

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Where to Play Make your Aruban vacation a real island adventure.

Pelican Adventures Your adventure on Aruba starts at Pelican Adventures, where warm and friendly local guides introduce you to water and land excursions packed with fun and unique experiences! Don’t let others tell you about it, join them for a sail along Aruba’s 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! For bookings call 587-2302 or visit www.pelican-aruba.com.

The Butterfly Farm & Nectar Café Located in Palm Beach, Aruba’s Butterfly Farm & Nectar Café is an unforgettable encounter with nature. Step into a tropical garden teeming with butterflies, and enjoy entertaining and educational tours, as well as amazing photo opportunities. The café offers homemade lemonade and a variety of cool refreshments and snacks. Visit Aruba’s most unique gift shop. Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The last tour is at 4 p.m. 66 Nights

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Monforte III Luxury Cruise Ready to live your best life? On board Monforte III, exclusive adventures and genuine Aruban hospitality go hand in hand. Join them and explore secluded lagoons and tropical coves – Aruba’s natural wonders. Enjoy a premium bar, creative cocktails, and food prepared by an executive chef on board. Your luxury experience will be like no other because this is where you belong, indulging in the happiness and finer things in life that bring you joy. Call 583-0400 or visit www.monfortecruise.com.

Dirt Lovers ATV Tours Detour the usual route with Dirt Lovers ATV Tours and explore San Nicolas, aka Sunrise City, as local residents take you on a smooth cruising, vibrant street art, and dirt loving action tour from Colorado Point to Bushiribana Natural Pool. Fish kissing pedicure included! Call 743-6175 or visit www.dirtloversaruba.com.

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Fundacion Museo Arubano Founded in 1993, Fundacion Museo Arubano (FMA) is tasked with the preservation and promotion of Aruba’s natural and cultural heritage. Today, FMA houses thousands of artifacts and oversees curatorial displays in numerous museums including the Museum of Industry, the Community Museum, and the recently opened Carnival Euphoria exhibit in San Nicolas to promote this postindustrial town’s rejuvenation. The aim of FMA is to ensure future generations can build upon and continue to protect the valuable legacy they have been entrusted with. For more info, visit www.museumsaruba.com.

Mahi Mahi Fishing Charters Going fishing? Let Captain Peter, Aruban sport fishing veteran for more than 50 years, take you to all the secret, best locations that only he knows. Find one of Capt. Peter’s three charter boats at the departure dock of the Renaissance Marina downtown. The charters leave at either 7 or 7:30 a.m. daily and offer four, six, or eight-hour trips including snacks and all equipment. For reservations, call 594-1181 or 587-0538. For more info, visit www.aruba-mahimahi.com.

Isabella Catamaran Aruba Imagine taking a cruise with an expert seafaring crew and the itinerary is totally up to you. These catamaran charters can set up an intimate personal trip upon Aruba’s enchanting waters so you can enjoy doing whatever you like on board: snorkeling, partying, dining, sunset-watching, exploring, fishing. The captain is at your disposal whether you want to go out for an hour or for the day. Private tours means the sea is all yours! Tel: 749-2462. For more details, visit www.facebook.com/isabellaaruba/.

Nautilus Dive Center Brand new at beautiful Mangel Halto is Nautilus Dive Center. Master Diver by PADI Master Instructor Juan Mora has 29 years of experience exploring the depths, and if you’re certified you can join their shore dives. They’re also the only ones who do night dives there! Plus, they offer PADI courses, Discover Scuba Diving, and Discover Snorkeling experiences. Open daily 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Pick up and drop off is available. Tel: 563-3172. Visit www.scubadivingaruba.tours for details and check them out on TripAdvisor too.

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Beaches

A Beach for Everyone Whatever your heart desires, Aruba has a beach for everyone. Laze in the sun, dive tropical reefs, windsurf with the champions, or watch the kids splash happily in calm shallows. You can also dine barefoot on soft white sands, swim in a hidden rock pool way off the beaten track, walk on the island’s “wild side,” or share a breathtaking sunset with that special person.

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Beaches Arashi Beach

Malmok

White sand, calm, shallow waters, and abundant underwater life make Arashi a local favorite for sun, sand, and sea activities. The quiet, narrow stretch of beach near the California Lighthouse is a great place to get away from it all. Dive the elkhorn coral reef a short swim from shore, or just lie peacefully under a palapa and watch the pelicans fish.

Another popular swimming and snorkeling spot, Malmok is a narrow sandy stretch set in a limestone and rocky terrace along the surrounding coast. Calm, shallow, clear waters create ideal conditions for snorkeling, and there are lots of tropical fish. All major snorkel tour boat operators anchor out front just offshore where the famous Antilla shipwreck is located, which is also a favored spot for divers.

Location: West Coast Ideal for: Swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, nature watchers Facilities: Parking, beach shelters, refreshments, restrooms Access: Car, taxi, public bus, tours

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West Coast Swimming, adventure lovers Parking, beach shelters Car, taxi, public bus

Boca Catalina

Hadicurari (Fisherman’s Huts)

Both tourists and local families love hanging out in this small, secluded bay. Boca Catalina is popular for its clear, calm, and shallow waters, as well as its nearby reef, teeming with tropical fish. A mix of soft white sand, with some pebbles and stones, the beach is a great place for a romantic walk against the backdrop of a spectacular island sunset.

Once home to Aruba’s fishermen, this rocky strip is now known as the island’s mecca for windsurfing. Every year, Hadicurari hosts the Aruba Hi-Winds World Challenge, while every day, you can watch brilliantly colored sails and surfboards dance along the waves. Pebbles and shells fleck the water’s edge of a white sandy beach known throughout the Caribbean for its action and excitement.

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Eagle Beach

Palm Beach (Seco di Coco)

Eagle Beach

Both Condé Nast Traveler and the Travel Channel have voted Palm Beach one of the world’s best beaches, especially for families. Dotted with watersports kiosks, piers, beach bars, restaurants, and shops, the white sands and calm waters make this two-mile stretch the perfect spot for all vacationers. Sunbathe, sail, swim, snorkel, shop, or stop for a tropical drink in the magnificent garden of a beachfront resort.

Miles of white sands, clear waters, natural wonders, and calm surf have earned Eagle Beach the award for fourth-best beach in TripAdvisor’s 2019 Travellers’ Choice Top 25 Beaches of the World. The beach is also home to hatching sea turtles and Aruba’s unique fofoti trees. Watersports huts offer everything from snorkel gear to floating mat rentals for added enjoyment.

Location: West Coast Ideal for: Swimming, sunbathing, families, watersports enthusiasts, peoplewatchers, shoppers Facilities: Refreshments, restrooms, beach shelters, hotel amenities, bars, restaurants, nightlife Access: Car, taxi, public bus

Druif Beach

Location: West Coast Ideal for: Swimming, sunbathing, walking, families, nature lovers, sunset lovers Facilities: Refreshments, restrooms, parking, shaded picnic areas, beach shelters Access: Car, taxi, public bus Druif Beach

Looking for a quiet, relaxing spot with calm waters a short way from downtown Oranjestad? Druif Beach offers excellent swimming and sunbathing on a long, narrow, oval-shaped section of ivory sand near a casino, golf course, hotels, and restaurants. Divi Aruba and sister resort Tamarijn bookend the half-mile strand, but there is a broad stretch between the two more favored for nonguest public access. Location: West Coast Ideal for: Swimming, sunbathing, dining, nightlife Facilities: Parking, beach shelters, refreshments, hotel amenities Access: Car, taxi, public bus

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Beaches Baby Beach

Baby Beach

Renaissance Island

A gorgeous half-moon bay with white sands, set in an idyllic lagoon protected by rocky breakwaters, has made Baby Beach a family favorite. Swimmers can wade out for a long distance and still touch the sea bottom. Start a perfect day by watching a stunning sunrise, then snorkel the warm, aqua waters to see flourishing coral and tropical fish. On weekends, Arubans like to party here with music and barbecues.

Renaissance Island is a stunning retreat reserved for guests of the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino. However, based on availability, non-guests may pay a fee to visit this 40-acre tropical wonderland, complete with pink flamingoes and iguanas. The island is divided into two protected beaches: one for families and one for adults-only, and both sides have luxury cabana rentals.

Location: East Coast Ideal for: Snorkeling, swimming, walking, families, picnics Facilities: Beach shelters, beach equipment rentals, refreshments, restrooms Access: Car, taxi

Location: Off Aruba’s West Coast Ideal for: Swimmers, families Facilities: Watersports rentals, refreshments, restrooms Access: Water taxi  Renaissance Island

Mangel Halto Beach

This secluded beach with spectacular views, powdery sand, and shady huts is a favorite spot for lovers of marine wonders. Mangel Halto’s calm, shallow waters are rich in sea life supported by a fascinating network of mangroves. You can walk out to the edge of the coral reef to spot parrotfish, yellowtail snapper, sponges, anemones, and many other tropical species. Location: East Coast Ideal for: Swimming, snorkeling, shore diving, mangrove kayaking, picnics, nature lovers Facilities: Parking, beach shelters Access: Car, taxi, public bus, tours Nights 71

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Beaches Boca Grandi

Boca Andicuri

Extreme sports enthusiasts rave about the steady winds, strong currents, and powerful waves that challenge advanced windsurfers and kitesurfers. Boca Grandi is not suited for a leisurely swim, but beachcombers have a great time wandering through the sand dunes to scour the shore for driftwood, coral, and the occasional treasure washed up by the ocean.

Sheltered between clusters of rocks, this dramatic, sandy cove is a world of its own on Aruba’s windward coast. Bring a picnic and a blanket to enjoy the spectacle of crashing waves on the rugged shoreline. Swimming is treacherous, but the steady breeze and rolling surf are excellent for advanced windsurfing and kitesurfing. Boca Andicuri is also a body-boarder’s delight and the site of the occasional competition.

Location: East Coast Ideal for: Windsurfing, kitesurfing, strong swimmers, thrill seekers, beachcombers Facilities: None, except parking Access: Car, taxi

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Offroad Evolution Aruba UTVs, Cars, and Safari Jeep Rental & Tours One of the most exciting ways to become acquainted with Aruba is by veering off the beaten path and exploring the diverse terrain in an off-road vehicle. Ready for this action packed adventure? Offroad Evolution Aruba is certainly ready! They are proud to be a small, personable, family-owned business that wants to share their love of off-roading. And they look forward to introducing visitors to all of Aruba’s natural wonders with their selection of reliable two, four, five, or six-seater UTVs. This is guaranteed to be the most thrilling experience of your vacation! Their aim is to give you, your family, and friends the opportunity to discover this paradise island in a unique, adrenaline-pumping, unforgettable way! Whether you’re looking for rentals, tours, private, or custom tours, they have you covered.

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Beaches Natural Pool (Conchi)

Dos Playa

Be prepared for the prehistoric experience of a lifetime! Surrounded by some of Aruba’s most deserted and rugged terrain, Natural Pool lies hidden among a formation of huge volcanic rocks that jut into the ocean. Swim safely in the blue, sheltered water, as wild seas outside the pool pound the rocky coastline. It’s a great day-trip and getting there in an off-road vehicle is an adventure in itself.

Located in the Arikok National Park, this hidden beach is a favorite among surfers, although huge waves and strong currents make it unsuitable for swimming. Dos Playa consists of two bordering coves carved out of the island’s limestone. Picnic on a broad, white beach under the shade of the sea-grape trees and take in the beautiful view. Because of access the beach is often deserted.

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Short Stay, Great Fun! by Susan Campbell No worries if you’re only on One Happy Island for a short time, Aruba is a compact treasure trove of pleasurable pastimes and awesome adventures to discover on land and sea.

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Activities Do-it-yourself downtown tour

Hop on and hop off the free ecotrolley that loops the downtown core to get a sense of what there is to enjoy in colorful and cosmopolitan capital city, Oranjestad. Modern high-end shopping emporiums like the multilevel indoor/ outdoor Renaissance Mall beckon with upscale jewelry, designer clothing, and more. There are also colorful arcades like the Royal Plaza Mall in beautifully restored Dutch colonial buildings for unique gifts and souvenirs. Downtown is also dotted with international eateries surrounding the port and a bit farther up at the Renaissance Marketplace as well as exciting casinos and some interesting

museums. And don’t forget to take home some of Aruba’s famous aloe products; this island exports some of the absolute best quality aloe in the world! If you’d rather learn more about Oranjestad’s interesting history, book a guided walking adventure with Aruba Walking Tours, they also do foodie fusion tours around local downtown restaurants at night. Want to make it double-duty day? Shop and sunbathe? No problem. You can drive or grab an inexpensive taxi to Surfside Beach, just a few minutes from downtown toward the airport; it’s perfect for a refreshing dip in the sea. You’ll find great drinks and food there as well as umbrella and chair rentals. If you only have a few hours, downtown Oranjestad has lots to offer by way of a perfect Aruba day. 

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Activities Easy beach hopping

Surreal surf and turf trips

For those who take their beach bumming seriously, Aruba is awash with spectacular stretches of sand that are all linked together by one major thoroughfare, and they are all open to the public! You can drive, grab a cab, or take Aruba’s public transit from the main terminal right downtown or at one of the many stops along the coast. The air-conditioned buses are modern and affordable and stop at every major resort along all the most popular beaches. Eagle Beach is the first, it’s laid back and relaxed, lining the lowrise resort stretch, while Palm Beach is the more active surfside playground cresting the highrise stretch chock full of watersports, activities, beach bars, and dining spots. Everything is within an easy walk back to a bus stop or a taxi stand.

Aruba’s tour operators and activity directors are first rate, and some adventures combine the best of both worlds with snorkeling or swimming at locations like the unique Natural Pool or beautiful Baby Beach. There are all kinds of terrestrial oddities to discover on this island such as bizarre rock formations and ancient bat-filled caves. And Aruba’s interior is very arid, cacti-studded, desert-like, and dotted with gnarled trees, lounging lizards, feral goats, and even wild donkeys. Easy going tours include air-conditioned motor coaches to famous landmarks like the lovely Alto Vista Chapel, the California lighthouse, the Gold Mill ruins, and the wildly, romantic North Coast. But if you really want to tour the rugged outback and get the authentic “shake and bake”

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experience as locals call it, then a tougher form of transport is required like an ATV, a jeep, or even a monster truck. But no worries, there are tour operators that offer those options too. If you’d rather take it slower, there are horseback tours, cycle and swim tours, or guided walks and hikes. Or stop in to the visitor center at Arikok National Park for maps and information about the island’s inherently elusive nature. It all depends on your interests, but it’s easy to mix and match adventures all in one day. Sensational sea escapades

To really enjoy Aruba’s seas, you have to get closer to the waves, or even under them! This island has some of the best diving in the Caribbean and there are many dive operators eager to take you out, but even if you’re not certified to dive, you can still witness an underwater shipwreck just by snorkeling as the sunken Antilla is Photo byleft photo courtesy of Monforte III Luxury Cruise Bottom

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very close to the shore and in very shallow waters. Most of the snorkeling trips include this site and also stop at two other fish-filled spots. Or if you don’t snorkel, there are party boats and dinner/sunset sails available as well. You can also get close to Aruba’s resplendent reefs without even getting wet via a semi-submarine or a real submarine tour under the sea. And you can enjoy the island sights riding the waves with serene sea kayak tours. Creature and critter encounters

The Butterfly Farm is a must for nature lovers with hundreds of winged wonders to admire, or get up close and personal with some funny, flightless birds at the Aruba Ostrich Farm. A visit to the nonprofit Donkey Sanctuary that makes a forever home for donkeys that can no longer live in the wild is also enlightening, and their residents always appreciate a visit especially if you bring snacks likes apples and  Nights 79

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Activities carrots. Philip’s Animal Garden is another wonderful refuge for unwanted creatures and critters, and they offer interactive and educational tours with over 50 species of exotic animals. Please be an eco-responsible visitor

Even if your visit to Aruba is brief, your impact on the environment can be felt. But there are many ways to lesson your footprint. Aruba has passed environmental laws including a ban of plastic bags, cups, straws, and Styrofoam take-out containers. The island has also banned environmentally harmful sunscreens, but there are many spots to purchase the reef-friendly kind here. So please abide by the new rules to help keep our island paradise clean and pristine. Take only photographs and leave only ripples.

As you can see, there are lots of great things to do if you only have a short stay here, but chances are good, once you get a preview of this island’s appeal, you’ll want to return for a much longer visit. We’ll be waiting. 

Driftwood Fishing Charters Hook Your Own Fish and Feast On It! For 30 years now, family-run Driftwood Fishing Charters has been catching fresh fish daily to cook at their famous seafood restaurant also called Driftwood. But once “Captain Herby” realized that their charter customers often wanted to eat their own catch, he decided to create a duo dining adventure called “feast on your own fish”! Whatever you hook, Driftwood’s talented chef is happy to prepare it for you that very same night. The fishing charters are aboard their tournament rigged 35-foot twin engine Bertram Driftwood or on their more spacious 37-foot twin engine Bertram Living Easy, and you’ll find them both in the Oranjestad marina. Also in Oranjestad, Driftwood’s legendary warm and welcoming nautical-themed dining room is always serving up the freshest catch-of-the-day, big fabulous shrimp, and succulent Caribbean lobster as well.

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Marriott Courtyard’s Vicky Perez A Force to Be Reckoned With by Max Cruz Don’t think passing through the glass ceiling of being picked to manage a Marriott property is a simple task for any man or woman, but our very own Vicky Perez, did just that.

And she did it the ol’ fashioned way... the school of hard knocks and a determined vision. It’s quite challenging to be selected the first woman to run and set the brand standards for the Courtyard by Marriott Aruba Resort here in the Caribbean, and Vicky is here for just that. This great opportunity has not been lost on Vicky. In setting her culture all around her, it’s easy to see that with humility, Vicky looks forward to the challenges of a woman’s empowerment from the very moment you walk into her office completely staffed by... you guessed it – women. “I feel it’s extremely important to hire local women and give them the opportunity to fulfill their dreams and ambitions as I, too, had hoped for. The true return on this will be to see our culture of caring and sharing make a difference in the community of the hotel and on our island as well.” When asked how her personal message might get reflected in her managing style, Vicky is very quick to say, “Here at the new Courtyard by Marriott Aruba Resort, everyone will be treated like family. Guests and staff alike.” Although this theme has been heard before, she says, “It’s been built into my DNA. For me caring is a contagious thing, it just 84 Nights

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keeps on passing forward until it is the true culture of this resort and all whom we come into contact with.” But Vicky doesn’t stop there, “When you don’t have children to look after, you can share a little piece of yourself with all who come in front of you. My thinking is, the more love you share the more your well of caring will fill up.” 

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Natural Beauty by Rosanna Mignacca Today’s spas lead you on a natural journey to bliss and beauty. More often than not, Mother Nature is the source of the most innovative and beneficial treatments and the inspiration for the most relaxing settings. Here’s a sampling of what nature has to offer in Aruba’s best spas.

Beach beauty

An exfoliating scrub is a great prelude to a massage. It prepares your skin to absorb all the benefits of the essential oils used in your treatment. If your skin is normal to oily, a Caribbean sea salt scrub followed by a mineral water rinse will leave it softer and smoother, not to mention that it’ll be perfectly prepped for tanning. Drier or more delicate skin types will benefit from a naturally nourishing exfoliation to slough away dead cells; tropical fruits like pineapples, mangoes, and papayas are often used in this instance because of the beneficial enzymes and antioxidants they contain.

are initially placed on muscles and then used by the massage therapist to perform deep tissue manipulations. This type of massage promotes intense relaxation and opens up energy pathways. Sometimes cool, treated stones are used alternately with the hot stones, along with various essential oils. Just one session can help you to relax, release muscle tension, and lift your spirits. Some devotees of hot stone massage claim it can even ease depression.

Here’s the rub

There are so many massages to choose from, and one of the most popular types these days is the hot stone massage; everyone should try it at least once. Stones are treated with seawater and/or herbal infusions and then heated. The hot stones

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Spas A lava shell massage is a variation on the hot stone massage where the therapist lightly massages with heated lava shells. Minerals, algae, salt water, and essential oils – from relaxing lavender, rose, and clary sage to energizing ginger, grapefruit, and ylang ylang – are combined inside the heated shell. The mixture produces a chemical reaction that creates additional heat for about one hour. The shells used are usually tigerstriped clamshells. Previously they were discarded after the clams were eaten, but now they are being recycled, making the lava shell massage eco-friendly too!

It’s a wrap

Wraps are fabulous for a sleeker, firmer you, thanks in part to the natural elements they employ. In a body wrap treatment, your torso, legs, arms, and neck are enveloped in elastic cloths that have been presoaked with special ingredients. The cloths create a thermal blanket that promotes gentle sweating to help eliminate toxins and fluids between body tissues resulting in smoother skin. A green wrap uses live spirulina algae from the sea to impart essential vitamins, minerals, and protein and thus encourage slimming. An organic coffee wrap, rich in caffeine, helps rid the body of excess fluids, smoothing even the dimpled look of cellulite. 

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Too much fun in the sun? A facial and body treatment enriched with cucumber, aloe, and cactus will calm the burn. The cooling properties of cucumber and the healing powers of aloe, combined with cactus milk’s ability to nourish and provide much-needed moisture, leave sun-parched skin deliciously supple and comfortable. Other facial treatments contain goat’s milk, honey, and sugarcane... not to be missed for their pampering pleasures and unique beauty benefits! Flower power

To make your hair shine, your scalp breathe, and some even dare to say, your hair grow, try a hibiscus hair treatment. The petals of the lovely hibiscus flower, which is native to Aruba, are crushed and added to coconut oil, creating a natural, fragrant mixture. This aromatic cocktail is massaged into your scalp and hair and then a warm, moist towel is wrapped around your head. Left on for 30 minutes, it is removed and

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followed by a coconut-enriched shampoo and hibiscus-scented water rinse. Your hair is left silky, shiny, and divinely fragrant. Au naturel

Finally, forget high tech. The simplicity of nature has long been the theme when it comes to the décor and ambience of the island’s spas. On Aruba, breathtaking views of the ocean with its lulling sights, sounds, and scents are given top billing in many spas. Natural, unbleached cottons combine with the rich luster of hardwoods like teak and acacia to create soothing surroundings. Tropical gardens are another favorite locale for the relaxing and beautifying rituals you’ll always remember. 

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Where to Relax Aruba’s spas are your foray into blissful rest, luxurious pampering, and relaxation.

Courtyard by Marriott Spa Experience the tranquility and embrace a timeless culture in an exotic lounge at the Courtyard by Marriott Aruba Resort Spa. Rejuvenate and immerse yourself in a relaxing atmosphere to nourish the body and soul. Their goal is to offer balance and serenity and to refresh and renew vitality to their valued guests through any of their treatments. Let them transport you far from your daily hectic routine to experience a feeling of extraordinary wellness. Tel: 526-7700. www.courtyard.com

Etnika Spa As the original day spa in the resort areas, Etnika offers professionalism with a personal touch. Enjoy a full range of unique treatments for peaceful rejuvenation that have earned this spa a dedicated repeat clientele and more than 20 years of success. Allow yourself the ultimate vacation indulgence; refresh and renew both body and spirit. Try the Single Royal Retreat, the Dream Scrub, or their new Molecular Esthetic treatments. Rediscover yourself! Tel: 586-4684. For more details, visit www.etnikaspaaruba.com.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Aruba Tucked beside the hotel’s adult pool area, this massive indoor spa complex is a heavenly escape with luxurious pampering treatments designed to relax, rejuvenate, and regenerate your senses. Discover Aruba through ancient health and beauty rituals blended into their treatments. Indulge in their signature Divi Divi massage combined with the unique oil derived from Aruba’s divi-divi tree. Or how about a couple’s massage called Deseo Pa Dos (wish for two) for an ultimate romantic escape? For appointments call 527-2525 or email rc.auart.spa@ritzcarlton.com.

eforea Spa Balance your body, mind, and soul at the oceanfront eforea Spa. The Japanese-inspired bamboo relaxation area is just the beginning of a unique journey. Choose from eight treatment rooms, an outdoor cabana, or couples room. The tranquil atmosphere, experienced team, and soothing services make this an exceptional retreat to enjoy during your Aruba vacation. Located at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To book your next journey call 526-6052 or email auahh_eforea_aruba@hilton.com. www.hiltonaruba.com

Clockwise from top left, photos courtesy of Courtyard by Marriott Spa, Etnika Spa, eForea Spa, and The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

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Avocado Allure by Susan Campbell The “alligator pear” is crawling beyond the confines of Mexican cuisine and California rolls looking to leave its mark on the culinary world at large. The results are not only nutritious but also delightfully delicious!

An aphrodisiacal fruit

Though many people might assume it’s a vegetable, the avocado is actually a fruit. And long before it became famous as the main ingredient in guacamole, it was popular with ancient cultures like the Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas for other things beyond sustenance. The Aztecs called the fruit ahutacatl, which means testicle, because the fruit grows in pairs and somewhat resembles that part of male anatomy, but also because it was believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac and fertility aid. Even today in parts of Latin America, the avocado is given at weddings as a symbol of fertility. The conquering Spanish changed the name to abocado. During Jamaica’s colonial days, the British gave it the nickname “alligator pear” for its crinkly green skin. But not all avocados are crinkly; some are smooth and they come in many different

sizes and varietie. Some types of avocados can grow to up to three to four pounds while others like the hybrid strain called avocaditos, only grow to two inches long. The most popular species for culinary use is called the Hass, named after postman Rudolf Hass who first cultivated it in Southern California. Healthful benefits

Although avocados are a good source of fiber, vitamins C, K, B6, and folate, and contain even more potassium than bananas, they received a bad reputation for their fat content a while back. Some were even calling them butter pears, and nutritionists recommended going easy on them. But later studies revealed that the fat in avocados is actually a heart-healthy transfat that helps lower cholesterol, plus they are full of antioxidants and can even regulate blood sugar levels. This was great 

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Dining news for vegetarians and vegans who have often relied on avocados to add protein and texture to their recipes. Now some celebrities have also jumped on the avocado bandwagon. Actors Tom Selleck and Jamie Foxx and Grammy-winning singer Jason Mraz each have their own commercial avocado farms and publicly promote the fruit whenever they can as a healthy dietary option. Culinary use

Of course, the avocado is best known as the main ingredient in guacamole, but savvy chefs are getting creative with this friendly fruit. It gets along well with other foods since its unassuming taste allows other ingredients to pop, and its creamy texture helps bind foods together. Though it’s often added to salads, sandwiches, wraps, and sushi rolls, it can also be cooked and even baked. It prefers low heat, unless you grill it on the barbecue or bake an unripe avocado in its skin like a potato.

Only add it to warm dishes like stir-fries at the very end. It also keeps its shape well for deep-frying – tempura avocado dipped in a Thai peanut sauce is to die for – and even fares well with cheese fondue. It pairs nicely with tarragon, fennel, and saffron to make amazing pasta sauces, is lovely in a cold bisque, and does the job as a savory topping for meat and fish. But it can also play nice with sweets, acting as a healthy substitute for butter, dairy, or even eggs in baked goods like breads, cakes, and cupcakes (though be prepared for things to take on a mildly green tint).

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Dining In Indonesia, they make avocado chocolate shakes, and Brazilians make avocado ice cream. Plain, soft, ripe avocado is also touted as a perfect baby food. Or how about an avocado popsicle as a deliciously different, healthy frozen treat? Avocado oil is becoming very popular as the base ingredient in homemade salad dressings and is also perfect for high heat cooking. And smoothie aficionados love the luscious, thick texture avocados provide, almost like a milkshake. Tips and tricks

As wonderful as avocados are, choosing and storing these fruits can be tricky. Best enjoyed perfectly ripe, they will quickly become overripe if neglected. They are

picked from the tree before they are mature, so generally you have to leave them on the counter a few days to ripen; they will ripen faster when put in a paper bag with an apple. (Do not refrigerate unripe avocados.) To be sure it’s ready, try pinching both ends before cutting into it; if they give a little then it’s good to eat; if you leave a dent, then it’s overripe. One way to test before you buy is to lift the little brown nub. If it’s dark brown underneath, the avocado is no good, but if it’s green, it’s ripe! 

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Dining Avocado flesh quickly oxidizes and turns an unappetizing brown when exposed to air. A little lemon juice helps to slow down the browning. Another neat trick is to leave the pit in the center, and cover the avocado with lemon juice, or store a cut avocado in an airtight container with a cut onion. On Aruba‌

Aruban chefs are often going for the cutting edge of foodie trends, and beyond finding avocado to be a great ingredient in gourmet sauces for the fresh catch of the day, it’s popping up in all kinds of other delectable dishes as well. And some locals go to great lengths to grow their own trees even though the sandy soil and constant trade winds make it a real challenge. But the benefits of having this super fruit in your own backyard are well worth the efforts. 

Avocado Nutri-Facts Avocados are a heart-healthy and easy-to-digest source of healthy nutrients, including vitamins A, B, C, and E, and 17 minerals. They are rich in fiber, antioxidants, and monounsaturated fat.

Guacamole Recipe INGREDIENTS

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avocados, skinned, and peeled medium tomato, diced tbsp onion, diced leaves fresh coriander, chopped a dash salt and pepper a dash lime juice a dash hot chili sauce (optional) PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients together and serve with tortilla chips, corn chips, or fresh vegetables.

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Where to Eat Aruba’s varied restaurants are sure to be one of the highlights of your vacation.

Casa Nonna Luxury travelers seeking inimitable hospitality, stunning sea views, mesmerizing sunsets, a unique natural landscape, and mouth-watering culinary experiences have long found joyful escape at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba. Casa Nonna, which means “grandmother’s house” in Italian, is as open and inviting as you would expect from its name. Their standout menu offers a curated mix of traditional Roman and Tuscan fare highlighted by fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. The restaurant boasts a robust wine list as the ideal complement to your meal. Tel: 527-2222. www.ritzcarlton.com

Pelican Nest Seafood Grill The Pelican Nest Seafood Grill is located completely above the water with panoramic views of the beautiful blue Caribbean waters at any time of day and especially during sunsets. Try their wide array of fresh seafood, especially their mouth-watering ceviche, creative cocktails, and relax in a casual, carefree environment where you will be attended by courteous and friendly staff that love what they do. Popular with locals and tourists, join them today for a real taste of the Caribbean. For reservations call 586-2259 or visit www.pelican-aruba.com.

Cuba’s Cookin’ Get an authentic feel for Cuba, circa 1959, and no passport required! Feast on their genuine Cuban favorites like their renowned ropa vieja, palomilla steak, shrimp, or lobster enchilada. Savor Aruba’s best mojitos “in the universe” and daiquiris made with real seven-year-old Cuban rum as well as 100% fresh café Cubano. Kid-friendly but also a great spot to dance the night away to live music every evening. Menu includes a full page of vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options. For any special dietary restrictions contact them in advance. Open seven days a week: breakfast 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and dinner 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Happy Hour 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Located downtown at Renaissance Marketplace (across from the cinemas), Tel: 588-0627. www.cubascookin.com

DINING ON ARUBA For even more dining options, please see our listing inside this magazine, on pages 100-103. And for a complete guide on Aruba’s dining scene, pick up your free copy of Island Gourmet magazine today!

Clockwise from top left, photos courtesy of Casa Nonna at the Ritz-Carlton Aruba, Cuba’s Cookin’, and Pelican Nest Seafood Grill

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Where to Dine 7 West International • Caribbean Weststraat 7  588-9983 www.7-westaruba.com

Bingo! Cafe & Restaurant International Palm Beach 6-D, Noord  586-2818 www.bingoaruba.com

Alfie’s in Aruba Burgers • International Dominicanessenstraat 10 & Palm Beach  568-5440 www.alfiesinaruba.com

Bistro de Suikertuin European • International Wilhelminastraat 64  582-6322 www.desuikertuin.com

Alfresco Restaurant International • Vegan L.G. Smith Blvd 150  280-4075 www.facebook.com/alfresco.aruba

Blossoms Japanese • Chinese South Beach Centre, Palm Beach 55  586-3388 www.blossomsaruba.com

Allegra Bistro International Seafood Courtyard by Marriott Aruba Resort  526-7714 www.facebook.com/Allegra-Bistro-104014117667098/

BLT Steak Steak • International The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba  527-2222 www.ritzcarlton.com/aruba

Amice Lunchroom International John G. Emanstraat 72, Oranjestad  280 0990 www.facebook.com/AmiceAruba/

Casa Nonna Italian The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba  527-2222 www.casanonna.com

Amuse Sunset Restaurant International Renaissance Marketplace  586-9949 www.amusearuba.com

Casibari Café BBQ Casibari Rock Formation  586-1775 www.casibaricafe.com

Aquarius Seafood • International L.G. Smith Blvd 82  583-6000 ext. 6156 www.arubarestaurants.com/restaurants/aquarius

Castaways Bar American • International Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino  526-6612 www.hiltonaruba.com/dining

Atardi International Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino  520-6537 www.opentable.com/atardi-formerly-simply-fish

Chalet Suisse International Eagle Beach  587-5054 www.facebook.com/chaletsuissearuba

Barefoot International • Caribbean L.G. Smith Blvd 1  588-9824 www.barefootaruba.com

Charlie’s Bar Aruba International • Caribbean Mainstreet, San Nicolas  584-5086 www.facebook.com/charliesbararuba

Bavaria German • International Palm Beach 186  736-4007 www.bavaria-aruba.com

Comuna 13 Colombian The Cove Mall  280-8182 www.comuna13bar.net

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Where to Dine Cuba’s Cookin’ Cuban Renaissance Marketplace  588-0627 www.cubascookin.com

El Gaucho Argentinean Grill Wilhelminastraat 80  582-3677 www.elgaucho-aruba.com

Da Vinci Ristorante Italian Holiday Inn Resort Aruba  586-3600 www.holidayarubaresort.com

Emboca Caribbean & Local Food Lounge Caribbean • Local The Cove Mall, Palm Beach  744 9194 www.embocarestaurantaruba.com

Delia’s Terrace International Courtyard by Marriott Aruba Resort  526-7700 www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/auacy-courtyard-aruba-resort

Faro Blanco Restaurant Italian California Lighthouse  586-0786 www.faroblancorestaurant.com

Divi Sushi Bar & Lounge Sushi The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba  527-2222 www.ritzcarlton.com/aruba

Fish House Seafood • International Varadero Aruba Marina, Bucutiweg 34  588-3840 www.facebook.com/fishhousearuba

Doña Jacinta Colombian • International J.E. Irausquin Blvd 382, Palm Beach  592-8478 www.donajacintaaruba.com

Flying Fishbone Seafood • International Savaneta 344  584-2506 www.flyingfishbone.com

Don Jacinto Colombian • International De La Salle Straat 26  585-8769 www.facebook.com/donjacintoaruba

Fusion Restaurant Wine & Piano Bar Tapas • International Alhambra Casino and Shops  280-9994 www.fusion-aruba.com

Driftwood Seafood • International Klipstraat 12  583-2515 www.driftwoodaruba.com

Gilligan’s Seafood Shack Seafood • International Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino  526-6612 www.hiltonaruba.com/dining

Dushi Bagels & Burgers International Playa Linda Beach Resort  586-3035 www.dushibagelsandburgers.com

Grill Time Caribbean • Local Bernhardstraat, San Nicolas  662-8626 www.facebook.com/Grill-Time-754794691221689

Eetcafé The Paddock International • Dutch L.G. Smith Blvd 13  583-2334 www.paddock-aruba.com

HP Bar & Grill International Zoutmanstraat 7  587-1540 www.facebook.com/hpbarandgrillaruba

Elements Restaurant World Cuisine • Organic • Vegetarian Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort  583-1100 ext. 112 www.elementsaruba.com

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Where to Dine Kalin’s Mexican Palm Beach Plaza Mall  586-9700 www.kalinsaruba.com

Mulligan’s Golf Café International Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort  523-5016 www.mulligansaruba.com

Kamini’s Kitchen Trinidadian • Caribbean De Vuyst 41-B, San Nicolas  563-1933 www.facebook.com/kaminiskitchen

Nikkei Sushi Restaurant Sushi • Fusion • Japanese The Cove Mall  737 6506 www.facebook.com/Nikkeisushiaruba

Lago Colony Baby Beach Restaurant Aruba Caribbean • International Baby Beach  560-5078 www.facebook.com/babybeachrestaurant

Omakase Sushi Bar Sushi • Japanese Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa  522-3444 www.manchebo.com

Laguna American • International Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino  526-6612 www.hiltonaruba.com/dining

O’Niel Caribbean Kitchen Caribbean • Seafood V/D Veen Zeppenfeldstraat 15, San Nicolas  584-8700 www.facebook.com/onielcaribbeankitchen297

La Vista International • Seafood Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino  520-6312 www.arubamarriott.com

Pampered in Paradise Seafood • Grill Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort  523-4577 www.aruba.regency.hyatt.com

L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House Steak • Seafood • International Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino  523-6195 www.lgsmiths.com

Papiamento Restaurant International • Caribbean Washington 61, Noord  586-4544 www.papiamentoaruba.com

Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant International Casa del Mar Beach Resort  588-7300 www.matthews-aruba.com

Papillon Restaurant French • Caribbean The Village, Across Hilton Resort, Palm Beach  586 5400 www.papillonaruba.com

Melt Away Aruba Fondue • Raclette Paseo Herencia  280-0044 www.meltawayaruba.com

Pelican Nest Seafood • Grill Pelican Pier  586-2259 www.pelican-aruba.com

Mexicado Authentic Mexican Cuisine Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort  586-1234 ext. 36 www.aruba.regency.hyatt.com

Pinchos Grill & Bar International • Grill L.G. Smith Blvd 7  583-2666 www.pinchosaruba.com

Mira Solo Bar Caribbean • International Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino  526-6612 www.hiltonaruba.com/dining

Pure Beach International • Tapas Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort  586-6066 www.purebeacharuba.com

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Where to Dine Pure Ocean Caribbean • International Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort  586-6066 www.pureoceanrestaurant.com

Sunset Grille Steak • International Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino  526-6612 www.hiltonaruba.com/dining

Quinta Del Carmen Seafood • International Bubali 119  587-7200 www.quintadelcarmen.com

Tandoor Indian • Grill • Vegetarian South Beach Centre  586-0944 www.tandooraruba.com

Red Fish Seafood Orange Plaza Mall  280-6666 www.redfisharuba.com

Taste My Aruba Caribbean • Local • Seafood Plaza Padu Lampe  588 1600 www.tastemyaruba.com

Ruinas del Mar International Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort  586-1234 ext. 36 www.aruba.regency.hyatt.com

The Chophouse Steak • International Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa  522-3444 www.manchebo.com

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Steak • International Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino  520-6600 www.ruthschris.com

The Cove International Alhambra Casino and Shops  583-5000 www.casinoalhambra.com

Santos Coffee House • International J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51  280-0303 www.santos-aruba.com

The Dutch Pancakehouse Dutch Renaissance Marketplace  583-7180 www.thedutchpancakehouse.com

Screaming Eagle International J.E. Irausquin Blvd 228  587-8021 www.screaming-eagle.net

The West Deck International • Caribbean Linear Park at Governor’s Bay  587-2667 www.thewestdeck.com

Sea Salt Local Grill Seafood • Local • International Renaissance Marketplace  280-0029 www.facebook.com/seasaltgrill

White Modern Cuisine International Diamante 300, Gold Coast Villas Clubhouse  280-0280 www.whitecuisine.com

Starbucks Renaissance Mall & Marketplace Paseo Herencia, Marriott Resort  523-6750/523-6751/523-6753 www.facebook.com/starbucksaruba

Windows on Aruba International • Seafood Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort  523-5017 www.windowsonaruba.com

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How Well Do You Know Aruba? Take This Fun Quiz and Find Out! 1. Who discovered Aruba?

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Simon Bolivar Christopher Columbus Betico Croes Alonso de Ojeda

2. What is Aruba’s capital city?

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San Nicolas Gasparito Oranjestad Paradera

3. How many colors are on Aruba’s flag?

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Two Three Four Five

5. What are the ingredients in a Balashi Cocktail?

a) Pure desalinized Aruba seawater b) Ponche Crema, rum, and vermouth c) Pineapple juice, grenadine, and vodka d) Crème de banane, vodka, rum, and Coecoei 6. Who has priority on Aruba’s roads?

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Wild donkeys Goats Iguanas Drivers of vehicles over non-motorized vehicles

4. Aruba’s endangered burrowing owl is known locally as…?

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Suku Shoco Bolo Watapana

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Quiz 7. Approximately how many steps are there to get to the top of Mount Hooiberg?

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150 300 450 600

8. How do you say, “welcome” in Papiamento?

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Bon bini Dushi Hopi bon Welkom

9. What is the name of Aruba’s national park?

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Arawak National Park Arikok National Park Caiquetio National Park Divi-Divi National Park

10. What is Aruba’s slogan?

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Wild Beauty Aruba Forever One Happy Island Always in Your Heart

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10 out of 10:

Are you sure you weren’t actually born here?

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You deserve honorary citizenship.

7 out of 10:

You’ve obviously been here before, so “welcome back!”

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You’ve spent too much time enjoying Aruba’s superb beaches, then again, can we really blame you?

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You’ll have to stay a little longer until you get them all right!

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Aruba Information Emergency Numbers Ambulance ..................................................................... 911 Dentist ...................................................................582-9900 Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital ...................................527-4000 Fire Department .............................................................. 911 Police .................................................................. 911 or 100 Walk-in Doctor’s Clinic, Palm Beach .......................594-0539 Airport & Airlines Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix www.airportaruba.com ..........................................524-2424 American Airlines/American Eagle..........................582-2700 Aruba Airlines ........................................................583-8300 Avianca..................................................................582-5484 Delta......................................................................582-8111 Insel Air .................................................................588-9314 Jet Blue .................................................................588-5388 KLM .......................................................................582-3546 Surinam.................................................................582-7896 TUI Airlines ............................................................582-0804 United Airlines........................................................582-9592 Venezolana ............................................................583-7674 Banking Hours Weekdays from 8 or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All banks remain open during lunch hours. Banks – Main Offices AIB Bank N.V. Wilhelminastraat 36 ...............................................582-7327 Aruba Bank N.V. Camacuri 12 ..........................................................527-7777 Caribbean Mercantile Bank N.V. Caya G.F. Betico Croes 53 ......................................522-3000 RBC Royal Bank Italiestraat 36 ........................................................523-3100

Electricity The same as North America, 110 volts AC (60 cycles). Geography Size: 70 square miles, 19.6 miles long, six miles across at its widest point. Aruba’s highest elevation is Mount Jamanota at 617 feet. Location: 2,090 miles from New York, 15 miles north of Venezuela. Languages Official languages are Dutch and the native language Papiamento, but English and Spanish are widely spoken. Museums Aruba Aloe Museum & Factory Pitastraat 115, Hato ...............................................588-3222 Carnival Euphoria Exhibition Bernardstraat 25, San Nicolas................................586-9404 Coleccion Fundacion Museo Arubano van Slobbestraat z/n ........................................................ n/a Community Museum B van de Veen Zeppenfeldstraat 27, San Nicolas ....280-0018 Fort Zoutman/Historical Museum Zoutmanstraat z/n .................................................588-5199 Museum of Industry Bernhardstraat 164, San Nicolas ............................584-7090

Car Rentals Off Road Evolution Rentals & Tours ........................594-7978

Pharmacies Benu Pharmacy (seven locations) ................... 525-2599 Oduber – Downtown Trupiaal – Ponton Super Food Plaza Kibrahacha – Bubali Central – Santa Cruz Centro Medico – San Nicolas San Lucas – San Nicolas Botica di Servicio At “The Cove,” across from the Holiday Inn ............. 586-1717 Botica Eagle Punta Brabo 17 ......................................................640-8443 Botica Santa Anna Noord 41-B ............................................................586-8181

Climate Annual averages: temperature 82°F, rainfall 17”, water temperature 80°F.

Post Office Post Aruba Three locations: Oranjestad, Santa Cruz, San Nicolas.

Conservation Please respect the environment by not littering, not touching marine life or wildlife, and leaving rocks and shells in their original spaces. Also ensure souvenirs are not made from protected species like sea turtles, black coral, and the lignum vitae tree. Plastic bags were banned on Aruba in 2017, and as of January 1, 2019, straws, single-use cups, and foam plates are banned as well.

Real Estate Area Properties/Real Estate Services .....................594-1496 Aruba Real Estate ..................................................583-4144 Atlantic 360 Residences ........................................593-9100 Coldwell Banker Aruba Realty ................................587-6666 Divi Residences .....................................................735-5252 Gold Coast .............................................................586-2200 L’aquila Residences ...............................................280-5040 O Condominium .....................................................586-2200 Spazio Realty .........................................................593-7070

Buses Buses operate daily between Oranjestad and hotels on Palm and Eagle Beaches. Inquire at your hotel for schedules.

Currency US dollars or Aruban florins. One US dollar equals between 1.78 and 1.8 florins. Drinking Water Aruba’s distilled/purified seawater is very safe to drink. Driving European rules of the road and signs are used. US and international drivers’ licenses are valid. Urban speed limit is 30 km/h, rural speed limit is 60 km/h unless otherwise indicated. No right turns on red light. In case of accident DON’T MOVE YOUR CAR! Notify the police immediately by calling 911.

Religious Places of Worship Aruba offers a variety of houses of worship. For information on locations and hours of services, please inquire at your hotel’s front desk. Beth Israel Synagogue, Oranjestad ......................582-3272 Chabad Jewish Center, Noord..............................592-7613 Cristo Rey (Catholic), San Nicolas ........................584-7106 Evangelical Church, San Nicolas ..........................584-6759 Holy Cross Anglican Church, San Nicolas ......... 584-5142 Iglesia Emmanuel (Evangelical), Oranjestad .......582-7903 Protestant Church, Oranjestad .............................582-1435

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Aruba Information Shopping Hours Stores are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday, although some Mainstreet stores close for siesta from noon to 2 p.m. Certain stores are open Sunday mornings and on holidays when cruise ships are in port. Most malls open at 10 a.m. and stay open until at least 10 p.m. Support Groups Alcoholics Anonymous ...........................................564-8575 info@aa-aruba.org

ROAD SIGNS Before getting behind the wheel, familiarize yourself with these important road signs: Oncoming traffic has right of way. STOP STOP STOP STOP

Right of way road.

Taxis There are no meters; fares are fixed and set by the government. Taxis are available for sightseeing.

End of right of way road.

Telecommunications Digicel Aruba www.digicelgroup.com ..........................................522-2298 SETAR www.setar.aw...................................... WhatsApp: 597-9999

Right of way at intersection. Right of way before oncoming traffic.

Time Atlantic Standard time, one hour ahead of New York except during Daylight Savings when the time is the same.

No passing. All traffic forbidden.

Tipping The US tipping custom is applicable on Aruba. Although many restaurants add a service charge of 15% to the bill, this is often shared among the service and kitchen staff as part of their salary. In this event, an additional gratuity in recognition of good service is appreciated, though not obligatory. Tourist Information Aruba Tourism Authority L.G. Smith Blvd 8, Eagle Beach Tel: 582-3777 • www.aruba.com Tours ABC Tours ..............................................................582-5600 Arikok National Park ..............................................585-1234 Around Aruba Tours................................................593-5363 Aruba Aloe Museum & Factory ...............................588-3222 Balashi Brewery Tour .............................................585-8700 Butterfly Farm & Nectar CafÊ .................................586-3656 Dirt Lovers ATV Tours .............................................743-6175 Fofoti Tours & Transfers..........................................280-3636 Isabella Catamaran Aruba ......................................749-2462 Kukoo Kunuku........................................................586-2010 Monforte III Luxury Cruise ......................................583-0400 Off Road Evolution Rentals & Tours ........................594-7978 Pelican Adventures ................................................587-2307 Sailaway Tour ........................................................739-9000

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Aruba Information CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND HOLIDAYS Every Tuesday 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Bon Bini Festival (at Fort Zoutman) Last Wednesday of every month 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Island Festival (San Nicolas) Jan. 1, 2020 - New Year’s Day Jan. 18, 2020 - 66th Carnival Queen Election & Coronation Jan. 25, 2020 - Gilberto François Betico Croes Day Feb. 15, 2020 - Jouvert Morning Feb. 15, 2020 - Aruba’s Grand Lighting Parade Feb. 16, 2020 - Grand Children’s Parade and Burning of King Momito Feb. 23, 2020 - 66th Grand Carnival Parade Feb. 26, 2020 - Ash Wednesday Mar. 18, 2020 - National Anthem & Flag Day Mar. 22, 2020 - Aruba International 35th Half Marathon April 2020 - 4th Annual Aruba Food Truck Festival Apr. 10, 2020 - Good Friday Aruba Hi-Winds

Apr. 12-13, 2020 - Easter Sunday and Easter Monday Apr. 27, 2020 - King’s Day May 1, 2020 - Labor Day May 20-25, 2020 - Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival May 21, 2020 - Ascension Day June 23, 2020 - Dera Gai San Juan Celebration June 26-27, 2020 - Aruba Summer Music Festival July 2-6, 2020 - 34th Annual Aruba Hi-Winds

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Easier Money Casino Card Games for the Gentler Gambler by Michael Abraham Card games have a remarkably varied reputation. From gritty saloons to posh casinos and from Kenny Rogers to James Bond, games involving a 52-card deck can be as alluring as they are intimidating, especially for the neophyte, would-be gambler. Rather than sit down to what looks like an exceptionally complicated way to lose money, many of us will stick to the slot machines. But no longer.

If you fall into the aforementioned category, take heart. New and popular table games are providing easier, less threatening entries to the world of cards. It’s never been easier to “play your cards right.”

and should be easier for inexperienced – or simply impatient – players to pick up. Caribbean Stud players only need worry about the “house,” or dealer, and only for a single hand. That means there’s no deciding what cards to keep or throw away, no “bluffing” or multiple decisions about

Caribbean Stud

Though more seasoned poker players may sneer, Caribbean Stud is a faster, less complex version of traditional stud poker,

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how much to bet. Nope. In this game, you play the hand that’s dealt you. Sitting down at the table, you’ll be expected to pay an ante, or a minimum bet to enter the game. Just like in traditional stud poker, the dealer will provide each player and himself with five cards, all face down, before revealing one of his own cards. You’ll then look at your own cards and either try to make your best poker hand (pair, three-of-a-kind, full house, etc.) or fold, forfeiting your ante. If you decide to play, remember your cards well! Once you lay them down on

the playing surface, you won’t be able to touch them again. In order to keep playing, you’ll have to bet double the amount of your ante. Once all bets are in, the dealer reveals his cards. Moving right to left, the dealer compares his or her hand to that of each player, and the best hand wins. Depending on just how lucky you are, beating the dealer can pay you even money or up to 100 to 1, if you happen to get a royal flush on one deal. Sound easy enough? If not, Let It Ride may be more your style, at least at the beginning of your gambling career. 

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Casinos Let It Ride

Like Caribbean Stud, Let It Ride pits players against the house, except players receive three cards instead of five. From those three cards and two “community” cards, each player attempts to fashion their best poker hand. Let It Ride employs three rounds of betting, and players’ hands are compared with a specific payout chart, rather than with the hands of other players or the dealer. Players place three separate bets on the playing surface. After looking at their initial cards, players can retract their first bet, or choose to “let it ride” and continue. The dealer then exposes the first community card, and players have the opportunity to retract their second bet, after which all cards must be placed face down on the playing surface and not touched again. Once the dealer turns over the second and final community card, it’s all over except for the crying or cheering, as the case may be. The dealer collects the losing wagers and pays winners according to the payout schedule. The rules and individualistic nature of Let It Ride give the game a more leisurely, thoughtful pace than other forms

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of poker, a characteristic which should be of particular appeal to beginners. Now place those bets!

Let us be clear: if you’ve never played the tables at a casino, you’re missing an exciting, possibly unforgettable experience. While lack of experience or the inability to maintain a poker face may have frightened you away from poker before, games like Caribbean Stud and Let It Ride are true games of chance. Despite being less complicated than other forms of poker, however, these games do offer a more personal engagement with other players and with the casino atmosphere than sticking to the slot machines. So, resist no longer. Place your bets! 

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Where to Gamble 

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Location

Alhambra Casino and Shops

Next to Divi Resorts

583-5000

Cool Casino

RIU Palace Aruba

528-0993

Eagle Aruba Casino

Eagle Aruba Resort & Casino

587-9000

Hyatt Regency Casino

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa & Casino

586-1234

Liv Casino

Barcelรณ Aruba

586-4500

Orchid Casino

RIU Palace Antillas Hotel

525-7777

Stellaris Casino

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

586-9000

The Casino at The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

527-2222

The Casino Hilton Aruba

Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino

526-6930

Wind Creek Crystal Casino

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

583-6000 ext. 6318

Wind Creek Seaport Casino

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

583-6000 ext. 6318

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Cocktail Culture by Susan Campbell Aruba’s nightlife is dynamic and diverse, but lately the focus has shifted to behind the pine – or pool bar – to the extraordinary talent of island mixologists crafting up incredible cocktails.

As soon as the sun begins to set, it’s easy to find where the parties are. Just follow your ears to where the music has become noticeably louder to announce the fact that happy hour has arrived. And once the moon is high in the tropical sky, the sounds of rollicking live music and DJ-driven beats will lure you out in the streets as well. But sleuthing out the island’s best barkeeps and craftiest cocktails can be a tad more difficult as they can be secreted away in fine dining establishments or in local watering holes, or they might be hiding in plain sight in a hotel lobby bar or lounge. But they are legion, and well worth seeking out too. So, let’s go see where the night moves and the best mixologists are hiding.

Palm Beach’s hot spots and cool lounges

On Palm Beach your best bet to begin is happy hour at outdoor party spots like Pelican Pier Bar, an entertaining overwater hangout offering live music and creative drinks. As the sun sinks into the sea, head to Ritz-Carlton Aruba’s Divi Sushi Bar & Lounge for their sunset celebration each day when they offer complimentary samples of their signature cocktail The Cadushy made with local cactus juice puree. Hyatt’s Alfresco Bar and Hilton’s Mira Solo Bar both offer an elegant outdoor oasis to start the evening in style; both are known for their inventive cocktails as well. And for the best selection of fine rums head to the Palm Bar at Holiday Inn 

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Nightbeat Resort. For trendy tapas, live music, and great cocktails with comfy couches right in the sand, Purebeach at Divi Aruba Phoenix Resort always delivers a wonderful experience. Try their Pink Snap, one of their award-wining signature drinks. Later, sashay across the street from the highrise hotels to “The Strip” – over a mile of shops, malls, dining venues, bars, and cafés lining J.E. Irausquin Blvd. Start at the new Cove Mall for an eclectic combination of nightlife options all flanked side by side including Comuna 13, a wild and crazy Colombian bar, Emboca, where lounging, drinking, dancing, and dining are done Caribbean style, and Nikkei Sushi Bar, a refreshing indoor/outdoor lounge and dining spot with multiple kinds of sake. Then head to Paseo Herencia to witness the fabulous lit up waterworks show set to music. A great spot to view it from, and enjoy fine wines and decadent cheese delights, is in their courtyard at Melt Away Aruba. After, enjoy the crowds of party people at The Bulldog with DJs and an alfresco disco-style dance floor.

Back on the strip, follow your ears again to find the kind of music that suits your mood. Stop into Sopranos Piano Bar for a sing-along or stop to hear the open-air live bands at Hard Rock Café down the street. And though Dushi Bagels & Burgers is best known for their fine, hearty fare, they also do daily happy hours and have live music from 7 to 10 p.m. You can find late-night partying at Gusto or go local off the beaten path to Bingo! Café & Restaurant where Dutch expats gather and it’s the only place to try Schrobbeler, a unique Dutch herbal liqueur. Eagle Beach’s eclectic venues

Not known for having a central nightlife area, you’ll find interesting places scattered about this region if you know where to look. Start early at Delia’s Terrace Pool Bar, at the new Courtyard by Marriott Aruba Resort, and ask for their refreshing special Cucu Island cocktail. Screaming Eagle’s stand-alone lounge bar has wonderfully talented bartenders as well. Or look for party emporium Rock’n’Rock

Comuna 13

Dushi Bagels & Burgers

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Nightbeat that dishes out the best music for those who never stopped believing. Then there’s The Beach Bar with cool cocktails and frequent entertainment on Druif Beach. At Alhambra Casino and Shops, you’ll find the classy Fusion Wine & Piano Bar with live lounge music and great vintages by the glass, and the excellent casino there is open until the cows come home. Although Quinta Del Carmen, in the Bubali interior is best known for fine dining, their stand-alone bar is also very cool, and their signature cocktails are out of this world. Garufa Cocktail Lounge Aruba

Downtown discoveries

Oranjestad has an exciting new undercurrent of hip when it comes to nightlife these days. Trendy festivals and hot, happening outdoor events are popping up often. Keep your eyes peeled for the latest spots like the Apotheek Remedy Cocktail Bar for ideal creative spirits to cure whatever ails you. Their mixologists are multi-award winners! Also new, is brightly colored umbrella-covered emporium HP Bar & Grill that will bring the quieter quarter near Fort Zoutman to life with live music, DJs, and special events. And do find Garufa Cocktail Lounge Aruba for its excellent collection of top-shelf spirits and exclusive brand cigars. But you’ll have to hit the backstreets to find Alfie’s in Aruba, a warm and welcoming bar for rocking live band Friday nights and acoustic Thursdays. 

Alfie’s in Aruba

Quinta Del Carmen Photo by from top left, photos courtesy of Garufa Cocktail Lounge Aruba, Alfie’s in Aruba, and Quinta Del Carmen Clockwise

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Nightbeat You can always be sure to find lots of live entertainment and a varied choice of tippling spots at the Renaissance Marketplace. Enjoy sultry live Latin music and watch barkeeps muddle up the best mojitos in town at Cuba’s Cookin’. Try their Cigar Bar to enjoy first-rate rums and Cuban stogies. Or escape the crowds and head for an intimate romantic atmosphere at NextDoor, literally next door to Sushi-Ya. You must not miss Eetcafé The Paddock, a legendary rowdy watering hole frequented by Dutch expats. Drink specials happen frequently during the night, so prepare for many impromptu parties! If you want to head downtown early to start the night right by catching a stellar sunset, head to The West Deck where you can enjoy very creative margaritas. Later, there’s no better place for a romantic nightcap than the magically lit pier of Pinchos Grill & Bar; you’ll see it twinkling in the distance just past the Plaza Turismo.

Hit the road or get outta town

The crazy, colorful party buses of Kukoo Kunuku take it to the streets to show you how to paint the town red with a superb choice of evening island adventures; they truly are the party hearty experts of Aruba. You can also head to the recently revitalized San Nicolas for superb parties in the streets like Island Festival and the Meet San Nicolas Festival. And do stop by legendary Charlie’s Bar while you are there for a famous Boozer Colada. Lago Colony Beach Club out at Baby Beach also serves up great drinks and eats; it’s an ideal place to start before you head to the festivals.

Pinchos Grill & Bar Meet San Nicolas Festival Kukoo Kunuku Wind Creek Crystal Casino

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Nightbeat Go glitzy and get lucky!

Of course, there are Aruba’s glitzy casinos for excellent nightlife and a chance to seduce Lady Luck, and maybe win big! Some have live entertainment, on-site snacks, or in-house dining as well. All of your favorite games are waiting: poker, roulette, sports bets, and big rooms full of today’s most modern slot machines. Imbibe for free while you play the games (complimentary cocktails are common), and do get a VIP loyalty card to garner points for all kinds of cool extras. Downtown, you have Wind Creek Crystal and Wind Creek Seaport Casino within easy steps of each other, and off Eagle Beach you have legendary Alhambra Casino and Shops, one of the island’s best-known gaming playgrounds, and nearby new Eagle Aruba Casino welcomes the timeshare crowd. Palm Beach resorts are also famous for

their dazzling, modern try-your-luck emporiums like the Stellaris Casino, The Casino at the Ritz-Carlton, The Casino Hilton Aruba, and the Hyatt Regency Casino. Most are open very late, and many offer gala big bingos during the day on weekends where you can also win fabulous prizes. And don’t forget to bring the valuable coupons from our magazines for some great offers. Good luck and cheers! 

The Casino at the Ritz-Carlton

True Colombian Flavor Comuna 13 is a restaurant dedicated to celebrating Colombian tradition and cuisine. The ambiance, culture and flavors you’ll experience are a unique way to travel to this beautiful country. Immerse yourself in our flavors and experience a walk through Medellin without leaving Aruba.

OPEN: Sunday to Thursday from 5 pm - 1 am / Friday to Saturday 4 pm - 3 am Located at The Cove Mall in Palm Beach • Tel: 280-8182 www.comuna13bar.net • Facebook: comuna13bar Photo by courtesy of The Casino at the Ritz-Carlton, Aruba Top photo

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Hot Spots Check out these hot spots for your next night on the town, and please also refer to our casino listing on page 113. 7 West

Weststraat 7

588-9983

Alfie’s in Aruba

Dominicanessenstraat 10

568-5440

Alfresco Bar

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa & Casino

586-1234

Allegra Bistro

Courtyard by Marriott Aruba Resort

526-7714

Barefoot

L.G. Smith Blvd 1

588-9824

Bavaria

Palm Beach 186

586-8550

Bingo! Cafe & Restaurant

Palm Beach 6-D, Noord

586-2818

Bistro de Suikertuin

Wilhelminastraat 64

582-6322

Bugaloe Beach Bar

J.E. Irausquin Blvd 79

586-2233

Café 080

Noord 90

586-2937

Café Chaos

L.G. Smith Blvd 60

588-7547

Casibari Café

Casibari Rock Formation

586-1775

Champions Sports Bar

Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club

586-9000

Charlie’s Bar

Mainstreet 56, San Nicolas

584-5086

Comuna 13

The Cove Mall

280-8182

Craft

Across from the Hilton Resort

586-6999

Cuba’s Cookin’

Renaissance Marketplace

588-0627

Delia’s Terrace

Courtyard by Marriott Aruba Resort

Divi Sushi Bar & Lounge

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

527-2222

Eetcafé The Paddock

L.G. Smith Blvd 13

583-2334

Emboca Caribbean & Local Food Lounge The Cove Mall

744-9194

Fusion Wine & Piano Bar

Alhambra Casino and Shops

280-9994

Garufa

Wilhelminastraat 63

582-3677

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Hot Spots Grill Time

Bernhardstraat, San Nicolas

662-8626

Gusto

The Village across from the Hilton Resort

592-5579

9983

HP Bar & Grill

Zoutmanstraat 7

587-1540

5440

Kalin’s

Palm Beach Plaza Mall

586-9700

1234

Kukoo Kunuku

Party bus w/ hotel pickup

586-2010

7714

Lobby Restaurant & Bar

J.E. Irausquin Blvd 348, Palm Beach

280-5330

9824

Lounge 101

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

586-9000

8550

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar

L.G. Smith Blvd 82

280-1970

2818

Melt Away Aruba

Paseo Herencia Mall

280-0044

6322

Mi Dushi

Hadicurari Pier

640-3000

2233

Mira Solo Bar

Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino

526-6612

2937

Mulligan’s

Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort

523-5016

7547

NextDoor

Renaissance Marketplace

583-9982

1775

Nikkei Sushi Restaurant

The Cove Mall

737-6506

9000

Palm Bar

Holiday Inn Resort Aruba

586-3600

5086

Piet’s Pier Bar

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa & Casino

586-1234

8182

Pinchos Grill & Bar

L.G. Smith Blvd 7 at Aruba Surfside Marina

583-2666

6999

Pure Beach

Divi Phoenix Beach Resort

586-6066

0627

Quinta Del Carmen

Bubali 119

587-7200

Rock’n’Rock

Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao

730-0987

2222

Screaming Eagle

J.E. Irausquin Blvd 228

587-8021

2334

The Lago Colony Beach Club

Baby Beach

560-5078

9194

The Lobby

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

520-6580

9994

The Lounge, Midnight Grill

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino

523-6195

3677

The West Deck

Linear Park at Governor’s Bay

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Flora

Land of Aloe: Aruba’s Divine Plant by Richard Andrews From Cleopatra to celebrities, aloe devotees have extolled the “divine” plant for its healing, health, and cosmetic benefits. Visitors to Aruba can try out a wide range of aloe products, see how they’re made and learn about the plant’s fascinating history.

Before we start, let’s straighten out some confusion about the name. Aloe refers to a genus comprising hundreds of flowering succulent plants. Aloe vera is the best known and most popular species in this family, but it’s commonly just called aloe for short, which is what we’ll do here. Folklore has contributed significantly to the popularity of aloe and belief in its curative properties. The virtues of aloe have been praised for thousands of years by many ancient civilizations including Egypt, Persia, Greece, India, and Africa. Thought to originate in northern Africa, the plant’s name was derived from the Arabic alloeh meaning “bitter,” because of the bitter-tasting liquid found in the leaves. Aloe was also known in various languages as Lily of the Desert, the Plant of Immortality, and the Medicine Plant. Millennia ago, when religion and medicine overlapped, illnesses were often regarded as demonic possession of the body and only a “divine” plant such as

aloe supposedly had the natural power to exorcise the evil spirits. Egyptian scribes recorded use of the plant in 1500 BCE for treating burns, infections, and parasites. It is said that Cleopatra kept her skin soft and young with aloe gel to help entice Mark Antony. Queen Nefertiti reputedly used the gel as part of her beauty routine as well. Even the Egyptian dead were embalmed with aloe for its antibacterial and antifungal qualities, in the hope that stopping physical decomposition could attain eternal life. 

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Flora Dioscorides, the physician and naturalist, took a more scientific approach centuries later. The “father of pharmacy” journeyed through the Roman Empire with Nero’s army researching new methods of medication. He described aloe as one of his favorite healing plants in several books of diagnoses, treatments, and prescriptions which were used as references for many years. During the Crusades, the Knights Templar created a cocktail of palm wine, aloe pulp, and hemp, which they called the Elixir of Jerusalem. Although it sounds suspiciously like a medieval party punch, the good brothers believed that the concoction would add years to their health and life. Unfortunately, those killed in battle or burned at the stake were unable to confirm the effectiveness of the elixir. More credible was Christopher Columbus’s belief in the healing powers of aloe. His ships carried aloe pot plants to treat the wounds of soldiers accompanying him to the New World. Samurai warriors also rubbed liquid aloe on their bodies to relieve pain from sprains and strains.

What does aloe contain?

With its green serrated leaves and rosette shape, aloe contains a multitude of active ingredients, including vitamins A, C, and E, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and antioxidants. Aloe is often used topically to treat burns, abrasions, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. It’s marketed in the form of gels, creams, and juices. Many cosmetic companies add aloe derivatives to skin care products such as make-up, tissues, moisturizers, soaps, sunscreens, shaving creams, and shampoos. Traditional Chinese medicine also considers aloe as a cool, moistening, yin tonic especially useful to treat skin irritation. Aloe as a modern health food

Aloe’s widespread use as a health food is reflected in the numerous recipes for smoothies, salads, and many other dishes. Herbal medicine practitioners in some parts of the world prescribe aloe juices for a wide range of benefits and illnesses, including diabetes, arthritis, epilepsy, and asthma. However, no scientific evidence supports claims that aloe benefits such serious conditions.

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Flora Aloe on Aruba

Aruba’s climate and the dry soil are particularly suitable for the planting of aloe, one of the island’s major exports. Through careful cultivation methods, the plant has flourished and earned Aruba a reputation as one of the world’s finest producers of aloe. Historically, aloe has played an important role in Aruba’s economy and culture, even figuring prominently in Aruba’s coatof-arms. Before the arrival of the oil industry, aloe was an important source of income for the small cunucero or farmer and in the 19th century aloin resin from the plant found important markets in New York, London, and Hamburg. In the 1950s Aruba accounted for about a third of the world’s aloe production. Market share declined as buildings replaced plantations, but the sales on the Internet have opened up new opportunities for the local industry. With the growing demand for natural products, aloe also has a bright future in applications as an effective alternative to synthetic agents.

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Aruba also has links to the plant’s ancient history. In the 19th century a plantation established in Socotoro, was named after Yemen’s legendary island of Socotra, another aloe producer. Legend says Aristotle urged Alexander the Great to conquer the island for the aloe he used to treat his wounded troops. Nowadays, aloe products are widely used by Aruba’s spas and hotels, while the Aruba Aloe Museum, Factory, and Store in Hato offers tours where you can learn more about the history and production of this fascinating plant. In fact, you don’t have to be Cleopatra, a conqueror of empires, or wounded in battle to find aloe useful during your visit to the island. Aruba’s own after-sun lotion is an excellent way to soothe your skin if you’ve stayed on the beach a bit too long. 

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594-1815

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Barcelรณ Aruba

586-4500

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Boardwalk Small Hotel Aruba

586-6654

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Brickell Bay Beach Club & Spa

586-0900

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583-1100

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526-2700

170

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582-7000

147

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567-5611

15

Costa Linda Beach Resort *

583-8000

157

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Courtyard by Marriott Aruba Resort

526-7700

148

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Divi Aruba All Inclusive

525-5200

265

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586-6066

240

Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort *

523-5000

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587-9000

362

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Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino

586-6555

357

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586-3600

590

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586-1234

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La Quinta Beach Resort *

527-5000

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582-3444

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586-9000

311

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586-9000

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587-0110

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734-1818

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582-3289

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525-4000

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586-1000

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583-6000

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526-4100

480

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586-3900

490

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Talk of the Town Hotel & Beach Club

524-3300

63

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525-5200

236

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527-2222

320

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586-7800

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Profile

A Conversation with Tesh Chugani Owner’s Son and Lead Family Designer at Kay’s Fine Jewelry Aruba As a young professional, Tesh Chugani took a strong liking to the retail sales floor and the personal touch. He enjoyed forging long lasting friendships with potential clients that walked through the door. As the business grew, so did his passion for jewelry design and unique collections. Over the last five years, Tesh has used the colors and nature of Aruba to serve as his inspiration for Fine Jewelry Collections. Ocean blue gemstones and earth toned colored diamonds are featured in many of his exquisite Kay’s Fine Jewelry pieces. Blending as many as three to four colors of gold is also not uncommon as each of the collections has a distinctive look and feel. Tesh said: “I noticed that so many clients wanted to take home a piece of Aruba with them. It was a very special journey for me to capture this magical feeling of paradise through jewelry design. There is no better feeling than when I get

a call or text from a client to tell me how much they are enjoying their item and how many compliments they receive.” When asked what prompted this trend and passion for design, Tesh responded without hesitation: “Our dushi Aruba has a unique charm – I am inspired by what our island and our surroundings offer. The divi trees, the sunset colors on the horizon, and the sea life on a snorkel trip are just a few iconic themes. I take these thoughts and colors and try to design something special that people can pass on for generations and remember the happy spirit and energy of Aruba.” Besides some of the collections that Tesh has launched at Kay’s Fine Jewelry Aruba, it’s the family values, the strong relationships, and the trust they have made with their clients that are especially meaningful. Tesh explained: “Our clients are a part of our family. They are not only buying a piece of jewelry but also buying into a family and a circle of honesty and integrity when they trust in us. We are humbled by the confidence that so many of our clients have placed in us over the decades and it is a true joy now to see them returning year after year.” 

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