“Distinguished Visitors” of Aruba Accolade Award

“Distinguished Visitors” of Aruba Accolade Award

After 10 Years of Continous Travel to Aruba Our Founder & His Wife Were Awarded the Honor Of “Distinguished Visitors” in June at the Holiday Inn.
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Dietary Choices: Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten-Free Dining in Aruba

Dietary Choices: Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten-Free Dining in Aruba

Healthy is the new SEXY!

As a six day a week vegetarian I’m always thinking ahead, hoping I’ll healthyfind an abundance of healthy choices at my travel destination. Sometimes I luck out and find a feast of fruits and vegetables and sometimes if I’m just barely lucky it’s a convenience store banana. I can’t say it stresses me out, but it tends to be the last thing I consider as I zip my luggage shut and dash to the airport. After impatiently counting off the days, all I want to do is just relax and stop thinking about what to bring, what to wear, which places to go to, what the currency is and so on..I think you get the idea!

The beauty of Aruba is that there are restaurants to cater every dietary need, be it vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and even the “steak connoisseur.” pizzaIt’s great to be adventurous and try the local cuisine or experiment with foods you’ve never heard of before, but some of us need to find a little bit of home when we travel. Here in Aruba we’ve got you covered and not just blah! versions of meat-free dishes—we’re talking truly gourmet selections. The atmosphere is also your choice, whether you want casual in flip-flops or trendy upscale, it’s truly up to you.

In the past, the options for vegetarianism and beyond seemed pretty limited. We’re becoming enlightened as a species and realizing many truths in these Aquarian times–our footprint and legacy does matter. We’ve learned that the way we treat ourselves, the animals and our planet has repercussions. In a recent Anthony Bourdain episode on another island paradise, Hawaii, residents of Molokai spoke of ‘AINA—the love and respect for Mother Earth as a source of all beauty and health. hawaiiI see a similar spirit in Aruba—love of the sea and the land that is their wellspring of abundance. Protection of animals and choices to minimize harm—to self, to other creatures, to home….it’s always a joy to find liked-minded souls in my travels.

I traveled recently to Aruba with a family member who is a “carnivore” with dietary needs. Our first night on the island, I was exhausted after the flight and was content to have a granola bar in my hotel room and pass out. He would have nothing of it and dragged me to local steak establishment—enter the lion’s den…lol! Politely I suppressed the voice inside me yelling “there’s nothing here for me to eat!” The restaurant was cool, welcoming and beautifully lit—but I was still skeptical. As I entered, to my surprise, I was met but the biggest bounty of healthful, vegetarian dishes in a vast salad bar ringing the center of the room!—I’d hit the “mother lode” !

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I was surrounded by a beautiful array of spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, tofu, hearts of palm, rice dishes, yucca and all the blessings of the earth in a cool, inviting celebration!

The chill air, the beautiful colors of the heavenly food …I was refreshed, I was in Aruba!

And I can say wholeheartedly that Aruba gets it! Healthy is the new SEXY here!

My advice to everyone who reads this article and views the list of restaurants below is to contact the restaurants directly ahead of your trip to see what they have to offer, their price range and proximity in which they are located from your hotel.



Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free Restaurant List Aruba

List Compiled by Bill M.

List of Restaurants known for serving
Gluten free food, Vegan and Vegetarian Dishes:

Please see below a list of restaurants that would be able to accommodate your dietary needs. Please, be advised, it is best for you to call or email ahead of your travels to ensure the following restaurants offer meals that suit your dietary needs.

What restaurants have a gluten free menu or food?

Cilo City Lounge Aruba (Offers a gluten free menu) http://www.cilo-aruba.com/
Menus http://www.cilo-aruba.com/menu.php?pageid=Mg
Contact: Info@cilo-aruba.com or http://www.cilo-aruba.com/contact_us.php?pageid=MTA=
Phone: 297-588-7996
Address: Renaissance Marketplace, Oranjestad, Aruba

Flying Fishbone
http://flyingfishbone.com/
Menu http://flyingfishbone.com/menu.php
Contact: info@flyingfishbone.com
Phone: 297-584-2506
Address: Savaneta 344, Savaneta, Aruba

Gianni’s Ristorante Italiano (Has gluten-free pasta)
http://www.giannisgroup.com/#!giannis/ctyl
Menu http://www.giannisgroup.com/#!giannis-menu/cjj6
Contact: info@giannisgroup.com
Phone: 297-588-2599
Address: Palm Beach 51 Noord, Aruba

Le Petit Cafe
http://www.lepetitaruba.com/
Menuhttp://lepetitaruba.com/menu.html
Contact: http://lepetitaruba.com/reservations.html
Phone: 297-586-4046
Address: LG Smith Blvd. Linda Beach Resort Orangestad, Aruba
(situated between the Hyatt Regency Resort and Playa Linda Beach Resort)

Linda’s Dutch Pancakes & Pizza
(Gluten free Pizza, Pancakes, bread and more)

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Gluten free menu http://www.lindas-aruba.com/gluten-free/
Menu http://www.lindas-aruba.com/menu/
Contact: lindasaruba@gmail.com
Phone: 297-586-3378
Address: Palm Beach, 3 6-D, Noord, Aruba

Mango Restaurant at Amsterdam Manor
http://www.mangos-restaurant-aruba.com/
Menu http://www.mangos-restaurant-aruba.com/menu.php
Contact: foodandbeverage@amsterdammanor.aw
Phone: 297- 527- 1125
Address: J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 252, Oranjestad, Aruba

Palms Restaurant Located at the Hyatt Regency
(Supposedly has a separate Kitchen for Gluten Free items)
http://aruba.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/PalmsRestaurant.html
Lunch Menu
http://aruba.hyatt.com/content/dam/PropertyWebsites/regency/aruba/Documents/all/Hyatt-Regency-Aruba-Lunch-Menu-Palm-January-2015.pdf
Dinner Menu
http://aruba.hyatt.com/content/dam/PropertyWebsites/regency/aruba/Documents/all/Hyatt-Regency-Aruba-Palms-Dinner-Menu-Palms-January-2015.pdf
Contact: adventure.concierge@hyatt.com
Phone: 297-586-1234 ext. 37
Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd #85, Palm Beach, Aruba, Dutch Caribbean

Passions on the Beach
http://www.passions-restaurant-aruba.com/
Gluten free menu https://ambr.r.worldssl.net/downloads/Passions-gluten-free-menu-01.pdf
Contact: passions@thebeach.aw
Phone: 297-527-1129
Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd 252, Oranjestad, Aruba Across from the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort

Texas De Brazil http://www.texasdebrazil.com/locations/aruba/palm-beach/
Menu http://www.texasdebrazil.com/menu/overview/
Contact: http://www.texasdebrazil.com/contact-us/
Phone: 297-586-4686
Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd 382, Palm Beach, Aruba 382

Tony Roma’s Aruba

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Menu http://tonyromasaruba.com/the-menu/
Contact: http://tonyromasaruba.com/contact/
Phone: 297-586-7427
Address: L.G. Smith Blvd. #230. Noord

Yemanja WoodFire Grill
http://www.yemanja-aruba.com/
Contact: yemanja@setarnet.aw
Phone: 297-588-4711
Address: Wilhelminastraat 2, Oranjestad, Aruba

What restaurants have Vegan food?

Amuse Bistro

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Menus http://www.amusearuba.com/menu/
Contact: reservation@amusearuba.com or http://www.amusearuba.com/contact-us/
Phone: 297-586-9949
Address: At hotel Playa Linda
J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 87, Aruba

Azzurro
http://www.giannisgroup.com/#!azzurro-ristorante-italiano/c1vtzMenu
Menus http://www.giannisgroup.com/#!azzurro-menu/cxdj
Contact: http://www.giannisgroup.com/#!contact-azzurro/cklr
Phone: 297-586-4123
Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd 87 Palm Beach, Aruba
Casa Tua (2 locations) http://www.casatuaaruba.com/
Arawak Gardens link to menus

Casa Tua – Arawak Gardens


Contact: http://www.casatuaaruba.com/contact-us/
Phone: 297-586-8470
Address: Arawak Garden J.E. Irausquin Blvd 370, Palm Beach

Renaissance Marketplace
link to menus http://www.casatuaaruba.com/casa-tua-renaissance-marketplace/
Contact: http://www.casatuaaruba.com/contact-us/
Phone: 297-583-1990
Address: Renaissance Market Place, Oranjestad, Aruba

Elements Restaurant at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts
• Aruba’s Adult-Only Beach Resort
http://www.bucuti.com/resort-info/dining
Menu http://www.bucuti.com/sites/default/files/pdf/2015/ELEMENTS%20DINNER%20MENU%20rev.pdf
Contact: concierge@bucuti.com
Phone: 297-583-1100 ext.112
Address: L.G. Smith Boulevard #55B, Eagle Beach, Aruba, Dutch Caribbean

The Magic Mushroom Kitchen https://www.facebook.com/THEMAGICMUSHROOMKITCHENARUBA
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/THEMAGICMUSHROOMKITCHENARUBA
Phone: 297-630-4811
Address: Seroe Blanco, Oranjestad, Aruba

Moomba’s
http://moombabeach.com/component/
Menus
http://moombabeach.com/component/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28&Itemid=39
Contact: moombabeach@arubawineanddine.com  or http://moombabeach.com/component/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=24&Itemid=36
Phone: 297-586-5365
Address: JE Irausquin BLVD 230, Aruba

Palms Restaurant Located at the Hyatt Regency
http://aruba.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/PalmsRestaurant.html
Lunch Menu
http://aruba.hyatt.com/content/dam/PropertyWebsites/regency/aruba/Documents/all/Hyatt-Regency-Aruba-Lunch-Menu-Palm-January-2015.pdf
Dinner Menu
http://aruba.hyatt.com/content/dam/PropertyWebsites/regency/aruba/Documents/all/Hyatt-Regency-Aruba-Palms-Dinner-Menu-Palms-January-2015.pdf
Contact: adventure.concierge@hyatt.com
Phone: 297-586-1234 ext. 37
Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd #85, Palm Beach, Aruba

Tandoor the Indian Grill House
http://www.tandooraruba.com/
Menus http://www.tandooraruba.com/mainmenu.html
Contact: info@tandooraruba.com or http://www.tandooraruba.com/contact.html
Phone: 297-586-0944
Address: The Indian Grill House C-6, South Beach, Aruba

Texas De Brazil http://www.texasdebrazil.com/locations/aruba/palm-beach/
Menu http://www.texasdebrazil.com/menu/overview/
Contact: http://www.texasdebrazil.com/contact-us/
Phone: 297-586-4686
Address J.E. Irausquin Blvd 382, Palm Beach, Aruba 382

Tulip
http://www.tulip-restaurant-aruba.com/
Menu https://mvceaglebeach.r.worldssl.net/downloads/Tulip-Caribbean-Brasserie-Menu-01-2014-15.pdf
Contact: tulip@mvceaglebeach.aw
Phone: 297-587- 0110
Address: J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 240, Oranjestad, Aruba
At the MVC Eagle Beach property located next to Chalet Suisse

Yami Yami Restaurant
Phone: 297-587-0062
Address: Bubali 69 C Aruba

Yemanja Woodfire Grill
http://www.yemanja-aruba.com/
Contact: yemanja@setarnet.aw
Phone: 297-588-4711
Address: Wilhelminastraat 2, Oranjestad, Aruba

What restaurants have Vegetarian food?

Barefoot
http://barefootaruba.com/
Menus http://barefootaruba.com/index.php?page=menu
Contact: eat@barefootaruba.com or http://barefootaruba.com/index.php?page=contact
Phone: 297-588-9824
Address: L.G. Smith Boulevard 1, Oranjestad, ARUBA
at surfside beach, across from the talk of the town hotel

Linda’s Dutch Pancakes & Pizza
(Gluten free Pizza, Pancakes, bread and more)

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Gluten free menu http://www.lindas-aruba.com/gluten-free/
Menu http://www.lindas-aruba.com/menu/
Contact: lindasaruba@gmail.com
Phone: 297-586-3378
Address: Palm Beach, 3 6-D, Noord, Aruba

Papillon French Restaurant
http://www.papillonaruba.com/
Menu: http://www.papillonaruba.com/menu/Menu-Juni-2014-Papillon.pdf
Contact: reservations@papillonaruba.com
Phone: 586 54 00
Address: Irausquin blvd 348 A
located across the street from the Radisson

Passions on the Beach
http://www.passions-restaurant-aruba.com/
Menus https://ambr.r.worldssl.net/downloads/Passion_menu_Jan_01_2015.pdf
Contact: passions@thebeach.aw
Phone: 297-527-1129
Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd 252, Oranjestad, Aruba
Across from the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort

Taj Mahal
http://www.tajmahalaruba.com/
Menu http://www.tajmahalaruba.com/
Contact: query@tajmahalaruba.com
Phone: 297-588-4494
Address: Havenstraat 36, Lokal 1-B
Oranjestad, Aruba

Tandoor the Indian Grill House
http://www.tandooraruba.com/
Menus http://www.tandooraruba.com/mainmenu.html
Contact: info@tandooraruba.com or http://www.tandooraruba.com/contact.html
Phone: 297-586-0944
Address: The Indian Grill House C-6, South Beach, Aruba

Texas De Brazil http://www.texasdebrazil.com/locations/aruba/palm-beach/
Menu http://www.texasdebrazil.com/menu/overview/
Contact: http://www.texasdebrazil.com/contact-us/
Phone: 297-586-4686
Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd 382, Palm Beach, Aruba 382

Tulip
http://www.tulip-restaurant-aruba.com/
Menu https://mvceaglebeach.r.worldssl.net/downloads/Tulip-Caribbean-Brasserie-Menu-01-2014-15.pdf
Contact: tulip@mvceaglebeach.aw
Phone: 297-587- 0110
Address: J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 240, Oranjestad, Aruba
At the MVC Eagle Beach property located next to Chalet Suisse

Yemanja Woodfire Grill
http://www.yemanja-aruba.com/
Contact: yemanja@setarnet.aw
Phone: 297-588-4711
Address: Wilhelminastraat 2, Oranjestad, Aruba



Aruba: Leader in Green Tourism & Sustainability

Is it enough to just be a tourist when you’re on vacation?

Of course you work tirelessly and finally you’ll be going on that hard won and much deserved break.
Should you be concerned with what’s being done to sustain the natural environment at the destination you’ll be visiting?

If that destination is Aruba, you’ll be impressed how seriously its stewards are taking the idea of sustainability in the Caribbean and protecting the fragile ecosystem. They are clearly leaders in the region, envisioning an island paradise protected in our lifetime and many decades to come.

As of March 2015, Aruba has been awarded the National Geographic World Legacy Award for “Destination Leadership”arubaaward
by:
–making tourism more sustainable
–keeping the island environmentally friendly for local populations

Destination Leadership is defined as – Travel destinations that are exhibiting and excelling by instituting programs to assist the local environment, preserving the natural and cultural identity of the locale, making sure the domestic communities protected by these programs and allowing visitors to participate in local activities to enhance and educate increasing the understanding of the need for sustainability.

WINNER: Aruba, Caribbean

What does this actually mean?…Aruba’s government has added wind farms on the island utilizing those friendly tradewinds to their advantage.

The Queen Beatrix Airport has added a solar park to it’s property providing energy for up to 1500 homes. This is the largest solar park in all of the Caribbean with over 14,000 panels. Also a waste-to-energy plant has been implemented which turns rubbish into power.

See more at: http://www.traveldailynews.com/news/article/65047/national-geographic-and-itb-berlin#sthash.eut4vWLF.dpuf

Much of the groundwork for today’s success was laid in 2012 when Virgin CEO, Richard Branson & the government of Aruba in the partnership with the Carbon War Room (CWR) created an initiative to move the island to a state of 100% renewable energy by 2020.

Some of the latest steps taken to reach this goal are seen in the new Trolley System introduced to Oranjestad in 2014. Powered by the world’s first public hydrogen fuel cell system and even more impressive it’s free and fast arriving every 12 minutes.



Sunsets on Aruba

Sunsets on Aruba

There is something about the evening light when the sky blooms with every shade from blue to pink to purple and the sun retires to
it’s home. We strolled along Palm Beach on one of a million beautiful evenings in Aruba looking for the special light.

The story of Aruba’s sunsets in photos:

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Our afternoon on Palm Beach by The Holiday Inn started to wind down, so we set out with our camera…
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The view of the setting sun on Palm Beach was truly breathtaking. we almost stayed until darkness but we were looking for more…
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We wandered down to Carlito’s Sports & Beach Bar and by then we started to get that gorgeous sky we were questing…
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Finally at Mooba’s Beach Bar we found perfection! Sunset on Aruba. Nature’s glorious palette!


Aruba Carnival 2015 is Here!

Aruba Carnival 2015 is Here!

by Amalia Reyes

It’s February 2, 2015..and while for most of us that means hoping and praying for a groundhog to predict that we won’t be submerged in 6 more weeks of winter…in Aruba it means that Carnival is well underway! But, a day is not enough for this happy little island to fully express all of the joy it has to give-no, you see, February simply marks the second half of this sensational experience-oh, and by second half, we actually mean second MONTH.

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This year marks Aruba’s 61st annual Carnival celebration which takes place in both January AND February, giving you plenty of time to head out and celebrate with the happiest of people in the Caribbean!

Imagine a day where the colors of the rainbow come together in a marvelous array of outrageous costumes, eye popping floats, and classic Caribbean beats that’ll have your body moving in ways you never thought it could! With the eclectic sounds of soca, salsa, calypso and steel drums filling the streets with intoxicatingly good vibes, we can only imagine how hard it would be to sit still! There is definitely never a dull moment during Carnival.

If you’re traveling to Aruba this month, make sure to catch the rest of the festivities taking place till February 16th! Make sure to head down to Oranjestad to catch Aruba’s Tivoli Lighting Parade on Sat. February 7th @ 8pm for a spectacular display of tiny little lights illuminating everything from the dancers to the floats and definitely make sure you don’t miss the burning of King Momo on the 16th! For those of you who don’t know, The Burning of King Momo is the event that both symbolizes the end of Carnival and falls right on the eve of Ash Wednesday.

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For more information about events or schedules for the month of February, feel free to visit http://www.aruba.com/things-to-do/calendar-events-2015 for details on location, times and different events you can attend.

Happy Carnival Everyone!



Weddings in Aruba: Dreams Come True, It Could Happen to You

Weddings in Aruba: Dreams Come True, It Could Happen to You

Congratulations to Watson & Natasha!
The gorgeous couple exchanged their Wedding Vows on
August 6, 2016 at the Marriott Aruba Resort & Stellaris Casino
wedding400First let me say… Congratulations on your engagement and best to you as you plan your wedding. You’ve come to the right place!
Our family has been traveling to Aruba for the last 10years consecutively since 2004.
Bill, our founder
, did not marry on Aruba but did get engaged at The Flying Fishbone –probably one of the world’s most romantic beach restaurants.
I do have a nice amount of information I can share with you but just want to say that I have no wedding planner expertise or travel agent credentials. The suggestions below are simply opinions so please make careful choices in the plans you make for your wonderful weddingtip1day…..In speaking with Bill he did mention that he has seen wedding ceremonies and receptions occurring in the Palm Beach area at both the Holiday Inn and the Hyatt Regency with the Hyatt being the more upscale of the two. He also witnessed a sunset wedding next to The Flying Fishbone and suggested this website as  a resource: http://weddingsinaruba.com/I found the article below really informative, one point the writer makes is a wedding planner made all the arrangements for the couple. Also that the hotel you choose can provide the wedding planner: Article Courtesy of Susan Campbell, appeared in Aruba Nights, Hotel Edition 2013. Photos by Kenneth Theysen

Sherry & Daniel’s Aruba Adventures by Sue Campbell

Not content to simply get married on Aruba, this couple set out to explore the island from top to bottom and then some…
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Many visitors who flock to this sunny isle are more than happy to simply relax on the beautiful beaches, seldom leaving the sand for more than a dinner out or an afternoon of shopping. Then there are those who thirst for new adventures and feel the need to examine every last inch of a destination. Sherry Bedard and Daniel Tremblay from Montreal, Quebec, Canada are of the latter group.
Self-confessed activity junkies, their island explorations spanning a mere seven days left no stone unturned. Oh yes, and they also found time to celebrate with a beach wedding, too!
First impressions
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Sherry and Daniel’s first visit to Aruba in January 2011 was very brief. As part of a cruise with Royal Caribbean, they opted for the Seaworld Explorer semi-submarine tour. And though they
thoroughly enjoyed the excursion, it was the island and the people they met here that day that really impressed. Incidentally, Daniel had just popped the big question to Sherry and they had both agreed
that they would love a beach wedding. It took only one afternoon on Aruba to convince them that this island was the perfect spot on which to tie the knot, and they returned here in December 2011 to do just that. But before the “I dos” were said, they wanted to really get to know the special place that would be forever etched
into the pages of their romantic history.
An island introduction
Upon arrival at the intimate adult only boutique hotel Sherry and Daniel chose for their ceremony, the wedding party of eight set out to explore the island. First was a visit to the Aruba Ostrich Farm
as Sherry is an avid animal lover. They explored the farm, fed some lunch to the comical birds, and then jumped at the chance to explore the real Aruba when one of the staff offered to take them on a personal tour. Sherry says, “The people on this island are so helpful and friendly and eager to share their island with visitors. And I was so surprised at how untropical the outback is! Arikok National Park is amazing: so many different landscapes and seascapes, wandering goats, cacti, wild donkeys. Bouncing around in the rocky terrain was a blast!”
They stopped by the secret natural pool for photos and at the Guadirikiri cave. The couple was touched by the story about how the natural skylight in the cave was created. Legend has it that two lovers who refused to be separated even though the tribal chief disapproved of their union were banished to this cave and left to die. But their love was so strong that they burst through the rocks together to spend the rest of eternity as one; it was this spiritual exit that created the holes through which sunlight now filters. Very romantic.
Now that they had seen some of the countryside, they also wanted to encounter some other Aruba wildlife, the kind that only comes out at night! So they booked a bar-hopping nightlife tour aboard the crazy and rollicking Kukoo Kunuku party bus. Sherry says, “We really don’t remember exactly which bars we visited, but we do remember how much fun we had!”
Water exploration
Since their introduction to Aruba had been aboard a semi-submarine, this time they wanted to explore even more of the underwater world and booked the wedding party on the Atlantis, a real submarine. Daniel says, “I loved seeing the underwater wrecks and all the fish without having to be certified to dive. I love to snorkel and that excursion had me immediately wanting to go out and do some snorkeling on my own, which I later did at Boca Catalina.”
They also toured on top of the waves. Their search for something unique for the rehearsal dinner led them to charter a catamaran and crew from Red Sail Sports for a private sunset sail with a buffet and open bar. Sherry says, “The crew was fabulous and the sunset magnificent, and I even invited some local seabirds to join our feast.
Horsing around Aruba
Sherry is an expert horsewoman, and one of her wedding fantasies had always been to be photographed on horseback in her wedding dress. They had already booked a local photographer to take wedding shots of them all over the island, now Sherry just needed a horse. So the entire wedding party went on a horseback riding tour with Rancho Notorious. They split up into two different excursions – one for less experienced riders that went through the countryside and to scenic Alto Vista Chapel, and the other one for expert riders that allowed for galloping across the sand dunes and a trip to the famous California Lighthouse. When the ranch owners found out that Sherry was such an accomplished horsewoman, they allowed her to ride Sorento, who is typically only reserved for the tour guides. Sherry says, “Though most of Aruba’s horses are beautiful paso finos, which means “fine step” in Spanish, I chose this bigger guy for his spirit. I just fell in love with him. And he was such a gentleman, he never balked at anything, not even being draped in a wedding dress – a back-up dress since I didn’t want to ‘trash’ my real dress!”
bottomSherry is also a daredevil. And when she discovered that the island had a skydiving operator, she immediately signed up for a tandem jump, making it her fourth time parachuting. And though Daniel decided to opt out of that adventure, he did get some great photos from the ground.
Wedding on Eagle Beach
Somehow during their very active week, the couple also managed to go shopping for their wedding rings downtown. “We wanted our rings to be from the island we were married on, and since there are great bargains on diamonds here – low duty and no tax – that really sealed the deal!” said Sherry with a smile. At the resort they also took some time out for some luxurious massages and facials at Intermezzo Spa. But as far as planning for the actual ceremony, they left that up to the resort’s wedding planner. Sherry says, “If it wasn’t for her efficiency, we would hardly have been able to do any of the things that we did. She took care of every last little detail so competently that we never felt stressed and were free to enjoy the island. All we had to do was show up! Which we did! And everything was postcard perfect. We would not have changed one single thing!”
Next time
Upon returning home, the couple’s only regret was having missed out on a few cool activities. Sherry says, “I did not know there was a sanctuary for wild donkeys or I would have been there in a heartbeat! But I did go online to their website and adopt two donkeys named Nariz and Eva, and I cannot wait to go back and meet them in person!” Daniel, who is a great lover of plants, wishes he’d had time to visit the aloe museum. Other must-dos for their next visit include a trip to the Butterfly Farm and a day trip to De Palm Island to snorkel with the giant blue parrotfish. They might even try some windsurfing and kiteboarding as well. And as the poster couple for how to enjoy Aruba to the absolute fullest, they’ll be welcomed back with open arms. We hope it’s soon!

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Terrific .PDF from the Aruba Tourism board with a lot of facts you’ll need to know to get started. End of the document has a lot of contact info:
http://www.aruba.com/aruba-vacations/weddings-honeymoonsThis will be a new little known Aruba Trip Tip we’ll be adding shortly (you’re the first to know):http://www.aruba.com/aruba-vacations/one-happy-honeymoon

 



10 Reasons To Visit Aruba

10 Reasons To Visit Aruba

10reasons1Article courtesy of Susan Campbell as published in Aruba Days Magazine by Nights Publications



What is Dushi?

What is Dushi?

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by Gina L.

The word “Dushi” kept popping up and waving at me…
Dushi food, dushi music, dushi clothing….everywhere in Aruba you will see the word Dushi.dushihat

On my first trip to Aruba I was relieved to know that English is
spoken and I assumed from the proximity to South America that Spanish is as well. Being in the Dutch Caribbean I was looking
forward to picking up a few new phrases that I would bring home. I imagined showing off my photos and throwing out some signature lines making me feel like a well-traveled hipster back from foreign lands. To my surprise there are many more languages to be found in Aruba….
I thought I’d found a fourth language but then realized Aruba was only beginning to reveal it’s rich and romantic history to me. The mother-tongue of this beautiful island is PAPIAMENTO! the original language of Aruba.

It’s origins lean back to the 1500’s when African slaves devised a way to speak with their Spaniard masters who ran from mainland Europe ahead of the Inquisition machine.dushi_papiamentu150

As more Europeans came to Aruba from Portugal and the Netherlands the language gained more girth. Lastly add to the mix the visits of South American traders and indigenous persons and you have a pretty amazing language legacy.

After a bit of inquiry and phone surfing I learned that Dushi means SWEET. I imagine that Dushi is a word so rich it is able to convey many tones with which the word “SWEET” could be delivered. Whether you’re a teen skateboarder or a dear Grand mama, Dushi is a word that can be part of your repertoire…..So stay Dushi and it was very Dushi of you to read my thoughts.

Have a great day or Pasa un bon dia!beach dushi

From a self-appointed Hipster Fan of Dushi Aruba

Photo credits: Beach photo – Just Call Me Dushi


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Aruba Deals & Savings Ideas

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Aruba Deals & Savings Ideas

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1) Our favorite site for deals while in Aruba:
Night Publications Aruba – Offers

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2) Cool Aruba Discount Site: Let’s You Customize & Print Out the Aruba Discount Coupons…. That Will Make You Happy!
http://www.arubadiscountcoupons.com/

3) Best Deals on Booking Hotel & Air Package. SAVE $$$:
Player’s Choice Tours . MCM Tours . Aruba4U
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4) Please Check Out what the Holiday Inn Aruba has to offer:
HOLIDAY INN PACKAGES

COUPLES ALL-INCLUSIVE
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Say I love you in Aruba! Plan the perfect escape with your soul mate and color your holidays red this summer. The only thing you need to worry about is packing.

  • Room accommodation (one King size bed or two Double beds)
  • 3 Delicious meals daily for two adults: full breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited resort brand liquors
  • $250 USD credit at Etnika Spa per room per stay
  • 25% discount at Pelican Adventures (tours and water-sports) per  room per stay. Including activities such as : sailing & snorkeling cruise, sunset cruise, tres playa beach safari, beach & cave tour, kayaks rental, paddle boat rentals
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free In-room coffee and mini-fridge
  • Free Parking

* Terms & Conditions

FAMILY ALL-INCLUSIVE
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Fly over to our worry-free zone! Your family holidays just got a lot easier to plan this summer. Get ready to enjoy your fun-filled and colorful Caribbean vacation – made easy for you.

  • Room accommodation (one King size bed or two Double beds)
  • 3 Delicious meals daily for two adults: full breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Kids Eat Free is available for kids age 12 years old and under when ordering in the hotel’s restaurant from the Kid’s Menu and when accompanied by a family member dining from the regular menu.
  • Unlimited resort brand liquors
  • 25% discount  at Pelican Adventures (tours and water-sports) per room per stay. Including activities such as: sailing & snorkeling cruise, sunset cruise, tres playa beach safari, beach & cave tour, kayaks rental, paddle boat rentals
  • $100 USD credit at Etnika Spa per room per stay
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free In-room coffee and mini fridge
  • Free Parking

* Terms & Conditions

5) Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino Offersruinas del mar restaurant in aruba
Sunshine On Sale– 5TH NIGHT FREE!
You’re invited to soak in everything that surrounds our impeccably renewed Hyatt Regency Aruba resort. Book this sun-filled offer for five nights and receive the 5th Night Free.

Check here for deal specifics:
http://aruba.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/offers/offer-detail.html?offerId=55536818&code=

Other great deals at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino:
http://aruba.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/offers.html

6) AirBnB – Listings in Aruba

7) Aruba Hostels – Not looking for luxury but just a place to stay? How about a Hostel? View the Hostels on Aruba  at Hostelworld.com: http://www.hostelworld.com/hostels/Oranjestad/Aruba/Map

8) Aruba Taxi Fares – Rate Schedules to/from every spot on the island

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