Nightlife in Aruba: a different approach

Nightlife in Aruba is something many have never experienced. A shame. While some would say that nightlife in Aruba is comparable to nightlife in other Caribbean islands, why not take a different approach? The Palm Beach and Oranjestad areas are the places to be when you want to make sure you’ll have some crazy stories to tell back home. It is very safe, which is already the biggest difference between Aruba and neighboring islands. From party buses, casinos, traditional bars and various clubs Aruba truly is an entertaining island for all its visitors.

While Palm Beach offers some of the best new and trendy restaurants, bars and clubs, Oranjestad has the key to history and tradition. One of these traditional bars is the Paddock, right off the harbor. The Paddock has the perfect view of the gigantic cruise ships docking in the Aruban harbor. The colorful building, painted in white with black cow spots has both an old car and a cow on the roof. This building highlights Aruba’s past and strong connection with The Netherlands. Started 15 years ago, this traditional ‘Dutch’ bar is not like any other bar on the island. The relaxing atmosphere, great service, the outstanding kitchen serving Dutch savory snacks like the famous croquette, ‘bitterbal’ or ‘frikadel’ is what differentiates this bar and restaurant from the next.

Do not want to be restricted to one place or area, but rather discover an Aruba beyond the popular sights? Step on up the Kukoo Kunuku Paranda Bus. This fun brightly painted old school bus has 2 different tours, the most popular one being the Dinner & Nightlife tour. The Kukoo Crew will pick you up at their hotel between 5 and 6.30pm, after which the tour includes a champagne toast on the beach at sunset, dinner under the stars and 3 barhopping stops with 1 free drink on the house. The second tour is exactly the same, without the champagne toast and dinner. Kukoo Kunuku was founded in 1997 by Marcus Wiggins and Cindy Cynowa. The very first bus, an old chevy 1957 school bus wasn’t in the most reliable state, and many guests had to often help the driver push start the bus to get to the next bar. In 2000 the bus was finally retired and over the next 3 years Kukoo added a fleet of five Kukoo Kunukus. This party bus is for all ages, since most of the guests of Kukoo Kunuku come from all over the world and are both young (minimum age of 18) and old (1 honeymoon couple totaled an age of 180 years- she was 92 and he was 88). Their slogan is, appropriately: “The perfect way for the old and the reckless and the young and the restless to spend an evening in Paradise”.

Tour, Travel and Explore our One Happy Island

Aruba might only be 20 miles long and 6 miles wide, but this small Caribbean island still has a lot to explore. Apart from the swimming, snorkeling, diving and waterskiing, there are many secret spots left to discover inlands as well.

Stray away from the island’s beautiful, pristine and idyllic north-side, and head down south with a bus, jeep, quad or rental car, either in a group or alone. The possibilities are endless. Some of Aruba’s most beautiful sights are the Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, The Natural Pool, Casibari Rock Formations and beautiful beaches including Wariruri and Andicuri. All sites except Casibari Rock Formation can be found at Aruba’s National Park. Comprising almost 20% of the island you will enjoy rugged terrain, desert-like hills filled with tall cacti and breathtaking coastline views and protected flora and fauna.

Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins was built in 1874 by an English gold mining company, more than 50 years after the Aruban gold rush had started back in 1824 by a 12-year old boy Willem Rasmijn. While first two Dutch companies, an English company and then an American company owned the complete rights of the gold mining on the island, it was returned to another English company in 1872 who decided to build the Gold Mine. Unfortunately the gold rush did not last forever, and by the time an Aruban Company finally owned the complete rights to their gold, the rush ended in 1916 and was never started again.

Close to the ruins is Wariruri Beach, and close to The Natural Pool is Andicuri beach. These sand cove beaches attract local surfers, body boarders as well as fisherman who cast their lines from the bordering cliffs.

One of the possibilities to discover the above mentioned sites is by going on a private tour by See Quality Tours Aruba. Ricardo, an IT specialist during the weekdays and a tour guide genius on the weekends takes visitors on customized fun island tours. He offers half and full day programs highlighted by snorkeling in the ocean and visiting many cultural and historical sites in a comfortable, air-conditioned car equipped with anything from a picnic blanket to juice, water and fresh fruit. Ricardo, blessed with a cool sense of humor, takes his guests to a mix of different places, all to their liking. He loves showing visitors what truly makes this island so special besides the picture perfect popular places. For more information on Ricardo’s fun private tours go to:

Tranquility & Serenity in Aruba: Yoga

Living in a world where Yoga is considered for the young, the hippies and the restless is far gone. Yoga as we know it today is widely evolved from its origins in ancient India. The physical benefits have shown to be the main reason why Yoga attracts so many new practitioners. The global Yoga phenomenon has yet to reach its top level, and is therefore still a growing industry that should not be ignored. Aruba has jumped in this bandwagon as non-other, with different possibilities for tourists and locals to enjoy sun, sea, sand, tranquility and serenity.

Just a few numbers for you to consider: western world wide, there is a 87% increase in yoga product sales over the last 5 years, 29% increase in yoga participation from 2008 till 2013 and in the US alone there are over 20.4 million yoga participants.
Haven’t jumped into the bandwagon yet? Yoga are the physical, mental and spiritual practices or disciplines that aim to transform body and mind. Yoga can be divided into many different forms, of which the most popular is Hatha Yoga following the success of Yoga Gurus introducing this practice to the west.

Aruba would not be Aruba, if it did not participate in the latest trends all across the world. With different possibilities, yoga can now be practiced on one of the Aruba Rock formations, beaches, lagoons and waters. Yes, waters. The latest trend in Yoga practice is SUP Yoga; perfectly combining two of the latest physical trends. Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Yoga. Swedish native Rachel Brathen gives you this possibility. After moving to Aruba in 2010, she is one of the first people in the world to take yoga from a mat and onto a paddleboard. You can join one of her classes, or take part in a course of becoming a certified SUP Yoga teacher. She organizes SUP yoga retreats, master classes and workshops.

Other possibilities are of course joining one of the few certified yoga centers on the island. Happy Buddha Aruba by Corinne Voermans teaches to mostly locals. Great way to step out of your villa vacation rental in Aruba into local daily life! She has established a large following of repeated guests from all over the world visiting Aruba for vacation.
Or how about Prana Health Yoga and Training? Besides regular yoga classes the variety of teachers and therapist also offer prenatal and yoga kids programs.
Possibilities enough for beginning, pregnant, young, and more experienced yogi’s!

Leisure in Aruba: Golf

Golf has proven itself as one of the most popular sports in the world. Furthermore, golf is one of the most popular reasons why people select a vacation destination in combination with sun and sea. Ultimate relaxation for the professional, calm players, frustration and surprisingly hard for beginners. You either love Golf or not. Proof is, Aruba is a huge fan. So much so, this small 19 mile long island has 3 golf courses. One 18-hole golf course situated on the northwest side, and two 9-hole golf courses.

One of the smaller golf courses can be found in the south-east side on the island, in close proximity of the second largest city of Aruba: San Nicolas. Aruba Golf Club is the oldest golf club opening its doors way back in 1941. While currently not competing in regards to facilities, quality, greens and holes. But this golf course will offer you a once in a lifetime experience. Keeping you company during your serve are some goats and donkey’s. But not to worry, they don’t really bother either. The course is fun, difficult and difinetaly nothing like you ever seen before, and maybe therefore can be rated as one of the best. Not receiving wide promotion, or media attention, this is still an historic landmark.

The second, and absolutely beautiful golf course is the Links golf Course from Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort. The 9-hole ocean view golf course offers play over water and beautifully landscaped lagoons. The clubhouse is the perfect in between golf relaxation point for guests of the Divi Resort of visitors. With two restaurants: Mulligan’s Golf Café, overlooking the golf course and Bar & Restaurant Windows. Both are listed at the very top of Aruba restaurants. The Links is open to the public, with preferred tee times for guests of the Divi Resort, since opening its doors in 2004. Relatively new, you feel like you are the very first person stepping on the beautifully crafted vegetation and wildlife surrounded by Aruba’s ecosystem.

The largest and only 18-hole golf course on the island is PGA-approved and designed by renowned designer Robert Trent Jones II, at the prestigious Tierra del Sol on the northwest side of the island. With stunning views over the ocean, staying focused on the ball will be another challenge added to your game. This championship golf course received a 4.5 rating in the Golf Digest of Places to Play. Getting into your game while walking through the burning sun can proof to be difficult. Luckily Tierra del Sol just about covers everything. How about a Beverage cart Service & Look Out Bar & Grill at the 10th Tee?
Other benefits include GPS systems on all golf carts, Par view GPR systems providing a virtual view of the field and help track digital scoring with a leader board!

Yes, Aruba has the bug for golf. A bug existing since 1941. Stepping out of your vacation rental home, unto a golf course has never been facilitated any easier.

Aruba Marital Bliss!

Aruba has established itself as the ultimate wedding and/or honeymoon destination. Being fully aware of its beauty, Aruba has climbed the international romance ladder all the way to the top. Recent popularity of TV-shows like ‘Say Yes to the Dress’, ‘Four Weddings’ and ‘Bridezilla’, have contributed to the idea of only planning the very best of the best for this once in a life time event.

Luckily, Aruba is more than prepared for enormous amount of lovely tourists who find their way on the white pristine beaches of Eagle Beach, Arashi and Palm Beach. Most Hotels on the island offer all-inclusive wedding packages for both you and your entourage. Might this seem a bit too ‘mediocre’, Aruba houses many talented wedding planners, off-beat locations, professional wedding photographers and original wedding ceremony possibilities.

Step away from the ever beautiful, but possibly crowdie Palm Beach, towards the south east side of Aruba to the beautiful waterfront town of Savaneta. Further away, but just as gorgeous two stunning top of the art restaurants find their home here. The Old Man and the Sea and The Flying Fishbone. Sitting in the sand, toes touching the water, both restaurants offer private views of the ocean, without uninvited guest camping their bikini bodies in your wedding photos. The Old Man and the Sea is owned by Osyth Vieira, an artist in her own right, she has made it her life mission to continually evolve her restaurant to the romantic spot it is. 30 years’ experience in planning weddings, she can be your contact person, planner and advisor on the ground. The restaurant is perfect for a vintage chic theme, with small lanterns, enlighten palm trees, art, boats, lounge chairs decorating the ultimate sunset view location.

The Flying Fishbone, right next door to The Old Man and the Sea, offers the ultimate toes in the sand/ feet in the ocean dining experience with the same stunning sunset. Planning a wedding abroad can proof to be difficult, but because of current communication possibilities and all-inclusive packages it all becomes easier and more convenient.

Investing in Aruba: Your Many Possibilities

While Aruba is known for its paradise features: white-sand beaches, cooling trade winds and warm, friendly people, it has an additional appeal in the sense of business and investment possibilities. As part of the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba offers investors the added value essential for international business investments; Political stability, sound legal system and cooperative with the Royal Kingdom embassies all over the world.

Our beautiful island is currently working very hard to position itself by the governments vision. Meaning; Aruba is the knowledge and sustainability hub between Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean. However, Aruba’s favorable position has not gone unnoticed and has already attracted attention from global investors. Moreover, Aruba has also a favorable geographical and strategic location regarding international routes. Seaport is well equipped, airport has excellent connections to Europe the US and Latin America, with new flying routes directly to Sao Paulo, Brazil. Aruba has a multilingual workforce with knowledge of the 3 different dominant cultures with one of the best qualities of life in the region.

Investing in Aruba is therefore not only wise with financial prosperity, it is secured and safe. Investing can be starting a business, or as simple as buying a home. Purchasing a home in Aruba means many fun years in your own paradise property, heritage for the children and an extra monthly income. Aruba Villa Vacation Homes offers property management, meaning you can leave your villa in our care when you are back home, while we make sure your home can be rented an ideal vacation rental for tourists.

Feel a bit weary or insecure about investing in a second home? Maybe these fact will help:

1. There are no legal restrictions on property ownership. The only requirements are a valid ID and evidence of financial resources.

2. Aruba enjoys strong political relations with the USA which has allowed for complete US immigration and US customers pre-clearance.

3. Homeowners can receive a permanent residence permit as Retiree with evidence that one can sustain themselves financially.

4. Our official language is Papiamento (native creole language). Our business language is English. Our legal language is Dutch, and oh.. Yeah, we also speak Spanish.

Discover Aruba’s Relaxing Beach Bars

Aruba is one of the most beautiful Caribbean islands with pristine white beaches, crystal clear skies and turquoise waters. For most visitors to the island this is the ultimate holiday feeling. Some of Aruba’s beach bars are very popular and all give you the opportunity to spend a whole day relaxing with beautiful views.

On the famous Palm Beach strip you will find one of the most relaxing beach bars in Aruba. On the Palm Pier, right between Riu Palace Hotel and Radisson Aruba Resort. With a stunning 360 ˚ view of the clear blue Aruban waters, Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill is already a popular hang-out spot for tourists and locals. Perfectly situated on Palm Beach, it’s rustic and relaxing ambiance attracts the vast returning guest from North-America, Canada and Europeans. Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill has a variety of offerings that keeps guests – from the food to the vibrancy of the entertainment – very satisfied. For five nights a week, Bugaloe is host to some of the best live bands of Aruba that play while guests are savoring dinner and enjoying the beautiful Aruba Sunset!

Continue walking north along the pristine white sandy beach of Palm Beach towars the Aruba Marriott Resort & Casino. Right next to the Holiday Inn you will see one gigantic palapa overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Moomba Beach is a laid back beach bar featuring a myriad of tropical cocktails, cold drinks, beer and wine. Separated in two different area’s: Bar side and Restaurant, the latter is a great option for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Moomba Beach offers an array of tempting choices. At night, this is a perfect spot to watch the beautiful sunset, which attract many tourists trying to catch the rapidly setting sun.

Ready to step away from the bustling and ever popular Palm Beach area? Take a taxi or rental car towards the Southside of the island. From downtown Oranjestad, pass the Airport and follow the signs of Aruba Ville. The latest addition to Aruba’s ‘beach’ bars actually overlooks the beautiful lagoon. Open from lunch to dinner, Aruba Ville is created to be a small village with lounge chairs, hammocks and a reading area all overlooking the water. Head upstairs to the panoramic deck, perfect to romantically experience Aruba’s famous sunset. What sets this ‘beach’ bar/restaurant apart from the rest? You are actually able to rent boats on the Aruba Ville pier for a romantic and private sail along the lagoon.

Aruba Villa Vacation Homes tells you what to do in Oranjestad

When staying in a villa vacation home on Aruba every tourist will go and visit the capital city of Oranjestad. Most people go to the capital city for the malls filled with boutiques, shops and casinos. Downtown Oranjestad and Seaport Village are the major shopping areas; however, Oranjestad also offers many other interesting sights and activities for everyone to enjoy.

The capital city of Aruba is named after the Dutch royal house of Oranje and has been the island’s capital since 1797. Aruba’s charming capital is best explored on foot- every street shows a little bit of Aruba’s Dutch history, from traditional architecture and hints of Spanish influence around every corner. Different historical buildings are currently under construction to make sure these parts of Aruban history will still exist in the future.

One very interesting building open for sightseeing in Oranjestad is the old military fortification, Fort Zoutman, and the accompanying museum located in this exquisite 18th-century building. Museo Arubano gives a very clear look into Aruba during the colonial periods and the pre- European era. The museum was established in 1983 right after the Aruban government completed the restoration of the Fort Zoutman building. This sightseeing opportunity is definitely worth taking for everyone who wants to know more about Aruban history.

Fort Zoutman is also the location for the Bon Bini Festival. This Aruban festival is specially set up for visitors of Aruba. During this festival, which takes place every Tuesday evening, there will be Arubans performing and dancing. This certainly is an activity that gives a good overview of the culture and history of this beautiful island in a fun way.

Next to the historical sightseeing Oranjestad also recently has its own tram line installed. The tram has officially operated since February 2013 and really is a plus for the city’s sightseeing and attractions list. When arriving to Aruba on a cruise boat it is not to be missed. The new tram begins at the cruise terminal and moves into town along the newly decorated main street which gives visitors a good idea of what Oranjestad has to offer. The tramline is mainly built to optimize the service for the tourists that come from the cruise boats. By using the tram they will enjoy the sights of Oranjestad in a very comfortable and exciting way.

The Aruban government also built the tramline to show that Aruba is getting greener. The tram is running on solar power, which means it is eco friendly and shows that Aruba is working on protecting the eco system. Furthermore, the tram will ease the traffic through the city since shoppers can now park outside of Oranjestad and use the tram to enter the shopping area.

The tram stops at six stations that all include historical monuments or museums. One of these stops is close to the Fort Zoutman tower. From now on, visiting Oranjestad will be easier and more fun since it is possible to combine the modern sightseeing’s with the historical sightseeing’s all together in one day.

Aruba Villa Vacation Homes Restaurant Tips

Traveling from your villa vacation home gives you and any tourist the opportunity to try, taste and experience some of the Caribbean’s most exquisite restaurant gems. As we are all already familiar with multinational and reliable restaurants, like Benihana, Texas de Brazil and Tony Romas, the story behind some of the not so well known Aruba’s hidden gems differentiates Aruban cuisine from the other islands. All these stunning restaurants are close by other tourist attractions and our rentals, too.

Aruba is highly influenced by the American/European tourist flow, resulting in about half a million visitors a year staying in different villa rentals around the island. This might have resulted in the amount of fast food restaurants usually reserved for a metropolitan city, rather than a small Caribbean island. However, as Aruba is a melting pot of cultures and people permanently residing on the island or visiting their vacation rental, the island’s cuisine truly has something for everyone’s liking.

Take Papiamento Restaurant, for example. Located off the beaten path but still close to the many vacation rentals, it resides in an original Aruba Villa called a ‘Cunucu’ that is nearly 125 years old. This beautiful family owned restaurant was started back in 1983 by Eduardo and Lenie Ellis. Their four children were raised in the Cunucu which became the restaurant, with eldest son Edward as the head chef; but do not be mistaken, Papa and Mama Ellis are still very much involved in the restaurants daily activities! You’ll be convinced when you walk into their beautiful outdoor patio, private and lush with a beautiful garden and resting next to a soothing pool.

For Italian lovers, how about the Italian La Trattoria el Faro Blanco restaurant? Just minutes away from Palm Beach and the many vacation rentals located there, this place is right next to the California Lighthouse and promises stunning views over the island. Back in the day this ´house´ used to be the dwelling of the lighthouse keeper and is now the home of many weddings and other celebrations.

Steak lovers must try El Gaucho located in Oranjestad. This restaurant is one of the first Argentinian restaurants opened in Aruba in 1977. Best known for the tender full flavored steaks like Sirloin, Rib eye, T-bone, Tenderloin, Beef short ribs and the famous Gaucho Steak/ Churrasco Argentino. The waiters will help you choose one of their exclusive Argentine wines for each dish.

Award winning Madame Janette Restaurant with two Gold Medals and Restaurant of the Year Awards from Les Amis d’Escoffier. Creative dishes from all around the word offering seafood and Madam Janette Signature Steaks and Meats.

Sea food favorites Salmon a la Florentine, Shrimp Casserole “Du Chef”, The original “Almond Grouper”, Jumbo Shrimps “ Coco di Rasta”
Steak favorites The Prime Argentine Center Cut Tenderloin, Le Filet Mignon “Gianni Versace” Steak a la Mafia, The old Butcher Steak and lastly the Chefs Skirt steak.

Things to do When You Visit Aruba

Your bags are packed, your reservations have been made, and you are on your way to stay at the perfect Aruban Villa to enjoy your vacation on the beach! If you have not already started making plans on what to do while you are in Aruba, here are just a few ideas to get you started.

First off, show up, get your keys, take a tour and settle into your Aruba vacation rental! Everyone has a different arrival plan, but if you have got enough energy to see a bit of the town check out one of Aruba’s fine restaurants- you will find everything from casual, family-friendly dining to upscale, five star restaurants with ocean view.
Once you have rested from your travels get up and start exploring the beautiful island of Aruba! Pack a snack and some water and head to Eagle Beach for a relaxing and fun day playing in the surf and soaking up the sun. If you are not in too much of a hurry to see everything on your first day, pack a lunch (and plenty of sunscreen) and watch the sun set over the beautiful Caribbean and enjoy a view you will never forget.

Head inland to explore the Arikok National Park and the interior mountains, which have amazing views of the entire island. If you are a diver you can explore the wreck of the SS Antilla, or stay on the surface and view the mesmerizing sea life of Malmok Reef.
For history buffs you can walk around the Archeological Museum of Aruba and see the remnants of European settlements all around the island. If you want more fun in the sun without heading back to the beach, a trip to the Tierra del Sol Golf Course may be right up your alley.
For more family-friendly fun head to the California Lighthouse which will have thrills and views for everyone to enjoy! There is also Phillip’s Animal Garden where kids (and adults) can hold reptiles and other animals to their hearts’ content.

Aruba is full of great restaurants to eat at, sites to visit and people to meet. At the end of the day you can come back to your very own Aruba villa and know that you made a great choice in picking this wonderful place for your vacation!