[VIDEO] The Rising Star of Aruba Hotels

There is a new sheriff in town. A new top rated hotel has manifested itself at the number 1 position of the defacto leadership board in Palm Beach and Eagle Beach hotels.

According to TripAdvisor, the highest ranking hotel in Aruba at press time is Ocean Z Boutique Hotel Aruba. This small hotel exists only since 2015 and has risen to the top of the heap fast.

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Cruise Ships In Town, What To Do

Cruise ship travelers are a different breed of visitors than stay-over. This requires a completely different approach, as the demands of the cruise ship travelers differ from the stay-over visitors.

Most local tourism officials do treat the different tourism type accordingly. In Aruba, there has been a considerable upgrade in the last decade in terms of infrastructure, signage, new activities, which has been a joint effort by both public and private entities.

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Our Caribbean Islands Are Hurting, But Recovering

St. Maarten, Saba, St. Eustatius, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Dominica, Turks & Caicos Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico are only a few of the islands that were hit directly or indirectly by hurricanes this summer.

Other than expressing my thoughts to our fellow islanders and writing this piece, I feel there isn’t much I can do here from Aruba. It is extremely disheartening to see the aftermath of storms and the damage it has caused, from the casualties to the livelihood of people.

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Highly Rated Vintage Manchebo Beach Resort

The inventory and diversity of resort hotel properties in Aruba are fairly extensive. Most prominent hotels are located in either the top rated Eagle Beach area or ritzy Palm Beach. Either way, the mash-up of places to stay in Aruba is remarkable.

As remarkable as the places to stay in Aruba can be some resorts can get, some hotels don’t get the attention they deserve, in my humble opinion. Such a resort is Manchebo Beach Resort.

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Aruba Vineyard: Wine Tastes Better By The Sea

That fact that Aruba is somewhat of a tourism center is known. Our island continuously receives accolades from travelers worldwide and experts alike. Currently, in Aruba, there is a push to try to promote its culture and gastronomy, with the latter having arguably improved considerably in the last decade or so.

Today’s topic is for the oenophiles among us, or at least for the ones with a moderate curiosity about wines.

Due to a private initiative, Aruba is carefully taking its first steps into the world of winemaking with the introduction of “Adore Wines” by Mr. Luiz Videira Melatti, with locally grown grapes.

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What You Should Know About Aruba Weather, Rain, Storms, Earthquakes

It is hot, really hot on this island. But it is bearable, mainly due to the constant trade winds. Aruba runs on the weather. Weather makes or breaks any tourist destination, just like Aruba’s. This island is lucky to have amazing weather year around.

Most locals find our local weather a nuisance. In fact, most fellow islanders put effort to avoid the weather by staying indoors as much as possible, preferably in ice-cold air conditioning or alternatively in the shade. We “run” away from the weather.

Visitors, on the other side, soak in as much sun-hours as possible, bordering on to catching nasty sunburns.

In this post, I’m diving deep into Aruba weather issues revealing interesting, factual and publicly available information.

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Reboot – Part 2

Aruba Beaches blog is celebrating 10 years of existence which is why a relaunch celebration. Following, I will outline what will be coming to this website in the coming weeks and months.

Reflection

This website will transition from opinion, newsy, real estate, weather related content to a more featured content, showcasing the best or quirkiest Aruba has to offer to most travelers. I will continue to feature “popular” content, but won’t shy away from featuring interesting, not so typical content that I feel deserves some attention. For instance, did you know that Aruba has a vineyard? I’m working on that piece.

Aruba grapes
Locally grown grapes for Aruba wines

The time between Reboot – Part 1 and this post, I spent, for the most part, going through 10 years worth of data about what content readers accessed most and what was accessed least on this website. Additionally, I went through old comments and emails to help me get an overview.

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