CaribbeanChoice.com
   HOME |  Carnival |  Recipes |  Gourmet Shop |  Islands |  Games |  Market |  News |  Links |  Events |  Articles |  Forums  |  Search 

 Forum Categories
 Main Menu
 

 Popular Forums 

 Newsletters 


 Food 


 Caribbean Corner 

Feedback   
Tell us what you think!
Tell us what you want!



 
   Sunday, January 24, 2021 

  Active TopicsActive Topics  Display List of Forum MembersMemberlist  CalendarCalendar  Search The ForumSearch  HelpHelp
  RegisterRegister  LoginLogin
Travel, Vacations & Tourism
 CaribbeanChoice : General Discussion : Travel, Vacations & Tourism
Message Icon Topic: ARUBA'S Vacations & Tourism Post Reply Post New Topic
<< Prev Page  of 3 Next >>
Author Message
Shucander
Admiral
Admiral

Palm Beach Aruba

Joined: 04 Feb 2006
Location: Aruba
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 43613

Aruba.GIF, 0 kB

Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 26 Apr 2007 at 11:32pm

Sea Trek: Underwater Fun in the Tropics
DePalm Island, Aruba
 
We’ve done Sea Trek in Aruba twice and it was great fun, an experience we continue to talk about. How does it work? You’ll take a short “course” on the helmet, what to expect, signaling underwater, etc.; plan on about 20 minutes for the briefing.

John and Paris off DePalm Island in Aruba.
A guide feeds yellowtail snapper along the walk.
A Cessna was sunk at the Aruba site to provide a home for marine life; today it makes it easy for Sea Trek visitors to spot all types of fish (and to have a convenient place to pose for photos.)

Next, you’ll put on an optional wet suit (since you’ll be underwater for nearly half an hour, it can get a little cool, even in the Caribbean) and line up at the ladder to enter the water. One at a time, you’ll go down the ladder until the water’s chin deep. When just your head is out of water, a high-tech dive bell that weighs 70 pounds will be lowered onto your shoulders; don’t worry about supporting the weight because you’ll lower yourself on down the ladder as the helmet goes onto your head. From that point on, the helmet’s just about weightless due to the water’s bouyancy.

Slowly, you’ll step down the ladder with the help of scuba divers who will remain with you throughout your time underwater. At the foot of the ladder, you’ll find a rope outlining the walkway you’ll follow.

Single file, behind the other “divers,” you’ll walk along this walkway as if in slow motion. The only sound is your own breathing, echoed inside your helmet. The surface is never more than a signal away (one gesture and the certified divers who are accompanying you will whisk you to the top.)

What’s neat about the experience? You don’t have to have any dive experience to do it; you don’t even have to know how to swim. Anyone who wears glasses can wear their glasses as usual because everything (including your hair!) remains dry under the helmet.

Best of all, the experience gives you the feeling of being just another fish in the sea. Fish will come right up to you and you’ll have a look at the sea in a way no one but a scuba diver has the opportunity to do.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Star
IP IP Logged
Shucander
Admiral
Admiral

Palm Beach Aruba

Joined: 04 Feb 2006
Location: Aruba
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 43613

Aruba.GIF, 0 kB

Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 06 May 2007 at 3:02am

De Palm Tours - De Palm Island
Image Gallery Click on image for larger view
 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       


 

Video Gallery Click on image to watch the video

 

 
 

 

Star

IP IP Logged
Shucander
Admiral
Admiral

Palm Beach Aruba

Joined: 04 Feb 2006
Location: Aruba
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 43613

Aruba.GIF, 0 kB

Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 10 May 2007 at 6:14pm

For U.S.A. visitors: International Roaming with CDMA phones now also in Aruba
Story from Setar.aw

Visitors from the U.S.A. with a CDMA mobile phone can now roam in Aruba. Recently SETAR, our local all service provider has come to agreements with the U.S.A. providers Verizon and Sprint, making it possible that a wide variety of mobile phone users can just travel with their own phone to Aruba and use international roaming. SETAR has always brought to the island the latest in telecom technologies. Besides the existing roaming possibilities with GSM (Cingular Wireless and T-Mobile), now CDMA customers from Verizon and Sprint can also communicate while on the move in Aruba. Other services that this provider has taken care of is the Wi-fi service on the island by having a long list of hotspots on and about the tourist area making the latest in wireless communications very accessible for everyone visiting our island.

For more information go to: http://www.setar.aw  

Star

IP IP Logged
Shucander
Admiral
Admiral

Palm Beach Aruba

Joined: 04 Feb 2006
Location: Aruba
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 43613

Aruba.GIF, 0 kB

Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 22 May 2007 at 10:15pm

May 22, 2007

Aruba welcomes Manchester
First Choice expanding British Charter Service to Aruba

Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA) welcomed First Choice’s non stop charter service from Manchester, England to Aruba on Tuesday, May 8, 2007. The inaugural activities call for our traditional water canon salute by the Aruba Fire Department The route is flown with a Boeing 767-300 with passenger capacity of 62 in Premium Class and 196 in Economy Class. Service will be offered from May 8, 2007 through October 23, 2007 with arrivals fortnightly on Tuesdays.

First Choice is a large tour and aircraft operator, in the British market and has been running a highly successful summer charter program from London, Gatwick to Aruba for several years now. London, Gatwick – Aruba summer service resumes on Wednesday May 9, 2007 through October 24, 2007 with arrivals fortnightly on Wednesdays.

“We are delighted to welcome additional service from First Choice to Aruba”, a pleased Peter Steinmetz, Managing Director AAA stated. “The combined efforts of the destination have paid off in the British market by the additional service on a fortnightly basis. First Choice is a valued partner and we are delighted at seeing the increase in service during a period of the year that we need it most”.

Star

IP IP Logged
Shucander
Admiral
Admiral

Palm Beach Aruba

Joined: 04 Feb 2006
Location: Aruba
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 43613

Aruba.GIF, 0 kB

Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 24 May 2007 at 10:27pm
Aruba: Golfing

The Original Official Homepage of the Aruba Tourism Authority

A warm, balmy climate and a remarkable landscape make Aruba an ideal environment for golfing. With the recent construction of Tierra del Sol, designed by Robert Trent Jones II, the island's natural potential has been carefully groomed to create a world-class course.  

Golfing%20imageSituated at the northwestern tip of the island and conveniently located to the island's major resorts and hotels, Tierra del Sol is an 18-hole, par 71 course that can hold its own with any other course in the world. There is more to this course than its meticulously designed and maintained greens, however. The Robert Trent Jones group, appreciating the natural resources of the island, has managed to pair peerless course design with a celebration of Aruba's wildlife. From the wild, green parakeets on the organ-pipe cactus to the lizards and salamanders that bask on rock formations, the wildlife of Tierra del Sol has become an attraction in its own right. A saltwater salina on the 4th hole is home to several exotic bird species. Wild burrows graze alongside the par-5 fifth hole, and Aruba's endangered burrowing owls perch atop the small coral caves near the par-3 sixth hole. Afterward, golfers can relax at Tierra del Sol's clubhouse and swimming pool, or take in the panoramic views from the restaurant.     

Aruba's other major golf attraction, the Aruba Golf Club, a nine-hole course offers enthusiasts the opportunity to play the most unusual golf course in the Caribbean. With oiled sand greens, steady trade winds, and the occasional goat as a hazard, the Club course is well worth a visit.     

Tee times at Tierra del Sol and the Aruba Golf Club can be arranged through the front desk at your hotel, or you can call Tierra del Sol directly at (297) 586 7800; fax (297) 586 4970
www.tierradelsol.com

Star
IP IP Logged
Shucander
Admiral
Admiral

Palm Beach Aruba

Joined: 04 Feb 2006
Location: Aruba
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 43613

Aruba.GIF, 0 kB

Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 18 June 2007 at 11:56pm

June 15, 2007


Aruba Hits A High Note in the First Quarter of 2007

In First Three Months of 2007, Island Welcomes Nearly 10,000 Additional U.S. Travelers - Island's Hotel / Resort Renovations, Expanded Air Service, Brand-New Private Jet Facilities & More Make Beginning of 2007 a Success!

Aruba is going strong in 2007! The first quarter of the year in Aruba proved to be a success as the island enjoyed a remarkable increase in U.S. arrivals by 6.52% in January, 6.13% in February, and an incredible 10.15% in March. Year-to-date U.S. arrivals spiked an impressive 7.71% representing nearly 10,000 more travelers to the island paradise. Worldwide arrival numbers are up an amazing 9.8% for the first quarter of 2007 over 2006.

"The island's outstanding visitor numbers over the course of the first quarter show that Aruba's tourism-driven economy remains robust. The statistics highlight our commitment to maintaining the island's extraordinary tourism vacation experience and underline Aruba's dedication to its valued guests," said Managing Director for the Aruba Tourism Authority, Myrna Jansen. "With the consistent development of tourist amenities, attractions and services on the island, we anticipate 2007 will be successful."

Aruba has continued with its $350 million in investments in the tourism sector which include the completion of remarkable hotel and resort renovations, the opening of the first-ever Fixed Based Operation (FBO) terminal for private jets, expanded air service from major gateways, and much more. Additionally, the tropical oasis hosted one of the tourism industry's most significant events, the 28th Annual Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) Marketplace. Aruba also welcomed exclusive luxury retail stores to the island, adding to its reputation as a burgeoning shopper's paradise. Key developments on Aruba include:

Aruba's First Quarter U.S. Tourism Performance
January 2007 arrivals increased by 6.52%.
February 2007 arrivals increased by 6.13%.
March 2007 arrivals increased by 10.15%

Hotels and Resorts
The Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino has nearly completed a $40 million redesign and boasts a new open-air lobby, upgrades to all guestrooms/suites, the chic Palms Restaurant & Bar and more.
The Westin Aruba Resort completed the first phase of its $24 million renovation including improvements to all guestrooms/suites. Additionally, Starwood announced its plans to launch the first Westin-branded, vacation ownership resort on Aruba. This resort will be located on land adjacent to the hotel and will feature 154 two-bedroom villas.
The Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa completed renovations to its 71 guestrooms and received an upgrade to the AAA Three Diamond level.
The Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort Aruba has recently finished nearly $15 million in renovations to 400 of its 600 guestrooms as well as building a new ballroom, two new restaurants and a new pool deck with an additional pool.

Air Service
JetBlue Airways announced the first-ever Saturday service from Boston's Logan International Airport to Aruba starting in June. Service will also increase from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JKF) to twice daily from May 1 through September 5, 2007.
Delta Air Lines increased weekend capacity on February 18 with additional direct Sunday service from JFK.
Opened in January, the island's first-ever Fixed Based Operation (FBO) terminal for private planes offers a stand-alone facility for travelers including a VIP lounge, on-site customs and immigration, a duty-free shop, as well as coordination of ground transportation, airport fees, rental car service, 24-hour security arrangements, catering and more.

Aruba's Luxury Shopping
To cater to the island's growing luxury market, the Renaissance Mall welcomed exclusive brand name stores for the first time ever, including Louis Vuitton, Salvatorre Feragamo, Chopard and Furla.
Polo is upgrading its inventory and renovating its interior design to the Ralph Lauren standard, after which they will sell only Polo merchandise.

"Aruba headed into 2007 with notable investments and developments in virtually every aspect of the tourism sector," said Minister of Tourism and Transportation, Edison Briesen. "The $350 million being poured into the travel industry coupled with airlines increasing service, underscores the commitment of Aruba's tourism partners to the island and our strength as a major travel destination in the region." 

Star

I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship.
IP IP Logged
Shucander
Admiral
Admiral

Palm Beach Aruba

Joined: 04 Feb 2006
Location: Aruba
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 43613

Aruba.GIF, 0 kB

Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 09 Oct 2007 at 7:52pm

 ARUBA CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR   2 0 0 7

OCTOBER

Sep
25
-
2
ULTIMATEBET.COM ARUBA POKER CLASSIC
A no limit Texas Hold em poker tournament that brings together people from all over the world to compete for millions of dollars. The Ultimate Bet's 2007 event is part of the 7th season of the World Poker Tour program, which airs on the Travel Channel. The tournament will take place at the Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino. Contact Eva Click Here to email for additional information.
 
3 L. Q. 
4 ANIMAL DAY
5
-
6
6TH ARUBA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Venue: TBA A spectacular, star studded, two day international concert, which last year performance was Lionel Richie, other past featured performances by Pat Benatar, the Doobie Brothers, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Chicago, Jackson Browne and John Mayer. Contact ATA Special Events at Tel: (297) 582-3777.Fax (297) 583-7403 for more information call 1-800 TO-ARUBA or
Click here to email ATA
  
7 ARUBA FIRE DEPARTMENT 5K & 10K RUN
A 5K and 10K race, following a circular route, beginning and ending at the Fire House in Tanki Flip, is open to all runners. The race begins at 5:30 p.m. Registration starts on September 1, 2007. For more information and inscription contact Mr. Jesse Beukenboom at IDEFRE tel: 297-585-4987 or Fax: 297-583-6478, Click Here to email for additional information or participation!
11 N. M. 
19 F. Q.
26 F. M.
26 FULL MOON PARTY @ HAVANA BEACH CLUB
At The Havana Beach Club.
Entrance: 18 years up [id required]
Fee: US$15 p/p
(in front of The Talk of the Town Resort)
At the Surfside Beach Tel: (297) 582 0153
28 OCTOBER FEST 2007
A concert series featuring musical stars from Aruba and the Caribbean region. Contact Mr. Ruben Garcia Garcia at Tel: (297) 582-9093, Fax (297) 583-0778 or Click Here to email us Venue: Don Elias Mansur Ballpark

  
31 HALLOWEEN
   

Back

I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship.
IP IP Logged
Shucander
Admiral
Admiral

Palm Beach Aruba

Joined: 04 Feb 2006
Location: Aruba
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 43613

Aruba.GIF, 0 kB

Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 12 Oct 2007 at 12:15am

October 10, 2007 - 10:14
Sunset Grille At Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino’s James Beard House Debut Declared A Sell-Out
Executive Chef Matthew Boland’s Team to Bring Aruba-Inspired Menu to New York

Since the year 2000 in Aruba, the most frequently requested dinner reservation has been a table at the AAA Four Diamond rated Sunset Grille at the Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino. The popularity of the restaurant’s cuisine has extended to New York City as the October 16 Sunset Over Aruba Dinner at the prestigious James Beard House has officially sold out according to the James Beard Foundation. The Aruban-inspired menu created by Executive Chef Matthew Boland, Executive Sous Chef Hector Espinoza and Sous Chef Anthony Martinus has tempted the palettes of Manhattan’s most discerning “foodies.” Members of the James Beard Foundation anticipate the opportunity to taste European and South American flavors of the menu, which has been influenced by Aruba’s diverse colonial history.

“I have been enthralled with the charm and spirit of Aruba and it is an honor to bring the island’s cuisine to the James Beard House, a culinary Mecca and career milestone for any chef,” states Executive Chef Matthew Boland of Sunset Grille at Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino. “Chefs Hector Espinoza, Anthony Martinus and I look forward to bringing Sunset Grille and a taste of Aruba to New York.”

Always known for utilizing the island’s freshest indigenous products with an international flair, the steak and seafood house Sunset Grille recently unveiled an innovative menu of spa dishes. These dishes feature flavors elevated with citrus, spice and herbs and reduced fat, salt and sugar. The special five course menu created for the James Beard House dinner includes an Aborio Rice, Coconut and Chorizo Timbale with Roasted Corn, Red Beans and Sherry-Foie Gras Glaze; Pumpkin-Fennel Pancake with Grouper Fillet, Green Papaya Salad, Lime and Cilantro; White Cornmeal Ayaka, Carne Mechada of Duck with Roasted Shallots, Hazelnut and Morels, Wrapped in Banana Leaf; Conch-Stuffed Prime Filet Mignon with Grilled Peppers and Aruban Funchi; and Coconut-Crusted Chocolate Soufflé with Fresh Berries and Vanilla Sauce.

Each course will be paired with the chef’s selected wine that has been chosen to bring out the flavors of each dish. Guests will begin the evening with passed hors d’oeuvres of Plantain Tostones with Shredded Garlic Pork and Spicy Papaya-Lime Salsa; Cucumber Cups with Caribbean Red Snapper Ceviche; Toasted Maize Canapés with Smoked Chipotle Cream and Wild Mushrooms; Spicy Wahoo and Shrimp Fritters with Island Pineapple-Chile Dipping Sauce; and Sweet Plantain with Gouda, Lobster Claw and Anise-Vanilla Glaze.

Chef Boland has been with Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino since its opening, supervising 70+ employees and overseeing the property’s Four Diamond signature restaurant Sunset Grille, Laguna, Gilligan’s, Mira Solo, as well as an expansive catering department. In addition to previous chef positions at resorts on Aruba, his experience includes chef de cuisine at L’Auberge de Cochon Rouge, a four-star French restaurant in his hometown of Ithaca, New York. Boland also trained on the Paris culinary circuit, serving as chef poissonier at Chez Francis and chef apprentice of Le Jardin de la Paresse and Chez Marius.

Since 1986, the James Beard Foundation has been at the forefront of America’s culinary revolution as chefs from the finest restaurants cook in the kitchen of James Beard’s legendary Greenwich Village home. The Foundation was established to honor the late cooking teacher, journalist and food consultant who is widely considered the father of American gastronomy. Chefs present their culinary art to Beard Foundation members, friends and press in much the same way musicians perform in Carnegie Hall.

I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship.
IP IP Logged
Shucander
Admiral
Admiral

Palm Beach Aruba

Joined: 04 Feb 2006
Location: Aruba
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 43613

Aruba.GIF, 0 kB

Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 17 Nov 2007 at 5:59pm

November 15, 2007 - 12:00
Bonbini! Aruba Tourism Going Strong in 2007


What’s New in Aruba in 2007? Island Update Shows Booming Tourist Economy, Growing Visitor Numbers, New Air Service & More

Aruba’s a hit in 2007!

This year has proven to be a success with the tourism industry booming, from significant growth in visitor arrival numbers and major hotel and resort renovations to brand-new air service and much more. Aruba remains a vacationer’s paradise with vigorous 4.17% growth in U.S. arrivals through July of 2007 year-to-date, translating into 12,497 additional U.S. travelers to the island. The year kicked off with a robust January and February that saw a 6.52% and 6.13% increase in arrivals (respectively), followed by a strong 10.15% spike in March. Summer travelers from the United States flocked to the Caribbean island in June, as the month saw an incredible 9.26% increase, while July saw a steady 2.61% upswing in U.S. arrivals. Worldwide numbers are already up 6.88% over last year as of July, showcasing Aruba’s strengthening international appeal.

I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship.
IP IP Logged
Shucander
Admiral
Admiral

Palm Beach Aruba

Joined: 04 Feb 2006
Location: Aruba
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 43613

Aruba.GIF, 0 kB

Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 16 Mar 2008 at 10:40am

Aruba is a hotbed of investment

Aruba has a well developed tourism infrastructure, but it is undergoing a great deal of investment to renovate the existing infrastructure. The government is investing US$34 million to improve the Queen Beatrix International Airport and expanding the port. Additionally the government is creating a linear park that will extend from the international airport along the hotel corridor for 10 miles. The hotel industry is undergoing renovations and expansion, including the Aruba Grand, Holiday Inn and Divi Resorts.

Tourism growth has its risks

The Aruba Tourism Authority is keen on increasing the number of visitors, but it risks diluting Aruba’s reputation as a luxury destination. This is particularly concerning with the arrival of different airlines. Additionally, scientists and activists have raised concerned about the environmental impact of the increasing development and number of visitors.

Star


Edited by Shucander - 16 Mar 2008 at 10:43am
I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship.
IP IP Logged
<< Prev Page  of 3 Next >>
Post Reply Post New Topic
Printable version Printable version

Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot create polls in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum



This page was generated in 0.078 seconds.

 More Destinations     

New Articles | New Recipes | Active Topics | New Links | Announcements & What's New

Google
 

CaribbeanChoice.com - Your Gateway to the Caribbean
One Love. One People. All Caribbean!™

Proverb: A chicken has feather but he can’t do fowl wuk.
Meaning: Youth has its limitations. Experience teaches wisdom.

del.icio.us digg technorati YahooMyWeb Reddit FURL BlinkList

Member Center

Welcome Guest

Register
Login

Search  
E-mail & IM 
New & Updated Articles


 
Sponsored Links
Battle of the Islands


Venezuela
Current Leader

Jamaica
2nd Most Active

vutjebal
Most Active User



Complete Hosting Guide

Life is Transformational

Visionary Learning Studios


HOME | Culture | E-mail | Community | Resources | Disclaimer | CaribProud.com | Advertising | About Us
 Copyright © 1998-2010 CaribbeanChoice.com. Inc.  All rights reserved.