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.




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!




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.




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