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Cubrimiento de los del files de la edición 66 del Carnaval de Aruba.

Aruba Stories - stories and faces from the One Happy Island

Aruba and its people have a lot of exciting stories to tell, which visitors can discover on special tours.

Erik Bisslik, Zeerovers 

Erik "Iky" Bisslik is a true Aruban local with a colourful personality.  He opened Zeerovers in Savaneta, a fishing village in the south of the island, more than 30 years ago. The bar has long become one of the locals' favourite hotspots. 

If you like fresh fish, you will love Zeerovers - straight from the sea to your plate. Add some pan bati, grilled shrimp, tasty sauces, an ice-cold "chill" - and the perfect lunch is ready. There is the additional panoramic view of the Caribbean sea at no extra charge.

What many fans of Zeerover do not know, is that “Iky” is the only person who has managed to swim from Venezuela to Aruba - a distance of no less than 25 kilometres. He likes to share these and many other adventurous anecdotes with his guests, who linger well into the afternoon.

More information about the Zeerover can be found here .

Rachel Brathen, Yoga Girl

Rachel Brathen aka Yoga Girl swapped Scandinavia for the Caribbean in 2012 and made Aruba her adopted home. Together with her husband Dennis, a genuine Aruban, she runs the yoga studio Island Yoga.

Over 2 million followers are there when Rachel posts on Instagram what her life and work is like on the One Happy Island, and many a happy fan is able to get to know her personally during a yoga class. With SUP yoga, Rachel has created a true trend that moves from Aruba around the world. On the island, she offers exclusive hours on the private island of Renaissance Island - in the company of the six flamingos that live there and are almost as famous as Rachel herself.

Here you can find all information about yoga classes in Aruba.

SUP joga

Robert Solognier, Street Artist

Over the past five years, Aruba has quietly blossomed into the street art mecca of the Caribbean. It all started with the first Aruba Art Fair in September 2016 in San Nicolas in the south of the island. Artists from all over the world travelled to the One Happy Island to decorate the walls of the “Sunrise City” with colourful works of art. New “graffiti” is added annually, and a street art tour has become an integral part of a holiday to Aruba. 

One of the most famous artists on the island is Robert Solognier, who is also nicknamed ICE. He is inspired by the nature of the island, especially the sea and brings the colourful creatures of the ocean to the facades of San Nicolas.

More information about the Murals and Walking Tours can be found here . The Aruba Art Fair 2020 will take place from September 25 to 27, more info here .

Sarah Quita Offringa, windsurf world champion

World champion windsurfer, Sarah-Quita, or Cabeibusha, the curly jewel, as the real Aruban is affectionately called, has already brought 14 titles home to the One Happy Island. No wonder, since she has been on the board since she was just nine years old!

True to her motto "consider life as an adventure", the curly haired superstar chases the waves in search of the next adrenaline kick. 

For those fellow pro windsurfers, an insider tip is to head to Barcadera, near the airport, where shallow waters near the coast meet wild waves, some of which are thrown up by the cruising yachts and cruise ships. Sarah-Quita herself often be found at this spot, especially in strong winds.

Everything you need to know about surfing in Aruba can be found here .

The largest amateur windsurfing and kite boarding competition in the world takes place every year in Aruba.   Hundreds of competitors vie for medals in various categories.  While most of the kite boarding competitions take place on the southern end of the island at Boca Grandi, the majority of the events take place at Fisherman’s Huts, just past The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba.  Hi-Winds is a great spectator event as well, with a full agenda of beach parties, fashion shows, and concerts to enjoy.

Byron Boekhoudt, Aruba Reef Care Project

Marine biologist Byron was also born in Aruba. From an early age, he got to know and love the fascinating underwater world off Aruba's coast on snorkelling tours with his father. 

To protect the beauty, he launched the Aruba Reef Care Project in 1994 and once a year, around 800 locals and guests come together to free the island's popular beaches and snorkelling areas from waste.

Thanks to initiatives like this, Aruba can live up to its reputation as a top diving spot. Not only are the shimmering coral reefs special, but above all the numerous sunken wrecks that lie off the coast of the island.

In 2020, Aruba Reef Care will take place on Sunday, October 4, 2020. More information about this here .

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Frank Kelly, Forager

Frank Kelly, or Taki, as he calls himself, is a hunter or forager who feeds on what he finds outside. Luckily, Aruba's nature provides a varied menu and can even offer culinary highlights such as edible algae or frangipani. Taki learned from his grandmother what you can eat and what tastes good. He is happy to take guests on his hikes to the most unspoilt places on the island, giving them an exciting insight into Aruba's flora and create delicious dishes and cocktails from his treasured finds. More information about Taki and his tours can be found here .

Local forager

 

 

 


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