Driving to Charlie’s Bar, Aruba

Since 1994, I’ve been enjoying myself at Charlie’s Bar in San Nicolaas, Aruba. In fact, my novel, An Island Away, begins and ends there. It’s not a difficult place to find, but some people need a little help, so I made this video showing you how to get there. Just take the main highway, 1A, all the way south to San Nicolaas, where the video begins at the traffic circle on the west side of town.

There you have it: easy directions to follow. Charlie’s is a great place with lots of local characters coming and going. Stay a while, enjoy the shrimp, some drinks, and plenty of conversation. Bon dia.

Airport Circle, Aruba (video update)

A few months ago, I posted some photos here of the new traffic circle at Aruba’s Queen Beatrix Airport. Well, we’ve gone to full motion video, showing you an approach to the circle as if you’re coming FROM Oranjestaad and then entering the airport where you’ll see a few minor changes to the drop off zone. Then you exit the airport and go back around the circle to head TOWARD Oranjestaad and the main hotel area. Check it out.

I hope this is helpful for first time and regular visitors alike. More Aruba driving directions on the way, so check back frequently. Bon dia.

Airport Rotonde, Aruba

Aruba has upgraded the road infrastructure. Recently the traffic circle, or rotonde as they are called here, was installed at the major intersection of the Route 1 and the entrance to Queen Beatrix Airport. The traffic lights are gone. As you approach from Oranjestaad this is what it looks like:

Approaching the traffic circle at Queen Beatrix Airport.

Approaching the traffic circle at Queen Beatrix Airport.

Sorry for the lousy photos through the car windshield. As you can see on those signs, all directions are accommodated. Here’s another look a little closer to the circle.

Airport Circle with Christmas Tree, Aruba.

Airport Circle with Christmas Tree, Aruba.

They have the Christmas Tree up and ready to go for the holiday. The circle itself is quite large, making for easy navigation. Just remember to keep an eye out for merging traffic. If you’re in doubt about your exit, simply continue around the circle again until you get your bearings. Bon dia.

View from Savaneta, Aruba (video)

When first-time visitors join me in Aruba, I like to take them on a drive to the top of the hill in Savaneta. There’s a water storage tank up there, delivering delicious (and precious) drinking water to the area below. You can also see most of the southern end of the island, including San Nicolaas, the oil refinery, the loading dock nearby, and all the neighborhoods up as far as Pos Chiquito and a little farther to the ships in the nearby anchorage. Here’s a video with driving directions on how to get there and a sweeping panorama of the view. If you have a fast internet connection, watch it in the highest resolution possible for maximum enjoyment.

That was worth the drive, wasn’t it? I like going up there every once in a while for sunset, too. On the right day, it’s spectacular. Bon dia.