Breathing New Life into the San Nicolas District and its Surroundings
The Government of Aruba is currently working on tangible and realistic solutions for San Nicolas, specifically in the areas of social, economic, and financial well-being for the people of San Nicolas. Their aim is to reverse the downward spiraling economic trends and to set the community back on the path of growth and prosperity.
“We are envisioning visitors visiting San Nicolas, spaces that enhance our daily lives—parks, walking trails, and family-friendly venues and an enhanced farmers market and food court, where community members can meet, relax, and enjoy. We are committed to doing more than just talking; they’re committed to doing, to executing, and to delivering. We are determined to evaluate the viability of each proposed project and see it through. I recognize that investors, both local and foreign, are skeptical, and rightfully so. But skepticism can be mitigated by action and results. This isn’t just a second chance at a new beginning; it’s our best chance. We are here to shape the future, to restore confidence, and to prove that “Change and Revitalization” are not just words but achievable goals.” – Evelyna Wever-Croes, Prime Minister of Aruba
Exciting Projects in the Pipeline
- Lights in Bernhardstraat: This initiative is more than a cosmetic upgrade; it is about safety and social well-being. Well-lit streets are invitations to community interactions, open-air markets, and a thriving night-time economy.
- Baby and Rodgers Beach Beautification: The first impression matters. The parking space is being transformed into an organized, safe, and inviting point of entry that could amplify the Baby Beach experience, boosting tourism and local businesses.
- The Secrets Hotel Project: Beyond just a luxury-stay, this hotel aims to be an ecosystem of opportunities. From employment to supporting small-scale local businesses, like artisans, food producers, and entertainers. Despite the challenges confronted, this project could be a cornerstone in San Nicolas’ new identity.
- Energy Sector: Aruba is transitioning to clean energy, and converting the old rusty refinery to a modern, state of the art, clean, hydrogen plant. This transition will have an impact on the economy, the cost of living, environment, and job opportunities in San Nicolas.
- Culture and Art: San Nicolas has a unique spirit to be converted into the creative center of the Caribbean.
- Phase Two of Main Street San Nicolas: This initiative is not just about paving roads and erecting buildings, but about creating a vibrant commercial hub enriched with San Nicolas’ unique culture and history.
- World War II Memorial at Sero Colorado: This will be a place where the past, the present and the future meet. This monument of peace will honor those that lost their lives in our waters, during WWII when Germany attacked one of the only two refineries that were supplying fuel to the allies. It’s a symbol of peace and remembrance.
The Promise of San Nicolas isn’t in its Past, but in its Future!
The Government of Aruba is therefore committed to investing time, resources, and collective thought into making San Nicolas a place of opportunity and prosperity once again. Aruba wants to welcome investors who want to be part of this transformative journey. Contact ARINA today to explore the endless possibilities and be a part of San Nicolas’ new beginning. Together, we can build a brighter future for this remarkable district!