BY KRISTIN O'MEARA
Reed Travel Features
ORANJESTAD -- If your client is too Web-addicted to risk a few
days on the beach in Aruba, here is how to overcome that
frightening objection: Send him to [email protected] Internet.
That's right, the island is no longer safe from the insidious
reach of the World Wide Web.
At the cyber cafe, which is located next to the Aruba Sonesta
Resort opposite the entrance to the cruise terminal, visitors can
check their E-mail, grab a quick teleconference or play a game of
According to co-owner Hermand Richardson, the cafe has done a
respectable business with tourists since it opened in September
Travelers, especially those from cruise ships, he said,
regularly stop in to check their E-mail.
"We had a group in last week with 40 or 50 people who met
through the Internet, decided to take a cruise and then came in
together to pick up their E-mail while in port."
Originally, the cafe opened as a resource for island business
people who wanted to do teleconferencing, but word has spread,
thanks to its location in a prime tourist area.
The cafe also offers a full complement of video games, including
Nintendo 64 and virtual-reality games.
"We have a good number of kids who come in for the games,"
Others with more serious matters in mind can park themselves at
one of seven on-site personal computers, with full Internet access,
Access to the Internet costs $10 per hour, and users purchase
time on a reprogrammable debit card; fees for games vary.
More mundane business services also are available, such as
faxing, photocopying, laser printing and color printing.
As they browse the Web, visitors also can drink flavored coffee
and other beverages, nibble on desserts or stock up on souvenirs,
such as T-shirts and caps.
Parents who wish to unload the kids while they shop nearby are
advised that the atmosphere is clean and sober: No smoking and no
[email protected] Internet is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Richardson
For more information, visit the cafe's Web site at
To visit the cafe in person, head for Royal Plaza No. 204 L.G.
Smith Blvd. 64 in Oranjestad.
For further information, call (011) 297-8 24500 or fax (011)