When you can reconnect with your travel self and venture back out in the world, Aruba will be waiting and as happy as ever — but, in the meantime, find your beachside footing from home.
Hold on to the hope of visiting One Happy Island with the help of Aruba Tourism Authority’s virtual trip, enticing new travelers and reminding loyal visitors of what they won’t soon be missing.
Think of the virtual journey as a way to stay #TogetherWhileApart and bring the island vibes home with this lineup of virtual programming:
Sights and Sounds
When you need island vibes to ease your work day, homeschooling session or housekeeping shift, Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino’s Island Vibes Spotify Playlist can help. Hit shuffle play, turn the volume up and escape with the sounds of the Beach Boys, Bob Marley and more.
Step out of your living room and on to the sandy beaches of Aruba (virtually, for now) and enjoy 30 Minutes of Happiness with this calming video. Showcasing the soothing sounds of the ocean, your family can leave this on in the background for a much-needed change of pace. For even more visual stimulation, take a virtual tour of the Butterfly Sanctuary with a real-life local guide.
While nearly everyone you know is trying their hand at baking, cooking and crafting, you can join in the fun and add a little island flavor to your day with these recipes.
One snack staple you can start with, the pastechi is an easily customizable treat, created with nearly anything you can find in your kitchen — follow along with the instructions and mix and match fillings based on what you already have.
Pair your snack with a cocktail and try Divi and Tamarijn Aruba’s recipe for an Aruba Ariba. You may already have many of the ingredients, but don’t worry if you can’t find coecoei in your pantry — it’s optional.
Check back in with the island’s tourism board for weekly fun, including meditation on Boca Grandi beach and more recipes. Check out the full site for games, activities and even island news for your future travel plans. Check in on social media for more up-to-date island vibes to stay
With indoor dining finally (mostly) reopened in Philadelphia, my mom, sister and I were able to enjoy a day roaming around the city, eager for a warm place to enjoy a late lunch after a cold day out and about. For anyone who recently enjoyed the creativity and ingenuity of the city’s outdoor winter dining, an indoor space with heat, cozy furniture and rich wood walls is a much-appreciated semblance of normalcy.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card recently launched BoldFamilyTravel.Chase.com, an interactive, online resource allowing families to plan future travel together. The launch followed the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card Survey of parents and grandparents that revealed most parents believe children are important resources for planning family vacations and that one-third of parents don’t currently involve their children in planning but would like to.
Theme parks are a great way to escape reality as most offer different worlds in each section. Guests can explore different worlds, from their favorite TV show and movie franchises to much-loved video games. Mario and friends have been beloved video-game favorites for decades, and they finally get their own section of Universal Studios Japan.
Although FaceTime, Zoom and other forms of virtual communication have helped during these difficult times, sometimes it just doesn’t feel like enough. Let your friends and family know you are thinking of them by sending something personal, so they will have a piece of you with them.