Aruba brings vow renewal event to its shores

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Eagle Beach on Aruba will host couples from around the world Aug. 8 for a mass vow renewal ceremony.
Eagle Beach on Aruba will host couples from around the world Aug. 8 for a mass vow renewal ceremony.

Aruba is bringing its mass vow renewal event home to the sands of Eagle Beach.

This year more than 100 lovebird couples from around the world are expected to participate in the first mass vow renewal ceremony in Aruba and in the Caribbean on Aug. 8.

The couples, some of whom have been married more than 50 years, will enjoy a complimentary ceremony with champagne, hors d'oeuvres and live music as the sun sets over the water.

Participants are encouraged to don white attire with pops of Caribbean color.

Aruba sponsored a similar event on Valentine's Day in Times Square in 2013, complete with a heated white sand beach, a fofoti tree (a tree with a twisted stem, facing the sea, found on Eagle Beach) lawn chairs and hundreds of couples renewing their "I do's." Three years later the Aruba Tourism Authority partnered with the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day to award one couple a honeymoon in Aruba following their vow renewal ceremony.

"From the Empire State Building to Times Square, Aruba has brought its world-famous love and happiness to some of the most iconic U.S. locations in recent years," said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes CEO of the tourism authority.

A number of hotels are offering romance packages to those who choose to renew their vows on Aug. 8. Participating hotels include Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort, Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa, the Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, Tierra del Sol Resort, Tropicana Aruba Resort & Casino, Brickell Bay Beach Club and Spa, Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort, Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort, Divi Aruba All Inclusive, Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino and Holiday Inn Resort Aruba.

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