This Valentine’s Day, Renew Your Vows with Aruba in Times Square, NY


Ah, love is in the air!

Many are gearing up with messages of love and thanks this coming Valentine’s day, but no one is doing it better than Aruba!

Every year Aruba is where thousands of New Yorkers go for a chance to say Mi ta stima bo! -“I love you” in Papiamento, Aruba’s native language while standing on any one of their sandy beaches.

Photo courtesy of Greg Lord

Beloved for its 83-degree, year-round temperature, refreshing east trade winds, diverse land and sea activities, historic attractions, authentic and flavor-rich island cuisine and, of course, world-famous sun-kissed sandy beaches, Aruba attracts happy pairs looking for a paradise retreat, dream destination wedding or unforgettable honeymoon.

Can’t get to Aruba before the 14th? Then just head on over to Times Square on Valentine’s Day to experience a full range of heartfelt activities, ranging from the romantic to the platonic and participate in a public vow renewal ceremony and reception on the iconic Red Steps and heated pop-up beach by the iconic Red Steps to be broadcast live in Times Square on the American Eagle Times Square Digital Billboard and webcast live at Those who pre-register online will be entered for a chance to win a second honeymoon to Aruba, One happy island.

Photo credit: Aruba Tourism

These romantic activities are part of “Free Love in Times Square” – a promotion throughout the month of February filled with steamy offers and romantic deals designed to keep love hot during the cold winter months. Visit and #FreeLoveTsQ for further details.

What to Expect:

Vow Renewal – Renew your vows on Aruba’s One happy island in Times Square. Whether you’ve been married for five months or fifty years, come celebrate romance and passion by on a heated pop-up beach on the iconic Red Steps and pop-up beach in the heart of Times Square. Captain Arnold, a licensed US Coast Guard captain and wedding officiant, will lead the 6 p.m. ceremony.

Heartwalk by Situ Studio – Over the last five years, the Times Square Alliance has invited architecture and design firms to submit proposals for a romantic public art installation celebrating Valentine’s Day in Times Square. This year’s winning design, Situ Studio’s Heartwalk, will be unveiled on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, and remain on view until March 8, 2013.

Situ Studio took inspiration from the collective experience of Hurricane Sandy and the love that binds New York City together. Hurricane Sandy confronted all New Yorkers by transforming the familiar. Using materials salvaged from Sandy’s aftermath, Heartwalk begins as two ribbons of wooden planks that fluidly lift from the ground to form a heart-shaped enclosure in the middle of Duffy Square. The slatted construction, illuminated from within, provides varied views of the interior as visitors move around the perimeter of the installation. Visitors can enter the installation itself and literally stand in the heart of the world’s greatest city. They can post photos of their visit to Twitter via #HeartwalkTSq.

Arikok National Park, Aruba

Honeymoon Contest – One lucky couple will win a trip to Aruba, One happy island — one of the most revisited destinations in the Caribbean — by sharing their story of why they most deserve a second honeymoon. To pre-register for this free event and find out more details and official rules, visit

“Like” Aruba’s Facebook Page to renew your vows virtually and win a second honeymoon to the One Happy Island.

DATE:           Thursday, February 14

TIME:            Vow Renewal – 6 p.m.

                        “Heartwalk” by Situ Studio – February 12 through March 10

PLACE:         Times Square – Duffy Square (46th St. and Broadway)

COST:            Free and open to the public



Girl Gone Travel readers have a chance to enter an exclusive giveaway for two for a 4-night, 5-day stay at Aruba’s beautiful Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort. Click here for more details on how to enter!



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Carol Cain

Carol is her happiest when on an adventure, either close to home or farther away. She's the mom to three fun boys and wife to a handsome Irish/Scot. She lives in New Jersey with her happy crew, but will always be a girl from Brooklyn. You can read her full profile here.

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