You can scour the Caribbean and still not find a more spectacularly beautiful collection of beaches than the ones on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba. 

At every turn, there’s an exotic, brilliant coastline to choose: the windy wonders of Boca Grandi; the sheer vastness of Eagle Beach; the turquoise calm of Palm Beach. 

Of course, Aruba is more than just sandy beauty: there’s the thrilling art scene in San Nicolas; a quietly booming culinary movement at gourmet hotspots like Chef Erwin Husken’s Screaming Eagle; a marvelously transformed downtown in the now-bustling hub of Oranjestad. 

Aruba is dynamic, it’s fresh and it’s, plainly, it’s a rather wonderful Caribbean destination. 

No matter where you are right now, with everything that’s going on, everyone is dreaming about a Caribbean vacation, and the latest edition of Caribbean Moment does just that, bringing Aruba right to you. 

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It is 9 am on a Saturday morning at Hurley’s supermarket in Grand Cayman and there is no hint of “business as usual”. Members of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service are manning the supermarket entrance, while security guards spray shoppers’ hands with antibacterial fluid. Winding dividers direct hundreds of compliant shoppers who file through electric doors, every several minutes and at least six feet apart.

Caymanians are restocking on supplies after having just emerged from a “hard curfew”. No one other than “essential workers” have been allowed outside of the boundaries of their homes— not even to take a run or walk a dog— and supermarkets, pharmacies and a handful of essential businesses are the only signs of commercial activity.

But Cayman’s Premier, the Honourable Alden McLaughlin, has a reason to be proud. With just 8 cases of COVID-19 and one death, there have been no confirmed instances of community transmission in the Cayman Islands— all positive cases have been connected to travellers.

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If you’re at home right now, you’re probably still dreaming about the Caribbean. And for those of us who can’t be in the region right now, there are still some ways to rediscover the Caribbean in your own home. 

One particularly delicious way is by making a cocktail — and some of the Caribbean’s top hotels have you covered. 

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Ever since Ursula Andress took her sensuous stroll out of the surf at Dunn’s River Falls in 1962’s Dr. No, there’s been a love affair between the James Bond movies and the Caribbean. 

And the sultry relationship continues right through the latest in the 25-film franchise, 2020’s No Time to Die, which like the original takes place party in Jamaica. (It’s slated for a premiere in November).

The pairing of a sleek British agent with a “license to kill,” and the laid-back tropics may seem incongruous at first glance. But Ian Fleming, the former intelligence officer who penned 14 James Bond books, had a home in Jamaica, and often featured the islands in his books, which inevitably made their way into the film adaptations, as well. 

007 has a broad reach in the Caribbean — and you can travel to all of these destinations just by watching a Bond film right now. 

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