FortLauderdaleBeachIn today’s technology-driven environment, armchair travel has taken on a whole new meaning. These days, you can visit your destination from afar in countless ways, right from your computer. At Sonesta, we applaud any tool that lets you learn more about your destination before you go there – whether online tourist bureaus, apps that let you zoom in to a detailed view of a neighborhood, or earth cams.

We especially enjoy this last tool because it provides a live video feed right to your desktop or other device. Launch a webcam that’s positioned right around the corner from a Sonesta property, and you’re opening a window to our world. Imagine that Florida’s sunny beaches are an arm’s reach away. Or that Boston’s beautiful skyline and New Orleans’ Jackson Square are right in your neighborhood. You can even keep an eye on the tides of Maho Beach on St. Maarten, and imagine yourself catching some Caribbean sun while thrilling to the fly-over of jumbo jets moments before they touch down at Princess Juliana International Airport. In the true spirit of Sonesta, these webcams offer great ways for you to “embrace the place” as you prepare to visit one of our beautiful properties.

Earth cams also have a more practical purpose. Follow the Florida link above, for instance, and you’ll see how close the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale is to the seven-mile long Fort Lauderdale Beach. (Really … it’s that close!) Take a peek at Miami’s Biscayne Bay from our rooftop to preview those beautiful marine vistas before your trip. See how tall the new Orlando Eye Ferris wheel really is before your stay at the Sonesta ES Suites Orlando, which is right across the street from International Drive’s newest dizzying attraction. You can peek at many webcams to glimpse the terrain and the weather and perhaps glean some packing tips as you see what people are wearing.

Of course, you’ll also want to learn more about Sonesta before you go, and there’s no better place for armchair travelers to do that than by visiting the Sonesta channel on YouTube. Simply search for the Sonesta of your choice (the Sonesta Philadelphia, for instance) to learn about our offerings and generous amenities. We’re frequently adding new videos to our channel, so check back often!  And no matter how much you prepared for your stay Sonesta’s staff at any of our 40 properties around the US and Caribbean is eager to make you feel welcome and part of our community, personally filling you in about the sights and activities that will interest you and make your stay as memorable as it can be.