Dream Instagram Photos of Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort

instagram photos of divi dutch village beach resortWe love seeing Divi Resorts through your eyes. We’ve started a new feature highlighting some of the best Instagram photos taken at each of our resorts. Our guests are amazing photographers who deserve a shoutout! Here are just a few share-worthy Instagram photos of Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort on Aruba.

Paradise In and Around Divi Dutch Village

After a long day and night of traveling we made it to Aruba! Couldn’t be happier. I wish you guys could feel the sand here!

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Bon bini!🏝🌊 #Aruba #🇦🇼 #springbreak #onehappyisland #beach #vacay #potd #instadaily

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😍🌴 #travelgoals #beautiful #thankful

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Solen har precis gått upp ☀️🌴 #aruba #summertime #vaccation

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Living Aruba

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If you’d like to share your Instagram photos of Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort with us, simply tag the resort as your location when you post to Instagram, and make sure your profile is set to public. We’ll be sharing more Instagram photos from our other resorts in the following weeks!

How to Experience the 2017 Solar Eclipse in the Caribbean

2017 solar eclipse in the caribbean

Partial solar eclipse, 2012. Image courtesy of Takeshi Kuboki.

In case you haven’t heard, the first total solar eclipse since 1918 to sweep across the U.S. is coming up on August 21, 2017. A solar eclipse happens when the moon temporarily blocks any part of the sun—solar eclipses only last a few minutes, but are spectacular to watch. What if you live outside the path of this year’s eclipse, though? Accommodations inside the path are growing increasingly rare. Rather than fighting for the last room at a roadside motel, you might consider watching the 2017 solar eclipse in the Caribbean. You’ll find fewer crowds, more little luxuries and, well, we have beaches—when’s the next time you’ll be able to view a stunning solar eclipse on the white sands of a beautiful beach?

The direct path of the eclipse passes just north of the Caribbean as it leaves the U.S. The northern Caribbean islands will all experience a solar eclipse at a magnitude around 0.8—the scientific way to say the moon will cover about 80 percent of the sun in those locations.

Our best-positioned resorts are Divi Little Bay Beach Resort on St. Maarten and Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort on St. Croix.  They’re the closest to the eclipse’s direct path. August 21 is approaching fast, so be sure to make your reservations soon! Viewing the 2017 solar eclipse in the Caribbean is sure to be unforgettable. We’re excited to share this fascinating, unique experience with you and your loved ones.

Remember: you should never look directly at the sun. Even during a solar eclipse, the sun can permanently damage your eyes. Space.com recommends buying a pair of eclipse glasses for each person in your party, or creating a pinhole camera (easy instructions are here).

The Insider’s Packing Tips for Caribbean Travel

packing tips for caribbean travelAs “the Caribbean experts,” we at Divi Resorts spend quite a bit of time in the Caribbean. (We know; don’t be jealous! We’re very lucky that our work occasionally involves some palapa time.) We thought we’d share a few packing tips for Caribbean travel that we’ve learned through trial and error. No matter how long your vacation is, or how much you like to bring with you, these hacks will help you maximize your valuable luggage space.

#1 – Keep It Fresh

Pack dryer sheets in your luggage so the smell stays fresh throughout your trip.

#2 – Switch It Up

Bring along clothes and accessories that can serve double duty. For example, a sundress could work as a beach cover-up as easily as a laid-back outfit for a night out.

#3 – Roll It

Roll your clothes tightly rather than folding them. Roll everything you can. It might seem like a small thing, but you’ll be surprised at how much space you’ll save.

#4 – Duffel It

Bring a duffel bag! We like these from Herschel Supply. A duffel bag can serve as a convenient carry-on that easily fits in the overhead compartment—plus, it doubles as a beach bag once you arrive. If you opt for a smaller duffel, you can roll it up inside a larger bag, then take it out and fill it with souvenirs for the return trip.

#5 – Bring Ziplock Bags

No matter what, you’ll always find a reason to use a couple of gallon-sized Ziplock bags during your trip. Whether it’s preserving leftover snacks or storing damp swimsuits in luggage on the trip home (sometimes you can’t help taking one last swim!), you’ll be glad to have them in easy reach.

#6 – Cube It

Packing cubes are your friend—especially if your closet at home looks like a ClosetMaid ad. They’re a great way to keep all your things organized and in their proper place.

#7 – Remember the 3-1-1

Don’t forget the TSA’s requirements on liquids in carry-on bags: you’re allowed to bring liquids in containers that are three ounces or less, kept in one quart-sized bag, limited to one bag per person. This is known as the 3-1-1 rule. To save money, try filling TSA-ready bottles like these with products you already have on hand.

Have fun getting ready for your trip! If you have your own packing tips for Caribbean travel, let us know in the comments.

 

The Best Caribbean Island for Luxury Shopping

Barbados Luxury Shopping

Courtesy of the Caribbean Journal

The Caribbean is famous for its high-end designer shopping and great deals on luxury items to be found there. The Caribbean Journal rounded up the top seven islands to visit if you’re looking for next-level shopping experiences. At the top of the list is Barbados, home to Limegrove Lifestyle Centre in Holetown. Limegrove storefronts include Cartier, Breitling, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Gucci and many more high-end brands. If you’re interested in splurging during your Barbados vacation, take a taxi to Limegrove, just half an hour from Divi Southwinds Beach Resort.  And if you’d rather not max out your credit cards just yet, the St. Lawrence Gap (right outside Divi Southwinds) offers a world of options for souvenirs and unique gifts.

TripAdvisor Recognizes 4 Divi Resorts

We’re proud to announce that four of our resorts have been awarded 2017 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence. Congratulations to Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort, Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort, Divi Little Bay Beach Resort and Divi Flamingo Beach Resort!  TripAdvisor recognized these resorts with Certificates of Excellence based on their consistently great customer reviews. Our guests can confirm: when you’re at a Divi Resort, you’re home!

Fantastic Instagram Photos of Divi Flamingo Beach Resort

instagram photos of divi flamingoWe love seeing Divi Resorts through your eyes. We’ve started a new feature highlighting some of the best Instagram photos taken at each of our resorts. Our guests are amazing photographers who deserve a shoutout! Here are just a few fabulous Instagram photos of Divi Flamingo Beach Resort on Bonaire.

Our Crystal-Clear Water

You’d be hard-pressed to find more beautiful waters anywhere in the world. The ocean surrounding Bonaire is protected by the National Marine Park, and it’s easy to tell. Sometimes you can even see tropical fish from the balcony of your guest room!

It’s only been a week but I’m missing that water, sunshine and 80+ degrees

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When sitting next to the ocean makes you calm during busy days. ❤️ 👑#bonaire #internship #event #koningsdag #drink

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Our Stunning House Reef

Calabas Reef is located just off-shore from Divi Flamingo, and is accessible 24/7. The reef teems with vibrant marine life—it’s fun (and awe-inspiring) to see the broad diversity of sea creatures who call it their home, day and night.

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Our Laid-Back Vibes

At Divi Flamingo, we’re all about relaxing and letting it all hang out. We love our quirky, easygoing atmosphere and we love sharing it with you!

Island living 🌴

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#leadmetheway #lovethis #colours #bonaire

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which one to choose? #cocktails #cocktailsanddreams #bonaireisland #caribbean #islandlife

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Sun set on the ocean

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We’d love to see more Instagram photos of Divi Flamingo Beach Resort! If you’d like to share your memories with us, simply tag the resort as your location when you post Instagram photos of Divi Flamingo, and make sure your profile is set to public. We’ll be sharing more Instagram snaps from our other resorts in the following weeks.