How to Fall in Love with Barbados

how to fall in love with barbadosBarbados is the perfect island to explore. It offers up a world of quintessentially Caribbean experiences to any curious traveler. It’s easy to fall in love with Barbados, but here are a few vacation activities that virtually guarantee you’ll be booking a return trip as soon as you get home.

Swim with Sea Turtles

Hawksbill and leatherback sea turtles love the warm waters surrounding Barbados, and they are a protected species. Find a catamaran sailing tour that also offers snorkeling—your guide will point out sea turtles, and if you’re lucky, you may even get to interact with these gentle reptiles. There are many tour options available.

Sample the Best Street Food and Enjoy the Culture

Divi Southwinds Beach Resort is situated right on the St. Lawrence Gap, a favorite spot for nightlife, dining and taking in the rich Bajan (Barbadian) culture. Take a stroll and you’re sure to encounter plenty of options for delicious street food (expect to find lots of traditional jerk chicken and macaroni pie!), experience the vibrant local architecture and maybe even strike up a conversation with a warm and friendly Bajan.

Explore the Rugged East Coast

The east coast of the island is wilder and much rockier than the rest of the island, making for stunning scenery. Rent a car and drive to Bathsheba Park, where you can enjoy a picnic. The views are dramatic and unforgettable.

Learn to Surf!

If you’ve never been surfing before, this is the perfect place to start. The dream-like Dover Beach has soft golden sand and calm waves, and Barry’s Surf School, located just a short walk from Divi Southwinds, has plenty of options for surfers at all levels.

Enjoy the West Coast Beaches

Every beach on Barbados is a public beach, so take your pick! The West Coast is home to most of the more accessible, tourist-friendly choices. There’s nothing better than a little Bajan R-and-R with a perfect view of the Caribbean Sea. Before you know it, you’ll fall in love with Barbados.

Late Summer 2017 Flight Deals to the Caribbean

caribbean flight deals

We’re always keeping an eye out for great flight deals to the Caribbean. Here are a few sweet airfare steals we’ve just discovered for travel in late summer and fall.

-JetBlue flights as low as $339-$354 round-trip from Raleigh-Durham (RDU) to Aruba (AUA), select dates in late August

-JetBlue flights as low as $388 round-trip from Boston (BOS) to Aruba (AUA), select dates in September

-Delta, American, JetBlue and United flights as low as $225-$347 round-trip from New York (JFK, LGA, EWR), Miami (MIA), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Tampa (TPA), Orlando (MCO), Boston (BOS) and Washington, D.C. (DCA, IAD) to St. Croix (STX), dates throughout the fall

Make sure to act fast—airlines change their rates quickly, and these deals could be gone in the next day or two!

Information is valid at the time of writing. Sometimes you may not find the price mentioned in this post (for example, several days after the original posting date). It means that the airline has changed the price.

25 Most Beautiful Places in the Caribbean

25 most beautiful places in the caribbean

Bonaire National Marine Park, Bathsheba Beach and Renaissance Island. Images courtesy of Conde Nast Traveler.

The Caribbean offers so much more than beaches in terms of beautiful scenery—although it’s also home to some of the best beaches in the world. Conde Nast Traveler published a list of the 25 Most Beautiful Places in the Caribbean, and we’re proud that three of our islands are featured in it.

The National Marine Park on Bonaire includes all waters surrounding the island. Its protected status is the reason Bonaire has the clearest water you’ll see anywhere, teeming with diverse marine life. Bathsheba Beach on Barbados is situated on the majestic eastern shore, a breathtaking stretch of rocky coastline and vibrant greenery. Renaissance Island on Aruba offers the perfect opportunity to view flamingos and take photos with these odd yet beautiful birds. Check out all three amazing entries on the list when you visit us in the Caribbean!

New Direct Flights from Toronto to Bonaire

direct flights from toronto to bonaire

Sunwing, a Canadian low-cost airline, announced earlier this week that it will offer direct flights from Toronto to Bonaire this winter.

Starting December 17, 2017 and continuing through April 15, 2018, the weekly flight will depart Toronto on Sundays. It will be the first (and only!) direct flight to Bonaire from anywhere in Canada.

Bonaire has some of the best dive spots in the world, consistently ranking as one of the top dive destinations anywhere. It’s home to 57 different types of coral and about 350 species of fish.

Sea Turtle Season on St. Croix: Here’s How to Enjoy It

turtle season on st. croixTurtles love St. Croix! Every year from April through September, sea turtles lumber ashore to lay their eggs on just about every beach on the island. A few weeks after the mother leaves the nest, dozens of baby sea turtles hatch from their shells and make a break for the sea, to live the rest of their lives out in the ocean. Turtle season on St. Croix is a rare opportunity to witness the life cycle of these amazing creatures.

Leatherbacks, hawksbills and green turtles all live in the Caribbean, and St. Croix is one of their common nesting grounds. If you’re on St. Croix this summer, it’s easy to join in local efforts to protect sea turtles and watch the beaches for nesting or hatching activity.

Turtlewatch with SEA

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Courtesy of GoToStCroix.com.

The St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA) offers its members a chance to go on a turtlewatching trip with marine biologist and educator Jen Valiulis. Once you join the organization, be sure to sign up right away—space goes fast.

Upcoming 2017 Dates

June 29 – Leatherback Hatchling Watch 5:15 p.m.
July 26 – Leatherback Hatchling Watch 5:15 p.m.

These dates are only available to SEA members. Join for as low as $35 per person and get yourself on a future turtlewatch. Use this membership application and email sea.educator@gmail.com, or call 340-773-1989.

Group Turtlewatching

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Courtesy of GoToStCroix.com.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers the Sandy Point Turtlewatch program to St. Croix community groups and youth groups. Groups must have at least 15 and no more than 30 participants. This program runs five nights each week (Tuesday through Saturday) from April 15 through July 31.

To schedule turtlewatching for a group, use this link or call 340-690-9452.  If you have any questions about the program, you can email sandypoint.turtlewatch@gmail.com.

If You See a Turtle in Distress

If you see a turtle struggling, stuck in the brush, acting strangely, injured or on a road, it’s important to call someone who is familiar with the species and is equipped to give it proper help. On St. Croix, those people to call are the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rescue (STAR) network. This group of dedicated volunteers are “on call” to assist with reports of sea turtles in distress. You can reach them at 340-690-0474.

Protecting Sea Turtles

turtle season on st. croixAll sea turtles are classified as either threatened or endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. There are serious penalties for harassing, harming, capturing or collecting sea turtles or their eggs. When it’s turtle season on St. Croix (and all year round), you can do your part to protect these wondrous animals by keeping in mind a few common-sense guidelines from GoToStCroix.com:

• If you encounter a dead sea turtle or a live, debilitated turtle, please call STAR at 340-690-0474;
• Report any suspicious or criminal activities related to sea turtles to STAR or the Virgin Islands Police Department at 911;
• Operate boats at safe and responsible speeds;
• Always keep dogs on a leash when on a beach;
• Keep beaches clean by disposing of trash properly;
• Turn off lights close to beaches to avoid disorientating nesting sea turtles and hatchlings; and,
• If you encounter a nesting sea turtle, keep your distance, turn off all lights and do not disturb.

Turtle season on St. Croix is a special time to witness the wonders of nature. Summer is a great time to bring your entire family to the island for fun and awe-inspiring environmental education!

Best Instagram Photos of Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort

instagram photos of divi village golfWe 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 Village Golf & Beach Resort on Aruba.

Our Picturesque Pools

We love our pools! They’re the perfect tropical stress-free zone.

Wish you were here on #onehappyisland #Aruba #caribbean #travel #relaxed #nofilter #beamlanders #beamland

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No filter & no caption needed

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already missing #Aruba 😍☀️#sunset #infinitypool

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Good morning here is a pool.

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Our Beautiful Beach Right Across the Street

Simply put: our beach is stunning. Blue skies, turquoise waters, white sand, calendar-worthy sunsets…you know you’re in paradise.

Missing Arubaaaa #onehappyisland @sannekirsten_ #dushikorsou

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#pictureperfect

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@verayostos #honeymoon #fmichigan

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Honestly. This has got to stop. #aruba #fabuloussunset #cantstopwontstop

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Our Glorious Golf Course

Our golf course, Divi Links, is a challenging nine-hole course that also happens to be very photogenic.

Afternoon golf #aruba #lanocation

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Approach on 9 at #TheDiviLinks in #aruba🇦🇼

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If you’d like to share your Instagram photos of Divi Village Golf & 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!