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How to Plan Your Second Honeymoon

Dos and Don’ts of Exploring the Islands

Do you and your spouse need to shake up your routine? After many years of marriage, a vacation devoted to just the two of you can spice up your life and refresh your bond. Your second honeymoon might even be more fulfilling than your first.

At Divi Resorts, we’re experts on honeymoons of all types. We’ve gathered a few tips here for planning your second honeymoon.

Plan It Together

Many couples choose to go on a second honeymoon to celebrate a milestone like a tenth or twentieth anniversary. But the only important thing is that the timing works for both of you. Figure it out together, and make arrangements together! As a shared experience, planning can be fun.

Decide What the Trip Is About

Do you want to spend most of your time relaxing on the beach with a book? Would you rather learn the ins and outs of the island’s history together? Explore the underwater world together in the best dive spots in the tropics? Or wine and dine the hours away aboard a sailboat? If you and your spouse enjoy different activities, try alternating days spent doing each of your favorites.

Learn a New Activity Together

Learning something new together—whether it’s kayaking, surfing, diving, sailing, or a more land-lubbing skill like wine tasting—is a great way to strengthen your bond.

Leave Some Time to Chill

Try not to overschedule your vacation together. Don’t pack in so many activities that you need a vacation from your vacation! Make sure to leave some time for spontaneity and relaxation.

Give a Gift

Reignite the passion and intimacy from the early days by giving each other romantic gifts. Most Divi Resorts offer in-room honeymoon specials that include champagne in commemorative glasses, the bed in your suite strewn with flower petals and personalized touches like turndown service. Ask your Front Desk for details once you arrive.

Don’t Overload Your Expectations

Remember, a single trip won’t solve all your relationship problems. Keep a sense of humor and try to take any hiccups in stride. You’re on an exciting adventure together! That’s what marriage is all about.

Divi Resorts offers unique honeymoon and romance packages at our resorts on Aruba, Barbados and St. Maarten. Click here and scroll halfway down the page to see our full listings.

St. Croix Will Pay You to Visit in 2017

St. Croix, as well as the other U.S. Virgin Islands, are commemorating a special date this year—the 100th anniversary of “Transfer Day,” when Denmark sold the islands to the U.S.

To celebrate this landmark event, the U.S. Virgin Islands are giving visitors a $300 voucher to be used on “Historical/Cultural Tours and Activities.” This can be redeemed at participating hotels, including Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort on St. Croix. There are a couple of stipulations, but they should be easy to meet: you need to book your trip by October 1, 2017 for travel during the 2017 calendar year, and you must stay for a minimum of three nights.

Basically, this means you’ll be paid to travel to St. Croix in 2017.  St. Croix is already one of the easiest and most budget-friendly Caribbean islands to visit, since U.S. citizens don’t need a passport and airfare often runs about $300 round-trip from many cities on the East Coast. With the $300 voucher, you could essentially be reimbursed for airfare. For details on the voucher promotion, visit the U.S. Virgin Islands tourism site.

Stay Fit: This Year’s Foot Races on the Islands

If your New Year’s resolution is to get in shape, join the club. Several of us at Divi Resorts are embarking on the same journey this year. At Divi Resorts, we may be all about having fun, but that doesn’t mean we can’t stay healthy in the process! On your Caribbean vacation this year, why not join a foot race? You’re on island time, so the competition is easygoing. After spending the morning running, jogging or walking, you’ll quickly lose any guilt you might have about overindulging at pureocean. And best of all, you’re sure to meet a range of friendly fitness-focused tourists and locals alike.

We’ve assembled a short list of scheduled races on our islands. Don’t forget to confirm dates and times with the race organizers. Here’s to a healthy 2017!

Aruba

Aruba International Half Marathon (March 2017): Aruba’s longest road race, covering the length of the island from San Nicolas to Eagle Beach

Aruba’s 5K Beer Run (November 2017): Sponsored by local brewery Balashi Beer, this fun run/walk offers Balashi (as well as Powerade and water) as refreshment along the way

Barbados

Run Barbados (December 2017): A series of fun races and walks taking place over the course of a weekend

Bonaire

No major races scheduled

St. Croix

St. Croix Scenic 50 (January 2017): This series of 50-mile and 50-kilometer runs and relays is perfect for serious ultra marathoners

St. Croix International Marathon (December 2017): Half marathons and marathons

St. Maarten

Lagoon Half Marathon & 10K (March 2017): A race organized by the SXM Road Runners, a group open to the public that meets regularly for fun runs

Bastille Day Run (July 2017): A 6-kilometer run in Marigot on the French side of the island

Don’t Miss Carnival on Aruba and Bonaire

Carnival is hands-down one of the best perks of visiting the Caribbean. The vibrant colors and lively spirit of the event keep up for several weeks, with plenty of parades, music, costume contests and phenomenal food and drink. On Aruba and Bonaire, Carnival typically takes place just before Lent—one last hurrah before a traditional time of sacrifice, almost like Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Here’s a brief tour through the festivities you can expect to see this January and February on Aruba and Bonaire.

Aruba

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Carnival is celebrated on Aruba with “jump ups”—fabulous street parties—and fun events like parades, Carnival Queen elections and other friendly competitions.

The Lighting Parade in downtown Oranjestad is not to be missed. Held in the evening, this parade incorporates thousands of tiny lights into the costumes and floats of participating Carnival groups for a truly impressive display.

Grand Parades in Oranjestad and San Nicolas are the biggest parties of the season. They completely take over their respective cities as participants decked out in glitter, feathers, sequins and elaborate headdresses dance down the parade routes, joined by colorful floats playing music. Hundreds of spectators enjoy the show-stopping pageantry in this vibrant tradition now in its 63rd year.

Bonaire

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Carnival—or Karnaval, as it’s often called—is also a major event on Bonaire. The celebrations begin early in the year with tumba music festivals, most of them taking place in either Kralendijk or Rincon. Tumba is an African-influenced type of music that originated on the ABC islands. It also carries hints of merengue and Latin jazz. Local tumba musicians compete for the opportunity to play in parades throughout the season.

Photo credit Tom

“Jump ins,” similar to Aruba’s “jump ups,” also happen frequently. Jump ins often move spontaneously from place to place through the streets of Bonaire’s major towns, accompanied by an explosion of music, dancing, eating and drinking. Tourists and locals alike take part in jump ins, but remember to bring ear plugs if you’re sensitive to sound!

Grand Karnaval Parades are held in Kralendijk and Rincon shortly before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Participants in vibrant sequined costumes march and dance through the streets to the rhythm of tumba music. It’s a true spectacle and a dazzling centerpiece of Bonaire culture.

 

Why You Need to Take a Vacation Right Now

Are you exhausted from the busy demands of the holidays? Is the daily grind getting to you? Believe it or not (don’t laugh!), December is National Stress-Free Month. You deserve a vacation. We know it can be overwhelming to plan, but it’s worth it: according to recent scientific studies, vacations can actually improve your health.

Most Americans never take their full paid vacation time. Maybe it’s time for a break. Not only do vacations relieve stress, scientists have found that regular vacations can help your heart stay healthy, improve your mental well-being and improve your relationships.

Okay, we might be a little biased, but the science is right there! Now you have your excuse to escape somewhere warm and sunny, like the Caribbean. Check out our resort + air bundling tool to book your accommodations and flight all in one go. National Stress-Free Month, indeed.