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The Best Cocktail for Dreaming of Bonaire

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If your trip to Bonaire can’t come any sooner, maybe a Green Bonaire cocktail will ease your pain for a while. The taste of Bonaire is undoubtably Cadushy of Bonaire Liqueur, a vibrant green cactus liqueur produced locally by Cadushy Distillery in Rincon, Bonaire. Visitors to Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino should make an effort to stop by Cadushy, the only distillery on the island. It makes a different type of specialty liqueur for each of six islands in the Dutch Caribbean, as well as rum, vodka and whiskey. You can sign up for a tasting and learn first-hand how the spirits are produced.

If you have a little Cadushy of Bonaire on hand, try mixing up the refreshing Green Bonaire.

The Green Bonaire (AKA the Cadushy Special)

-1 oz. Vodka
-1 oz. Cadushy of Bonaire Liqueur
-1 oz. Triple Sec

Pour all spirits into a ice-filled cocktail shaker. Add some apple juice and just a touch of blue Curacao to enhance the green color. Shake and strain into a cold martini glass.

Add a few drops of fresh lime juice. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Here’s to Bonaire! We hope you can come visit soon!

4 Experiences You Must Have in Aruba

How do you like to vacation? Are you the kind of person who just needs some sunscreen, a beach towel, and a clear schedule? Do you prefer to try tons of new things and search for adventures? Or do your vacations fall somewhere in between? Regardless of the type of vacationer you are, Aruba offers so much to do. We’ve listed a few activities here that we’ve found to be crowd favorites. There’s something here that just about everyone will enjoy.

Arikok National Park

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The government of Aruba has dedicated approximately 18 percent of the island to this national park. It has many walking trails that are well-kept and remain open to the public for exploring. Some tour companies offer guided tours through this massive protected area that is practically bursting with scenic views and unusual wildlife. The park is safe to explore if you stay on the main path. You may encounter a few big iguanas—but they’re harmless, like most of the other animals that inhabit the area.

The Butterfly Farm

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A visit to Aruba’s Butterfly Farm is an unforgettable encounter with nature in all its beauty and diversity. Step into a tropical garden teeming with butterflies from around the globe, and prepare to meet some of the world’s most colorful and unusual creatures. Observe the life cycle of these fascinating animals from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. Tour guides will entertain you with commentary on butterfly habits and the miracle of metamorphosis. Arrive early in the day and witness new butterflies emerging from their chrysalis and taking their first flight. The Farm also provides a rare opportunity for butterfly photography. It’s a sure delight for all ages.

pureocean at Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort

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pureocean, an upscale restaurant serving globally inspired cuisine with a Caribbean twist, is hands-down one of the most romantic places on the island. Located at Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort, pureocean offers diners the opportunity to dine with their toes right in the sands of Palm Beach as they watch a stunning Aruban sunset. Executive Chef Anthony de Palm ensures culinary excellence. You’ll need to make a reservation in advance—you can do so via OpenTable.

Scuba Diving or Snorkeling

If you wish to learn how to dive, take a Resort Certification Scuba Diving Course. Don’t miss out on the beauty, not to mention excitement, of Aruba’s underwater world. Divers with Open Water Certification can enjoy the many diving sites Aruba has to offer—go wall diving, reef diving, or explore wrecks sunk during World War II.

If you’d prefer to remain close to the surface and snorkel, you can easily enjoy the beauty of the coral formations as well as the wreck sites, with a visibility of 100 feet at some locations. De Palm Tours offers a Snorkel Adventure tour that brings you to several must-see spots.

Did we forget to mention your favorite Aruba experience? Let us know about it in the comments!

This Is How You “Eat Local” When You Visit Barbados

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When you stay at Divi Southwinds Beach Resort on Barbados, a small garden plays a big role in the meals you eat. Executive Chef Henderson Butcher grows most of the herbs that flavor the pureocean menu—as well as a few fruits and vegetables—right on the resort property. It can be difficult for “locavores” to make sure they keep eating locally when they’re on vacation, but pureocean Barbados makes it simple.

Chef Henderson believes that fresh herbs and produce grown locally are far more flavorful than anything shipped in from elsewhere. The proof is in the pudding, as they say, and he’s tasted it countless times as he prepares his meals.

He’s also a strong believer in the farm-to-table concept. “Every morning, our employees go out to the garden and gather only what they need for the day,” Chef Henderson says. “It’s best to keep it simple, and to use what we have right here.”

Chef’s garden changes according to the season, but a diverse array of herbs can usually be found there, including thyme, marjoram, rosemary, basil, lemongrass and chives. He also grows spinach, a common ingredient in pureocean’s vegetarian offerings, as well as several varieties of lettuce. “We’re growing a few different kinds of hot peppers now, too,” Chef Henderson adds. “Scotch bonnet peppers are a common ingredient in Caribbean cuisine—we keep a patch of those. We also grow ghost peppers, some of the spiciest peppers on record.” He laughs. “We use them more than you might think. We make a jerk sauce that’s pretty mean.”

In his recipes, Chef Henderson also makes use of other plants that can be found around the property, such as mangos, breadfruit, almonds and even the leaves of the sea grape tree. Whenever possible, he makes an effort to source his ingredients locally. “It’s good for our budget, but most importantly, everything tastes better when it’s fresh and straight out of the ground,” Chef says.

How to Plan a Group Trip with Friends

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Have you ever thought about traveling to the Caribbean with a dozen or so (or more!) close friends and family members? When you have a major milestone coming up in your life, or if you’ve just received great news, a fantastic way to celebrate is to go on a group trip. You might think group trips involve a staggering amount of planning, but with a little forethought, they’re actually quite manageable—and the discounts you can rack up from traveling as a group are significant. Here are few points to go over before you jet away with your crew to an island escape:

Who’s going, and when?

Who’s on your guest list? Ideally, everyone will get along reasonably well together as a large group—you’ll want to avoid any awkward dinner conversations! Once you’ve decided, it’s easy to settle on dates using an online scheduling tool like Doodle. Simply create a Doodle poll and email it to everyone on your list. You’ll be able to narrow down the best time for the whole gang to travel.

What group rates are available?

Divi Resorts offers great discounts to groups of 10 or more. Call our experienced travel planners at 1-800-801-5550 or email groupsales@diviresorts.com. We’ll see to it that you have everything you need.

Time to book your trip!

It will be easiest for everyone to plan their travel if you settle on dates far in advance. Make sure everyone in your group has a passport!

What do you want to do?

Review the amenities at the resort of your choice, and investigate fun things to do around the island. It’s best to stay flexible, as everyone will likely have slightly different ideas on how they want to spend their time. It’s best to find a couple of “must-dos” ahead of your trip, but don’t forget to leave plenty of time to be spontaneous.

Bon voyage! Here’s to an unforgettable Caribbean getaway with all your BFFs!

Top 5 Reasons We Know You’ll Love St. Croix

Have you ever had the pleasure of visiting St. Croix? It’s one of our favorite islands. When you’re looking for a tranquil, relaxing Caribbean vacation, pack your bags and head to St. Croix. Featuring spectacular cerulean waters, a diverse culture and plenty of thrilling adventures to get into, this island is truly a “one-stop shop” for everything you love about a vacation.

#1 Easy Travel

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If you’re a U.S. citizen, you won’t even need a passport! St. Croix is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, making it easy for you to simply pick up and go.

#2 Great Weather

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This beautiful, laid-back island offers mild temperatures year-round, with the average being around 80 degrees F. During a typical year, the “coldest” day of the year is January 26, with an average low of a pleasant 73 degrees F.

#3 Rich St. Croix Culture

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Experience the unique culture and history of St. Croix. Strong Dutch influences are noticeable in the striking and colorful architecture. The island is well-known for hosting a wide variety of arts, crafts and music festivals. A few of the island’s most popular cultural events are the Taste of St. Croix, the monthly Sunset Jazz Festival and the month-long Crucian Christmas Festival, featuring dancing and parades.

#4 Tons of Fun Things to Do

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Visitors enjoy a wide variety of water sports, including wind surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving among stunning coral reefs, kayaking the crystal-clear waters, or fishing. For the land lovers, St. Croix offers plenty of shopping opportunities in the delightful towns of Christiansted and Frederiksted, as well as world-class golfing at one of three scenic golf courses. If you’re in the mood for an adventure, consider taking a historical tour or a hike in the St. Croix rainforests.

#5 An All-Inclusive Escape

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Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort & Casino is the only all-inclusive resort on St. Croix. Our guests enjoy countless deluxe amenities including world-class dining, lively entertainment, tennis, mini-golf, non-motorized water sports and easy access to St. Croix’s only casino, Divi Carina Bay Casino. You’ll never be at a loss for activities here, unless, of course, nothing is what you want to do.

And there you have it. In St. Croix, it’s easy to find all the right ingredients for a Caribbean vacation of a lifetime. You really need to come see it for yourself!

Tips for Taking Great Instagram Photos on Vacation

When you go on vacation, you’re probably taking photos—and you’re probably sharing them instantly. At Divi Resorts, we see dozens of vacation photos every day as we keep tabs on our social media accounts. We thought you might enjoy a few “best practices” from the Caribbean vacation experts on how to make your trip photos really pop. Your friends and family back home won’t believe what you’re posting on Instagram.

#1 Your photo deserves to be framed!

Take a look at your surroundings—sometimes you’ll find a great way to frame your shot, like with the roof of a palapa. Your Instagram followers will be jealous.

#2 It’s the little things.

Try taking closeup shots of the small, unexpected things that really define your vacation—the quirky items that give your trip its personality.

#3 Switch up your angles.

It’s fun to look at life from a different perspective! Experiment with unusual angles—high, low or from a vantage point that isn’t often photographed (make sure to be safe, though!).

#4 Go off-kilter.

Photography has a “rule of thirds” for a reason. Just place your subject slightly to the left or right of center, and bam—your photo is more stunning already. Good job, you!

#5 People are more than poses!

Putting your friends and family in the photo is one of the best ways to keep your vacation memories alive. Make sure to get a few shots of the entire group together, but photos of people can be more striking when they’re candid.

Good luck out there! We love seeing what a great time people are having at our resorts. If you’d like to share your awesome photo with us, follow us on Instagram @DiviResorts and tag us!