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The 6 Best Beaches on Aruba

Aruba has dozens of spectacular beaches, all of them stunning in their own way. Here are just a few of our favorites.

#1 Palm Beach

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Photo credit Kara Phelps

Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort is situated right on the world-famous Palm Beach, known for its calm waters and beautiful white sand. It’s located on the luxurious high-rise hotels’ stretch of the island.

#2 Eagle Beach

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Photo credit Serge Melki

Eagle Beach is directly in front of Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort. It’s a well-visited public beach with plenty of shade for picnics provided by Divi Divi trees, Aruba’s iconic tree and the namesake for Divi Resorts. Eagle Beach also has plenty of parking just off the main road.

#3 Arashi Beach

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Photo credit Kara Phelps

Arashi Beach is located just south of the California Lighthouse near the northwestern tip of Aruba. With an amazing variety of underwater life, it’s best known for its terrific snorkeling.

#4 Baby Beach

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Photo credit Kara Phelps

Baby Beach is named for the calm and shallow waters that make it ideal for children and inexperienced swimmers. Those who love to snorkel will enjoy seeing the many gorgeous coral heads. Baby Beach is situated in the area known as Sero Colorado at the southeastern end of the island.

#5 Boca Grandi Beach

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Boca Grandi Beach is a secluded beach located on the southeastern end of the island. The persistent tradewinds make it an ideal spot for experienced kitesurfers, who can often be seen practicing breathtaking jumps and loops. Driftwood and bits of coral regularly wash ashore here—beachcombing is encouraged!

#6 Rodger’s Beach or Coco Beach

Situated close to the well-known Baby Beach, Rodger’s Beach is often called the hidden gem of Aruban beaches. Popular with local families on the weekends, it empties out during the week and becomes an isolated paradise—complete with shady areas and shower facilities. The Coco Beach Bar & Restaurant is a quaint place to visit.

It often seems like Aruba has a different tropical paradise around every corner, and it’s fun to discover new spots. Let us know your favorite beach in the comments!

 

How to Learn to Surf on Barbados

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There are tons of great things to do near Divi Southwinds Beach Resort on Barbados. 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 the resort, has plenty of options for surfers at all levels. Intro to Surfing lessons ($75), teach the fundamentals of surfing. Barry’s experienced instructors help you learn the ropes quickly. The Surf Stronger package ($195), designed for intermediate surfers, offers three days of instruction for two hours a day with a guide who will help you refine your technique. And for surfers who want to surf on their own, Barry’s Surf School also rents dozens of types of boards so you can shred the waves your style.

This summer, we sent Kara Phelps, the communications specialist for Divi Resorts, to learn how to surf with Barry. Here’s her take:

barbados surfing barry's surf school signHi there! In June, I was lucky enough to travel to Divi Southwinds Beach Resort on Barbados. While I was there, I also tried my hand at surfing for the first time. It’s a fantastic experience—I couldn’t stop talking about it to my friends back home.

From Divi Southwinds, if you walk east along the St. Lawrence Gap for a few minutes, you’ll see signs pointing the way to Barry’s Surf School. A small hut set back from the road, it would be easy to miss if it weren’t for the signs. It’s much more visible from the beach—you may opt for a beach stroll instead! The distance from Divi Southwinds is about the same.

I took an Intro to Surfing lesson, which took place on a bright and warm Thursday morning. Lessons are taught all week, but Barry’s Surf School recommends that you sign up for your lesson in advance, as they can fill up quickly. Divi Southwinds staff at the Activities Center can easily arrange your lesson for you. Our surf instructor, Simon, gave us rash vests to protect against the surf and handed us nine-foot blue epoxy boards—easy to control in the water, he said. Then we hit the sand.

Wait, what? That’s right, the sand. The instructors start their beginners’ lessons with about 20 minutes on the beach, familiarizing their new students with the moves they’ll need to make once they’re out on the water. We learned how to paddle properly, how to gracefully keep from falling off the board in the surf, and how to stand up once we caught a wave.

Soon enough, we braved the ocean, paddling out on our boards against the surf. The waves on Barry’s section of Dover Beach are regular and fairly calm—the perfect place for beginners to get their sea legs for the first time. Our instructor Simon, who’s been a surfer for eight years, chose the waves for us and launched us back toward the beach, one at a time. We’d ride our wave as far as we could, trying our best each time to stand up. The other students cheered us on. Then we would paddle back out and do it again.

The motion needed to stand up is smooth and measured, almost like yoga or tai chi. Any sudden moves, and you’ve got a face full of salt water. I experienced plenty of that, and it was frustrating at first, but by the end of the two-hour lesson, I had managed to stand up on three separate waves. Simon said that most beginners at Barry’s Surf School are able to stand up during their first lesson. Once you get the hang of it, it’s exhilarating! I can’t wait to try it again. Thanks Barry and Simon!

To book a lesson at Barry’s Surf School, visit www.surfing-barbados.com, call (246) 256-3906, or ask the Front Desk at Divi Southwinds Beach Resort to make arrangements.

Special Early Bird Rates for Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival 2017

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Divi Resorts is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 17th Annual Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival, scheduled for this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, May 24-29, 2017. As a gift to festival-goers, it is offering discounted “early bird” rates for a limited time to those interested in attending.

Last year’s festival featured world-class headliners from the arenas of pop, R&B, jazz, and stand-up comedy such as Miguel, Fantasia, the Isley Brothers, Jazmine Sullivan and Tony Rock. Stacked full of similar powerhouse artists, the 2017 lineup will be released soon. Festival-goers can also look forward to beach and club parties that aren’t to be missed.

Most of the action takes place a short walk away from two of Divi Resorts’ stunning Aruba properties: Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort and Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort. They’re offering early bird special rates to festival-goers who book their rooms now. A third Divi property, Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort, is also near the festival and offering early bird special rates.

Early bird rates are as follows:

Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort:

-Studio suites as low as $129/night and 1-bedroom suites as low as $149/night

-All-inclusive rates start at $179 per person per night*

Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort:

-Studio suites as low as $145/night and 1-bedroom suites as low as $165/night

-All-inclusive rates start at $189 per person per night*

Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort:

-Studio suites as low as $199/night and 1-bedroom suites as low as $229/night

Divi Resorts has also created a contest awarding tickets to the 2017 Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival. The first prize is a VIP package to the festival, including 2 Friday General Admission Comedy Show Tickets at the Renaissance Festival Plaza, 2 Saturday & Sunday General Admission Concert Tickets with 4 Gold Area Entry Passes at the Harbor Arena (2 Saturday/2 Sunday) plus 2 Party Pass Packages (total of 5 entries per person into 5 official Soul Beach Music Festival After Parties) with express entry access, in addition to a bonus package including 2 Friday General Admission Comedy Show Tickets at the Renaissance Festival Plaza and 2 Saturday and Sunday General Admission Concert Tickets.

The second prize includes 2 Friday General Admission Comedy Show Tickets at the Renaissance Festival Plaza and 2 Saturday and Sunday General Admission Concert Tickets with 4 Gold Area Entry Passes at the Harbor Arena (2 Saturday/2 Sunday). The third prize includes 2 Three-Night General Admission ticket packages for the Friday Comedy Show at the Renaissance Festival Plaza and Saturday and Sunday General Admission Concert Tickets at the Harbor Arena.

You can find more details, enter the contest, and check availability on rooms at www.diviresorts.com/aruba-soul-beach-2017.htm. More information on the 2017 Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival is available at www.soulbeach.net.

*All-inclusive rates are based on double room occupancy.

Introducing All-Inclusive Packages at Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino

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Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino has big news. Starting this August 2016, it announced that it will now make all-inclusive packages available to its guests—a first for the resort. Now when you stay at Divi’s homey, luxurious resort on Bonaire, you can pay for your hotel room, food, beverages and snorkeling adventures in one quick and easy reservation for an introductory limited-time rate of $175 per person per night.*

With all-inclusive packages, you’ll have the opportunity to drink and dine at three premium ocean view restaurants: pureocean, Chibi Chibi Bar & Restaurant and pureocean Beachside Bar, and enjoy a variety of fun activities including snorkeling, sunset yoga, salsa dancing lessons, live music and rum punch cocktail parties. Families with children ages 12 and under can take advantage of Divi Resorts’ Kids Stay, Play and Eat Free program as well as their complimentary Treasures of the Caribbean Kids’ Club. In addition to this program, you’ll enjoy spacious air-conditioned rooms and studio suites with private patios or balconies with an ocean, garden or pool view as well as complimentary WiFi._MG_9674

Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino is ideally situated to take advantage of Bonaire’s reputation as the premier dive spot of the Caribbean. Snorkeling equipment is included in the all-inclusive package, providing guests a chance to explore the stunning house reef just a few feet offshore during the day or night. Divi Flamingo’s 5-star PADI dive center, Divi Dive Bonaire, also offers scuba diving lessons as well as a fleet of five dive boats to take the more experienced divers exactly where they want to go.**

The resort also recently finished an extensive renovation that included stylish room and bathroom upgrades, a full makeover of their pool area and expansive sun deck, as well as adding a new beach, another dive boat and the opening of pureocean restaurant.

For more details on the new All-Inclusive packages at Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino, check out www.diviresorts.com/divi-flamingo-all-inclusive.htm.

*Based on double occupancy.

**Divi Dive Bonaire services are available to all-inclusive guests at an additional charge.

The 4 Best Caribbean Travel Blogs to Follow

Divi Resorts are known as THE vacation experts of the Caribbean. We’re always looking for fresh takes and the latest news on our favorite part of the world. We thought you’d enjoy a list of our favorite Caribbean travel blogs!

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Jet Set Sarah

1. Jet Set Sarah

Sarah was an editor for six years at the now-closed Caribbean Travel + Life magazine. Now she travels the Caribbean and writes about her encounters at www.jetsetsarah.com. There you’ll find fun and friendly top 10 lists and expert recommendations on just about everything under the warm Caribbean sun.

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Uncommon Caribbean – Steve and Patrick

2. Uncommon Caribbean

Two brothers from St. Croix, Steve and Patrick, write about the Caribbean from a local perspective at www.uncommoncaribbean.com. Their blog gives insight into authentic island life, proving that the Caribbean is much more than its white sand beaches (although those are also pretty great)! Turn to Steve and Patrick for off-the-beaten-path recommendations and off-the-radar locations you might never have found otherwise.

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Rum Shop Ryan

3. Rum Shop Ryan

Ryan is a Caribbean travel expert and writer who also documents his travels at www.rumshopryan.com. Get ready for regular updates and lots of stunning photos of your favorite islands, as well as drink recipes, news from the region, recommendations of things to do, and much more.

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Aruba Tourism Blog

4. Aruba Tourism Blog

The Aruba Tourism Authority runs a comprehensive site detailing just about everything there is to do on Aruba at www.aruba.com. Check out their blog at www.aruba.com/blog, which will keep you informed about the latest travel trends on Aruba, last-minute deals, and more.

Have we missed your favorite blog on Caribbean travel? Let us know about it in the comments!

New Adventure Tours from a New Pier at Divi Little Bay

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Divi Little Bay Beach Resort on St. Maarten recently opened a new pier on the property in tandem with Aqua Mania Adventures, one of St. Maarten’s largest water adventure companies.

Beginning this month, a wide range of water sports and adventure tours led by Aqua Mania will start at the 100-foot-long pier, made of steel and concrete and finished with wood for a pleasing look.

Conveniently located on the grounds of Divi Little Bay near the Aqua Mania Adventures kiosk, the pier will serve as the launching point for round-the-island trips, champagne brunch sails, sunset sails and adventure tours.

See below for the weekly schedule of departures from Divi Little Bay, subject to change. For the most current schedule, contact Aqua Mania Adventures.

Tuesday: Santino Round the Island Cruise

Wednesday: Sand Dollar Half Day Snorkeling Adventure to Creole Rock and Santino Round the Island Cruise

Thursday: Tango Sunset Sail

Friday: Sail La Vie and Moon Dance Sailing Charters to Anguilla

Sunday through Friday: Double Tank Scuba Dives and Discover Scuba Courses

Daily: Water Sports Rentals

Debby Lind-Steyn, Manager of Aqua Mania Adventures, looks forward to launching trips from Little Bay. “We’re excited about the new pier at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort,” she says. “Sailing from the Little Bay peninsula is just so beautiful. Our clients will have lots of photo opportunities the moment we cast off.”

Celine Van Meer, General Manager of Divi Little Bay Beach Resort, believes the pier will greatly add to the resort’s guest experience. “Being able to offer our guests fabulous island trips just steps from their hotel room is very exciting,” she says. “We already have our top-notch water sports center that offers scuba diving and a wide array of rental options such as wave runners, paddleboards, hobie cats and pedal boats. This new pier means our guests can enjoy even more fun activities right from our bay.”