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6 Summer Carnivals to Visit in the Caribbean

crop over festival barbados

Courtesy of the Caribbean Journal

You may associate carnivals with the season of celebration just before Lent, but that’s not the only time you can find people dancing through the Caribbean streets. Various islands hold their own carnivals throughout the summer, celebrating everything from another bountiful sugarcane harvest to the unique heritage of the local culture.

Barbados, for example, is home to the Crop Over Festival, an exciting mix of street parties, music and parades. It culminates on August 7, Kadooment Day, with an enormous parade of vibrantly costumed people along Spring Garden Highway. Check out the list of other summer carnivals here.

Savor the St. Maarten Beach Lunch

There’s nothing quite like eating lunch on the beaches of St. Maarten. Imagine a juicy, perfectly cooked hamburger and a cold beer or cocktail enjoyed while gazing across the turquoise waters of Little Bay, a fine dusting of sand like powdered sugar still between your toes.  The bright blue lounge chairs and beach umbrellas spread out in front of you as you feel a warm breeze begin to pick up. Gizmo’s Bar & Grill at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort on St. Maarten can give you the beach lunch of your dreams.

Witness “Mango Melee” on St. Croix This Month

mango melee st. croix

If you’re visiting St. Croix in July, you’re in luck. Every Saturday during the month of July, St. Croix locals celebrate tropical fruits (especially the mango) during the Mango Melee. This festival at the St. George Botanical Garden educates the public on home growing techniques and the many ways to use this special fruit. You can even taste the winning recipes from a culinary competition.

To get into the mango spirit, try mixing up this mango mojito recipe from Cruzan® Rum, the major rum producer that has called St. Croix home since the 1800s.

Cruzan® Mango Mojito

Ingredients

1 part Cruzan® Mango Rum
4 chunks of fresh mango
A dash of fresh lime juice
A splash of simple syrup
4-6 mint leaves
Club soda

Muddle mint and mango chunks with simple syrup in a tall glass. Add lime juice, Cruzan® Mango Rum with ice. Stir and top with club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Is Traveling Literally in Your DNA?

A cairn, or stack of rocks, on Aruba.

Were you born to wander? Are you proud of the stamps in your passport? Science says the reason may be hidden in your genes. Several recent scientific articles refer to a “wanderlust gene” that exists in 20 percent of the population. It’s linked with “restlessness and curiosity,” and can lead people to take more risks—including the urge to explore new and different places. You can read more about the wanderlust gene in this article from Conde Nast Traveler. Do you think the thrill of travel is locked into your DNA?

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.