Category Archives: Barbados

6 Summer Carnivals to Visit in the Caribbean

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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.

The Best Souvenirs to Bring Home from Each Divi Island

best caribbean souvenirs from each divi island

When you’re dreaming of a past vacation, the easiest way to relive it is to bring out a few mementos. Souvenirs can help you recall the good times and the great stories from your trip. The best souvenirs communicate something about the spirit and the personality of the place you visited. We gathered a few suggestions of great souvenirs you can bring home from the Caribbean. Each of these islands is home to at least one Divi Resort—we hope you have an opportunity to check them all out!

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Aruba: Aloe products

Aruba Aloe is the oldest aloe company in the world. Founded in 1890, it’s also the only aloe company in the world that grows, harvests and manufactures its products right on-site. Its products are sold pretty much everywhere in Aruba. You can also visit the Aruba Aloe Museum & Factory Store.

Barbados: Pottery

Earthworks Pottery is worth the short trip to the Edgehill Heights section of the St. Thomas parish. Everything at this workshop is authentically Caribbean, handcrafted by local artists. It offers a range of plates, bowls and vases, available as unique pieces or as part of beautiful sets. Earthworks is also happy to ship fragile items back home if you’re worried about their survival in your suitcase.

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Bonaire: Cactus liqueur

Cadushy Distillery, located in Rincon, is the only distillery on the island of Bonaire. It’s most well-known for Cadushy of Bonaire, a cactus liqueur with a cooling lime taste, the earliest entry in the distillery’s Island Liqueurs line. Sign up for a tasting and learn first-hand how the spirits are produced. Don’t forget to bring home a few bottles of your favorite flavors.

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St. Croix: Crucian bracelets

When you visit St. Croix, you’ll notice many local women wearing a unique type of bracelet. The St. Croix Hook or the Crucian Hook is a band-style bracelet with a horseshoe-shaped clasp. This clasp (or “hook”) represents true love on St. Croix. These bracelets come in a wide variety of styles, and you can find them in most local jewelry shops.

St. Maarten: Guavaberry liqueur

Although the wild-growing guavaberry can be found elsewhere in the Caribbean, locals speculate St. Maarten is the only place it truly thrives. It’s a central part of local folklore and traditional cuisine. The juice of these berries (no relation at all to guava) is mixed with rum and sugar and then aged to create guavaberry liqueur. Sample the sweet, light concoction and bring home a few beautiful bottles from Ma Doudou, a small shop just off Front Street in Philipsburg.

 

Instagram Photos of Divi Southwinds Beach Resort

instagram photos of divi southwindsWe 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 fabulous Instagram photos of Divi Southwinds Beach Resort on Barbados.

Picture-Perfect Moments at Divi Southwinds

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#plumeria #barbados🇧🇧 #tropicalgarden

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Barely making it through alive…..😊🤗😊 #barbados #backinthecaribbean #longcommutetowork

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We’d love to see more Instagram photos of Divi Southwinds Beach Resort! If you’d like to share your memories with us, simply tag the resort as your location when you post your Instagram photos of Divi Southwinds, and make sure your profile is set to public. Thanks for following along!

Top Caribbean Summer Destinations for 2017

As you plan your summer vacation, don’t forget about the Caribbean! It’s beautiful part of the world year-round, including in summer. You’ll find all the familiar things you love about the Caribbean—the amazing beaches, cooling tropical breezes and delicious food—and fewer of the things you love a little less. The crowds are thinner in summer, and seasonal hotel rates are lower. Check out a few of the best Caribbean destinations for summer travel, as recommended by the Caribbean Journal: Barbados, Aruba, St. Maarten’s French side and St. Croix.

We love traveling in the Caribbean during summer. It’s the perfect time to take your kids, since they’re out of school. And with the reduced crowds, it can be that much easier to score a palapa on the beach for a day.

Is it time for your family to think Caribbean? What do you enjoy about the Caribbean in summer?

The Best Caribbean Island for Luxury Shopping

Barbados Luxury Shopping

Courtesy of the Caribbean Journal

The Caribbean is famous for its high-end designer shopping and great deals on luxury items to be found there. The Caribbean Journal rounded up the top seven islands to visit if you’re looking for next-level shopping experiences. At the top of the list is Barbados, home to Limegrove Lifestyle Centre in Holetown. Limegrove storefronts include Cartier, Breitling, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Gucci and many more high-end brands. If you’re interested in splurging during your Barbados vacation, take a taxi to Limegrove, just half an hour from Divi Southwinds Beach Resort.  And if you’d rather not max out your credit cards just yet, the St. Lawrence Gap (right outside Divi Southwinds) offers a world of options for souvenirs and unique gifts.

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.