Category Archives: Caribbean

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.

 

Late Summer 2017 Flight Deals to the Caribbean

caribbean flight deals

We’re always keeping an eye out for great flight deals to the Caribbean. Here are a few sweet airfare steals we’ve just discovered for travel in late summer and fall.

-JetBlue flights as low as $339-$354 round-trip from Raleigh-Durham (RDU) to Aruba (AUA), select dates in late August

-JetBlue flights as low as $388 round-trip from Boston (BOS) to Aruba (AUA), select dates in September

-Delta, American, JetBlue and United flights as low as $225-$347 round-trip from New York (JFK, LGA, EWR), Miami (MIA), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Tampa (TPA), Orlando (MCO), Boston (BOS) and Washington, D.C. (DCA, IAD) to St. Croix (STX), dates throughout the fall

Make sure to act fast—airlines change their rates quickly, and these deals could be gone in the next day or two!

Information is valid at the time of writing. Sometimes you may not find the price mentioned in this post (for example, several days after the original posting date). It means that the airline has changed the price.

25 Most Beautiful Places in the Caribbean

25 most beautiful places in the caribbean

Bonaire National Marine Park, Bathsheba Beach and Renaissance Island. Images courtesy of Conde Nast Traveler.

The Caribbean offers so much more than beaches in terms of beautiful scenery—although it’s also home to some of the best beaches in the world. Conde Nast Traveler published a list of the 25 Most Beautiful Places in the Caribbean, and we’re proud that three of our islands are featured in it.

The National Marine Park on Bonaire includes all waters surrounding the island. Its protected status is the reason Bonaire has the clearest water you’ll see anywhere, teeming with diverse marine life. Bathsheba Beach on Barbados is situated on the majestic eastern shore, a breathtaking stretch of rocky coastline and vibrant greenery. Renaissance Island on Aruba offers the perfect opportunity to view flamingos and take photos with these odd yet beautiful birds. Check out all three amazing entries on the list when you visit us in the Caribbean!

Summer 2017 Flight Deals to the Caribbean

We’ve discovered several great flight deals to the Caribbean for summer 2017.

-American Airlines flights as low as $174 round-trip from BOS (Boston) to BGI (Barbados), select dates starting in May (these flights have overnight connections)

-American Airlines flights as low as $182 round-trip from BOS (Boston) to AUA (Aruba), select dates May-June

-JetBlue flights as low as $312 round-trip from JFK (New York City) to BGI (Barbados), select dates May-June

-Delta flights as low as $390 round-trip from JFK (New York City) to SXM (St. Maarten), select dates in May

Information is valid at the time of writing. Sometimes you may not find the price mentioned in this post (for example, several days after the original posting date). It means that the airline has changed the price.

Barbados Will Host the Caribbean’s Largest Arts Festival

Caribbean Arts Festival CARIFESTA 2017

Courtesy of the Caribbean Journal

This summer, Barbados will host the 13th edition of the Caribbean’s biggest arts festival, CARIFESTA. More than 3,000 artists and craftspeople will come to the island August 17-27, 2017 to showcase their best work. The festival features an incredibly diverse range of artwork, from dance, theater and music to the visual arts and fashion to food and literature. The theme is “Asserting Our Culture, Celebrating Our Selves.” The opening and closing ceremonies will take place at Bridgetown’s well-known cricket stadium, the Kensington Oval, a short drive from Divi Southwinds Beach Resort. If you’re traveling to Barbados in late August, consider yourself very lucky!

Bonaire, Home to One of the Natural Wonders of the Caribbean

About.com Travel recently named Bonaire’s National Marine Park one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the Caribbean. If you’ve been scuba diving or snorkeling with Divi Dive Bonaire, you’ve visited the Marine Park—it encompasses the entire island from its shoreline to a depth of 200 feet. From the vibrant diversity of underwater life that makes its home in the park, the healthiness of the area is clear. It’s considered to be the most well-protected reef system in the Caribbean.