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Aruba Vs. The Bahamas: Why Aruba Is Better

aruba vs. the bahamas“Aruba vs. the Bahamas” is a matchup that plays out frequently in the minds of many would-be Caribbean travelers. They both rank consistently among the most popular Caribbean destinations, and it can be hard to figure out the right choice. In a knockout round between the two, however, we think it’s pretty clear which one comes out on top. These travel favorites have much in common, but Aruba has the most return visitors each year in the Caribbean, and we think there’s a good reason for that.

While the travel times between the U.S. East Coast and each of the locations is fairly similar, both places are considered to be reasonably safe and both have a similar quality of nightlife, Aruba tips the scales in its direction in many other categories. As an article from consumer travel website Oyster.com points out, Aruba has plenty to do and see both above and below the water. It boasts fantastic cuisine from every corner of the world. It is also located outside the Hurricane Belt, meaning the chance for hurricanes ruining one’s travel plans is close to zero. Its constant tradewinds help keep mosquitos at bay, and temperatures average in the mid-80s Fahrenheit all year round.

Plus, it’s pretty impossible to compare Aruba’s white sand beaches to any other island in the world. With their shallow turquoise waters and calm waves, they are the kind of beaches that travelers can’t stop dreaming about. Eagle Beach, near Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort and Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort, was recently voted the third best beach in the world in the 2017 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards. And Palm Beach, home to Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort, is perfect for families to introduce their young children to the ocean for the first time. In the “Aruba vs. the Bahamas” matchup, we think Aruba wins every time.

This Intense Experience on Aruba Is Completely Worth It

If you’re looking to rev up your Aruba vacation, try the Andicuri UTV Off-Road Safari from De Palm Tours. This adventure lets you jump behind the wheel of one of De Palm’s UTV vehicles and drive all over the island in the company of a tour guide. You’ll get in more than a few UTV-inspired adrenaline rushes—and learn about the island’s best tourist sites while still having tons of fun.

We sent Kara Phelps, the communications specialist for Divi Resorts, on the Off-Road Safari to test it out. Here’s her take:

Hi there! If you’re ready to spice up your jaunt in Aruban paradise with a rough-and-ready good time, look no further than De Palm Tours’ Andicuri Off-Road Safari. Stop by the De Palm activities desk in the lobby at your resort to sign up—the coordinator will set up your tour and arrange for your pick-up from the resort. The tours take place daily at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., but you’ll most likely be picked up a few minutes earlier by bus to take you to the tour’s launching point.

At the launching point, located at De Palm’s headquarters in Oranjestad, our small group learned a few quick pointers on UTV safety from our tour guide, Giovanni. He also gave us bottles of water and bandannas to protect our mouths and noses. Aruba’s strong trade winds, coupled with the dust kicked up by your fellow UTVers in their vehicles, makes this a very gritty adventure. If you’re afraid of getting dirty, you might want to look elsewhere. Definitely wear the bandanna given to you, and bring an extra T-shirt to change afterward! If you get a rush being out in the elements, this tour will be the highlight of your trip.

We drove down quiet side roads and plenty of unpaved wilderness trails through the desert, passing through all six of Aruba’s districts. We made stops at several Aruban landmarks as Giovanni explained their significance to us, including the California Lighthouse and the trattoria nearby, the Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins, Andicuri Beach, Wariruri, the Ayo Rock Formation and the Alto Vista Chapel.

Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and sunglasses—there isn’t much shade. Sneakers, as opposed to sandals, will make driving and walking around easier. Extra money is also a good idea, as you may want to buy a snack, something to drink or a souvenir at one of the stops. Good luck out there on the trail!

You can sign up for the De Palm UTV tour at the activities desk at your resort on Aruba, or online at www.depalmtours.com.

 

Checking In at Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort

If you’ve been to Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort on Aruba in the last couple of months, you may have noticed something different about the check-in process. And if you’re one of the many guests who will be checking in soon, you’re in for a treat! Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort recently opened a brand-new lobby building for checking in and checking out conveniently.

It’s easy to find—simply come straight to Divi Dutch Village, where you’ll see the new building in front. It’s the first time that Dutch Village guests have been able to check in and check out right from the resort property.

The Soul Beach Music Festival: Your Next Unforgettable Weekend

The 17th Annual Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival is coming up fast, scheduled for this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, May 24-29, 2017. Get your tickets now, while you can still take advantage of the festival’s early bird discount.

This year’s headlining artists were recently announced, and they are show-stoppers: Mary J. Blige, Usher and the Roots. Enjoy a long weekend of incredible world-class R & B, sophisticated fun, tropical vistas and legendary, sultry beach parties.

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

Don’t forget to enter this contest awarding free tickets to the festival (click the link and scroll down for details). The first prize is a VIP package to Soul Beach, 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 information, enter the ticket giveaway contest and check availability on rooms at www.diviresorts.com/aruba-soul-beach-2017.htm. Visit the 2017 Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival online at www.soulbeach.net.

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

How to Plan Your Second Honeymoon

Dos and Don’ts of Exploring the Islands

Do you and your spouse need to shake up your routine? After many years of marriage, a vacation devoted to just the two of you can spice up your life and refresh your bond. Your second honeymoon might even be more fulfilling than your first.

At Divi Resorts, we’re experts on honeymoons of all types. We’ve gathered a few tips here for planning your second honeymoon.

Plan It Together

Many couples choose to go on a second honeymoon to celebrate a milestone like a tenth or twentieth anniversary. But the only important thing is that the timing works for both of you. Figure it out together, and make arrangements together! As a shared experience, planning can be fun.

Decide What the Trip Is About

Do you want to spend most of your time relaxing on the beach with a book? Would you rather learn the ins and outs of the island’s history together? Explore the underwater world together in the best dive spots in the tropics? Or wine and dine the hours away aboard a sailboat? If you and your spouse enjoy different activities, try alternating days spent doing each of your favorites.

Learn a New Activity Together

Learning something new together—whether it’s kayaking, surfing, diving, sailing, or a more land-lubbing skill like wine tasting—is a great way to strengthen your bond.

Leave Some Time to Chill

Try not to overschedule your vacation together. Don’t pack in so many activities that you need a vacation from your vacation! Make sure to leave some time for spontaneity and relaxation.

Give a Gift

Reignite the passion and intimacy from the early days by giving each other romantic gifts. Most Divi Resorts offer in-room honeymoon specials that include champagne in commemorative glasses, the bed in your suite strewn with flower petals and personalized touches like turndown service. Ask your Front Desk for details once you arrive.

Don’t Overload Your Expectations

Remember, a single trip won’t solve all your relationship problems. Keep a sense of humor and try to take any hiccups in stride. You’re on an exciting adventure together! That’s what marriage is all about.

Divi Resorts offers unique honeymoon and romance packages at our resorts on Aruba, Barbados and St. Maarten. Click here and scroll halfway down the page to see our full listings.

Stay Fit: This Year’s Foot Races on the Islands

If your New Year’s resolution is to get in shape, join the club. Several of us at Divi Resorts are embarking on the same journey this year. At Divi Resorts, we may be all about having fun, but that doesn’t mean we can’t stay healthy in the process! On your Caribbean vacation this year, why not join a foot race? You’re on island time, so the competition is easygoing. After spending the morning running, jogging or walking, you’ll quickly lose any guilt you might have about overindulging at pureocean. And best of all, you’re sure to meet a range of friendly fitness-focused tourists and locals alike.

We’ve assembled a short list of scheduled races on our islands. Don’t forget to confirm dates and times with the race organizers. Here’s to a healthy 2017!

Aruba

Aruba International Half Marathon (March 2017): Aruba’s longest road race, covering the length of the island from San Nicolas to Eagle Beach

Aruba’s 5K Beer Run (November 2017): Sponsored by local brewery Balashi Beer, this fun run/walk offers Balashi (as well as Powerade and water) as refreshment along the way

Barbados

Run Barbados (December 2017): A series of fun races and walks taking place over the course of a weekend

Bonaire

No major races scheduled

St. Croix

St. Croix Scenic 50 (January 2017): This series of 50-mile and 50-kilometer runs and relays is perfect for serious ultra marathoners

St. Croix International Marathon (December 2017): Half marathons and marathons

St. Maarten

Lagoon Half Marathon & 10K (March 2017): A race organized by the SXM Road Runners, a group open to the public that meets regularly for fun runs

Bastille Day Run (July 2017): A 6-kilometer run in Marigot on the French side of the island