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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

Why You Need to Take a Vacation Right Now

Are you exhausted from the busy demands of the holidays? Is the daily grind getting to you? Believe it or not (don’t laugh!), December is National Stress-Free Month. You deserve a vacation. We know it can be overwhelming to plan, but it’s worth it: according to recent scientific studies, vacations can actually improve your health.

Most Americans never take their full paid vacation time. Maybe it’s time for a break. Not only do vacations relieve stress, scientists have found that regular vacations can help your heart stay healthy, improve your mental well-being and improve your relationships.

Okay, we might be a little biased, but the science is right there! Now you have your excuse to escape somewhere warm and sunny, like the Caribbean. Check out our resort + air bundling tool to book your accommodations and flight all in one go. National Stress-Free Month, indeed.

The Happiest Island in the World

Which Caribbean island is so devoted to the happiness of its visitors and residents that it employs Happy Information Officers? You know the one. It’s made a name for itself as the “One Happy Island.” It played host this fall to the first Happiness 360 Conference, where leaders in tourism from around the world discussed how to bring more happiness into the tourist experience.

Yes, we’re talking about Aruba—quite possibly the happiest island on the planet. This recent article from USA Today explains just how this small nation can make such a bold claim. Quite simply, it involves perfect weather (Aruba is outside of the hurricane belt), perfect beaches (Palm Beach and Eagle Beach are famously family-friendly) and perfect entertainment (festivals like the Soul Beach Music Festival lead to fabulous week-long beach parties).

You can read the full article from USA Today here. Aruba definitely lives up to the hype!

4 Experiences You Must Have in Aruba

How do you like to vacation? Are you the kind of person who just needs some sunscreen, a beach towel, and a clear schedule? Do you prefer to try tons of new things and search for adventures? Or do your vacations fall somewhere in between? Regardless of the type of vacationer you are, Aruba offers so much to do. We’ve listed a few activities here that we’ve found to be crowd favorites. There’s something here that just about everyone will enjoy.

Arikok National Park

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The government of Aruba has dedicated approximately 18 percent of the island to this national park. It has many walking trails that are well-kept and remain open to the public for exploring. Some tour companies offer guided tours through this massive protected area that is practically bursting with scenic views and unusual wildlife. The park is safe to explore if you stay on the main path. You may encounter a few big iguanas—but they’re harmless, like most of the other animals that inhabit the area.

The Butterfly Farm

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Photo credit Jasmine Nears

A visit to Aruba’s Butterfly Farm is an unforgettable encounter with nature in all its beauty and diversity. Step into a tropical garden teeming with butterflies from around the globe, and prepare to meet some of the world’s most colorful and unusual creatures. Observe the life cycle of these fascinating animals from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. Tour guides will entertain you with commentary on butterfly habits and the miracle of metamorphosis. Arrive early in the day and witness new butterflies emerging from their chrysalis and taking their first flight. The Farm also provides a rare opportunity for butterfly photography. It’s a sure delight for all ages.

pureocean at Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort

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pureocean, an upscale restaurant serving globally inspired cuisine with a Caribbean twist, is hands-down one of the most romantic places on the island. Located at Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort, pureocean offers diners the opportunity to dine with their toes right in the sands of Palm Beach as they watch a stunning Aruban sunset. Executive Chef Anthony de Palm ensures culinary excellence. You’ll need to make a reservation in advance—you can do so via OpenTable.

Scuba Diving or Snorkeling

If you wish to learn how to dive, take a Resort Certification Scuba Diving Course. Don’t miss out on the beauty, not to mention excitement, of Aruba’s underwater world. Divers with Open Water Certification can enjoy the many diving sites Aruba has to offer—go wall diving, reef diving, or explore wrecks sunk during World War II.

If you’d prefer to remain close to the surface and snorkel, you can easily enjoy the beauty of the coral formations as well as the wreck sites, with a visibility of 100 feet at some locations. De Palm Tours offers a Snorkel Adventure tour that brings you to several must-see spots.

Did we forget to mention your favorite Aruba experience? Let us know about it in the comments!

How to Plan a Group Trip with Friends

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Have you ever thought about traveling to the Caribbean with a dozen or so (or more!) close friends and family members? When you have a major milestone coming up in your life, or if you’ve just received great news, a fantastic way to celebrate is to go on a group trip. You might think group trips involve a staggering amount of planning, but with a little forethought, they’re actually quite manageable—and the discounts you can rack up from traveling as a group are significant. Here are few points to go over before you jet away with your crew to an island escape:

Who’s going, and when?

Who’s on your guest list? Ideally, everyone will get along reasonably well together as a large group—you’ll want to avoid any awkward dinner conversations! Once you’ve decided, it’s easy to settle on dates using an online scheduling tool like Doodle. Simply create a Doodle poll and email it to everyone on your list. You’ll be able to narrow down the best time for the whole gang to travel.

What group rates are available?

Divi Resorts offers great discounts to groups of 10 or more. Call our experienced travel planners at 1-800-801-5550 or email groupsales@diviresorts.com. We’ll see to it that you have everything you need.

Time to book your trip!

It will be easiest for everyone to plan their travel if you settle on dates far in advance. Make sure everyone in your group has a passport!

What do you want to do?

Review the amenities at the resort of your choice, and investigate fun things to do around the island. It’s best to stay flexible, as everyone will likely have slightly different ideas on how they want to spend their time. It’s best to find a couple of “must-dos” ahead of your trip, but don’t forget to leave plenty of time to be spontaneous.

Bon voyage! Here’s to an unforgettable Caribbean getaway with all your BFFs!