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Island Adventures: Escape from St. Maarten for a Day

escape from st. maarten for the dayStarting to feel like you need a vacation from your vacation? St. Maarten offers so much to do and see—but even if you somehow weary of its unique half-French, half-Dutch makeup and its stunning beaches, this amazing island still has a few surprises up its sleeve. St. Maarten is nestled close to some of the most beautiful spots in the Caribbean. From St. Barts to Saba, the perfect escape is out there for pretty much everyone.

Aqua Mania Adventures, the water sports and tour provider that partners with Divi Little Bay Beach Resort, currently offers six day trips off-island.

Edge to Saba — Enjoy a quiet getaway with plenty of time for sightseeing in picturesque villages, hiking in the rainforest or scuba diving in world-renowned dive spots.

Edge to St. Barts — St. Barts has gained a reputation as a decadent vacation hideout for the rich and the famous. Don’t worry, though—ordinary folks are welcome, too. You might even spot a familiar face from TV or film! Enjoy fabulous boutique shopping and some of the finest cuisine in the Western Hemisphere.

Lambada to Prickly Pear & Anguilla — Experience the pure, unspoiled splendor of Anguilla and its tiny neighbor, Prickly Pear Cay. Spend the day snorkeling, swimming and just relaxing.

Tango Dolphin Discovery — Visit Dolphin Discovery’s new park on Anguilla, the largest natural habitat dolphin park in the Caribbean. This is your chance to swim with dolphins.

Tango to Cove Bay — You’ve definitely earned a trip to Cove Bay on Anguilla. The white sand beach is your home for the day as you enjoy the view of St. Maarten’s lush, tropical hills.

Tango to Shoal Bay — Shoal Bay on Anguilla is considered to be one of the top 10 beaches in the world. Land at Cove Bay and travel by taxi to Shoal Bay, touring the length of Anguilla. Then sit back, relax and spend the day in paradise.

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Kicks Off Today

Get ready for an action-packed weekend of world-class sailboat racing at the 37th Annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, taking place March 2-5, 2017. Last year, participants from 37 countries traveled to St. Maarten to compete. It’s a great time to be on the island—not only do you get to see impressive vessels and meet experienced pros in the sport of sailing, you get a chance to join in the fabulous parties that always accompany the event.

To all those on-island, have a great regatta! Don’t forget to block next year’s regatta into your schedule: it will take place March 1-4, 2018.

A Culinary Road Trip Across St. Maarten

You might visit Antoine Restaurant in downtown Philipsburg, St. Maarten as part of your culinary adventure.

Gourmands often call St. Maarten “the culinary capital of the Caribbean.” French and Dutch influences merge with Caribbean flavor to create a cuisine unlike any other. Chefs and foodies flock to the small island to taste the amazing variety to be had within its 34 square miles.

We sent Kara Phelps, the communications specialist for Divi Resorts, to Divi Little Bay Beach Resort to report back on St. Maarten’s unique food culture. Here’s what she found:

Hi there! St. Maarten is world-famous for its consistently high level of cuisine. Visiting the island without eating your way around it would be a grave mistake, if you ask me. If you have just a few hours to burn—or if you’re looking to add some excitement to a leisurely vacation—I recommend taking a culinary tour with Flavors of St. Martin Food Tours. They’re one of the best ways to experience the full range of what St. Maarten has to offer, since their signature 4.5-hour tour takes you through the French side as well as the Dutch side of the island.

Amsterdam Cheese & Liquor Store

We began our journey at the Amsterdam Cheese & Liquor Store in Philipsburg, a short taxi ride away from Divi Little Bay on the other side of Great Bay. The owners of the shop, two brothers from the Netherlands, treated our small group of five to a tasting of some of their finest cheeses. We sampled Gouda at various ages and paired it with a range of jellies and jams.

Ankie, a tour guide with Flavors of St. Martin Food Tours

Then we piled into an air-conditioned bus with our tour guide, Ankie, an outgoing local with an encyclopedic knowledge of the island and its food. She narrated our entire experience with warmth and a wry sense of humor.

In Philipsburg, we stopped at Antoine Restaurant—notable for being a French restaurant on the Dutch side of the island—and sampled classic French fare like escargots and vichyssoise. Then we walked a short distance to Ma Doudou Rum Shop and tasted St. Maarten’s famous guavaberry liqueur, an island staple. It’s the perfect addition to a sweet cocktail.

The view from Sky’s the Limit in Grand Case, St. Martin. If you look closely, you can see the neighboring island Anguilla.

Soon it was time to get back in the bus and head to the French side of the island. Ankie kept us entertained until we reached Grand Case, a beautiful town on the north shore. (One of the typical stops on the tour, the creperie Paradise View, was closed for the day.) We stopped near the famous “lolos” of Grand Case, a section of small beachfront shacks serving out-of-this-world food. We tasted island barbecue from a lolo called Sky’s the Limit, eating at picnic tables with the smell of smoked meat wafting through the air. For someone like myself with a great love for barbecue, it was a complete delight.

Inside the Carousel Gelateria

Another highlight of the tour was the Carousel Gelateria near Simpson Bay, back on the Dutch side of the island and finishing off the tour. The gelateria offers dozens of flavors of gelato from plain to exotic—including guavaberry. It also has, yes, a fully operational carousel. The owner of the gelateria, Diego from Italy, switched it on and we sat astride the colorful circus horses as we finished our gelato.

If you’re interested in booking this foodie adventure for yourself, it’s easy. Reserve a spot in the next tour online at www.stmartinfoodtours.com or call 855-543-9849 (international callers, dial +52-55-4170-7517). They serve enough food during the tour to make you comfortably full, so it’s not necessary to eat a meal beforehand. They can also accommodate many dietary restrictions with advanced notice. Bon appetit!

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