Category Archives: St. Croix

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.

This St. Croix Festival Is the Perfect Excuse to Jet Away

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Weather forecasts might have you thinking that January and February is the time to escape to St. Croix, but gourmands will suggest April as prime-time for visiting this warm and wonderful part of the US. April is when the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience takes place, a three-day gustatory extravaganza, which annually prompts noted chefs and food and wine lovers to go dashing to the island. St. Croix is at its most festive and hospitable then and vacation packages abound.  Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort & Casino offers the ideal location because it plays host to the festival’s premier opening event: The Taste of St. Croix on April 6, 2017.

Imagine sampling authentic regional fare, celebrity chef creations and special vintages from wineries around the globe on a starry, breezy, beachy night just steps from your balcony or patio. That’s precisely why the Taste of St. Croix is a sell-out year after year, and therefore requires a little advance planning to score a ticket.

Divi Carina Bay has made it easy for 2017. Their Taste of St. Croix package offers a special discounted rate of $167 per person per night* that includes a free ticket for each registered guest to Taste of St. Croix (a $95 value). Book your stay and Bam! You’re going to the biggest party on the island all year.

*Rate is based on double occupancy.

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!

Top 5 Reasons We Know You’ll Love St. Croix

Have you ever had the pleasure of visiting St. Croix? It’s one of our favorite islands. When you’re looking for a tranquil, relaxing Caribbean vacation, pack your bags and head to St. Croix. Featuring spectacular cerulean waters, a diverse culture and plenty of thrilling adventures to get into, this island is truly a “one-stop shop” for everything you love about a vacation.

#1 Easy Travel

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If you’re a U.S. citizen, you won’t even need a passport! St. Croix is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, making it easy for you to simply pick up and go.

#2 Great Weather

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This beautiful, laid-back island offers mild temperatures year-round, with the average being around 80 degrees F. During a typical year, the “coldest” day of the year is January 26, with an average low of a pleasant 73 degrees F.

#3 Rich St. Croix Culture

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Experience the unique culture and history of St. Croix. Strong Dutch influences are noticeable in the striking and colorful architecture. The island is well-known for hosting a wide variety of arts, crafts and music festivals. A few of the island’s most popular cultural events are the Taste of St. Croix, the monthly Sunset Jazz Festival and the month-long Crucian Christmas Festival, featuring dancing and parades.

#4 Tons of Fun Things to Do

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Visitors enjoy a wide variety of water sports, including wind surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving among stunning coral reefs, kayaking the crystal-clear waters, or fishing. For the land lovers, St. Croix offers plenty of shopping opportunities in the delightful towns of Christiansted and Frederiksted, as well as world-class golfing at one of three scenic golf courses. If you’re in the mood for an adventure, consider taking a historical tour or a hike in the St. Croix rainforests.

#5 An All-Inclusive Escape

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Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort & Casino is the only all-inclusive resort on St. Croix. Our guests enjoy countless deluxe amenities including world-class dining, lively entertainment, tennis, mini-golf, non-motorized water sports and easy access to St. Croix’s only casino, Divi Carina Bay Casino. You’ll never be at a loss for activities here, unless, of course, nothing is what you want to do.

And there you have it. In St. Croix, it’s easy to find all the right ingredients for a Caribbean vacation of a lifetime. You really need to come see it for yourself!

Tips for Taking Great Instagram Photos on Vacation

When you go on vacation, you’re probably taking photos—and you’re probably sharing them instantly. At Divi Resorts, we see dozens of vacation photos every day as we keep tabs on our social media accounts. We thought you might enjoy a few “best practices” from the Caribbean vacation experts on how to make your trip photos really pop. Your friends and family back home won’t believe what you’re posting on Instagram.

#1 Your photo deserves to be framed!

Take a look at your surroundings—sometimes you’ll find a great way to frame your shot, like with the roof of a palapa. Your Instagram followers will be jealous.

#2 It’s the little things.

Try taking closeup shots of the small, unexpected things that really define your vacation—the quirky items that give your trip its personality.

#3 Switch up your angles.

It’s fun to look at life from a different perspective! Experiment with unusual angles—high, low or from a vantage point that isn’t often photographed (make sure to be safe, though!).

#4 Go off-kilter.

Photography has a “rule of thirds” for a reason. Just place your subject slightly to the left or right of center, and bam—your photo is more stunning already. Good job, you!

#5 People are more than poses!

Putting your friends and family in the photo is one of the best ways to keep your vacation memories alive. Make sure to get a few shots of the entire group together, but photos of people can be more striking when they’re candid.

Good luck out there! We love seeing what a great time people are having at our resorts. If you’d like to share your awesome photo with us, follow us on Instagram @DiviResorts and tag us!