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Witness “Mango Melee” on St. Croix This Month

mango melee st. croix

If you’re visiting St. Croix in July, you’re in luck. Every Saturday during the month of July, St. Croix locals celebrate tropical fruits (especially the mango) during the Mango Melee. This festival at the St. George Botanical Garden educates the public on home growing techniques and the many ways to use this special fruit. You can even taste the winning recipes from a culinary competition.

To get into the mango spirit, try mixing up this mango mojito recipe from Cruzan® Rum, the major rum producer that has called St. Croix home since the 1800s.

Cruzan® Mango Mojito

Ingredients

1 part Cruzan® Mango Rum
4 chunks of fresh mango
A dash of fresh lime juice
A splash of simple syrup
4-6 mint leaves
Club soda

Muddle mint and mango chunks with simple syrup in a tall glass. Add lime juice, Cruzan® Mango Rum with ice. Stir and top with club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Is Traveling Literally in Your DNA?

A cairn, or stack of rocks, on Aruba.

Were you born to wander? Are you proud of the stamps in your passport? Science says the reason may be hidden in your genes. Several recent scientific articles refer to a “wanderlust gene” that exists in 20 percent of the population. It’s linked with “restlessness and curiosity,” and can lead people to take more risks—including the urge to explore new and different places. You can read more about the wanderlust gene in this article from Conde Nast Traveler. Do you think the thrill of travel is locked into your DNA?

How to Experience the 2017 Solar Eclipse in the Caribbean

2017 solar eclipse in the caribbean

Partial solar eclipse, 2012. Image courtesy of Takeshi Kuboki.

In case you haven’t heard, the first total solar eclipse since 1918 to sweep across the U.S. is coming up on August 21, 2017. A solar eclipse happens when the moon temporarily blocks any part of the sun—solar eclipses only last a few minutes, but are spectacular to watch. What if you live outside the path of this year’s eclipse, though? Accommodations inside the path are growing increasingly rare. Rather than fighting for the last room at a roadside motel, you might consider watching the 2017 solar eclipse in the Caribbean. You’ll find fewer crowds, more little luxuries and, well, we have beaches—when’s the next time you’ll be able to view a stunning solar eclipse on the white sands of a beautiful beach?

The direct path of the eclipse passes just north of the Caribbean as it leaves the U.S. The northern Caribbean islands will all experience a solar eclipse at a magnitude around 0.8—the scientific way to say the moon will cover about 80 percent of the sun in those locations.

Our best-positioned resorts are Divi Little Bay Beach Resort on St. Maarten and Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort on St. Croix.  They’re the closest to the eclipse’s direct path. August 21 is approaching fast, so be sure to make your reservations soon! Viewing the 2017 solar eclipse in the Caribbean is sure to be unforgettable. We’re excited to share this fascinating, unique experience with you and your loved ones.

Remember: you should never look directly at the sun. Even during a solar eclipse, the sun can permanently damage your eyes. Space.com recommends buying a pair of eclipse glasses for each person in your party, or creating a pinhole camera (easy instructions are here).

The Best Caribbean Island for Luxury Shopping

Barbados Luxury Shopping

Courtesy of the Caribbean Journal

The Caribbean is famous for its high-end designer shopping and great deals on luxury items to be found there. The Caribbean Journal rounded up the top seven islands to visit if you’re looking for next-level shopping experiences. At the top of the list is Barbados, home to Limegrove Lifestyle Centre in Holetown. Limegrove storefronts include Cartier, Breitling, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Gucci and many more high-end brands. If you’re interested in splurging during your Barbados vacation, take a taxi to Limegrove, just half an hour from Divi Southwinds Beach Resort.  And if you’d rather not max out your credit cards just yet, the St. Lawrence Gap (right outside Divi Southwinds) offers a world of options for souvenirs and unique gifts.

How to Fall in Love with Barbados

how to fall in love with barbadosBarbados is the perfect island to explore. It offers up a world of quintessentially Caribbean experiences to any curious traveler. It’s easy to fall in love with Barbados, but here are a few vacation activities that virtually guarantee you’ll be booking a return trip as soon as you get home.

Swim with Sea Turtles

Hawksbill and leatherback sea turtles love the warm waters surrounding Barbados, and they are a protected species. Find a catamaran sailing tour that also offers snorkeling—your guide will point out sea turtles, and if you’re lucky, you may even get to interact with these gentle reptiles. There are many tour options available.

Sample the Best Street Food and Enjoy the Culture

Divi Southwinds Beach Resort is situated right on the St. Lawrence Gap, a favorite spot for nightlife, dining and taking in the rich Bajan (Barbadian) culture. Take a stroll and you’re sure to encounter plenty of options for delicious street food (expect to find lots of traditional jerk chicken and macaroni pie!), experience the vibrant local architecture and maybe even strike up a conversation with a warm and friendly Bajan.

Explore the Rugged East Coast

The east coast of the island is wilder and much rockier than the rest of the island, making for stunning scenery. Rent a car and drive to Bathsheba Park, where you can enjoy a picnic. The views are dramatic and unforgettable.

Learn to Surf!

If you’ve never been surfing before, this is the perfect place to start. The dream-like Dover Beach has soft golden sand and calm waves, and Barry’s Surf School, located just a short walk from Divi Southwinds, has plenty of options for surfers at all levels.

Enjoy the West Coast Beaches

Every beach on Barbados is a public beach, so take your pick! The West Coast is home to most of the more accessible, tourist-friendly choices. There’s nothing better than a little Bajan R-and-R with a perfect view of the Caribbean Sea. Before you know it, you’ll fall in love with Barbados.

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!