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How to Pack the Perfect Beach Bag

Every so often, we like to go through our vault and revive previous posts that people liked. Some things never get old—like this post with advice on packing the perfect beach bag, originally published in June 2015.

Is a day at the beach part of your summer plans? Whether you’re visiting us in the Caribbean or spending a weekend at a beach resort nearby, you’ll want to remember to bring all of the essentials for a great day of fun in the sun. Here are some of our favorite items to fill up your beach bag:

Sunscreen – Undoubtedly, the most important thing you can pack in your beach bag is sunscreen! It will protect you from the sun’s harmful rays and ensure that you leave your beach day with a healthy glow instead of a burn! Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and don’t forget to reapply throughout the day to keep your skin protected.

Tip: Try a spray-on sunscreen that lets you apply even coverage easily without missing a spot.

Read more about sun protection!

Accessories – When packing for your beach day, you definitely don’t want to leave your sunglasses, hat, flip flops and cover-up behind at the resort. These summer accessories will make you look stylish while also keeping you comfortable during your day in the sun. You also won’t want to forget a plush, comfy towel to lie on.

Tip: Polarized sunglasses are great for people with sensitive eyes. They’ll give you crisp, clear views of the beautiful scenery while keeping you squint-free!

Hair products – If you’ve got long locks, you’ll want to bring along some beauty accessories to keep your hair out of your face and untangled for the day. Pack some hair ties, bobby pins or clips, in addition to a headband or scarf to keep shorter hair pulled back. You can also bring a small bottle of detangling hair spray and a wide-tooth comb to brush out any knots from the wind or water to keep your hair looking great.

Tip: Want to keep the beachy waves after you’ve left the shore? Try spritzing a saltwater spray into your hair and scrunching it to imitate the look your hair gets from the ocean air.

Entertainment – While your main reason for a beach day might be to get some much needed R&R, you may also want to pack some things to keep you entertained throughout the day. Pack some portable speakers to play music from your phone or MP3 player, a book or magazine to read, or even a game like bocce ball or horseshoe. If you have little ones, don’t forget the necessary tools for sandcastle building!

Tip: If you’re planning to bring electronics to the beach, like your phone, MP3 player or eReader, make sure to put them into a protective case first to keep sand & water from ruining them!

What are your must-have items for a beach day? Share them in the comments below!

Caribbean Islands You Should Visit Right Now

Whether you’re looking for an indulgent getaway or a taste of authentic Caribbean culture, there’s no time like the present to visit the islands. The Caribbean Journal has compiled a list of nine islands that are ideal for spring travel—some well-established tourist destinations, some on the rise.

Barbados, Bonaire and St. Croix all receive shout-outs. Barbados makes the cut for its luxury reputation as “the English-speaking St. Barts;” Bonaire, for its friendly yet trendy culture; St. Croix, for its rising foodie scene. You can see the full list here.

Why It’s Good to Travel Somewhere Twice

Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort

Sometimes it’s more fulfilling to travel somewhere you’ve already been. It can be overwhelming to check off the “must dos” in a new place, but on a second or third visit, you’ll feel a bit more freedom to stretch out and relax. When you travel somewhere twice, you might also venture off the beaten path, discover new things to do or get a fresh perspective on your surroundings. Our Divi owners and club members can vouch for this—many have been returning to the same Caribbean island year after year for decades.

Conde Nast Traveler takes a look at why people enjoy returning to the same destinations. You might be surprised—check out the full article here.

Caribbean Wonderland: 6 Views You Have to See to Believe

Have you been lucky enough to visit the Caribbean? You’ve probably seen the pictures, at least—turquoise waters, blue skies, sparkling white beaches. There’s no substitute for feeling the sand under your toes and the warm sun on your face, but we think these photos are a pretty good start.

Atlantis Kite Beach, Bonaire

Not only is Atlantis Kite Beach a hidden gem for kite surfers, it has just about the clearest water you’ll find anywhere.

Oyster Pond, St. Martin

Drive to the French side of St. Maarten/St. Martin for a spectacular scenic overlook on Oyster Pond Road.

Palm Beach, Aruba

We don’t mean to brag (much!), but the view from Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort is one of the most stunning in the Caribbean.

Bathsheba Beach, Barbados

The striking rock formations at Bathsheba Beach are the remnants of an ancient coral reef.

Arikok National Park, Aruba

We count Aruba among our favorite places, so you might have expected it would show up in our list twice. Visit Arikok National Park on the eastern side of the island to experience rugged natural beauty.

Grapetree Bay, St. Croix

You don’t need to travel far from Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort to see this picturesque view—it’s right outside.

 

All Dressed Up and Someplace to Go – It’s Carnival Time!

Oh, how they love a good party in St. Maarten.  Carnival, the annual festival that has more music, rhinestones and feathers than a Grammy Awards show, is now going on in St. Maarten.  And, it’s going on and on and on.  The island has been partying for two weeks already, and they are not done yet.  But, almost.   The festivities end today.

According to Carnival connoisseurs, St. Maarten has one of the best celebrations in the northeastern Caribbean. There are events day and night.  A festival village is the hub, but parades fan out through the downtown of Phillipsburg.  There are also beauty pageants, numerous heart-pumping concerts, lots of food and costume competitions.  The latter is serious business.

After all, Carnival is THE biggest event of the year on St. Maarten, so it is no surprise that the fashions come out for the occasion.  Front Street, the parade route, turns into a red carpet of sorts with revelers strutting the stuff of the Caribbean’s finest Carnival designers.  There’s every color of the rainbow and then some, plenty of feathers, rhinestones, fringe, beads, netting and towering headdresses three feet high and three feet wide.

Planning what to wear next year begins nearly the day after Carnival ends this year.  Creative minds get sketching, colors envisioned, fabrics ordered, and soon nimble fingers are sewing, beading and spangling for months.

And, that’s not all.   There has to be make-up to go with the outfit.  Revlon commissioned Sandra Hordatt, a top Carnival costume designed based in Trinidad, but who works throughout the Caribbean, to develop some Carnival make-up looks last year. Stunning, we think you’ll agree, but judge for yourself with these make-up pictures.

And, here’s something else we’ve learned.  On Carnival Info, a website which tells you everything you didn’t even know you didn’t know about carnivals around the world, you can order a costume custom made for you.

And, now that you know the dress code, mark your calendar for April 2014.  There’s a party going on.

Since Carnival comes at a very popular time of year for vacations, book a stay at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort well in advance.  It’s never too soon to plan accommodations or party attire!