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The Best All-Inclusive in the Dutch Caribbean

Congratulations to Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort, which was named one of the top 10 all-inclusive resorts in the Dutch Caribbean by the Caribbean Journal.  Why is Divi Village Golf counted among the best of the best? The list cites the variety of available facilities and the convenience of the nearby Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort and Divi Tamarijn All-Inclusive Beach Resort, both included as part of the Divi Village Golf all-inclusive package. It also calls out the on-site nine-hole golf course and the beautiful beach, just seconds away. Check out the Journal‘s full recommendation.

St. Croix Will Pay You to Visit in 2017

St. Croix, as well as the other U.S. Virgin Islands, are commemorating a special date this year—the 100th anniversary of “Transfer Day,” when Denmark sold the islands to the U.S.

To celebrate this landmark event, the U.S. Virgin Islands are giving visitors a $300 voucher to be used on “Historical/Cultural Tours and Activities.” This can be redeemed at participating hotels, including Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort on St. Croix. There are a couple of stipulations, but they should be easy to meet: you need to book your trip by October 1, 2017 for travel during the 2017 calendar year, and you must stay for a minimum of three nights.

Basically, this means you’ll be paid to travel to St. Croix in 2017.  St. Croix is already one of the easiest and most budget-friendly Caribbean islands to visit, since U.S. citizens don’t need a passport and airfare often runs about $300 round-trip from many cities on the East Coast. With the $300 voucher, you could essentially be reimbursed for airfare. For details on the voucher promotion, visit the U.S. Virgin Islands tourism site.

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!

How Scuba Diving Can Make You Feel Great

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At Divi Resorts, we love diving. It’s one of the few sports that can be relaxing, invigorating, and educational at the same time. And, here in the Caribbean, you’re never far from the next amazing dive site. Our clear waters and vibrant underwater life make sure of that.

The dive organization PADI recently published a blog post about the mood-boosting benefits of scuba diving. If you’re having a bad day—or a bad couple of months—scuba diving is a great way to relax, recharge, and reset. Immersed in a new underwater world, surrounded by fascinating marine life, your everyday worries can seem very far away.

That’s just one of the ways scuba diving can enhance your life. PADI’s blog post also mentions the connections you can form with other diving enthusiasts, the challenge of earning certifications, and the rewarding feeling of participating in marine cleanups. Diving can even promote physical health and lifelong learning, PADI asserts.

All our islands offer great diving opportunities, but the best vacation spot for anyone looking to “dive in” to the sport is Bonaire. The small Caribbean island is known for its world-class, yet easily accessible diving. Divi Dive Bonaire at Divi Flamingo Beach Resort teaches certification courses for all levels, and provides a wide variety of boat diving, shore diving, and truck diving packages. Shore diving is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Can you imagine recharging after the holidays with some firsthand oceanic exploration? You’d get a taste of our quiet, unspoiled Caribbean life on Bonaire—above and below the sea. You might even feel great.