How to Plan a Group Trip with Friends


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 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


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


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


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


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


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!

Divers, This Is How to Persuade Your Non-Diving Partner to Get Certified


Rule number one of diving: always have a dive buddy. It’s pleasant enough to dive with someone you’ve just met on the dive boat, but your experience can be so much more fun and enriching when your dive buddy is someone you already know. And if your romantic partner is also a diver—well, you’re lucky indeed.

PADI has published a blog post recommending some gentle ways that divers can persuade a non-diving significant other or friend to enroll in a certification program. Keeping in mind that non-divers will most likely enjoy the process more if they come to it on their own terms, the dive organization recommends visiting an exotic location where the underwater life is abundant and the water is clear and warm.


That sounds a lot like Bonaire. The small Caribbean island is known for its world-class, yet easily accessible diving. Bonaire is the perfect setting to learn how to dive, and it offers plenty of exciting dives for more experienced divers as well. 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—just grab your tank from the end of the pier and dive morning, noon, or night. Your partner can get certified, and the two of you can enjoy your first dive together in one of the best and most beautiful dive spots in the world.

Check your preferred dates for availability and search the best available rates for Divi Flamingo Beach Resort at this link. Divi Resorts is currently offering a 30% off promotion—don’t miss this opportunity to explore Bonaire’s underwater paradise with your partner!

Meet the Celebrity Chef Coming to Windows on Aruba


It’s Aruba Restaurant Month, and we’re celebrating throughout October at Divi Resorts. In addition to the special menus on offer throughout the month at Windows on Aruba and pureocean, Windows on Aruba is hosting the award-winning New York chef Seamus Mullen for a one-night-only dinner on Friday, October 14.

Chef Seamus is a chef, restaurateur and cookbook author who is best known for his inventive yet approachable Spanish cuisine. He has appeared on the Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef, as a featured judge on Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay, and as a guest on The Today Show and CBS’s This Morning. 

Seamus opened his first solo restaurant Tertulia in Manhattan in 2011, which was awarded two stars from The New York Times, and was named a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Restaurant. In 2013, he opened El Colmado, a Spanish tapas and wine hall in New York’s Hell Kitchen. He has been named a semi-finalist for Best Chef New York City by the James Beard Foundation three years in a row.

The VIP dinner at Windows will feature a prix-fixe menu created by Chef Seamus. Each course will be paired with a different wine from the restaurant’s extensive selection. The dinner will be available at a rate of $120 per person. Advance reservations are required, and can be obtained by emailing or calling 297-523-5017.

Chef Seamus will also make an appearance at the 2nd Annual Bartender’s Brawl the following day, Saturday, October 15. The event is hosted beachside at Divi Aruba All-Inclusive Beach Resort, and is also part of Aruba Restaurant Month.

Interested in visiting the island during Aruba Restaurant Month? Take advantage of last-minute deals on October stays at participating Divi Resorts! Enjoy 30% off accommodations—as well as complimentary breakfast for two—at Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort, Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort, and Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort.

Find details on the special offer here, and details on Chef Seamus’s VIP dinner here. Windows on Aruba is located at Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort.