Legend has it, pirates of the past crunched the numbers before choosing the Caribbean as their stomping grounds—air temperature: 82 degrees; ocean water temperature: 88 degrees; ocean visibility: 90 feet; casinos: open 24/7; local rum: 80 proof; chances of having an unforgettable vacation: 100 percent. Savvy?
Good. With this week's Escape, you and your bonnie lass are setting sail for the Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort, on the west coast of Aruba in the heart of the Caribbean. Opt for a four- ($542) or seven-night stay ($948) for two between September 1 and December 20. Or, if summer months tickle your fancy, grab four nights ($560) or seven ($980) in May or June.
Either way, your One Bedroom Suite features ocean or garden views from its private balcony or patio, a full kitchen, TV, a queen sleeper in the separate living area, and a king-size bed in the spacious, separate bedroom.
After your daily breakfast at the Sea Breeze Café—where the poolside buffet features fresh fruit, pastries, and hot dishes—amble over to The Links at Divi Aruba for nine holes on the beautifully landscaped golf course, featuring Caribbean views and preferred tee times for Divi guests.
Or, head to the beach where white sand and crystal-clear water stretch as far as the eye (the one without the patch) can see. Activities here include Aruba's only 30-feet-high climbing wall and a bounty of watersports—rent a catamaran, raft, or canoes, or take a windsurfing lesson, a biking tour, a deep-sea fishing trip, or a snorkeling excursion. Scuba divers with open-water certification are free to explore the many World War II shipwrecks covering the ocean floor.
After a day at the beach, take a short complimentary drive to Alhambra Casino and shopping bazaar for some world-class gaming. Bring your winning booty home and stash it in your in-room safe until it's time for your voyage home.
Argh! You can't stay marooned here forever, and neither can this Escape—grab her before she walks the plank.
PAID AND PROMOTIONAL VALUES EXPIRES ON December 20, 2012
Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort
Four- ($542) or Seven-Night Stay ($948) for Two between September 1 and December 20 or Four ($560) or Seven ($980) Nights in May or June
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