Saturday, September 5, 2015

Pirates Week in the Cayman Islands

It's the only event of its kind in the Caribbean! 

Pirates Week, Cayman Islands 
(November 12 – 22, 2015)


This 11-day event is the main national festival in the Cayman Islands. Events are held on Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac on different days.


The festival's kick off party starts on Thursday with a steel pan competition, then on Friday night a spectacular fireworks display, the crowning of the Festival Queen, along with the opening of the Street Dance and Food Festival.

Thousands line the streets on the first Saturday for the 
annual mock "pirate invasion" from the sea! 

Cayman Island Pirate Ship Photo Credit: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/69127796

Two old-time sailing vessels, loaded with pirates make a surprise landing at George Town harbour with the pirates capturing the Governor. The festival culminates with a mock pirate trial and hangings. 

http://www.piratesweekfestival.com/



Happy Travels,
Linda


Friday, September 4, 2015

Breezes Bahamas Anniversary Celebration Sale

Breezes Bahamas Turns 20, and Guests Save 40%


Since September 1995 Breezes Bahamas has graced the magnificent powder white sands of Cable Beach in The Bahamas. To celebrate, the resort is offering 40% off your 2015 Super-Inclusive® Breezes Bahamas getaways all-month long.

Rates start at just $129 per person, per night (Reg. $215)
Book anytime before September 30th and save 40% on all stays between now through December 31, 2015.

These will be the lowest rates for the rest of the year. After September 30th, rates will increase. Book today as rooms will sell out fast!

BETTER THAN ALL INCLUSIVE! 

Breezes Bahamas is more than just all-inclusive, it’s Super-Inclusive so virtually everything you can eat, drink & do is included in one simple, upfront price with no tipping allowed! 



FEATURES OF THE RESORT
On beautiful New Providence Island (Nassau) • Located just 10 minutes from the airport • 391 Guest Rooms & Suites • Super-Inclusive® (all-inclusive package) • 6 Restaurants • 4 Bars • Ages 14+ welcome 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • Unlimited dining in a variety of restaurants
  • Unlimited drinks including premium brand cocktails & wine
  • Concierge Service
  • Land activities like rock climbing, tennis, beach volleyball & more
  • Water activities like sailing, windsurfing, kayaks & more
  • Nightly entertainment, live shows & more
  • Piano Bar and Late Night Disco / Nightclub
  • Complimentary WiFi (in-room & throughout the resort)
  • No tipping allowed
  • And so much more! 

http://www.breezes.com/offer.htm#offer

Also Check out 2016 Early Booking Offer!


Happy Travels,
Linda


Caribbean All Inclusive Labor Day Sale & More!

Elite Island Resorts offers a selection of all inclusive vacations and Caribbean beach resort experiences in Antigua, Barbados, The British Virgin Islands, St. Lucia, and The Grenadines.


Each resort is independently owned and operated, and carefully selected to provide an amazing, authentic Caribbean experience.

Labor Day Sale Valid for Travel Through Nov 30, 2015:
Stay 5 Nights
Receive 5th Night Free

Stay 6 Nights
5th Night Free
Round Trip Transfer to Resort

Stay 7 Nights
5th Night Free
Round Trip Transfer to Resort
Dinner for 2 at Fine Dining Restaurant OR 2 for 1 Spa Treatment

Labor Day Sale - http://www.eliteislandresorts.com/laborday.html

AND THERE'S MORE ALL INCLUSIVE SAVINGS 
The Club Barbados

Save Up to 45% in Antigua, Barbados, St Lucia, The Grenadines, and Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. 

Palm Island Resort - The Grenadines

Book these additional travel deals by 09/30/2015 for travel through 12/20/2016. 
Get all the details here - http://www.eliteislandresorts.com/specials.html

Happy Travels,
Linda

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Eat Local Aruba Restaurant Week 2015

Showcasing Aruba’s diverse culinary scene, and highlighting the 
islands flavors by incorporating locally inspired dishes in the 
menus of participating restaurants.

September 28 - October 9, 2015

Photo Credit: Aruba.com


This new initiative was developed by the Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA), and offers food critics, wine connoisseurs, foodies and everyone in between the opportunity to explore Aruba’s culinary heritage. 





Papiamento - Photo Credit: http://restaurantweek.aruba.com/

Participating restaurants’ prix-fixe meals allow visitors to enjoy local cuisine for a very reasonable price, with lunches costing $15 and dinners $30 - $40.

No passes, tickets or vouchers are required
Diners can simply visit their favorite participating restaurants throughout the program dates to enjoy the special menu offerings. 

More than 55 restaurants have already signed up for this new culinary event and are incorporating authentic local dishes in their menu. 


Photo Credit: Aruba.com 






Also check out the Top 10 Gourmet Restaurants to Visit During Restaurant Week

For more information on the One Happy Island, visit www.aruba.com


Happy Travels,
Linda


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Friday, August 28, 2015

New Bonaire Flights for Winter Travel Season



Delta Air Lines and United Airlines will be adding additional non-stop flights to Bonaire, timed for peak travel during the 2015/2016 winter travel season.




Delta Airlines
Delta will add two more non-stop flights to Bonaire from Atlanta beginning December 19, 2015.

Delta flight DL665 will depart Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) at 9:45 a.m. and arrive at Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 2:45 p.m. every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday.

The return flight DL482 will depart Bonaire at 3:42 p.m. and arrive at Atlanta at 7:05 p.m. everything Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. The Tuesday flight will be removed for the winter during January 5 - February 9, 2016 - then back to three times a week on February 13, 2016. The three weekly non-stop flights are slated to run through March 2016.

United Airlines
A Newark non-stop flight to Bonaire will return early from hiatus on Saturday, September 26, 2015. During the holiday season, United will be adding extra flights to their Houston and Newark schedules.

From November 20 - December 1, 2015, United flight UA1402 will depart George Bush International Airport (IAH) every Friday and Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and arrive at Bonaire at 7:45 p.m. The return flight UA1401 will depart Bonaire every Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and arrive at Houston at 10:25 a.m.

From December 11, 2015 - January 4, 2016, United flight UA 1422 will depart EWR every Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and arrive at Bonaire at 2:37 p.m. United flight UA 1420 will depart Bonaire every Saturday and Sunday at 3:32 p.m. and arrive at Newark at 7:27 p.m.


Happy Travels,
Linda

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Radisson Aruba Is Now A Hilton Property

The Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa on Aruba’s Palm Beach has officially transitioned into the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Casino.

All photos courtesy of Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino

To celebrate the opening, Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino is offering 5,000 HHonors bonus points per stay through Oct. 31, 2015. Minimum length of stay of (3) nights required. Other restrictions apply.


The upscale Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino has 355 guest rooms, including executive floor rooms and suites. Rooms offer a tropical décor, views of the gardens, pools or sea, and spacious balconies. 


The property also features a beach side spa, scuba diving facility, two sparkling pools and 24-hour fitness center. 

Dining/Bars


  • La Playa Torchlight Dinner, a romantic beachfront exclusive dining experience with a personal server and four-course dinner
  • Gilligan’s Beach Bar & Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner offering comfort food favorites in a friendly casual environment
  • Laguna Restaurant welcomes guests to indoor and outdoor dining featuring Caribbean fare and health-inspired cuisine
  • Sunset Grille is the resort’s award-winning signature restaurant serving international specialties including steak and seafood dishes
  • Mira Solo, meaning “look at the sun” in Papiamento, is the first and only martini and wine bar in Aruba

Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino participates in Hilton HHonors®, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s twelve distinct hotel brands. Hilton HHonors Members always get our lowest price with our Best Price Guarantee, along with HHonors Points, free Wi-Fi, digital check-in and no booking fees only when they book directly through Hilton.

Visit the site for more info

Happy Travels,
Linda


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Negril, Jamaica - Capital of Casual

At the western tip of Jamaica lies Negril, a popular tourist area known for its seven-mile stretch of white sand beach, grotto-lined cliffs . . . 


And magnificent blaze of orange and purple sunsets at the end of every day!


Ideal for adventure-seekers and beach-goers alike, Negril is an off-the-beaten-path oasis for those looking for an authentic Jamaican experience.



On the northern end, visitors kick back on Negril’s world famous Seven Mile Beach to enjoy the calm, turquoise waters, check out the many craft markets and open-air, thatched-roof beach bars, or choose from a variety of water sports offered by local vendors. 

On the southern point, known as West End, visitors are able to access the spectacular offshore reefs perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling, as well as roadside food markets and jerk pits exuding the distinct flavors of Jamaican cuisine.

SIGHTS TO SEE

Rick’s Café



Voted by Travel Channel as one of the best bars in the Caribbean, the legendary Rick’s Café is a cliff-side hot spot where visitors can take a plunge into the clear Caribbean waters or partake in Jamaican libations while watching the sunset from the best vantage point on the island.

Negril Lighthouse



Built in 1894, Negril's Lighthouse illuminates the westernmost point of Jamaica. 

Visitors can climb its 103 steps for unparalleled views of the Caribbean Sea and breathtaking sunsets. It has been solar powered since 1985.

Mayfield Falls
Caves, 44 mineral pools and 21 natural Jacuzzis make up Mayfield Falls, located in the heart of Westmoreland. Visitors can walk along one of the longest river in Jamaica, and see a plethora of exotic plants, birds, butterflies and other native wildlife.

THINGS TO DO IN NEGRIL

Rhodes Hall Plantation
Located just eight miles east of Negril on a private beach, Rhodes Hall Plantation is a magnificent, 500-acre historical Jamaican property. Visitors can tour the plantation on horseback, explore the Crocodile & Mangrove Reserve and end with a swim in the Caribbean Sea.

Scuba Diving / Snorkeling
Negril is a diver’s paradise, offering an unparalleled underwater adventure with remarkable coral reefs, exotic marine life and calm, clear waters. Certified instructors, such as Dream Team Divers, offer Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) certification as well as diving and snorkeling tours.

Seven Mile Beach



Sheltered by one of the Caribbean's reefs, Negril's world renowned Seven Mile Beach has been voted many times as one of the best beaches in the world for its breathtaking sunsets and clear turquoise waters. The beach is free to access any time - enjoy beach parties, live music and laid-back island vibes.

PLACES TO DINE

Murphy’s West End Restaurant
This family-run jerk hut is a brightly painted wooden shack located on West End Road. Visitors can enjoy a Red Stripe and swing in hammocks at this roadside restaurant, while the chef serves up authentic jerk chicken and fresh seafood marinated in a special spice blend. Murphy’s also provides tours of the property, showing diners the exotic fruit trees and the drum grill in the back yard.

Cosmo’s Seafood Restaurant & Bar
Located on Seven Mile Beach, Cosmo’s offers an unparalleled atmosphere for a casual beach dining experience. This thatched-roof restaurant specializes in fresh, locally caught fish dishes such as escovitched fish with festival or steamed fish with bammy. Visitors can dine inside or on outdoor tables with their feet in the sand.

Pushcart Restaurant & Rum Bar
Located on West End Road, Pushcart offers the full spectrum of the island’s traditional fare, evoking the Jamaican street food experience in a lively, colorful, and music-filled "outdoor kitchen" atmosphere. The restaurant also features an excellent rum bar featuring the Caribbean's finest rums, nightly live entertainment and phenomenal sunset views.

PLACES TO STAY

The Caves

Part of Island Outpost properties, The Caves is an oceanfront sanctuary with 12 exclusive cliff-side accommodations. Situated on the limestone cliffs, the resort features a Private Dining Cave, The Blackwell Rum Bar, and a Seaview Aveda Amenity Spa. All-inclusive rates start at $480 per person, based on double occupancy.

Rockhouse
Rockhouse is a casually chic boutique hotel perched upon the scenic cliffs of Negril, overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The property sits on eight acres of lush, tropical gardens and features world-class dining, spa and wellness programs that celebrate and incorporate the abundant culture and resources of Jamaica. Rates start at $95 per room.

Idle Awhile and Hide Awhile Resorts
This boutique hotel is great for travelers looking for an intimate, authentic tropical escape. Within these idyllic surroundings on the beach or the cliffs, sister resorts Idle Awhile and Hide Awhile exude a carefree and enchanting environment for singles, couples and families alike. Rates start at $160 per person, based on double occupancy.

Azul Sensatori Jamaica
Jamaica’s very first Azul Sensatori Hotel is located on Seven Mile Beach. The hotel features the renowned Karisma Gourmet Inclusive® Experience and offers four fine-dining options. It has 136 ocean view rooms which are split into an adults-only section and a multi-generational section, catering to both couples and families. Rates start at $293 per person, based on double occupancy.

HOW TO GET THERE

Fly into Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport serviced by Air Canada, American Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, Sunwing, Transat, United Airlines and US Airways.

From Montego Bay, visitors can take a 70-minute transfer to Negril with an approved transportation provider such as Paradise Travels, Jamaica Union of Travellers Association (JUTA) or Jamaica Co-operative Automobile Limousine Tours (JACAL). Some hotels offer airport transfers.

For further information on travel to Jamaica, visit www.visitjamaica.com


Happy Travels,
Linda


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Nassau Bahamas Sub Adventure

Perfect for swimmers and non-swimmers!

Zoom effortlessly under the sea in the Self-propelled SUB (Scenic Underwater Bubble) and get a close up with tropical fish and colorful coral 


Experience a unique and exciting underwater journey like no other. The SUB is comparable to an underwater motorbike with a big bubble filled with a constant flow of air. Your head will be dry and your body will be wet. 

During your submarine adventure you will come face-to-face with brilliantly hued fish, gorgeous coral reefs and other exotic marine life. A SUB adventure combines the best of snorkeling and scuba diving all in one thrilling and memorable tour.  

During the orientation briefing, you will learn basic piloting skills and simple operating and communication procedures. Expect to blockout 5 hours for this adventure. 

More info on the sub adventure as well as other specials for the Bahamas, Jamaica, St Lucia, Antigua. Turks and Caicos, Cayman Islands, Barbados, Grenada, Dominican Republic, Aruba, and St Maarten. 

More info at http://www.islandroutes.com/specials/


Happy Travels,
Linda


Monday, August 24, 2015

Best Travel Deals to the Cayman Islands

Cayman Airways - "Those Who Fly Us, Love Us!"



Cayman Airways Limited (CAL) will be offering discounted airfare to the Cayman Islands from Miami, New York and Tampa. 

For a limited-time only, take advantage of remarkably low prices, complimentary in-flight food and beverages, along with two free checked bags on all Cayman Island-bound flights between September 10th and November 4th. https://www.caymanairways.com/baggage-policy

Cayman Islands Seasonal Deals from Expedia 

East End Beach Photo Credit: www.caymanislands.ky

The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) is teaming up with its largest wholesale partner, Expedia/Travelocity to offer travelers unmatched deals and stays at some of Grand Cayman’s most coveted resorts, luxury condos and cozy guesthouses. 

This limited-time offer provides guests up to 30% off stays at The Westin Grand Cayman, Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa, The Ritz-Carlton, Wyndham Reef Resort andAqua Bay Club Luxury Condos. Guests can find additional information and book their stay now through September 30th by visiting www.Expedia.com/Cayman

Fall Only Promotion
Photo Credit: www.caymanislands.ky

In addition, the CIDOT is offering their Fall Only promotion to bring travelers the best possible hotel, events and on-island offers when booking a trip this season. 

Participating, on-island partners are Grand Cayman Beach Suites, Cayman Club, Dolphin Cove, Cayman Spirits Co., Tiki Beach and much more.

From discounted stay accommodations,  deals on island attractions, watersports and restaurants, the range of promotions being offered are unmatched. Guests can book their stay now through September 30th by visiting www.onlyincayman.com/trade

Added Bonus 

Guests can utilize the “Only in Cayman” savings card which enables them various on-island discounts at participating restaurants and establishments such as Pedro St. James and Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. 

Visitors will receive this savings card upon check-in and discounts can be redeemed by simply showing this card.


Happy Travels,
Linda