Tuesday, September 2, 2014

World's First Undersea Post Office in the Bahamas

Last month the Bahamas Postal Services announced the release of a 
new series of commemorative stamps which pay tribute to the 
75th Anniversary of the World’s first undersea Post Office

The Bahamas was the first country to have an underwater post office in 1939. 
A couple of years later it was closed due to World War II (1942).

The islands of the Bahamas are well known for crystal clear waters which allows the sunlight to penetrate deep down, and the first under water motion picture was shot back in 1914 in the Bahamas. 

The seafloor post office was actually a submarine sphere used for filming underwater scenes, and allowed tourists a breathtaking view of marine sea life, along with the opportunity to send a souvenir postcard post marked "Sea Floor/Bahamas." 

The commemorative stamps were designed by Derek Miller and printed by Lowe-Martin.  The stamp series feature a 15 cent stamp, a 50 cent stamp, a 65 cent stamp and a 70 cent stamp.

The undersea post office was created by American photographer John Ernest Williamson who was a pioneer in undersea photography.  His father invented a tube that could stretch to depths of 200 feet below the surface.

Photo Credit: http://movie_pal.tripod.com/leagues.jpg

Williamson was also involved in the production of a number of motion pictures including one based on Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues under the Sea.

More info

Undersea Photography Sparked Bahamian Conservation Movement

The Bahamas Post Office, 75th Anniversary of the World’s 1st Undersea Post Office and the Centenary of the 1st Underwater Motion!

Bahamas highlights 75th anniversary of World’s first undersea Post Office

Happy Travels,

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Unlimited Play & Stay on Grand Bahama

Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort - Lucaya, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island 

On top of unlimited golf, enjoy free daily breakfast - rates from $120

Tee off at The Reef Club, the 18-hole golf course designed by 
Robert Trent Jones Jr., featuring expansive greens and fairways, scattered with bunkers, water hazards and grassy rough.

One bedroom suite

Resort Amentities:

  • Private Lucaya Beach
  • Seven restaurants
  • State-of-the-art Senses Spa & Fitness Center
  • Three swimming pools
  • Four tennis courts
  • Vegas-style Casino just steps from resort
  • Complimentary WiFi

Book and travel by December 24, 2014. Rate is per person and based on double occupancy. Maximum of 2 people per room for this promotion. 2-night minimum stay required. Breakfast daily for 2 people at Willy Broadleaf's. Golf at The Reef course includes unlimited sessions daily, cart & green fee. 

Get all the details here on Play & Stay promotion - http://www.grandlucayan.com/golf-courses

More Specials - http://www.grandlucayan.com/hotel-deals

Happy Travels,

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Caribbean Airline Offers "Fly Anywhere You Like" Promo

Caribbean Airline Seaborne Offers "Fly Anywhere You Like" Promo

"We wanted to give our customers an excuse to see the beauty of the Caribbean by taking multiple trips for one low price,” - Gary Foss, Seaborne’s president and CEO

The “Fly Anywhere You Like” in the Caribbean promotion via Seaborne Airlines includes the islands of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe, the Dominican Republic, St. Maarten and St. Kitts and Nevis.

You can book as many trips as you like this Fall for a fixed rate fare of $699 to the Caribbean destinations served by the airline between September 3, 2014 to Nov. 17, 2014.

San Juan-based Seaborne offers service to 15 airports throughout the Caribbean and connecting service to American, Jet Blue and Delta at Luis Munoz Marín International Airport.

Visit the site for more info, along with conditions & restrictions of the offer


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Caribbean Vine Video Loops

Vine is the best way to see & share life in motion by creating short, looping videos. 

Here's three I liked featuring Aruba Flamingos, Puerto Rico horses, and dancing on the island of Grenada

Flamingos at the beach? Only in Aruba! 

(ˆ◡ˆ)  Flamingo Trivia 
Did you know Flamingos sleep while standing on one leg? 
Some scientists think there's a connection between the one leg position and the way their brains function during sleep - one-half of the body & brain can sleep while the other half, including the leg they stand on, remains somewhat alert. Other theories are the one leg is less visible to prey, along with promoting the circulation of blood in the legs.

Puerto Rico's post on Vine

In love with the wild horses of Puerto Rico's on Vieques Island!

Dance 'D Belaire (Belle') performance at St George University, Grenada 

♥ the traditional dress & dance

Happy Travels,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

St Lucia Hosting “LOVE Elevated” Wedding Symposium

There is a time and a place for love. Welcome to both 
September 24-28, 2014

Photo Credit: Rendezvous Resort - St Lucia

The Wedding Symposium will brings local and international experts in the fields of event planning, retail, photography, catering and travel together. The 4-day symposium will give these experts an opportunity to explore all that St Lucia has to offer. 

LOVE Elevated” travel packages offer discounts of up to 55% off with rates starting at $75 per night; complimentary dinners, along with free transportation to and from the Wedding Symposium.

Photo Credit: Travel USNews

The 5 day Symposium will feature seminars, social events and site inspections at participating St. Lucia hotels.

Guest speakers for the Symposium:
Jennifer Doncsecz, Owner/President of VIP Vacations Inc
Marsha-Ann Brown, Director of romance at Sandals Resorts

Participating Hotels & Resorts:
  • Bay Gardens Beach Resort
  • BLU St. Lucia
  • Rodney Bay; Calabash Cove
  • Marisule, Gros Islet
  • Cap Maison - Cap Estate
  • Villa C’est La Vie - Trouya Pointe
  • Coco Palm - Rodney Bay Village
  • Cotton Bay Village - Cap Estate
  • Habitat Terrace - Bonne Terre
  • The Landings - Rodney Bay
  • Rendezvous - Malabar Beach
  • Castries City
  • Royal by Rex Resorts - Rodney Bay
  • St. James’s Club Morgan Bay - Gros Islet

Get all the info here - http://stlucianow.com/loveelevated/

Happy Travels,

Friday, August 15, 2014

Curacao Travel - Dare to Explore

Curacao: A Dare to Explore promo from the Curacao Tourism Association offers a selection of hotels & resorts for travelers this Fall/Winter from September 15 - December 15, 2014

On the Dutch island of Curacao you will discover distinctive historic architecture, world class museums, pristine diving sites, uncrowded sandy beaches, secluded coves, lot of ethnic diversity, and exciting international cuisine. 

Travel deals range from savings of up to 50%, free nights, resort credits, air credits, dive discounts or free upgrades

Curacao Photo Credit: Travel 2 the Caribbean

Here's some of the travel offers:

  • Blue Bay Curacao - Up to 25% off
  • Kura Hulanda Village & Spa - 4th Night Free
  • Lodge Kura Hulanda - Up to 50% off + 6 days of 2 tank boat dives & unlimited shore diving
  • Sunscape Curacao Resort Spa & Casino - $200 Resort Coupon every 3rd Night Free, Two kids 12 years and under Stay,Play & Eat Free
  • Renaissance Curacao - Up to 35% Off
  • Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort - Stay 5 or more night & save 30%
  • Hilton Curacao - Up to 29% Off + Free room upgrade + diving
  • Lions Dive & Beach Resort - 7th Night Free + 15% off dive & ocean encounter
  • Floris Suite Hotel - 7th Night Free + 15% Off Duve & Animal Encounter Package 
  • Avila Beach Hotel - 5th Night Free
  • Livingston Jan Thiel Resort - Up to 20% Off
  • All West Apartments & Go West Diving - 7th night free, 50% off 2nd diver, car rental & free internet
  • Kontiki Beach Resort - $100 Air Credit

Get all the details on each of the offers from travel partners - www.curacao.com/explore/

Happy Travels,

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sustainable Getaway in the Cayman Islands

As sustainability continues to grow in popularity, many travelers are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint while enjoying a relaxing getaway. 

The Cayman Islands offer many sustainable travel options that are perfect for couples who want to visit some of the world's top beaches, savor a meal made of local ingredients, and explore the rich culture and history of the islands.

Where to Stay

Photo Credit: Lighthouse Point 

Travelers can rent low-impact condominiums like those at Lighthouse Point, which include many green elements such as the incorporation of energy efficient technologies, from solar and wind generation, eco-friendly lighting and Energy Star appliances. 

Lighthouse Point is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and is working to achieve LEED certification. 

Getting Around 

President of Budget Cayman, Brian Krug accepts keys to new Wheego, first electric rental car in the Caribbean! Photo Credit: Budget Cayman Islands Twitter 

Recently, Budget Rent a Car added all-electric vehicles to their rental offerings. 

Charging stations can be found throughout the island at popular destinations like Camana Bay, a 500-acre mixed-use development located between Seven Mile Beach and the North Sound. 

Eating Local on The Flavour Tour

Flavor Tour Photos courtesy of The Wilbert Group 

Camana Bay is home to more than 40 shops and restaurants, including several chef-driven restaurants like Michael's Genuine Food & Drink and Ortanique, which feature local ingredients such as lionfish, wahoo and mangos. 

Every Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Camana Bay offers a farmer's market featuring fresh fruit, vegetables and local crafts, and at 7 p.m., Camana Bay hosts the Flavour Tour, a fun and interactive way to sample some of the island's top culinary offerings. 

The progressive dinner features local ingredients presented in the signature styles of popular restaurants, such as Abacus, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Mizu and Ortanique.

Happy Travels,

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New Honeymoon Package Launched at Holiday Inn Montego Bay

The Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica has launched a new Honeymoon Package for newlyweds married for a period of one month or less 

The honeymoon package is loaded with extra amenities, and is valid through December 21, 2014. 

Amenities Include

  • Priority Check-In 
  • Welcome In-room amenity
  • Welcome Turn Down service 
  • Free Wi-Fi 
  • 20% Discount on Sol-Mer Spa and Beauty Salon treatments 
Honeymooning guests also receive unlimited meals, snacks and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), as well as unlimited use of non-motorized water sports equipment, resort amenities (tennis, mini golf, fitness center, etc.), taxes and gratuities. 

Bookings must be made by December 21, 2014 for resort stays completed by December 21, 2014. All-inclusive nightly rates start at $187 per-person based on double occupancy in standard room accommodations. 

A three-night minimum stay is required and a copy of a valid marriage certificate indicating that the wedding ceremony took place at least 30 days prior to the resort stay must be presented in order to receive Honeymoon Package amenities. Additional restrictions may apply. 

To book the new Honeymoon Package at the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay, please call 1-888-288-6006 and mention promo code "Honeymooners" at the time of booking

For more information on the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay and its new romance packages, visit www.caribbeanhi.com/jamaica

Happy Travels,

More Jamaica travel deals

Jamaica Luxury Summer Suite Sale - The AAA Four Diamond Award-winning Half Moon, a RockResort, is located on Jamaica’s northern coast. Through August 31, 2014 travelers will receive 35% off any of the resort’s suites.  

"Fall in Jamaica" Island Wide Vacation DealsExperience world-class attractions in the popular resort areas of Negril, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and the capital city of Kingston for its music and culture. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Blogging the Caribbean

Here's an interesting mix of Caribbean inspired blog posts featuring Pancakes, Fresh Spice, Hell, and Caribbean Weddings -  and more!

Mango Pancakes with Mount Bay Barbados Rum!!
Photo Credit: 700 Experience Blog 
Mangoes, Pancakes & Mount Gay - Oh boy, this is a winner three ways!!! 
Here's the recipe

The Spice Plantations of Grenada
the scent of spices floating through the breezes on this beautiful island!

To experience the spice-filled heart of Grenada, drive through fields of nutmeg, sample spice-infused teas and nutmeg-seasoned dishes and visit a traditional working spice plantations surrounded by aromatic, tufted spice crops. Head over to Virgin Atlantic's blog to read the post

Hell Is Closer Than You Think
My opinion is one trip to the town of Hell in Grand Cayman is enough - and that's exactly how many times I have visited. 

But where else in the Caribbean can you send family and friends a postcard from Hell?http://www.thewritersshack.com/the-trip-from-hell/

Four Caribbean Wedding Planners
Who can resist the romance of a tropical island? 

There are so many beautiful places to marry in the Caribbean. The Bahamas, Barbados, Tobago and St. Lucia are some of the top-runners when it comes to tropical weddings. 

And with some of the greatest planners just waiting to help you plan your wedding or to take the stress of wedding planning completely off of your shoulders, there is no reason to stress out about the big day. http://www.caribbeanandco.com/four-caribbean-wedding-planners/

Earthy Caribbean Delights! 
Andromeda Gardens, Bathsheba, Barbados. Photograph by John Webster

Beautiful photos of Caribbean gardens in Barbados, Cuba, St Vincent, Martinique, along with Guyana and Suriname. http://caribbean-beat.com/issue-128/earthy-delights#axzz39ZxuQ2CA

Caribbean Islands with a European Vibe
Home to the third oldest political system within the British Commonwealth, 
Barbados’ historic parliament buildings are prime examples of Gothic architecture. 
Photo: Flavio Vallenari/iStock

The best of the Caribbean & Europe come together in these islands http://tropixtraveler.com/caribbean/caribbean-islands-with-a-european-vibe

Happy Travels,