Saturday, October 25, 2014

10 Reasons Why You Need To Be In Bonaire On Friday

 

Bon Bini means "Welcome" in the Papiamentu language predominately spoken among the locals in Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao - the islands of the Dutch Caribbean.


1) Delta’s New Friday Flight to Bonaire
Delta is making it even more convenient to reach Bonaire, and to kick off the weekend early with their new Friday flight. Delta now offers a second weekly non-stop flight from Atlanta to Bonaire, departing on Friday. 



2) Bonaire’s Fall Festival
Throughout the fall, the island’s tourism companies are offering accommodation packages, excursions and activities, and a whole menu of other specials for visitors who are traveling to Bonaire on the Delta Friday flight. The travel window for the promotion is now through December 19, 2014.

3) End the Work Week a Day Early
With Delta’s new Friday flight to Bonaire, visitors will have the luxury of ending their work week on Thursday and spending their Friday on Bonaire.

Photo Credit: Zonvakantie Bonaire - Belmar Oceanfront Apartments


4) Friday Happy Hours
Whether choosing to dine at one of the island’s award winning restaurants, or sip on a cocktail, visitors find that there’s no better place to enjoy a true island happy hour than on Bonaire. The island offers a variety of happy hour options at local beach bars, hotel bars or in and around Kralendijk.

5) Water Sports Galore
Take a dip in the pristine waters of Bonaire. Whether it’s scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kitesurfing or kayaking, there are plenty of options to get wet.  

Bonaire Salt Plains


6) Only Weekend Traffic is Underwater
86 dive sites without a single traffic light on the entire island, schools of fish are the only traffic on Bonaire.

7) Relax on a Sunset Sail
Bonaire is one of the most tranquil islands in the Caribbean, and there are hundreds of scenic spots to kick back and relax. Unwinds after your flight by starting the weekend with a sunset sail around Bonaire.

8) Gear Up and Dive In
Fridays on Bonaire typically mean that divers have to wrap up their vacation and return their dive gear. Fellow divers will be envious that the Friday travelers are just getting started and are gearing up to dive into the weekend.

9) Switch Up the Friday Routine
The choice of having toes in the sand or putting away groceries and doing laundry on a Friday night is obvious. Change up the schedule - Spend Friday delving into this Dutch Caribbean's islands culture and cuisine. 

10) Two Full Days of Recovery
Post-vacation blues - Visitors who travel on Fridays have two full days to recover from their Bonaire vacation and return to work refreshed.  

Discover Bonaire at www.tourismbonaire.com


Happy Travels,
Linda



Thursday, October 23, 2014

International Reggae Marathon in Negril




Come for the Run . . . Stay for 3 Days of Fun
December 5-7, 2014 - Negril, Jamaica

It's the 14th year for Reggae Marathon, and it looks like a record turnout with participants from 29 countries including Canada, the UK, USA, Japan, Sweden, Poland, and Germany. 





On Saturday, December 6th the race will start promptly at 5:15 a.m. - and that's NOT "Caribbean Time."  (ˆ◡ˆ) 

The race starts before dawn to give runners an hour start before the temperature rises. Volunteers and locals line the course with torches to light the way, and what would a "Reggae" Marathon be without the local reggae steel band playing at the start line? No, this is not your usual international marathon event, but make no mistake it is well organized.  



2014 Reggae Marathon Finisher Medals 
Photo Credit via Reggae Marathon

The race is an IAAF certified marathon and half-marathon course, and both beginners, as well as experienced runners are invited to participate. The race begins at Long Bay Beach Park on the shores of Negril's famous 7 Mile Beach, then heads through the town of Negril, and then northward to the town of Green Island.

It's a lively jammin' run! Along the way locals are cheering, and live reggae bands are set up along the course. Aside from the live bands, there are car radio's and boom boxes blasting the sounds of the island. The race organizers have water hydration stations every mile, and instead of cups, the water is in plastic pouches. Also there are plenty of portable toilets along the course.

At the finish line you are greeted with fresh coconut water, cold Red Stripe beer, and the beach is just a few steps away. 

Included in the registration fee is the infamous "World’s Pasta Party" - an all-you-can-eat pasta extravaganza the night before the race. The menu includes numermous pasta dishes, Jamaican cuisine from the local restaurants, FREE beer, and open bar. 

Note: Beginner runners be advised that alcohol is dehydrating - and you will have to be up at the crack of dawn.

Here's the 3 day schedule:

  • Thursday, December 4, 2014 - Registration Opens - Couples Swept Away Sports Complex
  • Friday, December 5, 2014 - JHTA “World’s Biggest Pasta Party” - Couples Swept Away Sports Complex 
  • Saturday, December 6, 2014 - Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K - Long Bay Beach Park AND the Finish Line Beach Bash - Long Bay Beach Park

Current Registration Fees:
Marathon – US $100.00
Half Marathon – US $95.00
10K – US $70.00

** Prices increase if paid on or after Dec 1, 2014 **

www.reggaemarathon.com

P.S. Donation boxes for your running shoes are set up at the finish line -  they are given to the local children, and will be much appreciated. 


Happy Travels,
Linda


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Serving Up a View at Hog Heaven BVI

At Hog Heaven restaurant in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands  
it's all about BBQ and magnificent views of the North Sound

Our visit to Hog Heaven was right after Tropical Storm Isaac blew through, and we were the first to arrive that day.  While a thick cloudy mist hung over the area, the view of the North Sound was still spectacular . . . 



Hog Heaven hangs over a cliff approximately 1,300 feet above sea level overlooking Leverick Bay, the Bitter End Yacht Club, Mosquito Island, Saba Rock, and Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island. 


Hog Heaven owner Dale Wheatley got the nickname "Captain Blondie" after the salt water turned his hair blonde after decades of diving. He also owns the Dale Wheatley Agriculture Center which he calls the "Pig Hotel" with the prettiest view of the island. 




The small restaurant seats less than 30 people,, and the menu consists of tasty BBQ pork ribs, chicken, potato salad, cold slaw, and rice. Two sides come with the BBQ, prices are reasonable, and we had enough left over for another meal.  

Hog Heaven is definitely worth a visit on your trip to Virgin Gorda, BVI.


Happy Travels,
Linda

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bahamas 3 Mile Run Color Splash

The 3.1 mile run will be held in Freeport, Bahamas on November 2, 2014

The 242 Colour Run race starts and ends at Garden of the Groves, and along the way participants are splashed with lots of color! 


Slide Show from 242 Colour Run in Freeport on December 8th, 2013 - Photo Credit via Run 242 

This race is just for fun - a great family friendly event. You can run, walk, skip, hop or jump to the finish line. It doesn't matter how long you take to make the 3 mile trek since your finish time is not recorded. While a few random prizes are awarded, there are no prizes awarded for how fast you finish. 

This is a charity event - $40 to register for adults, $30 for kids under 12 -  and kids under 5 are free with their parents.

More information is available at www.run242.com 


Happy Travels,
Linda


Monday, October 20, 2014

Head to St Lucia for Health and Wellness

Each year the entire month of November is dedicated to 
Health & Wellness on the island of St Lucia

Image Credit: St Lucia Now

The Health & Wellness programs are specifically created to help you feel physically and spiritually whole while on the island, and after you leave.  

The awe-inspiring Pitons Mountains are one of the 
most famous Caribbean landmarks

Among the islands attractions are lovely white-brown-beige and even black sand beaches, natural waterfalls, awesome views, authentic creole culture, friendly locals, and the world's only drive through volcano. 

Yes, you will have the opportunity to get a close up view - and smell - of the volcano

For the more adventuresome there's mountain climbing, trekking & zip-lining through exotic rain forests, scenic helicopter excursions, exciting ATV rides, and lots to explore underwater on this unique volcanic island.

St Lucia's leading Hotels and Resorts are offering value-added packages with Free Nights, Discounted Rates, Complimentary Dinners & Spa Treatments 

Participating Hotels:

  • Anse Chastanet
  • Boucan by Hotel Chocolat
  • Capella Marigot Bay
  • Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa
  • Cotton Bay Village
  • Crystals
  • East Winds Inn
  • Fond Doux Holiday Plantation
  • Jade Mountain
  • Royal by rex resorts
  • Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort
  • The Landings
  • Ti Kaye Resort & Spa
  • Villa Capri

Visit stlucianow.com/live/health-and-wellness to learn more


Happy Travels,
Linda


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Update: Bermuda Getting Back to Business After Hurricane


Bermuda is in full recovery mode after being hit by two storms in the past few weeks (Fay and Gonzalo). 

Gonzalo was the strongest storm to hit in over a decade, and thankfully no lives were lost. Bermuda has very strict building codes which ensure structures can withstand sustained winds of at least 110 mph. 

Bermuda is a group of islands linked by a causeway (10 main bridges) 
Photo Credit - Bernews 
Damage to the island's causeway is a major concern to islanders - and while sections were damaged - the causeway is reported to be open. 

While the clean up is underway, there's more good news. Cruise Critic UK reports Bermuda will be ready to accept cruise ships this week 

Video shot during landfall

Related News: 

Bermuda Airport Reopens 

Regiment and Navy help clean up Island 


Happy Travels, 
Linda


2015 Carnival Cruise Live Lineup - New Artists

Cruising always sounds good - but it’s never sounded this good . . . 


Carnival features LIVE performing Acts on cruises to The Bahamas, Cozumel or Catalina Island, California. 

Choose 2015 sailing date, book your cruise, and tickets can be purchased online

Get all the details here Carnival Live Concert Series


Happy Sails,
Linda



Friday, October 17, 2014

Romantic Vacation in Old San Juan

Old World Charm and Elegance with Contemporary Comfort & Style

All photo's courtesy of Hotel El Convento

Hotel El Convento is one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. This historic property is centrally located in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, where guests are within walking distance of restaurants, nightlife, the cruise pier, museums and landmarks. 


The property is housed in a restored, 360-year old Carmelite convent and is the oldest member of the Historic Hotels of America.


The Romance Package Starts at $175.00 per room per night, and Package Feature Includes:

  • Vista accommodations
  • Complimentary Manager's Reception, serving daily wine and hors d'oeuvres, at La Veranda Terrace
  • Signature tote bag
  • Bottle of champagne on ice, in your room
  • Chocolate Truffles
  • Rose Petal Turndown

Hotel amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, plush bathrobes/slippers, goose-down pillows, flat panel TV, Bose radio, refrigerator with complimentary bottled water, coffee maker, and spacious work desk. 

More details on this package, as well as other vacation packages


Happy Travels,
Linda

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Summer on the Beach in December

West Bay Club is offering all-inclusive “Summer on the Beach” packages available through December 15, 2014


All photo's courtesy of West Bay Club, Turks & Caicos

This is beachfront luxury property is located in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, on the beautiful shores of Grace Bay Beach. 



The packages includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner - including special menu nights and one private beach dinner - along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, round-trip airport transfers, complimentary Wi-Fi, bicycles, non-motorized water sports, and fitness center. 



The room category featured in this all inclusive packages is the 1 Bedroom Ocean View, along with any higher room category.  ALL-INCLUSIVE SUMMER ON THE BEACH

More info on All Inclusive Summer on the Beach, and more special offers
http://www.thewestbayclub.com/promotions-and-events.html

Happy Travels,
Linda