Saturday, March 28, 2015

Grand Bahama Tax Day 50% Off Flash Sale

Get ready to take advantage of this great Bahama island deal 
next month! 



Grand Lucayan, a 4 star award winning resort located on Grand Bahama Island, will offer an amazing travel deal in honor of Tax Day. 



All rooms types at Grand Lucayan have balconies or patios, Caribbean inspired colors, comfortable bedding, plasma TV, and  complimentary WiFi. 


The property offers (7) restaurants which cater to every culinary taste from classic Bahamian fare to an array of international cuisine.  



Grand Lucayan Resort Infinity Pool


Ocean-front one-bedroom suites have stylish, Caribbean-inspired decor, 900 square feet of floor space and a double balcony.

Here's the deal - make a note of the reservation dates

Guests who book a four night stay at Grand Lucayan Resort and Spa between April 10th and April 16th, 2015  for travel between May 1, 2015 and December 20, 2015 will receive 50% off hotel rates (starting as low as $109 per night. 

AND you will also receive $100 worth of resort credit applicable towards dinner, spa, golf and other onsite amenities. 

On April 10-16, 2015 the reservation portion of the Grand Lucayan website will be available to book this special - it will not be active until then. You MUST use the special booking code RTTAX to take advantage of this deal when booking. 

http://www.grandlucayan.com/

Happy Travels,
Linda

Friday, March 27, 2015

Blogging the Caribbean





PHOTOS: Jamaica’s other famous waterfall



The most well-known waterfall in Jamaica is Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios on the northern side of the island.  For those visiting the southern or eastern part of the island, there is another natural gem. Blogger Travel Chica definitely captured the beauty of YS Falls 


4 Reasons Why Aruba is Different From Other Caribbean Islands


Photo Credit: Johnny Jet

Aruba’s Dutch heritage is noticeable from the moment you touch down. Oranjestad’s architecture, the local language Pappiamento (a mix of Portuguese and Dutch), and a variety of Dutch-influenced food are all part of an experience that, in my opinion, other islands cannot match. 

Johnny Jet, the travel insider gives four reasons why you should play a visit to this happy island



72 Hours in Saba, the Caribbean’s “Unspoiled Queen”


Photo Credit: Gear Patrol

One of my top 5 places to kick back and relax - after one hair-raising flight,  I opt to take the ferry from St Maarten when visiting - Linda

The trip to Saba gets interesting before you even set foot on its soil. Its tiny airport sits on a plateau between a jagged coastline and sharply rising cliffs on the north side of the island, where the winds often howl. 

The runway is the shortest commercial one in the world at 1,312 feet and is completely incapable of handling anything larger than a 15- or 20-seat intra-island plane (for comparison, Denver has the longest commercial runway in the US at 16,000 feet). This makes for a landing you won’t forget. Read more at Gear Patrol


A Caribbean Ice Bar 


Photo Credit: Browsing the Atlas

After traveling to St Thomas many times, I cannot bring myself to step inside the ice bar. As a person who experiences below zero temps during the winter months in the US Midwest, this bar holds no interest. However I can see the attraction for those who want to experience a one-of-a-kind experience in the Caribbean - Linda 

The space is tiny - only about a dozen people can be in there at any given time. I did not have to worry - not that many Caribbean-bound people are interested in subjecting themselves to a 17-degree Fahrenheit refrigerated room. Continue reading the the blog post at Browsing the Atlas 


3 Caribbean Food Tours You Need to Take right Now


Photo Credit: Caribbean Journal

To get the true flavor of a destination you have to … well … taste it. 
Visit Caribbean Journal and learn more about food tours in San Juan, the Bahamas, and Jamaica.


Happy Travels,
Linda



Thursday, March 26, 2015

Take Advantage of Low Season Rates in Turks & Caicos

A Tempting Spring and Summer Deal 
From One of the Best Resorts on Turks and Caicos! 


The Sands at Grace Bay is situated on the world-renowned 12-mile crescent of powdery white sand known as Grace Bay Beach. The beach was recently named the #1 Beach In The Caribbean by TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards.


The Sands at Grace Bay features 114-rooms with accommodations in studios and 1- 2- and 3-bedroom suites ranging from 1,000 to 1,600 square feet. 


Luxurious studio and suite accommodations feature all the comforts of home complete with modern kitchens and appliances, dining and living room areas, screened-in balconies, along with washer & dryers in most units. 


On-site Hemingway's Restaurant and Bar is an award-winning beachfront restaurant offering a casual beach side atmosphere and elegant open air dining, complemented by a menu full of gourmet selections and island specialties. 

Spa treatments are available by appointment through Spa Tropique which operates on site. http://www.spatropique.com/

4th Night Free  PLUS Low Season Rates

Rates start from only $195 per night for stays between May 1st through December 19th, 2015.  4th Night Free promo is valid for new bookings made on all room categories for consecutive stays of four nights or more. 

Value Added Amenities: 
  • Complimentary use of watersports equipment - including kayaks
  • WiFi provided in rooms and hospitality area 
  • Stand-up paddle boards, snorkel gear and Hobie Cats
  • Bicycles for island exploration
  • Tuesday Manager’s cocktail party
  • 3 swimming pools
  • Tennis and Basketball courts 

Optional Excursions:

  • Caicos Dream Tours offers a popular half-day Snorkel & Conch cruise and a full-day Dream Day Getaway charter that includes snorkeling along stunning barrier reef formations, stops to breathtaking beaches of uninhabited islands, diving for conch shells and a beach BBQ. 
  • Provo Ponies offers guided horseback rides to some of the most secluded beaches of Providenciales where the shallow waters allow guests to take their horses into the ocean. 
  • Also glow worm tours, scuba diving excursions, fishing charters, eco-kayak tours, kiteboarding lessons, and sailing are available from local tour providers. Optional excursions can be booked by resort guests through the resort’s Tour Operator Desk.


Visit the site - http://www.thesandstc.com 


Happy Travels,
Linda

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Harbour Island Bahamas Air Inclusive Package

Valentines Residences Resort & Marina

 Located on the harbor side of of Dunmore Town, Harbour Island, Bahamas - close to the best shopping, restaurants and nightlife


All resort photos courtesy of Valentines Resort & Marina

Harbour Island is known for its fabulous powder soft pink sand beaches




On my top 5 list of Caribbean beaches - the three mile Pink Sand Beach has always been included in the list of world's best beaches

Valentines attracts travelers looking for a laid back upscale beach destination which also provides plenty of  activities. Enjoy scuba diving, jet skiing, kayaking, water skiing, windsurfing, sailing and wake boarding.  Guests can also opt for boat charters and rentals, deep sea fishing, bone fishing, sport fishing, and big game fishing. The first class marina is also a haven for boat enthusiasts and yacht owners.  



Valentine's Air Inclusive Packages
 Available Starting April 2 through August 16, 2015

Prices include luxury accommodations, all room taxes & resort fees and round trip airfare from Fort Lauderdale (all taxes included)

Book 3 Nights - Thursday to Sunday - all prices are per person

  • Junior Suite, Garden View - $1,038.00
  • Junior Suite, Harbour View - $1,122.00
  • 1 Bedroom, Garden View - $1,215.00
  • 1 Bedroom, Harbour View - $1,299.00
  • 2 Bedroom, Garden View - $894.00
  • 2 Bedroom, Harbour View - $958.00


Each luxury suite offers the amenities to make your stay comfortable. The Junior suite feature a kitchenette, and the One and Two Bedroom Villas or Town homes feature a full kitchen and spacious patio. 

Luxury Junior Villa (753 square feet) and Luxury One Bedroom Villa or Town Home (1,048 square feet) accommodates 4 guests. For larger parties the Luxury Two Bedroom Villa or Town Home (1,714 square feet) can accommodate up to 6 guests.



The on site Boathouse Restaurant is among the popular restaurants on the island, and in the evenings there's always a lively crowd at the Rooster Tail Bar. 

Guests also have the option of having breakfast, lunch or dinner catered in your suite. No need to leave your room for a massage - just ask and this can be arranged in the privacy and comfort of your luxury suite. 

About Harbour Island
Over 300 years old, this Bahamian settlement offers a rich maritime history. The historic Dunmore Town once served as the first capital of the Bahamas, and has a unique blend of New England architecture and Caribbean color. 

http://www.valentinesresort.com/


Happy Travels,
Linda

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spotlight on the Nature Island of the Caribbean


Dominica is known as the " Nature Isle of the Caribbean "


Dominica (pronounced Dom-in-eek-a) has 365 rivers, 300 miles of hiking trails, 40 dive sites, 30 pristine reefs, 7 live volcanoes, 3 national parks, too many waterfalls to mention, a lush mountain range reaching heights of more than 4,900 feet, and one of the Caribbean's best botanical gardens


Coming into to port the pastel colored capital of Rosseau comes into view

Photo Credit: Globe Guide 

English is the official language, however Creole and French are widely spoken. Dominica is located in the Eastern Caribbean, a few miles from Martinique to the south and Guadeloupe to the north. 

Dominica is known for hiking, diving, snorkeling, relaxing in hot spring pools - experiencing nature at its finest, and the opportunity to view the indigenous Carib Indians.   

The people of Dominica are very serious about keeping their island clean, and free from over development. The island has no hotel chains or high rises, no casinos and little night life. 


This is a Caribbean island where most people prefer to swim in fresh water rivers. The best places to swim are the pools at the base of waterfalls many of them are six stories high. 

The black and yellow sand beaches that line the shore are beautiful to view and photograph, as each one offers a unique topography and backdrop. You will not find the typical soft sand beaches of the region here - the majority are rocky with lots of pebbles.  

Dominica is home to the Boiling Lake 
The second largest thermally active lake in the world


Photo Credit Paul Crask - www.paulcrask.com/

The actual depth is unknown, and the temperature of the blue/gray waters averages a boiling 190 degrees! The island receives up to 400 inches of rainfall per year, which makes the trail to the lake slippery and very dangerous. Just a few miles is another bizarre hot spot the Valley of Desolation. Visitors are advised not to enter these areas without a local guide

More volcanic activity can be found to the South at Champagne Reef

The experience is like swimming through a giant glass of champagne

This is an area where volcanic activity causes thousands of bubbles to come from the rocks beneath the water - a nice cool refreshing fizzle. Photo Credit George Kourounis via Storm Chasers

Jing Ping Bands are unique to Dominica history and culture

Photo Credit: Roseau City Guide 

The music consists of the Boom Boom (long hollow tube that is blown into ), an Accordian, a Gwa (scraper-rattle), and Tambou (tambourine) - Jing Ping has now become a part of popular music through bouyon music. The Giraudel Jing Ping Band is known among the best on the island.  

The Caribbean derives its name from its original inhabitants

Carib Indian Photo Credits: Travel 2 the Caribbean

Dominica is home to the last remaining Carib Territory in the Caribbean. The Caribs inhabit 3,600 acres on the northeast coast of the island. 


They elect their own chief who holds the position for four years, and they still make the products of their ancestors - carving traditional dugout canoes, weaving mats and baskets. 

Authentic Carib baskets made from larouma reed

Take a visit to the Kalinago Barana Aute cultural center and tour the Carib village, learn more about their culture, and purchase products. Carib products can also be purchased in the capital city of Roseau at the Old Market Plaza. 

This is the ideal place to spot Whales and Dolphins

You can view more killer whales, sperm whales, pilot whales and dolphins here than anywhere else in the Caribbean, and the peak season for seeing whales is between November - March.  

Annual October World Creole Music Fest October 30 to November 1, 2015

Definitely one of the more unique music festivals in the Eastern Caribbean region, and features the best in creole music from around the world. 

The festival's primary focus is on the indigenous music of Dominica including Jing Ping with steelpan, bouyon and cadence sounds. 

In addition the Creole Festival also features a variation of Creole music from Haiti, Afro-beats from Africa, Zydeco from Louisiana, along with the sounds of Zook, Soca and Reggae.  

Photo Credit: Large Up

Creole Day (Oct 31st) is celebrated right after the creole festival ends, and the last Friday before Independence Day is the most colorful day on the island. 

Locals wear the national traditional dress or some variation. The girls wear a “jupe,” the women wear a “robe dwiyet” and the men wear black pants, white shirt and a red sash around the waist.  

Dominica gained its independence from Great Britain on November 3, 1978 and became an independent republic within the Commonwealth. The day is spent celebrating the unique Creole culture. The day would not be complete without enjoying the islands unique cuisine - Crab-backs, Callaloo, and Titiwi accras are just some of the delicious local foods to sample. 

While Dominica may not be your ideal Caribbean beach bumming destination, this is a island that will appeal to travelers looking for an eco-friendly Caribbean vacation. If you enjoy nature photography, hiking, diving, snorkeling and experiencing a unique cultural experience, head to the Nature Island - you will not be disappointed!   


Happy Travels,
Linda

(ˆ◡ˆ) Discover more about the Nature Island at the tourism site
http://www.dominica.dm/



Saturday, March 21, 2015

Complimentary Bed & Breakfast in Bermuda

Bed and Breakfast Package at Elbow Beach Resort, Bermuda 
Available through December 31, 2015


An intimate, elegant hideaway

Breathtaking ocean views and beautiful pink sands

Elbow Beach is offering a daily complimentary breakfast package starting at $780 based on double occupancy. 


Dining is an experience with international cuisine, impeccable service, and fantastic ocean views 



Bed & Breakfast Package Includes

  • Overnight accommodations for two
  • Full daily breakfast in your room or the restaurant


Resort Amenities Include:

  • Luxurious spa with private suites
  • 4 stylish dining venues
  • Half-mile of private beach
  • Outdoor temperature-controlled pool
  • 5 tennis courts (3 with floodlights)
  • Fully equipped fitness room
  • Complimentary Internet Stations
  • 24-hour in-room dining
  • 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space
  • Les Clef d’Or Concierge
  • In-room internet access
  • Complimentary shoe shine
  • Scooter rentals
  • Poolside Cabana's

Offer is subject to availability - not applicable for groups and cannot be combined with any other offers. Rates are subject to change.

www.elbowbeachbermuda.com


Happy Travels,
Linda


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Savor the Flavor During Bonaire Cuisine Month

The Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire is celebrating 
"Bonaire Cuisine Month" during the entire month of May 


Bonaire offers a unique and varied choice of cuisine with over 70 restaurants on the island. Participating restaurants will offer culinary specials with pre-fixed menus, signature cocktails/entrees and happy hour specials. 

During the month additional foodie activities will include cooking demonstrations from select restaurants. Invitations are going out to top food bloggers and social media influencers who will share their culinary experiences via social media during the month. 

Bistro de Paris - Photo Credit: Bonaire Bliss


PARTICIPATING BONAIRE CUISINE MONTH RESTAURANTS:

  • At Sea Restaurant
  • Buddy Dive Resort: Blennies Restaurant 
  • Buddy Dive Resort: Ingridients 
  • Diver's Diner Bar & Grill 
  • La Cantina 
  • Lek Lek Thai Food 
  • Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire 
  • Posada Para Mira 
  • Spice Beach Club Bonaire 
  • Sonia Home 

Retro Pizza on Kaya Grandi in Kralendijk - Photo Credit: www.bonaireinsider.com

Aside from becoming known as a foodie destination, 
here's a brief overview of the island . . . 

Photo Credit: bonairebestliving.com

Bonaire is part of the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) all of which are located outside the Caribbean hurricane belt. Located approximately 80 miles east of Aruba, the island has a low annual rainfall, and offers year round sunshine. 

Bonaire is known globally as a top destination for its sustainable tourism, and its pristine waters are a mecca for diving and snorkeling. This is one island where the coral formations are pristine, and the fish population is the most abundant in the Caribbean. 

PERSONAL FOOD TIP - If you love authentic Chinese food
China Nobo is one of islands oldest restaurants, and the Chan family serves the best Cantonese and Schwezwan food. It's one of the best, and most economical meals you will have on the island. 

Visit the tourism site to learn more about Bonaire http://www.tourismbonaire.com/

Related Articles:

10 Reasons Why You Need To Be In Bonaire On Friday

Top 5 Bonaire Restaurants

Bonaire Dining



Happy Travels,
Linda

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Antigua and Barbuda - the Beach is Just the Beginning

Antigua is home to 365 beaches, one for every day of the year. 

And the sister island Barbuda boasts both pink and white 
sand beaches, charming villages and lots of seclusion. 


Deep Bay - Antigua
Photo Credit: Coconut Beach Club 


This is an island where visitors can spend most of their time beach hopping from coast to coast. Surrounded by a large coral reef, you will discover secluded coves and stunning bays as you make your way around the coastline. 

Temps average 75 degrees in the winter months, and the mid 80's in the summer. This is an island that gets little rainfall which provides a low humidity environment. 

After viewing the video you will see there is more than the fabulous beaches, and perhaps you will put this twin island country on your Caribbean bucket list  . . .


 
 Video produced by Travelview International of Houston, Texas 


One of my fav places to stay is Galley Bay Resort, and the resort is featuring several travel deals for travelers booking by March 31, 2015 for travel through December 20, 2016
  • Save 35% when you travel 7/1 - 10/15/15
  • Save 30% when you travel 5/24 - 6/30/15
  • Save 25% when you travel 10/16 - 12/20/15
  • Save 20% when you travel 12/21 - 1/2/16
  • Save 5% when you travel 3/1 - 5/23/15
  • Save 30% when you travel 5/1 - 6/30/16 and 9/1 - 10/31/16
  • Save 20% when you travel 1/3 - 12/20/16


Happy Travels, 
Linda

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Easter Caribbean Concert Featuring Andrea Bocelli


Casa de Campo kicks off its 2015 concert series

Casa de Campo is hosting classical tenor star Andrea Bocelli, at its 5,000-seat amphitheater Altos de Chavon on April 4, 2015. 

Altos de Chavon is a replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean village perched high above the Chavón River.




All resort photo's courtes of Casa de Campo

Amazing 7,000-acre hotel, resort and residential community - this Leading Hotels of the World member offers an experience unlike any other in the Dominican Republic. 





Located on the Dominican Republic's southeastern coast, Casa de Campo offers unsurpassed amenities with a choice of hotel and villa accommodations, along with a variety of fine cuisine from more than (8) countries. 


A Caribbean luxury paradise with pristine beaches

Easily accessible by air or sea, this is the perfect vacation spot for families, couples, friends traveling together, destination weddings, and (5) Pete Dye designed golf courses for golfers. The famous “Teeth of the Dog” golf course is considered the best in the Caribbean.

Andrea Bocelli Concert 
Packages available at $557 per person, per night and include Elite room accommodations, one concert ticket per adult, all meals and drinks, unlimited horseback riding and non-motorized water sports. 

Tickets for Bocelli’s concert will be priced at $107 (general admission), $265 (VIP) and $717 special guests)

Along with this Easter Concert, Casa de Campo is offering Summer Deal and Summer Villa Special Packages - check "Special Offers" on the website.
http://www.casadecampo.com.do/


Happy Travels,
Linda