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Monday, December 5, 2016

Old Years Night Celebration in the BVI

Aside from a prime sailing stopover, Jost Van Dyke is known as one of the top three places in the world to be at for New Year’s Eve - locally known as "Old Year's" Night.


The quaint no frills island of Jost (pronounced yoast) Van Dyke is the quintessential barefoot Caribbean island paradise. 

Photo Credit: Blue Ocean

Do not let the 3.4 sq mi size fool you. While Jost Van Dyke is the smallest of the British Virgin Islands, it has the most lively night life in the BVI island chain.  

Foxy's hosts one of the Caribbean's best New Year's Eve parties which lasts for three days.

Photo Credit: The Yacht Week

Located in Great Harbour,  Foxy's bar sits partially hidden among the thick coconut palms at the bottom of the tallest hill on the island. 

On Old Year’s night this tiny island paradise welcomes visitors from all over the globe, and you might even find a few celebrities. Once the festivities get underway you can literally walk from one boat to another in the Harbour. There's always plenty of great food, lots of entertainment, and if you have too much "Firewater Rum" you are invited to crash on the beach. 

Foxy (Philiciano) Callwood is known as the unofficial mayor of Jost Van Dyke.  Once you reach the bar you will usually find Foxy playing his guitar. He loves to talk with visitors, and his smile is infectious. 

Foxy's is open Monday thru Friday for lunch and daily for dinner. The lunch menu includes rotis and burgers, while dinner features fillet mignon and lobster. On Saturday you can enjoy “all you can eat” ribs, chicken and fish. 

Foxy's is also known for wicked strong rum drinks. Ask for the specialty house drinks - either Sly Fox, Dread Fox, and be forewarned about drinking more than one Wrecked on the Rocks. All the rum drinks are made from Foxy's brand "Firewater Rum", and draft beers are from his own on-site microbrewery.  

During the day beach lovers can kick back on the soft white sand, and snorkeling, scuba diving, kite boarding, windsurfing, or parasailing.

If New Years Eve is not on your schedule to visit the BVI's, Foxy's has another popular event - the Wooden Boat Regatta held during Memorial Day Weekend. 

Each year hundreds of visitors, along with regional and international yachts, all flock to Jost Van Dyke for sun, sea, fantastic West Indian cuisine, and non stop live music all weekend. 

Decades ago Foxy Callwood started the regatta to allow owners of wooden boats to have a race all to themselves, and this event has helped preserve the island tradition of building wooden boats. A few years ago the rules were revised to allow some of the first fiberglass boats to compete, however the fiberglass boats have to be over 30 years old.  

GETTING TO FOXY'S

From Tortola, BVI
New Horizon Ferry offers ferry service from West End, Tortola to Jost Van Dyke  7 days per week. http://newhorizonferry.com/

From St Thomas & St John, USVI
Inter-Island Ferry Services offers ferry service from St. Thomas/St. John, USVI – Jost Van Dyke 6 days per week. http://www.interislandboatservices.com/

FEW SUGGESTIONS OF WHERE TO STAY ON JOST VAN DYKE:

GREAT HARBOUR
Sea Crest Inn - http://www.seacrestinn.net/

WHITE BAY
Almost Heaven Villa - http://www.almostheavenvilla.com/
White Bay Villas - http://www.jostvandyke.com/
Sandcastle at Soggy Dollar - http://www.soggydollar.com/accommodations


Happy Travels,
Linda



Sunday, November 27, 2016

Caribbean All Inclusive Beachfront Sale


180 degrees away from crowds and over development . . . 

Elite Island Resort features a unique collection of (8) All-Inclusive beachfront resorts

Family-friendly resorts include St. James’s Club Morgan Bay in St. Lucia, Long Bay Beach Club in Tortola, and Antigua’s St. James’s Club & Villas and The Verandah Resort & Spa. 

For the perfect Adults-Only getaway, consider Palm Island Resort & Spa in the Grenadines, The Club, Barbados Resort & Spa, and Antigua’s Pineapple Beach Club and Galley Bay Resort & Spa. 

Pineapple Beach Club Antigua - Adults-Only

Save up to 50%
Book By: 12/20/16 Travel Thru Jan 2, 2018

Quarter-Mile White Sand Beach
2 Freshwater Swimming Pools
3 Restaurants + 3 Bars
Hobie-Cats, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Paddle Boards
Water Aerobics & Daily Classes
Tennis Courts & Fitness Center
Tranquility Body & Soul Spa

St. James's Club & Villas, Antigua

Save up to 45%
Book By: 12/20/16 Travel Thru Jan 2, 2018

2 White Sand Beaches
6 Swimming Pools featuring 2 Adults-Only Pools
4 Restaurants + Beach Grill and 4 Bars + Lounges
Kayaking, Paddle Boards, Hobie-Cats & Diving
Kids Club & Teen's Activities
Tennis Courts & NEW Fitness Center

Galley Bay Resort & Spa, Antigua - Adults-Only

Save up to 30%
Book By: 12/20/16 Travel Thru Jan 2, 2018

Just 98 Rooms on an expansive White Sand Beach
3 Restaurants + Beach Grill
NEW Rum Shack Bar + Coffee Shop
Kayaking, Hobie-Cats & Snorkeling
Walking & Cycling Trails
Bird & Turtle Sanctuaries + Tropical Lagoon

The Verandah Resort & Spa, Antigua 

Save up to 50%
Book By: 12/20/16 Travel Thru Jan 2, 2018

Large Freeform Swimming Pool, 1 Adults-Only Pool
4 Restaurants + Beach Grill and 4 Bars + Lounges
Kayaking, Hobie-Cats & Snorkeling
Kids Club & Teen's Activities
Tennis & Fitness Center/Mini-Golf
Tranquility Body & Soul Spa

St. James's Club Morgan Bay, St Lucia 

Save up to 50%
Book By: 12/20/16 Travel Thru Jan 2, 2018

Golden Sand Beach
4 Swimming Pools featuring 2 Adults-Only Pools
5 Restaurants + 5 Bars & Lounges, Pool Grill + Open Air Café
Hobie-Cats, Kayaking, Snorkeling & Paddle Boards
FREE Water-Skiing
Kids Club & Teen's activities

The Club, Barbados Resort & Spa - Adults-Only

Save up to 50%
Book By: 12/20/16 Travel Thru Jan 2, 2018

3 Freshwater Swimming Pools and Freshwater Whirlpool Spa & Sauna
Tranquility Body & Soul Spa
2 Restaurants, 4 Bars & Lounges + Piano Bar
Snorkeling, Paddle Boards, & Reef Fishing
Water-Skiing & Boat Trips
Tennis & Fitness Center

Palm Island Resort & Spa, The Grenadines - Adults-Only

Save up to 35%
Book By: 12/20/16 Travel Thru Jan 2, 2018

Just 43 Rooms located on 5 White Sand Beaches
Large Swimming Pool with Waterfall
2 Beachfront Restaurants + 2 Bars & Lounges
NEW Spa
Hobie-Cats, Kayaking & Snorkeling
Tennis, Hiking & Cycling Trails 

Long Bay Beach Club - Tortola, BVI

Save up to 35%
Book By: 12/20/16 Travel Thru Jan 2, 2018

Just 42 Rooms on a mile long White Sand Beach
Beachfront Swimming Pool
Beachfront Restaurants & Bar
Snorkeling, Paddle Boards
NEW Spa Pavilion
Tennis Court

Travel By January 2018 - Offers listed are valid for U.S. Departures only.

Ask about REDUCED Minimum Stay During Holiday & WInter Season for all properties except Palm Island Resort. 

http://www.eliteislandresorts.com/special-offers/

Happy Travels,
Linda

Saturday, November 26, 2016

U.S. Virgin Islands Cyber Deals and More

Three distinct islands to choose from 
Any one makes the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable vacation


The U.S. Virgin Islands is offering 25% off Hotel Rates, along with $500 in Spending Credits - One credit per booking.

The booking window is good until November 28, 2016, and individual hotels will select travel dates in 2017 based on need


St Croix, USVI - Photo Credit: www.gotostcroix.com

ST CROIX HOTELS 

  • The Buccaneer
  • Caravelle Hotel & Casino
  • Club Comanche Hotel
  • Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino
  • Hotel on the Cay
  • Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort
  • The Palms at Pelican Cove
  • Tamarind Reef Resort
  • Sand Castle on the Beach

Caneel Bay, St John - Photo Credit: http://www.vinow.com/stj/stj-b/caneel-bay/

ST JOHN HOTELS

  • Caneel Bay Resort
  • Cimmaron Property Management
  • Concordia Eco-Resort
  • Gallows Point Resort

View of Cruise Ships Paradise Point, St Thomas - Photo Credit: Travel 2 the Caribbean Blog

ST THOMAS HOTELS

  • At Home in the Tropics
  • Bellavista Bed & Breakfast
  • Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
  • Emerald Beach Resort
  • Galleon House
  • Lindbergh Bay Hotel & Villas
  • Marriott Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort
  • Sugar Bay Resort & Spa
  • VI Campgrounds
  • Windward Passage Hotel

Must use Booking Code for this Cyber Deal: BFCM16

Find more Virgin Island travel deals at https://www.visitusvi.com/package_and_promotions

Happy Travels,

Linda

Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday Gratitude


My hubby has been extremely ill for the past few months. During this time I have put the blog on hold. After two hospital stays he is finally back home, and on the mend. 

I am so thankful to have family and friends who have, and are currently assisting with his recovery. 

Will be back to blogging about the beautiful Caribbean islands on a regular basis very soon


Happy Travels,
Linda



Thursday, October 13, 2016

Food/Rum Fest in the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean


Barbados, the perfect island to host a Food & Rum Fest!

The 7th edition of the Barbados Food and Rum Festival 
will be held from November 17 - 20, 2016

Photo's courtesy of Visit Barbados

The island is known as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean - and also the home of Mount Gay, the World's Oldest Rum. 

This is the islands premier festival, and this year is historically significant as Barbados will celebrate 50 years of Independence on November 30, 2016. 



The Food and Rum Festival takes places across various venues around the island - all with their own theme, live entertainment and more. 

Each year international, local world class chefs, rum experts and mixologists all come together to provide appetizing menus, along with exceptional cocktails.    

Professional Chefs for this year's event include
Jean-Georges, Craig Harding, Athlone McCollin, Jèrmèy Dupire, Creig Greenidge, Damian Leach, Duayne Holligan, Henderson Butcher, Jason Howard, John Hazzard, Michael Harrison and Michael Hinds.



Festival Events Schedule

  • Nov 17 - Festival Opening at Oistins Bay Gardens - Cook Off Challenge of the Challenger 
  • Nov 18 - Rum Extravaganza - Taste of the Exotic at the Concorde Museum 
  • Nov 19 - Afternoon Polo Exhibition Match at Holder’s Polo Club in St James 
  • Nov 19 - Gourmet Safari with Chef Craig Harding - St Philip 
  • Nov 19 - Gourmet Safari with Chef - Chef Jean-Georges Vongerich - St James 
  • Nov 20 - Sunday Beach Party Cook-off and food sampling - Grand finale Needham’s Point beach at Hilton Barbados

Visit the site for more festival events, and learn more about Barbados
https://www.visitbarbados.org/food-and-rum-festival


Happy Travels,
Linda

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Caribbean Island Hopping Via St Maarten/St Martin

The two nation island of Dutch St Maarten and French St Martin offer visitors easy access for day trips to other Caribbean destinations. 



The islands of Anguilla, Saba, St Eustatius and St Barths are all easily reached by ferry or small plane.  


Anguilla boasts some of the most beautiful white powder sand beaches surrounded by deep blue skies, and aquamarine seas lined with palm trees/sea grapes. The narrow island was named for its shape from the French word anguille which means eel

Aside from the world class beaches, exceptional resorts, horseback beach rides, and scuba diving, Anguilla offers fine dining. On every visitor's list is the islands famous sweet, tender spiny lobster which the locals call crayfish. 

Taking the ferry from Marigot, St Martin takes about 20 minutes, and is far more economical than flying.  Make sure to take a swin suit, and take an island tour -  the majority of drivers at the ferry terminal will be happy to act as your guide, and lead you to the crayfish. (ˆ◡ˆ) 


Saba is a green volcanic mountain island which rocky cliffs propel straight up from the sea. This tiny Dutch Caribbean island is known as the "Unspoiled Queen" of the Caribbean. 

Unlike other islands in the region you will not find fabulous beaches - this is an island for world class scuba diving, snorkeling, and hiking the rain forest which takes you up to over 2,800 feet into the clouds.   

The hillsides are dotted with old Caribbean-style cottages painted white with gingerbread, green shutters and red/orange roofs. The island is extremely clean, and each home is neatly landscaped with lovely gardens. 

There is only one road which runs through the island mountain, and one of the islands distinctions is the world's shortest runways. Yes that tiny strip below is where planes land!

The airport is located on a cliff, and only a few pilots are licensed to fly into the island. The flight into Saba is a rather hair-raising experience. I prefer the ferry service which sails out of St Martin. Check schedule here http://www.sabatourism.com/gettosaba.html

Photo by Carrie Gibson The tiny Dutch island of St Eustatius (also known as Statia) was the first international recognition of American independence in 1776. 

Although tiny in size, St Eustatius was known in the 17th and 18th century as the Emporium of the Western World and the Golden Rock. The island's harbor was central to the commerce flowing between Europe and America. This all changed after the firing of an 11-gun salute to U.S. independence. Soon after Great Britain seized the islands warehouses, merchant goods and literally destroyed the island's economy. 

Statia attracts divers, hikers, and history buffs with its well preserved early century historical sites. Unfortunately there is no scheduled ferry service, however there are daily flights via St Martin. 

St. Barthélemy, also called St Barth or St Barts is the eptitone of French Culture in the Caribbean. Here you will find the latest European and American high end fashions, haute cuisine, and if you are lucky perhaps run into a favorite celebrity. 

The terrain is hilly and rocky, however the coastline is lined with fabulous beaches, along with bays and coves called anses. 

The island has a vibrant nightlife, and the favorite sport is windsurfing. People watching is another favorite pastime, and there's no better place than Baie de St Jean where the worlds finest yachts dock. 

The ferry ride from St Martin takes about 40 minutes versus a 10 minute flight. Check both rates - often there is a small difference in price. 

St Maarten/St Martin - Of course there is plenty to keep you busy in the twin island nation. There is no easier place in the Caribbean to experience two completely cultures. The border is seamless, and you can go back and forth enjoying both cultures with ease.  

The Dutch side of St Maarten offers great shopping, lots of world class casinos, and beaches. Dutch culture is reflected in the street signs, names and unique souvenirs such as wooden shoes, windmills, and delft china. 

This side of the island has over 35 beaches, with one of the more unique (Maho Bay) located right on the end of the main airport. No doubt you have seen images of beach goers getting sand blasted by the commercial jets as they come in for landing.  

While St Martin is unmistakably French in its language, customs and food, travelers will find a comfortable reception for those who do not speak the language. The cuisine is excellent, along with many fine beaches, unique lodging, and a variety of chic boutiques offering fine imported goods. 

Happy Travels,
Linda


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Eat Local - Aruba Restaurant Month


Explore Aruba's finest dining
October 1 - 31, 2016

Reserve your table at your favorite participating restaurant with lunches at $15 and dinners for $30 to $40 - and no passes, tickets or vouchers are required. 

Some of the Participating Restaurants include:

Papillon Restaurant

Old French meets modern Caribbean in this casual fine dining restaurant

The Chophouse

Renowned for Angus Beef

Palms Restaurant

Beach side dining experience at Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Spa 

Amuse Sunset Restaurant


Specializing in International cuisine, fresh, high-quality food at affordable prices 

For a full list of participating restaurants visit http://restaurantweek.aruba.com/

Reserve your table in Aruba
https://www.arubatable.com/

Happy Travels,
Linda


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

New Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla 
Now Accepting Reservations


Debuting this October, the new Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla is extending several limited-time offers.



From garden-view guest rooms to five-bedroom beachfront villas with private pools, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla offers 166 sleek and spacious guest rooms, suites, residences and villas - 80% with views of the Caribbean Sea.



Four Seasons Anguilla offers tempting options for every taste, mood or time of day in (4) restaurants and lounges




  • Half Shell Beach Bar - With a picturesque location on Barnes Bay Beach, Half Shell Beach Bar is a casual spot to grab a light lunch or a refreshing frozen drink
  • Sunset Lounge - A must-visit on the island, Sunset Lounge is your place for sushi, vintage Caribbean rums, classic island cocktails, cigars and stunning views over the sea - especially at sunset  
  • Bamboo Bar & Grill -  A fun beach bar on Meads Bay, Bamboo offers quick, simple, inspired Antillean street food such as rotis, crab cakes or sweet potato hummus, plus global favourites like pizzas and burgers
  • Coba - Nestled between two bays overlooking the Caribbean, Cobà is a stylish setting for daily breakfast and dinner. At dinner, the focus turns to fresh, local seafood in an atmosphere both vibrant and relaxed
  • In-Room Dining - An extensive menu available day or night

SPA
The two story beachfront spa features (13) indoor spa rooms, (3) Spa Cabanas, (3) Facial Rooms, (2) Couples Spa Rooms, and an outdoor infinity pool with views of Meads Bay 

Reservations are now being confirmed for the fall and winter season, with these vacation packages available in addition to standard room rates:

Opening Offer: Complimentary Night
Ideal for busy people with only a few days to spare, the Stay Longer package offers travelers a complimentary extra night with consecutive nights paid. As a special introductory offer, a third complimentary night is offered with two consecutive nights paid between October 20 and December 15, 2016. In 2017, the Stay Longer package includes a complimentary fifth night when four consecutive nights are booked.

Festive Package: Spend the Holidays in Paradise
In anticipation of its first holiday season as a Four Seasons, the Resort is offering a special Resort Credit that merrymakers can apply to incidental charges including on-site dining, spa and on-site recreation. The Experience More credit is based on room category – $500 for one-bedroom suites, $800 for four-bedroom oceanfront villas, and $1,000 for five-bedroom villas, per stay. This offer is available for stays between December 17, 2016 and January 5, 2017. Minimum 10-night stay required.

http://www.fourseasons.com/anguilla/


Happy Travels,
Linda

Monday, September 19, 2016

Affordable and Eco Friendly in Tobago

The small fishing village of Castara is one of Tobago's hidden gems, and the perfect place to drop off the grid . . . 

Rustic tree houses surrounded by the oldest protected rainforest 
in the Western Hemisphere.

Castara Beach

Castara Retreats is a family-run eco-resort featuring 15 lodges built of cypress and cedar wood. The property is perched on the hillside, and sits on two acres of lush tropical garden overlooking the beautiful Bay of Castara and two sandy beaches. 

Firefly is the smallest and most modestly priced of Castara's accommodations, yet guests will find the same high quality living experience and facilities. 

Air-conditioned studio apartment with en-suite bedroom, along with kitchenette/dining area. 

The compact kitchen includes two electric hobs (cook top) along with a small fridge, toaster, kettle, sinks, pans, and tableware. The garden terrace offers ocean views, and in the evening you view the glow of fireflies in the tropical gardens. 

Studio Apartment Features

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi service
  • Stand-alone ventilator fans
  • High-quality mosquito net
  • Double hammock
  • iPod docking station, hair dryer & iron
  • Security safe
  • Bamboo bird feeder

On-Site Dining
Caribbean Kitchen is rated as one of the best restaurants on the island. The open air dining atmosphere is relaxed with superb panoramic views of the beach, ocean and rainforest. 

Now through December 20, 2016, guests can save 10% on stays of (6) nights or more in the Firefly Studio with rates starting at $114 per night (based on double occupancy) inclusive of all taxes and a complimentary cocktail upon arrival at the pavilion restaurant. 

Discover more about this eco-friendly resort, along with the culture and activities in Castera, Tobago. www.castararetreats.com


Happy Travels,
Linda