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




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hurricane Gonzalo Now Category 4 Hurricane

Gonzalo is now strongest Atlantic hurricane in three years!!

Photo Credit ABC News

Update from Cruise Critic: (October 15, 12:26 p.m. EDT)

Hurricane Gonzalo has grown into a Category 4 major hurricane, with maximum sustained wind speeds of 130 miles per hour. 

The storm is moving northwest at 12 m.p.h. but is expected to change direction toward Bermuda tomorrow. Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Oceania have ships scheduled to call at the island between this Sunday and next week. 

Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Disney have been forced to alter their ships' itineraries to avoid the storm. 

Read full cruise line update at Cruise Critic
http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=6023


Safe Travels,
Linda


World's Deepest Blue Hole in The Bahamas

Long Island, Bahamas is home to Dean’s Blue Hole - the world’s deepest recorded inland blue hole, and the world's second largest underwater cavern


 Freediving at Deans Blue Hole - Photo Credit Flickr

Actually there are hundreds of blue holes in the Bahamas which are either landlocked or on the ocean floor., The Bahamas Out Island of Andros has over 170 on land, and 50 in the ocean. Blue holes can also be found in The Abacos and Cat Island. 

Here's what professional divers have to say about the dive . . . 
The further down you dive the opening widens to a width of over 300 feet, and is enclosed on three sides by a natural rock cliff amphitheater. Sand cascades like waterfalls down the cliff sides, and suddenly marine life emerge from the depths. The waters are always calm, and visibility is usually tween 50-100 feet, and the water is always calm.



The deep blue color of the waters depth is in striking contrast with the turquoise color of the surrounding shallows. Actually it's difficult to accurately describe the many varied colors in the blue hole. From the cliffs the view is a perfect circle of dark blue cobalt with shades of green, and the sun casts sparkles of gold. 

The lagoon at Turtle Beach Cove forms the fourth side of the blue hole, and I found myself on a perfect crescent shaped white powder sand beach. While gazing at the blue hole and surrounding turquoise waters, and I pondered the warning from the maid at the hotel. 

Many residents believe there is a devil like monster that pulls people down into the depths. Aside from the story of monsters, a real life situation had taken place several weeks prior to my visit. Several tourists had disappeared into the Blue Hole! From the news reports, it appeared they walked out in the shallow banks too far, dropped off into the depths and were unable to swim safely to shore. There are no lifeguards on site, so diving and swimming is at your own risk. 

After a couple hours on the beach, I got up the nerve to put on my snorkel gear, walked out into the shallows, and then swam towards the blue circle. It was a rather surreal experience gazing down into the abyss and floating over waters 663 feet deep. And yes I will admit it was a relief to feel sand under my feet again as I reached the shallow waters on the shore. Watching several people dive from the cliffs above, I made my way up for a photo opp before leaving. 




This was a solo trip, and my only regret was no having someone there to share this awesome experience with. 

Where is Long Island, Bahamas? 

The 90 mile long Bahamas Out Island is approximately 250 miles from Nassau, and 300 miles from the coast of Florida. You need to rent a car, and it's easy island to get around as the Queen's Highway runs the entire length of the 90 mile long island. 

The western coast of the island borders the Caribbean Sea and Bahamas Bank. This coast is calm, and offers miles of sandy white beaches, shallow waters, mangroves and numerous small islets. You have to drive uphill to view the windy Atlantic seaside on the eastern coast. The huge limestone cliffs offer magnificent views of the crashing surf on the rocky shorelines below.   



St. Peter’s Church in Clarence Town is one of the most beautiful churches in the Caribbean, and it overlooks the sound end of the island

Dean's Blue Hole is the location of the annual International Free Diving competition. William Trubridge, world record holder in freediving, offers classes and clinics at the Blue Hole.  You can visit his website here: http://verticalblue.net/ 

Happy Travels,
Linda


Related Articles & Videos

Crystal Caves of Abaco 

Blue Holes of Andros

Diving & Snorkeling the Blue Holes of the Out Islands

Scuba Diving in Cat Island Bahamas





Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Turks & Caicos Caribbean Food Wine Festival

Images courtesy of Caribbean Food Wine Festival

Turks & Caicos has become known as an epicurean destination, and the annual festival brings a unique culinary experience featuring chefs and winemakers from around the globe. 

The festival is hosted by Grace Bay Resorts, in partnership with Turks & Caicos Tourist Board and The Wine Cellar.  Each year the festival sells out, so get your tickets now if you plan to attend. 




Here's this year's schedule: 

Nov 6, 2014

Festival kicks off with cocktails at Blue Haven Resort's Fire & Ice Restaurant followed by a starlit five course Welcome Dinner.

Nov 7, 2014

The festival's biggest events is the Gourmet Safari Dinner Party. The dine-around party gives guests the opportunity to check out finest hotels and restaurants in Providenciales.

The night starts off with cocktails at Krave - courtesy of the Grace Bay Club. Then it's on to an appetizer course at Coyaba, then dinner at Seven Stars, and the evening ends with dessert at The Gansevoort. 

Nov 8, 2014

Food & Wine Pairing at West Bay Club is geared towards learning more about wine pairings, along with seminars featuring meat, seafood, cheese, and desserts. Each tasting room will feature its own guest chef and winemaker. 

The Island Street Food Fair follows the Food & Wine Pairing. The Food Fair offers grilling and barbeque tips from local islanders. 

The festival ends with Dinner with the Stars, an intimate five-course dinner on Grace Bay Beach. Guest chefs will be pair prized recipes with the rare wine vintages. 

Get all the details at festival site
http://caribbeanfoodandwinefestivaltci.com/


Happy Travels,
Linda