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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Nassau Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival

It's that time of the year when Grand Bahama is winding down from their Junkanoo Carnival, and Nassau is gearing up!



DA CULTURAL VILLAGE - The heart of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
May 5-7, 2016
Showcasing the unique offerings of The Bahamas including food, culture, arts, craft and non-stop entertainment featuring Junkanoo, Rake 'n' Scrape and world rhythms. The village has something for everyone. 

JUNKAMANIA - A concert of Junkanoo orchestras
May 5, 2016 - 8:00 - 10:00 P.M. 
Photo Credit: Tourism Today Network

Showcasing Junkanoo music and other Junkanoo inspired folk forms such as drumming and dance on the biggest Junka Stage in the World!

MUSIC MASTERS - Not only a concert, but a journey
May 6, 2016
15 Artists, 20 Songs - $20,000 grand prize
Photo Credit: Bahamas.com

The biggest concert of the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival season featuring top Bahamian and international artists. 

This concert will ultimately determine who is crowned, Master of the Bahamian Sound. Within the past year Bahamian musicians were invited to submit original songs for the Music Masters Song Competition. The top 20 songs are selected, mastered and released on the official Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Compilation Album.

ROAD FEVER - The original Bahamian masquerade street party
May 7, 2016
Road Fever closes out the annual Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival with a costume parade incorporating a unique mix of live and recorded music with masses of people "Shaking up the Streets

It is open to any and every one willing to purchase a costume and jump in da line with a carnival company, however it is best suited for those who have the stamina, rhythm, confidence, positive vibes and a free spirit. Participation has nothing to do with age, wealth, nationality, or religion. It has everything to do with a true revelers spirit.

Ticket info and Junkanoo Map

Happy Travels,
Linda


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

St Lucia Jazz & Arts Fest 2016


One of the Caribbean’s premier festivals for music lovers and cultural enthusiasts 

Located on one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean

This is the 25th anniversary for St Lucia Jazz and Arts, and the festival will run for 10 days with live performances on 15 venues around the island. 

Some of the performers for 2016 - visit site for complete list 

  • Marc Anthony
  • Shaggy
  • Kool & The Gang
  • Wyclef Jean
  • Maxi Priest
  • George Benson
  • Arturo Tappin 
  • Kassav
  • Air Supply

Other Festival Events:

  • Arts Village - paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, film, spoken word, guest lectures and artist talks
  • Artist Market - decorative, and wearable art for sale
  • World Class Theatre - London’s Globe Theatre performs OMEROS by Nobel Literature Laureate (1992) Derek Walcott 
  • Hot Couture Fashions - International couture


GETTING TO ST LUCIA:
Jet Blue - 6 Flights Per Week via JFK 
American Airlines - Daily Flights from Miami 
Delta - Daily Flights from Atlanta 
Air Canada and West Jet - Saturdays + Sundays from Toronto 

JAZZ FESTIVAL HOTEL DEALS
http://stluciajazz.org/hoteldeals/

15% Discount on Mainstage Tickets till March 28, 2016
http://stluciajazz.org/early-bird-specials/

Happy Travels,
Linda

Thursday, April 14, 2016

2016 Love City Country Music Festival

Texas Red Dirt Country 
Meets 
Caribbean White Sand
May 12-14, 2016


3 Days of Music - 4 Stages - 14 Bands - 22 Beautiful Beaches
Island Hop from the USVI to the British Virgin Islands 



Festival Schedule:

  • Thursday, May 12 - The festival kicks off with a Beach Party at the Soggy Dollar, White Bay on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. There is no ticket cost for the beach party, however a passport is needed when traveling by boat from St John to the British Virgin Islands. Boat transportation costs and more info can be found at the site link below.  
  • Friday, May 13 - Held on Cruz Bay, St John, USVI and FREE to the public, the Wharfside Roundup features Nashville Songwriters. 
  • Saturday, May 14 - Main event (Cruz Bay - St John, USVI) features Texas singer/songwriter Pat Green, along with special guests Jack Ingram, and Sunny Sweeney. General admission tickets are $35 in advance and $45 the day of the show. VIP passes, which include a festival T-shirt, baseball cap, drink tickets, and access to VIP and Miller Lite corral events, are priced at $90.

In addition to the main stage there will be satellite stages throughout downtown Cruz Bay featuring country and local music throughout the festival. 

http://www.lovecitycountrymusicfest.com/

Also, take at look at Love City Country Music Festival via Luxury Crewed Yacht Charter


Happy Travels,
Linda

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Jamaica Summer Food Festivals

June 24-25, 2016
Boston, Portland is the place to be for spicey Jerk Lobster, Conch, Sausage, Pork, Chicken, Rice n' Peas, Yams, Roasted Breadfruit, 
and Rum & Brew Tasting 


The former Portland Jerk Festival is now known as the Boston Jerk Fest. This popular 14 year old festival is located on Jamaica's Northwest coast, and is the largest food festival on the island. 

Portland is located on the Northwest coast of Jamaica, and this is where the centuries-old style of grilling on pimento sticks began. Festival goers can purchase food as samples or as a meal.

This family friendly festival features a Kiddies Fun Village with face painting, arts and crafts, and even a merry-go-round. A music festival is scheduled at Folly Mansion with dance groups, and live jazz and blues at night.  

Visit the festival site http://bostonjerkfest.com/

Little Ochie Seafood Festival - July 10th


Alligator Pond in the Parish of St. Elizabeth is the location for the Little Ochie Seafood Festival. 

This seafood festival lives up to its name with island chef's grilling, frying, sauteing, and steaming all things fresh from the sea. After the sun sets the Reggae Beach Party gets underway until the wee hours of the morning.  

http://www.littleochie.com/


Happy Travels,
Linda


Sunday, April 10, 2016

St Lucia Adding 700 New Hotels Rooms


This overdue hotel boom adds much-needed inventory to meet the demands of our key source markets” said Louis Lewis, Director Tourism. Lewis reported that the U.S., the island’s leading market with more than 44%% of arrivals in 2015, realized a 7% growth in visitors compared to 2014. 

Harbor Club on the Rodney Bay Marina

Currently under construction, this 115 room four-star accommodations will offer a number of amenities which include two restaurants, lounges, a full-service spa, gym, pool recreational concept and 4,000 square feet of meeting and conference space. 

Adjacent to the Harbor Club is the recently completed Dive St Lucia, one of the premier scuba diving centers in the Eastern Caribbean featuring state of the art facilities at the complex just south of the Rodney Bay Marina.

Papillon Hotel 

Rex resorts has re-opened the 110 room Papillon Hotel after completing extensive renovations as an all-inclusive four-star property in February 2016 with Air Canada Vacations as the exclusive tour operator out of Canada. 

The Papillon Hotel is located adjacent to the St Lucian and Royal by rex resorts hotels on Reduit Beach near Rodney Bay.

Royalton Luxury Resorts

In the Fall of 2016 Royalton Luxury Resorts will introduce the upscale Royalton St Lucia near Cap Estate. The elegant resort will offer 361 luxurious rooms, eight restaurants and six bars, world class spa, onsite splash park, conference space and an exclusive 94-suite, adults-only hotel within a resort called Hideaway.

St Lucia was recognized as “Best Honeymoon Island in the World,” one of the “Top 20 Islands in the World,” and one of the “Most Romantic Islands in the World” by the Condé Nast Traveler 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards. 

Six of the island’s resorts were also distinguished as “Top 40 Resorts in the Caribbean” by Condé Nast Traveler readers.

For more information about the island of St Lucia visit http://stlucianow.com/


Happy Travels,
Linda


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Saturday Jam - Cuban Reggaeton and Salsa

"La Gozadera" means "music for a good time" 
and it continues to be a favorite on several of my iPod lists 

The video from last summers hit "La Gozadera" starts off with a classic car traffic jam in the city of Havana, Cuba. 


The popular Cuban Reggaeton duo Gente de Zona, along with Puerto Rican salsa singer Marc Anthony, and the Cuban Ballet Revolución dancers all join in the street dance. 


Ballet Revolution painted their bodies with the colors of Cuban, Puerto Rican, and other Latin American flags, and shout out the rest of the Spanish speaking world to join the party.  

The video was filmed mostly in Cuba, and some parts were shot in the Dominican Republic. 




Happy Travels,
Linda


Friday, April 8, 2016

Sun, Sand & Savings in the Caribbean and Mexico

AMResorts is a collection of luxury resort destinations including Jamaica, Curacao, Dominican Republic and Mexico 


Each resort has its own unique personality, fantastic beaches, luxurious accommodations, a world-class spa, gourmet dining, unlimited top-shelf spirits, and many other amenities.

Book your stay now through May 31, 2016 for savings of up to 50%, up to $400 in resort coupons, a free bottle of wine or kid’s treats, and a free 20-minute massage or access to the hydrotherapy circuit. 

Plus, you can bring the little ones along for free! Up to two kids eat, play and stay free when staying in the same room as two paying adults when you book by April 30, 2016

EARLY BIRD SPECIALS! 
The earlier you book, the more you save! Get up to 55% off when you reserve your Unlimited-Fun® stay. Book through April 23, 2016 for travel from August 20, 2016 through December 23, 2016

http://www.sunscaperesorts.com/

Happy Travels,
Linda

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Jamaica All in Luxury at Royalton White Sands



Royalton Luxury Resorts, a new generation of 5 star resorts, have been designed to deliver a personalized all inclusive experience. Locations include Cuba, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica

Today's post is spotlighting the Royalton White Sands in Montego Bay with exceptional 24-hour service for couples and families. 

The resort has two pools, children's splash pool, five restaurants, cafe, six bars, and luxury full service spa. 


Located along the pristine sands of Montego Bay, Jamaica

Royalton White Sands has 352 luxury rooms in different categories with stunning ocean or luscious garden views. Families and friends traveling together can opt for connecting Rooms, which adjoin 2 Luxury Rooms.  



Luxury All Inclusive All-In Luxury™ Services
Enjoy a restful sleep on  premium handcrafted DreamBed™ designed exclusively for Royalton Resorts which features hypoallergenic sealant, and patented “Solo Split” system to prevent motion transfer.



All-In Connectivity™

  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the resort
  • Unlimited free in-room calling to North America and most of Europe
  • Convenient USB recharge and Bluetooth audio stations in your room
  • Download FREE Royalton app and receive unlimited free calling plan from your mobile device while on our property, as well as unlimited free app-to-app texting
  • Sports Event Guarantee™ - Watch all of the top games on flat screen televisions in the comfort of the “SCORE” sports bar 

Restaurants/Bars

Enjoy first class dining experiences in specialty restaurants or take advantage of the extensive hour room service menu.

  • Buffet - Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Italian Trattoria - Lunch & dinner
  • Steak House Restaurant - Fine dining 
  • Sports Bar - Lunch & dinner (watch all of the top games on flat screen televisions) 
  • Cafe - baked breads, pastries, cakes, ice cream, cappuccino and espresso
  • Japanese Teppanyaki & Sushi Bar - Reservations required
  • 6 Bars

Innovative Programs for Kids and Teens

  • Large water park or splash pad on-site
  • Innovative kids club for ages 4 to 12 features games, shows, and secure playground facilities under the supervision of trained professionals
  • Hangout Teens Club for 13 to 17-year-olds, featuring games, playstation rooms, Wi-Fi areas with charging stations, billiards, ping pong tables, and more

Learn more about Royalton White Sands resort in Montego Bay  


Deal Alert! Save up to 40% & be among the first to book & stay at Blue Waters Montego Bay - the newest Royalton Resort opening in November

Check out the deals at all of the Royalton Resort locations http://www.royaltonresorts.com/en/offers


Happy Travels,
Linda



Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Grand Cayman Camana Bay Slow Food Day 2016

Savour the South - A day long celebration of all things local

Camana Bay and Slow Food South Sound will once again be celebrating Grand Cayman’s home-grown food scene on Saturday April 16th, 2016. 


All Slow Food Day Photos courtesy of The Wilbert Group

The day-long event offers festivities for every food lover to enjoy, from a morning farmers market with complimentary chef demonstrations and tastings to an exciting new kids’ culinary challenge to the beloved grassroots gala dinner presented by the restaurants of Camana Bay and special guest chefs.

This year for the first time, the event is welcoming not one but TWO award-winning chefs to Cayman to participate in the fun. 


Chefs Edward Lee and Mike Lata - coming from Charleston, South Carolina, and Louisville, Kentucky, respectively - will infuse seasonally fresh local ingredients with bold flavors from their Southern home states, bringing to life this year's theme: Savour the South.

Chef Mike Lata is the owner of FIG Restaurant and The Ordinary and has been nominated in 2007 and 2008 for the James Beard Foundation Award, Best Chef: Southeast; he then took home the award in 2009. He has also made recent headlines after joining the fight to help young, broke farmers alongside Curtis Stone through a special fundraising dinner.

Chef Edward Lee is the owner of 610 Magnolia, The Wine Studio and MilkWood and was just named a James Beard Foundation Award nominee for Best Chef: Southeast, his fifth nomination in the category. He is a winner of Food Network’s Iron Chef America, was a favorite on Top Chef: Texas Season 9; and has appeared on shows ranging from Cooking Channel’s Foodography to Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods America to CBS’s The Talk and so much more.

Outside of Cayman’s kitchens, the chefs will be sharing their passion for healthy food choices and the power of cooking with our local community, thanks to this year’s partnership with Cayman Food Revolution and its Seed2Plate after-school program. 

The chefs are slated and excited to visit the students of Red Bay Primary where the first garden was planted on March 7. In addition to this, Slow Food Day will be raising awareness and funds for the new Seed2Plate program by offering guests opportunities to learn and lend their support, and through a CI$5 donation for every dinner ticket sold.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect from the day’s events at Camana Bay:



10 a.m. - Noon – Farmers Market Tasting – The Paseo, Gardenia Court and Bon Vivant
Locally minded chefs from restaurants across Cayman will partner with local growers to transform ingredients straight from their farms into deliciously fresh dishes. Guests will be able to watch the chefs at work and taste their flavorful creations, then shop for seasonal fruits and vegetables to cook with at home. 

This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to visit the Cayman Food Revolution booth to learn more about the Seed2Plate after-school program and collect a complimentary tasting passport to enjoy a sample from each participating restaurant.

12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Food Revolution Kids’ Culinary Challenge – Gardenia Court 
Budding chefs ages four and up can join Cayman Food Revolution to test their culinary skills with a fun, interactive and educational challenge. Participants will be grouped into teams and presented with a basket of local mystery ingredients. 

Using creativity and teamwork, children will work together to prepare a unique dish with the help of a professional chef. Afterwards, to help keep kids inspired, everyone will have the chance to pot their own edible plant to start a chef garden at home. The cost is CI$20 per child and includes a light snack, the challenge and a take-home plant. Net proceeds will benefit the Cayman Food Revolution Seed2Plate after-school program. 

7 p.m. – Farm-to-Table Dinner – The Crescent, Camana Bay 
Award-winning guest chefs Edward Lee and Mike Lata will join the restaurants of Camana Bay to present a Southern-inspired feast showcasing seasonally fresh local ingredients. 

The evening begins with passed canapés, welcome cocktails and a bourbon tasting featuring a selection of Southern small-batch bourbons including Chef Lee’s very own signature blend. 

Guests can then sample five different entrées, including two prepared by the guest chefs, all complemented by sustainable wines from Louis Jadot. The night ends on a sweet note with a decadent dessert buffet including a gelato cart. 

Tickets are available at Bon Vivant in Camana Bay (cash only) and online at camanabay.com. For more details on the visiting chefs and for Slow Food Day happenings, visit camanabay.com

Happy Travels,
Linda

Media Contacts:
Alyson Hay, Public Relations Coordinator, Dart Realty
http://www.dartrealtycayman.com/

Source: 
Savannah Durban, The Wilbert Group
www.thewilbertgroup.com