Thursday, April 23, 2015

Awesome Freediving Video from Dean's Blue Hole

Blue holes are one of The Bahamas’ most distinctive features - hundreds of them are scattered across the islands, and they are either landlocked or on the ocean floor. 

The Bahamas Out Island of Andros has over 170 on land, and 50 in the ocean, and blue holes can also be found in The Abacos and Cat Island. 


I have always been amazed by free divers ability to hold their breath while diving to extreme depths. While snorkeling and swimming at Dean's Blue Hole I was very conscious of the 600 foot drop, and did not venture too far out. 


Dean's Blue Hole - Long Island, Bahamas 
(Wes C Skiles/National Geographic Stock)

Dean’s Blue Hole is the world’s deepest blue hole on record, plunging to over 600 feet. The excellent visibility (49 - 98 feet) year round) and the lack of strong currents make Dean’s Blue Hole an easily accessible shore dive. 

World Champion freediver Guillaume Nery base jumping at Dean's Blue Hole, filmed on breath hold by Julie Gautier

 

I discovered the base jumping video via Dive Magazine - Check out the top dives in the Bahamas 

Happy Travels,
Linda


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Day at the World's Deepest Blue Hole 

Also check out amazing photo's of Blues Holes of the Bahamas via BBC Travel



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Grenada Chocolate Festival 2015

Celebrate chocolate Grenadian style!

The coolest chocolate homemade ice-cream and enticing deserts

Enjoy pure, delicious organic chocolate. Learn about the old fashioned and ethical way to grow organic cocoa, chocolate tempering, molding, truffle making, and more. 



Chocolate Festival Daily Themes
  • May 8 - Get in the Mood for Chocolate
  • May 9 - Healthy Benefits of Chocolate & Cocoa Chocolate Hash
  • May 10 - Beach, Music, Rum, Beer and Chocolate
  • May 11 - All About Bean to Bar
  • May 12 - Let's Get Cooking
  • May 13 - Meet the Farmers
  • May 14 - Learning about the Past & Looking at the Future
  • May 15 - Let's Get to Work
  • May 16 - Arts & Crafts Bazaar and Fashion Show
  • May 17 - Family Fun Day and Festival Close

Get more info at True Blue Bay Resort - http://www.chocolate.truebluebay.com/


Happy Travels,
Linda

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Paradise Island Bahamas Most Affordable Vacation

(ˆ◡ˆ) How Often Do You Get The Best of Both Worlds?


Comfort Suites Paradise Island offers travelers the advantages of enjoying the facilities at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort without paying the higher price

This is a big savings as there is a hefty charge to access Atlantis Resort facilities if you are not staying there. Staying at Comfort Suites is definitely budget friendly, and you will not have to travel far as Atlantis is located right across the street.  


The family friendly Comfort Suites features 229 spacious suites, and through May rates start at $200 per night, and includes a full daily hot breakfast, WiFi, and access to Atlantis Aquaventure, 11 swimming pools, beach, signing privileges at dozens of restaurants, and Atlantis Casino.


Comfort Suites Features: 

  • Room to sleep 4 people comfortably
  • Refrigerators and coffee makers 
  • Choice of a king sized bed or two double beds
  • Pull out couch
  • Flat screen TV
  • Portable cribs available on request
  • Free WIFI (ask front desk for code when checking in)
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Restaurant and Bars

Rooms

Comfort Suites offers three types of junior suites: the Standard Junior Suite with island view, the Superior Junior Suite with garden view, or Deluxe Junior Suite with a view overlooking our refreshing pool. 
Junior Suites are spacious with choice of two double beds or one king, and the suite also includes a separate sitting area with a sofa bed, desk and /chair 

On-Site Dining Options at Comfort Suites

  • Breakfast Lounge - Complimentary hot American buffet breakfast Daily - (Eggs, Meats, Fresh Fruit, Waffles, Hot & Cold Cereal, Yogurt, Pastries - Plus you have the top of a Grab & Go bag for travelers heading out early
  • Crusoe's Garden Restaurant - a la carte breakfast or lunch by the pool 
  • Swim Up Bar & Bamboo Lounge & Bar



Off-Site Dining Options

  • Atlantis Restaurants and Lounges: Staying at Comfort Suites gives you signing privileges at 21 Atlantis restaurants and 19 bars and lounges
  • Marina Village Restaurants - Open-air, Caribbean-style marketplace offers a variety of cuisine, and is right across the street. 


Getting Free Access to Atlantis Facilities
Atlantis Resort requires a wristband to access the  Pools, Water Parks, Aquarium, and Beach. Each day you plan to visit Atlantis you will have to go to the lower level of the Atlantis Royal Tower by the Dig Aquarium. A wrist band is needed for everyone except children under 4 years old. One person cannot obtain wristbands for everyone who needs access - so all travelers need to be present. 

Visit the site for more details - http://www.comfortsuitespi.com/


Happy Travels,
Linda

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Beach Lover’s Vacation - Bahamas Out Islands

The Bahama Out Islands - A place where time is forgotten . . . 



Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort on Long Island, Bahamas is offering a Beach Lover's Vacation package

Long Island is aptly named as it is 90 miles long, and just four miles wide at its widest point. The Tropic of Cancer runs through the island making a stark contrast from the rugged Atlantic coast side to the sandy beaches along the Bahama Bank. 

Cape Santa Maria is located on the most perfect fine white powder sand beach which has been recognized as one of the top 10 best beaches in the world.

The vibe is elegant, yet informal - and always relaxed

With just 20 beachfront bungalows, and a few villas, you will be only steps from what will feel like your own secluded beach paradise. 

After dinner spend the evening relaxing in your screened beach front patio watching a spectacular Caribbean sunset, along with an abundance of stars. Each patio or porch comes equipped with mosquito spray - one less thing to bring!  


During the day take advantage of the free on-site equipment: bikes, kayaks and hobie cat boat. There is a charge for snorkel equipment so you might want to bring your own. The on-site WiFi has the best signal from the main building. The front desk staff will handle rentals (cars, snorkel equipment and paddle boards), island-taxi transfers, diving, fishing and island tours

The Beach Lover's Vacation Includes:

  • 4 days/3 nights oceanfront accommodations
  • Welcome cocktail and bottle of wine
  • Complimentary 1/2 hour massage for two
  • Complimentary conch fritters every evening at Happy Hour
  • Complimentary use of kayaks and bikes

Other Resort Ammenities:

  • On site gift shop
  • Free WiFi 
  • Dining/Bar (Meal plans available)
  • Fitness Center

Things to do
On Long Island it's all about the water, beaches, cliff views and friendly locals

Visit the world famous Dean's Blue Hole - 663 feet deep, this is the world's deepest known salt water blue hole with entrance below sea level, and the world's second largest underwater cavern. 



Rent a Car - It's easy island to get around as the main highway runs the entire length of the 90 mile long island. If you plan to go off road, you will have to rent an SUV as the side roads are rough and very rocky. 

View the western coast of the island which 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 where the huge limestone cliffs offer magnificent views of the crashing surf. 

Charter a Fishing Boat - Long island is known for bone fishing along with tarpon, and the captain will cook your catch for dinner. 

Best Cliff Views are at the Columbus Memorial at the tip of the island, and make sure to stop by Max's Conch bar, a small tiki restaurant with excellent food. 


Getting There:

  • Long Island is approximately 250 miles from Nassau, and the small plane flight is approximately 45 minutes. 
  • From Miami or Fort Lauderdale, Florida you can also fly 1 1/2 hours to Georgetown on neighboring Exuma Island, and then take a scenic boat ride to Long Island. 
  • Another alternative is hiring a private charter ($525 per person one way) with direct flights to Cape Santa Maria from Ft Lauderdale, Miami, and West Palm Beach. 

Cape Santa Maria is also offering Honeymoon, Luxury Villa Vacation, and Family Adventure Packages. Visit the site for more info and pricing - http://www.capesantamaria.com/



Happy Travels,
Linda


Saturday, April 18, 2015

St Maarten Guavaberry Carnival Sale

Everything you need for a Caribbean BBQ now with 15% discount when ordering online!

St Maarten's Carnival started on April 16, and will run through May 4, 2015. On the island that means days and nights filled with music, dancing, guavaberry cocktails and delicious BBQ meals.



If you can't personally be apart of the islands Carnival, you can still enjoy the cultural cuisine, and save during the Carnival dates.  

The two nation island of Dutch St Maarten and French St Martin both consider guavaberry a traditional drink - especially during island celebrations and holidays. 



The liquor is made from generations old recipes consisting of aged rum, brown sugar and wild guavaberries. If you're not familiar with guavaberries, the taste is a combination of bitter, tart and sweet. The most popular use of the fruit is rum, however the berries are also made into jams, tarts and cakes, juices, and breads. 

When ripe the berries can either be black or orange in color - both taste about the same. This is truly an exotic island kind of fruit as there is no set season for the berries - much like "island time" - it will happen, but at no specific time or schedule. 

The two-island nation is not the only island with a fondness for Guavaberry. For centuries people in the Caribbean have used guavaberry to make jams, juice, tarts and cakes. Guavaberry is a traditional holiday drink on several Caribbean islands including Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.



Purchasing Guavaberry Products on the Island
On the Dutch side of the island (St Maarten) head to the Guavaberry Emporium on Front Street in Philipsburg for guavaberry liquors in all flavors, along with jams, and hot sauces. 

On the French side of the island (St Martin) you can purchase guavaberry rum and other producrts in beautiful hand-painted bottles at Ma Doudou Cul de Sac. 

Visit the site

Happy Travels,
Linda


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cayman Islands - A Dazzling Landscape

Great photography is all about angles, timing, composition and lighting . . .   

All photo credits: Tony Walton Photography
Cayman Boardwalk

Cruise Ship Sunset

Today's post features stunning images from Tony Walton, a photographer from the Cayman Islands specializing in landscape and street photography. 

Kaibo on a Saturday
Beautiful white sand beach and great restaurant and beach bar

Seven Mile Beach

Tony's photography includes landscape, street photography 
and he is influenced by cinema and surrealism.

Grand Cayman Pier on Sunday Morning

Coconut Trees Leaning

Hammock on Seven Mile Beach - Grand Cayman


In June of this year he will begin work on a project covering the US-1 highway.  

View more awesome photography at Tony's blog and social media:

http://www.tonywalton.blogspot.com/

Twitter    Instagram   Flickr

(ˆ◡ˆ) Many thanks to Tony for sharing his professional photography with the blog! 



Happy Travels,
Linda

Blogging the Caribbean

Time to share a few Caribbean posts from fellow bloggers . . . 

A Monthly Caribbean Concert Like No Other


Photo Credit: Zap Photography 

Grenada, home to aromatic spices, lush jungles, some of the world’s best beaches and one of the most unusual and entertaining monthly events: The Dinghy Concert

All Packed? It’s Time to Island Hop!


Photo Credit: World's Greatest Vacations

Guests that enjoy the Stay at One, Play at Three mega-vacation offerings at Sandals in Montego Bay, Jamaica and St. Lucia can now broaden their Luxury Included vacation in a more memorable way. Find out more

The Scent of An Island


Photo Credit: Caribbean Journal

Wanna make your own perfume? Here's the only place in the Caribbean you can do it! Find out where at Caribbean Journal

US Virgin Islands Paradise: Beautiful Caneel Bay Resort


Rainbow at Caneel Bay Resort
Photo courtesy Caneel Bay Resort/Facebook

There's nothing like a few gorgeous pictures from the beach to start the day....


Top 10 Things to Do in Trinidad & Tobago

Cindy and Scott at Ordinary Traveler share photo's from the last visit to Trinidad and sister island Tobago


Pigeon Point in Tobago
Photo Credit: Ordinary Traveler

Head over to Ordinary Traveler - Travel Stories & Photography for the Adventurer in Everyone


Happy Travel,
Linda

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Experience the New Sandals Ochi


Sandals Newest Caribbean Resort is Open for Business in 
Ocho Rios,Jamaica 


Ochi - as "those in the know" call it . . .






Happy Travels, 
Linda


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Port Antonio Jamaica in the Limelight

An Authentic Jamaican Getaway


Jamaica's coastal resort town of Port Antonio 
is often described as the "Other Jamaica

Located on the Northeast coast, Port Antonia is the capital of Portland, one of Jamaica’s fourteen parishes. This region of Jamaica is a panorama of nature's finest! 

Rafting on the Rio Grande

Here you can explore the majestic Blue Mountains, raft the Rio Grande, relax at Somerset and Reach Falls, and discover the million year old subterranean Nonsuch Caves. 


Reach Falls

One of the most famous attractions is the Blue Lagoon where the water changes color depending on the time of day.  Staying at Tropical Lagoon gives guests direct access down to the lagoon - check out the video. I've included a link to the property below.

 

Beaches

Frenchman's Cove - Photo Credit: http://www.visitjamaica.com/frenchmans-cove-resort 

Portland is home to many of Jamaica’s finest beaches – Frenchman's Cove, Boston, Long Bay Beach, Dragon and San San Bays, and Winifred’s Beach are found in Portland. 


San San Bay - Photo Credit: http://www.goblinhill.com/

Dining

A visit to Port Antonio would be incomplete without sampling its world famous jerk chicken or pork in its original home. 

Port Antonio is well known for its jerk pork and chicken - particularly in Boston Bay. Jamaica has a very diverse culture, and its impact is seen in the island's culinary offerings of Chinese, European, Indian and African - all of which combine to create a spicy combination that is uniquely Jamaican. 

There are a variety of restaurants which provide excellent Jamaican staples including fresh seafood, along with the inns and villas which offer gourmet dining. Some of the popular spots include Dickie's Best-Kept Secret and Bryan's Bay for local fare. Mocking Bird Hill's restaurant Mille Fleurs offers a unique offering of Euro-Caribbean cuisine. 

Try Woody's Low Bridge Place and Anna Bananas for a fun family atmosphere or the Bushbar at Geejam Hotel for authentic Asian-influenced Jamaican cuisine. 

Port Antonio's nightlife vibe is all about relaxation with after dinner drinks. As the night goes on the entertainment ramps up with live music at small local and rooftop bars where locals and tourists mix and mingle. The music ranges from reggae, dance hall, along with R&B. Weekly street dances called "Chicken Back" takes place in the downtown area every Thursday night. 


Jamaica Blue Mountain view from Hotel Mockingbird Hill


Popular Things to do in Port Antonio

Blue Mountain Bicycle Tour takes riders down the mountainside and along rolling hills. This is the ideal tour to photograph the world-famous Jamaican Blue Mountains and lush, tropical countryside. 

Rio Grande Rafting is one of the most popular tours in Port Antonio. Experienced guides take travelers down the winding Rio Grande in bamboo rafts, and you can also take a dip in the river. 

Somerset Falls - hidden in the rain forest, where the Daniels River cascades down a narrow gorge of lush ferns. It's a great day of sunning, swimming and relaxing in the deep rock pools. 


Long Bay Beach


Where to Stay 

Port Antonio thrives on its seclusion, intimacy and luxury, so you will not find resort chains here. Instead Port Antonio offers independent hotels, charming guesthouses, beachfront cottages, and villas. 

One of my favs - Hotel Mocking Bird Hill offers a vacation to remember. Awesome views, fantastic food, luxury rooms, close to Frenchman's Cove Beach - http://www.hotelmockingbirdhill.com/ 

Tropical Lagoon - Make your fantasy of the Blue Lagoon come true here! Enjoy views of Blue Lagoon and Caribbean Sea are visible from your villa - http://www.tropicallagoonresort.com/ 

Drapers San - Just 2 cottages in this small B&B located in Portland, right outside Port Antonio - fantastic beach!! http://www.draperssan.com/en/ 

Frenchman’s Cove Resort - Offers an array of individual cottages on one of the best beaches on the island. Upscale rooms and cuisine. http://www.frenchmanscove.com/ 

Great Huts - Unique B&B property with African style huts and tree houses - reasonable rates. http://greathuts.com/ 

Goblin Hill Villas - 1 and 2 bedroom villas includes cook and housekeeper - http://www.goblinhill.com/ 

Trident Hotel - Rates range from $540 to $990 per night including breakfast, depending on the season - http://tridentportantonio.com/ 

Getting There 

Fly into Kingston's Norman Manley International Airport via Air Canada Rouge, American Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, Continental, Delta, Fly Jamaica, JetBlue, Southwest and Spirit. 

From Kingston you can also take a two-hour transfer to Port Antonio. Use an approved transportation provider such as Jamaica Union of Travellers Association (JUTA) or Jamaica Co-operative Automobile Limousine Tours (JACAL). 

For more info on Port Antonio visit http://www.portantoniojamaica.com/ or visit Jamaica's touirism site www.visitjamaica.com 


Happy Travels, 
Linda