Monday, March 2, 2015

Antigua Sailing Week 2015

Antigua Sailing Week will be held April 25 – May 1, 2015



Ask any experienced yacht racer to name the best places to sail in the world and you can be sure that Antigua will be mentioned! 


Photo Credit: Sail World - www.sail-world.com

Over 100 yachts are expected this year with sailors from over 20 different countries around the world. 



Since 1968 sailor from all over the world have made Antigua Sailing Week among the most popular sailing regatta's in the Caribbean. Held at the end of the Caribbean regatta season, this event is the last major sailing event in the region. 

Racing yacht and bare boat charter is still a fundamental part of the regatta, and there are a myriad of charter opportunities from single berths to entire teams on a huge variety of yachts. 

The racing courses have been honed over recent years to produce high quality, professional racing which is arguably the most competitive anywhere in the world and this year, by popular demand, more reaching legs are planned.



The Beer Garden at Antigua Yacht Club is the focal point daily after racing to discuss the day’s highs and lows and meet crews from other yachts. 

Falmouth Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard are legendary party locations with popular bars, restaurants and the occasional impromptu dock party. 

The official Antigua Sailing Week parties take place most nights, making for a busy week off the water. The big party night is Tuesday when over 2,000 revellers will enjoy live entertainment on the main stage.  

Lay Day Allows A Rest From Racing 
Located on Pigeon Beach, Lay Day is an easy stroll from both harbors. The all-day Beach Party features Reggae music, water sports, beach cricket and the famous Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge, with the victor winning a stay at the exclusive award-winning Nonsuch Bay Resort.

Source: http://www.sailingweek.com/v4/


Happy Travels,
Linda


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Barbados As You Have Never Seen It Before


Spectacular video shows the Caribbean island of Barbados as you've never seen it before. 

Shot using a drone, it features aerial views of beaches, boats, luxury hotels, lighthouses and churches. 

Rally cars are seen sliding around dirt roads, surfers catching waves, while the device even descends into an atmospheric abandoned building. 


The video is part of Telegraph Travel's long-form feature, Barbados through the eyes of its cricketers. 

Source: Telegraph Travel 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Bob Marley Land Rover Defender Completely Restored

In time for the 70th anniversary of the birth of Bob Marley earlier this month, the Land Rover Defender the music superstar once owned has been restored. 


Photo Credit: Go Destination Marketing

The matte-blue 1977 Series III Land Rover has been completely restored “from clutch to chassis,” thanks to efforts by Sandals Resorts International and its Jamaican affiliate car chain ATL Automotive, which distributes Land Rovers in the region.

The vehicle had fallen into a state of disrepair after Marley died 30 years ago. The project, which first launched in 2013, also had some other special details - like sourcing the engine from Ethopia and hand-crafting other parts.




In this 70th year, the Defender’s return to its home is in perfect timing as we celebrate all aspects of our father Bob Marley on his birthday which was on February 6. The Marley Family thanks ATL,ITC and Sandals for this labor of love,” said Marley’s first-born daughter and fashion designer Cedella.


Bob Marley Museum

The Land Rover was first stripped down to its shell and then rebuild piece-by-piece, according to ATL. The Land Rover will now be returned to Marley’s former home, now a museum, at 56 Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica.

Source: go! Destination Marketing


Happy Travels,
Linda

Friday, February 27, 2015

Every 4th Night Free at Breezes Bahamas

Every 4th night is free on all Super-Inclusive® Breezes Bahamas getaways now through December 18th that are booked by March 31st




Pay for 3 - Stay for 4 - Pay for 6 - Stay for 8. 
For every three paid nights, enjoy one night absolutely free! 
4-Night Stays start at just $645 per person.


Breezes Bahamas is located on beautiful Cable Beach - the island’s best!  

Accommodations
Breezes Bahamas seaside resort has 391 casually elegant guest rooms with lush island or ocean views. New for 2015, Deluxe Beach Front rooms located directed on the beach.


All rooms include WiFi, satellite TV, direct-dial telephones, CD players, iron & ironing board, hair dryers and in-room safety deposit boxes. Each room features either one king size or two double beds. A “Breezeway” is available for guests in our Garden facing rooms – for easy access to the beach. 

Dining
Variety of settings and cuisines including Italian, Asian-fusion, Continental, local cuisine, grilled favorites, signature a la carte indoor and outdoor dining, along with lavish buffets.

Activities
Endless list of things to do on land and offshore  - windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, tennis (3 lighted courts with free instruction), basketball, volleyball, rock climbing, flying trapeze and more! 

Latest News at Breezes!
Beach Cabana Rentals with cocktail service • Munasan (Asian-fusion) restaurant • Reggae Cafe, outdoor dining option • Guest Concierge Service • New Deluxe Beach Front room category with direct beach access and beach cabana with cocktail service.

These rooms won't last long at these prices! 
Visit www.breezes.com or call (877) 273-3937

Terms & Conditions
Rates listed are per person, per stay based on double occupancy, and valid on new bookings only. $645 advertised rate is per person, based on a 4-night stay in a Deluxe Garden View room between Aug 8 - Nov 6. Rates vary based on travel period. 4-night stays start at $774 now through Aug 7 and $710 from Nov 7 - Dec 18. 

Weekend surcharge of $12 per person, per night applies to Thursday, Friday & Saturday night stays ($24 per night based on double) not included in advertised rates. All guests must be 14 or older. Single occupancy rate = 150% of the per person, per night double rate. Cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion. Not applicable for group bookings. Transfers are not included.


Happy Travels,
Linda

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Grenada Luxury Romance Package

Laluna Boutique Resort 
Nestled into a private hillside on one of 
Grenada's most secluded beaches


The 16 cottage boutique hotel features a blend of Balinese, Caribbean, and Italian style, beach yoga pavilion, Asian spa, Italian restaurant, and the adjacent Laluna Estate offers luxury villas. 





Laluna’s 7 night Romance Package includes:

  • Accommodation in a Deluxe Cottage with a private veranda and plunge pool
  • Daily yoga/meditation sessions
  • 1 couples Balinese massage
  • Daily full American breakfast
  • Daily dinner for two (excluding beverages), and bottle of Prosecco


Rates and Dates
$5,593 Until April 7th, 2015
$4,893 April 8th to June 24th, 2015
$4,543 June 25th to October 14th, 2015
$4,893 October 15th to December 19th, 2015

Visit the site for more info www.laluna.com - And a few other special offers  


Happy Travels,
Linda


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Blogging the Caribbean



Dream Trip – The Exuma Cays, Bahamas

Photo Credit: The Planet D

Put the Exumas on your bucket list! 
Head over to The Planet D and try to imagine the stunning photo's do not even begin to capture the beauty of the Exuma Cays. http://theplanetd.com/dream-trip-the-exuma-cays-bahamas/


Behind the Scenes of Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee

Photo Credit: We Blog the World

As a single origin coffee, Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee comes with hefty stipulations resulting in prime costs . . .  

Only coffee grown in a legally defined range of the Blue Mountains – starting from 2,000 feet to about 5,000 feet above sea level – gets the stamp of authenticity: a globally protected certification mark. Only completely red cherry-colored beans are handpicked. From there, the beans have to pass inspection codes set by The Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica on everything from coloring to sizing before getting a stamp of approval . . . Read more at We Blog the World


Hiking Dominica: The Best Short Hikes




Dominica has the longest trail in the Caribbean, the Waitukabuli National Trail, and one of the most intense day hikes in the region to the Boiling Lake. 

However, not every traveler has an entire day or week to invest in hiking Dominica. 

For hikers seeking beautiful and briefer treks that are equally intense, the Nature Island offers those as well. Here are some of the best short hikes on Dominica.

Photo Credit: Somewhere Or Bust











Winter Escape to the British Virgin Islands

Photo Credit: Home is Where the Boat Is

(ˆ◡ˆ) Take me there right now!!

Amazing photo essay of a power boat cruise in the British Virgin Islands! 
http://homeiswheretheboatis.net/2015/02/19/winter-escape-to-the-british-virgin-islands/


Bonaire's Adorable Little Kids Carnival (PHOTOS)

Photo Credit: Huffington Post Blog

On a bright warm Sunday afternoon the residents gather in the capital of Bonaire with beach chairs, and picnic baskets packed with beer, soda, BBQ ribs, and pastechi. They patiently wait for the youth parade to begin . . . 

Planning a Quintessential Barbados Escape 

Photo Credit: Wanderlusters

Barbados offers a wealth of activities, entertainment, and countless stretches of beautiful sand beaches. Read on for a snapshot of the must see, and absolutely must do’s. http://wanderlusters.com/planning-a-quintessential-barbados-escape/


Happy Travels,
Linda




Monday, February 23, 2015

National Bahamas Family Island Regatta

The National Family Island Regatta 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - Saturday, April 25, 2015 
Elizabeth Harbour - George Town, Great Exuma 


The regatta features five days of sailing and only sloops made in the Bahamas are permitted to compete in the event.  

This tradition started back in 1954 when approximately 70 Bahamian sloops, schooners, and dinghies gathered in Elizabeth Harbor for three days of racing. 

Today the regatta offers five days of sailing, and this is the one of the oldest regattas in the Islands of The Bahamas with sailing craft representing each of the major Out Islands. 


According to the regatta rules the boats must be made in the Bahamas and constructed of wood in the traditional manner. All the sails are made entirely of cotton, and boats are placed into 5 different classes (A, B, C, D, and E) based on measurements. 

The dock at George Town is where the street party begins featuring Bahamian food, drinks, and local craft vendors. And the party turns up when the sun goes down with music concerts in the festival village each night. 

This popular annual event will bring lots of visitors to the island, and if you plan on attending you should make reservations ASAP. 

http://www.nationalfamilyislandregatta.com/

Happy Travels,
Linda


Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Floating Market in Curacao

The infamous Floating Market on the island of Curacao consists of small wooden fishing boats from Venezuela


Queen Juliana Bridge 
Floating Market is just one block north of the bridge



The Floating Market boats tie up against the canal wall in the Punda district in the capital city of Willemstad 



On the sidewalk side, the canopied stalls offer a diverse variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood. 


Photo Credit: Forbes Life


The fruit and vegetable colors make an enticing display - here you'll find yuka, passion fruit, watermelon, coconut, plantains, bananas, sugar cane, key limes, avocados, peppers, oranges, mangoes, and honey.  








100% Batidos trucks have the best tropical fruit milkshakes you will ever taste! 



Curacao is an arid island formed of coral and volcanic rock, and this environment is not ideal for agriculture. 

The majority of the islands food is shipped in from neighboring islands, Colombia and Venezuela. 

While the floating market provides food for the islanders, and is one of the popular tourist attractions, there is a back story about the men who set sail in their small boats across the Caribbean Sea to Curacao. 



The time spent in Curacao is approximately eight months, and the men live on their boats for the duration of the stay. Each day supply boats arrive to restock the vendors with fresh food, along with bringing news, letters and packages from their families. 

Selling their produce in Curacao provides better economic opportunities than found in the coastal fishing villages of Venezuela. This is a tradition passed downed for generations from fathers to sons. 

Recently I viewed a documentary on the Floating Market which follows the stories of several sailors and their families, from the dangerous night time sea crossing, through the months the men spend living on their boats, and finally the happy reunion with their family.  

Check out the Floating Market documentary by Joan Kaufman
http://youtu.be/aNdz3JarqU0


Happy Travels,
Linda

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Old Bahama Bay Junkanoo Carnival Special




The annual Junkanoo Carnival will be held on Grand Bahama Island on April 17 - 18, 2015. 

To make this year's Carnival even more special, Old Bahama Bay is offering 20% off of all junior suites and 2 bedroom suites from April 12-20, 2015!


Located directly on the beach on the western-most tip of Grand Bahama Island, Old Bahama Bay is just 56 miles due east from Palm Beach, Florida. 


Old Bahama Bay is a charming all-suite beachfront resort with 67 junior suites and 6 spacious two bedroom suites, a 72 slip marina, and a private airport with a 6,000 ft paved runway. Old Bahama Bay is an official Bahamas Port of Entry with on-site customs and immigration services for arrival by air or sea.


This barefoot elegant resort appeals to travelers looking for an out of the way Bahamas destination offering excellent snorkeling, sailing, paddle boarding, tennis, deep sea fishing, or just a relaxing beach vacation. 


The beachfront property has a 4,000 square foot double-level pool, snorkel equipment is available free of charge to resort guests, and off-site tours can be arranged at the Activities Beach Hut. 

OLD BAHAMA BAY OFFERS:

Junkanoo Carnival Special Offer
20% off of all junior suites and 2 bedroom suites from April 12-20, 2015 - The special hotel rates for Junkanoo are based on hotel double occupancy, with additional in-room guests charged at $50 per day per person, based on availability with no minimum night stay required.  

Note: This offer CANNOT be boked online - you must call 1-888-983-6188 or email sales@obbresort.com for both hotel and air reservations and refer to Carnival Special

Winter Escape Package - Limited Time
Escape the cold this season with our Winter Escape 3 night package.  The package includes 3 nights in a Luxury Junior Suite (at a discounted rate) plus breakfast for two by the ocean at Teaser’s Tiki Bar, a private dinner for two, a Sunset Cocktail Cruise as well as airport transfers and ALL taxes, service charges and resort fees. 

Oceanview rates are $1,218, and Oceanfront suites are priced at $1,307. Additional add-on nights are available. Package available until February 28, 2015. Email sales@obbresort.com for more information and for reservations. 

BOGO Offer! Buy 1, get 1 ticket from Nassau to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Travel to Grand Bahama cheaper and easier with flights through Nassau. Book a 4 night air-inclusive package at Old Bahama Bay and receive 1 free plane ticket from Nassau to Freeport with the purchase of another. Connecting flights between Nassau and Freeport are plentiful and quick! 

Booking window: Now through June 30th, 2015 - Travel until October 31st, 2015. No blackout dates - Call 1-888-983-6188 or email sales@obbresort.com for both hotel and air reservations and refer to BOGO Deal

Learn more about Old Bahama Bay - http://www.oldbahamabay.com/resort.aspx

Happy Travels,
Linda