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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lobster Fest in Belize


Caye Caulker Lobster Fest 2016
July 1, 2016 - July 3, 2016 
Palapa Gardens - Caye Caulker, Belize

Belize is host to (3) Lobster Fests in June and July! 


Ambergris Caye Lobster Fest started earlier this month, and will continue until June 26. Then Placencia's Lobster Fest starts on June 24-26, and will be held at the beach and municipal pier.   

Caye Caulker is a small village - the island is 4 miles long, however the town only measures about a mile - the water taxi from Belize City takes about an hour. 

Beach houses at Caye Caulker - Image Credit W. Auxillou via Travel Belize

Almost all the businesses are locally owned, vehicles larger than golf carts and bikes are hardly ever seen on the streets, and accommodations are reasonably priced. 


The small island has an easygoing attitude with a strong Creole presence, and Caye Caulker is also home to a small community of Rastafarians. 

The islanders make their living from the sea from the spiny lobsters and red snapper that inhabit its warm waters. The fishermen started the celebration at the opening of lobster season which starts in June. They still practice the traditional catching methods of free diving and using wooden lobster traps. 

Festival Highlights Include:

  • Water sports
  • Beach parties
  • Miss Lobster Festival
  • Lobster-eating competitions
  • Live cultural and musical performances
  • The “biggest lobster catch” competition
  • And the main dance event on Saturday night 



Happy Travels,
Linda

Discover more about the island at Travel Belize





Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Anguilla 2016 Summer Carnival Festival



This year's theme is 
"Showcasing our culture through Boat Racing, Feting and Spreeing"  



Anguilla is unique as many of the carnival festivities take place in the water, and on the islands beaches. 


You can't have Carnival in Anguilla without boat racing, which is deeply rooted in the islands heritage. 

Throughout the week crewed boats race around the island at rapid speeds to win bragging rights, eligibility for other future races and the champion title. 

Photo Credit: Time.com

In fact Anguilla goes against international racing rules which state if two boats are sailing towards each other, the boat without the right away must turn

Not on Anguila! If you hear shouts of "Hard Lee" the captain has opted for the boats to collide, and there's more action as the the crews will have to be rescued. 

Anguilla Carnival's Big August Monday!  This day is a government holiday, and many businesses are closed 

The action gets underway around 5:00 a.m. Jouvert Morning is the big kick-off to August Monday with the loud sounds of Soca and Calypso bands on floats. The "Road March" goes all the way from The Valley to Sandy Ground, Anguilla’s main port. This is an all day affair, and when the sun goes down the bands perform at the Caribbean Beach Party. 

More boat races and parties are held during the week throughout the island at Island Harbour, Sandy Ground, and Meads Bay. Islanders picnic and enjoy family reunions, and there's always plenty of food, rum and music.  


The colorful Parade of Troupes is held on Friday. The troupes are from villages all over the island and parade through the streets of the Valley. The beautiful handmade costumes are very intricate, and depict cultural and fantasy themes.  

Head over to Anguilla Beaches Blog for detailed info on Anguilla's Carnival
http://www.anguilla-beaches.com/anguilla-carnival.html

Happy Travels,
Linda



Monday, June 20, 2016

Cayman Islands First New Property Build in a Decade

The new Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa will feature 266 distinctively-appointed guest rooms and suites, including 16 oceanfront suites, 
nine beachfront bungalows, and 
eight uniquely configured family suites 


This is the first new project to be developed in the area in a decade

There will be multiple dining venues and bars with scenic views, a cascading oceanfront pool, destination spa, along with expansive indoor and outdoor meeting and function spaces. The luxury resort and spa will offer a luxury modern vibe which blends seamlessly native landscape of lush gardens. 

The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa will be located on Seven Mile Beach, and opening date is set for late November 2016. 


(3) new dining venues are set to debut as part of the Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa

Chef Massimo De Francesca will serve as Executive Chef for the property. He has spent considerable time in Grand Cayman's most popular kitchens, and is known as an authority on the Cayman’s multicultural culinary scene. 

All three of the resorts new restaurants will incorporate Chef Massimo's expertise with local ingredients, along with the knowledge gained from local restaurateurs and the islands fishermen.  

Ave Restaurant


The menu will blend local produce and seafood with light and fresh coastal Mediterranean cuisine. Seasonal small plates with a broad menu are the highlights, along with hand-mixed cocktails, liqueurs, local/imported beers, and an extensive wine list. Open for breakfast and dinner daily.  

Avecita - An exhibition-style “restaurant within a restaurant” 


Only a few will have reserved seats at the dining counter, where a nightly tasting menu is a culinary tour de force. Communal seating is available for additional guests who are treated to a modern Spanish tapas-style menu.

Coccoloba - a casual, beachside experience


Coccoloba will offer a culinary island life experience with inspiration from coastal Mexico. The open-air restaurant will be shaded by seagrape trees (for which the restaurant was named) with a bar, tables, and communal seating. On the menu will be tacos, tostadas and ceviche, juices, and cocktails. The music starts at sundown just in time for happy hour with margaritas. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

With three signature restaurants, two pool bars with innovative cocktails, and a pantry with fun cafe-style items for purchase (such as cookie dough to bake in the suites and bungalows,) guests will be fully satisfied.

Visit http://www.seafireresortandspa.com/


Happy Travels,
Linda


Previous Cayman Island Posts:

Summer Only In Cayman Deals http://www.travel2thecaribbeanblog.com/2016/05/summer-only-in-cayman-deals.html

Cayman Islands 5 Star Farm to Table Experience
http://www.travel2thecaribbeanblog.com/2016/01/cayman-islands-5-star-farm-to-table.html




Wednesday, June 15, 2016

U.S. Virgin Islands 2016 Summer & Fall Deals


How about a free night's stay along with spending credits for 
travel to St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas? 


The USVI Department of Tourism is promoting its 2016 Summer-Fall Promotion, which includes a fourth night free and $350 in spending credit. Travelers must book by July 16, 2016, and all travel must be completed between before October 15, 2016.

The U.S. Virgin Islands can be described as 
"America in the Caribbean with a West Indies Twist"

Each island has its own character, and the short distance between them means travelers can visit all of them in the same vacation.

ST CROIXLargest of the four U.S. Virgin Islands, and more laid back and relaxed than St Thomas.

The island is known for beautiful villas, historical and cultural sites, two major rum distilleries, and a wonderful diving destination with 13,000 ft deep walls. Great snorkeling can be found at almost every beach, and you can easily sail to Buck Island and discover the famous underwater trail.  

Participating 2016 Summer-Fall Promotion properties include:
The Buccaneer Hotel; Club Comanche Hotel St. Croix; Club St. Croix Beach Resort and Tennis Club; Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino; Holger Danske Hotel; Hotel on the Cay; Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort & Spa; Sand Castle on the Beach; Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina; and The Palms at Pelican Cove.

ST JOHNSmallest of U.S Virgin Islands where you can get away from it all! 

St John has no fast food restaurants, not even one stop light! This is an island getaway for nature lovers, and romantics. The island offers beautiful mountains, valleys, lush tropical vegetation, and 60% of its land area is a pristine national park. 

Participating 2016 Summer-Fall Promotion properties include:
Caribbean Villas; Concordia Eco-Resort; Gallows Point Resort; Island Getaways; SIRENUSA Residences; and The Westin St. John Resort & Villas.

ST THOMAS - The gateway of the U.S. Virgin Islands
Paradise Point 700 ft view above Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas

St Thomas has one of the best natural deep water Caribbean harbors - which is one of the reasons this island is known for being the busiest cruise port in the Caribbean. 

There is a wide range of hotels/beachfront resorts, adventuresome activities, lots of restaurants, an active nightlife, beautiful beaches, and one of the best shopping districts in the Caribbean region. 

Participating 2016 Summer-Fall Promotion properties include:
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort; Emerald Beach Resort; Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Resort; Galleon House Bed and Breakfast; Lindbergh Bay Hotel and Villas; Mafolie Hotel; Pavilions & Pools Villa Hotel; Sapphire Beach Condominium Resort; Sugar Bay Resort & Spa; The Green Iguana Hotel; and Windward Passage Hotel.

ISLAND HOPPING:

Traveling to the Virgin Islands is actually like getting several island vacations in one. You can easily visit another USVI island, or even the British Virgin Islands - however you will a passport to enter the BVI

One of the cheapest ways to travel between St Thomas, St John, Water Island, and the British Virgin islands is by ferry. There is no ferry service to/from St. Croix to the neighboring islands, however you can travel by regional carrier, seaplane or helicopter. 

For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, and other travel deals visit http://www.visitusvi.com/package_and_promotions


Happy Travels,
Linda

Monday, June 13, 2016

Nevis Luxury Suite Summer Celebration


Enjoy 33% Savings at the 5 Star Four Seasons Resort Nevis 

All photographs courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Nevis


The “Suite Summer Celebration” package includes a complimentary night with a 2 night or longer stay in one of the resort's suites


Nevis is the smaller island of the two-island Federation of St Kitts and Nevis. Travelers who know the Caribbean choose the tiny island of Nevis for its laid back authentic charm, and genuine Nevisian hospitality. 


The property has 196 spacious rooms and luxury suites 

You can choose a stay in either a Plantation, Ocean or Luxury Suite -  each offering a private veranda with views of the beach and the Caribbean Sea. Accommodations include a king-sized bed, or guests can opt to add a queen or double bed, while an additional pull-out sofa in the living room can accommodate larger groups.



Rooms and suites are just steps from a pristine beach shaded by palms, and surrounded on three sides by a the resorts spectacular golf course.



On Site Dining:

  • Coral Grill - Al fresco dining on wrap around porch featuring fresh seafood and top cuts of meat 
  • Mango - Al fresco waterfront dining offering Caribbean Rim cuisine and the 101 Rums Bar
  • Neve - Open air breakfast setting, featuring local and international cuisine, as well as a local fruit concierge
  • Cabana - Daytime beachside restaurant
  • Library Bar & Ocean Terrace - Comfortable lounge for pre-dinner, late night cocktails, with appetisers and tapas
  • 24 Hour In Room Dining 

And there are numerous local restaurants for off-property dining

Find MORE travel packages at the site including:   

  • Hamilton’s Perfect Union - Create a “more perfect union” on the tropical paradise island that is proud to be known as the birthplace and childhood home of U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton 
  • Advance Purchase -  Book at least 60 days in advance and receive 30% off our Room Rate 
  • Nevisian Jubilee Package - Celebrate Four Seasons Resort Nevis 25th anniversary with an incredible package that has something for everyone
  • Spa Serenity - $150 spa credit per room, per day, and full breakfast for two daily
  • Caribbean Golf Vacation - Unlimited golf with power cart and golf clubs, (2) 1/2 hour private lessons per say, practice range privileges

Getting to Nevis:

Direct flights to Nevis (NEV) are available from San Juan and St Maarten. Several inter-island airlines also offer seasonal direct flight to the island.

Direct flights to St Kitts from New Yrk, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, London and Toronto, followed by a scenic 40 minute Four Seasons boat ride to the resorts pier. 


Visit http://www.fourseasons.com/nevis/offers/ or call 1 (869) 469-1111.


Happy Travels,
Linda


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Discover Bonaire From The Sea


Sail, Dive and Snorkel around the beautiful coast of 
Bonaire on your own private charter 


Bonaire From the Sea only deals in private charters for the week, day or part day. 

A wonderful vacation experience for couples, families or small groups of friends (maximum 6) when visiting this Dutch Caribbean island. 

Weekly and daily dive, snorkeling and sailing packages includes up to 4 experienced scuba divers for safety and comfort, and two air or nitrox tanks are included per person per day. 

AMORAY sails from the Harbour Village Marina location in Kralendijk, Bonaire 
Harbour Village Marina: Image by We Share Bonaire 


Onboard there is small lounge area, kitchen, three comfortable double berths, all with private bathrooms - warm showers and fresh towels. Photo Credit: Bonaire's Best Things to Do 

AMORAY has an easy entry platform for diving, snorkelling and swimming, and a kayak and barbeque for guest use too. Two air or nitrox tanks are included per person per day, and full high quality scuba and snorkel equipment rental is available. 

Captain Richard Willis is a Bonaire resident, Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT), and has worked as a senior PADI dive instructor on Bonaire, training and certifying over 300 divers. His specialties include reef fish identification, sea turtle awareness, and nature guide. 


Sail Boat For the Week 
Package includes airport pickup, complimentary welcome package, accommodation on-board for a maximum of six people, sailing, diving and snorkeling. 

The fully equipped 44 foot sailboat AMORAY will be your home base. After a day of sailing each evening you will be docked in Harbour Village Marina in Bonaire's capital city and main port. The marina is just a short walk from the islands best restaurants. You can also opt for gourmet catering on-board, or cater for yourselves if you desire. 

You determine the time the captain comes on board each morning for another day of sailing, diving, snorkeling and nature watching. 

The weekly rental includes a day with marine biologist Sue Willis PhD, who will answer questions and act as your guide - and she is also the captain's wife. No problem if you want to leave the water during the week and spend a day exploring the island on land. The captain and crew can arrange for scooter or electric car rental. 

Sail Boat For the Day Charter
Includes sailing to the beautiful nature reserves of Klein Bonaire or Washington Slagbaai National Park where you can dive or snorkel on the pristine reefs. The captain and crew will act as your dive or snorkel guides. Gourmet lunch provided. An extra option includes a sunset sail with complimentary cocktails and snacks 


Here's a taste of life onboard the AMORAY



Visit the site for pricing info along with documents needed for the sail http://www.bonairefromthesea.org/index.html 

Happy Travels, 
Linda


Monday, June 6, 2016

Bahamas Cooking Class - Eat, Drink, Discover


The Tru Bahamian Food Tours team and partners have cooked up something special with the fabulous team at the historic 5-star Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant in downtown Nassau. 


All photos courtesy of Tru Bahamian Food Tours

The Authentic Bahamian Cooking Class & Lunch Experience is one more thing to look forward to on your next trip to Nassau. 



This new experience allows visitors to spend an afternoon cooking with a local Bahamian chef, and it promises to be entertaining, informative, and of course delicious!  

The new product launch has been months in the making - and it is the perfect complement to the Bahamian Walking Food Tour. 

The Cooking Class & Lunch Experience is a fantastic option for those who are unable or prefer not to walk outside in the city, or those who want to go further than eating and into the kitchen to actually learn how to prepare an authentic Bahamian meal.




Overview . . . . . 
You will spend 3 1/2 hours learning the secrets of making traditional Bahamian specialties using local, fresh ingredients. The menu changes seasonally but always includes a popular starter dish, a local sourced seafood dish with traditional Bahamian sides and, of course, dessert. Then you’ll enjoy the meal you cooked with a chef selected wine and great company.




Cooking Class & Lunch Experience Highlights
Meet charismatic Executive Chef Bowe who will dazzle you with his charm and many stories of time spent in a Bahamian kitchen, and you will become educated, the fun way, on the fundamentals of traditional Bahamian food and cooking techniques.

After the class enjoy the 3 course meal you cooked, along with a chef selected wine, in the company of your guide and fellow cooks - you won't leave hungry!

Inclusions
All food, wine, an entertaining and knowledgeable guide, all cooking instruction, recipes and an Insider's Guide to Eating Nassau. Tour the award­ winning Graycliff Wine Cellar­ the 3rd largest private collection in the world! Bring home a collection of local recipes to enjoy for years to come and a branded Graycliff Apron to remember your time in the kitchen. 



Sample Menu

Appetizer​: 
Bahamian Conch Chowder­ chunks of Bahamian conch, vegetables and herbs in a tomato base, topped with signature sherry pepper sauce

Entree​: 
Fresh Hog Snapper broiled with native limes, bell peppers, onions and garden thyme served with: Peas and Rice, Embellished Coleslaw and Traditional Bahamian Macaroni and Cheese

Dessert​: 
Bahamian Guava Duff­ sweet island dough lined with local guava fruit and topped with a decadent rum butter sauce

The Bahamian Cooking Class & Lunch Experience is available on Saturdays, starting at 10:30 AM, and private classes will be available during the week. The cost is $136/person + 7.5% VAT, and private class pricing varies depending on the group size. 

Please visit the site for more details on the Authentic Cooking Class & Lunch Experience, and the Bites of Nassau Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour http://www.trubahamianfoodtours.com/


Happy Travels,
Linda


Related Posts:
Authentic Bites of Nassau - Walking Food Tour



Friday, June 3, 2016

Grand Lucayan Bahamas Summer Sale

This Bahamas travel deal gives guests the opportunity to snag 45% off rack rates when booking online through June 30, 2016 


Grand Lucayan, a family-friendly resort in Grand Bahama Island, is having a special Summer Sale which includes a $100 Resort Credit per room, per stay which can be applied towards golf green fees, spa treatments, and food and beverage. 


The resort offers plenty of family-friendly amenities to pick from and after recently being named one of the “25 Best Hotels in the Bahamas” by Caribbean Journal, Grand Lucayan will not disappoint!



You must use Rate Code RTSUM and this link to book this offer  and this offer is not applicable for all-inclusive stays.

The 45% off deal is for a stay of three (3) nights or more. Offer applies to new bookings only, and cannot be combined with any other existing offers. Rates exclude taxes, service charges and gratuities and are based on double occupancy. 


Happy Travels,
Linda

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

What’s New at Elite Island Caribbean Resorts?

Just in time for summer travel

Fete Bor La Mere' Beach Party at St James's Club Morgan Bay, St Lucia

Elite Island Resorts has been busy with improvements to all seven of the Caribbean’s most popular all-inclusive beachfront resorts  

Palm Island Resort (The Grenadines)

New sun loungers by the pool & beach

Brand new beachfront spa featuring two treatment rooms, manicures & pedicures, a hair salon and a whirlpool tub just opened in May. 

The on-site restaurants have new decor and menu items, and the gym has also been upgraded with new state-of-the-art equipment. New excursions are being offered, along with water sports equipment including Zayak Sea Sleds. http://www.palmislandresortgrenadines.com/

Long Bay Beach Club (Tortola, British Virgin Islands 

Former Pasta House restaurant has been transformed into the fine dining Verandah 

The resort has added a seaside Spa Pavilion for breezy massages. Also, look for the addition of stress-free in-room check-in for guests. www.longbay.com

St. James's Club & Villas (Antigua)

All four tennis courts were resurfaced to world-class standards

All restaurant menus have been enhanced to elevate guests dining experiences. The resort’s Jacaranda Bar & Lounge, Docksider Restaurant & Bar, and Coco’s Restaurant & Bar all have a fresh new look. 

Brand new state-of-the-art 3,700 sq ft Fitness Center with a yoga pavilion, and the main lobby has a new on-site Colombian Emeralds™ jewelry shop. www.stjamesclubantigua.com

Verandah Resort & Spa, Antigua 

New colorful Wadadli Snack Shack on Rasta Beach 

The property’s 18-hole miniature golf course has been resurfaced, and there are now electronic room locks throughout the resort. 

The resort will also debut six new Two-Bedroom Villas with individual plunge pools and partial water views in August 2016. http://www.verandahresortandspa.com/

Galley Bay Resort & Spa (Antigua)

Six new enclosed Gauguin Suites

Elegant new furniture throughout the resort, including upgraded sun loungers, and a brand new Rum Shack and Coffee Shop have been completed. 

There is a weekly Silent Cinema on the beach, a new beachside Spa Pavilion, and a yoga & Pilates deck right on the sand which hosts weekly classes. There is also a new Diamonds International™ jewelry shop on site, as well as a new Fitness Center, Gift Shop and Tour Desk. www.galleybayresort.com

St. James’s Club Morgan Bay (St. Lucia)


Guests will enjoy the new weekly beach parties along with Calypso Cat - St. Lucia’s newest catamaran excursion.

All guest rooms have new artwork. All restaurant menus have been enhanced - the Palms Restaurant now offers a new buffet area, the upscale Le Jardin has updated decor, and a new addition includes the Choc Bay Café specialty coffeehouse. 

The new spacious state-of-the-art fitness studio offering pilates, spin and yoga classes. Guests will also love the addition of the Choc Bay Café specialty coffeehouse. www.morganbayresort.com

The Club, Barbados Resort & Spa 

Enid’s Restaurant and the brightly colored Rum Shop Bar have both been remodeled 

Rooms have new artwork and upscale furniture, and the bathrooms in the oceanfront rooms have been redone. The tennis court has been resurfaced, and new roofing has been completed on the main restaurant and bar areas. www.theclubbarbados.com/


Elite Island Resorts features an impressive collection of all-inclusive beachfront properties in the Caribbean. Each resort provides an authentic vacation experience for all travelers, with offerings ranging from destination weddings and romantic escapes to family retreats and eco vacations. For more information visit www.eliteislandresorts.com or call 800-771-4711.


Happy Travels,
Linda