Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Caribbean Vine Video Loops


Vine is the best way to see & share life in motion by creating short, looping videos. 

Here's three I liked featuring Aruba Flamingos, Puerto Rico horses, and dancing on the island of Grenada


Flamingos at the beach? Only in Aruba! 


(ˆ◡ˆ)  Flamingo Trivia 
Did you know Flamingos sleep while standing on one leg? 
Some scientists think there's a connection between the one leg position and the way their brains function during sleep - one-half of the body & brain can sleep while the other half, including the leg they stand on, remains somewhat alert. Other theories are the one leg is less visible to prey, along with promoting the circulation of blood in the legs.



Puerto Rico's post on Vine

In love with the wild horses of Puerto Rico's on Vieques Island!



Dance 'D Belaire (Belle') performance at St George University, Grenada 

♥ the traditional dress & dance


Happy Travels,
Linda




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

St Lucia Hosting “LOVE Elevated” Wedding Symposium

There is a time and a place for love. Welcome to both 
September 24-28, 2014

Photo Credit: Rendezvous Resort - St Lucia

The Wedding Symposium will brings local and international experts in the fields of event planning, retail, photography, catering and travel together. The 4-day symposium will give these experts an opportunity to explore all that St Lucia has to offer. 

LOVE Elevated” travel packages offer discounts of up to 55% off with rates starting at $75 per night; complimentary dinners, along with free transportation to and from the Wedding Symposium.


Photo Credit: Travel USNews

The 5 day Symposium will feature seminars, social events and site inspections at participating St. Lucia hotels.

Guest speakers for the Symposium:
Jennifer Doncsecz, Owner/President of VIP Vacations Inc
Marsha-Ann Brown, Director of romance at Sandals Resorts

Participating Hotels & Resorts:
  • Bay Gardens Beach Resort
  • BLU St. Lucia
  • Rodney Bay; Calabash Cove
  • Marisule, Gros Islet
  • Cap Maison - Cap Estate
  • Villa C’est La Vie - Trouya Pointe
  • Coco Palm - Rodney Bay Village
  • Cotton Bay Village - Cap Estate
  • Habitat Terrace - Bonne Terre
  • The Landings - Rodney Bay
  • Rendezvous - Malabar Beach
  • Castries City
  • Royal by Rex Resorts - Rodney Bay
  • St. James’s Club Morgan Bay - Gros Islet


Get all the info here - http://stlucianow.com/loveelevated/

Happy Travels,
Linda





Friday, August 15, 2014

Curacao Travel - Dare to Explore

Curacao: A Dare to Explore promo from the Curacao Tourism Association offers a selection of hotels & resorts for travelers this Fall/Winter from September 15 - December 15, 2014

On the Dutch island of Curacao you will discover distinctive historic architecture, world class museums, pristine diving sites, uncrowded sandy beaches, secluded coves, lot of ethnic diversity, and exciting international cuisine. 

Travel deals range from savings of up to 50%, free nights, resort credits, air credits, dive discounts or free upgrades

Curacao Photo Credit: Travel 2 the Caribbean

Here's some of the travel offers:

  • Blue Bay Curacao - Up to 25% off
  • Kura Hulanda Village & Spa - 4th Night Free
  • Lodge Kura Hulanda - Up to 50% off + 6 days of 2 tank boat dives & unlimited shore diving
  • Sunscape Curacao Resort Spa & Casino - $200 Resort Coupon every 3rd Night Free, Two kids 12 years and under Stay,Play & Eat Free
  • Renaissance Curacao - Up to 35% Off
  • Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort - Stay 5 or more night & save 30%
  • Hilton Curacao - Up to 29% Off + Free room upgrade + diving
  • Lions Dive & Beach Resort - 7th Night Free + 15% off dive & ocean encounter
  • Floris Suite Hotel - 7th Night Free + 15% Off Duve & Animal Encounter Package 
  • Avila Beach Hotel - 5th Night Free
  • Livingston Jan Thiel Resort - Up to 20% Off
  • All West Apartments & Go West Diving - 7th night free, 50% off 2nd diver, car rental & free internet
  • Kontiki Beach Resort - $100 Air Credit


Get all the details on each of the offers from travel partners - www.curacao.com/explore/


Happy Travels,
Linda

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sustainable Getaway in the Cayman Islands

As sustainability continues to grow in popularity, many travelers are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint while enjoying a relaxing getaway. 

The Cayman Islands offer many sustainable travel options that are perfect for couples who want to visit some of the world's top beaches, savor a meal made of local ingredients, and explore the rich culture and history of the islands.

Where to Stay




Photo Credit: Lighthouse Point 

Travelers can rent low-impact condominiums like those at Lighthouse Point, which include many green elements such as the incorporation of energy efficient technologies, from solar and wind generation, eco-friendly lighting and Energy Star appliances. 

Lighthouse Point is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and is working to achieve LEED certification. 

Getting Around 

President of Budget Cayman, Brian Krug accepts keys to new Wheego, first electric rental car in the Caribbean! Photo Credit: Budget Cayman Islands Twitter 

Recently, Budget Rent a Car added all-electric vehicles to their rental offerings. 

Charging stations can be found throughout the island at popular destinations like Camana Bay, a 500-acre mixed-use development located between Seven Mile Beach and the North Sound. 



Eating Local on The Flavour Tour


Flavor Tour Photos courtesy of The Wilbert Group 


Camana Bay is home to more than 40 shops and restaurants, including several chef-driven restaurants like Michael's Genuine Food & Drink and Ortanique, which feature local ingredients such as lionfish, wahoo and mangos. 





Every Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Camana Bay offers a farmer's market featuring fresh fruit, vegetables and local crafts, and at 7 p.m., Camana Bay hosts the Flavour Tour, a fun and interactive way to sample some of the island's top culinary offerings. 

The progressive dinner features local ingredients presented in the signature styles of popular restaurants, such as Abacus, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Mizu and Ortanique.












Happy Travels,
Linda




Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New Honeymoon Package Launched at Holiday Inn Montego Bay


The Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica has launched a new Honeymoon Package for newlyweds married for a period of one month or less 


The honeymoon package is loaded with extra amenities, and is valid through December 21, 2014. 

Amenities Include

  • Priority Check-In 
  • Welcome In-room amenity
  • Welcome Turn Down service 
  • Free Wi-Fi 
  • 20% Discount on Sol-Mer Spa and Beauty Salon treatments 
Honeymooning guests also receive unlimited meals, snacks and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), as well as unlimited use of non-motorized water sports equipment, resort amenities (tennis, mini golf, fitness center, etc.), taxes and gratuities. 

Bookings must be made by December 21, 2014 for resort stays completed by December 21, 2014. All-inclusive nightly rates start at $187 per-person based on double occupancy in standard room accommodations. 

A three-night minimum stay is required and a copy of a valid marriage certificate indicating that the wedding ceremony took place at least 30 days prior to the resort stay must be presented in order to receive Honeymoon Package amenities. Additional restrictions may apply. 

To book the new Honeymoon Package at the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay, please call 1-888-288-6006 and mention promo code "Honeymooners" at the time of booking

For more information on the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay and its new romance packages, visit www.caribbeanhi.com/jamaica

Happy Travels,
Linda




More Jamaica travel deals

Jamaica Luxury Summer Suite Sale - The AAA Four Diamond Award-winning Half Moon, a RockResort, is located on Jamaica’s northern coast. Through August 31, 2014 travelers will receive 35% off any of the resort’s suites.  

"Fall in Jamaica" Island Wide Vacation DealsExperience world-class attractions in the popular resort areas of Negril, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and the capital city of Kingston for its music and culture. 


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Blogging the Caribbean



Here's an interesting mix of Caribbean inspired blog posts featuring Pancakes, Fresh Spice, Hell, and Caribbean Weddings -  and more!










Mango Pancakes with Mount Bay Barbados Rum!!
Photo Credit: 700 Experience Blog 
Mangoes, Pancakes & Mount Gay - Oh boy, this is a winner three ways!!! 
Here's the recipe


The Spice Plantations of Grenada
the scent of spices floating through the breezes on this beautiful island!

To experience the spice-filled heart of Grenada, drive through fields of nutmeg, sample spice-infused teas and nutmeg-seasoned dishes and visit a traditional working spice plantations surrounded by aromatic, tufted spice crops. Head over to Virgin Atlantic's blog to read the post



Hell Is Closer Than You Think
My opinion is one trip to the town of Hell in Grand Cayman is enough - and that's exactly how many times I have visited. 

But where else in the Caribbean can you send family and friends a postcard from Hell?http://www.thewritersshack.com/the-trip-from-hell/


Four Caribbean Wedding Planners
Who can resist the romance of a tropical island? 

There are so many beautiful places to marry in the Caribbean. The Bahamas, Barbados, Tobago and St. Lucia are some of the top-runners when it comes to tropical weddings. 

And with some of the greatest planners just waiting to help you plan your wedding or to take the stress of wedding planning completely off of your shoulders, there is no reason to stress out about the big day. http://www.caribbeanandco.com/four-caribbean-wedding-planners/


Earthy Caribbean Delights! 
Andromeda Gardens, Bathsheba, Barbados. Photograph by John Webster

Beautiful photos of Caribbean gardens in Barbados, Cuba, St Vincent, Martinique, along with Guyana and Suriname. http://caribbean-beat.com/issue-128/earthy-delights#axzz39ZxuQ2CA



Caribbean Islands with a European Vibe
Home to the third oldest political system within the British Commonwealth, 
Barbados’ historic parliament buildings are prime examples of Gothic architecture. 
Photo: Flavio Vallenari/iStock

The best of the Caribbean & Europe come together in these islands http://tropixtraveler.com/caribbean/caribbean-islands-with-a-european-vibe


Happy Travels,
Linda


Monday, August 11, 2014

"Soul In The Sun" Old School R&B Fest in Jamaica

If you're a fan of Old school R&B, put this 1st annual music festival in MoBay on your travel list. 


The "Soul in the Sun" festival features 2 days of entertainment from the R&B soul legends of the 80's and 90's. Topping off the weekend entertainment, a wild beach party is scheduled for Sunday. 




Festival Lineup Friday October 10:
Keith Sweat 
Johnny Gill 
Dru Hill 
SILK 

Festival Lineup Friday October 11:
Jeffrey Osborne 
Regina Belle 
Peabo Bryson 
Freddie Jackson
Howard Hewett 

Beach Party - Sun October 12

Visit festival site for more info - http://www.soulinthesunlive.com/


Happy Travels,
Linda




More Jamaica - Recent Posts

Falmouth Jamaica Culinary Tours
A Taste of History is the creation of two Jamaican sisters who love to travel and to explore other countries and cultures through their cuisine. 
http://www.travel2thecaribbeanblog.com/2014/07/falmouth-jamaica-culinary-tours.html

Jamaica Luxury Summer Suite Sale
The AAA Four Diamond Award-winning Half Moon, a RockResort, is located on Jamaica’s northern coast. 
Through August 31, 2014 travelers will receive 35% off any of the resort’s suites.
http://www.travel2thecaribbeanblog.com/2014/07/jamaica-luxury-summer-suite-sale.html

Island Outpost Deal - Enjoy 2 Jamaica Luxury Resorts
Here's a heads up for a very special 2015 winter getaway in Jamaica!  
Island Outpost offers a collection unique hotels & villas on the island of Jamaica - each is known for its own distinctive character. http://www.travel2thecaribbeanblog.com/2014/06/island-outpost-deal-enjoy-2-jamaica.html 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Abaco Bahamas Vacation Photos

2 1/2 Weeks in The Abacos - Pure Heaven! 

Just 165 miles off the coast of Florida you will find The Abacos . . . 

100 or so Cays, Islands and Islets including Treasure Cay, Elbow Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Great Guana Cay, Man-O-War Cay, and Lubbers Quarters Cay. 

It's an island hoppers dream with pristine beaches and reefs, world class marina's and deep sea fishing, authentic Bahamian culture and cuisine, romantic sunsets - and a much slower pace than Nassau or Grand Bahama.   

We could not get any closer to the beach!!
The beach house was lovely - nicely furnished, 
and the views were pretty awesome in any direction. 

I could wake up to this view every morning


Incredible Colors! The Bahamas is know for the clearest waters in the world


The calm Sea of Abaco was our highway

Treasure Cay

Great Guana Cay

Green Turtle Cay

Elbow Cay - my favorite beach!


2 weeks of beautiful pastel sunsets! Here's a few . . . 




Going - Going - Gone! Firey Sea Sunset 


Happy Travels,
Linda



Saturday, August 9, 2014

"Fall in Jamaica" Island Wide Vacation Deals


Jamaica is offering the "Fall in Jamaica" vacation deal with savings of up to 50% 


Experience world-class attractions in the popular resort areas of Negril, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and the capital city of Kingston for its music and culture. 

Over 30 hotels, island attractions and restaurants are participating in the island-wide deal coordinated by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA). 

The "Fall in Jamaica" promotion features accommodations ranging from small intimate hotels to large all-inclusive resorts. Select a personalized vacation that fits your lifestyle, interest and budget. 

Just a few of the participating hotel properties:
Ocho Rios - Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa All Inclusive
Negril - Rockhouse Hotel & Spa
Montego Bay - Half Moon, A RockResort
Kingston - Jamaica Pegasus Hotel 

The promotion is available for booking now through December 1, 2014, for travel between August 25, 2014 and December 15, 2014. No minimum night stay is required on hotel offers unless stated. Black-out dates may apply.

Visit www.getallrightjamaica.com to book using the promo code: FALL DEALS

To learn more about travel to Jamaica, go to www.visitjamaica.com

Happy Travels,
Linda


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