Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Taste of Jamaica Culinary Tour



Taste of Jamaica Culinary Tour - October 9th -15th 2015

There is something special about Jamaican food, in the way it prepared, in the ingredients used, in the love that goes into the recipes, and the story that it tells. 

Chef Freda Gore is the owner and chef tour host of Caribbean Culinary Tours. Chef Freda has worked in the culinary field over two decades, specializes in Culinary vacations and retreats to the Caribbean and offers clients a personal foodie and cultural island experience. 

Photo Image: paradizo.com

Eat and Drink your way through the tropical delights of Jamaica, while Learning the art of making  authentic Jamaican dishes like world renowned Jerk chicken and pork, Stewed Oxtail, and Rice and Beans.

Wonderful villa accommodations in Montego Bay at Tryall Villas
Photo Credit: Tryall Villas

Reserve your spot for this October 2015 tour for only $300 down between now and 06/30/2014 and receive 10% off your total package price. Sign up now and make payments as you like. Package Cost from $1999 pp (Double Occupancy).

Culinary Package Includes:

  • Accommodations at the Tryall’s Villas in Montego Bay  
  • All meals
  • Local excursions
  • Spa treatments
  • Cooking lessons
  • Local cruise
  • Airport transfers
  • Local taxes

Jamaica Culinary Tour Highlights:

  • Rum distillery tour & Market tours
  • Spa Treatments/Massages
  • Country side excursions
  • Beach Picnic and day tour to Dunn River
  • Visits from local chef
  • Horse Back Riding Tour
  • Hands -on cooking Lessons
  • Local  Cruise & Snorkeling &Ÿ Music night


Get all the tour info here http://caribbeanculinarytours.net/jamaica-culinary-tour


Happy Travels,
Linda




Learn more about Chef Freda in this article from Eat Caribbean






Sunday, May 24, 2015

August in Anguilla Specials

Looking for Luxury, Intimacy, and Comfort While Visiting Anguilla? 

Look No Further!

All photo's courtesy of Frangipani Beach Resort

Frangipani Beach Resort is a small, intimate boutique resort 
located on beautiful Meads Bay Beach


This small resort offers just 19 spacious rooms and suites all decorated in colorful Caribbean colors.  

Luxury No View Rooms

Room categories fit a variety of budgets, group sizes and needs

Junior Suites

Choose from no view rooms, luxury ocean view, junior suites, 1-3 bedroom suites, or the penthouse suite. 

1 Bedroom Suite


The on-site ocean view Straw Hat Restaurant is known as one of the best on the island.


The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to our guests and provides room service and bar services throughout the day. Visit the website for menu's www.strawhat.com

ACTIVITIES:

Prickly Pear Cays

Motorized and non-motorized water sports are complimentary at the Frangipani, and include Hobie Cats, tubing, wake boarding or waterskiing behind the resort's 17 ft. boat. Also snorkeling equipment, beach toys, floats and tennis equipment are available to guests. 

Frangipani offers a range of boat excursions throughout the week including a sunset cocktail cruises, Sandy Island for lunch and snorkeling, snorkeling at Little Bay and lunch at a local restaurant, or a beach day at Prickly Pear Cays. 


OTHER ON-SITE PERKS:

  • Massages and facials available at beachfront cabana
  • Free WiFi
  • Petals Boutique - beachwear for women and men, casual daytime and evening wear, handbags, beach bags, hats, local arts, perfumes, and exclusive jewelry and accessories 
  • Custom Sailing Itinerary - create custom itinerary and explore the island and off-shore cays
  • Weekly cocktail party, and nightly entertainment at local beach bar  


RESERVATIONS

August in Anguilla Specials, available for direct bookings only

  • 6 nights in a luxury no view room, including a complimentary beach hopping boat trip, bottle of wine on arrival and 35% discount at on-site Petals Boutique ($1800 + taxes)
  • 6 nights in a luxurious one-bedroom suite, including a complimentary beach hopping boat trip, bottle of wine upon arrival and 35% discount at on-site Petals Boutique ($3000 + taxes) 


To reserve one of these specials, call the resort directly at 1-877-593-8988 or email  info@frangipaniresort.com to confirm. Be sure to mention the August in Anguilla Special 

A few more travel specials are also being offered at Frangipani Resort http://www.frangipaniresort.com/content/specials


Happy Travels,
Linda

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Blogging the Caribbean

Greetings from sunny Florida! 


In between sunning, swimming, and plenty of good food & cocktails, I wanted to share what I read on the beach this week . . . 


Previewing Saba’s Hiking In The Wilds Of Windwardside



I have hiked throughout the Caribbean, and Mount Scenery on the tiny island of Saba is my absolute favorite hiking destination. Hiking into the Elfin Forest is like stepping into a magical world. Read Uncommon Caribbean's account


10 Mysterious Statues You Can Only See Underwater



It’s not everyday you score face time underwater with a mermaid off Grand Cayman, the world’s largest underwater statue in the Bahamas, Christ of the Abyss off Key Largo, Florida, and other interesting locations around the globe


Five reasons to visit Providenciales, Turks & Caicos


Photo Credit: Travel 2 the Caribbean

USA's travel blog says there's something in the water that makes Providenciales, a Caicos Island in the Turks & Caicos chain, feel a little bit different than other North Atlantic destinations.

Colorful Curacao 


Photo Credit: Bold Magazine

It's an interesting story as to how the colorful tropical palette of Curacao came into being - get the story at Bold Magazine 


St Martin vs. St Maarten: How Two Islands Are Better Than One


Photo Credit: St Maarten Tourism Bureau

There is one “Saint” island that is broken up into two entirely different countries and often referred to by the locals as two totally different islands. Read more at Travel Pulse


Seven Delicious Street Foods in Trinidad & Tobago


Saheena - Deep fried Callaloo roll-up in a split-pea batter, and served with tamarind or mango chutney on top, add roasted pepper - So good!! Photo credit: Traveling Ted

With the unique mix of cultures, you are bound to have a variety of food. Check out the seven delicious street foods found throughout the island from Traveling Ted 


An American in Cuba


A billboard celebrates some of Cuba’s revolutionary heroes: (L-R) Julio Mella, Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos - JOE RAEDLE/GETTY IMAGES

Is Cuba ready for an invasion of American tourists? How do everyday Cubans feel about their world changing? What's it like to the American eye? 

Americans still face significant restrictions on travel: Charter flights go directly from the U.S. to Cuba, but passengers must meet a certain set of criteria to board.  Read full article at Mashable 


Happy Travels,
Linda



Friday, May 22, 2015

2015 Dominica Film Challenge Video


Photo Credit: Embrace Dominica

Loved this video produced by Riot House for Discover Dominica, during the 2015 DOMINICA FILM CHALLENGE (dominicachallenge.com).


I AM DOMINICA from Riot House on Vimeo.

Learn more about the Caribbean's Nature Island
www.discoverdominica.com 

Happy Travels, 
Linda

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Annual All Andros 2015 Crab Festival


Andros, Land of the Crabs, is the largest Bahamas Out Island, and the island has the distinction of having the largest free roaming population of land crabs in The Bahamas

Land crabs are an integral part of Bahamian culture, and also a lucrative business. This year over 10,000 visitors from the U.S. and Europe are expected to attend the festival. 

Photo Credit: Nassau Guardian

First a little background on the tasty land crab . . . 

The crabs live in burrows in the islands back country, and their normal diet consists of berries, insects and leaves. The first heavy rainfall in May is the signal for the crabs to leave the countryside and set out for their annual migration to the sea to lay their eggs. 


Once the migration starts they are pretty easy to spot - especially when crossing the main road. 

Tourists are invited to join the locals once the "Land Crabbin" season begins. There is an art to catching these crabs as you have to be careful of the detachable claws when can cause a lot of pain. The locals will be happy to instruct newbies on the proper way to catch and avoid being injured. 

All during the mating season you will see people catching crabs anytime of the day or night. Proper land crabbing gear consists of heavy gloves, sticks, canvas bags, and flashlights if crabbing at night. Last but not least you will certainly need mosquito repellent - especially if you venture into the back country. 

Festival Highlights/Events

  • Land Crabs Cooked 101 Ways - crab & rice, crab soup, crab & dough and 98 more recipes!
  • Crab Cultural Show
  • Crab Culinary Contest
  • Crabs of Andros - life cycle display
  • Live Entertainment - Native Bahamas Rake & Scrape Music
  • Crab Release - 40 dozens crabs are release for the crowd to catch

Getting to Andros
Traveling to Fresh Creek Andros by air is a short 15 minute ride from the New Providence, Bahamas. Another option is traveling by boat from New Providence.

Happy Travels,
Linda

Related Articles:
Catching Land Crabs 101



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Affordable Luxury Villas in Barbados


Barbados is not known as an affordable Caribbean destination, however on every island there are deals to be found if you known where to look. Best of all, you do not have to settle for second rate accommodations.

Below are (2) affordable luxury villa's where family members or friends traveling together can divide the nightly rate.   


Casa Bella, Sunset Ridge - St James, Barbados


4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8 - $500 per night

Casa Bella, located on Sunset Ridge overlooking the island's west coast with great sea views. This Spanish style villa featuring a red tiled roof, open archways and spacious outdoor living areas. 

Casa Bella is just a five minute drive from Sandy Lane Beach and Holetown, where you can enjoy fine dining, nightlife, and shopping. 


Mullins Bay 6, Jasmine, St. Peter, Barbados


3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms - $400 per night

This spacious three story three bedroom townhouse features an inviting air conditioned living area, well equipped kitchen and covered dining terrace overlooking a private plunge pool and gardens. Jasmine also has a private roof deck ideal for suntanning. 

The property is located just across the street from Mullins Beach, guests have access to water sports and a popular beach bar and restaurant. Guests also benefit from Fairmont Royal Pavilion beach membership with complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas and access to the restaurant. 


More Barbados Villa Rentals in every price range


Happy Travels,
Linda


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Foldable Lightweight Luggage

After many trips my carry on bag is showing its age. I need a lightweight spinner, and just ordered this cute red foldable upright from Baiggi. Are you in the market for new luggage? 

For travelers with limited luggage storage space, instead of storing luggage inside one another or stacking them in a closet, you can now fold and put them away a lot more easily.

All bags feature four swiveling wheels for smooth mobility, along with a patented hinge and soft sides that let you fold each bag in on itself for easy storage


BIAGGI has an entire line of luggage that flattens into a fraction of the original size - even a 30-inch suitcase with wheels can be condensed. 




Another company LIPAULT makes a line of foldable luggage that compresses to less than half the initial size. The entire line is lightweight, including a carry-on that weighs under 5 pounds. 


Duffel bags are the easiest to shrink down, so you can easily find a few manufacturers that make them.



The REI STUFF TRAVEL DUFFEL can be rolled up to fit into a small pouch, and Eagle Creek also makes a large duffel that can be condensed to 50% of its original size. You can carry it like a duffle or wear it like a backpack, and when you're finished, stuff it in to its own pocket.

Source: Peter Greenberg 

More suggestions
Looking for smart luggage? Check out 8 coolest carry-ons we've ever seen



Happy Travels,
Linda

Monday, May 18, 2015

Eco Friendly Caribbean Luxury Villas

Great selection of luxury villas with eco-friendly sustainable features! 

Choosing a villa for your next vacation can be a smart financial choice for families and groups of friends. 

Villas are charged by the night, not by person, so more occupants means less nightly charge for all. Aside from the cost, villas offer far more room for everyone to spread out, and a more private vacation experience.  


Eco Serendib Villa & Spa - St. John USVI 



8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16 - $2,200 - $8,200 per night 

Serene villa retreat is tucked in the hillside with awe inspiring views overlooking the sea. Enjoy up to eight elegant suites, full service Sodashi spa, fitness center, spacious great room, epicurean theater style Sub Zero/Wolf kitchen, saltwater pool, hot tub, billiards, expansive terrace, and more.

Eco Serendib Villa and Spa accommodates up to 16 guests comfortably in eight guest suites, however rentals for smaller groups are happily accepted at most times of the year. Whether renting just one suite or all eight, the villa only accepts one reservation at a time so guests are always assured exclusive, private access to the villa. 

Whispering Waters on the Beach - Discovery Bay, Jamaica



7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14 - $2,000 - $4,571 per night 

Two awesome villas side by side! Keela Wee and sister villa Whispering Waters are located side by side and combine to offer 13 bedrooms, two swimming pools, two private beaches, two air conditioned gyms and two tennis courts lit for night play. 

Each villa has its own private coral cove and sandy beach. Both villas overlook one of Jamaica's loveliest crystal clear bodies of water, Discovery Bay. They can be rented alone, together or in combination with any other neighboring villa(s) along the Discovery Bay strip.

Nemi Eco Villa - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico



8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12 - $800 - $1,500 per night 

Nemi Eco Villa has been architecturally designed to embrace the natural beauty and flow of the property that embraces it while leaving the least impact on the environment as possible. 

The villa has been completely constructed from re purposed, sustainable or locally sourced materials. Their goal is to offer our visitors an ecologically responsible experience without sacrificing luxury.

Aerie Black Beauty, Costa Rica



3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6 - $1,225 - $1,365 per night

Kalia’s ultra-modern Aerie luxury rental home in Costa Rica has three comfortably appointed bedrooms, two and half baths, as well as outdoor showers. Smart open design techniques separate the dining, living and play spaces.

View more villas in the Caribbean region, and across the globe http://www.rentalescapes.com/


Happy Travels,
Linda

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Celebrating Summer at Camana Bay on Grand Cayman

At Camana Bay on Grand Cayman, 
Summer has always been synonymous with family 

A destination within a destination, Camana Bay is a vibrant town located in the heart of Grand Cayman. Stretching 600 acres from the famous Seven Mile Beach to the tranquil North Sound, this mixed-use master-planned community s one of the first examples of New Urbanism in the Caribbean. 



Located in the heart of Grand Cayman, Camana Bay was designed to allow for constant breezes to flow through the walkways. 

There are over 40 restaurants, eateries, boutiques all within a "water" theme environment with seashell walls, water fountains and jets, along with a scuba diving mosaic in the Observation Tower. 

While on vacation parents usually choose to enroll their children in expensive supervised activities or attempt a one-size-fits-all itinerary of experiences that they hope will satisfy every age. Camana Bay offers several activities that are sure to please the entire family.


From MICHAEL’S GENUINE FOOD & DRINK  Grilled Lionfish Tacos  

This summer, visitors can take advantage of a limited-time complimentary gift card, which offers visitors $10 to use at any of Camana Bay’s signature restaurants, perfect for exploring local Caymanian cuisine or enjoying a favorite pizza.  

Visitors can watch the depths of the Caribbean sea unfold in mosaic form with a stroll down the Observation Tower’s 75-foot helix staircase, the top of which offers a 360-degree view of the island. 



Splash around in one of Camana Bay’s signature fountains and, on select days of the week, enjoy Imagination Playground, a changing array of elements that allow guests to create their own unique play experience. 

From June through August, Camana Bay’s popular Moonlight & Movies will showcase family-friendly features.



For families who desire a cultural experience, they can stroll through the weekly Farmers and Artisans market on Wednesdays, where vendors sell local produce, jewelry, jellies, gifts, crafts and more. 

Beginning at 3 p.m., the market is infused with entertainment, ranging from live music to cultural demonstrations of thatch weaving, rope making, conch blowing, soldier crab racing and traditional games.


For parents wanting some alone time to explore the island, Starfish Village at Camana Bay offers supervision for children ages 3 to 12 in time blocks throughout the day. Special camps will run throughout summer that will keep children excited and engaged while teaching a range of skills and activities. 

Starfish Village Topics include

  • All Things Lego
  • Young Chefs
  • Cayman Culture
  • Dance and Movement
  • Creative Minds
  • Athletes in Training
  • Pampered Princess and Adventurous Pirates
  • Ocean Around Us 

Rates range from $80 for a full day (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) to $325 for the week. 

For full details and to pre-register, contact Starfish Village at 345.640.7827 or info@starfish.ky, or visit their website. http://starfishvillage.com/

Happy Travels,
Linda


Media contacts
Melissa Ladley, Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd
Tony Wilbert, Hadley Creekmuir - The Wilbert Group