Wednesday, April 23, 2014

USVI Ironman and Beach-to-Beach Power Swim

While the St Thomas USVI Carnival (Biggest Fete Ever Seen) is currently underway, there are two more upcoming events on the islands of St Croix and St John

St Croix Captain Morgan Ironman
May 4, 2014


Hundreds of racers will participate in one of the oldest races on the North American triathlon circuit. 

The annual Captain Morgan Ironman 70.3 race on St. Croix celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013, and the race is a qualifier for the Ironman World Championships.

The race attracts some of the world’s best triathletes to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The race has earned the nickname "Beauty and the Beast" for its scenic yet challenging course with its steep uphill climb. www.stcroixtriathlon.com


St John Annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim
May 24, 2014

Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park will host the 11th annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim May 24, 2014

Photo courtesy of On St John 

The race allows competitors to wear snorkels and fins in order to view the underwater sea life while competing in the assisted swimmer category. 

The more advanced swimmers can participate in 1, 2.5, 3.5 mile open-water swims starting from Maho Bay and ending at Cinnamon Bay, Trunk Bay and Hawksnest respectively. www.friendsvinp.org


Happy Travels,
Linda



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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Escape This Summer to Caneel Bay USVI

Ready to "Unplug" This Summer? 


Photo Credit: St John On-Island Times


Imagine a luxury hideaway on a 170 acre peninsula only accessible by boat or ferry. 



Once arriving you will discover a natural tropical oasis surrounded by pristine sands, turquoise waters, and there are no TV's or telephones in any of the accommodations. Other property features include tennis, restaurants/bars, shopping and spa treatments.





Caneel Bay lives in harmony within the natural lush tropical environment of the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park, and is ideal for Caribbean family vacations or a secluded romantic getaway. 

If this sounds like an ideal getaway vacation, then the tiny island of St John is where you should head for your summer escape.   

A Beach for Every Day of the Week!
Caneel Bay has seven pristine private beaches - each with it’s own distinctive character - and all are ideal for lounging, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding or taking a day sailing adventure. 

Caneel Bay Offers 
Summer Escape
Enjoy this promotional rate that includes breakfast daily. This offer is valid May 1, 2014 – Aug. 25, 2014, and a three night minimum stay is required. 

Caneel Bay Packages 
Allure: Seven-Night Package
A sparkling bottle of champagne awaits your arrival. Indulge in a full breakfast and dinner every day, a soothing full-body massage for two and a romantic star-lit dinner for two on the beach. You will also receive round-trip airport transfers and tax/service charge.

Simply Caneel: Three-Night Package
Includes a freshly-prepared full breakfast, a lunch and delicious dinner. Includes gratuity plus round-trip airport transfers and tax and service charge. 

Note: Caneel Bay is closed for the season between August 26 and November 1, 2014

http://www.caneelbay.com/


Happy Travels,
Linda
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Antigua Sailing Week - World’s Most International Regatta



The best of the international yachting set show up for Sailing Week in Antigua - from classic wooden sailboats to 50- 100 foot mega yachts


Aside from six Caribbean nations representing (Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and Trinidad & Tobago) - 21 other countries have competing yachts - Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Ireland, Lithuania, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United States. 

While sailing is the top event, for many locals and tourists, Antigua Sailing Week is all about the food and island wide parties!

Here are just a few of the scheduled events:

  • April 24 - Opening of the Wadadli Beer Grill at Nelson's Dockyard - Open each night til Saturday May 3rd 
  • April 26 - Official Antigua Sailing Week Welcome Party at Nelson's Dockyard
  • April 26 - 27 - Meet the Trophy - America's Cup Trophy  - oldest trophy in the history of sports comes to Antigua 
  • April 27 - Shirley Heights Lookout will host its famous Antigua Sailing Week breakfast - one of the best locations on the south coast from which to view the race start lines
  • April 27 - Rum & Rhythms at Antigua Yacht Club BBQ and dancing on the lawn to live music featuring the Smoking Grillers & DJ Undercover
  • April 29 - Shaggy will be live in concert at Shirley Heights Lookout 
  • April 30 - "Lay Day" - the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge & Sunset Beach Party at Pigeon Beach 
  • May 1 - Digicel Eat Street @ Wadadli Beer Grill at Nelson's Dockyard Car Park
  • May 3  - Final Awards Ceremony & After Party at Nelson's Dockyard
  • May 3 - Dockyard Day Island Party - Family friendly events, food, drink and music


Get all the details at http://www.sailingweek.com/v4/


Happy Travels,
Linda

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Coconut Bay Summer Specials with Low Airfare to St Lucia

Coconut Bay All-Inclusive Resort in St Lucia 
Featuring rates from $133 per person, per night 
Valid for travel 5/1-6/30/14


All photo's courtesy of Coconut Bay All Inclusive Resort

Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa offers two worlds in one along St Lucia’s south coast

  • Harmony at Coconut Bay caters to adults only seeking romance and relaxation
Harmony Adults Only Accommodations

  • Splash is Coconut Bay's family friendly wing offers water park, paintball facility, and supervised Kidz Klub 

Splash Two Bedroom

The AAA Three Diamond resort features: 250 air-conditioned rooms, 4 restaurants, 6 bars, 4 pools, complete fitness center, tennis and basketball courts, full service salon and oceanfront spa, the island’s largest water park and more! 

Check low airfare rates via Jet Blue

http://cbayresort.com/specials

Happy Travels,
Linda



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Friday, April 11, 2014

Introducing Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort & Spa

Jamaica’s Newest Oceanfront Jewel Resort!


Paradise Cove Beach Resort & Spa - This secluded adults-only lush paradise beachfront resort on the island’s north coast features signature Jewel Resorts amenities and world-class services, with an all-inclusive health, spa and fitness theme.



Jewel Paradise Cove offers pure luxury with 225 ultra-chic rooms to butler-serviced suites, designed with a contemporary, yet casual island style. 



The resort has 3 pools, waterslide, championship golf, seven restaurants from casual to white-glove and dining under the stars and an enhanced watersports offering with instruction including scuba diving and local tour excursions - a combined $500 added value!  Plus guests can indulge in the full-service Radiant Spa.

Book by April 30 and enjoy up to 55% all-inclusive savings!

What's included:
• The complete Jewel Experience Plus:
• Savings up to 55% off all room rates

For new bookings until April 30, 2014. For stays through December 23, 2014. Valid for 4 night stays and longer. Note: Use Booking Code: MSVG14

Discover Jewel Resorts, including Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa and Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort, at www.jewelresorts.com

Happy Travels,
Linda

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bonaire Kite Ride 2014


June 17 - 22 - Atlantis Kite Beach, Bonaire 

Professional kite-borders Ruben Lenten, Sam Light, and Aaron Hadlow are among the kite boarders scheduled to participate in the 2014 Kite Ride Bonaire at Atlantis Beach. 

The event will benefit Kite Ride Bonaire which is a year round charity foundation that encourages local youngsters to get into sports and kite boarding. 



Heineken Kite Ride sponsors have made special prices for participants and visitors http://www.kiteridebonaire.com/visitors 

More info on the Kite Ride event - http://www.kiteridebonaire.com/ 

Happy Travels, 
Linda

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Blogging the Caribbean

Sharing a few of the favorite Caribbean Blog Postings I read this week - Enjoy!


Jamaica Nice via SUNSHINE AND STILETTOS

Photo Credit: Lily Lebawit Girma

Loved the photo's from Lily Lebawit Girma's recent trip to Jamaica. Lily is a photographer, and author of MOON BELIZE travel guidebook. Enjoy the rest of the pics at Sunshine & Stilettos 

What Makes the Island of Saba Special? 

Photo Credit: Mike Esposito's Latin & Caribbean Travel Blog

Saba is not your typical Caribbean island. For one, it sits like a gigantic boulder in the middle of the sea, and has only one beach at Well's Bay which is submerged for much of the year. 

Much is made of its airport which has one of the shortest runways in the world on the only flat area on the island, appropriately named Flat Point. Mike gives an insightful read on the island of Saba - read more at Mike Esposito's Latin and Caribbean Travel Blog


Destination of the Day: Puerto Rico 

Photo Credit: Travel Junkie Julia

Puerto Rico is a destination that is often overlooked but it’s a great choice for the adventure traveler. You can get the exoticism of a far flung destination but without the hassles. Head over to Travel Junkie Julia's blog for more about Puerto Rico 



Merengue: The Rhythm & Soul of the Dominican Republic

Photo Credit: Mad Traveler Online

When describing Latin music of most genres, the word “sensual” is likely to come up, and so is the case with merengue

Merengue, the national music and dance of the Dominican Republic, offers much of the elegance and sensual movements as salsa does, but merengue also often brings a bit of speed and energy to it and a more direct 2/4 beat. Read more at The Mad Traveler Online 


Best Things to See & Do in the Exumas 

Photo Credit: A Passion and A Passport

When most people envision (and visit) the Bahamas, their thoughts primarily consist of Nassau and Paradise Island, and Freeport on Grand Bahama Island.  It's nice to get away from it all every once in a while, isn't it?! Learn more about the Exumas at A Passion and A Passport 


Late Winter Blues via 2 Gringos in the Caribbean

Photo Credit: 2 Gringos in the Caribbean

The post title is not about a miserable winter in North America - instead it's about a "Gringo" and Dooley, his Jack Russell Terrier dog, first experience with Stand Up Paddleboarding. Is Dooley better at paddleboarding? Find out at 2 Gringos



Happy Travels,
Linda


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Off the Grid in Cat Island, Bahamas


Where is Cat Island located? 

It's just North of the Tropic of Cancer, between the Islands of Eleuthera and Long Island and 130 miles Southeast of Nassau and Paradise Island. This tiny island, known for its pink sand beaches, is just 48 miles long and 4 miles across at the widest point. 

Cat Island is also known for being the birth place of actor Sidney Poitier, unspoiled natural beauty, clear waters, friendly locals - and a place you will not find the typical Caribbean tourist crowd.  



I stayed at Fernandez Bay Village, and there were only two other guests when I arrived. No fighting and waiting for beach chairs here (ˆ◡ˆ)

On this particular vacation Cat Island was a perfect fit for my goal of lounging on the eight miles of sunny pink sand beaches, consuming fresh conch, lobster, shrimp, Kalik beer, and fruity cocktails. I did manage the climb up to the highest point of the island (pics included in slideshow), sail around the island 


And kayak through the mangroves


 However to be honest, I spent most of the time right here!




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Happy Travels, 
Linda

Previous Bahamas Posts:

Get Happy with Breezes Bahamas Spring Savings Event 

Bahamas 20/50 Music is Life Festival


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cayman Island Batabano Carnival 2014

Batabano the national carnival is held annually during the first week of May and features the islands cultural diversity, music and cuisine 


The name "Batabano" reflects the Cayman’s turtle heritage, and refers to the tracks left in the sand by sea turtles as they crawl onto the beach to nest. 





Adult Batabano - May 1 - 3, 2014 

Thousands of locals and visitors line the streets to enjoy the parade of stilt walkers, acrobats, limbo dancers, and colorful costumed bands. 

Other events include Art In The Heart which features the works of local artists, craft vendors, along with local food vendors and some of Cayman’s best restaurants serving the islands local cuisine. The party atmosphere continues on the streets with live music by DJ’s, and local musicians. Photo Credit: Cayman Islands


Junior Parade & Family Fun Day - May 10, 2014 

The family friendly Junior Batabano started in 2002, and this year marks the 12th anniversary. 

Held in the capital, George Town, Junior Batabano features music bands that parade before the pageant judges to win the best junior band. Other activities include decorating masks, face painting, food stalls sponsored by the school PTA's.

For schedule and more info on this year's carnival visit http://www.caymancarnival.com/

Happy Travels,
Linda


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