Friday, July 25, 2014

Celebrate Chocolate Fest 2014 Grenadian Style

Grenada Chocolate Fest 2014  - August 18-24, 2014 


Indulge in pure, delicious organic chocolate, and learn from Grenadian artisans how hand made, small batch, ethically produced, tree to bar chocolate is created.

Image Credit: Blue Bay Travel UK

♥ Chocolate - OMG, having a serious chocolate snack attack just writing this post!! 

Discover how truffles are made, along with chocolate tempering and molding. Experience the aromas, flavors, scents and benefits of luxurious pure cocoa butter, savor the aroma of fresh herbs and cocoa teas.

Image Credit: Blue Bay Travel UK

Indulge in the coolest chocolate homemade ice-cream and enticing deserts. 

Take a look at the themes for this year's chocolate fest

  • Monday August 18 – Get in the Mood for Chocolate
  • Tuesday August 19 – Chocolate Indulgence
  • Wednesday August 20 - Chocolate Workshops 
  • Thursday August 21 - Chocolate, Rum and other treats
  • Friday August 22 - Let's Get Cooking
  • Saturday Augst 23- Chocolate Glamour Day
  • Sunday August 24 - Visit the Estate and Meet the Cocoa Farmers

For more information, please contact the True Blue Bay Resort - http://www.chocolate.truebluebay.com/

Happy Travels,
Linda



Thursday, July 24, 2014

BVI Party Rum Cocktail Contest





The Soggy Dollar Bar in Jost Van Dyke is home to BVI's most infamous cocktail - the "Pain Killer" 

Recipe: Premium dark Pusser’s Rum, Cream of Coconut, Pineapple juice, Orange juice, and topped with fresh grated Grenadian Nutmeg






Head's up to our UK Blog Visitors!



During BVI's 60th Emancipation celebration - the BVI Tourist Board is inviting visitors from the UK to create their own BVI rum inspired cocktail for an opportunity to win a free trip. 






Submit rum cocktail recipes using the #BVIParty hashtag on Twitter any time before midnight on the 15th of August - and you must be over 21 years of age to be eligible for prizes. 

Get all the details here - http://www.bvitourism.co.uk/bviparty


Happy Travels,
Linda

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nevis Culturama - De Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Lime

Nevis Culturama is celebrated each year starting around the end of July and winding up around the 5th of August.

Photo Credit: St Kitts Observer

This year the 40th Nevis Culturama celebration officially starts today (July 24), and there are numerous activities throughtout the month including: Dance competitions, sports, live music, poetry, the famous Nevis horse racing, local food stalls and a bar run! 


The big street parade is scheduled for Tuesday August 5th, and the popular Culturama competitions will include the Nevis Mr Kool, Miss Culture and Swimwear pageants. 

Culturama is embraced by the islanders as a way to ensure the customs, arts and traditions of Nevis are preserved. Visitors are invited to take part in this real Caribbean experience. 

More info here - http://www.culturamanevis.com/



Happy Travels,
Linda

Kids Stay Free in The Bahamas

Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort - Abaco, Bahamas

Photo Credit: Treasure Cay Beach Resort


Located on the island of Abaco, Treasure Cay Beach Resort offers accommodations ranging from standard rooms to spacious 1, 2, or 3 bedroom suites. 

With this special offer kids 10 and younger stay free of charge when sharing a Suite guestroom with 1 adult.

Onsite Dining at the CoCo Beach Bar, Spinnaker Restaurant, and The Tipsy Seagull which hosts the popular Pizza Night on Thursdays. Guests can enjoy tennis, sailing, scuba and some of the best fishing in the Bahamas. Valid to book until 12/31/2014

Hotel Amenities:

  • Accessible rooms
  • Babysitting
  • Housekeeping - daily
  • Laundry/Valet service
  • Non-smoking rooms available
  • Parking
  • Pets allowed
Booking info for Treasure Cay 

MORE Kids Stay Free Offers in other Bahamas locations!
http://www.bahamas.com/kidsstayfree


Happy Travels,
Linda

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Coral and Parrotfish - A Love Story

Since this years release of the Earthjustice video titled Coral and Parrotfish – A Love Story, more than 100,000 people have learned how parrotfish can be essential players in coral preservation. 

It’s true. Coral can’t live without parrotfish! 


These brightly colored fish help keep Caribbean coral reefs growing by grazing on algae that can smother them. 

The love story unfolds in this video featuring attorney Andrea Treece as she fights to save coral using the power of law.



Happy Travels, 
Linda


Friday, July 18, 2014

Caribbean Sea Viewed Via International Space Station


Image Credit: NASA

From the Earth-orbiting International Space Station, flying some 225 nautical miles above the Caribbean Sea in the early morning hours of July 15, NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman photographed this north-looking panorama that includes parts of Cuba, the Bahamas and Florida, and even runs into several other areas in the southeastern U.S. 

The long stretch of lights to the left of center frame gives the shape of Miami.


Source: NASA

New Air Service Between Antigua and BVI

As of November 1, there will be a new air service between Antigua and the British Virgin Islands (BVI)



Premier of the British territory, Dr Orlando Smith, told the BVI Beacon the flights on VI Airlink will run twice weekly – Saturdays and Sundays.

The government in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has reportedly struck a deal to subsidize them.

There will be a subsidy, which we are at the moment discussing, because it is important when you are starting up a service such as that, that there be some support in the initial stages; and that is what we will be doing. I cannot give you the quantum; I can tell you that we are discussing some assistance which is necessary for this kind of start-up service,” Smith told BVI press.

Smith said the flights by would allow European visitors to get to the BVI by connecting through Antigua. Press in the BVI said the deal was struck after concerns about poor service by LIAT.

Meanwhile, Dominican-based airline, Hummingbird Air, has applied to operate flights between St Croix in the USVI and Dominica via St Maarten after the Antigua-based LIAT discontinued flights on that route. Source: The Daily Observer

Happy Travels,
Linda


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Blogging The Caribbean

Sharing a few blog posts I enjoyed reading over the past week . . .  

♥ the latest from News of St John Blog

New Service Delivers Libations to You … Wherever You Are!



Head's up to visitors to the USVI - there’s a very cool new delivery service! 

Bar Fly VI is a bar delivery service that is offered on St. John and St. Thomas. 

The concept is pretty simple: If you’re looking to get beer, wine or other spirits delivered to you whether it be while you’re lounging in the pool at your villa, hanging at Maho Bay or even chilling on your private boat (provided you order at least a day in advance in this case), Bar Fly VI will bring it to you. And the best part – there is no delivery fee! Read full posting here  


Caribbean Locals Travel the World via She Travels Blog

Never think that because a person is from the West Indies that they are only stuck to that region -  Caribbean Nationals are everywhere in this world!
http://www.she-travels.com/she-travels-com-caribbean-locals-travel-the-world/





In Defense of St. Thomas


View of St Thomas from Plane - Photo Credit: Travel 2 the Caribbean

Matt Long has a passion for all things travel. 

He states that before his trip no one he consulted had anything good to say about St Thomas, USVI - instead everyone told them to flee St. Thomas and spend his time on St. John. 
Matt ignored their advice - See what he discovered 






Saba – Kong Island of the Caribbean


Photo Credit Passport Magazine via Pinterest

Saba rises out of the Caribbean with its steep peaks shrouded in fog, the atmosphere out of King Kong. 

It’s a long drop to any beaches so the emphasis is on hiking the steep hills whether on a trek or just to get to a bar to chill out Read More







Admiring The Beauty Of Barbados From Above


Photo Credit: Travel 2 the Caribbean

The island in the spotlight is Barbados and the people doing the flying are viewers like you and me. 

See this amazing birds-eye view of Barbados shot and produced by Above Barbados, high-definition aerial media pros based on the island. 
Head over to Uncommon Caribbean's Blog to view




Famous Caribbean Film Locations

Plaque signed by Pirates of the Caribbean crew in St. Vincent, Wallilabou Bay.  

The three Pirates of the Caribbean films were shot on location throughout the Caribbean - St. Vincent and the Grenadines, The Bahamas, Dominica, Dominican Republic, and Haiti.

The islands with their magical views, clear waters and gorgeous beaches have been the hot spots for some major motion pictures. See more at Caribbean and Co. 



(ˆ◡ˆ) Arriving in Nassau today
Final Destination - The Abaco's! 
Photo Credit: We Love Bahamas via Pinterest


Happy Travels,
Linda

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Falmouth Jamaica Culinary Tours

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. 



The Culinary Tour, which goes under the theme "When Sugar was King", is fun, engaging and informative with six food and beverage tastings. On Trip Advisor the tour has moved steadily up the rankings, and is currently ranked as the #2 Falmouth, Jamaica attraction with a 5 star ranking.  

The 2 1/2 hour guided walking tour is run in collaboration with Falmouth Heritage Walks and begins with a tasting on the Falmouth Pier, and the final tasting is set in the cool gardens of a Falmouth Period home.  

Along the way participants will learn about the history of how food was prepared, creative cooking methods, along with the fusion of culinary practices from different cultures which has sustained Jamaicans through slavery, colonialism, wartime and independence.



Located on Jamaica's northern coast, the quaint town of Falmouth is known for being one of the Caribbean's best-preserved 19th century Georgian towns, as well as river bamboo raft rides, arts and crafts shopping, horse-and-buggy rides, and of course the flavorful Jamaican cuisine.  

Falmouth was a thriving seaport in the 18th and 19th century, and the tour includes the opportunity view the preserved Georgian architecture, along with interacting with the local vendors.




Meet the Jamaica Culinary Tour Team

Anne and Janet grew up in a multicultural household, where entertaining and hosting visitors from other countries and cultures was the norm. 

They grew to love showing off their beautiful island and their culture. Therefore their tours are designed to be small, relaxed and intimate, as if taking friends to sample their preferred local delights in their favourite local hangouts.







Janet Crick – Tour and Creative Experience Director
Janet has enjoyed a diverse career representing Jamaica overseas in the diplomatic and intercultural fields. Her travels have seen her living and working in five countries and visiting over forty countries both on the job and just for fun. Her mission is to create authentic food tours that reflect the warmth of the island, the unmistakable "vibes", spiciness and zest of the Jamaican people, and the rich diversity of a culture and cuisine infused with centuries of flavour and history.

Anne Crick - Janet's Sister and Business Partner
Anne once managed the food and beverage departments in some of Jamaica's leading hotels. She now works at the regional University of the West Indies where her focus is on Tourism and quality service management. She is also a consultant to many local service entities. Anne's passion for food and beverage led her to conceptualize Anna SmartCakes - a boutique brand of baked goods for grown-ups. 

Visit the site for more tour info - http://www.jamaicaculinarytours.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jamaicaculinarytours
Twitter Accts  - @jamaicaculnary  @jamaicafoodtour



Happy Travels,
Linda