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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Bahamas All Inclusive Winter Sale and Wellness Week

Is It Better in the Bahamas? Absolutely!


Breezes Bahamas is located on Nassau's best beach - the powder white sands of Cable Beach. 

You will find dining is a "breeze" with (5) all inclusive restaurants serving cuisine from morning til late at night. Enjoy snacks and cocktails at (4) bars, along with a swim-up bar.

Breezes is also located next to the largest casino in the Caribbean, and for guests convenience the resort features a private pedestrian walkway & shuttle service to the casino.

Book both Winter Sale & Wellness Week by February 28 - Travel now through December 23, 2019

Winter Sale - Save 45%
Choose accommodations from Classic Room; Patio Room - Garden & Pool Views or Ocean View

2nd Annual Wellness Week at Breezes Bahamas



Breezes is teaming up with Crunch Fitness to host the second annual on-site Wellness Week April 4-11, 2019

This seven-day retreat offers a full program of daily group exercise classes, culinary demonstrations, beauty workshops, as well as healthy behavior challenges and games.

What's included at Breezes Bahamas Resort?
Your all-inclusive package includes all meals in a variety of restaurants, unlimited drinks including cocktails & wine, land & water activities, live nightly entertainment, complimentary WiFi and much more. Plus, tipping is never allowed.

Get all the info here
http://breezes.com/phone/special-offers.html


Terms & conditions: 
Guests must be 14 or older. NEW bookings only. Minimum stay required. Other restrictions may apply. All rates shown are per person, per night based on double occupancy (two guests in the room) and include all taxes and fees (including government imposed VAT). Prices DO NOT include airfare. 


Happy Travels,
Linda

Friday, February 15, 2019

62% Savings On Your Turks and Caicos Getaway

East Bay Resort
Designed for travelers seeking a secluded tropical vacation with all the 
comfort of home, and now you can getaway to the Turks and Caicos 
this year for less, and get the best of both worlds. 


East Bay Resort is located on South Caicos just minutes away by flight from Providenciales. It is the largest luxury resort in the outer islands of Turks and Caicos, and only resort on beautiful East Bay Beach.

Guests will experience fine cuisine, pampering spa treatments, free organized activities, an exceptional water sports program, and one of the best white sand beaches in the Caribbean. 

Save up to 66% Now thru March 2nd, 2019 
Save up to 59% off your stay March 3nd - April 21st, 2019 

Book by February 28th, 2019 and save an additional 10% off the rates above, and at these prices room availability will not last long! 

These great rates are valid for 3 night stays and include

  • Daily full American breakfast 
  • Roundtrip airport transfers on South Caicos 
  • Use of non-motorized watersports, tennis courts and bicycles 
  • WiFi property wide 

Guest Rooms and Suites:
Choose from a variety of guest rooms and suites, from standard rooms that are ideally suited to vacationers seeking value priced lodging to luxurious two bedroom suites with panoramic private balconies and spacious floor plans. 

Most of the guest accommodations offer ocean views 

Suites feature open concept living areas that include 42-inch flat screen TV’s, comfortable queen size pullout couch, and fully equipped kitchens. 

On Site Dining:
From breakfast to evening cocktails EastBay features an internationally inspired menu incorporating island flavors.

  • BLU - The resorts signature restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Splash - Enjoy a casual lunch, light snacks and tropical cocktails at the resorts swim up pool 
  • Admiral Cockburn Lounge - Enjoy drinks on the main level of the resort with impressive views

Please note this promotion does not include flights. Valid for new reservations only. Subject to availability and advance reservations required. Blackout periods apply.

http://www.eastbayresort.com/specials-packages/book-direct-fly-free/


Happy Travels,
Linda


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Jamaica All-Inclusive Wild Winter Sale


Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Adults Only - All Inclusive

All photos courtesy of Hyatt Hotels


For a limited time save up to 55% at this all inclusive Montego Bay oceanfront exclusively for adults!


Zilara Rose Hall offers a number of accommodations from intimate one-bedroom suites to indulgent butler serviced retreats. Choose from courtyard or ocean views with room size ranging from 493 square feet or book a luxury suite with over 600 to 1,000 square feet.  



Here's what included:

  • Private Balconies
  • Swim-Up Suites
  • Peaceful Infinity Pool and Lagoon-style Pools
  • Oceanside Fire Pits
  • Oceanfront Vistas
  • Full Access to Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall
  • Unlimited Dining
  • Endless Drinks
  • 7 Restaurants
  • 6 Bars & Lounges
  • Premium Top Shelf Wines and Liquors
  • Oceanfront Dining
  • World-class Fitness Center
  • Minibar Stocked Daily
  • Personalized Butler Service
  • 24-Hour In-Suite Dining
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bathrobes & Slippers
  • Non-motorized Watersports
  • Daily Activities
  • Water Games & Aqua Aerobics
  • Live Entertainment


Get this special deal via Hyatt's travel partner Travel Pulse - your go-to source for travel news featuring airlines, and cruise ships to destinations and travel tips, and everything in between. Click here for this special deal

Happy Travels,
Linda



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Junkanoo - A Celebration of the Bahamian Heritage, Culture and People

It's a street party complete with the non-stop Junkanoo rhythms 
and competitions, culture, food & fun! 


Enjoy this brief new video from The Bahamas and learn about how the spectacular colorful Bahamian Junkanoo costumes are made.




Happy Travels
Linda


Visit the tourism site
https://www.bahamas.com/




Sunday, December 30, 2018

2019 Cayman Music and Art Lovers Adult Escape

KAABOO was created by music lovers for music lovers 

Photo Courtesy of Kaaboo Cayman

This is an adult escape . . . uniquely curated to appeal to all five senses, with world-class music, inspiring contemporary art, comedy, gourmet cuisine, craft libations and personal indulgences.



Here's what else to expect at KAABOO 2019

PALATE
The most upscale culinary environment at KAABOO, where you can sample local and regional delicacies and small-batch specialties from a variety of carefully selected culinary artisans. Pair these gourmet delectables with a variety of limited production wines, tasty libations or craft beers. 

PERSONAL INDULGENCES
Recharge yourself! Get pampered with a massage, hair enhancement, or body treatment, among other traditional spa services for men and women. 

Discover a new level of spa indulgences with fun treatments like IV nutrient therapy (a.k.a the ultimate hangover cure) and more island relaxation and rejuvenation specialties.

RETREAT / CABANAS / NIGHTLIFE
BASK is a “Vegas-style” Beach Club that offers DJ sets, flowing cocktails and fun games, with premium cabanas and BASK day and/or night passes. Remember "What happens in Cayman...stays in Cayman."

BASK NIGHT CLUB
BASK Night Club is KAABOO’s late-night dance club open from 9pm – 2am on Friday night. For one night only, this Beach Day Club turned Night Club will pulse with beats from leading DJs and feature exotic cocktails. 


MURAL PROJECT
Photo Credit Cayman Compass

KAABOO's journey of art, beauty and inspiraton continues with three large scale murals program in highly visible areas throughout Grand Cayman in Camana Bay and along West Bay Road (shown above). 

PUBLIC ART
KAABOO features a variety of contemporary public art installations, some in place when you arrive and others created live on-site during the event. the goals of KAABOO’s public art is to transform the venue with inspiring visual artistry, and partiipants will have the opportunity to watch art in the making. 

CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR
Not all the art is just for display. You can attend this concert event and come home with a new painting for your home! Local and international artists will have their latest fine art works for sale. 

Visit the site for more info
https://www.kaaboocayman.com/

Happy Travels,
Linda




Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas from Travel 2 the Caribbean Blog!

My hope is that your holiday is filled with the special people in 
your lives, along with enjoying your favorite things. 


Sending Greetings to Friends and Travelers in the 
English, Spanish, Dutch and French Speaking Caribbean


Merry Christmas 
Antigua/Barbuda, Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Maarten/St Martin, St Kitts/Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Trinidad/Tobago, Turks & Caicos, and U.S. Virgin Islands

Feliz Navidad
Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico

Bon Pasco - Bon Anja
Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire

Joyeux Noel
Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique


Happy Holidays & Safe Travels,
Linda





Thursday, December 13, 2018

Save the Date Jazz Lovers - PapJazz Festival Haiti 2019

A world-wide experience awaits lovers of jazz 

Jazz Musicians from around the globe will perform next month at the annual PopJazz Fest. 

Some of the represented countries include Spain, France, Switzerland, USA, Israel, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Chile, Congo, 18 artists from Haiti, along with numermous artists from the Caribbean region.  



PapJazz 2019 Schedule:

- (8) days of Music at 12 Venues 
- 49 Concerts - 38 are FREE!
- (8) After Hours Venues
- 15 Free Workshops & Conferences   



Barbra Lica, listed among top 5 best jazz singers in Canada (pictured left)
Photo Credit: Canadian Beats


The non-profit Haiti Jazz Foundation was founded in 2007 to preserve Haiti’s musical heritage, provide access to continued professional music education in Haiti, promotion of kreyòl jazz in Haiti and abroad, along with booking the world's best jazz performers each year. 


The foundation has also been instramental in rebranding Haiti's image as a tourism destination by partnering with travel agencies and island hotel chains offering discounted travel packages and tours. 

Phyllisia Ross (pictured right)
Photo credit: IslandBoi Photography

American Grammy Award Winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis, Canadian Juno-Award Singer Molly Johnson, and Grammy Award-winning Afro-Cuban jazz pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba are artists who have performed in past festival events.  

Here's just a few of the global artist scheduled to perform in 2019:

  • Antonio Serrano (Spain) Harmonist - Spanish Jazz and Flamenco 
  • Terence Blanchard & The E-Collective (USA) 5 Time Grammy Award winner
  • Barbra Lica Quintet (Canada) Jazz Singer & Author
  • Yogev Shetrit Trio (Israel) Professional Drummer/Composer 
  • Alex Mercado (Mexico) Pianist
  • Emile Parisien Quartet (France) Saxophonist/Jazz Composer
  • Óscar Pizarro Quartet (Chile) Pianist/Keyboardist/ Composer 
  • Frank Salis meets Michael Watson (Switzerland) Organist/Composer - Michael Watson, Trombonist/American singer who is part of the new wave of musicians of New Orleans.
  • Julian & Roman Wasserfuhr (Germany) Trumpet & Piano
  • Ray Lema & Laurent de Wilde (Congo/France) Jazz Pianists


Cecile McLorin Salvant (pictured right)
Grammy Award 2016 - Best Jazz Vocal Album 
Photo Credit: papjazzjaiti.org

Artists from Haiti and the Caribbean Region:

  • Sonny Troupe Quartet "Add 2" (Guadeloupe) Fusion Gwo Ka and Jazz, Kreyol Jazz
  • Denis Lapassion (Guyana) featuring Etienne M'Bappé French Pianist/Composer/Arranger 
  • Paul Beaubrun (Haiti/USA) Haitian Singer/Arranger/Multi-instrumentalist
  • Cecile McLorin Salvant (Haiti/France/USA) Jazz Vocalist 
  • Phyllisia Ross (Haiti/USA) Singer/Songwriter/Composer/Piano and Keyboards 
  • BIC (Haiti) Songwriter, Rapper-Slammer - wordplay with Haitian Creole language
  • SMS Kreyol (Haiti) Jazz of all generations - fusion of jazz/folklore
  • Akoustik (Haiti) Jazz, Rock, Blues, Konpa, Reggae, Rasin


http://papjazzhaiti.org/
Email : info@papjazzhaiti.org - Phone : (509) 3101-0003

You can also check with Haitian Nomad on available travel packages for the jazz festival


Happy Travels,
Linda


More about the foundation
The Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival, a non-profit event, features an unprecedented cultural assembly to a local and international audience.

This is one of the best example of successful partnership between the international community via embassies of Belgium, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Spain, Switzerland and the United States of America, the public sector through Haitian Ministry of Culture and Tourism and local private institutions and sponsors such as Prestige (Heineken), Rhum Barbancourt, Sogebank, Mercedes-Benz, Air France and Delta.

The Haiti Jazz Foundation manages the steering organization committee (Embassies, ministries, private sector representatives) in order to administrate the logistics for the bands, scheduling and booking of concerts and venues, as well a marketing and communications for the event.

Related Articles:
Commentary: The international Jazz PAP festival in Haiti, a success story!


Friday, December 7, 2018

Hamilton Tickets Puerto Rico Vacation Packages


This posting is in response to many inquiries about tickets for the upcoming 
Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton in Puerto Rico. 

Image Credit: Broadway Direct

January 8–27, 2019
Teatro UPR (the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan)
  
This will be the islands biggest event next year, and there is much excitement about Lin Manuel-Miranda returning to his native land and being back in the title role of Alexander Hamilton. 

Sorry folks, when regular priced tickets ($99.00 - $350) went on sale last month, they SOLD OUT immediately. When the play is announced in any location, the tickets sell out quickly. I was very fortunate to snatch up tickets when the play first hit Chicago, and for those who have not had the opportunity to see Hamilton, I highly recommend.

In the ticket inquiries, many blog readers mentioned an online lottery for tickets priced at $10.00 via the Hamilton App. So I downloaded the Hamilton App on my iPad to view the $10 lottery locations and the cities listed are New York, Chicago, London, Buffalo, and Greenville - no Puerto Rico. 

So here's what I know for now . . . 

**Hamilton Travel Packages**

Puerto Rico Tourism is offering travel packages for a limited time only that include tickets. As of this writing, there are three packages still available of the four originally offered. If you are interested in attending the Puerto Rico Hamilton Performances, jump on this ASAP! https://welcome.discoverpuertorico.com/hamilton

Prizeo was offering a FREE Puerto Rico trip for a $10 donation, and opening night tickets, however, a winner has already been announced

Flamboyan Arts Fund VIP Fundraiser Tickets 

There are some super-expensive tickets still available, and they are priced to help in restoring arts funding to Puerto Rico for the next few years. 

Hold onto to your seat! The price is $5,000.00 and the only available dates at this price are January 16, 17, and 23rd. Tickets include a premium seat at the show as well as an invite to a VIP post-show reception hosted by chef José Andrés, chef Mario Pagán, and World Central Kitchen’s Chefs For Puerto Rico. The Arts Fund is housed at Flamboyan Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and a significant portion of your purchase will count as a tax-deductible donation.    

Donations instead of purchasing tickets

All donations are tax deductible and will go directly to the Flamboyan Arts Fund.
https://www.crowdrise.com/donate/project/hamilton-for-puerto-rico/hamiltonfor-puerto-rico?

If any more info comes across my desk, I will be sure to update this post and share on social media. And if you find tickets online, be careful they are valid - more info here - https://hamiltonmusical.com/puerto-rico/tickets


Happy Travels,
Linda


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Save the Date! Cayman Cookout Jan 2019

Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

The 11th Annual Cayman Cookout will be held January 17-20, 2019
Presented by The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman 
& Cayman Islands Tourism

Vibe: Barefoot Elegance on Seven Mile Beach

January 2019 kicks off one of the most anticipated and interactive foodie events in the Caribbean, along with being recognized by food and wine aficionadi around the globe. This is one of the few events where attendees have the opportunity for personal access and interaction with world-famous master chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists. 

The Cayman Cookout will be hosted by Chef Eric Ripert – seafood master and co-owner of Le Bernardin in New York City and Blue by Eric Ripert at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

A number of globally recognized culinary stars for this year's event include José Andrés, Andrew Zimmern, Emeril Lagasse, Yannick Alleno, Dominique Crenn, Amanda Cohen, Emma Bengtsson, and Nancy Silverton. 

Cayman Cookoff features a unique four-day epicurean experience:

  • Dynamic cooking demonstrations
  • Exclusive tastings and dining events
  • Wine & spirit expert parings wine experts and spirits blenders
  • Skilled mixologist preparing new and classic cocktails with unique Caymanian flair
  • Exciting local tours



Anthony Bourdain celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, TV personality and good friend of Chef Eric Ripert was a fixture at Cayman Cookout. He provided the "Rundown with Anthony Bourdain” in which he sampled and discussed local flavors with the best of Cayman’s own chefs, restauranteurs, and local artisans. He will definitely be missed this year - RIP.



Tickets and room packages for Cayman Cookout 2019 are now available at  www.caymancookout.com.

Bookings can be made at http://www.ritzcarlton.com/grandcayman, by phone at 800-241-3333 or by contacting your travel agent.