Monday, March 19, 2018

Harbour Island A Unique Bahamas Hideaway

A Pink Sand Paradise . . . just three miles long and half a mile wide 

Don't let the size fool you, this tiny Bahamian island has plenty to offer in the way of nightlife, fine restaurants, shopping, unique places to stay, and one of the best-rated beaches in the world.

Pink Sand Beach is a light rose color in the daylight, and once the sun sets the color is strikingly pink!

Dunmore Town is the only town on Harbour Island, one of the Bahamas’ oldest settlements and was once the capital city in the late 18th century. 

Golf carts are the transportation of choice, and if you are a cyclist a bike rental will give you a good workout as the island is rather hilly. After you get out and about, park the cart or bike. Take a leisurely walk around and view the colorful New England colonial architecture on almost every street. 

The streets are lined with white picket fences and tropical flowers. 

Dunmore is quite captivating with funky little shops, high-end boutiques, art galleries, street merchants, and many places to eat and sip a cocktail. 

The town was Founded by Tories fleeing America during the Revolutionary War and was named after Lord Dunmore, who was the governor of the Bahamas from 1786 to 1797. 

Where to stay - All Streets Lead to The Water
You can find great accommodations on the harbor or beach side. The island is only 1/2 miles wide, and it takes less than 10 minutes to go from one side to the other. 

I can personally recommend the following properties having stayed at Valentines Resort and Pink Sands, and visited the others listed below. 

Pink Sands
Just 25 one-story pastel color luxury cottages located on 20 acres of lush tropical landscaping. The property is set right on famous Pink Sand Beach, and here guests can experience old world charm and Bahamian luxury. The on-site restaurant is well known for its fine cuisine, and most of the fruit, vegetables, and herbs are grown on the property. 

Valentines Resort and Marina
The Resort & Marina is located on the harbor side of Harbour Island and is an easy stroll to famous Pink Sands Beach, and close to the best shopping and restaurants of Dunmore Town.  All accommodations have stylish island decor, along with a spacious patio or terrace. Boathouse Waterfront Restaurant features classic Bahamian dishes, and the Rooster Tail Bar & Grill serves elegant seafood. In the evening the bar draws a jet-set crowd of island hoppers. 

The Landing
This historic property dates back to 1800's and is right in the heart of Dunmore Town, and an easy five-minute stroll to the powder pink sand beach. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for guests. Rooms have mahogany four-poster beds with luxury linens, air conditioning, and some offer verandahs, and most rooms have a view of the harbor. The on-site restaurant is one of the best on the island and is a favorite spot among for all travelers staying on Harbour Island. 

Rock House
Rock House has been part of the Harbour Island landscape since the early 1940’s. The hotel was originally a private home, then a Bed and Breakfast and for many years a rental property. Today it has been updated to an intimate boutique with 12 adults only rooms. Amenities include fine dining, private beach service, pool and cabanas, and onsite gym. 

The Dunmore
An understated elegant beach escape where the vibe is 1960's vintage glam. The coastal chic cottages and private residences are decorated in varying shades of blue. The Clubhouse Restaurant is popular with visitors around the island, and offers casual fine dining with delicious local seafood, along with a blend of French and Continental cuisine. 

Coral Sands
This is a secluded, little sanctuary with 38 rooms, and the vibe is low key and casually elegant. On-site restaurant and beach bar offering specialties with a touch of French and Asian Fusion flavors. Complimentary water and beachside equipment such as kayaks, paddle boards, beach bicycles, snorkeling equipment, beach volleyball, and lighted tennis court.

Shopping and Activities
Shopping ranges from traditional street-side straw vendors to the work of local painters, fashion and jewelry designers. With items ranging from high-end home décor to a variety of local music stores, there is something for everyone. 

Water sports include bonefishing in the pristine water off Harbour Island’s coast. The island is surrounded by exquisite coral reefs, grotto's, underwater blow holes, wall and wreck dives, and high speed drift dives - overall some of the best diving in the world. Popular dive sites include the massive Plateau and the Arch coral structures, along with diving at Briland’s Blue Hole.  

For an extra vacation treat take the water taxi to Eleuthera and spend a day visiting the amazing beaches along with the infamous Glass Window Bridge where the raging Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea meet. Stop by Tippy's for a great beach lunch and drinks. Get directions from the locals, however it's hard to get lost as there is only one main road. 

Getting to Harbour Island
From the island of Eleuthera, it is easy to get to Harbour Island

Travelers can fly into North Eleuthera Airport from Miami, Fort Lauderdale or Nassau or take the Bahamas Fast Ferry from Nassau to Eleuthera. The ferry ride from Nassau to Eleuthera is approximately 2 1/2 hours.  

Once on Eleuthera, it's a 10-minute cab ride from the airport to the boat dock and just a 10-minute water taxi ride to Harbour Island by water taxi.  

Happy Travels,

Friday, March 16, 2018

Antigua Sailing Week 2018

51st Edition of Antigua Sailing Week 
April 28th - 4th May 2018

All photos courtesy of Antigua Sailing Week

This is the longest running sailing regatta in the Caribbean, and all of the 
best international yachting community (from classic wooden sailboats to 
50-100 foot mega yachts) show up for this annual event.   

Attracting over 100 yachts yearly, Antigua Sailing Week consists of five days of competitive racing off the rugged south coast of Antigua plus an optional day of racing around the island. This flagship event with a history of over 50 years takes place in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Nelson's Dockyard and surrounding areas.

Not a sailor? Not a problem!
What better way to get a first-hand experience of Antigua Sailing Week’s (ASW) races than to actually be out on the water alongside the racing yachts, and there are plenty of parties onshore every night adding to the Sailing Week excitement. 

ASW offers the opportunity to Chase The Race during EVERY day of racing . . .  
Dates are Sunday 29th April, Monday 30th April, Tuesday 1st May, Thursday 3rd May, Friday 4th May. This year, Chase the Race, sets off and returns to Falmouth Harbour so participants can be completely immersed in the activities of a typical race day. Without the stress of having to win!

The provisional schedule for Antigua Sailing Week 2018 is as follows:

Saturday, April 28
Peters & May Round Antigua Race,
Prize Giving & the Official ASW Opening Party

Sunday, April 29
ASW Race Day 1 & Daily Prize Giving & Party

Monday, April 30
ASW Race Day 2 & Daily Prize Giving & Party

Tuesday, May 1
ASW Race Day 3 & Daily Prize Giving
The Big Party Night

Wednesday, May 2
Lay Day Beach Party
Lay Day provides a wonderful opportunity for sailors and spectators alike to get together and have fun. Take a tour to Cades Reef, snorkel, have lunch and head back to anchor off Pigeon Point with prime position for the Lay Day festivities. Join in the beach fun and enjoy the full Caribbean Beach Party experience.

Thursday, May 3 
ASW Race Day 4 & Daily Prize Giving
Captain’s Cocktail Party

Friday, May 4
ASW Race Day 5 & Daily Prize Giving
The Final Awards Ceremony & Party

Special Accommodation Rates are being offered from The Inn at English Harbour

Happy Travels,

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

New Jamaica All Inclusive Adults Only

Excellence Oyster Bay All Inclusive, Adults Only
Slated to open in Montego Bay in June 2018.

All photos courtesy of Excellence Oyster Bay

This new all-inclusive property is located on a peninsula approximately 30 minutes west of Montego Bay, Jamaica. 

Get up to 45% Off - Book Before April 2nd, 2018

Rates below are per person/per night, all-inclusive 

Travel Jun 1st – Aug 18th - From $289 
Travel Aug 19 - Oct 31 - From $225 
Travel Nov 1 - Nov 23 - From $245 
Travel Nov 24 - Dec 23 - From $229 

Excellence Oyster Bay offers 300 rooms, some with private plunge pools and rooftop terraces. All-suite, 5-star accommodations featuring four different Junior Suite and seven different Excellence Club Suite categories. 

24-hour, All-Inclusive Luxury service includes:
  • Special welcome cocktail and cool towel
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks: 8 à la carte options for dinner, 2 à la carte lunch options, 1 buffet, takeaway wood oven pizza 
  • 10 bars & lounges 
  • Unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks 
  • Unlimited international premium and domestic alcoholic beverages  
  • 24-hour room service  
  • Pool and beach waiter service 
  • 3 swimming pools & 4 outdoor hot water jacuzzis 
  • Non-motorized water sports (sailing, windsurfing, sea kayaking, paddle board, snorkeling gear, introductory scuba lesson
  • Daily activities / Nightly shows   
  • Fully equipped, state-of-the-art fitness center 
  • Free wireless internet  
  • All taxes and gratuities
Visit the site for more info on this property, along with other Excellence Resorts in Mexico -

Happy Travels,

Friday, March 9, 2018

Wellness Week in The Bahamas

Join Breezes Bahamas in April 
as they transform the popular 
All-Inclusive Beach Resort into a Wellness Retreat.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization 
has named 2018 the 
Year of Wellness and Rejuvenation”. 

To celebrate, Breezes Bahamas is teaming up with Crunch Fitness 
and Dr. Rachel to host their first on-site Wellness Week.

Enjoy daily group exercise classes ranging from beach yoga, Caribbean rhythms dancing, and Zumba to extremes like flying pilates or trapeze conditioning. All classes are taught by licensed instructors and vary in level of difficulty.

Between sessions, attend cooking demonstrations led by Executive Chef Nigel Clarke. The ambiance of rejuvenation will be felt throughout the property with smoothie stations, chilled eucalyptus towels in the lobby, mini massages provided by Blue Mahoe Spa, and much more.

Explore Wellness Week at Breezes

In addition to the Wellness Week, Breezes offers a variety of land and water activities available to all guests. Water activities include ocean paddle boarding, sailing, kayaking, etc. For guests who prefer to stay ashore, Breezes has a beachside jogging track, sand soccer field, rock climbing, and flying trapeze.

Rates for Wellness Week start at $171 per person, per night and must be booked at or by calling 877-273-3937

Only available through or by calling 877-273-3937 and asking for the "Wellness Week Package". Packages not booked this way may not have access to the activities and inclusions listed

All activities and inclusions are subject to change. Other restrictions and terms may apply. Call for complete details.

Happy Travels,

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Family Accommodations On Sale in Grand Cayman

Bring your whole family to paradise!

Enjoy the feel of a private home in the Caribbean with 
(3) Bedrooms and (2) Baths and all the perks of a resort. 

40% OFF THIS WINTER - Limited Time Only
Enjoy 40% off all accommodations, 
and 20% off Watersports

Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman is located on a private beach cove at the beginning of popular Seven Mile beach. While this property offers multiple restaurants, the location is close to other popular restaurants and bars. 


  • Washer/Dryer
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Private Balcony
  • Dining Area Seats (6)
  • 55” LCD Flat Screen HDTV
  • Multiple Restaurants (4)
  • Three Amazing Pools (main pool, an adult pool & swim-up pool bar)
  • On-Site Red Sail Sports Desk - offers a variety of water sports
  • On-Site Retail Store
  • Free Wi-Fi

Grand Cayman's famous Stringay city is less than 2 miles from Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman, and the resort can provide advice on the area in order to help guests plan their day. 

View pricing for this offer as well as other travel specials

Note: This is ongoing construction with the new gym facility and kids club 

Happy Travels,


Monday, March 5, 2018

Easter Vacation in The Bahamas

Take a Trip Where Family Fun Already Comes Included

All photo's courtesy of Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Bahama

Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan offers a beautiful expansive white sand beach, 2 pools, spacious accommodations, spa, golf drinks and dining – and it is All-Inclusive.

Plan your Easter vacation now, and get ready for a family fun filled Bahamian experience. 

Get up to 35% off your 2018 all-inclusive Bahamian getaway. 
Book by April 30th for travel now until September 1st, 2018 (blackout dates apply).

Easiest Caribbean All-Inclusive:

  • Enjoy the cocktail of your choice – premium-brand alcohol included
  • Selection of restaurants and bars, including four that are exclusive to Lighthouse Pointe
  • All entertainment including our weekly Beach Barbecue event, Fish Fry, and Bahamian Buffet
  • Unlimited golf on the Reef Course
  • All-inclusive rates even include gratuities, taxes and service charges

Visit the website to view all available travel specials for this property

Happy Travels,

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Let's Make Jamaican Patties

Today's recipe is from Chef Freda Gore. 

She is the owner and chef tour host of Caribbean Culinary Tours, and specializes in Culinary Vacations and retreats to the Caribbean. Chef Freda has worked in the culinary field for over 25 years.

Jamaican Patties are an all-time favorite Caribbean snack embraced around the world over with fillings like chicken, beef, vegetable, lobster, and fish blended with tropical seasoning and spices of the islands. 

In this recipe chicken was used as the filling however, you can adjust the recipe meat or fish choice to suit your taste. 

For the pastry:

  • 2 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric or annatto
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup or 1 stick butter
  • ¾ cup cold water

Sift the flour, turmeric, and salt in a bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces and add the flour mixture. Mix well with fingers until the mixture resembles coarse meal or breadcrumbs. Wrap dough in plastic and chill for 45 minutes to 1 hour


  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 hot pepper deseeded and chopped ( can use 2 teaspoons hot sauce)
  • 1 sprig of thyme finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh chives finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes finely chopped
  • 2 large boneless Chicken breast cut into small cubes to make 2 cups ( or ground beef or fish)
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric or annatto
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon brandy or rum

Heat the butter in a large saucepan, cook the onion, garlic, hot pepper, thyme, chives, parsley, and tomatoes until soft. Add the chicken and the remaining spices
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the stock and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes or until liquid is evaporated, Add the brandy and stir to combine. Remove from heat and cool.

2 egg yolks beaten together in a small bowl

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, Roll out the pastry and cut into circles using a small saucer( about 8-12 inches).

Place 2 tablespoon of the filling on one side of the circle, brush the edge lightly with the egg yolk and fold the other side over so that the edges meet.

Crimp edges together using a fork until edges are sealed. Place the patties on a greased baking sheet, brush tops with the beaten egg yolks.

Bake in the oven for 35 minutes or until tops are golden. Serve hot
Makes 6 large patties or 12 small ones. 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Key West Getaway

Save On Best Available Rates
Travel Dates for March 2018

La Concha is located on legendary Duval Street where you will be within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and close to Key West attractions. 

430 Duval Restaurant Serves Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. 
Bar open from 12PM to 11PM with daily happy hour

This historic hotel features:

  • Boutique guestrooms & suite accommodations
  • Outdooor pool & tiki bar
  • Gorgeous luxury rooftop spa
  • Onsite Restaurant/Bar offering creative Caribbean cuisine & tropical cocktails
  • Unique Wine Shop & Lounge
  • Jamba Juice - First smoothie bar in Key West

Having stayed at this property several times, this is an ideal location to be right in the mix of all the crazy fun Key West has to offer, and they have a great restaurant, wine bar, and spa.   
The downside is this property does not have many balcony rooms. The King Bed with Balcony rooms are small. Having the extra balcony space is really a plus, and fantastic for watching all the non-stop action below on Duvall Street, early morning coffee, and evening cocktails and snacks. 

Note: If a last minute vacation to Key West is not in your travel plans, book now and travel later - special rates will be extended until August 2018. So if you desire a balcony room, this will give you extra time to secure one. 

Wine-O features over 200 bottles from around the world, along with wine shop

Other hotel features include complimentary Wi-Fi, 42" flat-screen television, mini-refrigerator, and CD player.

Highest point in Key West - Enjoy A Spa Among The Clouds
Floor to ceiling windows offering beautiful panoramic views 
Spa suite with private balconies, showers, large flat screen TV, and mini-fridge stocked with snacks and water.

More special offers at the website

Happy Travels,

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Caribbean Cruise Vacation With A Purpose

An opportunity for travelers to combine their passion for adventure with their desire for meaning, purpose and deep connection.

Princess Cruises and social impact company Fathom are offering an opportunity 
for passengers to give back to communities still in need.

This Spring two Princess cruise ships will host a group of Fathom travelers who will volunteer in select ports of call, through supply drop-offs, community rebuilding and other relief efforts. 

New cruises include Regal Princess on March 18, 2018, and Caribbean Princess on May 26, 2018. 

Both sailings are from Fort Lauderdale and call at St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Princess' private island in the Bahamas, Princess Cays

Here are the volunteer activities available in each port:

  • St Thomas: Donation drop of more than 2,000 items for young families working with and supporting the St. Thomas Department of Health, Maternal and Child Health and St. Thomas Boys & Girls Club, with help from Baby Zone NYC and Aerostream in Miami.
  • St Maarten: Assistance in efforts needed by the tourism association, including the St. Maarten Nature Foundation and The National Institute of Arts.

Passengers can book through Princess or by visiting Fathom's website directly.

Happy Travels,