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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Enjoy Ocho Rios in Luxury Villa Style

Ocho Rios, on the north coast of Jamaica
A favorite among vacationers with its beautiful beaches, rainforests, rivers, 
and the famous Dunn's River Falls. 


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Other fun activitiesRiver Rapids along the Rio Bueno river or for more adventure take the state-of-the-art chairlift which soars 700 feet above the trees to the top of Mystic Mountain or opt to take a bobsled down the mountain. And no visit is complete without a visit to the Blue Hole which is known for its perfect color water, cliff-jumping, and rope swinging. 



While there is plenty to experience in Ocho Rios, you will love spending your downtime here at this beachfront luxury villa. . .



This lovely luxury 4 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath beachfront villa is staffed with a cook, housekeeper, and laundress along with security. 



The beachfront property is set on three acres and features a 45 ft private pool, hot tub, and tennis court. The inside and outside dining areas can seat up to 10 people



Other amenities include complimentary wifi, computer, printer, iPhone dock, and a sound system.

Weekly rental starts at $7,700 and this rate can be divided by the number of travelers as villas charge by the night, not by the person.

Visit the site for more info on this luxury properties and hundreds of others throughout the Caribbean and around the globe. 


Happy Travels,
Linda





Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Big Savings - Breezes All Inclusive Autumn Sale

Received the Autumn Sale offer from Breezes Bahamas this morning 


Save 45% and EVEN MORE SAVINGS now through Oct 31, 2018. Book before the end of October and the discounted rates start at just $113.

Now if your travel plans are for November and December the 45% Autumn Sale savings still continue through the Winter Season when rates go up. Nov and Dec sale rates continue through Jan 2, 2019. 
This a great offer, but I also found additional savings on the site! 

There's an even better deal for October travel where you can save 58% off during the Not-So-Very Scary savings event! To qualify for the savings book now and travel between October 28 and Nov 3, 2018. I've included links for all the specials at the end of this post.    

Here's what is included at Breezes Bahamas?
All-inclusive package includes all meals in a variety of restaurants, unlimited drinks including cocktails & wine, land & water activates like sailing, kayaks, rock climbing, tennis and more, live nightly entertainment, FREE WiFi and no tipping is ever allowed! 



Breezes Bahamas commands a pristine stretch of the powder white sands of Cable Beach - Nassau's Best!  

Resort Features:

  • Located next to the Caribbean's largest casino with private pedestrian walkway & shuttle service 
  • 5 Restaurants
  • 4 Bars including a swim-up bar
  • 3 Freshwater Pools
  • Land & Water Sports
  • Daily activities & live nightly entertainment
  • And so much more

Here's the link to the all-inclusive Autumn Sale for 45% off during Oct-Dec
http://www.breezes.com/autumn-sale-2018.html

Link for 58% off Not-So-Very Scary savings event between October 28 and Nov 3, 2018. http://www.breezes.com/scary-deal.html


Happy Travels,
Linda

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

2018 BVI Food Fete Schedule

The BVI Food Fete is a month-long celebration of culinary flavor spread across a variety of unique island locations along the beautiful shores of the British Virgin Islands including Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Cooper Island. 

Drink at all the best watering holes in the BVI!

The bar crawls start on Jost Van Dyke, then moves on to Virgin Gorda, and then on to Anegada with a “Lobster Crawl” - and this year a new bar crawl is currently being planned on Tortola. Bar crawl dates for each island are listed below.

Here's the current schedule:

Taste of the BVI, Tortola
Nov 3, 2018
Taking place at Queen Elizabeth II Park. All the best restaurants in one place - go to every booth and sample their $3.00 specialty dishes and more.

2nd Annual Jost Van Dyke Pork Festival
Nov 10 – Nov 11, 2018
All pork dishes - you name it, it will be available. Participating restaurants will include Foxy’s (both locations), Soggy Dollar Bar, Hendo’s, Corsairs and more.

Jost Van Dyke Bar Crawl
Drinks, Food Specials, and Games at each stop
Nov 11, 2018

6th Annual Taste of the BVI, Virgin Gorda
Nov 17, 2018
Night of sensational jazz, scrumptious tastings, chef displays, and foodie photo booth at the historic Nail Bay Sugar Works ruins

On the Rocks Bar Crawl in Virgin Gorda
Nov 17, 2018
Adult Fun

Cooper Island Rum Festival
Nov 18, 2018


Spend the day at Cooper Island Beach Club and enjoy Rum, Beach, Rum, Food, Music and more Rum! Signature rums from around the world will be featured.

Anegada Lobster Bar Crawl
Nov 23, 2018

Anegada Lobster Festival


Nov 24 – Nov 25, 2018
This is now an international culinary event! Sample Anegada’s famous Spiny Lobster, prepared and plated by some of the BVI’s best cooks at participating Anegada restaurants. 

More details at www.bvifoodfete.com

And if all the culinary goodness wasn't enough, there's one more event in November!

Necker Cup
Nov 24 – Nov 29, 2018
A six-day/five-night, all-inclusive world-class Pro-Am Tennis Event that takes place on Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson’s private island in the British Virgin Islands.


Happy Travels,
Linda


Check out festivals and events post for October 2018






While the summer festival season in the Caribbean is over, there's a variety of unique festivals all over the region in the Fall and Winter months. 






Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Dominica Eating To Live Yoga Adventure Retreat

Join Chef Freda Gore on a culinary vacation to remember on the
Caribbean's Nature Island
January 25th-31st, 2019

Caribbean Culinary Tours and Vacations creates authentic Caribbean experiences
with Culinary and Cultural Immersion Tours, Cruises, Vacations and Retreats on the islands of
Antigua, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Jamaica, St Kitts/ Nevis, St Lucia,
St Croix, Puerto Rico, and Grenada.


Dominica (pronounced Dom-in-eek-a) sits midway along the Eastern Caribbean archipelago, just a few miles from Martinique to the south and Guadeloupe to the north.



The island’s official name is the Commonwealth of Dominica,
which is mostly referenced in official communication to distinguish the island from its northerly Caribbean sister, the Dominican Republic.
Accommodations for the 7 days, 6 nights culinary tour will be at a local private island villa. A full range of activities are included in this culinary retreat, and there are other optional activities available. Itinerary Highlights
  • Accommodation at one of our local private villas
  • Victoria Falls Hike
  • Cooking Lessons
  • Yoga Classes
  • Nature Walking Tour & Birdwatching
  • Local Island Excursion
  • Beach Picnic
  • Rum and Market Tour
  • Snorkeling Excursion
  • Whale and Dolphin Watching
  • Spa Treatments

Visit the site for more info, and stay tuned for new weekend culinary tours to be announced soon. Caribbean Culinary Vacations
Happy Travels, Linda

Friday, September 28, 2018

Pure Grenada Dive Fest 2018

2nd Annual Pure Grenada Dive Fest
October 3 - 6, 2018


The island of Grenada, home of the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park and the Caribbean’s largest wreck dive, the Bianca C, will host an amazing undersea world party with the second annual Pure Grenada Dive Fest.

The four-day event is hosted by the Grenada Scuba Diving Association (GSDA) and during the event dive shops in Grenada and Carriacou will put on a number of activities for divers of all skill levels - beginner, an expert or intermediate level diver, .

Grenada’s coast is a haven for seahorses, turtles, sharks and rays due to the warm waters and healthy coral reef systems and sponges. Divers and underwater photographers have the opportunity to see a plethora of species of fish and marine creatures in the islands’ waters.

The schedule for the festival is shown below:

Oct 3rd Reef Diving
Start of the photo competition
Launch party in Carriacou, which is known as the Isle of Reefs.

Oct 4th Wreck Diving
Discover scuba diving for beginners in the pool with optional shore dive, and the opportunity for certified divers to explore some of the islands’ 14 wreck dives including the newest, M/V Anina.

Oct 5th Project aware dive against debris
Outreach school presentations
Movie under the stars in Grenada

Oct 6th Invasive lionfish eradication diving
Photo competition awards
Final party in Grenada with lionfish dinner photographers will be awarded for their underwater photos.
http://www.grenadagrenadines.com/

View Previous Festival Posts:

Just in case you missed the previous posts on Caribbean festivals for the month of October 2018

Aruba is showcasing more than 60 local restaurants for Restaurant Month 

(6) festivals around the region including the islands of Barbados, Carriacou, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and St Lucia.  



Happy Travels,
Linda



Monday, September 24, 2018

Wide Variety of Caribean Festivals Coming in October 2018

While the summer festival season in the Caribbean is over, there's a variety of unique festivals all over the region in the Fall and Winter months. 

St Lucia Arts & Heritage Month
Oct 1 - 31, 2018
Photo Credit: StLucia.org 


The annual event is the start of Creole Heritage Month in October and the end of St Lucia’s Summer of Festivals. This year will showcase local entertainment featuring the best in Steel Pan, Folk Music, Soca, and the ever popular Dennery Segment. Other festival activities include theatrical performances, seminars and lectures, varied culinary experiences, and street parties and with art exhibitions.
https://www.stlucia.org/summerfestival/arts-heritage-festival/

Barbados Food & Rum Festival
October 18th – October 21st, 2018

Discover why Barbados is often referred to as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean, and experience life in the birthplace of rum. Barbados Mount Gay distillery - founded in 1703 - is believed to produce the oldest rum found anywhere in the world.

The Food & Rum fest is in the 9th year, and has proven to be one of the most premier festivals on the island! The Barbados Sugar and Rum Season tells the story of sugar and rum with distillery tours, rum tours of Bridgetown, dinners at plantation great houses, sugar and rum-themed cooking classes, chocolate making classes, lectures on the rich history of sugar and rum in Barbados, mixology road shows and displays of chocolate diamonds. 

Visit the site for the full event calendar and participating celebrity chefs 
www.foodandrum.com

4th Annual Jamaica Food & Drink Festival
Oct 20 - Oct 28, 2018
Photo Credit: Make It Jamaica

Jamaica’s most talented chefs, wine and spirit experts (approx 50) come together in the capital Kingston for 9 days and 7 very different culinary experiences. This look like an amazing foodie travel event! 

  • Oct 20 - The festival kicks off with Pork Palooza and features all things pork
  • Oct 21 - Wine tasting & food
  • Oct 24 - Chopstix - (Oriental with a Twist) East Meets West with Oriental and Caribbean Flavors
  • Oct 25 - Crisp - Who doesn’t love the perfect crunch? Juicy pan-fried tenderloin, crispy chicken, fresh salads and ice cold beer
  • Oct 26 - Picante - The Ultimate Spicy Food Fest! Beware, not for the faint of tongue.
  • Oct 27 - Meet Street & The Market - Jamaican street food at its best featuring some of the island’s favorite restaurants and food trucks
  • Oct 28 - Brunch

http://jafoodanddrink.com/ 

Dominican Republic Jazz Festival 2018

Show dates and locations: 
October 26 – Santiago
November 1 – Sosua
November 2 – Puerto Plata
November 3 & 4 – Cabarete

All Dominican Republic Jazz Festival shows are free and open to the public, with VIP tickets and priority seating available for purchase. 
https://www.drjazzfestival.com

Dominica World Creole Music Festival 2018
Oct 26 – Oct 28, 2018

The Caribbean's Nature Island suffered a devastating blow from last years hurricanes, and it's great to see this popular annual festival is back on the calendar. 

This unique event offers music from the Caribbean, French Antilles, Africa and North America with music genres from the Creole-speaking world such as Cadence-lypso, Kompa, Zouk, Soukous, Bouyon, and Zydeco.
www.dominicafestivals.com



Carriacou Corn Festival
October 28, 2018

Corn is indigenous to Carriacou, and this family-friendly festival explores a variety of ways to prepare it including corn soup, cornbread, roasted corn and lots more. 

The location is Footprint Behind Sands, and activities include Quadrille dance performances, string & steel band music, domino competitions, and lots of fun activities for children. 

If you are not familiar with Carriacou it is a part of the (3) island nation of Grenada and includes Petite Martinique along with a number of other tiny cays and islets. 

Geographically the Grenadines consist of islands to the north that are part of St Vincent & the Grenadines, however, these particular Grenadine islands and cays are part of Grenada, and are known as Grenada's Grenadines. Carriacou and Petite Martinique are very popular with day trips when visiting the island of Grenada.  

Head over to Grenada's official site to learn more about Grenada and these Grenadine islands. http://www.grenadagrenadines.com/

Just in case you missed the previous posts on Caribbean festivals for the month of October 2018

Aruba known as "One Happy Island" is showcasing more than 60 local restaurants - no advance tickets needed
https://www.travel2thecaribbeanblog.com/2018/09/aruba-restaurant-month-2018.html


Happy Travels,
Linda

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Aruba Restaurant Month 2018

The One Happy Island invites you to explore its 
culinary heritage with locally inspired dishes 
October 1- 31, 2018


Explore Aruba's Finest Dining

Participating restaurants offer lunches for just $15 and dinners for $30 to $40. You can reserve your table now for your favorite participating restaurant! No passes, tickets or vouchers are required. 

Featured Restaurants


Red Fish 
High-quality seafood at an affordable price in a casual setting. Owned and founded by Local Fisherman "Herby Meryweather" also the founder of World Famous Driftwood Restaurant.  











Las Ramblas 
Cozy romantic and unique dining experience overlooking Eagle Beach. Menu includes authentic Spanish tapas, seafood, USDA choice meats on the grill. 


There are more than 65 island restaurants signed up for this annual culinary event, click the link below to view all participating restaurants
http://restaurantweek.aruba.com/search


Happy Travels,
Linda

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Caribbean Hide Tides & Good Vibes Sale

Divi Resorts is offering 30% off their Caribbean properties in 
Aruba, Bonaire, Barbados and St Maarten.  


The 30% off deal is available runs through September 30th, 2018 
for travel through December 20, 2019. 

With rates as low as $155 per night (room only) and $178 per person, per night (all-inclusive), and roundtrip flight deals starting at just $231 from FLL (Fort Lauderdale), now is the perfect time to book fall and winter Caribbean travel.

Divi Update from St Maarten
After last years hurricane damage Divi Little Bay has been completely renovated, refreshed and refurbished with many new and exciting amenities.


Divi Little Bay St Maarten
Room Only from $169 per night - All Inclusive from $195 per night

Divi Little Bay in St Maarten is nestled on its own private peninsula and features completely refreshed units, updated Seabreeze and Infinity Pools, Fort Amsterdam Cafe (formerly Bayview CafĂ©) with gourmet coffee and a new menu, new chairs and areas to relax at the pools and beach, new furniture for Gizmo’s Bar & Grill, a restored dock where boat trips have resumed, brand new restaurant menus and upgraded landscaping and lighting throughout the resort.


Divi Southwinds Barbados - Room Only from $135 per night 


Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino Bonaire
Room Only from $155 per night - All Inclusive from $178 per night

Three other Divi Aruba properties are also offering the 30% off deal, and more info on all the properties can be found at the link below.
http://www.diviresorts.com/caribbean-promotion.htm

Happy Travels,
Linda

Read Terms & Conditions:
Discount based on rack pricing. All-inclusive rates based on double occupancy. Taxes & services charge NOT included, except for All-Inclusive packages. 

A 3-night minimum stay is required for All-Inclusive packages. No maximum night stay is required. Restrictions & blackout dates apply. Full payment is required at time of reservation. Cancellations must be received at least 7 days prior to arrival for refund.  Offer valid on new reservations booked at a nightly rate only. Offer not valid on timeshare reservations. Cannot be combined with any other Divi special offer or discounted rate.




Sunday, September 9, 2018

Daydreaming About A Luxury Vacation? Make It A Reality!

When was the last time you had a really incredible vacation? 




You've seen the images all over social media of luxury properties with awesome infinity pools, beautifully furnished living spaces with verandahs and terraces offering breathtaking sunsets and oceanfront views.  

The first thought that comes to mind for many potential travelers is wishing they could afford to vacation like the rich and famous. 

The truth is you don't need to spend a fortune to make a luxury vacation a reality. There is a cheaper option, and you owe it to yourself to discover the secret of luxury group travel.

Your group can consist of family members or a group of your best friends. Rather than paying the cost of individual rooms, why not rent a luxury villa that can accommodate up to 8 or more travelers. 

The nightly cost will always be per night - not per person, and some villas include a cook for daily meals. A large villa property gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy time together, have your own bedroom and private bath, along with finding your own solitary spot.  

At the end of this post, a link will be included for a choice of villas around the globe in all price ranges. Since this blog is all about the Caribbean, let's start off with villas in Barbados, one of my favorite travel destinations. I don't say "favorite" lightly as I have traveled there over 15 times, and will return again!

The first villa is located just a few feet away from the calm Caribbean waters of popular Mullins Beach on Barbados West Coast. 


All property photos courtesy of Top Villas 

With 3 bedrooms featuring king size beds and 3 en-suite bathrooms, there is enough space to sleep up to 6 guests very comfortably. 





The villa comes fully staffed with a cook/housekeeper who will prepare 2 consecutive meals per day, and you have the choice as to whether its breakfast & lunch or lunch & dinner. Click here for more photos, all amenities, and pricing for this property


The second villa property featured today is on Gibbs Beach, 
and it is also located on Barbados West Coast. 



This would be the perfect property for a multi-generation family vacation with grandparents and a couple of extra family members. 



It features an open-plan living area, a traditional dining area, and outside is a private pool, beach shower, alfresco dining area, sun loungers, and direct access onto Gibbs Beach.



This 4 bedroom/4.5 bathroom (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds, 2 Twin Beds)
villa home has enough space to sleep up to 8 guests. The villa also comes fully staffed with a housekeeper, cook, housekeeper, laundress and a bartender/waiter.
Click here for more photos, amenities, and pricing for this property


Over 700 more Caribbean villas on the islands of Anguilla, Antigua, Jamaica, St Kitts, and Nevis, St Barts, St Lucia, Turks and Caicos, and The Virgin Islands 

HappyTravels,