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Travelling throughout the Caribbean is my favorite pastime. There is so much to enjoy and discover in this wonderful part of world, that I hardly ever feel the need to go elsewhere. While all Caribbean countries share a perfect climate, amazing beaches and the unsurpassed hospitality of the Caribbean people, I found out that every Caribbean destination is unique in it own right.
I like to introduce some people to you who I met during my journeys. Some of them you might want to meet the next time you are travelling to the Caribbean whereas others tell you a little about themselves and give you some insight into their daily life.


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British Virgin Islands
One of the most popular tourist attractions in this part of the world. There is no such a person that haven’t heard some excellent experiences about this location. And of course, most of us would like...
All Caribbean

Bonaire
Have you ever found yourself thinking about visiting exotic destination? Of course you do, each of us wants to spend their vacation on some island enjoying the nice weather and the perfect long beache...
All Caribbean

Jamaica
Everyone wants to have a dream vacation. Dream vacation depends on two things; first destination and second your imagination for a dream vacation. People spend weeks and months trying to find a destin...
All Caribbean

Colombia
We often ask ourselves about dream vacation. Every year it’s the same old problem, people can’t decide where they should spend their vacation, and they choose places where you spend a lot of money and...
All Caribbean

Bermuda
Have you ever thought about visiting an exotic island full with wonderful long beaches and watch the ocean for hours? Relax your eyes and mind from all the things that everyday madness brings to you? ...
All Caribbean

Belize
Sometimes people say that the boring everyday routine is killing them. Well, what if I told you that you can change that very easy and make your life interesting only by making one simple move - trave...
All Caribbean

Aruba
Do you like the long hours fulfilled with long walks on the beach? Have you ever wondered how the sky above Caribbean Sea looks like at night? Do you like to try exotic cocktails and food at least onc...
All Caribbean

Cayman Islands
Do you think that you have seen everything and you have seen every interesting place on this planet? If Cayman Islands was not part of your journey or in your plans for vacation than you have missed s...
All Caribbean

Caribbean
When someone thinks about the perfect vacation or the perfect life the first destination that comes to their minds is the Caribbean. ...
All Caribbean

Barbados true paradise
Barbados – even when you just hear the name it brings you pleasure. Could you think about all the beautiful things you could see, all the experience you can have and all smiles that would just appear ...
All Caribbean

Anguilla one of the most famous islands!
Anguilla is one of the most famous islands that belongs to the Caribbean part of the world. It has many things to offer to the tourists and that is why, this island is visited by more than hundred tho...
All Caribbean

Getting out and about - Tips for excursions around Varadero
Whilst having a base on holiday means somewhere to lay your head on the beach, you know which restaurants to go to, and shopping is easy, it’s always a good idea to head out on a few excursions. This ...
All Caribbean

Endless sanded beaches at Antigua and Barbuda
A lot of beaches, endless sanded beaches you say? The first location that comes up to my mind is Antigua and Barbuda and of course we both imagine the perfect vacation from the dreams. There are now p...
All Caribbean

Where is Varadero?
You might have heard of it, this mythical place with more sun than you can imagine, beautiful beaches, an array of all inclusive hotels, and more fun than you can shake a stick at. You might even know...
All Caribbean

Away from the beach – Things to do in Holguin
When you open a travel brochure, or log onto a website about Cuba, what is the first thing you see?...
All Caribbean

Picture perfect paradise Varadero
There are some sights that no matter what you’re into on a day to day basis, whether its history, architecture, shopping, reading, writing, brain surgery even, there are some places and visions that a...
Varadero, Cuba

Cuba’s famous cocktail line up.
Cuba is the birthplace of some delicious cocktails that are famous all over the world. The top 3 of these cocktails, the Mojito, Daiquiri and Cuba Libre all have two ingredients in common: rum and lim...
All Caribbean

San José del Lago, Leisure and Quality of Life.
Considered one of the principal tourist offers of the region of Sancti Spíritus, Islazul Hotel Group’s Villa San José del Lago represents a stimulating and refreshing rest under the cover of Caribbean...
All Caribbean

Passing up on other peoples travel plans!
Whenever the opportunity and desire to travel present itself, I am on my way, no matter if the person who I’d like to go with me is available or not. ...
All Caribbean

The ultimate Caribbean golf destination
When it comes to picking the best place to play golf in the Caribbean, there´s no discussion necessary. The Dominican Republic has no equal. Boasting more than 800 miles of turquoise coastline, the Do...
All Caribbean

Unforgettable Dominican excursions to Jarabacoa.
Booking an excursion to Jarabacoa is bound to add a whole new dimension to your Dominican All-inclusive resort vacation. ...
Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic

Negril´s fabulous cliffs and "7-Mile Beach"
Negril is one of Jamaica´s tourist destinations that still holds an authentic vibe to it. The town’s name "Negril", given by the Spaniards in 1494, is a shortened version of "Negrillo". The combinatio...
Negril, Jamaica

The Magic of Carnival in the Dominican Republic.
Each weekend during the month of February as well as on Independence Day (the 27th), Dominicans fill the streets celebrating their culture and autonomy in an outpour of art, music, costumes and food. ...
Santiago, Dominican Republic

Miss Jamie's life changing holiday.
As you can imagine, running the Debbie's websites is a lot of work. I get most of my energy from knowing how many people use my websites every day and share their own experiences with me. Take today f...
Havana, Cuba

Yoko Japanese but 100% Dominican
Generalissimo Rafael L. Trujillo, the infamous dictator who ruled the Dominican Republic for more than 3 decades, invited Spanish, Hungarian, Lebanese, Jewish and Japanese nationals to the Dominican R...
Constanza, Dominican Republic

Experience the real Cuba with Cuba Travel Network.
Every year millions of tourist visit Cuba. Most of them purchased an all-inclusive package deal to a resort in Varadero or one of the paradisiacal Cayo’s of Jardines del Rey. The downside of a packag...
Havana, Cuba

Daytrips and Excursions with young children.
One of the best parts of travelling to the Caribbean and Latin America with kids in tow, is introducing them to vibrant and beautiful new cultures as well as new kinds of food. However, little kids ca...
All Caribbean

Going CoCo-Bongo in Cancun!
Cancun, the largest tourist destination on the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico is a excellent choice for those of us who want to dip their toes in the exciting Mexican Culture without leaving too much of ...
Cancun, Mexico

Hey Jack! Watch the kids P-LEASE!
Yes, I know, no matter if your children are 1, 5 or 9 years old, traveling with kids can be rather “hectic”. Before you leave you are stressing out about things that normally are a routine part of you...
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Golfers Paradise
When it comes to picking the best place to play golf in the Caribbean, there´s no discussion necessary. The Dominican Republic has no equal. Boasting more than 800 miles of turquoise coastline, the Do...
Punta Cana-Bavaro, Dominican Republic

Don't let a Hurricane spoil your Caribbean holiday
Arguably the best time to visit the Caribbean is during the months June thru October. Unfortunately this time coincides with the Caribbean hurricane season during which on average eight hurricanes for...
All Caribbean

Will a Hurricane spoil my Caribbean Vacation?
Every week I get various e-mails asking me about the probability a hurricane will hit a certain Caribbean destination during a particular week. Naturally there is no way I can answer this question but...
All Caribbean

Meet the Mayans.
When travelling to the Caribbean coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras, you will somehow come in contact with the rich Mayan culture through the people, the food and the incredible archeolo...
All Caribbean

Staying healthy during your Caribbean vacation.
The Caribbean is one of the most popular and loved destination of vacationers from all over the world. Being aware of the (slightly) increased health risks while travelling in the Caribbean –due to fo...
All Caribbean

Brits in Bermuda(s)
Bermuda is situated at a distance of 570 miles (917 kilometers) from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. With a surface of just fifty-five square kilometers, Bermuda sits atop a long extinct volcanic surro...
Bermuda, Bermuda

Chilling out without the kids.
Taking a vacation without being around a crowd of youngsters definitely has its charms....
All Caribbean

Jose Marti, hero of all Cubans.
When traveling to Cuba it is very likely you come across a statue or other image of Jose Marti. I wanted to find out what made this man so special and visited the modest house were Jose Marti was born...
Havana, Cuba

Folklore in Trinidad & Tobago, watch out for the ladies!
Visit Trinidad and Tobago and changes are that you come across one of the many legends that have been passed on from one generation to the next. Most of them are scary “camp fire” stories and not for ...
Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago

The Pitons of St. Lucia.
The Caribbean island of St. Lucia is located just a few miles north of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Being only 14 degrees north of the equator, it has a tropical climate with lush rain forests surr...
Saint Lucia, Saint Lucia

Havana’s dogs and cats welcome the Spanky Project.
Terry Shewchuk and his team of Canadian veterinarians, extend a paw to the dogs and cats of Havana, Cuba who cannot afford proper healthcare....
Havana, Cuba

Renting a car while on an All-inclusive vacation.
Whenever I stay at an all-inclusive resort I rent a car for at least a day or two. I find it important to explore my holiday destination and not just the insides of my resort. Many of these little “si...
All Caribbean

Food in the Caribbean: Background and some excellent seafood recipes!
A blend of ethnic influences, Caribbean food is a rich reminder of where today's Caribbean people came from: island food brings together indigenous tastes of the native Arawak and Carib Indians, Europ...
All Caribbean

Captain Goodlife’s Blue Cave
Boca Santa Cruz is one of Curacao's quirkiest beaches, with lots of palm trees. Surrounding this beach is the mangrove swamp, which means this beach is not the best for snorkeling but does offer uniqu...
Curacao, Curacao

Leaving Havana to discover Cuba.
When you plan to fly into Havana with the idea to discover a bit more about the Cuban culture, a tour across Cuba could be just where you are looking for. ...
Havana, Cuba

Quickly on my way with an online Vacation Package!
An increasing number of holidaymakers discover the advantages of booking their vacation online. The fact that there is no need to leave home or stand in line to book a vacation really makes a differen...
All Caribbean

Dominican Pirates & Super Salads
While enjoying my walk down the cobble stone streets of the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic and the oldest city in the new world, it occurs to me it is time for l...
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Single Parent Family Travel To The Caribbean
Single parents have challenges unique to the usual trials and tribulations of taking your family on vacation to a foreign country, not the least of which is keeping costs under control....
All Caribbean

Jamaica’s top destinations.
Jamaica, the third largest Island in the Caribbean behind Cuba and Hispaniola, is a vacation destination that demands to be on the short list of all people who want to experience the best the Caribbea...
Kingston, Jamaica

Celtic culture in Cuba
Probably one of the last things you would expect while vacationing in Cuba is to run into a group of Cuban bagpipers playing Celtic music. This is what exactly what happened to Irish piper Cillín Ó Ci...
Havana, Cuba

Antigua Sailing Week, the ultimate Caribbean Sailing event.
Now the largest warm-water sailboat race in the world, Antigua Sailing Week began modestly in 1967 when the local charter-boat skippers and hoteliers organized the late-April regatta as a wrap-up of t...
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda

Costa Rica, a country sized greenhouse!
Of all Central American Countries that share the Caribbean Sea with those of us living on the Islands, Costa Rica has the reputation to be one of the most peaceful and stable. ...
Costa Rica, Costa Rica

The Dominican way of life.
When traveling to the Dominican Republic it is good to know some of the countries culture, customs and etiquettes. I researched my archive and surfed the web to compile some of the most interesting cu...
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Holders Season in Barbados, a cultural highlight.
When you like to enjoy a top-notch cultural festival while on vacation, the “Holders season” in Barbados could be just what you are looking for. Founded in 1993, the Holders Season is established as o...
Barbados, Barbados

Curry Flavor!
Jamaica must be one of the hottest Caribbean destinations when it comes to food. There are plenty of exotic foods to be discovered on this Reggae Island and as a direct result many food festivals are ...
Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Enjoying a Canchánchara in Trinidad, Cuba
Trinidad, founded by Conquistador Diego Velazquez de Cuéllar in 1514, is nestled between the Escambray Mountains and the wonderful Caribbean coast. Walking on the streets of Trinidad feels like a voya...
Trinidad, Cuba

Bajan Calypso and Crop Over.
The constant breeze of the trade winds gives Barbados a mild and pleasant tropical climate, with average temperatures between 75 and 85 degrees. The tropical climate is reflected in the music like the...
Barbados, Barbados

The incredible underwater world of Cozumel.
Isla Cozumel, located of the coast of Playa del Carmen in Mexico, is a scuba diver and snorkeler’s paradise with warm crystal clear water, beautiful coral formations, colorful sponges and an incredibl...
Cozumel, Mexico

Exciting times in Mexico’s Cancun.
From January until December, Cancun is an excellent choice for people who want to dip their toes in the exciting Mexican Culture without leaving too much of home behind. Perhaps the best time to visit...
Cancun, Mexico

Luxury travel to the gourmet food capital of the Caribbean.
Anguilla, one of the most luxury holiday destinations in the Caribbean features fantastic beaches, out-of-this-world guest accommodations and world-class dining opportunities...
Anguilla, Anguilla

The music never stops in Cuba’s capital Havana.
Havana is, among many other things, known for its vibrant nightlife. In all parts of town you can check out a top-notch musical act. What’s more, most places won’t charge you a dime for the entertain...
Havana, Cuba

Life is good at the Rockhouse restaurant.
When you are fortunate enough to make it to Jamaica’s wonderful coastal town Negril, there is one experience you should not pass up upon. I am referring to dinner at the Rockhouse Restaurant, which is...
Negril, Jamaica

Excursions in Varadero
Varadero is a fabulous small all-inclusive resort town on the North coast of Cuba that provides all the ingredients you need for a wonderful and relaxing vacation. You might feel tempted never to lea...
Varadero, Cuba

Boutique Hotels: worth the hype?
The Caribbean is universally considered to be one of the most exclusive holiday destinations in the world. While most Caribbean travelers decide upon staying in an all-inclusive resort, others prefer ...
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Celtic music in Cuba
I just received a roundup of a great event that took place in Las Terrazas, Cuba on December 10th of last year. I am referring to the day of "Terra Madre", an annual worldwide celebration and awarenes...
Las Terrazas, Cuba

The treasures of the Mayan Riviera.
The name Mayan Riviera or Riviera Maya if you like, refers to a stretch of Yucatan coast that runs from the South of Cancun to the South of Tulum. If you ask me, the Mayan Riviera is one of the most i...
Mayan Riviera, Mexico

Gearing up for the New Years Eve party!
From where I write my last blog of 2010, I hear the dominoes rushing over the tables and people talking rather loudly about the new year that will arrive shortly. ...
Havana, Cuba

The Junkanoo Shuffle
Between Christmas and New Years, no one in the Bahamas is boasting about the white sand beaches, warm tropical waters, fabulous coral reefs, luxury all inclusive resorts or challenging golf courses th...
Bahamas, Bahamas

Moko-Jumbie fever
The St. Kitts carnival is special in many ways, not the least for the time of year this event takes place! The festivities start on Boxing Day and lasts until the New Year arrives. Like elsewhere in t...
Saint Kitts, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Christmas under the Caribbean sun.
The more I learn about the Caribbean, its people, history and traditions, the more I realize that a Caribbean Christmas celebration can be as spiritual as anywhere else on the planet. ...
Old Havana, Cuba

Spoil your children with a visit to Bahamas Paradise Islands.
One of the largest hotel facilities in the Caribbean with an endless choice of shops and water sports is called the Atlantis Royal Towers, situated on the Bahamas Paradise Islands. ...
Bahamas, Bahamas

Delicious!
Santo Domingo, already famous for its unique history, is showing off its ambition to become a culinary hotspot in the Caribbean. As a part of the 2010 Santo Domingo American Capital of Culture event,...
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

A “Quiet Night” in Havana?
Varadero is a wonderful place to visit, even in December, but the famous Cuban weatherman Jose Rubiera tells me, via television, that the next 3 days are going to be sub-optimal for lounging on the be...
Havana, Cuba

Piergiorgio Palace a piece of Italy in the Dominican Republic
At the end of a little side street that leads to the bustling Sosua nightlife stands a white and very romantic Victorian-style hotel with an immense terrace that also can be observed from the beach of...
Sosua, Dominican Republic

Lost in the Dominican Republic
During my afternoon outing, I stroll along the road that leads to Sosua Beach passing by an interesting collection of colorful stalls and little shops. ...
Sosua, Dominican Republic

Tomorrow I really start my diet
The last few days I have really splurged on too many oysters, glasses of wine and a definite overdose of pizza. Since there is nothing more unpredictable than a (Caribbean) woman, I decide on a radica...
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Diving with Wannadive-dudes
Roeland Labots, a native of the Netherlands, together with his associate Bart Snelder, both of them PADI dive instructors, “drifted ashore” on the beach of Bonaire some 9 years ago and founded Wanadiv...
Bonaire, Bonaire

The real ECO thing with Johan
It is 8.30 AM. I am on my way to visit Johan Guyot, the French manager and partner of ECO Tour Barahona, located in yet another pristine coastal village suitably named Paraiso, some 30 km west of the ...
Barahona, Dominican Republic

Enjoy Derrick's drunken chicken at the beach
Derrick is famous at the Sosua beach for its delecious BBQ ribs and his drunken chicken...
Sosua, Dominican Republic

Men in bonus, a rough golfers life
During a visit at the Playa Dorada Golf Club, I decide to order a white wine at the slightly dated and almost empty restaurant bar with a fabulous view over the golf course....
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Not all beach vendors are the same
Carlos has an official license from Grand Paradise Playa Dorada Puerto Plata resort, which allows him to sell tours on the beach pertaining to Grand Paradise Playa Dorada. ...
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

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