The insider's Caribbean travel blog celebrating the undiscovered charms of the West Indies. From rum to roti to island cocktails and more beyond the beach, Uncommon Caribbean reveals a unique side of Caribbean travel seldom featured in traditional travel
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- Escaping Havana to Las Playas del Este
Just twenty minutes east of downtown Havana stretch 15 miles of wind-swept white sands known as the Eastern Beaches or Las Playes del Este. There’s Tarará, El Mégano, Bacuranao, Santa María del Mar, Boca Ciega, Guanabo, La Veneciana, and Brisas del Mar. Sure, Havana is a city of two million rich with nooks and crannies worth exploring around every corner, but sometimes you still need a little beach time and Playas del Este definitely deliver. Wish you were here?
Sunday 8th of January 2017 04:22:21 PM
- Checking Into The Marriott Port-au-Prince, Haiti
You notice it the minute you walk through the front doors ? front doors held open for you with a stately grace more common of private mansions, “ritzy” hotels, or “saintly” resorts. The handsome bellman’s ready smile melts the stress of modern travel from your mind at an instant. Light earth tones, clean lines, and sophisticated Caribbean-chic art decor make it clear: This is no ordinary hotel. And not just by Haiti standards either. Yes, this is Haiti… Marriott Port-au-Prince Great Room Lobby Specifically, this is the Marriott Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s newest hotel, an enclave of style and serenity in the heart of the region’s most bustling city, and a triumph of sustainable hotel development on the World Stage.
Thursday 5th of January 2017 10:53:37 PM
- Holiday Season Sunset in Aruba
Twinkling strands of festive lights wrapped around the coconut palms that line the beach at the Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort add a bit of Holiday magic to Golden Hour in Aruba. Wish you were here this Holiday Season…?
Tuesday 27th of December 2016 07:01:14 PM
- Photo Of The Day: Honey Sweet Sunset in Bequia
As born and bred Crucians with a boundless love for all of the West Indies, we’ve had the great fortune to soak in the last sunset of many of our years somewhere in the islands. St. Croix (of course), Tobago, Barbados, Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico ? between the two of us, Patrick and I have seen more than a few years out in style. As our Instagram and Facebook followers already know, Patrick will be turning the trick again this year in Cuba. (For my part, I’ll be on a tiny island accessible solely by boat off the west coast of Florida.
Thursday 22nd of December 2016 08:11:00 PM
- Taking In TCI History at Wade?s Green Plantation, North Caicos
There’s no culture, no history in the Turks and Caicos. The dis has become all-too-familiar to me over my many years of adventuring around the TCI Islands. Usually it’s other West Indians or similarly well-traveled friends who level the charge, blinded, as it’s easy to be, by the beachy-sweet charms of Grace Bay and her attendant swanky resorts, restaurants, shops; fun in the sun. We’ve proven the notion wrong a time or two before, of course. Osprey Rock, Pirate’s Cove, and Mule Point prove that there’s much more to see and discover in Provo than Grace Bay. On my last visit a few months ago, the great folks at Ocean Club Resorts turned me on to even wilder adventures in North Caicos and Middle Caicos.
Wednesday 21st of December 2016 11:28:51 PM
- Seeing Things More Clearly in the Exumas
Otherworldly. The extreme descriptor seems apropos of the incredible beauty and clarity of the waters in and around the Exumas. Here, in this 100 square-mile archipelago of 365 islets, rocks, and cays, The Bahamas truly shows off, elevating the notion of it being “Better in The Bahamas” to levels seemingly not of this world. Having traveled to the Exumas, hopped about a few of her uninhabited islets, marveled at her natural wonders, laughed with her people, and otherwise simply fallen for her charms, I can say that otherworldly doesn’t really even begin to describe the all-encompassing beauty of this place. The truth is as clear as the gin-like water pictured above ? there just can’t be anything or anyplace quite like the Exumas in this world or any other… Keen on seeing and experiencing more of what makes the Exumas so special?
Tuesday 20th of December 2016 10:34:52 PM
- Sunning It Up On Eagle Beach, Aruba
Time out from adventuring around Aruba is best spent on Eagle Beach, especially if you hate crowds, love pristine, powder-soft sand, and need to get your tan on… Wish you were here?
Sunday 18th of December 2016 01:30:57 PM
- Drift Snorkeling Around Deep Water Cay, The Bahamas
In a place as elegant and effortlessly accommodating as Deep Water Cay, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised to be pampered on my lone scheduled snorkeling adventure. Remember the amazing villa digs I got to call home here? Everything here is geared toward helping you unwind in style, at your own pace, while enjoying the very best of The Bahamas. The drift snorkeling excursion offered by the property is no exception. The type of snorkeling I usually find myself engaged in tends to be more taxing than relaxing, requiring rigorous swimming, free-diving, and such. Not so on the Deep Water Cay drift snorkel… Well, not so unless you want it to be so.
Tuesday 13th of December 2016 12:38:38 AM
- Lunchtime Lounging at Ti Sable, Martinique
Your boat lies just offshore, safely anchored in the shallows. Nicola Conte fades seamlessly into Hall & Oats, then over to La Femme as you kick off your shoes. Instinctively your toes dig into the sand as you settle into your seat. Coconut palms dance around you in the breeze. A champagne cork pops life into a neighboring table. Laughs ensue as waves lap at the shore just a few yards away. You take a deep breath, exhaling every ounce of stress. This is lunchtime lounging at the fabulous Ti Sable Beach Bar & Restaurant in Grand Anse-d’Arlet, Martinique.
Sunday 11th of December 2016 01:30:54 PM
- Uncommon Envy: Hull Bay Hideaway Beach Bar (and Haircuts), St. Thomas
I may have been born and raised in its shadow ? 70 miles to the south on the beautiful island of St. Croix ? and visited her well-trod shores countless times during my professional career, but it wasn’t until last year that I finally really and truly gave St. Thomas a chance. Crucians like me have long harbored ill feelings over St. Thomas, many of us decrying her touristy, overly commercialized vibe, never seriously considering that there could exist any truly authentic West Indian charms or uncommon anything in and around Rock City. The St. Thomas stereotypes were proved wrong in many ways during my trip, of course.
Friday 9th of December 2016 09:33:36 PM
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