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- Martinique Takes Its Turn As The New Surfing Capital Of The Caribbean
If you lived in the Caribbean during my childhood years in St. Croix, then you knew Puerto Rico as the region’s top surf spot. In later years, Barbados rose to prominence, thanks in large part to Kelly Slater’s affinity for Soup Bowl. In recent years, though, Martinique has stolen the surfing spotlight in the Caribbean. Martinique Surf Pro is a big reason why. Frederico Morais, Martinique Surf Pro 2016 winner | Credit: Flickr user Toto @ Madinino The only World Surf League (WSL) Qualification Series event to be held in the Caribbean in 2017, Martinique Surf Pro has attracted a who’s who of top competitive surfers from around the world to the small and charming seaside village of Basse-Pointe for each of the past three years.
Tuesday 21st of March 2017 09:36:55 PM
- Up Next: Getting Back to Guadeloupe
Spring is the air!! For many of us, though, that’s not such a good thing. As if the cold, snow, and endless dreary days of winter most of you endure weren’t enough, the sunnier days of spring bring with them their own special menace ? allergies. Here at the UC South Florida HQ, my springtime allergies have been attacking for a few weeks already. It’s time to beat a hasty retreat. It’s time to head back to Guadeloupe. As some of you may recall, this alluring French Caribbean archipelago holds a rather special place in my prepubescent memories… *Cough,* err, *ahem,* err, sorry.
Monday 20th of March 2017 06:48:59 PM
- Unpacking Haiti ? March 2017
Editor’s note: My passport has been overrun in recent years with the surprisingly (for a country so renowned for its art) staid oval stamp of the Republic of Haiti ? more than 10 trips in the last three years alone! My latest Haiti adventure will go down as one of my all-time favorite trips anywhere. Here’s a sneak peak at why… Post-Trip Mood Exhilarated and exhausted. Haiti can wear you out in ways both good and bad. Aside from some unusually challenging traffic (even by Port-au-Prince standards) tied to funeral activities honoring the Former Haiti President René Preval, EVERYTHING was exceedingly good on this particular visit.
Thursday 16th of March 2017 09:52:45 PM
- View With A Room: Luxury Beach Houses at Four Seasons Nevis
Of all the amazing beach views from all the amazing rooms at all the amazing hotels and resorts you can enjoy while visiting the Caribbean, it is the views that frame the exotic enticements most easily within reach that tend to thrill me the most. Nothing against the sweeping panorama offered by elevated perches high aloft the region’s more prodigious properties, but given the choice, I’d always opt for the type of arm’s length proximity to the surf pictured here. This is what awaits at the Luxury Beach Houses at the Four Seasons Nevis. Only four such Houses are found at the resort, each of them solely available for rent by the day between the hours of 8am and 6pm.
Tuesday 14th of March 2017 11:19:25 PM
- Wish You Were Here: Beachin? It In Barbados
Some photos require very few, if any, accompanying words to inspire an ASAP escape to the Caribbean. I imagine this one especially qualifies for those up north anticipating the latest nor’easter. No cold, snow, or concerns of any kind here. This is Barbados, home to nearly 70 miles of marvelously pristine beaches just like this one. Wish you were here..? *Photo credit: Flickr user Aurimas.
Monday 13th of March 2017 08:00:41 PM
- Photo Of The Day: Boating Across Bananier Beach, Haiti
After 10+ trips to Haiti in the past few years, you might think I wouldn’t have anything new or uncommonly awesome to share about this star-crossed country. I mean, aside from the Caribbean’s most incredible nightlife, a pretty sweet new hotel, and the odd cockfight or vodou ceremony, what could really register on the excitement meter for a well-traveled lover of all that Haiti has to offer like me? Well, I got my answer yesterday in the form of Bananier. What is Bananier? In some ways, you could say it’s just a beach. In others, you could say it’s a remote and secluded seaside playground.
Thursday 9th of March 2017 02:00:37 PM
- On-Site Haiti: Gearing Up For Tuesday Happy Hour Mojito Madness
It’s not hard to find a good party any night of the week in Port-au-Prince, as we’ve shown before. Even Tuesday has its jam, as I’m about to find out. I’m writing to you right now from the pool area at The Marriott Port-au-Prince where the weekly Mojito Night Happy Hour is in full effect! As uncommon as it might sound to be enjoying mojitos poolside in Haiti, it’s the variety of mojitos available to savor here that makes this party extra special. The mojito menu here changes each week, with one of seven different variations of the cocktail ? all created by the hotel’s talented bartenders ? seeing time in the spotlight and satisfying guests.
Wednesday 8th of March 2017 12:44:48 AM
- Perched Poolside in Provo, Turks and Caicos
It’s no surprise to find a pretty sweet pool gracing the grounds of The Somerset on Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. Every resort on Provo has at least one nice pool. The Somerset has two (here’s the other one), though the one you’re looking at here is especially appealing to swimming enthusiasts like me. At 138 feet, it’s the longest pool in all of the Turks and Caicos Islands, which in and of itself should make it nice enough for a few laps. This pool goes well beyond nice for fitness swimmers, though. You see, you don’t have to log laps here to get in a good workout ? no flip turns necessary.
Tuesday 7th of March 2017 12:15:40 PM
- Photo Of The Day: Sad Beauty Atop Mount Pleasant, Bequia
In an area as prone to hurricanes as the Caribbean, it’s no surprise to encounter long-abandoned, decaying buildings and homes like this one on your travels. Many are just eyesores barely worthy of a second glance. This one, though, seemed something more to me. I found it astride the road near the very top of Mount Pleasant, the highest peak in Bequia (elevation: 881 feet). The area has long been considered prime real estate, the cooler climes of the high elevation and dramatic views of Admiralty Bay below drawing many of Bequia’s more prominent residents here since as far back as the 1860’s.
Friday 3rd of March 2017 09:12:28 PM
- Half-Way-Tree Clock Tower, A Totem of Togetherness Uniting All REAL Kingstonians
We West Indians get really caught up (sometimes overly so) in notions of native origin; i.e.: what makes someone a bonafide local. This particular chicken comes home to roost for me on a personal level back home in St. Croix, where despite the fact that I was born and raised on Crucian soil, many locals do not consider me to be one of them. The reason: My parents are both from Trinidad, the pair having emigrated to the Virgin Islands in the late-1960’s. To be a true Crucian, as has been argued in Territorial Constitutional Conventions over the years, my family lineage in the USVI must trace back to the time before the U.S.
Thursday 2nd of March 2017 09:20:54 PM
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