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- Uncommon Envy: Îlet du Gosier, Guadeloupe
As you may have gathered from this recent post, or maybe this one, the first two days of my latest trip to Guadeloupe spent in Le Gosier left a bit to be desired. It wasn’t all bad, of course, and most of the blame for the missteps that caused me to miss out on a few choice experiences could most certainly be pinned on me. Still, I’m not sure that I ever need to go back to Le Gosier… except maybe to venture to the spot pictured above. This is Îlet du Gosier, It sits just offshore Datcha Beach, so close to the mainland that strong swimmers can no doubt make it over there, no problem.
Thursday 27th of April 2017 06:33:42 PM
- Uncommon Attraction: Changing The Guard at National Heroes Park, Jamaica
Despite the euphoria that has come with independence across much of the Caribbean over the past 50 or so years, colonial bonds to Europe remain strong in many of our islands. Some of these ties are so commonplace, so indelibly woven into the very fabric of the region that they’ve come to help define the idiosyncrasies of our islands. Dutch architecture in Curacao, French place names in Dominica, Boxing Day across all formerly British islands ? what was uniquely theirs, in many cases, has also become ours. (It’s even said that the quintessential British tradition of afternoon tea is today more rigorously observed in Barbados than it is back in the UK!) This brings me to the two gentlemen pictured here.
Tuesday 25th of April 2017 05:52:09 PM
- Drop Anchor and Explore Water Cay, Turks and Caicos
Sitting on the beach at Grace Bay in Provo, as the vast majority of visitors to the Turks and Caicos Islands are no doubt wont to do, it’s easy to get lazy; to lose your zeal for adventure. Grace Bay simply offers everything most anyone could ever want in a beach, as we’ve pointed out time and again. Best of all, it’s wide enough and stretches far enough that you never feel crowded, even with the scores of posh resorts, more modest guesthouses, restaurants, bars, and ridiculously exclusive luxury villas and private homes along her shores. Just a few minutes up the island chain toward North Caicos, though, lie exquisite sugar-sand shores the equal of Grace Bay in size and beauty, though with the added bonus of deserted-island adventure.
Monday 24th of April 2017 10:47:41 PM
- Celebrate Earth Day With Rhum Neisson Bio Esprit, The World?s First Certified Organic Rum
Earth Day is upon us, a time to celebrate the wondrous gifts that Mother Nature has bestowed upon us, while also contemplating all the various ways that we keep screwing her over. As the father of precocious teenage boys keen on living in a clean and healthy environment long after I’m gone, I’ve come to spend an inordinate share of my Earth Days lately focused on the latter. Reducing our use of incandescent light bulbs, upgrading to Energy Star appliances, ensuring that we’re maxing-out on recycling, and making locally-grown produce from a nearby farmer’s market a greater share of our weekly groceries have all been part of our Earth Day fun in recent years.
Friday 21st of April 2017 06:25:35 PM
- How To Enjoy Aruba?s Conchi Natural Pool More Than Most
Everybody’s doing it! The sentiment has always served as a warning of what not to do along out travels. Our focus is the uncommon, after all. The beaten path, well, that’s just not for us. The many persistent voices encouraging us to visit Conchi on my last trip to Aruba with the wife last summer, though, were very convincing. “It’s the top natural wonder in Aruba,” they said. “An amazing place; peaceful and remote…” Add in the fact that Conchi is a natural pool (our favorite type!), and we just couldn’t say no. So, at the crack of dawn on our first full day on-island, we set out on what we hoped would be the adventure highlight of our trip!
Thursday 20th of April 2017 07:56:19 PM
- Sailing Past Le Gosier, Guadeloupe
Sailing in and around the Guadeloupe Islands is always a good idea. The archipelago consists of six inhabited islands and countless other islets, rocks, and atolls where only nature abounds. The very nature of the place compels you to hop around. For uncommon travelers, sailing past Le Gosier is generally a good idea as well. I spent the first two nights of my recent trip to Guadeloupe here… I would’ve been fine with just one. Le Gosier was just too touristy for me. The planteur, too watered-down. The vibe, too anywhere. I’m guessing the folks on this Cat were oblivious to any misgivings over Le Gosier, though, happily sailing on to more uncommon shores somewhere else in Guadeloupe…
Tuesday 18th of April 2017 04:34:44 PM
- Antigua and Barbuda ? Even More Amazing from the Sky
Two primary islands, 40+ additional satellite islets, more than 365 beaches, and endless sweetness (some of it judged to be the best in the world!) ? Antigua and Barbuda are just plain beautiful in most every way. A quick and easy drive around the island makes this plain, nearly every bend revealing another jaw-dropping stretch of sugar-white sand, rolling hills, verdant fields, historic sites, and other treasures. From the sky, the allure of Antigua is even more pronounced… How can you add this type of spectacular aerial footage dimension to your Antigua and Barbuda travel memories? I mean, short of buying and operating your very own drone, then hunkering down at home to edit your video, of course.
Monday 17th of April 2017 04:36:48 PM
- Seagulls at Sunset Portending Peace in Exuma, The Bahamas
They’re not doves, those quintessential symbols of peace known the world over, seemingly for all of time. These are seagulls, swooping in, most likely, to snare a late-afternoon snack, during the golden hour somewhere in Exuma. They look like doves to me, though, silhouetted as they are against the radiant burnt-orange sunset sky. They make me think of peace. Peace, and a better tomorrow… *Photo credit: Colin Ruggiero.
Friday 14th of April 2017 07:07:11 PM
- Time Out for Tambour Drumming in Martinique
For a relatively small place, Martinique has made quite a large impact on the global music scene. You probably know of the island’s vibrantly seductive zouk rhythms. You might even know of le biguine, or at the very least you may have heard of it through the 1930’s Artie Shaw classic, Begin the Beguine. Lesser known, though no less fantastic, is the bélé. Deeply rooted in Afro-Caribbean musical influences extending back to the slave days, the bélé is heavy on the drums, in this case a large tambour also known as a bélé. Tanbouyé masters (drummers) actually sit on the bélé, effectively riding the beats they improvise as a singer metes out call and response chants encouraging all to participate.
Thursday 13th of April 2017 07:50:09 PM
- Photo Of The Day: Hang-10 Higgling at Wahoo Bay, Haiti
No matter how you feel about them (my sentiments are mixed, as noted before), you gotta’ admire the ingenuity put forth by higglers across the Caribbean. Fences, laws, and various other barriers meant to keep them at bay continuously crop up, but they always seem to find ways to get to peddle their wares to the people. Of all the higglers I’ve come across on my recent travels, this guy is my favorite. I found him at Wahoo Bay, a cool little hotel above the sea in Haiti’s Côte des Arcadins resort area. This is one of the choicest spots to stay and play during the weekends for residents of Haiti’s bustling capital, Port-au-Prince, and its uptown offshoot, Petion-Ville.
Wednesday 12th of April 2017 08:45:14 PM
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