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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- Friday Happy Hour: Getting Sinny with Ginny in Aruba
I was trying to be good. No, really. I had every intention of behaving myself. Travel with the wife engenders such restraint. A romantic dinner at Aruba’s historic and insanely romantic Quinta del Carmen Restaurant further upped my good boy ante. It wouldn’t last. Things started out well, though. We held hands on our stroll up the Quinta’s fabled walkway, tracing a path well-trod for 100 years. She smiled over her shoulder as I placed my hand at the small of her back, gently guiding her ahead as our hostess led us to our table, alfresco in a courtyard oozing with Old World charm.
Friday 24th of February 2017 11:03:35 PM
- Martinique?s Pitons du Carbet? Exposed!
Like a lady, she always kept them hidden; the clouds like a blouse preserving her dignity; her pitons tucked safely away, reserved solely for herself… her special someone. I had been traveling to Martinique multiple times each year for six years by then, each time taking the same scenic ferry ride from Trois-Ilets north across the Bay of Fort-de-France; a beeline to the capital placing me right in direct sight of them. Never before, though, had I ascended to “special someone” status, her cloud?blouse revealing nothing; my eyes never blessed with the sight of Martinique’s marvelous Pitons du Carbet. That all changed on the particular occasion pictured above, of course.
Thursday 23rd of February 2017 04:16:27 PM
- Just Cruzan Just Offshore Buck Island, St. Croix
Many of my favorite memories of growing up on St. Croix were actually spent about a mile and a half north of the island. That’s where you’ll find Buck Island, of course; one of the more uncommon attractions within the U.S. National Park Service. As the weekends approached, those of us without boats would often find ourselves scrambling for a ride, or inventing creative ways to get to out to Buck Island for the fun. One friend might windsurf, another would take a kayak. The most intrepid would even make the swim! No matter how we got to Buck Island, though, the thing to do once on the beach was find a sweet boat like this one and hope you had a friend aboard.
Tuesday 21st of February 2017 08:57:43 PM
- How To Roam Around Trinidad and Tobago Like a Local
It’s easy to visit Trinidad & Tobago and not see much of anything beyond the tall buildings and bustling streets of Port-of-Spain. That goes double this time of year ? Carnival Season ? when all the action, fun, sexiness, and excitement you could ever want all center on the capital. You’d be missing a lot, of course. The real Trinidad & Tobago presents as wildly dynamic a destination as any in the Caribbean. Natural wonders the likes of Dominica, sublime beaches on par with the Dominican Republic, innovative cuisine with echoes of India, the Middle East, Africa, China, and Japan, scuba and snorkeling adventures sure to solicit envy from your friends, and utterly uncommon attractions like Pitch Lake found nowhere else on earth ? that’s just a small sampling of what makes Trinidad & Tobago so special.
Friday 17th of February 2017 08:11:51 PM
- Unpacking Kingston, Jamaica ? February 2017
Editor’s note: It happened a bit later in the year than usual, but my first Caribbean adventure of 2017 is now in the books! The destination: Kingston, Jamaica’s fabled capital city. The trip brought back some great childhood memories, while also igniting in me a desire to return more often. Here’s why… Post-Trip Mood Stuffed! I ALWAYS gain weight when I visit Jamaica, and this short weekend jaunt was no exception. From rekindling my long-standing love affair with Jamaican patties and delving into the cult of Jamaican KFC, to enjoying my first taste of Sweetwood jerk chicken, and satisfying my sweet tooth with some Devon House ice cream, I essentially ate my way across Kingston.
Wednesday 15th of February 2017 06:22:20 PM
- Early-Morning Kayaking Off The Caribbean Coast of Martinique
The waters just off the midsection of Martinique’s western shores, where sits the town of Schoelcher, reward the uncommon traveler with all manner of treats. The sea here is generally calm and clear, ideal for standup paddleboarding. There’s good snorkeling beneath the rocky outcroppings that separate area bays, and some of the finest seaside eats on the island can be enjoyed at the ultra-local hidden gem that is Le Senat. An early-morning kayak tour, like the one pictured above, provides a great way to get the lay of the land from the sea that makes this area so special. More on Martinique watersports options here.
Monday 13th of February 2017 04:10:16 AM
- Beachin? It At Hope Town Harbour Lodge, The Bahamas
Completely unexpected. Not sure why, but that was the feeling I had upon taking my first few steps on the powder-soft sweetness pictured above. This is the beach at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge, a quaint collection of cabanas, cottages, lodge rooms, and one private villa set in the heart of Elbow Cay. This place truly and fully embodies the local axiom: Slow down, you’re in Hope Town. Everything is geared toward relaxing, most notably the beach. Imagine having two miles of this virtually all to yourself… Maybe it was the marina feel of Hope Town in and around its historic lighthouse that threw me off, or the rocky shoreline behind Elbow Cay?s St.
Saturday 11th of February 2017 02:58:14 AM
- Own Your Own Fairytale Castle in the Caribbean
What if money truly was no object? You want to buy a home in the Caribbean; your budget, unlimited. You might have your heart set on an ultra-luxury condo, a swanky seaside villa, or maybe even your very own private island. A castle, though, is probably the furthest thing from your mind. After all, we’re talking about the Caribbean, a region nearly devoid of home-grown monarchies. There can’t possibly be any castles on offer in the islands, right? Wrong. Yes, castles do exist in the Caribbean… This is the Contessa’s Castle on my home island of St. Croix, a 10,000 square-foot bastion of grand Moorish/Asian architecture crowning a centrally-located hilltop on the East End of the island.
Thursday 9th of February 2017 08:51:44 PM
- Hiking, Diving Into Adventure at Waterlemon Cay, St. John
A good hike in the Caribbean is generally its own reward, but the best ones lead to special places ? remote tracks of sandy shoreline, spectacular lookout points, ancient colonial ruins, hot springs, waterfalls, thirst-quenching natural spring waters… even secluded islets like this one. This is Waterlemon Cay, an itty-bitty islet with its own sandy spit nestled just offshore the eastern edge of Leinster Bay on St. John?s north coast. You could get here by boat, of course, but then you’d miss out on the hike. From the road that leads to the Annaberg Plantation Ruins, a flat and open trail takes you along the shoreline.
Thursday 9th of February 2017 05:57:59 PM
- Uncommon Buy: All-Natural Ayiti Native Bath Products
Familiarity breeds comfort for most when it comes to bath products, the acutely sensitive skin types among us carting sample sizes of our preferred shower stuffs from home on our travels. It’s a good policy even if your derma is more durable, though, as most hotels tend to skimp on the suds. Not so the Marriott Port-au-Prince. Haiti’s newest hotel proudly features soaps, shampoos, and lotions produced by Ayiti Natives that are among the best I’ve ever come across at any hotel on my travels. Developed and produced entirely in Haiti, Ayiti Natives beauty products are all made with essentials oils, nuts, and herbs.
Monday 6th of February 2017 09:12:22 PM
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