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Economic Sun Not Quite As Bright As Carribean Sun

Tourists are being advised to continue on their Caribbean holidays as a destructive but thankfully relatively un-deadly hurricane season draws to a close.

Hurricane Tomas was responsible for the deaths of 14 people in St. Lucia at the beginning of the month. With houses flattened and infrastructure damaged, the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) quickly paid out $13 million to Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Vincent. Though even St. Lucia has been quick to recover from the Hurricane, the destruction has rocked people’s faith in the sustainability of the Caribbean economies. Others are taking heart in the fact that all twelve of the hurricanes failed to make landfall in the US, keeping a valuable source market in good health.

With the wider Caribbean economy so heavily dependent on tourism, the bad weather has been less than fantastic news. Whilst some islands like Trinidad and Tobago have remained resilient due to oil and gas resources, the reliance on timber and agriculture aside from tourism puts a lot of investment in resources that can be easily destroyed by hurricanes (as happened in St. Lucia). Critics have been quick to point to this lack of diversity in produce as a decisive issue, but they also believe that tourism should be targetting outside the comfort zones of Europe and North America.

The problem with tourism isn’t that the sun has stopped shining of course. A holiday to Barbados, St. Lucia, the Dominican Republic or any other of these fabulous islands is as wonderful as it has ever been. However, there’s a futher problem: the Caribbean no longer has sole control over the image of the tropical paradise. Mauritius holidays are a fantastic Indian Ocean destination, and responsible for much of the European Source Market’s fickle attitude to Caribbean destinations in the last decade. Tourists are also keen to discover new tropical destinations, such as Thailand holidays for a continental tropical climate.

Travel Guide to Jamaica Holidays

Jamaica is located just south of Cuba and is the third largest island in the Caribbean. Jamaicans are famous throughout the world for their kindness. This place is also well known for music, rum, coffee and its beautiful beaches. The main breaches of Jamaica specifically Negril, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay are acknowledged for their plain turquoise waters and striking beauty. These beaches will prove to be a chief attraction for the tourists for the duration of their Jamaican Vacations.

The Doctor’s Cave Beach, Seven Mile Beach, Boston Bay Beach, Treasure Beach, Cornwall Beach, The Black River, Somerset Falls and Green Grotto Caves are few other tourist points of interest near Jamaica. These scenic places really should not be missed at any cost. Modern amenities and facilities are presented to the tourists by many hotels and beachfront resorts in Jamaica.

Negril is often a big beachfront resort town famous for its white sandy beach front which is seven miles long. Negril is a perfect place to enjoy Caribbean surroundings and this is why it is one of the key tourist attractions. Black River Safari is one more thing Negril is well-known for. Here you can either test Jamaican rum at the Appleton Estate or take a dip in the quiet waters of Black River.

You are able to discover numerous rare type of crocodiles within the Black River since it is usually a habitat for crocodiles. Tourists spend most of the time in the street shops of Negril which sell wide range of craft goods and artifacts.

Ocho Rios is well known for its blue mountains and yet another position you need to stopover. Different varieties of plants and animals exist in and around the area of Blue Mountains. Besides, this region is also known for the cultivation of world famous coffee. Visitors can enjoy the taste of Jamaica’s world renowned coffee as the place has many coffee plantations.

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Visiting The Caribbean

Some call it “paradise.” Others call it “heaven on earth.” Well, one thing is certain, the Caribbean is precisely what you need if you’re looking for beaches, boats, banks, bikinis, lots of sun, and other tropical holiday essentials.

Situated right at the tip of South America and surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, the Caribbean is not just the No. 1 playground for the Americas, but also comprises movie-set beauty, coconut tree-clad mountains, verdant valleys of sugarcane and bananas, and seashore galore. Even the cities here glow with glorious buildings and the cities dotting the area have been established long before the automobile.

The islands are awash with island-flavored ethnicity with just the subtlest hint of European influence, and world-class hotels, resorts, restaurants, activities, attractions, and shopping. There are hundreds island spots to choose from for your Caribbean holiday and each has its own extensive catalogue of hotels and activities for the Caribbean’s famous exotic warm weather.

Below are our top picks for an awesome Caribbean island travel: Bocas del Toro, Panama and New Providence, the Bahamas.

Bocas del Toro, Panama

Gamboa Rainforest Resort Panama City (

Panama, the bridge of the world, is home to many astounding Caribbean island destinations. But now we are going to focus on one that stands out among the others. It is the island of Bocas del Toro.

Playa Tortuga Hotel Bocas del Toro (

Bocas del Toro has been a popular holiday spot for years. It is home to many activities for beach lovers. The island is also home to world class beaches and dive spots. Bocas has a very wide variety of resorts to choose from for your vacation. When planning to visit Bocas you’ll want to do careful research on hotels in Bocas del Toro.

New Providence, the Bahamas

Most visitors erroneously call it “Nassau” because the island is the site of the nation’s capital, which was named after the Dutch Prince of Orange-Nassau in 1695 after he took over the British throne. In truth, the island is New Providence where about two-thirds of the Bahamian population lives, and where millions of dollars are invested in Nassau, Cable Beach, and Paradise Island. In recent years, New Providence has created a name for itself as one of the top places to visit when on a Caribbean vacation.

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Caribbean holiday with children

Is it hard to travel to Caribbean with children?

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 When you think about vacation in Caribbean, what most people have in their mind is the beach, the romance, the water and the sun. Not many people thought about spending their family vacation or holiday with family, especially with children. Well, after you read this article, you might have to change your thought about it.

 More and more people travel to Caribbean with children; from new born to older. I would not suggest travelling to Caribbean with your new born baby under 5 months as it might be a bit troublesome as baby need a lot of time to spend with; obviously that is not a holiday for mother anymore but other family members.

 There are now more hotels and resorts in Caribbean that create fun activities designed especially for children, some hotels even have dance class for kids. Not only children, many of them also cater for day care or babysit for infants. In this way, both the parents and the children can all enjoy their holiday in Caribbean.

Just remember always to check out for hotel deals,phone card and calling card deals in Caribbean before you travel

 For travellers who bring their babies during the travel in Caribbean, there are popular hotel below which offer nursery for newborn and toddlers:

 Almond Beach Village in Barbados

Almond Beach Village Resort Saint Peter Barbados (

In Almond village, the nursery for babies and toddlers are free. Not only that, for child under 2 years old they also provide an indoor and outdoor full service nursery. And as the parents you can enjoy yourself in your own activities provided by the resort too, which include golfing, water sport, kayaking, banana boats, snorkelling and with instructor too. For parents, just look out for the DRESS CODE in the resort

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Trinidad and Tobago Fusion of Beauty

Trinidad and Tobago are a fusion of beauty, culture, history, fascinating cuisine and so much more. They are as different as the proverbial “chalk and cheese”, but therein lies the allure. Visitors get a two for one deal when they visit the twin island republic. It’s known as “TNT” by its citizens, a name that’s apt and fitting.

In Trinidad the destinations are lively, friendly, bubbly, people; while Tobago will woo you with its serenity, beauty and mysticism. These islands were joined hundreds of years ago by the British who once owned them. They became independent since August 1962. They have managed their economy successfully since then and have established themselves as an economic power house in the region.

Trinidad and Tobago needs to be explored separately, and then merged to truly appreciate their uniqueness, while recognizing their compatibility.


Tobago is the smaller and quieter of the two “sisters”, contributing her natural beauty to the allure of the islands. Travelers will be welcomed by her exquisite charm. They will be mesmerised by the wonder of the Buccoo reef, which is a marine protected area, as they are taken out in glass bottom boats to view the variety of marine life that call the reef home. The Nylon Pool lies just behind the reef, it was named by Princess Margaret when she visited it back in 1962. The locals claim that the Pool has rejuvenating powers. Pigeon Point is one of the most popular beaches in the Caribbean. The white sandy beach is lined with coconut and is well-kept and managed.


Tobago has a varied cuisine, some of it can also be found in its sister isle Trinidad. Nevertheless, they have their own unique dishes, such as crab and dumplings. bene balls (sesame seeds formed into a ball and held together with sugary mixture), toolum, another island confectionery, is also round. Its ingredients are molasses with grated coconut. Visitors can enjoy other creole dishes such as callaloo, ( a dish made with dasheen leaves, coconut milk, ochros and seasoned with green seasonings). salt fish buljol, this is shredded salt fish seasoned with fresh seasonings and heated with hot oil. Make My Trip


There are many different types of restaurants on the island. Some provide international as well as local dishes, while others offer mainly local cuisine. For the lovers of fast food; there are restaurants to satisfy you as well. Most are reasonably priced and well run.

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Romantic Summer Vacation Destinations

If you want a summer filled with romance, you can take your loved one and dash off on a romantic holiday. A variety of destinations await at many different locations. The following are some of the best destinations for a romantic summer vacation.

South Florida

Imagine sitting with your loved one on the sandy shores of the beach holiday. The stars are twinkling above, and the waves are lapping gently at your feet. Romance is often in the air in the breathtaking beaches of South Florida. You will find many different beaches in this area, some of which are fairly quiet. You will find many restaurants where you can dine right next to the water. You will find all sorts of hotels where you can watch the sun rise from your very own private balcony next to your loved one. There is something for everyone in this beautiful palm-tree filled area.


If you want something very romantic honeymoon destinations, then you can go to the city that is seemingly made for romance. There are few things as sweet as riding on a gondola as you gaze at the beautiful world-famous architecture around you. You can dine at many beautiful restaurants with authentic Italian food. This is an extravagant vacation, to be sure, but one you are likely to remember forever.

Cruise to the Caribbean

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Travel On A Bargain!

Now, doesn’t that sound absolutely delicious?! You have just pictured yourself having a yummy bite of a slice of heaven!So what’s stopping you from just packing up your things & flying away to any of the many exotic destinations around the world?! Oh, right — the expensive cost that you just cannot afford to pay for right now especially with the new car & house mortgage already on your belt is keeping you from having your dream vacation.

Well, stop worrying about it because there are plenty cheap air travel fares around that will surely solve the first problem in achieving your dream vacation. Travel agencies & airline companies are aware that many people would love to travel but they just cannot afford the expenses that come along with it. For a few years now, cheap air travel fare has been promoted as the #1 solution to travel problems.


 comCheap air travel fare can be found in many online sites booking special tours on tourist destinations all over the world. With cheap air travel fare, you need not worry about spending way above your budget!As if cheap air travel fare was not the best news you’ve heard so far, you will also be surprised to find that cheap air travel fare often comes with a vacation package that also lets you stay in a good hotel along with the usual accommodations at surprisingly low prices! These vacation packages can include anything from a chauffeured ride from the airport to the hotel & from the hotel to all the tourist stops; to a complete tour package that includes an effective tour guide.


Just think of all the beautiful places you can visit with cheap air travel fare! You can go to the sunny Caribbean this year, then off to classy France next year, maybe exotic Boracay, Philippines after that and then go on a cool tour of Alaska. Or maybe you want to try an Asian tour package & be swept off to an entirely different experience with the exotic East! The possibilities are endless with cheap air travel fare!

How would you like to take a look at the European countryside but you have always been told that Europe is very, very expensive. Well, it IS true. Europe really is expensive. But not if you get cheap air travel fare! The money you save on cheap air travel fare is money that you can use for shopping in Italy, on a chocolate binge in Switzerland, vodka tasting in Russia or beer hogging in Germany!

FUN! FUN! FUN! That & more is what’s waiting for you with cheap air travel fare!


Planning a Cheap Vacation on an Expensive Destination

A lot of people thought that visiting Aspen, Paris, New York, Napa, and Hawaii meant that youd have to bring a lot of money. Most of them spend their whole lives saving up for that one trip. Spending too much on a single trip, though, isnt very practical. Neither is it a smart choice, because you can save as much as half of the peak season cost if you only know when to book your trip.

Sometimes, you dont even have to time it during the off-season. A lot of people wait for the rates to take a dip during the high season (airplane companies do hold promos) before they purchase their tickets. These discounts range from 20% to a spectacular 50%, so you should definitely keep your eyes peeled.

Maybe theyre not as cheap as your less-than-stellar summer destinations. However, they are at least more affordable during these times. Below are the most desired travel destinations and the best times to book your flight.

London on spare change

Planning a Cheap Vacation on an Expensive Destination

London can be a pretty pricey destination especially if youre coming from miles and miles away. However, if you book your flights from November through March, youll find the hotel rates lower than usual. This is probably due to the fact that these are the colder months, and most people in Europe travel to other parts of the world to enjoy warmer climates.

If youre from Los Angeles, though, a bit of the cold biting your knickers wont do you harm. You might just find the old country charm of London an experience worth investing in, at least for a week or so. Good news, too, because during these cold months, the British Airways and Virgin Atlantic dish out their cheapest airfares. This will give you more money to spend on exquisite London cuisine and much-needed culture.
With the holidays just around the corner, London is also teeming with plays and dances to go to. If youre a party animal, you might just find pubs in London which give you a little bit of Ireland without actually going to Ireland. Whichever way you choose to spend your time here, you can immerse yourself in the English folks elusive Rs without putting a dent on your wallet.

Zooming to Hawaii

Planning a Cheap Vacation on an Expensive Destination

For years, now, this honeymoon destination remained a permanently expensive summer spot, thanks to its pristine beaches and untouchable Hawaiian charm. However, if theres anything good about the recession, its the fact that it made a lot of expensive vacation spots slightly more affordable for ordinary people like you and me. Most of the hoteliers in Hawaii now offer the lowest room rates its ever offered in years.

The airfares to Hawaii also dropped to at least 1/3 of its usual rate. The deals even sweeter if you travel during the low-peak season which is between September and early December. Of course, low seasons in a summer get away means a few rain clouds and showers here and there. If occasional showers wont dampen your mood, though, you should go ahead and book your flight during this time.

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Rock the Boat: Top 10 best cruise group shore excursions

Passengers of a cruise ship might be happy with seeing the great views, playing at onboard casinos, or pigging out on the buffet but there is a growing trend today as cruise lines organize exciting, extreme, and even outrageous group shore excursions.
Shore excursions are where people can enjoy the wow factor of their cruise and connect with new friends. Below are some of the most adrenaline crazy group shore excursions that we know of.

Riding a Harley in Alaska and the Caribbean

Cruisers who want to feel the wind against their faces while sightseeing can zoom on the road riding cool Harleys in Ketchikan, Alaska and in the Caribbean. You will need a motorcycle permit but you can also go with a licensed rider if you want to watch the Cozumel sunsets or go to the lush Tongass forest. A gang leader in a black leather jacket with tattoos all over will lead your group. Okay, it will be a local tour guide. J
Holland America, Princess, and Carnival are some of the best cruise lines which can set you up with Harley shore excursions in Cozumel and Nassau all year round or in Ketchikan during summer. Fares may range from $190 to around $369.

Rock the Boat: Top 10 best cruise group shore excursions









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Cruz Bay – St. John, US Virgin Islands

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St John Cruz Bay(

Cruz Bay is the biggest town on the Island of St. John, which is the third largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Like the Island as a whole, Cruz Bay is undeveloped and laidback. It offers the charm and beauty of a Caribbean town, but with the security and convenience that you would expect from a U.S. town. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing, fun time away with your family or your partner, then it really is the perfect destination for you.

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