It's too easy to dismiss the Caribbean as just a sun destination. It is home to islands that have distinct cultures that charm in their own special way. Cruising is a wonderful way to hit many of the Caribbean's destination highlights. Over the course of a single journey, you can nibble fresh croissants from the French side of St. Martin, snap photos of the windmills sprinkled across Antigua, and dance the salsa in a portside café in the Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, your time onboard can be spent relaxing and watching dolphins at play in the turquoise seas of the Caribbean.
The yachting scene of the Caribbean attracts many visitors. It's not merely a sport; it's a way of life in many countries. Weekend races, yachting schools, and glamorous regattas fill the schedules of boat lovers. Visitors can partake in all of the action, whether it's taking a few lessons, or hiring a yacht that will take you to secluded bays.
Big or small, the islands of the Caribbean are beautiful and stand out from one another. St. Lucia, for example, is well loved among eco enthusiasts for its luscious green mountains and quiet stretches of beach. St. Bart's is a chic playground for celebrities and luxury-seeking travellers with elegant villas and streets dotted with designer boutiques. Anguilla is a lobster lover's paradise where the catch of the day is barbecued and slathered with orange-infused butter, then served with rum punch. In an island nation like Jamaica, it's the music, the lively beats of reggae and calypso, that visitors remember long after their holiday photos are printed. Such a wealth of sights and sounds make the Caribbean a long-standing favourite for lovers of culture and sun alike.
What we love about The Caribbean
On "island time," nothing is rushed or hurried. Watching the clock isn't encouraged, while enjoying life and relaxing is.
Watching the sun set over the horizon, with nothing taller than a palm tree, to interrupt the view, is pure magic.
Dining on the beach, while your toes play with the powder-soft sand, is an experience you won't forget.
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Trinidad & Tobago
Wednesday 7th October 2009
Travel Counsellor: Roslyn de la Hunt
I had a wonderful opportunity to spend a week in the Caribbean with some of my fellow Travel Counsellors. We were part of a wining incentive competition entitled “Pirates of the Caribbean”.
The destination … Trinidad and Tobago!
Trinidad and Tobago are two small islands that form the Southern Caribbean, with the closest point of Trinidad only 7miles from Venezuela. Trinidad is the more industrial/commercial of the two islands. Tobago is far more relaxed and the buildings are never higher than the palm trees!
“Trinibagons” are known for their carnivals, soca music, “liming and wining” and Brian Lara! But Trinidad and Tobago are also a haven for divers and bird watchers alike. Both islands have untouched rainforests, pristine beaches, rich coral reefs and beautiful sunsets! The locals are warm and friendly and always willing to tell you stories about their heritage.
As these two islands lie so far south, they do not fall into the traditional Hurricane Belt. The last hurricane... view full story
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