Tips for Duty Free Shopping in the Caribbean

Tips for Duty Free Shopping in the Caribbean

There are many things you can get out of a Caribbean beach vacation: a good tan, a more relaxed mind, some new skills like diving and snorkeling and most likely a ton of beautiful pictures. But no matter what attractions and activities you might involve in, it’s almost impossible to imagine a trip to the Caribbean without the usual shopping spree. Almost any soul wondering around this mysterious sea will thill you the Caribbean makes a fabulous shopping destination. Nothing is forbidden in... [ read more ]

A Short Guide to Caribbean Customs and Traditions

A Short Guide to Caribbean Customs and Traditions

Any person traveling to the Caribbean will be amazed by the diversity of people and customs which are to be found in these exotic islands. Spanish, French, Anglo-Saxon and African cultures have all contributed to the incredibly rich and diverse Caribbean culture. Variety is the spice of life affirms an old proverb, and the Caribbean seems to be the very impersonation of it. The mix of ethnicities and cultures of the island was responsible for many great inventions that we today take for gran... [ read more ]

Most Popular Caribbean Carnivals

Most Popular Caribbean Carnivals

October is not quite carnival time in the Caribbean, but as the hurricane season is coming to an end and late autumn weather begins to make its first sun-seeking victims, I thought you might enjoy a post on one of the Caribbean’s most popular traditions: carnivals. Almost each Caribbean island has its carnival and none of the carnivals resembles the other. Unlike the other big carnivals around the world (Rio de Janeiro, Tenerife, Venice), not all the Caribbean carnivals take place around Mardi... [ read more ]

Top Five Caribbean Capitals

Top Five Caribbean Capitals

Most Caribbean related travel blogs and publications will usually speak in terms of resorts and cruise ship destinations whenever referring to this popular destination. While it is true that secluded beaches and luxurious resorts represent the two major assets of the Caribbean islands, the urban side of the Caribbean shouldn’t be neglected. Let us not forget that the colonization of the two Americas began right here in the Caribbean so here you will find not only the oldest European settlement... [ read more ]

Historic Ports in the Caribbean

Historic Ports in the Caribbean

The Caribbean is today one of the most popular holiday destination in the world. However, there was no clue announcing this dramatic change of roles in the colonization period. Two centuries ago, the Caribbean was regarded as one of the most dangerous places in the world. The sea and main ports were raided by pirates, slavery was at its peak and nobody could predict when the next hurricane will struck. Nevertheless, the historic ports in the Caribbean were swarming with life and exotic merchandi... [ read more ]

Things to do in Guadeloupe

Things to do in Guadeloupe

Like most of the Caribbean, Guadeloupe benefits from amazing beaches, calm, turquoise waters which are perfect for diving and warm, welcoming locals. And just like with any of these exotic destinations, it’s hard to ever get bored in Guadeloupe: its diverse flora and its underwater worlds are still to be discovered, while in the world of hotels and casinos new entertainment possibilities emerge every day. Plus, we are speaking of a whole archipelago here, which means that the views and facilit... [ read more ]

Best-rated National Parks in the Caribbean

Best-rated National Parks in the Caribbean

It’s not very common to imagine the Caribbean as a hiking destination. Usually people come here on a cruise ship or opt for an all-inclusive resort where they can enjoy the water, sun and good food without extra worries. But this doesn’t mean that an outdoorsy person will find the Caribbean to lack adventure or natural beauties. Actually, some of the most amazing natural parks and reserves are to be found in the Caribbean. They can encompass various geographic features like volcanoes, rainf... [ read more ]

Fine Dining in Curaçao

Fine Dining in Curaçao

The island of Curaçao in the Lesser Antilles has managed to build up a strong reputation as one of the most classy and exclusive destination in the Caribbean. Curaçao is well known for its premiere diving spots and beaches, but there is also a lot of charm and sophistication in the Dutch-style architecture of it capital Willemstad. Curaçao visitors must also try to get a sample of the island’s exciting nightlife: if not for the bars and clubs, at least for the sake of its top-rated rest... [ read more ]

The Best of Spanish Caribbean

The Best of Spanish Caribbean

Although you will seldom hear anyone speaking of the Spanish Caribbean, it thought it would be a good idea to dedicate a post to the Spanish speaking nations of the Caribbean. The Caribbean seems like an oasis of multiculturalism in sea of Hispanic culture. Despite this much-praised region being discovered by Christopher Columbus (who was in fact a Genoese sailing under Spanish flag), numerous other nations have claimed parts of the Caribbean. Today, many of the Caribbean nations have claimed th... [ read more ]