US State Department Officials Visiting Haiti, Dominican Republic

March 29, 2015 | 11:49 pm | 0 Comment


Above: Port-au-Prince (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Two top United States officials are visiting Haiti and the Dominican Republic this week. Counselor Thomas A Shannon and Special Coordinator for Haiti Thomas C Adams are traveling to the two countries from March 29 to 31. The pair will meet with senior government officials, civil society and the more...

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Puerto Rico Hotel Sector Reporting Strong Growth

March 29, 2015 | 11:33 pm | 0 Comment


Above: San Juan (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Puerto Rico’s tourism sector is showing strong growth in 2015, according to new data from the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. In February, hotel occupancy grew by 4.8 percent compared to the same period in 2014, rising to 86.1 percent. Average daily rates also increased by 1.4 percent to an average of more...

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Caribbean Photo of the Week: Waiting for the Green Flash in Mustique

March 28, 2015 | 3:42 pm | 0 Comment


The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Mike Velthaus from HIllsdale, New Jersey, who sent in this beautiful shot while waiting for the green flash at Basil’s in Mustique. Do you have a great photo of the Caribbean? Send it to [email protected] with CPOTW in the subject line. It could be the next Caribbean Photo of the Week! — more...

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The Caribbean’s Chocolate Hotel

March 27, 2015 | 10:38 am | 0 Comment


Above: Boucan by Hotel Chocolat in St Lucia (All photos by CJ) By Alexander Britell SOUFRIERE — I am a cacao grower. The sun is beaming on this morning in St Lucia. There is little shade among the leaves of Soufriere. I've been gathering cacao fruit (and chewing beans) and grafting cacao trees all morning. Now a grafted tree, soon to be planted, bears my more...

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Caribbean Home: A Dorado Beach Property Lists for $8.5 Million

March 27, 2015 | 9:59 am | 0 Comment


Above: the property is located across from the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve resort By the Caribbean Journal staff A property in Puerto Rico’s Dorado Beach with some Rockefeller history has hit the market. The parcel, which includes a 4,000-square-foot home where Laurence Rockefeller once lived, is being listed by Christie’s International Real more...

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Expedia Is Making Big Moves in Haiti

March 26, 2015 | 10:34 pm | 0 Comment


Above: the Moulin Sur Mer Hotel, one of Expedia’s partners in Haiti By the Caribbean Journal staff Travel giant Expedia is making big moves in Haiti. The company reported this week that it had been making a “significant” expansion in Haiti, as the country looks to build its tourism sector. “Although not traditionally recognized as a popular more...

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Why Papa Zouk is (Still) the Caribbean’s Greatest Rum Bar

March 26, 2015 | 5:40 pm | 0 Comment


Above: Papa Zouk (all photos by CJ) By Alexander Britell ANTIGUA — A man excuses himself to offer a brand-new bottle of rum to the counter of the bar. But this is no ordinary bottle. It is an Appleton 21. And it is a gift, a gift to this bar. The bottle joins more than one hundred others: Clement, St James, Angostura Single Barrel. The greats and the goods more...

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Rum Journal: Watching the Sun at Antigua’s Siboney Beach Club

March 25, 2015 | 7:30 pm | 0 Comment


Above: the Siboney Beach Club (all photos by CJ) DICKENSON BAY — It’s late afternoon in Antigua. On Dickenson Bay, the waves are a little louder and the palms have finished their chores for the day. It’s time for an Angostura 1919, which goes well with the sun at this hour. This is the Siboney Beach Club, one of the island’s venerable hotel more...

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Finding Authentic Gelato in Antigua

March 25, 2015 | 5:27 pm | 0 Comment


Above: The Larder (All photos by CJ) There are all kinds of ways to cool down in Antigua, whether it’s an English Harbour on the rocks or a Wadadli or a dip on Darkwood Beach. But when it comes to the sweeter ways, there’s nothing better than a stop at The Larder. This institution not too far from the airport is a hub of sorts, regularly hosting meetings of more...

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Sunwing Launching New Cuba Flights

March 23, 2015 | 4:00 pm | 0 Comment


Above: the Memories Varadero Beach Resort By the Caribbean Journal staff Sunwing Vacations has announced plans to launch summer service from Ottawa for the first time, the company announced. The flights, which launch May 11, will operate weekly between Ottawa and the Cuban destination of Varadero. “Ottawa is an important gateway for us. Over the past winter more...

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