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Op-Ed: St. Vincent’s Major New Airport — And What’s Next

 Weighing the impact of Argyle By Kareem YardeOp-Ed Contributor It was recently announced with great fervor that St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be officially opening the Argyle International Airport (AIA) on February 14th 2017. Beset by challenges from the …

How to Save on Your Next Norwegian Cruise to the Caribbean

 Looking to save on your next Caribbean cruise? It may be time to consider a sailing on Norwegian. From now through February 5, travelers can choose from up to five offers plus a 50 percent reduced deposit when they book …

Hard Rock Hotels Expanding to Costa Rica

 Hard Rock is expanding in the region. Hard Rock International has announced plans to open a new Hard Rock Hotel in Costa Rica, the Hard Rock Hotel Papagayo, Costa Rica. The hotel is slated to open in early 2019 in …

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Luxury Hotels Caribbean

 Luxury comes in different shapes and sizes in the Caribbean. Sure, there are grand luxury hotels, those one is used to finding in Europe, that pop up along sandy shores, just as there are boutique jewels, too. But sifting through …

 One of the Caribbean’s top resorts has named a new general manager. The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico has appointed Ian-Robert Ciappara as its new GM, coming to the property after serving most recently as general manager …

Pipeline

 The Caribbean-Mexico hotel development pipeline continues to grow, according to the latest report from hotel analytics firm STR. The region had a total of 31,570 rooms in 188 projects under contract in December, a 10.5 percent increase over December 2015. …

 JetBlue had a very strong 2016, according to the company’s year-end numbers. The carrier, which has continued to expand quickly in the Caribbean, reported 45.6 billion revenue passenger miles overall in 2016, a 9.4 percent improvement over 2015. Available seat …

Vista Repositioning

 Carnival Cruise Line is changing its Caribbean fleet. The company is repositioning three of its newest ships to new homeports in 2018, the company said this week. In September 2018, Carnival Vista will move to Galveston, Tex.; Carnival Breeze will …

 The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Irene Wolters, who sent in this stunning photograph of Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, taken on Irene’s first-ever vacation in the Caribbean. (The first of many, we hope!) Have you taken a …

Seven Mile Water

 There’s a reason CJ readers chose this as the best beach in the Caribbean. Indeed, Seven Mile Beach is a sparkling, spectacular stretch of sand (even though it’s not quite 7 miles long), with calm waves and impossibly clear water. …

 There aren’t any places like this in the Caribbean – the pristine waters of the Exuma archipelago of the Bahamas. It’s Windex-turquoise and ultra-calm, full of sandbars like this one. This is what it’s like to be there. — CJ

 Jamaica is making a push to harness the power of its craft sector. The country’s government has announced plans to establish a Craft Development Institute, in partnership with the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. The institute, …

A view of Cap Est.

 There is a ti’ punch kit in the minibar. The placement of lime, white rhum and cane sugar immediately reminds you that you have come to the French Caribbean. And that is the story at the Cap Est Lagoon Resort …

Belize Tourism Boom

 Belize is seeing a continued surge in tourism growth, according to the destinations’ year-end numbers. Belize reported 385,583 overnight tourist arrivals in 2016, a 13 percent increase over 2015, the Belize Tourism Board said in a report. That came after …

 The Barefoot Cay Resort in the Bay Islands of Honduras has changed ownership. Barefoot Luxury, Inc. has acquired the property, which includes 15 acres on the Caribbean sea and a private three-acre island called Barefoot Cay. Also included in the …

 Antigua’s Blue Waters resort is expanding its wellness options with a new bespoke wellness program. The “Living Retreat” program, in partnership with UK-based wellness brand Living Retreats, will allow guests to “kick start their health and fitness and maintain a …

 Canadian carrier WestJet continues to show strong traffic growth, according to the company’s latest report. The company showed 2.098 billion revenue passenger miles in December, a 9.1 percent increase over the same month in 2015. Available seat miles grew 7.1 …

The view from a room at Atlantis.

 Hidden away in the far corners of Barbados, I found Atlantis. It is no undersea city, no lost civilization. But it is equally wrapped in mystery. Here, just outside the mystical town of Bathsheba, with its floating boulders and surfing soup bowl, …