By the Caribbean Journal staff Melia is returning to Costa Rica. The Spanish hotel giant has signed a deal to rebrand the Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort as the new Sol Tamarindo. The rebranding will take effect Aug. 1, according …

 By Alexander Britell and Dana Niland St Thomas is getting a big airlift boost this summer — and it looks like the start of a trend. The flight expansion will be highlighted by the addition of a second daily nonstop …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff It has long been one of the Caribbean’s most celebrated culinary destinations, and now Anguilla is raising its game again. The island has launched a new culinary celebration called Extraordinary Eats, a two-week festival highlighting …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff JetBlue is off to a surging start so far in 2019, according to the New York City-based carrier’s latest numbers. The company reported 3.913 billion revenue passenger miles in February, a 6 percent traffic surge …

 With very few exceptions, you won’t find a destination in the Caribbean that doesn’t have a beautiful beach — or five. But some destinations have that extra beach factor, the sort of place that simply overflows with marvelous beaches and …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader R. Reid-Smith, who sent in this delightful shot of Ha’Penny Beach on the island of St Croix in the United States Virgin Islands. Have you taken …

 By Dana Niland CJ Contributor Royal Caribbean International is planning more Caribbean escapes for the 2020-2021 season. The cruise line is introducing a combination of diverse offerings throughout Caribbean, from new ship pairings in major homeports across Texas, Florida and …

 By Bob FrielCJ Contributor In the world of travel, some forms are more difficult to pull off successfully than others. Solo trekking to the North Pole, diving to the bottom of the Marianas Trench, landing a man on the moon; …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Another day, another new Hilton-branded hotel project in the Caribbean. Or at least it seems that way. Hilton has continued its rapid Caribbean expansion in 2019 with the groundbreaking of a new $15 million Hampton by …

 By Dana Niland CJ Contributor Auberge Resorts, which has been rapidly broadening its portfolio in the wider region, has named a new chief operating officer. In his new role, Gabaldon will lead the corporate operational and human resources strategies for …

 By Alexander Britell THERE’S A popular restaurant in the onetime library of a very old Dominican abbey in the Dutch city of Zwolle. It’s called “The Library,” and it’s won a Michelin star every year since 1993 — now boasting three …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Anguilla is starting to see a major tourism rebound, according to new data from the Anguilla Tourist Board. Stopover arrivals to the island rose by 22 percent in January compared to the same month the …

 By Alexander Britell When the harvest changes, the rum changes. It’s a tenet particular to the Rhum Agricole of the French Caribbean, the only Caribbean rum with a true terroir. When you make your rum from freshly pressed sugar cane …

 By Alexander Britell and Dana Niland The Caribbean hotel industry is booming right now — but one global company is right at the top of the pipeline: Hilton. The company continues to ramp up its Caribbean expansion, one that has …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff The British Virgin Islands has new tourism leadership, following the British Overseas Territory’s recent election. New BVI Premier Andrew Fahie will also be serving as Minister of Tourism, following his Virgin Islands Party’s win in …