Month: September 2014

Baha Mar’s Coral Reef Project

 Above: coral antlers at the property’s artificial reef By the Caribbean Journal staff The Caribbean’s largest resort project is expanding — into the ocean. But now how you might think. The Nassau project has an ongoing initiative in the shores of Cable …

Cayman Islands, Cuba Conclude High-Level Talks on Migration

 Above: the Hotel Nacional de Cuba By the Caribbean Journal staff The Cayman Islands and Cuba are working on the development of a new memorandum of understanding following the conclusion of high-level talks in Havana last week. The meetings, which …

S&P Raises Jamaica Outlook

 Above: Jamaica (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Ratings firm Standard & Poor’s has raised its outlook on Jamaica’s long-term sovereign credit ratings, it announced last week. The firm revised its outlook to positive from stable and affirmed its …

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 Above: Jamaica (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff MONTEGO BAY — Travel demand for Jamaica is surging in 2014, according to data from Expedia. Demand for Jamaica hotels on Expedia and Hotels.com rose by almost 20 percent in the …

 Above: Bridgetown (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Chile’s Ambassador to Barbados, Fernando Schmidt Ariztía recently held talks with Barbados Foreign Minister Maxine McClean. The talks focused on the conclusion of an air services agreement and the importance of …

 ABOUT A year ago, Rum Journal took on a challenge. We were planning a wide tasting to determine the best white rums in the world. We put together a group of white rums from many of the world’s top producers. …

 Above: Stuart’s Conch Stand in Bimini (all photos by CJ) By Robert DiPanoCJ Contributor BIMINI — It is no secret that Bimini’s waters are abundant with seafood, delighting local sport fishermen and foodies alike. Fabian Stuart, owner of Stuart’s Conch …

 By Ilio DurandisCJ Contributor Maybe it is true that no one will ever fully understand Haiti. From being the very first nation of the modern era to abolish slavery out of a bloody revolution to being the least prosperous and …

 Above: a Delta plane By the Caribbean Journal staff Delta Airlines is ramping up its service to Costa Rica, the carrier announced. The company will be resuming service between Los Angeles and Costa Rica, along with service between Costa Rica …

 Above: St Kitts (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff With a slew of new hotel projects on stream, St Kitts and Nevis’ government says it is planning to significantly increase the number of hotels in the twin-island federation. “Within …

 Above: CARICOM headquarters in Guyana By the Caribbean Journal staff The Caribbean and El Salvador have entered a “new era” of cooperation, according to CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. The Secretary General was speaking following the accreditation of a …

 Above: Cap Cana in Punta Cana (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Delta is significantly expanding its service to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, the carrier announced. The expansion, which will launch during the “high-demand season,” will include …

 By Dennis ChungCJ Contributor THE PLANNING Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is targeting real GDP growth of three percent in the fiscal year 2015/16. This is against the previously targeted 1.5 to two percent, under the current IMF agreement. I have long …

 Above: Hotel Cacao By the Caribbean Journal staff There’s a new boutique hotel in Playa del Carmen. Hotel management and development company Cornerstone’s new boutique property, Hotel Cacao, was officially inaugurated with a ceremony last week. The property is Cornerston’es …

 The latest Caribbean Photo of the Week comes from Caribbean Journal reader Toni Mauger, who sent in this snapshot of Timothy Hill in St Kitts. Do you have a great photo of the Caribbean? Send it to news@caribjournal.com with CPOTW …

 Above: Chef Shawne Bryan By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor MIAMI — Anguillian chef Shawne Bryan runs the pastry kitchen at Zuma, one of downtown Miami’s hottest tables. Celebs such as Gabrielle Union and Pharrell come here for the restaurant’s Japanese …

 Above: the Beach Bar in St John ST JOHN — It’s one of the first things you see when you reach the harbour of Cruz Bay, St John, US Virgin Islands, when you look past the rolling green hills and …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff The Caribbean-Mexico region will see almost 10,900 new hotel rooms open in 2015, according to the latest hotel development pipeline report from STR. The region is expected to see 58 hotels totaling 10,848 rooms debut …