Month: September 2014

Puerto Rico Set For Tourism Convention

 Above: the Condado Plaza Hilton hotel By the Caribbean Journal staff Puerto Rico will soon play host to the island’s annual tourism convention. The Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association will gather from Sept. 8 to Sept. 10 at the …

Unresponsive Private Plane Crashes Near Coast of Jamaica

 Above: a Tocata TBM plane like the one above was involved in the crash By the Caribbean Journal staff A unresponsive private plane crashed in Jamaica on Friday, causing a brief scare around the northern Caribbean and the United States. …

Rum Journal: The Bob Marley

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor “Lively up yourself” with this multicolor Marley-inspired signature shot from Sandals and Beaches resorts. It’s super-easy to make and the flaming finale is guaranteed to get the party started! Ingredients ½ ounce grenadine ½ ounce …

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 By Alberto Duran and Noemi Areli SanchezOp-Ed Contributors The Central American Integration System (SICA) was formed in 1991 and is a regional organization which includes the States of Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. …

 Above: Panama President Juan Carlos Varela in Rome (Photo: OP Panama) By the Caribbean Journal staff Panama President Juan Carlos Varela is on an official visit to Europe this week, with Italy the first stop. On Thursday, Varela headed to …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor Strolling down Playa Del Carmen’s main drag, Fifth Avenue, you’re guaranteed to encounter two things: souvenir stalls selling tacky souvenirs and, if you’re female, countless offers from shifty guys offering to “be your Mexican boyfriend.” …

 Above Dominican and EU officials (Photo: DICOM) By the Caribbean Journal staff The Dominican Republic is receiving $2.85 million USD in grant funding from the European Union to improve disaster prevention in the country. The agreement on the funding was …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Contributor No other cocktail screams “Caribbean!” louder than rum punch, and in this edition of Rum Journal, Anguilla’s CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa offers a quick and easy recipe that’ll transport you to the tiny tony island’s …

 Above: Bimini (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The new cruise pier has been completed on the island of Bimini in the Bahamas, Resorts World Bimini announced Thursday. The pier represents the first phase of the company’s three-phase project …

 Above: Graycliff (CJ Photo) By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor Nassau’s Graycliff has many claims to fame: it’s the city’s oldest hotel and boasts a 175,000-bottle wine cellar that’s the third largest in the Western Hemisphere. But they’re no slouches when …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor Divers and snorkelers swarm artist Jason De Caires Taylor’s underwater sculpture gardens off the coasts of Grenada and Cancun, Mexico with good reason: His installations of life-size cement figures anchored to the sea floor are …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor Need a nibble to go with that rum punch? Do what the folks at Ocho Rios’ Jamaica Inn do during their nightly cocktail hour and whip up a bunch of these crispy coconut chips. The …

 Above: Dominica (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Dominica’s government is planning a reduction in the country’s corporate tax, it announced this week. Dominica will be lowering the corporate tax rate to 25 percent from 30 percent, according to …

 Above: Tobago (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The Tobago House of Assembly will be forming a task force with Caribbean Airlines to regularly discuss the “airbridge” that connects Trinidad and Tobago. Tobago Secretary of Tourism Tracy Davidson-Celestine recently …

 Above: Grenada (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Grenada is readying for the return of direct flights from Frankfurt, Germany via Condor Airlines. Thus far, bookings for the flights from Germany have “been going great,” according to Tourism Minister …

 Above: the Dreams Sands Cancun By the Caribbean Journal staff AMResorts has opened its newest Caribbean hotel: the Dreams Sands Cancun. The property, which is AMResorts’ 23rd resort in Mexico, opens after an extensive renovation and adaptation of the former …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor As the tabloids say: Stars, they’re just like us! So it’s little surprise that they love escaping to the Caribbean just as much as we do. If you’re hoping to do some celeb-spotting on your …

 Above: the IMF’s headquarters By the Caribbean Journal staff The International Monetary Fund’s Executive Board has approved the extension of its agreement with Haiti under an Extended Credit Facility. The agreement was extended to Dec. 28, and was taken without …