Month: February 2015

Robin Thicke, Jimmy Cliff to Headline St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival

 Above: Robin Thicke By the Caribbean Journal staff Music superstars including Robin Thicke and Jimmy Cliff will be among those headlining this year’s St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival. The event, now in its 24th year, begins April 25 with …

Bob Marley’s Land Rover is Back

 Above: Bob Marley’s Land Rover By the Caribbean Journal staff In time for the 70th anniversary of the birth of Bob Marley, the Land Rover Defender the music superstar once owned has now been restored. The matte-blue 1977 Series III …

Hemingway in Cuba

 By Charles Bane, JrCJ Contributor FROM THE moment Ernest Hemingway saw Finca Vigia ( Lookout Farm) outside Havana in 1939, it became his home in the deepest sense. The southern location, warm year round, gave him ease; evidence now suggests …

LATEST NEWS

 Above: Jamaica (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica received just over 2.08 million stayover tourist arrivals in 2014, according to newly-released data from the Ministry of Tourism. That represented a 3.6 percent increase over 2013, when the country …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor The Caribbean is so close to North America and yet, with connections, lengthy layovers and the almost inevitable flight delays, it can feel SO far away. However, if you live in the South, Northeast or …

 Above: the Frangipani resort in Anguilla By the Caribbean Journal staff Anguilla’s Frangipani Beach Resort is expanding its reach. Last month, the property acquired the villa formerly known as Seychelles, and plans to relaunch the villa in November 2015. The …

 Above: Dominica (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Dominica and China have signed an agreement on a total of $16 million in new projects. The Chinese-funded projects are slated to come on stream this year, according to a statement …

 Above: a Copa plane By the Caribbean Journal staff There will soon be a new source market for one of the Caribbean Basin’s largest hubs, Panama. Copa Airlines announced Thursday that it would be launching nonstop service four times a week …

 By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon, CJ Travel Editor Memorialize your San Juan sojourn with a keepsake from one of these stores, where you’ll find authentic, exclusively Puerto Rican items. Because if you don’t bring anything back from your Caribbean travels, how will …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor Do you dream of flying through the air with the greatest of ease? Think you look good in a spandex unitard? Then Club Med Punta Cana is the place you want to be this June. …

 Above: shortstop Dainer Moreira By the Caribbean Journal staff Two players for Cuba’s Caribbean Series team have reportedly defected in Puerto Rico. The players are shortstop Dainer Moreira and pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez. Moreira was most recently with the Matanzas baseball club in …

 Above: Cap Cana (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The Dominican Republic received around 5.14 million tourists in 2014, according to new data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. That number was the largest of any tourism destination in the …

 Above: the Galley Bay resort in Antigua By the Caribbean Journal staff Antigua and Barbuda has named a new marketing team for the country’s Tourism Authority. The country’s Minister of Tourism, Economic Development Investment and Energy, Asot Michael, has announced …

 Above: The Botanical Gardens in St Vincent (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff They’re the oldest botanical gardens, not just in the Caribbean, but in the Western Hemisphere: the Botanical Gardens on the island of St Vincent. And this …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor If only finding love were as easy as the recipe for this rosy and romantic refresher from Puerto Rico’s Condado Plaza Hilton’s Café Caribe. Made with coconut-flavored rum, it’s a tropical twist on the traditional strawberry …

 Above: Grenada (CJ Photo) By Alexander Britell JetBlue Airways is launching service to the Caribbean island of Grenada, the carrier announced Wednesday. The move could be a major boost for an island that saw one of the highest tourist arrival …

 Above; a rendering of the Gran Palazzo project By the Caribbean Journal staff A $200 million condominium project has broken ground in Grand Cayman. The Gran Palazzo project, the brainchild of Caymanian developer Lewis Ebanks, is located on North Sound …

 Above: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar By the Caribbean Journal staff Trinidad and Tobago has a new Cabinet, following the latest reshuffle by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Persad-Bissessar revoked the appointments of six Ministers, including National Security Minister …