Month: October 2015


How Many Tourists Have Visited The Caribbean So Far This Year

By Alexander Britell How many people are visiting the Caribbean this year? For the first half of 2015, the region welcomed 14.8 million tourist arrivals, a 5.8 percent improvement over the same period in 2014, according to data from the […]


At Jamaica’s River Bumpkin Farm, A World Beyond the Beach

By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon CJ Travel Editor Caribbean beaches get all the love. And really, who doesn’t adore sugary sands, Windex-blue water and palm-fringed coastlines? But in destinations such as Jamaica, where rushing rivers wind their way through the landscape, to […]


Haiti Holds First Round of Presidential Elections

Above: electoral materials arrive at Haiti’s airport (UN Photo/Srdan Slavkovic) By the Caribbean Journal staff Haiti held its first round of presidential elections on Sunday, although it will likely be some time before the leading vote-getters are announced. The country […]

What Jamaica Needs to Succeed

By Dennis Chung CJ Contributor One of the things we often forget is that development of a company or a country is primarily for the purpose of advancing the lives of people, and not just measuring numerical indicators. Although companies […]

A Very Strong Month for the Caribbean Hotel Sector

By the Caribbean Journal staff Caribbean hotels posted strong growth in September, according to the latest report from hotel analytics firm STR. The region’s hotel occupancy was 54.4 percent last month, a 6.4 percent year-over-year improvement over the same month […]

This Caribbean Island to See $1 Billion in Hotel Investment

By Alexander Britell WILLEMSTAD —Barbados is booming. The Caribbean island is slated to see more than $1 billion of proposed hotel plant investment over the next five years, according to William Griffith, CEO of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. That investment […]


A Secret Corner of Aruba

By Alexander Britell ARUBA – Gilbert Raven loved The Flintstones. There was something about Fred and Barney, about Dino, about pedaling with your feet. And it inspired him to build it. To build this place. Something about a trip to […]

Rum Journal: The Best Lobby Bar in Aruba

It’s been quiet, but it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Over the last few years, Marriott has been on a push to redefine the Caribbean hotel lobby — to make it a place worth congregating, a place worth admiring, a place, well, […]

A Beach Bagel Shack in Aruba

A few steps from Aruba’s ultra-wide, impossibly-white Manchebo Beach is New York. Well, not quite New York, but a slice of it. It’s a little shack of a place off just off Manchebo, one you might drive or walk right […]


Aruba’s Best Gelato

It’s hard to miss it. It’s right in the center of Oranjestad, just across Havenstraat from the Renaissance Mall. And on a hot, dry afternoon in Aruba, it’s just about the best place on earth. This is Gelatissmo, the best […]

Caribbean Photo of the Week: The Marina at Casa de Campo

By the Caribbean Journal staff The latest Caribbean Photo of the Week comes from Caribbean Journal reader Jose Buera, who sent in this snapshot of sunset at the Marina at the Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic’s La […]

This Caribbean Country Is Adding Solar Street Lights

By Dana Niland CJ Contributor Guyana says it is developing a number of initiatives dedicated to the use of renewable energy sources. The Ministry of Finance’s 2015 mid-year report indicates that the latter half of the year will see the […]


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