Month: January 2016

This Caribbean Destination Just Topped 5 Million Visitors

 Cancun just set a record. The Mexican Caribbean destination reported more than 5 million visitors in 2015, breaking its previous record of 4.8 million, set in 2014. Cancun’s hotel occupancy rate also reached an all-time high of 82 percent, according …

Divi Planning Multimillion-Dollar Renovation in Aruba

 Another Aruba hotel is getting an upgrade. The Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort will be undergoing a multimilllion-dollar property upgrade beginning in Spring 2016, the Aruba Tourist Authority announced. The project will modernize and enhance the resort, with changes including …

Park Hyatt St Kitts Eyes August Completion Date

 The Park Hyatt St Kitts is making good progress ahead of its planned opening in late 2016. Range Developments, the UAE-based firm which is developing the project, said it is working toward a completion date by August of this year. …

LATEST NEWS

 A Jamaican odyssey By Nigel SpenceCJ Contributor Every time I find myself in Jamaica, it never fails to amaze me that despite its economic woes, sprinkled with crime and violence, there is a vibe that infects me upon arrival that …

 The Guadeloupe archipelago was lightly shaken by a 4.9-magnitude earthquake on Sunday, according to the United States Geological Survey. The quake, which measured 4.9 on the Richter scale, struck at around 12:42 PM local time, at a depth of 119 …

 Jamaica has confirmed its first case of the Zika mosquito-borne virus, the country’s Ministry of Health announced. The patient, who has now recovered, is a four-year-old child from Portmore. The government said the child began showing symptoms on Jan. 17, …

 The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Tawnya Silloway in Colorado Springs, Colo., who sent in this marvelous shot of Playa Bavaro in the Dominican Republic. Did you take a great photo of the Caribbean? Send it to …

 We have long said that “you don’t need a dive resort to go diving in the Caribbean.” But it sure helps. A great dive resort is not the same for everyone; some want luxury; some want function; some want value. …

 It’s one of the best places to snorkel in the British Virgin Islands: The Indians, the little chain of rocky islets so named for their apparent resemblance to traditional Native American headdresses. But it’s also just a pretty cool place …

 You wake up and open the sliding doors to your private pool, lifting up the bird figurine on the wall to signal that you’re ready for fresh croissants and pain au chocolat. Moments later, a staff member arrives with your …

 Aruba’s newest resort is making some new additions. The Hilton Aruba, which debuted at the former Radisson Aruba over the summer, has announced the opening of a new spa and the addition of a new executive chef. The new spa …

 A Caribbean institution By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor The lineup for the 25th annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival has been announced, and will feature Grammy award-winning Latin singer Marc Anthony as its headliner. Running for 10 days from …

 It’s cheesecake, Caribbean style. One of the Caribbean’s top chefs, Jamaica’s Daven Willis, has been kind enough to share his recipe for a rather special island take on cheesecake. Willis, who has trained at some of Jamaica’s top hotels, is …

turks and caicos hotels

 News from Pine Cay By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor Time’s they are a changin’ in the Turks and Caicos Islands, where the private-island resort formerly known as The Meridian Club, Pine Cay is changing its name to The Meridian Club, …

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 A new slate of events By Dana NilandCJ Contributor Have you been to the British Virgin Islands? Or is it on your bucket list? Either way, there are now even more ways to explore the archipelago. The BVI has announced …

 Bequia — it’s one of the most charming islands in the Caribbean, a beachy, laid-back, eclectic place in the Grenadines. And while staying there is great, why not get the best of both worlds: your own villa with hotel service? …

 The ultimate Virgin Islands experience By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor OK, so you didn’t win the Powerball jackpot. But it’s never too early to start planning what you’ll do if your numbers come up the next time. Here’s an idea: …

 New and old ways to see the island By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor Wanna know what to do in St. Kitts? Who better to ask than the CEO of the island’s tourism authority, Racquel Brown? Brown, a Jamaican, has lived …