Month: July 2018

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Signs of Improvement for Caribbean Hotel Industry

 By Fatima ThompsonCJ Contributor May produced positive overall performance results for hotels in the Caribbean thanks to just the second room-rate increase of 2018. Occupancy was down (-0.9%) for the seventh month in a row even with lower room inventory …

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From Turks and Caicos to Antigua, 5 Toes-in-the-Sand Hotels

 Sure, lots of Caribbean hotels are on the beach. But how many of them are right on the beach? How many have rooms where you can literally step out onto the sand? That’s the difference between a beach hotel and …

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USVI Eyes St Thomas Cruise Harbor Expansion

 By the Caribbean Journal staff St Thomas’ major cruise harbor in Charlotte Amalie is proposing a series of improvement projects, according to United States Virgin Islands officials. The projects include a proposed dredging of Charlotte Amalie Harbor and its adjacent …

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 By Tim CotroneoCJ Contributor Is it possible that a golf course’s beauty can hurt your game? Emerald Bay Head Professional Richard Gibson believes this could be the case with his Greg Norman-designed 18-hole layout, which hugs the turquoise waters of …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Greg Lyon of Los Angeles, Calif., who sent in this superb shot of Arashi Beach in Aruba. Have you taken a great photo in the Caribbean? …

 By Dana NilandCJ Contributor Haiti’s Le Plaza hotel is doing its part to add even more art to the streets of downtown Port-au-Prince with major new mural project. The mural, commissioned last summer by the hotel’s management team and created …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff Riu has reopened one of its most popular all-inclusive hotels in the Mexican Caribbean, the company announced this week. The Riu Tequila has relaunched in Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, following …

Loren At Pink Beach

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Bermuda’s hip new Loren at Pink Beach boutique has added a new range of accommodations, according to the Bermuda Tourism Authority. The property has opened seven standalone villa residences, ideal for larger groups of family …

bermuda tourism strong

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Disney Cruise Line’s long-awaited debut in Bermuda will come next year, according to the Bermuda Tourism Authority. Disney will be sailing five-night cruises that feature two days in Bermuda, beginning in the fall of 2019. …

 It’s hard to say precisely when cask finishing began in the rum world. Sure, over the years there were rums like Dos Maderas, which took Caribbean rum and then aged it for years in sherry casks. Then there was HSE, …

Antigua Italy

 By Alexander Britell and Guy Britton There’s something special about the blue. When you make your way down Antigua’s southwestern coast, you begin to see it. It’s not blue, it’s not green, it’s not turquoise. It’s a stunning, bold aquamarine, …

 It’s another kind of island: pristine, untouched, remarkably beautiful. The 80-mile-long Long Island in The Bahamas is one of the region’s frontier destinations — a haven for beach lovers and fishermen, a sanctuary for those in search of serene retreat. Perhaps …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff St Maarten is having a very good cruise season, according to the latest report from Port St Maarten. The cruise destination is reporting 15 percent growth over its projections for the first half of 2018, …

 By Alexander Britell For years, it was one of the Caribbean’s most sought-after private-island destinations, a rarefied retreat, a full-fledged oasis. It was a different kind of private island resort — eco-conscious, historic, pristine and, well, endlessly charming. And now …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff While Mandarin Oriental has been managing the Pink Sands Club since the end of 2017, it wasn’t until this week that the brand officially made its debut. The property is now the Mandarin Oriental, Canouan, …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff A number of big names have joined on to this year’s edition of the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival. Sting and Jamaica’s Shaggy, who have produced major new album together, 44/876, will both appear at …

 It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since we first started the Best American Rums. Now in its sixth edition, this July 4 tradition celebrates the best of American rummaking, something that has certainly come a very long way …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Canadian travel giant Sunwing is adding even more flights to Los Cabos in Mexico, the company said this week. Sunwing will be adding nonstop flights from Ottawa to Los Cabos beginning Dec. 20; the flights, …