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Getting the Facts Straight on Zika in Puerto Rico

By Clarisa Jimenez Op-Ed Contributor “Ground Zero?” “Pandemic?” “Hundreds of thousands of cases of Zika virus in Puerto Rico this year?” “Puerto Rico is not prepared!” None of the statements above reflect the situation on the ground in Puerto Rico.   […]

9 Interesting Facts About the Caribbean’s Natural Environment

Above photo: Tim Calver By Kimberly John CJ Contributor 1.      The Caribbean Sea is our ‘bread-and-butter’ and the main source of food and livelihoods for most of the region’s 41 million people. But, we also need protection from the sea’s […]

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Are OTAs Still a Threat to Travel Agents?

Online Travel Agencies (OTA) haven’t posed much of a threat to the business of travel advisors as they did in the past, but should an agent put OTAs in the rearview mirror for good or should they still be watching […]

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In Kingston, Jamaica, a Creativity-Fueled Tourism Renaissance 

Montego Bay. Ocho Rios. Negril. Falmouth. Most visitors to Jamaica are familiar with the island’s main tourism districts, but there is one destination that’s been glaringly absent from most Jamaican travel itineraries for the past half-century: the capital city of […]

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The Bahamas’ New Maritime Museum Is Now Open in Grand Bahama

Considering that the Caribbean is a region defined by water, there are surprisingly few museums in the region devoted to the importance of the sea to the Caribbean’s history, development, and the lives of its people. The new Bahamas Maritime […]

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Marriott Tobago Project Set to Launch Construction Next Year

The final design of the $81 million Marriott Hotel project, at Rocky Point, on the island of Tobago, is nearing completion and construction is expected to start in 2023. At a tour recently on the property, Superior Hotels Ltd chairman […]

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Tourism Minister Anthony Mahler on What’s Fueling Belize’s Hotel Boom

By Joe Pike, Special Contributor to CJI Caribbean Journal Invest (CJI) recently chatted with Belize’s new minister of tourism to find out what the destination offers to hotel investors, as the Belize hotel pipeline continues to boom — most recently […]

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How (And Why) to Buy Turks and Caicos Real Estate Right Now

The pandemic has put a new emphasis on where we actually live — on the home itself and its physical location. And, if and when this happens, again — where we would be willing to spend months stuck inside our homes. […]

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Op-Ed: The Future of Dominican Republic Tourism

By Carlos Castillo Consul General of the Dominican Republic in New York Tourism and hospitality have become synonymous in the Dominican Republic. They are the mainstay of the economy, and a tremendous source of pride within our culture. New York […]

Rum Journal: Celebrating Hemingway, Papa’s Pilar Opens Key West Distillery

BY ALEXANDER BRITELL The sun burned and then the doors opened and the rum began to flow, in the way only rum can on a hot afternoon. In an old grey building on Simonton Street in this island corner of […]

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The Best Cuban Cigar Shop in Grand Cayman

It’s hidden down a long corridor off Harbour Drive; when you arrive at the door you almost feel as though you’ll need a password to enter. Happily, though, La Casa del Habano in Grand Cayman is open to all, a […]

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How to Eat Your Way Around St. Croix

Startup company Virgin Islands Food Tours aims to help visitors taste the island By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon CJ Travel Editor Could there be a more fun way to explore a destination than to eat your way around it? We think not, […]

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Six Great Small Places to Stay in the Dominican Republic

Mention the Dominican Republic and the first thing that usually comes to mind is mega-resorts in places like the tourism hub of Punta Cana. But think again, because there’s much more to the Dominican Republic than its most famous resort town, […]

Jamaica and the IMF: What’s Next?

Looking ahead for Jamaica and the IMF By Marcia Forbes, PhD CJ Contributor Jamaicans Fear IMF’s Exit Everyone in the room wanted Jamaica to remain in a strictly monitored formal IMF programme, complete with sanctions for missed targets. Some scoffed […]

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Kingston, Jamaica

Fun facts about Kingston By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon CJ Travel Editor Though most visitors fly into Jamaica’s “second city” of Montego Bay, the capital, Kingston, is a vibrant and energetic metropolis well worth a visit. With a new highway that has […]

Education in the Caribbean

By Nancy George Op-Ed Contributor The very good news for Caribbean education is that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) has agreed that 2016 is the time to craft a Regional Strategic Action Plan that […]

Bermuda’s Most Dramatic Lobby

When it comes to hotel lobbies, it’s all about the first impression. And at Bermuda’s Coco Reef, the first impression is dramatic. Bermuda’s most celebrated lobby has reopened, a “theatrical” lobby that was the brainchild of Coco Reef’s owner, John […]

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The Caribbean’s Newest Luxury Resort

Aman has officially opened its newest resort in the Caribbean. The ultra-luxury Amanera, the second Aman property in the Caribbean, includes 25 casitas on Playa Grande Beach in the Dominican Republic’s north coast. The property is set on a clifftop […]

A New Push to Preserve Jamaica’s Historical Sites

Protecting Jamaica’s heritage By Dana Niland CJ Contributor Jamaica’s historic spaces must be preserved. That’s the call by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust’s Technical Director of Archaeology, Dorrick Gray (above), who is pushing for the preservation of two of the […]

Aman Resorts Is Expanding to the Dominican Republic

By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon CJ Travel Editor Aman Resorts has announced the launch of its second Caribbean resort, Amanera, scheduled to debut in the Dominican Republic during the fourth quarter of 2015. Overlooking Playa Grande beach on 2,000 acres that stretch […]

How the Red Cross Failed Haiti

Above: The Red Cross promised to build hundreds of new homes in Campeche but none have been built. Many residents still live in crude shacks. (Marie Arago, special to ProPublica) By Justin Elliott, ProPublica, and Laura Sullivan, NPR THE NEIGHBORHOOD […]

White House Acts to Remove Cuba From Terrorism Sponsor List

Above: US President Barack Obama at the recent Summit of the Americas in Panama (OAS Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff United States President Barack Obama has acted to remove Cuba from the US government’s list of states that sponsor […]

Who Were the First Inhabitants of the Caribbean?

Above: off the coast of Belize (Photo: Sébastien Perrot-Minnot) By Sébastien Perrot-Minnot, PhD CJ Contributor It is in the course of the last glaciation, which affected the planet for more than 100,000 years, and finished about 11,000 years ago, that our […]

Op-Ed: The Caribbean’s Final Court

By J. Emile Ferdinand, QC Op-Ed Contributor THE RECENT decision of the Privy Council granting an interim injunction, which forced the 2015 general election in St. Kitts and Nevis to be held on the existing old constituency boundaries, has been […]

10 Things You Never Knew About Concorde and the Caribbean

By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon CJ Travel Editor Barbados is the only Caribbean destination (and one of only four countries) to have had regular Concorde service from London. Although the planes were decommissioned in 2003, one of the supersonic British Airways jets […]

Haiti: UNESCO to Send Experts to Explore Possible Santa Maria Wreck

Above: Christopher Columbus on Santa Maria in 1492, Emanuel Leutze, 1855 By the Caribbean Journal staff The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization will be sending a team of experts to provide technical assistance to the site of an […]

NSA Spying in the Bahamas?

Above: Nassau (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Has the United States National Security Agency been covertly recording and storing all phone calls made in the Bahamas? That’s the allegation in a report by journalist Glenn Greenwald of The […]

OECS Tourism Ministers Meet in Dominica

Above: Dominica (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Data reveals that the Eastern Caribbean is increasingly struggling to compete with other emerging tourism destinations in the world. That was the finding of Virginia Paul, head of Trade Policy Unit/Officer […]


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