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Sandals Relaunches Bahamas All-Inclusive After $55 Million Renovation

 Sandals Resorts International has officially relaunched its Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort on Nassau’s Cable Beach.  The 404-room property, set on a 15-acre site, has reopened following a dramatic $55 million renovation.  “The new Sandals Royal Bahamian encompasses a new era …

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In Nassau, The Bahamas, the Crossroads of Conch

 The clack of dominoes; the knock of stringed shells; the cut of fresh Queen Conch.  There’s a percussive ritual to Potters Cay, the historic fishing dock under the Paradise Island Bridge that just so happens to be the crossroads of …

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The Bahamas, Emirates to Partner on Tourism Initiatives

 The Bahamas has signed a memorandum of understanding with Dubai’s Emirates Group.  The agreement was signed by Emirates Chief Executive Officer Sheikh Ahmed bin Said Al Maktoum and Bahamas Foreign Minister Frederick Mitchell at Emirates Headquarters in Dubai.  As part …

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 There’s a new U.S. hub for Caribbean travel — Austin, Texas.  The fast-expanding US city, which has seen dramatic growth amid the pandemic, is rapidly becoming a significant source market for Caribbean travel.  And now it’s seeing more flights, with another …

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 Jamaica has shortened the required isolation period for US travelers who test positive while on the island.  The new rules stipulate that US travelers can exit isolation after five days, provided that the person is asymptomatic or has had mild …

bahamas tourism director

 The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has named a new Acting Director General, under the leadership of Tourism Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper.  Bahamian business professional Latia Duncombe has been appointed to the position, succeeding former Director General Joy …

curacao travel

 Curaçao recently updated its travel protocols for American and other “high-risk country” visitors, headlined by the requirement fo a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours before flying to the island (the island requires a printed or digital copy …

aruba antigen testing travelers

 The Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba has announced another update of its entry rules for travelers, now effective in January 2022. The new rules, which apply to American and Canadian visitors, mean travelers will have two pre-testing options for visiting …

antigua rum history

 It’s the newest way to experience Antigua and Barbuda’s rich history: Rum in the Ruins.  The weekly event is a lively conversation about the destination’s history and archaeology, set at the Dow’s Hill Interpretation Center near Shirley Heights. With a …

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 Spanish carrier Iberia has expanded its service to the Dominican Republic this winter.  The airline has added two more flights each week between Madrid and the Dominican Republic, meaning a total of 13 weekly frequencies.  That’s along with the addition …

belize travel insurance

 Belize has announced new entry requirements for travelers, set to take effect Feb. 15, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The centerpiece is a requirement for an application for Belize Travel Health Insurance, a mandatory health insurance that “helps protect travelers against …

jamaica port royal

 Jamaica’s historic town of Port Royal is in the midst of a cruise rebirth.  The Naval Dockyard at Port Royal is slated to receive at least 10 cruise ship calls over the next three months, according to the Port Authority …

bonaire testing protocols

 The Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire has announced an update to its entry travel protocols, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The new rules, which just went into effect on Jan. 16, mean fully vaccinated visitors can travel to Bonaire with either …

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 Curaçao’s tourism sector continues to recover, buoyed by a tourism surge in December.  The Dutch Caribbean island welcomed a total of 265,000 stay over visitor arrivals in 2021, according to new data from the Curacao Tourist Board.  That represented 57 …

aruba hotel spa

 Aruba’s top boutique hotel has added a new wellness destination. The new Boardwalk Spa, operated by Aruba Wellness Therapies, is open every day, accessible to both guests and the general public.  It’s set on the ground floor of the hotel’s …

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 The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Joyce Leveque, who sent in this sparkling shot of Runaway Beach in Antigua.  Have you taken a great photo in the Caribbean?  Send it to news@caribjournal.com with CPOTW in the subject …

jamaica kingston hilton hotel

 Hilton is opening a new hotel in Kingston, Jamaica.  It’s called the ROK Hotel, and it will be part of Hilton’s Tapestry Collection.  The hotel is slated to open its doors on May 31, 2022, according to Hilton Hotels.  It’s …

bahamas margaritaville cruises

 The new Margaritaville at Sea cruise line is planning to launch in April, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The cruise line, the product of Margaritaville’s acquisition of the former Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, will launch its first sailings to Grand Bahama …