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Ponce Could Be Puerto Rico’s Next Big Destination

 By Alexander Britell While San Juan has long been Puerto Rico’s undisputed tourism hub, the island’s efforts to ramp up tourism development have meant a look at new destinations for growth. That’s what has taken developers to Ponce, the second-most-populous …

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Caribbean Photo of the Week: St George’s, Grenada

 By the Caribbean Journal staff The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Andrea Duchini, who sent in this lovely shot of the colorful city of St George’s, the capital of Grenada. Have you taken a great photo in …

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St Kitts Is Getting a New Ramada Resort

 By the Caribbean Journal staff A potentially transformative hotel is coming to the rural Whitegate area of St Kitts. Wyndham’s Ramada brand is coming to the island with a 273-suite resort. The first phase of the new-build resort project is …

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 By Alexander Britell Something is happening in Frederiksted. This historic town on the western edge of the island of St Croix in the US Virgin Islands has long lived in the shadow of its bigger, more famous twin, Christiansted, on …

 The Caribbean is one of the most vibrant places on earth, a diverse region full of history, art and culture. It’s also home to some truly great cities. We want to showcase the Caribbean’s urban destinations with our first-ever Caribbean City …

 It’s the first of its kind in the Dominican Republic’s capital of Santo Domingo: a hotel-museum. The redesigned Hotel Beaterio is the latest addition to one of the gems of the Caribbean’s cultural offering, the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo. …

 A big new look By Dana NilandCJ Contributor W Hotels Worldwide has announced that W Mexico City has completed a multi-phase transformative renovation, including the debut of new restaurant J BY JOSÉ ANDRÉS. The renovation was led by New York-based …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Ritz-Carlton is planning to open its first hotel in Mexico City, the company announced Wednesday. The Ritz-Carlton Mexico City is slated to debut in 2019. The 153-room property will operate under a long-term management agreement …

 Our inaugural Underwater Caribbean photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Taylormarie Martin, who took this snapshot at the Stingray City attraction in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Do you have a great underwater photo of the Caribbean? Send it to news@caribjournal.com …

 First tours launching in Jamaica’s capital By the Caribbean Journal staff While Montego Bay remains Jamaica’s tourism hub, the city of Kingston is looking to position itself in a new way for travelers. The Jamaica Urban Transit Company has launched …

 Above: Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone (All photos by CJ) By Alexander Britell SANTO DOMINGO — Everything here is hidden. Inside these venerable old structures are great little hotels and restaurants. But you don’t notice them. You walk right by them. …

 Above: TRYP By Wyndham By the Caribbean Journal staff The first-ever TRYP By Wyndham hotel has opened in Mexico. The new property, which is located just a few steps from the World Trade Center in Mexico City, is the brand’s …

 By Alexander Britell OLD SAN JUAN — “Take me to Fortaleza.” “No, take me to El Convento,” I tell the driver instead. With rum in the future, I figure it’s better to start higher up in the hills of Old San …

 Above: a Southwest Airlines plane By the Caribbean Journal staff Southwest Airlines is ramping up its Caribbean operations from a major US source market: Houston. The company announced this week that it had filed applications with the US Department of …

 Above: a train being loaded for transport (Photo: OP Panama) By the Caribbean Journal staff The first of 19 trains that will make up Line 1 of Panama’s new metro system will arrive in the next few weeks in Panama …

 Above: Bridgetown (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff What will Barbados’ capital look like in 25 years? In 50 years? What should it become? “Something needs to be done — if not our capital will collapse,” says Lalu Vaswani, …