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French Caribbean Extends Border Shutdown

 The French Caribbean has extended its border shutdown through Monday, May 11.  The move is part of a broader lockdown by the French government that includes a countrywide “shelter at home” order due to the ongoing global fight against the …

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Guadeloupe, Cayman Lead Caribbean Push Against Coronavirus

 A pair of Caribbean destinations are leading the way with aggressive measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.  That includes the French Caribbean department of Guadeloupe and the British Overseas Territory of the Cayman Islands.  In what is …

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Rum Journal: A Glass of Rhum Saint James, a Journey to Martinique

 I take a sip of the Rhum Saint James and I am instantly in Martinique.  Therein lies the transportive power of rum, a, transcendent gift bequeathed to no other spirit in the world.  There’s just something about rum, about Caribbean …

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 In a significant achievement for a destination hit hard by the storms of 2017, St Maarten was the fastest-growing tourism destination in the Caribbean last year.  The destination’s growth rate of 80 percent was the biggest improvement of any destination …

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 Staying in a villa is the ultimate St Barth vacation — it’s a way to experience the essence of what makes the island so unique.  It means baguette breakfasts with nothing but you and sea blue; twilight rosé on the …

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 For the first time ever, JetBlue is now flying to the French Caribbean.  The New York City-based carrier officially kicked off its new nonstop flights to Guadeloupe this weekend, with thrice-weekly service out of New York’s John F. Kennedy International …

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 JetBlue capped off a strong 2019 with another solid month of traffic growth, according to the latest numbers from the New York City-based air carrier.  JetBlue reported 4.6 billion revenue passenger miles in December, a 5.7 percent increase over the …

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 It’s one of the French Caribbean’s signature brands, and arguably the most popular ingredient in the classic ti ‘punch: Rhum Bologne, Guadeloupe’s rum powerhouse.  But for years, Bologne was just that: part of a ti’ punch, an outstanding cocktail.  In …

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 JetBlue Airways is set to launch its newest Caribbean route at the beginning of next month.  The New York City-based carrier is launching its first-ever flights to the French Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe beginning Feb. 1, 2020.  The airline’s new …

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 In 2012, Caribbean Journal’s Rum Journal first launched the Rum Awards — a unique celebration of the best rums of the year.  And after seven previous incarnations, the annual Rum Awards morphed into a full-fledged rum event in St Barth, …

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 While Guadeloupe’s lovely rhum agricole still largely tends to live in the shadow of its kindred spirits in Martinique, one of the French Caribbean department’s rum brands has been working to change that: Rhum Longueteau.  The Sainte-Marie product has been …

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 The French Caribbean department of Martinique continues to draw more travelers in 2019.  The island, one of the Caribbean’s most fascinating and culturally rich destinations, saw a 6.1 percent increase in stayover visitor arrivals through the first half of 2019, …

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 Club Med has reopened its all-inclusive Club Med Caravelle in the French Caribbean department of Guadeloupe.  The property has completed a more than $52 million renovation and expansion project. The company says the renovation has “made the resort Club Med’s …

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 Tourism to the French Caribbean island of Martinique is surging in 2019, according to newly-released data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. The island reported a total of 312,134 stayover tourist arrivals in the first half of 2019 — that represented a …

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 It was long the best resort in Guadeloupe, but now the chic La Toubana resort has taken things to another level.  La Toubana, set in the hip beach town of Sainte Anne, has officially become the first five-star resort in …

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 JetBlue and Norwegian are looking to sign an interline agreement, the two sides said this week.  The two fast-growing carriers have signed a letter of intent for an interline agreement, which would let travelers combine flights between Europe and the …

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 All-inclusive brand Club Med is in the midst of a significant expansion of its resort on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.  The company is investing around $44 million on a major transformation and expansion project at the resort, which …

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 You’re forgiven if you don’t think much of white rum. For too long, molasses-based white rums have dominated the market, particularly in the United States, offering little other than industrial flavors and the occasional headache. But in the French Caribbean, …