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Rum Journal: A Vibrant New Rum From Guadeloupe’s Longueteau

 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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More Travelers are Visiting Martinique

 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 Reopens Guadeloupe All-Inclusive After Renovation

 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, …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff Belgian low-cost carrier Air Belgium is launching new flights to the French Caribbean department of Martinique. The new regularly-scheduled service will operate twice weekly between Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Martinique’s Aime Cesaire International Airport …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff One of the Caribbean’s greatest racing events is back for its 35th edition this year with Martinique’s one-of-a-kind Tour de Yoles sailing festival. The week-long event is a nautical competition unique to Martinique — and one …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff JetBlue Airways has officially launched sales for its newest Caribbean service: thrice-weekly flights to the French Caribbean department of Guadeloupe. The new service is slated to launch Feb. 1, 2020, with nonstop flights between New …

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 The Caribbean’s rum-soaked reputation to the contrary, it’s not always “anything goes” in the region. But when it comes to nude beaches, you can find what you’re looking for across the wider Caribbean, from the French Caribbean to the coast …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff Lovers of the best rums in the Caribbean can unite on the French Caribbean island of Martinique next month for the region’s newest, hottest rum festival. It’s called the Martinique Rhum Awards, and it’s a …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff Guadeloupe-based Air Antilles is upgrading its Caribbean fleet. The company, which specializes in flights around the French Caribbean, has signed an agreement with Viking Air Limited to purchase two Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft. The …

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 By Dana NilandCJ Contributor One of St Barth’s venerable hotels is making its long-awaited return for the upcoming winter season, Caribbean Journal has learned. The Hotel Barriere Le Carl Gustaf, the reimagining of St Barth’s historic Carl Gustaf hotel, is …

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 By Alexander Britell In recent years, the once-mysterious world of rhum agricole has opened itself to rum lovers, with its terroir and endless sophistication charming palates around the world. Much of that, however, has been the sublime rhum agricole from …

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 By Alexander Britell Fresh off the debut of the transformed Hotel Diamant Les Bains in Martinique’s buzzy beach town of Diamant, the French Caribbean island has gotten another new hotel. This time it’s the new Hotel Pelican, a beachfront boutique …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff Who is the greatest living artist in the Caribbean? Every island would have its answer, but for the island of St Martin, there’s en easy choice: Sir Roland Richardson, the Marigot-based legend who has been …