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The Best Caribbean Beach Destinations

 It’s a question we get asked very often. “Which Caribbean island has the best beaches?” Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that. That’s because it’s hard to go to any island in the Caribbean and not find a world-class beach. But …

The Best Caribbean Airlines

 Most major airlines fly to the Caribbean. But once you get there, if you want to go between islands, it’s a very different story. For island hoppers, businesspeople, family visitors or island explorers, there are all kinds of airlines servicing …

The Best Caribbean Hotels for Snorkeling

 Snorkeling. It’s by far one of the most popular activities in the Caribbean, enjoyed by anyone and everyone, by travelers of almost all ages. It’s what you daydream about when you’re planning a Caribbean trip: warm water, abundant sea life, …

LATEST NEWS

 Above: the new lounge By the Caribbean Journal staff The facelifted departures lounge at St Maarten’s airport is now open, with a grand opening slated for this week. It is the result of a significant renovation project to the departures area …

 It may seem like a list of 50 beach bars is a lot. But when we finished compiling this momentous list, we weren’t even breathing hard. That’s because the Caribbean is the beach bar capital of Planet Earth, and we …

 Above: the Westin St Maarten Dawn Beach Resort By the Caribbean Journal staff The Westin St Maarten Dawn Beach has a new spa director. The property announced that Rosie Dambruck is returning to the property as the director of its …

 Above: Alegria in St Maarten By the Caribbean Journal staff St Maarten’s Alegria hotel has joined Choice Hotels’ Ascend Hotel Collection. The 78-room hotel on the southern coast of St Maarten is the 11th hotel in the Choice Hotels Caribbean …

 Above: the Westin Dawn Beach St Maarten, home of this year’s STEP conference By Joshua MartinezCJ Contributor ST MAARTEN — The annual Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’ (STEP) Annual Caribbean Conference brings together companies, attorneys, and individuals in key …

 Above: the Westin Dawn Beach in St Maarten By Joshua MartinezCJ Contributor ST MAARTEN — One of the Caribbean’s largest financial services conferences officially began in St Maarten this week. The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’ (STEP) Annual Caribbean …

 Above: Phaedo 3 By the Caribbean Journal staff This is the Caribbean’s fastest sailboat right now, and the competition isn’t really close. It’s called Phaedo^3, and it just broke a 10-year-old course record at Antigua Sailing Week. The 2015 edition of Antigua …

 Above: Villa Mystique in St Maarten By the Caribbean Journal staff You may expect every breathtaking hilltop villa in the Caribbean, the one with the incredible views, to be far above $1 million. But you’d be wrong. Enter Villa Mystique, …

 Above: St Maarten Tourism Minister Claret Connor (CJ Photo) By Alexander Britell PHILIPSBURG — St Maarten one of the Caribbean’s most famous tourism destinations, and a leading cruise hub. It’s also a place that has changed significantly in the past …

 Above: an XOJET aircraft in the Caribbean By the Caribbean Journal staff It’s the ultimate in Caribbean luxury: arriving by private jet. And some islands attract private jets more than others. And a new report from XOJET, a leading private …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor A Caribbean cruise is never a bad idea but not all ports are created equal. These 10 ports of call, which offer a winning combination of passenger facilities and proximity to the island attractions we …

 Above: an Air France plane By the Caribbean Journal staff There’s a new gateway from France to several Caribbean destinations. Air France and Air Antilles have signed a codeshare agreement to partner on the offer of six new destinations in …

 Above: the lobster thermidor at Pineapple Pete’s (all photos by CJ) At Pinepple Pete, they say it’s so famous you should ask for its autograph. It’s the Lobster Thermidor at Pineapple Pete’s in St Maarten, and it’s almost certainly the …

 Above: St Maarten (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff St Maarten’s tourism sector has had a very strong 2014, according to new data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Through the third quarter of 2014, the country welcomed 377,341 stayover …

 Above: St Maarten’s new government By Alexander Britell It’s been almost four months since voters in St Maarten headed to the polls to choose their next government. And after a chaotic process, the country finally has its new government led …