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Setting Sail on a New Adventure!

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 | 0 comments

Setting Sail on a New Adventure!

The past few months have been incredibly busy with work and holiday fun; but tomorrow, it’s finally time to grab our passports and head off on a new adventure! We’re headed to the Caribbean and this time it’s more than just a relaxing holiday, it’s an education. A sailing education, that is.

Last December, my husband Dave and I took our first sailing course in San Diego. Over the course of a postcard-worthy California weekend, we fell in love with the sport. We’ve always had the desire to incorporate extended time at sea into our future travels and now the time has come to take our sailing education to the next level. And what better place for learning than the sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean?

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Photo of the Day – Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 | 0 comments

Photo of the Day – Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica

Spanning a length of nearly 600 feet, Dunn’s River Falls is one of the Caribbean’s top attractions and a must-see for any visitor to Jamaica. From its summit at 180 feet, tiers of cascading limestone meander down to the Caribbean Sea forming a natural staircase. The falls plunge in some places and plateau in others creating natural pools shaded by lush green vegetation on all sides. At its base, Dunn’s River Falls flows across a beautiful beach and straight into the sea. Climbing the falls is a popular activity for visitors to Jamaica. Guides instruct groups of climbers to hold hands for balance and several human chains at a time make the ascent from the beach all the way to the top. While proper footwear is essential on the often slippery rocks, the climb itself is easily manageable for most visitors and takes about 90 minutes assuming a few stops for photos. But for those not up to the task of scaling the waterfall, there are numerous paths alongside it that allow anyone to enjoy the view.

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Photo of the Day – Stingray City, Grand Cayman

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 | 0 comments

Photo of the Day – Stingray City, Grand Cayman

Located in the shallow waters off Grand Cayman’s North Sound, Stingray City is a string of sandbars that passes through a natural channel just inside the island’s barrier reef. As the story goes, the area became popular with the rays decades ago when local fisherman would stop in the calm, shallow waters to clean their day’s catch. When they tossed the fish guts and squid into the water it attracted the stingrays who eventually began to associate the sound of a boat engine with a free meal. Over the years, divers realized the stingrays could be fed by hand and today a variety of boats ferry visitors to the area to let them feed the stingrays and get a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity. It’s the rare chance to interact one-on-one with the friendly rays that makes Stingray City Grand Cayman’s most popular attraction. If you’re staying a few days on Grand Cayman, definitely try to visit when there are no cruise ships in port. Of course, if you’re visiting the island on a cruise ship like I was, well, you’ll likely have to suffer the crowds. But even with the throng of fellow tourists, I still felt Stingray City was well worth a visit.

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Photo of the Day – West Bay Beach Roatan, Honduras

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 | 0 comments

Photo of the Day – West Bay Beach Roatan, Honduras

Located just 30 miles off the coast of Honduras, the island of Roatan sits atop the world’s second-largest coral reef making it an ideal destination for divers. Often called the most perfect stretch of sand in Honduras, West Bay Beach Roatan rivals many of the Caribbean’s most phenomenal beaches. It’s also a great spot to try your hand at diving for the first time, like I did on my 30-day trip around Central America. Not only is Roatan one of the least expensive places in the world to become a certified diver, the reef is just a short swim from shore allowing rookie divers like myself to reach it comfortably while also providing easy access for snorkelers. West Bay Beach is lined with a relaxed blend of casual beach bars and high-end resorts but it’s the reef system and the crystal clear turquoise waters that will leave most visitors wanting more.  

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Photo of the Day – Soggy Dollar Bar, Jost Van Dyke

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 | 1 comment

Photo of the Day – Soggy Dollar Bar, Jost Van Dyke

One of the best experiences of my Caribbean cruise with Carnival a while back was our stop in Tortola. Thanks to a tip from a fellow cruiser, we’d booked a catamaran trip to the beautiful island of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. Our specific destination? The infamous Soggy Dollar Bar. Home of the original “Painkiller” and the self-proclaimed most famous beach bar in the world, the Soggy Dollar Bar sits on one of the most perfect stretches of sand in the Caribbean, White Bay Beach. The Painkiller is a top secret tropical concoction of premium dark Rum, Cream of Coconut, pineapple and orange juice topped with freshly grated Grenadian nutmeg. Conveniently, this delightful adult beverage pairs perfectly with a hammock and the gentle swaying of palm trees. There’s no dock on White Bay, so when you arrive plan on getting a little wet to get ashore (hence the bar’s name), but it’s well worth the brief dip in the turquoise Caribbean sea (you were going to get in eventually anyway, right?).

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Photo of the Day – Little Corn Island Nicaragua

Posted by on Sep 3, 2012 | 0 comments

Photo of the Day – Little Corn Island Nicaragua

Just 40 miles off the coast of mainland Nicaragua, the Corn Islands are perhaps the last remaining truly unspoiled slice of Caribbean paradise. While Big Corn is home to the islands’ only airport, Little Corn Island Nicaragua is the true gem in this island duo. Reachable only by inter-island panga (which can often be a rough ride) Little Corn has no roads and no motorized vehicles. Expect to be met at the dock by your lodging representative with a luggage wheelbarrow and a smile. Jungle paths across the tiny island lead to charming beachside bungalows like those at Little Corn Beach & Bungalow. But it’s not just cars that are missing on Little Corn, there’s also no power on the island (except by generator) from 5am – 2pm each day. Not to worry, in a palm-shaded, beachside hammock with a cold Toña in hand, you won’t miss it.

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