Today marks the 50th anniversary of Barbados’ independence from the UK & I’m sure that Bajans have cooked up one heck of a lime (that’s their word for party). This dot in the Caribbean holds a soft spot in my heart from the years my Dad lived there as an ex-pat. The friendly locals, delicious […]
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One of my favorite places to visit in the Caribbean doesn’t even require me to break out my passport: Puerto Rico. This U.S. Commonwealth is full of colorful architecture, rich history, majestic beaches, the only rain forest in the U.S. National Forest system & a few off-the-beaten path hidden gems. So when my friends at […]
Like most semi-regular cruisers, we had been to St. Thomas before. Several times before. We had almost given up on the most popular of the U.S. Virgin Islands as too touristy. So when we saw that our cruise ship once again stopped in St. Thomas (as most do), we knew we wanted to do something different. […]
Our third stop on Royal Princess was another island we hadn’t previously visited: Grenada. Known as the Spice Island due to its production of nutmeg & mace, this little island has a big history (U.S. & coalition troops invaded in 1983 to break up a coup). It is also surrounded by gorgeous Caribbean waters & […]
Our second cruise stop was in Bonaire – the island I was probably most excited to visit. This largely untouched, undeveloped island has zero traffic lights & one of the most amazing reefs in all of the Caribbean. Protected since the late 1970s as part of the Bonaire National Marine Park, the coral reef off […]
The first stop on our cruise was somewhere we had never been to before: Aruba. We were excited to visit the Happy Island & her beautiful beaches. We decided to spend the day on Palm Beach, where many of the island’s hotels are located, & were excited when the Occidental Grand Aruba offered us the chance […]
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