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Don’t Miss These Caribbean Festivals in November 2017

Every month is a celebration in the Caribbean, but in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, some islands have had to cancel or cut back on certain festivals and fun events due to budgeting and location issues.

These three annual Caribbean festivals in November, however, are back and better than ever; don’t miss them if you’re visiting the region next month.

Pirates Week – The Cayman Islands

 

Don't Miss These Caribbean Festivals in November 2017

Step into a real-life version of the Pirates of the Caribbean at this swashbuckling event held across all three Cayman Islands.

Pirates Week celebrates the cultural heritage of the islands through a series of mock invasions (don’t worry – they’re only actors), parades, fireworks, street dances and competitions. Traditional food and drink are also served throughout the entirety of the event.

Pirates Week is in Cayman Brac 3 – 5 November, Grand Cayman 9 – 13 November and Little Cayman 17 – 19 November.

Kingston Restaurant Week – Jamaica

 

Don't Miss These Caribbean Festivals in November 2017

Now in its 13th year, Kingston Restaurant Week is a great way to encourage both visitors and locals to get out and experience restaurants and cuisines across the city that they may otherwise have overlooked.

More than 75 different restaurants take part in the event, in which they offer specially-curated set menus of three delectable courses, as well as many discount son lunch and breakfast combos.

Restaurant Week runs from 10 – 18 November.

Conch Festival – Turk and Caicos

 

Don't Miss These Caribbean Festivals in November 2017

If you’ve never tried conch, then you’re sorely missing out, as this vibrant festival will show you.

This family-friendly beachside event, held for just one day at the end of November every year, features conch recipe competitions (best chowder, salad specialty dishes and more), as well as children’s activities and musical entertainment. Adults can also enjoy the result of the Mojito-making competition.

The Conch Festival is being held on 28 November this year.

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Top Five Foodie Islands in the Caribbean

Top Five Foodie Islands in the Caribbean

More and more people consider themselves foodies nowadays, and when they take a trip, they pack their appetite for great meals with them.

In the Caribbean, foodies are especially spoiled for choice as you will find world class restaurants and fresh seafood shacks on nearly each and every island in the region.

Whether it be at a five-star hotel or a roadside restaurant, being a foodie is all about finding that magical local food experience, and the following foodie islands in the Caribbean are five of the best.   

AnguilLA

 

Boasting more restaurants per square mile of sand than anywhere else in the region, Anguilla has become a foodie’s dream come true. The island’s restaurant scene has blossomed over the course of the last two decades, with Anguilla gaining a reputation for being a very restaurateur-friendly environment. Chefs are encouraged to try out new things here, and as a result, you will find a varied mix of international cuisine besides the Caribbean seafood staples.

Where to feast: Blanchard’s is one of the standard bearers on the island, and Smokey’s at the Cove serves up beachside ribs.

 

St. Martin

 


Often considered the gourmet capital of the Caribbean, the flavor of St. Martin’s French heritage can be found in fine establishments all over the island. From bakeries that will serve you a fresh baguette to stylish dining rooms serving up the latest culinary trends, you can’t go wrong on the French side of this island. Foodies also make a beeline for the island’s famous ‘lolos’, humble beachside shacks serving up fresh grilled meat or fish.

Where to feast: Canoa is renowned for serving international cuisine kissed with Caribbean flavor, while Chez Coco tops the lists of lolos.

 

Jamaica

 

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Jamaica may be world famous for their spicy jerk chicken and pork (often barbecued street side), but make no mistake, the restaurants here hold their own too. The all-inclusive resorts are the hub of the fine dining activity here and almost all feature a gourmet restaurant or two. Adventurous foodies will almost always be rewarded if they follow their nose off property though.

Where to feast: Scotchies is home to some of the most celebrated jerk chicken on the island, while The Sugar Mill offers refined dining at Half Moon Bay resort.

 

Cayman Islands

 

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The three Cayman Islands have managed to attract a wealth of highly regarded chefs in recent years, and no matter which island you stay on, you are destined to dine in style. Jamaican, European, and even Central American influences are on display on the plates here,

Where to feast:  Blue by Eric Ripert is known for decadent Caribbean seafood, while Agua entrances with a stunning interior and menu full of international dishes.

 

Turks & Caicos

 


Conch is the star of the show in Turks & Caicos, as this marvelous mollusk is plentiful in the twin islands’ waters. You will find the delicacy served up in everything from fritters to creamy chowder here and will be thinking about the unique taste long after you are home.

Where to feast: Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl serves up conch in creative ways, while Coyaba has an award-winning chef at the helm and tantalizes with its seven-course Caribbean tasting menu.  

 

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7 of the Best Caribbean Beach Bars

7 of the Best Caribbean Beach Bars

To some, a beach bar is simply just an establishment that serves beverages that also happens to be located near the sand.

At Caribbean Winds, we know better than that, as to be a considered one of the best Caribbean beach bars, it must be full of friendly faces, serve great drinks, and create the type of moments you miss as soon as you board the plane back home. And of course, it must be located near the beach (or in the water) – preferably with a view of the sunset.

Perhaps most importantly, great Caribbean beach bars have an authentic ambiance that welcomes all and an atmosphere that simply can’t be duplicated or replicated.

Here are seven of our favorite Caribbean beach bars.  

Froggie’s on Da Beach – Turks & Caicos

 

This two-storey wooden bar splashed with pastel planks is revered in Turks & Caicos for serving up seafood and laid back libations. Each and every day, a menu full of fresh-caught delicacies are plated up – including an award-winning conch salad. In the evenings at Froggie’s, you will find a collection of locals and tourists enjoying rum drinks and balmy breezes.

 

Foxy’s Bar – British Virgin Islands

Located on the secluded sands of Jost Van Dyke, Foxy’s is an absolute legend when it comes to fun in the sun. It’s a little harder to get out to this small island, but as they are fond of saying there, the journey is half the fun. Whether you spend a day with your toes in the sand topping up your tan or dance the night away at one of their world famous holiday-themed parties (Old Year’s Night on December 31st is their most well known) you’re sure to have a great time and meet some new friends.

 

Umbrella’s – Grenada

Located just off Grand Anse Beach, Umbrella’s offers budget-friendly beers and tasty bites that pair great with the sunset views from their two-storey deck.  No need to pack an umbrella though, because if you happen to catch a rainy day, that means you just have an excuse to stay for the live music.

 

Willy T’s – British Virgin Islands

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Located just off the shore of Norman Island in the BVIs, the ship William Thornton is the home of Willy T’s bar. The bar can only be reached by boat or water taxi, but the revelers that make the journey are treated to a rollicking good time on the waves and many choose to dive into the water for a cool down during their stay.

 

Rick’s Cafe – Jamaica

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This thatched-roof megabar that put Negril on the map may be world famous and it may be thronged with crowds nearly every day, but we still love Rick’s. Because, after all, where else can you jump off rock cliffs into the Caribbean Sea and watch the sun sink into the water at the same time?

 

Elvis’ Beach Bar – Anguilla

Located at Sandy Ground in Anguilla, Elvis has become as big as the King himself on this sunny island. Originally located in a wooden boat with power only provided by extension chords, Elvis’ has now grown into a full restaurant and bar. It’s still rustic though, as your feet will get sandy will you sip their signature rum punch.

 

Soggy Dollar Bar – British Virgin Islands

Not many Caribbean beach bars can say they invented a drink that has gone global, but not many bars are like the Soggy Dollar. This teal blue beach shack on Jost Van Dyke invented the Painkiller in the 1970s, and they still pour this rum-tastic concoction each and every day. Despite all the fame, the bar remains low on frills but filled with fun.

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The Most Romantic Places in the Caribbean

While it could be argued that the entire Caribbean exudes an atmosphere that is the epitome of romantic, there are a few places that we’ve discovered over the years (or have been told by our clients) that seem to be a little more romantic than others.

So whether you are planning a destination wedding, a honeymoon, or just a romantic getaway, here are some of the most romantic places in the Caribbean to consider.

St Lucia - Most Romantic Places in the Caribbean

St. Lucia

St. Lucia’s twin Pitons mountains are perhaps the Caribbean’s most famous couple, but with the popularity of the island as a romantic Caribbean getaway, they have plenty of company.  Many resorts on the island feature stunning views of these mountains, and we can’t imagine anything more romantic than staring out from the pool at the Jade Mountain Resort with a view of these peaks standing side-by-side. Another point in its favor as a romantic Caribbean destination is that while it is certainly a popular island for travelers, there is still plenty of serene space left on the beaches of St. Lucia – perfect for long sunset walks.  

BVIs - Most Romantic Places in the Caribbean

The British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands are consistently recognized for their romantic ambiance, with many of this acclaim due to the fact that so many of the resorts located here are situated on private islands. These islands offer the ultimate in seclusion, where couples can truly feel as though they set off and left the bustling (and very un-romantic) real world behind.

St Barts - Most Romantic Places in the Caribbean

St. Barts (Saint-Barthélemy)

An outpost of Parisian sophistication under the Caribbean sun, you will feel that fabulous French ‘romantique’ from the moment you land on St. Barts. The crowd on St. Barts is nearly as beautiful as the beaches, and the shopping and dining the island is famous for is bound to make anyone feel like a starlet. In fact, the streets of the capital, Gustavia, are lined with the same stores you would expect to see in a major European capital.  When it comes to dining, extravagant French imports abound, destined to make any night out on the island feel as special as Valentine’s Day back home.

Jamaica - Most Romantic Places in the Caribbean

Jamaica

Jamaica is the country that gave the world the sultry sounds of reggae, and at one point recently, the country even used ‘One Love’ by Bob Marley as their tourism slogan. The song fits this place perfectly, and you will definitely feel the love in Jamaica from the moment you touch down. The island is covered in dense jungle and waterfalls, which make for the perfect backdrop for romance, not to mention being lined with gorgeous white sand beaches and a myriad of bars famous for their atmospheric sunset viewing parties. This island has also become a hub for weddings, with many couples returning each and every year to rekindle the romance.

Mexico - Most Romantic Places in the Caribbean

Mexico

With a culture full of spice, Mexico knows how to rev up the romance as well. Sure, the Mayan Riviera has plenty of big and busy resorts, but there are also plenty of places like the Blue Diamond where you will find seclusion by the teal blue sea. In addition to the beaches, the mixture of ancient archaeological ruins and otherworldly caverns are a must-see in Mexico and are bound to make any couple feel like they are the leading couple in their own Action Adventure film.  

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Where to Go on Family Caribbean Vacations

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the cherished annual tradition that is the family summer vacation to the beach. There’s nothing quite like a trip to the beach to get both the kids and parents excited, and when the stretch of sand is a Caribbean one, the fun gets cranked up an extra level. For those researching the best resorts for family Caribbean vacations, here are a few of our favorites.

Where to Go on Family Caribbean Vacations

 

Atlantis, The Bahamas

In addition to being home to a stunning collection of beaches and rooms, this world famous resort is known for having nearly 100 acres of waterpark space (with its own section for children), a sensational swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and a stellar children’s club. The latter features everything from cooking classes to pottery-making workshops, offering the younger set something they’ve likely never experienced at a Caribbean resort before. For the adults, there is a fine collection of dining and nightlife, and even a sizzling onsite casino, ensuring that everyone in the family goes home happy.

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Windjammer Landing, St. Lucia

Located on a crescent-shaped sweep of sugar-white sand, Windjammer Landing is home to nearly 200 villas located on the beach or in the lush hills. These villas make families feel like they have walked into a ‘home away from home’ from the moment they arrive, with the Mediterranean-inspired decor of the villas adding a ‘far-away’ flair. The kids club at the resort is famous for the colorful tie-dying parties it throws and the many activities like horseback riding it provides.

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Dreams, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Set upon the alluring beach of Uvero Alto and located right near a colorful coral reef, Dreams has all the ingredients needed to be a first class resort. That it is family-friendly is the icing on the cake. The kids are bound to be enthralled all day long at the Explorer’s Club, which fills out its roster with fun things that focus on nature, science, and exploration – including an overnight campout on the beach.

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Beaches, Negril, Jamaica

While this gorgeous family-friendly resort sprawls out along Seven Mile Beach in Negril, it also offers a glimpse of one of the most famous streets in the world: Sesame Street. Yes, Beaches is the exclusive Caribbean home to the Sesame Street gang, and in addition to meeting the characters, kids can go on special adventures like bird-watching with Big Bird. Teens will love the innovative and fun DJ school here, and the entire family is sure to have a sensational time at the waterpark, which is located directly on the beach.

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Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso, Mayan Riviera, Mexico

This idyllic escape on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula has plenty of luxurious and fun onsite attractions to keep the family happy for weeks – the mini-discotheque is especially popular with kids. But with its location in the absolute heart of the Mayan Riviera, if decide to take a day trip offsite, the fun doesn’t stop for a second. That’s because the region is home to an impressive collection of interactive eco parks like Xcaret and historical ruins like Tulum that will entertain and fascinate travelers of all ages.

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