Learnin’ Creole in Antigua
May19

Learnin’ Creole in Antigua

Island Arrival I touch down at a modern airport that began life as a dusty WWII airstrip. The sole immigration officer present carefully looks over my paperwork, but waves me through with a full toothed smile and a few words in a thick local island dialect – “ya mon – have a good time “! It’s my introduction to Antiguan Creole – and after a third go-round I finally understand him. British –...

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The Sweets and More in Jamaica (video)
Apr03

The Sweets and More in Jamaica (video)

Why is travel to Jamaica so great? I think I have interviewed Dian Holland four or five times at the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure show in Los Angeles and it is always a good time. This interview is no different as we talk about Jamaica: it’s foods, flavors and fun. I am still trying to find a great Jamaican patty in Los Angeles. More about Travel in Jamaica Fiji on In The Know Traveler Basic information about Jamaica Travel...

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Cockburn Town, Grand Turk Island
Feb19

Cockburn Town, Grand Turk Island

Along Duke Street are some lovely restored buildings dating from around one hundred years ago with casuarina, frangipani, and Caribbean pine trees in the gardens. The sea is never far away with its clarity and light-blue colour being a constant feature all the way into town. There is a bank on Duke Street, which has a technologically advanced ATM with a touch-sensitive screen. On nearby Pond Street is Her Majesty’s Prison, which is...

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Flyin’ Solo at Sandals
Feb05

Flyin’ Solo at Sandals

Sandals Grande Antigua I bet you’re like me, a traveler with a jones for the tropical getaway. So when I get the opportunity for a long weekend visit to Sandals and tell my friends about this good fortune, they ask – “what’s a single traveler got to do at a couple’s resort”? Good question. My reply – Conde Nast magazine didn’t award this resort a spot in its “50 Best of the Caribbean” for nothing, and Travel + Leisure certainly...

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Havana Perspective
Jun14

Havana Perspective

Running Through Havana A New Lens on Havana Understanding the flow of Cuban life begins at the artery of the Old City, Calle Obispo. Formed of piece-mealed cobblestone and sand (occasionally broken up to reveal new fiber-optic cable), Calle Obispo’s streets run from the northernmost point from Parque Central south to Plaza de Arms. El Floridita bar crowns the north, made famous by Hemingway, an homage to the power of the pen. The...

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Skipping the Beach on Aruba Vacations
Jul15

Skipping the Beach on Aruba Vacations

Skipping the Beach in Aruba With a threat of endangered bats bound to fly into my hair, I was not crazy about climbing the steps to the mouth of the cave. But this was the real, natural Aruba I hoped to immerse myself in, so into the hole I went found inside the Arikok National Park. After a jeep drive through cacti field, herds of goats and some hilly, colorful residential areas, I arrived at the Quadirikiri, Fontein and Huliba caves...

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Curacao’s Colorful Culture
Jun16

Curacao’s Colorful Culture

Curacao’s Colorful Culture   The restaurant owner slipped something in my hand with a wink, and then was gone. He gifted me a little colorful coin purse with “Jaanchie’s” emblazoned on the front as a thank you for savoring his food. But it really wasn’t necessary – the somewhat tough to find lunch spot that didn’t even have a menu was the best food I had on the Caribbean island of Curacao. Silver platters shaped like fish can be...

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Mofungo and Mulligans: Golfing in Puerto Rico
May02

Mofungo and Mulligans: Golfing in Puerto Rico

  Mofungo and Mulligans: Golfing in Puerto Rico They might as well have handed me a magic wand for all I knew what to do with a golf club. My trip to the northeast region of Puerto Rico called for a golf-centered adventure hitting up all the top courses on the island. At first the talent of the other players was overwhelming as they traded handicap stats and knowledge of the pros standings back and forth. But I diligently...

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Meet the People in Jamaica
Nov03

Meet the People in Jamaica

  JAMAICA TOURIST BOARD ENCOURAGES VISITORS TO ‘MEET THE PEOPLE’ AND EXPERIENCE THE JAMAICAN WAY OF LIFE KINGSTON, JAMAICA – October 28, 2013 – To offer visitors a chance to explore beyond the resort and experience the Jamaican way of life, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) created the Meet the People in Jamaica program, available at no cost to individuals and families. Whether visitors are seeking to learn how to dance to the...

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Surprise History of the Dominican Republic
Jun23

Surprise History of the Dominican Republic

Surprise History of the Dominican Republic                                                                                   The Dominican Republic’s Samana Peninsula What do the streets of Philadelphia and the idyllic northeast coast of the Dominican Republic’s Samana Peninsula have in common? Answer: William (“Will”) Kelley, a descendant of freed slaves from Philadelphia, and others like him, who speak English with little or...

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