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Love at First Bite on Bimini

Love at First Bite on Bimini

I’d never even heard of Bimini bread before last week. But now I’m not sure I can live without it. I’d taken a quickie trip over to the tiny Bahamian outpost (there’s a new fast ferry service from port of Miami; stay tuned for details in a future post) to […]

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by × September 23, 2013 × 3 comments

Shopping

The Caribbean’s Niftiest Straw Hat

The Caribbean’s Niftiest Straw Hat

In the tropics, hats are a necessary accessory, keeping the sun off our faces, shielding our eyes, and protecting dyed strands (not that I’d know anything about that). But did you know that in one Caribbean country, a particular type of straw hat also functions as a wallet? In Martinique, […]

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by × September 12, 2013 × 0 comments

Shopping

The Caribbean’s Best Airport Shopping

The Caribbean’s Best Airport Shopping

So you’ve committed the ultimate shopper’s sin: Waiting until you get to the airport to buy souvenirs. But your procrastination needn’t mean that your friends will be forced to fake delight as you present them with tired T-shirts, made-in-China shot glasses, or tacky fridge magnets. Thankfully, some Caribbean airports pump […]

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by × September 5, 2013 × 0 comments

Cuisine, Travel

Taking A Bite Out of Nassau

Taking A Bite Out of Nassau

In a destination as commercialized and Americanized as Nassau, it can be hard to find authentic Bahamian culture, particularly for cruisers with limited time in port. My go-to recommendations have always included a trip to the restaurants and food stalls at Arawak Cay or Potter’s Cay to sample some conch; […]

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by × September 3, 2013 × 0 comments

Resorts

The Caribbean’s Most Luxurious Beach Experience

The Caribbean’s Most Luxurious Beach Experience

There are people for whom just being at the beach is luxury enough. People who don’t mind if there’s no shade, no changing rooms, no beach bar, no chaises upon which to plant their bum. Just give them a sandy strand and a towel and they’re happy. I am NOT […]

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Cuisine, Resorts, Travel

Five Caribbean Things To Before You Die

Five Caribbean Things To Before You Die

There’s nothing wrong with just lying on a lounge chair and soaking up the sun, a frosty pina colada in one hand and a trashy novel in the other. But the Caribbean is so much more than just a string of beach-fringed island outposts. And it would be a real […]

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by × August 7, 2013 × 12 comments

Shopping

Five Caribbean Souvenirs You MUST Buy

Five Caribbean Souvenirs You MUST Buy

Stumped for a Caribbean souvenir? I shared five fab suggestions over on The Huffington Post – plus the one item you should NEVER buy! Get the scoop right here

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by × July 31, 2013 × 0 comments

Cuisine, Resorts

Nevis’ Best Rum Punch

Nevis’ Best Rum Punch

What’s better than rum punch? Rum punch savored on a boat that’s spiriting you away to a luxury resort on an enchanting Caribbean island. And if that island happens to be Nevis and the resort happens to be the Four Seasons, well, there’s really nothing better than that. The potent […]

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by × July 29, 2013 × 3 comments

Social

Let’s Party!

Let’s Party!

Hey there, Jetsetters! I hope you’ll join me next Tuesday July 30 at 2pm ET for CheapCaribbean‘s twitter party. I’ll be teaming up with Rum Shop Ryan and the guys from Uncommon Caribbean and spilling all my Caribbean insider travel and shopping secrets. So grab a rum punch and come […]

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by × July 26, 2013 × 0 comments

Travel

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How To Speak Caribbean, Part 2

Following on from THIS previous post, here are some other Caribbean names that are commonly mispronounced. Read and learn, Jetsetters! Carib When in the Caribbean, it’s only polite to drink as the locals do – which in many destinations, means knocking back a Carib beer. But before you belly up […]

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by × July 16, 2013 × 4 comments

Travel

St. Barts’ Simplest Cocktail

St. Barts’ Simplest Cocktail

  When in St. Barts, do as the French do and sip this simple beverage, known as a piscine. Made with either rose (une rose piscine) or champagne (une champagne piscine – duh!), it simply consists of either beverage with a few cubes of ice. When I was on the […]

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by × July 11, 2013 × 0 comments

Shopping, Style

Jamaica’s Coolest Jewelry

Jamaica’s Coolest Jewelry

I was in Jamaica last weekend covering a literary festival but, of course, I managed to sniff out a few local shopportunities as well. Some of my favorite finds were the copper, brass, and silver pieces from The Girl and The Magpie. The jewelry designer behind the label, Veronica, (she […]

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by × July 8, 2013 × 2 comments