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BuyDayFriday: Beach Bag Essentials

BuyDayFriday: Beach Bag Essentials

Summer’s almost here, JetSetters! Here are the “shore things” I’m packing in my beach bag. The Best of Us Sarah Pekkanen’s novel is the perfect beach read, as frothy and refreshing as a perfectly blended mojito on a sweltering summer day. Crack the cover and follow four longtime girlfriends and […]

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by × April 26, 2013 × 2 comments

Resorts

Six Things Your All-Inclusive May Not Include

Six Things Your All-Inclusive May Not Include

Nothing beats the convenience of going all-inclusive: You can eat, drink, play and party to your heart’s content, secure in the knowledge that all costs are covered. But that’s not always the case. Before you leave your wallet at home, make sure these potential money-suckers are included in your package. […]

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Trinidad’s Scrumptious Street Food

Trinidad’s Scrumptious Street Food

Jamaica’s got jerk; Puerto Rico has pinchos; and Barbados has bakes. But Trinidad is the only place you can find doubles, the filling and flavorful roadside snack that’s the twin-island republic’s quintessential comfort food. Made with two (hence the name) roughly six-inch-diameter rounds of fried dough called bara, the hand-held […]

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Travel

A Taste of Jamaica in Miami

A Taste of Jamaica in Miami

It all started 38 years ago. Back then, the area now known as Miami’s hipster haven Wynwood was gritty and purely commercial, filled with factories. That’s when Jamaican Pearline Murray opened Clive’s, a diner that fortified those hungry factory workers with a hearty and inexpensive Jamaican breakfast and lunch. For […]

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by × April 17, 2013 × 2 comments

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Shopping in Grand Cayman, Part II

Shopping in Grand Cayman, Part II

Earlier this year I shopped my way along the palm-lined Paseo at Camana Bay, a 500-acre, multi-use development on Grand Cayman. Here’s the second and final installment of my retail adventure. (Click HERE to read Part I.) I couldn’t resist popping the cleverly named Bedside Manor, where you can buy […]

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BuyDay Friday: How To Keep Cool and Look Hot

BuyDay Friday: How To Keep Cool and Look Hot

When you traipse around the Caribbean as much as I do, you develop strategies for cooling down when the temp goes up: A splash of Alcolada Glacial on my neck and chest, and running ice water over my wrists and ankles are two of my favorite chill-out methods. But this […]

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Behind the Lens: Bermuda

Behind the Lens: Bermuda

Sometimes there are interesting stories behind the iPhone photos I take on my trips. In this new series, I’m sharing a few of them. July 2010: Surely I’m not the only visitor to Bermuda to have been transfixed (and, I admit, slightly amused) by the sight of middle-aged men strutting […]

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My Dirty Little Jamaican Secret

My Dirty Little Jamaican Secret

I’m a big fan of authentic Caribbean food. Trini doubles; Bahamian conch salad; Puerto Rican mofongo; Anguillian crayfish: bring it on! But I have to confess to one distinctly counterfeit Caribbean culinary obsession: Jamaican KFC. It all started in when I lived on the irie isle, where, as far as […]

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by × April 10, 2013 × 13 comments

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Grand Bahama’s Craziest Bar

Grand Bahama’s Craziest Bar

It started so innocently: Photographer Jon Whittle and I boarded the Bahamas Express ferry in Fort Lauderdale for a quick jaunt over to Freeport, Grand Bahama, where we were supposed to research activities for day-trippers on the neighboring Bahamian isle. We’d walked the Caribbean’s only labyrinth at Garden of the […]

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by × April 9, 2013 × 0 comments

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Jamaica’s Coolest Boutique Hotels

Jamaica’s Coolest Boutique Hotels

True confession: I’m a sucker for Island Outpost’s hotels. Their compact collection of Caribbean roosts are right up my alley – funky-cool and fashionable, eclectic and fun. But all this chic has a price, of course, and a stay is hardly a bargain. BUT IO recently announced some summertime specials […]

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by × April 8, 2013 × 0 comments

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BuyDay Friday: Five Stylish Beach Essentials

BuyDay Friday: Five Stylish Beach Essentials

Boden’s Summer 2013 catalog landed on my doorstep this week, packed with colorful pieces that are perfect for a Caribbean getaway. Here are five fab beach essentials from the British online retailer that I’m craving for my next trip. Hot Tip: Score free shipping and 15% off regular prices until […]

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by × April 5, 2013 × 0 comments

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Shopping on Tortola: Aragorn’s Studio

Shopping on Tortola: Aragorn’s Studio

It all started with a T-shirt. Back in 1985, British Virgin Islands artist Dick Aragorn-Read began selling a line of silk-screened Ts in a rainbow of sun-washed colors emblazoned with images of marine life. Decades later, his venture has grown into a thriving Trellis Bay souvenir store and art studio […]

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by × April 4, 2013 × 2 comments