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Should I Visit the Caribbean this Winter?


Can I go to the Caribbean this winter? This is a question we have been hearing here a lot recently! The recent hurricanes have received a lot of attention. But do you know what hasn't been getting much attention? All the hard work that the local people have put in to rebuilding. So when someone asks me if they can travel to the Caribbean my answer is an emphatic "yes!" The Caribbean is open for business and since most islands rely on tourism for their economy, traveling there is actually one of the best ways that you can help. While there are still some resorts that are working on rebuilding, most of this will not take much longer and of course - there are always other options for places to stay! Simply because one resort is not up and running does not mean that the one down the beach is not looking for travelers to stay. Here are a few ideas for a destination this winter:

Curacao

Curacao is a gorgeous island located near to the equator, so it enjoys beautiful weather year round. It has flown under the radar for many tourists for a long time, though this is starting to change and you can now get direct flights on American and Jet Blue from cities including New York (JFK) and Miami (MIA). While you're there, try the iguana stew - locals believe the meat to be an aphrodisiac - or visit the fish market to check out the daily catch. Willemstad's historic downtown is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a beautiful town with architecture inspired by the island's Portuguese and Dutch heritage. Shete Boka National Park is another most do - especially if you love scuba diving as there are spectacular coral formations to explore. And of course there are always the miles of beautiful beaches where you can spend your day! Overall, Curacao is a gorgeous and lesser traveled Caribbean island where you can have a new adventure every day!

Barbados

Barbados is well known for its beautiful beaches, warm locals, delicious food, and as the birthplace of rum. Barbados has a little bit of something for everyone - from golf to surfing to horse racing, vibrant culture and festivals, fantastic street food and even flying fish! This small island has a rich history and is also very close to the equator - making for perfect weather year 'round. Sometimes called 'Little England,' their British colonial heritage has played a large influence in the development of the culture in Barbados. Bridgetown, the historical capital, as well as its Garrison have been named UNESCO World Heritage sites and they are a beautiful representation of this melding of West African and British cultures. Charter a luxury catamaran or rent a Hobie Cat for the day and experience some of the worlds finest beaches at your own pace. Once you watch the sunset from one of their white sand beaches while enjoying fresh fish and some local rum, you will know that this is one destination you will never forget.

Mexico

The beautiful Yucatan peninsula on the Caribbean ocean is home to a large number of gorgeous resorts that cater to all sorts of tastes. From Cancun down to Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and the entire Mayan Riviera, there are nearly endless options for a relaxing beach vacation. There are all-inclusive resorts with every amenity imaginable and there are also smaller, more intimate options that cater to a quieter traveler. Mexico has endless options for activities from tours of the Mayan ruins - most famously Tulum perched on the edge of the ocean and the pyramids of Chichen Itza and Coba nestled in the jungle - to scuba diving in the famous cenotes that dot the peninsula. The cenotes are certainly worth a visit as these underground rivers winding their way through the limestone are a unique and very memorable experience for both adults and children alike!

Jamaica

Hiking, horseback riding on the beach, zip-lining, river tubing - the options in Jamaica are numerous. This famous island is well known for its beaches, historical sites, nightlife, and outdoor adventure. From cosmopolitan Kingston to sun-soaked Montego Bay and the local crafts of Port Antonio, Jamaica is a famous destination just waiting to be discovered. There are many options for where to stay ranging from all-inclusive resorts to intimate hotels carved out of the natural rock and luxurious villas perched on the beach. Soak up the sounds of reggae and traditional dance music while enjoying regional dishes and some local beer. Jamaica is also a beautiful location for a destination wedding and there are a number of resorts which can cater to every desire for you and your entire guest list.

This is only a very short list of the numerous places you can (and should) make a point of visiting at some point. Once you experience the warm turquoise water, soft sand, and friendly people of the Caribbean, no other beaches can compare.

So where do you want to go? The Dominican Republic? Eleuthera? Contact us today and we will make it happen!

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