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November 2, 2008

Guide to the top 10 beaches for power walkers

Orient Bay, St Martin - The Saint Tropez of the Caribbean. Beach bars and a nudist resort keep this mile long stretch from getting boring

Grand Cayman - Seven Mile Beach. Despite the name, the beach is only about 5.5 miles long, all of which is built up with hotels

Negril, Jamaica - Vendors and jerk chicken are the diversions on this 7 mile long Caribbean strand

Varadero, Cuba - 12 miles of sand along a peninsula, not even a mile wide at its widest point. Tips: Possible salsa band sightings

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Seemingly endless stretch of beach and coconut palms, at least 30 miles long fronted by enormous resorts

Grand Anse Beach, Grenada - 2 miles of fluffy, golden sand along a sheltered bay

Harbour Island, The Bahamas - Pink Sands Beach. Solitude, tranquility and quiet are the hallmarks of this four mile long beach

Eagle Beach, Aruba - Miles of gorgeous, blazingly white sand. Watch the windsurfers zoom by

Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda - pink sand, framed by rocky coastline punctuated by sandy coves. Not officially Caribbean, but still rates an official tip

Luquillo Beach, Puerto Rico - Palm trees, hammocks, locals, snacks and miles of fine Caribbean sand and surf

October 14, 2008

Art filled boutique hotel in Old San Juan

da-house-san-juan.jpgThis is da place to stay in Old San Juan! There are only a handful of hotels in this part of the city, and this gem, called Da'House is the best of them all. A boutique hotel, it is housed in a colonial building, a former Spanish convent. Occupying the upper floors of a bright blue building, Da' House has renovated this old space into an airy, artistic hotel. It's a unique oasis of art and style that is a breath of fresh air while staying in the historic quarter of San Juan. The walls are covered with modern art from Puerto Rican artists, and the works are for sale if you fancy one. The rooms tend to be a bit small and there is no TV, if that is important to you. There is however, wifi. If you have a lot of luggage be forewarned, there is no elevator, and that means a 2 or 3 floor climb. Note: the entrance doors seem like an afterthought, as they are modestly placed on the alley side of the building, not on the main street like one would expect. Well, did I say this place was eclectic. Oh, the price - that's the best part. Rooms go from $80-$120. #313 San Francisco Street, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

October 7, 2008

Vieques, of The Spanish Virgins

vieques-beach.jpgYou've heard of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, but what about the Spanish? Top among the Spanish V.I. is Vieques, located just eight miles off the eastern tip of Puerto Rico. It's small, verdant and easy to reach, accessible by frequent ferry from Fajardo, or by air from San Juan and Tortola. For 60 years, most of Vieques was off limits, the U.S. military treating it like a punching bag using the western and eastern parts of the island as a weapons testing ground. When the military took leave just a few years ago, these areas opened as protected parkland. Lack of development has been a boon for this island. The pristine coastline is punctuated with wonderful sandy coves and natural beaches -- most still bearing droll military nomenclature like Green, Red and Blue beach.

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October 1, 2008

Hotels: Casa de Amistad, Vieques, Puerto Rico

The Casa de Amistad is found on Vieques, a small island easily reached by ferry from Fajardo, on the eastern tip of Puerto Rico. Meaning, Friendship House in Spanish, the hotel couldn't be better named - Owner Owen Smith has created a congenial atmosphere with this comfortable seven room guesthouse in the heart of the main town, Isabel Segunda. Casa de Amistad is located in a residential neighborhood, only a short walk away from restaurants, bars and shops. The hosts at the Casa de Amistad make you feel welcome, and encourage guests to use the common kitchen and have a dip in the backyard plunge pool. WiFi is free, however a computer is available for guests to use. An honor payment system is in effect for beach towels (the first one is free), computer use, and bottled water. There is also an extensive lending library. Great value for excellent accommodation.

Prices are $70-$90 nightly plus tax

June 15, 2008

UNESCO world heritage sites in the Caribbean

Currently there are 851 sites worldwide recognized by UNESCO for their unique cultural, natural and historic heritage. There are 17 sites in the Caribbean:

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January 30, 2008

Island Hopping by local ferry


Some Caribbean islands are easier to get to than others. Those would be the ones you can fly into. However, once you land think about taking local ferries to experience some of the smaller islands. The following is a short guide to the possibilities:

The USVI and The BVI are well connected to each other, as well as to their local island communities. Ferry companies, Smiths and Speedy's connect Tortola to Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and other smaller isles in the BVI. St. Thomas and St John are almost joined at the hip due to excellent, frequent service. Tip: You can go from the US side to the British side easily. (

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