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March 15, 2010

Free Weddings in St. Maarten

Here is a tip - if you are getting married this year, do it in St. Maarten, for free:

Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts give brides and grooms the best gift of all - a free Caribbean wedding! Journey to Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino and Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino for a "Free Wedding Package". This offer is valid NOW for weddings at either resort through 2010.

Book 10 rooms or more for a minimum of seven nights to say "I Do" to savings.

Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts' "Free Wedding Packages" include:

* Wedding coordinator
* Wedding cake
* Corsage and boutonniere
* Official Marriage License
* 10% off select spa services at Sonesta Maho's Good Life Spa
* Corsage for bride and boutonniere for the groom
* Room upgrade
* Extra Bonus - Complimentary reception and dinner at Sonesta Maho!

More details here.

January 10, 2010

Grand Case, The Culinary Capital of the Caribbean

Snooth - the popular wine website and community - has a new article up about dining on St. Martin, specifically Grand Case:

Whether that is truly the case may best be left to others to decide, but the 3 dozen or so restaurants lining the main drag through town sure do present a compelling argument. And if you get bored dining in Grand Case, there is a whole island to explore, half French and half Dutch, though the Dutch side could more accurately be called tres Americaine! Today I begin with a look at a few restaurants in Grand Case, but stay tuned for my next two installments with additional wining and dining tips.

Much more here.

November 24, 2008

Beaches: Grand Case, St. Martin

sxm-grand-case.jpgThe long beach at Grand Case in French St. Martin is divided into two sections - Grand and Petit. Grand plage stretches out behind some of the Caribbean's best restaurants and lolo's, the local equivalent of bbq joints. Pictured is petit plage, in front of the Grand Case Beach Club. The Sunset restaurant, with waiter service on the beach for hotel guests, is built onto a cliff and looks out onto the golden sands. This is a strand for beachcombers who don't mind being lured away from their stroll by an aromatic baguette freshly baked by a local patisserie or a spiced rum offered up at any number of bars along the route.

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

August 28, 2008

10 BEST Caribbean beaches you've never heard of
  • Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada, British Virgin Islands
  • Devil's Bay, The Baths, Virgin Gorda, BVI
  • Ile Pinel, St. Martin
  • Casuarina Beach, Palm Island, The Grenadines, St. Vincent
  • Grand Anse des Salines, Martinique
  • White Bay, Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
  • Minister Bay, Tobago
  • Anse Chastenet Beach, St. Lucia
  • Knip Bay, Curacao
  • Point o'Sand Beach, Little Cayman, Cayman Islands

July 4, 2008

Bois Bande, Nature's Aphrodisiac

West Indian folklore has it that the bark of a tropical tree (Richeria Grandis) found in the mountains of Grenada, Trinidad and other isles in the Windward island chain have the properties of an aphrodisiac. And not any old aphrodisiac, but one with the well documented side effects of Viagra. It's called Boís Bande.

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April 15, 2008

Island Hopping by air in the French West Indies

Air Caraibes
Based in France, Air Caraibes connects Paris with the French Caribbean- St Barts, St Martin, Guadeloupe and Martinique. Within the Caribbean, they have flights connecting Guadeloupe to St Martin. You can catch a small plane from tiny Esperanza airport near the town of Grand Case in St Martin to Guadeloupe.

From Guadeloupe there are short flights to their tiny offshore islands, Iles des Saintes and Marie Galante. Martinique is also accessible from the modern airport in Guadeloupe, as is a direct flight to the colony of French Guiana which is located on the northeastern coast of South America, adjacent to Brazil.

You can't reach St Barts by air from the French side of St Martin so you'll need to go to Queen Juliana airport on the Dutch side for this connection. In this case both Air Caraibes and Winair fly from St Maarten to St Barts.

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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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