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Travel Contest Roundup: 6 Ways to Win a Free Trip to the Caribbean

October 17, 2014 at 9:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner—just don't forget to tell us if you are!

Here are six vacation contests to enter right now that will get you some island fun in the sun:

Atlantis Adventure Dive Into Paradise Island

The folks over at Copa Airlines want you to check out the Bahamas, and to do so they’re giving away a four-day and three-night trip over to Atlantis on Paradise Island. Swim with the dolphins, enjoy the water slides, and soak in the sun—just enter today, as things close to entries on October 17.

The Sandals Suites Sweepstakes

Ever been to Grenada? If not, enter for a chance to win a trip to the island thanks to the folks over at Sandals LaSource Granada. They are picking 25 lucky winners, and if you’re one of them you’ll be enjoying seven nights in one of the Skypool Suites—enter by November 30.

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Looking for Holiday Plans? JetBlue Kicks Off Newest Caribbean Route with Flash Sale

July 30, 2014 at 8:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

JetBlue's Terminal at JFK

JetBlue announced this week that a new non-stop route from New York to Curaçao will debut on December 2nd, making it the only airline to offer non-stop flights between the two destinations.

Flights will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays, departing New York at 9:00 a.m. and arriving on the island at 2:30 p.m. Return flights will depart Curaçao at 3:30 p.m. and arrive at 7:14 p.m.

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Southwest's First International Routes to the Caribbean Have Taken Off

July 2, 2014 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Southwest officially began its much anticipated service outside of U.S. borders yesterday to three destinations in the Caribbean, taking over AirTran's former routes to the Bahamas, Aruba, and Jamaica from Atlanta, Baltimore, and Orlando.

Later this year, flights to Mexico City will begin on August 10th and to Punta Cana on November 2nd. The new routes come as part of Southwest's acquisition of AirTran, and the plan is to eventually serve 96 destinations in six countries. We're sure other nonstop flights will also be announced to the Caribbean and Mexico as things progress.

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How to Eat Conch (Like a Local) on Turks & Caicos

June 13, 2014 at 1:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

Like many islands in the Caribbean, conch is a staple of the food scene in Turks & Caicos. Every menu features it, and every local seems pretty fond of it. Provo is even home to the world's only conch farm, raising the endangered Caribbean Queen Conch for wholesale consumption.

Conch appears on menus in a variety of ways, and the toughest part of a trip to Turks and Caicos is avoiding bad jokes (Dude, I'm totally conched out!). Here's a rundown of how you'll see conch prepared:

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Perfect the Art of Doing Nothing on Turks and Caicos

June 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

View from Ocean Club Resort on Grace Bay

We've already told you about the unusual ingredient in the cocktails at the best beach bar on Provo in Turks and Caicos, and we'll show you what to eat when you're on the island in this week's Street Food Friday.

But other than eating and drinking, we don't have much advice on what to do.

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You'll Never Believe What This Beach Bar Serves in Its Cocktails

June 9, 2014 at 5:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

We teased you last week with the above photo, snapped at one of the Caribbean's best beach bars, Da Conch Shack on Provo, Turks and Caicos. With its beautiful oceanfront setting, friendly waiters, and live music, you won't find a better place to catch a drink during happy hour.

What should you drink? Below, we dish on some of the island's favorite beverages:

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Wish You Were Here: Posting Up at One of the World's Best Beach Bars

June 3, 2014 at 11:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

The British-owned Turks and Caicos island chain is known for its lack of development and shallow coastal waters, the latter of which greatly contributes to the scenery with its turquoise shine (if you're not familiar with what makes the Caribbean water so blue, learn here).

This week and next, we'll give you a rundown of tourism on the island chain, including what to see and do and how the individual islands are different from one another. We'll also spill the peas and rice on what to eat and drink and where to hang out. Specifically, we'll give you directions to one of the world's best beach bars, found on Providenciales (Provo). The photo you see above is a snapshot from our happy hour yesterday. Yes, we do indeed love our research.

Stay tuned for the scoop, and wish you were here!

[Photo: Will McGough]

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The Tiny Island of Montserrat Has a Big Plan for Tourism Development

June 2, 2014 at 11:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

View from the Blackwood Allen hiking trail

Montserrat, a British Territory located in the Lesser Antilles, was hit hard in the late-80s and mid-90s by a hurricane and a volcanic eruption that left the island in a state of disarray. Tourists stopped coming, and the locals were left to pick up the pieces and rebuild. Now, almost two decades later, the 70 square-mile Montserrat is ready to get back on the tourism map.

In a recent public relations release, the island put out a wide call for investors and presented a variety of opportunities for consideration, from hotel projects and residences to property within the capital town and marina. Montserrat has set up a website where potential investors can learn more about what's available and the current state of the island.

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'Pack for a Purpose' on Your Next Vacation to the British Virgin Islands

May 7, 2014 at 4:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

The next time you travel to the British Virgin Islands leave some extra room in your luggage for a good cause.

The BVI Tourist Board is now supporting Pack for a Purpose, a non-profit that encourages travelers to bring meaningful contributions to the destinations they visit. Guests staying at participating hotels can drop off the supplies they've packed with the hotel's staff and they'll deliver it to local organizations in need.

BVI resorts Scrub Island Resort and Guana Island are now both participating in the project. You can find out exactly what they need and what to bring at packforapurpose.org.

[Photo: Scrub Island]

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What's the Difference Between the Three Cayman Islands?

March 31, 2014 at 12:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

It is said that Christopher Columbus first referred to the Cayman Islands as "Las Tortugas" due to the large population of sea turtles living in the area. The current name also comes from Columbus, who used the Carib word for marine crocodiles, caiman, to describe the large population of rock iguanas that call the islands home.

Today, the three islands are under British control and rely on tourism for a large portion of their economy. Although they are separated by only 90 miles at their maximum distance and all known as scuba diving destinations, the islands maintain pretty distinct personalities, and the correct one for you depends on the type of trip you hope to have. Below, we break down the main differences between Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac.

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Monday, Five Thirty: This French Liqueur Seems Like it Belongs in the Caribbean

Where: France
March 24, 2014 at 5:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

In celebration of the most needed happy hour of the week, we're launching a new column called “Monday, Five Thirty” that will take a look at different vices from around the world, specifically boozes and beers unique to a destination. Last week, we told you why you should always drink vodka on St. Paddy's Day. This week, we head to France for a taste of South America.

After we had our first taste of Passoa on St. Thomas in the Caribbean, we thought it was a natural fit as far as tropical drinks go, its passion-fruit flavor mixing well with different juices as a rum-punch alternative. When we asked the bartender what island it was made on, he surprised us and said, "France."

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Street Food Friday: A Controversial Taste of Turtle in Grand Cayman

March 7, 2014 at 2:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

In a new weekly Friday column, we'll explore street food and other culinary specialties from around the world. Last week, it was fried lobster in Puerto Nuevo. This week, we head back to the Caribbean and Grand Cayman to see what's cooking.

On our last day in Grand Cayman, we went in search of something we had heard was a common dish served on the island, something that might be even more controversial than the consumption of whale in Norway: We were after a taste of turtle.

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