Caribbean

The Caribbean is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and we keep returning year after year, exploring one country at a time.


Countries We've Seen

How to spoil yourself silly on a beach vacation

When we leave home, we’re either traveling, or we’re on holiday.  Sometimes the two meet, but most often, our trips are firmly on one side or the other.  For the Christmas/New Years beach vacations, we usually end up somewhere with a pretty nice pool.  …
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Christmas and New Years in Curacao

We took a family vacation to Curacao with our two young children (ages 3 and 4 at the time).  Although the Hilton Curacao had many issues, we still really enjoyed our time on the island, as did our children.  …
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Jolly Beach All-Inclusive Resort – a wonderful affordable all-inclusive on a beautiful island, Antigua

We stayed at the Jolly Beach All-Inclusive Resort, in  Jolly Harbour in Antigua.  It was a fabulous deal for our family, especially over the peak Christmas period.   The resort was a little rough around the edges – but overall we had a great time.  …
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Puerto Rico

In February 1996, we escaped the cold of our college town in Kingston, Ontario for a getaway in Puerto Rico.  We really enjoyed our drive around the island.  It was a great mix of culture and some amazing beaches.…
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Sawasdee Thai Restaurant, Decent Thai Food Close to the High rise Strip in Aruba

A tuk tuk on the front patio welcomes you to Sawasdee Thai Restaurant, a couple of blocks from the highrise strip in Aruba. This Thai restaurant is just a couple of blocks walk from the high rise strip. …
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Senor Frogs – Their Slogan Says it All!

Outdoor seating, loud music and balloon animals seemed like the perfect family restaurant at first, but we were sadly disappointed with the pathetic food and service at Senor Frogs. Right across from the Radisson and the Riu Resorts on the high rise strip in Aruba, is the Tex Mex rest
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East Shoal Bay Beach – beautiful when the weather cooperates

East Shoal Bay Beach We spent a couple days in Anguilla on East Shoal Bay Beach.  Although it is supposed to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, it didn’t impress us on that level. …
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Orient Bay, St Martin – Overcrowded beach chaos

Orient Bay looked much better from farther awayOrient Bay, St MartinOne of the stops on our tour of the island was Orient Beach, a popular beach along the “French Riviera” of St Martin.…
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Phillipsburg Beach, Sint Maarten – Crowded but beautiful

Philipsburg BeachPhilipsburg is bordered by a beautiful beach with shallow, calm waters.  There are lots of restaurants, change facilities, and shops in the immediate area around.  This isn’t your idyllic tropical beach, but for those who fancy lunch at their choice of restauran
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Driving Tour of St Martin / St Maarten by taxi

The next day we checked out and left our bags at the hotel, and walked to the taxi stand close to the port, next to the market. There we arranged a 3 hour tour of the island with a taxi driver.…
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Delicious dinner at La Main a La Pate, Marina Royale, Marigot

Night time view of the Marina Royale in MarigotWe walked 5 minutes to the Marina Royale district, which is a very nice development of high-end restaurants and shops overlooking the yachts of the marina.…
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Fantastic Guest House, Marigot, cheap, clean hotel overlooking the Marina

We stayed at the Fantastic Guest House. It lived up to it’s name – it was relatively cheap, the location couldn’t be beat (right next to the Marina), the room was spotless, air conditioning was powerful, and from a corner of the shower stall in the bathroom, we even
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Currency in St Martin – US Dollars or Euros?

This came as a very big surprise to us – it turns out that as of 2008, US dollars and Euros are taken at par in St. Martin/Sint Maarten. Of course, this made for a 30% discount for everything with US Dollars.…
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St. Martin/ Sint Maarten, what it’s like, getting to Marigot from the Airport

Juliana Airport in Sint MaartenArriving in Sint Maarten, the Juliana airport is very clean and modern, and we were surprised to see our luggage again. (unlike the line-up of 50 or so people waiting in the lost luggage line-up, from another LIAT flight).…
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LIAT Air from Dominica to St Martin – Bring a good book – or 4.

Although the islands are not that far, flying between them requires patience, strength, and more patience. The only option for us to get from Dominica to St Martin was to fly on Liat Air, the worst airline we’ve ever flown on (ok – 2nd worse.…
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Driving from Portsmouth to Melville Hall airport

Driving from Portsmouth to Melville Hall aiport took about 1 hour, and was a fairly easy drive, even in the rain. We only almost got lost once, but a friendly local directed us before we could even take out our map.…
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Indian River Trip with Edison Tours – great relaxing morning (from Portsmouth)

The beginning of the Indian RiverWe arranged for a guide to take us up the Indian River. The Indian River is a river that empties into the ocean at the heart of Portsmouth, and rowboats and guides will take you up the river to a “Jungle Bar” where some delicious rum punch
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Portsmouth Beach Hotel / Picard Beach Cottages, beautiful oceanfront hotel

View of Picard BeachWe stayed on Picard Beach. This is a black sand beach, and this hotel is where a lot of the film crew from Pirates of the Caribbean slept (every cabin has a crew members name on it).…
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A beautiful drive around the Carib Territory and Escalier de Tete de Chien

View from the Escalier de Tete de Chien hikeWe drove into the Carib territory from Emerald Falls. The Caribs are a native Amerindian population in all the Caribbean. The east coast of the island is much more rugged, and this is where scenes of Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3 were fil
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Emerald Pool, amazing waterfall and UNESCO World Heritage Site

Emerald Pool WaterfallThe next day we checked out of Roseau and went on a driving tour of the island. Our first stop was Emerald Pool, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Morne Trois Pitons.…
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Whale Watching in Dominica with Dive Dominica

Dive Dominica whalewatching boatWe went on a whale watching trip with Dive Dominica. There are a couple of operators on the island, and we chose Dive Dominica because they had a better web site and we could book by email.…
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Snorkeling in Champagne at Scott’s Head Marine Preserve

Snorkeling in ChampagneSnorkeling in ChampagneAbout 20 minutes south of Roseau (an easy drive), there is a park called “Champagne”. It’s actually just a small strip of land and boardwalk bordering the ocean.…
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Rainforest Aerial Tram, Laudat – great excursion if you can make it there

Entrance to the Rainforest Aerial TramWhen we visited Costa Rica, we enjoyed the Aerial Tram, which is a tram that slowly glides through the canopy and floor of the forest. The company that operates that tram ride also operates one in Dominica, so we decided to check it out.…
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Dining / Restaurants in Roseau

We didn’t have much luck with restaurants in Roseau. We tried a local sports bar/restaurant that was recommended to us called Garage Bar and Grill, but the food was pretty bad, and the service was horrible.…
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Roseau Overview and the Farmers Market

Downtown Roseau street near the PortRoseau is not the nicest city and isn’t representative of Dominica- when we were there, there was a lot of drunks and vagrants always wandering around.…
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Driving in Dominica – not for the faint of heart!

The only straight road in DominicaDriving in Dominica was very challenging – perhaps some of the most challenging driving we’ve ever seen in 50 countries. In fact, later on, our taxi driver in St.…
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Renting a car in Dominica at Valley Rent a Car

The car we rented from Valley Rent a Car, RoseauRenting a car in Dominica proved to be a little difficult. The only international agency that actually answered the phone was Budget, and they explained to me that at Christmas time, they don’t really do reservations – they c
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Ma Bass Guest House in Roseau, great cheapish hotel

Ma Bass Guest House, view from streetWe stayed at the Ma Bass Gues House in Roseau, which was one of the few affordable options in the middle of town. The location was great.…
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Getting from Martinique to Dominica by Ferry, Express Des Iles

There are no direct flights from Martinique to Dominica, and fortunately there happened to be a ferry (Express des Iles) that ran on the day we wanted. Booking tickets online for Express des Iles was very difficult – we finally ended up using a travel agent in Dominica (Whitchur
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Driving tour of Martinique, Route de la Trace, Saint Pierre

Saint PierreThe only other thing we had time to do in Martinique was to take a driving tour. Unfortunately it was raining, so we didn’t really see much. We first headed to Saint Pierre, but it was pouring rain so we just stopped for a couple of photos and kept on driving.&hellip
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