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Happy 50th Independence Day GUYANA!

26 May

Guyana officially the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, is a sovereign state on the northern mainland of South America. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north, Brazil to the south and southwest, Suriname to the east and Venezuela to the west. With 215,000 square kilometres (83,000 sq mi), Guyana is the fourth-smallest country on mainland South America after Uruguay, Suriname, and French Guiana.

The region known as “Guyana” comprised the large shield landmass north of the Amazon River and east of the Orinoco River known as the “Land of many waters”. Originally inhabited by several indigenous groups, Guyana was settled by the Dutch before coming under British control in the late 18th century. It was governed as the plantation economy of British Guiana until independence in 1966, and officially became a republic within the British Commonwealth of Nations in 1970. The legacy of British rule is reflected in the country’s diverse population, which includes Indian, African, Amerindian, and multiracial groups.

Guyana also has the distinction of being the only South American nation in which English is the official language. The majority of the population, however, speak Guyanese Creole, an English-based creole language with slight Dutch, Arawakan and Caribbean influences. In addition to being part of the Anglophone Caribbean, Guyana is one of the few Caribbean countries that is not an island in the West Indies. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), of which Guyana is a member, is headquartered in Guyana’s capital and largest city, Georgetown. In 2008, the country joined the Union of South American Nations as a founding member.

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Man offers six-month Caribbean holiday to physiotherapist who can help his girlfriend

24 May
Source: Independent
Jeremie Tronet says he will cover accommodation and food, as well as provide kite-surfing lessons and excursions to local islands.

Jeremie Tronet said he will cover the cost of flights to Union Island in the Grenadines iStock

A man has offered a free six-month trip to the Caribbean to someone who can help his girlfriend with rehabilitation after she fractured her hip.

On a post on Facebook, Jeremie Tronet, 29, who runs a kite surfing centre on Union Island in the Grenadines, appealed for a physiotherapist and their plus one to fly out to treat his girlfriend.

Mr Thronet said he will cover the cost of flights, accommodation and food, and also provide kite-surfing lessons and excursions to local islands.

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In Martinique? Make Time for Dominica.

23 May

Source: Shermans Travel

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Between the crystal blue water, dense foliage, and sweeping waterfalls, Dominica has rightfully earned its nickname the Nature Island. Not to be confused with the Dominican Republic (which shares Hispaniola with Haiti), Dominica is just a stone’s throw from Martinique — and is accessible from the French island without an added airport transfer — offering the opportunity for an adventurous, inexpensive stop on your Caribbean itinerary.

How to get there

Skip the plane and catch the air-conditioned Express des lles ferry, which sails direct from Martinique to Roseau, Dominica in just two hours. Book in advance online and double check specified dates, as the boat schedule is subject to change. A one-way ticket starts at $40 Eastern Caribbean Dollars (XCD), equivalent to approximately $55 USD.

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Where to stay

Roseau is a great home base for a few days on the island. A 40-acre botanic garden, dozens of Continue reading

SeaDream’s small cruise ships focus on hidden harbors

20 May

Source: Examiner

Sardinia is among the exclusive destinations visited by the SeaDream mega-yachts.

SeaDream Yacht Club, a two-ship cruise line that caters to vacationers looking for a decidedly upscale experience, celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Its ships are small, carrying just 112 guests each, and that means they can call at smaller, exclusive ports and harbors.

 The SeaDream I and SeaDream II mega-yachts are known for their casually elegant onboard lifestyle and they often schedule multiple overnights in off-the-beaten-path destinations.

“Guests have destinations they wish to check off their ‘must visit’ list and the SeaDream Yacht Club crew enjoys helping them reach many travel goals,” says SeaDream Yacht Club President Bob Lepisto. “At the same time, we take greater pride presenting finely crafted Continue reading

Ten Top Caribbean Movie Destinations: On Location With All At Sea

20 May

Source: All At Sea

Caribbean movie destinations: Captain Jack Sparrow, aka Johnny Depp, struts his stuff on set in Dominica. Photo courtesy of Dominica Film Commission

Captain Jack Sparrow, aka Johnny Depp, struts his stuff on set in Dominica. Photo courtesy of Dominica Film Commission

Enjoy a brush with Hollywood in the Caribbean by visiting nautical sites where famous movies were filmed. Here is a sampling of ten.


Caribbean movie destinations: Scene from the movie Twilight shot in Magens Bay, USVI

Scene from the movie Twilight shot in Magens Bay, USVI

1. Magens Bay, St. Thomas, USVI
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The one-mile heart-shaped stretch of white sand beach at Magens Bay was the after-dark shooting site for a scene in the 2011 American-made romantic fantasy. Edward (Robert Pattison) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) are two vampires celebrating their nuptials in the moonlight on the sand and in the surf. This was the last scene shot in the movie. Those in the know say the actors wrapped up the night scene with cocktails and stayed on the beach to watch the sunrise.

Caribbean movie destinations: Button Boat used on Water Island, USVI for the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt! Photo courtesy of USVI Department of Tourism

Button Boat used on Water Island, USVI for the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt! Photo courtesy of USVI Department of Tourism














2. Water Island, USVI

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Brad Pitt fans take note. In 2008, Brad himself sat on Honeymoon Beach along with Continue reading


17 May


Private Island – Princess Cay Bahamas | Princess Cruises


Located on the tiny Bahamian island of Eleuthera, Princess Cays is a secluded island playground, reserved just for Princess guests. Do some shopping, sample island fare and exotic cocktails, swim the crystal-clear waters or just soak up the warm Caribbean sun and watch the kids play on their own pirate’s galleon. For a special treat, reserve a pastel-colored cabana where you can enjoy authentic cuisine, cocktails and some serious “me” time.

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Sail on a Yacht – St. Maarten | Princess Cruises


Take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be Dennis Conner for the day and race America’s cup yachts in the turquoise blue waters and brisk trade winds of the Caribbean Sea. Grind a winch, trim a sail or punch a stopwatch as you compete against other crews in “the most exclusive sporting event in the world,” followed by a victory celebration and some post-race rum punch.

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5 Historical Facts about The Crane You (Probably) Didn’t Know

12 May

SOURCE: The Crane Resort

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A Barbadian legend since 1887, The Crane has long attracted travelers to its extraordinary expanse of pink sand and turquoise waters. In celebration of such a remarkable and storied history, Crane Concierge presents 5 Historical Facts about The Crane You Probably Didn’t Know:

1. The Horse

In the 18th century Continue reading