Aruba – One Happy Island

Just 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela in the Caribbean sea are the Dutch Antilles, and its 3 most westerly islands are the ABC islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. Aruba’s location outside the hurricane belt makes it the perfect place for year-round sunshine – and that’s why we call it One Happy Island!…

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Jamaica Farewell

One love! One heart! You can hear the sounds of Bob Marley everywhere. Dreadlock Rastas, Calypso and Carnival, I was full of excitement as I arrived in Jamaica, my island in the sun. It was my first visit to the Caribbean, and Jamaica – and I wanna love ya! I did the training, and I…

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A Touch of Barbadian Luxury by Gabriele Scholes

Virgin Atlantic from Gatwick, convenient if you’re in the South, and a great start in the Virgin Clubhouse Lounge! Spacious and quiet, lots of seating and a treatment area for a facial or a manicure before your flight, a space for children and a business corner if you need to work! The food is lovely…

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Guadeloupe Islands – The French West Indies

  Guadeloupe!! What springs to mind? I imagined small islands, back to nature, remote villages and ‘the real Caribbean’ with a touch of French flair. How wrong I was! “Touch” of French, not at all! I was in France! The official language is French, the currency is the Euro and it is a French overseas territory. I…

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Liming on the Strip in St Kitts

This little island of St Kitts, is the classic picture postcard of what you’d expect to find in the Caribbean! The “Kittician” folk welcomed and waved, smiled and said hello whenever, and wherever we travelled, exploring their lovely island! The capital Basseterre, is a small but busy city, and lively too! Like many other Caribbean…

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Grenada – the Spice of the Caribbean

I was delighted to be going to Grenada, famously known as the Island of Spice, with a band of fellow travel agents, guests of Grenada Tourism. Just nine hours after leaving Gatwick on a cold, wet November morning we arrived in the warmth and sunshine of the beautiful island. Located on the southern-most tip of the…

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The Body Holiday – Le Sport, St Lucia

Returning to the same place for a holiday can sometimes prove to be a mistake. It often doesn’t quite measure up to the fist visit. This was certainly not the case for us when we went to embark on our second cruise on the Star Clipper’s magnificent Royal Clipper, the 42-sail square rigged clipper ship that…

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Jammin in Jamaica

Mountainous and beautiful, Columbus described it as ‘the fairest island that eyes have beheld’. It is the third largest of the Caribbean islands, with lush forests, rushing rivers and superb beaches. Montego Bay, Jamaica’s tourist capital, and Ocho Rios is where I met and fell in love with Jamaica. Mo’bay’s bustling city centre, vendor stalls and…

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The BVIs (Best Vacation Ideas!)

“Wow! How can the sea be so many different hues of blue?” was my first thought as we started our descent into Beef Island. The British Virgin Islands are made up of a chain of sixty islands where the Atlantic ocean meets the Caribbean sea. They are a haven for water sports enthusiasts, and newlyweds or…

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