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Personal Journey | Anguilla, with the Clintons

Philadelphia Inquirer : "Though we are confirmed Caribbeaners, we had not been to gorgeous, sophisticated, yet disarmingly friendly Anguilla, and were both excited and disappointed to learn it is a preferred haunt of some of the rich and famous. The name-dropping was constant: It was supposedly Joan Rivers' yacht anchored offshore, Denzel Washington's villa that the Clintons were staying in, George Clooney's jet that had just touched down. Katie Couric and Penelope Cruz were also said to be 'on island,' and did you know that Brad and Jen had broken up right there on our beach! But with some of the Caribbean's most remarkable beaches and all those parrot fish in the deep-turquoise water, we were not about to spend our vacation star-searching. At least not all of it."

A popular spot, in eight hours or less

baltimoresun.com: "Already the cabdrivers line the cruise ship piers in Nassau plugging tours to Anna Nicole Smith's home and gravesite. Just as it did elsewhere, the Smith circus pushed everything else off the front page in this capital city of the Bahamas, a chain of islands 179 miles southeast of Florida. It's not as if Nassau needed Smith to draw tourists. It has been a perennially popular port for cruise ships for eons. At some time or other, virtually every line schedules stops there."

You can fall in love with good cruise deals in autumn |

The Providence Journal: "So if you’re looking to score a reasonably priced honeymoon, plan your wedding for the fall and go on a honeymoon cruise. Caribbean cruise prices always are low in fall because summer vacations are over, kids are back in school and some people are leery about going to sea during hurricane season. Then, too, more cabins are available in fall because cruise ships are returning to the region from summers spent in Europe and Alaska."

Late travel

Times Online: "Barbados for a week for £500 is on offer with Directline Holidays. The break starts with a flight from Gatwick on October 12 and is based at the three-star Discovery Bay Hotel with a restaurant, pool and tropical gardens on the west coast. 020-8239 3399 "

Four Seasons Resort Nevis offers West Indian Summer package

World Golf News "The “West Indian Summer” vacation package, which includes accommodations, is available from August 25 to November 10, 2007. The package offers: Resort credit: To a maximum of US $100 per night, to be applied at checkout. Guaranteed Upgrade: To ocean accommodations at time of booking. · Flexibility: There is no minimum stay required."

Looking for a Caribbean golf getaway? Check out Barbados

WorldGolf.com: "Golf travelers around the world have long been aware of the delights that Barbados supplies golfers. This Caribbean Island paradise gives duffers perfect weather to ply their hobby all year long. And with a plethora of world-class Caribbean golf resorts, Barbados is a golf destination that truly shines. Barbados a golf resort haven Golf courses of the Caribbean Caribbean golf popularity always growing Caribbean Islands a top golf destination Complete Caribbean golf guide With moonlight cruises, a pulsating nightlife, a brilliant array of restaurants, as well as an endless supply of ocean activities and water sports makes Barbados the type of Caribbean golf trip an entire family can get into. Barbados is fringed by corals reefs and fine, white sand beaches, providing excellent snorkeling opportunities. With numerous unique geographical structures, trips and other such activities are a constant in Barbados, which is as tourist friendly a country as you will find in …

Bargain luxury in St Lucia

Telegraph: "When a luxury holiday on the coast of St Lucia comes at a knockdown price there must be a catch. OK, the resort may not be quite finished and the hurricane season has begun. Nevertheless, with fingers crossed, Cassandra Jardine and her family jump at the opportunity."

Under canvas in the Caribbean

Times Online: "We were on the Caribbean island of St John, one of the US Virgin Islands, at Maho Bay Camps. It was founded by the charismatic eco-pioneer Stanley Selengut in 1976 and claims, plausibly, to have been the world’s first eco-resort. More than a hundred tent-cabins are set on slopes in the pristine rainforest of a national park that covers two thirds of the island. The permanent tents are connected by wooden walkways to prevent erosion and protect the forest. There are communal showers, a central restaurant, shop and other facilities. A lovely white sand beach lies at the foot of the slope, with another on the other side of the small headland. It looked idyllic on the web-site. I am not a big camping person, but we arrived, my wife and two boys, aged 4 and 2, with high hopes. "

Jamaica on sale: Air Jamaica, hotels slash rates to boost business - American Airlines matches airfare cut

Jamaica Gleaner News : "To stimulate sluggish fall sales, Air Jamaica has slashed airfares from North America by up to 50 per cent. Several local hotels quickly followed with reduced rates in a concerted bid to attract more tourists to the island. How much new business the price strategy will mean for Air Jamaica was uncertain, however, as rival American Airlines immediately matched the cut. Led by the national carrier, the rate reductions resulted from collaboration between public and private sector organisations including the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA)."

Bermuda offers some of the best golf courses in the Caribbean

WorldGolf.com: "'Bermuda,' observed Mark Twain, is 'the right country for a jaded man to loaf in.' A jaded man, maybe. A golfer, certainly not. Stretching a little more than 20 miles, Bermuda has only 10 golf courses, and an ambitious golfer without much love of the beach and drinks with little umbrellas floating in them can play all of them in a two-week stretch. After all, why loaf when you can play a golf course like Riddell's Bay, which is filled with some of the most beautiful scenery you'll see on any Caribbean island golf course?"

This Fall, it's Cool Fares on American Airlines and American Eagle to Select Destinations in Bahamas, Caribbean and Latin America

CNN."American and its regional affiliate, American Eagle, are offering great low fares for travel this fall from Miami and Fort Lauderdale starting at just $34* each way to the Bahamas, $69* each way to the Caribbean, and only $64* each way to Latin America (with required round-trip purchase). These low fares are available for travel from early October to mid- December to the Bahamas and Caribbean and from late September to early December to Latin America."

Win a week's holiday in St Lucia

Guardian Unlimited Travel: "Picture crystal clear Caribbean waters, palm-fringed golden beaches, stunning scenery and warm friendly people - you'll find all this in St Lucia. The jewel of the Caribbean is sparkling brighter than ever before with an array of new luxury resorts and activities available. This tropical paradise has endless delights on offer, from indulgent spa treatments to top-notch food and drink at one of the island's many restaurants. "

Overseas property: Paradise preserved?

Telegraph: "Oh, the joys of a Caribbean hideaway. Warm turquoise seas, deep blue skies, white sandy beaches and colourful wooden houses on stilts. What more could a foreign homeowner wish for? The Port Louis resort Yet the irony cannot be lost on the astute buyer that the very act of purchasing a home on a small Caribbean isle can contribute to the destruction of its beauty - surely the reason you bought there in the first place. "

The coast of Utopia: Barefoot life at its best

MSNBC.com: "To be overly dramatic, I could say that we were marooned in the Sapodilla Cayes, a small group of Caribbean islands belonging to Belize that sit in the coral-riddled crotch of Guatemala, between the legs of Belize and Honduras. A few of the cays are privately owned, a few so small as to have room for only a couple of coconut palms, and others — among them, Ragged, Lime, Hunting, Frank's, and Northeast — are loosely confederated within the fifty square miles of the Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve."

Caribbean islands ideal vacation destination

BCNG "Little did Christopher Columbus know, in 1493 when he discovered a chain of islands in the Caribbean, that they’d become popular tourist destinations attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors. He knew the islands were some of the most beautiful anywhere he’d been (and he was all over the place, literally) and the natives were friendly, sharing food and water and — well, let’s leave it at that, we said the natives were friendly. "

Jamaica Inn makes Top 100 hotels list:Six local properties ranked in Caribbean group

Jamaica Gleaner News : "Six of Jamaica's hotels were ranked among the Top 25 in the Caribbean, up from four last year, but the island's showing in the world's Top 100 vacation spots was less impressive. Jamaica Inn, the only property on the big list, was ranked 49 among the world's best as determined by Travel+Leisure magazine in its 12th annual World's Best awards readers' survey. its 'amazing location'"

St Lucia is more than just a luxury beach resort

Putting on the Ritz - Times Online: "But things are about to change in this southwestern corner of St Lucia, because one of the biggest names in the leisure market is coming to town. The hotelier Ritz-Carlton has joined the Irish developer Roebuck International to operate a $1.5 billion (£745 million) five-star hotel and residential complex at Half Moon Bay, just around the headland from Laborie and close to the island’s international airport. "

No competition for LIAT from Caribbean Sun…tourism to benefit from Sun’s re-launch

Antigua Sun: "LIAT need not fear direct competition from Caribbean Sun when the carrier returns to the skies later this year. Information from a representative of Caribbean Sun, is that the airline is being transformed into a charter operator and it will not operate point-to-point service within the Caribbean as it did previously."

"Best of Jamaica" Oct. 3-7 at Grand Lido Braco

About.com: "If you spend hours watching Giada and the Barefoot Contessa on TV, this is the Caribbean getaway for you: The Grand Lido Braco Resort & Spa is hosting the annual Best of Jamaica festival Oct. 3-7, and special package deals allow guests to learn from top chefs as well as indulging in great dinner, drinks, and desserts."