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Oceans of time

Canada.com: "The first page of my Bermuda guide book offers this advice: 'Slow down.' I quickly come to understand that these two words represent not just a suggestion, but the very guiding spirit of the island. Standing at the ferry docks in the capital, Hamilton, trying to determine how to get to Belmont Hills Golf Club, I ask the man at the desk several questions in a way that to me feels amiable and easygoing: typically Canadian, in other words. But the accumulating stares in my direction hint that, in this place, my manner counts as mildly aggressive. "

Time to tap your Caribbean sunshine savings

The Boston Globe: "As New England's days and nights turn nippier, thoughts turn to the sunshine and seascapes of the Caribbean. At most inns and resorts, the best prices are offered until shortly before Christmas. On Bonaire ,Harbour Village's Dive Into Luxury package, available through Dec. 21, lets the second person in your party dive for free. The offer includes seven nights in a one-bedroom studio, daily American breakfast, six days of diving (including tanks, weights, and belts), unlimited use of the fitness center, tennis courts, kayaks, sailboats, and airport transfers. The cost is $1,786 for the first diver and $1,538 for the second."

Affordable Caribbean: Jamaica

New York Times: "For many tourists, visiting Jamaica means checking into an all-inclusive resort along the white sand beaches of Negril or Montego Bay. But Port Antonio, in the northeastern parish of Portland, offers a more affordable alternative, along with a slower pace, fewer tourists and more cultural immersion than a weekend of pretty palm trees and stiff rum drinks on the beach."

Island Escapes Are Easy on the Wallet Thanks to Deal from American Express

KLFY TV 10 "The Islands Of The Bahamas and American Express have teamed up this fall to offer travelers an affordable way to enjoy an extended Indian summer. For a limited time, American Express cardholders who book a Bahamas getaway by Nov. 30, 2007, will receive a special rebate at select hotels in Nassau/Paradise Island, Grand Bahamas Island and the Out Islands."

Nonstop Flights to the Caribbean - Taking the Fastest Way to the Islands

New York Times: "LET’S face it. Where you go for your Caribbean vacation is rarely dictated by the opening of a cool new hotel, a family-friendly promotion or that perfect beach. The decision often comes down to one basic factor: a flight that will get you there. And given the chaotic state of air travel these days with packed planes and excruciating flight delays, the island with a nonstop flight from your hometown often has the edge. "

Big boost - Grenada's tourism industry expects increased arrivals from Air Jamaica flights

The Jamaica Star : "Grenada's tourism industry is expecting a big boost in time for the winter season, with the start of new Air Jamaica flights from Miami, beginning on November 4. George deMercado, the carrier's vice-president of sales, announced that the airline had adjusted its schedule to provide convenient flights between Miami and Grenada with a short connection in Montego Bay. "

Affordable Caribbean

New York Times: "Seaside hotels for under $100 a night? Visiting the Caribbean doesn't have to cost a fortune. To help, a team of travel editors and writers of The New York Times scouted 13 Caribbean islands to uncover affordable places to stay, eat, drink, shop and suntan."
Caribbean Popularity Continues to Grow: "UK Holidaymakers have been flocking to the twin Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda, according to the latest figures. Data from the Antigua and Barbuda Tourist Office revealed that visitor numbers for September, ordinarily a low-season month in The Caribbean, surged from 4,531 in 2006 to 5,357 in 2007."

A tiny island with big appeal

icWales: "Chris Court visits a secluded Caribbean island paradise which is just emerging from a famous neighbour’s shadow A FEW miles south-west of its rather more exotic neighbour Mustique, tiny Canouan is at last shrugging off its image as the “forgotten island” of the southern Caribbean. Thanks to the vision of two multi-millionaires, the green and hilly three square miles of Canouan have been sensitively transformed into a luxury, multi-activity holiday destination."

Honeymooning, Caribbean style

MySA.com: Travel & City Guide: "Chad and Aubrey Smith stroll Caneel Beach, hand in hand, undisturbed by other visitors. The turquoise waters of the Caribbean gently lap the white sand, and palm trees lining the beach provide shade a few feet away. They married a week earlier on Baldhead Island, N.C., and spent a week celebrating with family and friends. Now they're alone at last on St. John to have their real honeymoon. "

The Caribbean to Kenya – Weddings abroad

Easier.com: "It’s official, the Caribbean is the most popular choice when it comes to getting married abroad with St Lucia, Barbados, Tobago and Antigua all featuring in the top five destinations, according to wedding abroad experts, Tropical Sky. Since launching their wedding collection a year ago, statistics show St Lucia as the number one destination with over 25% of the weddings co-ordinated by Tropical Sky taking place there. The top hotels hosting weddings in St Lucia were Almond Morgan Bay, Almond Smugglers Cove and the Rendezvous. "

Natural Beauty In Dominica

50 connect.co.uk Located between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean and known as the nature island, the independent nation of Dominica is the largest and most mountainous of the Windward Islands, encompassing an area of nearly 290 square miles.

Air Jamaica Announces Miami – Grenada Service

Breaking News: "George deMercado, the carrier's Vice President of Sales, announced that the airline had adjusted its schedule to provide convenient flights between Miami and Grenada with a short connection in Montego Bay. The service will operate four days a week, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, using Airbus A-320 aircraft with 138 seats in Economy and 12 in Executive Business Class. 'Air Jamaica is committed to offering even smoother travel arrangements to and from the Caribbean region,' said deMercado, who congratulated Grenada's newly appointed Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen and her team for their vision in making the service a reality."

Head to Grenada for the best diving in the Caribbean

Easier Travel: "For some of the best diving in the Caribbean look no further than the idyllic island of Grenada and its sister islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Located in the Eastern Caribbean, the southernmost end of the Windward Islands and 180 miles north of Venezuela, this Isle of Spice benefits from a pleasant year-round climate, perfect for divers at any level."

Little Dix voted top Caribbean resort

BVI News .: "Little Dix Bay Resort sits on the bay of Virgin Gorda, and offers an assortment of activities for all travelers such as diving, snorkeling, and hiking. World-class amenities include The Spa at Little Dix, tennis, fitness facility and a children’s center."

Caribbean island has 'tourism boom'

Holiday hypermarket: "A Caribbean island in the Netherlands Antilles is experiencing a 'tourism boom'. Curacao is the largest and most heavily populated of the Netherlands Antilles islands and in June this year it saw a 16.4 per cent increase in US tourist arrivals, according to figures just released by the country's tourist board"
A Caribbean primer -- Newsday.com: "It's hard to go completely wrong in choosing a Caribbean island. Every one of them, after all, offers warm water, beautiful views, sunny skies and soft breezes. Even the most remote island is likely, at the very least, to have a steel-drum band playing at one place or another on a given night."

Hot dollar has WestJet headed for St. Lucia

Financial Post: "With a hot dollar and a cold winter on the horizon, Canadians are expected to flock to sunny locales this winter at a record pace. In its ongoing effort gain market share at those beachfront locales, WestJet Airlines Ltd. added St. Lucia, its 19th sun destination, to its winter schedule Wednesday."

Cheap flights to Jamaica and Barbados

Travelbite "Jamaica and Barbados are some of the Caribbean's best-known and most popular islands, offering the appealing combination of bright tropical sunshine and fantastic beaches. There are two last minute flights deals under £500 to the islands this week from Lastminute.com with British Airways. "

Property for sale in the Caribbean

Country Life: "The development of super-yacht marinas on Caribbean islands like Long Harbour Bay on St Thomas, and St Martin's Yacht Club and Chub Cay in the Bahamas has created a building spree of high-end condominiums, hotels and leisure facilities to cater for boat owners, crews and day-tripping tourists. "

Travellers Flock to Caribbean Island

Hypermarket: "The number of UK Travellers visiting Jamaica has increased over the last year, according to figures. The latest tourism statistics from the island also showed that more Irish Holidaymakers are choosing the Caribbean destination. Between January and May "

The 13 hottest hotels for winter sun

Times Online: "Up in the hills of Morne Chastanet, the 24 suites at Jade Mountain (0800 894057, http://www.jademountainstlucia.com/; doubles from £500, room-only) are an almost ridiculous redefinition of the hotel experience. Forget impersonal corridors, think suspended private bridges. Forget four walls – each “personal sanctuary” has one side open to the elements. And the real clincher? Light controls allow you to change your bathwater to your favourite colour. Because that’s important, right? The package: Caribtours (020 7751 0660, http://www.caribtours.co.uk/) has Discovery at Marigot Bay from £1,381 and Jade Mountain from £2,811, flying with Virgin Atlantic. "

Air JA puts on more flights

St. Lucia Star Online : "St Lucians can this Christmas look forward to an increase in the number of services currently operated by Air Jamaica into St Lucia. The airline which currently operates three services into the Hewanorra International Airport on Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays, will as of December commence daily services into St Lucia from New York until mid-January 2008."