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Best Caribbean Beaches

Bridal Guide Magazine: "The experts have spoken, the votes have been counted. Here, some of the dreamiest seaside spots you’ll find anywhere in the Caribbean.
by Jenna Mahoney

Even with all the gorgeous beaches in the Caribbean islands, some stand out from the rest. Whether it’s for bars, scuba or sunsets, each one of these spots has a special quality that we treasure as much as pirates’ gold. Here, our raves and faves."

Labor Day Caribbean Sale!

Caribbean Travel Guide: "CheapCaribbean.com, a Caribbean vacation booking website, is offering you the chance to save big bucks on destinations around the Caribbean this weekend. You can save up to $150 for booking your Caribbean vacation through this particular website this Labor Day weekend. You can book a package that combines airfare, hotels, transfers and sightseeing excursions for one bundled price.
From August 27, 2008 to September 2, 2008 you can save $150 per booking on any hotel and air package of 3 nights or longer. This offer is valid for travel through April 2009."

Great Rates At The Puntacana Hotel

American Airlines Vacations "Unwind in privacy at The Puntacana Hotel, secluded on over 100 landscaped acres with access to three miles of white sand beaches and the beautiful water for which the Caribbean is known. If you've been toying with the idea of discovering what's made the Dominican Republic such a hot destination, this Punta Cana vacation deal makes it easy. The Puntacana Hotel has two- and three-bedroom casitas among the coconut trees, suites with ocean and garden views and deluxe rooms with gorgeous views and beach access. With low rates from American Airlines Vacations, you can be relaxing on the beach without breaking your budget."

UK airline scraps Caribbean flights

- Caribbean360.com: "LONDON, United Kingdom, August 28, 2008 - XL Airways has scrapped all its Caribbean routes, blaming rising fuel costs and a slowdown in the United Kingdom (UK) economy for the move.
XL, a leading UK scheduled and charter airline, said that by November 3 it will end services to St Lucia, Barbados, Tobago, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Grenada. This means that St Kitts will have no direct flight from Europe and the country's Minister of State with responsibility for Tourism, Ricky Skerrit was quoted on SKNVibes as saying that the XL cuts could result in a total loss about 7,000 passengers to St Kitts every year, including over 4,000 British tourists and hundreds of UK-based Kittitians and Nevisians."

Nonstop flights make Caribbean, Bahamas just a hop away

Macon: "Getting to the sandy beaches of a Caribbean or Bahamian island is getting easier for travelers flying out of South Florida.
More nonstop flights than ever from Miami and Fort Lauderdale will speed vacationers to their island destinations this fall. While some islands still can only be reached with a change in planes, the days when almost every Caribbean-bound flight went through a hub city are gone."

Travel Slump Has an Upside: Deals on Hotels

WSJ.com: "Some resort companies are targeting airfare increases directly. Sandals, a chain of 12 all-inclusive resorts for couples in the Caribbean, just announced a 'fly-free' offer with an airfare credit of up to $550 per person for trips booked by Oct. 23. So far this year, Sandals has seen record occupancy, says Kevin Froemming, president of Unique Vacations, the company's sales and marketing arm. But because Sandals caters largely to honeymooners, most bookings are locked in many months in advance, he says, and starting around June and July, he says he saw 'a definite shift in people holding on to their money more,' with advanced bookings falling about 10% from last year. Elite Island Resorts, which also has properties across the Caribbean, announced this week a promotion that guarantees round-trip airfare of $299 on AMR Corp.'s American Airlines flights to Elite's properties in Antigua."

Delta announces schedule changes between New York and Dominican Republic

- Logistics Business Review: "Delta Air Lines has announced a schedule change for flights connecting New York's John F Kennedy International Airport to Santo Domingo and Santiago in the Dominican Republic. The two routes will operate on Saturdays, starting December 13, 2008."

The airline currently offers daily non-stop service between New York-John F Kennedy Airport, and Santo Domingo and Santiago. These flights will be temporarily suspended in mid-September 2008, and will return as a weekly service in December 2008

Places to go Sea Kayaking in the Bahamas

Caribbean Travel Guide: "The crisp cool water of the Bahamas are renowned around the world for their beauty. Thousands of tourists flock to these islands every year to enjoy the sun, the sand, and the waves. Watersports are a wildly popular draw all throughout the island nation, including the relaxing and adventure filled sport of Sea Kayaking. There’s many different places to go in the Bahamas for kayaking, and lots of different outfitters ready to get you started on your trip, it can be hard to choose just the right one. Hopefully we’ll be able to help you.

The first question is, where would you like to go?"

Caribbean Holidays 'Appeal to Sun-Worshipping Brits'

Caribbean Holidays 'Appeal to Sun-Worshipping Brits': "Caribbean holidays are gaining popularity with Brits looking for a slice of adventure with their sun-soaked breaks.

According to www.holidays-direct.co.uk, the Caribbean Islands of Barbados and St Lucia are becoming more popular with Brits as the UK's summer sun (or lack of it) fails to persuade them to stay on home soil this season.

Jon Pearce of the holiday firm explained: 'We've seen an uptake in bookings for holidays in The Caribbean and Thailand, along with other long haul destinations"

Travel Tips when Cruising to Bermuda

Corsavoo.com: "Bermuda is British - judges wear powdered wigs, drivers are the left side of the road, and dress is fairly conservative (especially on the golf courses upholstery cleaning codes upscale restaurants). Of course, Bermuda shorts are seen everywhere - even on businessmen wearing jackets and ties! Bikinis are not permitted more than 25 feet from the ocean. Bermuda is British - judges wear powdered wigs, drivers are the left side of the road, and dress is fairly conservative (especially on the golf courses upholstery cleaning codes upscale restaurants). Of course, Bermuda shorts are seen everywhere - even on businessmen wearing jackets and ties! Bikinis are not permitted more than 25 feet from the ocean."

Wealthy Russians Dive Into Caribbean

Moscow Times "As more Russians move into the top tier of the world's rich, they are beginning to dive from one sea to another. Leaving their traditional stomping grounds of the Mediterranean, rich Russians are slowly making their way to the islands of the Caribbean.

'Russians are looking for the Caribbean dream that they've seen in the movies and on music videos,' said Steven Ankrom, vice president of sales for Group Metro real estate, speaking by telephone from his office in the Dominican Republic. 'Even the Russians dream about a white beach and a pina colada.'"

Are We There Yet?

News & Advice, Travel - The Independent: "And if that's not enough to inspire your fantasy holiday, check out the Almond Casuarina in Barbados (0870 907 9600; tropicalsky.co.uk), which promises to keep the kids busy all day long with everything from snorkelling to kayaking. A beachside location, three family pools and acres of tropical gardens will make this just what the doctor ordered for pasty Brits suffering from the summer blues."

"BARBADOS—£459, seven nights room-only at the 3-star Butterfly Beach Hotel, departures from Gatwick September 1 to 30. Call BA Holidays on 0844 493 0758."

Finding a vacation deal in the Caribbean

Finding a vacation deal in the Caribbean: "From Aruba to Jamaica, from the Cayman Islands to the Virgin Islands, there's lots of ways for New Yorkers to enjoy the Caribbean.
Choosing the best deal and best vacation for your money depends on what you're after.
A key cost factor is how easy it is to reach a certain destination. Shopping around for discounted package deals may produce bargains. Also pay attention to whether flights are nonstop or require connections.
It's best to choose where to go based on your preferred activities. You're more apt to find worthwhile golf courses in Bermuda or Aruba, for example, than the Bahamas. Certain islands are also more popular for diving and snorkeling, hiking or beach activities."

Babymoons! A New Travel Trend Is Born

ABC News: "This Caribbean beauty is going all out, offering two affordable babymoon packages. 'The Last Hurrah Getaway' package at the Arawak Beach Inn in Anguilla is fantastic because not only do you get an unlimited amount of pickles and ice cream for mom, but the Arawak bar runs on the honor system so dad can grab a beer anytime he wants. The four-night package (under $500) combines value with romance by offering oceanfront accommodations and a daily breakfast. Also part of this babymoon deal: a couple's massage, a gourmet picnic lunch and a candlelight lobster dinner."

Travel: Life's a beach in Aruba

htrnews.com "For an island that's barely a blip on the radar screen, this Caribbean paradise sure packs a punch.
Measuring a mere six miles wide and 19 miles long, Aruba has distinguished itself as a year-round haven for people eager to get away from it all.
Basking beneath sun-soaked skies and surrounded by glistening turquoise waters, this Dutch delight offers something for everyone — from romantic and relaxing secluded beaches, to memorable windsurfing and snorkeling trips, to amazing submarine tours 120 feet below the surface, to breathtaking diving sites and shipwrecks."

Travel to Montserrat made easier

Caribbean Net News:"BRADES, Montserrat: Traveling to the pristine island paradise of Montserrat is considered part of the destination’s unique charm. For approximately 10 years after the destruction of the capital city Plymouth in 1995, vacationers could only travel to this pear-shaped island via helicopter or ferry.

With increased accessibility now provided by the renewed partnership between regional carriers LIAT and Carib Aviation, travelers can again appreciate why this modern-day Pompeii is considered one of the Caribbean’s secluded seventh heavens."

Turks and Caicos Islands

MiamiHerald.com: "The Turks and Caicos also have some very high-end resorts. The kind where you might run into a star, someone like, oh, Conan O'Brien. I saw him hiding under a baseball cap pulled so low over his face that I might not have recognized him but for skin so white it was almost blue.
Tourists like O'Brien have helped make Turks and Caicos Islands, or TCI, a success story. Twenty years ago, these 40-some islands and cays had few paved roads or services. Now this British crown colony has one of the world's fastest-growing economies; its 33,000 residents share their islands with about 300,000 tourists annually. There are a dozen or so high-end resorts where overnight stays often top $1,000 a night and a booming real estate market that caters to multimillionaires."

Caribbean Resort Announces 42 New Suites To Debut December 2008

CNW Group "CASTRIES, ST. LUCIA, Aug. 21 /CNW/ -- Award-winning Windjammer Landing
Villa Beach Resort in St. Lucia announces the creation of 42 new luxurious Anthurium Lily Junior Suites with ocean views to be added to the upscale property by December 2008. Philippa Rouseau Design, an interior design group with resort property expertise in the U.S. and the Caribbean, has been
retained for the new upscale suites' design. The 1,100 square foot junior suites will feature Romeo & Juliet balconies. Several will have an additional private sundeck on the roof."

Caribbean Airlines assures smooth flying

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday"CARIBBEAN Airlines executive vice president of Operations Captain Ian Brunton said yesterday passengers could expected the airline’s schedule to return to normal, soon.
Brunton admitted that there have been delays and flight cancellations but said they were as a result of rainy weather and a damaged aircraft.

He said a series of unfortunate events caused delays and the cancellation of flights last week."

Spectacular Antigua is a caribbean jewel

Voice Online "Despite the recent tragedies, tour operator Virgin Holidays report that very few people have cancelled their booking to the islands – and it is clear to see why. Antigua remains one of the safest and most beautiful islands in the Caribbean.
Recently, this reporter visited the island to explore its many attractions and experience their renowned carnival.
On arrival in Antigua, we were taken to the Hawksbill Hotel. The hotel is situated in 37 acres of landscaped gardens featuring a colourful explosion of exotic flowers."

Fitness Fun in Jamaica

Fitness Fun in Jamaica: "'With the popularity of a new travel trend, fit tourism, the Sunset at the Palms Healthy Living Months are an ideal fit for small groups who wish to focus on health and wellness,' says Andria Mitsakos, spokesperson for Sunset at the Palms. 'With the major stresses in the workplace today many companies are introducing retreats for employs to relax, rejuvenate and rest. Sunset at the Palms boutique hotel setting offers impeccable service, lush tropical gardens, chic private tree-house style accommodations and a relaxing and genuinely friendly atmosphere that Jamaica is known for.'"

Jamaica voted one of the top 10 Beach and Island Destinations for 2008

Viator.com: "JAMAICA - Home to the Blue Mountains, Jamaica is the third-largest island in the Caribbean and features beautiful beaches as well as plenty to explore beyond the shores.

The Canopy Tour from Negril or Montego Bay (from $80) traverses a series of decks and platforms through trees in the rainforest soaring over the rushing waters of the Great River and the flora and fauna of the rainforest.
The Heritage Beach Horse Ride (from $72) combines Jamaican history, visiting Seville Great House and Heritage Park, with the adventure of saddling up for a ride through habitats of the first Islanders and along the beach and in the water, stopping for refreshments in a jungle beach hut."

Airlines waive fees, cruise ships shift for Tropical Storm Fay

LATimes.com: "Headed to Florida or the Caribbean? As Tropical Storm Fay rakes the region, you may be able to change your flight without paying penalties. And if you’re cruising, expect port changes and delays. Check often with your airline or cruise line."

However note that many islands of the caribbean have not been affected nor have been in the path of tropical storm fay...for example,Barbados,St.Lucia,Antigua,Trinidad and Tobago,Anguilla,Grenada....and the list goes on...although it is the hurricane season it does not mean that you will be at risk for your stay on many of the islands...

Airlines - Delta to Add Three Jamaica Flights Daily from Atlanta

Airlines - Delta to Add Three Jamaica Flights Daily from Atlanta: "Jamaica will receive increased airlift from Delta Air Lines on its Atlanta-Montego Bay route beginning this winter. Starting Dec. 20, travelers will have three daily flights to select from when flying to Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport (MBJ) from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)."

Caribbean holiday deals

http://www.kansascity.com/737/story/748634.html "Fly freeSandals Resorts has a Fly Free Promotion, with air credits of $350 to $550 a person for travelers who book a minimum three-night stay at one of the all-inclusive Caribbean properties. Also, stay for at least six nights and receive a room discount of up to 35 percent and one free night, or book a top-category suite for at least seven nights and get two free nights and a discount of up to 30 percent.
Air credit amount varies by island: $350 for Jamaica and the Bahamas, $450 for St. Lucia and $550 for Antigua. Prices vary by resort. For example, a six-night vacation at the Sandals Grande Ocho Rios in Jamaica starts at $1,575 per couple after $350 air rebate, free night and 35 percent discount. Travelers must book by Sept. 2 and travel by Dec. 20, 2009 (some holiday blackout dates apply). 800-726-3257 or http://www.sandals.com/."

Bahamas Break

Travel deals of the week: "BAHAMAS BREAK Stay three nights and get the fourth night free at Old Bahama Bay by Ginn sur Mer. Guests receive complimentary use of the fitness center, sailboats, kayaks, snorkeling gear and bicycles. They can dine at the resort's three restaurants or lounge on the beach. Each room is equipped with an ocean-view terrace, robes and DVD and CD players. Available through Sept. 30. Rates start at $179 a night."

P.J. Thomas: How to travel well & save money

Philadelphia Daily News "Do your research, because peak season can vary depending on the destination. For example, it makes sense to visit the Caribbean during the first week of December since rates typically increase Dec. 15."..................An ocean cruise seems like an extravagant vacation, but there are deals to be found. Sail from a nearby port like Baltimore, where a five-night cruise to Bermuda aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (October departure) starts at just $599. Where else can you go to enjoy five-star accommodations, meals and entertainment for $60 a night?

Cruise Deals Help Travelers Stretch Vacation Dollars

Cruise Deals Help Travelers Stretch Vacation Dollars: "What are some of the best cruise deals right now? 'If you can be flexible and wait for last-minute deals -- some of which include airfare -- Europe and the Caribbean are good bets,' says Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor in chief, Cruise Critic. 'We're also seeing a lot of 'hurricane season' bargains for cruises along the U.S. Atlantic Coast, and in the Bahamas, the Caribbean and the Mexican Riviera. These will last through late October. Another surprise:
While the period just before Thanksgiving and just after have always been supreme value times for cruise travel we're also seeing some bargains on
actual holiday sailings, too.'"

Dominican Republic Property News | Enjoy ‘The Cream of the Caribbean’

Dominican Republic Property News Enjoy ‘The Cream of the Caribbean’: "It’s the most visited island in the Caribbean, and now property investors have the chance to benefit from the Dominican Republic’s popularity with a new project on the east of the island, located in the Punta Cana region, currently the most popular and well-served tourist area in the country.

Tours & Packages - Air Jamaica Vacations Offers Early Booking Savings

Tours & Packages - Air Jamaica Vacations Offers Early Booking Savings: "Air Jamaica Vacations is giving discounts and value-added inclusions such as fly free and kids stay free offers at select hotels for 2009 winter travel. The operator is offering an additional $100 off a reservation for 2009 winter vacation of five nights or longer booked by Sept. 5. Here are a few of all-inclusive packages available: Samsara Cliff Hotel, Negril, Jamaica, $599 per person for a five-night stay. Complete Vacation, kids stay free."

Top 10 Celebrity Vacation Spots Feature Story

Top 10 Celebrity Vacation Spots Feature Story: "If it’s a Caribbean escape they’re after, the stars will be out in Anguilla. Known for its miles of pristine, uncrowded beaches and gourmet dining, Anguilla offers celebrities a luxurious island experience. Stars like Jay-Z, Beyonce, Courtney Cox-Arquette, David Arquette, Kevin Bacon and David Duchovny have been spotted vacationing in Anguilla, and the Cap Juluca resort has become a symbol of the island’s lavish splendor. Offering guests everything from a library to an aqua golf driving range, the resort commands its two miles of the island’s beach with silent regality. Guests can also enjoy activities like sailing, water-skiing, tennis, wind surfing and croquet."

Caribbean dangers still slight

Telegraph: "But at the same time, it’s important to remember that very few of those involved holidaymakers. More than 22 million tourists and a further 20 million cruise ship passengers visit the Caribbean every year, almost all of them without incident. I have travelled extensively in the Caribbean, and while I haven’t always found it as friendly as it’s painted – service is often surly and I’ve yet to meet anyone remotely helpful at Antigua airport – I’ve never encountered any crime or felt threatened.

Granted, I’m careful where I go and what I do. It’s vital to understand that the Caribbean, for all its palm-fringed beaches and fabulous climate, has never been the earthly paradise that the all-inclusive, gated resorts have perhaps lulled us into thinking it is. Why would they be gated if not to keep guests safe?"

Caribbean Travel News: News for travelers visiting the Caribbean

Caribbean Travel News: News for travelers visiting the Caribbean: "A one-king, resort view guest room at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman in August may cost $349 per night. That same room jumps north of $949 per night towards the end of December.

The cheapest rooms at the Montelier Plantaion Inn in the West Indies can go for $280 in summer and $490 in winter.

At Cap Juluca, in Anguilla, a standard superior room is $400 in the summer season, May to mid-November, $535 in the autumn season, mid-November to mid-December, and $825 in the winter season, January-March.

The trend continues at Jumby Bay in Antigua. Two-bed, Harbour Villa rates are expected to be $2500 in late-April 2009 and $3250 from January to mid-April 2009.

Caribbean travel deals

What's the Deal? - washingtonpost.com: "Sandals Resorts has a Fly Free Promotion, with air credits of $350 to $550 per person for travelers who book a minimum three-night stay at one of the all-inclusive Caribbean properties . Also, stay for at least six nights and receive a room discount of up to 35 percent and one free night, or book a top-category suite for at least seven nights and get two free nights and a discount of up to 30 percent. Air credit amount varies by island: $350 for Jamaica and the Bahamas, $450 for St. Lucia and $550 for Antigua. Prices vary by resort. For example, a six-night vacation at the Sandals Grande Ocho Rios in Jamaica starts at $1,575 per couple after $350 air rebate, free night and 35 percent discount. Book by Sept. 2 and travel by Dec. 20, 2009"

Celebrity Holiday Hotspots

Celebrity Holiday Hotspots: "The Caribbean is always a great place for spotting celebs on holiday, and this summer is no exception. Fergie and Eric Dane have been seen in the Bahamas and St. Barts not long ago. On the other side of the Atlantic, Orlando Bloom took a recent holiday in the Canary Islands with his angel Miranda Kerr. As the summer moves on, there will no doubt be more stars and celebs visiting these holiday hotspots, so keep your eyes peeled when you visit."

Airport to open up direct routes to Europe for Caribbean island

Airport to open up direct routes to Europe for Caribbean island "Currently, St.Vincent & The Grenadines is accessible via Antigua/Barbados with British Airways or Virgin, followed by a half hour flight with LIAT airways.
The terminal building will have approximately 5,000sqm of floor space, and be able to accommodate up to one million passengers per year.
The Hon Glen Beache, minister of tourism, youth and sports for St. Vincent & The Grenadines, said: 'This is a very exciting time for us, with the development of our tourism infrastructure and the new airport, enabling us to offer an improved experience for our steadily growing number of visitors, by providing easier airline access to the country.'"

Copa Airlines Announces Expansion Plans

MarketWatch: "With the addition of non-stop flights from Panama to Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Oranjestad, Aruba; Valencia, Venezuela; and Santa Cruz, Bolivia, as well as the new service it began to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago earlier this year, the airline will operate flights from Panama to a total of 45 destinations in its extensive route network throughout North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean by the end of 2008."

St Lucia is cheaper than the Cotswolds

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard "AS THE credit crunch hits home holiday-makers could be tempted to stay in the UK but one travel website believes it is now more expensive to visit the Cotswolds for two weeks than holiday in St Lucia.
Easier Travel found a two-week holiday in the Cotswolds would cost £3,630 whilst the same amount of time in St Lucia, including flights, for a family of four is £3,576."

JetBlue adds first intra-Caribbean route

USATODAY.com: "Beginning Dec. 18, JetBlue will add nonstop service between San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. JetBlue says the daily round-trip flight will mark its 'first intra-Caribbean service.' JetBlue will fly the route with its 100-seat Embraer E190 jets. The route remains subject to government approval.
Elsewhere, JetBlue says in a press release it will 'also offer increased service from the United States mainland to the Caribbean over the winter holiday season with nonstop service between Boston and Santo Domingo, also subject to government approval, and add more flights on existing routes from New York to (the Dominican Republic destinations of) Puerto Plata, Santiago and Santo Domingo and from Boston to San Juan.'"

Jamaica leads the Caribbean category with greatest number of hotels in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards Readers' survey

South Florida Caribbean News: "KINGSTON, Jamaica - Jamaica is the Caribbean island with the most resorts on Travel + Leisure magazine’s 13th annual World’s Best Awards readers’ survey, with five hotels named to the list of Top 25 Hotels, Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas.

The top-ranked Jamaican hotel is Couples Swept Away. The resort, located in Negril, appears on the World’s Best Awards list for the first time this year and is ranked number five in its category. There are three other Negril properties also on the World’s Best Awards list of Top 25 Hotels, Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas this year."

Forget ski boots: Caribbean vacations make packing simple while saving money

Caribbean Net News:"CORAL GABLES, USA: With many major airline carriers now charging $15, $25 or even more, per checked bag, carrying-on seems like the smart move for many travelers. Traveling to the Caribbean, where a swimsuit, a sundress or two, some tank tops, shorts and flip flops are the norm, carrying-on can be effortless. Additionally, many Caribbean resorts make it easy to book complete packages – with everything included.

Packing for a Caribbean escape can be light, which makes it better than alternative winter vacations. A ski trip requires layers of weather-proof clothing, hats and gloves, plus skis and boots. This can lead to multiple, overstuffed suitcases, and equally heavy airline fees."

Airlines - Delta Expands Seasonal Caribbean Service

Airlines - Delta Expands Seasonal Caribbean Service: "Delta Air Lines is expanding its seasonal service to the Caribbean. Starting Dec. 20, 2008 Delta will add nonstop service from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to each of the following destinations where it already offers service: Aruba (second daily flight); George Town, Cayman Islands (second Saturday flight); Montego Bay, Jamaica (third daily flight); Providenciales; Turks and Caicos (second Saturday flight); Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (second daily flight); and St. Maarten (second Saturday flight). Delta also will add four weekly flights between Atlanta and St. Thomas effective Dec. 18."

Manchester Confidential Win a fantastic holiday for two to the simply beautiful island of St. Lucia

Manchester Confidential beauty health fashion "St. Lucia is arguably the most stunning island in the Caribbean. The majestic Piton peaks, lush scenery, gorgeous palm-fringed beaches and exotic flora are truly breathtaking.
Once you get to St. Lucia, there's a whole host of activities to take advantage of. For the adventurous, choose from diving, snorkelling, sailing, yachting, wind surfing, hiking and mountain biking to name just a few. Or unwind in a spa, enjoying a relaxing massage at any of the world-class facilities on island."

Savour the flavour of the Caribbean

Savour the flavour of the Caribbean: "The 2008 Nevis International Culinary Heritage Exposition (NICHE), taking place 17-19 October, celebrates top chefs from Nevis and throughout the Caribbean while exploring the traditions and culture of this small and sophisticated island paradise in the West Indies. The Nevis Tourism Authority, long known for its success in encouraging savvy travellers to experience the island’s superb inns, hotels and resorts for rest and relaxation, will host this culinary extravaganza and invites participants to savour the best in food and beverage."

e-Travel Blackboard: Blue waters and cruise fare savings beckon guests to Celebrity Cruises Caribbean sales promotion

e-Travel Blackboard: Blue waters and cruise fare savings beckon guests to Celebrity Cruises Caribbean sales promotion: "Vacationers who crave the blue waters, island breezes and laid-back rhythms of the Southern Caribbean can enjoy great Celebrity cruise vacations with less impact on their wallets by taking advantage of a new sales promotion offering discounted fare on certain Southern Caribbean itineraries. The promotion began this week.

The sailings included in the promotion range in length from seven to 11 nights, and take place on Celebrity Galaxy and Celebrity Summit. Sailing roundtrip from San Juan, Puerto Rico, itineraries include ports such as Oranjestad, Aruba; Bridgetown, Barbados; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Willemstad, Curacao; Roseau, Dominica; St. George’s, Grenada; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Castries, St. Lucia; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

Tour operators claim Antigua safe for holidaymakers

Tour operators claim Antigua safe for holidaymakers: "High-street travel agents are reporting that “significant numbers” of their customers have been looking to change their destination to alternatives in the Caribbean such as Cuba or Barbados, following last weekend’s fatal shooting. Operators are informing their customers that “normal booking conditions apply,” which means that those wishing to alter their plans could end up paying extra.
“This is a tragic incident, but it is believed to be an isolated case which local police are treating as a robbery that went wrong,” a spokesperson for Kuoni Travel said. “Antigua is considered a safe, friendly and relaxed destination.”"

St. Kitts Marriott and American Airlines Work to Make Travel Affordable for Florida Residents, Despite Difficult Times

MarketWatch: "Due to economic hardship and increasing gas prices, travel has become a luxury most Americans cannot afford. In response to the demand for affordable travel options, the St. Kitts Marriott Resort has reduced room rates for Florida residents to $99 per night and supported an initiative with American Airlines to offer discount airfare for travel from Miami.
'Concerns about the economy and increases in airfare costs are making it impossible for travelers, even for Florida residents who are so close to the Caribbean,' said Simon Bell, director of marketing for the St. Kitts Marriott Resort. 'This sale will provide those residents with an affordable Caribbean vacation option, despite the difficult times.'"

Spirit dropping Long Island, Turks & Caicos

USATODAY.com: "Spirit Airlines ends service today to both Long Island's MacArthur Airport and to Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos. The carrier had flown to both destinations from its Fort Lauderdale hub. In a press release, Spirit says it 'will return to MacArthur when market conditions change. In Providenciales, excessive local costs have made air service not economically viable.'"

BA chief warns of air fare rises

Louth Leader: "British Airways warned that air fares would have to rise after it announced an 88% plunge in pre-tax profits for the first quarter of the financial year.
BA chief executive Willie Walsh said the company was in 'the worst trading environment' the aviation industry had faced and it was 'absolutely inevitable' that fare levels would have to reflect the huge rise in the BA fuel bill."

Destinations - U.S Virgin Islands Continues Sizzlin' Summer Sampler

Destinations - U.S Virgin Islands Continues Sizzlin' Summer Sampler: "The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is offering the new 'Sizzlin' Summer Sampler.' Travelers who book between June 15 and Oct. 15 for travel between Aug. 16 and Oct. 31 receive a fourth night free and a $100 American Express Travelers Cheque. In addition, all participants receive a $50 to $100 resort credit (depending on the hotel booked), plus up to $200 in savings on a host of included experiential activities and tours. Participating hotels include: The Buccaneer, Carambola Beach Resort, Chenay Bay Resort, Club St. Croix, Colony Cove, Divi Carina Bay Resort, Hotel Caravelle, Palms at Pelican Cove and Sand Castle on the Beach in St. Croix. Also included are The Westin Resort, Maho Bay and Gallows Point on St. John, as well as the Best Western Emerald Beach, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, Holiday Inn Windward Passage, Marriott Frenchman's Reef, Pavilions & Pools, Point Pleasant Reso…