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Sandals Barbados Accepting Reservations for January 2015

Sandals Barbados is getting a $65 million facelift, 
and now accepting reservations for stays starting on January 28, 2015


Get 1 Free Night - Save up to 60% - Up to $355 in Air Credit

Once complete, the luxury beach front resort will feature 280 luxurious rooms including Crystal Lagoon Suites, and 11 restaurants (including Butch’s Chophouse), and the brand’s first ever Indian restaurant. 

The upgrade also includes new contemporary furnishings throughout all rooms and suites including mahogany four-poster beds, flat-screen televisions, lavish bathrooms, and luxurious indoor and outdoor soaking tubs; Sandals’ exclusive Red Lane Spa with six new treatment rooms in traditional Barbadian architecture, including an exclusive VIP suite with private tub, outdoor shower, relaxation area and more. 

More info at - http://www.sandals.com/main/barbados/bd-home/

Happy Travels,
Linda

Caribbean Sea Viewed Via International Space Station

Image Credit: NASA

From the Earth-orbiting International Space Station, flying some 225 nautical miles above the Caribbean Sea in the early morning hours of July 15, NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman photographed this north-looking panorama that includes parts of Cuba, the Bahamas and Florida, and even runs into several other areas in the southeastern U.S. 

The long stretch of lights to the left of center frame gives the shape of Miami.


Source: NASA

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Independence Square, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Independence Square was named on the occasion of St. Kitts and Nevis achieving political independence on September 19, 1983. Originally called Pall Mall Square, The Government first acquired it in 1750 and it rapidly became the administrative, commercial and social centre of Basseterre. The Square was the site of the slave market. Slaves arriving from Africa were temporarily quartered in the basement of a building on the south side of the Square.

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Reggae Sumfest 2014 - Greatest Reggae Show on Earth

Reggae Sumfest will be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica from July 13th - 19th

This annual reggae festival showcases the very best talent in roots, rock and reggae music, along with promoting Montego Bay as a prime tourist destination. 

This year marks the 22nd year for this annual event which attracts visitors from across the globe as far away as Australia, Europe, and the African continent.  

The festival kicks off with the Sumfest Beach Party on July 13th, and other festival events include the All White Party, Dance Hall Night and International Nights showcasing top performers.

Visit the Reggae Sumfest site for info on tickets, and additional artists performing in this years festival. 

(ˆ◡ˆ) If you’re at work, turn down the volume before clicking  www.reggaesumfest.com 

11 Caribbean Bungalow Hotels

http://www.caribjournal.com/2014/07/10/11-caribbean-bungalow-hotels/

They’re not villas, they’re bungalows — small, typically one-story cottages that evoke the archetypal dream of Caribbean travel — just you and yours in a detached dwelling in plain view of the sea. And at these hotel properties in the Caribbean, you can find just that — your own private Caribbean bungalow, cottage, hut, casita, or whatever you prefer to call it.

Turks & Caicos - Right in the Middle

Grand Turk is the capital city and main cruise ship port, and 
Providenciales, known as “Provo”, is the most developed. 
 
However today’s post is about Middle Caicos, the largest, 
with the least population, and the most dramatic coastline. 
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MUDJIN HARBOUR 
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When visiting Turks & Caicos, make sure to spend a day on Middle Caicos in Mudjin Harbor - there’s a lot to discover above and below the water. 

Mudjin Harbour offers three mile arc of pure white sand beaches against the backdrop of massive limestone cliffs. 


Blue Horizon Resort overlooks Mudjin Harbour, and offers the quickest way to access Mudjin Harbor Beach via a concrete walkway which leads right down to the beach. 

Another alternative path is hiking the historic Crossing Place Trail which once connected the Caicos Islands. If you choose the Crossing Place Trail, I would suggest getting an early morning start as the trails path winds across green hills, atop limestone cliffs, and below the cliffs are seven fantastic beaches to stop and refresh along the way. The trail path is easy to follow, and items you need to include for this hike are a good sun hat/cap, walking shoes and do not forget to bring lots of bottled water! 

(ˆ◡ˆ) - Travel Tip: When you reach Bambarra Beach, it will probably be deserted, and you have have the beach all to yourself. Relax on the picnic tables, and if the tide is low, walk the long sandbar to Pelican Cay
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CORAL SUMAC 
There are a lot of these poisonous mid sized trees along the beach path at Blue Horizon Resort, and along the coast line on Middle Caicos. Touching the leaves causes a very nasty rash.  
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Praying hands on Circle of Hope - Middle Caicos, Mudjin Harbor

(ˆ◡ˆ) - Travel TipThere’s a lovely hidden beach behind the Blue Horizon Resort. Look for the stairway tunnel up a hill past the praying hands statue - the stairway goes through a cave out to the beach.  

DRAGON CAY
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Dragon Cay at Mudjin Harbour is a spectacular natural wonder! Dragon Island is a rockly enclave which resembles a sleeping dragon, and it can be accessed by a soft pink sandbar at low tide, and when the seas are calm. 
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Once out there watch out for waves as the surrounding rocks are sharp as knives - I would not advise climbing the sleeping dragon! 
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For swimming or snorkeling, Dragon Cay has several shallow coves - one that I especially enjoyed is located between the large open faced cave above the beach and Dragon Island. The Cay jetting out into the ocean forms a natural lagoon offering protection from the breakers that roll onto the beach. 

Outside of the lagoon area, the beach has lots of broken shells along the coast line, and I wore water shoes to protect my feet. This area sits on top of the reef line which is close to the shoreline all along the coast. The current is very strong, and the outgoing tide literally pulls the sand from up under your feet. 


MIDDLE CAICOS THINGS TO DO:
Aside from visiting Mudjin Harbour … 
  • Daniel’s Cafe by the Sea - Absolutely the best conch on the island - Located at the east end of Conch Bar Village
  • Mudjin Bar & Grill at the Blue Horizon Resort - Spectacular views, fresh seafood, vegetables and fruits 
  • Middle Caicos Co-op Handicraft Shop
  • Conch Bar Caves
  • Haulover Plantation
  • Indian Cave

ABOUT TURKS & CAICOS (TCI)

This is a premier dive destination with one of the world’s largest coral reef systems. Turks & Caicos is mostly undiscovered and is not overly developed tourism destination.

Turks & Caicos has very little rainfall compared to many other Caribbean islands, and while you won’t find an abundance of lush scenery, the islands offer plenty of sunshine, clear turquoise waters, cool ocean breezes, and some of the best beaches in the 
region. 

The 40 cays and islands that make up Turks & Caicos draw travelers seeking a less touristy island destination, upscale lodging and dining, pristine beaches, an array of water sports, nature trails, underground caves, deep sea fishing, and from January to April visitors can spot humpback whales on their annual migration. 


Happy Travels,
Linda

Jamaica Luxury Summer Suite Sale

The AAA Four Diamond Award-winning Half Moon, a RockResort, is located on Jamaica’s northern coast. 

Through August 31, 2014 travelers will receive 35% off any of the resort’s suites.  
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This is the place where royalty, celebrities and guests from around the world choose to vacation in order to experience the warm, welcoming Jamaican hospitality for which the hotel is renowned. 
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This spectacular 400 acre property sits on a beautiful crescent shaped  two-mile private beach, and features  whitewashed cottages surrounded by lovely landscaped gardens.  
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The 197 guest rooms and suites, and 33 private 4-7 bedroom villas all combine Old World charm and elegant modern touches. 

There is always something to do at Half Moon with an unparalleled range of activities for everyone. The world-class amenities include the famous 68,000-square-foot Fern Tree Spa, an 18-hole signature golf course, a Dolphin lagoon, fitness center, equestrian center, and more.
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Rates for Half Moon’s Summer Suite Sale start at $305 per night based on double occupancy for a spacious Junior, Hibiscus, Royal or Imperial Suite. Government tax and service charge are additional.

Book an adjoining suite for two children 16 years and under and get the second suite at 50% off the adult price. 

Offer based on a maximum of two children per suite with unlimited access to the Anancy Children’s Village. 

www.halfmoon.rockresorts.com

Happy Travels,
Linda
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