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Top 25 Things to Do in the Caribbean: 2014 Viator Travel Awards

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Welcome to the 2014 Viator Travel Awards: Caribbean Edition! We’re featuring some of the top things to do in 25 of the most exciting places to visit in the Caribbean. The Caribbean spans over hundreds of islands, ranging from tiny to expansive and offering a diverse range of activities. From adrenaline junkies looking for their next daring adventure to shoppers hoping to find that perfect travel souvenir, plus lots of hiking and nature found in between, the Caribbean does not disappoint, regardless of one’s activity level.

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January 8, 2014 by | 4 Comments

St. Barth: France in the Caribbean

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The island of St. Barth is like a miniature French Riviera that has split from its mother country and sailed off into the Caribbean. With its sumptuous duty-free boutiques, world-class hotels, and yacht-lined harbor, it’s no wonder that the island has become the playground to the rich and famous. But ordinary travelers can enjoy St. Barth, too, and for those North American-based Francophiles and romantics who dream of a quick getaway to Paris, there is a taste of France much closer to home.

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September 18, 2013 by | 0 Comments

How to Pack for a Caribbean Cruise

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When packing for a Caribbean cruise, you’ll need to think of your wardrobe for your cruise vacation in three different components: days at sea, days in port and evening attire. What you’ll want to wear for each of these parts of your cruise will differ; here are tips on how to pack for each one to make sure all your cruise moods and activities are covered.

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April 24, 2013 by | 4 Comments

Visiting the Caribbean on a Budget

There’s no doubt about it – the Caribbean is a long-standing bastion of sun, sand and that unmistakable rippling blue water. From tales of swashbuckling pirates to Jimmy Buffet’s rummy good times accompanied by a steel drum backdrop – if you’ve never been to the Caribbean, you’re in for the treat of a lifetime. The Caribbean is a perfect spot for getting away from it all. And while getting away from it all sounds exotic (and it is), it doesn’t have to break the bank. There are ways around spending a fortune to get to some beautiful island escapes. Here are some of the best ways to get to experience the Caribbean on a budget.

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March 8, 2013 by | 3 Comments

St. Kitts: So Much More Than a Cruise Stop

Slower travelers—those interested in staying for more than a day in port—can find a less polished St. Kitts, one that overflows with quintessentially Caribbean sights, sounds and flavors.

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March 7, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Caribbean Adventure Highlights from the Spice Island of Grenada

Seven Sisters Waterfalls, Grenada

Grenada is one of those places that defy reason. It boasts pristine beaches, endless outdoor adventure, and a vibrant population of warm, welcoming locals, yet the Caribbean island of Grenada (not to be confused with the Spanish city of Granada) barely registers on the radars of many seasoned Caribbean travelers. But their loss is your gain because this lush volcanic isle in the far southeastern Caribbean might just be one of the best off-the-beaten-track escapes you’ve never heard of, and with easy direct flights from the US to boot.

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March 6, 2013 by | 1 Comment

The Caribbean for Foodies

Each of the 22 island territories of the Caribbean has added its own individual style to its own cooking; few islands produce exactly the same dishes although strong mutual roots are evident.

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March 4, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Lesser Known Caribbean Destinations: Trinidad and Tobago

Sweets on the street, Port of Spain

When researching islands in the Caribbean for vacation, you might not immediately think of Trinidad and Tobago. But since they (especially Trinidad) have an economy that is not tourism-based, you get a chance to experience a different kind of not-specially-engineered-for-tourists Caribbean island, and you might just be surprised at what you find. The archipelago nation also lies outside of what in the Caribbean is called the “hurricane belt,” which is a big advantage over some of its northern neighbors.

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January 25, 2013 by | 1 Comment

How to Plan Multi Generational Cruises for Your Family

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Multigenerational travel is quite the buzz word in tourism these days, but it’s really just a fancy term for getting the whole extended family together for a trip. That’s not to say that this is easy though. Planning our 12-person, 3-generation cruise to Bermuda was one of the most difficult projects I’ve ever undertaken (and I was a Project Manager for 25 years!). But the results exceeded every expectation.

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November 12, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Family-Friendly Caribbean Shore Excursions

Caribbean swim with dolphins

Caribbean shore excursions are tours and activities that are offered while in port during a cruise that make the day easier by providing transportation to and from the ship as well as guaranteeing you will be back before the ship departs.

Onshore, however, there isn’t an easy divide of activities to separately entertain kids and adults.

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October 1, 2012 by | 0 Comments

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