Located on Jamaica’s south coast in the fishing village of Treasure Beach, Jake’s Jamaica is the perfect place to escape the crowds of other all-inclusive resorts and to enjoy and laidback atmosphere. In 1993, the hotel opened with only two rooms. Today, each of the 24 pastel-coloured villas and cottages have been furnished with local materials, enhancing its Caribbean atmosphere. (more…)
Archive for February, 2012
Surfing in Costa Rica
Costa Rica has become one of the world’s top surf destinations. Sometimes called ‘the Hawaii of Latin-America surfing’, this place has it all: warm water, year round surf, easy access to breaks, affordable prices, more than 700 miles of coastline, access to the Pacific and the Caribbean, international surfing tournaments, and surf camps. (more…)
When most of us think of Rome, we think of the pictures we have been shown of the Colosseum and the ruins that are scattered amongst the city. We realize they are old, colossal, and extravagant structures that are in the midst of decay, but do we realize just how old? And, do we realize just how important these structures were to this thriving civilization? Before venturing on a tour of the ancient city, it is important to know (in order to appreciate) just how old and essential these structures were.
Dominica: The Caribbean’s Hidden Gem
The Caribbean is an established vacation destination for Canadians, Americans, and Europeans. Many people flock to its beautiful sand beaches and crystal waters for a tropical holiday to remember. Recently, many of the Caribbean’s top destinations (such as Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; Varadero, Cuba; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; etc) have become extremely populated in the high-season.
Cruises for the Adventure Traveler
Cruises are best known for being a relaxing getaway where you stay put on the boat and have all you could ever need in a vacation at your finger tips. For many, that is enough. The pleasures of being away from home and in the lap of luxury (while floating along crystal blue waters with a 360-degree view of tropical vistas) is perfectly satisfying for the traveler who wants relaxation to be at the top of their list.
Traveling the Caribbean on a Budget
We all want to escape the cold in the harsh Canadian winter months, but for many of us, it seems nearly impossible. Financially, this may not be the year that you can set aside a wad of extra dough to indulge yourself in a mid-winter getaway in the sun, sand, and surf. However, what if there was a way to travel in the Caribbean where you spend economically without coming home feeling tanned and broke? There are several ways to travel on a budget and get great travel deals, and when it comes to the Caribbean, here’s how you can make that happen.
Hidden Gem: Caye Caulker, Belize
Caye Caulker truly is a great place to experience laid back island life. It is a small limestone coral island off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea. Measuring roughly 8 km (north to south) and less than 2 km (east to west), the island embodies the word relax.
With its clear blue sea with its breathtaking underwater scenery, it is no wonder this island is one of the worlds most recognized diving and snorkeling location. Just off Caye Caulker you can snorkel in the world’s second longest barrier reef. Swimming with thousands of species of marine life, not to mention nurse sharks and rays, is a once in a lifetime experience.
When traveling, it may be a good idea (and in some cases a necessity) to take a vaccination to prevent sickness. Traveling puts us at risk for a number of illnesses that can be prevented by vaccination. As we get older, our risk of getting certain diseases increases and your vaccine-acquired protection against many illnesses may decrease.
Stunning Waterfalls of the Caribbean
Waterfalls are always a very popular tourist excursion. Many people flock to see the tall cascading falls and to swim in the pools of water beneath them. The best waterfalls are those in mountainous areas. Here are a few of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Caribbean.
Belaine Falls, St. Vincent
These falls are only able to be reached by boat. After a scenic boat ride, you must wade through shallow water to get to the beach. Once you reach the falls, you will see 60-feet of cascading water and rock-enclosed freshwater pools. Book a day trip to really experience this adventure.
Arriving Early for Your Flight Departure
One of the easiest mistakes to avoid when traveling is missing a flight. Everyone knows that you have to leave you home early and arrive at the airport early to avoid stress, frustration, and panic. After all, we can all agree that your heart starts beating faster when you arrive at the airport only to find a huge line at your check-in desk. What makes matters worse is that when there are a lot of people checking in, a lot of people are headed to security promptly after checking in. Cue the high blood pressure.