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Anguilla webcams

There are basically two functioning and well know webcams running on Anguilla and we have just updated our pages to show them (although I am still not convinced the one at Roy's is actually live):

  • Meads Bay webcam, from The Viceroy - this is a great webcam - and actual video feed, not just still images. I wish they would straighten it out a bit though!
  • Sandy Ground webcam, from Roy's - not sure if this is broadcasting live at the moment, but everyone links to this cam too. Nice view, great beach!



Beaches Hotels Thanksgiving Sale

Some great deals from Sandals for Thanksgiving:




New La Romana and Punta Cana highways make driving easy

News of a new highway from our friends at DR1:

"Traveling to La Romana from Santo Domingo now takes less than an hour-and-a-half as the new overpasses and express highway connecting San Pedro de Macoris with La Romana are open. On 30 November, the La Romana city bypass will open to the general public meaning it should take an hour to commute from La Romana to Santo Domingo, depending on city traffic in Santo Domingo."

Read the whole story here.



GHL Group Takes Over Both Kura Hulanda Hotels

Interesting news from CuraƧao - first the Kura Hulanda hotel goes bankrupt:

"Sandton Kura Hulanda Hotel & Spa in Otrabanda declared bankrupt The Sandton-managed Hotel Kura Hulanda Management N.V. (the Sandton Kura Hulanda Hotel & Spa in Otrabanda) was declared bankrupt by the court today."

And now there is news that a Columbian hotel group has taken over the property and will re-open on December 1st:

"Kura Hulanda Inc. has signed an agreement with GHL Hotels from Colombia to operate both hotels in Curacao, Kura Hulanda Otrabanda and Kura Hulanda Lodge in West Point, starting December 1 of this year. This is according to representatives of both organizations. Both hotels will start operating again on the date mentioned."

This may be a positive for former employees also.



Ritz Carlton Aruba Now Open

The Ritz Carlton has opened a new hotel in Aruba - and it looks stunning:

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From their website:

We are very excited to be opening The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba November 22, 2013. The hotel will offer guests a stunning oasis ushering in a new level of elegance in accommodations and amenities to the island. With 320 beautifully appointed rooms and suites all with private balconies; four dining outlets; a luxurious, 13-treatment room Spa; two swimming pools and a 24-hour casino, this exquisite getaway will combine legendary Ritz-Carlton service with unprecedented opulence for an island retreat like no other.


JetBlue Adds Nonstops to the Caribbean

Some recent news from JetBlue:

NEW YORK (October 29, 2013) - JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq:JBLU) continues to grow at its South Florida focus city Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood with two new non-stop routes. Beginning May 1, 2014, JetBlue will fly once a day to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (a). These two flights are now available for sale, with special introductory fares starting at $99 one way (b) for travel from May 1, 2014 through June 18, 2014. The two new routes are in addition to the already announced nonstop once-a-day flight to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, also starting May 1, 2014 (a).

"Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood was JetBlue's very first destination and we have always been very committed to the South Florida region. With these new nonstop flights to three of the Caribbean's premier destinations, we will offer 29 nonstop routes and more than 70 daily flights from Fort Lauderdale/ Hollywood on peak days," said Dave Barger, JetBlue's president and CEO.

"We are excited to be an integral part of JetBlue's continued growth here in South Florida. We look forward to the great service they will provide our community with the expansion to Punta Cana and Montego Bay as part of their long-term commitment here in Broward County," said Kent G. George, Director of Aviation, Broward County Aviation Department, Fort Lauderdale/ Hollywood Airport.

"We are delighted to welcome JetBlue's new service from Fort Lauderdale to Punta Cana," said Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. "We greatly value our long-term partnership with JetBlue and the new route will positively impact tourism. The non-stop service will further improve accessibility to the breathtaking region for U.S. travelers who seek the area's world-class resorts, internationally-ranked golf courses, pristine coastlines and more."

"Our partnership with JetBlue has been crucial as we continue to increase airline options for travelers," said John Lynch, Director of Tourism for the Jamaica Tourist Board. "A new daily service from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood provides Jamaicans overseas, as well as non-Jamaican travelers a simple, competitively-priced way to fly into the heart of Montego Bay. We're encouraged that JetBlue continues to see the value in the destination by continually adding new flights. With such easy access, our hope is that travelers from south Florida will make Jamaica their home away from home."

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Pilot error caused Caribbean Airline crash

From the Jamaica Observer:

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) - Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Zulfikar Mohammed says pilot error led to the July 30, 2011 crash of a Caribbean Airlines flight.

According to Mohammed the report on the mishap will be studied and released by Transport Minister Robeson Benn.



Romance is always in the air in Saint Lucia

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Saint Lucia's stunning scenic beauty is a magical and intoxicating experience for even the least sentimental traveler.

Total Summer Romance promotions at Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet.
These two sister resorts who share a 600 acre lush tropical beachfront estate on Saint Lucia's most scenic and possibly most romantic South Western corner can be enjoyed individually or in combination.

Guests can enjoy up to two nights free this summer for travel July 13- Oct 15 on basis of the resorts' all -inclusive Total Romance package.

At Anse Chastanet, one week of Total Romance starts at US $5,185 in superior accommodation and at Jade Mountain, the week starts at US $8,610 in a sky jacuzzi sanctuary.

Alternatively, guests may also enjoy the Total Romance package in a split stay between the two resort properties, titled Yin and Yang : Start your stay beachside in one of Anse Chastanet's spacious beachside deluxe rooms then move into one of the fabled star infinity pool sanctuaries at Jade Mountain. The all-inclusive Yin and Yang Total Romance Package starts at US $7,979 per couple per week with 4 nights in Anse Chastanet's Beachside Deluxe category and 3 nights in a JADE MOUNTAIN Star sanctuary:

The all - inclusive Total Romance Package includes: Accommodation for number of nights in category chosen, all tax and service, airport transfers both ways, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, all drinks including wines offered by the glass (but not champagne), welcome cocktail, tour of Volcano, Sulphur Springs and Diamond Mineral Baths, guided tour of old French Colonial Plantation of Anse Mamin, drinks package in room fridge, basket of local fruit, use of tennis court and equipment, snorkeling, kayaking, mini-sailing, windsurfing, use of beach chairs and beach towels, a guided boat snorkel trip, a resort scuba diving course for beginners or 2 dives for certified divers, bottle of French champagne, one hour Swedish Massage, 1/2 day Jungle Biking in Anse Mamin Valley, 2 resort t-shirts, half day sailing on skippered resort yacht Serenity, an anniversary certificate of US $500 to be used on a return visit. (Unused features are not refundable).

For more information, visit the promotions page of the resort websites www.ansechastanet.com and www.jademountain.com or contact Tel 1-800-223-1108 or email Jade Mountain at jademountain@ansechastanet.com



New airline service connects Newark with Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia resorts were happy to learn that United Airlines will launch a weekly, non-stop service from Newark/New York to Saint Lucia on a Boeing 737-800 aircraft fron July 13. Flights will depart Newark Liberty International Airport on Saturdays at 8:55am, arriving at Hewanorra at 1:48pm; return flights on Saturdays will depart Saint Lucia at 2:38pm and are scheduled to arrive in Newark at 7:33pm. The new service provides convenient connections at Newark Liberty to 22 key US cities including, Chicago, Boston, and Washington, D.C., as well to the major Canadian gateways of Ottawa and Quebec. In celebration of the new non-stop United Airlines flight Newark -St.Lucia commencing July 13, Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain offer a time limited airline credit of US 250 per person for travel July 13- Sept 14, bookable prior to May 31, 2013. The airline credit is available only in conjunction with the new United Airlines service with a minimum 7 nights stay at the two properties. The airline credit is available in combination with most resort promotions. Restrictions may apply.

Other airline carriers servicing Saint Lucia are American Airlines from Miami, Delta from Atlanta, Jet Blue from JFK and US Airways from Charlotte.



Black Friday to Cyber Monday Savings of 50% at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, USVI

ST. THOMAS, US Virgin Islands -- Bolongo Bay Beach Resort in the US Virgin Islands is bringing back its Black Friday to Cyber Monday sale and offering travelers 50% off on a much-needed beach getaway.

For four days - from Black Friday, November 23, to Cyber Monday, November 26 - travelers will save 50% on room-only rates in the resort's Oceanview rooms. The savings are available for stays of three nights or more now through December 22, 2012. The discounted rates are just $150 per couple (regularly $300), plus tax and service charge.

Travelers who stay five nights or more will also receive a $50 resort credit to use toward dining at the two popular on-site oceanfront restaurants, sail trips on board the resort's catamaran and more.

Bolongo Bay is the place for fun in the sun before the holidays. Guests enjoy complimentary non-motorized water sports including Hobie Cats, stand up paddle boards, windsurfers, kayaks and snorkel gear. There's also live entertainment nightly at Iggies, one of the best beach bars in the Caribbean.

Located in the U.S. Virgin Islands, American citizens do not need a passport to visit and there are many direct flights available to St. Thomas.

Bolongo Bay's Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sale must be booked by 11:59 PM ET on Cyber Monday, November 26. The sale is subject to availability and blackout dates may apply.

For reservations, call toll-free at 1-800-524-4746 or book online and enter promo code 50/50.

For more details, visit www.bolongobay.com.

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ENJOY AN ACTIVE WINTER HOLIDAY AT STONEFIELD ESTATE RESORT

Get a 7th Night Free at this Luxury Caribbean Hideaway During the Winter Holidays St. Lucia, Caribbean

Looking to burn off the extra calories from scrumptious holiday meals? Consider St. Lucia's Stonefield Estate Resort the perfect Caribbean location to revitalize your exercise routines going into the New Year - and a special holiday offer makes it even more tantalizing to schedule a healthy vacation now.

From December 21, 2012 - January 4, 2013, when you stay seven nights you only pay for six nights. Rates start at $402.

stonefield-estate-logo.jpgNestled at the base of the awe-inspiring Pitons in St. Lucia, Stonefield's lush tropical location creates the perfect backdrop for active travelers seeking a relaxing - yet healthy and invigorating - getaway during the winter holidays. Fitness amenities include:

  • A state-of-the-art, air-conditioned gym equipped with Cybex cardio equipment, free weights and multi gym machines.
  • A new 860-square-foot yoga studio equipped with tatami mats for martial arts and yoga.
  • Scenic Caribbean trails that are perfect for vigorous hiking.
  • Bamboo Door Spa offering massages and more to ease muscle aches.
  • Mango Tree Restaurant, which includes an al fresco dining pavilion that looks out onto the ocean and the Pitons.

Venture off-site and choose from myriad energetic excursions - from scuba diving in the Caribbean Sea to horseback riding through a local cocoa plantation. Or, simply walk around the picturesque colonial town of Soufriere or take a tour of the world-renowned sulphur springs and baths.

The resort's villas include wide open verandas; attractive jalousie shutters; antique four posters beds; fully equipped kitchens; private plunge pools; outdoor showers; locking safes; ironing boards and irons; telephones; iPod docks; and hammocks.



Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, USVI, Salutes the Military with Veteran's Day Savings

Active and Retired Military Receive 30% Discount, Free Sail and $150 in Credits

ST. THOMAS, US Virgin Islands -- In honor of Veteran's Day, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort is saluting our nation's military personnel with savings for a much-needed R&R break in the US Virgin Islands.

The fun family-owned true beachfront resort is offering 30% off room-only rates in Oceanview accommodations for active duty and retired military personnel. The offer is available on a minimum four-night stay between November 1 and November 30, 2012, subject to availability. With the discount, rates are $210 for two people plus tax and service charge.

Guests who stay five nights or more will also receive a complimentary Sunset Cocktail Harbor Cruise on board the resort's 53' catamaran ($110 value).

All military members also qualify for $150 in island credits, courtesy of the US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism. Military members will receive at check-in:

$50 dining certificate, which can be used throughout the island include Bolongo Bay's two seaside restaurants
$50 retail certificate to use toward duty-free shopping on the island
$50 activity certificate to use toward golf, water sports, tours and more

To receive the certificates, military members must visit http://usvigetaway.com/military/ and complete the form 2 weeks prior to arrival.

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort is an ideal spot for military members to have R&R and vacation with family and loved ones. During the day, relax in a beachfront hammock, lounge by the oceanfront pool or have fun in the sun with complimentary non-motorized water sports including Hobie Cats, stand up paddle boards, windsurfers, kayaks and snorkel gear. After the sun sets, enjoy live nightly entertainment at Iggies, one of the best beach bars in the Caribbean.

With no passports required for US citizens to travel to the US Virgin Islands and many direct flights available to St. Thomas, it's easy to get away for R&R.

For reservations, call toll-free at 1-800-524-4746 or speak to a travel agent. For more details, visit www.BolongoBay.com.

About Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
Family owned since 1974, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas is a flip-flop casual, fun resort where everyone knows your name. With 62 true beachfront rooms, Bolongo is recognized by Frommers as one of the "World's 10 Best Beachfront Hotels." Activities include complimentary non-motorized water sports, scuba diving, catamaran sails, two oceanfront restaurants and nightly entertainment at Iggies, one of the Caribbean's best beach bars.

Located in the U.S. Virgin Islands, American citizens do not need a passport to visit. For more information, call 1-800-524-4746, visit http://www.bolongobay.com or connect with Bolongo Bay on Facebook.



FlyMontserrat grounded

From Caribbean360:

BRADES, Montserrat, Thursday, October18, 2012 - With its tourism industry already hurting due to limited air and sea access into the island, Montserrat has suffered a further setback in getting more travellers to the island with the official grounding of FlyMontserrat.

On October 16, Fly Montserrat received a letter from the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCA) restricting them from flying into any ECCAA member state until the airline meets certain requirements, which effectively grounded the airline.




Winter Warm-up in the Caribbean for Less at The Inn at Villa Olga

US Virgin Islands Hotel announces value rates and $100 credit for peak winter season

ST. THOMAS, US Virgin Islands -- Warm up in the Caribbean for less this winter with low value rates and a $100 credit during the peak season at The Inn at Villa Olga on St. Thomas.

Escape any time between December 23, 2012 and April 30, 2013, including the holidays, for as low as $145 per couple per night for a Harborview Room. Rates are subject to tax and service charge.

Plus, guests who stay four nights or more will receive:

  • 50 in dining certificates, which can be used throughout the island including the popular restaurants within walking distance of the hotel in Frenchtown
  • $50 in attractions and activities certificates
  • An eco-friendly gift bag including rum and souvenir T-shirt


The credits are offered one per room as part of the Inntimate Treasures sponsored by the US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism. Reservations must be made at least seven days in advance.

The Inn at Villa Olga is located in a waterfront location in Frenchtown, one of St. Thomas' largest restaurant districts, and within walking distance to historic Charlotte Amalie for duty-free shopping and nightlife.

All rooms offer ocean or harbor views and include cable TV, air conditioning, coffee maker and refrigerator. Guests can take in views of the harbor while sunbathing at the swimming pool.

Guests of the Inn at Villa Olga also enjoy complimentary beach access and non-motorized water sports at sister property, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort.

Located in the U.S. Virgin Islands, American citizens do not need a passport to visit. For reservations, call 1-800-524-4746. For more details, visit www.villa-olga-inn.com.

About The Inn at Villa Olga
The Inn at Villa Olga is the perfect little guest house, in-town with an out-of-town feeling. Located along the harbor in Frenchtown, one of St. Thomas' popular restaurant districts, the Inn at Villa Olga is ideally located and affordably priced. The inn features 12 ocean or harbor view rooms and swimming pool overlooking the harbor.



College Hoops Fans Score 20% Savings at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort for 2012 Paradise Jam in the US Virgin Islands

ST. THOMAS, US Virgin Islands -- Fan favorite Bolongo Bay Beach Resort is offering college hoops fans fun in the sun and savings up to 20% for the 2012 Paradise Jam.

During Paradise Jam, November 16 - 24, guests will receive 20% savings on room-only rates or 15% off Bolongo's popular All Inclusive with all dining a la carte and premium cocktails. Savings are available in both Oceanview and Beachfront rooms, which are just steps from the sand. With the discount, rates begin at $240 for room-only or $484.50 for the All Inclusive. Rates are quoted for two people and subject to tax, service charge and energy surcharge.

The annual NCAA Division 1 Basketball holiday tournament kicks off November 16 - 19 with the Men's teams: UConn, George Mason, Iona, Mercer, New Mexico, Quinnipiac, UIC and Wake Forest. The Women's teams tip off on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, and play through November 24. Participating women's basketball teams are UConn, DePaul, Florida Gulf Coast University, Hampton, Marist, Purdue, South Carolina and Wake Forest.

When not cheering on the team at the tournament, guests can recap the games over ice-cold beers and cool cocktails at Iggies, one of the Caribbean's best beach bars, work on their tan in a beachfront hammock, or have fun in the sun with complimentary non-motorized water sports including Hobie Cats, stand up paddle boards, windsurfers, kayaks and snorkel gear.

With no passports required for US citizens to travel to the US Virgin Islands and many direct flights available to St. Thomas, it's easy to cheer on a favorite college hoops team in paradise.

To purchase 2012 Paradise Jam tickets or for more information, visit www.paradisejam.com.

For reservations, call toll-free at 1-800-524-4746 or speak to a travel agent. For more details, visit www.BolongoBay.com.

About Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
Family owned since 1974, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas is a flip-flop casual, fun resort where everyone knows your name. With 62 true beachfront rooms, Bolongo is recognized by Frommers as one of the "World's 10 Best Beachfront Hotels." Activities include complimentary non-motorized water sports, scuba diving, catamaran sails, two oceanfront restaurants and nightly entertainment at Iggies, one of the Caribbean's best beach bars.





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