Category Archives: CENTRAL AMERICA

Announcing Sun & Stilettos Trips: Custom-Crafted Cultural Tours to the Caribbean

If you are on my mailing list, you’ve already received this thrilling piece of news.

 

I am excited to announce the first Sun & Stilettos custom-crafted, cultural trip to the Caribbean: Discovering The Dominican Republic, March 4-11, 2017. When I first sent a newsletter update yesterday, there were 10 spots available on this women-only tour kicking off in six months. Now there are 9!

 

Registration now continues on a first-come, first-served basis–don’t miss out on your spot, and consider this ultimate cultural adventure you can take with a friend or family member.

 

This dream of creating my own custom-crafted, culture trips to my favorite region in the world–the Caribbean–was born in 2009, while I was in Jamaica working remotely with a creative coach. She was the first to have the vision for me and planted the seed. Seven years later, I feel 100% confident in my niche–showing others the kind of Caribbean few get to see or know how to find, from my years of living, working, and traveling in the region. And putting your travel dollars where it counts, as much as possible.


 

I hope you enjoy the new website for Sun & Stilettos Trips. Read about how my tours differ from other offerings to the Caribbean. You’ll also find all the details about the first trip to the Dominican Republic, from the draft itinerary to pricing and how to register and save your spot.

 

And to thank you for your support, here’s the offer for my blog readers and social media friends:  the next 4 people who sign up for the trip (with a deposit) will receive $50 discount and a free copy of my brand new Moon Dominican Republic travel guidebook, releasing in November 2016.

 

Please feel free share the above flyer/image and the SunandStilettosTrips website with your circles, and thanks in advance for your support.  Be sure to check out the itinerary on this trip to the Dominican Republic–it’s going to be a really great time!

 

Hurricane Earl Hits Belize: An Update and How You Can Help

Sea Dreams Hotel after Hurricane Earl

Sea Dreams’ Hotel’s magical Banyan Tree uprooted by Hurricane Earl – August 3, 2016. Photo courtesy of Purple Passion Beauty Studio, Caye Caulker.

On the night of August 3, 2016, a hurricane hit one of my absolute favorite places and homes on earth: Belize.

What was predicted as Tropical Storm Earl–Belize’s National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) did a great job of monitoring and advising people to evacuate–quickly evolved into a category 1 hurricane. And it made its way directly for the Jewel, furiously battering Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye on its way toward Belize City and inland Cayo. With winds of up to 80mph, some long time residents said it was the longest lasting hurricane they’d ever seen and survived in Belize–up to six hours–and that it even had the movements of a tornado at times. A category 1 that felt more like a 2.

Belize City fared the worst with flooding and destroyed homes, while many of my friends and local tourism businesses on Caye Caulker and San Pedro saw their hard work shattered to the ground. No more Palapa Bar, or EZ Boy Tours’ shack (my favorite snorkeling company in Caye Caulker), and a seriously damaged Split. Sea Dreams Hotel, another favorite and great friends of mine, saw their gorgeous, giant banyan tree uprooted. It was the magical centerpiece of this small, lovely seafront property. These couple of post-Earl photos of Caye Caulker are courtesy of >> Continue reading »