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Jamaica Nice

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This time last week, I was still in sunny Jamaica, one of my favorite countries in the Caribbean and a place I once called home.

My trusted friend and fellow adventurous soul at the wheel–Lorraine has more than 20 years’ of memories traveling to the Rock–we hopped across seven parishes in eight days.

From Montego Bay airport, with a welcoming committee offering rum shots to passengers right off the JetBlue flight, we headed straight to Port Antonio and the renovated Trident Hotel, with scenic stops along the way, or what Lorraine and I call “paparazzi” stops.

During the few hours we managed to detach ourselves from our villa’s private pool and Trident’s infinity view of rugged cliffs and turquoise waves–once a favorite hideout of pirates–we swam at a nearby beach and snacked on Boston Bay jerk chicken. “One white and one dark!” a young man ordered for us with a smile, as soon as he saw Lorraine and I approach. Ah, that Jamaican memory! The >> Continue reading »

7 Reasons I am heading to Guadeloupe Islands

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I am stoked to share that in just under a week, I’ll be in Guadeloupe Islands, a gorgeous archipelago in the French Caribbean.

I’ve never shared a bucket list on my blog—I prefer to think of it as an “inspiration list”—but like every traveler, I have one in my mind for places I must experience and capture in my lifetime.

Guadeloupe is on that list.

I’ll be exploring as a guest of Guadeloupe Islands’ Tourist Board and ATOUT France, France’s Tourism Board, who have crafted an itinerary that blends culture and the outdoors. I’m thrilled that I’ll be experiencing it all with a small (operative word) number of journalists.

I’ve had dreams of La Guadeloupe since I was 12 or 13. So far back, I can’t recall.

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It’s an official department of France, and for many years, a popular Caribbean escape for the French. As such, it used to be a relatively off the beaten path for North Americans. No direct flights, no English, no US dollar.

I looked into visiting in 2009, but flying from the US was at that time a conundrum of multiple connections and costly airfare (well over US$1,000 round trip). Coupled with civil unrest that year, I decided to postpone. I would get to Guadeloupe when the time was >> Continue reading »