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Recent Caribbean property reviews

  • We'll be returning several times a year! Best home away fr home EVER!

    "This slice of paradise is THE PLACE! We have been here 3 times and are already booking our next stays. We love the property with its 3 - 4 different private beaches (although all beaches are public in BAHA) and the best access to crystal clear waters of beautiful Gillam Bay plus the Atlantic in front of the house and Pelican Cay across a small finger of the Atlantic. It is located on the only road to town plus has a deep water dock on Black Sound at the back, by the road, as one enters the property. One has incredible sunrises over the Atlantic, beautiful sunsets off the back porch or at the dock, and incredible star gazing and the Milky Way when not cloudy. We have had wonderful times with our family and friends. The property is well kept and maintained, the caretaker is wonderful and close by and the home has all the amenities one could dream of...we didn't even use the satellite tv or movies, there was just too much else to do on the island. It's close to New Plymouth, and shopping, dining and museums. Our cart (from Seaside Carts) is always waiting for us at the dock when we arrive, as is the care taker. During our last stay in July 2013 we observed numerous White Night Blooming Cereus over a naturally formed archway of plants and trees leading to the 'front' of the property (facing the Atlantic ocean side). An outdoor shower enables one to wash off sand and get feet clean to prevent tracking sand into this lovely estate home. Each trip we have brought friends with us and now Green Turtle Cay and Swanson House will have even more returning guests! We recommend menu planning and taking over what your carrier will allow (no fresh anything, must all be frozen or preserved) and fishing from the rocky point at the front on the Atlantic...or going on one of many fishing charters. As we are in central FL its maybe a 4 - 5 hour trip by air and water ferry from our front door to Swanson House...we feel very protective of this property and want to help keep it beautiful and all that's inside this lovely home in tip top shape. The owner is the epitome of graciousness in answering questions and giving advice. We almost don't want to write a review as now we're having trouble booking it when we want it, but it is a special place and worth every cent! ENJOY....this is a one of a kind vacay!"
    Guest: gg and Jim Date of Stay: January 2013 Review Submitted: August 5, 2013
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  • Amazing Stay

    "We stayed in the one bedroom...2nd floor....not the studio. This was our first trip to St. Martin and feel we really found a jewel in Blue Marine. The unit was furnished very nicely with everything you need. Paulette was quite helpful although our French and her English proved challenging...but overall not a problem. Situated right on the beach in the gourmet capital of the Caribbean we could not of wished for more. Great restaurants just a short walk up the beach, a great French bakery and very friendly people made our stay very memorable. Grand Case was a great location for us....a low key beach community. We did rent a car to sight see the whole island but always returned to Grand Case for dinner. Again, thanks for a very memorable vacation."
    Guest: Drew & Joan Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: February 9, 2014
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  • Very nice, stunning view of the beach, marina and Marigot harbor.

    "We stayed in Chris's condo for 2 weeks in February. He was easy to communicate with and replyed promptly via e-mail with answers to all questions we had. Titi, the caretaker who lives in the buding, was very pleasant and was always available during our stay. We had no issues with payment or deposit. Everything was as agreed. Condo itself is very specious, with two big areas, one living room and kitchen with balcony with absolutely stunning view of the beach, marina and Marigot; and bedroom with balcony facing pool and a road. We never went on that second balcony or used the pool. Bed was ok, not a luxury resort quality but comfortable enought. Kitchen is well equipped with appliances and anything you might need for cooking. There are no granit countertops or stainless still appliances, but everything is functional and in good condition. Shower room (spacious and has a lot of shelfs) is separate from toilet. The grocery store is within 5 min walk as well as a couple of bakeries (different direction). Marigot downtown and Royal Marina with a lot of options for dinning and shopping are 10-15 min walk from condo. Beach is small (just for this apartment and nearby hotel) and though there are some narrow areas of sandy entree to ocean, there are a lot of rocks and corrals. There are a lot of gorgeous beaches within 20-30 min drive from the condo. Our two favorites: Grand case bay and Long bay. Both on French side and an easy drive. Wi-fi worked great. Overall we had great time and were happy with our logging choice. Some small issues you might want to clerify if they are important to you: we thought that this site said that sofa in the living room sleeps 2, but it seems to be for one (we didn't need it for sleeping, but clerify if you are counting on this sleeping space). There are multiple cable channels in French and none in English. If it's important to you, maybe ask Chris in advance to connect some channels in English if he can."
    Guest: Olga S. Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: February 18, 2014
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  • Terrific family vacation

    "My family of seven was lucky enough to stay at Cap-cana oasis in June. We were picked up at the airport by Alejandro where he helped us with our luggage (and with teenagers we had a lot of it) and then lead us to our home in paradise.Luz (the housekeeper) greeted us with piña coladas and fresh fruit. The villa and grounds are absolutely beautiful and come stocked with all the amenities needed for a perfect holiday. During our stay we were lucky enough to have Daniel as our chef. We were skeptical at the idea of having a chef and thought we would like to "eat out" - however after our first day we decided we wouldn't eat anywhere but the house. Our 16 year old daughter has celiac and cannot have gluten - Daniel was a lifesaver and made all of our meals gluten free! Capcana Oasis is the perfect villa and we look forward to visiting again!"
    Guest: sarah t. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 4, 2014
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Caribbean Travel Tips

The Caribbean Sea and its islands are full of splendor and magic. Also known as the West Indies, the Caribbean has long been a popular destination for honeymooners as well as retirees looking for a getaway. There’s almost always good weather in the Caribbean, and its close proximity to the U.S. makes it an affordable and easy place to visit.

The Caribbean At a glance

Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are surrounded by coral reefs and the bluest of waters. There are three islands to choose from, which are full of marine life. Not only can you swim with stingrays, but you can go diving with the most colorful fish that you’d only imagine existed in your dreams. The white sand beaches are postcard-perfect and include Seven Mile Beach, Rum Point and Point of Sand. Here, you can enjoy isolated lands and even pink sand at Point of Sand. If you want, you can choose from more than 200 scuba diving sites or hit the pier for a day of fishing. Looking for things to do outside of sitting on the beach all day? Take a tour of George Town, the capital city of the islands. You can also visit the Cayman Islands National Museum and learn more about the country’s culture. After a day full of fun, grab a meal at a local eatery and enjoy freshly caught fish or sit down for a sophisticated meal at an upscale restaurant. You can get a real taste of island cuisine with a bowl of conch chowder, which is a tomato-based soup comprised of sweet peppers, onions and salt pork or bacon.

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago is one of the Caribbean’s most industrialized nations, and is also one of the most crowded due to tourists visiting the islands. You’ll find Hindustanis, Javanese, Lebanese, Africans and Creoles in Trinidad, while Tobago is more quiet and unspoiled. You haven’t done anything in Trinidad and Tobago until you’ve visited Maracas Bay and Turtle Beach. The beach didn’t get its name out of the blue, sunbathers enjoy sharing the sand with giant leatherback turtles and Maracas Bay offers clear waters near the capital.

Puerto Rico

Despite its smaller size, Puerto Rico is full of life and beauty. There are 4 million people that call the island home, and they are more than welcoming to visitors. You’ll find so much to do in Puerto Rico, including mountain hiking, a trip into rainforests and plenty of sun on its white sandy beaches. Since the island’s history dates back 500 years when it was still under Spanish rule, there’s plenty of history and museums to take in. In San Juan, you can visit three world-class museums before heading out for a night of shopping, dining and nightlife. Restaurants are plentiful in Puerto Rico, where you can enjoy stuffed crabs and chip-chip, a dish of clam-like shellfish with vegetables or ground meat. You should also try the fresh rum punch, which is flavored with locally produced Angostura Bitters.

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has the pleasure of enjoying a year-round summer. There are white beaches, crystal clear waters and Spanish colonial history that dates back 500 years. With a visit here, you may find yourself hanging out with locals and backpackers from small fishing villages. The most popular destination in the Dominican is Punta Cana, where you can enjoy a plethora of sunshine. If you want to go for a dive, head to Bayahibe for a great view of shipwrecks just beneath the water’s surface. You’ll find some of the world’s finest cigars in the region near Santiago, as well as a good bottle of rum. Harrison’s in Puerto Plata has jewelry, and there are plenty of art galleries in Altos de Chavon. Grab a seat at Santo Domingo for fresh rock lobster or braised red snapper, or head to Puerto Plata for all the crayfish and grilled shrimp kabobs your stomach can handle.

Jamaica

There's more to Jamaica than just reggae and Rastafarians. It’s full of white sandy beaches and year-round sunshine, mountains, rainforest and coffee, as well as friendly locals. Of course, there’s diving and snorkelling that will take your through coral reefs, garden grottoes and drop-offs. You can even go for a leisurely swim at Doctor’s Cave Beach or overlook Montego Bay on the hilltop at Rose Hall Great House. Don’t leave the island without a package of Blue Mountain coffee or Jamaican rum. Visitors can find colorful artwork at the Contemporary Art Centre in Kingston or head to the Craft Market in Negril for handmade items. There’s also the Things Jamaican outlet with several locations throughout the island, including Montego Bay and Harmony Hall.

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