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Recent Caribbean reviews

  • Best Villa in ST BARTS plus Gluten FREE TIPS

    "Villa Amour. This is what I think of as 1950's Hollywood beach house. Two whole sides of the house are glass doors that face the ocean and the pool and just to walk around is delightful. It is not a huge space and the inside of the villa is not for the person who is planning to lay on the couch and watch TV but the seating is arranged nicely. It is a true Island house (yet modern!). We are a family of 5, kids ages at 14, 10 and 12. We never even turned on the TV. You are just not inside but the villa is cleaned every day, super unique showers and sheets are even changed. AC great. Every morning I would go sit in the little gazebo and drink coffee, go and look for sea glass and shells on the beach in front of the house then I would drive to St Jean for croissants at Maya's to go or to Gustavia and both are truly 5 minute drives. You have to have a car but everywhere you could want to go to is a 5 minute drive. La Flammands Beach is beautiful and the perfect place to take kids to swim (BYO masks from US as they are SO expensive-we brought ours and it was perfect). St Jean is lovely, Shell Beach is like a true French Beach, like Cinquer Terre, but Flammands is THAT beach you see on postcards. Eat at Isle de France for lunch and they will let you enjoy chairs on the beach all day. Eat with your toes in the sand. We loved all our meals but prepare yourselves for the cost. Bit of a jaw drop the first day or so then you just go with it. Eden Rock was amazing. Bonito, amazing. Black Ginger- Outstanding, Eddies, delightful. All had GF men items. The grocery store I went to is Marche U at St Jean. Remember - it is FRENCH. 100%. They have some gluten free Scharr mostly, but in Gustavia there is an American Gourmet Market that has every gourmet food you've seen in any boutique in America! Fun just to look. Lots of GF items. Not cheap. AS far as GF, we ate all week in restaurants and it was fine. The food is so fancy, homemade and good it is almost GF by nature. If you arrive, as we did, after dark..there is a small little restaurant you can walk to from the villa. It is a local spot and the owners are very nice. But you can get a shrimp creole dish and your kids can get a hamburger and not have sticker shock the first night at 8 pm after travel. Go left out of the drive and it might be 4 houses down on the right? Yes- do rent this house! One small complaint- The master bed is hard as a rock. We switched rooms and made the kids sleep there! It was a divine get away."
    Guest: Traveler from Virginia Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: March 17, 2014
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  • perfect

    "From beginning to end I was impressed at how professional and thorough Andrew is. His apartment is beautiful and the resort is breathtaking. You can not go wrong here. Also, the location is great, within walking distance to restaurants and shopping. I can not say enough and would highly recommend the Grand Calabash suite!!!"
    Guest: scott a. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: May 29, 2014
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  • Wonderful Getaway

    "We recently stayed in Villa Blanca and had a wonderful stay. The owner was very flexable and laid back with our stay which made the trip less stressful for planning. The villa's help was amazing. The maid was so sweet and cooked delicious and even did our laundry!! The villa was clean and felt very much like a warm cottage home. The beds were all very comfortable as well which is so important! I would definetly stay here again and recommend to friends and family."
    Guest: Andrea C. Date of Stay: December 2013 Review Submitted: January 16, 2014
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  • Perfect Location

    "We enjoyed are stay. After driving all over the island and experiencing some of the roads to other locations, I realized that this location is perfect. Our niece lives on the island and gave us the grand tour. Thanks Aaron for the clean and quiet condo!!"
    Guest: Steve Harrison Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 18, 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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