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Recent Caribbean reviews

  • Exactly what we were looking for!

    "The villa was what we exactly needed. Very spacious, well maintained. Lots of activities and amenities to enjoy: golf, tennis, the beach, the pool, etc. The pictures are 100% accurate. This villa is perfect for a family vacation! One last thing, the golf cart was awesome!"
    Guest: Elizabeth W. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 22, 2014
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  • Perfect Location

    "This unit is in a very small condo development that is a short distance away from the more bustling part of Treasure Cay. As such, the broad, beautiful beach is never crowded yet restaurants and other amenities are not far away. This unit is in the prime location on the end facing the water and is steps from the sand. You can hear the surf even if the sliding glass door is closed! The condo is VERY well equipped for any kind of cooking you desire; the owner has thought of virtually every utensil/dish you might need. And, it even has an outdoor cooker on the patio. We suggest stopping at the supermarket in Marsh Harbor on the way in; it is a very good grocery store. There is a smaller grocery in Treasure Cay in case you need to restock. There are at least 2 TVs (I didn't check the other bedroom) and there is plenty of room for lounging. There is also a small, sheltered pool area that was deserted every time we checked. It's a nice, comfortable, homey place to stay. Down the beach is a great sand bar area should you want to explore or snorkel. There are also a couple of very good restaurants on the beach: The Coco Beach Bar and the Bahama Beach Grill---both within walking distance and have very good grouper, conch fritters, and other fresh island food. We recommend you use a golf cart; Pam, the owner, has the connections to get just what you want and it makes trips to the store, restaurants, etc. very easy. We visited the Treasure Sands restaurant a few times (and it was the only major one open that Monday night). It is expensive but a great experience. The Treasure Grouper was outstanding. We also enjoyed fresh bread and cinnamon rolls from Florence's. They were a special treat! It was recommended by Pam who is a great source of info and seems genuinely concerned for your enjoyment. In short, if you like your beaches broad and white and your water clear, it's hard to beat Treasure Cay and if you want a place that provides for all your needs while making that great sand as close as possible, this unit at the Sand Dollar is just what you're looking for!"
    Guest: Rockola Date of Stay: November 2013 Review Submitted: December 12, 2013
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  • Amazing stay!

    "Great place, extremely clean, very comfortable, perfectly located on the island downtown, close walk to the beach, lots of restaurants, Arubus, everything you want and more!! Quiet and very safe, manager really nice and helpful! You wont regret your stay here!"
    Guest: Ben Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 19, 2014
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  • Sweet Retreat

    "This was my 4th visit to Cane Garden Bay, and my first time staying at Cane Garden Bay Cottages. Each of my visits has been at the end of a 7-10 day sailboat charter, so I am looking to fully relax and be gentle to myself, before my return to reality. I spent 3 nights in Cottage 4. I had seen the cottages on a previous visit, and they looked inviting. The description on their website was apt, and my expectations were not disappointed. Reserving the place with Samantha was straight forward, and well managed, and the place was well ready upon my arrival. The cottage was welcoming, bright and airy. It had all the amenities I required, with a tidy kitchen for meal preparation, (though I ate out for most meals), a cold fridge for drinks, and a comfortable bed and bathroom. The overhead fans and large screened windows provided ample breezes for escaping the heat of the day - not that I really wanted to. Nestled in the edge of a jungle-like grove, surrounded by a large, well manicured yard, the cottage was a sweet retreat from the "hustle and bustle" of the main street and beach. The beach, restaurants and bars were easy steps away. I could watch the sunset from my front step, through the palm trees, enjoying a cocktail. Of course the ubiquitous roosters were my alarm clock, sounding off perhaps a bit earlier than I had wished for. I thoroughly enjoyed my short visit and would return for an extended stay. I have no problem being entertained while passing time in Cane Garden Bay, and could easily make Cottage 4 my home for a while."
    Guest: Tim Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: May 6, 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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