Recent Caribbean reviews
"My friends and I recently spent 4 days at Cabot Tiki and we loved every second of it!! Everything was perfect. The villa, grounds, pool and view are all beautiful. Dominga, the chef, was excellent! We really enjoyed her cooking and company. Jenn was very helpful and so easy to get a hold of. Our only regret is that we didn't stay longer. Can't recommend this property enough!!! We will be back. Thank you"Guest: Beth H. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 16, 2014View listing
"It's in the nicest area of Abaco. Marsh Harbour is the biggest settlement but doesn't have the intimacy of Treasure Cay nor the beautiful beaches. This unit is a perfect location - right in the Marina where you can watch the boats/yachts come and go, take a fishing trip, walk to a little "downtown" area (literally two rows of buildings with small small shops, but everything you need in one place - groceries, car rentals, bakery, outdoor activities, etc). George the owner, couldn't be more helpful and I was astounded at how well supplied the unit is with everything - literally - I was still discovering things the day I left! I've rented a lot of homes and its rare to find the details in this darling place. It's so well furnished and maintained, it makes a guest feel like they're in a home. What I didn't realize until I got there, was that its in a very modern development - a very nice marina. An amazing beach is across the street on the back side of the property where you can walk for miles. I rented a car at the little shops and drove the entire island which is very remote. Treasure Cay is a community and I met lots and lots of nice locals. It was an exceptional price, especially after having just come from Exuma and the Hideaways at Palm Beach which is a very expensive dump with no beach to speak of. If I were to return to the Bahamas, I'd return to this unit and have more time dedicated to the neighboring islands. I stayed 6 days and barely touched all there is to see."Guest: 1st Bahamas trip Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: May 28, 2014View listing
"Where do I start. A friend told me about VRBO and thought I'd check it out. Out of all the resorts/condo's I looked at and the people I talked to, the owner of this condo was awesome. Terry make's sure to put you at ease. He sent me all the info I needed to make my decision. I booked A401, large 1 bedroom condo with kitchen, eat in area, sitting area, nice large bathroom with double vanity. Washer and dryer, towels etc. The location of this room is a corner so you have a really large deck with table and chairs, perfect view of the planes landing. Sitting in the living room or bedroom you can see the beautiful ocean. Mornings are great on the deck with a nice cup of coffee. Easy check in and check out. 2 pools and a nice swim up bar. Business area to get on the internet to print boarding passes. Beach towels provided at front desk. Walking distance to all the action! I could go on and on. All in all I will be back for sure."Guest: Franci Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: March 1, 2014View listing
"This villa is by far the most beautiful place on the island. We have been to the Virgin Islands several times, but never, ever stayed in such luxury. The master bath is to die for! I wanted to bring it home to my house! The privacy is fantastic and the décor is elegant. So much care has gone into everything. I am a clean freak and usually think the island houses are a bit dirty---but not this one!!! The cleaning crew treats the house as though it is their own and the villa manager is just about the sweetest person on earth, SO helpful. The views are just amazing. You could sit all day by the pool and never get bored because it is just so gorgeous. I hate to write such positive reviews because too many people will want to stay here and we may not be able to get in when we want to come back!"Guest: Reese Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 1, 2014View listing
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
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.
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.
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.
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.