Category Archives: Travel

Islands.com | St. Croix Mega Sweepstakes


image-stcroix-main 0

The Caribbean’s most historic resort shines with timeless grace. 138 spacious, elegant rooms are spread over 340 acres: in the signature pink Great House, on two of three beaches, on ridges overlooking the sea, gently-rolling golf greens and acclaimed tennis center. Three restaurants, renovated spa and fitness center, designer boutique. Recognized by the National Trust as a Historic Hotel of America.

Enter to win
– 8 days/7 nights accommodation 
– Island tour 
– One day car rental 
– 2.5 hours spa for two people 
– Breakfast daily 
– Floating mats, kayaks, snorkeling at the beach 
– Blackout dates apply


Located on a quiet stretch of beach on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, the Divi Carina Bay All Inclusive Beach Resort combines privacy and relaxation with modern style amenities. The Divi will delight you with its oceanfront accommodations, gourmet food, gorgeous tropical setting and full-range of activities for adults and kids alike.

Three nights, All-Inclusive Stay, featuring the following accommodations… Deluxe King offers a king sized bed with queen sleeper sofa, refrigerator, microwave, air conditioning, television, clock radio, and private patio or balcony with an ocean view.


At The Palms, our goal is to help every guest transform from island visitor to welcomed friend. Our 40 beach front guest rooms are your home in America’s Paradise. Friendly, attentive staff, 24 hour assistance and security, great snorkeling, swimming pool, award-winning restaurant, on site recreational activities and modern amenities.

7 night stay in a beach front room. Welcome drink upon arrival. Rum and coke in the room. A guided snorkel tour by a Palms staff member. Valued at $2300.


Win a week’s worth of authentic island relaxation on Stx. Best swimming, snorkeling, sunsets, dolphin crossings on the beach at the Sand Castle! Imagine the perch from a SeaView Suite, experience the laid-back, friendly atmosphere…enjoy a massage! Dine waterfront at the award-winning Beach Side Café!

Seaview Suite reserved for 2 persons, 7 nights, 8 days in paradise on the beach with gorgeous sunsets and opportunity for star-gazing! Includes Daily Seaside Continental Breakfast, Scuba Dive or Intro, Unlimited use of snorkel equipment and kayak for 2, Bottle of sparkling wine and Lunch for 2 at the Beach Side Café or Wine Club or Beer Club if the timing is right! Preceded by 2- One Hour Therapeutic Massages to set you right with the world again followed by a Romantic Dinner for 2 at the Beach Side Café.


Relax-on-the-beach in full sun or shade, snorkel the reef or swim in the fresh-water pool. Enjoy ocean-side meals at casual and fine-dining restaurants. Nap in a hammock, get a massage at the Spa, take a nature walk, play tennis, kayak or embark on a sailing charter without leaving the property. www.TamarindReefResort.com

Win 4 days and 3 nights at the oceanfront Tamarind Reef Resort on the US Virgin Island of St. Croix PLUS receive a $100 gift certificate to the Galleon fine-dining restaurant OR receive a $100 gift certificate for a sailing adventure to Buck Island.

Rules Link: St. Croix Mega Sweepstakes – Official Rules

Author: Brandon Pike

   St. Croix Mega Sweepstakes | Islands.com.

Soup du Cure: Caribbean Education Initiative’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser 12.4.2011


Break out the soup pot & ladle, pound the garlic & toss in some veggies, meat, seafood,herbs & spices! The VI’s one and only Culinary Competition that awards participants with $$$ returns for a 3rd year…Soup du Cure! On Sunday, 12.4.2011 restaurants, caterers, and amateur chefs will compete in more than 20 soup categories…with something for every appetite! Come and try kallaloo, red peas soup, sancoché, bisques, ital, chowders, and so much more. Top prizes include: $1,000 for the Best Soup, $500 for 2nd place, and 3rd place $250. Additionally, the crowd favorite wins $250. Live local entertainment featuring Mada Nile & Fyah Train. Entry is $10 for Adults and $5 for kids + $1 per taste. We’re still looking for SPONSORS & PARTICIPANTS! All proceeds benefit the Caribbean Education Initiative a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and its beneficiaries!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

For more information contact Jozette at 340.226.4503 or email CaribEd1@gmail.com.

Please see related information below:

Soup du Cure Proposal 2011

Soup du Cure Sponsor Application

Soup du Cure Participant Application

St. Croix: Fantastic Flight Promotion


For an affordable getaway on a beautiful island…St. Croix is a deal! No passports required for U.S. Citizens!

Promotion Includes:

  • $500 Instant Credit Per Booking
  • $50 Dining Certificate
  • $50 Retail Certificate
  • $50 Activity Certifcate
  • 6th Night Free

Package must include airfare. Book by October 31, 2011 for travel August 22 to December 15, 2011 {as with all promotions, restrictions apply).

Anguilla’s: CuisinArt Resort offers “Cuisine Complete” Packages


CuisinArt Resort & Spa located in Anguilla is featuring a “Cuisine Complete” package featuring five nights in luxury beachfront accommodations, three daily meals at CuisinArt’s signature restaurants, including the AAA Four-Diamond al fresco eatery, Santorini; airport transfers; unlimited Internet access; unlimited fitness classes (including yoga, Pilates, body sculpting); use of the resort’s tennis and bocce courts and non-motorized watersports. Packages are valid for travel through Nov. 22, 2011.
CuisinArt Resort features what is described as the world’s first resort-based hydroponic farm, which sources 90 percent of the fresh vegetables and herbs utilized in its culinary program. CuisinArt Resort & Spa also offers specialized cooking lessons, pastry classes, beginner and advanced wine-tastings, and intimate “chef’s table” dining experiences. Package rates start at $3,700, double occupancy, and apply to new bookings only.

How Cruise Ships Avoid Hurricanes | CaribbeanTravelMag.com


Cruising during hurricane season? Here’s what you need to know prior to your cruise vacation.

by Alyx Kaczuwka
image-cruise-ships-avoid-hurricanes

Photo by: Thinkstock

A common concern when booking a cruise during hurricane season (officially June 1st through November 30th, with peak storm activity from August through October) is the weather, and how it might affect your travel plans. In an average year, there are eight to ten named storms, about two thirds of which will develop into hurricanes. Unless you’re planning a cruise outside the hurricane belt, it’s possible there might be an active storm during your trip – but it should be reassuring to know there is a significant amount of planning on the part of the cruise lines to ensure it has little to no impact on the enjoyment of your vacation.

The primary tool the cruise lines have when it comes to dealing with storms is information. In addition to all the precautions that will be taken to ensure your ship won’t cross the path of a storm before you even leave your home port, they will monitor radar changes on the fly with modern satellite equipment, and make changes to an itinerary whenever necessary.

In most cases, the ships will simply change their itinerary to avoid a storm. These diversions may be focused on avoiding the path of the storm – thus keeping you and your fellow passengers out of harm’s way – or avoiding the aftermath of the storm, for example, if a location has been left without electricity. It is not uncommon that the ship will divert and skip a particular port of call for these reasons. The ship may dock in another location. You’re probably familiar with the expression “any port in a storm” – so you may find yourself checking out another city where their port had availability! Alternately, the ship may stay at sea, anchored in calm waters.

There are also times when ships may choose to cruise in a reversed itinerary, if this option will allow them to avoid the storm’s path. And, some will change the itinerary entirely, for example, embarking to Western Caribbean destinations like Cozumel and Riviera Maya instead of Eastern Caribbean destinations like the Bahamas (or vice versa) if the storm is expected to traverse a large path during the cruise’s schedule.

It’s also worth knowing that even if the storm makes a sudden change, modern boats can easily get out of its way. A typical hurricane will putter along at a speed of about ten knots, but cruise ships can easily move at twice this pace.

Overall, if you are flexible, booking a cruise during hurricane season may work out to your advantage. Travel deals often abound during peak season, and while you may end up visiting different ports, or a slightly different order of ports, than you originally planned, it should have little to no impact on your enjoyment. And if you’re still concerned, there’s always the option of purchasing travel insurance, so that you’re covered – just look for a policy that covers weather-related events.

Source: CaribbeanTravelMag.com