Category Archives: Caribbean

Romantic Aruba Escape

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Around this time of year, after my husband and I have spent months planning and organizing family get-together and outings, I start to long for a little escape for just us two. My husband’s preference for warmer climate tends to draw us to the beach and few are as accessible and as quick to get to as the beautiful island of Aruba.

Because Aruba is such a small island, it’s easy for us to map out our trip, rent a car, and cover favorite spots that include romantic little retreats.

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Favorites for a Family Vacation in Aruba

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The school year has started for a lot of families and we’re all getting into the routine of things. But before you put away those bathing suits, don’t forget about the long list of holidays to come before the year comes to an end, which makes for a great excuse to plan at least one last family vacation.

If you are like me and prefer to escape the cold then run head-on into it, then Aruba is the perfect family escape.

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Discovering the cozier side of RIU Palace St. Martin

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I’ve talked a lot about growing up spending most of my weekends as a teen in all-inclusive resorts because of my father’s job in the hospitality industry in the Dominican Republic. There isn’t a lot about these types of resorts that I don’t know.

As a mother of three, I have come to appreciate them more because of the flexibility they offer family travelers, of those traveling on a budget or not wanting to worry about managing one, and of those just wanting to relax.

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The People of Beaches Turks & Caicos

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When I was a girl living in the Dominican Republic, I spent a lot of my weekends in all-inclusive resorts. These resorts are not just tourist havens, but also weekend getaways for many wealthy Dominican city dwellers looking for beach time without the fuss.

My father, who works in the hospitality industry, worked often with management and executives of these resorts and so I became familiar with them, how they run, and what to expect.

I also noticed how often times the very people who work so incredibly hard to make sure that every guest had all they could ever need during their stay, were often invisible.

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Happy Days at The One Happy Island of Aruba

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This post brought to you by Aruba Tourism Authority. All opinions are 100% mine.

Before I made it out to Aruba, I had heard so many great things from those who have visited often. As a matter of fact, it seems that those who spoke about their visits always returned. Since being invited to discover the island as a guest of Aruba and the Zimmerman Agency, I have been planning my return to the one happy island with its clear skies, turquoise beaches, friendly people, and white sands.

If you haven’t been to Aruba yet, there are so many reasons to consider and a list of must-do’s.

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Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin: A Dreamy Caribbean Getaway

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Radisson Blu is one of the world’s leading brands, with more than 266 hotels open and a further 85 properties in the development pipeline. The Radisson Blu brand is an upper-upscale hotel with flagship properties in prime locations and in major cities, airport gateways and leisure destinations across the world.

One of its most recently renovated (and reopened in December 2011) properties is the Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin.

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Touring The Amber Coast: Dominican Republic’s Puerto Plata

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When I was a young teen living in the Dominican Republic, most of my friends and their family would venture to the northern coast of the island to take part in the festivities and fun hosted by the many resorts found in the area. The Amber Coast, referred to as such for its large deposits of amber, the largest in the world, has been a favorite destination for visitors worldwide, followed later by Punta Cana as it too started developing its tourism market with a variation of all-inclusive hotels, condos and other lodging options.

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The Heart of Curtain Bluff, Antigua

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As the rain drips off the fire escape outside my NYC window, I can’t help but feel a bit sad at the fact that a week ago, on this very day, I was sitting on a balcony listening to the ocean water crash against the sandy shore of Antigua as the sun softly warmed up the morning air.

I was in Curtain Bluff, traveling with my dear friend Heather, and I was loving it. Even before we arrived to the resort, as we made our way there, we knew we were going somewhere special. Our driver, Maurice, spoke to us about Old Road, the village connected to Curtain Bluff and about the founder of the resort, the late Sir Howard Hulford. What touched me the most from our brief conversation was the passion and love with which he spoke of Mr. Hulford and his wife Chelle. He was protective and referred to him as his “dear friend”. He spoke of how this man from New Jersey came to Antigua in the 1950s and literally changed people’s lives.

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