Tourism: “Five Caribbean islands with hardly any day-tripper traffic”

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In “Five Caribbean islands with hardly any day-tripper traffic,” David Swanson focuses on islands that do not cater to cruise ships and are consequently more peaceful and relaxing for “other” tourists. The top five, according to the author, are: Anguilla, Vieques and Culebra (Puerto Rico), Nevis, Virgin Gorda (British Virgin Islands), and Bermuda. He also adds info about choice places even farther off the beaten track. See full article in the link below:

On my first trip to Tortola almost two decades ago, I was struck how the British Virgin Island’s northern coastline was ribboned with tranquil coves of plush white sand. Some of the beaches were deserted at midday. Others percolated with traffic from mom-and-pop inns and barefoot restaurants. Cane Garden Bay wasn’t quite virgin, but it was still a pretty special hideout, looking much like the tropical beach of my dreams.

Since then, the island’s cruise ship pier…

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The 25 Best Caribbean Islands, Ranked

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As the winter gets seriously colder, I seem to be bombarded by articles on sand, sun, and ocean. Here is a ranking of the best 25 Caribbean islands by Business Insider. The islands they chose are: Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; Bahamas; Barbados; British Virgin Islands; Cayman Islands; Cuba; Curaçao; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Guadeloupe; Grenada; Haiti; Jamaica; Martinique; Montserrat; Puerto Rico; Saint Barthélemy; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Martin/Sint Maarten; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos; U.S. Virgin Islands; and Vieques (part of Puerto Rico; see photo above: Navío Beach). I’ve only placed them in alphabetical order. To see what the ranking is, check out the link below. Melia Robinson writes:

If you’re planning a tropical getaway, the Caribbean islands are a gold mine of beauty, seclusion, and adventure. Even though all the Caribbean islands are beautiful, some are better than others. So we decided to rank…

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Recovery Plan for Bermuda’s Resident Turtles

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Bernews reports that the Department of Conservation Services has completed a management plan, in consultation with scientists and sea turtle specialists, which describes the actions needed to conserve Bermuda’s resident populations of green and hawksbill turtles. Here are excerpts of the report:

“The principal aim of this plan, entitled Recovery Plan for Bermuda’s Resident Green and Hawksbill Turtles, is to protect the species and their habitats and to contribute to national, regional, and global conservation efforts for marine turtles through knowledge-sharing and participation in international agreements,” a spokesperson said.

[. . .] “The greatest perceived threats to turtles are associated with human activities. These include: collision with motor boats and jet skis; entanglement in discarded monofilament fishing line; loss of seagrass habitat [green turtles feed on seagrasses] through dredging activities, damage from boat moorings and ecological processes; and incidental catch from fishing activities [both offshore long-lining and local shoreline…

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Leg #2 Of The Volvo Ocean Race Is Under Way (Cape Town —> Abu Dhabi)

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 8.43.10 PMTeams left Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday and will spend about 20 days sailing to Abu Dhabi. Team Alvimedica, which has 3 crew members from Rhode Island, is currently in first place in the second leg of the race.

The race will be coming to Newport in May, you can check out more information about that here.

Check out some highlights of the start of leg #2

See other Volvo Ocean Race blogs here:
Leg #1 Blog

Cover photo by Marc Bow/Volvo Ocean Race.

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Bermuda to Host the America’s Cup World Series Event in 2017

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Adrian Robson writes about the brouhaha that followed after Associated Press revealed that Bermuda would host the 2017 America’s Cup. San Diego and Bermuda were vying for the top spot; apparently the “tax-free” situation won out at the end. Here are excerpts from Robson’s article:

It now seems certain Bermuda will host the America’s Cup in 2017, following confirmation from a top official in San Diego that the California city has been defeated in the two-horse race to decide where one of the world’s premier sporting events will be held. Quoting an anonymous source, Associated Press reported that a decision had been made and will be announced on December 2 in New York. That has now been backed up by an official involved with the San Diego bidding process.

Several newspapers around the world published the AP report yesterday, but government officials in Bermuda declined to comment. San Diego Union-Tribune

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St. Kitts Eco-Park: Largest Greenhouse in the Caribbean

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Caribbean News Now reports that St Kitts and Nevis opened the largest greenhouse in the Caribbean.

At 24 meters tall and more than 14,000 sq ft, St Kitts and Nevis has opened the largest greenhouse in the Caribbean region in a project described as “a dream come true.” That was expressed by Taiwan’s resident ambassador, Miguel Li-Jey Tsao, at a ceremony marking the official opening of the St Kitts Eco-Park (SKEP) on Friday.

“Today, it is the season to reap what we have sown and it is time to elevate the bilateral cooperation between the Republic of China (Taiwan) and its best ally, the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis to a new height,” he told scores of invited guests, including the governor general, the prime minister, other ministers of government, and numerous public and private sector officials, as well as school students.

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Historic San Juan a lasting gem

Beautiful destination~

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This travel article by Kenneth Bagnell appeared in The Hamilton Spectator.

“One’s destination,” said the 20th century’s most controversial novelist, Henry Miller — who was also a great traveller — “is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

He might well have been thinking of a jewelled old city I’ve returned to so many times I’ve lost track of the number: San Juan, or more accurately, the historic walled Old San Juan of Puerto Rico. It’s existed a very long time — since the 1490s when Christopher Columbus first spied it from sea and claimed it for Spain. It was Spain’s for over four centuries.

The old streets and timeless cliffs still speak of the Old World, a chapter no thoughtful person ever wants to discard. You’ll sense why in Old San Juan’s encircling high grey wall, about three miles long, and the massive stones of…

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