CARNIVAL FASCINATION CRUISE – ST THOMAS, USVI

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Day 6 Island: St. Thomas, U.S Virgin Islands Shopping Haven: TAX FREE – Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Payless, Hublot Salvatore Ferragamo, Sunglass Hut, Bulgari, Coach, K-Mart, Rainbow, Foot Locker Magen’s Bay Beach Skyride to Paradise Point View from Paradise Point

CARNIVAL FASCINATION CRUISE – SXM

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Day 3 Island: Sint Maarten (Dutch)/Saint-Martin (French) Known as: The Friendly Island, “Land of Salt” & the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean Popular Spot: Maho Beach for airplane watching Known for: being the island with a unique status….. one landmass … Continue reading

CARNIVAL FASCINATION CRUISE – ST LUCIA

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Day 1 Island: Saint Lucia Nickname: Helen of the West Indies Local Beer: Piton – after the twin peaks What I liked most: the topography, villages and the general atmosphere which is very similar to Grenada; only more developed. PITONS … Continue reading

Cabier Ocean Lodge

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A relatively short but bumpy drive from the main road takes you to the Crochu harbour point in St. David- the location of Cabier Ocean Lodge. where you have a 180 degree view of the sea. Although St David is the only parish which lacks a town it makes up in cozy points with great potential for beautiful developments.

I had the pleasure of visiting the lodge after Caribbean Youth Environment Network CYEN hosted a sargassum beach clean up of the nearby Cabier beach for World Oceans Day celebrated on June 9th.

Cottages paying homage to the national colours

Painting on the wall: L-R Banana, Cocoa and Breadfruit trees

Start of the 180 degree ocean view…

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View overlooking the beach

Petit Saint Vincent

After a fun-filled day of exploring the Tobago Cays on Saturday, we ventured over to Petit Saint Vincent on Mother’s Day for breakfast. The food was delicious and quite fulling. Thanks Bev 🙂

The staff was gracious enough to give us a tour of the island paradise where most couples visit for some RnR. What I love most about the island is the sense of seclusion given that the cabins are separated from each other by a generous distance. There is no internet nor television and any requests/orders are made by the ‘flag system’. The telephone is only used in case of an emergency. After our tour we lounged on the beach and thought how lucky are we?

For more visit: http://www.petitstvincent.com/

 

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View of the Atlantic Ocean side.

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Extremely dry but still a great view.

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Shades of Blue

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Your own private beach…Check!

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Petit Martinique in the distance. Most of the staff live there and are transported over by boat everyday.

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They even recycle! Christmas trees made out of dried coconuts.♥

Tobago Cays Marine Park

In less than 2 months I have had the pleasure of experiencing the wonders of the Grenadines more specifically the Tobago Cays; one less thing on my  bucket list.  On this second time around the trip was much shorter but nonetheless exciting.

The flight from Grenada to Carriacou via SVG Air was smooth although the landing got a bit shaky. The view was spectacular. Instead of a sail boat (Savvys Sailing) we went via speed boat on Simply Carriacou Island Tours. Our ride up to the Cays was a very bumpy one but our captain assured us that the boat was made to ride the waves best.

The Tobago Cays is a Marine protected area that consists of 5 uninhabited islands. It’s most prominent feature is its picturesque turquoise waters. The main inhabitants on these islands are iguanas and birds. Out of all of the islands, Baradal is most fascinating since its located on the boundary of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. As you walk towards the Atlantic side you can feel a slight difference in the temperature. We devoured our scrumptious  lunch on Petit Bateau compliments Chef MandyMan- best Lambi anyone ever had.

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“The Landing”

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      1. Jamesby Island

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2. Petit Tabac aka ‘Rumrunners Island’ from The Pirates of the Caribbean:

The Curse of the Black Pearl.

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3. Baradal Island

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Taking in the view on Baradal Island.

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View of the Caribbean Sea side from Baradal Island.

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View of the Atlantic Ocean side from Baradal Island.

One of the many iguanas spotted on Baradal Island.

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4. Petit Bateau

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5. Petit Rameau

 

A Glimpse of the Grenadines

My three day sailing adventure up the Grenadines has been by far my best boating experience. Although it was my first sailing trip, and given that I am not a deep water lover, it exceeded all expectations and incentive to do it again. It was a truly authentic experience of sun, sea and sand aboard Savvy. Pictures simply doesn’t do justice. After you’re done viewing you’ll feel compelled to book your trip to The Grenadines.

1st stop: Carriacou

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Just landed: Hillsborough

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Grabbin’ a bite: Kayak Kafe, Hillsborough

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Anse La Roche Beach

2nd stop: Union Island

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“Indeed!”: The Snack Shack, Clifton

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“Where else would you find a bar in the middle of the ocean…” : Happy Island

3rd stop: Tobago Cays Marine Park

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Petit Bateau

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“When you have a professional photographer around….” © Orlando Romain

4th stop: Mayreau

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Salt Whistle Bay

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5th stop: Saline Island

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Spice Isle Rock

I was meant to be where the coldest it ever gets is 70 degrees
life is simple; there’s no autumn, winter, summer or fall
where you can walk the streets any time any day
and the sunset never ceases to take your breath away.

I was meant to be near the sea
And feel the sand between my feet,
to explore the forests deep
and revel in its serenity.

I was meant to be where childhood entailed climbing trees, stoning plum and running bare foot.
where games such as hop scotch, moral, and hand games were when girls united
and marbles got the boys competitive.
where during the Easter season the sound of kites are heard all through the night.

I’m meant to be where mangoes and cashews are a big part of our diet
where a cook ain’t a cook without oil down,
and drinking coconut water on a hot day is a norm.
I’m meant to be where rivers serve many purposes including catching cray fish.
And there’s a rum shop in every nook and cranny.

I’m meant to be where cocks crow daily and animals roam the streets
and when current goes the generators and candles come out.
Where there’s a strong presence of Caribbean Folklore
and our elders speak vehemently about la diablesse and lou-garou

I’m meant to be where it’s a norm to go out and have no idea how you’re getting home,
nevertheless it’s the least of your concern.
I come from a land where when carnival comes nothing can stop the Mas,
all you need to have a good time is crazy friends, good music and a bottle ah rum.

I’m meant to be where the atmosphere is so laid back,
You’ll never want to work but lay on the beach 7 days a week.

I’m from a picturesque island in the sun,
where the people are patriotic and the love is so strong.