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Monkey Business on Nevis

Monkey Business on Nevis

A few years back my husband and I had the opportunity to rent a villa with some friends on the island of Nevis. It’s a small island, not as commercialized as most, which is what attracts us. It is also right next to the island of St. Kitts, which is within a ferry ride distance. So it’s like getting two islands for the price of one! We stayed for two weeks right across from Oualie Beach, which is beautiful, and one of the nicest on the island.
One of our main objectives was to see [...]

Is Crime and Poverty Out of Control in the Caribbean?

Is Crime and Poverty Out of Control in the Caribbean?

Nobody loves the Caribbean more than the managers of this web site. So our motives are not to scare anyone away from the beautiful Caribbean Islands or any other tropical destination. On our many trips to the Caribbean whether it be a villa vacation on Nevis, staying at a resort in Aruba, or vacationing on a cruise ship, we have never personally experienced any crime against ourselves or fellow vacationers. However, as you scan the daily news reports available from the independent newspapers representing their individual island governements you cannot be blind to the tragic crime happening on the same [...]

Norwegian Pearl Passenger Overboard Near Cancun

Norwegian Pearl Passenger Overboard Near Cancun

Various news agencies have reported that 36 year old Jennifer Seitz fell overboard at about 8:00 PM Christmas Day (December 25th, 2008) while cruising on the Norwegian Pearl. Jennifer and her husband were apparently celebrating their one year marriage with this cruise that is described as their belated honeymoon.
Mexican Navy vessels searched for the lost passenger near Cancun while the US Coast Guard made wide search efforts of the southeastern sections of the Gulf of Mexico. Searches had been cancelled by the time of this report.
The Norwegian Pearl arrived back in Miami Sunday where FBI officials began their own investigation of [...]

Caribbean & South American Tourism Declines in 2008

Caribbean & South American Tourism Declines in 2008

The aftermath of the hurricanes that swept through the Caribbean Islands this year, along with the recession in developed countries, has caused untold damage to the tourism industry in the said region. The combination of both has left a lot of mom and pop businesses not only in the Caribbean, but also South America, to experience losses as the year comes to a close.
The Winter holidays, which has always been the top income generating season, was a disappointment to the Caribbean and South American regions. This however, was already expected due to the deceleration of tourist activities way back in [...]

Bocas del Toro For the Ultimate Tropical Experience

Bocas del Toro For the Ultimate Tropical Experience

Bocas del Toro, a province of Panama, is located in an archipelago near the border of Costa Rica. It is located in the island of Colon where the population is 89,300 people. The island offers a lot to its travelers such as its rain forests with different varieties of flora and fauna, numerous beaches from different parts of the island and the archipelago, coral reefs rich with marine life and mangrove forests. In addition to the islands tourist attractions is the local cuisine available in the area.

Effects of Tourism on Caribbean Reefs

Effects of Tourism on Caribbean Reefs

We associate Caribbean vacations with white sandy beaches, bountiful ocean wildlife, exotic landscapes and thrilling adventure. The Islands have lured millions, and still continue to enamor hundreds every day to come, visit and have a taste of what Caribbean leisure is all about. Of course, tourists are welcome all year round as they are the number one source of income for many locals. However, during the last decade alone, there has been a significant effect on the reef ecosystem surrounding the beautiful islands.
The activity that tourists most enjoy is snorkeling and diving. The underwater scenes are a feast to behold. [...]