Holidays To Cheap Caribbean Islands

October 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Are you searching for Cheap all inclusive holidays? Well, we would like to introduce you to Bonaire. This Caribbean island is known primarily as a spectacular dive site, ringed by a series of offshore reefs. But Bonaire is also a landlubber’s destination, with a developing art and dining scene, and a slew of land-based activities.

Truly tropical, Bonaire sees extremely little seasonal variation in sunshine hours and both sea and air temperatures. Although rainfall is characteristically the only feature that alters throughout the year, it is still very minimal. An easterly trade wind is also present throughout the year and provides a fresh relief from the daytime sweltering temperatures and high humidity levels.

The crystalline blue waters of Bonaire Marine Park and the talcum sands of pocket beaches create ideal conditions for scuba diving, snorkelling, sea kayaking, deep sea fishing, beach-combing, and windsurfing. The rugged hills are perfect for mountain biking, hiking, eco touring and bird watching. Bonaire is an obvious choice for nature lovers.

It’s recommended that if you want to dine at a particular restaurant on a given day, especially for dinner, that you make reservations. During normal periods, it may suffice to place your reservation the same day as your intended meal, but for waterside dining, it may be a good idea to call a day in advance. The front desk at the hotel you’re staying in can help you with this.

Best Beaches in Bonaire: Playa Funchi Lying on the Westernmost tip of the island, Playa Fuchi is definitely worth visiting when you want to see iguana’s and lizards that roam around freely. It’s also one of the recommended sites for a Bonaire Guide Snorkel.

Bonaire is among the safest destinations in the Caribbean, but adhering to common safety precautions is still advised. Keep an eye on your valuables, and lock your hotel room. These are good guidelines anywhere, regardless of the prevalence – or lack – of crime. The water on the island is distilled seawater, and thus is pure and safe to drink.

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The Lost Caribbean Fort of Columbus

October 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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We know Christopher Columbus left Spain on his second voyage to the New World in 1493. His intention was to colonize those islands which he had seen on his first exploratory voyage in 1492. We also know he made his presence known on several of the Caribbean Islands during those two voyages, but it wasn’t until his fourth visit to the region that he actually touched down on mainland Central America.

What most armchair historical students are not aware of, is the small fort of La Navidad Columbus established towards the end of his first voyage. In August of 1492, Columbus departed from Spain on the Santa Maria with two smaller vessels in tow (the Pinta and the Santa Clara). In the dead of night on October 12th a lookout on the Pinta spotted land far off in the distance.

The island was what we now know as belonging to The Bahamas, but Columbus and his crew would learn much from the natives living there. He reported the men’s bodies appeared to have a lot of scars, and through a series of gestures and drawings the natives were able to tell the Europeans what happened. A mainland tribe had come to the island and attempted to capture people as slaves, but the men defended themselves and received many injuries.

Later that same month, Columbus took his ships on further exploration of the islands. The largest ship in their fleet, the Santa Maria ran aground just off the coast of what is now Cuba, near Haiti. The natives living there gave permission for a party of 39 men to stay on the island. Columbus instructed the men to use timber from the Santa Maria to build a settlement in preparation for colonization. It was now December of 1492 and Columbus intended to make one last exploratory stop in the Caribbean, so he left his crew members promising to return in a year with supplies.

Columbus went on to the southern end of the island of Hispaniola, arriving in January of 1493. After kidnapping several natives to bring back to Spain, he and his remaining two ships headed for the Atlantic. When Columbus arrived home and spoke of his travels in ‘new’ lands, everyone took interest. In September of 1493 Columbus set out on his second voyage, loaded down with 17 ships, 1200 colonizers, priests, farmers, and soldiers. In November he made a stop at the island of Hispaniola to check up on and deliver aid to La Navidad, but all he found were ashes and corpses.

For hundreds of years adventurers and archaeologists have searched for the ill-fated settlement. The records of Columbus are not clear on exactly where the La Navidad was, but many have looked in Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Columbian archaeology wishes to definitively answer the question: what really happened to those 39 men?

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The Upsides of Flying Caribbean Airlines

October 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Can the right airline really make that much difference to the enjoyment of your vacation? You better believe it can! Choosing the right airline to get your vacation off to a great start is only half the battle for having a great vacation but it is an important half. Getting where you want to go without any travel disasters can give you a feeling of elation when you think back on how easy it was to travel to that destination. These are just some of the ways that Caribbean Airlines can help you have one outstanding vacation experience. Continue reading “The Upsides of Flying Caribbean Airlines” »