Caribbean

From where you’d rather be – Worthing Beach

You know those ads for Corona where there’s an amazing beach with perfectly bowed palms, white sands and glowing blue waters? Well Worthing Beach isn’t quite like that. It’s actually better. Beach houses are built almost up to the beach and yellowing fiberglass leaking surfboards lean up against garden sheds. A whitewashed beach bar and café, the Crystal Waters Beach...

The United Colors of Bridgetown, Barbados

Barbados’ capital is full of color – colorful personalities, colorful buildings and open markets of fresh, colorful ingredients. Like most of the island, the housing is balanced between older bungalows, classic colonial homes and rustic shacks. Established in 1628, there’s none of the Spanish pirate forts but more than a few symbols of its British past. A...

72 hours in paradise – Barbados style

“In the sun I will come to see Barbados”  sung early eighties Australian band, The Models and thirty years on, it attracts Aussies and other Commonwealth expats like never before. This southern Caribbean paradise of Barbados is part of a chain of islands known in the cricketing world as the West Indies, with Jamaica just to its east. And it’s a...

Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery, San Juan, PR

Views abound at the Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery in Old San Juan. It’s a shame that the residents don’t even get to see them. Ever heard the saying, I think I’ve died and gone to heaven? Well nowhere does this feel truer than in Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery. In terms of a tomb with a view, there’s not a dud space in the house. Puns...

Cats of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Old San Juan is a city with character and more than its fair share of cats roaming the streets. In this world, there are cat people and there are dog people. If you’re a dog person who doesn’t like cats, Old San Juan could be your idea of a personal hell. If you’re a cat person, there’s no shortage. Old San Juan has a cat epidemic. Gingers, black cats, tortoise...

Culebra and Flamenco Beach, PR

Crystal-clear turquoise waters, white sand, abundant sea life and sunny skies make Culebra a hard place to beat. Coming from tropical Queensland, home of the Great Barrier Reef, it takes something special to impress us. Culebra didn’t just impress, it set the new standard for holiday destinations. This way to paradise Culebra is a large island, 27km off the east...

Mount Gay, Barbados

Mount Gay is one of the premier spiced rums and is made just outside Bridgetown, Barbados. After a very long and hot walk from Bridgetown, purely from our own stubbornness to save money and prove that Google Maps overestimates the time in which to walk its routes, we arrived hot and sweaty, at the Mount Gay Visitor Center in Barbados. Coming up the street we can see...

Harrison’s Cave, Barbados

Harrison’s Cave at Allen View, Barbados offer a welcome change of scene from the ridiculously pristine, unspoiled beaches (OK, who are we even kidding?). The tropical hinterland of Barbados reminds us of where we were brought up in Australia. The temperature sits at a balmy 32C, there are banana palms, sugar cane plantations as far as the eye can see and all sorts of...

St Lawrence Gap, Barbados

No visit to Barbados is complete without a nightcap at one of the many spots on St Lawrence Gap, a long, winding road that connects Worthing and Dover Beach. It is said that The Gap has the best nightlife on the island and on the night we stopped in it certainly didn’t disappoint. St Lawrence Gap is a beach side entertainment precinct about half an hour from...