Caribbean

Castillo De San Cristobal, Old San Juan

Its cannons may inspire imagery of marauding pirates, but the Castillo De San Cristobal has played a strictly defensive role in protecting the tropical walled city of San Juan. Finished in 1783, the baroque fort is the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the new world. The stronghold of Castillo De San Cristobal overlooks the whole of Old San Juan from the...

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...

Casa Bacardi, Puerto Rico

Casa Bacardi, the home of the famed rum is a pleasant tour just minutes from Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. We took a few hours out  to sample it in its natural habitat and in the perfect setting – overlooking the harbor and walled city of Old San Juan. I (Bernie) have never been a big spirits drinker. The occasional single malt, a speakeasy cocktail, but never to...

Oistin’s Fish Fry, Barbados

Barbados’ seafood is world class and there’s no better place to sample it than Oistins Fish Fry. We had heard amazing things about attending a Barbados fish fry. The food, the aromas, the music and the energy. Chatting with ex-pats we met along the way, each raved about how delicious the national dish, the flying fish is and that we couldn’t possibly miss Oistins...

Snorkeling Barbados

Rum, monkeys and beaches aside, the chance to have a close encounter with a turtle, snorkeling in Barbados has to be its biggest draw card. We landlubbers booked a berth aboard the incredibly 80s-monickered Stiletto for a day of snorkeling, cruising and drinking. Little were we to know how it would all turn out. Starting at 9am, an unexpectedly punctual taxi full of...