Caribbean

A Bahamas and Cuba Cruise on the Royal Caribbean

What it’s like to Cruise on the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas We had never really considered going on a boat, not to Havana and the Bahamas via a cruise on the Royal Caribbean line at least. Just the thought of taking a cruise sparked visions of marauding kids, drunken disputes, pensioners hogging the sun lounges and expensive cocktails. Cruising just had...

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...

Bridgetown, Barbados, all the colors, all the things to do.

Bridgetown Barbados is a capital that 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...

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...