It's possible to take a Caribbean cruise any time of the year. That includes during the Atlantic hurricane season, which officially runs from June 1 to November 30. You might think it's best to cruise in another part of the world during those months. But it's not as clear-cut as that, and there are in fact some compelling reasons to cruise around the Caribbean islands during the summer and autumn. Weather outlook Hurricanes are statistically likeliest to hit the Caribbean between mid-August and mid-October, with September the peak for major storms – hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated a number of Caribbean islands in early and mid-September 2017. The chances of encountering, or having your travel plans disrupted by, a hurricane in June, July and November are far lower. However, throughout the summer and autumn the weather in the Caribbean is typically stickier and wetter than in the winter and spring months, though rain normally comes as short, heavy downpours rather than … [Read more...] about Is it wise to book a Caribbean cruise in hurricane season?
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By George Koletsos on Apr 15, 2019 in Attractions, Europe, Going Out, Greece, Regions, Western Europe It is a real struggle to select your Greek Summer island when you have so many options to choose from. Each island has its own unique charm, traditions and beauty. Not to undermine the other islands, but we feel that Zakynthos, also known by its Italian name Zante, deserves to be in the spotlight this time round. Zakynthos is an extraordinary island located in the Ionian Sea and is part of the Eptanisa Group of Islands. It is extremely well known and that’s proven by the fact that it’s heavily packed with tourists during the Summer months. However, how well do travelers even know Zakynthos? We’re here to give you an insider’s look into the reasons Zante, this big island with its long sandy beaches, is our go-to Summer island this year. Caretta caretta These magnificent creatures are commonly known as “loggerhead” sea turtles and the Bay of Laganas … [Read more...] about 5 reasons you must visit Zakynthos this Summer
By Jessica Kwong | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: November 16, 2018 at 3:01 pm | UPDATED: November 16, 2018 at 3:01 pm I had heard heavenly things about Grand Cayman, so it came as a surprise that one of the most visited places on the island is Hell. Choosing whether to see heaven or hell first to me was like deciding whether to hear good or bad news first. I opted to start with Hell. My fellow travelers and I hailed a taxi to take us to the West Bay district from George Town, the capital of the Cayman Islands and where I mostly went window shopping because there were more high-end retailers like Rolex than kitschy souvenir stores. We passed block after block of neatly kept houses with large yards, so when we arrived at a fire engine red building in Hell, it stood out like a sore thumb. Hell in Grand Cayman is an area about the size of half a football field in the West Bay with short black limestone formations. (Photo by Jessica Kwong) Seven Mile Beach is open to … [Read more...] about Travel: A trip to Grand Cayman can mean a visit to Hell
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Supported by Where to stay and what to see on this vibrant isle ringed with golden-sand beaches and pristine coral reefs. ByMichaela Trimble Nov. 8, 2018 In the southern Caribbean, just 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela and 12 degrees north of the Equator, the 40-mile-long, 8-mile-wide island of Curaçao represents a lively amalgam of different cultures. Part of the Lesser Antilles, also known as the ABC Islands — Aruba is to the west, Bonaire to the east — Curaçao was once a booming trade hub for merchants in the Dutch West India Company. Drawn to the island’s abundance of salt and its enclosed natural harbor, Schottegat, they settled on Curaçao in the mid-17th century and led the West African slave trade from its capital port city of Willemstad. Following the abolition of slavery in the 19th century, … [Read more...] about A Guide to Curaçao, a Laid-Back Caribbean Island With Candy-Colored Houses
The Caribbean is the world's most popular cruise destination. So not surprisingly, its most visited ports can be exceedingly busy in the peak-season months of December to April. Some days as many as half-a-dozen large ships can be docked at the same time, with thousands of disembarking passengers swamping the prime beaches and sights. You can largely avoid the hordes by cruising in the low-season summer or autumn months, when it's rare for there to be more than one or two ships in port on any given day. But at any time of year you can also escape the crowds, by skipping organised group excursions, striking out independently on foot, by bus or taxi, and heading for less overrun beaches and attractions. Nassau With over three million cruise-ship passengers a year, the capital of the Bahamas is just about the busiest port of call on Caribbean itineraries. Ignore the delights of downtown Nassau and the Atlantis mega-resort complex, and head out to Clifton Heritage National Park on the … [Read more...] about Caribbean cruises without the crowds – the best off-the-beaten-track excursions