Mustique is lush with coconut trees and I quickly discovered that the coconut is an integral part of island life. I find it endlessly inspiring because nearly every part can be used to add complexity and a spectacular tropical flavor to any dish.
For most visitors, a trip to the Caribbean island of Bonaire is all about the diving, but the culture Bonaire is building - both in and out of the water - deserves some attention, too.
Travelers heading to the Caribbean may face the "The Deadliest Animal in the World," a pesky and deadly little critter -- the mosquito that's infecting individuals with a less commonly known disease, chikungunya.
Both city life and island life have their perks. I can personally recommend both, but of course, one or both may not be perfect for you. Here are my favorite aspects of each so you can decide for yourself.
For some, the babymoon might be a "last-chance at the bucket-list" adventure, but among my friends, most trips were beach-oriented -- a last chance at lounging around, doing absolutely nothing on a sandy beach while gazing out into the crystal clear blue sea.
There is a window of two to three hours when a fresh catch is an exemplary piece of fish.
St. Maarten is a tasty turquoise jewel with 34 square miles of lush mountains, postcard-perfect beaches, and talent. A lot of it.
This tiny island is not the Caribbean of the $16 piña colada or the orchestrated see-only-what-the-cruise-operators-want-you-to-see routes. There are...
Cuba isn't known for its non-conformists, so skateboarding, with its counter-cultural roots, is not a sport that has been encouraged on the Caribbean island. But a group of young individuals are still ollie-ing and grinding through the streets of Havana.
Owning a private vacation home sure sounds nice, but people fantasizing about their own beachside property often forget that owning also means cleaning, maintaining, fixing, the list goes on... and it can end up being less of a vacation and more of a job!
The islands boast everything from intimate boutiques in hidden, tranquil locales to expansive resorts that wow not only in breadth, but style.
Whether you're on the prowl for a perfect beach or a city bursting with culture, these cities and countries deliver big but cost little.
Maybe your cruise ship docked for only a day in Belize. If so, book the next flight you can back to this breathtaking Central American country. Its 9,000 square miles has an abundance of adventures to offer and is often overlooked by travelers.
Cheaphotels.org recently released a survey naming the Caribbean's most expensive destinations (based on the average price of the cheapest available double hotel room). And while such a designation might scare off some, these islands are simply too fabulous to pass up.
For a moment, I'll leave chilly NYC behind, and get lost in the sunny memories of my first visit to the Virgin Islands.
As if the incredible beaches, luxurious pools, and delectable cocktails weren't enough draw to visit the Caribbean, the region is also home to some of the world's warmest and nicest human beings.