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Swimming with Pigs in the Bahamas

Visitors to the Bahamas come here for different reasons – from escaping the hustle and bustle of the big cities to finding an idyllic spot to enjoy the archipelago’s electric-blue waters. There is so much to do and see here that no one will ever be bored. A unique and one-of-a-kind activity the Bahamas is known for is swimming with pigs, so this is a must do for everyone who comes here. If you’re staying in Nassau or the Exumas you can easily book this activity. You will be picked up from your hotel or villa, and your adventure will start with a boat tour through the Exuma Keys. This is a full-day adventure and there are several tour companies that will take you there. Tours usually depart around 8:00 a.m. and return between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. It is unknown how pigs came to the Bahamas since they are not native to the islands. It is believed that pigs were left on the uninhabited Big Major Cay by sailors who were planning to return to the cay later and cook the pigs. Others believe that pigs swam over from a shipwreck nearby. A third theory is that locals relocated

Romantic Activities to Do on St. Lucia

St. Lucia attracts thousands of couples from around the world. This Caribbean island has a romantic atmosphere, and you will never feel bored because there is so much to do and see – azure blue beaches, small fishing villages, waterfalls,  rainforests, reefs, lush mountains – these are just some of St. Lucia’s many attractions.  Below are our favorite must-do activities. Dinner Cruises Dinner cruises are a very popular activity in St Lucia. Depending on your cruise preferences, you can choose from standard to luxury dinner cruise options. There are also party cruises where you can dance to DJ music on an open-air deck under the stars. A standard dinner cruise typically involves sailing on a catamaran up the coast to Marigot Bay, enjoying stunning sunset views and dancing to island rhythms while sampling drinks and appetizers. Snorkeling St. Lucia provides the perfect snorkeling conditions for both novice and experienced snorkel adventurers.  If you are a first-time visitor, come check out Anse de Pitons. This popular snorkel destination at the base of the Pitons has a very dramatic crescent shape that brings awe and wonder to everyone who comes here. Here the waters are pretty deep so you can see a

Popular Hikes in Antigua

As you may know Antigua is the ultimate beach paradise, but outdoor adventures don’t end there. There is plenty more to do and see in Antigua. If you are into hiking you will discover there are a good number of coastal hikes, as well as hikes in the southern hills. Most of the trails are easy to moderate, but experienced hikers can test their skills with some challenging hikes too. Desmond’s and Carpenter’s Trail Loop This easy 1.5-hour loop will take you up to Shirley Height in the English Harbour area. The walk begins at Galleon Beach, and the Desmond’s Trail starts at the main road approximately 100 meters before the resort gates at Calabash Beach. It takes about half an hour to climb up along one of the ridges from where the views of English Harbour are simply stunning. There you will find a small trail down to the sea featuring scenic views of the cliffs between Shirley Heights and Indian Creek. As you reach the bottom of the slope the trail turns back to Galleon Beach. As you keep walking you will see beautiful rock pools and magnificent coastal scenery. Bring your camera, there are plenty of photo

Best Turks and Caicos Beaches

Located in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos is an archipelago of 40 low-lying islands. It is a great travel destination if you are looking for picture-perfect Caribbean beaches. The gateway island of Providenciales, known as Provo, is home to beautiful Grace Bay Beach, where you’ll also find many restaurants and shops nearby. There are also many fantastic off-the-beaten path beaches if you are looking for seclusion. Below are the top five beaches in Turks and Caicos. Grace Bay Beach Grace Bay Beach is the most popular beach in Turks and Caicos, home to many luxury resorts. The bay features a beautiful barrier reef system that is home to a large variety of marine life. Situated on the north shore of Provo, the bay’s soft white sand and clear water are ideal for swimming, snorkeling and enjoying a beach stroll. Leeward Beach If you are looking for peace and quiet, Leeward Beach is a great place to visit. It’s the perfect white sand beach with turquoise water and a tranquil atmosphere. You won’t find any large resorts here, so the beach feels quiet and secluded. Offshore, the sheltered channels on the eastern side of the beach

Top Three Villa Picks in the Bahamas

The Bahamas has 700 islands and over 2,000 rocks and cays spread over 100,000 square miles of ocean. The archipelago is an ecological oasis and has the clearest water on the planet. There is so much to do and see here and it might be an overwhelming choice to decide where to go and where to stay. As insiders who are familiar with the Bahamas well we present some of the best places to stay. Over Yonder Cay Luxury Villas How about your own island? Over Yonder Cay is a private island in the Exumas featuring ultimate luxury and privacy. Here you and your group of up to 30 guests can enjoy four private villas and breathtaking beaches. The focal point of the island is the Meridian House that you can already spot as you arrive by plane. Its central hilltop location is the perfect place to enjoy the dramatic panoramic views all around. The upscale and elegant interior boasts a home theater, gym, sauna and steam room. The West Sands is the second villa located just steps from Whale Bone Beach. The villa’s four luxury bedrooms can accommodate eight guests. Here you can also enjoy private alfresco dining, lounging,

Popular St. Lucia Hikes

There is so much to see and experience during your St. Lucia vacation. If you like being active and enjoy the outdoors, you will love the natural wonders this island has to offer. One of the best ways to explore St. Lucia’s nature is by taking a hike. You can do it on your own or with a tour guide. Here are three of the most popular hiking trails: Tet Paul Nature Trail This easy to moderate hike takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. It is recommended to do this hike with a local tour guide who will point out native plants, trees and healing herbs long the way. You will also learn interesting facts about the culture, history and nearby villages. Take your camera because you will have plenty of photo opportunities. The trail features breathtaking 360-degree views of St. Lucia’s highest mountain, Morne Gimme, the plains of Vieux Fort and its lighthouse. You will be able to see the nearby villages of Chousiel, Laborie, Soufriere and even all the way to the neighbor islands of St. Vincent and Martinique. Other majestic views along the way include Jalousie Bay, located on the southern shore of the island, Fond Gens

Antigua Travel Tips

The Caribbean island of Antigua has over 360 beaches and is the perfect beach destination for anyone who is into beach activities. From swimming and walking on a white sand beach, to snorkeling, diving and exploring the coral reef, here in Antigua you will find a beach for every taste. So if you are thinking of a beach vacation in Antigua you will find some tips and information below that will help you plan your trip. Getting to Antigua All flights arrive and depart from the VC Bird International Airport (ANU). The airport is about five miles outside of the Antiguan capital of St. John’s. Some airlines offer connections to Antigua, for example: American Airlines from Charlotte, Delta from Atlanta, and United Airlines from Newark, so if you are planning to fly to Antigua there are some seasonal and year-round options. Alternatively another way to get to Antigua is via cruise ship. The island is a popular port for Caribbean cruise liners, and numerous cruise ships dock here. If you are coming from the United States you will get a six-month tourist stamp, so a visa to visit Antigua is not required. Getting Around There is an affordable island transportation

St. Lucia – the Most Romantic Honeymoon Destination

Looking for an exotic honeymoon getaway where you can enjoy five star accommodations and personal service? If so, St. Lucia is the place to go. Here you will find luxury private retreats for couples with stunning panoramic ocean and sunset views.  Since the atmosphere on the island is very intimate you will not find mega resorts here. Instead, all accommodation options are unique and personal focusing on adult only services. Because of its honeymoon nature you will find many island providers that will entice you with their custom all inclusive honeymoon packages. Typically such a package includes: Warm welcome – guests will get picked up and dropped off at departure. Upon arrival to their romantic home, honeymooners will be greeted with a welcome gift that includes a bottle of champagne. Luxury accommodations – it can come in the form of a special villa, intimate waterfront cottage or a private junior suite in a beachfront resort. What honeymoon packages have in common is they usually feature an open-floor living space with private outdoor pool revealing unobstructed Piton and sea views, which acts as an extra mood enhancer for the couple. Couples will also have access to very discrete butler service. All

Things to Know Before Visiting the Bahamas

What makes the Bahamas an attractive travel destination to Americans and visitors from around the world is the combination of good weather year round, picture-perfect beaches and the large selection of land and water activities. Getting to the Bahamas is easy and you can either fly here or come on a cruise ship. Here is what you need to know before you come. Passport requirement You will need your passport to visit the Bahamas, and it needs to be valid for at least six months after your trip. So if you still need to do some passport arrangements, make sure you give yourself enough time to obtain a passport before your departure date. Currency Even though the Bahamas have their own currency (Bahamian dollar), it is of equal value to the American dollar. So changing currency is not necessary. The American dollar is accepted everywhere and you can also use most debit cards and the standard credit cards – Visa, Mastercard and American Express. When you use your card there might be small international transaction fees. Accommodations Just like most of the Caribbean islands, the Bahamas are pricey. But you will get what you pay for. There are a few

Turks and Caicos Travel Tips

Tired of the hustle and bustle of busy life and crowded tourist destinations? If so, Turks and Caicos is your ultimate getaway. Escape to this secluded paradise and discover the island’s treasures – shimmering azure water, colorful coral reefs, long and soft-sanded beaches, a careless lifestyle and much more. The islands are well for offering seclusion, and even though in recent years popular chain restaurants and services have opened their doors to visitors, Turks and Caicos remains a secluded travel destination. Here are ten travel tips you need to know before you come. Choose your departure airport wisely Check the flights at your local airport, as well as other nearby airports. Based on the flight connection the closest airport is not always the best and fastest way to get to the islands. If there is a better connection from another airport consider departing from there. Plan your budget Visiting paradise comes at its price. The overall price of food and services is twice as high compared to the continental United States. So keep this in mind and if you need to, bring an extra credit card. In addition to the cost of paradise, everything needs to be imported here, so

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