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    After Hurricane Dorian: Aiding our Friends in the Bahamas

    September 09, 2019 by Mercedes Teasley

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    One week after Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas, relief efforts are still underway as nearly 70,000 people are in need of food and shelter. As of today, the death toll is up to 45 and expected to rise as officials continue to comb through miles of debris, mostly on Abaco and Grand Bahama -- the two worst affected islands -- in search of the hundreds still reported missing. 

    As government officials work to evacuate thousands to Nassau, which was largely untouched by the storm, there remains much to do before Bahamians can begin the process of rebuilding. Here’s what’s needed most right now:

    * As natural disasters disrupt normal operations for most businesses, same goes for blood, platelet and other types of donor operations. Disasters create an urgent… Read More

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    Your Guide to Safe Caribbean Travel During Storm Season

    September 15, 2019 by Mercedes Teasley

    Traveling to the Caribbean during the Atlantic Storm Season, June 1 through November 30, can be challenging due to increased likelihood of storms and hurricanes. Peak storm season however, which runs from August through September, also happens to be the busiest off-peak travel months for US tourists as most seek to take advantage of those final weeks of summer with last minute deals, back-to-school specials and pre-winter sales. The tips, links and resources below will help you plan fail-proof…
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    Caribbean Rum Punch Recipe

    August 25, 2019 by Desiree Lowe

    It’s pretty impossible to visit the Caribbean and not encounter some form of Rum Punch. It’s a classic Caribbean cocktail that celebrates our rich history as being the birthplace of rum. Many hotels will offer this cocktail as a welcome drink on arrival, and even various excursions will have their own secret recipe that they will offer you as refreshment while you tour the island. The ingredients may vary slightly from island to island, but if you follow the recipe below, you’ll…
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    Traveler's Checklist: Travel Smart. Travel Safe. Travel Well.

    May 22, 2019 by Staff Writer

    * The following post was reproduced from an official notice from the U.S. Department of State.* Before traveling abroad, make sure to:  - GET INFORMED about your destination at Travel Destination Information, and plan for the unexpected at Travel Crisis Alerts.  - GET REQUIRED DOCUMENTS, such as your passport and visas.  - GET ENROLLED in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at step.state.gov to receive security and emergency alerts.  - GET INSURED for…
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    How to Apply for the U.S. Global Entry Program (Part 3)

    May 15, 2019 by Staff Writer

    * The following post was reproduced from an official notice from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).* U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and citizens of certain countries are eligible for Global Entry. We've added a link at the bottom of this post that you can use to check your eligibility for the program. Before you apply, make sure you are eligible for Global Entry. It’s easy. Just follow these steps: 1. Create a Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) account.…
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    Are You Eligible for Global Entry? (Part 2)

    May 08, 2019 by Staff Writer

    * The following post was reproduced from an official notice from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.* U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and citizens of the following countries are eligible for Global Entry membership:  o Citizens of Argentina  o Citizens of India  o Citizens of Colombia  o Citizens of United Kingdom  o Citizens of Germany  o Citizens of Panama  o Citizens of Singapore  o Citizens of South Korea  o Citizens…
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    What is Global Entry? (Part 1)

    May 01, 2019 by Staff Writer

    * The following post was reproduced from an official notice from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.* Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports. At airports, program members proceed to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place…
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    A Useful Lesson from Visiting Santo Domingo & Punta Cana, DR

    October 18, 2018 by Brittany Chenelle

      Having traveled to Haiti several times, my fiance and I decided to take a trip east of the border to explore the Dominican Republic (DR). We planned to stay a few days in Santo Domingo, and continue to Punta Cana for the grand finale of our trip. As Santo Domingo and Punta Cana offered such contrasting experiences of DR, I wanted to share to help others travel based on the different cultural aspects each city shares;…
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    Five Spots to Find Fantastic Food In Speightstown, Barbados

    October 09, 2017 by Esther Lee Leach

    Located on the northwest coast of Barbados, Speightstown is a charming place with delicious Caribbean food sold in local restaurants and beach bars. Here are five of the best spots to satisfy your craving for fried fish, curry or sweet bread. 1. Fisherman’s Pub : If you’re looking for some authentic Bajan food, the Fisherman’s Pub should be your first stop. Mouthwatering fried fish, fish cakes, macaroni pie and plantains are just some of the menu items…
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    Banding Together: How You Can Help Hurricane Recovery

    September 13, 2017 by Katelyn Dramis

    In the last three weeks, we’ve seen multiple devastating hurricanes causing widespread damage and destruction throughout the Caribbean and the United States. First, there was Harvey, which hit the eastern Caribbean as a tropical storm, and then caused catastrophic flooding in Texas and Louisiana. Then came Irma, a Category 5 hurricane that has caused massive destruction to several Caribbean islands. John Obbagy, a villa manager on St. John told CNN, “About 80 percent of all…
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    The 5 Best Hiking Trails in the Caribbean

    September 11, 2017 by Caribbean BlueBook

      The diversified landscape of the Caribbean islands gives travelers the opportunity to partake in all sorts of adventures. If you have had your fair share of time soaking up the sun on the white sand beaches, why not head to the mountains? Some of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets are its untouched rainforests and hiking trails, perfect for those who seek the rewarding mix of exertion and relaxation. 1. Gros Piton, Saint Lucia Read More


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