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    Banding Together: How You Can Help Hurricane Recovery

    September 13, 2018 by Katelyn Dramis

     

    In 2017 alone, we saw 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 structures, not just homes, have either suffered severe damage or are destroyed.”

    Irma has also inflicted massive damage to Florida — FEMA estimates 25% of the homes in the Florida Keys have been destroyed, and another 65% have major damage — and the Southeast, with more than 6.6 million customers without power across the area, according to CNN. Even here in Atlanta, we experienced tropical storm-force winds, causing downed… Read More

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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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    Dominican Republic: Culture in Santo Domingo or Luxury in Punta Cana?

    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…
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    Undiscovered Caribbean Islands to Visit Now

    August 23, 2017 by Karen Bahri

    Aruba, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic are a few amazing islands that are commonly thought about when planning an escape to the Caribbean. The choices are limitless, but sometimes an adventure is found in an area unexpected. The following is a list of islands under the radar that are less touristy and offer experiences that will appeal to those looking for seclusion, adventure or both, which means you will get the ultimate Caribbean vibe! The old Caribbean; safe, friendly…
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    How to Bring the Caribbean Back Home With You

    August 21, 2017 by Katelyn Dramis

    We all know about those pesky post-vacation blues. but what if there was a way to lessen that after-beach bummed out feeling you get when coming back from an awesome vacation in the Caribbean? Good news: there is! You don’t have to live in the Caribbean to bring a little bit of the bliss into your everyday life. Here are three easy ways to bring your Caribbean vacation home with you and fight off those post-vacay blues. 1. Add Some Color The Caribbean is incredibly…
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    What To Eat When You Visit The Caribbean

    August 14, 2017 by Desiree Lowe

      If you’ve never been to the Caribbean before, you might be tempted to think that every island offers pretty much the same thing. Don’t be tempted to think this way because it just simply isn’t true. Each island offers something unique, and this is especially true when it comes to the local cuisine. As an islander myself, I can tell you with certainty that no two islands will blend ingredients and flavors together in quite the same way. To take the guess work out…
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    Jamaica Me a Mrs.

    August 09, 2017 by Samantha Spurlock

    “We’re engaged!” One of the most exciting announcements to your family and friends. Like every other bride, I had a vision for our magical celebration - dressed in purple, feet dug deeply into sand, the sounds of waves crashing through our vows, surrounded by an intimate group of family and friends who helped us get to this perfect tropical moment. So, how do you do this if you have two huge families and your friends aren’t from your hometown? Destination weddings are…
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    Fort-de-France's Covered Market

    August 07, 2017 by Valerie Vulcain

      The highlight of any shopping adventure in Martinique is Le Grand Marché Couvert, or Covered Market, located in Fort-de-France. Designed by French architect Henri Picq and constructed in 1901 (later restored in 1989), this bustling bazaar is where locals have bought and sold essential Caribbean herbs, spices, produce and other goods for generations. Rows of fragrant spices, including the local curry powder known as “colombo,”…
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    Top Three Islands to Visit for Your Fashion Fix

    August 02, 2017 by Esther Lee Leach

    Many islands in the Caribbean have a fantastic style scene, which include fashion weeks that are open to the public. The clothing designers of the region are inspired by the melting pot of cultures, and the unbelievably beautiful landscapes. Here are the top three islands to get your fashion fix on your next vacation! 1. Jamaica: All of the hottest models of the moment are making their way to international runways from Jamaica. From Tami Williams to Kai Newman and Jeneil…
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    Crack Conch with Peas and Rice Recipe

    July 31, 2017 by Lisa Banks

      Crack Conch is the national dish of the Bahamas, and is truly a local favorite. Crack Conch is served 'scorched' (scored) and raw in lime juice or cracked (dipped in cracker crumbs, then fried). Some flavor this dish with Bajan seasonings - a mix of garlic, thyme, onion, marjoram and pepper. You can add this seasoning in dry ingredients for frying or add lime juice and oil to make a wet rub. Crack Conch is usually prepared and served…
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