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On Aruba's De Palm Island, fun both above & below water

De Palm Island   I’ve always envied my scuba-diving friends who describe their magical underwater world full of coral reefs and colorful fish. I’ve snorkeled aplenty but it’s not quite the same. Now, although I remain uncertified as a diver, I have an idea of what the majesty is all about thanks to my SNUBA experience at De Palm Island, an islet just down the coast from Aruba's capital Oranjestad.   read post  

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Malliouhana, an Auberge Collection Resort

Malliouhana created the Anguilla "brand" and even changed the definition of a Caribben resort when it opened in 1983/4. Instead of faux Colonial-style design, it was updated Mediterranean in its look. And while there were still luxury resorts in the islands that served Sanka and instant potatoes, Malliouhana's founder declared that a high-end resort should offer sophisticated cuisine, so he hired Jo Rostang, a Michelin-starred chef. Other resorts that opened in Anguilla followed this model,…

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  • At the end of this past year, Lonely Planet came out with this article from its Cuba guide writer about pandemic-era travel to the island, which has had a low number of COVID cases and the world's second highest vaccination rate. Interesting reading; check it out:
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  • An apology and correction: The tweetchat about Guadeloupe, the hottest destination in the Caribbean (up 23% in 2013), is today at 2 pm., not yesterday. I hope you can make it. For corrected invitation see

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