Into the sea!

Horseback Riding into the Sea in Turks and Caicos Islands

Diamond had been rescued from a schizophrenic pothead on Provo, I learned. The standardbred horse sometimes takes issue with people at eye level, but he was a sweetheart once I took the saddle. Similar stories ride on the backs of the two dozen or Read More

Blue Mountain coffee in bloom.

Getting High in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains

Folks are friendly in the mountains of Jamaica, but in an unpracticed way. They will tell you how to behave and it’s always best to listen for your own sake: They’re almost always right. Then they’ll tell you a funny story. Definitely listen to Read More

Zipolete, Mexico

Skinny-Dipping or Snorkeling in Zipolite, Mexico

I chose it because the beach was of a clothing-optional variety, and coming from a fairly purist Southern family, I’d not seen a lot of that sort of thing: strangers’ boobs set free in nature and whatnot. I couldn’t very well tell my girlfriend at Read More

Zorba's is equally Greek, Bahamian, and American and where I finally tried sheep tongue souse.

Breakfasting like the Natives on Grand Bahama Island

I may have gulped slightly as I stared down the bowl of “sheep tongue souse” on my breakfast table. I had tried most of the other unusual traditional breakfast dishes during my years of travel to the Bahamas; this visit I was determined to leap out Read More

The rugged black-sand beach of Rosalie Bay

Tuning into Dominica at Rosalie Bay Eco-Resort

I ended up with a riverside suite at Rosalie Bay boutique eco-resort, rather than a room oceanside. I was immediately glad it worked out that way. The view and chortling of the rocky Rosalie River was soothing and oh-so apropos for the mountainous Read More

Atlantis view from Royal Tower

Indulging Watery Fantasies at Atlantis in the Bahamas

My taxi driver dropped me at the wrong spot, so I ended up tugging my luggage through a mammoth casino with all the blinking glitz of Vegas. Massive sea-suggestive Dale Chihuly glass sculptures and the ka-ching of slots greeted my arrival, then a Read More

On Harmony Night, dancers in the parade wear elaborate costumes (photo by Laura Byrne Paquet c 2011)

Reveling at Harmony Night on the Caribbean Island of St. Martin

A tropical village that holds a street party called Harmony Night every Tuesday evening, all winter long, is my kind of place. Tiny Grand Case, on the French side of the island of St. Martin, is also home to a few of the best restaurants in the Read More

El Limon -- we're here!

Riding to the Domincan Republic’s El Limon Waterfall on a Horse

I am not a horsewoman. I did not grow up around horses, and they've always been a mystery to me. When people say a horse is nervous, or bad tempered, or skittish, I don't know how they know this, as I can't figure out a horse's mood when I'm near Read More

Abaco Beach Resort

Being a Kid Bahamian-Style at Abaco Beach Resort

After a crafts session on the beach, the kids headed for the docks to go fishing. It may sound like an ordinary kids program on an ordinary day at a sunny beach resort, but what makes the difference at Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour in the Read More

The lush and elegant back courtyard at Graycliff Hotel.

Experiencing Nassau’s Finest at Graycliff Bahamas

It felt like a sigh of relief: an escape from the theme park hoopla of Atlantis resort and the shopping/boozing throngs just down the hill in downtown Nassau. Graycliff: Its very name strikes respect and appreciation among those who know it. Begun Read More

Sailing past the Pitons, St. Lucia

Sailing from Soufriere, St. Lucia, Under the Shadow of the Pitons

"Look! It's happening! Wait, watch for it!" The excitement on the catamaran is palpable, and we strain our eyes to the horizon where the last tiny pinpoint of an orange sun is just about to dip below the horizon. We are hoping to see the legendary Read More

The view from St. Peter Great House and Botanical Gardens

Kayaking, Volunteering, and a History Lesson on a St. Thomas Eco-Adventure

Perched on the wall of a crumbling 18th century ruin, I gaze down to the  the Caribbean Sea. Despite the sweat streaming down my back and my aching arms, I feel exhilarated.  Instead of  lolling on the beach and relaxing in the sun, I have just spent Read More

St. Lucia zipline through the rainforest

Ziplining in St. Lucia: Flying over the Tropical Rainforest

It's a different perspective up here. Standing on a small wooden platform that is securely bolted to a tree, I'm looking down perhaps 100 feet to the ground over a tangle of variegated greens: Gray greens, blue greens, lime greens, deep greens, even Read More

Virgin Gorda north shore

Paradise Found in Virgin Gorda

Sitting against a massive granite boulder in the shade of a coconut palm, I watched sailboats drift by on sapphire blue waters. A foot-long rainbow striped lizard slipped past, dark scales against the bright white sand. Savoring the sea breeze, I Read More

soufriere volcano

Exploring St. Lucia’s “Drive-in Volcano”

Let's get one thing straight: Sayin' don't make it so. The Caribbean Islands country of St. Lucia is a mountainous landscape of volcanic origin, and near the southern end of the island, tourists can visit what is billed as "the world's only drive-in Read More

Jamaica bobsled feature crop

Tropical Bobsledding at Jamaica’s Mystic Mountain

I  am sitting in something that look like a bobsled, although instead of running on snow, the contraption hurtles on metal tracks through a tropical forest. With a white-kunckled grip on a handbrake,  I supposedly have control of the speed, but no Read More