Don’t Forget the Islands! How to Help Hurricane Victims in the Caribbean

Disclaimer: Please refer to the FTC Charity checklist or Charity Navigator before making donations to any organization. I do not claim responsibility for these organizations or money donated. If you’ve been following the news lately, you are aware of Hurricane Irma and Maria’s impact in the Caribbean leaving people without power, food, shelter, totally abandoned and even dead. Many of you know I am of Caribbean descent and the islands are still home...

A Complete Guide to Booking a Casa Particular in Cuba

In addition to questions on how to visit Cuba legally and getting around, I received many questions on where to stay. Hotels are pretty expensive, but to be in compliance with the Support for Cuban People category, you should be staying at a Casa Particular (vacation rental or casa for short). Types of casas include private rooms, apartments, or entire houses. If you’re visiting Cuba anytime soon, here are some tips...

More Than the Beach: 4 Caribbean Destinations for Cultural Travelers

More Than the Beach: 4 Caribbean Destinations for Cultural Travelers

June is Caribbean American Heritage Month and each year New York City hosts Caribbean Week. At this year’s Media Marketplace session , I had the opportunity to speak with individuals representing islands in the Caribbean Tourism Organization. A lot of people think the islands only offer blue waters, white sand beaches, or it as just a cruise stop. In efforts of learning the similarities and differences between the islands by...

Transportation Options in Havana, Cuba

Transportation Options in Havana, Cuba

Since coming back from my trip to Havana, Cuba I received so many questions about getting there, transportation, and where to stay. If you’re a first-time reader, I suggest reading my last post with tips on planning a trip as an American citizen. Since my cousin and I paid for lodging in advance, the majority of our money spent was on food and taxi services. If you are going to...

5 Tips for Planning a Trip to Cuba

5 Tips for Planning a Trip to Cuba

If you haven’t noticed, Cuba is one of the most popular travel destinations for the year. Since taking a Caribbean Music course in college and being a lover of history, I’ve been wanting to visit the island. I’ve asked friends, read several blog posts and even joined Facebook travel groups to be informed of what to do, where to stay and what to eat. Since it’s much easier to travel to...

Why Warwick Paradise Island is the Perfect Escape

Why Warwick Paradise Island is the Perfect Escape

Pressure on the job, home or in a relationship, will sometimes make you want an escape.  On my recent trip to The Bahamas for Junkanoo Carnival weekend, Warwick Paradise Island provided me with a complimentary stay. The resort has 12-floors, 250 rooms and provides luxury and hospitality for guests 18 and over. Read more on why Warwick Paradise Island is the perfect escape for any type of traveler. The Location Warwick Paradise...

Things to Know Before Traveling to Martinique

Things to Know Before Traveling to Martinique

This wasn’t planned at all, but my cousin and I celebrated my birthday weekend on the island of Martinique. We took Norweigan Air Shuttle from NYC for Fort de France which was a convenient and affordable option for a quick getaway.  I received a lot of questions on Instagram for first-time visitors so here’s a basic guide of what to know before traveling to Martinique. Visa Requirements There is no...

What to Do and See in Martinique

What to See and Do in Martinique

This post is sponsored by the Martinique Tourism Authority. Being a Caribbean-American, I love discovering the differences and similarities between the Caribbean islands. I’ve visited former Spanish, Dutch, and (of course) British territories, but really want to visit the Caribbean Island With A French Flair: Martinique. Martinique is a French territory located in the Lesser Antilles between the islands of Dominica and St. Lucia. It is a small island rich in history and offers...