A romantic weekend spent at a historic Captain’s House on the island of Saba
Without as much as a warning the world has come to what seems to be a complete stand still. One minute we are making travel plans for the future and the next we find ourselves stuck at home making dance videos on Tik Tok, lip synching to lyrics like “bored in the house, in the house bored”.
The Coronavirus pandemic has touched us all and no industry seems to have been harder hit than the travel industry. Planes have been grounded and the sky is eerily quiet without the constant sound of jet engines flying over. Cruise ships are sailing around empty, without a next port of call and hotels and resorts have sent their employees home in an attempt to save their empires.
Unemployment rates sky rocket, the have-nots go from having very little to having nothing and those in the tourism industry find themselves in unchartered waters. After all, tourism and travel go hand in hand. Without travel, there isn’t much tourism. This is something the Caribbean islands are all too familiar with and this pandemic has gotten tourist boards all over the Caribbean scratching their heads, asking the same question: Now what?
While the world is getting ready to ring in 2020, most of us are looking back at what 2019 meant to us and are already making promises to ourselves for the new year. Hopes and wishes and resolutions are scribbled on papers or sent into the universe. I decided instead to look back on this past decade.
There is no other sailing event that makes visiting sailors and St. Maarten locals more excited than the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Why? It’s simple really:
Concerts with international artists; Check.
Flowing Heineken beer; Check.
Beautiful sail boats racing around the island; Check.
Every first weekend of March, St. Maarten’s population all but doubles when the island receives an influx of professional sailors, sailing aficionados, spectators and those who simply come down for some Serious Fun in the sun.
When it comes to female solo travel, one thing and one thing only remains the number one concern of all, and that is safety. Although I have only visited a small percentage of the entire Caribbean to date and still have lots to explore and discover, 3 small islands stand out the most when it comes to exploring and experiencing an island destination in a safe environment.
Sipping on my cup of coffee that first morning on my balcony overlooking the green mountains of Coamo, the crisp mountain air in my face. I shuddered a little and wrapped the sweater around my body tighter. I looked down at the heated pool below. Yes, I will be spending most of my time in there. I tried to grasp that I was still in Puerto Rico, that this was still the Caribbean and I pinched myself. No, I wasn’t dreaming. I was really at Milly’s in Aibonto.