Anguilla: Exotic finds, fried fish and the Blues

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I had the pleasure and immense honor of attending Anguilla’s first ever Folk & Blues Festival on the gorgeous beach of Rendezvous Bay last month. It was an amazing experience, made even more memorable when I combined it with exploring unknown parts of the island in my rental car and eating fresh fried fish, while enjoying Anguilla’s other more popular blues, that of its clear waters.

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Introducing The Traveling Girls Club. 5 Reasons why YOU should join.

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Island Writers Retreat in San Juan

Girls Trip. Two simple words that can cause immense excitement amongst women everywhere and I don’t mean only because of the movie recently released. I partook in one of these girls trips myself a few months ago and I came out a whole new woman, with new goals and aspirations, new friends and a complete new look on life. I want to share this with others, not only by recounting my tales of wild nights and adventurous days but by giving you the opportunity to experience it for yourself. Introducing The Traveling Girls Club.

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Shopping in the Caribbean: An unforgettable experience at the Mall of San Juan

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Shopping at the Mall of San Juan

Calling all Caribbean shopaholics and fashionistas. There is a new “Nirvana” in our midst and it’s called the Mall of San Juan. Over 90 stores, some of them rather exclusive to this region and a very modern and stylish design, makes this mall my new go-to for shopping trips in the Caribbean.

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How to dream it, plan it, buy the ticket and get on that plane. 8 steps to saving for your next adventure.

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How to save for your next adventureI am a firm believer that everything is possible, that the universe listens to our needs and our wants and that most often than not it delivers IF you are willing to work hard for it.

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Three ingredients for a successful girls getaway in San Juan

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First off I must apologize for my long absence. My last post was over three weeks ago, by far the longest I have ever gone without writing a single word on the Traveling Island Girl Blog. If it is at all a consolation, I have been very active on social media, posting about everything and anything but especially about my recent girls weekend in San Juan. Don’t believe me? Just check our hashtag #ROCKtreatPR on both Facebook and Instagram.

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Insecurities, packing disasters and expectations: Preparing for the girls trip of all girls trips

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Last August I visited the Dominican Republic and like with every destination I visit I try to reach out to one or more of my social media buddies from that particular place. So, I sent a message to my fellow writer at Women Who Live on Rocks (WWLOR), Jen from the hilarious Drinking the Whole Bottle, who lives in Santo Domingo to see if she wanted to meet.

A girl after my own heart Jen suggested we meet at a quaint sea side restaurant close to the Malecon not too far from where I was staying in the Zona Colonial. We clicked immediately and soon after a cold Presidente or two we started planning sh*t, our minds working in synch. “You know what would be cool? If all the writers of the WWLOR website could get together”, says one. “Yeah! like a retreat. Or better yet a RockTreat”, screams the other. And so a seed was planted.

We of course couldn’t wait to tell our fearless head island girl at the WWLOR headquarters, Chrissann about our discussion. Apparently she had been thinking about organizing the same thing for a while.

A plan was hatched. Skype calls were planned. Agendas were consulted. We decided on a suitable location and date and Chrissann ran with it, organizing everything from a place to stay to activities and margarita days. What was just a seed a mere 8 months ago blossomed into the first ever Island writer’s RockTreat.

After counting down the months and weeks I am now counting down mere days. Jeepers, how did the day get here so fast?

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5 Reasons why Summer is the best time to visit the Caribbean

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Summer in the Caribbean

Summer is here and Social media is lit (is this how I’m supposed to use this millennial expression?) with all sorts of posts on how to get that perfect bikini body, how to take that perfect beach photo and which beaches to flaunt that new bikini on. Meanwhile, the rising temperatures and my steadily increasing electric bill because of my air conditioning being on constantly, is indication enough for me that the summer months have arrived.

This is the time when most of us humans travel and the most popular destinations are places that are otherwise too cold to travel to. Hey, I might be a simple island girl but I get it.

But have I got news for you. Come closer. Can you keep a secret?

It’s common knowledge that the Caribbean islands make for the best vacations anytime of the year but did you know that these islands are exceptionally awesome in the summer months?

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Oh My World! I’ve been nominated for the Best Caribbean Travel Blog Post

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Beach Hopping trip to Anguilla with captain Pascal

Each year the CTO or Caribbean Tourism Organization presents a Media Award for the Best Caribbean Travel Blog Post. Being a self-proclaimed Caribbean Connoisseur and a lover of all things island, I entered my blog post The Island Girl’s Guide to Experiencing the True Anguilla and proceeded to completely forget about it.

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Sleeping in the past: Four Restored Sugar Mill Inns on Nevis

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Plantation Hotels in Nevis

I say Nevis and chances are you automatically think of the Four Seasons, but did you know that this little island gem has a lot more to offer when it comes to accommodation choices? What about sleeping in historic, well preserved and beautifully restored Sugar Mill Estates or Plantations?

When I think of Nevis I think of history, luxury and culinary delights. Now wrap all that into one and you have  the island’s 4 Plantations/Sugar Mill Estates turned inns.

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24 Colorful Pictures that will make you want to experience Dutch St. Maarten Carnival

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SXM Carnival 2017

Like I said in my last post, I am not a huge fan of carnival. I guess all that excessive partying is no longer my thing, which is why I usually try to find great travel deals around this time of year to get off the island, and get as far away as possible from all the mayhem. I must admit though that I shockingly found myself enjoying this year’s Dutch St. Maarten Carnival. I was dragged by friends out of my bed at four in the morning to take part in this year’s jouvert, a parade that starts at dawn and ends sometime around midday and leaves a trail of drunks in its wake. I found myself in the village on at least one occasion enjoying the different food and drink booths and I surprised myself by attending the grand parade, an event so colorful I am still smiling days later.

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