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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Girls' Trip

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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How to eat and drink your way through St. Maarten’s Carnival Village

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Eat and drink your way through the St. Maarten Carnival Village

I say Carnival and you think feathers and bikinis, right? WRONG! Welcome to St. Maarten’s carnival, where the feathers and bikinis take backstage to the music, parties and the food. Oh. My. Goodness. The food!

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Eat, Sleep and Do in the Caribbean: the Nevis Chapter

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It has been 14 days since I’ve been back from Nevis and oh, do I miss it. I miss its simplicity, its history, its undeniable charm, its nature, its beauty and of course its wild monkeys and donkeys.

Eat, sleep, do Nevis

I was invited by the Nevis Tourism Authority to visit this Caribbean gem and experience all that it has to offer as well as attend their popular annual Blues Festival, but more on this in another post.

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Fly WINAIR: a Review

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Review: Winair ArlineOn April 5th, the day after my birthday I took my first flight in a long time with our national airline Winair. I am actually ashamed to admit that the last time I flew with these guys was almost 7 years ago. I guess I did not have much interest in discovering the Caribbean back then. How things change.

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“Sole” Searching in the Forests of Nevis Peak: An adventurous hike up to the 6 waterfalls

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Hiking up to Nevis' 6 waterfalls

My itinerary while in Nevis was jam-packed with fun and educational activities but none appealed to my inner adventure junkie more than a hike to the 6 waterfalls of Nevis Peak.

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