Antigua and Barbuda’s New Terminal: 10 Things You Need to Know

Posted on August 24th, 2015

People used to build things—tables, houses, the Pyramids—so they could survive anything man or nature threw at them. The new Chinese-built terminal at V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU), which I just toured, is designed that way, too, but with cutting-edge technology.

The Girls—& Guys—Just Wanna Have Fun

Posted on July 29th, 2015

Think women-only packages are yesterday's trend? Think again. Eleven resorts on Grenada alone are offering them. As for guys, the golf getaway is no longer the only game in town.

Small Boats & Big Tortoises in the Galapagos

Posted on July 9th, 2015

When my friend Larry returned from Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, he told me (repeatedly) that he’d found the water too cold for snorkeling. A few months ago, when I returned from the Galapagos, I told him that his skinny pal had felt warm enough. How could this be?

Get Off That Beach Chair!

Posted on July 8th, 2015

The fat cats are history. Today’s upmarket travelers stay in fightin’ trim on vacation: exercising, improving that swing, and pushing their limits. They sleep well at night because they’ve played hard, not because they’re soused. Two of the three resorts recommended here are the 800-pound gorillas of Caribbean sport, but the third may surprise you.

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board’s Piton Awards for Travel Agents

Posted on June 26th, 2015

Having enjoyed a more than 6 percent jump in visitor arrivals for 2014, a growth trend that has continued in 2015, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) hosted a mid-June Piton Awards Island Fete for top-selling North American travel agents.

Apple Will Offer Cuba with Packages Unlike Any Other

Posted on June 23rd, 2015

Recommend just got off a conference call with Apple Vacations' president Tim Mullen, and his claim that Apple is offering a rarity in the "Brave New World of Cuba" travel rings true.

Caribbean Week 2015

Posted on June 11th, 2015

On June 3, Recommend shared some of the buzz from Caribbean Week NYC 2015 in the feature, Antigua and Barbuda Doubling Hotel Rooms, and now, here's some more news from a region that enjoyed a 6 percent rise in arrivals for the first quarter of 2015.

Pleasant Holidays CEO Jack Richards on Baha Mar

Posted on June 8th, 2015

Originally scheduled to open December 2014, this Bahamian mega resort has pushed its debut back several times, most recently to September 2015. This hasn't just lead to changes in some people's vacation plans; it also sparked talk that the resort was in big trouble. While visiting Sandals Royal Bahamian, Pleasant Holidays CEO Jack Richards decided to see Baha Mar for himself, and when he got back to the office, he talked with Recommend's Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler.