The Ultimate Guide to Experiencing the Caribbean Like a Local

Your bags are packed, you are ready to go, all that is left is to make the final touches on your Caribbean itinerary. Except, if you want to really understand the culture of the Caribbean, it is best to forget strict timings, take off your shoes, and just go with the flow.

For more ways to make the most of your trip, read on for the ultimate guide to experiencing the Caribbean like a local.

1. Know how to stick to a budget.

Locals in all places tend to know the tips and tricks essential to living on a budget day-in and day-out. If you really want to experience this region like a local, then it is critical to overlook the tourist traps and those things deemed “must-sees” and instead open yourself up to getting into the local groove.

To visit when there is the least amount of tourists, opt to travel during the off-season (during the North American fall and winter), as you will not only be able to bypass hoards of tourists, but you will also be able to save up to 30% on the costs of your accommodation.

Additionally, one of the best ways to keep your costs down and to get some exercise (see #2) is to choose to walk around your locale as much as possible. After all, the weather is so perfect, you may as well take advantage of it as much as possible!

When walking around a new destination, you are able to witness and appreciate the slower, more authentic moments of the local’s life, and you are more likely to find yourself facing opportunities to speak with new friends. Those from the Caribbean are known for being friendly and hospitable, and they regard the broader community in the same way they do their family, so put on your walking shoes and get out there.

2. Ensure you stay healthy.

For many people, traveling to a foreign destination means forgetting all about health and wellness; however, if you want to stay healthy while in the Caribbean, it is indeed possible. Your first step is merely to believe that you can do it and to create a plan in advance so that you are prepared upon arrival.

Luckily, the Caribbean is usually considered a healthy environment with an abundance of clean water which means the “tropical diseases” that many other places experience aren’t a problem for those who visit these islands. However, it is always recommended to stay up-to-date on any travel warnings and health recommendations.

In addition to walking as much as possible, do like the locals do and make swimming a daily activity. Whether it is in your hotel pool or in the sea (it does have an 83-degree year-round water temperature!) getting in some laps surely won’t feel like a chore in the Caribbean.

In fact, it is hard for anything to feel like a chore when you are in a place that has such a fantastic work-life balance. This is one of the main reasons that foreigners are interested in second citizenship programs to the Caribbean and consider securing Antigua citizenship by investment or a second passport in St. Kitts, for example.

3. Always opt for the local food and drink.

 

When it comes to really living the local life in the Caribbean (or wherever you are traveling), the key is to always opt for the local food and drink. Not only is Caribbean cuisine delicious, but it will also be the most cost-effective way to eat. By consuming the local specialties, you will get a deeper insight into the country and its people.

So, what should you be eating and drinking?

While all the countries in the Caribbean have their own variations of dishes, you can be assured that fish is one of the most important staples for everyone in the region. Due to the proximity to the ocean, Caribbean cuisine is known for its usage of fresh fish, conch, and other seafood.

Additionally, other local specialities include jerk chicken, roast pork with rice and beans, pepperpot (a rich and thick stew), and goat stew. Whatever dish you opt for, you can guarantee that it is going to include a lot of spices. Throughout the Caribbean, you will notice small roadside cantinas which offer home-style dishes — make sure to indulge in at least one meal here. And don’t forget to try the rum!

Have you ever traveled to the Caribbean? What do you do to ensure you are able to live more of a local life when traveling? Let us know your tips and tricks in the comments below!

 

 

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Kal Kennard is a Partner at Citizens International, a white-glove specialist firm offering private client services necessary for citizenship investment into the Caribbean. Based in the Caribbean for the past 15 years, she is an experienced consultant who works directly with many professional partners and advises clients worldwide.

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Where You Should Travel for a Really Good Cup of Coffee

Travel for Coffee

Nowadays, coffee has become a part of our modern lifestyle. Whether you drink it in the morning to help you freshen up or in the afternoon while socializing with your friends, you too probably have your favorite type of coffee. After all, with so many different types and ways to brew it, finding a good cup of coffee is not that difficult. However, if you’d like to taste the best coffee in the world, here’s where you should travel.

Italy

If you love coffee, you should visit Italy, especially if you’re a fan of espresso. However, the Italians don’t drink coffee in the same way as the rest of the world, so there are a few things you should know about ordering coffee in Italy. For example, if you love cappuccino, make sure to order it before 11 a.m. since some cafés refuse to serve it later due to the milk in it.

Travel for Coffee

Colombia

Thanks to the variety of microclimates in Columbia, coffee is successfully produced all year round. If you want, you can witness the process of making it as well. The Columbian countryside is filled with winding roads, and some of the plantations are not so easy to reach. So, if you like adventures, you would surely enjoy Colombia.

Jamaica

Jamaican’s Blue Mountain Coffee is one of the most sought-after coffees in the world, which is why it’s very expensive. It is known for having a mild flavor and not being bitter, and grows at around 2000 feet above the sea level. The soil on Blue Mountain is rich, and with lots of rain, makes the climate perfect for growing coffee.

Travel for Coffee

Australia

If you’re looking for something a bit different, you should travel to the Land Down Under. Australians have many different methods of preparing coffee, and you can try most of them in the comfort of your own home. They also have some amazing specialized coffee pods if the regular Nespresso pods can’t satisfy your needs.

Costa Rica

Coffee became popular in Costa Rica during the late 1700s, and it’s been important for the country’s economy ever since. There is a movement in Costa Rica to grow organic coffee, so it’s safe to say that Costa Ricans prefer their coffee to be not just delicious but of high quality as well.

Travel for Coffee

Cuba

Cubans are known for preparing strong coffee, so if you’re looking for a good kick, try their coffee. It is usually very sweet but extremely powerful. Cubans guarantee that once you get used to the taste, you won’t be able to get enough of it. Just make sure not to drink it as quickly as you would your usual coffee; you don’t want to underestimate its strength.

Ethiopia

If you consider yourself a coffee lover, you should visit its birthplace. Ethiopia is one of the world’s top producers of coffee, and it’s an important part of its culture. Each regions’ coffee tastes a bit different but equally delicious. Here, you can also be a part of a special coffee ceremony that can last for hours and taste coffee like no other in the world.

Travel for Coffee

Hawaii

When thinking of Hawaii, most people imagine hot sandy beaches and cold cocktails. However, Hawaii is also home to amazing coffee. Thanks to the volcanic soil, tropical climate, and dedication of the inhabitants, the coffee here is truly of very high quality. There are even guided tours that show you how it is made. So, if you don’t know where to spend your next vacation, Hawaii should be on your list.

You can’t call yourself a true coffee lover if you’ve only tasted one type of coffee. After all, coffee is no longer just a drink; it has become an integral part of our culture. So, don’t stop at one cup – pack your bags, immerse yourself in different cultures, and experience some of the finest cups of coffee in the world.

Wedding in Paradise: Best Tropical Destinations

Once you’ve got the rings and the date, here comes the wedding destination planning (probably the most exciting part of the whole shebang). If you’re looking for something special, super romantic and exotic, you’re in luck because tropical weddings have never been as trendy as they are now! So, do your research, find your dream destination and all you have left to do is say Yes! Here are our top picks of tropical paradise wedding destinations that will sweep you off your feet.

Chill Jamaica

There’s no better place than Jamaica to get hitched if you’re a laid-back couple that loves beautiful beaches and chill island atmosphere. Jamaica is the birthplace of all-inclusive resorts, so it’s not a surprise that you can find many beautiful hotels that will make your every wish come true. For a more private ceremony, you can book one of the great historical mansions! Imagine those wedding photos!

Destination Wedding Chill Jamaica

Romantic Bahamas

One of the most famous getaway nuptial spots in the world is the Bahamas. The Bahamas have plenty of amazing scenic wedding destinations like Freeport, Grand Bahama and Nassau, but one of the best and most appropriately named is Paradise Island. This gorgeous island is home to one of the best resorts in the world—Atlantis Resort that is ideal for all sorts of different wedding parties. If you’re a sea lover, you can also tie the knot on a yacht or sail to the island of Abaco for a more spacious wedding venue at Abaco Beach Resort. Make sure to incorporate some of the Bahamian wedding traditions into your ceremony!

Destination Wedding Romantic Bahamas

Amazing Australia

Paronella Park in Queensland will really bring your wedding up a notch. This Spanish Castillo, located some 70 miles off Cairns, is full of history, flora and fauna and breathtaking backdrops perfect for a tropical wedding. It has everything from olden ruins, beautiful gardens, rock pools, romantic waterfalls and many other natural and man-made beauties to make your wedding even more special. Pro tip: Don’t forget to book a great wedding videographer from Sydney to take care of your wedding photos and videos. Paronella Park is such a gorgeous destination that deserves to be photographed only by professionals that can truly capture the essence of the place and your magical day.

Destination Wedding Australia

Magical Belize

Belize has something for everyone. It has over 100 islands for relaxed private weddings, coral reefs for marine loves and old caves for super adventurous couples! Say your I dos by the mystic waterfall in the forest reserve or opt for a chill beach wedding on Ambergris Caye. You can also embrace ancient Mayan traditions and even get a blessing from the Mayas at the site of Xunantunich! Belize has truly amazing nature and year-round 80-degree weather, so whatever time or whichever destination you choose, you’ll have an unforgettable wedding day!

Destination Wedding Magical Belize

Ancient Greece

If you want a wedding that’s filled with beautiful Mediterranean backdrops, tasty and colorful cuisine, amazing local wine and interesting traditions, you must pick Greece for your destination. For a full-on party wedding that will let you celebrate your marriage 24/7, head to Mykonos. It’s full of young party people that know how to make the best of this beautiful cosmopolitan island. On the other hand, if you want something more laid-back and private, opt for Crete, Corfu or Rhodes. These islands have a unique ancient vibe, stunning beaches and even more impressive architecture that will provide a perfect backdrop for your wedding pictures.

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These magical destinations will make you fall in love with each other more than ever and only make your love and bond stronger. So, don’t hesitate to choose one of these tropical and exotic heavens for your big day. Make your love eternal like Greece, mysterious like Belize and romantic like the Bahamas with your tropical wedding.