Travel Tuesday: Tropics

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This Travel Tuesday we’re taking you to the Tropics right before the hurricane season begins.  So sit back, relax, put on your sun screen and join us – the water’s beautiful!

Aruba:

If you enjoy lazy days on the beach, good food, picturesque scenery, and an all-around good time, you need to make a trip to Aruba! With a warm climate year-round and ocean front amenities, there is something for everyone on this island in the Southern Caribbean.

Below are a few of our favorite places to eat and things to do while frolicking around the island:
Where to Eat:

  • El Gaucho’s is a Argentinian Style steakhouse offering everything from Sirloin to bacon wrapped filets
  • Madame Janette’s is a must while you are in Aruba! Ranked in the top 5 best restaurants on the island by Trip Advisor, the Caribbean fare is as inviting as the romantic outdoor dining are

What to do:

  • Check out the colorful shops and restaurants on Main Street
  • Take a Catamaran Cruise out to sea and go snorkeling, parasailing, or scuba diving!

Bahamas:

If you’re looking for a semi-quick flight to an exotic island, the Bahamas is the place for you! Our favorite place to stay is at the luxurious Atlantis hotel. Whether you stay in one of the Royal Towers, or the brand new Cove and you’ll be sure to be relaxed.

For meals, eat breakfast at Mosaic and end your day with the spice-rubbed pork tenderloin at Bobby Flay’s restaurant, Mesa Grill.

If you’re up for an adventure, take a plunge through shark tanks on the Leap of Faith. If you want to relax, hop on a tube and enjoy the lazy river that takes you around the tropical landscape of the Atlantic!

Bermuda
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, this small island is well-known for its crystal blue waters, active reefs and British culture. The island itself is only covers 20.6 square miles, but there are many things to see and do.

Rent a Scooter: Bermuda’s roads are curvy and narrow, so the safest way to travel is by bus. However, if you decide to brave the roads and explore the island on your own, rent a scooter. Just remember to wear your helmet!

Sunbathe at Horseshoe Bay:  Horseshoe Bay is an amazing horseshoe-shaped alcove of water with pristine pink beaches. Sunbathe on the shore or explore the pools of water near the rocky shoreline, where you can find tropical fish swimming by. Or, follow one of the nearby hiking trails to see the island from a different perspective.

Tour the Capital City of Hamilton: Although Hamilton is known for its pastel-colored buildings, eclectic restaurants and shops, it is also the center of Bermuda’s economy. Front Street is where most of the high-end shops are located, but you may also see the Bank of Bermuda, one of the island’s two banks for which Bermuda shorts originated. During WWII when Bermuda experienced a clothing shortage, the banks had shorts made for their male employees.

Glass Bottom Boat Tour:
These tours allow you to see the underwater beauty of Bermuda. The island is surrounded by a natural coral reef, which is home to many species of fish and sea life. Also, there are tons of shipwrecks all around the island, from 18th and 19th century boats that ran aground in the shallow waters.

St. Thomas/Tortola:

If you’re looking for the ultimate Caribbean getaway, consider cruising your way through paradise aboard the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas. A seven day journey aboard what some call a moving city, this ship provides you with non-stop fun and breathtaking views and experiences.

 

On the fourth day, the ship docks in Port Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, a district of the US Virgin Islands, where local reptiles are there to greet you.

 

Swimming with dolphins is a common excursion for people visiting the Caribbean. A great place to do this is at the Tortola Dolphin Swim Adventure, in Tortola, a British Virgin Island. After a scenic boat ride and a trip through customs, you are just a short bus ride away from an afternoon of swimming with dolphins. Once you arrive, you are divided into small groups and introduced to a dolphin. Enjoy the sights and sounds as your dolphin high-fives, feeds and swims with you!

Back in St. Thomas, there are tons of local shops and bars to visit. At a local bar right in the port, you can try the Virgin Islands-Island Summer Ale, brewed by St. John Brewers. You can also find Virgin Island ales, here in the US between April and August.

Once back on board, the Oasis of the Seas will continue its journey stopping in St. Martin and then head back north to Florida, leaving you with lasting memories and a longing to relive the week all over again.

St. Barths

If you’re afraid of small planes, it might be difficult to access the island of St. Barths, but we promise you the flight is worth the visit! From the second you touch down, you’ll feel like you’re in paradise!

This quaint island is surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the French Caribbean and beautiful beaches. Our favorite beach is Governeur, where you’re sure to get a tan and spot a celebrity.

As if the view of the Eden Rock isn’t good enough, you can also find the world’s best lunch at The Sand Bar.

After you’re full from your delicious lunch, make sure to stop by Nikki Beach, where the music and drinks never stop.

Those of you who are looking for a delicious and not so rowdy dinner, L’esprit de Saline is the spot for you. This Mediterranean beach side restaurant is located by Saline beach, another one of our favorite beaches of the island. Make sure to try the Vietnamese-style crispy snapper.

If a day partying in St.Barths isn’t enough, make a reservation at Le Ti St. Barths, where you will enjoy a delicious meal, dance to great music and be a part of a cabaret show.

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