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Summer 2017 Flight Deals to the Caribbean

We’ve discovered several great flight deals to the Caribbean for summer 2017.

-American Airlines flights as low as $174 round-trip from BOS (Boston) to BGI (Barbados), select dates starting in May (these flights have overnight connections)

-American Airlines flights as low as $182 round-trip from BOS (Boston) to AUA (Aruba), select dates May-June

-JetBlue flights as low as $312 round-trip from JFK (New York City) to BGI (Barbados), select dates May-June

-Delta flights as low as $390 round-trip from JFK (New York City) to SXM (St. Maarten), select dates in May

Information is valid at the time of writing. Sometimes you may not find the price mentioned in this post (for example, several days after the original posting date). It means that the airline has changed the price.

Barbados Will Host the Caribbean’s Largest Arts Festival

Caribbean Arts Festival CARIFESTA 2017

Courtesy of the Caribbean Journal

This summer, Barbados will host the 13th edition of the Caribbean’s biggest arts festival, CARIFESTA. More than 3,000 artists and craftspeople will come to the island August 17-27, 2017 to showcase their best work. The festival features an incredibly diverse range of artwork, from dance, theater and music to the visual arts and fashion to food and literature. The theme is “Asserting Our Culture, Celebrating Our Selves.” The opening and closing ceremonies will take place at Bridgetown’s well-known cricket stadium, the Kensington Oval, a short drive from Divi Southwinds Beach Resort. If you’re traveling to Barbados in late August, consider yourself very lucky!

Caribbean Islands You Should Visit Right Now

Whether you’re looking for an indulgent getaway or a taste of authentic Caribbean culture, there’s no time like the present to visit the islands. The Caribbean Journal has compiled a list of nine islands that are ideal for spring travel—some well-established tourist destinations, some on the rise.

Barbados, Bonaire and St. Croix all receive shout-outs. Barbados makes the cut for its luxury reputation as “the English-speaking St. Barts;” Bonaire, for its friendly yet trendy culture; St. Croix, for its rising foodie scene. You can see the full list here.

Barbados Rum Is the Best Rum: How to Taste It While You’re Here

Barbados is perhaps best known for its rum. It’s been produced here for more than 350 years, most famously by Mount Gay Distillery, established in 1703. Barbados rum is still some of the world’s finest, and visitors have a range of great opportunities to taste, appreciate and discover the ins and outs of “Barbados Water.”

  • If you’re interested in seeing a working sugar plantation and learning the history behind rum production, your best bet is St. Nicholas Abbey. Rum was closely tied to the Caribbean sugar trade—centuries ago, it was part of the so-called “Triangular Trade” that also involved the capture and transportation of slaves and the shipment of molasses. Take a tour of St. Nicholas Abbey to see the house and visit the grounds. Its current owners also started an artisan rum distillery, which you can explore while you’re there.
  • Mount Gay Rum offers a visitor experience that includes a tour, a film presentation, a visit to the Mount Gay bottling plant and a rum tasting.
  • The Foursquare Rum Distillery is a working modern rum production facility that produces a range of spiced rums as well as Doorly’s, Rum 66, E.S.A. Field and Tommy Bahama. Visitors are invited to explore sections of the factory floor and read the placards explaining the rum-making process. Entrance is free.
  • Seemingly wherever you look on Barbados, you’ll find a cozy rum shop where the locals enjoy passing an afternoon. Some also serve authentic Bajan (Barbadian) food like pudding and souse, flying fish and macaroni pie. Visiting a rum shop is the best way to get a sense of what Barbados rum really means to people today.

While you’re at it, have you tried pouring a splash of rum over ice cream? Don’t go overboard (yes, that becomes a sailing pun in light of rum’s history with the British Navy), but it’s a fun way to spice up your dessert island-side.

A Look Inside a Legendary Rum Shop on Barbados

Courtesy of the Caribbean Journal

Planning a trip to Barbados? You’d do well to check out the island’s many rum shops while you’re there. Barbados is famous for its rum shops—tiny shacks tucked into out-of-the-way spots all over the island where you can buy rum and drink it. Although they aren’t “bars” per se, they’re places where locals enjoy passing the time and “liming,” the Bajan term for hanging out and relaxing with a group.

You might consider visiting one of the most venerated rum shops on the island. The Caribbean Journal took a trip to John Moore Bar, located right on the beach in Weston, a small town north of Holetown in St. James, Barbados. You can read about the Journal‘s excursion, and see more photos, here.

John Moore Bar is about 30 minutes by car from Divi Southwinds Beach Resort.