CHRISTMAS ON THE BEACH

If a White Christmas isn’t what you’re dreaming of this year, there are other options. To somewhere warm and welcoming where you can feel sand under your feet rather than puddles under your boots, and sun on your skin rather than drizzle in your face. To a place where you can still have turkey and all the trimmings on December 25 – but a rum cocktail as well. Because this is your vision, and you can shape it as you please.

Avoid the holiday travel rush by scheduling your vacation during the first ten days of December, or book months ahead of time if you plan to visit the popular vacation destinations during the peak times. 60% procent of the christmas period is already booked in June. Most of them book a villa  for two weeks or for a week during the christmas or new years eve. Remember to call ahead and reserve spa treatments, golf tee times and other activities as well.

It may cost you more money but the great experience is priceless.
In fact, there are many fantastic places around the caribbean that offer the chance to spend the holiday on a beautiful stretch of sand – and while, it may be white, you can be sure that in these places, it won’t be cold.
If you do go to the Caribbean be ready to enjoy this period in a different way.

Here are my tips to help you on your way:

– Plan your vacation way ahead
– Pay in advance
– Think outside the box
– Don’t forget to enjoy
– Focus on making memories
– Don’t forget the photo album


Barbados the Caribbean paradise

 For many travelers, Barbados is one of those special places that keeps them coming back, year after year. With spectacular white sand beaches and sparkling turquoise surf, a vibrant local culture and bustling city vibe, this island is unlike any other in the Caribbean. From rum shacks to fish markets, lush, tropical mountains and wild, deserted coastline, Barbados is a destination that’s pretty hard to beat. Here are 7 reasons why we can’t seem to stay away.

1. Beaches for all

barbados-leamington-pavilion-23It’s not on every island that you find beaches for every type of traveler, but Barbados has all the bases covered: All along the posh West Coast, the water is clear, shallow and calm. Protected from the wind, these shores are ideal for families with small children. On the South Coast, the water is a bit livelier and wavy, perfect for diving or for those who are just learning how to surf. For strong swimmers and seasoned surfers, there’s no better place to be than Bathsheba, a rugged part of the East Coast on the Atlantic. Unspoiled surf for miles, this is truly a big wave paradise.

2. Oistins Fish Fry

Every Friday night, locals and tourists alike head to Oistins, a fishing village on the South Coast for their informal weekly celebration of food, music and drinks. With many vendors to choose from, just look for the one that has the biggest crowd and take your pick of what was caught fresh that day. Top off your grilled or fried fish with a local Banks beer, life doesn’t get much better.

3.Spa Indulgence 

The only thing that rivals a relaxing day at the spa is a relaxing day on the beach. Why not have both? The Indulgence Spa at Royal Westmoreland right on Mullins Beach–said to be one of the best in the Caribbean–will take island relaxation to a whole new dimension. Everything you might expect from a traditional spa is available, from skin wraps to scrubs to full-body massages, but the Exotic Coconut Rub & Milk Ritual wrap will leave you in a state of pure Caribbean bliss.

4. Rum shops

A fundamental part of Bajan culture, rum is the drink of choice for many islanders, and rum shops can be found almost everywhere you go. But this isn’t the clear white liquid you mix with a Coke (although you certainly can); drinking the local rum here is more like savoring a good scotch– straight up with some ice on the side. Deep, flavorful, caramel colored and complex, if you weren’t a rum fan when you arrived, you will be before you leave.

5. Tip Top Cuisine

the-cliff-001-gareth-sambidge-cropThe food scene in Barbados is a cut above. With a strong local food culture as well as as lots of European influences, there are plenty of food options for all tastes and budgets. Aside from the popular local food chain Chefette (for the best rotis around), and the famous flying fish sandwiches at Cutters, there is also amazing Indian food at Aspara Samudra, incredible Italian at Cin Cin’s and for a very special evening, The Cliff is one of the top restaurants in the whole Caribbean.

6.Take a Zip

In the Walkes Spring Plantation in St Thomas Parish, you’ll find high-flying vacationers exploring the island’s treetops. A fan-favorite for those looking for an adventurous day out,Aerial Trek Zipline Adventure’s 100-feet course is a surefire way to get well-acquainted with nature on the island. It doubles as a crash course in the island’s ecosystems too, as the knowledgeable guides describe the plantation and its friendly inhabitants as you take off from each of the 8 different platforms. And if you’re looking for an extra-entertaining Christmas card photo this year, the staff is ready and willing to snap pictures of excited zip-liners.

7. Private Villas

barbados-leamington-pavilion-20There’s no better way to experience the island than within the comfort of your own private villa. With the freedom to explore Barbados and all its charm at your leisure, you can take a day to lounge by the pool or relax with a book on the beach, then head out to dinner, or have something prepared by a top local chef right in the comfort of your home.


Beautiful beaches, fantastic dinning and extraordinary houses

Half Dutch, half French, St Martin is liked for its beautiful beaches, fantastic dining and magazine-worthy houses.
Here at Key Caribe, St. Martin is a firm island favorite. We enjoy early mornings drinking tea on a stretching swimming pool deck, taking in the too-good-to-be-true views, and afternoons filled with water experiences like catamaran trips or snorkeling tracks.
In truth, we like it a lot we have actually assembled our leading 10 factors for going to the island, with the specialist insight of our concierge partners. 10 factors, one strong reason to schedule an aircraft ticket and go see for yourself.

 

1. Beautiful views
The hilly nature of the island indicates you’re given picture-perfect vistas from your personal rental property, day after day. Take Sunrise for instance: You can either sit in your garden or relax at your infinitypool and enjoy the oceanview. Sunrise is a romantic honeymoon villa. Needless to say, your social media friends will be green with envy.

 

2. Beaches, beaches, more beaches.
Trying to find some peace and quiet? Chances are you’ll have Friar’s Bay Beach virtually all to yourself. Choose the action of coffee shops and beach bars. Baie Rouge is prepared for you. For an unforgettable day out with your partner load a picnic basket for an afternoon at Baie Longue. Travelers preferred beach since you can bring your very own food and beer. Or possibly you remain in the marketplace for snorkeling? Mullet Bay is your best option. The major attraction of Orient Bay is the nude beach and the world´s famous Club Orient (“Club O”), the island´s only naturist resort at the southern end of the beach. Which’s simply is the start of the options that are possible..
3. Excellent dining establishments.
French food? Island-style food? A mix of both? Even the most critical tastebuds fall for St. Martin. Like the Creole grouper at Karakter Beach bar. For a taste of the French impact, try Auberges Gourmande in Grand Case, “Auberges Gourmande serves specials you would anticipate at a dining establishment in Paris– foie gras, an incredible wine list– it’s undoubtably among the very best put on the island for those who like a timeless French dining experience. However you’ll likewise discover terrific fresh seafood choices too, so you get the Caribbean style however in a noticeably french method.
4. Personal happy hours.
The very first benefit of personal mixed drink hour? You begin whenever you like, oh, and there’s no cut off point either. At Acqua, astonishing views are the best way to enjoy a cold one. Perched atop the Terres Basses hillside, the vacation home has a damp bar, stunning balcony and lovely gazebo. The very best method to take delighted hour from great to spectacular? Have the island’s best personal chef, and his group come and prepare a mixed drink and wonderful dinner.
5. Comfortable nights in.
You currently understand there’s an wide range of excellent dining establishments on St Martin. However when you remain in the state of mind for a night in, your vacation home is your friend. Some like to head out, however absolutely nothing beats remaining in your very own vacation home, paying attention to your very own music. C’est la Vie and the chef, included in the rental, will delight your taste buds with her superb Caribbean style cuisine.

 

6. Sundown reveals.
Whether you’re parked on Plum Bay Beach with a picnic basket, or you’re drinking wine and enjoying the aircrafts
fly over at Sundown Bar, the sky gives a great show night after night.  “The view at La Dacha is fantastic. It’s the very best location to see the sundown.”.

 

7. Water, water all over.
Yes, there’s terrific swimming, however there’s much more under the surface area. Take a snorkel journey out to Prickly Pear island, or scuba dive around Turtle Reef. If you do not wish to get your feet damp, we enjoy taking a luxury yacht or catamaran trip around the island with Captain Sebastian. A rest stop in Anguilla for lunch? Why not. Take the paddleboards for a trip to St. Barts? You have actually got the best concept!
8. Dreamy interiors.
A mix of cultural impacts implies several architectural designs on one island. For instance, The Reef immaculate interior spaces include a ground floor, well-equipped and welcoming kitchen, a spacious dining area with a long table easily able to seat 10/12 people and an impressive home cinema with seating for 8. If this is too contemporary for you we also have the timeless caribbean home Le Caprice.
9. The night life.
Friday night at the Soggy Dollar Bar in Simpson Bay is an island staple, and music fans will take pleasure in Sopranos piano bar. If you’re trying to find late night home entertainment, Bamboo Bernies has actually been on the St. Martin night circuit for rather a long time, and has an unique method of making visitors toss on their dancing shoes.
10. Because once is never ever enough.
When an island has all of it like St Martin, it’s even more difficult to let yourself go and head back to the daily routine.  “There’s a lot to do and see, it’s tough to cover all of it in one go.” Perhaps there’s a beach you didn’t get to, or a restaurant you kept passing by but never had the time to dine at. That’s why we continue to return, time and time  again.


Easter in the Caribbean

Spending Easter in the Caribbean is a warm and welcoming experience. As with most things in the Caribbean, local traditions put a unique tropical spin on the holiday’s religious and secular celebrations.

The Religious Roots
The dominant religion throughout the Caribbean is Christianity, particularly Roman Catholicism. No matter where you go in the Caribbean, you are sure to find a lot of churches as many island residents are quite devout. As such, Easter celebrations in the Caribbean are quite established.

Easter Foods
Easter dinner is a wonderful part of Easter celebrations. Of course there is the tradition of no red meat eaten on Good Friday, and eating fish and vegetables becomes the rule. .
Easter bun and cheese:  A specially made spiced bun with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, filled with raisins, currents and dried fruit, eaten with cheese.

Kite Flying
Flying kites is a popular pastime year-round in the Caribbean. It is symbolic of Jesus’ resurrection from the grave and His eventual ascension into Heaven. These events feature impressive creations, with massive kites emblazoned with creative designs. Typically, the Easter weekend falls on dry season, making for a holiday weekend filled with beautiful warm weather.  Winds are typically high during that time as well.

Folkloric parade
The Seú or Harvest Parade is the second largest parade of the island of Curacao, where the streets of Otrobanda are again transformed into a euphoric display of folklore and groups dance through the streets to celebrate the harvest. Locals dress up in the most amazing folkloric costumes. It is a big, colorful event with lots of music and folkloric groups. You will appreciate and enjoy music played on traditional instruments.

Breaking Eggs
Also in some parts of the Caribbean, breaking a fresh egg out in the sun at precisely midday and placing it in a container of holy water on Holy Thursday will form a pattern of coagulated egg white by Good Friday that can be used to predict the future. For example, a ship or anything resembling a boat means you will be travelling.

No Beach on Good Friday
While this Caribbean legend may not be too popular with tourists, the tradition on some islands holds that if you step into the ocean on Good Friday, you will turn into a fish. With the previously mentioned being extremely farfetched, others simply say it is bad luck to go to the beach. The concept arises from the thought that it is bad to be working on your tan on the day of the Crucifixion.

Regardless, on some islands, example the Bahamas, Easter weekend is traditionally ‘back to the beach’ time as the Atlantic waters have finally warmed up enough for everyone to go swimming. In truth, today, going to the beach is no longer bad luck!

These are the most popular traditional Easter traditions of the Caribbean.  With the gorgeous weather and Christian traditions conspiring to make it a time both solemn and fun-filled, you will be fortunate to spend Easter in the Caribbean. Go eat some Easter bun! Go to church! Fly a kite! This Easter, enjoy the Caribbean traditions and have a happy Easter or as we say on Curacao Bon Pasku di Resurekshon!


Caribbean Fantasy

It’s March. You’ve had enough of the cold weather and are looking forward to spring. You just want to leave behind the dark days of winter and head to brighter, lighter and especially warmer times. But why wait?! Now is the time to start planning that eagerly awaited vacation where you can lie on the beach, go on an exotic getaway or take that picturesque overseas trip you’ve always wanted.

The carribean is the world’s greatest beach destination. These beaches are stripped down to their essence: sand and sea, usually with a sprinkling of palms to complete the fantasy. The warm sea that provide these shorelines with the blazing Caribbean sun hitting the ocean floor. Creating the beautiful colors that the water displays.St_Martin_Villa_Chateau_des_Palmiers_671_01bDreams can become a reality if you’ve ever dreamed of a villa on the beach, you’re not alone. Popular with celebrities, villas on the beach provide the privacy you need and are ideal for multi –generational family reunion, spectacular wedding celebrations, business meetings or trips of a lifetime.

You too can be jetting off to a tropical paradise in the Caribbean, this is not just for the likes of Barack Obama or Richard Branson (we’ve all seen those pictures and loved it!). If you are willing to spend the money, the possibilities are endless.  So get going because this month, you can make your fantasies a reality and kick start this season with your own well-deserved break!


Romantic days near the Beach

“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself.

Going on vacation with your new partner is the best way to get to know each other and finding out if they are the one. Romantic days near the beach, candlelight diners, adventures and dancing lowers the wall people build around to show their true selfs.

Just like Valentine day gives people the courage to tell the one that make their harts beats faster how they really feel.

Happy valentine from Key Caribe


Curacao started with a blast

As the new years starts Curacao begins with one of the biggest events of the year.

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Sulegria The first event of the season and best of all times! It was colorful, sensational, sensual and most import the atmosphere was perfect. DJ Chuckie, DJ Dyna, DJ Gregor Salto and the DJ that surprised everybody with his set was DJ Dave Roelvink.

After finally waking up and being rested from Sulegria. You would think that the party was over. Think again. Fuikdag is the after party on water. On the first Sunday of the year (or the second if it’s bad timing) everything that floats comes to Fuik Bay for one big party on the water. Bring your inflatables and lots of booze because this is one big BYOB party on the water.

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All the DJ’s from Sulegria where there playing their music on the water. But also DJ Hardwell, The Partysquad and Little Kleine where partying. People where fighting for the right spot on the water with their boats, jet skis or their inflatables. Fuikdag is the day everybody was waiting for. It is about getting up early in the morning to start drinking from 7.00 am till 5.00 pm. Partying all the time, splashing in the water, dancing in your trendiest hottest bikini’s and enjoying the sun, beach, water and good music all at once.

Every year these events gets bigger and better. Start your new year with the first outdoor music dance event SU’LEGRIA! Experience a night of celebration, surprises, diversity, entertainment, glitter, effects and freaking good music. Rent your boat for Fuikdag 2018. Can’t wait till the next year!


New Beginnings from Key Caribe

IMG_5222 (2)Dive deep into the glittering, turquoise waters, venture up high into the brightest of skies, sip colorful cocktails on cotton white sands, or dance to the sound of steel drums; the Caribbean has it all. Choosing a single destination might be a challenge, but Key Caribe will check several destinations off of your bucket list in one go.

St. Barths and the Bahamas are two stops that you’ll be sure to check for if the high life is your thing. Take a yacht ride over the waves, or sip fancy cocktails at the trendiest of parties, you’ll be feeling glam in no time. So pack the oversized shades and click your heels, the high class Caribbean experience awaits.

The Caribbean Islands have everything you’d want from a holiday, and more! So choose from the best destination Caribbean location and you’ll make memories a plenty. Which Caribbean experience will you have for 2017?


What Is the Worst Time of the Year to Go to the Caribbean?

What Is the Worst Time of the Year to Go to the Caribbean?

Source: USAtoday

http://traveltips.usatoday.com/worst-time-year-caribbean-106942.html

There’s really no bad time to travel to the Caribbean, but some times may be better than others. The worst time to go depends on what you want to avoid most. Winter is the heaviest tourist season, while weather at other times of the year varies significantly.

Tourist Season

Winter is the busy season throughout most of the Caribbean. Prices soar and many attractions are crowded. Some places even sell out at times, especially around the holidays. Some travelers enjoy the crowds and the fact that everything is open all the time, but if this is your idea of a lousy vacation, then any time from December to April would be the worst time for you to visit.

Other Seasons

Caribbean beaches are relatively pleasant throughout the year, so there are plenty of other times to consider visiting. However, traveling between March and November has its own disadvantages. While prices are significantly lower and crowds are much thinner, there are also fewer services available than during the peak season. Hotels, attractions and even transportation can be more limited for the rest of the year. If you prefer to have as many options as possible, avoid the off season.

 Summer

Aside from the prices, summer is the worst time for most people to visit the Caribbean. The weather can be uncomfortably hot and muggy at the best of times. More important, summer is also the hurricane season. The risk of hurricanes is especially high in August and September. Even if none occur, this time of year is the most likely for tourist destinations to be closed. Unless you’re more interested in local culture, there’s not much reason to visit during the summer.

 When to Go

The best time to go to the Caribbean mostly comes down to avoiding the worst times. To skip the tourist season and the worst of the hot and rainy weather, plan a trip for spring or fall. November may be the best choice for most travelers, since you can avoid spring break crowds and get away from late fall weather at home, while still beating the winter rush.


Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival

The 7th edition of Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival (CNSJ) took place on September 1, 2, and 3, 2016

As the opinions are divided how great this edition was doesn’t matter. Curacao had a lot of fun with artists like Chris Brown,Tom Jones, Jamie Cullum, Betty Wright, Level 42 and the Cuban Affair on Friday

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Al lot of tourist came from all over the world and a lot of them booked with Key Caribe. It was a fun but really busy week with all the vacation villa’s and hotels on Curacao fully booked due to Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival.
Al lot of customers that booked their vacation villa with Key Caribe booked their rental car with Curva Car rentals.

As always this event gave the tourism of Curacao a real boost and showed how great the Caribbean can be if we had more of these events during the year. With all respect of course for events like Sulegria, Fuikdag, Amenisia and Full Moon party but they are mainly based on the dance scene. CNSJ has a variety of music genres and doesn’t only bring great artists to Curacao but also brings the spotlight for a week on an island that is fairly new to tourism.

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Everybody knows about Sint Maarten for the luxury and Aruba for the nice beaches but Curacao also has so much more to offer. Curacao has a lot to learn when it comes to service and hospitality but with the experience of the other islands of the Dutch Antilles they will get there.
As the week started you could feel the tension rising for the event. Hato airport was busy and the streets of curacao where really full with traffic jams.
All the radio stations where talking about the artists and had games to win tickets for the event. You could here all the songs by the artist and start enjoying yourself in the car waiting for the artists to arrive on Curacao and perform the songs live.

Thursday was the kick off for the event. This day was a free event and 10000 local persons and a lot of companies on Curacao received a ticket.
The persons that bought a ticket for the whole event also got a ticket for the free concert on Thursday.

The show started with Kassav.
They started it with so much energy nobody could stand still. Everybody was dancing and singing along with their famous songs. By bringing their favorite carnival music with a modern twist, influenced by, among others, rock, this zouk genre touched everybody on the Caribbean.

After Kassav the fun wasn’t over. I took a short break and went to the food stands that offer local cuisine, fried plantin, stewed beef but also simple food like hamburgers, chicken skewers and hotdogs. Then Juan Luis Guerra came and conquered the evening with his famous songs for the third time on Curacao.

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Chris Brown had all the young people dancing to his songs on Friday and Lenny Kravitz rocked the stage on Saturday. But what many considered the best act was Michael Bolton. He gave a tremendous show on Saturday. People were swarming to the stage and there were so many people still coming in that they had to close the doors and other stayed outside the hall watching the screens and singing along. In my opinion he gave the best show out of the whole weekend.

Every year in August/ September CNSJ takes place and we will be there again next year, enjoying all styles of music, the island and the great atmosphere. I advise you to come down to and enjoy music the Curacao way.