Girls Trip in the Caribbean

Everyone is talking about the movie Girls Trip. It shows how sometimes you just need to go on a trip with friends and just enjoy yourself without the daily hassle.

The Caribbean islands are the perfect place for getting away with the girls for a fun week. Whether you’re taking a vacation from the stress of work or you simply want to relax and spend time doing the things you enjoy without family obligations, these Caribbean islands are the perfect getaway. There are miles of beautiful white sand beaches made for relaxing in the sun. If you’re adventurous and looking for that rush of adrenaline, you can try diving, snorkeling, boating or one of the many other water sports. The islands are also known for their cuisine featuring freshly caught seafood, native fruits and other locally sourced ingredients. Plan your girls’ trip with Key Caribe for a vacation you’ll be talking about for years to come.

Relaxation

No girls’ trip to the Caribbean would be complete without some spa time. Check out one of the many islands spa facilities for everything from massages to group yoga. If you’re traveling with friends who enjoy a trip to the salon, there are several upscale salons on the islands where you can have manicures, pedicures, facials and hair treatments. This can be especially fun if you’re planning to have a night out on the town.

Adventure

If you enjoy spending time out on the water, several companies in the area do fishing charters, which can be a fun adventure for those who’ve never fished before. You also have the option of taking a boating excursion just for sailing and sightseeing. Snorkeling and diving in the many reefs in the area can be fun for those who enjoy being in the water. There are also kayaking tours that allow you to see local wildlife and vegetation. A sunset cruise with your friends can be a fun way to spend the last evening of your vacation. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy a tropical drink while you unwind and chat about the wonderful time you’ve had on your girls’ trip.

Island Food and Drink

When you’re visiting the Caribbean, it’s essential to try some of the island cuisine. There is no better place for freshly caught seafood, and the restaurants on the islands prepare it many different ways. There are many casual places where you can hang out, enjoy some island music and try the specialties of the area, such as locally caught conch. Many of the bars on the island feature drinks that contain locally grown fruits and sugar cane harvested from the area. The islands also include some upscale dining options.

When planning your girls’ week in the Caribbean, you should find a vacation rental that has a nice location and is spacious enough to accommodate your group. Our villas are beautifully decorated with spacious rooms, gourmet kitchens and modern furnishings. We have a variety of rentals for any size group. Whether you’re traveling with one or two friends or a whole group, we have a rental that will suit your needs. Many of our villas have wonderful views of the water and are within close proximity of the beach. Villas also have outdoor space so that you can enjoy your morning cup of coffee or a glass of wine in the evening while viewing the beautiful island scenery.


Making friends on your vacation

After a few vacations you start to realize how small the world is. Social media is connecting everyone but on vacation you interact with people in a different way. Some people find the love of their life or some just find that special kind of connection with friends and family.

Vacation is just like the first day of school. You don’t know everyone or sometimes you don’t know anybody at all. That feeling of being accepted or finding that right click is exactly what I mean.  Going on vacation with family is already something that can create a stronger bond with them. You make time to get to know them better and to have lots of fun.

This week we had some friends over and we wanted to show them the island. For some of them it was the first time on Curacao. A lot of tourists come here and just stay their whole vacation at the beach and then go back and complain they didn’t do anything at all and the island is boring. For us this was the right moment to show our friends why we love this island so much.

Curacao has a lot of things to do and you can go out for parties every night. The only thing that always is missing is the adventurous activities people don’t usually do. So we brought them to the Blue Room. Not by boat like people normally do, but a 30 minute stroll alongside a hill in the rough nature of Curacao. To end up at a coral cliff where some of them had to conquer their fears. Jumping of a cliff or swimming in the deep blue ocean and seeing one of the diamonds of the island.

They all enjoyed it so much that we went to Klein Curacao the next day on a private charter. Some of them went on the boat and got sea sick. Yes, the boat ride to Klein Curacao can be a bumpy one. But is it definitely worth it. Spotting flying fish, sea turtles and sometimes dolphins. On the uninhabited little island there is not much to do but enjoy the beautiful turquiose sea, snorkeling or swimming with the turtles.  For the adventures types they go to Lighthouse or the shipwreck, from there you can see Bonaire. The group was fun and everyone bonded with each other what made the trip so much more fun to do. We had enough food and drinks and party music that made this combination the perfect day.

 


Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos consists of a long chain of islands that stretch from the southernmost tip of the Bahamas down to the edge of the Dominican Republic. Its largest and most populated landmass is picturesque Providenciales, but there are hundreds of sandy cays dotted across the sea that provide endless opportunities for relaxation and adventure.

Providenciales

Providenciales, or more commonly known as “Provo”, covers an area of 38 miles and is the most developed island in Turks and Caicos. It is here where most international flights arrive at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS). Surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches, Provo has been ranked “Best Beach” by Conde’ Nast magazine and by the World Travel Awards for several years running. Found on the western end of the island chain, Provo offers all modern conveniences, including luxurious hotels, villas and condos, numerous restaurants, spas and shopping facilities, a championship caliber golf course, and full service grocery store. Although Provo is the most developed of the islands, it is still a destination for those who want to escape their busy schedules and relax.

What to do in Providenciales

Grace Bay which features the famous 12-mile Grace Bay beach is the location for most of the tourism infrastructure, the Princess Alexandra Marine Park, which is also the playground of “Jo Jo” the famous bottlenose dolphin. Visitors to the world’s first Conch Farm discover how to grow conch from tiny veligers to four-year-old adults. This is where most of the water sport activities take place from diving to deep sea fishing and everything in between.

Stones engraved by shipwrecked sailors (or waiting ship wreckers) can be found on the hilltop overlooking the now abandoned Marina Inn near Chalk Sound and Sapodilla Bay. If you like old ruins that are not too difficult to get to, visit 2 sites of plantation houses built by Loyalists, Cheshire Hall and Richmond Hill. “The Hole” at Long Bay is a deep and wide Limestone chimney with a mysterious depth of salt water at the bottom.

 

Living Luxe on Parrot Cay

With the stamp of approval from stars such as Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Parrot Cay is the beach escape of your dreams. Parrot Cay is the beach escape of your dreams. Donna Karan also owns a home at the lush, 1,000-acre island resort Parrot Cay boasts the level of service and amenities that make for a “once in a lifetime” type of vacation, an easy 30-minute boat ride from Providenciales.

So what makes this heaven on earth so special? For starters, like most beaches in Turks, you’re promised powder-soft sands and calm, clear waters. The water here is ideal for long afternoons of snorkeling and diving, and yoga on the beach is an unbeatable experience for those who like to access their inner zen. The resort’s world-class Shambhala Retreat Spa takes a holistic approach to their services with Ayurvedic and aromatherapy body treatments. Post-spa, we recommend you stretch out on your private beachside daybed with a glass of rosé. Celebrities, they’re just like us!

 


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.


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?