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.


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.


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?


St. Martin Heineken Regatta

Breathtaking, romantic, soothing, serene, relaxing..

These are the words that come to mind at the mention of Sint Maarten (pronounced Cint Marteen). If you’re looking for an ocean-side paradise with stunning views, rich culture, fabulous weather and incredible food, you’ve found it. With miles of glistening beaches and warm, crystal clear, torquoise water, Sint Maarten is a spectacle of its own.

If you’re a history buff, marvel at the colonial architecture as you saunter along the cobble stone streets or take in the stone forts that guard the coastline and enjoy a cocktail as you watch the sun arc across the sky.

If you’re an adventurer, you have unlimited options to explore from scuba diving and surfing to wakeboarding, 4-wheeling, hiking and zip-lining across the majestic landside. You can charter a boat and go marlin fishing or grab a glass-bottomed kayak and spend an afternoon swimmimg and watching tropical fish. St Maarten is a watersports afficiondo’s heaven with hundreds of possible activities including jet-skiing, kayaking, fishing, hang-gliding and kite-boarding.

Or perhaps, you’re more of a sailor and prefer the adreneline rush of cresting over giant waves, the gale at your back, the spray of the waves, warm water lapping at your cheeks. If that’s the case, you won’t want to miss the 36th Heineken Regatta, taking place next month, March 3rd to 6th. This spectacular event combines sailboat racing with intense celebration and is considered by many the largest regatta in the Caribbean.

So far there are some 120 boats registered with over 2000 sailors competing across four courses. According to the event director, registration will continue until just before the races and they expect a showing of some 200 boats in all. Last year, the event attracted captains from some 36 different countries and was incredible, this year will be absolutely amazing.

If you have a boat and you want to get in on the action, its not too late. If you can’t bring your boat in time, don’t fret, there’s still chance to register as part of the crew of a head boat. This late in the game you probably won’t get a spot on Scarlet Oyster, last year’s Regatta class winner, but there are many more options. For more info on getting into a head boat, check out http://www.heinekenregatta.com/boats_for_charter.php

Equally as exciting as the racing itself are the partes afterwards. Well known for their excesses, and lasting well into the night, the parties inlcude nightly concerts with many thousands of people. Past acts have included the super-popular hit band, the Black Eyed Peas. In fact, last year, Kool and the Gang showed up and upstaged everyone.

This beautiful island paradise is actually a merge of two distinct cultures, the Dutch colony Sint Maarten, inhabiting one half of the island and the French colony, Saint Martin, along the other, both of which share rich history in their fight for control of the island. Nowadays, visitors can enjoy the merge of French, Dutch and Caribbean culture, music and food – in fact, some say it is the culinary capital of the Caribbean – a place for gourmets to satiate their palates with a fusion of Caribbean and European flavors.

This incredible islalnd also has several Vegas-style casinos and there are hundreds of restaurants, clubs and discos to get your groove on and there are several boutique malls for high-end shopping and duty-free merchandise. Whether you’re coming to relax or explore or be to be adventurous or to enjoy the Regatta and its parties, St Maarten is where you want to be. It’s unimaginable. It’s paradise.

If you haven’t already booked a place to stay this year, don’t worry – we still have a few fabulous villas available. Remember that Key Caribe is your first-class travel team. When you call us, our professional travel planner will work with you to choose all the options that suit your needs. She’ll dedicate an expert concierge to you so that when you arrive at the island, a friendly face will be waiting to pick you up from the airport and stay close throughout your entire trip. You won’t need to lift a finger..

Give us a call now and experience luxury like never before.


Christmas in the Caribbean

It’s almost time to put the rake away and bring out the shovel. Winter has arrived, and Christmas is hot on its heels. Already, the familiar tunes are playing in the stores, and the staff has stocked the shelves with gifts and wrapping, ornaments and trinkets.
We all love Christmas; for many of us, it’s the one moment each year we can spend time with our loved ones. It’s a time for eggnog and carols, good food, another log on the fire, smiles and laughter. It’s a time to enjoy each other’s company and give thanks for all we have.
On the other hand, we all abhor Christmas too. The rush, the stress. If you haven’t already begun your gift shopping, you’ll be in for a real treat these final two weeks with packed stores and clogged checkouts, snarled parking lots and mile-long traffic jams.

This year, why not treat your family to something different?

Wouldn’t it be great if you and your family could spend some quality alone time, bonding? Break free from the usual headaches that come with Christmas and instead, let us take you on a Christmas vacation to remember. Let us worry about the headaches while you and your family make incredible memories.
Enjoy the magic of the Caribbean islands with an award-winning, first-class travel team. We offer a fullservice experience with high-end, luxurious villas on most of the best islands including Curacao, Aruba, and St Martins.

When you call us, our professional travel planner will work directly with you to choose all the options that suit your needs. She will dedicate an expert concierge to you so that when you arrive at the island, a friendly face will be waiting to pick you up from the airport and stay close throughout your entire trip. You won’t need to lift a finger.

Come and wiggle your toes in the luxurious white sand of a deserted island off the coast of Aruba.

Indulge in some well-deserved spa time on the beach in St Marteen or take the plunge and go diving with your kids to explore some of the worlds’ most beautiful coral and tropical reefs on the coast of Curacao.

KeyCaribe isn’t just an award-winning, luxury travel planner.

We’re also a full-service guest management firm. We have connections with the best realtors on the islands and can offer you time in the most luxurious villas available. Plus, our concierge service is second to none; we can quickly make your dreams a reality.
Most importantly, when you book a vacation through KeyCaribe, you can feel safe and secure in the knowledge that everything will go masterfully from the moment you call us. But don’t take it from us;

check out what some of our clients have had to say:

“I was blown away with the high level of service we got from Mitchell and his team at KeyCaribe. These guys seriously took care of us. My husband and I and our kids had a fantastic time at the villa in Aruba.. we spent a week, and I wish we could have stayed forever.”

Julie Taymor (Little Rock, Arkansas)

“KeyCaribe knows how to treat people right. We have travelled twice through them – once to Aruba and once to Curacao – we can’t wait to try St Martins next year!

“Susan and Jack Dale (Montreal, Canada)

Make your dreams a reality; book now to secure a beautiful villa for you and your family this Christmas.


Must Try Curacao cuisine

To become familiar with a country is to dine on its local specialties. Curacao’s cuisine is quit diverse and food has become the way of the land since it is as diverse as the many ethnicities and languages of its people. From upscale restaurants to street food stalls, there is something to appease any gourmet; especially these five dishes, that have made a delicious statement throughout the island. Just about every taste of Curacao is a testament of its eventful past, with flavors so rich you’ll be saying “dushi” (local term for sweet) with every bite.

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Kadushi (Cactus Soup)
From Curacao’s lush hills to its coastal cliffs, cacti can be seen just about everywhere on the island thanks to its arid temperatures. Along with the island’s wildlife, people have also relied on the prickly plant for its natural resources, which can still be traced here even to this very day in dishes like kadushi, well-known as cactus soup.
Traditionally providing a source of energy, the spines are removed, and the cactus is skinned, and sliced in order to reach the meat that is located inside of the plant. Once the meat is boiled in a broth, traditionally “palu di lele” (kitchen utensils made from tree branches) are used to stir the soup. Although green in color and slimy in texture, eating kadushi is an ideal way to familiarize your taste buds to Curacao’s culture, especially at the Marsche Bieuw (The Old Market) in Willemstad.

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Guiambo (Okra Soup)
Another dish normally served at The Old Market is guiambo, commonly known as okra soup. Also slimy in nature, the okra is stewed to perfection and mixed with seafood to give it the ultimate taste. Like most soups, it is best consumed with a spoon, although the gooey texture of the dish typically makes it stick to the spoon, which makes it a bit of a challenge to eat.
Nevertheless, once you’ve sunken your teeth into this hearty meal, the gooeyness of guiambo is outweighed by the flavor of the seafood and the okra. And like many soups of the Caribbean, it is customarily eaten as an entrée instead of as an appetizer.

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Ayaka
Just in time for the holidays, ayaka is a Curacaoan specialty that makes an annual appearance during the season of Christmas. You’ll find it neatly concealed in a green leaf of either plantain or banana, and unwrapping is required in order to savor the golden cornmeal treat filled with a variety of stewed meats usually consisting of chicken, beef, or pork.
Ayaka can be found in restaurants and markets across the island, making the pursuit of unwrapping this dish just as exciting as opening a gift during the holidays; particularly because of the savory goodness that is cooked up inside.

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Red Snapper
It is quite hard to resist the temptation of fish in Curacao, especially since specialties like red snapper, which is deemed a national dish, can be found on almost every menu.
That’s why this local favorite is worth a try. In restaurants like Grill King in Willemstad, chefs are masters at whipping up the traditional treat with a side of French fries, plantains, or funchi to make the Curacaoan staple complete.

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Sult
Pig’s ear or feet for that matter may sound like a dish for the adventurous foodie, but you might be pleasantly surprised since many of Curacao’s natives can’t get enough of this beloved dish. Locally known as sult, it is thinly sliced and drenched in a vinegar-flavored liquid in order to absorb the onion and other spices incorporated into the recipe.
If you’re thinking about taking your palate on a wild culinary journey, hotels like the Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino have the right ingredients to make your appetite crave more of this unique spin on pork.

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