Soul Food Indulgence on Caribbean Travel
By Nicole A Farrington, Bahamas
As an experienced traveler I have come to realize that the encounter with the food of a destination holds equal weight to the scenery and accommodations. Setting out on a Caribbean Travel Vacation will set you on a collision course with a Soul Food experience; one that truly consummates the trip and transforms it into a Caribbean vacation. Many people spend thousands of dollars, travel hundreds of miles and spend days on a vacation and never partake of the soul food cooking available.
When it comes to vacation destinations that are all about having fun in the sun, nothing beats the Caribbean. Positioned just southeast of Mexico and northwest of Venezuela, South America where the waters are clear and the sun is hot, a Caribbean travel vacation has something for everyone - whether you are one for soul food, native music, water sports, hiking, swimming, diving, and just plain frolicking on its white sand beaches.
But we understand that choice destination like the Caribbean can be quite expensive, and for this reason, many people balk at the idea of a Caribbean travel experience. Indeed, is it worth spending so much on a single vacation when you could visit much cheaper vacation destinations? And do I consider the fact that these places don't even come close to what a Caribbean travel entails?
Does the thought of becoming an international traveler, Caribbean soul food expert or the opportunity to bathe away the stress and fatigue of day-to-day life in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean seem priceless? What about clear starlight nights with the ocean breeze whisking through your hair as you and your significant other write another page in your history book. Do you think it is worth the investment?
Ah, but what if we told you that there's a much better way to spend a vacation? What if we told you that you could go on a Caribbean travel vacation, indulge in Caribbean soul food, soak in the sun without having to take out a second mortgage on your house?
Caribbean travel for less! Now, there's a thought.
Below are four chic hotels where you can keep the island flavor high and the prices at a bare minimum while on a Caribbean travel vacation:
Flash and Glamour - Anguilla
The most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, Anguilla is an island known for the flash and glamour of many of its resorts. For this reason, the island is a popular Caribbean travel destination for many visitors who want to bask in the compelling charm, romance, and excitement that the islands are known for.
Rendezvous Bay Hotel & Villas may not have all that flash and glamour, but what it lacks in that department, the hotel makes up for in its location and fantastic rates (starts at $130 while villa costs $275). This Caribbean travel resort hotel offers 46 rooms, all sitting directly on 50 palm tree -laden acres of fronting a 1˝-mile long sugary sand beach.
The resort has been recently renovated, offering white tile floors and simple rattan furnishings, and is divided among a dozen low-rise buildings.
Another worthy hotel group is Ku, its name meaning "sacred place" in the Arawak Indian language. With room rates starting at $295, this 27-suite hotel overlooks Shoal Bay East and is South Beach-chic, with minimalist white décor, air conditioning, and full kitchens.
Honeymoon Favorite - Antigua
Located just south of another popular Caribbean travel destination of Barbuda, Antigua markets itself as a luxury Caribbean travel escape. Its many hotels and resorts located around the coastline are all favorites when it comes to honeymooning while on a Caribbean travel.
While you don't have to be on your honeymoon to enjoy Antigua's island charm, the Coco bay Resort's location on a hillside facing the Caribbean Sea makes for a very romantic atmosphere. The idyllic hotel is made of 47 Creole-style cottages in soft pastel hues with rates that are very affordable at $240.
Old Bahama Bay - Bahamas
If you want a truly authentic seaport experience during your Caribbean travel vacation, then the Old Bahama Bay is exactly for you. Nestled on the outskirts of the oldest settlement on Grand Bahama Island with all the modern comforts such as televisions, phones, and Internet connections -but I am sure you will not want to be bothered with things that distract you from the sheer beauty and tranquility of the ocean just outside your room. Not to mention their excellent marina you cannot help but experience true Bahamian living. Many local restaurants serve down home Bahamian Soul Food that will make your mouth water and your heart long to stay. Here are some Soul Food Recipes. Soul food cooking is the center of a Bahamian cultural experience. The friendly West end community welcomes all to share in their daily life. And for only $240, you can get one of the bay-view rooms, which offer the best views of the harbor.
Nicole is renowned Bahamian author and has been cooking and creating authentic Bahamian Soul Food dishes for over 20 year. You can find more of her articles and recipes at http://www.recipesfrombahamas.com
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