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   Tuesday, December 1, 2020 

Vote for your Country in the Battle of the Islands! Escape to the REAL Caribbean!

By Edwin Johnson

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There are actually two Caribbeans, one well known, the other not...

Tropical Paradise

The first Caribbean is the theme park, tourist version that has been well promoted by cruse lines, all-inclusive hotels and some islands. This is a Hollywood invention, a farcical place where "the natives" put on a show for visitors, where calypso melodies fill the night air, and where tourists dress like they have just stepped off the set of an old Elvis Presley movie.

Some islands even go so far as to invent "festivals" that spontaneously erupt every Wednesday when a cruse ship is in town. But you can just as easily find this Caribbean at Disney's Epcott Center; there is no need to travel to the Caribbean. This is an idealized impression of the region that is often as plastic as the "Made in China" souvenirs sold at these concocted festivals.

But for many people this is all they seek. They want sunny days, blue waters, warm nights, and calypso dreams; and hamburgers and fish and chips reminiscent of their favorite restaurants back home.

And while there is a certain comfort in this pre-packaged tropical fantasy, there is a much more exciting Caribbean out there for those who want more...

Caribbean Edens

The second Caribbean is authentic; real islands with real people and real festivals that represent the outpouring of creative energy from a vibrant culture. But this Caribbean is only visible on islands where it has not been suppressed for the entrainment of a few tourists looking for paradise.

Visitors go to the real Caribbean because they want more than blue seas and white sand. They go because they want excitement. They want to hike through steamy rainforests, or trek to misty mountaintops and discover ancient Carib alters. They go because they want to kayak through magnificent marshlands, and magical mangrove swamps where muscles grow on trees. They go to enjoy Caribbean wildlife safaris where they get to meet sloths, tree porcupines, boa constrictors, caiman, and endangered West Indian Manatees. They go to meet giant sea turtles, whose ancestors once shared the world's deepest oceans with the dinosaurs.

This new breed of Caribbean visitors are adventurers and explorers in the truest sense, these are the kind of visitors who want to experience Caribbean wildlife in the wilds, who want to stand at the mouth of a mountaintop cave as it spews forth a blinding armada of bats into the star filled Caribbean night, and who want to drift dive past giant brain coral in super fast Caribbean currents.

They go to the real Caribbean with camera in hand intent on capturing their own private documentaries: of beaches too diverse to portray in 30-second commercials; of a carnival that rivals Rio and New Orleans; of South American birdlife, monkeys, mud covered men, and towering statues of old world gods.

Gastronomical Heaven

This new breed also goes in search of gastronomical adventures, journeys of taste visitors who would rather sample a pallet of culinary exploits, than explore the visual pallet of Caribbean sunsets, carnival costumes and coral reefs.

If you are such a vacation adventurer then escape to the real Caribbean, and enjoy a lifetime of memories every single moment of your stay.

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For more about Caribbean adventures visit, and for more about turtle watching visit Edwin Johnson is an editor of Amazing-Trinidad-Vacations, an independent Trinidad and Tobago travel guide filled with exciting personal experiences and local insight.

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    vutjebal says:

    Wow ..great.....sandy......Let tha rocky pissy on meh headdddd.

    Posted on 26 Sept 2011 at 6:25pm | View Post in Forum

    sandra says:

    Wavin Falls near Riviere Cyrique - Dominica

    Lookee that. De rock peeing in de sea.

    Posted on 20 Sept 2011 at 12:51pm | View Post in Forum

    Citizen Eve says:

     ... hows things in paradise guys ... hope this hurricane season is a mild or no show one ...

    Posted on 19 Sept 2011 at 3:16am | View Post in Forum

    sandra says:

    Anytime, vutje. As soon as I can get my paws on some dead men.

    Posted on 14 Sept 2011 at 6:50am | View Post in Forum

    vutjebal says:

    Sandy...if some day I come to visit you for a weekend  ....can we go the water...

    Posted on 14 Sept 2011 at 2:50am | View Post in Forum

    sandra says:

    More beauty

    Posted on 13 Sept 2011 at 6:53am | View Post in Forum

    sandra says:

    Across the bridge-lovely Dominica. What beauty!!!

    Edited by sandra - 13 Sept 2011 at 6:52am

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    sandra says:

    The waterfront, Strand Street, F'sted. St. Croix

    Posted on 08 Sept 2011 at 7:12am | View Post in Forum

    sandra says:

    The best of nature- Beautiful, lovely, sweet Dominica

    Posted on 30 Aug 2011 at 6:53am | View Post in Forum

    sandra says:

    lovely Dominica

    Posted on 26 Aug 2011 at 6:51am | View Post in Forum

    sandra says:

    My beautiful Dominica.

    Posted on 25 Aug 2011 at 7:16am | View Post in Forum

    vutjebal says:

    Originally posted by sandra

    High-stepping on Sunset Beach (St. Croix)

    Hahahaha  ilam96 best friend......LOL
    Posted on 11 Aug 2011 at 10:08am | View Post in Forum

    sandra says:

    High-stepping on Sunset Beach (St. Croix)

    Posted on 11 Aug 2011 at 7:11am | View Post in Forum

    sandra says:

    Enjoying a quiet stroll on the Londonderry Beach - Dominica

    Posted on 11 Aug 2011 at 6:51am | View Post in Forum

    sandra says:

    You draw, vutje? Put something here for us to see.

    But yes, look at his creation all around us. It's a pity that most human beings are not as beautiful inside as nature is outside.

    Posted on 10 Aug 2011 at 2:31pm | View Post in Forum

    vutjebal says:

    God is a great Artist.     I'm glad my son is also a artist. God bless and protect his hands. Amen.  I have it also  but  no patience.....Console

    Posted on 10 Aug 2011 at 9:08am | View Post in Forum

    sandra says:

    Sunset at Frederiksted pier - St. Croix

    Edited by sandra - 09 Aug 2011 at 7:44am

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    sandra says:

    Enjoying the view Scotts Head - Nature Isles - Dominica

    Posted on 09 Aug 2011 at 7:31am | View Post in Forum

    sandra says:

    When I see those pics, they break my heart also, vutje. Such a beautiful island. I'm sorry I left it. But I was young and couldn't make the decisions.

    Posted on 01 Aug 2011 at 9:30am | View Post in Forum

    vutjebal says:

    Nice sandy...very nice just break my heart.....wish I could fly....  fly back home.....Unhappy

    Posted on 01 Aug 2011 at 9:08am | View Post in Forum

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