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Review: An Idyllic Stay at La Rosa De Ortega

La Rosa de Ortega was everything I wanted from my Cuba accommodation. On the outside, a concrete facade partially covered by bright pink bougainvillea. On the inside, exposed brick, arched doorways, and antique accents that make you feel as if time has stood still for almost a century. Perfectly appointed. Perfectly maintained. It was surreal. I’m a …

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Cuba: Color and Afro-Cuban Culture at Callejon de Hamel

At the end of every trip there’s always one place/thing that stands out to me more than everything else. Callejon de Hamel was that place for me in Cuba. Vibrant colors. Expressive art. Quirky decor. Rich culture. Live music. And the ‘negron’, a signature drink I could vouch for after just one sip. So much positive vibes, …

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Island Girl’s Travel Guide to Cuba

An eclectic mix of architectural designs through the ages, some immaculately maintained others crumbling and weathered. Kaleidoscopic facades straddling faded exteriors. Mint condition vintage cars cruising beside struggling antiques. Live music. Colorful art. And some of the most friendly and accommodating people I’ve ever encountered. Welcome to Cuba. Finally! After two failed attempts and a …

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7 Stops to Make on your next Grenada Road Trip (plus one bonus)

I love road trips. Especially ones without a set plan. But when time is a factor, it helps to have a rough guide that ensures you don’t miss the important, must-see-and-do spots. Despite it’s relatively small size, it’s impossible to see everything there is to see in Grenada in just one day. So I took three separate …

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Island Girl’s Guide to Carriacou, Grenada

There’s island life and then there’s island life in Carriacou. So small you can drive around the entire island and the gas needle barely moves; so slow-paced, time is indicated in vague terms with tour guides scheduling pick-ups and drop-offs ‘around’ a certain hour; and so idyllic the white sand and clear water look like scenes …

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Grenada: The Great Escape to Sandy Island, Carriacou

Sandy Island (Carriacou, Grenada)

Sandals off. Locks loose. Body stretched out on a surprisingly comfortable bed of fallen coconut tree branches…that was my conduct for most of the afternoon I spent on Sandy Island. To say I painted a cliched picture of #islandlife would be an understatement, but I make no apologies for it. Because for all the times I used …

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Grenada: Hog Island, Uninterrupted

Visiting Hog Island during the week is like purchasing a private island at the bargain price of $20 EC per head. For the cost of roundtrip boat passage from the fishing village of Woburn to the island, you could find yourself blissfully undisturbed on this tiny L-shaped strip of beach. That’s a pretty sweet deal in my book. I …

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The 6 Most Fascinating Sculptures in Grenada’s Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park

A sculpture park? Underwater? In the Spice Isle? Yes please! Grenada’s Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park has been on my Travel/Dive Bucket List since I learned of its existence. This year, I finally booked a spot on an Eco Dive tour to get up close and personal with these sculptures in almost 30 ft of water, and I was …

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4 Reasons Why Guyana Should Be on Your Travel Bucket List

Truth: Guyana was never on my radar as a travel destination. I knew very little about my neighbour down south and what I did know didn’t excite me. But an unexpected work trip took me not only to Georgetown, but deep into the country’s interior, and after just two full days of exploring and experiencing, I saw and …