Oct 102017
 

The 2017 Hurricane Season has managed to leave a large scar on the Caribbean, as many of its beautiful islands have been ravaged by two major hurricanes – Irma and Maria.  It saddens us deeply to know that so many people have lost their homes and their livelihoods.

Many of our friends have asked how they can help.  To that end, and with her permission, I am sharing a post created by the talented (and super sweet) Chrissann Nickel, founder of the website Women Who Live on Rocks.

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Every new photo I see out of the islands that have been ravaged by Hurricane Irma & Hurricane Maria sickens me. Imagining how truly terrified everyone must have been during the storm and the dire situation the survivors are in now makes my soul ache. I wish I could take that pain away from our fellow islanders. I wish I could rescue them from the hell they are living in now. I am at a loss for words. And hurricane season continues to wreak havoc. My heart breaks for all those who experienced Irma and are still there, in need of rescue and basic life services.

I happened to already be away on vacation when the storms hit and have watched this horror from afar. I, like so many others, have lost my home, most of my possessions, and the island life that I loved so much. It is a surreal feeling – knowing that when I closed up my home to leave for vacation, I was walking away from everything I know and cherish. But I am one of the lucky ones. I did not experience that storm and I am safe in the US now.

The islands you love need your help desperately.

If you are a tourist who has ever visited these islands, please help. If you are someone who has ever dreamed of living in “paradise,” please help. If you used to live on an island, please help. If you are a fellow islander, please help.

*photo via Shaun Schroeter on Facebook

People have lost their businesses, their livelihoods, their homes, and all of their worldly possessions. They are in need of food, shelter, and evacuation. The situation is immediate and dire. The widespread destruction throughout the Caribbean is unprecedented.

I have tried to compile a list of ways you can help NOW for each of the islands effected. If you have additional organizations that you think need to be shared, please add them in the comments space of this post below or in the comments of the link of this post shared on our Facebook page.

Here is what I have so far, by region:

GENERAL CARIBBEAN

Caribbean Tourism Organization

Global Giving

Sailors Helping

OXFAM

CDEMA

Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Save the Children

Direct Relief

Samaritan’s Purse

Caribbean Rotary Clubs

Help Resort Staff Throughout the Caribbean

Donate via Apple Store (How To)

Irma Aftermath

ShelterBox

All Hands Volunteers

Sandals Foundation

ARK / BWA Aide

ANGUILLA

Anguilla Go Fund Me

Help Anguilla Rebuild Now

Anguilla Help

Help Rebuild Seaside Stables Anguilla

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA

Halo Foundation – Barbuda Relief Effort

Barbuda Go Fund Me

Barbuda Recovery

Barbuda Hurricane Animals

Antigua & Barbuda Red Cross

CUBA

Help Cuban Animals

DOMINICA

Dominica Go Fund Me

UrtheRootz Mission: Rebuild Dominica

PUERTO RICO

Vieques Love

Vieques Citizens

Puerto Rico Real Time Recovery Fund

NVOAD Volunteers

Save the Children – Puerto Rico

Acacia Puerto Rico

United for Puerto Rico

Friends of Puerto Rico

ST BARTH

St. Barth Disaster Relief Fund

St. Barth Go Fund Me

Gustavia Relief Fund

ST MARTIN / ST MAARTEN

St Maarten Go Fund Me

Rebuild SXM

Dutch Sister Islands Fund

French St. Martin

Goisco

SXM Paws – Animal Relief Fund

St. Maarten Hurricane Relief

THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

BVI Relief Fund

Virgin Unite Community Support Appeal

Jost Van Dyke Go Fund Me

BVI Government via Pledgeling

Three Sheets Sailing – Accepting Mailed Donations

BVI Go Fund Me

BVI Immediate Relief – You Caring

Virgin Gorda Community – You Caring

Amazon BVI Pets Wish List

JVD Strong

BVI Strong Apparel

Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society

BVI Volunteers

THE US VIRGIN ISLANDS

Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands

St. John Community Foundation

Virgin Islands Relief

Irma Relief for our Sister Islands

Love for Love City by Kenny Chesney

St. John Rescue

Art for Love City

Gifft Hill School

Tim Duncan VI Relief

USVI “Adopt a Family”

United Way USVI

My Brother’s Workshop

USVI Amazon Wish List

ReVIve the VI

St. John Go Fund Me

Patient Assist VI

USVI Recovery

Animal Evacuation

TURKS & CAICOS

Turks & Caicos Go Fund Me

Turks & Caicos You Caring

Turks & Caicos Just Giving

Friends of Beaches – Turks & Caicos

THE BAHAMAS

Bahamas Humane Society

Bahamas – You Caring

I know this is overwhelming. There are so many places that need help. But contributing literally ANYTHING that you can is what counts. And if you can keep contributing over time (add it to your monthly budget!), that would be even better. Pick one, pick several!

*photo via Brittany Meyers on Facebook

Please share this with everyone that has ever been touched by these beautiful islands – even if it’s just through a screensaver.

Additionally, keeping these islands and their people at the forefront of the media is essential. People quickly forget, but these islands will need help in the long haul. Any news coverage you are able to obtain to feature the islands in need would be incredibly helpful. Think local, think global.

Thank you for caring. The islands will come back to their glory one day. Now’s the time to point them in that direction.

Oct 092011
 

Unless you are lucky enough to fly first class on a new Emirates A-380 or you’ve splurged on a first class suite on a Singapore Airlines flight, commercial air travel is the pits.  We’re herded around like farm animals, forced to sit practically bolt upright in a confined space, and all the while being denied the privilege of eating unless we wish to pay $6.00 for a “meal” that McDonald’s would consider sub-standard.  Such is the reality of modern day mass air travel.

Like most frequent travelers, I’ll go to great lengths to minimize the annoyances of air travel.  Perhaps my single most important rule is to take non-stop flights whenever possible.

Below is a convenient guide to non-stop flights to the major Caribbean islands.  To use this guide, simply scan the alphabetical list for the island you wish to visit.  Then, check to see if your home city is on the list.

Antigua (ANU)

Non-stop from:  Anguilla, Barbados, Beef Island (BVI), Dominica, Guadeloupe, Kingston, London, Miami, Montesserat, New York, Port of Spain, Punta Cana, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent, San Juan, Santo Domingo, Toronto

Aruba (AUA)

Non-stop from:  Amsterdam, Atlanta, Bogota, Boston, Brasilia, Caracas, Charlotte, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, London, Manchester, Miami, Milan, Newark, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Sao Paulo, Washington, DC

Barbados (BGI)

Non-stop from:  Atlanta, Brussels, Caracas, Charlotte, Dallas, Dominica, Frankfurt, Grenada, London, Martinique, Miami, Montreal, New York, Port of Spain, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, San Juan, Sao Paulo, Toronto

Bonaire (BON)

Non-stop from:  Amsterdam, Aruba, Atlanta, Curacao, Houston, Miami, Newark

Cancun (CUN)

Non-stop from:  Amsterdam, Atlanta, Birmingham (UK), Bogota, Bristol (UK), Calgary, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Cozumel, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Dusseldorf, Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Guadalajara, Havana, Houston, Lima, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Manchester (UK), Merida (Mexico), Mexico City, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Monterrey, Montreal, Moscow, New York, Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK), Nottingham (UK), Orlando, Panama, Paris, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Puebla (Mexico), Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Salvador, Santiago, St. Louis, Toronto, Vancouver, Varadero (Cuba), Veracruz, Washington, DC

Curacao (CUR)

Non-stop from:  Amsterdam, Aruba, Bogota, Bonaire, Caracas, Cartegenita (Colombia), Charlotte, Kingston, Las Piedras (Venezuela), Medellin, Miami, Newark, Paramaribo (Suriname), Port of Spain, Punta Cana, St. Martin, Santo Domingo, Valencia (Venezuela)

Eleuthera (ELH) or (GHB)

Non-stop from:  Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Nassau

Grand Cayman (GCM)

Non-stop from:  Atlanta, Cayman Brac, Charlotte, Havana, Houston, Kingston, La Ceiba (Honduras), Little Cayman, Miami, Montego Bay, Nassau, New York, Tampa, Toronto

Great Exuma (GGT)

Non-stop from:  Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Nassau, Toronto

Grenada (GND)

Non-stop from:  Barbados, Frankfurt (seasonal), London, Miami, New York, Orlando, Porlamar (Venezuela), Port of Spain, St. Vincent, San Juan, Toronto (seasonal)

Guadeloupe (PTP)

Non-stop from:  Antigua, Dominica, Martinique, Montreal, New York, Paris, Port-au-Prince, St. Barthelemy, St. Martin, San Juan, Santo Domingo

Martinique (FDF)

Non-stop from:  Cayenne (French Guyana), Guadeloupe, Havana, Montreal, Paris, St. Lucia, San Juan, Santo Domingo

Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ)

Non-stop from:  Atlanta, Charlotte, Birmingham (UK), Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Frankfurt, Grand Cayman, Houston, Kingston, London, Manchester (UK), Miami, Montreal, Negril, Newark, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Punta Cana, Toronto, Washington, DC

Nassau (NAS)

Non-stop from:  Arthur’s Town (Bahamas), Atlanta, Charlotte, Crooked Island (Bahamas), Deadman’s Cay (Bahamas), Fort Lauderdale, Freeport, George Town (Bahamas), Governor’s Harbour (Bahamas), Grand Cayman, Havana, Inagua Islands (Bahamas), Kingston, London, Marsh Harbour, Mayaguana (Bahamas), Miami, New York, Newark, North Eleuthera, Orlando, Panama, Philadelphia, Providenciales, Rock Sound (Bahamas), San Salvador (Bahamas), South Bimini (Bahamas), Spring Point (Bahamas), Stella Maris (Bahamas), The Bight (Bahamas), Toronto, Treasure Cay (Bahamas), Washington, DC

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (PLS)

Non-stop from:  Atlanta, Boston, Cap Haitian (Haiti), Charlotte, Kingston, Montego, Bay, Montreal, Nassau, Ottawa, Port-au-Prince, Puerta Plata

Punta Cana (PUJ)

Non-stop from:  Amsterdam, Atlanta, Baltimore, Bogota, Boston, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Calgary, Caracas, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Dusseldorf, Edmonton, Frankfurt, Halifax, Hamilton, Lisbon, Madrid, Manchester, Miami, Milan, Minneapolis, Montreal, Moscow, Munich, Ottawa, Paris, Pittsburgh, Quebec, St. Louis, San Juan, Santiago (Chile), Toronto, Vancouver, Vienna, Windsor, Winnipeg, Zurich

Roatan (RTB)

Non-stop from:  Atlanta, Houston, La Ceiba (Honduras), Miami, Newark, San Pedro Sula (Honduras), San Salvado (El Salvador)

St. Croix (STX)

Non-stop from:  Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, San Juan, Toronto

St. Kitts (SKB)

Non-stop from:  Atlanta, Charlotte, London, Miami, New York, San Juan, Toronto

St. Lucia (UVF)

Non-stop from:  Atlanta, Charlotte, London, Miami, New York, Port of Spain, San Juan, Toronto

St. Lucia has two airports –  Hewanorra International Airport  (UVF) at Vieux Fort and George F. L. Charles Airport (SLU) in Castries.

St. Martin (SXM)

Non-stop from:  Amsterdam, Atlanta, Antigua, Barbados, Calgary, Charlotte, Chicago, Guyana, Halifax, Jamaica, Miami, Montreal, New York, Newark, Panama, Paris, Philadelphia, St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, San Juan, Toronto, Tortola (Beef Island), Vancouver

St. Martin has two airports – Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) and L’Esperance Airport (CCE), which accommodates smaller private jets and propeller aircraft.

St. Thomas (STT)

Non-stop from:  Anguilla, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, New York, Newark, St. Croix, St. Martin, San Juan

St. Vincent (SVD)

Non-stop from:  Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Porlamar (Venezuela), Port of Spain, St. Lucia

Tobago (TAB)

Non-stop from:  Antigua, Barbados, Caracas, Curacao, Houston, London, Miami, New York, Newark, Paramaribo (Surinam), Porlamar (Venezuela), St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent, Toronto

Tortola, Beef Island (EIS)

Non-stop from:  Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Martin, St. Thomas, San Juan

No non-stop flights from the USA, Canada, Europe or South America.

Trinidad, Port of Spain (POS)

Non-stop from:  Antigua, Barbados, Caracas, Curacao, Fort Lauderdale, Guyana, Grenada, Houston, Kingston, Miami, New York, Panama, Paramaribo (Surinam), Porlamar (Venezuela), St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent, Tobago, Toronto

To refer back to this guide, please see the new page on Reeftraveler titled Caribbean Air Travel.

Disclaimer

This information is subject to change, based on airline schedules and cancellations, or any other factors.  It is intended to be used as a guide. Please check with your airline or travel agent to confirm the information on this page, since it may have changed since publication.  Reeftraveler is not responsible for any errors or omissions.

Aug 152011
 

Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (Provo for short) makes just about every top 10 Caribbean beach list, and for good reason.

It’s an expansive stretch of fine white sand with sparkling azure water (12 miles to be exact, or 19 kilometers). The calm turquoise sea provides a stunning contrast to the white sand.

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The beach is lined with resorts, so take your pick (thankfully there are no high-rises to clutter the view or overcrowd the beach). From chic luxury resorts (think Amanyara), to family friendly condo resorts, Grace Bay has a resort for everyone.
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Provo can be a pricey destination, but Coral Gardens and Sibonne Beach Hotel are two budget-friendly options on Grace Bay.

Coral Gardens is located directly in front of Bight Reef, which makes it a great choice for snorkelers and divers. I’ve never seen so many Parrot Fish concentrated in one location!
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This Nassau Grouper chilled here all day…..
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This snowy egret spends his mornings hunting for breakfast (lizards) in front of Coral Gardens. We quietly followed him for an hour to get the shot below. He didn’t seem to mind the photo shoot (in fact, I think he posed for us).

Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

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The nighttime shore dive at Coral Gardens (with Caicos Adventures) is fantastic for timid night divers (yup, that’s me).

The Famous Fifi, Owner of Caicos Adventures

Foodies will love the restaurant choices in Provo. My personal faves are:

Upscale – Bay Bistro at Sibonne, for tropically elegant island fare (enjoyed beachfront)

Barefoot Chill – Somewhere Cafe at Coral Gardens, for fresh Mexican food in a laid-back, barefoot atmosphere

And if all of this isn’t enough to draw you to Grace Bay, some of the finest reef and wall diving in the Caribbean can be found in and around Provo.