All year long, Islands tells you what we love in the Caribbean, Pacific and beyond. But what about you? Here are the top stories you enjoyed on Islands.com in 2013.
Happy Chocolate Heritage Month! This October, St. Lucia will be celebrating these delicious days by commemorating the role cacao and its sweet byproduct has played in its history. But we have to ask — can you really live off chocolate? We sent a writer to St. Lucia's Hotel Chocolat to find out.
(Ready to indulge? Check out St. Lucia's Facebook page, where you'll get the scoop on hotel deals, chocolatey spa treatments and more.)
Whether traveling to St. Kitts now or later in the year, you'll want to take advantage of the "Fall in Love" island-wide added value program that makes your dollar go further.
Find the answer to this super popular question for this super popular Caribbean vacation destination on our interactive map.
There’s nothing rugged about the hike to these two St. Vincent pools fed by mountain water that cascades over Dark View waterfalls. It’s surprisingly quick and easy, with sturdy wooden stairs leading to the upper tract. In fact, the ascent is so easy that it almost detracts from the awe of the mist-shrouded pools below, making me wonder if I missed something. But my driver, David, tells me that the road into the falls ultimately ends in terrain too treacherous for pavement, well shy of the summit of La Soufriere volcano. The journey to the falls’ source is possible only from Kingstown, rounding the west coast through villages with names such as Petit Bordel and Chateaubelair that nod to the island’s once-French rule. It’s only during my drive home that I understand. As we descend into a valley — rough-hewn by volcanic fury and forested with coconut trees awash in golden afternoon light — it becomes clear that ...
Editor's note: We've very excited about the news that American Airlines will start direct flights to Martinique this April. In honor of that, here's an account of our editors' recent trip to Martinique.
I blame Pierce Brosnan. Ever since I watched him seduce Rene Russo by whisking her off on a romantic island getaway in the movie The Thomas Crown Affair, I’ve longed to visit Martinique, where those steamy scenes were shot. So when the invitation to visit arrived, I jumped at the chance. That first morning, I’m struck by the dichotomy of Martinique: With its undulating terrain, roadside fruit stalls and tracts of sugar cane intersected by winding roads (some so hilly they change the orientation on my iPhone), the tiny isle first appears as Caribbean as any other. But ...
For starters: Should we read into the fact British Airways doesn't even offer service here?
This famous bar in the British Virgin Islands is in one of the happiest corners of the Caribbean.
See the Soggy Dollar bartender make the Painkiller and more in the new ISLANDS Ultimate Drink Guide: The Painkiller.
Watch this quick, easy video from RumShopRyan.com to make possibly the most popular tropical drink.
See the Soggy Dollar bartender make the Painkiller and more in the new ISLANDS Ultimate Painkiller Drink Guide.
Google has just launched underwater Street View in partnership with The Catlin Seaview Survey. You can now use Google Maps to swim with sea turtles, chase a manta ray or watch the sun set over a reef. You can drift dive Maui's Molokini Crater, or snorkel Oahu's famous Hanauma Bay. All of this without ever getting wet or leaving your desk.
Overwater bungalows are the iconic island vacation, especially for romantic island getaways. But who has the such water villas in the world -- Bora Bora or the Maldives? You decide.
Get more romantic trip ideas in the new ISLANDS Romantic Getaways Vacation Guide.