food. For a simply unbeatable price you can
mingle with the locals and enjoy a lunch here.
The Dominican Republic (DR) is
home to some of the Caribbean’s best all-inclusive resorts. The distinctly Latin vibe of
the DR is laid-back, and the beaches (there
are 1,000 miles of them) offer something for
everyone. For golf lovers, Pete Dye’s Teeth of
the Dog is considered by many to be the best
course in the Caribbean and among the top
courses in the world.
JS: The national game of the Dominican
Republic is baseball. Many of today’s finest players first picked up a bat in this island paradise.
Big and geographically diverse, Jamaica
is one of the most popular tourist destinations
in the Caribbean, and is especially known for
its all-inclusive resorts. Well-known areas
include Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios.
JS: For me, no trip to Jamaica is complete
without a stop at Scotchies, which specializes in
jerk chicken and pork. Make sure to try a side
of bammy (bread made from cassava) or festival (slightly sweet fried dumplings) with your
meal. You won’t be disappointed!
Puerto Rico has family-friendly resorts, beautiful beaches and a variety of interesting sites, such as historic Old San Juan and El Yunque rain forest. Delicious food, fascinat- ing Spanish history and extraordinary natural attractions include a bioluminescent bay where you can swim at night surrounded by millions of tiny, glowing creatures. JS: My cocktail of choice is a rum and Coke. Puerto Rico is the only rum producer in the world that maintains a minimum aging law for its rum. You can get three main catego- ries of rum here: light, dark and añejo, or aged.
Clockwise on opposite page: Turks & Caicos; Trunk
Bay on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands; fresh conch
preparation; candy-colored buildings on Curacao.
Clockwise this page: St. Lucia Pitons; future ballplayers
in the Dominican Republic; Maho beach on St. Maarten.
Bottom of page: Antigua.
ST. LUCIA TOURISM
Located in the northeast Caribbean, the
tiny island of St. Maarten and St. Martin
is divided roughly in two between France and
the Netherlands, letting you experience two
distinctly different cultures on one island.
JS: On Maho beach, enjoy an outdoor lunch
as planes soar thrillingly right overhead, making
for an awesome, favorite local experience.
With world-class hotels, spas and restaurants, stretches of uncrowded beaches and
vibrant coral reefs, Turks and Caicos is
home to legendary diving, snorkeling and
fishing. The islands are a tropical classic, a
throwback in time where relaxation is
unavoidable and rejuvenation ensured.
JS: One of my local favorites is conch salad.
Try it ceviche-style. The conch is plucked from the
sea and is in the chef’s hands within minutes.
The flesh is cleaned, tenderized and prepared
with sweet peppers and white onions, then tossed
with fresh lime, salt and pepper. Delicious!
No passport is required for U.S. citizens
traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each of
the three islands has its own personality, and
together they offer travelers an extraordinary
range of choices.
JS: St. Croix delights history buffs. St.
Thomas thrills shoppers. For natural wonders
at their best, check out St. John; two-thirds of
the island is national park, so the outdoor mar-
vels are endless.
Regardless what you’re looking for, you’ll
find there is something for everyone in the
St. Lucia’s natural landscape is replete
with gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, miles of
unspoiled rain forest, the majestic Piton
Mountains, waterfalls, breathtaking views,
friendly locals and authentic culture.
JS: Did you know St. Lucia is the only place
in the world with a drive-in volcano?