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A Caribbean Love Affair


Americans have long had a love affair with the Caribbean. To our great delight, as much as we enjoy visiting, the people of the Caribbean love hosting us. Tourism plays a key role in their economy, providing 2.4 million jobs. 

While recent hurricanes have devastated parts of the region, the Caribbean consists of nearly three dozen countries and spans more than 1 million square miles. More than 70 percent of destinations were not affected by the storms and the majority of the region’s hotels are fully operational and ready to receive guests. 

As rebuilding continues in the affected areas, Americans can do our part by continuing to visit, which helps to keep the region’s economy healthy. To provide consumers with the latest information the Caribbean tourism industry, along with partners, has launched the One Caribbean Family campaign. This initiative is designed to spread the word that most of the destinations in the region are open for business and ready to welcome guests and help affected destinations recover.

For its part, Travel Leaders Group introduced the One Caribbean Family Ambassador campaign to let consumers know that there are travel agents skilled and up-to-date about the Caribbean and all of the terrific options for fall and winter travel to the region. With their deep knowledge of the region and close relationships with cruise lines, tour operators, and hotels and resorts, travel agents are perfectly positioned to advise their clients about where to go and what to do.

With the Caribbean’s pristine beaches, turquoise-clear water and variety of accommodations from luxury hotels to all-inclusive resorts, as well as rich history and culture, there’s no shortage of places to visit and activities to enjoy.

If you’d like to do something different for the holidays, think about a getaway to the Cayman Islands. On Grand Cayman, you can dine on fresh seafood on Christmas Day, then ring in the new year along Seven Mile Beach, considered one of the most beautiful spots of sand in the Caribbean. In between, there’s plenty to do, from shopping in George Town, the capital, to looking for the rare blue iguana in Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park. 

If you love the Caribbean but you’ve never been there during Carnival, you’re in for a treat. Trinidad & Tobago is home to one of the biggest celebrations, which in 2018 takes place February 12–13. But the fun begins the weekend before in the capital, Port of Spain, with a festival in the city’s biggest park. During Carnival, revelers parade through the streets in colorful costumes, dancing to the sounds of traditional music like calypso and steel bands. 

Bermuda’s famous beaches of pink sand are perfect for relaxation, but there’s plenty to do in the water, too. Surrounded by teeming coral reefs, the island has great diving and snorkeling. In January, Restaurant Week offers diners deals on local cuisine, with its mix of British, African, Caribbean, and Portuguese influences. The Bermuda Festival of the Performing arts begins January 13, with a full slate of music, dance, and theater through March 17. 

For help planning a Caribbean vacation, contact Travel Leaders COS at 800-273-0793, locally 719-597-0004, or send us an email at

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