Fodor's Caribbean 2016 (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Fodor’s correspondents highlight the best of the Caribbean, including Anguilla’s powdery white beaches, Bonaire's colorful coral reefs, and the scenic beauty of Jamaica's Blue Mountains. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it’s your first trip or your fifth.
old men playing dominoes on the plastic tables on up to a wealthy and well-dressed group stopping by after an art opening. It’s as funky and real a slice of life as it was before the neighborhood became so gentrified. When the traditional dancing begins, you will see all ages moving to the Cuban beat, with some of the oldsters seriously proficient in their merengue moves. | Calle Hostos 153, Zona Colonial | 809/686–9621. Wine Tasting Room at El Catador. This avant-garde wine bar and wine store
spiced for the local palate. | Average main: J$500 | 59 Main St. | Ocho Rios | 876/974–3160. Mamma Marley’s Jammin Bar. $$ | JAMAICAN | A wide array of appetizers include crab cake, jerk shrimp, and chicken wings, while main course selections include curry chicken, ackee and saltfish, and grilled lobster tail. Also soup, salads, burgers, and club sandwiches are offered for lighter fare. | Average main: $15 | Taj Mahal and Soni’s Plazas, Main St. | Ocho Rios | 876/974–0197 | Closed Sun.
reservations before arriving, and rent a four-wheel-drive vehicle if you plan to explore the island’s natural sights. Top Reasons to Go The Beaches: Powder-soft beaches and turquoise waters or wild waves crashing rocky cliffs. The Nightlife: An after-dark vibe for everyone and dance-till-you-drop spots, plus party buses like the Kukoo Kunuku, which rolls the revelry right into the streets, make this island really move after sunset. The Restaurants: More than 200 restaurants with fare from the
to Nitrox. Their equipment is always state-of-the-art, including underwater scooters. It also provides a snorkeling learning experience that enables you not only to see but to listen to sea life, including whales and dolphins, as well as an exhilarating underwater scooter safari, night dives, and kids’ bubblemakers. | Oualie Beach | 869/469–9518 | www.scubanevis.com. Fishing Fishing here focuses on kingfish, wahoo, grouper, tuna, and yellowtail snapper, with marlin occasionally spotted. The
commemorate the date in 1627 when the first European settlers arrived in Barbados. Holders Season, held the last two weeks in March, is an annual performing arts festival (opera, theater, and concerts) hosted at Holders, a traditional 17th-century plantation house. In April, Reggae Music Festival performances draw huge crowds to Kensington Oval, Farley Park, and other venues. Gospelfest occurs in May and hosts performances by gospel headliners from around the world. Dating from the 19th