Caribbean

NYMF Review: Temple of the Souls. A Romeo and Juliet romance in 16th Century Puerto Rico

“Temple of the Souls,” a musical about a Romeo and Juliet romance in 16th century Puerto Rico between a Spanish conquistador’s daughter and a Taino, …

Romeo and Juliet

22nd annual Caribbean festival parades through Jersey City

JERSEY CITY -- Downtown residents could likely hear the rhythms echoing from the Caribbean parade that made its way through the city Saturday …

Travel

'Despacito' Is Making Everyone Want To Visit Puerto Rico

People are looking to see how they "do it down in Puerto Rico" for themselves.<p>It appears that the most streamed song of all time is drumming up interest in the prettiest island of all time.<p>The Spanish-language song “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee was an instant hit, but the jam …

Puerto Rico

For songwriter Luis Fonsi, 'Despacito' is much more than a summer hit

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Despacito" is breaking records as one of the summer's hottest songs, but for the singer-songwriter behind the track, it's also a love letter to his home island of Puerto Rico.<p>"I wanted to pay homage to where I'm from," Luis Fonsi told CNN. "Throughout my career, I have never really sang a …

Luis Fonsi

FACT CHECK: Shelling from Royal Caribbean’s M.S. ‘Allure’ Sinks Carnival Cruise Vessel that Crossed into Disputed Waters?

CLAIM<p>A Royal Caribbean vessel fired upon and sank a Carnival Cruise liner in "disputed waters" on the high seas.<p>RATING<p>FALSE<p>ORIGIN<p>On 20 July 2017, …

Fact Checking

Sizzling Summer Savings in Mexico The Caribbean

Summer sunshine and smiles abound at Sunscape Resorts & Spas. Book your suntastic vacation now through August 21, 2017 for travel through December …

Travel

Top Adviser to Puerto Rico Governor Resigns,' in No Way Pressured'

NEW YORK — Elias Sanchez, Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s liaison to Puerto Rico’s financial oversight board who has been criticized over his financial disclosures, resigned on Thursday.<p>Sanchez, a trusted adviser to Rosselló who was effectively the face of the Puerto Rican government on issues …

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s Bondholders File First Suit Against Uncle Sam

Hedge funds seeking compensation from U.S. for potential losses<p>Hedge funds holding Puerto Rico bonds sued the U.S. government, the first time creditors have tried to put federal taxpayers on the hook for losses suffered in the island’s debt crisis.<p>A bondholder group represented by the Jones Day law …

Malaysia

Funjet Vacations: Best Places to Stay in the Caribbean

Enjoy the tropical retreat of a lifetime with Caribbean travel deals from Funjet Vacations.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort

Make Your Dream Island Wedding a Reality<p>Shopping around for your dream island wedding? You have to check out Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott …

For the Love of Spanglish

AMHERST, Mass. — When I arrived at the San Juan airport in Puerto Rico recently, the first thing I heard was this exchange:<p>“Cómo estás, brother?”<p>“Muy cool!”<p>“Y la situación?”<p>“Ya tú sabes, stinky.”<p>(Or, roughly, “How are you?” “Really cool.” “How are things?” and “You know, stinky.”)<p>During that visit, …

Language

Oversight Board Perpetuates Puerto Rico's Financial Problems

Many observers thought that when the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) was passed last year that one of its favorable outcomes would be more accurate commonwealth budgeting.<p>PROMESA gives the Financial and Oversight Management Board (FOMB), whose members took …

Quick Travel Guide for St. Lucia - A Caribbean Island with Flavour

A Whole Day of Things to Do in Georgetown Guyana – Museums, Gardens, and Giant Sloths<p>Jamaica Country Guide for Independent Travellers and Ex-Pats<p>Get …

Asia Travel

Hitting the road in Puerto Rico: day trips from San Juan

Puerto Rico may be small in size, but every corner of this island has a different vibe to experience. Glorious beach views abound on its coasts, but unexpected, brilliant vistas, the ones that make you instinctively reach for the camera, are as typical here as the sand and the waves. The best way …

Puerto Rico

New Zealander's Death In St. Maarten Could Revamp Tourist Site

Big changes are on the horizon for tourists and the businesses that rely on them, following the death of a tourist at St. Maarten’s famed Maho Beach last week.<p>On Wednesday, Christophe Emmanuel, a minister in the St. Maarten government suggested closing the road at the end of Runway 23 over which …

Aviation

Guide to the Grenadines: an island for every traveler

Long the domain of savvy sailors and fly-in millionaires, the spectacular Grenadines also offer plenty for the independent traveler – you don’t need your own boat to fully explore the magnificent archipelago. Spanning the nations of St Vincent & the Grenadines and Grenada, the island chain offers a …

Beaches

Five Year Plan for Caribbean Circuit

The Caribbean Sailing Association has updated its Caribbean Winter Series Regatta Calendar with dates through to 2022. The organisation has worked …

Sailing

Henry Doorly Zoo reintroduces 10,500 endangered toads into Puerto Rico habitat

Last week the zoo introduced nearly 11,000 critically endangered toads back into the wild in Puerto Rico.<p>Each year, the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium …

Animals

Bondholders seek receiver for Puerto Rico utility PREPA

NEW YORK (Reuters) - After three years of futile efforts to restructure some $9 billion of debt at Puerto Rico's PREPA, creditors of the now-bankrupt power utility are asking a U.S. federal judge to appoint a receiver to manage PREPA's assets.<p>In papers filed on Tuesday in U.S. bankruptcy court in …

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico: A Case Study in Tax Incentives and Acceleration to Create a Startup Ecosystem

How Puerto Rico uses taxes and investment to spur startup growth<p>Puerto Rico is known to most as either a sun-strewn island or a bankrupt paradise but it would like to be known in the future as a startup hub.<p>Like other US territories and municipalities, such as Miami, Puerto Rico has mixed tax …

Puerto Rico

LIAT cancels flights as Tropical Storm Don heads towards Windward Islands

<b>Regional carrier LIAT has announced the cancellation of several flights to the southern Caribbean as the airline continues to monitor Tropical Storm</b> …

Weather

Top 10 Best Caribbean Destinations You Can Afford

Called the “big, little island,” Jamaica is the largest English-speaking island in the Caribbean. Vacationing in Jamaica affords numerous …

Travel

Romance in Paradise Package!

Romance in Paradise Package!<p>Destination & Tourism | Nassau Paradise Island | Nassau<p><b>Romance in Paradise Package!</b><p><b>Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas -</b> …

Travel

No, ‘Despacito’ is not actually driving a boom in tourism to Puerto Rico

“Despacito.”<p>It means “slowly” in Spanish.<p>That’s the rate at which my bewilderment was building as I watched the proclaimed song of the summer become the great savior of the Puerto Rican economy, in less than a week. (If you haven’t heard, Puerto Rico is facing a fiscal crisis of epic proportions, …

Luis Fonsi

Dominica, Caribbean: All Natural, and Not Crowded

Dominica: A Private Paradise<p>By Caroline Sumners<p>The first question people will ask you when you tell them you are going to Dominica: “Do you mean the …

Travel

Understanding Puerto Rico's Struggles With Washington Through Satire

Screenshot taken from video.At a time when almost all the news about Puerto Rico in mainstream media is firmly focussed on the island's fiscal and …

Liberal POV

How Sailing in the Caribbean Changed My Life

If I had to stay landlocked for the rest of my life, I'm not sure if I could be happy. I grew up in the Caribbean with a grandfather who adored the sea and who named his boat after me. Grandpa Javier would wake up my brother Omar and I at four in the morning to go walk on a sandy beach and then on …

British Virgin Islands

After Congress steps in, Puerto Rico reignites statehood debate

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioBy Ivette Feliciano<b>IVETTE FELICIANO:</b> Along the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico, graffiti reading “No more abuse” …

Puerto Rico

Politics have led Illinois into financial ruin

Illinois public ratings have experienced an impressive fall from grace, steadily sliding from AA- in 2009 to the lowest investment grade rating of BBB- from all three rating agencies. Although a budget was passed, a junk bond rating from at least one rating agency is still possible. If the rating …

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico economic crisis hits island's only zoo

MAYAGUEZ, Puerto Rico — The economic crisis afflicting Puerto Rico for the last decade has also taken a toll on the island's only zoo, with critics …

Puerto Rico