It’s that time of year when people cluster around brochures and start eagerly pointing at the Caribbean, cooing over pictures of white sand beaches and carefully
constructed rum punches. And you can bet your bottom East Caribbean dollar they will be on about Jamaica or Antigua.
But what about the less explored places among these tropical islands? Newly re-launched travel search engine www.nowfly.co.uk swerves off the beaten track in search of what’s new
and not so obvious for 2009. The below are edited versions. For the full monty (minus the dodgy striptease) go to www.nowfly.co.uk.
Dive in - Grenada
Grenada is working towards becoming the dive capital of the Eastern Caribbean by 2012. There are currently 30 world-class dive sites and Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique all
have unspoiled reef formations. And from October British Airways is flying twice weekly year- round, making things almost suspiciously convenient.
The island’s first campsite and eco-lodge - Montserrat
Budget accommodation goes up a notch with the new Mount Pleasant Eco Lodge and Camp Site. Alongside 12 camping pitches, Harmony Cottage is a self-contained unit similar to a
Mongolian Yurt. A see-through panel in the circular roof means guests can stare at the stars and talk gibberish for hours.
Travel to Montserrat via Antigua www.nowfly.co.uk/cheap-flights-to-Antigua.aspx
Arikok National Park has a facelift - Aruba
This park is home to a number of indigenous species of wildlife, flora and fauna typical of Aruba’s unique tropical desert climate. The 12.5 square mile park accounts for 18 per cent of
the total land mass of the island. In July they unveiled the fruits of their three-year, €7.1- million infrastructure upgrade.
Fight the sun-lounger - Dominica
The Caribbean’s first long-distance hiking trail opens within the next two years, although some sections are already open. The Waitukubuli National Trail covers the length of the island
from north to south, totalling a hearty 115 miles. Some trail sections also follow the coast, in case sea breezes and the smell of salt floats your boat.
A classic reopens - Barbados
OK, so Barbados is pretty mainstream. But we thought the Atlantis Hotel on the rugged east coast was worth a mention. The new owners are restoring the 10-bedroom boutique property
to its former glory and it will reopen for Christmas. They are also going to charge one year- round rate of US$300 a night per room B&B.
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