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September - November 2015 Issue 02


Cacique September - November 2015 Issue 02

Home of carnival – and cigars

Welcome to Cuba ALSO INSIDE


Puerto Rico’s historic capital

SANTO DOMINGO SHOPPING Time for some retail therapy

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September - November 2015 Issue 02


You’ve got to admire his sauce…

A mogul in the making


10 things to do in Nassau














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A mogul in the making



From pirates to rum cocktails



A whiff of good fortune


Sauce creator Delano Handfield


Puerto Rico’s historic capital Saving TCI’s national tree


Time for some retail therapy



A slice of paradise in the South










A whiff of good fortune for Cuba To celebrate the launch of direct

interCaribbean Airways’ flights to

Cuba, we take a look at the iconic Cuban cigar.






Ileana Ravasio, ATTIMI Photography

Governor hails interCaribbean's fast-growing network



we have four cities in which con-

Airways for having the

be made to the Turks & Caicos

to interCaribbean

imagination to produce their new magazine ‘Cacique’. I

nections on British Airways can Islands.

vantage personally of

things about Turks & Caicos as

network. Earlier this year my wife

well as the region.

interCaribbean Airways is

providing an increasingly im-

portant network between Turks & Caicos and other Caribbean islands. I talked to its principal

owner, Lyndon Gardiner, about

this shortly after arriving here in 2013 and it is fascinating to see how he, his CEO Trevor Sadler

and their team have so success-

interCarribean’s expanding

Jill and I enjoyed a short visit to Santo Domingo, the capital of

I’m looking forward to using interCarribean’s new route to Havana later this year, to compare two of the first cities in the Americas

fully laid the foundations for an

the Dominican Republic. Just 65

is making interCaribbean one

both flights on time, we had an

impressive range of links. This of the foremost airlines in the

region, which has been recog-

nised by British Airways with the

launch of an interline agreement with interCaribbean to make

travelling to their hubs in the

Caribbean and onwards with the TCI airline much easier. With the

addition of flights to Punta Cana,



'Vanderlane G' and 'Isabel G' preparing for departure

I have been able to take ad-

enjoyed reading the first issue enormously and learnt new

compare two of the first cities in

minutes from Providenciales, with opportunity to wander around some of the extraordinary old

the Americas.

Of course, we use

interCaribbean mainly for flights to and from Grand Turk and

Providenciales. Our daughters and many friends have also all

travelled the route in the last two years.

I hope that many more visitors

to Providenciales will take the easy, extra step by coming to

Grand Turk. We have some of the finest beaches in the Caribbean (just as good, or better, than

the famous Grace Bay), some comfortable hotels like the

Osprey, Bohio, Grand Turk Inn

and more, and some great laidback bars like Jack’s Shack and

the Sandbar. Hop on a plane – it’s only a 25-minute trip – and see for yourself!

buildings in Santo Domingo as

well as feel the buzz of a vibrant city – and eat, for the first time ever, in some underground

caves! I’m looking forward to

using interCarribean’s new route to Havana later this year, to

His Excellency Peter Beckingham Governor, Turks & Caicos Islands

Ileana Ravasio, ATTIMI Photography

Welcome to the second issue of


flight tracking to our website

t gives me great pleasure to

impact Dominica with the loss

issue of our quarterly in-flight

people of Dominica.

welcome you to the second

magazine, ‘Cacique’.

We hope you enjoy our maga-

zine as we seek to deliver articles of interest about the destina-

tions we serve. ‘Cacique’ is also

of lives. Our hearts go out to the For those of you who live in

the path of these events, take

Erika had just passed by us.

Erika weakened considerably as it moved over Puerto Rico, Do-

minican Republic and Haiti. We did experience airports closing

in the Turks & Caicos along with


If you have not joined Cacique

time to do so, especially with the

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

time of writing Tropical Storm

will arrive (see travel tools at

interCaribbean is growing

home plans are in order.

and from our publisher website. We are in the middle of the

exactly what time the flight

Rewards, our frequent flyer pro-

destinations this winter season

hurricane season and at the

those meeting you, to know

the time to make sure your own

available to download from our website (intercaribbean.com)

to enable you, the traveller, or

with the launch of services into

gramme, this might be a good

new routes and opportunities to earn and redeem points. On behalf of the

and also into two key cities in

interCaribbean Airways team, we

connections will be announced

us, and reading the latest edition

Cuba. Additional new cities and as we move towards the end of the year. So more connections

across the Caribbean make travel that much easier.

Recently we added customer

hope you enjoy your flight with

of ‘Cacique’. Should you wish to

comment on our new magazine, or have story ideas, please feel free to contact us at the email address below.

disruption of flights over two

days. Aside from the destruction

it brings, the advent of a tropical storm or hurricane disrupts our

operations in several countries. Erika was much stronger in the Eastern Caribbean and did

Trevor Sadler, CEO, interCaribbean Airways

Email: caciquemagazine@intercaribbean.com



issue IN THIS

Cigars, cities, culture, conch and more…


elcome to the second issue of ‘Cacique’, the inflight magazine of interCaribbean Airways.

Our cover story celebrates the exciting launch by

interCaribbean Airways of flights to Cuba, with both Havana and Santiago now included as destinations in the airline’s growing regional network.

When we think of Cuba, we naturally associate the island

with the splendid aroma of hand-rolled cigars. Now that

trade restrictions are finally being eased between Cuba and the United States, this is a key moment for the island’s cigar industry.

Across the Cayman Trench in Jamaica, ‘Cacique’ highlights

the output of on-line fashion platform Trendy Treat; and in the Dominican Republic we go hunting for bargains at some of

Santo Domingo’s top malls. Staying in Dom Rep and for those with exceedingly deep pockets, we look at property investment in Punta Cana.

In Puerto Rico, we take a trip down to Old San Juan, one

of the Caribbean’s most delightful cities and a great place to spend a fun weekend.

As part of a regular feature looking at interCaribbean’s desti-

nations, the magazine reviews the top 10 things to see and do in Nassau.

Closer to home, the magazine flies into once-sleepy South

Caicos and elsewhere in TCI we sample the fiery delights of

PeppaJoy hot sauce. We also compare and choose between three of Provo’s yummiest conch restaurants and review the Turks & Caicsos island’s splendid Ports of Call Resort.

Finally, the super new Lexus NX is put through its paces.

I hope you enjoy your flight with interCaribbean Airways and also enjoy reading this issue of ‘Cacique’. Please feel free to magazine.

Gary Gimson Publisher



Ministerio de Turismo de Cuba (Mintur).

email me at the address below with any comments about the

news Follow us:

@AirTurksNCaicos interCaribbeanAirways intercaribbean-airways www.intercaribbean.com

New office in Kingston

In partnership with British Airways


n interline agreement was announced by interCaribbean Airways and British Airways on 28 July. This new partnership allows BA customers to book an interCaribbean flight in conjunction with the British Airways ticket,

expanding the travel options for BA customers and allowing European customers to explore and enjoy more Caribbean destinations. BA and interCaribbean both serve Providenciales, Kingston and Nassau, with interCaribbean set to announce more routes in the coming months.

October sees the opening of interCaribbean’s new in-town office in New Kingston, offering walk-in ticket sales.

Looking for something to do in November? Why not head for the annual Turks and Caicos Conch Festival on 28 November and sample the famous delicacy in its many forms. interCaribbean will be there, so come and say hello.

Airline sponsors beauty pageant

interCaribbean is proud to be a sponsor of the Miss Teen Turks and Caicos Universe Beauty Pageant at the Brayton Hall auditorium in Providenciales on 26 September.

Starting this winter there will be two excellent new destinations to experience with interCaribbean as flights commence to Havana and Santiago de Cuba. Both services will be non-stop from Providenciales.

Have you signed up to Cacique Rewards? Join today to start earning points on your flights with interCaribbean Airways and thus qualify for a free flight. Points are awarded for each flight segment you fly with interCaribbean.

Non-stop service to Punta Cana

In addition to the new interCaribbean flights to Cuba, this winter will see a new non-stop service from Providenciales to Punta Cana. This will provide connections to Europe, North America, South America and Central America.

New aircraft joins fleet

Joining the interCaribbean fleet in October is a DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300 aircraft with the registration VQ-TGW. The airline has first-hand experience with this type of aircraft, having formerly operated a Twin Otter as part of its fleet.


Celebrating seafood

Flights to Cuba

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A WHIFF OF GOOD FORTUNE FOR To celebrate the launch of direct interCaribbean Airways’ flights to Cuba, we take a look at the iconic Cuban cigar at a key moment in its history.


’m not sure how well received

prices) in store at his home. His

ments would be today, but

followed a visit to the island in

Sir Winston Churchill’s com-

By Gary Gimson

this is what he had to say about cigars:

“My rule of life prescribes

lifelong love of Cuban cigars

1895. He went back to Cuba in

1946 after which the manufacturer of Romeo y Julieta incorporat-

as an absolutely sacred rite

smoking cigars and also the

ed his name on the cigar band.

drinking of alcohol before,


all meals and in the intervals

so, Cuban cigars have not been

after and if need be during between them.”

Churchill smoked only

readily available in the United States, although they have,

seven-inch Cuban cigars

– Romeo y Julieta No 2, in

fact. He is said to have puffed

and chewed his way through

between eight and 10 of these

large cigars each day and kept up to 4,000 (worth around US$135,000 at today’s

Sadly, for the past 50 years or

of course, remained on sale

throughout the Caribbean and elsewhere in the world.

And while there is a long

overdue thaw in diplomatic and commercial relations between

Cuba and the US, there are still no

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Cuba's iconic cigar





wholesale easing of Washington’s

Cuba and the Dominican Repub-

being, Cuban cigars still cannot

market is unlikely to change this

cigar sanctions. So, for the time

be commercially exported to the US, although visitors returning

to the US from Havana may now

bring tobacco products worth up to US$100 back into the country.

Exports Once the embargo is fully lifted, it is estimated that Cuban cigar exports to the US could reach

US$250 million a year. This would

lic. The opening up of the US

Hand-rolled Cuban cigars

situation. This is because, after the 1959 revolution, many of

Cuba’s famous cigar families fled

the island and moved production to the Dominican Republic, using exactly the same techniques (but not the exact same soil)

and retaining their internationally recognised brand names.

Meanwhile, back in Cuba, both

Tobacco leaves drying in Vinales

30 per cent. The US Congress

has yet to remove the ban, but

when this happens it is thought that Cuban cigar production

could expand by up to 70 per

cent. A rise in production of that

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mean a market share of around

size would put a strain on most industries and it’s not certain

how quickly Cuba could actually reach this level of output.

With a current annual produc-

tion of around 100 million cigars

a year, Cuba already has a 70 per cent share of the global cigar

market outside the US; but it is

the US market which accounts for two-thirds of all worldwide sales of cigars.

Competition Of course, the prospect of Cuban cigars returning en masse to the US market must concern manufacturers in Dominican

Republic, who have enjoyed

around half a century without

direct competition from Cuba.

Moreover, since the 1960s it has been a highly confusing picture for cigar aficionados as most of

the industry’s most famous brand names are produced in both



Once the embargo is fully lifted, it is estimated that Cuban cigar exports to the US could reach US$250 million a year

KNOW YOUR CIGARS – Cuban cigars come in many sizes and styles. Here’s a list of the best known and which features distinguish one cigar from another. Length (inches) Gauge Length (centimetres) Width (millimetres) CIGARELLO – Short, narrow cigar similar in size to a cigarette 3½ 21 8 8 ROTHSCHILD – Around since the mid 1800s. Like a robusto only shorter 4½ 48 11 19  ROBOLO – Like a Churchill only much shorter 4½ 60 11 24  ROBUSTO – Short, fat cigar, most popular size in the US 4⁷⁄₈ 50 12  20  SMALL PANATELA – Shorter version of the thin panatela 5 33 13  13  ASCOT – Small and easy to smoke 4½ 24 11  13  PETIT CORONA – As its name suggests, a small corona 5¹⁄₈ 42 13  17  CARLOTA – Thin and not so long 5⁵⁄₈ 35 14  14  CORONA – Benchmark size against others are measured 5½ 42 14  17  CORONA GORDA – Also called a toro, steadily growing in popularity 5⁵⁄₈ 46 14  18  PANATELA – Long, thin and elegant, its popularity is in decline 6 38 15  15  CORONA GRANDE – Longer version of the corona 6¹⁄₈ 42 16  17  LONSDALE – Longer than a corona but thicker than a panatela 6½ 42 17  17  PYRAMIDE – Oddly shaped but making a comeback 6-7 52-54 15-18 19-20 TORO GRANDE – Like the toro only longer 7 52 15  24  DOUBLE CORONA – Standard dimensions are 7½ to 8½ inches by a 49 to 52 ring gauge 7⁵⁄₈ 49 19  19  PRESIDENTE – One of the biggest and boldest cigars 8 50 20  20  GRAN CORONA – The perfect after-dinner cigar 9¼ 47 23  19  We wish to credit Cigar Afecionado for assistance with this list of cigar types.

Sergey Uryadnikov / Shutterstock.com

Cuba and the Dominican Re-

Airways flies to both Cuba and

have had, for example, Romeo

passengers will be able to make

public. So for nearly 50 years we y Julieta and H. Uppman cigars hand-rolled in both countries.

It will now be interesting to see

whether this confusing situation can be resolved in the coming

the Dominican Republic, so

their own choice when it comes to which cigars to buy. I’m sure Churchill would have been happy with either.

years. Luckily, interCaribbean




By Kirsten Alexander Images: Claire Phillips

You’ve got to admire his sauce… Learning to cook at his mother’s knee has led to a lifelong passion for army veteran Delano Handfield. Now the hot pepper sauce he created – and which she declared ‘the best ever’ – has brought him fame and success as the man behind the sauce company Sakaja.


urks & Caicos seafood is

PeppaJoy hot sauces. “It came

Caribbean. In fact, you

proud. I remember the positive

some of the best in the

might argue there is little to

beat it or improve on it – except, perhaps, one magical bottle of

sauce. Made in TCI by local en-

trepreneur Delano Handfield, it

comes in a small bottle, has a big flavour and is growing exponentially in popularity. This sauce is

out perfect and she was so

comments from my brothers and sisters and the joy of creating

something that others enjoyed became addictive. I knew right

then that cooking was going to

be one of my favourite pastimes.”



After several years, including

old when my mother first

States forces in Iraq, Delano re-

“I think I was about six years

decided to let me cook a pot

of peas and rice,” says Delano, creator and founder of Sakaja, the company that produces

military service with the United

turned to the kitchen to continue his childhood pastime while

looking for work after his return from army service. Initially, the

PeppaJoy sauce sure packs a punch

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peppaJoy hot sauce was just something to

sold under the name Sakaja,

he made he gave to his mother,

overall company that Delano

pass the time and the first bottle who, according to Delano, is

“probably the most strict critic

which is now the name of the runs.

“The name Sakaja was suggest-

when it comes to hot sauces”.

ed by a military friend,” he says.

persuaded Delano to bottle and

and means ‘spontaneous and/or

Thankfully, she loved it and

sell the product she described as “the best sauce she ever had in her life”.

Business Although praise from his discerning mother was encouraging,

Delano had no plans to actually

begin a hot sauce business until

a casual dinner with his cousin at Provo favourite da Conch Shack. “I remember him asking me, in a very concerned way, how I was

going to deal with my problem

of not finding suitable work. We

both knew I had recently applied for the Royal Police Force and

many other places, but with no

response from them at the time,

“The name is of African origin

natural’ as I was told at the time,

although I have never been able to verify this.” After two years of Sakaja being sold at da Conch

Shack, however, the owner, John MacDonald, suggested a name change to PeppaJoy to better describe the sauce. It took a

couple of weeks before the name and logo were finalised, but as

soon as PeppaJoy hit the shelves,

it was successful. “The first launch of the product sold three times as fast as the original Sakaja

label, and even to this day sales

continue to climb,” says Delano. “To me, John MacDonald is a true marketing genius.”

After making that first bottle

it was a very difficult question for

five years ago, Delano is still just

there, as he was about to tuck

was back in 2010. “Usually my

me to answer.” It was then and

into his conch salad: “I remembered my sauce and thoughts ran through my head of how

wonderfully my new sauce would complement this dish.” That was the moment when Delano was

spurred into action to make and

bottle TCI’s first locally produced pepper sauce.

As well as being the birthplace

of PeppaJoy, da Conch Shack

also had a lasting influence on

Delano and his brand. It was the

as involved in the process as he day starts at 4 am. That’s when I calculate the day’s production.

Once that is done, I usually get to the factory hours before my

employees to cook the sauce. I

schedule my employees to arrive after the sauce is fully cooked,

then they begin the bottling and labelling process. I usually hang around during this time as the quality assurance and quality control.”

Being so involved in the sauce

first place to stock the sauce,

process is all part of the job and

iconic hit with its customers. For

He says the support from the

which proved an instant and

the first two years of production, the sauce was produced and

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something that Delano enjoys. public is encouraging. “I have

had very positive feedback from

Whenever I am around my local friends and family, you can hear them shouting ‘Peppaman’ at me wherever I go.

Delano, the founder of Sakaja

da Conch Shack was the first place to stock the sauces

PeppaJoy is currently available

in two distinctive flavours: PeppaJoy Medium and PeppaJoy Ghost.

Expansion There are plans to expand the brand by introducing Peppa-

Joy Reaper Pepper Sauce and PeppaJoy Moruga Scorpion

Pepper Sauce. The names of

the sauces may sound rather

morbid, but they actually refer

to the types of peppers used in

making the individual products. The Ghost pepper was once

named the world’s hottest chilli

pepper before it was overtaken

by the Trinidad moruga scorpion pepper in 2012, which was then the public, local government and

an affectionate nickname from

rants that stock my product,” he

around my local friends and

locally owned stores and restau-

says. “I have also received lots of supportive and positive emails

from the tourists who visited TCI and tried the sauce when they were here.” He also picked up

his supporters. “Whenever I am family, you can hear them shout-

ing ‘Peppaman’ at me wherever I go. They are so proud that there is a local product being made here by a locally born citizen.”

outdone by the Carolina reaper pepper in 2013. For those who like a hot sauce without the

record-breaking hotness, there

is good news. A Spicy Pineapple

Relish Sauce is being developed, so you can still enjoy Delano’s

magical sauces even if you can’t quite handle the heat.

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propertyWatch: Punta Cana

Live in paradise in Punta Cana

14 Cacique

It ‘s paradise – but can you afford an ocean view? By Gary Gimson


t’s one of the Caribbean’s

of the nation’s top locations

ranked fourth-best in the Carib-

A place where an oceanfront

given, rental incomes are out of

varying abilities.

hottest of property hot spots.

property can sell for up to

US$20 million and where the

where capital appreciation is a this world and quality is king.

Location number one is a par-

bean) are a delight for golfers of

Ocean views

stars have been investing their

ticular favourite. This is the Punta

Properties around these two

It’s a destination that attracts

development originally created

they’re excellently built and most

money for some time.

flights from as far away as Russia

and Chile and a host of places in

between; and it’s a destination to

which interCaribbean Airways operates each week from Provo, San

Juan, Port-au-Prince and Kingston. This is the Dominican Republic.

While there are any number of

places in which property invest-

ment in the Dominican Republic makes sense, I have chosen two

Cana Resort & Club, a maturing by the late fashion designer

Oscar de la Renta. Quite simply, this resort is pure class, and the

mostly grand properties located around its golf courses are top-

notch. The 27-hole La Cana Golf Club (designed by P.B. Dye and

comprising three nines known as Tortuga, Hacienda and Arrecife) and Tom Fazio’s fabulous 18

holes at Corales (unsurprisingly

courses do not come cheap, but have views either of ocean or

fairway. What’s more, the rental

income stream is especially lucrative. Many properties are booked for upwards of US$1,500 a night and some of the top-end villas command figures of around

US$10,000 in the peak season. I spoke to Reyson Pimentel,

of property agents ‘Caribbean

Lifestyle & Events’, who explains

interCaribbean.com 15

propertyWatch: Punta Cana Punta Cana’s high prices and

Of course, there are always

strong rentals: “The strategy

foreclosures to be snapped up.

prices is social safety, the scarcity

but there are bargains to be

behind the higher per-metre

of the beachfront and oceanside location and the high quality of the properties, both in location

and construction; also to attract

These are few and far between, had, especially if you don’t mind

spending a few thousand dollars on decoration and repairs.

According to Reyson Pimentel:

the high-end market and filter

“Punta Cana Resort & Club has

this, the restrictions on how to

increase in real estate sales. North

out the unwanted. In addition to pay for a property are very high.

No cash transactions are allowed and all funds have to come from a trusted and legal source of revenue.”

Delightful There are some resales around

as well as some vacant plots and apartments. A building plot on

Hacienda (one of La Cana’s three

had a 16 per cent year-on-year Americans are buying in Punta

Cana due to the increase in direct flights to the resort, which has

resulted in cheaper fares. Euro-

peans have seen this as well. Air

traffic is set to increase by over 10 per cent per annum for the next

five years in both flights and passenger arrivals. This is still where Cancun was 30 years ago.”

Within easy driving distance

nines) is likely to cost upwards of

of Punta Cana are the equally

the same again creating some-

Casa da Campo and La Samaná.

US$475,000. Expect to spend a

thing worthy of such a delightful setting.

Reyson’s own take on Punta

Cana Resort & Club is: “For

entry to mid level, I would go for Tortuga. The lots are smaller but the area is closer to the beach and also on the golf course.

Inventory below US$1 million

is very scarce and appreciation

value is above five per cent per annum. Mid to high is Arrecife

and Corales is high to luxurious.”

TAXES AND COSTS So what are the annual costs? Annual taxes amount to one per cent (IVSS) if a property exceeds around US$150,000. There are some exceptions – for example, if the buyer is older than 65 and has no other property. There is no stamp duty for international buyers, no tax on rental income and no capital gains tax for 10 years. There is a three per cent tax to pay on purchasing for the title transfer to owner, based on the contract value. Buying costs, including legal fees, are about six per cent of the purchase price. Foreign buyers have all the same rights as Dominican buyers. The Dominican government is very strict in regard to the source of any foreign property investment. And all funds must come from a legal and certified source of income.

delightful resorts of La Romana/ The 7,000 acre Casa da Campo estate, a former sugar planta-

tion, has truly great golf courses, such as the legendary Pete Dye

creation Teeth of the Dog, often rated number one in the Carib-

bean and well within the world’s top 100. Dye also designed the

27-hole Dye Fore and The Links,

which are on the same estate and also highly rated.

Somewhat improbably, prop-

erty prices can be even higher in Casa da Campo than those

in Punta Cana. But US$550,000

should buy something cosy and reasonable at Casa da Campo with four bedrooms, probably

plots of around 600 square

metres start from the mid 350s. For me, Punta Cana just has

without a pool or sea view.

the edge on Casa da Campo in

up to US$20 million, yet an ‘entry

when it comes to the golf then,

Oceanfront properties can sell for level’ house with three bedrooms can probably be had for under US$375,000. Vacant building

Lush lawns and bright blue pools

terms of property selection; but despite strong claims from La

Cana and Corales, Teeth of the Dog wins every time.

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Old San Juan

Old masterpiece is alive and kicking VIEJO SAN JUAN – A BRILLIANT FUSION OF PAST AND PRESENT

By Hal Peat

Past and present have come together to create Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan), the wonderfully vibrant colonial quarter of Puerto Rico’s capital. Exuding much of the grandeur of its yesterdays, this ‘must see’ visitor attraction has its own unmistakable style.


ld and new intersect

in the original colonial heart of Puerto Rico

known as Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan). Founded in 1521

by the Spanish explorer Ponce de León, this historical quarter

reflects the legacy of that early

existence, yet is also part of the commercial and leisure life of the island today.

First-time visitors are often

Within this area of seven urban

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tional Park Service, where visitors

journey of discovery begins on the

can roam the maze-like interiors

drive from airport to hotel as you

and dungeons and enjoy the fab-

cross one of the bridges spanning

ulous vista from its 150 ft walls.

the bay and pass from the modern capital into this living masterpiece.

Must see

Morro (El Morro Fortress) is a

squares lined by outdoor cafés.

Cristóbal, maintained by the Na-

all fitting together in harmony. The

the forts and churches, the quiet

and restaurants, and the elegant

east, the 17th-century Castillo San

imposing to small and intimate, yet

Within the old fortified walls, the

arcade passages with their shops

landmark is its sister fort to the

of building, from massive and

astounded by the wealth of

elegant buildings of all sizes,

the British and the Dutch. Another

blocks you will find every size

vast Castillo de San Felipe del

‘must see’ for visitors. From this

site guarding the San Juan Bay,

soldiers fought off attacks by both

Take time to visit the Plaza de

Old San Juan street art vendors

Armas, the city’s original main square, once used for military

drill and now a popular meeting point. This process of transfor-

mation is typical of Old San Juan. For instance, the island’s tourism office is housed in La Princesa

building, a former prison, while La Fortaleza, a fortress dating

back to 1540, is now the official

a staple of the menu at local es-

Puerto Rico. A stroll along the

dining spots devoted to world-

residence of the Governor of

elegant tree-lined Paseo de la

Princesa, with views across the bay, evokes an earlier period.

tablishments, but there are also

wide cuisine from the Americas, Europe and Asia.

There are shops to suit all


This leads into the Paseo del

wants, from practical to pleas-

• Castillo San Felipe del Morro: Unesco World Heritage Site. Guided tours available.

the city walls. Along the way, the

be handmade cigarillos and au-

• Castillo San Cristóbal: Wonderful 17th-century stone fortress, guided tours available.

in streets such as Fortaleza and

• La Fortaleza: Governor’s mansion with origins dating back four centuries. Tours available.

Morro, a shoreline path beneath bronze sculpture La Rogativa

commemorates the women who fended off a British invasion in the 18th century.

Old San Juan is virtually a huge

museum of colonial architecture in which many buildings recog-

urable to decorative, whether it

thentic panama hats, to be found Cristo, or mementos in the form of santos (hand-carved saints

and scenes) and the flamboyant vejigantes (festival masks).

The city’s sense of style is just as

• San Juan Museum of Art and History: Former marketplace transformed into exhibits of traditional Puerto Rican art.

nised as National Historic Sites.

evident in its elegant-to-hip choice

History has traditional Puerto

landmark property is the Hotel

• Museum of the Americas: Cuartel de Ballajá building constructed by the Spanish military. Features permanent and temporary exhibits of history and culture of the Americas.

Calle Cristo and next to the main


The San Juan Museum of Art and Rican art and audiovisual shows about the island’s history. Over

at the Museum of the Americas,

housed in the Cuartel de Ballajá, an old military barracks, there

is an outstanding collection of popular and folk art of Latin America.


of upscale accommodation. A El Convento, which sits along

Catedral de San Juan Bautista.

This former Carmelite convent was renovated in the postwar period, initially by Robert Woolworth, to

exude colonial elegance, with features such as marble chessboard floors and mahogany furniture.

Other older edifices that have

The tree-lined Plaza de Colón,

been transformed into boutique

lent refreshment pause after visiting

Da’House Hotel on San Francis-

named after Columbus, is an excelthe nearby San Cristóbal fort. Take time to digress along its narrower pedestrian streets. Features such

as the brightly hued and balconied two-storey colonial buildings, and

the town’s ubiquitous cats guarding almost every doorway, could be

among the enduring images you take away with you.

Other principal streets contain

eateries and art galleries.

Food enthusiasts are drawn to

Fortaleza Street, also the venue for an annual culinary event

showcasing local restaurants and bistros. Contemporary Puerto

Rican cuisine (criollo nuevo) is

accommodation are the

co Street, a former national arts

centre building featuring an ec-

lectic mix of antique and modern furnishings with original Puerto

Rican artwork, and the Casablanca Hotel on Fortaleza, inspired

by North African design. Across

• San Sebastian Street Festival: Four-day-long street fair each January along Calle San Sebastian and nearby, with hundreds of artisans and parades. • Old San Juan SOFO Culinary Fest: Twice-yearly event in August and December along South Fortaleza Street. Local restaurants and cafés take part in a weekend gastronomic celebration. INFORMATION ABOUT OLD SAN JUAN • Puerto Rico Tourism Company assists in both English and Spanish on Puerto Rico and has details of expert guides for local walking and drive tours. La Casita, Calle Commercio & Plaza de la Darsena. Tel: 722-1709. Web: www.www.gotopuertorico.com Images: Hal Peat and Puerto Rico Tourism Company

from Da’House is the very special Nuyorican Café, which comes

alive in the evening with artists

performing jazz and Latin beats.

While Old San Juan exudes much of the grandeur of its yesterdays, its vibrancy and identity derives from its brilliance in fusing past

with present to produce its own unmistakable style.

Enjoy the nightlife and some Latin beats

Colourful buildings in central San Juan

Visit the charming Catedral de San Juan

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in the making Jamaican-born Stephanie McLean wants you to be consciously and globally glamorous with her online fashion platform, Trendy Treat

By Kirsten Alexander Images: Carl Hamilton

All of the pieces Stephanie is wearing are from the Mogul in the Making collection and available to buy at trendytreat.com

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tephanie McLean is the

shipped all over the world. The

to Tokyo to Doha. She has lived

a global online fashion

and ethical, with prices and styles

wanderlust to being immersed

founder of Trendy Treat,

platform that is revolutionising

shopping for women around the world. With a focus on ethical

products and a strong influence

products are varied, beautiful

to suit everyone. All the design-

ers are committed to sustainable production.

Stephanie is now a suc-

from travel, Trendy Treat is much

cessful entrepreneur as well

retailer. It is set to redefine the

er, despite having no formal

more than your average clothing standards of online and moral fashion.

as a budding fashion designtraining. “I probably have one

of the most unorthodox design

briefly in China and credits her in another culture. “It teaches

you acceptance and to broaden your world view,” she says. “I’ve looked at the world through a

wider lens. I encourage people to travel all the time. Staying in

one place is like having a bestselling book and reading only one chapter.”

I’ve looked at the world through a wider lens. I encourage people to travel all the time. Staying in one place is like having a bestselling book and reading only one chapter processes,” she says. “It’s part

cased in Trendy Treat, which is a

[the seamstresses] while they are

one. As well as shipping clothes

explanations and sitting with

cutting to ensure that we are on the same page. But I’ve had fun with it. It’s a labour of love.”

Stephanie has her own line of

clothing, Mogul in the Making,

available both in boutiques and An accidental fashion design-

er, Stephanie originally trained in law. Although interested in

fashion, she didn’t first see herself pursuing a career in the industry.

Her legal education led her to the world of business and it was then that Trendy Treat was born. Trendy Treat is an online

around the world, it creates a

special link between countries

and cultures and delivers a slice of another culture straight to your door.


line is ethically manufactured

love with a Mak Nisy bag from

Each piece of clothing in the

“A woman in Tokyo can fall in

by women in Jamaica for other

Nigeria that she discovered at

women around the world. The

designers on Trendy Treat come from all over – London, Paris, Nigeria, Australia and many places in between.

A keen traveller, Stephanie has

visited five continents and an

clothes, bags and accessories on

and cities, from Israel to Jordan

Trendy Treat, with items being

global retailer in more ways than

on the Trendy Treat website.

fashion destination. Up-and-

coming designers showcase their

Her passion for travel is show-

bad drawing, pictures, lots of

Trendy Treat and it will be delivered to her door,” says Steph-

anie. “Maybe she has never been to Africa, maybe she will never go, but Trendy Treat has taken her on a little getaway.”

This global connection is

impressive number of countries

changing the way Trendy Treat

to South Africa and from Munich

encouraging women all over the

customers view fashion and

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profileView world to explore something differ-

Each piece in the capsule collec-

practices. For Stephanie, social

measurements – something other

ent, with an emphasis on ethical

responsibility is very important in the fashion industry. “If we don’t

make changes today, it will have

a huge impact in the near future,” she says. “I’m happy that ethical fashion has become ‘en vogue’

and that more designers and big

box retailers are making an effort to be more socially conscious.”

anie, whose enthusiasm and

online retailers have been slow

She has her sights set firmly on

clothes made just for them.”

Starting at just US$60 for a

dress, it has never been easier or

can do to impress, Stephanie also offers a custom-fit range

featuring fierce workwear, floral dresses and printed playsuits.

strong design with other indusColourful designs with a social conscience

tries. [They] have crossed over

into hotels, and I would love to

merge the design passion with real estate and home goods.”

There are also big plans for

to your home. And if it doesn’t fit,

the Trendy Treat online experi-

won’t have to worry about it not

Net-A-Porter for the up-and-com-

Trendy Treat is Trendy Signature

When it seems as if there is

brand like Armani and integrate

an affordable option to get

The latest product to launch on

nothing more that Trendy Treat

“I would love to establish a

have really appreciated having


any guilt.

her inspiration.

dously positive. I think women

being right.

to your heart’s content without

global fashion empire Armani as

“The response has been tremen-

they will adjust it for free, so you

manufactured, so you can shop

expanding her brand and cites

line has been a huge success.

tiful, bespoke clothing delivered

ble on Trendy Treat are ethically

determination are infectious.

to explore. Stephanie says the

more cost-effective to have beau-

That’s why all clothes availa-

The sky’s the limit for Steph-

tion is made to the customer’s

Itineraries, which underlines the romantic link between fashion

and travel. Trendy Treat Signature

ence. “My plan is to become the ing designer. Natalie Massenet

[founder of Net-A-Porter] is such an inspiration and I’ve watched her evolution closely. What she

has done for established brands,

I aspire to do for emerging talent across the world.”

With so much accomplished

Itineraries takes the concept

already, where does Stephanie

new level. The idea is simple

“My hope is that in the next five

of getaway chic to an exciting but oh-so-stylish. Aimed at the inimitable discerning women

who buy from Trendy Treat, these Signature Itineraries are bespoke getaways at stylish luxury resorts. The first hotels to get involved are Trident and Geejam Hotel,

both located in Stephanie’s native

see herself in five years’ time?

years more women will be con-

sciously and globally glamorous because of Trendy Treat.”

MORE INFORMATION To find out more and shop the collections, visit: www.trendytreat.com

Jamaica. Other luxury locations in sight are South Africa and Dubai,

two places Stephanie is especially fond of.

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caicosPine CaicosProject


Saving TCI’s national tree T

he Caicos pine – national

populations of Caicos pines, they

sticks to the needles almost like

cos Islands – is in danger

pines are smaller and generally a

layer that encourages the growth

tree of the Turks and Cai-

of extinction. In the five years

up to 2010 the islands lost over 90 per cent of their population



with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

parasite called the pine tortoise

Pine Recovery Project is working

The tree is under threat from a

to combat the decline of this

scale insect, which spread quickly

The Caicos pine is a member

of the Caribbean pine species. It has three varieties found in Central America, Cuba and

the Lucayan Archipelago (the

Bahamas and TCI). Those in TCI occur only on low, rocky areas

of three islands: Pine Cay, North

Caicos and Middle Caicos. Over 500 miles away in the Bahamas,

the Caicos pine is also found on Andros, Grand Bahama, Abaco

and New Providence. Because of the distance between these two

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different shape from those in the

of Caicos pines. Now the Caicos

special tree. The endangered Caicos Pine

are genetically distinct. The TCI

during the opening years of the millennium. Thought to have

been introduced to TCI by way

of imported Christmas trees, the native North American parasite has had a devastating effect

on pine numbers. The parasite

thrives on the warm climate of the Caribbean and faces little in the

way of destruction or control. It is

able to breed quickly and cover a Caicos pine in a very short time.

The insects feed on the sap of

the trees, then excrete a sticky liquid called honeydew. This

syrup, before it dries, leaving a of sooty mould, a sugar-feed-

ing fungus. The mould blocks

the sunlight from reaching the

needles, thus further weakening

the trees and making them more susceptible to wildfire.

The Caicos pine needs wildfire

to survive and thrive, because it is a foundation species, which




• Long-term research of fire exclusion, fire simulation and pest control on all three islands with pine populations.

• Banking of collected seeds locally and in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank to safeguard the species.

• Biochemical analysis of insect-repelling volatile chemicals that trees are producing.

• Setting up a core conservation area for the species on Middle Caicos.

• An emergency and research collection of Caicos pines held in the Quarantine House at Kew.

• A controlled burn programme, with firebreaks and intentional lighting of seasonal fires in selected areas.

• Conservation collection of seeds of other pineyard plant species and their cultivation at two native plant nurseries in TCI and at the Tropical Nursery at Kew.

• Collection of cones and seeds for growth of trees in nursery for eventual replanting. • A recovery plot on Pine Cay, where over 300 healthy saplings have been planted out and are monitored for scale infestation and growth. • A hiking trail to educate students and other visitors about the national tree and its ecosystem.

• Collection of saplings and planting of over 200 trees in a managed area to create a seed farm of healthy trees.

• Biodiversity research of fungi by Kew’s mycologists. • Survival of seeds and seed germination research to determine viability. • Identification of insect pests found on trees and any predatory species feeding on these pests. • Aerial photography of pine ecosystem. • Long-term research into areas of controlled burns, fire regeneration, and effects on habitat.

• Working with the Department of Agriculture to restrict the import of live pine material that can introduce pests.

means that it affects the habitat

it lives in, specifically by encouraging wildfires. The fire travels through the habitat at ground level, burning the flammable

pine needles that have fallen to

the ground. Because the mature or larger pines have thick bark, they remain unaffected by the fire, but smaller saplings are A controlled burn in Middle Caicos

burnt. The fires are vital for maintaining the ecosystem; but the parasites weaken the trees, so

that not only the young trees are lost in the fires.

Funded The Caicos Pine Recovery Project has been working for eight

Foundation. Using both in situ

and ex situ methods, as well as

sophisticated field research, the

project is doing everything possible to save the Caicos pine.

tion projects are always long-term,

Information and images courtesy of Bryan Naqqi Manco, project manager at TCI’s Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs.

the project is far from over.

For more information visit www.kew.org

Current project funding runs

years to maintain, protect and

out in March 2016 and the project

project is funded by the British

the project going. Tree conserva-

encourage the trees to grow. The government’s Darwin Plus biodiversity initiative for UK Overseas

Territories and the John Ellerman

A thermal imaging camera is used to document the fire

is now looking for ways to keep

owing to the lifespan of trees, so

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shopping in Santo Domingo

Retail therapy has never felt so good…


t is no surprise that the capital

of Dominican Republic and the largest city in the Caribbean is

home to some of the best shop-

Santo Domingo.

ping malls in the region.

It might be a surprise, however,

Best for high-end brands: BLUE MALL

to learn that most of these malls

are quite new, with some of them

Blue Mall, on Avenida Winston

opening as recently as 2012.

Churchill, is a haven for those

who like to indulge in the finer

This retail boom is not only

popular with shoppers but is also benefiting the economy. It offers

something for every demographic, from adults to children, big

spenders to thrifty savers, local people to tourists.

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‘Cacique’ magazine gives a

rundown of the best malls in

things in life. Featuring a list of

international names synonymous with quality, including MAC,

Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Steve

Madden, Blue Mall is the crème

de la crème of Caribbean malls. You don’t have to be a million-

Blue Mall is best for luxury brands

Images: Blue Mall

Unleash your inner shopaholic in Santo Domingo

aire to shop here, however, as there are more purse-friendly options interspersed with the high-end, including Bershka,

Stradivarius and Zara, all offering quality clothing without a highend price tag. While the main

draw for shoppers at Blue Mall is the designer labels, it is also

family-friendly. Catering for the little ones is the Funny Factory, located on the fourth floor, of-

fering a range of attractions and entertainments including a ball

pool and play area. It can also be

hired out for birthday parties. The Marriott Hotel has 122 rooms on 15 floors.


Number of stores: 80+ Car park: Yes

Cinema: Six screens

For children: Funny Factory

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10.00 to 21.00. Sundays and holidays 12.00 to 20.00

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Best for the whole family: ÁGORA

opened Trattoria Pizzarelli, a

new concept for the largest local

Best for international brands: ACROPOLIS CENTER

Santo Domingo is one of the

pizza franchise. A seven-screen Palacio del Cine completes

This four-level mall is popular with

this family-friendly mall, which

Dom Rep’s fashion-conscious

young people, thanks largely to

The Ágora Mall in the heart of best and most exciting malls in the whole Caribbean. One of

several malls to open in 2012,

Ágora has every base covered

when it comes to a family day out

has become a popular stop for shopping, entertainment, food and services.

umphs is that Ágora is the country’s first eco-friendly mall. Its

commitment to the environment doesn’t compromise any typical mall features, which include a

Jumbo Supermarket, and it even has an indoor amusement park called ScreamLand. The Jardin

offers an impressive collection of eateries, as well as the recently

international stores and eateries. But don’t let this thought put

you off. Acropolis is a popular

as well as an exciting shopping experience. One of its main tri-

its multitude of trendy shops,

shopping venue for people of ÁGORA Number of stores: 180 Car park: Yes Cinema: Seven screens For children: ScreamLand amusement park Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 09.00 to 21.00. Sundays and holidays 10.00 to 20.00

all ages and tastes. It includes a seven-screen Caribbean

Cinema, a food court and dozens of quality shops. International outlets include Mango, Nine

West and Springfield as well

as the world-famous restaurant

chains T.G.I. Fridays, Tony Roma’s Restaurant and Hooters. Inspired by Christopher Columbus’s

discovery of Hispaniola, the

Acropolis has been designed to look like the front of a ship with

the multi-storey Citigroup Tower next door.

ACROPOLIS CENTER Number of stores: 80+ Car park: Yes Cinema: Seven screens For children: Soft play areas on three levels Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10.00 to 20.00. Sundays and holidays 11.00 to 18.00

Relax and refresh at a classy restaurant

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shopping in Santo Domingo


Number of stores: 100+ Car park: Yes

Cinema: 14 screens

For children: Aquarium

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10.00 to 21.00. Sundays and holidays 12.00 to 20.00

Best for bargains: MEGACENTRO As the largest mall in the whole of Dom Rep, Megacentro certainly lives up to its name. Stretching

185,000 square metres over three levels, Megacentro is made up of around 250 excellent stores, res-

Best for entertainment: SAMBIL Along with Ágora, Sambil Santo Domingo opened in 2012.

Sambil is known for its exciting

shopping malls across the Caribbean – and Spain – and has a

reputation for good retail outlets

with a great atmosphere and fine entertainment. Alongside big

names such as Adidas, Reebok and La Senza and electronics

stores like Samsung and Panas-

tore there is Aquamundo, an en-

chanting aquarium for the whole family. Aquamundo stretches

over 1,600 square metres with

72 independent exhibitions and many species endemic to the Dom Rep as well as creatures

from around the Caribbean and the world. There is also a 14-

screen cinema, Palacio del Cine, showing all the latest blockbust-

ers, including 3D films. Sambil is

the ultimate ‘day out’ destination, where you can shop, eat, play

taurants and services. With over 10 million visitors a year, Mega-

centro is one of the country’s most popular venues for local people and tourists alike. The stores are varied, with styles and prices to

suit everyone. The Jumbo hyper-

market is one of the mall’s leading stores, in addition to the many local and international brands

in the mall, including Converse,

Tommy Hilfiger and more. A Caribbean Cinema with 10 screens provides entertainment after a

busy day at the shops, and Happy Land and Funtastico will keep the children amused.


Number of stores: 250 Car park: Yes

Cinema: 10 screens

For children: Happy Land, Funtastico

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9.00 to 21.00. Sundays and holidays 10.00 to 18.00

and relax all under one roof.

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things to do in



uch more than a cruise ship call, Nassau has everything from pirates to sharks to a legendary carnival. Not to mention the excellent food and drink. Nassau is a vibrant city with parallels of pristine beaches and a bustling downtown that draws in Bahamians, spring breakers, tourists and day trippers with its Caribbean charms. Whatever your reason for visiting the Bahamian capital, here is our ‘Cacique’ guide to 10 unmissable things to do in Nassau.

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THE DAIQUIRI SHACK In case you didn’t know, a daiquiri (pronounced da-ker-ee) is a delicious cocktail made from three main ingredients: rum, citrus and sugar. Over on West Bay Street, however, there is much more to a daiquiri than three ingredients. The famous Daiquiri Shack is the place to go in Nassau – and probably the whole of the Bahamas – to get an excellent custom-made cocktail. Here, the friendly bartenders will create a daiquiri like no other. Not only are they strong, cheap and refreshing, but they can also be made in just about any desired combination of fruity flavours – as long as they have all the ingredients. You can choose up to three fresh fruits, which are sliced in front of you before being blended into a delicious cocktail. Our favourite is watermelon, strawberry and kiwi, but the coconut daq is also fantastic.


Distillery Daiquiri



There are many wonderful beaches in the Bahamas, all with exceptionally white sand and aquamarine waters. But Jaws Beach is our favourite. And, yes, it was named after the famous trilogy of American films about a giant man-eating shark. Thankfully, however, it is only the location where the third movie, ‘Jaws 3’, was filmed and not where an actual killer shark resided. The Hollywood connection draws people to the beach; but it’s worth a visit in its own right. The beach is dotted with palm trees, providing a welcome spot of shade. The beach is rarely crowded during the week, but weekends are busier. Perfect for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing.





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With its Royal Towers and beachfront setting, Atlantis Paradise Island is one of Nassau’s most iconic hotels. It is also famous for the Aquaventure Water THE CLOISTERS Park, a 141-acre aquatic adventure that ws Beach will keep the whole family entertained for One of the most romantic spots in Nassau, irates on Paradise Island is a charmhours on end. If you stay at the Atlantis the P Cloisters lois ters views. The resort overnight, you get free access to the ing outdoor spot with C fine ocean there is an entrance fee. grounds may not be extensive enough to justify aAquapark. ventOtherwise, ure There is a multitude of T pools, whole day there, but it’s a good place to visit and iki rides, slides and beaches. They include the Leap of Faith, a 60 take in another side of Nassau. Featuring romantic ft near-vertical drop that propels riders through a columns and lush grass, the grounds are a popular clear tunnel submerged in a shark-filled lagoon. venue for wedding organisers and photographers. Other features are the quarter-mile-long Lazy River The Cloisters, originally from a 14th-century French with its gentle current, and a grotto pool monastery, were brought with cascading waterfalls and palm to the island by the trees. If you don’t fancy getting your American philanthropist feet wet, the plentiful sandy Huntington Hartford beaches or private cabanas in the early 1960s. The will give you a chance to relax. botanical gardens, ocean views and European atmosphere offer a peaceful zenGallery away from Junkanoo Jaws Beach Pirates Cloisters Aquaventure the city tourist spots.


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TIKI BIKINI HUT Sun? Check. Sand? Check. Sea? Check. All you can drink for only US$30? Check. Tiki Bikini Hut is nothing short of legendary. Located on Junkanoo Beach, this small hut is popular with both local people and tourists for its excellent service, food, drinks and deals. The food is typically Bahamian: think jerk pork, plantain, fried conch and barbecued chicken. The drinks are exotic, with names like Miami Vice, Sweet Chocolate, Guava Bahama and Blue Shark. And the deals are inviting, with a ‘VIP package’ that includes six drinks, two chairs and an umbrella for US$45; or an offer of ‘unlimited’ tropical drinks for US$30. Whether you prefer to unwind on the beach with a piña colada or get together with your mates for a beach party, the Tiki Bikini Hut will serve you very well.



JOHN WATLING’S DISTILLERY Pirates and rum go hand in hand, especially in the case of John Watling. A buccaneer by trade, Watling’s legacy of adventure lives on in John Watling’s rum, produced on the historical Buena Vista Estate in Nassau. Visitors can go on a free tour of the famous distillery, either by themselves or with an official guide, and learn about the history of the area and its rum. Dubbed ‘The Spirit of the Bahamas’, John Watling’s rum is made using traditional English methods to produce a small selection of rums that can be enjoyed in the bar – either straight or in a delicious cocktail – at the end of the tour. The piña colada is highly recommended.

Distillery Daiquiri

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JUNKANOO Set your alarm for 2 am and head down to the streets of Nassau to experience one of the world’s best carnivals. Three times a year – 26 December, 1 January and, more recently, during the summer – Junkanoo explodes with Cookin’ Distillery Daiquiri Junkanoo colour and energy. It’s an experience not to be missed when in Nassau. Each carnival takes months of preparation, as the theme changes with every Junkanoo. The origins of the festivities are unclear, but many believe it began with 18th-century slaves who were given time off over Christmas and would celebrate by dancing and singing in colourful masks. The parade typically lasts from 2 am to 10 am with spectators often inspired to join in. Watching the dance troupes and musicians in their fabulous costumes, you’ll be happy you set your alarm so early.




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PIRATES OF NASSAU MUSEUM Get up close to some real pirates of the Caribbean – well, almost. The Pirates of Nassau may sound a bit cheesy and child-orientated, but this ever-popular museum offers a lot more than inflatable parrots and eyepatches. The museum is fun and interactive, but also informative, something every parent will relish, while also learning Cookin’ Distillery something themselves. A replica ship welcomes you into the museum, which is full of artefacts, waxwork pirates and even ‘real’ pirates (actors in full costume). Guests can walk around the museum at their own pace or join in a guided tour. A shop, a bar and a restaurant are there to complete the experience.



Jaws Beach



NATIONAL ART GALLERY OF THE BAHAMAS Small but perfectly formed, the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) is housed in a pretty colonial mansion on Daiquiri Gallery West Street. TheJunkanoo first of its kind in the Bahamas, the museum was opened in 2003 and has been praised for its showcasing of Bahamian art. The works are a mixture of contemporary and traditional, including paintings, sculptures, installations and photography, many of which deal with the tumultuous history of the Bahamas. The National Collection is diverse, with temporary niche exhibitions in Galleries 1 and 2. Members of staff are happy to provide information about the exhibits. And there is a museum shop with quality gifts to remind you of your stay.



Bahamian food is really good. So it’s no surprise that local people are serving it up with pride all over the country. There are so many eateries to choose from, but our favourite is Nassau’s oldest Bahamian restaurant and bar. It’s called Bahamian Cookin’ and it does exactly what it says on the tin. The menu is largely devoted to fish and seafood and, of course, it’s all super-fresh and extra tasty. Minced lobster, grouper, shrimp and conch are all authentic and delicious and there is a selection of cocktails and Bahamian beers. The restaurant is family-run, with three generations putting their heart and soul into the excellent food. Since it opened in 1986, it has become a firm favourite.


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paradise – look South For a slice of

If ever a Caribbean island could be described as perfect, then that island must be South Caicos efforts to farm conch, lobster and

with only about 1,000

States anti-submarine base – now

south-east of Provo and

permanent residents, charming

South Caicos is everyone’s idea of a dream destination – an island surrounded by a tur-

quoise sea, fringed with quiet, powder-white beaches. It’s an

sponge. There was also a United gone – but all of this has been replaced by real estate development, fishing and tourism

plus related activities such as whale-watching and sailing.

impressively unhurried place



oldest native festival. This Caicos

with more than a hint of barefoot

The Big South Regatta is TCI’s

Perversely nicknamed the Big

sloop sailing event commem-

South, the island has a bank, a few grocery stores, service

stations, plus a scattering of bars and restaurants. If you want to

get away from it all, then South

orates Queen Elizabeth II’s visit

to South Caicos in 1966 and has grown into a fun event for the

The main ‘town’ of Cockburn

Caicos is for you.

Harbour – the TCI’s only truly

Caicos has a colourful history

not be confused with Cockburn

As with much of the TCI, South

that began with a sighting by

Columbus, followed much later

by the arrival of pirates, then salt production (as with Grand Turk) and at various times short-lived

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time now. Property developer

whole island.

Sailrock and the government are jointly spending around

Inside one of Sailrock's villas

US$4 million to restore the town’s

sheltered deepwater ‘port (and

Town on Grand Turk) – was once the outlet for the island’s salt production.

Cockburn Harbour has been in

need of TLC treatment for some

historical buildings and walls and to revitalise the Queen’s Parade Sailrock Development Ltd


ituated about 40 miles

Grounds as well as the old Wes-

leyan Church and the 18th-century Commissioner’s House.

As Alain Prion from the fabu-

lous East Bay Resort points out:

Images courtesy of Sailrock Development Ltd

as discovering the untouched

revitalisation of the island, not

Among the diving community,

for the improvement of life on a

natural beauty South has to offer. South Caicos is known to have

some of the best spots, as well

only for new business but also local scale.”

In addition to the Sailrock de-

as magnificent snorkelling areas

velopment and the condos built

natural marine and wildlife. All

is the new Caicos Beach Club

where guests can enjoy the

are protected because we are in

a national marine and land park.” Meanwhile, Sailrock is behind

much of the new villa construc-

for the East Bay Resort, there Resort & Marina.

Welcome as these new proper-

ties are for the island’s economy,

tion on South Caicos as the

island stakes a claim to be one of the Caribbean’s most desirable

and exclusive addresses – a hideaway for Hollywood stars, rock

legends and the mega rich (and even some of the rest of us).

Investment The company has also been

instrumental in pushing for more investment in infrastructure for

Go whale watching in the national marine park

bying has had some real success

there is always a danger that

spending US$14 million on road

itors to South Caicos will be lost

the island. Sailrock’s quiet lob-

here. In fact, the government is

improvements, a new health facility and on work to upgrade the

airport terminal, due for comple-

South Caicos International

do not see South Caicos ever

runway and full customs services for those arriving by private jet. South Caicos is served twice

daily by interCaribbean Airways,

with the first international airport. The island was, in essence, lost

in time. It now has the distinction of being the hidden jewel of the Turks & Caicos. It is a perfect

destination for travellers looking for peace and tranquillity as well

with convenient morning and A dream destination in TCI

Time will tell.


Airport has an impressive 6,000 ft

island of the TCI for many years,

in a wave of overdevelopment.

tion in 2016.

As the TCI’s third gateway,

“South Caicos was the premier

what first attracted discerning vis-

afternoon departures from Provo. Says Alain: “Once we have

a completion date for this first

phase of the airport project we will be able to accept reserva-

tions for the resort and welcome

guests arriving on later afternoon flights in Providenciales. This is a very important factor in the

Alain believes all will be well. “I becoming as busy as Provo as the island is not as large,” he

says. “[Provo’s] Grace Bay Beach is one of the most spectacular

beaches, but we have East Bay

Beach, which will offer fantastic snorkelling, kayak adventures and a variety of water sports,

while bearing in mind our belief in keeping the environment

pristine through our Eco Tourist initiative.

For the moment, South Caicos

very much remains a little slice of paradise.

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eatOut Byline


Good things come in humble packages


ut on Provo’s Millen-

boy, are they popular. So be

US$20) but could easily have

the tarmac peters out

can get very busy and finding a

cracked conch or the pan-seared

nium Highway, before

into stony nothingness, you’ll find two restaurants on the

table can be tricky.

The trio prove that, even in

beach side of the road.

Provo, you don’t have to put on

& Bar is one, and next door is

eatery. In fact, together they

Kalooki’s Beach Restaurant

another – da Conch Shack. Both

located right at the water’s edge, these eateries are as local as it gets.

airs and graces to be a great

seem to deliver just the right happy-go-lucky, island-style

ambience that many visitors take

grouper. Next door, at da Shack, it was curried conch served with white rice, which cost US$16 –

reasonable by Provo standards. But da Shack also prepares its conch: cracked, creole or as a

stew. All priced at US$16 also. At Bugaloo’s they crack the

conch just off the beach in the

to the other side of the island to

to those elegant and mostly

wade out to choose your lunch.

good Bugaloo’s.

around Grace Bay.

Five Cays then there’s the equally

Popular None of the three is particularly fancy, so don’t expect anything more than simple décor. But,

They are the perfect antidote

upscale restaurants dotted

The food served in all three

is straightforward enough, with

the emphasis on fast service and

simplicity rather than the niceties

shallows and it’s possible to

The conch menu is the most

extensive of the three and there’s plenty of fish dishes on offer plus burgers, fries and chicken.


of overly delicate presentation.

In the final analysis and in my

dine at the restaurants without

location; Kalooki’s is slightly

Clearly, it’s not possible to

eating the obligatory conch. But there are other seafood dishes from which to choose; and at

Kalooki’s, for example, there are

meat-based offerings in the form of ribs, burgers and jerk chicken. For lunch at Kalooki’s I chose

the spicy shrimp (priced at

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been persuaded to try the

time to seek out.

Alternatively, if you head off

A slice of ambience is served with every meal

warned: in high season, all three

opinion, Bugaloo’s has the nicest more upmarket, while da Shack

has a marginally more boisterous atmosphere. If I had to choose between the three, I couldn’t. A better idea, I think, is to try

the conch at all three and over a couple days. What could be better? Enjoy.

It's dinner time in TCI

Images: da Conch Shack - courtesy of Martin Lingnau at Mermaid Pictures and Printing; others courtesy of Kalookis & Bugaloos

KALOOKI’S BEACH RESTAURANT & BAR www.kalookisrestaurant.com

DA CONCH SHACK www.daconchshack.com

BUGALOO’S www.bugaloostci.com

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NEXT DOOR with a connecting shuttle

By Gary Gimson


y heart sank. The recep-

on the island for a week, but I still

almost Gallic propor-

Ports of Call Resort, even for just

tionist gave a shrug of

tions and informed me that I did not have a booking and, what’s

jumped at this chance to stay at 48 hours.

easygoing ambience. But it’s not

tionist said, looking at me as if I

There’s nothing wrong with that, of

was bereft of common sense by turning up without a booking. After all, this was Provo in the mother of all peak seasons,

where vacant rooms were rarer than hen’s teeth.

Reservation When pressed to take another look at the resort’s reservation system, however, she found

there had been an error and I

could, indeed, have the last room – although my stay would be

rationed to just two nights. I was

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towels. Back at the hotel there is

Ports of Call has a relaxed and

more, the resort was full.

What did I expect, the recep-

additional charge), tiki-huts and a large and inviting swimming

pool for those who don’t want

exactly on the beach at Grace Bay.

to stroll to the beach or hang

around waiting for the shuttle.

course, and the resort is conven-

Ports of Call Resort has 98 spa-

iently close to restaurants, bars,

spa, hair salon, ice-cream parlour, dive shop, fishing charters outlet,

auto and scooter rental as well as gift and clothing stores.

Grace Bay is just a short walk

away and for the really lazy (can you believe?) there is even an

hourly beach shuttle service in a kind of stretched golf cart. Ports of Call has a dedicated guest area at Grace Bay equipped

with loungers, colourful beach

umbrellas (for which there is an

cious junior suites, delightfully Beach or pool? It's up to you

decorated and imparting a real

sense of freshness with muted

certainly bring guests together,

are five room options (including

for me during my stay.

tones of green and brown. There

Grace Bay is just a short walk away and for the really lazy there is even an hourly beach shuttle service in a kind of stretched golf cart

an ADA-compliant room) of

and the staff couldn’t do enough

which the least expensive is the


All other rooms are a palatial 325

Provo at a premium, room rates

275 sq ft Standard Garden View.

In peak season and with rooms in

sq ft in size.

at Ports of Call don’t come cheap

The self-service breakfast

buffet – functional rather than sumptuous – is tucked away

in an area opposite reception. But at least it’s open early for

business guests dashing to their

first meeting. The hotel does not

– but, then again, where do you find a comparatively inexpen-

sive place to stay on one of the

Caribbean’s most desirable and upmarket destinations? Take it

from me, it’s next to impossible.

serve food at other times, but

there are plenty of places to eat nearby.

The resort’s management must

be applauded for organising jolly quiz evenings and the like. These

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A fine-looking beast but still no raging bull LEXUS NX CROSSOVER By Gary Gimson

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have to say that I have never

been overly impressed by Lexus’s limited efforts in the 4x4

Comfort and quality in the new Lexus NX Crossover

sector – or, until recently, by its

overall range of high-end cars. I can see that parent Toyota

wants to mix it with Europe’s

luxury marques and needs a dis-

tinct brand such as Lexus for it to do so. But Toyota never seemed to get it quite right with Lexus,

Here is a car with a much more aggressive-looking profile and a machine that will finally appeal to a younger and edgier customer

offering extremely worthy, well

built and reliable machines that were as dull as a grey winter’s morning.

Crossover This was especially true of Lexus’s unloved RX, the manufacturer’s previous stab at creating a 4x4.

look of the NX – and, let’s face

vides high torque through an ex-

shapen and generally useless in

participate in the Baja 1000. I

VVT operation range in a 2.0-litre

Far from beautiful, oddly mis-

terms of serious off-roading, this was an SUV for softies and one incapable of tackling anything

more daring than the school run. So meet the new Lexus NX

Crossover, a car that dispels

much (but not all) of Lexus’s softy image. Here is a car with a much more aggressive-looking profile and a machine that will finally

appeal to a younger and edgier customer. Not before time. And

using will.i.am to promote the car is no doubt part of this process. Yet doubts remain as to

whether Lexus has got this model

it, not every 4x4 buyer wants to appreciate its comfort and build

quality, even if the cabin space is a bit cramped.

I especially like the impres-

sively well equipped interior of the F Sport version, which also

that seems to have been built for

drivers who don’t want to venture too far beyond the city limits.

On the other hand, I love the

multi-drive sequential-shift transmission.

certainly combines a feeling of

visually appealing car and certainly

Overall, this is a well equipped and

high performance with exquisite

an SUV that will attract interest. It’s

levels of luxury and refinement. Unfortunately, the interiors of

other variants in the range are

not quite so exciting or immediately compelling as the F Sport.

not cheap (especially the F Sport) and 4x4 buyers have plenty of

other options. But at least it’s a big step in the right direction.

In terms of engines, there

I suspect that many Caribbe-

the entry-level 2x4 NX version

electronically controlled S-CVT/

(as does the Luxury model) and

not. There is still a lurking suspicruisers – perhaps confirmed by

is linked to a newly developed


is a choice between: hybrid

cion that this is a car for urban

naturally aspirated engine. This

comes with 18-inch alloy rims

exactly right. And is it up to the

task of off-road driving? Maybe

panded valve opening angle and

and petrol. For the time being, an-based buyers will be wary of the NX 300h hybrid, which uses Lexus’s proven 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle engine, generator, motor and battery.

In terms of the petrol option,


NX 200t F SPORT Petrol 2.0 litre NX 200t Petrol 2.0 litre NX 300h Hybrid 2.5 litre Atkinson-cycle engine

the Lexus Valvematic system pro-

interCaribbean.com 41


LG G4 smartphone

Lights, camera, action‌ The new LG G4 smartphone is all about its 16 MP camera, but does the rest of the equipment measure up to the same high standards? As far as Kirsten Alexander is concerned, the answer is: most definitely.


martphones are every-

where. Whether you are into calling, uploading

to Instagram or tracking your

fitness, there is something in the market for everyone. iPhones

have long appeared to be at the

forefront of smartphone technol-

ogy, due in part to the intangible hype surrounding each new

model; but more and more com-

panies are releasing increasingly impressive alternatives to the

Apple juggernaut, and LG has one of the best.

Updated Earlier this year, LG unveiled

its latest model, the LG G4, an

updated version of the already

popular G3. The first glaring dif-

ference between the two models was the somewhat strange

leather back to the phone. With

a target audience firmly in mind, the phone is available with a

black, brown or red leather back,

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or a white, gold or

metallic grey diamond-patterned back. While the six

options provide a good variety of looks, they all feel a touch

masculine. Having said this, you can buy removable back covers in a variety of colours of leather

including blue, orange, pink and yellow.

The screen is an impressive 5.5

inches, which makes it perfect

for streaming videos, watching Sleek design, powerful performance

Netflix or displaying web pages. Instead of a fiddly side button

to wake up the screen, a simple

but impressive double tap spurs

the phone into action. The power button is located on the back

of the phone with the volume

buttons. This surprisingly simple relocation makes a real differ-

ence to ease of use, especially

shouting specific words at the

Overall, the LG G4 is one of

camera to take the shot, words

the best smartphones to be re-

If you’d rather not look silly

brand’s best model. The cameras

such as ‘LG’, ‘whisky’ and ‘kimchi’. shouting random words at your phone, there’s another hands-

free feature whereby you make a fist in front of the camera, which

starts a short countdown before taking the photo. Pretty handy if you’re already posing but forgot to put the timer on. The cameras function as

simple point-and-shoot

methods, but if you’re a

photography enthusiast

leased this year, and certainly the are impressive, and battery life is far above most current smart-

phones – two things discerning

smartphone buyers are looking for in a new model. Built-in fea-

tures such as the remote control and LG health monitor save the

need for additional apps to help simplify your life, something the LG G4 does for you with style, ease and comfort.

you can delve into the

workings of the camera to adjust, edit and

refine to your heart’s content.

A customisable

‘Smart Bulletin’

helps you keep

track of everything

from calories burnt to

upcoming events, and can

even function as a remote control

when calling, as you can turn the volume up or down with

Overall, the LG G4 is one of the best smartphones to be released this year for your television, air condition-

minimum effort.

er, projector or music system.


The G4 runs on Android 5.1

The standout feature of this

Lollipop and boasts a longer

specifically, cameras – with a

smartphones on the market. It

battery life than most other

phone is the camera – or, more

your every need. There’s an 8

before uploading your snaps to Instagram. There is hands-free

voice activation, which involves

• Screen: 5.5 inches • Weight: 139 grams • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.1 / NFC / A-GPS / Glonass / USB 2.0 • Cameras: Rear 16 MP, front 8 MP • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with X10 LTE • Memory: RAM 3GB, total internal 32 GB, external up to 2 TB, micro SD card support • Operating system: Android 5.1 Lollipop • Other: In-cell touch, colour spectrum sensor, gesture interval shot, full HD 1080 p video. Prices start from around US$600.

charge, even with fairly frequent use, including streaming videos

MP front-facing ‘selfie’ camera,

to make sure you look your best

• Size: 142.7 x 72.6 x 9.85 mm

can last through the day on a full

multitude of features to suit

complete with a beautifier toggle


The 16 MP camera is a standout feature

and instant messaging. If use is

limited, there’s no reason the G4

couldn’t last 24 hours and more – something iPhone users can only dream about.

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information Baggage

Every passenger travel-

ling on an interCaribbean

flight is entitled to one piece

of cabin baggage which must

comply with the dimensions 14 in

baggage acceptance closes

30 minutes before scheduled

departure time for domestic flights and 45 minutes before scheduled departure time for international flights.


x 16 in x 9 in and must weigh no more than 10 lb.

Free checked baggage is also

available, but is determined by

Any child aged between

14 days and two years may be

the fare class purchased. If free

carried free of charge on domes-

in your fare, it can be purchased

flights, 10 per cent of the adult

checked baggage is not included separately. For checked baggage, the maximum dimensions are 62 linear inches (158 cm) and

70 lb. Any baggage larger than

this may incur extra charges and

might not be guaranteed on your flight. Any luggage heavier than 70 lb will not be accepted as checked luggage.

Check-in Airport check-in opens

90 minutes before sched-

uled flight time. Check-in and

tic flights, while on international

Gift certificates

There’s nothing more special than the gift of travel; so why not treat someone to an interCaribbean gift certificate, available in denominations of US$25, US$50 or US$100. These personalised gift certificates can be sent to either you or your recipient. Email us at: gifts@intercaribbean.com to get yours now.

fare will be charged. If the infant turns two years old before the

return journey, then a seat must

be purchased for the return flight. A boarding pass is not required

for an infant, but you will requite a Boarding Verification Document instead.

Unaccompanied children aged

between five and 11 will be ac-

cepted only on direct or non-stop flights, not on connecting flights.

Proof of age will be required, and

Passports and visas A valid passport is required for travel to

all interCaribbean international destinations.

an Unaccompanied Minor form

Passengers travelling with interCaribbean may

child is accepted for travel.

or with the respective embassy or consul of your

must be completed before the

also require a visa, so it’s advisable to check online destination country.

The USA and its territories offer a Visa Waiver

Scheme to passport holders of certain countries. This means that these passengers are required

interCaribbean Airways introduces Cacique Rewards. When you sign up to the rewards programme, you become a Cacique: a historical title given to the chiefs and leaders of the Caribbean islands. As a Cacique, you will earn points for every flight segment you fly on interCaribbean and these will translate into rewards. Head to the website to sign up and start earning now!

to apply for and receive an ESTA number before

travel, which can be obtained on the ESTA Travel

Authorisation website. For a list of countries where passport holders do not require a visa, and other exceptions, visit the passports and visas page on our website.

For more information on the above, and addi-

tional information about flying with interCaribbean, visit our website: www.intercaribbean.com

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One of the fleet, the Embraer EMB 120

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route map Nassau










Providenciales Grand Turk South Caicos Puerto Plata

Santiago de Cuba Montego Bay

SamanĂĄ Santiago

Port-au-Prince Kingston


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Cap HaĂŻtien



Santo Domingo





San Juan







At interCaribbean Airways, we aim to connect you and the Caribbean as easily, quickly and efficiently as possible. Travelling around the western Caribbean with interCaribbean Airways means you can save time going from one island to the next, so you have more time to enjoy what you came here to enjoy.

Existing routes

Planned routes

Nassau Providenciales Grand Turk South Caicos Puerto Plata Cap HaĂŻtien Santiago San Juan Santo Domingo Port-au-Prince Kingston Montego Bay

Tortola Santiago de Cuba SamanĂĄ

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Embraer EMB 120 ‘Brasilia’ Manufacturer: Embraer Crew:

Two pilots plus a flight attendant

Seats: 30 Length:

Wingspan: Height:

65 ft 7½ in / 20 metres

64 ft 10¾ in / 19.78 metres 20 ft 10 in / 6.35 metres

Empty weight: 15,586 lb / 7,070 kg

Loaded weight: 26,433 lb / 11,500 kg Engines:

Two x Pratt & Whitney Canada PW100

Cruise speed:

298 knots, 343 mph / 552 km/h

turboprops Range:

Up to 750 miles /1,200 km

Service ceiling: 29,800 ft / 9,085 metres

Beech 99 Manufacturer:

Textron Aviation

Crew: Two Seats: 15 Length:

Wingspan: Height:

44 ft 6¾ in / 13.58 metres

45 ft 10½ in / 13.98 metres 14 ft 41/3 in / 4.37 metres

Empty weight: 6,645 lb / 3,014 kg

Loaded weight: 10,900 lb / 4,944 kg Engines:

Cruise speed: Range:

Two × Pratt & Whitney PT6As

205 knots /380 km/h at 10,000 ft (3,050 m) 1,048 miles /1,686 km at 216 mph

Service ceiling: 25,000 ft / 7,620 metres

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Cacique | Issue 2, September-November 2015  

Cacique is the inflight magazine for interCaribbean Airways, connecting you and the Caribbean. Published by Land & Marine Publications Ltd.

Cacique | Issue 2, September-November 2015  

Cacique is the inflight magazine for interCaribbean Airways, connecting you and the Caribbean. Published by Land & Marine Publications Ltd.