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10 things to do in Havana…
The world’s longest zip line…
48 HOURS IN ANTIGUA
IN THIS ISSUE
CITY FOCUS: HAVANA
AMBER AND LARIMAR
PROFILE VIEW: DAISY HANDFIELD
J. KELLY SULLIVAN
Music, magic sunsets & mighty mojitos
Daisy makes her dream come true 26
PROPERTY WATCH: JAMAICA
EAT OUT: COCO BISTRO, PROVIDENCIALES
HOTEL GUIDE: LONG BAY BEACH CLUB
CAR REVIEW: JAGUAR F-PACE
TECH REPORT: ASUS ZENBOOK 3
Chase your dream across the sky ...are a girl's best friends Dom Rep's hidden gem Kelly has an eye for New Age enterprises
Warning: may contain bones
The king of Calypso
TOROVERDE NATURE ADVENTURE PARK
Ready. Set. Scream!
USEFUL INFORMATION COVER STORY
48 hours in Antigua Antigua joins
interCaribbean’s ever-growing network of destinations.
Ileana Ravasio, ATTIMI Photography
Welcome to the latest issue of
the great passion in my life and
Airways and to the
operations back in 1991 (then
latest issue of our in-flight magazine Cacique.
It’s an exciting time for our
Providenciales-based airline. Over the last year we have opened up new routes to
Antigua, Tortola and to Santiago de Cuba and Havana as
well as increasing frequencies
elsewhere in our network. All of these new routes are served by our fleet of highly reliable 30seater Embraer 120s.
the reason I started my own air
the creation of this particular story.
I hope you enjoying flying
known as InterIsland Airways).
with us today. I also hope
interest in interCaribbean, but
interCaribbean Airways as we
But I don’t only have a keen also in the development of
aviation throughout the Turks & Caicos Islands. So I have
suggested to the publisher of
our in-flight magazine that we include a detailed history of
TCI’s aviation sector in the next issue and I’m looking forward
to assisting in any way I can with
you will continue to choose
seek to dramatically improve
regional connectivity by forging
new island pairs and, as a result, reducing the need for many passengers to route via US airports.
We look forward to
welcoming you back on board in the near future.
In the months ahead we
hope to announce the addi-
tion of other new routes and
provide even more connections between those destinations we already serve.
It probably comes as no
surprise to learn that aviation is
Lyndon R. Gardiner,
Chairman, interCaribbean Airways interCaribbean.com
issue IN THIS
Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Magical islands and their treasures
elcome to Issue 3 of Cacique, the in-flight magazine of interCaribbean Airways.
These are exciting times for interCaribbean and our cover
story this issue features Antigua, one of several new desti-
nations to be added to the interCaribbean route network in recent months, the others being Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Tortola.
And on the subject of Havana, we find 10 fun things to do in
the Cuban capital – more than enough to recommend the city as a wonderful short-break destination.
The subject of our lead personality profile this issue is that
great son of Jamaica (even though he was actually born in
New York), Harry Belafonte. And staying in Jamaica, we consider the wisdom of buying property there.
Cacique gives the in-depth profile treatment to two
lesser-known, Provo-based women: professional kiteboarder Hope LeVin and local celebrity Daisy Handfield. Meanwhile, over on South Caicos, we try our hand at bonefishing, with mostly comical results.
We go looking for semi-precious stones in the Dominican
Republic and explore the magnificent 27 waterfalls of
Damajagua. In Puerto Rico, we ride the world’s longest zip wire.
We dine out at the ever-popular Coco Bistro in Provo, review
Tortola’s delightful Heritage Inn and test-drive Jaguar’s fabulous new F-Pace – what a car!
I hope you enjoy this issue of Cacique. Should you have any
comments about the magazine, please feel free to contact me at the email address below.
Gary Gimson Publisher
news interCaribbean Nominated for World Travel Award
interCaribbean Airways are proud to be nominated for the prestigious “Caribbean’s Leading Airline 2016” in the forthcoming Caribbean and North America Gala Ceremony due to take place on 17th September 2016. The gala will be held at Ocho Rios, Jamaica. To vote for us, head to: www.worldtravelawards.com/vote
Rolling Stones Charter Sells Out
To mark the historic concert by the Rolling Stones in Cuba in April this year, just before the launch of scheduled flights, interCaribbean Airways operated a commercial charter from Providenciales to Havana and back. The 30-seat aircraft sold out, with guests enjoying the concert for free, and having some extra time to enjoy the Cuban culture.
Drive-thru FBO is worldfirst for Provo
Thanks to the hard work of Debby Aharon, the CEO of Provo Air Center, the new FBO has provided new services such as 'pet park' and a pirates' cave for children over the last year. The luxurious new Provo Air The FBO welcomes clients from Center's FBO, which opened in all over the world, placing emphasis 2015, is the epitome of a colourful on privacy and luxury as no photos welcome to TCI. It also opened as or autographs are allowed. the world's first and only drive-thru The FBO offers a highly personimmigration and customs facility. alised service from its staff. One of An FBO, or Fixed Base Operation, the most exciting additions to the is the industry term for a private FBO is the ability to drive straight aircraft terminal serving general through to the customs hall from aviation or non-commercial aircraft. the aircraft on a golf buggy, making This includes everything from antique Provo Air Center the first ever drivebiplanes and helicopters, to air thru FBO in the world. ambulance services and private jets. Discussing the extraordinary experience, Debby said: 'It isn't far, but we wanted to enhance our arrival experience by offering a comfortable seat in a golf cart, from the aircraft straight through the building and out to their waiting vehicle. It's also just fun!'
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48 hours in Antigua
48 hours in
ANTIGUA To celebrate Antigua joining interCaribbean’s ever-growing network of destinations, Cacique magazine heads to the beautiful island to spend 48 hours exploring, indulging and relaxing in a Caribbean paradise.
St John’s waterfront
opted for the carnival platter, a
popular choice at Papa Zouk fea-
turing mussels, calamari, shrimps
and Mahi Mahi, and also the fried
Day 1: We arrive on Wednesday’s 15:50 flight from Tortola, landing just before 17:00 at the V.C. Bird
red snapper and salad – both
lent fish and rum – a perfect cel-
the capital, St John’s, for a spot of dinner. St John’s is home
to around 82,000 people. As the capital of the twin-island country, it’s no surprise that St John’s has a selection of excellent accommodation,
restaurants and entertainment Cacique
we just had to try the famous Ti
We head to one of St John’s
the evening is young, so we
and head 8 km south-west to
complement the delicious food,
many restaurants, Papa Zouk,
grab our bags, jump in a cab
of which were outstanding. To
to please both its residents and
International Airport, Antigua. The sun is still shining and
from the tantalising menu. We
Punch, a strong and fruity cocktail which certainly does pack a
which has a reputation for excel-
Suitably full and ready for
ebration of the Caribbean. This
renowned restaurant is popular
among locals and tourists thanks to its superb rum collection and
cooked-to-perfection fish dishes. The interior is warm and friendly, and we felt instantly at home
thanks to the kindness of the
staff, who were also on hand to help us decide what to choose
bed, we checked into our hotel, Seafood galore at Papa Zouk
The Villas at Sunset Lane. The
boutique hotel has a fantastic
reputation and reasonable rates.
Our deluxe suite came complete with a queen-sized bed and an
ocean view. Premium and pool-
side suites as well as small villas
are also available, depending on your preference.
48 hours in Antigua
Day 2: After a great night’s sleep and filling breakfast at the hotel,
we headed off to explore the
island. Our first stop was English Harbour, a 45 minute drive
south-east from where we were
staying. English Harbour is best known for Nelson’s Dockyard, a
heritage site and marina, as well
ly served as a naval dockyard
itary lookout, with excellent views
century. We spent an hour or two
as Shirley Heights, a restored mil-
for the British Army in the 18th
over the harbours below.
wandering around the grounds,
It’s not hard to see why English
which include a museum, gift
Harbour is so popular. Oozing
with history, and one of the most picturesque places on the whole island, we were glad we chose
shop, small cafés and an exPineapple turnovers from the bakery are a must
cellent bakery – the pineapple turnovers are delicious!
After perusing the dockyard,
to spend the start of day two of
we made our way up to Shirley
We headed straight to Nelson’s
exceptional views. We were told
our Antiguan adventure here. Dockyard, one of Antigua’s
national parks, which previous-
Heights, a historic lookout with
Nelson's Dockyard dates from the 18th century
that the area really comes to life
on Sundays, with live music from a steel band, a barbecue and a
good old-fashioned Caribbean
party. As it was only Thursday, we missed out on the legendary fun, but the relaxed vibe and postX X X
card-perfect views were worth the visit.
A trip to Antigua isn’t com-
plete without spending some time lazing around on one of
the beautiful beaches that fringe the island. For our next stop,
we decided to head back up
towards St John's, where some of the island's best beaches
can be found. After a morning
spent wandering around English Harbour, we needed some pure, unadulterated relaxation, so
decided on Runaway Beach, just south of the capital. The atmosphere was indeed relaxed, with just a few other people dotting
the beach. The waves were calm,
and perfect for a refreshing swim. 8
A trip to Antigua isn’t complete without spending some time lazing around on one of the beautiful beaches
Swim with stingrays in Antigua's Stingray City
Day 3: Our final day in Antigua left us just enough time to explore
Antigua’s wonderful waterlife
before we needed to head back to Tortola that evening. Over on
the east side of the island lies the famous Stingray City, where we
got the opportunity to feed and swim with stingrays. Although it did seem a bit daunting at first,
the experience of being so close to stingrays is unforgettable,
as they gently swim past you
vying for your attention – and,
of course, a snack! Despite the
name, stingrays are rarely a threat to humans, and our instructors made sure everyone was safe Runaway Beach, one of many on the island
and well looked after. After some time spent scuba diving with
Next, it was time for dinner,
and we decided to see what the
stingrays, it was back aboard the
north of the island had to offer.
Antigua, we went all-out, tucking
withdrawal symptoms, so we
beef stroganoff, followed by
We were already getting beach stayed oceanside for a spot of
dinner at The Cove Restaurant
at The Blue Waters Resort. This upmarket hotel restaurant has stunning views and a sumptu-
ous menu. For our final night in
boat to dry land.
After a quick shower and a bite
into the lobster thermidor and
to eat, off to the airport we went.
Scandinavian iced berries and a
time to spare before our flight
perfect hot chocolate fondant,
all washed down with a bottle of
red. Then it was back to The Villas at Sunset Lane for a nightcap and another great night’s sleep.
We arrive at the terminal with
departs at 17.20. As the plane
takes off, we wave goodbye to an excellent 48 hours spent in
Antigua and start planning our
next interCarribean adventure. interCaribbean.com
Chase your dream HOPE LEVIN
across the sky
Providenciales native and professional kiteboarder Hope LeVin has been at the forefront of her sport for years, having got interested in kiteboarding at the age of nine and setting up the local Windvibes event when she was just 13. She spoke to Kirsten Alexander about her passion for this highly skilled sport. IMAGES: AGILE LEVIN
How did you get into kiteboarding?
A. Randy Hall began kiteboarding when I was nine years old
and this was when I first saw the sport. I didn’t try it myself until a few years later, but when I did I
completely fell in love with riding on the ocean. This was my main motivation to pursue it. I loved kiteboarding and it was what I
wanted to spend every afternoon doing. The idea of being a pro-
fessional rider wasn’t in my mind until years later.
for Windvibes and there was a
phenomenal response. It really created a buzz for this year’s
event, which will be the 10th anniversary – and, yes, 10 events does make me feel old!
Were you surprised to
find there was no other
kiteboarding event in TCI before Windvibes?
A. No, not really. When Wind-
vibes began in 2007 there were probably only 10 local kiters, so
there wasn’t really a big enough
scene to warrant an event before
beach one day, talking before it
what would have happened if
How did Windvibes come about?
A. We were all just sitting on the got windy, and someone men-
tioned that we need to have a kite event here in the TCI. That’s what sparked the idea. The response to Windvibes has always been amazing and support for the
– which worked out well for me, because back then, with zero
organisational skills, I’m not sure there were many more kiters at the first event.
What makes TCI so perfect for kiteboarding?
A. We’re surrounded by the
event continues to grow each
Atlantic Ocean and there are so
and a day when everyone comes
side of the island to kite. Each
year. It’s truly a community event
together on the beach. Last year’s Windvibes saw professional
windsurfers Kevin Pritchard and Brian Talma come to the island
many beautiful beaches on every one offers something different and they’re all so beautiful.
Easy access to North America is
allowing the country to become
Hope LeVin started Windvibes when she was just 13
For me, kiting has never been about being the best; it’s about having fun and sharing the sport in a positive light
a popular winter destination for
A. I’m planning to take a break
on the water, it’s during normal
warmer waters. It’s just so easy
focus more on promoting the
international kiters looking for
to get here compared to other kiteboarding destinations.
I would say my second favourite
place to kite is Maui in Hawaii.
It’s completely different to where we kite in the TCI and has big
waves and deep water, which is super-different and fun. Naish
Kiteboarding is based there, so it feels like my second home!
non-competitive side of the sport. Events that interest me now are adventurous trips and missions for a cause. I’m very excited to
be part of a group of kiteboarders who will be crossing from
Little Cayman to Grand Cayman to raise money for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. The
journey will be over 100 miles
and has never been done with
both go a long way in kiting. For
the sport in a positive light.
What qualities make for a successful kiteboarder?
A. Persistence and determination many students, kiteboarding has many foreign aspects such as
learning to fly the kite and developing the necessary board skills
which you’ve never used before. Putting these two newly learnt
skills together shortly after learning them can be a little overwhelming before it becomes second nature. A little bit of tenacity goes a long way in the beginning.
Any events you have yet to compete in that you would
All images: Agile LeVin
from competitions in 2016 and
like to win?
a kite before. For me, kiting has
never been about being the best; it’s about having fun and sharing
What has been your
proudest moment so far?
A. Joining Naish Kiteboarding’s
international team in 2014, which is full of world champion riders, was definitely a highlight of my
career. On life in general it’s been being called a role model by
adults and children. I find this very humbling and it actually makes
me a bit nervous. I really strive to live life right and have a positive
How has the kiteboarding community grown since
you first started?
A. The kiteboarding community
in Turks & Caicos was very special when I first started riding. There was only about six of us and we
were from such a varying range of backgrounds and ages. This was
what made it special. We were all connected by the fact that none of us really knew much about the sport and there wasn’t an instructor.
Your advice for would-be kiteboarders?
A. Don’t delay. You’re not too
young or too old or not strong
enough. Just do it. The sport has evolved an incredible amount in the last 10 years and gear has become very safe. Learning has never been easier – and it will be a journey that will transform your life.
impact on those I can affect or
influence. This isn’t just when I’m
FOLLOW HOPE: Hope showing off her serious kiteboarding skills
Instagram.com/hopelevin Facebook.com/hopetci www.hopelevin.com Hope LeVin is from Turks & Caicos Islands and is an international rider sponsored by Naish Kiteboarding, Big Blue Unlimited, Visit Turks & Caicos, Blue Surf Shop, Patagonia Surf and ColoreScience cosmetics. interCaribbean.com 13
amber and Larimar
Amber and Larimar are a girl’s best friends By Kirsten Alexander
ere in the Caribbean we
east of the island in three prin-
types of amber. As well as being
of our beaches, vibrant
Septentrional, Bayaguana and
amber, Dominican amber tends
are known for the beauty
cities and our warm-hearted
people. But in the Dominican Republic you will also find
another type of beauty: three types of gemstone that occur
nowhere else in the world. They are Dominican amber, blue amber and Larimar.
Dominican amber When you think of amber, the
typical hues that spring to mind
cipal mining sites: La Cordillera Sabana de la Mar. The stones
amber was first discovered when the island of Hispaniola was
visited by Christopher Colum-
bus in 1492 but it was not until
centuries later, in the 1970s, that commercial mining of the gemstone began.
Dominican amber is notably
– because of its degree of trans-
Dominican amber is found
predominantly in the north and 14 Cacique
years. It is said that Dominican
colours of amber than you may found in the Dom Rep.
ed to date back some 25 million
different from Baltic amber – the
think, including the two types
to contain more fossils than its
found at these sites are estimat-
are yellow, orange and brown.
But there are more varieties and
more transparent than Baltic
most common type of amber
parency. Although both types are fossilised tree resin, the different types of tree that grow in
those regions produce different
Rare blue amber is exclusive to Dom Rep
Blue amber is a rare form of the gem found solely in the Dom
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Rep, mostly in the mountain
ranges of Santiago. Because
of its rarity, blue amber is less
well known or publicised; but it can command a high price
for quality pieces of the stone. While diamonds tend to be
thought of as the world’s most sought-after, blue amber is in
fact mined in comparatively tiny amounts, with less than 100 kg
of top grade blue amber mined
It is said that Dominican amber was first discovered when the island of Hispaniola was visited by Christopher Columbus in 1492
This semiprecious blue stone
does indeed give off a blue hue,
Republic, making it a rare and
True to its name, blue amber
but only in certain conditions – under ultraviolet light or when
natural light hits the amber on a white surface. These blue hues can range from milky blue to
dark blue, depending on the
stone and lighting conditions.
Under artificial light, blue amber appears the same colour as Baltic amber.
amazonite, which, although
still beautiful, is not as rare and precious as Larimar.
Rediscovered in the 1970s in
Barahona – after an unsuccessful request by a Spanish priest in 1916 to mine a ‘blue rock’ –
cious stones such as light-blue
Larimar was found on a beach
by Miguel Méndez and Norman
is found only in the Dominican
Rilling. It was Méndez who
named the blue stone, using a
exciting Caribbean gem. The
combination of his daughter’s
stones can be found in a variety
name, Larissa, and the Spanish
of hues, from white to blu-
word for the sea.
ish-green to deep blue, evoking
Larimar is sold mostly in
the colours of the Dom Rep’s
the form of jewellery items
common colouring, however, is
and rings, often set in sterling
beaches and ocean. The most
such as earrings, necklaces
a light-blue tone marbled with
white. Larimar can often be confused with other blue semi-pre-
silver, and is widely available Larimar varies in colour from white to deep blue
in the Dom Rep and across the Caribbean.
things to do in Havana
Music, magic sunsets and mighty mojitos H
as there ever been a better time
to visit Cuba? With international relations improving, and recent
HABANA MÍA 7
For a romantic night out, or
simply to enjoy truly excellent
visits from President Obama, Pope
food, Habana MÍa 7 is the perfect
Cuba is entering a very exciting era.
El Malecón, this gourmet restaurant
Francis and even the Rolling Stones, Plus, with interCaribbean flying from Provo to Cuba four times a week,
there’s no excuse not to go. In case
you needed any more persuasion, we
headed to Havana to check out the top 10 things to do in Cuba’s capital.
placa to go in Havana. Located on
serves some of the most memorable dishes on the island, with unique
flavour combinations alongside classic favourites. The carpaccio of octopus with olive is not to be missed, and
the beef sirloin with Dijon mustard is
a winner. The bar is expertly stocked, with sommeliers on hand to talk you
through their impressive wine lists, or an exotic cocktail if you would prefer. A
EL MALECÓN Whether you prefer a sunset stroll, an energetic run or a
relaxing drive, a visit to El Malecón is a worthy addition to any Havana
itinerary. This four-mile stretch of coast is a famous city sight, enjoyed by local people and tourists alike. Walking
along El Malecón gives you an excel-
lent view of the ocean as well as various landmarks along the coast including El Morro Castle. By day, it is often
frequented by families, joggers, dog
cityFocus walkers and sightseers, but in the evening it comes alive with locals playing musical instruments and
catching up with the day’s activi-
LA HABANA VIEJA
host to spectacular open-air
Added to the Unesco
1950s heyday. Colourful
World Heritage List
ties. It’s also a great place to see
in 1982, La Habana Vieja (Old
at sunset, with opportunities for
capital and one of the most
the vintage American cars go by a perfect souvenir photo of your trip to Havana.
Havana) is the centre of Cuba’s fascinating places on the whole
island. Old Havana oozes history.
cabarets reminiscent of its dancers in carnival-style
costumes perform energetic routines to Cuban music,
with a mix of old-school Havana and Las Vegas glamour. Visitors can enjoy some traditional rum
to accompany the performances, while other drinks and food are available to order during the
show. There is an opportunity
for audience members to join
the dancers on stage and learn
some of their moves. The energy Stefano Ember / Shutterstock.com
and talent of the performers is mesmerizing. In fact, you may
well you want to take up dancing lessons when you get home.
Enjoy a mojito at La Bodeguita del Medio
LA BODEGUITA DEL MEDIO
Here, crumbling buildings stand next to new renovations, but the
A famous haunt
lost. Take time to wander the
in Havana. Fringed with palm
of American writer Ernest
Hemingway, La Bodeguita del
Medio is one of the city’s most popular and celebrated bars.
Known as the birthplace of the mojito cocktail – a favourite of Hemingway’s – La Bodeguita
del Medio is a traditional Cuban bar that also serves good food.
There are plenty of other places in Havana serving mojitos, but it’s the old-time charm and
historical connections of La
Bodeguita del Medio that give
the place its unique appeal. The cosy atmosphere is comple-
mented by signatures and graffiti on its walls where guests have paid homage to this famous venue.
PLAYAS DE ESTE
culture and authentic vibe is not labyrinthine streets and look at
the old American cars that roam the city and the cigar-smoking
ladies in their colourful dresses.
There are several good places to stop for a bite to eat or a drink,
including the famous La Floridita, home to Hemingways’ favourite daiquiri. Guided tours of Old
Havana are available, or you can
simply take your own routes and discover for yourself.
TROPICANA No trip to Havana is com-
plete without indulging in
a night of fun at the Tropicana.
A staple of Cuban culture since
1939, this famous nightclub plays
Cuba is so full of beautiful beaches, it’s hard to
choose a favourite. However, one of our top picks is Playas de Este trees, this 9 km stretch of coast
features several distinct beaches, including Santa María del Mar,
where you will find most of the
resorts, and Tarará, popular with
divers. All along the beaches, the sand is soft and the sea
is warm and inviting. There are beach vendors from
whom you can rent
a chair or umbrella
as well as beach
servers who will take your
food and drink order and bring it to you right on the beach. Playas
de Este is close to the city centre, easily accessible by bus or taxi.
chance to chat to Fuster himself
as Guillermo Collao and Rafael
best views, head to the top of
is one of the best art museums
about his life and work. For the the house, where you can see
the extent of Fuster’s talent and creativity.
EL MORRO CASTLE
Blanco, the Cuban collection in the Caribbean. Along with
the international collection, it
offers a paradise for art lovers as well as a fascinating visit for the casual peruser.
El Morro Castle – or
Castillo de los Tres Santos
Reyes Magos del Morro – is an
impressive fortress guarding the entrance to Havana Bay. Named after the Biblical Three Wise
Men, the castle is a great place
Local artist José Fuster
has turned his home – and
those of several neighbours – into one of Havana’s most popular and colourful attractions, the
aptly named Fusterlandia. Almost every inch of Fusterlandia is
covered in bright mosaic, from free-standing giraffes in the
garden to religious wall murals and everything in between.
Often compared to Spanish artist Picasso and architect Gaudi,
Fuster’s eye-catching and creative work has transformed a Havana neighbourhood into a work of art. Lucky visitors may get the
to spend an afternoon, if only for
the views across the bay. El Morro has a turbulent history, having
withstood attacks from the British, which led to the destruction and eventual rebuilding of the fort.
In addition to a museum and gift shop, El Morro features several cannons, which are fired each
night in spectacular fashion. A
lighthouse stands on the edge
Cathedral of Havana is a must-see in the city
Home to the
of the grounds, offering the best
impressive Catedral de San Cris-
in Old Havana is perhaps the
views across Havana.
MUSEO NACIONAL DE BELLAS ARTES With two collections
housed in different buildings,
there’s a lot to see at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in
Havana. The first building, Artes Universal, contains works by
international artists including British, French, Italian and
Spanish works of art as well as The Visual Explorer / Shutterstock.com
PLAZA DE LA CATEDRAL
Roman, Greek and Egyptian relics. A short distance away is the Arte Cubano building
which, as the name suggests, is home to solely Cuban art.
Featuring works by artists such
tóbal, the Plaza de la Catedral
most beautiful of the city’s four
squares. As well as offering the
opportunity to visit the cathedral itself (highly recommended) the plaza is a good place to spend
time admiring the old buildings and statues and soaking up the
truly Cuban atmosphere. During the day, you can relax with a
drink and watch the people; in the evening, when the plaza is
illuminated and there is often live music, you can enjoy the warm, romantic atmosphere of Old
Cuba. Aside from the cathedral, there are plenty of other places
to explore nearby, including the Museo de Arte Colonial.
Dom Rep’s hidden gem THE 27 WATERFALLS OF DAMAJAGUA By Kirsten Alexander
DO’S AND DON’TS OF YOUR VISIT DO: • Bring your bathing suit and waterproof clothing • Wear sensible shoes with closed toes • Bring a waterproof camera (if you have one) • Bring a small amount of money if you want to grab a drink or something to eat at the café
DON'T: • Bring anything valuable • Wear loose clothing or jewellery that could easily come off • Worry if you aren’t a strong swimmer: lifejackets are provided • Take on the waterfalls if you are under 12 or in poor health
f wet and wild adventures are your thing, then Puerto Plata
is the place to go, thanks to a
collection of waterfalls known
locally as 27 Charcos de Damajagua or Saltos de Damajagua that offer a thrill for adventure-seekers.
These waterfalls have existed
for millennia, but it was as
recently as 1994 when tourists began visiting them and the
word quickly spread about this hidden gem in the Dominican Republic. Today, thousands of
tourists visit the falls each year to slip, slide and splash their way
through as many as they wish and experience the excitement and adrenalin of this unique place.
Tours Every visit to the waterfalls will
require a guide, but you can go alone or in small groups rather
than with an organised tour. By
going without a tour, visitors can choose how many of the falls to visit, as tour groups are usually confined to the first seven.
Although the first seven are
fine for those with less time, or
those who choose to go as part
of a package tour, the full 27 falls is a worthwhile experience. For those wishing to take on all 27,
you will need around four hours and a good level of physical
fitness for climbing to the top of each.
On any trip to the falls, the
guides will walk you up through
the scenic forest, where you can spot animals and birds on the way. When you reach the top, however, the fun really starts,
as you then begin your descent back down to the start â€“ via the waterfall itself. Protected by a lifejacket and helmet, visitors get to splash and slide down
each fall into the pools below.
Although the walk up to the top
that have formed in the rocks, so
most certainly worth it, especially
down into the pools below.
can be challenging, the reward is
that visitors can slide all the way
if you have the falls to yourself.
The community also benefits
Each of the falls is different,
from visitors to the falls as a
but they are equally spectacular,
percentage of profit from the
from the crystal-clear waters to
the surrounding trees to
the interesting rock forma-
entrance fee is reinvested in a Take the plunge in Dom Repâ€™s 27 waterfalls
development fund that goes
towards local projects such as
libraries, schools and churches.
are even home to crabs which hide out in the rocks;
INFORMATION For more information about visiting the falls, head to: www.27charcos.com Images courtesy of Iguana Mama, who offer tours of the waterfalls. For more information, head to www.iguanamama.com.
Model, journalist, TV presenter and allround superstar – it seems there’s nothing Daisy Handfield can’t do. The Turks & Caicos native has already had an eventful career that includes working with interCaribbean Airways on a TV show. Daisy spoke to Kirsten Alexander of Cacique about her career, her love for TCI and what the future holds.
Daisy makes her dream come true
How did you get into entertainment?
Well, every year senior students
at the high school I attended are
asked to pick an industry they are interested in and then take part in an internship. My subjects of
passion were English literature, English language and business studies, so it was evident that
I would pick between those. I
decided I wanted to try television.
Did you always know what you wanted to be?
After my internship at a gov-
ernment TV station I did online courses to sharpen my writing
skills and then applied for work
as a news reporter for a local TV station. Almost everyone in my
class was already sure what they wanted to become in life, but I
was always indecisive. Not until © H.F.G. Photography
nearly coming out of high school was I sure about the things I
wanted to accomplish in life.
about your current job?
I have been working with TCI
Weekly News for about three years now. My favourite part about the job is that there’s
always something new hap-
pening. I am also the foreign
correspondent for Telemicro, one of the top news companies in the Dominican Republic. The station is seen worldwide by millions of people. I am basically their face from TCI.
How did you get into modelling?
From a young adult I would
always like to take photos of
myself. Gradually, I would have photographers approach me
and ask me to be the promotional model for their brand.
After a while I started being the face of an accessory line and
even a small swimsuit business
in TCI. I knew there were limited opportunities in TCI for what I
wanted to do with my life, so I
ventured off to Los Angeles and Atlanta to do bigger modelling jobs. I don’t like routines much. Everything is always different with modelling.
am super-excited because this is
something we are also looking to branch off into TCI as well.
What do you enjoy most about being in TCI?
Well, I spent a lot of time travelling, but I just love the fact that,
after being out in such a chaotic
Caicos I am able to get peace of
mind. No matter how many times
I leave, home is where the heart is.
What does 2016 hold for you?
Before anything, 2016 has been
a year of growth mentally for me. I have done a lot of reflecting on
my life and the direction I want to see it head in. This year has been
tinue to walk in faith and keep
doing my modelling. I will also
Sometimes it is so easy to
some time in Atlanta, Georgia,
follow the crowd and feel as
also spend time at home in TCI
certain things then you are not
working on my TV show and I will working on a few projects that I want to scratch off my list.
opened many doors for me. The
though if you do not look or do important or will not succeed.
My encouragement is to be true
to yourself. I never thought that I
be known more on the interna-
in yourself and you make the
Where do you hope to be in five years?
I hope to be a brand. I hope to
use that brand to better the lives
‘Extending a Hand’. They have
the end result in mind.
be in the Dominican Republic
main sponsors of my TV show,
I want to encourage young and even older people out there to not give up on their dreams because it is never really too late to try
busy for me. I will be spending
interCaribbean Airways are the
Daisy has accomplished a lot in her career
world, when I am back in Turks &
tional scene and to take my TV
Tell me about your TV
© Darwin Martinez Photography
What do you like most
show on a larger scale. Humani-
tarian work is a big thing to me. I want to become a brand to then of other people.
I want to encourage young
would be doing all of the things that I am doing now, but that is
what happens when you believe decision to put in that extra work. Many times people will not see
your visions or see you fitting the part that you want to play, but that should not stop you from aiming at being great.
name itself is self-explanatory:
and even older people out there
individuals, basically helping
because it is never really too late
be rough and you will feel like
it aims at bettering the lives of
them to help themselves. I will be back and forth between TCI and
the Dominican Republic working on the new season of the show. I
to not give up on their dreams
to try. Many times the road will what you are doing makes no
sense, but you just have to con-
J. Kelly Sullivan
Oriental wellness has new home in Provo
will offer the kind of natural and holistic treatments that guests might experience at really
top-end properties elsewhere in the world.
Among the novel ideas being
considered for One On Marlin is an ‘open kitchen’ concept, with Kelly flying celebrity chefs into
Provo. This would allow guests to watch food being prepared
before taking ideas back to their in-suite kitchens, designed for creating something simple.
n first meeting, J. Kelly Sullivan looks as if he
might be comfortably at
home in 1960s California. It must
be those flowing blond locks and the easygoing island style.
I quickly discover, however,
that in spite of his laid-back
appearance Kelly is no fuzzy counter-culture prophet or idealistic daydreamer. This
Canadian-born Turks Islander is the designer/developer of the
sublime One On Marlin in Provo. Kelly is a man who happily
and cleverly combines a deep
“I have a passion for creating
in the kitchen and have had this
ness spa based on traditional
Chinese medicine in the Americas,” says Kelly.
Work is expected to com-
mence this year. “Amenities will continually be added starting this fall with freshwater hot
springs nestled into the botani-
cal gardens… Nearby there will
be private chill lounges suitable
for small group gatherings. It is a process of metamorphosis. Life is evolution,” explains Kelly.
interest in body and soul with
entrepreneur. After all, Kelly is
suites, a cascades pool, an RA
the instincts of a sharp-eyed
Some 50-plus king steam
totally fluent in Mandarin, is a
lounge and O2 spa are all set
student of Chinese history and culture and once endured 42 days without eating to rid his
body of toxins. Yet he has de-
signed and built two of Provo’s
best self-catering properties and
now has exciting plans for something else. His idea is to create
smoking filet mignon on an
open charcoal fire with wood
chips that had been soaked in
water all day. The steaks would
just be smoked, with guests, say, preparing carpaccio the next
day in their kitchens from the
meat that remain uncooked from the night before.
This, then, would be a truly
luxurious island experience and something totally different from the more typical style of Provo vacation.
“We have to pick our times to
add such amenities as the property gets very busy in the winter months and we need to keep
the serenity level at its highest.” Once built, this new Chi-
Kelly aims to bring the deeply
which is Kelly’s second Provo
otherwise hedonistic Provo.
One On Marlin will offer a range of holistic treatments
summer months. Kelly adds:
nese-influenced retreat will form
mystic art of Oriental wellness to
He envisages guests perhaps
to be added during the quieter
a fresh tourism niche on the
world’s favourite island. In fact,
since I was a kid,” says Kelly.
“This will be the first well-
a key part of One On Marlin,
property. It is largely self-cater-
ing and reserved for adults. Kelly
CONTACT +1 (649) 941 3121 Reservations: Reservations@AliveAndWellResorts.com Investment Opportunities: KSullivan@AliveAndWellResorts.com interCaribbean.com 25
Wish you were here? Jamaica is still a great place to invest in property if you take a cool-headed approach and look in the right places, says Gary Gimson.
love Jamaica. I love its easygo-
playwright Noël Coward both
and its sometimes fiery food.
Goldeneye at Oracabessa
ing and slightly chippy attitude
I love listening to the lilt of the local patois and occasionally
chuckling to myself at the clever and offbeat Jamaican humour. I love the fact that Jamaica is
an island that can’t be driven
around in a couple of hours on
a quiet Sunday afternoon. I love the comparative space and the
history and the fact that Jamaica even has its own rainy mountain range. I love the beaches and enjoy the convenience of not
owned houses here. Fleming’s (now owned by Chris Blackwell of Island Records fame) and
Coward’s Firefly in Ocho Rios
(burial place of the great man and now a museum) are emblematic of the period. Legendary Holly-
wood hellraiser Errol Flynn also
built a home on Navy Island, but
sadly – in stark contrast to Goldeneye and Firefly – this property is just a wreck and has long since been reclaimed by nature.
one but two international airports
a bygone era conjure up a time
(both, incidentally, served by
And, if truth be told, I would
love more than anything to have a home on what is one of my
favourite Caribbean islands. I
wouldn’t be the first, of course.
The fabulously rich, the famous, the infamous and the slightly
disreputable have long been
attracted to the island, buying up ‘great houses’ or building their
own, especially during the 1940s
These evocative names from of of elegance and expatriate fast
living on Jamaica’s north coast. Those alcohol-soaked days are pretty much gone, only to be
replaced by a different and more clear-headed (in every sense)
kind of property investor. These
investors have largely focused on Montego Bay, Negril, St James and Ocho Rios.
So is Jamaica drifting back
into fashion as a place to own
Bond creator Ian Fleming and
assessment of the local market,
Who can forget that James
a second home? Maybe. For an
The view from Noël Coward’s house, Firefly
I spoke to Nicola Delapenha of
Coldwell Banker. Nicola says: “I believe the local market is still
quite slow. That said, in certain areas (e.g. Montego Freeport)
the market is extremely strong. This is due to limited inventory
and the location. Sales for some resort properties continue to be
slow as sellers have not adjusted
their asking prices, but well maintained properties are still holding their value.”
In the past, potential investors
have been put off Jamaica by its
Here’s an excellent example.
Inn and Royal Plantation Hotel, is
Set in six acres and overlooking
for sale for just over US$ 3 million
Kingston, The Knole, a six-bed-
and offers more traditional styling
room plus six-cottage great
and a location to die for.
house originally built by industri-
Many foreign buyers will want
alist Edward Hanna, is for sale at
to be sure that a property is well
ing on the exchange rate). The
– and that’s where it can make
around US$ 2.4 million (depend-
looked after in their absence
six adjacent cottages provide a
good sense to buy within a gated
robust income and could almost
or managed community. Nicola
offset any mortgage.
concurs: “Not only for security reasons but also for easier
assimilation – much easier to
There are no restrictions on foreigners acquiring property; and it’s reasonably straightforward to obtain residency if required
meet people and become a real part of a community.”
Montego Bay Nicola adds: “Properties in gated
communities that provide ameni-
ties (swimming pools, tennis, gym and security), and in Montego
Bay, those that are in waterfront
developments or those that offer short-term rental opportunities are great investments.”
This property caught my eye:
US$ 750,000 would buy you a
four-bedroom, 4,800 sq ft villa
at The Club at Reading Heights in Montego Bay. It comes with a double garage and fine sea
views, all within the security of an struggling economy, the intensity
If restoration and expensive
The vibrant town centre in Ocho Rios
exclusive gated community.
If you have a budget of around
of local politics and the allure of
upkeep is not your thing, then
US$ 0.5 million then Nicola says:
plus side, there are no restric-
ti-million-dollar properties on offer
(Freeport), a townhouse (Ironshore)
better options elsewhere. On the tions on foreigners acquiring property; and it’s reasonably
straightforward to obtain residency if required.
Rarely do these ‘great houses’
there are plenty of newer muland lots of perfectly delightful
properties in desirable locations for around US$ 0.5 million.
slip on to the market, and if they
There are some pricey modern
maybe a willingness to spend
traditional waterside properties.
do you’ll need deep pockets and money and closely manage some delicate restoration work. I guess not everyone is willing to do so.
villas, but also some more
For example, the five-bedroom Scotch on the Rocks (great
name!), located between Jamaica
“This would buy you an apartment or single family home (Reading or Ironshore). What you get is totally dependent on the location.”
All things considered, Jamaica
represents excellent value, especially when compared with other similar Caribbean destinations, and has tremendous capital
growth potential and solid rental possibilities. Yet more reasons to love Jamaica.
Warning: may contain bones An interview with a prominent South Caicos fisherman turns into a slightly farcical day out for ‘Cacique’ publisher Gary Gimson.
’m off this morning on the
a few uneducated questions
Caicos – the sleepy and almost
am actually joining him and his
15-minute flight to South
forgotten cousin of glitzy Provo. The top brass at InterCarib-
bean Airways have suggested
and making some hasty notes, I taciturn crewman, Marley, for a morning’s fishing.
a fishing story for Cacique and
with Captain Tim Hamilton, the
with the arrangements and it
have arranged an interview
Clearly, there has been a mix-up
island’s big bonefish kahuna, and
goes without saying that, clad in
asked me to find out more about bonefishing. It’s not fishing for bones, as I first thought.
Arriving at the island’s Cock-
burn Harbour expecting to
interview Cap’n Tim, I’m alarmed to find that instead of just asking 28 Cacique
thoughts to themselves.
We cast off from the quay and
soon hit roughish seas. It’s holdon-to-your-hat time. Passing the eyesore that is the failed Coco Beach Resort and beyond that
the more sympathetic new de-
business shirt, shoes and long
velopment at Sail Rock, we head
trousers, I am inappropriately
for the remote beach of Plandon
dressed for a fishing trip. I’m
not sure what the crew make of their dopey, unprepared and
clearly unnautical passenger, but they keep any uncomplimentary
Always interested in the
The bonefish has appeared on the Bahamas 10c coin
derivation of words, I casually
ask self-styled Cap’n Tim why the bonefish is so named. “Cos it’s
and line. Once ashore from the
amusement of my two com-
through deep water in my
by a crab within two minutes of
boat – which means wading
business clothes – our first task is to scratch around in the sand to
panions – I am painfully bitten wading into the ocean.
I don’t have the technique re-
dig out suitable-looking crabs,
quired to catch a fish, but Marley
to a hook and then deftly cast it
already snaffled. Mine is sniffily
attach the wriggling crustacean
allows me to haul in one he has
deemed too small, however, and
is immediately released back into
Despite its unattractive moniker, the bonefish is a rather handsome and noblelooking silvery creature full of bones, man,” he replies.
into the shallows just ahead of
I’m informed that bonefish
ahead of its quarry, the angler
Ask a silly question, I suppose. (Albula vulpes) can be found
throughout southern Florida, The Bahamas and Turks & Caicos.
They feed on crab and shrimp
and can weigh up to 8.5 kg (19
the fast-moving bonefish. To stay needs to trot down the beach,
keeping up with the fish as they
dart here and there searching for food.
I have to confess I am no
lb). The two we later proudly
fisherman. Apart from catching a
half this size, but are still impres-
I have barely touched a fishing
take home are probably about sive-looking fish.
Now to the art of bonefish-
ing. Obviously, you need a rod
few freshwater tiddlers as a kid,
rod. To say I’m a novice would be
over-generous. To add to my embarrassment – and to the evident
Handsome I have to say that, despite its
unattractive moniker, the bonefish is a rather handsome and
noble-looking silvery creature
and it seems a pity to take these fish out of their watery habitat.
But being sentimental is not the reason for our trip.
Our morning’s work is finally
done and we make the return
voyage through choppy waters with our two fish chilling in the
cooler. Cap’n Tim suggests that
bonefish are best grilled (watch out for those bones); others
prefer them made into fishcakes. I think I’ll stick to not-so-bony
grouper or snapper.
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The King of
CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF HARRY BELAFONTE
Singer, actor and activist Harry Belafonte is a legend in all three aspects of his career. As he approaches his 90th birthday early next year, Cacique takes a look back at the life and times of the Caribbean’s King of Calypso.
arold George Belafonte
I went to this place, the Amer-
maican mother and a
there that the universe opened
Jr. was born to a Ja-
ican Negro Theatre, and it was
Martiniquan father in New York
for me.” Those tickets sparked
in 1927. He spent many of his
Belafonte’s interest in the arts
early years in Jamaica living
and it was around this time that
with his grandmother before
returning to New York in 1940
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time service in the US Navy, he
Harry Belafonte's star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
to attend school. After war-
returned to New York and found work as a janitor’s assistant. It
was this role that sparked off his colourful career.
“One day I did a repair at a
tenant’s apartment and they gave me, as a gratuity, two tickets to a theatre,” recalled Belafonte. “So
he met fellow arts enthusiast
Sidney Poitier. The two friends
used to buy a ticket to local plays and trade places between acts
when they couldn’t afford to buy a ticket each. In between acts,
they would describe to the other person what they had seen, so neither of them missed out.
Belafonte’s interest in these
local plays led him to acting
classes in New York alongside
TIMELINE Began acting classes in New York
Debut single ‘Matilda’ released
‘Calypso’ album released – first LP to sell over 1 million copies in a year
1927 30 Cacique
Became the first African American to receive an Emmy Award, for ‘Revlon Revue: Tonight with Belafonte’ 1959
contemporaries such as Marlon
best-known episodes and was re-
Brando and Tony Curtis and, of
portedly a favourite of Muppets
course, his close friend Sidney
creator Jim Henson.
Belafonte's breakthrough album, ‘Calypso’, broke several records, including first LP to sell over a million copies in a year…
Poitier. Belafonte began performing with the American Negro
Theatre, the same theatre that he and Poitier used to visit. During this time he starred in John
Murray Anderson’s Broadway
revue ‘Almanac’ and received a
Tony Award for his performance.
‘Matilda’, which became a signa-
continued to act, with numerous
Three years later, Belafonte re-
Over the years Belafonte
Activism Throughout his life Belafonte was very politically active, supporting the Civil Rights Movement in
the mid 20th century, and was a close friend of Martin Luther
King, Jr. He raised thousands of
ture song throughout his career.
theatre, film and TV performanc-
dollars to help civil rights protestors, including King, after their
leased his breakthrough album,
es as both an actor and voice
arrests and worked tirelessly to
‘Calypso’, which broke several
support the movement.
records, including first LP to sell
It was acting that eventually
led Belafonte to music after he
Sidney Poitier, Belafonte and Charlton Heston at a civil rights event in 1963
began singing in New York clubs to pay for his acting classes. In
1953 he released his first single,
Later in his career, Belafonte
over a million copies in a year
turned his efforts to humanitarian
England. ‘Calypso’ was an impor-
for Africa through the 1985 song
and first million-selling album in
activities such as raising funds
tant album not just for Belafonte
‘We Are the World’. Two years
but for the world as it introduced
later he was appointed as a
Caribbean music to a huge new
goodwill ambassador to Unicef
audience across America and
and travelled across Africa on
various campaigns, including
From the ‘Calypso’ album
raising awareness of children’s
came two more huge songs,
education needs in Kenya.
‘Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)’ and ‘Jump in the Line’. ‘Day-O’
Sing Your Song
covered and sampled by many
ing Belafonte’s life was released
is a traditional Jamaican song,
In 2011 a feature film document-
artists, but Belafonte’s 1956
on the advice of his daughter,
version is probably the best
Gina, who persuaded her father
known. ‘Jump in the Line’ is also a
to share his journey through
traditional Caribbean song, with
film. ‘Sing Your Song’ featured in
roots in Trinidad.
the official selection for several
In 1978 Belafonte starred in
events, including the Sundance
a now-famous episode of ‘The
Film Festival and Tribeca Film
Muppet Show’, performing both
Festival, and received critical
‘Day-O’ and ‘Turn the World Image by U.S. Information Agency. Press and Publications Service. (ca. 1953 - ca. 1978) PD | Wikimedia Commons
Appeared on ‘The Muppet Show’
Appointed goodwill ambassador to Unicef
Around’. It is one of the show’s
Won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award 2000
‘Sing your Song’ released
Named a Grand Marshal of the New York City Pride Parade
2013 interCaribbean.com 31
Bon appétit! SAVOURING THE FLAVOURS OF HAITI One of the joys of visiting the Caribbean is the way that each island or region has its own signature dishes and flavours. This is specially true of Haiti, which offers some of the Caribbean’s most exciting and interesting flavour combinations in its cuisine. Cacique gives you the low-down on why Haitian cuisine should not be missed.
ichly influenced by French,
with pikliz, a spicy cabbage-based
flavours, Haitian cuisine is
monly found on menus, often in a
Spanish and African
exotic yet traditional, blending
techniques and flavours to cre-
ate wonderful dishes. Thanks to
its tropical climate, Haiti benefits
dish called tassot de cabrit (fried
their own spin on this Italian dish
makes for a very tasty and com-
goat meat), often served with rice Another popular speciality is
from an excellent array of fresh
the Haitian patty, a baked pastry
cant part in the flavour of Haiti.
ground beef, salted cod, chicken
local produce that plays a signifiOne of the core components of
Haitian cuisine is meat, although there is also a huge variety of
vegetarian dishes to be enjoyed.
The most commonly found meats
filled with savoury fillings such as and spices. These patties are
often enjoyed as an appetiser or
snack. The fillings can be altered to suit different tastes.
in Haitian dishes are pork, goat
dishes are not unusual. One of the
Day (which is also Haitian Inde-
and chicken; but lamb and beef
Traditionally eaten on New Year’s
country’s most popular dishes is
pendence Day) is soup joumou,
griot – chunks of pork marinated Pumpkin soup is enjoyed on New Year’s Day
pickle. Goat meat, too, is com-
in a citrus and pepper sauce. This much-loved dish is perfect for
any occasion and is best served
made from pumpkin, mixed vegetables, herbs, spices and beef.
This hearty, warming soup is one of the nation’s most important dishes, served on 1 January to commemorate Haitian independence.
An unusual Haitian
favourite is spaghetti
served with hot dogs and a tomato sauce, eaten
at any time of the day in-
cluding breakfast. Instead of classic spaghetti and
meatballs, Haitians have put 32 Cacique
by substituting hot dogs, which
forting dish. Macaroni au gratin is another worldwide classic with a Haitian twist. Instead of macaroni, pasta types such as rigatoni and penne are favoured, with
many local and family variations to suit individual tastes.
Vegetarians need not feel
left out of enjoying authentic
Tasty Haitian potato salad
Haitian food, as many favourite dishes are meat-free. The
Caribbean staple dish of rice
and beans is common in Haiti.
Rhum Barbancourt is one of the world's finest rums
It usually features pinto, red
kidney or black beans served with rice. Although rice and
beans is often served as a side dish, it can also make a filling
meal when topped with a bean purée called sos pwa.
Drinks Haiti manufactures and serves a fine selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverag-
es. Perhaps the nation’s most
famous alcoholic drink is rum,
The Caribbean staple dish of rice and beans is common in Haiti, it usually features pinto, red kidney or black beans served with rice
For those who prefer some-
especially the renowned Rhum
thing non-alcoholic, the abun-
of the world’s finest. Crema is a
fruit juices, including mango,
Barbancourt, regarded as one
popular way to enjoy Haiti’s rum. This thick, milkshake-like drink is made using cream of coconut,
evaporated milk, condensed milk and a variety of spices, all fin-
ished off with a generous splash of rum.
dance of fresh fruit means that guava and grapefruit, are
popular and widely available.
To cool off in the Haitian heat, shaved ice with syrup called
fresco is a quick and tasty drink/ dessert, often found in a variety of flavours, including cherry.
Another favourite soft drink is
Cola Couronne (‘crown cola’), a
fruit champagne with a tropical flavour.
ToroVerde Nature Adventure Park
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2,205 m (7,234 ft) Speed 90 mph 34 Cacique
Are you brave enough to take on the world’s longest zip line?
sky at up to 90 mph. Terrifying and stunning in equal meas-
ures, you get to experience the
beauty of Puerto Rico from high
up in the air, as if you really were flying through the sky. Zip liners
even get a flight certificate upon landing to commemorate your Toroverde experience, while
photos of your flight are also
uckle up and prepare to
Bull and Bull Maze courses, both
impressive speed, take
ed in the air.
come back down to earth with
the longest zip line in the entire
Beast, is still a huge adrenaline
we’re not talking about your
certified by the Guinness World
soar through the air at an
in the scenic views below and
a huge smile on your face. No,
interCaribbean flight, although we do hope you are having an
excellent journey. We are instead talking about The Monster, the
world’s longest zip line, which is
located in Orocovis, Puerto Rico. Situated in Toroverde, an eco-
logical adventure park in central
Puerto Rico, The Monster zip line promises an adrenaline rush like
of which are, of course, suspendThe Monster, or El Monstruo, is
world, and has been officially
Records. With a staggering 2.5
km of cable, The Monster covers a total distance of 28 football
pitches. Before you even make it
to the starting point, a walk along the 47 m long suspension bridge which sits 10 m above ground,
will prepare you for Puerto Rico’s scariest attraction.
no other. The record-breaking
Toroverde, all of which vary in
you can enjoy the ride from the
zip line is just one of several in
Unlike other zip lines, where
length and offer thrill-seekers
comfort of your seat or seated
plenty of opportunities to get Prepare for an adrenaline rush like no other
a bird, and hurtled through the
to get their fix. In addition to zip lines, Toroverde offers various
other activities, such as the Wild
harness, The Monster gives you the ultimate feeling of flying.
Adrenalin junkies are suspended
face-down above the ground like
available to purchase afterwards.
The Monster’s little sister, The
rush, but a shorter course than
its monstrous counterpart. With 1.446 km of cable, it’s 1 km
shorter than The Monster, but
can still send you flying through the sky at up to 60 mph. While
The Beast is certainly not for the
faint-hearted, it is a perfect build-
up to the main event, or an excellent rush if you can’t quite bring
yourself to take on The Monster. Both the Wild Bull and Bull
Maze courses are a great option for families, groups of friends
or team building exercises. The Wild Bull is a thrilling course
with a zip line, five suspension
bridges and a rappel, whereas
the Bull Maze is a ropes course,
including rope nets, monkey bars and suspension bridges.
If you’re feeling a bit peckish
after your adventure, the onsite restaurant offers tasty food and drinks including salads, soups,
national dishes and desserts. A
variety of drinks, including spirits and cocktails are also available. For more information, visit
eatOut particular dish. Maybe it was for
COCO BISTRO, PROVIDENCIALES
the sweet and sour.
For my main dish, I plumped
Why I’m nuts about Coco Bistro
pressive and eclectic menu with
Bistro must be doing something
Caribbean influenced, with lots
here’s no question about it. This has to be Provo’s most popular eatery.
And on an island with over 100
restaurants to choose from, Coco right to attract so many eager diners every day of the week.
Even in low season this place is
surprisingly busy. So don’t expect
By any measure, it’s an im-
no fewer than 10 starters and a
similar number of tasty-sounding entrées. The cuisine is broadly
of regional favourites and some fusion of styles – all with a Coco Bistro twist.
to turn up here in February and
too, but this evening I just had a
get a table. It just ain’t going to
Freshly painted and enjoying
a car park refurb, Coco Bistro is
a little off the main track in Grace Spicy shrimp tacos came a close second
By Gary Gimson
Bay next to Provo Golf Club. You’ll need a car or a taxi to get here.
There’s a solid-looking wine list, refreshing fruit punch as an
aperitif with sparkling San Pellegrino to sip with the meal.
On a night when seafood was
king, I chose Conch 2 Ways to
start, but could easily have opted for the spicy shrimp tacos. The 2 Ways comes as a duo of hot and cold conch dishes either side of an arugula salad. The
sweet and sour conch with fresh pineapple was pretty much
spot-on and, in my opinion, it
trumped by some margin the
Ceviche Martini-scented version with lemon and hot pepper. I’m not entirely sure why, but Coco
Bistro provides chopsticks for this 36 Cacique
for the West Indian-style shrimp
curry (US$ 38) with coconut rice, banana chutney (yum), grilled garlic flat bread and grilled
asparagus. There can be no
faulting the generous serving of
shrimp; and the rice and banana
chutney were the perfect accompaniment. In fact, the banana
chutney was so tasty that I now plan to make my own.
Personally, I would have pre-
ferred the curry to be a bit more
Jamaican (with maybe some fiery scotch bonnets thrown in). But I
can understand that Coco Bistro is catering for a range of tastes
and perhaps considers it wise to
err on the size of caution with the
quickly that you felt the dishes
fieriness of its curries.
Other options worthy of
consideration were the black
Aberdeen Angus 16 oz rib eye (at US$ 49) with shoestring
fries, garden vegetables, grilled Portobello mushrooms and
Bermuda onions with a side
of brandy black peppercorn
were rushed or pre-prepared.
The cuisine is broadly Caribbean influenced, with lots of regional favourites and some fusion of styles – all with a Coco Bistro twist
sauce; alternatively, the roast
rack of lamb with a herb crust
desserts were well know favour-
loped potatoes, French beans,
A caffè latte to finish. Again,
served with goat’s cheese, scal-
ites but served Coco Bistro style.
beetroot paint and Caicos lager
the latte was as it should be
bitter. Without doubt, the nicest
onion sauce would also fit the
– frothy on top, milky and not
For me, the eye-catcher among
the desserts was coconut pie
with fresh cream and a medley of sweet sauces. Some of the other
I’d say the service was attentive
Savour the flavour at Coco Bistro
without being overbearing. Food came quickly enough, but not so
By the way, a great choice of
what was more-than-background music and UB40 always get a
thumbs-up from me. Perhaps, for
a bistro, ‘Rat in Mi Kitchen’ wasn’t the most appropriate track to play, though. (Only kidding.)
Crockery Finally, a word of praise for
whoever chose the crockery.
Rarely have I seen a more interesting and unusual collection
of plates and dishes. It was the same with the glasses. Clever. All in all, then, a pretty un-
beatable evening on an island
otherwise blessed with so many dining options.
LONG BAY BEACH CLUB
BEACHSIDE PARADISE IN LAID-BACK TORTOLA
By Kirsten Alexander
he largest of the British
but not any old beach – one of
come as no surprise that
sand stretches for a mile from
Virgin Islands, it may
Tortola has a great selection of hotels, even though the
island covers an area of just 55 square kilometres. With many people drawn to the island to experience its idyllic beaches
and fun water sports, Tortola’s
coastline is chock-a-block with accommodation catering to
different tastes and budgets. For those looking for luxury
without breaking the bank, our top choice is Long Bay Beach
Club, located in the south west of the island.
Long Bay Beach Club is, of
course, located on a beach,
Tortola’s finest. The soft white
Accommodation at Long Bay
the resort, offering guests an
Beach Club is all beachside,
authentic Caribbean escape,
complete with clear warm waters and swaying palm trees.
available in three different One of the beachfront suites at Long Bay
styles, depending on your
budget or preference. The
beachfront cabañas are built on stilts between the palm trees,
offering guests wonderful views over the beach. The cabañas
are furnished with a king-sized bed, fan, wet bar, private deck and more. The beachfront
deluxe rooms are metres from
the beach, with excellent ocean views from the large terrace or balcony. The beachfront suites
are fully equipped with a living room area, kitchen, walk-in
closet, bath and more, also of-
a menu of treatments including
proximity to the beach.
luxury spa manicure and more.
fering great views and excellent
Amenities The resort has an excellent host of amenities to keep you enter-
reflexology, sport massages,
Experience the beauty of Tortola
The 1748 restaurant is a infor-
mal spot for enjoying extensive
breakfasts, lunches and dinners
Two tennis courts are available
for a small fee, as well as water sports including bodysurfing
and snorkelling. A new beach-
side swimming pool is just steps
from the ocean, too. For ultimate relaxation, the resortâ€™s spa offers
dah Restaurant is located in the
upper terrace of the 18th century sugar mill, and serves traditional Caribbean fusion cuisine and
fine wines. For something a bit
mended, as the Long Bay Cooler
from the pristine beach, there
who like to enjoy the outdoors.
intimate dining affair, the Veran-
stronger, the 1748 bar is recom-
tained during the stay. Aside
are plenty of options for those
with excellent views. For a more
The soft white sand stretches for a mile from the resort, offering guests an authentic Caribbean escape, complete with clear warm waters and swaying palm trees
is a must. The bar is open until
11 pm and is the perfect place to unwind after a day on the beach or exploring Tortola.
Long Bay Beach Club is also
an idyllic place to tie the knot or enjoy a romantic honeymoon, with packages available upon request.
Less pepper– more purr P
orsche, with its chunky
(although Ferrari is adamant that
began the craze some time
Cayenne, more or less
back and was joined by the likes
let’s concentrate on Jaguar’s new
this trend has been followed by
mid-size SUV segment populat-
niche marques such as Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Bentley and even
builders of Italian exotica such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati.
So clearly there is a market for
upmarket all-wheel-drive cars
Images courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover Limited
For the time being, however,
of the Mercedes G-Class and
Audi with its Q7. More recently,
its SUV concept will never be put
F-Pace. It sits in the pricey but
ed by the Porsche Macan, Audi
Q5 and BMW X3. None of these high-end SUVs could be said to
be an object of sublime beauty, but Jaguar certainly seems to have come up with the best
of the bunch in terms of good
looks. In fact, I’m really quite taken with the F-Pace.
nimble for a cruiserweight. The
with satnav, cruise control and
litre supercharged petrol version
front and rear parking sensors.
reason is that some 80 per cent
As you work your way up the
of the F-Pace’s bodywork is aluminium. At the same time – and
platform with Jaguar’s XE and XF
provides plenty of grunt and a
sound system as standard.
The F-Pace was launched in its
home UK market in April and is
The F-Pace is Jaguar through
expected to go on sale around Imminent launch Rear light cluster
This 375 bhp 3.0 litre V6
view cameras, 10-way adjustable panoramic roofs and a Meridian
components are totally new.
will be sold in this region
supercharged engine that’s
leather seats, folding mirrors,
models – about 90 per cent of its
Cacique: “Initially, only the 3.0
trim levels, then comfort and
convenience increase, with rear-
despite the fact that it is shares a
whiff of a venerable gentlemen’s
Jaguar Land Rover dealer told
touch screen infotainment system
Here is a car that’s light and
and through. There’s still the faint
heated front seats, an eight-inch
the Caribbean in August. A
coming to the Caribbean
mightily impressive top speed of 250 kph (155 mph). The engine is a slightly uprated version (in terms of output) of the power plant that is fitted to all other
Jaguar models – the XE, XF, XJ and F-Type.
club about the interior, and it’s
none the worse for that. There are four trim levels: Prestige, R-Sport, Portfolio and S. Even the en-
try-level Prestige comes with 18 inch alloys, a powered tailgate,
The F-Pace was launched in its home UK market in April and is expected to go on sale around the Caribbean in August
Prices For the time being, Caribbean
Here is a classy and well-built
prices in their respective home
and off-road conditions while
dealers remain coy about retail markets, so we shall have to wait some months before we learn
how much the F-Pace is going to cost. And if you’ve thought
car that can tackle all on-road maintaining a serene presence – especially from behind the wheel.
In fact, I think the F-Pace is
about buying a Jaguar but have
going to be a hit. Sadly, we are
not necessarily the right environ-
for stocks to reach the dealer
felt, perhaps, that our region was ment for such a prestige marque, then the F-Pace would seem to assuage any such concerns.
going to have to wait a while
showrooms in our part of the
world. But I’m sure the wait will be worth it. Roll on August.
Asus ZenBook 3
How sleek, how blue, how beautiful
THE ASUS ZENBOOK 3 IS THE LATEST LAPTOP TO TRY TO TOPPLE THE MIGHTY MACBOOK
or too long now, the Apple
definite rival to Apple’s power-
ZenBook is also pleasing
incarnations) has been
thinner and more stylish model
finish and colour options of Rose
Macbook (in its various
the leader in stylish, compact and lightweight laptops, but
house MacBook, with a sleeker, than before.
Weighing just 900 g and
with hefty price tags in excess
measuring 11.9 mm thick, 295
increasingly looking for cheaper
the ZenBook 3 is super light-
of US$ 1,000 consumers are
alternatives without compromising performance. While lighter
and more compact laptops have graced the market, rarely has a
laptop packed enough punch to give the Macbook a legitimate
run for its money. But, this may
all be about to change with the Asus ZenBook 3.
ZenBook Taiwanese firm Asus have long
been a favourite in the computing industry, and introduced
their ZenBook range around
five years ago. The first models in the range received good
reviews, with comparisons drawn between the first generation ZenBooks and MacBooks of the time. The new model, however, the ZenBook 3, seems now to be a 42 Cacique
mm across and 184 mm deep, weight and portable. Usually,
the reduction in size and weight equates to a less powerful
machine (for example netbooks or Chromebooks) but it’s clear
Asus have worked hard to focus on the form of the ZenBook as
much as the function. Aside from the lightweight body, the Asus
to the eye, with a spun metal Gold, Quartz Grey and Royal
Blue. It’s refreshing to see laptop manufacturer, Asus, offering
alternatives to the classic black
or standard silver bodies with a
minimal but universally appealing range of colour options. The 12.5 inch display and
colours are crisp and clear,
Due to the thinness of the ZenBook 3, the sides aren’t littered with various ports making it ideal for everything
from word processing to watching high definition movies. The ZenBook comes with 4GB of
RAM, which in a laptop of this standard is disappointingly
low, and is perhaps the only
real drawback of the ZenBook. Another slight pitfall is the
battery life, which is claimed to be up to nine hours,
however, with moderate usage such as surfing
SPECIFICATIONS • Size: 184 x 295 x 11.9 mm • Screen: 12.5 in • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels • Weight: 900 grams • CPU: Core i5 • RAM: 4GB • Ports: USB Type-C, 3.5mm • Webcam: 640 x 480 pixels Prices start from around US$ 999
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touchpad, allowing you to log in Windows Hello security system. Overall, the Asus ZenBook 3
littered with various ports or
is looking to be one of the most
headphone jack on the left, and
a possible game-changer for
jacks. Instead, there is a single
the USB Type-C charging port on the right. This may be limiting for some people, but liberating for others.
Advanced models If you need more power than
the basic version of the ZenBook 3, higher spec versions are
available, with varying levels of memory and SSD. Prices range from US$ 1,299 for 256GB SSD up to US$ 1,999 for a
whopping 1TB SSD. The more advanced models also have a
popular laptops of 2016, and laptop manufacturers. While
it’s not perfect, with drawbacks
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Free checked baggage is also
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Any child aged between
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the fare class purchased. If free
carried free of charge on domes-
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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-
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Proof of age will be required, and
Passports and visas A valid passport is required for travel to
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The Baths landmark at Virgin Gorda, Tortola
TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS
Great Theatre, old town, Havana, Cuba
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Antigua Cap HaĂŻtien Grand Turk Havana Kingston Montego Bay Nassau Port-au-Prince
Providenciales Puerto Plata San Juan Santiago Santiago de Cuba Santo Domingo South Caicos Tortola
Embraer EMB 120 ‘Brasilia’
Manufacturer: Embraer Crew: Two pilots plus a flight attendant Seats: 30 Length: 65 ft 7½ in / 20 metres Wingspan: 64 ft 10¾ in / 19.78 metres Height: 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 turboprops Cruise speed: 298 knots, 343 mph / 552 km/h 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: 44 ft 6¾ in / 13.58 metres Wingspan: 45 ft 10½ in / 13.98 metres Height: 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: Two × Pratt & Whitney PT6As Cruise speed: 205 knots /380 km/h at 10,000 ft (3,050 m) Range: 1,048 miles /1,686 km at 216 mph Service ceiling: 25,000 ft / 7,620 metres
Twin Otter Manufacturer: DeHavilland Canada Crew: Two Seats: 19 Length: 51 ft 9 in / 15.77 metres Wingspan: 65 ft / 19.8 metres Height: 19 ft 4 in / Empty weight: 7,300 lb / 3,311.22 kg Loaded weight: 12,500 lb / 5,669.9 kg Engines: Two x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 Cruise speed: 150 knots, 172 mph / 278 km/h Range: Up to 700 miles / 1,130 km Service ceiling: 25,000 ft / 7,620 metres
Sunset over the famous English harbour, Antigua
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