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Welcome to the latest issue of



the great passion in my life and

Airways and to the

operations back in 1991 (then

to interCaribbean

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


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:

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.


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 11

Hope 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

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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

life too.

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 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. 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

Blue amber

years. It is said that Dominican

colours of amber than you may found in the Dom Rep.

European counterpart.

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

dean bertoncelj /

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. 15


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



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


in Havana

for serious


and wine

connoisseurs alike.


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 17

cityFocus walkers and sightseers, but in the evening it comes alive with locals playing musical instruments and

catching up with the day’s activi-



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 /

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


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.

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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.



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.


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 /



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. 19


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

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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 – 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 Rep’s 27 waterfalls

development fund that goes

towards local projects such as

libraries, schools and churches.

tions. Some

are even home to crabs which hide out in the rocks;

others have

natural slides

INFORMATION For more information about visiting the falls, head to: Images courtesy of Iguana Mama, who offer tours of the waterfalls. For more information, head to 21


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

22 Cacique

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

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propertyWatch: Jamaica

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

Bygone era


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

and 1950s.

into fashion as a place to own

Bond creator Ian Fleming and

assessment of the local market,

Who can forget that James

26 Cacique

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. 27


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

Fishing trip

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

Cay Cut.

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

the ocean.

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. 29

Harry Belafonte


s_bukley /

The King of


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

Jorg Hackemann /

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 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

or plantains.

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

Soup joumou

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. 33

ToroVerde Nature Adventure Park

Images courtesy of

Ready.Set. Scream!

Unbroken span

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.

The Beast

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

The Monster

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 35

eatOut particular dish. Maybe it was for


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

Fruit Punch


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

in Provo.

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. 37




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,

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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 resort’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. 39


Jaguar F-Pace

Less pepper– more purr P

orsche, with its chunky

(although Ferrari is adamant that

began the craze some time

into production).

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,

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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

Trim levels

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. 41


Asus ZenBook 3

How sleek, how blue, how beautiful



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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built-in fingerprint reader on the

expected life.

with a single touch, thanks to the

product doesn’t live up to its Due to the thinness of the

ZenBook 3, the sides aren’t

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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Providenciales Grand Turk South Caicos Puerto Plata Santiago de Cuba Montego Bay



The Baths landmark at Virgin Gorda, Tortola

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Port-au-Prince Kingston


Cap HaĂŻtien

Santo Domingo


Great Theatre, old town, Havana, Cuba



San Juan






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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 47


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

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Sunset over the famous English harbour, Antigua

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Cacique | Issue 3 | interCaribbean Airways  

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