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Bringing you more in 2017 W

elcome to interCaribbean

continue to serve Kingston, of course.

you’re not already a member, ask the

our in-flight magazine, Cacique.

between Tortola (Beef Island) and San

visit intercaribbean.com.

Lyndon Gardiner, launched a new

Tortola to Antigua a daily connection. In

government and the airport, the PLS

to Nassau, creating more links between

ing visa-free in-transit onward travel. This

Airways and the latest issue of

Some 25 years ago our chairman,

air operation, Interisland Airways, in Providenciales with just one small aircraft, which he used for charter

flights. This small charter operator later became the scheduled airline Air Turks & Caicos, before adopting the name

interCaribbean Airways in November 2013.

Over the last quarter-century

interCaribbean Airways has grown steadily and prudently. Today the

airline operates 14 aircraft serving 18

destinations in nine countries and territories. I fully expect this steady growth

In late 2016 we upped frequencies

Juan to three times a day and made

April this year we launched daily flights

the Bahamas and the Caribbean. In May we have added new Santo Domingo

flights with a continuing flight to Tortola, allowing TCI passport holders to visit

crew on this flight about signing up – or This year, with the cooperation of the

in-transit hub has become a reality, allownew facility makes a 45-minute transit a reality to deliver some of the fastest

through connections in the Caribbean. We are pleased to announce the

British Virgin Islands without going over

launch of an interline agreement with

cies or capacity on some of our existing

connecting both our schedules. More

San Juan. We plan to increase frequenroutes and we’re looking to add new destinations in 2017.

Our frequent flyer programme is

welcomed in the cities we serve. If

Cubana, the national airline of Cuba, on this historic agreement soon.

We look forward to welcoming you

back on board an interCaribbean Airways flight in the near future.

to continue over the next 25 years.

In December we launched direct

weekly flights for the first time between Providenciales and Montego Bay. Pre-

viously, we had served Jamaica’s resort capital only via Kingston – and we

Trevor Sadler, CEO, interCaribbean Airways

Email: caciquemagazine@intercaribbean.com



issue IN THIS

Riding high – 25 years on


elcome to the latest issue of Cacique – the inflight magazine of interCaribbean Airways.

This issue of Cacique comes at a historic moment

for interCaribbean as the airline celebrates its 25th year of operation from its home base in Providenciales.

And as Turks & Caicos is interCaribbean’s hub, the

magazine features the wonderful history of Grand Turk’s lighthouse.

Heading out from TCI, we spend 48 fun-packed

hours in Santiago de Cuba, find 10 amazing things to do in Santo Domingo and discover why the

Dominican Republic’s capital is such a ‘must see’ city.

Allen Chastanet, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia,

talks to Cacique magazine about the island’s tourism sector and the potential arrival of

interCaribbean flights to the beautiful Caribbean island.

Cacique then goes bargain hunting for property

in Puerto Rico, and in Haiti we explore the imposing Citadelle Laferrière and visit surprising Norman Island in the BVI.

Our first in a series of ‘staff stories’ tells of Alano

Forbes’ successful bid to become an interCaribbean Airways pilot.

Finally, our regular review sections include

Redbones in Jamaica, a night at A Stone’s Throw Away in Nassau and a test drive of Toyota’s new sharp-looking C-HR.

We hope you enjoy this issue of Cacique and

your flight with interCaribbean Airways.

Gary Gimson Publisher




Santo Domingo cathedral, Dominican Republic


Words of praise from contented customers Customers are at the forefront of everything we do here at interCaribbean Airways, so it’s great to hear that we’re doing a good job. Here is some feedback from happy customers who have flown with us recently. Mr Sadler,

We had the enjoyment of using

your services from Montego Bay to

Kingston recently and cannot speak highly enough of the service your company provided.

Everyone, from the phone reser-

vation representative, the counter

of their actions. Please can you thank them again for us. They are a credit to your company and left us with a

fantastic first impression of Jamaica. Kind regards, M.W.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I would like to extend my congrat-


Just wanted to say a huge thank

reservation representative, the flight

ulations to your agent, David Marcelus,

you [for helping me make a connection

ground crew, were highly professional

rebook a flight on interCaribbean. I

staff representative was fantastic and

attendants, the pilots and even the

and genuinely caring. It was a pleasure to use your airline.

Best wishes, R.G. Hello there,

I would like to compliment

and highlight the actions of your staff

members at Kingston airport last night. We arrived late from our international

who went out of his way to help me

was much relieved as I was calling from

Haiti at the time and was having trouble getting connected to your offices and

staying connected as well. David called me back when the connection cut off

and was very helpful in getting the flights arranged that I needed.

Thanks again. Sincerely, Eric M.

from Antigua to Tortola]. Your ground

we were whisked through and onto the plane. I will be recommending inter-

Caribbean Airways to everyone I meet

and will post a review on TripAdvisor as soon as I get home.

Many thanks and best wishes, Ann

Hi Lyndon,

flight and subsequently missed the JY

Dear interCaribbean team,

and Claude Dixon displayed excellent

thank you for your great service on

offered us several options to reach

The fact that you were able to bypass

MIA, it’s a beautiful airplane!

substantially. Some could say it helped

max fuel is 162,000 kilos.

tournament and our girls came fourth!

a job you came through for me! I will

604 to Montego Bay. Omar Cambell

customer service and attention. They

our final destination. They looked into

land transportation but in the end they

helped us find a hotel for the night and

called the hotel. They arranged transportation to and from the hotel so we could

I wanted to send an email to

our recent school trip to the Bahamas. San Juan improved our journey

our performance. Ours boys won the We have a few more soccer trips

take the flight this morning. They were

coming up and we would really like to

a difficult situation into a positive. I will

option again.

so kind and helpful and really turned

certainly recommend interCaribbean to my friends and colleagues on the back


consider interCaribbean as our flight

Our next tournament takes us to San

Juan in January. J.R.

Hope all is well with you! It has

been a long time! Are you still flying the EMB-120?

I'm now flying the 747-400 out of Max takeoff weight is 412,000 kilos, I will never forget that when I needed

always remember that!

I will try to get back to Turks & Caicos

to see all my old friends.

Stay safe, and all the best to you


Regards, CC



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interCaribbean Airways is pleased to announce new daily flights from Providenciales to the Bahamas. The flights from Provo to Nassau are scheduled to depart at 16.10 and arrive in Nassau at 17.50. The return flights from Nassau to Provo take off at 09.30 and land in Provo at 11.10*. *Information correct at time of printing. For up-to-date schedules for all interCaribbean flights, please visit our website: www.intercaribbean.com.

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On 6 February 2017 interCaribbean Airways celebrated its 25th anniversary, marking a quarter of a century since it began operations as an informal air taxi service, courtesy of interCaribbean founder Lyndon Gardiner. To celebrate this major anniversary, interCaribbean is rewarding its customers with a series of special offers. Turn to Page 9 for more information on the anniversary celebrations.


The Turks & Caicos Islands were recently declared the fastest-growing tourist destination in the Caribbean by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), which collects and analyses data concerning tourism in the region. CTO found that arrivals in TCI rose by 17.5 per cent in 2016, with a commendable 453,612 stopover visitors, while 846,963 tourists arrived in cruise ships. There was a grand total of 1,300,575 tourists over the year.

interCaribbean Airways partners with TSA for TSA PreCheck®

On 15 May interCaribbean Airways launched TSA PreCheck in concert with the United States Transport Security Administration to give the registered traveller ease of screening at the security checkpoint. Travellers benefit from not having to remove their shoes, belts or jackets, and they can leave laptops in their cases, thus greatly easing the process of moving through the checkpoint. Visit interCaribbean.com to learn more on facilitating your journey and registering to receive the benefits of TSA PreCheck.


Vote for interCaribbean at World Travel Awards

interCaribbean Airways has been nominated for two awards at the prestigious World Travel Awards, due to take place in Turks & Caicos this September. The airline is nominated in the categories of Caribbean’s Leading Airline 2017 and Caribbean’s Leading Airline Brand 2017. Head to www.worldtravelawards.com/vote to cast your votes now.

New non-stop Santo Domingo to Tortola flights

Starting on 3 May, interCaribbean now offers new non-stop flights from Tortola (EIS) to Santo Domingo (SDQ). The flights operate on Wednesday and Saturday, departing Tortola at 12.00 and arriving in Santo Domingo at 13.30. The return flights depart Santo Domingo at 13.45 and arrive back in Tortola at 15.15.


Jovenel Moïse becomes President of Haiti

Former businessman Jovenel Moïse was sworn in as the 58th President of Haiti on 7 February after winning the national election in November. Although Mr Moïse had previously worked as a banana exporter and had never held public office, he won 55 per cent of the vote and was sworn in at a ceremony in Haiti’s National Assembly. Mr Moïse takes over the leadership from Michel Martelly. Both men are members of the Tèt Kale Party.

interCaribbean Airways is pleased to announce an interline agreement with Cubana de Aviacion S.A., Cuba’s national airline. The new agreement means that travellers in the region can benefit from the route networks of both airlines when planning their travel arrangements. Trevor Sadler, CEO of interCaribbean Airways, said of the agreement: “interCaribbean Airways is pleased to establish this interline partnership with Cubana and look forward to creating new connections as both airlines expand their services in the region.” One of the world’s oldest airlines, Cubana now serves 27 cities in the Caribbean, Central America, North and South America and Canada and operates long-haul flights to Europe.

interCaribbean welcomes new jet

interCaribbean is pleased to announce the acquisition of its first Embraer 145 jet. This aircraft will offer a greater range to our flights and provide opportunities to introduce new routes into the mainland United States and new cross-Caribbean services.




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interCaribbean Airways turns 25

and has since been rebranded

as interCaribbean Airways, after

year with the theme of ‘25’. The

Turks & Caicos.

was a 25 per cent discount on

operating for 10 years as Air


In honour of this milestone,

interCaribbean Airways is

his year marks 25 years since the beginning of

interCaribbean Airways

and the airline is celebrating all through 2017 with a variety of special offers for customers.

interCaribbean Airways was

founded on 6 February 1992

after chairman Lyndon Gardiner purchased his first plane and began providing an informal

sharing the celebrations with its InterIsland Airways started in 1992

customers by running a series of offers and deals throughout the

first customer offer in February domestic flights in the Turks &

Caicos Islands and in Jamaica, which proved popular with

customers as a reward for their loyalty.

Make sure to like

interCaribbean Airways’ Face-

book page (www.facebook.com/ interCaribbeanAirways) to be

the first hear about upcoming

anniversary offers and details of how to claim these.

but popular air taxi service,


a four-seat aircraft. Since then,

like to thank all its customers

named InterIsland Airways, with

interCaribbean Airways would

operations have expanded to

for their loyalty and support

over 15 destinations across

nine Caribbean countries (with more lined up for the future) cacique

throughout the last quarter of

a century. Here’s to another 25 years!





City of ‘firsts’ is a fascinating blend of old and new


he oldest city of the New World,

Santo Domingo is a vibrant clash of

cultures, with cobbled streets leading to pulsing nightclubs and colonial

buildings just a stone’s throw from ultra-modern malls.

Santo Domingo is a cosmopolitan city

with culture at its heart, making it one

of the most rewarding cities to explore in the Caribbean. With so much to see and do, Cacique magazine is here to Salim October / Shutterstock.com

give you a helping

10 Cacique

hand with our top 10 things to do in Santo Domingo.


Zona Colonial The rich history of Santo

Domingo is best explored in the city’s Zona Colonial

(Colonial Zone), a Unesco

World Heritage site and the location of

many ‘firsts’. The first cathedral, the first

palace and the first fort in the Americas can all be found in this fascinating

district. The main area of Zona Colonial is Parque Colón, featuring a statue of Christopher Colombus in the centre and bordered by many important

buildings. An ideal place to wander around and absorb the culture of

Local musicians in Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo, it also contains many restaurants.


Los Tres Ojos Los Tres Ojos, which trans-

lates as ‘The Three Eyes’, is a national park in the east

of Santo Domingo named

after three beautiful lagoons. The caves were traditionally used by the Taíno

Indians and in some places you can still

see their original carvings. The limestone caves, in which its lagoons are found, are relatively easy to access by foot, while a

small boat ride can take you to another, more isolated lake. The scenery is truly

wonderful and the park has even been used in recent times as a film set.

Another ‘first’ for Santo

Domingo is Monasterio

de San Francisco, the first

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Monasterio de San Francisco

monastery in the New World, dating

from the early 1500s. The monastery is now largely in ruin, after being

destroyed and rebuilt a number of

times. It was burned by Drake, dev-

astated by two earthquakes and left in ruins – and eventually closed – by is an interesting place to wander

Forming part of the Zona

around, although the best time to go

is a Sunday evening, when there is live

music and dancing in the form of a free concert performed by local people.


century. Created more than 500

years ago, the building itself is a fine

example of Spanish colonial architec-

ture and has been lovingly restored to


its original splendour.

you’re looking for excellent tapas

that won’t break the bank, Pura Tasca in Zona Colonial is a good choice.

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stained glass windows and other artworks.

and furniture dating back to the 16th

a reasonable price is more tricky. If

Inside the cathedral

its impressive mahogany doors, although, thanks

cathedral, but it’s worth taking time to admire the

collection of art, sculpture, tapestries

finding good food at

ing still retains some original features, including

perhaps the most impressive feature of the whole

museums in the city, with a fascinating

particularly hard, but

cathedral to be built in the New World. The build-

and had to be restored. The vaulted ceiling is

it houses one of the most visited

Santo Domingo isn’t

by Pope Julius II and was the first

men, the cathedral’s interior was vandalised

to Diego Colón, son of

Christopher Colombus, who was

Finding good food in

Officially named the Basílica Cate-

to the English privateer Francis Drake and his

Colón was once home

Pura Tasca

Pura Tasca

Catedral Primada de América

place of worship was commissioned

Colonial, Alcázar de

the governor of the colony. Today

Santo Domingo is a cosmopolitan city with culture at its heart, making it one of the most rewarding cities to explore in the Caribbean

dral de Santa María la Menor, this


Alcázar de Colón

a hurricane in 1930. The monastery

menu at Pura Tasca has a lot to offer, from calamari to risotto to burgers

and, of course, plenty of sangria. The staff are friendly and the location is ideal – close to many of the sites in Zona Colonial.

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Santo Domingo is rich in

history and one of the best places to find out more is

the Museo de las Casas Reales. One

of the most important buildings in the Dominican Republic, it once served

as the central seat of government for Spain’s Caribbean colonies. Now a

museum, its rooms have been sympa-

thetically restored to their original style

and feature a host of historical artefacts including maps of voyages, antique

weaponry, Taíno artefacts and colonial–

8 era objects.

El Malecón Also known as George

Washington Avenue, the city’s El Malecón is an

oceanfront promenade

running from the Zona Colonial to the San José Fort. On one side you have wonderful views over the Caribbean

and on the other a host of restaurants and hotels. Perhaps the most notable feature of El Malecón is the obelisk

painted to honour the Mirabal Sisters


Jardín Botánico Nacional An oasis in the city, these botanical gardens are an

ideal place to stroll, enjoy

a picnic, go birdwatching or simply

appreciate the many types of local and exotic flowers and plants. Highlight of

the gardens is the well-kept Japanese garden with its collection of beautiful plants such as orchids and bonsai. A small train is available for rides

through the park and guides are on

hand to provide visitors with information about the flora. Daniel-Alvarez / Shutterstock.com


Museo de las Casas Reales

Museo de las Casas Reales


Sabina Bar A night out in

Santo Domingo isn’t complete

without a visit to

Sabina Bar in the Zona Colonial, a good place to grab a drink and enjoy some authentic Spanish music. Sabina Bar

greets its guests with a warm, welcom-

ing atmosphere, while owner Freddy is the life and soul of the establishment. Guests are encouraged to join in the fun by dancing and singing along. You can even ask for a pen to sign

your name on the wall as a permanent record of your visit to Sabina. Oh, and

Mirabal Sisters monument Parque Colón, Zona Colonial Jardín Botánico Nacional

the drinks are really good, too!

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and others who fell victim to the brutal reign of Rafael Trujillo. El Malecón

is a great place to stroll along in the

daytime or to enjoy a beer and watch the sunset.

interCaribbean.com 13


Another great day at my office in the sky Alano Forbes, pilot with interCaribbean Airways

Staff Stories aims to share the journeys and experiences of some of interCaribbean Airways’ valued employees. In this issue, Alano Forbes tells Cacique about his journey to becoming a pilot and why he loves working for interCaribbean.

Inspiration struck me

when I was just 11 years old at

the airport in South Caicos when I was watching planes land and take off. In my earlier years, I

really didn’t say too much about what I wanted to do in life, but

me to become a pilot, but that

didn’t stop me. I found strength in God and I knew I needed to

continue my dreams. In fact, I was even more determined to pursue

cultures and meet new people.

No matter what we do in life

love and enjoy what I do. It’s an

there will always be challenges.

become a pilot.

lenges head-on and use them

Hope Unfortunately, on 26 December 2005, tragedy struck when I

lost my oldest brother due to a plane crash. After the passing

of my brother, I felt like all hope was lost and I had given up on

everything. I knew that there was no way my parents would allow 14 Cacique

I tell people all the time that I

my goal of becoming a pilot.

right then and there a desire hit me and I decided I wanted to

Not everyone is fortunate to have their office up there in the sky – a workplace that’s never in one place

amazing career.

The goal is to face those chalto make you stronger. Flying

through the sky and cruising at

thousands of feet is such a phenomenal feeling. Not everyone is fortunate to have their office

up there in the sky – a workplace that’s never in one place.

One of the best things about

my job is that I get to travel to

new places, experience different

Coming straight out of flight

school, I was given the opportuAlano Forbes has worked as a pilot since 2014

nity to work for interCaribbean

Airways. After completing flight training with success on 1 Sep-

tember 2014 the airline decided

to hire me. It was a wonderful thrill to be fresh out of flight school

and a privilege to come home and work for my local airline. My first position at

interCaribbean was first officer,

opportunities. My next aim is to become captain of an Embraer

Brasilia 120 and I intend to reach that goal by continuing to seek educational opportunities that will improve my professionalism and expand my working

knowledge. This accomplishment is very important in furthering my career because it requires me to

grow as a pilot, making me more of an asset to my peers, helps to

come with ability, training,

serves our community.

Making it to the ‘left seat’ is

inspire future pilots and better

coordination and experience. the very best of the very best


pilots. I’d add that a great

I think, of course, most all pilots

degree of intuition is also a key

love piloting, which is a thing that gets in your blood and

remains forever. It is challenging, requiring many skills that

skill, something that automaAlano aims to become captain of an Embraer Brasilia 120

tion cannot replace. Forever anticipating events, seeing

around corners, those are the key preventative measures

that keep everyone safe. Great

pilots know and understand this Ileana Ravasio, ATTIMI Photography

and are, indeed, a rare breed.

Alano seen here with chairman Lyndon Gardiner

second in command, and it was my responsibility to assist the

captain in every way possible. In February 2016 I was promoted

to captain of the Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander. I advanced to this position by displaying a higher

level of maturity, professionalism, punctuality and a strong working knowledge that leads to higher

levels of accountability from my peers.

interCaribbean has helped me

excel in my role by encouraging the continuation of outside training and educational

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By Gary Gimson

Thinking about buying property in Puerto Rico? Well, now may be the perfect time as prices are low and the range of properties is plentiful. Cacique magazine spoke to Ivan Zavala Steidel, chief executive of Reality Realty, about why buying property in Puerto Rico is now more attractive than ever.


Who is buying in Puerto

Rico right now and why –

and what are they buying?

Puerto Rico has always been of

high appeal for the international market thanks to its climate,

beautiful beaches, magnificent

gastronomy and its deep-rooted history. The fact that real estate

values have reached their lowest point since the beginning of the local recession has created an

excellent opportunity for well-informed buyers. That, together

with the tax incentive laws (Acts 20 and 22), enacted in order to attract foreign capital and 16 Cacique

Sun, sea and San Juan – what's not to love in Puerto Rico?

encourage investment on the

island, makes living and working

in Puerto Rico more enticing than ever before for foreign investors, either to establish their principal

residence, invest, relocate and/or establish their businesses there. In addition, the local market

has maintained a reasonable

propertyWatch: Puerto Rico

industry prices have experienced a consistent decline during the

last eight years. This in turn has

brought historical opportunities to both local and international buyers, where they have been able to make excellent investments that produce returns

difficult to match on US soil. In

addition, the still-available low

The still-available low prices have enabled countless numbers of single individuals and young couples to acquire their first home

prices have enabled countless numbers of single individuals

with high purchasing power, the

their first home.

as Condado, Dorado, Palmas

and young couples to acquire

high-end market in sectors such del Mar and others have been

Government initiatives

positively impacted, reducing

Although the price reduction

the available inventory in these

applies in general terms, there

sectors and raising their prices.

are certain market segments that have been positively affected by government initiatives, such as

the tax incentive laws enacted by the Puerto Rican government in

conditions for thousands of

people to choose Puerto Rico

as their destination for primary

professions using real estate as a principal investment instrument.


How is the local property market performing and

what (negatively or positively)

is influencing this performance, especially in the light of Puerto Rico’s well-documented economic problems?

As in any recessionary period,

Places of greatest demand for

• Old San Juan, due to its

other factors, creates the ideal

in individuals from different

locations with foreign

buyers and why?

This, together with the island’s geographical location, among

we have observed an increase

What are the most popular

foreign buyers are:

attributes, such as its climate and

in which we find ourselves; and


2012 (Acts 20 and 22) to attract foreign capital and investors.

pace despite the market phase

Capitol of Puerto Rico

residence and to operate their businesses and export their products and/or services. Due to this injection of

individuals and/or businesses

centuries-old architecture and

history, its rich cultural diversity and its classification as a

unique destination because it is the ‘oldest preserved American city’.

• Rincón, a destination of choice for many Americans due to its fine surfing beaches.

• Condado, for its cosmopolitan

and magnificent hotels and Isla Verde, which has the best-

known urban beach on the island.

• Aguadilla has become a hub of multinational companies due to its strategic location and

has managed to attract many corporate families.

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• Palmas del Mar in Humacao

to the beach, golf courses,

resorts in the Caribbean,

residential apartments and

is considered one of the best offering a beautiful Gary

Player-designed golf course in addition to the yacht club and marina.

• Dorado, a favourite place for families coming to Puerto

Rico as a result of the Acts

20 and 22 incentives. They

are attracted by the beautiful planned communities, golf Plenty of choice is available for those looking to buy

courses, hotels and beaches.


What types of property

represent good value at

the present time?

There are some segments in

the market that represent a good opportunity for typical buyers, such as: properties adjacent

gated-community properties, commercial premises located in urban areas, as well as eco and

agricultural lands, among others.


Would you advise foreign

buyers to purchase within a

gated or managed community? Are there any restrictions on

non-US citizens buying property in Puerto Rico?

Not necessarily. As the old

saying goes – ‘location, location, location’.


In your view, what’s the best option in terms of

buying a golf course property and why?

Puerto Rico is one of the best

places in the world to invest

Slump creates a buyer’s market

By Colin Bengall

As a British expat living in the Caribbean for the past 27 years, I have had the opportunity to visit many Caribbean Islands. The smaller islands can be very picturesque and offer a quiet lifestyle, but after a while ‘island fever’ starts to set in and you simply need to get ‘off-island’. I am very happy to have selected Puerto Rico as my home. Being a Commonwealth of the United States, we have most of the amenities that you would find on the mainland; a Latin culture with American influence. Puerto Rico is a modest 100 by 35 miles but offers a vast variety of landscapes; warm waters and beautiful beaches scattered around the entire coastline, from the golden sands and calm waters of Isla Verde to the surfing beaches of Rincón, from the dry forest of Guanica to the lush mountainous rain forests of El Yunque, from the caves of Camuy to the world’s largest zipline in Toro Verde, from the busy metropolitan area of San Juan to the quiet town of Yauco, where some of the world’s best coffee is grown. There are hundreds of quality restaurants across the island, from the very popular ‘food trucks’ that have sprung up everywhere with their various specialty dishes to many fine dining experiences. Puerto Rico’s economy boomed

in real estate, mainly because

of the real estate appreciation

and its location as a Caribbean island, while at the same time

Properties in golf course communities have experienced an increase in their prices

enjoying US citizenship, US

currency and US federal laws.

All these attributes make Puerto Rico a great and a safe place to live. Nevertheless, properties in golf course communities such as Dorado Beach East

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propertyWatch: Puerto Rico in the 1990s through to the mid 2000s. At that turning point it took a downward spiral and this has significantly affected the real estate market. Now, with the much publicised debt burden, company layoff, many residents have been forced to leave the island, leaving a surplus inventory of properties. Wherever there is chaos, there is also opportunity; and there are bargains in abundance, with beach homes for under US$ 100,000 and million-dollar homes for 30 cents on the dollar.


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Puerto Rican homes are built to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes, with solid, reinforced steel foundations, walls and roofs. As a result, the cost of construction is high and can be very easily calculated. You can now buy houses of all sizes, from a family home to a mega-mansion, for way below the construction costs which local banks use to determine the asset value. In 2012 Puerto Rico introduced Acts 20, 22 and 273 (www. the2022actsociety.org) to attract investors to reside in Puerto Rico with offers of special tax rates of zero to five per cent. These Acts have been gaining momentum with the super-rich and financial advisers worldwide. More and more high-wealth individuals are moving to Puerto Rico each month, with many hedge fund managers calling Puerto Rico the ‘land of opportunity’. It really is time to buy in Puerto Rico.

and Palmas del Mar have

themselves, but I believe each

mentioned, especially the

their prices due to increased


Puerto Rico as a tax haven and

experienced an increase in demand in the high-end market.


What advantages, if any,

does Puerto Rico have over

Florida or the Dominican Republic as a place to buy?

All previous answers speak for

country has its own magic.

Is buy-to-rent a worthwhile option for investors and

how could such a property be managed from afar?

We are in the ideal moment

new laws created to position the ‘New Singapore’ of the

Caribbean, which turns Puerto

Rico into the safest place to live and invest.

for typical buyers and/or

investors to buy properties

due to all the attributes already interCaribbean.com 19

My vision for a world-class tourism sector Q

Would it be fair to say that tourism is now the domi-

nant source of revenue for the Saint Lucian economy?

The tourism industry does

dominate economic activity

right now and unfortunately in

2015-2016 we saw a decline in that sector, especially when it

came to cruise arrivals. We are

now seeing an increase in cruise arrivals for Saint Lucia and the

strengthening once again of the


aint Lucia is high on interCaribbean Airways’ list of possible new destinations. It’s an island that justifiably feels it is underserved in terms of its regional air connections. Cacique spoke to the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Honourable Allen M. Chastanet, about the local economy, the island’s key tourism sector and, of course, the improving air connectivity.


You have been Prime

Minister of Saint Lucia

since June 2016. What have been your top priorities and challenges in that time?

The top priority for Saint

Lucia is the economy and

reducing our debt to GDP

ratio. This is much the same for the rest of the islands in the

region. Our high debt levels

and external current and fiscal deficits continue to affect our 20 Cacique

ability to grow. Economic

growth in our region has been relatively stagnant, very slow or in the negatives for years and that needs to change.

One of the commitments our

government has made to Saint Lucians is creating a greater level of equity and that can

only happen if people have

an enabling environment for

citizens to have the opportunity to prosper.

tourism sector. We are hoping tourism will be the catalyst for

economic growth. At present the tourism sector makes about 40 per cent of GDP.

With the initiatives we are

putting in place, the current and future projects, we anticipate

significant tourism growth. It is

important to note that tourism is

dominant because it has so many linkage opportunities and so

many subsectors. Our govern-

ment believes the potential for the development of tourism is

yet to be fully explored. Take, for example, the yachting sector, which has shown real growth

potential. Even as the hotel and

cruise sector have declined over past years, we continue to see growth in yachting. We must

SaintLucia: Prime Minister recognise those opportunities and act on them.

The truth is, Saint Lucia cannot

continue to be a one-sector

economy. We are aiming for

balanced growth where we can

turn our attention to developing a number of other sectors as

well. What we are looking for is that combined positive effect

where if one sector does well,

such as tourism, the other sectors will also flourish; and also if one

sector is facing challenges, then the other sectors can pick up

some of the slack, so to speak.

We also want to see our people not just work in industries but

to create an environment where our citizens can tap into their

entrepreneurial spirit and start small businesses which supply

becomes. Whether it’s Cuba or

on the daily lives of taxi drivers,

Republic, we want to continue

The hotel sector is definitely

the Bahamas or the Dominican to encourage them growing

because the more people that

can come to the Caribbean and fall in love with the Caribbean

is eventually going to redound to the benefit of all of us. So

considering the small percent-

age of the global tourism market

that we tap into, we should all be cognizant of our shared goals.

Does your tourism revenue come mainly from hotels

and resorts, or does the cruise business generate a lot of income also?

It depends on how you look

other Caribbean destinations?

quick excursions, so the cruise

I have never been one to worry

about other Caribbean desti-

So there are opportunities for immense benefits from both.

Spouting numbers about which one contributes more is not as relevant to me as making the most of each.

What we need to look at as a



in the face of competition from

for thousands of Saint Lucians.

How do we make sure they

these operate quite differently.

ism sector performing now

sustainable, stable employment

country is how we sell ourselves

belongs to us all.

at it. By the numbers, hotels and

How is the country’s tour-

more far-reaching in terms of

The Caribbean is a brand that

the various sectors such as IT, tourism and agriculture.

tour operators, market vendors.

resorts contribute more, but

A cruise passenger is most times with you for the day, comes into your city to shop or goes on

sector has immediate impact

when visitors are in our island.

remember Saint Lucia so that a cruise passenger returns in the future as a hotel guest or vice

The truth is, Saint Lucia cannot continue to be a one-sector economy. We are aiming for balanced growth where we can turn our attention to developing a number of other sectors as well

nations or look at the situation

we face in that way. Even at the OECS [Organisation of Eastern

Caribbean States] level I feel that some of the ways we compete

with each other doesn’t benefit us at all. The Caribbean is only one and a half per cent of the

world’s tourism market. So we all need to recognise that the success of any other island in

the region eventually becomes

our own success. Sixty per cent of the people who come to

Saint Lucia have first gone to

Jamaica. So the more tourists

that Jamaica gets, the bigger the potential market for Saint Lucia

View of Castries from an arriving cruise ship

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SaintLucia: Prime Minister versa? Also, how do we ensure

major investments is in expand-

that they have phenomenal

in order to accommodate mega

when visitors come to our shores experiences where they now

think even further in terms of

how they can invest in Saint Lucia or how they can continue to get unique Saint Lucian products?

ing the capacity of Port Castries cruise ships. We expect to start

the visits of mega cruise vessels

by November this year, which will significantly boost our numbers. But I must reiterate that it’s not just about the numbers. Saint

Lucia needs to ask itself and we as a Government need to look at whether we are maximising

the benefits or the reach of the Paul Wishart / Shutterstock.com

numbers we currently have.

Are our people taking sufficient advantage or offering products

and services in a way that can be utilised by those passengers in a

meaningful way once they get to


our shores? Are we putting our

and cruise visits? Can you give

in any sector if people do not

numbers in recent years? And

have major plans to add at least

Is the tourism business expanding in these

various sectors – hotels, resorts some figures for tourist arrival for cruise calls and passenger numbers?

Things look very optimistic for

Saint Lucia’s tourism market for 2017. As I mentioned, we had

seen declines in the sector and

we are working on reversing this

trend. We hit the ground running by meeting with key players.

Overall in 2016 we had decline of 7.3 per cent due mainly to a drop in cruise arrivals of about

best foot forward and offering world-class service?

Growth cannot be meaningful

feel it on the ground. So, yes, we 3,000 rooms to Saint Lucia, but what also needs to happen is a preparation of our people for

the opportunities that come their way with this growth.


What steps is your Government taking – or planning

to take – in order to support and encourage the tourism industry across the various sectors?

We have been working on a

13 per cent. Last year Saint Lucia

re-engineering of the tourism

arrivals and we are hoping to

we made when we took office

recorded about 587,700 cruise bring that up to 800,000 this

year. We have had very positive discussions with our partners in the cruise sector since we

took office and we have been

engaging them on an ongoing

basis in terms of increasing their calls to Saint Lucia. One of our 22 Cacique

industry. One of the first moves was to completely change our

tourist board model, which was not functioning as it should.

Saint Lucia is now moving to a tourism authority with the mandate of promoting the

country as a tourist destination and refining our marketing

In terms of interCaribbean Airways, Saint Lucia has an open door. We are grossly inadequate when it comes to air services linking the Caribbean

approach. We also want the

authority to focus on creating standards and regulating the quality of our service provid-

ers. The authority will also be looking at diversifying our

tourism product so it does benefit other sectors.

We are working on incentives

to attract even more investment to Saint Lucia and we believe

in the idea of ‘village tourism’

where we sell the truly authentic Saint Lucia experience. We

want to encourage interaction between tourists and locals to

create a more enriching experience. Saint Lucia has some

we will have more inter-island

of your economy and also the

have so much to offer.

neighbours Martinique and Gua-

Lucia is at present adequately

unique towns and villages which

travel, especially from our French


deloupe. We have rebranded

outside the Caribbean region?

people engaged with coming to

From which parts of the

world do tourists come to

St Lucia? Is it mainly visitors from Do you receive a lot of visitors from the United States? And

from the UK and Continental Europe?

Our major markets right now

are the United States and the UK. Saint Lucia has seen growth in

the Caribbean market, but I think we face challenges in growing this market due to the airlift

challenges that continue to face

us. Our UK market has also been

affected a bit by Brexit and lower

consumer confidence, but we are already seeing positive changes emerging there due to recent Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens

Beautiful beaches and striking scenery

developments. Stay-over arrivals from Canada is also an area we

need to improve on and we will be working with the airlines on ensuring we have the capacity

our jazz festival in Saint Lucia and expanded this to now become a summer of festivals to keep Saint Lucia all summer long.

Right now we have so much

we can grow into and we are also exploring new markets

when it comes to tourism and

investment. So while we seek to

deepen Saint Lucia’s presence in the established source markets,

we are also setting ourselves up to tap markets in Latin America and Asia.

serviced, but we are looking

forward to the new additions of hotel rooms and growth in our

economy so we can in turn see airlift to the island grow.

In terms of interCaribbean

Airways, Saint Lucia has an open

door. We are grossly inadequate when it comes to air services

linking the Caribbean. This is

evident in the southern part of the Caribbean and even more so in the northern part. Right

now, to get to Belize, to get to

Cayman, to get to the Bahamas, Jamaica, most times we have to


fly to Miami. Imagine we were

the present time? And would

from St Croix has to fly to Miami

How well served is Saint

Lucia in terms of air travel?

What are the main carriers at you welcome the addition of

interCaribbean Airways if the

decision is made to start up a new service?

Airlift in any destination is

out of Canada.

reflective of the capacity of the

excites me and I am hopeful that

hotel rooms you have, the size

The Caribbean market still

size of your population. Saint

country, meaning how many

faced recently with a situation

where LIAT has cut services from

the US Virgin Islands. So a person to get to Saint Lucia. We are not only looking forward to seeing interCaribbean come here, we

are desperate for them to come here because clearly they have a more successful model than anyone else has so far.

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(as the locals say)

The Famous Escalinata

24 Cacique

santiago de Cuba

Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca

With summer just around the corner and interCaribbean Airways flying into the city three times a week, Santiago de Cuba, less than two hours from Provo, is the perfect destination for a short break. Cacique magazine hopped over to Cuba’s second city to see if Santiago lives up to its energetic, exciting and eclectic reputation – even if you have only 48 hours to spare.


he interCaribbean flight

house in the city centre, where

Cuba is a smooth expe-

our hosts, Beatriz and David.

from Provo to Santiago de

rience lasting around one hour and 45 minutes and providing

wonderful views of the islands

accommodation to drop off bags and grab some dinner.

Our first full day begins with

a trip to the coast to explore

Accommodation in the city

is generally authentic, unpre-

tentious and comfortable, with ‘casas particulares’ the most

popular option for travellers

looking to get to know the real Santiago. These ‘casas’ are

private properties similar to B&Bs that can be rented for a holiday, offering good-value accommo-

dation in a family home. We opt

for Casa Colonial Nivia, a colonial

the Castillo de San Pedro de

la Roca, also known as Castillo

architecture in the world. Now a

Unesco World Heritage Site, it is one of the most popular tourist spots in Santiago, offering

is full of history and remarkably well preserved, considering its age. Owing to its vast size, the

and we chat until bedtime.

Day One

of Spanish-American military

Completed in 1700, the fortress

They prepare a hearty meal for us

17.45 and head straight to our

the most complete example

splendid views across the bay.

we receive a warm welcome from

below. We land in Santiago at

del Morro, noted for being

fortress never feels crowded.

Wandering freely, we discover the dungeons, a chapel and a

museum documenting the reallife pirates of the Caribbean. Cayo Granma island

Cayo Granma For lunch, we head over to the tiny island of Cayo Granma,

located just inside the bay and close to the fort. There are

regular ferry services to the

island and we only have to wait

about 15 minutes before setting off. Cayo Granma is notably

peaceful and quiet compared

with the city centre and we head to the El Marino restaurant for a

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late lunch. It has a reputation for great seafood and we are not

disappointed – the octopus is truly delicious.

Returning to the mainland,

we make our way to Casa de la Trova, one of the best places

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santiago de Cuba

in the city for authentic Cuban cocktails. Popular with locals and tourists alike, the place is soon pulsating with people singing,

dancing and drinking, a perfect introduction to Cuba’s vibrant nightlife. The friendly people

– and perhaps the cocktails, too –

persuade us onto the dance floor and, even though we aren’t the

world’s best movers, we shimmy

and shake the night away without a care in the world.

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music, dancing and mojito

Chess in central square

Day Two With our heads are sore as our

feet, we decide to slow the pace down with a trip to the Emilio Bacardí Moreau Museum. Of

course, rum isn’t the first thing

on our minds at 10 am, but the museum is more than just a

tribute to the Bacardí family; it

also houses a range of historical artefacts including Egyptian mummies, an art collection

and an archaeology room. The Cocktails at Casa de la Trova

coolness of the building is a

welcome relief from the heat of

Santiago de Cuba and we while

away a couple of interesting and informative hours.

Cespedes Park From the museum we go down the road to Cespedes Park,

more of a town square than a

park but a good place to spend time nonetheless. Surrounded by fine buildings such as the

Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady

of the Assumption, the place is full of life, with traditional ‘son Maurizio De Mattei / Shutterstock.com

cubano’ music providing the

perfect backdrop to the bustle of the square.

The next stop on our Cuban

adventure is a journey northwest to the famous Santa

Ifigenia Cemetery, noted for

being the final resting place of 26 Cacique

The place is full of life, with traditional ‘son cubano’ music providing the perfect backdrop

Jose Marti's Mausoleum

to find the tomb of Fidel Castro, who was recently laid to rest

here. His grave is marked by a rock with a simple plaque

engraved with the one word ‘Fidel’.

Our return flight to Provo is

at 09.25 next day, so it’s back to the city centre and a fairly

early night with a sundowner at the Hotel Casa Granda, taking in the sunset from its popular

roof terrace with a Cuba Libre

cocktail in hand. The views from

the terrace are wonderful and it’s a memorable moment watching the city change from daytime to glen photo / Shutterstock.com

evening. As night falls, we head back to our ‘casa particular’ for

a final stopover in this engaging and enchanting city.

¡Chao pescao!

Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption

some of Cuba’s most important and influential figures through

a popular sight for many visitors

whose mausoleum is protected

crowd has already gathered. In

history, including Jose Martí,

by armed guards. We arrive just

in time for the impressive changing of the guard. This is clearly

to the cemetery and a small

addition to the imposing Martí

mausoleum, we wander through the immaculately kept grounds

TALKING THE TALK ‘Chao pescao’ is the Cuban equivalent of ‘See you later, alligator’. It literally means ‘Goodbye, fish.’ The standard reply is ‘Y a la vuelta picadillo’ (‘Next time, minced meat’). interCaribbean.com 27


Real-life treasure island has a special allure By Kirsten Alexander


eportedly the inspiration

One of the most famous

behind ‘Treasure Island’ – the

stories about Norman Island is

classic Robert Louis Stevenson

the tale of the Spanish galleon

tale of adventure – Norman

‘Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe’,

Island in the British Virgin Islands

which got into difficulty in bad

truly is a treasure, although the

weather in 1750. In order to try

days of pirates, buried gold and

and save the valuable cargo, the

one-legged seamen with parrots

treasure was divided between

on their shoulders are long

two ships and brothers John and



Owen Lloyd devised a plan to While the inspiration behind

Located at the southernmost

‘Treasure Island’ is disputed, it’s

Island – one of several unin-

Island is one of the leading

tip of the archipelago, Norman habited islands in BVI – is

owned by Dr Henry Jarecki, a

German-American entrepreneur

and philanthropist. Although the island is uninhabited, there is a

restaurant and bar called Pirates Bight as well as a beach club

and fine dining restaurant called The Club and a floating bar and restaurant, The Willy T. 28 Cacique

not hard to see why Norman

contenders, with its history of pirates and treasure and, of

course, its tropical location. There are several documented reports of pirate treasure being hidden there, and also many undocu-

mented reports, so that Norman Island in times gone by had a

reputation as a hot spot for gold prospecting.

steal the treasure by taking over Norman Island – the inspiration behind 'Treasure Island'

a ship each. Half of the goods,

on John’s ship with its treasure, was seized by the authorities, but the other half made it to

Norman Island, where Owen is

said to have buried the treasure. Word spread across BVI of

Owen’s activities on Norman

Island and residents of Tortola reportedly went to the island

and found most of the treasure. Although tales of buried

gold and pirates are a thing of the past, the island now offers

treasures of a different kind. The Norman Island Caves are one

of the best snorkelling areas in

the archipelago, with a variety of brightly coloured fish swimming through clear, warm water,

offering an exciting yet easy snorkelling experience.

Mystery There may be little to do on

Norman Island other than snor-

kelling and enjoying the island’s eateries, but the mystery and

myth of buried treasure draws in visitors inspired by the dream of hidden pirate booty.

An enduring classic

Originally serialised in a children’s magazine in the early 1880s, ‘Treasure Island’ follows the journey of Jim Hawkins, who finds himself in possession of a map to an island where treasure has been buried by the fearsome Captain Flint. Accompanied by Dr Livesey and Squire Trelawney and – unknowingly – a gang of pirates led by Long John Silver, young Jim sets sail from Bristol to find the treasure. During the voyage, Jim learns of a planned mutiny and warns his friends. On arrival, Jim sneaks ashore and finds Ben Gunn, an Englishman marooned on the island, who agrees to help him in return for a share of the treasure. Silver takes Jim hostage and leads the pirates to the treasure site, only to find it has already been taken. Ben guides Jim, Silver, Dr Livesey and the others to his cave, where he hid the loot months earlier. The treasure is loaded for the voyage home, but Silver sneaks off with some of it and is never heard of again.

Norman Island now offers treasures of a different kind

Norman Island Cave

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Citadelle Laferrière is a ‘must visit’ in Haiti


by Henri Christophe, a leader of protect his people from attacks

‘must’ for many visitors, although

in northern Haiti. Steeped in

Bonnet à l’Évêque. The threat-

involving a strenuous uphill

he most popular tourist attraction in Haiti has got to

be Citadelle Laferrière, an

amazing mountain-top fortress close to the city of Cap-Haïtien history, the citadel is a magnet

for the thousands of visitors who climb the mountain each year to explore this icon of Haitian independence.

Citadelle Laferrière is one

of the largest fortresses in the Americas. It took 15 years to

build, employing some 20,000

workers, and was completed in

1820. Over time it has become a

symbol of Haiti and its independence from France. 30 Cacique

The citadel was commissioned

the Haitian slave revolution, to

by the French. It stands atop the ened attack by the French never came, so the fortress remains largely intact. Any damage is

mainly the result of the earth-

quakes that have hit the region over the past 200 years.

As you ascend the mountain to the entrance of Citadelle Laferrière, its sheer size is staggering

Visiting Citadelle Laferrière is a

getting there is far from easy, trek. The trail begins close to

the Sans-Souci Palace in Milot,

also built by Henri Christophe. While the first part of the trail

can be covered in a four-wheel-

drive, the last few kilometres are

unsuitable for vehicles. You either have to walk or hire a horse from one of the local vendors. In spite of these challenges, visitors in

large numbers make the trek to

this Unesco World Heritage Site every year to discover perhaps

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breathtaking views from the top,

with Cap-Haïtien and the Atlantic Ocean in sight on a clear day.

Guided tours There is plenty of information

on-site about the citadel and its history, while guided tours are available for those who would

like to find out more. Guides are usually available at the entrance

or through a pre-booked, organised tour. If you prefer to take

things at your own pace, you can simply enjoy discovering Haiti’s

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most famous building for yourself.

A symbol of Haitian independence

the most significant building in the nation’s history.

Journey As you ascend the mountain to the entrance of Citadelle

Laferrière, its sheer size is staggering. It’s no surprise that so

many visitors make the journey

The citadel can be reached on foot or on horseback

stores, and is famous for its

collection of 365 cannons, some

of which still line the walls, facing outwards. Hundreds of cannon-

balls can be seen around the fortress, too, giving visitors an idea of the scale of attack that Henri Christophe had anticipated.

Most of the fortress has no

from Cap-Haïtien airport or from

roof. Visitors can reach the top

Labadee, despite the heat and

but there are no guard rails,

cruise ships berthed at nearby

the arduous final trek up to the

fortress. Covering an impressive

14,354 square metres, the citadel has many rooms, from bathing quarters to dungeons to food

by way of several staircases,

INSPIRING LEADER Born in 1767, Henri Christophe (also known as Henry Christopher) was a former slave who became one of the key figures in the Haitian Revolution and was later King of Haiti. It is thought that Christophe was born in Grenada. He went to Haiti in his teen years, possibly as a slave. During the American War of Independence he fought at the Siege of Savannah, then returned to Haiti and joined the Haitian Revolution under its leader, Toussaint L’Ouverture. After the death of L’Ouverture, he joined Jean-Jacques Dessalines in the successful fight against the French. After Dessaline’s death, Christophe became president of northern Haiti in 1807. In 1811 he created a kingdom in the north of Haiti where he ruled as the self-proclaimed King Henry I of Haiti. Having suffered a stroke, and with his popularity faltering, Christophe committed suicide by shooting himself at his Sans-Souci palace in 1820.

Henri Christophe

so caution is urged. Although

climbing stairs may be the last thing you feel like doing after

your trek up to the citadel, your reward will come in the form of

FLIGHTS interCaribbean flies daily to Cap Haitien from Providenciales. Please see our website for more details: www.interCaribbean.com interCaribbean.com 31


Shedding light on a famous landmark By Dr Donald H. Keith*


ontrary to popular

perception, lighthouses

were not built as tourist

attractions, although that has become a second career for

many, including the Grand Turk

lighthouse. To the thousands of tourists who visit it each year,

this landmark is awesome and

majestic, but its purpose when it was built 162 years ago was

strictly a matter of utility, humanity – and economic necessity.

Before you need a lighthouse,

“[There is] the want of a light house on Grand Turk, most seriously felt after the previous loss on these islands in 1849 of twelve vessels loaded with merchandise.” Although the need for a

you need a dangerous reef next

lighthouse had long been

traffic. The northern tip of Grand

slow to act. Building a lighthouse

to an area with high shipping

Turk is capped by a notoriously dangerous breaking reef

several miles long running from north-west to south-east at the entrance to the Turks Islands

Passage. Another treacherous

reef extending north-eastward from East Caicos further con-

stricts the entrance on its eastern side. Writing to the Governor of Jamaica in 1850, the President of the Turks & Caicos Islands summed up the problem:

32 Cacique

recognised, the authorities were

resolved. Meanwhile, ships con-

is no simple task. First, there is

of the worst incidents was the

tinued to pile up on the reef. One

deciding the location. This alone

total loss of the paddle steamer

took several years. Then there are technical questions about how

tall to make it, what kind of light

to install and, of course, who will pay not only for its construction but also for staffing and maintaining it. All these questions

had to be passed up and down

the chain of command between Grand Turk, Jamaica, and the

Bahamas before they could be

‘Medina’ in 1842. Although The lighthouse in 1994, before restoration

all 170 passengers and crew

survived, the wreck provided

sufficient reason for the Royal

Mail Steam Packet Company to

switch the location of its planned Caribbean coaling station from Grand Turk to St Thomas – an

economic tragedy for the Turks Islands.

Unfortunately, when plans

Turk’ exhibit. The original (and rare) Fresnel lens rotates atop a tall pedestal, producing the illusion that the steady light

inside is blinking. Originally, the clockwork that regulated the rate at which the lens turned was driven by a heavy lead

weight at the end of a long cable running the entire height of the iron panels that made up the

structure; but, fortunately, many of the castings bore alphanu-

lighthouse and into a hole in the Recreation of the lighthouse's lamp room

meric codes that identified where

are many lighthouses throughout the Caribbean, nowhere else can


you see an exhibit like this.

Over the last century and a half, as maritime navigational tech-

*Dr Keith is president of the Turks & Caicos National Museum Foundation

nology advanced, the Grand Images: Turks & Caicos National Museum

Turk lighthouse underwent

height than recommended and the light source itself seems to have been rather feeble – not

the ‘grand sea-light’ envisioned by the designer. The tower was

first constructed in London, then

several upgrades and modi-

fications including replacing

the original Argand (whale oil

burning) lamps and their reflectors with brighter, pressurised

kerosene lamps and a revolving Fresnel lens before being electrified, automated and, finally,

decommissioned. While it may

not have been adequate for the

task of warning ships away from the deadly North East Reef, the

lighthouse is now one of Grand Turk’s most visited tourist sites national park system.

Due to safety concerns associ-

ated with narrow spiral staircases

on top of the bluff overlooking

interior of the lighthouse is not

the reef. The tower manufacturer

neglected to include the packing lists and instructions for assembling the many enormous cast

A sketch of the 'Medina' shipwreck in 1842

and the grounds are part of the

disassembled and shipped to

Grand Turk where it was erected

pulled down by gravity at night, to this lighthouse. While there

completed in 1852.

approved they called for a lesser

the top each day, the weight was turning the lens at a rate unique

they went. In any event, it was

for the lighthouse were finally

earth below. Hand-cranked to

and very steep ladders, the

open to the public. However, visitors can see a faithful recreation of its lamp room in the National

Museum’s ‘Golden Age of Grand

Gary Knappenberger inspects the workings of the original clockwork mechanism that regulated the rate at which the lens turned

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eatOut Byline


If music be the food of love…

By Kirsten Alexander


usion food and live music is


is all about – a combination

Blues Café is partly what makes

what Redbones Blues Café

of Caribbean flavours and the

sounds of the Deep South that makes for one of Kingston’s best-loved restaurants.

Located in the Trafalgar Park

area, the café opened in 1996 and has become one of the

best places in the city not only for excellent food but also for

its music scene. This family-run

restaurant plays regular host to a

the dining experience so special. In the evening, the candlelit

tables create a romantic mood

that is made even more special

when a live jazz or blues musician is performing. Diners can choose

a table on the veranda, in the bar or outside under the stars and

enjoy the music from in front of the stage or further away.

variety of musicians, with genres


and gospel, as well as holding

and dinner, with a wide range of

including jazz, blues, reggae, rock

Redbones is open for both lunch

poetry nights and housing a

dishes available for each. There is

collection of vibrant art in the dedicated art gallery. There’s Tasty garlic pepper shrimp

The ambience at Redbones

even a movie garden dedicated to independent film and music

an emphasis on Caribbean food, although the menus also include

European dishes such as linguine primavera and Greek salad. The dinner menu has an excellent

selection of meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes. Among the

popular most starters are callaloo strudel (callaloo is a leafy vege-

table similar to kale) and shrimp stuffed with salted codfish pate. When it comes to main

courses, the choice is sufficient without being overwhelming. Caribbean flavours reign 34 Cacique

supreme, with lamb chops in

show. Alongside classics such

shrimp curry; and pasta with

it offers more inventive com-

a spicy guava sauce; coconut ackee, callaloo and feta. The surf and turf is seasonal, but if you’re there at the right time it’s one of

the best dishes on the menu and comes highly recommended.

Rum cake There is a great selection of dessert dishes and drinks

as Cosmopolitan and Daiquiri, binations such as the Scotch

Bonnet Watermelon Caipirinha (muddled peppers, rum, lime, sugar and soda) and the Lady Marmalade (gin, marmalade,

lime juice and sugar). The only problem is deciding which to have first.

Redbones is a popular place

including the truly wonderful

and it gets busy in the evenings,

the classic Jamaican rum cake.

you want to catch a particular

sweet potato pudding as well as This can be followed by a Blue

Mountain coffee or grog (spiced rum, lime juice, honey and hot water).

so it’s advisable to book. If

musician, poet or performance, check out the café’s website to see what’s on when.

There is a long list of drinks

available at Redbones but

cocktails are the stars of the

The candlelit tables create a romantic mood that is made even more special when a live jazz or blues musician is performing

An emphasis on Caribbean flavours

One of Kingston's best-loved restaurants

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A Stone’s Throw Away

Perfect haven for true romantics

By Kirsten Alexander


he Bahamas is often re-

time in Nassau away from the

the two suites have panoramic

honeymoon destinations

with beautiful, panoramic ocean

ocean. Each room or suite is

garded as one of the best

in the Caribbean, so the island

nation – and its capital, Nassau – isn’t exactly short of places

to stay. But, where do you go if

your idea of a holiday isn’t being

crowds. Perched high on a cliff

views across Nassau and the

views, A Stone’s Throw Away has

fully equipped with everything

one of the best locations in the

you need for a comfortable

area – yet it’s only a five-minute

and enjoyable stay, including

drive from the airport.

air conditioning, minibar and

en-suite bathroom with toiletries

surrounded by newlyweds tuck-


The perfect choice may just be A

rooms and two suites and

dining room or on the veranda

time, which means that every

perfect start to the day. A typical

ing into the all-inclusive buffet?

The property has just eight

Stone’s Throw Away.

accommodates 20 guests at a

Located ‘a stone’s throw’ from

both Lynden Pindling Interna-

tional Airport and Cable Beach, this boutique hotel has a lot to offer those wishing to spend

36 Cacique

guest can be sure of a peaceful

and relaxing stay. The rooms are available as either garden view,

island view or ocean view, while

The nearby Cable Beach

and an iPod dock.

Breakfast is served in the

overlooking the ocean for a

breakfast includes juice, toast,

cereals, ham and cheese as well as hot options including eggs

whichever way you prefer. Guests

Comfortable, well appointed rooms

The grotto pool is the perfect place to relax

the costs added to their final bill.

hotels here, but that doesn’t

surrounded by sun loungers

you really want to honeymoon

There is a small grotto pool

If you really want to honeymoon away from the honeymooners, this would be a great option can enjoy dinner at the hotel

or head out to one of Nassau’s many restaurants. The staff will

be happy to recommend some

of the best in the area. A Stone’s

Throw Away also has an ‘honour bar’, allowing guests to help

themselves to drinks and have

for soaking up the Bahamian

sunshine and enjoying the lush greenery around. For those

looking to enjoy the sun even

more, the famous Cable Beach is just five minutes away, while the

smaller Love Beach and Nirvana Beach are only a short distance from the hotel. Downtown

Nassau is a 25-minute drive

away, or local buses run quite

frequently into the city and back. A Stone’s Throw may not be

mean it’s unromantic. In fact, if

away from the honeymooners, this would be a great option. With sweeping views across

the bay and only 10 rooms, you can enjoy time with your other half without feeling as if you

were part of someone else’s celebration. The ocean view

rooms are the most romantic choice of all, with access to a veranda overlooking the beautiful ocean.

as honeymoon-centric as other

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Toyota C-HR

By Gary Gimson

More urban cowboy than ranchero A

mid the usual fanfare,

similarly futuristic cabin layout.

the C-HR, a smart new

terms of pure aesthetics, the

Toyota has just launched

compact crossover that is de-

signed to compete head-on with

the ever-popular Nissan Qashqai yet is more akin to the stylish

Mazda CX-3 in terms of looks and profile.

It must be a direct translation

It isn’t. And, to be honest, in

interior doesn’t quite live up to

expectations. On the plus side,

all the materials are high quality. But the overall impression is still

somewhat conservative – as is the Toyota way.

from the Japanese, but the

Well equipped

Coupe High Rider (a new one

well equipped. Even the entry-

letters C-HR actually stand for

Nevertheless, the C-HR comes

for me, too). In fact, the C-HR is

level model has alloy wheels

little more than a jacked-up Prius – a vehicle much loved by tree

huggers – hence the emphasis

in the model line-up on this car’s hybrid power train. And there is no diesel variant.

The C-HR’s sharp exterior

styling will certainly turn heads.

But is this SUV really as good as it looks?

I have a few doubts. First

of all, I thought the intriguing

exterior would be matched by a

(either 17 or 18 inch), LED lights, a reversing camera and satnav. Go up the range through the

various Icon, Excel and Dynamic trim levels and the buyer is

showered with more and more goodies and toys as standard.

For me, though, the seven-inch

Toyota is always a winner across the Caribbean, with plentiful spare parts and strong residuals when selling used models at a later date A3. I know it takes up space, but I much prefer the satnav to be embedded in the dashboard

rather than appear as an irritating and unappealing protuberance. And, while on the subject of

irritants, the C-pillar location of the rear door handles appears to have reached a new level

of obscure positioning – even

outdoing the idiosyncratic Alfa Romeo in this regard.

There are two engine choices:

satnav seems to overpower

a 1.8 petrol/electric hybrid, as

dashboard in much the same

and a 1.2 petrol, which is also

the snugly fitting wraparound way as similar GPS devices do in the Mercedes A-class and Audi

seen in the aforementioned Prius, fitted in the Auris. All models

come with 2WD as standard, but

Better out than in

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the 1.2 petrol has a 4WD option.

part of the world, but new the

in popularity in Japan, North

more fun to drive than the hybrid

compared with most of its rivals

to gain acceptance elsewhere.

The petrol version is certainly

as it’s not encumbered by the extra weight of batteries and electric motors.

Urban Like so many recent examples

in this class, the C-HR is no load lugger; it’s more a dainty urban

cruiser. Indeed, the rear storage

area is comparatively small, even with the seats folded down.

Of course, it may be some time

before used examples reach our

C-HR is a tad pricey, especially in this fast-growing sector.

Nevertheless, Toyota is always

a winner across the Caribbean, with plentiful spare parts and

strong residuals when selling used models at a later date.

This probably gives the C-HR

the edge over the class-leading

America and Europe but have yet Clearly, these power plants are

perceived to be eco-friendly and

can save fuel, but they’re increasingly expensive to maintain as

the power train ages. And don’t even think about the cost of a Overall, though, the verdict

Nissan Qashqai, which leads the

on the C-HR is a positive one.

I’m also unsure how Carib-

team for coming up with yet

field in some markets.

bean drivers feel about hybrid engines, which are growing

Sharp styling

replacement engine.

And full marks to Toyota’s design another striking-looking car – at least on the outside.





interCaribbean.com 39


Fitbit Charge 2

By Kirsten Alexander

Switch on and breathe normally New tracker helps you stay calm as well as fit


itness trackers have been

of that and more, making it one

more and more people choosing

now, often used by people

on the market.

rather than solely for training or

around for several years

trying to keep track of their

fitness or to improve their level of fitness.

The popularity of such devices

has left the market somewhat saturated with all kinds of models,

from basic options to all-singing, all-dancing devices that blur the

lines between fitness tracker and smartwatch.

Despite all this, Fitbit seems

to reign supreme as the leader of activity trackers, so Cacique

took a look at one of their most popular models, the Fitbit Charge 2.

Pedometer In pre-smartphone days, if you wanted to keep track of your

daily steps, a pedometer was

pretty much your only option. Cheap, basic and easy to clip

of the best-selling fitness trackers

to use fitness trackers daily,

The Charge 2 is neither the

working out, design and practi-

sleekest nor the biggest product

cality are becoming increasingly

in the Fitbit family. Instead, it

sits happily in between, offering style without compromising

on substance or function. With

The free Fitbit app for your smartphone gives you detailed stats from your workouts

important, in addition to the The Charge 2 works in conjunction with a smartphone app

need for them to fit seamlessly into everyday life. The Fitbit

Charge 2 caters to this need with a range of colours

and textures available for the strap, ranging from classic black to deep plum to turquoise.

Screen The screen of the Fitbit

Charge 2 is impressive.

It isn’t huge, but it’s well

laid out and clear enough to check the time or your calorie burn at a glance. Though not a colour

screen, its classic black-

and-white style does the

job perfectly well (you can

onto your clothes, pedometers

always get a different strap if

tionary idea of measuring your

Charge 2). The screen is also

opened the way to the revolu-

daily activity which now extends into calorie-counting, heart-rate

monitoring and even sleep tracking. The Fitbit Charge 2 does all 40 Cacique

you crave some colour with your touch-sensitive, meaning you

don’t need a host of buttons to

find out what you need. There is just one button, on the left-

FEATURES • Track everything from heartrate, steps, distance and calories burned, to active minutes, hourly activity and sleep • Water resistant • Hi-resolution tap display, wireless syncing, interchangeable bands • Connect with the GPS on your phone to see real-time stats and record a map of your route in the app. hand side, to allow you to scroll

Prices start from around US$ 150

through the menu on screen.

While the Charge 2 doesn’t

come with built-in GPS track-

ing, unlike some other fitness

breathing with ‘guided breathing

Fitbit app, so you can use your

are exclusive to the Charge 2, are

trackers, it does sync with the phone’s GPS if you want to

track the distance or route of a particular run, jog or cycle. In

addition to GPS tracking, the free Fitbit app for your smartphone gives you detailed stats from

your workouts, including day-byday heart rate and the number

of floors you’ve walked up, and is generally very useful for a

deeper insight into your fitness levels.

While the

sessions’. These sessions, which

– daily, if possible – and claim to

Then potentially so are 160,000+ interCaribbean passengers.

and focused in your everyday

The most effective form of print advertising: in-flight magazines.

designed to be used frequently

help you become more ‘mindful’ life. The Charge 2 also monitors your sleeping patterns, tracking how long and how well you

sleep, with the aim of helping

you establish a routine that works best for you and helps you get a restful night’s sleep.

Added feature

Charge 2 is

Overall, the Fitbit Charge 2 is a

getting you

buy a fitness tracker, or perhaps

perfect for active and

energised, it’s also great at helping you

calm down and focus on your

Are you reading this?

great device for those looking to upgrade from a more basic

E-version also available to over 66,000 interCaribbean Facebook followers as well as on the interCaribbean website: facebook.com/interCaribbeanAirways

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version. The addition of guided

breathing is a nice added feature, although the lack of built-in GPS tracking means you have to take

your phone on your run with you

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if you need detailed stats. The

slim design is a bonus and makes Plenty of stylish options

it easier to incorporate into your life seamlessly.




Movies/Music / Books



Director: Bill Condon Starring: Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens Genre: Family, fantasy

Director: James Mangold Starring: Hugh Jackman, Boyd Holbrook, Doris Morgado Genre: Action, drama

A live-action reimagining of Disney’s animated classic, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a tale as old as time with an all-star cast led by Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. Belle (Watson) is a keen inventor and book lover who lives with her father, Maurice (Kevin Kline). After Maurice goes missing on a visit to a mysterious castle, she sets out to find him and comes across the Beast (Stevens), who is keeping her father captive. Belle offers to take her father’s place as a prisoner and the Beast lets Maurice go in exchange for Belle’s freedom. Initially frightened by the Beast, Belle soon learns how he came to be this way, and discovers a softer side to her captor. Inside the magical castle, Belle finds that things are not all they seem, with teapots, candlesticks and clocks that come to life and help Belle and the Beast’s love story blossom.

In the near future, Logan (Jackman), previously known as Wolverine, is living in the Mexico desert, caring for elderly Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), founder of the X-Men. The world is now different and the mutants have almost all disappeared. One day, a stranger asks Logan to shepherd a girl named Laura (Dafne Keen) to the Canadian border for safety and although he initially refuses, Xavier (aka Professor X) has been waiting for this girl for a long time; Laura possesses extraordinary powers and in many ways is similar to Logan, but is being pursued by the sinister Reavers, led by Donald Pierce (Holbrook) and urgently needs Logan’s help. Ageing and with his powers dwindling, Logan must decide whether he can put what’s left of his powers to use and save Laura from the evil that is hunting her.


Global superstar Ed Sheeran is back with his third studio, album ‘÷’ (or ‘Divide’), which has been breaking records all over the world since its release in March. Reaching number one in the UK, the US and Australia, the deluxe version offers 16 memorable tracks, ranging from heartfelt ballads like ‘How Would You Feel (Paean)’ to the folk-inspired ‘Galway Girl’ to ‘Eraser’, which features Sheeran’s impressive rapping skills. The album itself covers a wide range of styles, yet merges together excellently, with plenty of catchy hooks and melodies. 42 Cacique


American country music sensation Alison Krauss is the most awarded female in the history of the Grammys, and ‘Windy City’ is the singer’s first solo studio album since 1999. It’s a collection of classic songs, covered by the singer, which were handpicked by Krauss and her producer, Buddy Cannon. Among the songs on the album are covers of ‘I Never Cared For You’, originally by Willie Nelson, ‘Gentle On My Mind’, originally by Glen Campbell and ‘You Don’t Know Me’, which was a hit by Eddy Arnold and Ray Charles.


by William L. Myers Jr.

A prominent businessman in Philadelphia is accused of murdering a young reporter, and lawyer Mick McFarland finds himself in the middle of the case. The defendant, David Hanson, went to law school with Mick and the two were close friends. The victim, Jennifer Yamura, had reached out to Mick hours before her death in need of legal help. As a top-shelf defence attorney and former prosecutor, Mick knows all the tricks of the trade and, in order to help his friend, he needs to use them all. As the trial progresses, however, the developments surrounding Jennifer’s death get more disturbing and Mick must put together the most brilliant defence to save his friend, putting both his firm, and his family, at risk.


by Paul Beatty

Winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2016, The Sellout is a hilarious yet biting satire about a young African American man – whose first name is never revealed – and his journey to facing trial at the Supreme Court. Born in a ghetto in Dickens, on the outskirts of Los Angeles, the narrator was raised by his father, a controversial sociologist, who is killed in a police shoot-out. The narrator’s home town, Dickens, is being wiped from the map to save California from further embarrassment, so he enlists the help of Hominy Jenkins and together they set out to do the most outrageous thing conceivable – reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

Kids’ Corner PIRATE


Q. Why are pirates called pirates? A. Because they arrrrrrr! Q. What do you call a pirate with two eyes, two hands and two legs? A. A beginner. Q. Why couldn’t the pirate play cards? A. Because he was sitting on the deck.

Q. Why does it take pirates so long to learn the alphabet? A. Because they spend years at C.

Q. What is a pirate’s favourite movie? A. Booty and the Beast.






WORDSEARCH G O L D B A P A Can you find the pirate themed words listed here in the letter grid? Tip: Some words are going backwards!




















SPOT THE DIFFERENCE Can you find the 12 differences?

Q. Which fish do pirates love the most? A. Swordfish. Q. Why was the pirate ship so cheap? A. It was on sail. Q. What game does the pirate play with his parrot? A. Hide and speak. interCaribbean.com 43


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comply with the dimensions 14 in x 16 in x 9 in and must weigh no more than 10 lb.

Free checked baggage is also

Any child aged between

14 days and two years may be

available, but is determined by

carried free of charge on domestic

checked baggage is not included

flights, 10 per cent of the adult

the fare class purchased. If free

in your fare, it can be purchased

separately. For checked baggage, the maximum dimensions are 62 linear inches (158 cm) and

70 lb. Any baggage larger than

this may incur extra charges and

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

Check-in Airport check-in

opens 90 minutes before

scheduled flight time. Check-in

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Minor form must be completed

Passengers travelling with interCaribbean may


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Port-au-Prince Kingston


Cap HaĂŻtien

Santo Domingo

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San Juan





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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: de Havilland 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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16th Century Cathedral, Santo Domingo

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