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10 things to do in Santo Domingo
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48 HOURS IN SANTIAGO DE CUBA
PROPERTY WATCH: PUERTO RICO
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HOTEL GUIDE: A STONE’S THROW AWAY
CAR REVIEW: TOYOTA C-HR
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Cover image: Independence Park in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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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
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
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.
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
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
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
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Daily flights to Bahamas
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.
FASTEST-GROWING TOURIST DESTINATION
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.
INTERLINE AGREEMENT WITH CUBANA LAUNCHED
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.
You’ll see the difference…
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Dr Maynard McIntosh, who is in charge of Ophthalmic Suites, graduated as an MBBS (Hons) from the University of the West Indies. He is a consultant ophthalmologist with Eyelite Optical and Ophthalmic Suites and Caribbean Lasik Vision Centre; an anterior segment and phaco-refractive surgeon; a certified Femto-Lasik surgeon; and a national blind sports classifier.
Ileana Ravasio, ATTIMI Photography
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
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!
10 THINGS TO DO IN SANTO DOMINGO
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 â€˜left seatâ€™ is
inspire future pilots and better
coordination and experience. the very best of the very best
pilots. Iâ€™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
SO MANY REASONS TO BUY YOUR OWN PLACE IN
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 â€“
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 â€“ 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
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.
• 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
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 Airwaysâ€™ list of possible new destinations. Itâ€™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 islandâ€™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
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.
ยกChao pescao! 48 HOURS IN SANTIAGO DE CUBA
(as the locals say)
The Famous Escalinata
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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Shedding light on a famous landmark By Dr Donald H. Keith*
ontrary to popular
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:
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
REDBONES BLUES CAFÉ
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
And full marks to Toyota’s design another striking-looking car – at least on the outside.
3 ENGINE OPTIONS:
1.2 PETROL 2WD
4WD 1.2 PETROL
/ ELECTRIC 1.8 PETROLHYBRID 2WD
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.
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.
Charge 2 is
Overall, the Fitbit Charge 2 is a
buy a fitness tracker, or perhaps
perfect for active and
energised, it’s also great at helping you
calm down and focus on your
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M AGA ZINE
Movies/Music / Books
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
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.
ED SHEERAN: DIVIDE
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
ALISON KRAUSS: WINDY CITY
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.
A CRIMINAL DEFENSE
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.
A T P A C M
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!
PARROT SWORD SHIP
R C Z N S G A P T R E A S U R E
H E O L
T E R
O E P
O W N S M T O A K R
S W O R D
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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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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Published on May 9, 2017
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