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Balenbouche Estate

Balenbouche Estate (Choiseul) — a unique 70-acre plantation “eco-lodge” set within a fascinating historical landscape, Balenbouche Estate is located on the southwest corner of the island, between the Hewanorra International airport in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia’s second largest town (20 minute drive), and the town of Soufriere (30 minute drive). Several secluded beaches are also […]

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Blackbeard’s Castle

Blackbeard’s Castle (Lille Taarne Gade, Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas) – this “castle” (a.k.a. Skytsborg Tower) was actually built by the Danish around 1674-1680 as a watch tower for guarding the port of Charlotte Amalie – going back to the days when the Virgin Islands were a haven for pirates intent on raiding ships leaving the […]

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Annaberg Plantation

Annaberg Plantation (St. John) – this 18th century plantation was among those used by Danish colonizers to produce sugar, rum and molasses. Annaberg was named after plantation owner William Gottschalk’s daughter and translates to Anna’s Hill. Slave labor was used to clear densely forested hillsides and to terrace the slopes around Annaberg to make farming […]

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The Pablo Casals Museum

The Pablo Casals Museum is the Spanish master’s legacy to the people of Puerto Rico. The museum collection includes manuscripts, memorabilia, photographs and a library of videotapes of Festival Casals concerts. Casals moved to Puerto Rico with his wife in the 1950s. He became the conductor of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and the president […]

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The San Juan Museum of Art and History

The San Juan Museum of Art and History was built in 1855 as a market and restored in 1979 as a cultural center, showcases Puerto Rico art and music, including concerts and festivals. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am – 4pm, (787) 724-1875.

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Appleton Estate Rum Tour

Appleton Estate Rum Tour (Appleton, Siloah, Maggotty) — Appleton Estate Rum Tour gives the visitor an inside look at the rum-making process. Visitors watch resident donkey “Pax” demonstrate how juice was extracted from sugarcane in the 18th century. From there the tour takes visitors to the Distillery & Aging House where the different methods of […]

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Kingston

Kingston – now the capital of independent Jamaica, Kingston’s history goes back to 1692, when nearby Port Royal was destroyed by a massive earthquake, which spurred gradual redevelopment at a nearby area. Nowadays, Kingston (as the largest city on the island) acts as the country’s business center, as well as most government ministries being located […]

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Bellefield Great House

Bellefield Great House (Granville Main Road, Montego Bay) — Bellefield Great House and its Estate have the distinction of being one of the oldest sugar plantations in Jamaica. Owned by the Kerr-Jarret family of the Barnett Estates, the Great House and its Sugar Mill were built in 1794. The Kerr-Jarrett family has since played an […]

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Montego Bay

Montego Bay — was originally a Spanish settlement (from 1510) – calling it “Bahía de Mantega” (because of the large quantities of pigs lard that was exported to other Spanish colonies within the Caribbean and South America) – hence the origin of the “Montego” name of what later became a British settlement. Nowadays, with its […]

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Deshaies Botanical Gardens

Deshaies Botanical Gardens/Jardins Botanique de Deshaies (Deshaies, Basse-Terre) — Spread out over two and a half acres of property formerly owned by the famed French comedian Coluche, the incredible local flora sits against the backdrop of the stunning Caribbean Sea. Along the flora, there are pink flamingos and parrots on site, as well as a […]