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    Cruising the island old days WC

    by gwened Written Dec 21, 2014

    This is a nostalgia post about a long ago cruising in my youth thru the Caribbean, I came to the British Virgin islands a lot, on the old windjammers barefoot cruises, now long time gone.

    I was browsing my old pictures to choose some for VT and came upon them, so nostalgia sets in.
    Brief, the story goes Windjammer Barefoot Cruises was a leisure cruise line based in Miami Beach, Florida,founded in 1947. They did cruising of one and two weeks in the Caribbean and Central America, using a fleet of sailing ships. They were convenient and friendly as only between 60–120 passengers and 20–40 officers and crewmembers.

    The itineraries included the British Virgin Islands, French West Indies, Grenadines, the ABC islands and The Bahamas. Recent and former Central American itineraries included Costa Rica, Panama, and Belize. The ships names were s/v Yankee Trader, s/v Flying Cloud, s/v Amazing Grace, s/v Fantome (my boat always), s/v Legacy,s/v Polynesia,s/v Mandalay, and s/v Yankee Clipper.

    Then they went into Financial problems from 2007, and eventually closed in 2008 with the remaining ships left in neglect.

    A sad tragedy, in October 1998, Hurricane Mitch was responsible for the loss of the s/v Fantome, a four-masted schooner operated by Windjammer. All 31 crew members aboard perished; off the coast of Honduras; passengers and other crew members had earlier been offloaded in Belize. The story was recorded in the book The Ship and The Storm by Jim Carrier (ISBN 0-07-135526-X).

    The Fantome windjammer boat from beach at Tortola ,the Fantome ashore from the Fantome boat Flying Cloud boat book The Ship and The Storm by Jim Carrier
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    Dominican Republic

    by Jim_Eliason Written May 3, 2014

    Sharing the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, the Dominican Republic has some of the oldest and richest history in the western hemisphere. It was the base which the Columbus family used to explore the Americas and the first Spanish colonial city in America. Today the DR is known mostly for its great beaches.

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    Jamaica

    by Jim_Eliason Written May 3, 2014

    Jamaica has one of the most unique cultures in the Caribbean with a mixture of African, Spanish and French influence. However the experience is somewhat lessened by the all inclusive resort culture which isolates you from the day to day experience. Once you escape the walls of these resorts, aggressive touts make the experience must less enjoyable. None the less its worth the effort and hassle to get to know this island paradise.

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    Puerto Rico

    by Jim_Eliason Written May 3, 2014

    This tropical paradise is an easy trip for Americans as no passport is required and infrastructure and road rules are equivalent of the US. the old city of San Juan is one of the most beautiful colonial cities in the Caribbean and the food, music and culture makes this a must see island

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    Nicaragua

    by Jim_Eliason Written Apr 30, 2014

    Nicaragua is an up and coming tourist destination after having put the civil war of the 80's behind it. As such its still has lots of authentic culture not yet over run by development. There are Colonial cities, wildlife, volcanos and great beaches on both coasts.

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    Panama

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 30, 2014

    Connecting North America to South America, Panama sits on the narrowest point of the Central American isthmus and is also one of the most wild places. large tracts of rain forest cover the country. Panama is also home to one of the world's manmade wonder's the Panama canal.

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    Costa Rica

    by Jim_Eliason Written Apr 30, 2014

    One of the most prosperous and with the best climate in Central America, Costa Rica is a nature lover's paradise. With great beaches, wildlife, mountains and temperate mountain valleys, Costa Rica is a true paradise.

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    Honduras

    by Jim_Eliason Written Apr 29, 2014

    I have only had the chance for a brief visit over the border from Guatemala into Copan, one of the greatest of the Mayan cities. Unfortunately beyond Copan and some of the Caribbean islands, Honduras is currently one of the most unsafe of Central American countries

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    Belize

    by Jim_Eliason Written Apr 29, 2014

    One of the most unique of Central American countries in that its heritage is much more Caribbean than Hispanic. The language here is English eliminating the language barrier for Americans. Belize has great beaches, excellent Mayan ruins and wildlife.

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    Beaches of BVI

    by gwened Written Feb 3, 2014

    wonderful beaches, secluded many and gorgeous sights, just relax you are away from the real world into one of fantasies come thru in the Caribbean BVI Tortola, Peters island, Just Van Dyke,Virgin Gorda,,and Anegada as well as other smaller ones such as Buck Island Deadman's Chest Fallen Jerusalem Ginger Island Great Camanoe Round Rock Scrub Island

    My favorite beaches were Virgin Gorda and the one on the photo deadmen cave Peter island.
    http://www.bvitourism.com/wtd/deadmans-bay-beach

    Deadman Cay, Peter island , BVI deadman's cay Peter Island from afar the beach out to the harbor in Peter Island
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    scuba diving at its best BVI

    by gwened Written Feb 3, 2014

    came on a cruise but an unusual one on a tall sailboat of 282 meters 120 wild passengers and one of the activities was to go scuba diving, such as places like the Wreck of the Rhone with Blue Water Divers,and they are still there!!

    can't beat them for friendly service ,experience and prices.. I am not good of narratives, but the site tells you all as the founder are on the Flying Cloud sailboat, I did my runs on the Fantome and there was another one the Yankee Clipper.
    http://www.bluewaterdiversbvi.com/about/

    great memories that I am sure will be yours once you try them out.

    getting off big cruiser to the diving boat BW the equipment on the diving boat
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    Southern Caribbean Islands

    by plannersis Written Jun 16, 2013

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    On the 7-day southern Caribbean route,we enjoyed ports on the Islands of St Thomas, St Lucia, St Kitts, Barbados and St Marteen. In all but one we walked from the cruise ship dock and had a marvelous day trip adventure.

    Ferry from St Thomas to St John, then a hike over swimming with sea turtles Carlyle Beach, Barbados Walked off the ship to this secluded beach hike Gorgeous St Marteen deserted beach Beautiful northern PR beach of volcanic rock
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    Transfers and Tours

    by saravia Updated Jul 28, 2012

    The purpose of this it page all those people that have in mind to visit this beautiful country have an a reliable, and sure information.
    I am located in the area of Puntarenas it leaves north center of Costa Rica, Puntarenas is extensive of the country, this County is the more interesting of the country, has many places interesting to visit, beaches parks and also rivers.
    also the main port, called the pearl of the pacify.
    I am also located to less than two kilometers of the Hotel Fiesta Resort the hotel very important of the area.
    Next I will try to offer them information of the places interesting and attractiveness:

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    Jamaica

    by traveldave Updated Jul 19, 2012

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    Official Name: Jamaica; Land Area: 4,200 square miles (10,880 square kilometers); Population: 2,868,380; Capital: Kingston; Largest City: Kingston

    With about 82,000 inhabitants, Montego Bay is Jamaica's second-largest city, and is the country's tourism capital. Montego Bay is the gateway to most of Jamaica's resorts and hotels, which are located on the north coast not far from the city. Montego Bay itself has no shortage of beach resorts, golf courses, historic great houses, restaurants, and night clubs. Most travelers arriving in Jamaica land here.

    The large bay on which Montego Bay is situated was first visited by Christopher Columbus in 1494. He named the bay El Golfo de Buen Tiempo, which means the "Fair Weather Gulf." The Spanish established a fort to protect the strategic bay, and a settlement grew up around the fort. The Spanish called their settlement Bahía de Manteca, which would eventually be corrupted to Montego Bay under the British. Manteca is the Spanish word for "lard" or "fat," and refers to pigs' butter which was made from feral hogs and exported to Spanish colonies in South America and the Caribbean.

    In 1655, Oliver Cromwell's Caribbean Expedition seized Jamaica from Spain. Under the British, Jamaica became the world's leading source of sugar. The area around Montego Bay was a major producer of sugar and bananas, and the town grew in size and importance. Slaves were imported to work the sugar and banana plantations and they soon outnumbered their masters. Jamaica's first slave revolt occured in Montego Bay and other revolts soon followed across the island. After slavery was abolished in 1834, sugar was no longer being produced in large quantities and Montego Bay declined economically. However, with the growth in tourism that began in the early twentieth century, Montego Bay again became an important part of Jamaica's economy.

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    Honduras

    by traveldave Updated Jul 19, 2012

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    Official Name: Republic of Honduras; Land Area: 43,201 square miles (111,890 square kilometers); Population: 8,143,564; Capital: Tegucigalpa; Largest City: Tegucigalpa

    Lake Yojoa is the largest natural lake in Honduras, with an area of 34 square miles (89 square kilometers). The lake is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the country as well. It is almost completely surrounded by rugged mountains that rise almost straight up from its shores. To the west rises the 9,003-foot (2,744-meter) Cerro Santa Bárbara, the second-highest peak in Honduras (pictured here). To the east is Cerro-Azul Meámbar National Park, with peaks reaching 6,824 feet (2,080 meters).

    Traditionally, Lake Yojoa was internationally known for its world-class bass fishing. The bass bite every 45 seconds on average, and the average fish caught weighs 13 pounds (six kilograms). The road along the east side of the lake is lined for several miles by dozens of open-air roadside restaurants specializing in bass.

    However, in recent years Lake Yojoa has become popular as a tourist destination in its own right. The area is a convenient base to explore Cerro-Azul Meámbar National Park to the east and Cerro Santa Bárbara National Park to the west. The nearby Los Naranjos Archeological Park is one of the best sites to learn about the Lenca Culture, boat rides on the lake make for a relaxing activity, and several new hotels have been built along the lakeshore.

    The elevation of Lake Yojoa is about 2,200 feet (671 meters), and it is in one of the wettest areas in Honduras. The elevation and precipitation level provide an ideal climate for coffee. There are many fincas, or coffee plantations, around the lake, and local restaurants and hotels feature locally grown coffee.

    Lake Yojoa is also one of the best birdwatching spots in Honduras, with over 375 species recorded in the area.

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