Photo of the Day (7.27.10)

Holy mackerel! Er, more like holy scad! This thrilling moment under the sea was captured by Flickr user Ka wai punahele off the coast of Bonaire, an island in the southern chain of the Netherlands Antilles.

The photographer writes; “It’s an amazing experience to have a big shoal of fish come straight towards you and then suddenly change direction and swim around you – quite surreal.” Bonaire is world renowned for its excellent scuba diving and is consistently rated among the best diving locations in the world. Even Bonaire’s license plates carry the logo Diver’s Paradise!

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Photo of the Day (7.20.10)

Think you can’t capture beautiful images with a mobile phone? Au contraire. This tranquil sunset shot uploaded by Flickr user Gus NYC was taken with an Apple iPhone in the waters of Saint Martin. The range of color, the light, & the serene water make me want to go explore the Caribbean right now.

Saint Martin is an island in the northeast Caribbean, currently divided 60/40 between the French & the Dutch. However, on October 10th of this year, the Dutch side of Saint Martin will become a self-governing country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands; much like Aruba is today.

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Discounted package at Curacao’s new Hyatt Regency

Curaçao is holding on to its reputation as an overlooked jewel, despite a slow tide of increased travel media attention. Among other draws, the most populous island in the Netherlands Antilles has its quaint capital Willemstad, good diving, and some lovely restaurants on offer.

The 350-room Hyatt Regency Curaçao Golf Resort, Spa and Marina (quite a mouthful, yes) opened with a high profile in April in Porta Blancu in the southeastern corner of the island. To encourage prospective guests, the resort is currently offering a “Three for Free” package, which offers a free night, a complimentary breakfast for up to two adults and two children, and a room upgrade. Any booking for four days or longer is eligible for the package.

The resort is swank and brand-new. Among its more impressive features are an 18-hole golf course, a farm-to-table dining program, and the in-house Atabei Spa, which incorporates Curaçao’s indigenous plants, herbs and sea salts into its treatments.

Most notably, the “Three for Free” package is available through December 22, which means that it will be available long after the slow summer season has drawn to a close, and in fact right up to the start of winter high season in the Caribbean.

(Image: Flickr/Jessica Bee)