Caribbean Week Brings Music, Dance, Deals To New York City

Now through June 11, Caribbean Week New York is being held at Grand Central Terminal, offering a celebration of the unique vacation experiences available in the Caribbean. Hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) the event is a chance to experience the sights, sounds and culture of island life along with some exclusive travel deals.

Travel experts from Caribbean destinations will be on hand and visitors will have opportunity to book exclusive Caribbean Week travel deals via Travelocity and American Airlines Vacations.

Part of Caribbean Week New York is the 2012 Rum and Rhythm Benefit. At this event guests will sample premium rums of the Caribbean and cuisine prepared by the region’s celebrity chefs. There is also an opportunity to experience some of the Caribbean’s award winning musicians and mixologists as guests journey from one destination to the other. A live auction will give visitors the opportunity to outbid each other for exclusive vacation packages.

At another event, one lucky couple will tie the knot at a Caribbean-themed wedding ceremony in the iconic New York City landmark. “From the bride’s dress to the wedding cake to the honeymoon, the Caribbean has spared no expense to make their Caribbean dream come true,” says the CTO on their website.

The top-rated island of St Kitts will host a honeymoon for the lucky couple including two business class tickets to St. Kitts in addition to a four-night stay at the St. Kitts Marriott, which is also providing complimentary spa treatments and more.

Performances by JAM-X Band, Danza Fiesta Salsa Dancers of Puerto Rico, Natraj Center for the Performing Arts and Braata Productions will be held throughout the week. Admission is free.

[Flickr photo by katiew]

Jemma's Treehouse — Tobago, West Indies

If you ever make it to the island of Tobago in the Caribbean (and really, at some point, you really ought to
make it to the island of Tobago in the Caribbean), remember the following words:  Jemma’s
.  This quaint restaurant sits on the northernmost part of the island in the little town of
Speyside.  It’s charm is derived by the fact that it’s actually nestled in the branches of trees — take the
convenient staircase up, and your automatically in a simple West Indian restaurant, featuring the best of local fare,
and affording you an amazing view of the Caribbean sea. 

Most of the islands luxurious resorts are on
the south side of the island, so to get to Jemma’s, it behooves you to rent a car.  However, you won’t regret it
— the 1-1/2 hour drive to Speyside will afford you some of the most beautiful scenery in the West Indies. 
Definitely worth the trip.