Category: Caribbean

John Guinn Travel Show – 22nd September 2014

Cancun and Secrets Silversands During this show I may mention once or twice that I have been away. Find out about the hotel I stayed at when I chat to Cecilia Rangel – Wedding Coordinator and José Vallejo – Executive Sous Chef of Secrets Silversands. We talk about the food (oh it was so good), caring for the environment and the locals and the training that the staff at the hotel so through to make a stay here so enjoyable. I didn’t actually leave the hotel grounds, so I quickly run through what I missed seeing in the Cancun area (more info can be seen in an earlier post). Also there is some travel news, and a cheesy tune to end the show. All on the John Guinn Travel Show, where each week I check out before you check in. [GARD]  ...

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Visiting Cancun

I’ve Just Been to Cancun Airport As I mentioned on my show I’ve been away, but I can’t really say that I’ve been to Cancun as I just stayed in the hotel. So what did I miss by not exploring? Here is an introduction to the Cancun area. The resort of Cancun was developed to help to reduce the poverty in the area. This means that you may not get the ‘Old Mexico’ feel.  But if you want hot weather, great beaches then Cancun is the place to go. If, like me, you can’t speak Spanish, don’t worry as Cancun is a favourite with American travellers. This means that plenty of the locals can speak some English. I will have to go back to Cancun so that I can see what I missed with my fly and flop holiday. The Geography of Cancun Cancun is split into two parts; the Zona Hotelera on the island and Downtown Cancun. Downtown Cancun is a district on the mainland that is mostly residential and business. You can get from one to the other via a short bus or taxi ride. The island, which is where most visitors spend their time, is 14 mi/22 km long, less than 0.5 mi/1 km wide and if you look on Google Earth is shaped like the number seven. The island is connected to the mainland by...

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Cayman Islands Holidays – Hurricane Season

Hurricanes in the Cayman Islands The Cayman Islands may be a Caribbean paradise, but during the summer and autumn it can turn nasty. As from June to the end of November it’s Hurricane Season in the Caribbean. What is a Hurricane? A hurricane is a kind of tropical cyclone, which in the northern hemisphere rotate in a counter clockwise manner. These tropical cyclones are described as follows Tropical Depression – persistent clouds and thunderstorms, a closed low level circulation and sustained winds of up to 38mph (33knots) Tropical Storm – strong thunderstorms, and maximum winds between 39 and 73mph (34-63 knots) Hurricane – sustained winds of 74mph (64 knots) or higher Hurricane Categories A direct hit on any island is rare, but it does happen. The damage left behind depends on the severity of the storm. A hurricane is described by its ‘category’ in the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, which can change numerous times during the life of the storm. There are five categories. Category 1 – winds 74 to 95mph. There may be some coastal flooding, and damage to trees and unanchored mobile homes Category 2 – winds 96 to 110mph. Damage to roofs, doors and windows. Flooding damage to piers and trees/shrubbery Category 3 – winds 111 to 130mph. Some structural damage, large trees blown down, flooding near the shoreline, may also occur inland, mobile homes destroyed. Category...

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Cayman Islands Holidays – Local Laws And Regulations

Cayman Islands Laws When staying in the Cayman Islands, it is very important that you acquaint yourself with the local laws and regulations that are in place to protect you, the locals and the environment. Marine Conservation Laws Most visitors spend some time in the water observing the wonderful array of aquatic fauna and flora. There are Marine Conservation Laws in place which must be followed. These include •Gloves are banned while snorkelling and scuba diving •Coral must not be touched •The taking of marine life is not allowed unless in an authorised area for line fishing If you are water skiing then this can only take place at a good distance from swimmers and only in designated areas along Seven Mile Beach. There should always be two people in the boat, one to drive and the other to look out for dangerous situations. There must be a flag attached to a buoy at all times when diving of snorkelling in open water. If diving from a boat then a dive flag must be used and at least one person should remain on the boat at all times. There are strict regulations for Designated Marine Park Zones, Replenishment Zones, Environmental Zones and No Diving Zones. Complete guides to these marine regulations can be obtained from Department of Environment PO Box 486 Grand Cayman KY1-1106 Or call 345-949-8469 Traffic Laws...

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Historical Buildings on Grand Cayman

Historical Cayman When you visit the Cayman Islands for your holiday, don’t forget to visit two historical centres on Grand Cayman, The Mission House and Pedro St James. Pedro St James Pedro St James is known as the birthplace of democracy in the Cayman Islands, as in 1831 a meeting was held there when it was decided that the Cayman Islands should have an elected assembly. It was at this great house that the Proclamation ending slavery in the Islands was made in 1835. The house, which is the oldest structure on Grand Cayman, was built by Englishman William Eden in around 1780. It has been used for a home, a meeting place, a restaurant, converted to a castle and was even used as a jail! Pedro St James has been open to the public since 1998 after the Cayman Government purchased it from the former owners who had tried to run a restaurant there. This restaurant was destroyed by fire in 1989. During a multimedia presentation you will learn of the history of the house and the Islands, along with the hardships faced by the first settlers. It is open daily from 0900 to 17:00, and is closed Christmas. For more information visit www.pedrostjames.ky The Mission House The Mission House, which can be found in the first capital of Grand Cayman – Bodden Town, is actually a copy...

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John Guinn Travel Show (Tourism Concern and Aruba) – 18th August 2014

Tourism Concern Tourism is great, but it can cause problems for the locals. When I visited Las Vegas I found that the locals couldn’t wash their cars or water their gardens as there was a drought. BUT shops and hotels could spray water onto passers-by to cool them down. I chat with Mark Watson from Tourism Concern to find out what problems tourists can unwittingly cause and how Travel Concern is promoting a more ethical approach to travel. Have you been to Aruba yet? I haven’t and it is high on my list. Find out why when I feature...

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John Guinn Travel Show (Travel Insurance, BVI and Travel Agents) – 21st June 2014

Travel insurance is very important, but some choose to see it as an added expense, or lie about existing medical conditions. Louise from Holiday Extras explains why insurance is important and why you should be honest when completing your paperwork. The British Virgin Islands, one of my favourite destinations in the World and a place where your neighbour probably hasn’t been. Ginny shares her knowledge of these islands. Travel agents, are they still needed? Nick Harding-McKay will tell us why travel agents still have a role to play.   Listen to the John Guinn Travel Show – 21st June...

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John Guinn Travel Show (Martin Bell and Grenada) – 24th March 2014

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Torvill and Dean’s Gold Medal Bolero ice dance during the Sarajevo Winter Games. It is also 100 years since Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in the city. To cover this and the siege of the city during the 1990’s Prestige Holidays has put a tour together with Martin Bell OBE. Find out more when I chat to Julia Berg from Prestige Holidays. Also, Grenada. I haven’t been yet, have you? Find out why you should visit this Caribbean Island when I get the lowdown from Sola from the Grenadian Tourist Board. Listen to the John Guinn Travel Show – 24th March 2014...

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John Guinn Travel Show (TripAdvisor and Sandals) – 17th February 2014

TripAdvisor, I’m sure that you have used it, but do you know how to make the most of it? I speak to James from TripAdvisor to find out the history of this website, how it has changed and also how to make the most of it when you are looking for a holiday. Also, did you miss Valentine’s Day? If so, why not make up for it and take your partner to one of the Sandals resorts? This couple only holiday is the ideal way to get back into your partner’s good books. I replay an interview with the then General Manager of Sandals in Antigua, Gerald Christ. Of course there is also some travel news. Listen to the John Guinn Travel Show – 17th February 2014 Websites from this Show www.sandals.co.uk...

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John Guinn Travel Show (Egypt and Bermuda) – 10th February 2014

On this show there is a brief introduction to Egypt as my guest Mrs Omayma El-Husseini talks about the various regions. Is it safe to visit, listen to find out. Also I replay an interview with Shubhra Halliday from Prestige Holidays. Shubhra talks about Bermuda, including how to get there and what to do . I also share travel tips, including how to get priority boarding without paying and more travel news. Listen to the John Guinn Travel Show – 10th February 2014 Websites from this show www.egypt.travel www.gotobermuda.com...

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