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THE CARIBBEAN IS BOOMING DURING
THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2015

Fort Lauderdale, FL. – By the end of January, GOL Airlines will be flying a weekly flight between Tobago and Sao Paulo, Brazil, with a stop in Barbados. The flight is a fast seven hours, a significant improvement over current options.

The Caribbean Journal named the following hotels as The Caribbean's Coolest Hotels for 2015:

The Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen has reopened following an extensive renovation. This 122-room resort consists of a collection of thatched-roof bungalows just off an 800-foot stretch of beach. The interior design is bohemian gypsy infused with Mexican, colorful accents. Two new swimming pools have been added together with a seaside Jacuzzi, two renovated restaurants and three new bars.

MSN Travel identified "25 Amazing Hotels With Eye-Popping Views" and included among them is Jade Mountain Hotel in St. Lucia with magnificent views of the Piton Mountains seemingly rising out of the sea.

The new Baha Mar development in Nassau announced that when the resorts in the complex begin to open in March, JetBlue will add a Los Angeles-Fort Lauderdale flight to help bring the Asian market to the resorts and that Air Canada plans to increase capacity to the Bahamas. When completed, the complex will include the 1,000 room Baha Mar Casino & Hotel with its 100,000 square foot casino, the largest in the Caribbean, a 700-room Grand Hyatt, a 300-room SLS LUX, a 200-room Rosewood hotel, and a 649-room Melia at Baha Mar all-inclusive hotel. There will also be 284 private residences, 200,000 square feet of convention space, more than 50 restaurants, bars and clubs, boutiques, an ESPA spa, art galleries, 20 acres of beach and pools, a beachfront nature sanctuary, and an 18-hole golf course with ocean views which has become part of the Tournament Players Club Network.

InselAir has launched service between Aruba and the City of Manaus in Brazil. The Dutch Caribbean carrier said that the three-hour flight will accommodate 80 passengers. Manaus will be a gateway for passengers to destinations across Brazil, from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo, and it will also serve as a gateway for Brazilian visitors to the Caribbean. The Aruba-Manaus flight will operate on Sundays and Wednesdays.

enRoute magazine, the in-flight publication of Air Canada, named its "5 Must Visit Caribbean Watering Holes":

  • Best for extreme adventure – Dean's Blue Hole, Long Island, The Bahamas
  • Best for a healing soak – Indigenous Eyes Ecological Reserve Lagoons, Dominican Republic
  • Best kept secret – Jobson's Cove, Bermuda
  • Best for SCUBA diving – Blue Cave, Curacao
  • Best for nighttime paddle – Mosquito Bay, Vieques, Puerto Rico

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