5 must see sights in St Barts

The beautiful island of St Barts holds many attractions, therefore it is no wonder that thousands of people year after year come looking for a St Barts luxury villa rental. Here are some of the must see sights.

Saline Marshes

Although the beaches of this area of the island are some of the best in the world, the marshes are also an attraction in itself. This magical wildlife habitat is often overlooked, yet it is the home of a huge array of rare bird species, and truly is a nature lover’s dream.

The Port of Gustavia

If you were to visit one place in all of St Barts, then let it be the Port of Gustavia, a perfect example of how the island manages to merge history with modern luxuries. Superyachts glide in and out of the harbour, and the colourful colonial building now house a range of designer stores and restaurants. Come here to shop, dine or people watch on a day trip from your St Barts accommodation. Alternatively, you could look for some vacation rentals in the direct area, the options are endless.

Columbier Orientation Table

This viewpoint is located on the outskirts of Columbier Village, and offers some spectacular sights from Flamands all the way to Gustavia. If you want to see almost the whole island from a bird’s eye view, then this is the place to head, you may even spot your villa in St Barts! Once you are done looking, take the short 20 minute hike down to the beautiful Colombier Beach and enjoy the soft sand and surf.

Toiny Coast

Escape bustling city life and head to the beautiful views of Toiny Coast. Although this is a popular spot for many people, surfers are particularly fond of it due to the windswept headlands. If you don’t want to hit the waves, then there are plenty of walks along the rocky coastline where you really will feel the wild in your hair.

Gouverneur Beach

This is one of the most popular beaches on the island, and for good reason! It is unspoilt and picture perfect, yet the fact that it is a little out the way means that it is rarely crowded like some of the bigger beaches.

 


Beneath Barbados waters.

There is no question that the waters around the island of Barbados are simply teeming with life, bringing people form all over the world to get a Caribbean vacation rental and enjoy the waters, either by snorkelling or scuba diving. There are two hot spots for seeing the life beneath the waves.

Carlisle Bay Marine Park

This marine park is located in St. Micheal, so likely to be just a short drive from your Barbados holiday rental. With calm waters, a sunken shipwreck and the chance of seeing turtles in their natural habitat, it is a very popular snorkelling spot. Ruined boats are strewn across the sea floor, so it is not uncommon to see rusting cannonballs and old anchors resting on the sea bed. If you opt to take a guided snorkelling tour, you may also get the chance to feed the fish, and have them flock around you while you swim. Guided tours also come with the benefit of transport to and from your Barbados accommodation.

Folkestone Marine Park

At Folkestone Marine Park, located in St James, you can explore an artificial reef that is simply teeming with a variety of sea life. The reef has been created by the sinking of the Stavronikita ship, which now rests in 120 ft of water less than half a mile out to sea, which is best seen by an organised scuba tour. Again, you can be picked up from your holiday rental and taken directly to the dive site.

If you fancy staying a little closer to shore, then simply put on a snorkel and swim around the inshore reef, about one third of a mile from the coast, and home to fish, anemones, sea lilies, corals and sponges.

Once you have seen all there is to see in the water, then be sure to take a walk around the informative museum which is full of information about all the creatures that you may have just witnessed under the water.


5 reasons why Aruba should be your next vacation destination

If the blue waters, huge range of Aruba vacation rentals and picture perfect scenes are not enough to convince you, here are 5 reasons why you should rent a villa in Aruba and why it is the ideal vacation destination.

Fantastic year round weather

Situated right on the fringes of the hurricane belt, the island of Aruba is blessed with more sunny days than any other Caribbean island. That means there is very little chance of having to stay cooped up inside on a rainy day, and more relaxing round the pool of your luxury villa rental.

Activities for all ages

No matter the ages of your party, there will be an activity that all can enjoy. With a butterfly farm, donkey sanctuary, museums, natural wonders, art galleries, water sports and more, it is impossible to be bored. If all else fails, one of the best things to do is simply enjoying a swim in your Aruba holiday rental pool!

Beaches Galore

Most people venture to this beautiful island for the many stunning beaches. There are beaches all over the island, with powder soft sand, calm waters and many cool snorkelling spots. Some of the best beaches include Mangel Halto, Palm Beach and Arashi Beach.

A friendly welcome

When you arrive on the island, you can expect a friendly welcome, which could be in many languages, such as Dutch, Spanish, English and then the local language of Papiamento. The majority of locals will go out of their way to please visitors, including those offering Caribbean vacation homes, and will celebrate with any excuse that they can.

Eco-friendly

Aruba is largely an eco-friendly island, meaning the people respect the environment and the local flora and fauna, doing all they can to protect marine life and the various ecosystems that can be found on land.


Your guide to the best Havana beaches

Mouthwatering cuisine? Check! Sunny weather? Check! Some of the most amazing homes in the Caribbean? Check! Beaches? Not so fast.

Havana isn’t exactly known for its abundance of white sandy beaches, and most guides recommend venturing out of the city to Playa Maguana in Baracoa, or Playa Las Salinas in Villa Clara for the proper beach experience. However, believe it or not, there are actually a few great beaches within the city, too, which can easily be reached from your Havana holiday rental in minutes!

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Here are two nearby beaches to visit throughout your holiday in Cuba:

  • Santa Maria del Mar

Playa del Este, east of the city centre, is known as the place where the locals go to let their hair down. Despite being just a 30 minute drive from the main hub of activity, this beach feels worlds apart from the Havana you thought you knew, with a very quiet vibe rather than the usual hustle and bustle that the city is famous for. True to the island’s multicultural atmosphere, there are definite Italian influences around this part of the city, and it’s widely considered to be one of the best places for pasta in the whole country.

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  • Bacuranao

If you don’t have a villa with pool in Havana, then it’s well worth spending a day (or maybe a few days!) at Bacuranao Beach. It’s remarkably close to central Havana, and because it’s situated within an enclosed bay, the waters are often calm, still, and perfect for swimming. Due to its proximity to the city, you’ll find quite a young local crowd here, which gives it a very lively and upbeat feel. It’s a small beach that’s relatively unkempt and wild, but if you’ve got an apartment in Havana it couldn’t be more convenient.

Whatever Havana beach you choose to visit, you won’t be disappointed. Even though the city isn’t particularly known for its white sands, it still has some beautiful areas that are worth checking out.

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