Montserrat’s Audacious Tourism Experiment During the Coronavirus Pandemic

To step onto Montserrat’s volcanic beaches, 21 travelers (so far) with an income of at least $70,000 have agreed to stay two months. The goal: to keep cash coming in, while keeping Covid away.

#caribbean-area, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #montserrat, #travel-and-vacations

A Caribbean Island’s Audacious Tourism Experiment

To step onto Montserrat’s volcanic beaches, 21 travelers (so far) with an income of at least $70,000 have agreed to stay two months. The goal: to keep cash coming in, while keeping Covid away.

#caribbean-area, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #montserrat, #travel-and-vacations

Tropical Storm Larry Forms in the Atlantic

August through October is the busiest part of the hurricane season. Larry is the fourth storm to form in the past week.

#caribbean-area, #cyclones, #global-warming, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #national-hurricane-center, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #weather

Tropical Storm Ida Forms in the Caribbean

The latest storm in a busy season is expected to strengthen into a hurricane and could reach Louisiana this weekend.

#caribbean-area, #hurricane-ida, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #jamaica-west-indies, #tropical-storm-ida

A Devastating Earthquake in Haiti

Weeks after the assassination of its president, a second crisis has hit the nation: a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that has left large-scale destruction in its wake.

#audio-negative-tragedy, #caribbean-area, #foreign-aid, #haiti-earthquake-august-2021, #politics-and-government

Why Haiti Still Despairs After $13 Billion in Foreign Aid

Since a powerful earthquake devastated the country in 2010, foreign aid seems only to have helped perpetuate some of the country’s biggest troubles.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #caribbean-area, #haiti, #moise-jovenel-1968, #united-states-international-relations

‘It’s Tough to Get Out’: How Caribbean Medical Schools Fail Their Students

The institutions are expensive, often operated for profit and eager to accept applicants. But graduates have trouble landing residencies and jobs.

#accreditation, #admissions-standards, #antigua-and-barbuda, #caribbean-area, #colleges-and-universities, #dominica, #education, #for-profit-schools, #grenada, #medical-college-admission-test-mcat, #medical-schools, #montserrat, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

A Celebrity Cruise Sets Sail, the First Post-Pandemic

A reporter took the first cruise from a North American port since the pandemic began. Here’s what she learned about how Covid has changed cruising.

#caribbean-area, #celebrity-cruises-inc, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #cruises, #travel-and-vacations

Living Not Just by the Water, but Over and Even Below It

Six decades ago, a hotel was built with rooms set on concrete piles placed deep within the ocean floor. The design has been flourishing ever since.

#architecture, #caribbean-area, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #europe, #french-polynesia-france, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #overwater-bungalows, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #second-homes-and-non-primary-residences

The Caribbean Conundrum: United by Tourists, Divided by Covid

The pandemic struck these islands unequally. What does this mean for tourism, a major economic driver for the entire region? The answer is unique, just like the islands.

#aruba, #barbados, #bermuda, #caribbean-area, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #travel-and-vacations, #virgin-islands-great-britain, #virgin-islands-us

The Dream: International Travel. The Reality: Chaos and Confusion.

The world beckons, especially for those who have been vaccinated, but would-be travelers face a difficult moment when travel possibilities are at odds with the facts of a still reeling world.

#canada, #caribbean-area, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #europe, #paris-france, #politics-and-government, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

Volcano Erupts in Southern Caribbean

La Soufrière, on the main island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, last erupted in 1979, but recent activity had alarmed disaster management officials, who urged residents to evacuate.

#caribbean-area, #st-vincent-and-the-grenadines, #volcanoes

Family Travel Gets Complicated Without a Covid Vaccine for Kids

Amid the chatter of travel’s long-awaited rebound one year into the pandemic, many families with children feel largely left out of the conversation.

#caribbean-area, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #families-and-family-life, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #parenting, #road-trips, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

In Search of a Vaccine, Some Tourists Find Luck in the Caribbean

Roughly 3 percent of vaccines in the U.S. Virgin Islands have gone to tourists, the governor said this week. “Nowhere else in the U.S. can you actually just walk in and get the vaccine,” he said.

#caribbean-area, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #travel-and-vacations, #vaccination-and-immunization, #virgin-islands-us, #your-feed-healthcare

A Practical Guide to Swallows, the Heart of Many Cuisines

Swallows like fufu are a simple yet ingenious staple that pull the best of nourishing, everyday vegetable soups and stews into every bite.

#africa, #caribbean-area, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #grain

A Designer Who Celebrates West Indian Elegance

With his joyful second collection, Maximilian Davis establishes himself as one of London’s most exciting fashion talents.

#bonner-grace-wales, #caribbean-area, #content-type-personal-profile, #davis-maximilian-fashion-designer, #design, #fashion-and-apparel, #london-england, #trinidad-and-tobago, #wales-bonner-fashion-label

Testing Requirement Is the Latest Curveball for the Travel Industry

The United States now requires a negative coronavirus test for all arriving international travelers, which has hotels adding testing suites and airlines enhancing mobile apps with health features.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #airports, #bahama-islands, #caribbean-area, #casa-de-campo-la-romana-dominican-republic-hotel, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delta-air-lines-inc, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #mexico, #mobile-applications, #tests-medical, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #turkish-airlines, #united-airlines

For Nicaragua’s Lobstermen, Deadly Dives Are All Too Common

Catching spiny lobsters is a stunningly dangerous pursuit for the mostly Indigenous fishermen along the country’s Caribbean coast, requiring deep plunges with subpar gear.

#accidents-and-safety, #caribbean-area, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #indigenous-people, #lobsters, #nicaragua, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #sandinista-national-liberation-front

Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Founder of Sandals Resorts, Dies at 79

Mr. Stewart turned a rundown beach hotel in Montego Bay, in his native Jamaica, into the flagship of a chain of luxury resorts.

#air-jamaica, #caribbean-area, #deaths-obituaries, #entrepreneurship, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #jamaica-west-indies, #sandals-resorts-international-ltd, #stewart-gordon-butch-1941-2021, #travel-and-vacations

Ancient DNA Shows Humans Settled Caribbean in 2 Distinct Waves

Millions of people living on the islands today inherited genes from the people who made them home before Europeans arrived.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #caribbean-area, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #native-americans, #nature-journal, #research, #your-feed-science

Ancient DNA Is Changing How We Think About the Caribbean

New research delivers surprising findings about Indigenous people in the region before contact with Europeans.

#caribbean-area, #dominican-republic, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #haiti, #hispaniola, #indigenous-people, #population

China Extends Reach in the Caribbean, Unsettling the U.S.

The region has strategic importance as a hub for logistics, banking and commerce. It is also very close to the United States.

#caribbean-area, #china, #infrastructure-public-works, #international-relations, #pompeo-mike, #united-states-international-relations

Eta Heads for South Florida

Eta, the 28th named storm of the active 2020 hurricane season, was expected to strengthen as it approached the Florida Keys after bringing catastrophic rainfall to Honduras and Nicaragua.

#atlantic-ocean, #caribbean-area, #central-america, #floods, #florida, #florida-keys, #gulf-coast-us, #honduras, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nicaragua, #rain, #weather

Hurricane Eta: Live Updates

Forecasters warned of “catastrophic” damage in the region, with winds up to 150 miles per hour and severe flooding expected as the Category 4 storm prepares to make landfall on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.

#caribbean-area, #central-america, #hurricane-eta, #nicaragua, #weather, #world-meteorological-organization

Hurricane Eta Heads Toward Central America

The storm was expected to strengthen before making landfall on Tuesday, producing as much as 35 inches of rain.

#caribbean-area, #central-america, #hurricane-eta, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nicaragua, #weather

Tropical Storm Eta Forms, Tying a Record Set 15 Years Ago

Eta became the 28th named storm of the 2020 hurricane season, matching a record set in 2005.

#caribbean-area, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricane-zeta-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #tropical-storm-eta, #weather

Tropical Storm Zeta Approaches Gulf Coast

Zeta is expected to become a hurricane before it makes landfall in the United States on Wednesday. It is the 27th named storm of an unusually active Atlantic hurricane season.

#caribbean-area, #florida-panhandle, #gulf-coast-us, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #national-hurricane-center

‘The Time Has Come.’ Barbados Casts Off the Queen as Head of State, and Others May Follow

The Black Lives Matter movement has revived a simmering debate about the legacy of colonialism, potentially inspiring change in other Caribbean countries.

#barbados, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #caribbean-area, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #jamaica-west-indies, #london-england, #reparations, #royal-families, #slavery-historical

Gulf Coast Threatened by Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura

“We have a one-two punch that’s going to hit the state of Louisiana,” a meteorologist said.

#caribbean-area, #dominican-republic, #floods, #gulf-of-mexico, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #puerto-rico, #tropical-storm-laura, #tropical-storm-marco, #weather

Gulf Coast Threatened by Tropical Storms Marco and Laura

The governor has declared a state of emergency and some areas of Louisiana have issued mandatory evacuations ahead of Tropical Storms Laura and Marco.

#caribbean-area, #dominican-republic, #floods, #gulf-of-mexico, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #puerto-rico, #tropical-storm-laura, #tropical-storm-marco, #weather

Tropical Storm Marco Expected to Become a Hurricane

Marco is expected to become a hurricane on Saturday and Laura is forecast to produce heavy rain over several Caribbean islands.

#caribbean-area, #gulf-of-mexico, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #rain, #tropical-storm-laura, #tropical-storm-marco, #weather, #wind

Tropical Storm Laura Forms in the Atlantic

A second potential hurricane is also moving toward the Gulf of Mexico.

#caribbean-area, #gulf-of-mexico, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #national-hurricane-center, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #weather, #wind

The Caribbean Dilemma

Many islands are open to American travelers. Going could mean bringing coronavirus to places ill prepared to deal with it. Not going could mean deepening economic woes. How do you choose?

#caribbean-area, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #islands, #travel-and-vacations

Latin America Is Facing a ‘Decline of Democracy’ Under the Pandemic

The coronavirus is battering Latin American health systems and economies. It is also threatening the region’s fragile political freedoms.

#anez-chavez-jeanine, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #caribbean-area, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #latin-america, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #maduro-nicolas, #ortega-daniel, #politics-and-government

Tropical Storm Gonzalo Expected to Become 2020’s First Atlantic Hurricane

Gonzalo is the earliest named “G” storm since the satellite era began in 1966, according to the National Hurricane Center.

#caribbean-area, #florida, #hurricane-gonzalo, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #national-hurricane-center, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #national-weather-service, #texas, #weather

5 Caribbean Vacation Destinations Reopening This Summer

As the region reopens, it faces hurricane season, pandemic-related restrictions and the absence of cruise ships.

#caribbean-area, #coronavirus-reopenings, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations

Caribbean, Struggling in the Pandemic, Braces for Hurricane Season

Scientists predict this hurricane season will be severe. But countries in the region, with economies burdened by the pandemic and the devastation of past hurricanes, have not been able to fully prepare.

#abaco-islands-bahamas, #antigua-and-barbuda, #bahama-islands, #caribbean-area, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #grand-bahama-island, #hurricane-dorian-2019, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms

U.K. Grapples With Its Role in Atlantic Slave Trade

Two prominent firms, Lloyd’s of London and Greene King, have acknowledged their ties to the slave trade and pledged to make amends.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #bristol-england, #caribbean-area, #churchill-winston-leonard-spencer, #colston-edward-1636-1721, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #greene-king-plc, #johnson-boris, #liverpool-england, #lloyds-of-london, #oxford-university, #reparations, #slavery-historical

The World Reopens, Despite Skyrocketing Coronavirus Cases

The number of infections is rising faster than ever, but many countries have decided that this is the moment to ease lockdown restrictions.

#africa, #caribbean-area, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #india, #latin-america, #quarantines

Mother Sea Turtles Might Be Sneakier Than They Look

The large reptiles make decoy nests to distract predators during an oft-ignored behavior following their egg laying, researchers say.

#beaches, #burns-thomas-researcher, #caribbean-area, #eggs, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #kennedy-malcolm-researcher, #reproduction-biological, #research, #royal-society-open-science-journal, #sand-and-gravel, #turtles-and-tortoises, #your-feed-science

Hurricanes Are Reshaping Evolution Across the Caribbean

A new study of lizards in countries struck by hurricanes suggests cataclysmic weather can reshape entire species.

#caribbean-area, #donihue-colin-biologist, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #lizards, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #turks-and-caicos-islands, #wind, #your-feed-science

7 Travel Stories to Help You Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Confined to the great indoors on Earth Day? These stories will help remind you of the natural world’s many splendors — and why environmental protections are of crucial importance for the future of the planet.

#alaska, #arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #bonaire, #caribbean-area, #earth, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #everglades-fla, #fiji, #florida, #global-warming, #great-britain, #reefs, #scotland, #travel-and-vacations, #vietnam

Moored in a Fragile Paradise

Hundreds of boaters stuck in the Caribbean have converged on the U.S. Virgin Islands, but there are fears that their safe haven comes at a cost for residents.

#boats-and-boating, #bryan-albert-v, #caribbean-area, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #islands, #sailboats-and-sailing, #virgin-islands-us, #waste-materials-and-disposal

What Ocean Life Can Teach Us About the Coronavirus

They are resilient and immunologically cunning in ways we’re continuing to discover.

#australia, #caribbean-area, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #oceans-and-seas, #puget-sound

How a Cruise Ship Kept Sailing After Passengers Fell Ill with Coronavirus

Even as Covid-19 sickened passengers, the Costa Luminosa was slow to act to prevent infections, despite two previous serious outbreaks on its parent company’s ships.

#caribbean-area, #carnival-corporation, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #costa-crociere-spa, #cruises, #fort-lauderdale-fla, #france, #quarantines