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Caribbean Wallpaper Wednesday: There’s No Place Like the Caribbean

Caribbean Wallpaper Wednesday: There’s No Place Like the Caribbean

Bodyboarding Barbados by Patrick Bennett
Bodyboarding Barbados by Patrick Bennett
The funny thing about traveling often, by definition, is that there are times when you’re not traveling — “often” does not equal “always.” So, sometimes you find yourself at home, suffering through the envious emotions drummed up by the travels of others. At times like these, I like to go back through my own photos drowning my sorrows in past adventures.

And in this state of karmic retaliation is how I find myself tonight. Here I am, like a lot of you, suffering through freezing temperatures, pending snowpacalypses, and other miseries of North America’s winter season.

Meanwhile, my brother and partner in all things Uncommon Caribbean, Steve, is in decidedly different surroundings. Tonight and for the coming week and beyond, he’s in the heart of the West Indies’ biggest fete: Trinidad Carnival. All around him the best Trinidadian rums are flowing, gorgeous bodies painstakingly sculpted just for this month long party are gyrating, the hottest riddims are throbbing from larger than life speakers and, well, this is just the beginning. Things will really start hopping next week!

Am I bitter that I’m missing out on all the sexy pageantry?

I’d be lying if I said “no.”

At times like these I like to follow the “mind over matter” way of thinking: if I don’t mind it, it won’t matter! And the best way to to put my mind at ease? Picture myself at one of the many spectacular Caribbean travel destinations I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying over the past few years.

Tonight, it’s got to be Freight’s Bay Barbados at sunset. I’ve spent a lot of time here over the past three years and every night was special. Whether it was sitting on the veranda at my perfect fantasy beach house, wrapping up a surfing session, catching the last rays of sun above a grill stacked with lobster tails, or, as pictured, sliding into the last wave of the day on a bodyboard, this specific time of day in this extra special place is just what the doctor ordered for my case of needtotravelitis.

So, if you’re anything like me and want to put the winter woes ahead of us out of your mind, download this week’s Caribbean Wallpaper by clicking below. Take a looong look, inhale, exhale, close your eyes and repeat after me: “There’s no place like the West Indies. There’s no place like the West Indies.”

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    A top destination for travel is the island of Curacao. Not just your
    ordinary Caribbean paradise, Curacao, a part of the Netherlands Antilles
    until 2010 is now celebrating its independence. A rich culture filled
    with history and a culture proud of who they are today, offer visitors a
    host of experiences from one of the most cosmopolitan city centers in
    the Caribbean to of course, the beauty that is the Caribbean as well.

    An Overview

    From the capital city of Willemstad and its bustling streets filled
    with colors, history and of course residents and tourists all bustling
    about in this economic center of the Caribbean, to the quieter
    underwater world filled with millions of fish and sea creatures quietly
    moving past you in an intense underwater world, it is easy to see what
    make Curacao stand out.

    Ranked as one of the top Caribbean islands to visit in 2012, Curacao
    is a renewed and excited independent nation filled with hope for future
    and the desire to make their country stand out above all the rest.

    The history of this island paradise dates back thousands of years,
    like most islands in the Caribbean. Home to native peoples who fished
    and lived on these islands in peace until the arrival of settlers from
    other lands, Curacao offers a diverse history. City sites in the capital
    city dating back to its settlement days are some of the most well known
    and visited destinations on the island with many others being historic
    sites around the island dating back to times much further back and a
    much different world. Other popular sites include the Christoffel
    National Park and the Museum Kura Hulanda as well, each known to focus
    on the cultures specific to the region.

    Visiting the Island Of Curacao

    Visitors who make this their Caribbean island destination are offered
    a range of destinations and activities to choose from including
    strolling the streets of historic and cosmopolitan Willemstad or leaving
    the brightly colored streets and heading out into the lush green and
    blue wilderness beyond. Activities known to be popular on the island
    include historical sites and natural areas offering ample opportunity
    for you to surf, swim, dive and explore the Caribbeans more amazing

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    Things to avoid

    Particularly when the frigid wrath of winter gusts across North America, few places lure like the Caribbean. Beaches with champagne-hued sand, infinitely clear water layered parfait-style in deep greens and blues and tiki huts wrought from palm fronds aflutter in a tropical breeze-those cliche images synonymous with a Caribbean vacation are accurate to a tee, and pretty much define relaxed resort living. But there are some things you should know about traveling in this diverse region, as the Caribbean is home to some danger zones. And while most tourists will never face a threat during their vacations, dangers still exist in the prettiest of places. Read on for our list of Caribbean islands where tourists should take extra care and where nervous visitors might do well to avoid altogether: