Spotlight on Caribbean and Mexico

The Caribbean and Mexico beckon with unsurpassed sun, sea and sand! Colorful and lively, with natural beauty at every turn, these destinations also make a superb backdrop for celebrating special occasions!

Spotlight on the Caribbean and Mexico

Sun, Sea and Sand
Spotlight on the Caribbean and Mexico

Sun, sea and sand; the Caribbean and Mexico offers idyllic locales that are especially inviting when you have a special occasion to celebrate, or when you want to join local celebrations! Fiestas and carnivals are something very special in this part of the world.

From destination weddings to birthdays, the backdrop of a stunning beach or ocean view makes the occasion even more memorable.  You're there for a landmark occasion and local charm becomes a part of the festivities. In the Caribbean and Mexico you're spoiled for choice when it comes to sensational locations for special events!

Whether you're looking for a low-key celebration with a lot of privacy or planning a large family reunion, this region is ready to assist with hotels and venues that pull out the stops to make your occasion unique.

Joining holiday pageants and festivals is another way to celebrate while here. Become a part of the celebrations for an authentic experience of local life. 

  • Carnival, the renowned vibrant, colourful event is held in Merida, capital of Mexico's Yucatan and islands across the Caribbean. Usually on the days leading up to Ash Wednesday but some islands have moved the festivities, like the Cayman Islands' Batabano Carnival held in late April.
  • Junkanoo, a gala of music and culture celebrated in The Bahamas after Christmas and in June or July.
  • Food Festivals like The Food & Drink Festival in Kingston, Jamaica in October, with fine food, live entertainment and great spirits and the Kooben Festival in the Yucatan in October, dedicated to Yucatecan gastronomy.
  • Autumn Festival of Valladolid, Yucatan, features cultural, artistic and social events in October and November.
  • Crop Over Festival originally celebrated the end of the sugar harvest in Barbados. Rich in tradition and infused with dance and calypso, it is held in mid-July.
  • Independence Festival celebrates Jamaica gaining independence in 1962 with street parades, costume competitions and cultural exhibitions. Held between July and August.

So many ways to celebrate and so many festivals to enjoy! The warmth and charm of the Caribbean and Mexico elevate every celebration.

On Location in Saint Lucia

On Location in Saint Lucia
On Location with Barefoot Holidays

Barefoot Holidays St. Lucia is our award-winning On Location partner, in operation for over 28 years. You can’t beat that type of know how when it comes to exploring one of the most beautiful islands in the world! Shirlyn Elliodore, Director of Sales & Marketing, is here to share her knowledge and experience for those planning a trip to this precious jewel of the Caribbean.

Q: Describe Saint Lucia for those considering a vacation.

When looking for a quiet and naturally scenic island to relax and move away from the usual busy schedules, why not a vacation in Saint Lucia?

Saint Lucia is one of the most colorful, lively and naturally beautiful of Caribbean locations, a place where sunsets leave you breathless and the stunning scenery provides sport, relaxation and awe-inspiring landscapes. The island is also rich with cultural diversity and is the perfect destination, whether you're after romance, rejuvenation or adventure. A genuine, natural landscape of gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, miles of unspoiled rainforest and the majestic Piton Mountains, are sure to indulge every taste. Natural waterfalls, breath-taking views, friendly locals and authentic culture impress the most travelled individuals for a holiday with lasting memories.

When it comes to beaches, you are spoiled for choice with Saint Lucia but there are some that stand out as even more beautiful than the rest. Possibly the most stunning bay on the island is Marigot Bay which distils the essence of the Caribbean with palm fringed beaches and crystal-clear waters, in front of green carpeted hillsides.

If rainforests are more your thing then Saint Lucia can provide this in abundance – the interior of the island is called its 'green heart' and wandering under the leafy canopies, you will easily be able to see why. Outside of the natural attractions of the island, Saint Lucia has a wonderfully vibrant and colorful culture, best explored through its towns, people and food.

Q: What services do you offer on island?

We continue to provide unforgettable island experiences to clients as we maintain a standard of excellent customer service and delivery to our distinguished clientele.  Our services include but are not limited to:

  • Sightseeing Island Tours
  • Cruise Ship Excursions
  • Airport Transfers
  • Hotel to Hotel Transfers
  • Transportation Services
  • Destination Weddings
  • Hotel Reservations
  • Villa Accommodation
  • Cultural & Heritage Tours
  • Adventure Tours
  • Sports Tours
  • Incentive Travel Programs
  • Meetings & Conference Planning
  • Special Interest Groups
  • Tours in other Caribbean islands

Q: Are there any special features of your services we should know about?

Barefoot Holidays is premised on high quality service and attention to detail.

Q: What are the Top Five things to do on St. Lucia?

  • See the majestic Pitons
  • Dip in the mud baths.
  • Zip through the rainforest
  • Make your own chocolate bar
  • Indulge in local cuisine

Q: Tell us about your favorite Resort Accommodations on Saint Lucia and what they offer?

Royalton Saint Lucia

Newly opened Royalton Resort Saint Lucia has already proven itself to be one of the best. Vacationing in upscale style and comfort on an island where natures welcomes you. This All-in luxury escape features three distinct sections, a Family friendly general resort, Diamond Club, as well as a Hideaway adults-only Oasis. With an interactive kids' club and Hang out Teens club, guardians who are visiting with kids now have little to worry about.

Cap Maison

A hotel for food Lovers; Intimate and stylishly designed villas providing the perfect setting to allow the most of your time. From service and food, to its hospitality experts, Cap Maison is set on one of the Island's beautiful cliffs. It is located in a secluded area but still near to the chic Rodney Bay area and adjacent to the St. Lucia Golf & Country Club, it is in one of the most sought-after spots on the island appealing to both the active as well as those seeking a relaxed retreat.

Windjammer Landing

The beauty and charm this picturesque Mediterranean Village, Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort is unlike any other resort on the island of Saint Lucia. This hotel possesses extraordinary dining experiences and a wide range of accommodation styles. It features spacious beachfront and hillside villas many with full kitchens and luxury amenities, premier on-site dining at multiple venues, and exclusive access to a white sand beach. Windjammer Landing is nestled on 60 acres of Saint Lucia's northwest coast in Labrelotte Bay, offering exclusive access to 64,000 square feet of sandy beach. Guests enjoy six swimming pools, an array of motorized sporting activities, and premier dining.

Q: Any advice for those planning a Destination Wedding?

Location

Many brides who come to Saint Lucia are tempted and quick to host their special day at the resort, but we would like to advise them to give some thought to an extraordinary scenic site that may add more ambiance to their wedding, for instance, the famous Pitons as a backdrop or a simple beach wedding.

Visit in advance

Ideally, you'd see your venue once before booking and again three to four months before the wedding to finalize details. If a second trip's not possible, arrive at least five days early to make those decisions and do a hair and makeup trial.

Hire a pro

It is the best thing to let a planner organize everything for you on Saint Lucia and if isn't in your budget, look for a package that may include these services.

Tailor your wedding dress to the destination

Breathable fabrics work best in hot, humid locations. Lightweight lace in Saint Lucia can be stunning and comfortable.

Never check your dress

Always carry your dress on board the plane, even if it means having to fold it. Just make sure someone at the other end can press and steam it.

Q: Describe what visitors will see on an island sightseeing tour?

The most popular sightseeing tours allow the visitor to discover the amazing beauty of the island's picturesque west coast and attraction-filled town of Soufriere.  There they will see one of a kind attractions including the majestic twin mountains called the Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Sulphur mud baths inside the Caribbean's only drive in volcano and the multicolored Diamond Waterfall.

In addition to this, you will get the opportunity to meet the warm and hospitable people of Saint Lucia and sample the delectable cuisine of the island.

Q: What about Cruise passengers. Do you offer pier-side pickup and Drop off?

Yes! A representative from the Barefoot Holidays team will be at the cruise port/ pier-side to meet and assist clients. We do pick them up and drop them off after the tour is completed.

Q: Can visitors hike the Piton Peaks?

Yes! Visitors are allowed to hike Gros Piton, the wider of the two. There is an existing tour where clients depart their hotel to hike the mountain and enjoy great vistas from the top.  It is not advisable to hike Petit Piton because it is too steep.

Q: What other Sports tours do you offer?

We offer a variety of Sports tours including:

  • ATV
  • Horse Back Riding
  • Cycling Adventure

Q: What are the food and drink specialties visitors should try on Saint Lucia?

For adults, our award-winning rums and Spirits would be the 'must try' when on Saint Lucia and for the kids, our wide variety of fruits, vegetables and local juices.

Visitors go to the famous Friday Night to experience the famous Friday Night Street Party in the quaint town of Gros Islet where locals gather to feast with family, friends and visitors on the fresh catch of the day and other favorites including lobster, conch, red snapper, crab and salted cod fritters.

10 Caribbean Hideaways

Looking for a dream location away from the crowds for your next special event? There’s something for everyone and every occasion across the Caribbean. Check out these enticing options.

Romantic Celebrations at Sea

Romantic Celebrations at Sea
Cruising

Run away to sea and celebrate your special moments aboard a luxurious cruise ship! Cruising is romantic in itself, perfect for engagements, weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries or renewal of vows.

Carefree shipboard life lets you focus on time together to celebrate. You’ll be pampered and exceptionally well looked after throughout the cruise with stateroom, meals and entertainment all taken care of.

There are always plenty of activities onboard and ashore for you to enjoy with time at the spa top of the list for a romantic escape. Couples massage is a great way to unwind and start your cruise vacation!

For special occasions, a spacious, well-appointed suite with large balcony is the perfect place to relax and spend time alone. Step out on your balcony for a view to the horizon and fresh sea air. Here you’ll appreciate what being at sea is all about and how rejuvenating it can be; ideal for getting away from it all.

Celebration packages elevate the experience giving you added perks like champagne and chocolates, a floral arrangement in your stateroom, floral bouquet and boutonnieres, dinner for two at a specialty restaurant, an 8x10 framed photo and other amenities for the occasion.

Cruise ships make a spectacular wedding venue. Invite your guests to the ceremony while the ship is in port. The room will be beautifully decorated for the ceremony and the ship’s photographer on hand for photos, followed by a reception with meal and beautiful wedding cake. Then sail away on the cruise for your honeymoon. Some of your guests may want to come along.

Weddings and renewal of vows by the Captain can be performed on some cruise lines. Another option is to wed in a port of call during your cruise, something that is certainly popular in the Caribbean where a beach wedding might be just what you are looking for. Whichever venue you choose, a wedding coordinator is on hand to make arrangements.

The special ambience onboard is perfect for any celebration! Make your next romantic occasion a truly memorable experience by celebrating at sea.

International culinary delights

Tempting dishes from our featured destinations give you a taste of local culture. From succulent roasts to exotic spicy fare and some divine desserts, you’re sure to find plenty of delicious recipes to try at home.

Cordero en Salsa de Vino Rojo

Cordero en Salsa de Vino Rojo
Norwegian Cruise Line

Ingredients

Cordero en Salsa de Vino Rojo

  • Lamb shanks - 3lbs, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • Red wine - 1 cup
  • Chicken - 1cup, stuck
  • Tomato - 1/2 cup
  • Oregano - 1 tsp
  • Cumin - 1 tsp
  • Brijol - 1 tsp, powered
  • Onion - 2 cups, chopped
  • Carrots - 3, diced
  • Garlic - 5 cloves
  • Salt and pepper - to taste
  • Paprika - for seasoning lamb
  • Sweet Potato - 1, cut into julienne, fried
  • Eggplans - 10 slices, seasoned and grilled
  • Zucchini - 10 slices, seasoned and grilled
  • Carrots - 10 slices, seasoned and grilled

Cuban Beans

  • Black beans - 2 lbs
  • Red onion - 6 oz, chopped
  • Green peppers - 6 oz, chopped
  • Garlic - 3oz, chopped
  • Bay leaf - 6
  • Salt and pepper - to taste
  • Olive oil - 2oz
  • Apple cider vinegar - 1oz
  • Ground cumin - 1oz
  • Cilantro - 3oz, chopped
  • Sazon Completa - 2oz

Preparation

Cordero en Salsa de Vino Rojo

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
  2. Generously season lamb shanks with salt, pepper, cumin, and paprika.
  3. Dredge the seasoned lamb shanks in flour.
  4. Brown the meat in a frying pan with a little olive oil.
  5. Mix wine, chicken stock, tomato sauce, and oregano, cumin, olive oil, and Bijol powder in a small bowl.
  6. Place the lamb shanks, onion, carrot, and garlic in a covered kettle (suitable for use in the oven).
  7. Pour the wine sauce over the meat and vegetables.
  8. Liquid should only come up about halfway on the meat.
  9. Cover the kettle and let the lamb shanks braise in the oven for 1 1/ 2 hours.
  10. (Add more sauce if needed to keep the correct level.)
  11. Turn the shanks, cover, and cook for another 1 1/ 2 hours or until the meat is fork tender.
  12. Carefully remove the shanks from the pot and keep warm.
  13. Reduce the sauce slightly by bringing to a boil and cooking off some of the water.
  14. Serve the shanks over white rice grilled vegetable, fried Sweet Potato, spoon oven the Cuban beans, like the picture.

Cuban Beans

  1. Wash and rinse the beans several times.
  2. Soak the beans overnight in water, with half of the onions, half of the peppers, 3pcs bay leaf, cumin, salt and pepper
  3. Next day transfer add some more water to the beans to the tilting pan and bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours.
  4. Slim the beans while cooking, add more water if needed if the water is absorbed.
  5. When the beans are nice and tender, discard the bay leafs.
  6. Take out some of the beans and the vegetables and blend together, return back to the beans.
  7. Beans must be cooked properly, not much and not hard.
  8. Next you will make a Sofrito, in a separate pan, saute garlic, until soft, add the onions until they are translucent, then add the green peppers, cook until soft, add Salt, Pepper, Apple Cider Vinegar and cumin. Cook for a few minutes until you have a nice aroma.
  9. Add to the beans… when the beans are done, and you have a soup like consistency, Add the Cilantro and Sazon Completa and correct season.

The Seabourn Difference

There are many worlds to Seabourn. There’s the world of ultra-luxury – where space is generous and crowds are few. Where names and wine orders are remembered, preferences noted, and wishes granted before they are spoken. And then there is the world of adventure – a game of hide and seek with the treasures of our planet. Walking on the blue ice of the Antarctic. Camel rides across Dubai. Hidden ports, street markets, wine tasting, whale watching, every day a chance at another breathtaking moment. No one else is as skilled at bringing these two worlds together. No one else navigates them so effortlessly. Elegant adventure. Luxury unbound. Every voyage is a journey through the extraordinary worlds of Seabourn.

The Seabourn Difference:

  • Intimate ships with no more than 300 suites
  • Spacious all-suite accommodations
  • Complimentary fine wines poured at lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary welcome champagne and in-suite bar stocked with your preferences
  • Complimentary open bars throughout the ship
  • Intuitive, gracious service provided by staff passionate about pleasing our guests
  • Tipping is neither required nor expected
  • Unique itineraries to must-see cities and hidden gems where larger ships cannot go.
  • All dining venues are complimentary—dine where, when and with whom you choose
  • Award-winning gourmet dining complemented by a culinary partnership with Chef Thomas Keller

The Ship

Seabourn’s award-winning, all-suite ships combine nimble power and grace with beautifully designed spaces and amenities. They can access smaller ports where larger ships cannot go, yet provide some of the most generous ratios of space per guest in the industry. Each ship features a world-class spa, a variety of dining venues, inviting lounges and bars, pools, broad teak decks, and a unique retractable watersports Marina.

The Ship
Seabourn

Accommodations

Intimate ships with no more than 300 suites. A Seabourn ship is like a private club, where members share expansive open decks, inviting social spaces, and the personalized attention of an exceptional crew. Spacious all-suite accommodations with sweeping ocean views — most with verandas. Seabourn suites are thoughtfully appointed and inviting, designed as homes away from home with room to unwind or entertain.

Complimentary welcome Champagne and in-suite bar stocked with your preferences. Soft drinks, beer and mineral water, complete glassware and your favorite wines or spirits are ready for your enjoyment or for entertaining.

Accommodations
Seabourn

Dining

Award-winning dining carefully prepared with the freshest quality ingredients, including seasonal specialties that are perfectly executed to order by Seabourn’s skilled chefs. Award-winning gourmet dining complimented by a culinary partnership with Chef Thomas Keller, contributing to an unsurpassed dining experience unlike any other at sea. All dining venues are complimentary — dine where, when and with whom you wish. From casual to elegant, indoors, al fresco or in your suite, a range of choices invites you to be spontaneous. Open bars throughout the ship, and fine wines poured at lunch and dinner. Meet and mingle with fellow guests in a carefree atmosphere, where no one has to pick up the tab.

Dining
Seabourn

Activities

Our ships bring like-minded travelers together – interesting, accomplished people who share a curiosity about the world. You are off on the same sorts of adventures, seeing and learning new things every day. Days are filled with enticing activities including fascinating Seabourn Conversations sessions with guest experts from the fields of the arts, history, science, adventure and UNESCO World Heritage. Evenings offer a variety of entertainment to suit your every mood, including an exclusive new musical production An Evening with Sir Tim Rice. Games of chance and skill beckon in the Casino, as well as occasional Evening Under the Stars on deck. You will soon develop a deeply satisfying sense of membership. No wonder so many lifelong friendships begin on board.

Activities
Seabourn

Services

Intuitive, gracious service provided by a staff passionate about pleasing our guests. It is supremely relaxing to be looked after by thoughtful hosts, whose knack for anticipating what you might like borders on the clairvoyant. Tipping is neither required nor expected — service simply to delight you. Our award-winning staff is driven only by their sincere desire to please, and with a smile that comes from the heart.

Services
Seabourn