Pilar Beach or PLAYA PILAR is rated as one of the best in Cuba and the Caribbean. Well its damn good if you ask me a very memorable day so I wanted to share this as a location to not miss if you are staying in Cayo Guillermo. $5 bus ride return per person from any destination on the tourist buses.
But Check This Out
DEAD FISH PILAR BEACH
I have never seen a washed up dead fish skelton before and it's a pretty sizeable fish. Still unidentified. What was strange was that it had another skeleton in it's throat! So did the fish choke on it's own greed? Let us know in the comments folks!
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Consider this a WIP as I add good posts and videos on the subject. This is almost for myself for when I get some time to check up on this subject.
I really like the way these guys edited their journey as it reminded my of yesteryear a little.
What would these people do without a selfie stick and go pro ? Very nice edited and shot work boys. I like the arty element too - where would we be without youtube still consuming regular tv by the bucket perhaps. The water quality looks amazing here and makes me want to go now if I could. Some interesting touristic things to see and in bonaire and then the kite surfers make it look so much fun...just don't please throw your cigarette butts in the water guys :)
Cayos Cochinos also known as the hog islands are little discovered so offer the kind of paradise that is unique and unspoilt. It consists of big cayo and small cayo two islands and about 2km square land in total.
Cayos Cochinos is closer to the mainland Honduras than the other Bay Islands but it is harder to reach. You will need to make arrangements by private boat - contact the resorts will result in the best options.
The reefs surrounding the hog islands are protected by the Marine Biological Reserve.
How to get to Cayos Cochinos ?
You might arrive via an international flight into Roatan or you could arrive in the closest port on the mainland La Ceiba.
Resorts in Cayos Cochinos
Cruises are experiencing a travel renaissance in 2015, and nowhere more so than the Caribbean, the most popular cruise route in the world. Taking a Caribbean cruise allows you to voyage around some of the most idyllic islands in the world, sampling the often endemic local cultures, cuisines and traditions of each destination before setting off for the next vivid experience. So what stops should you add to your wish list of Caribbean ports when negotiating your cruise deals?
Guadalupe for natural beauty
This French-influenced archipelago comprises two main islands joined by a tiny spit of land, and is guaranteed to tantalise the intrepid. Get back to nature with a kayak through the lush mangrove swamp of its national park. Hike to the top of La Soufriere Volcano for a challenging trek that will prove especially rewarding if you bring a camera, or take in the sea views from the Pointe des Chateaux.
St Lucia for relaxation
We get a lot of people who are keen on an island in particular and they ask us to send them prices regularly - many think we are a massive dive chain.
What we wanted to tell you about was for each country there is a preffered suppliers list that I can send enquiries to all in one - so a specials list for Honduras for example. When you get a special please let us know. We will obviously need your cooperation for you to get on this priority list.
As the enquiries are from our site readers and they want a quality dive shop - then you will have to make sure your listing with us is up to date and that you are listed in our directory.
You must check your emails. We don't want to send our readers to a dead end !
This should not be much work - especially if you delegate it to one of your divemasters. You can upload a photo or blog about this weeks students who passed their open water exam. Or there may have been a particularly exciting sighting that you want to tell us and the community about. Its just keeping the community updated and it makes your dive shop look good.
The only remaining tribe of Carib Indians in the Caribbean reside on the reservation called Carib Territory. It is a modern community who has adapted their lifestyle somewhat but have at the same time preserved their ways.
One thing to see is the Escalier Tete Chien at Sineku a natural formation - it isn't on the normal tourism radar so thats why I would like to go and I imagine that like with many places in Dominica it can be a trek before you leave the vehicle !
I don't know who to thank for the images in this post I guess the Carib Indians is a start found here http://www.islandmix.com/backchat/f6/i-am-carib-arawak-west-indian-211879/index2.html
Why is Dominica called the Nature Isle ?
Each Caribbean destination is blessed but some more than others and Dominica is perhaps the most blessed for nature. 60% of Dominica is covered by rainforrest. It is covered with spikes reaching to the clouds. Perhaps Dominica has been ignored as it is not blessed with beaches and this has kept the traditional resorts and vacationers away. What they don't know is benefiting the hiker right ! The adventure tourist in you should visit and get an alternative vacation. It's hard to consider an island without beaches in the Caribbean. The volcanic nature of the island has perhaps caused the underwater world to be just as jaw dropping with caves and walls and topography to delight many a diver.
The other factor that is holding the visitors back perhaps is the need to arrive via boat or small plane as the two airports cannot land big international flights. Melville Hall Airfield north west is more busy than Canefield in the south west.
Ferries arrive at Roseu and you may just be stayingin the Castle comfort area then a taxi is a cheap way to get your pack off.
When to visit Dominica ?
Be careful to visit in the dry part of the year from January to June - this doesnt really apply too much to the other islands but here 'rain da cum'.
Shipwreck Portsmouth Dominica
There are some very interesting reasons to pass by Carriacou if you get to the main island and nation of Grenada. It has some amazing beaches but you should try to get some street party action which is very good and it really feels like a different place than Grenada.
Before we get to that lets thank Lloyd for his superb Carriacou images from flickr >>
The Carriacou Carnival - this year starting very soon the 25th Jan to feb 17th sees verses of Shakespeare recited along with more regular carnival type fun. There are any events organised over this period. Read more >>
The Carriacou Regatta and Big Drum Dance - read more >> Carriacou has held onto pre christian spirituality more than perhaps anywhere else in the Caribbean and the Big Drum Dance is perhaps the best example of this when those passed away talk to their descendants. This is the culmination of the Regatta time in August.
A very interesting dive site indeed and well filmed so not boring to watch.
I still haven't been through the whole of this video as its an hour - but you will get a very good idea of Barbados before you go. It kind of takes away some of the adventure of travel doesn't it this internet tool. So you could just turn off your computer and go drink a rum and book a flight to Barbados and let the adventure come to you...