There are certain hotels in the Caribbean that manage to transcend the world of hospitality and enter a realm reserved for legends.

They’re hotels that become destinations, that become bucket-list stops, that become part of the tapestry of Caribbean history.

The Bitter End Yacht Club is one of them. And for decades, this family-owned 64-acre outpost on the North Sound of Virgin Gorda in the BVI was precisely that, a Mecca for sailors, yachters and all those seeking to add the Bitter End to their own stories.

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Once the star island of the sugar trade, the tiny Caribbean island of Nevis now produces something even sweeter: an overwhelming surplus of mangoes. Branches hang heavy with them over the narrow roads that wind around the island; fallen fruit stays only a few minutes on the ground before the wild donkeys and monkeys that roam the island snatch it up. Something about the island’s climate and soil has led it to play host to thousands upon thousands of mango trees, sporting the indigenous Nano variety—fibrous and complex, with undertones of papaya—the much-coveted Amory Polly, favored by Nevisians for its sweetness, or some 42 other kinds of mango. But if you want to taste the fruits of this mango paradise, you’ve got to get there first

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Palace Resorts is planning a significant expansion in the Dominican Republic, Caribbean Journalhas learned.

The all-inclusive resort company is planning to add an additional 1,200 rooms at its planned Moon Palace Punta Cana in the area of Macao.

The new Moon Palace Punta Cana initially contained a 2,150-room hotel, along with 20 eateries, nine bars, seven swimming pools and a water park, along with a 75-booth wellness spa, a casino and a large convention center.

That expansion would mean a total of 3,350 rooms across the project.

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Our visit to St Croix’s two cities, was the best of times and the better of times, and we had a Dickens of a time deciding whether we loved Christiansted or Frederiksted more. Then again, why choose when you can stay and enjoy both?

Christiansted, the capital of the largest island in the USVI, is likewise the bigger of the island’s two cities. Founded in 1733, it’s famous for its yellow-walled, beautifully preserved Fort Christiansvaern, built by the Danish in 1983 to protect the city from their colonial rivals. Now a National Historical Site, the fortress is open for tours and visitors can climb its battlements for a sweeping view of the harbor.

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