Caribbean

After Nearly 20 Years, I've Realized There's No Such Thing As 'Bad' Hair

Kayla Greaves | Posted 09.11.2016 | Canada Style
Kayla Greaves

When it comes to black people, our hair, just like our skin tones, aren't a one type fits all kind of deal. And for far too long, in both our homes and in our communities, we've allowed hair discrimination to affect ourselves, and our future generations in more harmful ways than we think.

How To Afford A Private Yachting Vacation

Mara Sofferin | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Travel
Mara Sofferin

I arrived at St. Maarten's Princess Julia International Airport in the late afternoon, only a compact carry-on in hand. I was advised to pack light: space is limited on a sailboat and realistically passengers don't require anything other than some swimsuits and industrial-strength sunscreen.

21 Authentic Caribbean Recipes To Try This Summer

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Living

Send your taste buds on a trip to the islands.

The Best Tropical Cocktails To Sip This Summer

Parmjit Parmar | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Living
Parmjit Parmar

I've been fortunate enough over the last few years to travel to many tropical locations; and summer in Toronto, with its soaring temperatures makes me long for beaches and island drinks. So here are some of the best cocktails I've been lucky enough to sample from around the world.

5 Reasons To Have Your Wedding In Barbados

Mara Sofferin | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Living
Mara Sofferin

With design-driven hotels, epic surf breaks, seaside music festivals, and a bold local food scene, Barbados is unbeatable. Forget having a destination wedding, have a vacation wedding you and your guests will never forget!

What Black LGBT Pride Means To Us

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

For as long as I can remember, being black and gay was like the biggest crime one could commit in my community. It didn't matter where you were born, the culture was one that saw black churches openly bashing homosexuality and parents disowning their children, leaving them on the streets to survive however they could. Fast forward to 2016, and the black LGBTQ community is growing by the minute and more and more black gay men and women are embracing who they are without apology. Here's what pride means to us.

Secrets To Saving Money On Your Summer Getaways

Flight Network | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Travel
Flight Network

Mid-summer is the most popular time of year for travel. Unfortunately, it's also the time of year when accommodation rates skyrocket, gas prices rise and restaurants forego the two-for-one specials they offer in the off-season. Summer is the busy season for most North American and European destinations, but that doesn't mean you have to pay more to travel during this prime time of year.

A Letter To The Bishop Blaming Gays For The Fort McMurray Fires

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

Instead of focusing on the "stories of Sodom and Gomorrah" and using that in the same conversation about a horrific incident that has left many homeless here in Canada, you should go and find your heart because your comments are shameful and distasteful.

Panama's Postcard-Worthy Bocas Del Toro

Flight Network | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Travel
Flight Network

The Central American country's Caribbean coast receives less praise than its canal, ultra modern capital city and Pacific beaches, but has just as much to offer. This guide to Panama's Bocas del Toro, affectionately known as Bocas town, will probably make you start researching plane tickets.

4 Reasons You Should Visit The Caribbean This Summer

Allison Eberle | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Travel
Allison Eberle

It may seem counterproductive to visit the Caribbean when your hometown is finally warm and sunny, but there's no better time of year to visit the region often regarded as "paradise." When the demand for Caribbean escapes falls, you can enjoy some major perks, including lower accommodation prices, smaller tourist crowds, and insane deals on everything from souvenirs to tours and beachside beers.

Is This The Sign Of A Less Homophobic Jamaica?

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

When one thinks of Jamaica, two things immediately come to mind and it's not Bob Marley and Usain Bolt this time around. Rather, it's dancehall music and homophobia -- two things which are one and the same. So it was quite shocking when Jamaicans and residents from other Caribbean islands learned that the son of Mr. Ninja Man, a popular dancehall artist, was gay.

I Left The Caribbean To Find Acceptance As A Lesbian In Canada

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

The truth is my life was already planned out. I wanted my partner and I to build a future together in my country of birth -- Antigua and Barbuda. We already had a nice apartment, a four-legged son, we both drove and had great jobs. All that was missing was "acceptance"!

Go All Out On An All-Inclusive Vacation With Your Friends

Rebecca Field Jager | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Travel
Rebecca Field Jager

If you think all-inclusive vacations in the Caribbean are just for couples, think again. The notion of gathering a gaggle of gal pals and jetting off to a tropical island with pretty much everything pre-paid holds tremendous appeal.

6 Fabulous Foodie Experiences In Jamaica

Lisa Jackson | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Travel
Lisa Jackson

Come for the beach, stay for the food. While the cuisine may not be the initial draw to Jamaica, it's an excellent reason to stick around and explore the island -- both on and off the resort.

6 Reasons To Visit Panama This Spring

Flight Network | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Travel
Flight Network

Panama should be on your list of places to visit in 2016, and it should probably be the place you visit first. This Central American country, loaded with history, tropical beaches, latin culture, and outdoor adventures, packs a lot of vacation-worthy punch for its small size.

8 Tips For Planning The Ultimate Caribbean Getaway

Flight Network | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Travel
Flight Network

Once the holiday festivities have passed, winter starts to sound a lot less appealing. For many Canadians, that means it's time to start planning a warm winter getaway to the Caribbean. However, choosing a Caribbean destination, finding the perfect accommodations and planning what you'll do when you arrive can be overwhelming.

Imagine Spending Christmas Without Family Because You're Gay

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

As we speak, there are thousands of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender folks from across the world who are not able to spend Christmas with their families this year. They have been beaten, cursed at and made to feel like they do not belong, leading them to say goodbye to their family and friends.

The Life Of A Transgender Woman In The Caribbean

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

Transphobia has ingrained itself subtly in the entire system across many Caribbean countries. Magistrates do not impose harsh enough penalties on people who commit hate crimes against trans people. We don't even have hate crime laws here on our books.

Being True To Yourself Is The First Step To Happiness

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

Society's standards have moved so far from what is truly important, that instead of people trying to be true themselves and accepting their socio-economic circumstances, which isn't bad for many of us, we are working hard to 'fit in' and fit in I did to the point of depression.

Marlon James Is A Ray Of Hope For The Caribbean LGBTQ Community

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

After being chastised by my own country of birth for coming out as a lesbian in April of this year and speaking out against the discrimination and harassment I had endured, I began to think that our Caribbean LGBTQ community would simply have to crawl back into our holes of pain and isolation and with muzzles over our mouths. That was until Marlon James!

How One Island Found a Clever Way to Solve Its Environmental Crisis

Robert Osborne | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Impact
Robert Osborne

Lionfish may be one of the most truly beautiful creatures you'll encounter when you're scuba diving or snorkelling in tropical water. There's nothing wrong with lionfish where they're indigenous -- the Indian and Pacific Ocean. But about 20 years ago a few started to appear in the Caribbean.

Why You Should Plan a Romantic Getaway in St. Martin

AmongMen.com | Posted 08.27.2016 | Canada Travel
AmongMen.com

A quiet beach, plenty of cocktails and delectable food and just enough culture and activities for when you've had enough of laying on the beach with one another. That's pretty much the essentials for a beach getaway together, is it not?

9 Benefits of Travelling to a Tropical Destination in the Summer

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Travel
Kathy Buckworth

When we think about tropical all-inclusive holidays, it's often done with the filter of escaping from another one of Canada's harsh winters. While that will always be a popular time to hit the beaches down south, it will also always be one of the most expensive times to travel to warmer climates.

Dominican Republic and Haiti: Is it Time for an Island Reunification?

Rachel Décoste | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

The Haitian and Dominican republics share a porous border and a long, complicated and bloody history. The island's fissure divides it along colonial, linguistic, socioeconomic and cultural lines. In the era of globalization and international collaboration it's time to reexamine the Haitian-Dominican relationship.

Our Four-Day Adventure in Nassau, Bahamas

Miriam Porter | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Travel
Miriam Porter

Nassau Bahamas is one of those destinations you want to return to again and again. It's my third time visiting the island and the second time going with my son Noah, age nine. I carefully plan our itinerary to maximize our four-night stay -- one adventure per day! It's the perfect destination for an extended long weekend.