Category Archives: Art, Culture & Education

Art, culture and events and education in the Caribbean.

Maintaining an Idyllic Caribbean Garden

Caribbean Garden's foliage

Caribbean Garden’s foliage

So, you are living the dream with your house in the Caribbean and are loving life from a luxurious pool deck overlooking turquoise waters – well that’s the idea our friends outside of the Caribbean will always have!

However, reality can be slightly different and we do have to worry about the maintenance of our gardens, gutters, cars etc, like everyone else.  In the Caribbean whether you are an avid gardener or not, the surrounds of your home have to be kept neat and tidy otherwise it will quickly become a nightmare of vines and new species of bugs. So, here are a few ways that you can keep your garden in tip-top shape without over working and leaving ample time for enjoying the Caribbean sunshine. Continue reading

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Decorating Concepts for Your Caribbean Villa

Caribbean Villa Photo Credit : Caribbean Land and Property

Caribbean Villa
Photo Credit : Caribbean Land and Property

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if summer vacations could last all year round? Imagine waking up and strolling out to sip a cold passion fruit juice on your rustic veranda, or coming home after a long day at work to relax beside blue waters in the shade of a palm tree?

Well, while that dream is in the pipeline, how about using these Caribbean design ideas to get yourself ready, for when you are ready? Continue reading

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Feng Shui your Caribbean Home

Feng Shui your Caribbean Home

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Our Carib ancestors idea of a little feng shui in the home or in ceremonial structures like the traditional carbet, would be the ‘Zemi’ or iconic representations of their many Gods and spirits. Essential ones like the Gods of food, weather, wealth and health would be carefully placed to enhance the space and its creative energy, or represented on portraits or carvings on interior and exterior finishes including chairs, tables, pillars and eating utensils like the Calabash bowls.

Zemi God

Most of this living space art tradition is now lost sadly, but any modern Caribbean home could and perhaps should pay a little homage to the peoples who were here before us with a small benign weather icon outside on the verandah or wealth Zemi over the front door!

Some people are worried about living in older houses as they are conscious of the spiritual energy of previous owners, this includes the arrangement of the furniture, and also the garden space beyond the walls of your home.
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10 Reasons Why Children Would Love the Caribbean

10 Reasons Why Children Would Love the Caribbean

Caribbean Pirate Ship

Caribbean Pirate Ship

Your children may never have known the beauty that is the island chain south of Florida had it not been popularized to the young audience in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean.” The entire area is rife with history dating back hundreds and hundreds of years. Although your children may not be able to sail with pirates in the real world, the wonder that is the Caribbean still has a great deal to offer young minds. What can keep the attention of your young ones in this paradise?
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French Interior Design for Caribbean Property

French Interior Design for Your Caribbean Property

French interior design is inherently classic and perfectly suited to the more spacious Caribbean properties.  Including large apartments and villas in the islands like Antigua, Barbados and Anguilla or Central America in countries like Costa Rica or Panama or wherever in this exotic and tropical  region you decide to buy.

Property prices in the Caribbean can be very expensive, but then again they can also be remarkably affordable.  Ask the right questions and consult with the right people, be honest about your budget and your requirements to purchase a property as an investment or a place to call home.  With proper guidance and good decision-making you will find that you won’t need to spend your full budget, and there will be a good surplus for peripherals including interior decorating.
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10 Mayan Sites to Explore in the Caribbean

10 Mayan Sites to Explore in the Caribbean

The Caribbean region is one of the most spectacular tourist destinations on the planet.

10 Mayan Sites - Belize Maya

10 Mayan Sites – Belize Maya

It also connects many, many countries from the smallest to the biggest on our planet. From Mexico the fifth biggest country in the world to almost the smallest, Saba with a population of 1900 souls.

Every year, millions of visitors frequent these many, many nations to enjoy themselves and relax on white sandy beaches and crystal blue water. But there is more to these Caribbean shores; much more!

Along with its natural splendours, the Caribbean is home to the mysterious vestiges of a once great nation, the Mayan people.  A civilization that covered much of Central America including, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and was well established for over 3500 years. Although this civilization is gone, the ruins of their once great empire linger, most of them in Mexico and Belize.  Along with these ruins there are opportunities to be had!

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Living the Dream in Costa Rica

Living the Dream in Costa Rica

Do you dream of living abroad? If so, what’s holding you back from pursuing that dream?

Living the Dream in Costa Rica

Living the Dream in Costa Rica

Many people think they need to wait until retirement, when the kids are out of the house, to pursue that foreign living experience. In fact, doing it with your children just might be the most rewarding, enriching experience of your life…and theirs.

In September 2005 my husband and I packed up our kids—then ages 7, 8 and 10—and moved from the ‘burbs of Wisconsin to the jungles of Costa Rica. We came for a two-year adventure and, 4.5 years later, we remain here for the lifestyle.  We are living the Dream in Costa Rica. Continue reading

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Tips on Interior Decorating

Interior Designs for the Caribbean Home

In today’s times there are many designs that can be incorporated to the styles that are required for the interior decorating. However all over the world there are only few of them that are actually put to practice. It is easy to identify some of the designs that most of the people around the world love and flaunt.

Some of the styles that are popular all over the world are the styles from Morocco, Japan, Italy and the Mediterranean. Though Japan and Italy fall in the Mediterranean region they still have a style that is unique to each. In fact in the Mediterranean region designs it also includes certain designs from regions that are a part of Italy.

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Caribbean Food – A Little History

Caribbean Foods : Papaw, Yams, Guavas, and Cassava

The Arawak, Carib, and Taino Indians were the first inhabitants of the Caribbean islands. These first inhabitants occupied the present day islands of British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti,
Trinidad, and Jamaica. Their daily diet consisted of vegetables and fruits such as papaw, yams, guavas, and cassava. The Taino started the process of cooking meat and fish in large clay pots.

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Two Natural Wonders of the Caribbean

The Pitons, St Lucia

St Lucia possesses a topography and ecology of stunning beauty, matched by no other location in the Caribbean. The island’s pride in its natural resources is evident in the country’s ongoing protection and  conservation efforts. 
In the mountainous interior lies the enormous National Rain Forest and the island’s protected coastal sights include the breathtaking, unforgettable spires of Les Pitons. Located near Soufriere, these primeval twin peaks, topping 2,000 feet, are St Lucia’s most famous landmark. Only the most daring climbers have attempted an ascent on their summits, but they can be seen in all their glory from Mt. Gimie or from the decks of a boat offshore.

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