Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a professional jetsetter? Starting this month, we will feature travel tips and off-the-record experiences by various jetsetters and journalists who have visited Cap Juluca.
First up, our talented friend and wordsmith, David Lansing. David has written for National Geographic Traveler and Islands Magazine, to name a few, and refers to himself as a modern-day flâneur – a French term meaning gentleman stroller of the streets and aimless wanderer. David’s relaxed approach and taste for the finer things in life make him an ideal guest to check in with on all things Anguilla.
Photo: David Lansing
CJ: What is your all-time favorite experience at Cap Juluca?
DL: I love going out on the resort’s 32-foot sailboat for a sunset cruise. Captain Eddie and his crewmate, Elvis, are extremely gracious, and sipping champagne while watching a squall play out far over the horizon is always a treat. And you just know that at some point on the cruise, Elvis is going to tell you a great story. My favorite is about the honeymooning couple from Oklahoma who were completely hammered when they jumped off the boat, swam to a nearby limestone cliff with a prominent sign at the top that said in big bold red letters ABSOLUTELY NO JUMPING, used a rope to climb up the sheer rock and then jumped like lemmings into the sea some 30 feet below. They were a little scratched up from climbing the cliff but otherwise fine, according to Elvis. Before this story can fully sink in, Elvis says, “Did I tell you about the group of rich Russians we had on board one time?” He did not. But he will.
Photo: David Lansing
Congratulations! You’ve found that special someone to spend happily forever after with. Now that you know for sure, you can begin brainstorming the next step… the proposal!
No pressure or anything, but be sure to consider you two will be telling the story of your engagement for the rest of your lives, so make it a great one!
There are few things more enjoyable than listening to a sweet engagement story, and now is your chance to create your very own.
How you popped the question isn’t the only important detail though. There’s also the where to consider.
To help inspire your romantic creativity, we’ll let you in on our secret, perfect and utterly romantic favorite destination for proposals – Anguilla Island in the Caribbean.
Tucked away in the northwest corner of the Caribbean, Anguilla is as peaceful and remote as romantic islands come. It’s truly a heavenly destination and the absolutely ideal place to surprise your sweetheart.
Are you in the market for a vacation? If not, you should be!
We all need to get away from time to time, disconnect from everyday stresses and spend quality time with loved ones… somewhere tropical and beautiful.
One simple way to enhance any vacation is to book a package, rather than just a normal stay. Many factors go into planning a trip and a great experience at a good value is usually part of the equation.
Everyone wants to create great memories and get the most bang for their buck, and we all should. It’s our vacation after all. Packages are essentially a series of items, usually cohesive or themed, the hotel puts together under one price tag. To help ensure your next getaway is phenomenal, let us let you in on the benefits of hotel package deals.
Exactly what makes an idyllic Caribbean island so… idyllic? Imagine for a moment you are on a pristine beach, gazing out to sea.
What sights, sounds and feelings come to mind?
Anything to do with the feel and/or sound of a light breeze?
We’re guessing yes, and you imagined accurately. Many of the most beautiful and idyllic places on the globe have one detail in common tradewinds.
Much of that perfect, balmy, breezy weather we imagine so easily when thinking of an island getaway, comes from trade winds.
To prepare you for your next jaunt to paradise, here’s a bit of trade wind trivia for you to enjoy:
Palm tree swaying in the light breeze. Lounge chairs casually strewn across the sand with swimsuit clad vacationers sipping on a cocktail decorated with a colorful little umbrella.
There’s a distinct reason why this is a common image seen and imagined when it comes to the Caribbean – because it’s what really happens.
The Caribbean is a destination that offers both an unyielding array of activities or the option to be utterly lazy.
Plenty of vacationers opt for the occasional excursion, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking or scuba diving, but for the most part people retreat to the Caribbean to lounge around and do a whole lot of nothing.
Each picturesque island is a slice of paradise where nothing is expected from visitors and every luxury awaits.
Undoubtedly one of the most popular Caribbean pastimes is consumption of tropical beverages. If you’re in the Caribbean, chances are it’s for a vacation, so the time is ripe to sit beachside and sip on an iconic rum punch.
With a vast array of islands, and even more beach bars, to choose from, one might wonder how such a decision is to be made?
Did winter find you just a little too early last year? Did you find yourself dreaming of sand instead of snow and bikinis instead of coats?
No one can blame you if that was the case. Seems like this might be the opportune moment to consider a very untraditional Thanksgiving in the most incredible destination possible: the island of Anguilla in the British West Indies.
Retreat to paradise void of hectic traffic, fast food chains and anything less than perfectly luxurious.
If an Anguillian Thanksgiving is truly on your radar, let us paint of picture of what you can expect instead of turkey and snow.
Not Thanksgiving or Christmas or even in the beginning of the New Year. No, the absolute perfect time for you to whisk your other half away for a whirlwind Anguillian getaway happens to be from November 1 to December 18.
We’re so passionate about this quintessential time for a trip to our small slice of paradise, we are about to equip you with our top five reasons on why the first half of November is ideal.
You’re casually lounging on a picturesque beach as you sip a perfectly crafted rum punch while gazing at the soft sway of the palm trees. Sounds like paradise, right? Perhaps this was your summer experience, or perhaps you’re lamenting this summer did not carry you away to an exotic getaway. Chin up, no more regrets – we’re here to bring you excellent news. The best season to visit paradise hasn’t even happened yet.
Though this planet has quite a few idyllic regions offering their own versions of paradise, we will be focusing on one particular slice of perfect island life – Anguilla. Famous for it’s vacation vibes year round, the Caribbean is an incredible place to visit anytime. Yet the Caribbean is comprised of thousands of islands, and they are not all created equally, not by a longshot. Not that we’re biased, but we think Anguilla Island is the top-shelf Caribbean offering.
Small yet unimaginably beautiful, remote yet perfectly accommodating, Anguilla is the crème de la crème of the Caribbean, and it’s best season hasn’t even started. Unbeknownst to many, summer isn’t the most popular time to visit the Caribbean, and if you weren’t able to in vacay June, July or August, not to worry.
November through the beginning of December is the ideal time to jet off to Anguilla, and here’s why:
It’s no secret, summer is the prime time for new romances to spark up, or for older romance’s to be taken to a new, more committed level. Perhaps it’s the warm weather, smaller amounts of clothing, late sunsets, cozy evenings and the care-free ambiance that penetrates the air.
What better time to plan that last minute getaway to a faraway land. Imagine, whisking away your sweetheart for a magical adventure designed just for two. Maybe this adventure is your last hurrah – a blissful end to a sweet romance that was never meant to outlast the summer season. Or, could it be that this is the gateway to assert your future intentions, to let your lover know you want to spend forever together?
Either way, we have the perfect destination in mind for you, and we know all the secrets on how to enjoy it fully. Anguilla – a small Caribbean island that will surpass any images of paradise in your imagination.
Truly this tiny slice of paradise is a natural marvel. Off-the-beaten Caribbean path, Anguilla flies under the mass tourism radar and remains a pristine white-sandy getaway chock full of romantic sights, sounds and experiences.
Birds migrate in the winter and so do people – to the Caribbean. This is a known fact.
Anguilla, one of the most luxurious Caribbean islands, finds itself buzzing with vacationers throughout mid-December through mid-April, when the weather is its most dazzling.
It’s no secret that visiting Anguilla requires a bit of an investment in terms of time and money. Most visitors to our fine island escape here because the island offers unbelievable luxury and privacy.
Yet, if you find an Anguillian vacation is out of your reach, then perhaps you haven’t learned of our August secret just yet.
Visiting Anguilla in August has a variety of benefits, all of which we think you’ll like. Intrigued? We thought so!