Based in Boston, MA, Tandy is a lover of all things travel, food, fun and fashion. Originally from Southern Africa, she works in Finance during day, pursues a graduate degree at night, all while trying to fit in adventures on her motorcycle in the warm months.
What I love about the Caribbean: “I love the whole process from shopping around for hotels, flights, excursions and packing. The Caribbean is guaranteed relaxation and I love going off the beaten path to immerse myself in local culture. The Caribbean people knows how to take life easy and that attitude rubs off on me.”
Favorite thing/place to uncover: “Recently I uncovered St. Maarten/St. Martin and absolutely fell in love. If I could hit the lottery, that is where you will find me. “
You can also find Tandy on Instagram: @smartbrowneyedgirl
A Teacher by day and an aspiring children’s book Author on the weekends, Neisha lives in England and travels back to her birth island of Jamaica as often as she can. She is a proud “country girl’ with a lifelong love affair with the beach. When she is not dreaming of packing her bags and living on a sailboat, she can be found, cooking exotic dishes, trying to grow callaloo in her garden, and looking for her twice runaway cat Guiness.
What I love about the Caribbean: “There is an ease of rhythm that I cherish about the Caribbean. That rhythm is seen and felt in the sunshine, the people, and the colors. It immediately relaxes me.”
Favorite thing/place to uncover: “I love sailing the Caribbean waters and seize every opportunity I get to do so. It is one of the best ways to see the islands, if even from a distance.”
You can also find Neisha on Instagram: @neishamorriswalcott
Originally from the Bahamas, having attended university in Brooklyn, NY and now living in sunny Tampa Florida, Crista is a full-time Pediatric Occupational Therapist and culture, travel and style blogger. She enjoys working with children with special needs and loves carnival/festival hopping during her off time whether in the US or in the Caribbean.
What I love about the Caribbean: I love our culture. I love that each island has it’s own story, its own history, traditions, food, music, accents; it’s amazing how we as a people are so alike and then yet so different. I love the genuinely warm vibe I get when I visit my home or any other island. I love that we are laid back but still intelligent, virtuous fun-loving people. I love –yes the scenery– but the calmness and peace that it evokes; from the beaches, to the hills, to the caves, to the streets to the smiles of the people; I love it all!
Favorite thing/place to uncover: My favorite thing to uncover is not only carnival but the different ‘beat’ of the festivals and traditions that each Caribbean nation. I’m not an expert but I have been to my fair share and it’s amazing how different they all are. You would think ‘one and done’; but literally it’s like a brand new experience every year and in every nation.
You can also find Crista on Instagram: @bahamianista, Twitter: @bahamianista242 and on her blog www.bahamianista.com
If you’ve been on a Caribbean cruise lately, Schanette was probably in the cabin next to yours. An avid cruiser, Schanette, now living in New York, was born in Jamaica. She can often be found looking for airfare deals while nursing not-so -secret thoughts of becoming an Interior Designer. In the meantime, when she is not seen browsing the isles of her local HomeGoods, you will find her scouting the best Caribbean views in an effort to get the perfect beach selfie.
What I love about the Caribbean: “If I could eat my way through the Caribbean without gaining 50 pounds I would do it next week. Then again, I love walking the Caribbean beaches, so the Caribbean food tour may just work out.”
Favorite thing/place to uncover: “Anything and everything in the Bahamas. From the crystal clear waters to the conch salad, it’s my favorite place to explore.”
Originally from Philadelphia, PA with familial roots in Jamaica, Carly has lived in Grenada since 2014. Prior to the big move, her profession was in multicultural and academic affairs in higher education. Aside from documenting “soul travel” explorations in her blog, she also works coordinating community service and volunteer opportunities at various care homes throughout Grenada. Through her writing, Carly hopes to resonate with all life and soul seekers around who feel an inherent connection with Caribbean culture.
What I love about the Caribbean: I appreciate the lifestyle values of many West Indians that many outsiders have lost sight of… it’s shown in the common regard for one’s neighbors, the ‘good afternoon’s at every corner, the relaxed attitude that somehow transforms a stressful situation to a minor issue, the trust demonstrated in how quickly one will help another, and the knowledge of the people of how to sustain themselves with natural resources. I think the heart of any land is in the people. Though aside from the people, I absolutely love the warm weather, beaches and lush natural beauty the islands possess. Each of the Caribbean islands truly have their own unique aura– in landscape, music, language, food, and more.
Favorite thing/place to uncover: Jamaica may be my favorite island traveled thus far, but, living in Grenada has been a very special gift. Being an expat, it’s very easy to be in exploration mode in the beautiful Isle of Spice. Historical findings in its natural setting really get me going here! As well as anywhere close to water and the world down under. I’m a fish at heart!
A proud Jamaican native, Nicholas is a student of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. He’s an aspiring Sports Journalist, and would also love to work within the Tourism sector. He enjoys exploring his country, having travelled to all fourteen parishes; and is a firm believer that the only way one can truly appreciate their home country, is by way of exploration. He has a deep appreciation for culture, which is also embedded in his love for his country.
What I love about the Caribbean– The Caribbean boasts a rich cultural diversity that is unparalleled. The only thing that rivals this richness is the unique beauty of each territory. But what strikes me the most about the Caribbean is that without having visited all territories, you can undoubtedly admit that there is an identical solace that visiting the beaches in the Caribbean provides.
Favorite thing/place to uncover– My favorite place to uncover as it stands is of course my home country, and with each time I travel, my curiosity to uncover more places here in Jamaica is piqued.
Originally from the Netherlands, Candice is based in Long Island, NY with her roots in St. Kitts. Candice is a lover of all things travel and culture. She works as a lifeguard, swim instructor, swim team coach at a local recreation center and a teacher’s assistant at her alma matter high school, all while obtaining a graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has always had a love for language and culture but realized her love for carnival at the young age of 9 when she experienced her first Carnival in St. Kitts. Since then, she has been obsessed with the different genres of Caribbean music and the sweet sound of steel pan. In high school she became a part of the fun when performing at panorama and J’ouvert in Brooklyn, NY with a local steel band. Since then she pursued photography while studying abroad and exploring Europe, being one of the photographers for her university’s global studies department.
What I love about the Caribbean: Everything, especially the food! Whether it be exploring the country, conversing with natives, learning the language, experiencing the music, festivals or carnivals. Above all I enjoy seeing how locals view their piece of paradise, and I constantly aim to discover and experience everything the country has to offer.
Favorite thing/place to uncover: Authentic food, native/unique fruits, and secluded beaches. My latest two adventures to the Caribbean lead me to Anguilla, St. Barths, and St. Maarten. Although I usually don’t go back to the same place twice, especially not in a short time frame, I’ve managed to go back within 6 months, so I think its safe to say I really enjoyed those pieces of paradise.
You can also find Candice on Instagram.
Andrea’s lived in the Virgin Islands since 2005, when she moved from her home state of Ohio. She writes enticing travel stories for clients like MasterCard and JetBlue, writes in-depth features on Caribbean architecture for Maco magazine, and writes for and edits publications in the Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, and Bermuda.
What I love about the Caribbean: Culture. Yes, the beaches and natural beauty come in a close second, but above all else I love the food, the dialect, the music, and the Caribbean way of life. Playing Kadooment in Barbados in 2002 is what opened my eyes to this special region, prompting my move to St. John three years later.
Favorite thing/place to uncover: “Dominica. The rivers, waterfalls, and lushness of the island are enchanting. I’ve been there twice and I can’t wait for my next visit.”
Joe has been traveling since 1996. His two favorite places are The Caribbean and Italy. His favorite Caribbean Island is St Martin. He’s been a photographer most of his life, being given a camera at a young age, and started taking photography seriously a few years ago. He now shares his photos with us here at UYC and on his Facebook page Vacation Photography Too which some of the best the net has to offer of travel photos which includes some of his own work.
Joe lives in Upstate NY which allows him to go to New York City often for all it has to offer. He has taken many photos there and will continue to. He seldom goes anywhere without his camera. He is also a travel writer, musician, and craftsman, being in the construction trades most of his adult life.
What I love about the Caribbean?: The color of the water, the feel of the air, the breeze in my face, the food, the people, the sand, and the palm trees.
Favorite thing to uncover: The next best restaurant on the beach. After all, my wife and are are “foodies”.
Due to the growth of this site over the past several months, we are looking for additional Contributors.
So we are:
You! Yes You! Write For Uncover Your Caribbean.
Have you traveled to the Caribbean recently? Are you a local Caribbean expert? Would you like to contribute to Uncover Your Caribbean? Well, that’s just awesome, because we would love to feature your stories and photos on this blog as well as on our social media pages.
Whether you visited the Caribbean on vacation and want to share your story, or you live in the Caribbean and know your area well, then we welcome your contribution.
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