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Nevis: Something For Everyone

When you tell others that you are traveling to Nevis, you may receive a puzzled look.  They may have heard of its sister island, St. Kitts, which lies just two miles off the coast, but Nevis has not come upon their radar.  Nevis is a 36 square-mile island, the center of which is Nevis Peak, rising to 3,232 feet.  Christopher Columbus…Read More

“Taking Better Travel Photos” – UPDATED for 2017!

Taking Better Travel Photos

  Four years ago, I wrote “Taking Better Travel Photos” to provide helpful tips to improve your travel photography no matter what gear you use.  I am excited to announce that I recently updated the book, including information on rules of composition, and providing additional information on “hot spots” for great photographs throughout the Caribbean. Some people say the rules…Read More

A Visit to Androsia Batik

Androsia Batik

Since the time I started planning a trip to Andros, I knew I wanted to visit Androsia Batik.  We had previously ordered from their online store, and picked up some items on a trip to Eleuthera, but I really wanted to see where and how it was made.  Courtesy of our taxi driver, Mr. Pinder, it was a short drive…Read More

Blue Holes of Andros, Bahamas

Andros Bahamas Blue Hole

You don’t go to Andros, Bahamas for the night life or casinos or shopping.  You go because of its natural beauty, the beaches, the wildlife, the wetlands, and the third largest barrier reef in the world. If you like to explore the natural environment, Andros is for you. One of the most interesting natural features of Andros are its blue…Read More

How to Get to Andros, Bahamas

When people ask where we’re headed for vacation, it often prompts two questions: (1) How did you hear of that place? and (2) How do you get there?  The first question is easy to answer.  I am an avid reader of all things Caribbean.  I love to search out new places and go to those places which are a little…Read More

Just Back from Andros, Bahamas

Andros Bahamas

We just returned from eight days in Andros, Bahamas, and a stay at the private island resort, Kamalame Cay.  We shot over 2000 digital images and just sent off 17 rolls of film to the lab, so come back soon for images and stories from our trip, including walking the beautiful beaches, snorkeling and diving the third largest barrier reef,…Read More

Travel to the Caribbean During Hurricane Season

Many people rule out a Caribbean vacation during the summer because they don’t want to travel during hurricane season.  Hurricane season officially begins June 1 and runs through November 30.  Every trip featured here on My Irie Time was taken either the beginning or end of hurricane season, and you would never know it by browsing through our photos.  Travel…Read More

Anguilla Week Starts Monday, May 9!

Anguilla Week

Follow us on Instagram for Anguilla Week, showcasing images from our most recent visit to Anguilla!  Loads of photos will be posted from some of our favorite beaches, restaurants, and other great places around the island.  We start on Monday, May 9, with a week full of images, to get you ready for Anguilla’s Lit Fest, scheduled for May 19-22,…Read More

Postcards from Jumby Bay, Antigua

Jumby Bay Antigua

January is here, and the temperatures are about to bottom out here in Wisconsin, so it’s nice to revisit our stay at Jumby Bay, Antigua.  This Rosewood resort delivers wonderful accommodations, food and drink, but most of all, phenomenal service.  Thanks to all at Jumby Bay for a great stay, and we’ll dreaming of you as the icicles form! Browse…Read More

Holiday Traditions

Wendy G. Gunderson

It’s the fourth week in November and I’m not wearing a bikini.  Or donning flip flops, or slathering on the sunscreen. In Wisconsin, that would be expected for this time of year, but for us, it’s a bit unusual.  It has been ten years since we haven’t traveled to the Caribbean at Thanksgiving.  With our oldest now in college, her free…Read More

Happy National Rum Punch Day! Top 10 Caribbean Rum Punches

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  What better way to celebrate National Rum Punch Day than a countdown of the best rum punches that the islands have to offer!  From the “sting” of the “Killer Bee” at Sunshine’s on Nevis, to the Sip Sip Rum Punch on Harbour Island Bahamas, to the “Special” Rum Punch at Smokey’s on Anguilla, see which one was our #1.…Read More

Travel For Less With The Anguilla Card

Anguilla has the reputation of being a high-end, expensive destination.  No island is a bargain, when you consider the costs of importing goods, but you can ease the load a bit and travel for less with the Anguilla Card.  The “discount card” for the island is the result of the ingenuity and hard work of Nori Evoy, whose website, Anguilla…Read More

Underwater Camera Review: Comparison of Olympus Tough TG-3 and TG-4

Recently, Olympus rolled out the latest version of its Tough camera, the Olympus Tough TG-4. This camera stands out among its competitors for offering RAW capture in an underwater compact camera at a reasonable price. We shot both the predecessor, the Olympus Tough TG-3 (our previous review here), and the new camera, the TG-4, on our recent trip to Antigua…Read More

Dining and Cocktails at Jumby Bay, Antigua

It seems too simple to call it “food and drink” at Rosewood’s Jumby Bay, Antigua.  It was like fine dining at every meal, and a wide variety of cocktails at each of the resort bars. Let’s start with breakfast.  Served daily at the Estate House restaurant, you have a variety of choices at the buffet, a menu of breakfast favorites,…Read More

An Afternoon in Codrington, Barbuda

“Look for the propane tanks.”  Those were the directions to Codrington, Barbuda’s only grocery store.  Barbuda was not known for having a lot of signs, probably because everyone already knows where to go.  Codrington is the only settlement on the island, and home to the vast majority of islanders.  It is not “designed for tourists,” and some people may be…Read More

Lighthouse Bay Resort, Barbuda

“Are you going to walk six miles in this direction or six miles in that direction?”  If that’s the toughest question you have on any given day, you are a very lucky person.  There are places in the Caribbean which are undeveloped, and the beauty of the place is the fact that it is untouched, unspoiled by human hands, but it’s not so…Read More

The Natural Beauty of Barbuda

Best of the Caribbean

“Barbuda, the land where time stands still.”  My husband laughed as the airport agent made this comment while checking our passports and boarding passes in the Antigua airport.  In response, the agent replied, “No, I’m serious.  It’s really beautiful there.”  We had hoped that Barbuda would live up to those expectations.  I had read about the 17-mile-long beach, the bird…Read More

How to Get to Barbuda

Barbuda’s miles of beaches remain unspoiled perhaps because it’s not terribly obvious how to get there, and even if you have some information about how to get there, getting ahold of the people you need to contact isn’t always easy.  Having just returned from our trip to Barbuda and Antigua, let me offer our experience in traveling, and fill you…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean

Come along for a taste of our favorite dishes from the Caribbean islands.  You’ll be tempted by  the refreshing conch salad of the Turks & Caicos islands, with the conch pulled from the sea right in front of your eyes.  Explore the foodie paradise of the island of Anguilla, with the best chefs of the world preparing everything from escargot…Read More

Postcards from the Islands

I love to collect postcards.  When I travel on business, I stop into local antique stores and take a look around, especially for postcards from the Caribbean.  Many of these cards date back to a time when zip codes weren’t used.  You just wrote the city, or city and state, and your card found its way to the right place.…Read More

Family Travel: How to Pick the Perfect Caribbean Hotel

Perfect Caribbean Hotel

When we look toward traveling to a new island, one of the first choices we make is the hotel, and picking the perfect hotel for your family is no easy task.  Picking the perfect resort, villa, or hotel requires research and consideration of what you need, and more importantly, what you don’t need, to make your vacation a happy one.…Read More

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day from My Irie Time.  These two green vervet monkeys from the island of Nevis were getting in the spirit.  More love for and from the island of Nevis in our trip report here. SaveSave All words and images ©2006-2017 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission is prohibited. For licensing information, please send inquiries via the…Read More

My Choice for Best Travel Tripod: Review of Gitzo Mountaineer GT 0532

Gitzo Mountaineer GT 0532 Tripod

You will probably see a lot of posts about the “best travel tripod” if you were like me and you were struggling to make a decision as to which to choose. Some articles were more informative than others. What I gleaned from what I read was that what was the “best travel tripod” for one photographer, was not the “best”…Read More

Follow us on Instagram!

Follow us on Instagram!  All the kids are doing it, so it’s time we join in!  Although “instant” photography is not really our thing, we’ll get in the spirit of things, and upload some of our favorite shots to Instagram.  If the film photographers can do it, so can we.  Please follow us as we post photos from our family’s…Read More

Take Me Back to the CuisinArt Resort, Anguilla

CuisinArt Resort, Anguilla

Coming back to The CuisinArt was like coming home again.  We stayed here on our very first trip to Anguilla in 2007.  I still remember the doorman calling to us as we ventured out for our first bit of driving on the island, “Left is right, right is wrong!” It’s a family-friendly resort that’s not too stuffy and not at…Read More

Top Ten Irie Moments of 2014

We travel over Thanksgiving and every year give thanks for all we have.  We find ourselves doing the same at the year’s end.  We are thankful for the wonderful people we have met and the great adventures we have had together.  Join us for our New Year’s Eve countdown of our top ten irie moments of 2014! #10  Learning New…Read More

Spirits of the Caribbean: Sands, Bahamas

It’s National Beer Day here in the United States, the day we celebrate the Cullen-Harrison Act, signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which went into effect on April 7, 1933.  The Cullen-Harrison Act legalized the sale of 3.2% beer and wine, which had been prohibited by the 1919 Volstead Act.  Subsequently, Congress passed the Blaine Act, which enacted…Read More

Spirits of the Caribbean: Goombay Smash, Bahamas

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Welcome back to Eleuthera, as “Spirits of the Caribbean” enjoys a Goombay Smash at Tippy’s.  Made from a mix of pineapple juice, orange juice, and coconut rum, this refreshing cocktail will remind you you’re in the islands.  Said to be the national drink of the Bahamas, the Goombay Smash was created by Miss Emily of Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar,…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Spicy Conch Chili, Harbour Island, Bahamas

Taste of the Caribbean takes us to Harbour Island in the Bahamas, a short 10-minute boat ride from the northern end of Eleuthera.  This island known best for the famous Pink Sand Beach on its eastern shore, is also home to some fantastic restaurants, including Sip Sip, known for cocktails and gossip, “sip sip,” but also for delicious food by…Read More

Spirits of the Caribbean: Rum Bubba, Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, Bahamas

The Rum Bubba is a Friday Night tradition in the town of Governor’s Harbour in central Eleuthera.  Every Friday night, locals and tourists alike partake of the weekly fish fry and its famous cocktail, the Rum Bubba.  Come with us as we explore all the food and drink offered on the Caribbean’s friendliest island in part six of our Eleuthera…Read More

Spirits of the Caribbean: Sip Sip Rum Punch, Harbour Island, Bahamas

  This “Spirit of the Caribbean” can be found steps away from the famous Pink Sand Beach on Harbour Island, Bahamas.  This is the Sip Sip Rum Punch, a perfect blend of pineapple, guava, and passion fruit juices which make this rum punch a winner.  For more on why Sip Sip is one of our Favorite Beach Bars, read more…Read More

Is That Sand Really Pink?

If you read our posts on Eleuthera, you can tell that we loved the pink sand.   I had seen many photos of French Leave Beach and Harbour Island before our visit and some looked a bit unreal – – almost a cotton candy hue.  I suspected that many of these images are the result of a heavy hand on…Read More

Our Complete Eleuthera Trip Report

Our Eleuthera trip report is now complete!  Click to read! Travel with us as we make our way to and around the island.  Visit our home away from home, the beautiful two-bedroom, Whel-Appointed villa. Enjoy the tapas and seemingly endless cocktails at our favorite beach bar on Eleuthera, The Beach House on French Leave Beach.  Join us as we take a walking…Read More

Eleuthera Trip Report Part 6: Local Food and Drink

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No trip report is complete without talking about the food and drink.  Vacation is not just about the beach and the ocean.  We need to recharge!  We tried a wide variety of local food and drink, from local stands off the side of the road to the pricier restaurants which you read about in the magazines.  Let’s get started! Friday…Read More

Eleuthera Trip Report Part 5: Day Trip to Harbour Island a/k/a A Tale of Supermodels and Superheroes

It’s time for a day trip! The fifth part of our Eleuthera trip report takes us on a day trip to another of the islands of the Bahamas, Harbour Island.  Harbour Island, “Briland” to the locals, is located just a mile or two off the coast of Eleuthera.  Although it is only 3-1/2 miles long and 1-1/2 miles wide, the…Read More

Eleuthera Trip Report Part 1: “Eleuthera, It’s Not for Everyone” Because Not Everyone Likes Beautiful, Unspoiled Beaches, Great Food & Friendly People

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I always wondered about that slogan, “Eleuthera, It’s Not for Everyone.”  Eleuthera has beautiful beaches.  Eleuthera has fresh seafood, lovingly prepared by friendly people, people always interested in if you are enjoying your visit and willing to help you along the way.   There are no big grocery stores or Hertz or Avis rental cars. You shop at local, family-owned…Read More

Dia de los Muertos

In college, having the day after Halloween off from school was a blessing, although I really had not known of the holy day before starting Marquette.  All Saints Day or All Souls Day,  November 1, celebrates those who have passed before us.  In Mexico, the day is known as Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, celebrating the…Read More

TV Land Meets the British Virgin Islands

How often do you travel to the Caribbean and happen upon a group of beloved television characters?  It’s only happened once, on our visit to The Last Resort, Bellamy Cay, British Virgin Islands. First, how do you get there?  I can’t help you navigate by sea, but by land, get yourself to Trellis Bay on Beef Island, just a quick…Read More

“Z” is for Zymurgy

Wendy G. Gunderson

All good things must come to an end, as does our Caribbean “A” to “Z” series, with the letter “Z” for zymurgy, a word everyone should have in their Scrabble or Hangman vocabulary.  Zymurgy is the science of brewing beer, the branch of applied chemistry dealing with the fermentation process.  The Caribbean is home to some of our favorite brews…Read More

“Y” is for Yuletide

Wendy G. Gunderson

We generally travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, and at that time, preparations for the holidays has already begun in the Caribbean.  If you travel to the Caribbean in December, you have your choice of festive events. Here are just a few links to places where you can learn more about Christmas traditions in Jamaica, Barbados, Martinique, Curacao, Trinidad, and throughout…Read More

“W” is for Watersports

Wendy G. Gunderson

The Caribbean’s best attraction after the beach is the water that surrounds it.  The region offers a variety of watersports for you to enjoy, including surfing, swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, and stand-up paddleboarding.   This shop in Trellis Bay on Beef Island, British Virgin Islands, just a few minutes from the airport, offers instruction in kiteboarding, surfing, kayak tours, and…Read More

“V” is for Virgin Gorda

Wendy G. Gunderson

Virgin Gorda was given its name by Christopher Columbus, who believed the shape of the island looked like a well-rounded woman reclining, or a “fat virgin.” The island is the third largest, and second most populous island in the British Virgin Islands, home to approximately 3600 residents.  The most famous attraction on Virgin Gorda, and perhaps all of the British…Read More

“S” is for Sailing

Wendy G. Gunderson

Sailing and the Caribbean go together like peas and carrots.  Initially, solely a form of transportation, sailing is now primarily for recreation and sport. Some of my favorite Caribbean bloggers are people who have decided to see the Caribbean by sail.  Their websites are filled with beautiful images of the islands, along with the nuts and bolts of this method…Read More

“P” is for Palm

Wendy G. Gunderson

When we think of the Caribbean, we think of tall palm trees, slightly curved, at the edge of a white sand beach.  When we look a little closer, we realize that the palm family, botanical family Arecaceae or Palmaceae, consists of 2600 different species.   Historically, palms have symbolized victory and triumph.  The Romans celebrated victory in games and in war with an…Read More

Top Ten Things To Do in the Caribbean

Time to daydream a bit.  When work gets a bit dull, it’s easy to glide over to Facebook or Twitter, and think about what you would rather be doing right now.  If you really had to narrow it down to a list, and put them in order of priority, what makes your top ten?  Here’s our list: #10  Cocktails and…Read More

“E” is for Eleuthera

Eleuthera, one of the out islands of the Bahamas, is our next destination.  In preparation for our trip, I have begun doing some research on the island, which includes reading a well-regarded history of the islands by Mrs. Everild Young, later known as Mrs. Everild Helweg-Larsen (1909-1992), a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.  Mrs. Larsen, a native of England,…Read More

One Question from Kristin Mock

Wendy G. Gunderson

Travel writer and teacher, Kristin Mock, author of the insightful travel blog, kristinmock.com, interviewed me for her new feature, “One Question.” Kristin’s question for me was the topic of photographing people. You can read the feature on Kristin’s site here: http://kristinmock.com/one-question-with-wendy-gunderson-photographing-people/# As a photographer and a woman, how do you best approach people you’d like to take pictures of when you…Read More

BVI Trip Report Part Four: Anegada

It’s time for a road trip, island style, as we take a day trip to Anegada.  Anegada is a bit unlike its companions in the British Virgin Islands.  Unlike the other inhabited islands in the BVI chain which are volcanic in origin and mountainous in appearance, Anegada is composed of coral and limestone.  The terrain is so close to sea…Read More

BVI Trip Report Part Two: Marina Cay

Part Two of our BVI Trip Report takes us to Marina Cay, a small island about half a mile off Scrub Island.  Marina Cay is home to Pusser’s Marina Cay, a great bar and restaurant.  I knew I wanted to visit Marina Cay because I had seen photos of the red telephone box on the dock and thought it would…Read More

BVI Trip Report Part One: Scrub Island

Wendy G. Gunderson

Welcome to Part One of our five-part trip report of our November 2012 trip to the British Virgin Islands.  Our trip report will be broken down by island, covering Scrub Island, Tortola/Beef Island, Marina Cay, Anegada, and Virgin Gorda.  First things first – the reason we came to the BVI – Scrub Island, or more particularly Scrub Island Resort.  Some…Read More

Aragorn’s Fireballs

The fireballs at Aragorn’s Studio, Trellis Bay, Beef Island, Tortola, are lit for the monthly full moon parties, but we were able to see at least one aflame on evening visits to Trellis Bay.  I would love one of these for my backyard!     All words and images ©2006-2017 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission is prohibited.…Read More

Liz Pereira – Pereira Tours

I first met Liz Pereira as a “MyIslands Legend” and merciful overlord of the MyIslands site for St. Kitts and Nevis.  We were planning our November 2011 trip to Nevis, and I spent quite a bit of time on the forum gathering information about restaurants and sites to see around the island, and enjoying the trip reports of forum members.…Read More

Eden Johnson of She-Travels.com

There are so many people in the travel industry, that you don’t often meet someone who stands out from the crowd.  However, recently, I came to know a woman who so impressed me that I thought she was an ideal subject for an “Island Profiles.”  Eden Johnson is the woman behind “She-Travels.com,” a site dedicated to Caribbean travel for women.…Read More

Feel at Home at Meads Bay Beach Villas, Anguilla

We have visited Anguilla three times, in 2007, 2009, and 2010. We stayed at The CuisinArt the first year, Meads Bay Beach Villas in 2009, and Anacaona in 2010. Meads Bay Beach Villas had the most luxurious accommodations, hands down. The four villas are staggered back from the beach, so Villa #1 is right on the beach and #2 is…Read More

Favorite Island Bloggers

I enjoy reading about the islands and quite a few folks share that passion.  Here are some of my favorites! [imagemap map=”imgmap_css_container_imgmap2012824215227″ direct=1 id=”imgmap2012824215227″ img=”http://myirietime.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Bloggers.jpg”] [area shape=rect alt=”Uncommon Caribbean” title=”Uncommon Caribbean” url=”http://www.uncommoncaribbean.com/”]442,25,803,65[/area] [area shape=rect alt=”Coastlines and Tanlines” title=”Coastlines and Tanlines” url=”http://www.coastlines-tanlines.com/”]476,71,820,108[/area] [area shape=rect alt=”Caribbean Travel and Life” title=”Caribbean Travel and Life” url=”http://www.caribbeantravelmag.com/blogs”]502,116,913,156[/area] [area shape=rect alt=”Anguilla Beaches” title=”Anguilla Beaches” url=”http://www.anguilla-beaches.com/Anguilla-blog.html”]534,160,822,201[/area] [area…Read More

Just One Day: Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands

“Just One Day” takes us to Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos Islands.  The Turks & Caicos Islands include 40 islands and cays, eight of which are inhabited.  Grand Turk is the center of government for the islands, but the islands are probably best known for the island of Providenciales, home to what is often regarded as one of the…Read More

Just One Day: Nevis

“Just One Day” takes us to Nevis.  Nevis is a 36 square-mile island, the center of which is Nevis Peak, which rises 3,232 feet.  Nevis was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, and was called “Nuestra Senora de Las Nieves” which means “Our Lady of the Snows,” a description of the small cloud which is nearly always present around the peak,…Read More

Handmade Baskets: Middle Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands

  When people think of the Turks & Caicos Islands, they often think of Providenciales, the tourism center of the islands, famous for the gorgeous stretch of powdery sand which is Grace Bay Beach.  The Turks & Caicos Islands are actually 40 islands and cays, 8 of which are inhabited.  Among the inhabited islands is Middle Caicos, known for the…Read More

Collector’s Item: Anguilla’s Pyrat Rum

I noticed these as I was cleaning up the kitchen (yeah, it happens, Father’s Day and maybe my husband’s birthday).  The discovery brought both a smile and a bit of sadness, as the Pyrat Rum factory on Anguilla is no more. Gone is my favorite orange-flavored rum, Savage.  You can still get Pyrat Rum, but you won’t find the factory…Read More

Traveling With Your Special Needs Child

Wendy G. Gunderson

Our family loves to travel, but there was a time when we wondered if it was something that we could do.  Our son has been diagnosed with expressive-receptive disorder, which impairs his ability to communicate and understand language.  Because of this, verbal control wasn’t always an available option.  You might physically have to demonstrate something or stop him from doing…Read More

Paradise Found at The Cuisinart Resort, Anguilla

Wendy G. Gunderson

We first traveled to Anguilla in 2007.  When we arrived, the sun had set at Blowing Point Harbour.  By the time we arrived at our destination, the Cuisinart Resort, it was dark outside.  We awoke the next morning to a spectacular sunrise over St. Martin, which you will see in the image above.  The Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa, the…Read More

Conch Knocking

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Courtesy of Da Conch Shack, on Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos Islands, is this beautifully prepared conch salad, pulled fresh from the ocean.  Once the conch shell hits the work table, they knock a hole in the top of the shell, to expose the tendon which holds the conch inside.  In one swift motion with his knife, the tendon…Read More

Favorite Beach Bars: Smokey’s, Anguilla

Wendy G. Gunderson

When I first started writing the series on my favorite beach bars, Smokey’s at the Cove, Cove Bay, Anguilla, was at the top of my list.  I have waited to write this, only because I feared not being able to do it justice.  Smokey’s was the bar that made me fall in love with the Caribbean.  There was something about…Read More

Favorite Beach Bars: Chevy’s and Double Deuce, Nevis

Wendy G. Gunderson

One great thing about staying at the Four Seasons on Nevis is that there are great beach bars located a short walk from the resort.  We arrived on Nevis just as the sun was setting, and after changing clothes, we headed out in search of something to eat.  We had started the day with a 3:00 a.m. wakeup call and…Read More

Favorite Beach Bars: Gwen’s Reggae Grill, Anguilla

Wendy G. Gunderson

I had heard about Gwen’s Reggae Grill before our first trip to Anguilla in 2007, but we didn’t actually make it there until 2009.  Gwen’s is located somewhat apart from the hustle and bustle of bars and restaurants that you immediately see when you arrive at Shoal Bay East, a gorgeous stretch of sand and water on Anguilla’s north coast. …Read More

Favorite Beach Bars: Sand Bar, Anguilla

Wendy G. Gunderson

I’ve said many times that the Anguilla Guide Forum never steers me wrong.  It’s a great resource on travel to Anguilla, where to stay, where to eat, and pretty much everything you need to know and more about travel to the island.  After our 2009 trip, the forum was buzzing with talk about a new place in Sandy Ground called…Read More

Favorite Beach Bars: Dune Preserve, Anguilla

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The secret is out.  Well, it wasn’t really a secret.  You don’t get the honor of #1 Beach Bar in the World without having been noticed by a few people.  When we first visited Anguilla in November of 2007, we stayed at the Cuisinart Resort, just steps from the best beach bar in the world, Dune Preserve.  We learned of…Read More

Favorite Beach Bars: Sunshine’s Beach Bar, Nevis

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When you tell people you just got back from Nevis, they either ask, “Where is Nevis?” or “Did you get a Killer Bee from Sunshine’s?” Sunshine’s Beach Bar is an institution on Pinney’s Beach, just a short walk from the Four Seasons.  We arrived on Nevis just as the sun was setting, and after being shown to our rooms, we…Read More

Favorite Beach Bars: Da Conch Shack, Providenciales

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It has been said that food always tastes better with your feet in the sand.  That’s true, and it tastes even better if you can have a rum punch in your hand while you watch them pull your meal from the sea.  At Da Conch Shack in the Blue Hills area of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, you can experience…Read More

CoPA Members Show: April 20 through May 12, 2012

The image below, taken on the walk to Sunshine’s Beach Bar in Nevis, will be featured in the Seventh Annual Members’ Show of the Coalition of Photographic Arts (CoPA). The CoPA show opens on Gallery Night, Friday, April 20, 2012, and runs through May 12, 2012, at 262 East Menomonee Street, in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, just across the street from…Read More

Crime in the Caribbean

All over the news today was the story about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer being robbed at knife-point in his vacation home in Nevis.  Immediately, there were commentaries questioning the safety of travel to the Caribbean.  Having recently returned from nine days on Nevis, I have to say that I never feared for my safety or felt uncomfortable, and…Read More

$1US = $2.70EC Eastern Caribbean and US Dollars

The Eastern Caribbean Dollar is the official currency of eight of the nine members of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.  Those countries include Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.  The exception is the British Virgin Islands, whose official currency is the U.S. dollar.  We have been…Read More

Nevis – Part One: Four Seasons Nevis

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Our nine days on Nevis were spent at the Four Seasons Nevis, located on Pinney’s Beach on the west side of the island.  For more details on our stay and what the Four Seasons has to offer, click here to read more… All words and images ©2006-2017 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission is prohibited. For licensing information,…Read More

Taking it Easy at Smokey’s

Smokey’s at the Cove, Anguilla, serves up great food and drink, and on Saturday’s all that comes with the music of The Musical Brothers.  To find out why Smokey’s is one of our favorite beach bars, read on… SaveSave All words and images ©2006-2017 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission is prohibited. For licensing information, please send inquiries…Read More

Join the Party at Anacaona, Meads Bay, Anguilla

On Thursday nights at Anacaona Boutique Hotel, Meads Bay, Anguilla, you can enjoy an Anguillan buffet along with a performance of the Mayoumba Folkloric Theatre, a show of stories and songs portraying the history of the island.  In this scene, the topic is the influence of rum!  Anacaona recently announced the addition of a new show, “The Night of Dance,”…Read More

Anguilla Heritage Trail

Opening in June of 2010, the Anguilla Heritage Trail was a joint project supported by the Anguilla Archaeological and Historical Society (AAHS), the Anguilla National Trust (ANT), the Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB), the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association (AHTA) and individual and corporate donors.  The trail consists of ten stops around the island of historical significance, designated by a marker of…Read More

Hydroponic Vegetables at the Cuisinart, Anguilla

Dr. Howard Resh explains how to grow so many great fresh vegetables and herbs in the regular sun and heat on Anguilla.  All that sun is great when you are on the beach with a drink in your hand, but extreme temperatures make it difficult to maintain a crop.  Cuisinart operates a hydroponic farm where they grow vegetables and herbs in…Read More

What Waves Look Like With a Neutral Density Filter

Taken in front of the beach at The Viceroy, Meads Bay, Anguilla, November 2010, using the 77mm Fader ND Mark II filter.  For more on the filters in my bag, read here… SaveSave SaveSave All words and images ©2006-2017 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission is prohibited. For licensing information, please send inquiries via the Contact page.  

Enjoy the Guavaberry on Sint Maarten

On a trip to Sint Maarten, the Dutch half of the island also occupied by the French St. Martin, good friends of ours shared with us their love of Guavaberry, a liquor traditional to the island. Guavaberry liquor is made from oak-aged rum, cane sugar, and wild Sint Maarten guavaberries found high in the hills on the island.  Give it…Read More

“Been to Barbados”

Have you “been to Barbados?” I am reading “And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails ” by Wayne Curtis, a book suggested by Carlton Grooms of “Coastlines and Tan Lines.”  I just came across a passage where the author recounts that Benjamin Franklin, the publisher of the “Pennsylvania Gazette,” printed up 228 different words…Read More

The Beginning

The beginning of My Irie Time This was the very first image posted on My Irie Time when I began this blog in 2011.  I first started sharing images online in 2007, when a friend convinced me to join Flickr and come along on monthly photowalks with our local Cream City photographers group. We found ourselves traveling to the Caribbean…Read More