Caribbean Travel + Life Readers Name the 2011 Best of the Caribbean
December 15, 2010
Winter Park, Fla. — With more than 250,000 individual votes cast, Bonnier Corp.'s Caribbean Travel + Life revealed today its readers' favorites in its annual Best of the Caribbean special issue (Jan./Feb. 2010), on newsstands Dec. 21. All 24 award recipients, including the biggest winner, Puerto Rico, will be featured in the magazine and will be honored at the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association's Caribbean Marketplace on Jan. 16-18, 2011, in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Puerto Rico edged out Jamaica and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, for the top-destination prize. Puerto Rico also picked up several honorable mentions in multiple categories, including Best Shopping; Best Adventure Destination; and Best Natural Attraction or Park. In the lodging categories, Puerto Rico also had honorable mentions for Best Small Hotel; Best Midsize Hotel; Best Resort Spa; Best Bang for the Buck Resort; and Best Mega-resort.
The editors of Caribbean Travel + Life have spent the past 25 years scouring the Caribbean to find the region's best beaches, hotels, restaurants and attractions. Each year, Caribbean Travel + Life invites its readers to vote for their favorites in the annual Best of the Caribbean Readers' Choice awards.
Caribbean Travel + Life publisher Guy Britton says, "The response for the 2011 awards was overwhelming, with more than 17,000 registered voters."
For the first time, the awards will be presented at CHTA's Caribbean Marketplace, which is widely regarded as the most important marketing event in the region. The CHTA represents the entire spectrum of the hospitality industry's private sector, including 36 national hotel associations across the Caribbean region, more than 850 hotel members with approximately 125,500 rooms, and more than 600 supplier companies represented as allied members.
Published nine times a year by Bonnier Corp., Caribbean Travel + Life also produces a Caribbean travel website, CaribbeanTravelMag.com, and a television series, Caribbean Travel + Life's Affordable Luxury, that airs on the Discovery Channel, Discovery HD Theater, Sun Sports and CaribVision.
Bonnier Corp. (www.bonniercorp.com) is one of the largest consumer publishing groups in America and is the leading media company serving passionate, highly engaged audiences, through 50 special-interest magazines and related multimedia projects and events. Bonnier Corp. is the U.S. division of the Bonnier Group (www.bonnier.com), a 200-year-old family-owned media group based in Sweden with business operations in 25 countries.
Best Festival: Trinidad Carnival
Best Island to Live On: St. John, USVI
Best Happy Hour: Rick's Café, Jamaica
Best Luxury Resort: Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
Best Family Resort: Atlantis, Bahamas
Best Rum: Cruzan
Best Beer: Red Stripe
Best Shopping: St. Thomas, USVI
Best Adventure Destination: Belize
Best Snorkeling & Diving: Belize
Best Small Hotel: Little Cayman Beach Resort
Best Midsize Hotel: Caneel Bay, St. John, USVI
Best Restaurant: The Cliff, Barbados
Best Golf Resort: Four Seasons, Nevis
Best Resort Spa: Silver Rain, Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Best Beach: Seven-Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
Resort With the Best View: Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
Best Bang for the Buck Resort: Beaches Turks & Caicos
Best Mega-resort: Atlantis, Bahamas
Best All-Inclusive Resort: Beaches Turks & Caicos
Best Island for Celebrity-Watching: St. Barts
Best Natural Attraction or Park: Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, USVI
Best Romantic Resort: Jade Mountain, St. Lucia