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Tropical Island Hopping in the Caribbean
40's - 50's and 60-plus Singles Vacation
Barbados - Trinidad - Grenada
March 8 - March 17, 2019
$3190*
The blue of the Caribbean waters, white sandy beaches and lush rainforests await you on our Tropical Island Hopping singles vacation. Barbados' boasts picturesque shorelines, calm ocean breezes, abundant wildlife and wonderful beaches. Creole culture, the birthplace of the steel drum and limbo, tar lake and the famous "bake and shark" await us in Trinidad. Enjoy the sound of the waves lapping against Grand Anse's soft sands in Grenada and the aroma of nutmeg and vanilla that fills the island air. Start island hopping and book your winter vacation in the warm sunny Caribbean with Best Single Travel.
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Inter-Island Flights Included

 

Caribbean Island Hopping Singles Vacation Itinerary

Radisson Aquatica BarbadosVacation Day 1 : Friday - Arrive Bridgetown, Barbados
Arrive at the Barbados airport and take the provided shuttle to the group's hotel, the Radisson Aquatica Resort, located on the stunning Carlisle Bay. Check-in to your partial ocean-view balcony room and relax on the beach until he group meet and greet tonight. Then we will go for a stroll by the beach and grab a bite to eat if you are hungry.

 

Vacation Day 2: Saturday - Barbados (Island Tour - Dinner Dance Show)
Harrison Cave BarbadosAfter breakfast we are off for a full day tour of Barbados. Harrison's Cave, St Nicolas Abbey and The Barbados Wild Life Reserve, will give us an introduction to the history, magnificent beauty, rich culture and amazing wildlife of this island. 
Our tour stops at Harrison's Cave where we will take a guided electric tram through winding tunnels, caverns, to view the stalactites and stalagmites which have been growing for many centuries and to see pools, waterfalls and streams.
After the majestic Caves, we drive the most spectacular scenic route to Bathsheba Beach, which sits on Barbados' west coast. A photographer's and surfer's paradise, Bathsheba has dramatic rock formations and abandoned homes. It is breathtakingly beautiful; wide white sand beaches stretch along a dramatic coastline of striking rock formations against.. What at first glance look Monkeys Barbados Wildlife Reservelike huge boulders washed up on the beach are actually rock formations broken away from ancient coral reef!
Then we make our way to St. Nicholas Abbey Plantation House, built in the 17th Century and one of just three Jacobean style mansions remaining in the Western Hemisphere. The Abbey’s 350-year history is filled with colorful tales of murder, love and intrigue; its owners have played pivotal roles in both Barbadian and American history. To top it off, the Abbey Plantation produces award winning rum and they will be delighted to offer us a taste.
Taste the flavors of Barbados as we enjoy a delicious Caribbean lunch before we move on to the Barbados Wild Life Reserve, a walk-through zoo with short paths that meander through a forest containing green monkeys and loads of sluggish red-footed turtles. Stroll freely among the harbour lights Barbadosanimals feeding and playing in their natural environment. Spot the green monkeys, agouti, caiman, and iguanas during our visit and make sure to walk through the onsite aviary to see its many colorful birds.
Fire eaters, limbo dancers, stilt-walkers, and more make our beach side welcome dinner a night to remember. A dance floor and live music let us join in the fun as we learn first-hand about Caribbean culture, while a barbecue dinner, open bar, and round-trip transfers from our hotel ensure an enjoyable and stress-free evening.

 

Vacation Day 3: Sunday - Barbados (Catamaran & Snorkel With Turtles / Beach Time)
snorkel turtle barbadosThis morning we snorkel with the Barbados famous Gentle Sea Turtles! Our three hour Catamaran cruise is a perfect way to see what Barbados has to offer underwater. Sail over crystal clear water and enjoy a light snack of Bajan Banana Bread. Slip into the Caribbean sea and snorkel with Green Sea Turtles and enjoy their calm tranquility as they swim by you. Next see one of Barbados best Underwater sights at our next stop, a sunken Ship Wreck. Some of the wrecks that rest in the waters are historically significant and others are this century, all are breathtaking to snorkel over. Enjoy the island views from the Catamaran as we sail along the coast of a tropical paradise.
Carlise Bay beachThis afternoon is your last chance to relax at our hotel pool or on the white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters of Needham's Point. Within walking distance of the hotel are a myriad of outdoor activities like swimming, snorkeling and paddleboarding. You can also walk to nearby shops or take a taxi to visit Bridgetown’s top attractions like the Pelican Village Craft Centre and the George Washington House.
Our last night in Barbados should be special, so let's check-out the nightlife and one of the finer restaurants in Bridgetown (dinner not included).

 

Vacation Day 4: Monday - Barbados to Port of Spain, Trinidad  (Caroni Swamp Bird Sanctuary Tour)
radison port of spainEnjoy our final morning in Barbados, sleep late or catch some rays at the beach. Time to check-out and transfer to the airport for our short flight to Trinidad, located in the southeastern West Indies. Part of a dual-island (Tobago is the other half) Caribbean nation near Venezuela, Trinidad has distinctive Creole traditions and cuisines. Upon arrival in Trinidad, the group will be transferred to the Radisson hotel, located in Trinidad’s capital and third largest city, Port of Spain.
Our Caroni Bird Sanctuary tour begins with a short drive to the protected 200-acres mangrove Caroni Bird Sanctuaryswamp. The sanctuary’s main attraction is the scarlet ibis, Trinidad’s national bird, which flies in just before dusk to feed and roost on the mangrove plants. Upon arrival we will board a large flat-bottomed boat and travel along the beautiful waterways admiring the unusual landscape, variety of birds, crustaceans and other wildlife. Our vantage point is great as we float in the lagoon to witness the protected brightly colored Scarlet Ibis feed and fly in unison to roost, a spectacular cloud of red against the evening sky. They settle in the mangroves as the sun is setting, the quiet atmosphere of the lagoon adding atmosphere to a memorable trip.

 

Vacation Day 5: Tuesday - Trinidad - (Maracas Beach Break / Steel Drums Night)
Maracas BeachDrive along the North Coast Road of Trinidad as we head toward the shores of the Caribbean Sea. Ride through the residential areas of St. Clair and Maraval, where colorful houses dot the hillsides. Take in impressive views of the Paramin Hills to the west and vast plantations of herbs and spices. A quick stop at the Maracas Lookout offers sweeping views of the surrounding bays and beaches.
The road comes to an end at Maracas Bay, a white-sand beach lined with towering coconut trees that's surrounded by lush, rainforest-blanketed slopes. Hop out into the sunshine and plop down on the sand to soak up some rays, or head straight to the turquoise waters for a refreshing swim. Let all of your cares slip away as you unwind and relax at this beach lover's paradise for a few hours.
Maracas Beach is known as the home to the wildly popular local street food known as bake and shark and there are a variety of vendors who prepare the tasty offering. The secret, they say, is in the sauce - the tamarind sauce, the pepper sauce, garlic sauce – as these give the edge in deciding the best bake and shark among the huts that sell them. 
steel drum bandTrinidad is the only country in the world that invented its own National Instrument – the Steel-drum. Tonight we will experience the steel-bands practice in their neighborhood open-air “pan-yards”. The “Renegades” pan-yard is a popular stop with locals who practice “pan-yard hopping”. Listen to the sounds of the steel-band play local Calypso or Soca, during regular practice there will be 20+ players. It is amazing that such a sophisticated instrument was made out of a simple oil-drum. Our pan-yard hopping experience continues as we make stops at a few other pan-yards in different areas of Port of Spain. Listen to the Steel-bands practice - each one with another level of musical expression and arrangement. Every yard has its own atmosphere and typical flair. Hang out with the locals, Trinidadian people (“Trinis”) are friendly and always up for a chat! 

 

Vacation Day 6: Wednesday - Trinidad  (South Island Tour)
Pitch Lake La BreaThe southern part of Trinidad island has many fascinating sites, including Pitch Lake in La Brea, one of only three tar lakes in the world. See the wonders of the Lake discovered by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1595. After breakfast we depart for the village of La Brea and Pitch Lake passing many small villages and Trinidad's second largest town, San Fernando. Spanning some 109 acres, the lake looks like very dark clay, with rough undulating patches. Its asphalt has been used to pave roads and airport runways around the world as well as numerous roads in several countries.
We can walk on the surface and you might feel it is alive – with its hissing and burping sounds. Small Hanuman Murtipools of water form on it during the rainy season and we can bathe in them. They contain high levels of sulfur and villagers claim they are the fountains of life, good for curing anything from skin conditions to joint pain.
Then we continue to Central Trinidad to visit the 85 foot Hanuman Murti, the largest such murti outside of India before going on to the Temple in the Sea. The Temple was the 25-year attempt of Siewdass Sadhu to construct a worship centre at no-man’s land – the sea. Sadhu was denied land to build his beloved temple and took his struggle offshore, toiling and unloading buckets of dirt into the Gulf in an effort to create artificial land.
Our last stop will be a family-owned pottery shop where we will see how they make their pottery items. Of course there is the opportunity to purchase.

 

Day 7:  Thursday - Trinidad to Grenada  (Beach / Snorkel Time)
radisson grenada beachAfter breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight to Grenada. Upon arrival in Grenada, we will drive to the group's hotel, the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort located on the famous Grand Anse beach. The beach is one of the most famous Grenadian landmarks and is overlooked by some of the island's best hotels, including ours.
This afternoon is time to relax and or snorkel at Grand Anse, Grenada’s signature beach. Known for its serene and calm conditions, Grand Anse is two miles of white sand, on the western, leeward side of the island, sheltered from high waves, strong currents and winds. 
grand anse beachJust a few feet into the water, we can pull on our snorkel and masks and discover a diverse system of marine life. The waters here are warm, almost always above 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and visibility is impeccable.  In these conditions we'll be able to see schools of vibrant fish, lobster, shrimp, coral beds, sea grass, and more.
Landlubbers can sample the local vendors' market, soak up the sunshine or simply watch the world go by.
Tonight we will stay close to the hotel, check-out the entertainment and have dinner (not included) at a restaurant on the beach.

 

Day 8:  Friday - Grenada (Island Tour / Band Night - Prickly Bay Marina )
Concord Falls GrenadaAfter breakfast we will tour Grenada island with our private guide on a half day tour. We'll stop at Concord Waterfall, located on Grenada’s west coast, it is situated on the edge of a forest reserve and therefore the water is crystal clear and ice cold. The Concord Waterfall is the first in a series of three but the only one accessible without hiking. Take a dip in the clear, chilly pool at the bottom of the falls, or just enjoy the peaceful rainforest surroundings.  Next we drive to the fishing village of Gouyave to visit the Nutmeg Processing Station, one of the island’s largest sites for processing on the island. Nutmeg is the spice for which Grenada — the Isle of Spice — is most famous.
Our next stop is the River Antoine Rum Distillery on Grenada’s northeast coast. The oldest functioning water-powered distillery in the Caribbean, River Antoine opened in the late 1700s and continues to produce its strong rum, available only in Grenada, using the original old-fashioned methods. Enjoy a sample of the potent liquor before we head southwest.
Grand Etang LakeGrand Etang Lake in Grand Etang National Park is a crater lake located in an extinct volcano surrounded by lush tropical forest and is part of the nature reserve. The scenery is breathtaking, with an array of flora and fauna which make up this rain forest. Take a few minutes to take pictures and admire the lush vegetation surrounding the lake before we drive back to our hotel.
Tonight is Party night at Prickly Bay Marina in St. George so that is where we will go for dinner (not included). Every Friday night they have an award winning Steel Pan Band starting at 6:30 PM, followed by a live band. There is something for everyone on the menu, which ranges from "the best pizza on the island" to grilled lobster.

 

Day 9:  Saturday - Grenada  (Beach Time / Farewell Dinner)
grand anse sunset grenadaOur last day in the Caribbean so let's hang out at the famous Grand Anse beach after enjoying a leisurely breakfast. This two-mile stretch of creamy-white sand overlooks a sheltered, azure-hued bay where bright red and yellow fishing boats burst with color. From Jenny’s Place at the northern tip to Kawana Bay at the very southern end, you will find a number of beach side bars and restaurants serving a variety of cold drinks and lunch. If you are looking for water sports, most dive shops offer a range of services including scuba-diving lessons, boat diving, boat trips, snorkel hire, ocean kayak and Hobie Cat hire.
Tonight enjoy the sunset and our Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant on the beach.

Day 10 - Sunday - Depart Grenada
Time to say goodbye to the beautiful Caribbean as another singles vacation comes to an end. Depart anytime today, and take the provided airport shuttle to the Grenada airport. Have a safe flight home.

 

Tropical Island Hopping in the Caribbean

 
Date: March 8 - March 17, 2019


Price: $3190


Singles Tour Includes

* 9-Night Accomodations
* Inter-Island Flights
* Breakfast Daily - 2 Lunches - 2 Dinners
* Dedicated Tour Leader (English speaking)

* Guided Tours, Activities and Admissions per itinerary
* Airport/Hotel Transfers on Tour Dates
* All Taxes and Surcharges

*The price per person is for a double room. Best Single Travel provides free roommate matching on all our vacations, so there is never a need to pay a "single supplement". If you wish to room alone it is an additional $1500

Not Included

* Air Flights
* Travel insurance
* Gratuities

 
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Balance Due January 8, 2019
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