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Which water sports to enjoy in a Caribbean vacation? (Part 2)

Once you emerge inside the cave, you will be able to admire the breathtaking view of the light through the gaps above. The cave is beautiful but the underwater world is outstanding. Lighted up by the rays of the sun, colorful fish swim around the reef and you feel like you’re in a giant bowl of fish.

Ray – Belize Alley Shark

If you’ve ever wanted a encounter with sharks and rays, then don’t miss Shark Ray Alley off the coast of Ambergris Cay in Belize. Belize is famous for scuba diving, and going out to the Blue Hole is an unforgettable experience, but swimming with nurse sharks and rays is one of the most uplifting and thrilling experiences we’ve ever had in life.

The nurse sharks seem to love human interaction and the rays welcome the divers as they swim towards them to touch their incredible wingspan. Attracted for years by fishermen cleaning up their catches, Shark Ray Alley has lots of sharks and rays that are still rushing towards the boats looking for scrap.

Coral reefs are full of not only sharks and rays, but also colorful fish from Barracuda to clownfish – all in balance and harmony in the sea. As our guide told us, today, don’t think of fish burgers, instead meet all my friends and shark photos and fish in a new way. When we look at the fish in the sea, we see that they all have a littler personality. They seem playful and full of joy and that’s exactly how we feel.

Underwater horseman – Dominican Republic

It’s interesting to mention our list of Caribbean water sports to try. While on our journey, one of our stops was La Romana Dominican and it was here that we signed up for the trip like the greatest adventure on the island, The Adventure Riders Adventure. Having the opportunity to drive your own zodiac on the breaking waves is a thrilling experience and it lives up to the hype.

The Jewels of Caribbean Archipelago That Offer Online Sportsbook Licenses (Part 3)

Antigua’s Regulatory Bodies

The Division of Gaming belongs to the Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC), monitors the regulation. This department functions in compliance with international law, under the legal framework as stipulated by the Global Business Corporations Act and the Interactive Gaming and Interaction Betting Legislations.

To maximize efficiency – and enable the best service to the businesses they work with – the FSRC signed a MoU with the Kahnawake Gaming Commission to allow licensed operator applying for an Inter-Jurisdictional Authorization, for hosting their business in either domain.

Antigua’s Gaming Laws – a Nexus of Internal Controversy

In 2017, a disagreement raised between Antigua and the United States of America in the wake of the hurricanes that devastated the Caribbean islands.

Some nations, including the United States, have claimed that, if a sports wagering transaction is initiated outside of Antigua, that transaction should be governed within the boundaries of the nation where it was generated.

This argument has been brought to the World Trade Organization (WTO) ans has been resolutely rejected as incorrect. Despite this, domestic US matters over online gambling (along with pressure with local casinos) caused the US to crackdown on online gambling in the beginning of 2000s.

In response to this action, which had a significant impact on Antigua’s strong but not exceptionally diverse economy, Antigua brought the case to the WTO in 2004. WTO declared that the US illegally violated the trade commitments with Antigua. As the result, Antigua had been unjustly gained of trade revenue from the US with $21 million.

The US has consistently tried to oppose to this decision but the WTO has sided very clearly with Antigua, not believing the US should be entitled to undue influence and interference in foreign countries.

The US has not paid Antigua the full amount which cumulative amount is estimated to be close to $200 million. This has been nearly fifteen-year since the dispute began. Antigua direly needs the money that they are rightfully owed to rebuild their economy after the extreme natural disaster.

6 exciting sports activities in Northern Michigan of the Caribbean islands (Part 1)

Want to have a beach vacation that offers world class scuba diving, secluded beaches and unlimited water sports? This may sound like somewhere in the Caribbean, but a summer in Northern Michigan offers that! Michigan is blessed with four of the five great lakes, all of which create water lovers’ playgrounds for adventurers.

Michigan is the perfect place for water sports. There are some exciting water sports in Northern Michigan as follows. Let’s check out and see which activities should you try when visiting Northen Michigan.

You don’t have to leave the mainland to enjoy your Caribbean vacation. These underwater adventures will help you make the most of your summer in Northern Michigan. So grab a glass of margarine, put an umbrella into the cup, sit back and enjoy the incredible underwater adventures in the Caribbean that you can do in UP.

Scuba diving

If you want to feel like you’re heading to the Caribbean, an island escape is a great way to set the mood. Beaver Island is the largest island in Lake Michigan and has water sports, sunset dinners and deserted beaches. The trip to Beaver Island took us on an adventure on the islands with Mike Weede of Paradise Bay Charters, where we dived to explore some old wrecks.

The Great Lake is a mecca for scuba diving because countless boats litter the lake bed. Visibility has increased over the years due to the zebra mussels clinging to ships from the European Caspian Sea. The ships that once sat in the murky fog now sit in clear water with views of up to 100 feet.

After a day on the water, head to Beaver Island Lodge for a sunset dinner with an innovative menu designed by Chef James Mason. This local dish offers pairs of wine and creative cocktails with their menu.

The Jewels of Caribbean Archipelago That Provide Online Sportsbook Licenses (Part 1)

Many of the longest and strongest reputations sportsbooks house themselves outside of the United States, in the Caribbean islands such as Antigua, Costa Rica, and Curacao. Each of which offers online sportsbook licenses and cooperates with regulatory bodies to ensure legitimacy, safety, and highest satisfaction for bettors.If you are interested in knowing more about the nuances of each of these licensing regions and how they coordinate with sportsbooks to enable the best sports betting experiences for clients all over the globe, keep reading!

Antigua
A small island and former British colony situated in the West Indies, Antigua is a famous location of operations for many online sportsbooks.
Antigua is popular both regionally and internationally for its unique ports that are geographically suitable for natural protection and shelter from extreme weather conditions. Just as Antigua is a safe haven for stranded sailors in need of shelters to avoid extreme weather, it similarly enables protection and a secure venue of operation for numerous sportsbooks.

Antigua Was the Pioneer in Offering Online Sportsbooks Licenses
Antigua was one of the first nations to legalize online sportsbooks, publishing its first license to an online sportsbook since 1994. By 1996, the nation organized 15 online sportsbooks. At its the highest period, Antigua’s online gaming industry recruited over 5,000 people, which was a significant proportion of the country’s workforce. Generating over $3.5 billion in annual revenue, the online sports betting industry focus on call center operations, marketing, and the Information Technology sector.

This small island nation has created a model for other nations on how countries can successfully integrate online sportsbooks to benefit their economy. The relationship between sportsbooks and the national employment and GDP rates has become mutually beneficial. Most, if not all, countries that permit licenses to online sportsbooks have built themselves after Antigua.

Which water sports to enjoy in a Caribbean vacation? (Part 1)

A Caribbean vacation is not a vacation until we get wet in the Caribbean Sea. The sapphire blue waters of the islands are so beautiful and fascinating, it would be a pity to miss a toe in the salty sea.

Although we enjoy luxury escapades, we also want to make sure we have great adventures. To help you get the most out of the water, we’ve put together our top 8 Caribbean water sports, which will make a great addition to your winter vacation.

While flying over the West Indies and the South Caribbean, we marvel at the ever-changing, beautiful blue water. From above, you can watch the colors change from light and dark as the depth of the ocean changes before us.

It took us two days to sail to the far southern islands and as soon as we arrived at the port, we began a roaring underwater adventure with The Sailors Riders at La Romana Dominican. It’s just one of the best Caribbean water sports we’ve tried, check out the rest below!

Swim with whale sharks – Mexico

Nothing is more magical than plunging into the deep blue waters off the coast of Cancun and facing the largest fish in the sea. They may be large but whale sharks are gentle giants that eat plankton. Their mouth is very large, but they cannot swallow you if they try.

Whale sharks seem to be moving at a slow pace, but keeping up with them is another story. Whale sharks really swim very fast so be prepared to swim so hard to keep up the pace. Check out our swimming experience with whale sharks in Mexico.

Snorkelling Thunderball Grotto – Bahamas

That’s where the Thunderball of the James Bond series was filmed. Into the Blue was also filmed here! It is not uncommon for Hollywood to flock to Exuma Cays to film blockbusters at Thunderball Grotto.

It is not just heaven, it is adventure! We’ve done a lot of scuba diving around the world, but our favorite scuba diving experience is definitely diving through the flooded holes of this hollow island.

Sports and Culture in the Caribbean

Sports are well-received social and cultural phenomenon in the Caribbean which proven the importance of sports in the daily lives of the majority of the local inhabitants. Thousands people attend or watch TV broadcasts of cricket, basketball, football, boxing, horse racing, track and field, as well as other regional and international sporting events.

In the islands of Caribbean, sports are force that connect people and give them a sense of unity, pride and identification by supporting the athletes representing them at the international level. Through sports, nationalism is reinforced; politics and culture are also connected to sport.
Sports also give an additional reason to get out of the house, be friends with hundreds of others share a common goal in a passionate atmosphere.

Many sports are played in the Caribbean and even compete in the Summer Olympic Games, but the following two are the most popular.

Polo
Although the sport of polo does not have as much fans as cricket or horse racing, but it is still very popular in Barbados. The Barbados Polo Club organizes events open to the public in Holders, St. James, and other places on the island. Jamaica and the Dominican Republic also have their own teams. The most popular polo field is the Casa de Campo Hotel in the Dominican Republic with three polo fields that organize an annual polo tournament.

Cockfighting
Although animal rights activists advocates to oppose it, cockfighting is a part of Caribbean culture, especially in Puerto Rico, where the sport is extremely famous and hundreds of millions of dollars are betting each year on the fights. Cockfighting is also famous in the Dominican Republic, where more than 2,500 cockfighting events are registered, as well as in Cuba and Haiti.

Many people in the Caribbean are sports lovers and could not imagine a Sunday without a sport event such as a baseball game, a boxing match, or not having a basketball or volleyball game at the local court to see, or not supporting their favorite national teams in the Olympics, Pan-American or Central American Games. Through these teams, sports are a part of local national pride in these nations that have lived for centuries under colonialism. For a brief moment, they can compete on an equal position with the nations that colonized them or nations that are simply bigger and have greater financial resources.

Top reasons to choose Caribbean for your next vacation (Part 2)

Great places for diving

The first thing you must definitely do when traveling here is scuba diving, activity will help you have memorable memories when swimming with dolphins and turtles. The sea with crystal clear waters will help you admire the unique coral reefs and corpses of the sunken ships.

If you are in Barbados, you will have the opportunity to explore the image of 200 sunken shipwrecks, around the Carlisle Bay area and the coral reefs that are ideal places for snorkeling. If you do not know how to dive, then just … be assured, because this is a perfect place for you to study this subject because of its warm water all year round and the sea view quite far.

This sea is known for possessing many beautiful islands, most of the islands here have been discovered and discovered by humans. Hints for excursions through famous landmarks including River Falls in Dunn in Jamaica and a trip to St. Lucia’s rainforest.

If you’re in Grenada then swim in the Seven Sister Falls and walk to Honeymoon Falls should be added to your schedule. If you have the opportunity, you can also “visit the ray” to visit more vibrant and historic cities like Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, and the largest city of Puerto Rico, San Juan, to follow pirates’ footsteps.

The vibrant life of the islands at night

Taste cocktails made from rum, fresh lobsters and the lively party atmosphere at night in the tropics, is the way people often apply for their evenings in the Caribbean. You can look forward to alfresco rooftop meals, lively bars with Caribbean reggae and traditional Soca music as well as beach parties.

The Dominican Republic is one of the best places if you intend to join a nightclub or casino, while the Bahamas clubs never really start to burn out. when it’s past midnight. Travel in the Caribbean vibrant year round, even during the rainy season, and you can come here in about a week or two to find your favorite island and come back whenever you can.

Goat and Crab Racing in Buccoo, Tobago

In Tobago, the breakfast usually comes with the best news — Easter weekend on Tobago – which is unofficially a holiday on the island. The island is not only famous for one of the Caribbean’s biggest music festivals, Tobago Jazz Experience, which is right around the corner, but also another kind of festival which is about to happen in the seaside village of Buccoo.

Buccoo is famous for its weekly Sunday party, which last ’til the sun comes up (and participants literally did dance ’til the sun came up every time). But on the Tuesday after Easter, a different type of traditional fest takes over, attracting both tourists as well as locals from across the water in Trinidad to the village.

Goat Races

This event was began in 1925 by a local resident named Barbadian Samuel Callender, as entertainment form for the lower classes. Why on Tuesday? So the event would not to coincide with the horse racing event of Easter Monday, which reserved for local gentry. Today, the races, now hosted by the Buccoo Goat Race Festival Committee, are a staple. No joking around, the jockeys – young men who chase along with the goats, urging them running toward to the finish line – train along with their charges for up to three months before the actual event. Jockeys must be as fit as their animals – the goat – to be qualified for outrunning their jockey.

Crab Races

‘Crab and Dumpling’ is Tobago’s famous traditional food but nowadays those tasty blue crabs are serving another purpose. Crabs are tied to string held by the jockeys and urged to run toward the finish line with thin bamboo rods. Some races features a straight course. In others, a large circle is made around jockeys and their race crabs. First crab out wins with their owner walking away with the prize while the losing crabs getting curried down, being placed on a bed of dumplings. So Yum!

And when the sun comes down, visitors will join feting in Buccoo all night. So if you have time visit in Tobago, check out our rules before you hit the fete.

What are the most beautiful islands of the Caribbean to explore? (Part 2)

No visit to the Grand Cayman lacks the experience of scuba diving watching the Kittiwake sunken boat north of Seven Mile Beach. The ship has been out of service since 1945 and brought here.

In 2011, Kittiwake was submerged under the sea in a diving project and created an environment for the development of corals. Tourists can easily meet the stingrays, blue sea turtles, grouper and many other sea creatures choose the deck as a home.

In the afternoon, head south on the island to the capital George Town, where fresh batches of fresh fish have just been taken from the boat. Do not forget to visit Cabana’s bar restaurant to enjoy seafood dishes prepared on site.

Not far from the center of George Town is Stingray City, the most attractive beach on Grand Cayman Island. Here, visitors are spoiled for pets to play with the rays of the rays just below the depth of the ocean. Those who do not know how to swim just wear glasses and hoses and dip into the aquatic world at their fingertips.

In addition, the center of George Town has a lot of restaurants from high to intermediate and the rich roadside shops. The late-night stores and live music stores are an opportunity for you to have fun, experience the vibrant nightlife.

Martinique

This tiny island is just over 1,000 km2 wide with a population of less than 400,000 people, though located in the Caribbean but French. Therefore, the island’s currency is the Euro, the main language being French.

Named by explorer Christopher Columbus when he saw the island in 1493, Martinique bears the full sense of a “heavenly paradise”.

Many people often start their day at Le Diamont, a small town southwest of the island. Pick up some fruit and fresh coconut water in your local market before stopping by the Plaisir du Gout pastry shop, buying some croissants for breakfast on the fresh 5-mile beach.

The coastal road to the north takes you through Bellefontaine and Case-Pilote, two colorful fishing villages. Along the way at Le Carbet there is the Distillery Neisson stop, where you can taste the richest rum in the world. Also sugar cane juice is a drink that you do not forget to try.

Sailing Routes in Jamaica

Jamaica is one of the most beautiful islands you’ll ever come across, based on Caribbean standards. Its tropical landscape featuring rainbow, and exotic wildlife. Everything you imagine about the Caribbean can be found on Jamaica. Stop along the island’s 360 miles of coastline you’ll find all kinds of adventures, from waterfall or rainforest hikes to snorkelling adventures exploring a whole world underneath the turquoise waves. It’s truly a paradise. 

Any good trip to Jamaica starts and finishes in the capital of Kingston where all the urban action occurs. In the east, Port Morant features stunning scenery, free dockage where visitors can explore the area for as long as they’d like.

Heading to the tip of the island, visit Port Antonio and the world-renowned Errol Flynn Marina which is famous for being one of the best sailing spots on Jamaica where enthusiasts from all around the world gather every year.

You’ll find the most authentic Jamaica at Orcabessa, featuring excellent fish sanctuary and turtle-hatching programme.

St Ann’s Bay and Discovery Bay are venues of cruise ships dock, with lots of fun activities.

Treasure Beach is a calm and peaceful place to spend some time relaxing.

Visit the Errol Flynn Marina which is famous being one of the best sailing spots on the island. Situated in Port Antonio, sailors from all around the world gather here.

In Falmouth, you’ll witness some incredible architecture in the Falmouth Historic District.

Montego Bay is where the Montego Bay Yacht Club founded, another must-visit along the coast featuring stunning beaches. 

On the west part of Jamaica, visit the beautiful and protected Negril which is famous as one of the most wonderful coastal areas in the world featuring stunning Seven Mile Beach.

Last but not least, a tour up the Black River is one of the most unique sailing experiences in Jamaica.