Saturday, January 19, 2013

Oranjestad ARUBA

17-18 January 2013

Dear Travelers,

The tall, pastel colonial buildings along Wiheminastraat combine carved wooden doors and traditional Dutch tiles with Aruban-style sloping rooftops. A morning stroll along the wharf shows fishermen and farmers vying for the attention of shoppers intent on the best price for the best product. A plethora of duty-free shops provide similar competition for less mundane merchandise. Miles of sand, the notable Numismatic Museum, lofty Willem III Tower and Fort Zoutman provide further points of interest here on Aruba.

See you there..

Rinell :-)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

#ByaheTayo with Rinell Banda at CARTAGENA COLOMBIA

Dear Travelers,

Are you ready for Cartagena? Colombia’s seaport on the Caribbean is really two cities in one. The old walled district known as “El Centro” is the distinctive sound of horse drawn carriages resonating on cobblestone streets, vestiges of Spanish colonialism sheltered from the encroachments of time by the massive ramparts which surround it. The dynamic area of Boca Grande is the modern centre, filled with waterfront hotels, casinos, tempting boutiques and restaurants. Each compliments the other, creating a cosmopolitan, appealing stopover.

Well after my well rounded visit to the city I've met Daniel Romero a very nice guy who help me find interesting spots to visit and also he invited me to see his family. I am so touched with the Colombian hospitality even very late at night they serve me with food and drinks, I met his Grand father who is in the bed and very good in English as we converse a lot, his sister and his father & mother. They told me that if ever I may visit Colombia, their home is where I should stay.

Thank you so much. 

Rinell 




Daniel Romero Family


Antonia and Madison






Road Town, Tortola B.V.I.

8-9 January 2013

Dear travelers,

Are you ready to explore another virgin islands? Then join me to explore Road Town which is the capital of the British Virgin Islands and is Tortola’s only real town. In spite of its diminutive size and a population of less than 10,000, it is one of the principal centers for yacht chartering in the Caribbean. Most attractions such as restaurants, bars and shopping venues are located on the Main Street area and Wickham’s Cay – all within easy walking distance from the harbor. The 17th century Fort Burt, now a hotel, marks the western limit of the island, while the ruins of Fort George define its eastern limit.

See you there…

Rinell J

San Juan Puerto Rico

4-5 January 2013

Dear Travelers,

It’s my birthday today and I celebrate it here in San Juan, one of my friend didn’t know that it was my birthday when one of our security guard greeted me when we are about to leave and look for a restaurant. Let me introduce you San Juan… J

The old walled city of San Juan is the gateway to Puerto Rico, whether you’re arriving by sea or by air. Founded by Spanish colonists in 1521, San Juan is the second-oldest city in the Americas (after Santo Domingo). Covering just seven square blocks, the historic heart of the city boasts some of the finest Spanish colonial architecture this side of Madrid.

Let us visit Castillo de San Felipe del Morro lying on the northwestern-most point of the islet of San Juan, a UNESCO Heritage site was completed in 1589 and named in honor of King Philip II of Spain, also referred to as El Morro. Designed to guard the entrance to the San Juan Bay and defend the city of Old San Juan from seaborne enemies.

See you there…

Rinell J

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

St. Croix - U.S. Virgin Island

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Dear Travelers,

My journey still continues in this tiny island of Frederiksted, with a population of less than 1000, is St. Croix's main port. The landmark rust colored Fort Frederik, built in the 1750s to protect the town from marauding pirates, is said to have fired the first salute by a foreign nation in support of American independence in 1776. The fort was also the site of Governor General Peter von Scholten's emanicipation proclamation of 1848, which freed the slaves of the Danish West Indies.

Many of the shops and restaurants are found on Strand Street, adjacent to the harbor. The town retains a charming Victorian ambience, having been rebuilt after a fire destroyed most of the wooden structures in 1878.

See you there...

Rinell :-)

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Jost Van Dyke - British Virgin Islands

January 1, 2013

Dear Travellers,

Happy New Year!!! Spending my day a long-time favorite of yachties from around the world, Jost Van Dyke is the smallest of the four British Virgin Islands. Home to just a few hundred permanent residents, the population swells temporarily during the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival. Not surprisingly, restaurants here on Tortola are known for their excesllent seafood - try the lobster or flying-fish sandwiches- as well as a profusion of rum drinks. A visit to Foxy's Tamarind Bar is de rigueur.

See you there...

Rinell :-)





Mayaguez Puerto Rico

20-21 December 2012

Dear Travellers,

I am situated at the center of Puerto Rico's west coast, the city of Mayaguez and its large deep harbor were chosen by the Spanish as a stronghold to protect a vital trade route throught the Mona Passage. Much of colonial Mayaguez was destroyed by a conflagration in 1841 and an earthquake and tsunami in 1918, yet the area around its elegant Plaza colon still has its charms - the wonderfully restored Teatro Yaguez and Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria are each standouts.

See you there...

Rinell :-)





Marigot St. Martin

Marigot, St. Martin
30-31 December

Dear Travelers,

The French and Dutch have shared the small Caribbean island of St. Martin/St. Maarten for over 350 years. Marigot, capital of the French side, is pleasing mix of Gallic elan and Caribbean spice. The aroma of fresh baguettes and croissants fill the morning air, the perfect accompaniment to a mug of dark, steaming coffee. The latest fashions decorate the windows of smart boutiques, while the open-air market reveals a vivid assortment of fresh produce, fragrant spices and local crafts. For a change of peace, cross over to the Dutch side of the island, St. Maarten and visit its capital, Philipsburg.

See you there…

Rinell J



Gustavia St. Barthelemy

Gustavia, St. Barthelemy
28-30 December 2012
Dear Travellers,

I’m here in this beautiful tiny St. Barts, short for St. Barthelemy, it is delightful blend of French elan and Swedish traditionalism. Toy-scaled Gustavia, founded by the French, ceded to the Swedish, then returned to France, is wrapped around the horseshoe-shaped harbor. A large percentage of the inhabitants are descendants of settlers from Brittany, Normandy and Sweden, who often pay homage to their heritage in the d├ęcor of the island’s inns, cafes and boutiques. The island’s twenty beaches, rolling hills and deep, green valley’s help attract visitors appreciative of its relaxed ambiance and chic charm.

See you there.

Rinell J




St. Thomas US Virgin Islands

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
27 December

Dear Travelers,

Gateway to the United States Virgin Islands and the busiest cruise ship port in the West Indies, St. Thomas is indeed teeming with tourists eager to open their wallets at the multitude of jewelry shops and designer boutiques surrounding the port in Charlotte Amalie. Venture beyond the glitz and discover the second-oldest synagogue in the New World or explore Fort Christian, built in 1680. Get above it all with a trip on the Skyride, or climb the famous 99 steps, built by the Danes in the 1700s with bricks used as ballast on old sailing ships. The curving, white-sand beach at Magens Bay is still one of the most beautiful in the world.

See you there…

Rinell J