Chestnuts roasting on an open fire have their charms, but for a holiday treat you're family will cherish long after the gifts and stockings have been opened, head down to the Caribbean this holiday season. Families will love spending a snow-free vacation in a luxury villa
and sharing the Christmas
holiday with the friendly folks of the Caribbean, and New Year's Eve in the islands is an unforgettable experience whether you're extending a Christmas, Kwanzaa
stay or looking for a great way to ring in the new year with a lover or friends!
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Like Christians all over the world, Caribbean residents regard Christmas as a joyful time of faith and put their own unique spin on the celebration of Christ's birth. New Year's Eve, on the other hand, is a secular soiree, and where better to watch the sun come up on a new year than a Caribbean beach?
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Each year Caribbean resorts roll out a variety of deals for Christmas and New Year's travelers, including special rates for families and extra goodies that help make the Caribbean your home away from home for the holidays.
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Rather than mom slaving over a hot oven this fall, why not rent a staffed luxury villa and let a gourmet chef cook up Christmas dinner for you? The islands of the Caribbean are full of amazing villas that can accommodate groups both large and small, at a price that can easily compete with what you'd pay at a comparable resort. Experienced villa rental companies like Wimco
can help with stocking the villa with supplies and groceries, hiring a private chef, or making restaurant reservations.
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Nearly every cruise line in the Caribbean offers special Christmas and New Year's cruises, which include all food and entertainment for one price. Some ships go all out with decorations for the holidays, and at a minimum you can expect a special menu on Christmas Day -- big eating, after all, is something that this holiday and cruise ships definitely have in common -- and a rockin' party to welcome the new year in style. Royal Caribbean
is known for being family friendly, and of course for families with small kids it's hard to beat a few days at sea with Mickey Mouse and pals aboard Disney Cruise Line
. With the kids out of school, a three- or four-night cruise out of Florida might just be the ideal way to spend the holidays this year.
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From pasteles to pork rolls, rice with pigeon peas to rum egg nog, here are some great authentic Latin and Caribbean holiday dishes and recipes for an authentic island holiday feast!