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Thanksgiving in the Caribbean

How to Plan a Family Turkey Day in the Islands


A wise person once said that gratitude is the best attitude, so this Thanksgiving why not gather the flock around the table in the sunny Caribbean -- a destination that's sure to please even grumpy Uncle Ned. Family and food define this uniquely American holiday, and Caribbean destinations make it easy to plan a sumptuous gathering at a fine resort, a private villa, or onboard a Caribbean cruise...

Gobble a Cornucopia of Turkey Day Deals

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Each year Caribbean resorts roll out a variety of deals for Thanksgiving travelers, including special rates for families and sometimes even throwing in a complete turkey dinner with all the fixins for a true taste of home. Check my blog for the latest Caribbean travel bargains...

Rent a Villa for a Warm Family Celebration

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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 Thanksgiving 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.

Book a Thanksgiving Cruise

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Nearly every cruise line in the Caribbean offers special Thanksgiving cruises, which include all food and entertainment for one price. Some ships go all out with decorations for the holiday, and at a minimum you can expect a special menu on Thanksgiving Day -- big eating, after all, is something that this holiday and cruise ships definitely have in common! Royal Caribbean is known as a family friendly cruise line, 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 for the long weekend, a three- or four-night cruise out of Florida might just be the ideal way to spend Turkey Day this year.

Dig Into Some Regional Thanksgiving Delicacies

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Grandma's secret turkey recipe, mom's special cranberry dish, and Thanksgiving Day celebrations are a mixed bag of cherished, time-honored recipes and traditions. Although Thanksgiving is not exactly a Caribbean holiday, many people from the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and The U.S. Virgin Islands, in addition to Americans with Caribbean roots, do celebrate with their own special menus for the occasion. Hector Rodriguez, About.com's Latin Caribbean Food expert, created a menu to highlight Thanksgiving foods with an island flair.

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