I was relatively quiet last week because I got out of town for a few days and headed down to Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean for some white sand and hot sun.
This trip served another purpose: To keep a promise to my Dad who always wanted me to see where he and my mother were born and grew up. Imagine that, all this traveling the last few years and never been to my parents’ birthplace. This situation has now been corrected.
There are no direct flights between VC Bird Airport on Antigua and JFK, so I had to stop over in San Juan, Puerto Rico, meet up with my parents there and then we would fly together.
San Juan’s airport is in a word: functional. Not many amenities there. I will ask however, “How many Cinnabon locations can you have in one small area?” Officials at San Juan’s airport must be trying to answer this question…
We stayed at a family friend’s hotel: The Paradise View Hotel near St. John’s, the city center of Antigua. The place was fantastic. We stayed in a 2 bedroom, 2 bath suite, with a full kitchen and living room, and satellite TV. If you head to Antigua check out the accommodations there before you book any place else.
Would you believe we got only got the beach once in the 6 days we were there? We went to Long Bay, one of 365 beaches on the island. Yes, 365 beaches, one for every day of the week as the residents and promotional guides will tell you.