Jamaica-based Chukka Caribbean Adventures is offering visitors a novel way to get dirty from head to toe.
The firm's new Chukka Buggy Adventure is an off-road tour, featuring a bumpy, dusty, dirty, rugged ride in a two- or four-seat, tubular-frame buggy across old trails, sugarcane fields and green hills outside Ocho Rios.
After the buggy ride, guests have a chance to cool down, wash off and dive in at Chukka's private cove. Getting dirty and having fun is priced at $69 for adults, $48 for kids over 6 years old (as passengers, not drivers). Visit www.chukkacaribbean.com.
BVI villas on tap
Aquamare, a new three-villa enclave, will open at Mahoe Bay on the western coast of Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, by March 15.
Each of the three 8,000-square-foot private villas will have unobstructed views of the islets in Drake Channel. The layout features spacious living areas; 30-foot, vaulted ceilings; private infinity pools; outdoor showers; and five bedrooms, suitable for up to 12 guests.
A separate concierge house on the property provides guest services upon request, such as a private chef, in-villa spa treatments and island tours.
Rates from April through mid-December start at $12,500 per villa, per week. Included in the rate is the use of a power yacht or cruising yacht for private guest cruises.
Tobago music scene
Whitney Houston, Shakira and Rod Stewart will headline the Plymouth Jazz Festival in Tobago from April 25 to 27 at the Fort James/Plymouth Recreational Field.
Preceding that event on April 23 and 24 at the Redemption Sound Setters yard in Bethel, Tobago, will be the second annual Pan Jazz "in de Yard" 2008 festival, presented by Pantrinbago, a cultural organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the steel pan, which was invented in Trinidad. Visit www.tobagojazzfest.com.
Reef offers all-inclusive
The Reef Resort on Grand Cayman's east end will introduce an all-inclusive package on March 29, becoming the only resort on the island offering that vacation option.
All-inclusive rates at the 110-suite resort range from $429 per night, double, for a beachfront studio to $579 for a two-bedroom suite from March 29 to Dec. 19.
Rates cover accommodations; drinks; meals, including items from a la carte menus; use of snorkel equipment, tennis courts and the gym; bike rentals; an on-site scuba lesson; and taxes and fees.
The Reef is 45 minutes from the airport and about the same distance from George Town. For details, visit www.thereef.com.
Puerto Rico celebrates food
Puerto Rico will debut its first "Saborea Puerto Rico: A Culinary Extravaganza" at the beach in Isla Verde in San Juan April 4 to 6.
Saborea celebrates Caribbean traditions and flavors with celebrity chefs and events such as wine seminars and coffee plantation visits. Go to www.prhta.org.
Gay Nagle Myers is Travel Weekly's Caribbean editor. E-mail her at [email protected].