An intimate destination wedding

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Stina and Gustaf said “I do” on March 3rd, committing their lives to one another in an intimate ceremony (just the bride and groom!) on the beach. They decided to keep the nuptials a secret until after the ceremony, so their families in Sweden were (pleasantly) surprised when they emailed them the wedding photos that evening. Thanks Stina and Gustaf for sharing your special day with us – best wishes to both of you from all of us at Barefoot Cay!

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Our “Simplicity Wedding” Package is perfect for an intimate wedding for just the two of you, or for a vow renewal. Please see our weddings page for more information on weddings at Barefoot Cay Resort: http://www.barefootcay.com/Weddings/WeddingsVowRenewals/.

Monkeying around at Gumbalimba Park

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What’s there to do in Roatan while you’re here visiting us at Barefoot Cay? Other than the fantastic diving and snorkeling, there are tons of fun activities. One of my favourites is Gumbalimba Park. There’s a zipline, and then there’s the park, which has an insectarium, pirate cave, swinging bridge, and parrots and macaws, as well as the monkeys. Great photo opportunities, and very entertaining. The property also has a beach and pool, so it’s an easy spot to spend at least half a day.

Sailing with Zeppelin

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It was a perfect day today to enjoy sailing with Zeppelin Dive and Sail Charters. We departed the dock at Fantasy Island for a few hours of relaxation at sea.
The sailboat is available for half day, full day and sunset trips, as well as multiple night charters. The owners, Wayne and Ellie, keep her immaculate, with a beautifully decorated interior. We had a tour inside, but spent all the trip out on the front deck, enjoying the sunshine. Ellie had whipped up a batch of fresh baked fruit muffins, chocolate chip cookies, and a tray of fresh fruit. The boat takes a maximum of 6 passengers at a time, so it’s like your own private yacht- a far cry from the crowded catamaran we saw pass by, loaded down with guests.
Wayne and Ellie are wonderful, outgoing hosts, and made us feel at home. The morning whizzed by, and far too soon we were back at shore, but hopefully will head back out again sometime soon!

Becoming a dive pro

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Have you ever thought of living the Caribbean dream? Packing in life in the rat race and becoming a dive instructor in some tropical paradise? What’s the reality of being a dive pro- is it really that great?
Well, I have to say from personal experience that I definitely found it to be a wonderful life. I spent several years traveling the world as a PADI dive instructor, and it was an amazing experience: meeting great people, seeing new parts of the world and beautiful diving, the adventure of carving out a new life for yourself somewhere. Of course, it’s not all glamour: part of the job is hauling tanks, scrubbing the boat deck, hopping in on cold, wet days when you’d rather be home with a cup of hot chocolate, and always keeping aware of the divers you have with you, ready to react in an instant if there’s a problem. On the plus side, days of sitting up on the bow in the Caribbean sunshine, swimming with wild dolphins, and the incredibly rewarding experience of seeing someone’s face light up when you’ve taken them on their first dive.
At our on-site dive shop, Barefoot Divers, we have a pro program, which means people can come to do their divemaster and instructor courses with us (as well as all the other levels of dive training). Each month, new faces appear, eager to start on a new path. There are lots of different dive centers that offer instructor training, so sometimes it’s hard for people to decide where to go. The IDC (instructor development course) is taught by a course director, after which students need to pass an IE (Instructor Exam) which is conducted by a PADI representative several times throughout the year. Choosing a good spot for your training includes taking a look at what course director is at the dive center, and how successful they are at training up their students to pass the exam. We have an amazing course director at Barefoot Divers, named Gary. He’s a platinum course director, and he takes the time to train each student the right way, so that they’ll not only pass, but so that they’ll be exceptional instructors. Because at the end of the day, it’s not just about passing, it’s about feeling confident in the knowledge and skills that you’ve acquired, to give your guests an incredible dive experience, and keep their safety and well being as a top priority.
Other than the course director, it’s also a good idea to take a look at the dive center as a whole. If you’re training somewhere like Barefoot Divers, the center provides diving and instruction for resort guests of Barefoot Cay, which means that you’ll get the opportunity to assist with more classes, and help get the boat and divers ready, hands-on experience that makes the transition from student to working pro a much easier one.
And then there’s the fun factor. Let’s be honest, being in the dive industry is meant to be fun! Even though you’re studying hard and learning lots, your courses should be fun too- great camaraderie with the other students, and with the dive staff that’s training you. I’ve attached a few photos that speak for themselves about the fun factor :)
So what are you waiting for? If you’d like to know more about becoming a PADI pro, email our course director at coursedirector@barefootcay.com or take a look at the information at http://www.BarefootDiversRoatan.com And make sure to let me know when you’re heading my way, so I can congratulate you on the excellent decision!

Wedding in Paradise

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A beautiful Caribbean wedding


This past weekend at Barefoot Cay in Roatan, we had a beautiful destination wedding, an intimate ceremony with just the bride and groom. Morgan and Jonathan exchanged vows on the beach, making a commitment to each other for life.
Thanks for sharing your special day with us, guys- wishing you a wonderful future together!

A recent interview for Barefoot Cay Resort

1. What makes [property] a unique experience for guests?  We have a private cay exclusively for our guests, and have just 9 accommodations, with over 40 staff, so it’s like having your own private island.

 

2. Can you explain what makes [property] appealing to travelers as a vacation destination?  We are located on the beautiful island of Roatan, famous for its incredible diving, which is part of the 2nd largest barrier reef system in the world, great for snorkeling as well.  The resort amenities includes a 5 Star PADI dive shop, spa services, and gourmet dining.

 

3. Are there any “must-try” dishes or drinks at the resort that guests should order?  Without a doubt, the ‘Barefoot La-La’ is the drink to try: a creamy concoction of Baileys, Kahlua, Vodka and Cocolopez.  From the menu, the poached lobster is delicious, followed by a decadent molton lava cake.

 

4. What are the three things about your property that guests may not know?

1.  Each accommodation has a name- the oceanview ones are named after aquatic life, and the beachfront ones have names of colours in Spanish.  2. The resort has a pet, a parrot named Chaccarron that loves peanuts.  3.  We have started a reef propagation project, with reef balls in our house reef, part of our continuing conservation endeavors.  Guests can make a donation and have a plaque with their name put on one of the reef balls.

 

5. Can you take me through what a guests stay would be like and what an average day might entail in terms of activities, etc?    Awake to birds singing out your window, roll out of the ultra-comfy Heavenly bed, and head to the poolside dining area for a delicious breakfast and coffee.  If you’re a diver, the rest of the day is easy to decide: let our dive staff pamper you with valet diving: we do the work, you have the fun.  Dives go out at 8:30, 10:30 and 2.  Afterward, stake a claim on a hammock, and enjoy a chilly drink while you relax before dinner.  Not a diver?  In the morning, take a kayak to explore the surrounding waters.  Bring along your snorkel gear, and pop in here and there to check out the vibrant life beneath the surface.  Head back to the resort, enjoy some lunch in the breezy lookout lounge, maybe indulge in a couples massage at the palapa over the water.  After dinner, relax on your balcony or porch with a book, enjoying the clear, star-studded sky, and the light Caribbean breeze.

 

 

6. Have you had any notable guests or celebrities visit that you can share?  As we are known for our privacy and seclusion, we don’t disclose names of guests, past of present.  Our resort includes marina space that has accommodated many mega-yachts, up to 170 feet in length.

 

7. What elements about your property are truly luxurious?

The service:  staff outnumber guests by at least 2:1

The privacy:  private cay, private restaurant, an intimate escape

The beds: Heavenly beds with high-quality linens and goose down pillows

The dive operation: with our valet service, our staff takes care of preparing your gear, rinsing it and putting it away when you’re done, so all you have to do is hope in

 

 

8. What advice do you have for guests who are staying at your resort?

Leave behind half of what you were planning to pack, you won’t need it.  If you can, book an extra week, as you won’t want to go home.

 

9. What is the best time to travel to [property]?

May is my favourite month: it’s sunny and warm with a light breeze, not to hot, generally dry.  The busiest months of the year have passed: that’s never a problem at the resort, as we have only 9 accommodations, but if you’re exploring around Roatan, you’ll appreciate that the peak season for cruise ships and winter vacationers has passed.

I was recently …

I was recently reminded by a faithful follower that I hadn’t blogged in quite a while.  Sorry, fans!  I was off the island for a couple months this summer, still doing part-time work, but from Canada, while we visited with family and friends.  Now I’m back on the island, enjoying life at Barefoot Cay.  While I was gone, we had a couple weeks closed in order to complete maintenance projects, so things are looking more beautiful than ever.  The gardens have been expanding, and there’s a great new pergola by the marina to relax at, as well as some new hammocks and lounge chairs.

 

My friend Chaccarron the parrot continues to entertain the masses.  Recently, he’s left his customary spot next to my office, and moved over by the bungalows.  I miss chatting with him in the mornings, hopefully he heads back my way soon.

In the coming days, we have Wealth TV heading to Barefoot Cay, to film for their series ‘Private Islands’.  This is my chance at fame and fortune!  If you don’t see a blog from me in awhile, maybe it’s because I’m off to Hollywood for a movie offer :)

If anyone is thinking of coming down to visit us this fall, we have a great special running in October, so come and join us in paradise!

Inclusive weekly dive package just $1,099 per person (non-diver $799 per person)

 

Groups:  8th package free with 7 paid packages when booked with this promotion

 

Pricing based on double occupancy in an oceanview studio loft, or quadruple occupancy in a loft suite, for dates of stay between September 29th and October 27th, 2012.  Rate does not include 16% taxes or gratuities.  Pricing includes airport transfers, 7 nights accommodations, 3 meals daily, choice of lemonade, iced tea, coffee or water at meal times, daily housekeeping, and use of the resort amenities and facilities.  Dive package also includes 10 dives, including tanks and weights.

 

I was recently …

I was recently reminded by a faithful follower that I hadn’t blogged in quite a while.  Sorry, fans!  I was off the island for a couple months this summer, still doing part-time work, but from Canada, while we visited with family and friends.  Now I’m back on the island, enjoying life at Barefoot Cay.  While I was gone, we had a couple weeks closed in order to complete maintenance projects, so things are looking more beautiful than ever.  The gardens have been expanding, and there’s a great new pergola by the marina to relax at, as well as some new hammocks and lounge chairs.

 

My friend Chaccarron the parrot continues to entertain the masses.  Recently, he’s left his customary spot next to my office, and moved over by the bungalows.  I miss chatting with him in the mornings, hopefully he heads back my way soon.

In the coming days, we have Wealth TV heading to Barefoot Cay, to film for their series ‘Private Islands’.  This is my chance at fame and fortune!  If you don’t see a blog from me in awhile, maybe it’s because I’m off to Hollywood for a movie offer :)

If anyone is thinking of coming down to visit us this fall, we have a great special running in October, so come and join us in paradise!

Inclusive weekly dive package just $1,099 per person (non-diver $799 per person)

 

Groups:  8th package free with 7 paid packages when booked with this promotion

 

Pricing based on double occupancy in an oceanview studio loft, or quadruple occupancy in a loft suite, for dates of stay between September 29th and October 27th, 2012.  Rate does not include 16% taxes or gratuities.  Pricing includes airport transfers, 7 nights accommodations, 3 meals daily, choice of lemonade, iced tea, coffee or water at meal times, daily housekeeping, and use of the resort amenities and facilities.  Dive package also includes 10 dives, including tanks and weights.