Caribbean Tourist Boards and Hotel Associations
List of Travel Information Sites for Every Caribbean Island
By Robert Curley, About.com Guide
Just about every Caribbean island has a tourist board, and most of these have websites that provide travelers with information on the destination and its attractions, dining, hotels, culture, calendar, and more. Many of the larger islands also have hotel associations that also can provide good information for planning your Caribbean trip.
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•Anguilla: Anguilla Tourist Board / Anguilla Hotel & Tourism Association
•Antigua & Barbuda: Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism / Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association
•Aruba: Aruba Tourism Authority / Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association
•Bahamas: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism / Bahamas Hotel Association
•Barbados: Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia / Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association
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Advice for Travelers
Travelers can reduce their risk of infection with dengue fever by protecting themselves from mosquito bites. The mosquitoes that spread dengue usually bite at dusk and dawn but may bite at any time during the day, especially indoors, in shady areas, or when the weather is cloudy.
Travelers should follow the steps below to protect themselves from mosquito bites:
•Where possible, stay in hotels or resorts that are well screened or air conditioned and that take measures such as spraying with insecticide to reduce the mosquito population.
•When outdoors or in a building that is not well screened, use insect repellent on uncovered skin. If sunscreen is needed, apply before applying insect repellent.
◦Look for a repellent that contains one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin (KBR 3023), Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus/PMD, or IR3535. Always follow the instructions on the label when you use the repellent.
◦In general, repellents protect longer against mosquito bites when they have a higher concentration (percentage) of any of these active ingredients. However, concentrations above 50% do not offer a marked increase in protection time. Products with less than 10% of an active ingredient may offer only limited protection, often no longer than 1-2 hours.
◦For more information on the use of insect repellents, see the information on the Mosquito and Tick Protection webpage.
•Wear loose, long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
For greater protection, clothing may also be sprayed with a repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent. (Remember: don't use permethrin on skin.)
Symptoms of dengue include:
•pain behind the eyes
•joint and muscle pain
•hemorrhagic (bleeding) manifestations
Usually dengue fever causes a mild illness, but it can be severe and lead to dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), which can be fatal if not treated. People who have previously been infected with dengue fever are more at risk of getting severe dengue.
No vaccine is available to prevent dengue, and there is no specific medicine to cure illness caused by dengue. Those who become ill with dengue fever can be given medicine to reduce fever, such as acetaminophen, and may need oral rehydration or intravenous fluids and, in severe cases, treatment to support their blood pressure. Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), aspirin-containing drugs, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g., ibuprofen) should be avoided because of the possibility of bleeding. Early recognition and treatment of severe dengue (e.g., signs and symptoms consistent with impending blood pressure failure) can reduce the risk of death.
If you return from a trip abroad and get sick with a fever, you should seek medical care right away. Be sure to tell the doctor or other health care provider about your recent travel.
•Belize: Travel Belize / Belize Hotel Association
•Bermuda: Bermuda Department of Tourism / Bermuda Hotel Association
•Bonaire: Tourism Bonaire / Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association
•Cancun, Mexico: Cancun Convention and Visitor's Bureau / Cancun Hotel Association
•British Virgin Islands: BVI Tourist Board
•Cayman Islands: Cayman Tourist Board
•Colombia: Colombia Tourism Promotion Board
•Cozumel, Mexico: Tourist Board
•Costa Rica: Costa Rica Tourist Board / Costa Rica Hotels and Resorts Association
•Cuba: Cuba Tourist Board
•Curacao: Curacao Tourist Board / Curacao Hospitality and Tourism Association
•Dominica: Discover Dominica Authority
•Dominican Republic:Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism
•Grenada: Grenada Board of Tourism / Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association
•Guadeloupe: Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board
•Guatemala: Guatemalan Tourism Commission
•Guyana: Guyana Tourism Authority
•Haiti: Tourism Board
•Honduras: Honduras Tourism Institute
•Jamaica: Jamaica Tourist Board / Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association
•Martinique: Martinique Promotion Bureau
•Montserrat: Visit Montserrat
•Nevis: Nevis Tourism Authority
•Panama: Panama Tourist Bureau
•Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico Tourism Company / Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association
•Saba: Saba Tourist Bureau
•St. Barths: St. Barths Online (unofficial site)
•St. Eustatia (Statia): St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation
•St. Kitts:St. Kitts Tourism Authority
•St. Lucia: St. Lucia Tourist Board / St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association
•St. Maarten: St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association
•St. Martin: St. Martin Tourist Board
•St. Vincent & The Grenedines: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ministry of Tourism and Culture /
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Hotel Association
•Suriname: Suriname Tourism Foundation
•Trinidad & Tobago: Go Trinidad and Tobago / Trinidad and Tobago Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism Association
•Turks & Caicos: Turks and Caicos Tourist Board / Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association
•U.S. Virgin Islands: U.S.V.I Department of Tourism / U.S.V.I. Hotel and Tourism Association
•Venezuela: Venezuela Convention and Tourism Bureau