By NAN Travel Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Feb. 10, 2017: This week, the Caribbean Tourism Organization and Airbnb signed a deal the regional tourism agency says will diversify the sector and expand economic opportunities for Caribbean people. Currently, there are 41,000 Airbnb listings across the Caribbean and a typical host in the region earns approximately US$3,900 per year. So what are some of the most exotic places to stay being offered up by Caribbean nationals? Here are five unique options we found:
In Tobago, host Trevor offers up his Boutique Cabin, located on an old Cocoa Plantation in the foothills of the Rainforest. The ‘Wings’ as it is called, includes a large bedroom, a natural beach pebbled bathroom with hot and cold water and a veranda in the trees where you can bird watch or just gaze on the private water fall located there. There is modern amenities too including DirectTV and Internet access as well as a kitchen, table top cooker and fridge/freezer. Rates are US $60 per night.
If you’re thirsty for something new and a bit of an adventure, check out Sian’s traditional Kalinago grass-roofed hut in Dominica. The hut’s flooring in made up of local hardwood trees while its walls are made from local bamboo and the roof of grass, making it a Carib like hut. It also includes a large porch with a view of the Atlantic Ocean but there is outdoor toilet and shower. The one bedroom, one bath cottage is renting for USD 50 per night.
In New Providence, Bahamas, host Michelle is offering guests a chance to stay in ‘The Treehouse.’ The private two-storied, wooden cottage has stained beamed cathedral ceiling, varnished mahogany doors and windows and an open floor plan along with covered parking. It features a wrap-around porch surrounded by coconut palms and is located opposite Saunders Beach. Rates are USD 85 per night and the cottage can house up to four people.
In Negril, Jamaica, you can rent your own ‘Cottage In Negril.’ A Gingerbread style 1 bedroom cottage for two costs USD 45 per night. It is located at Banana’s Garden in the west end of Negril, across the street from Rick’s Cafe, one of the most sought after sunset spots on the island. From there it is also a quick ten minute drive to Negril’s famous seven-mile beach.
In Haiti, Dillon offers up Chato Relaxo, a private bungalow located in Labadie on the north coast of Haiti. The one bedroom, one bath property includes a wooden balcony with a 180 degree view of the scenic Northern Haitian coastline. This property is located close to the beach and the Citadel, a UNESCO heritage site. It rents for USD 130 per night and can accommodate 3.