To Antigua, spared from the 2017 hurricanes
Surf beach view of Curtain Bluff in Antigua

To Antigua, spared from the 2017 hurricanes

Curtain Bluff welcomes kids with a breezy, open-air kids’ club and an adjacent playground tucked in the shade. The activities, says Ainsley Smith, a former teacher and daycare provider who oversees the kids’ program, are designed to teach kids about Antigua

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Our special place — Curtain Bluff Resort on Antigua
Chelle Hulford at Curtain Bluff Resort

Our special place — Curtain Bluff Resort on Antigua

“This is our special place,” said Gwen Larder. I get it. We honeymooned here 35 years ago and have returned 5 times. Curtain Bluff is our special place too.

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Returning to Curtain Bluff, still small and elegant after 55 years
Surf beach view of Curtain Bluff in Antigua

Returning to Curtain Bluff, still small and elegant after 55 years

Thirty-five years ago, we sat on the beach at a small Caribbean resort drinking champagne left from our wedding and talked about the kids we would have.

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A Kids’s Perspective: Living on Antigua in the Caribbean West Indies
Katherine Woodhouse at Curtain Bluff Resort on Antigua

A Kids’s Perspective: Living on Antigua in the Caribbean West Indies

Katherine Woodhouse, 10, has lived her entire life on the Caribbean island of Antigua where her mom is the resident manager of the Curtain Bluff Resort

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To Jumby Bay, Antigua: A unique all-inclusive resort in the
Tubing at Jumby Bay

To Jumby Bay, Antigua: A unique all-inclusive resort in the

Many families have a special vacation spot — a snow sports resort, a lake where the kids caught their first fish, a beach where they build giant sand castles. Jumby Bay is one of them.

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Not just any sandy beach, Jumby Ban is a private island family paradise
Staff serving snacks and drinks at Jumby Bay

Not just any sandy beach, Jumby Ban is a private island family paradise

Karin Allyn is celebrating a birthday on a beautiful stretch of white sand beach under a thatched umbrella with her children and grandchildren. But not just any beach—she’s at Jumby Bay

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Fish fit for a king, or a snorkeler, at Jumby Bay, Antigua
Roast pig served up at beach BBQ dinner at Jumby Bay

Fish fit for a king, or a snorkeler, at Jumby Bay, Antigua

We’re at Jumby Bay on its own island just off the coast of Antigua--an all inclusive where the food isn’t like any other all inclusive I’ve seen—of course this is one of the most exclusive resorts in the Caribbean.

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A friends getaway to Jumby Bay, Antigua; an upscale all-inclusive resort
View from our villa at Jumby Bay

A friends getaway to Jumby Bay, Antigua; an upscale all-inclusive resort

Here on a pre-holiday annual getaway with my three oldest friends, I’m glad to be ensconced in this villa within the upscale all inclusive

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Blending honeymooners, families and all generations on Antigua
Kids romping on the calm beach at Curtain Bluff

Blending honeymooners, families and all generations on Antigua

Talk about kid vacation heaven — Caribbean style. “They really cater to the kids here at Curtain Bluff observes Dr. Tania Spenlinhauer, here in Antigua from Maine with her husband and three kids, including Brady, for her sister’s wedding at the resort. That the small (just 72 rooms) all-inclusive resort offered so much for the six young grandchildren was a big factor in why the family opted to gather here, they said.

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All-included bounty and excitement from the deep blue sea off Antigua
My second place Mahi Mahi

All-included bounty and excitement from the deep blue sea off Antigua

Today we’re back at Curtain Bluff and I’ve decided to take the 6:30 a.m. deep sea fishing charter. The best thing about Curtain Bluff, other than the beauty and just about every other thing, is that it is all-inclusive, so the fishing (along with Scuba, snorkeling, water-skiing and other activities) is part of the price.

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