February 23, 2019

How do snowbirds escape the winter blues?, Martin

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I’m dreaming of a colorful beach get-away. Perhaps, a jaunt to the . A slice of paradise to refresh the chilly mood and attitude. Leave the snow and slick-iced roads behind. The Caribbean culture is calling for beach bunnies. 

“The Caribbean region is located southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the North American mainland and measures around 1,000 miles from north to south and over 2,500 miles from east to west. Much of it is ocean and the Caribbean region includes about 700 islands, islets, reefs, and cays in and surrounding the . Across the Caribbean region, there is diverse topography including coral reefs, mountains, tropical forests, low-lying plantations, valleys, waterfalls, and volcanoes.” Visit www.caribbeanandco.com.

Sand. Brown sand, golden sand, white sand, black sand, gray sand, pink sand. Multicolored sands populate the beaches. 

Water. Blue, azure, cerulean, aquamarine, turquoise. Roll out the Red Carpet for H20.      

Sky: Pastel blue, bluish-blue, bluish-white. Amazing gazing. 

Sun: Lemon, daffodil, banana. Just the right temperature to warm the bones.

Close your eyes. Imagine cozy and cool hues. And paint a palette in your mind of a tropical landscape. Hold a prism up to the sunlight and focus on the spectrum of colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Envision relaxing coastal colors—a soothing sauce for the soul. 

Your favorite hat and sunglasses shade the eyes. Set your sun lounger at the outer edge. Feel your toes dig into the granules of crushed shells. A gentle breeze tickles the skin. Listen to the watery waves prance and play. Contemplate or meditate. Wonder or ponder. Or just be by the sea. Empty the messy muddle from your mind. Massage a beach balm into your brain. Make airy memories. 

Sip an icy beverage. Bite into naseberry, passion fruit, or sapodilla. Invite a coconut gizzada to your mouth party—a pastry filled with a mixture of coconut, sugar, nutmeg and vanilla. Take a dip or a dunk in nature’s salty pool. Ahhh!

No hassle—build a sandcastle. No hurry or scurry. 

For dinning, partake in Caribbean cookery. Ocean fishes in dishes. Ackee and saltfish. Cactus, chayote, and green-apple salad. Conch chowder. Beach cuisine—mambo for the mouth and a tango for the taste buds.

The next best thing to being there is browsing the live webcams of the Caribbean Islands.www.livebeaches.com/caribbean/.

If there’s heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached to it.”—Jimmy Buffett

Melissa Martin, Ph.D., is an author, columnist, educator, and therapist. She lives in US.

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