Meet The Judges

During January, all entrants will be judged by an internal panel at CheapCaribbean. They will review all submissions for completeness, then narrow to the Top 5 Resorts in each category. The Top 5 Resorts in each category will then be voted on by an external judging committee that is comprised of Caribbean travel bloggers, journalists, and one celebrity, all of whom have sand in their DNA. They know their beach.

Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon is a Caribbean travel expert, award-winning travel journalist, TV personality, and self-described “Cari-vangelist,” who ventures to the beach and beyond to share the diverse culture, relaxed lifestyle and colorful people of the world’s favorite warm-weather destination with brands such as Travel + Leisure, Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, Orbitz, Cruise Critic and Islands magazine. Based in Miami, the former executive editor of Caribbean Travel + Life is also jetsetter-in-chief at JetSetSarah.com, where her two passions – the Caribbean and shopping – meet. Her not-so-hidden talent is the ability to sniff out a “shopportunity,” no matter where in the world she may be. Follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram at @JetSetSarah, and on Facebook.com/JetSetSarah.

Beachtastic Facts:

How many times have you traveled to the Caribbean?

Too many to count! For the last four years alone I’ve been in the Caribbean at least three times every month.

What is your favorite Caribbean locale? I could never pick just one place! But Jamaica, Anguilla, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Out Islands of the Bahamas are on the top of my list.

How many years have you been covering travel?  Since 1990. Yep, I’m way older than I look. (It’s all about the sunscreen, baby!)

 

Close your eyes and remove yourself from the everyday. Picture your toes sinking into the sand as the waves kiss your ankles. It’s a serene feeling that everyone should experience – and one that Ryan VanDenabeele lives every day, both at his home on the coast of southwest Florida and his frequent jaunts to the Caribbean, whenever he can escape there. He loves the island lifestyle and all things Caribbean. But most of all, he loves sharing that beauty with the world – a passion he’ll surely be able to put into his picks for Noble Beach Prize.

Beachtastic Facts:

How many times have you traveled to the Caribbean? Over 20 times.

What is your favorite Caribbean locale? My favorite island or location is impossible to answer; it’s almost like choosing your favorite child. But if you had to twist my arm my favorites are St. John in the USVI, the Out Islands of the Bahamas (Exumas, Bimini Abacos), St. Kitts, and the BVI.

How many years have you been covering travel? Have been running RumShopRyan.com since 2009.

 

The Caribbean Travel Expert for About.com as well as a freelance travel writer for two decades, Bob Curley is the author of a travel guidebook, “Off the Beaten Path in Rhode Island,” as well as hundreds of magazine articles for publications like Coastal Living, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Meeting News, Business Traveler, Continental Airlines, Oxygen, Ziptopia and many others.  Bob also writes about health care, public policy and nonprofit fundraising – but travel is what keeps him moving (both figuratively and literally).  He’s thrilled to add Noble Beach Prize judge to his long list of experience.

Beachtastic Facts:

How many times have you traveled to the Caribbean? About 25.

What is your favorite Caribbean locale? The Virgin Islands- British and US.

How many years have you been covering travel? 20 years.

 

Alyssa Ramos is an established travel blogger and social media influencer best known for being an inspirational solo female traveler. She has over 75k Instagram followers and has had three articles go viral on the Huffington Post, including the most well-known, ‘Yes I’m Pretty and I’m Traveling Alone’, that helped spark the massive trend of solo female travel last year. Alyssa now travels full-time and has been to 47 countries so far. She has also just started her own program called the Wanderlust Workers which helps people save and make money to travel.

Beachtastic Facts:

How many times have you traveled to the Caribbean? 5 times.

What is your favorite Caribbean locale?  I’m a sucker for clear waters like in the Bahamas or Vieques, Puerto Rico; especially now that I just started diving!

How many years have you been covering travel? 2.5.