We’re officially a teenager! December 11, 2013 marks the 13th anniversary for CheapCaribbean.com and we couldn’t be more excited to have made it this far. Of course, we wouldn’t be here without each and every one of our fellow beach lovers. We’re so thankful for 13 wonderful years and we appreciate all of our customers. So this week, we thought we’d share a little bit of how we got our start and spend some time reflecting on what an exciting 13 years it’s been!
This may not come as a surprise, but for us…it all started at the beach. Jim Hobbs & wife, Marta were sitting on a white, sandy beach in St. Martin in 2000. After hours of sun bathing and enjoying ice-cold cervezas, Jim had a revelation. He looked over to Marta and said, “We should start a travel website. How cool would that be?” Naturally, Marta agreed that having their very own travel company would be a dream come true as she reapplied some sunscreen.
A normal vacation for Jim & Marta would consist of plenty of sun and R&R, but this trip was a bit different. While taking in the stunning beach views and bright Caribbean sun, they stumbled across a rental property that was only $99 for an entire week. Out of curiosity, they began exploring the rest of the island and they found a similar trend of awesome accommodations, all at reasonable prices.
As their week in paradise came to a close, they left feeling more rejuvenated and passionate about the beach than ever before. They spent the plane ride home brainstorming on the back of an airplane napkin and doodled the name “CheapCaribbean.com.”
As soon as he returned home from their vacation, Jim attempted to purchase the domain name. It may have been destiny, but when he was trying to register the domain it showed that “CheapCaribbean” has just been released a few days prior. A quick payment of $9.95 and www.CheapCaribbean.com was his. Jim took the first step towards fulfilling his dream that day. In the coming months, Jim set up shop with only a cell phone and a static URL page.
Fast forward to 13 years later, we’ve grown into one of the leading online retailers for travel to the Caribbean & Mexico and we’re so honored to have been able to serve 1.5 million customers a year and counting. With offices in Dallas, Phoenix and Philadelphia, we continue to fulfill the original dream of bringing our customers the best deals in beach travel and providing an unbeatable value for luxury vacation packages and accommodations in the Caribbean & Mexico.
And as we said earlier, we couldn’t do what we do without YOU. So from the bottom of our hearts, we say “thank you” for 13 wonderful years and we’re so excited for what the future holds. Stay tuned, we’ve got plenty planned for the future and can’t wait to have you by our side. Cheers to the next 13 years!
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