The Coconut Times is an independent website and social media platform created by expert writers and photographers that provides news, views and travel advice about the Caribbean. Our mission is to shout to the world about a destination that offers much more than the tourism clichés, including a rich heritage, diverse cultures, immense scenic variety and countless rewarding travel experiences. We want to encourage travellers to visit, enjoy and explore the Caribbean, and in new and exciting ways.
The Coconut Times is headquartered in London, UK, with outposts in beach bars, rum shops, hotel terraces and gently swinging hammocks across the region. You can read about our staff below, along with details on how we set to work.
FOUNDER & EDITOR
Nigel Tisdall is a travel writer and photographer who has visited over 20 Caribbean countries. He contributes frequently to leading publications such as the Financial Times, The Telegraph and Sunday Times Travel Magazine. Nigel worked as the travel editor of Marie Claire UK for 15 years and before that at Red and Elle Decoration. His travel features have won numerous awards including several from the Caribbean Tourism Organisation. nigeltisdall.com
Johnny Morris is a multi-talented creative director and designer who was the founding art director for Ultratravel, the Telegraph’s highly-regarded luxury travel supplement. His travel writing projects have taken him all over the world while his London-based design company, Baizdon, has worked for clients such as The Gherkin, Tower Bridge and The Monument. Johnny specialises in guide book and magazine design and is the co-creator of the innovative customised notebooks, Notebook+. baizdon.com
Susan Ward Davies is an expert travel writer and editor who has worked at ELLE UK for over twenty years. She’s contributed travel features to publications such as the Guardian, Telegraph, Wallpaper and Travel & Leisure, and has done all sorts of mad things from being a wine columnist to managing a hip-hop band. Sue loves an adventure and – being married to a Cuban musician – knows the Caribbean very well.
FASHION & LIFESTYLE EDITOR
Alice Prier is a globetrotting clothes designer and regular visitor to the Caribbean. Her far-roaming travelogue, Where 2 Wear It, offers advice on what to wear and take when you’re on the road, and she also runs Alice & Co, a highly successful, appointment-only made-to-measure design business. Alice is an expert in pattern-cutting, which she teaches in London, and co-authored Pattern Making Templates for Skirts & Dresses (Search Press). When in the Caribbean, her twin passions are dancing and riding horses on the beach. aliceandco.com where2wearit.com
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Tania Cagnoni is a highly experienced writer, photographer and picture editor specialising in travel. She’s worked for many leading titles including the Telegraph, Times, Condé Nast Traveller and BBC Good Food. Tania loves France and is a connoisseur of rosé wine while her Italian roots ensure she makes superlative pasta dishes.
Chris Caldicott is a freelance photographer and writer who travels the world shooting stories for numerous top class magazines and newspapers. It’s fair to say India is his first love – he’s visited the subcontinent over 80 times – but Chris has island-hopped around the Caribbean too. Hotel shoots and food photography are other specialties – Chris has co-authored books on subjects such as the Spice Routes, Indian street food and the Raj, and also leads food and photography tours. foodshoot.co.uk chriscaldicottphotography.com
HOW WE WORK
First up, what you’re reading here is the result of good, honest, beach-pounding research.
Here at The Coconut Times we’re passionate about the thrills and wonders of the Caribbean, and all our content is written and created by independent travel writers and photographers who have an expert knowledge of the region, or at least the parts of it they live in or travel regularly to.
In many cases we pay our way, but at times we do accept invitations from providers of travel, accommodation and local experiences in order to review and understand what they offer. Our views remain entirely our own and we do not accept any obligation to write about or credit such experiences, favourably or otherwise.
As we have a shared interest in promoting the joys of travel in the Caribbean, we also happily work with local tourism and hospitality organisations, public relations companies and the promoters of events. We do not accept paid advertising but at times we may run sponsored posts about places and activities appropriate to our readership. We may also include affiliate links that can result in a small commission if a purchase is made through one.
All photos and videos published on thecoconuttimes.com belong to The Coconut Times or the credited source and may not be reproduced or used elsewhere without permission. If you are interested in using any material on this site for personal or commercial reasons please email email@example.com.