Melanie Reffes

About Melanie

Melanie Reffes

Melanie is an island girl at heart . Born in Manhattan, she now lives on the sunny island of Montreal and covers  the Caribbean for a variety of publications  including  USA TODAY 10Best, and 

A journalist with a boatload of writer awards under her belt, Melanie's affection for the Caribbean started  young when her family vacationed in Puerto Rico.   An avid fan of spicy food,   Melanie enjoys the diversity of Montreal - especially during the warmer months -when she's not en route to the Caribbean. She  holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto. 

Special Interests

Melanie knows a lot about:

  • Hot and spicy food
  • Island beds for heads
  • Casual and upscale everything

Melanie's Special Recommendations

"The diversity of the Caribbean is extraordinary from food, music and the arts to the beaches, shopping, natural attractions and nightlife. 

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