Sunday, December 13, 2009

9 Years and Counting!

Below is an email I wrote to our nearly 200 employees on Friday, December 11. It has been 9 years to the day since I started, and I never dreamed we would have provided vacations for nearly 1 million customers since day one to today. I'm thrilled the elements of incredible prices, expertise, and unheard of customer service in the online world have made us the number one website in the world dedicated to Caribbean and Mexico beach travel. Thanks to all of YOU for making it possible. The company's mission statement stays true to this day: "To treat everyone...employees, customers, and family, while having more fun than humanly possible in the process!" Thanks again! CJ


Today is the day 9 years ago I came back from St. Maarten, only my second trip to the Caribbean. While lying on Dawn Beach (after a few beers) and staring out at the islands around me, I thought, "Wow, wouldn't it be cool to start a website just for travel to the Caribbean and Mexico?". On the airplane back, I wrote on one of those worthless napkins they hand out when they give you a beverage, "". The next day, December 11, 2000, I typed in the name "CheapCaribbean" at and found out someone had the URL but their registration had just expired the previous month! I splurged and spent $9.99 on the name and another $14 on a "build your own website" template. The rest thanks to all of you today is as they say history!

The great news is we are still making history each day. This year is more special than any other the previous anniversaries combined because of the success and growth of the company, the dedication of everyone involved, and most of all because the company culture of treating everyone like family...employees, vendors, and customers...still not only thrives, but is more prominent today than ever before.

The islands are about kicking back, saying all is good, listening to Bob Marley, and enjoying the ride. Try to enjoy this ride as best you can, because in my mind there is nothing better than a day at work thinking, talking, and hearing about being on the beach...especially in this weather!

You've all given me, my family, and my third child,, much to be thankful for this holiday season! Happy Holidays!

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Caribbean Jim Hobbs
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Jim, for thinking of us, and starting this wonderful site!

8:07 PM  

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