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Laura is an avid traveler and freelance writer specializing in Mexico and the Caribbean. She's currently based in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Feb262013

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Kayaking in Puerto Rico’s Bioluminescent Bay

Puerto Rico

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One of Puerto Rico’s top natural wonders, bioluminescent bays, or “bio bays,” are bodies of water that contain millions of micro-organisms that emit a fluorescent glow.

Feb042013

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Everything You Need to Know About Drinking Tequila in Mexico

Mexico

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The state of Jalisco in Mexico is famous for the production of tequila, a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the blue agave plant. Tequila is Mexico’s national drink and plays an important role in Mexican culture. The history of tequila in Mexico dates back to the mid-16th-century, but the beverage didn’t gain widespread popularity until after the Mexican Revolution.

Dec212012

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Guadalajara

Mexico

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The largest city in Mexico’s western central highlands, Guadalajara is the capital city of the Mexican state of Jalisco and a top tourist destination for visitors to the region.

Dec052012

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Famous Foods to Try in Mexico City

Mexico

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Mexico City is recognized as one of the top travel destinations for foodies.

Nov272012

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Hiking in El Yunque Rainforest

Puerto Rico

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Situated within the boundaries of El Yunque National Forest Reserve, El Yunque Rainforest is one of Puerto Rico’s top natural wonders and a favorite destination for hiking, camping and wildlife watching. The rainforest is home to more than 240 species of plant and animal life and a favorite destination for nature lovers, many of whom come to spot wildlife including the coquí tree frog and the Puerto Rican Parrot – though your chances of actually seeing the Puerto Rican Parrot, now a critically endangered species, while hiking in El Yunque Rainforest are slim.

Nov052012

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Best Beaches in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

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A top Caribbean resort destination, the Dominican Republic has hundreds of miles of coastline and is home to some of the best beaches in the Caribbean.

Nov022012

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Best Beaches in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

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A top Caribbean resort destination, the Dominican Republic has hundreds of miles of coastline and is home to some of the best beaches in the Caribbean.

Nov012012

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Vieques in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

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Vieques is an island-municipality of Puerto Rico that’s located eight miles (13 km) off the eastern coast of mainland Puerto Rico in the Spanish Virgin Islands.

Oct302012

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Coffee Tours in Jamaica

Jamaica

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Jamaica is a top Caribbean resort destination and an exciting ecotourism destination.

Oct302012

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What to Do with One Day in Negril

Negril

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Jamaica is a favorite Caribbean travel destination and a popular cruise stop and the beach resort town of Negril, located on the island’s western end, is one of Jamaica’s top attractions.

Oct262012

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Leon, Mexico

Mexico

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Situated in the rugged and scenic Bajío region of central Mexico, Leon is an industrial colonial-era city with a lovely historic heart that centers on the tree-lined Plaza Principal (main plaza).

Oct252012

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Casinos in the Caribbean

US Virgin Islands

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Travelers to the Caribbean can enjoy some high stakes excitement at one of the casinos there.

Oct232012

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Outdoor Activities in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico is a top Caribbean resort destination and a popular ecotourism destination.

Oct222012

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Peterson Cay National Park

Bahamas

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The smallest national park in the Bahamas, Peterson Cay National Park is a 1.5 acre protected area located off the southern coast of Grand Bahama Island. The national park includes the tiny uninhabited island of Peterson Cay and the surrounding marine environment. Only accessible by boat, Peterson Cay National Park is a popular destination for snorkeling, diving and watersports. The island is also home to a bird sanctuary.

Oct192012

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Horseback Riding Near Cancun

Cancun

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The popular resort city of Cancun is one of the best known travel destinations in Mexico and a top ecotourism destination with unspoiled stretches of beautiful beachfront and vast areas of tropical rainforest and coastal jungle that extend up and down the coast.

Oct152012

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Outdoor Adventures on St Kitts

St Kitts

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Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of things to do while vacationing in St Kitts, and outdoor adventures on St Kitts are a great way to experience the natural beauty of the island.

Oct092012

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Ghost Tours on St. Kitts

St Kitts

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Pirates, shipwrecks, sacrifices and lover’s quarrels; it may be the stuff of legends, but nowhere does it feel as real as in the Caribbean.

Oct052012

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What to Do with One Day in Santo Domingo

Dominican Republic

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The capital of the Dominican Republic and oldest European city in the Americas, Santo Domingo is rich in history and culture.

Oct042012

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Sunset Cruises from Cancun

Cancun

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Sunset cruises from Cancun are perfect for a romantic couple’s evening out or an entertaining night of family fun. Watch the sun set over the Caribbean Sea and enjoy views of the shimmering Cancun skyline while sailing along the calm waters of the Nichupte Lagoon.

Oct022012

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Seven Mile Beach in Negril

Negril

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Jamaica’s famous Seven Mile Beach is located on the shores of Negril. It’s the longest continuous stretch of powdery white sand on the island and despite its name, Seven Mile Beach only extends for about four miles (6.4 km) along the coast.

Sep272012

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Snorkeling in Antigua

Antigua and Barbuda

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Antigua is one of the top destinations in the Caribbean for snorkeling. The calm, clear waters off the coast of Antigua showcase an extensive coral reef habitat that’s home to a wide variety of tropical fish and exotic marine life.

Sep212012

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Romantic Things to Do in the Bahamas

Bahamas

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Offering pristine white sand beaches, clear Caribbean waters and some of the best all-inclusive resorts and spas in the Caribbean, the Islands of the Bahamas are an ideal destination for weddings, honeymoons and romantic couple’s getaways.

Sep202012

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Best Family Friendly Attractions in Cancun

Cancun

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The resort city of Cancun is a great destination for families looking to spend some quality time together and there are plenty of activities and family friendly attractions in Cancun to keep the entire family happy and entertained.

Sep172012

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Pirate History in Jamaica

Jamaica

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Pirate history on Jamaica can be traced back to the 17th and 18th centuries when port towns on the island became havens for pirates, the best known being the town of Port Royal on the island’s western end.

Sep112012

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The Best Spas in Barbados

Barbados

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The Caribbean island paradise of Barbados is the perfect place to indulge in an all-inclusive spa getaway.

Sep072012

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Whitewater Rafting in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

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The Dominican Republic is a favorite Caribbean resort destination, popular among vacationers and honeymooners and best known for its beaches and luxury all-inclusive hotels and resorts; though the island has much more to offer visitors beyond the beaches and resort areas.

Sep062012

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Natural Wonders in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

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Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to Puerto Rico, one of the most visited islands in the Caribbean and home to numerous natural wonders including reef systems, canyons, caves, lagoons, salt flats and rainforest. Here are three of the most impressive must-see natural wonders in Puerto Rico.

Sep062012

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Romantic Things to Do in Cancun

Cancun

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Best known for its beaches, resorts, dining and nightlife, the beach resort city of Cancun, located on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, is a popular destination for weddings, honeymoons and a favorite couple’s getaway.

Sep052012

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The 6 Best Beaches in the Bahamas

Bahamas

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The Islands of the Bahamas are home to some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. You’ll find everything from world-famous resort destinations to popular surf spots and unspoiled stretches of powder-white sand. Here are six of the best beaches in the Bahamas.

Aug312012

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Day Trips from Mexico City

Mexico City

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Mexico City makes a great base for exploring more of Mexico’s central highland region. Visitors who venture beyond city limits will find colonial towns, ancient archaeological sites and spectacular natural attractions.

Aug302012

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Martinique Heritage Days

Caribbean

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Often called the ‘Isle of Flowers,’ Martinique is an island rich in history, culture and natural wonders. Located in the heart of the Caribbean, Martinique is bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by the Caribbean Sea. It’s a well-known destination for active adventures such as diving, surfing and hiking the slopes of the volcanic Mont Pelée, the island’s highest peak; and the island also attracts culture buffs, many of whom head for the capital city of Fort-de-France, which hosts the annual Martinique Heritage Days celebration of island culture.

Aug232012

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First Time Visitor Tips for Cancun

Cancun

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The resort city of Cancun, on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, is one of the most visited beach resort destinations in Mexico and serves as the gateway to the Riviera Maya.

Aug172012

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Coatepec: Mexico’s Coffee Capital

Mexico

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Coffee lovers will enjoy a visit to the colonial city and pueblo mágico (magic town) of Coatepec, also known as Mexico’s coffee capital.

Aug142012

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Golfing on Barbados

Barbados

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If you’ve been searching for the perfect, Caribbean golf getaway, then Barbados might just be your place. In recent years, Barbados has been gaining a reputation as one of the top golf tourism destinations in the Caribbean and each year the island hosts several high profile international golf tournaments. Barbados is home to some of the world’s best golf courses, including scenic courses designed by famous course architects such as Ron Kirby, Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Tom Fazio.

Aug092012

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Isla Holbox in Mexico

Cancun

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With its laid-back Caribbean vibe, Isla Holbox (pronounced hol-bosh) is a tranquil island escape located just off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, northeast of Cancun where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean Sea.

Aug072012

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Honeymooning In Jamaica

Jamaica

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Often called one of the most romantic islands in the Caribbean, Jamaica is a top destination for honeymooning newlyweds. The island is home to more than 200 miles of pristine white-sand beaches; and there’s plenty of space for you to grab a spot along the famous Seven Mile Beach, a beautiful stretch of palm-fringed beachfront that runs along the western coast of the island. Here you’ll find some of the islands best resorts, restaurants and beach bars. Sip a Caribbean rum punch (the national drink of Jamaica), soak in the laid-back pace of island life and spend a romantic evening watching the sun set into the sea.

Aug022012

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5 Best Beaches on the US Virgin Islands

US Virgin Islands

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Consisting of three main islands, St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, the U.S. Virgin Islands are home to some of the best beaches in the Caribbean with fine, powder-white sand and stunning natural beauty. From secluded coves to resort areas, there’s a beach on the U.S. Virgin Islands to suit every type of traveler. Here are five of the best beaches on the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Jul272012

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The Famous Swimming Pigs in the Bahamas

Bahamas

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Hollywood celebrities like Johnny Depp, Eddie Murphy and John Travolta have all built private island homes in the Exuma Cays, a 120-mile-long chain of islands located southeast of Nassau in the Bahamas. The Exuma Cays are some of the most exotic and pristine islands in the Bahamas – two of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies were filmed here – and it’s easy to see why this group of small Caribbean islandscontinues to attract such high profile movie stars. The Exumas, however, are also home to an unusual and unexpected cast of characters: the famous swimming pigs in the Bahamas.

Jul262012

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Isla Mujeres Founding Day

Cancun

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Get a taste of island life, Mexican-style, when you visit the small Caribbean island of Isla Mujeres located just 8 miles (13 km) off the coast of Cancun.

Jul252012

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Whale Watching in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

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Whale watching is one of the top attractions for visitors to the Dominican Republic and each year thousands of humpback whales congregate in the waters just off the coast of the island to breed. Humpback whale breeding season in the Dominican Republic lasts from January through March, and one of the best spots on the island to view these magnificent creatures is the Bahía de Samaná (Samana Bay), located just off the coast of the Samana Peninsula on the island’s northeastern end.

Jul232012

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Hiking the Gros Pitons in St. Lucia

Caribbean

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Mountains cover much of the scenic landscape of the small Caribbean island of St. Lucia. Situated on the southwestern coast of the island, the majestic twin peaks of the famous Piton Mountains are one of the island’s most iconic images. Located near the town of Soufrière along the southern end of Piton Bay, the Piton Mountains overlook the calm, clear waters of the Caribbean Sea and are the best known, most visited and most photographed landmarks on St. Lucia.

Jul172012

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Nightlife on Barbados

Caribbean

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Barbados is a top Caribbean travel destination with a rich heritage and culture. From historic sites to beaches, watersports to shopping, there’s no shortage of things to do on the island of Barbados and that includes after the sun goes down. Many of the island resorts host beach parties and welcome live bands in the evenings to entertain guests, but an even better option is to venture beyond the resort areas to experience the local nightlife on Barbados and get a true taste of island culture.

Jul102012

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Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica

Jamaica

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Kick off the summer season at one of the largest music festivals in the Caribbean. Reggae Sumfest is held each year in mid-July in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Reggae Sumfest is the world’s premiere reggae music festival and the largest and most important annual event to take place on the island of Jamaica. Often called the “Greatest Reggae Show on Earth,” Reggae Sumfest got its start in 1993 and is officially sponsored by Red Stripe beer, which is brewed locally on the island.

Jul052012

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One Day in Puerto Plata

Caribbean

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Puerto Plata is a popular tourist destination and cruise port located on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. One of the country’s top resort destinations, Puerto Plata is famous for its beaches, watersports and deep-sea sport-fishing (as fishing boats can be chartered from the port at Puerto Plata). If you only have one day in Puerto Plata, you can visit the city’s historic downtown area, enjoy the beaches or join a tour or shore excursion to explore more of the Dominican Republic.

Jun292012

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What to Do with One Day in Nassau

Nassau

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Conveniently located off the coast of southern Florida, the Bahamas are a favorite destination for travelers to the Caribbean. The port city of Nassau on New Providence Island is the capital and largest city in the Bahamas, and one of the most popular cruise destinations in the Caribbean. Nassau welcomes thousands of visitors each day with a wide variety of activities and attractions. Enjoy a bit of sightseeing in downtown Nassau, take a stroll along historic Bay Street and shop for souvenirs at the famous Straw Market before hitting the beaches.

Jun252012

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Shopping in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Caribbean

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If you’re looking for that perfect souvenir as a reminder of your Caribbean vacation, then look no further than the Caribbean shopping mecca of Charlotte Amalie: the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands and one of the most popular destinations for cruise ship passengers arriving in St. Thomas. Dubbed the “duty-free shopping capital of the world,” Charlotte Amalie is home to hundreds of shops and boutiques where you’ll find everything from jewelry to clothing, liquor, cosmetics, electronics and souvenirs.

Jun192012

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The Barbados Crop Over Festival

Caribbean

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Bajans take to the streets in an exhilarating display of music and dance during the annual Barbados Crop Over Festival, the largest national festival on the island of Barbados and the largest summer carnival in all of the Caribbean. The Barbados Crop Over Festival is held over five weeks during the summer season, and it’s one of the most exciting times of the year to visit Barbados. The festival, which the locals have dubbed “the sweetest summer festival,” officially begins in late June and continues through the first Monday in August, though some festival-related activities get underway as early as May.

Jun152012

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Getting Around the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

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The Dominican Republic is the second-largest country in the Caribbean and covers an area of more than 18,000 square miles (46,619 square kilometers). It’s one of the most popular Caribbean resort destinations with more than 40 miles (64 kilometers) of tourist facilities, luxury hotels and all inclusive resorts stretching along the country’s southeastern coast, including the famous Punta Cana.

Jun122012

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What To Do with One Day in Montego Bay

Jamaica

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Dubbed the “tourism capital of Jamaica,” Montego Bay is a great city to visit and the surrounding region is jam-packed with things to do. If you only have one day in Montego Bay and choose to spend it in the city, then you’ll want to squeeze in some beach time at Jamaica’s famous Doctor’s Cave Beach, do a bit of shopping and sample the local cuisine – try the Jamaican jerk chicken paired with a local Red Stripe beer. In the evening, enjoy live reggae music at one of the local nightspots.

Jun072012

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The Aruba Hi Winds Festival

Caribbean

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Aruba has long been attracting windsurfers to its shores, and each year the island plays host to the Aruba Hi Winds Festival, the largest and best-known amateur windsurfing and kiteboarding competition in the Caribbean. The Aruba Hi Winds Festival takes place over six days in early July and attracts windsurfers and kiteboarders from around the world.

Jun042012

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The Wild Horses of the Bahamas

Bahamas

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Often found foraging in the pine forests, the Abaco Barbs are a rare and endangered breed of wild horses living on the island of Great Abaco in the Bahamas.

The Abaco Barbs were originally bred from Barbary horses native to the North Coast of Africa and later crossed with Spanish breeds before arriving in the Caribbean. They’re known for having great speed, stamina, intelligence and the ability to survive under extreme conditions.

May292012

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The Best Cocktails in the Caribbean

Caribbean

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Nothing beats sipping a tropical cocktail while relaxing on the white sands of the Caribbean. Rum has its origins in the Caribbean and today, some of the world’s best rum continues to be produced on the islands. Rum plays an important role in island culture and it’s a key ingredient in many of the best Caribbean cocktails. Each island has its own rum-based cocktail, and it’s worth sampling a few to find your favorite. Here are five classic Caribbean cocktails to get you started:

May242012

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5 Things to Do With Kids on Aruba

Caribbean

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Not only is Aruba one of the most visited islands in the Caribbean, but it’s also one of the Caribbean’s most kid-friendly islands. From underwater tours, to animal attractions and the best family-friendly beaches, here are five things to do with kids on Aruba.

May222012

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Cayman Islands Travel Tips for First Time Visitors

Caribbean

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A modern Caribbean paradise best-known for beach vacations and off-shore banking, the Cayman Islands are a group of three small tropical islands situated in the western Caribbean Sea. Grand Cayman is the largest of the Cayman Islands, and the smaller sister islands include Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. First time visitors to the Cayman Islands will enjoy getting to know this slice of the Caribbean, now a major financial center and a safe and family-friendly destination.

May112012

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Swimming with Stingrays in Grand Cayman

Caribbean

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One of the most popular things to do in the Caribbean is to check out the vast variety of sea life found in the ocean. In Grand Cayman, the largest of the Cayman Islands, this means sharing the crystal-clear, waist-deep waters with Giant Southern Atlantic stingrays at Stingray City.

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