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Swimming & Diving Among Giant Sea Turtles in Akumal, Mexico

Located 120 kilometers south of Cancun, Akumal is a place of virgin beaches with crystal clear water, natural areas and hundreds of turtles that thrive in this area, protected by national authorities. Akumal is one of the calmest places on the Mayan Riviera, 37 km from the Riviera's main city, Playa del…

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Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on March 22, 2017 at 10:01am — No Comments

Around the Horn of South America



We boarded our ship in Buenos Aires, and the cruise would take us right around South America around the famous … or infamous … Cape Horn to Valpariaso.

I thought of the old sea shanty ‘Paddy Lay Back’:



‘… for we’re bound for Valparaiso round the…

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Added by Keith Kellett on March 21, 2017 at 11:42am — No Comments

Dos and Don’ts When Visiting Singapore

One of the most vibrant and popular destination in Asia, Singapore is renowned for its cleanliness and a garden city with unique cultural fusion of Malay, Indian, Chinese and European immigrants. The city is clean, efficient and safe city because of its laws, enforced strictly for people to…

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Added by Akshay Koranne on March 20, 2017 at 8:24am — No Comments

Having a Ball in the Baltics: A Visit to Riga



Latvia
 has quite the roller-coaster history, controlled by powers including Lithuania, Sweden, and Russia,  until the birth of a new republic in 1918. Then of course it fell back under Soviet Russian subjugation until the rebirth of a new independent republic in 1991.



I first visited…

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Added by David Paul Appell on March 19, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

My Favorite Dive Spots in French Polynesia



Tahiti is a goldmine for divers of all skill levels. It has something to offer for everyone and anyone. The dive sites here are some of the best in the world and mostly unspoiled. Tahiti is located in the southern Pacific Ocean, and is home to thousands of varieties of marine life and beautiful…

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Added by Robert Walsh on March 18, 2017 at 6:56am — No Comments

A Thought for St. Patrick's Day: Celts Were in Spain Before Ireland!



by Miguel Martínez Rabanal



If everyone’s a little Irish today on St. Patrick’s Day, you could maybe also say that everyone’s a little Spanish, too. That’s because the culture that has made Ireland as…

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Added by Iberia Airlines on March 17, 2017 at 2:58am — No Comments

Biarritz, France: Classic Elegance Meets New Cool



Astride the coast of the Aquitaine region and France’s Basque Country, the country’s southwesternmost city (just 19 kilometres/12 miles from the Spanish border) has been one of its most famous seaside resorts since the mid-19th century. And still strongly flavoured with…

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Added by Jose Balido on March 16, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Best Attraction in Sint Maarten?

Nothing wrong with joining the crowds that gather at Maho Bay to stand four feet under the jumbo jets coming in for a landing (what could possibly go wrong?), but I have a new favorite…

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Added by Ed Wetschler on March 15, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Velas Vallarta Resort Infuses Puerto Vallarta's Essence Into Your Stay

While the Mexican Riviera boasts many stellar lodging options, over on the Pacific coast near Puerto Vallarta, Velas Vallarta Resort has the distinct advantage of offering you an intriguing balance of sybaritic retreat conveniences with plenty of opportunities for genuine cultural…

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Added by Steve Mirsky on March 14, 2017 at 7:20am — No Comments

A Twofer of Local Dining Favorites in Ocean City, Maryland

Savvy travelers know that the best restaurants are the ones where the locals eat.  So when the fam and I took an off-season trip to Ocean City, MD, the good folks at the Dunes Manor Hotel & Suites had two very appealing recommendations for us:  Embers Buffet and 28th Street Pit-n-Pub…

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Added by Travel Daddy on March 13, 2017 at 1:24am — No Comments

The Coasts of Morocco



The extensive coastline of Morocco offers a great variety of options along their 3,500 kilometers. It’s hard to choose among its many beaches, because you’ll always have to leave out something. It has beaches washed by the waters of the Atlantic and many others facing the Mediterranean, beaches suited for families and modern ones with a chill out…

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Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on March 12, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

The “Painted Stone” : Celestún on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula

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On a recent visit to Mérida, the capital city of Yucatan State, we opted for a side trip to the Reserva de la Biosfera Ria Celestun (Celestun Biosphere Reserve).

This protected, coastal wetland reserve and wildlife refuge encompasses over 147,000 acres and showcases their hugh flocks of vibrant pink Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber). The flamingo nesting area was one thing, but pink was not the only…

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Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on March 11, 2017 at 5:02pm — No Comments

Tasting Washington States Wines at California's Rancho Valencia Resort



As I meandered along the tree-covered hills and winding roads leading to Rancho Valencia Resort in Rancho Sante Fe, California (U.S. News and World Report’s number-one resort in California,) my anticipation grew. I was not…

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Added by Linda Milks on March 10, 2017 at 8:31am — No Comments

Safely Experiencing the Favelas (Slums) of Rio de Janeiro





Rio de Janeiro
 famously boasts one of the most spectacular natural settings of any major world city, a charismatic interplay of ocean with dramatic plunging hills (the most dramatic and reknowned, of course, being Sugarloaf and Corcovado). And though much of Rio has a prosperous…

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Added by David Paul Appell on March 9, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

In Bulgaria, Sofia's Choice



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Added by Iberia Airlines on March 8, 2017 at 9:38am — No Comments

An Updated Tale of Two Cities: A Recent Visit to Paris





In the middle of the 19th century, Dickens wrote his famous Tale of Two Cities about life in Paris during the French Revolution. Dickens contrasts the life of les misérables”(the poor) with the life of ceux de bonheur (those living happy lives).  In…

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Added by Peter Tarlow on March 7, 2017 at 8:13pm — No Comments

Shanghai Old and New



What’s it like to visit the world’s largest city proper (as opposed to greater metropolitan area, which is Tokyo)? A city on the mouths of the Yangtze and Huangpo River roughly midway along the South China Sea coast where the numbers boggle – 24 million spread across…

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Added by Jose Balido on March 6, 2017 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Living in a Castle in Spain

Remember the old saying about "building castles in Spain"?

No, I didn't build one but I did live in one for a week. My castle in Spain went by the grandiose name of El Castillo de Alarcón.

El Castillo is 200 kilometers from the capital, Madrid, and is set on a rocky promontory surrounded by a deep gorge through which the River Júcar flows.

It looks across the gorge to the rolling green, yellow and red countryside which characterizes so…

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Added by Flora Crassus on March 5, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Top Chefs Helm Dinner in the Sky at Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta

It all started in Belgium when culinary communications agency Hakuna Matata partnered with The Fun Group, an amusement park ride installer, to offer the first Dinner in the Sky in 2006.…

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Added by Steve Mirsky on March 4, 2017 at 11:41pm — No Comments

Things to Do in Madagascar, the Island Of Lemurs

       photo: Freeimages



As the world's fourth largest island, widely considered to be an eighth continent of its own, Madagascar is a jewel in Africa. Its isolation is mesmerizing, with a variety of activities contained within this one space. From stately baobab trees, some of which are over 800 years old,…

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Added by Jeniffer Page on March 3, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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