This fabled sea, covering more than a million square miles and 7,000 islands with diverse languages, cultures, and ecosystems, has become probably the planet's premier vacation playground. Here it's all about its regional issues and allures.

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5 highlights of the holidays in Puerto Rico

TexPhoto   There may be no snow - and precious little ice skating or hot cocoa - on this lush, tropical Caribbean island, but there’s certainly holiday cheer, and lots of it, for a good long time – in fact, Puerto Rico takes pride in having the world’s lengthiest season of Navidad (Christmas), around 45 days or so, beginning right after Thanksgiving (meaning the third Friday in November) and lasting through mid-January. Along the way are various festivities, activities, and highlights not to…

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Marking its 500th anniversary, Old San Juan remains an atmospheric classic   El Viejo San Juan is the core of one of the Americas' oldest still existing cities, and this year Puerto Rico has been marking the 500th anniversary of its founding in 1521 by Juan Ponce de León (of Florida Fountain of Youth fame). Its strategic location made it the first stop of many merchant and military ships traveling from Spain to the rest of the empire's colonies, so it's packed not just with the requisite cobblestone streets, plazas and charming Spanish colonial…

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In St Croix, history, horticulture & hospitality reside at The Buccaneer Resort

The Manor House, which is still in use today, was built in 1653 by the Knights of Malta. The sugar mill, constructed in 1733, now serves as a venue for weddings. Former slave quarters dating back 250 years provide lodging. It’s not often a visit to a destination hotel includes a history tour spanning several centuries. But history permeates the grounds of The Buccaneer on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Just a ten minute drive from island capital Christiansted, it was opened by Douglas…

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The colonial - and beachy - charms of Trinidad, Cuba

When I started visiting one of Cuba's earliest settlements (founded in 1514), down in the central south coast some five or so hours from Havana's in the late 1990s, Trinidad was a sleepy little colonial gem in the rough – as in, fairly shabby like most other Cuban towns, seemingly trapped in amber, even smaller feeling than its population of a little over 70,000. The colonial quarter was all about cobblestone streets lined with those retro old U.S. cars parked in front of low-slung,…

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  • The untold story here is not just the coming of a new airport terminal; it's St. Lucia's embrace of a trend throughout the Caribbean to spread travelers around each island instead of clustering resorts in just one or two hotspots (e.g. Montego Bay, San Juan). In this case,

    St. Lucia's plan is to encourage more hotels in the underdeveloped southern part of the island. That's not just where the airport is; it's also closer to the Pitons. Here's the skinny.

    St. Lucia Will Build a New Airport Terminal
    The redevelopment of Saint Lucia’s international airport will get underway very soon. On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, the Parliament of Saint Lucia vo…
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    I am new i want some infro for travel 

  • Check out short video of post- HurricaneIrma St. Martin.

    Also, see how you -- yes, you -- can help in disaster relief and recovery.

  • An apology and correction: The tweetchat about Guadeloupe, the hottest destination in the Caribbean (up 23% in 2013), is today at 2 pm., not yesterday. I hope you can make it. For corrected invitation see

  • St John is beautiful, but the second best on earth! Besides, how silly is it even to have a ranking system. But...#1 of the ones I have been to, Kauai; #2, Kerrera, Scotland; #3, Isle of Dogs, London (actually, that's a fib!).

  • Hi Victor, it's a quick direct flight from San Juan on the new Seaborne airlines (replacing the American Eagle flight). If you want to visit during sea turtle season, it is from March - October each year. 

  • I have to go there...thanks for the info

  • Rosalie Bay Resort: It's on my short list of resorts I very much want to visit. 

  • From grandchildren in Minnesota to baby sea turtles in Dominica -

    The owner of Rosalie Bay Resort on Dominica shares her journey, leaving behind family in Minnesota, to creating the eco resort and saving sea turtles in the newest episode of EX-PATS.

    View her inspiring story here:

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