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Bora Bora Overwater Bungalows

When it comes to luxury vacations, few destinations can beat the magical island of Bora Bora.  Dubbed “the most beautiful island in the world,” by author James Mitchener and “the pearl of the Pacific” by Captain Cook, this tiny piece of French Polynesian paradise bewitches all who venture to her shores. Just mention to anyone […]

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Culebra Beach and Beyond: Family Fun on the Caribbean’s Best Kept Secret

“It’s invisible water!” exclaimed my 9-year-old son. I could see his point. Standing waist -deep in the crystal surf, the water below him looked more like it came out of a tap than the ocean. That’s what Flamenco Beach on the northwest coast of Culebra is like. Hailed in tourist brochures as one of the […]

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Beyond Thailand’s Temples: Top 10 Things to do in Phuket

Sure, Thailand is a wealth of intriguing culture and rich history. But after you’ve had your fill of the gorgeous temples, stately palaces, and Golden Buddha’s, head south. Phuket, dubbed “the Pearl of the Andaman,” is the largest and most well-known of the islands in the Andaman Sea on Thailand’s southern peninsula. Hosting leafy jungles, […]

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Playa Avellanas: Costa Rica’s Hidden Beach

Just six miles south of the popular tourist beach town of Tamarindo in Costa Rica, is a pristine beach loved by locals…and the tourists who can find it. Playa Avellanas is an oasis at the end of a long warren of dusty, bumpy dirt roads.  There are no souvenir shops here, no high rise hotels, […]

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Mexico Hot Spots for Beach-Lovers

With much of the U.S experiencing one of the chilliest winters in recent history, the thought of spreading a towel on a warm, palm-lined beach or curling up with a book under an oceanfront palapa is very appealing.  Add to that the affordability and safety of many of the Mexico hot spot tourist areas and […]

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Things to Do in Ocho Rios for a Fun Weekend in Jamaica

Jamaica is the third largest Caribbean island, and there are several areas to stay.  Depending on how much time you will be on the island, you might be able to leisurely visit many different cities and beaches, but or for a Jamaica weekend, you’ll have to choose just one. This time it was just a long-weekend […]

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Best Things to Do in Barbados with Kids

Exploring Barbados with kids was one of our best family vacations! Instead of staying at our usual venue of a hotel with amenities, we chose to stay at the New Haven Mansion —  a U-shaped collection of Spanish style apartments with lush gardens, overlooking a courtyard with pool.  Although the decor was a little bit […]

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Curious about Curacao? Here Are the 15 Best Things to Do In Curacao

Curaçao, a Dutch Caribbean island, is best-known for the iconic Dutch architecture of its UNESCO World Heritage downtown, turquoise palm-lined beaches, and world-class diving around expansive coral reefs teeming with marine life. Here are the must-see things to do in Curacao. 1.  The climate. Curaçao is one of the Dutch ABC islands, along with its […]

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Sanibel Island Vacations: Casa Ybel Resort

Looking for a great place to kick back on a fun, relaxing and romantic weekend interlude or a fun place to get away for the weekend with kiddos?  Try a Sanibel Island vacation at the Casa Ybel Resort,  just across the bay from Ft. Meyers on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Located off the southwestern coast of Florida, […]

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Things to Do in La Paz Mexico: My Wild Birthday Bash

Published in International Living Magazine, July 8, 2013 When you get to a certain age, the idea of blowing out candles jammed into a cake laden with thick, sickeningly-sweet wallpaper paste-like frosting is no longer appealing. So when offered the opportunity to spend my birthday in a beautiful part of Mexico, I didn’t have to […]

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