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Homestay Hopping: Amazing Cuba Road Trip

*This Cuba road trip article is the cover story in the Spring 2018 issue of Vacation Rental Travels Magazine (pages 34 – 47)* It’s been one of the most controversial destinations for Americans since the 1960s.  But love it or hate it, no one can deny that Cuba is intriguing. Starting in January 2015, President Obama opened […]

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Dirty Tricks: Erase Years in St. Lucia Mud Bath

Sometimes getting down and dirty is a good thing. Take my birthday, for instance.  Instead of advancing a year, I decided I’d rather try taking a few years off, using therapeutic mud.  At least that was my goal… well, that and jumping on the opportunity to unleash my inner 5-year-old. The Sulfur Springs on St. […]

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Aruba Travel Tips – Best Things to Do for a Fun-Crammed Vacation

by Bonnie Aleman As the four-wheel drive jeep lunges forward along an unpaved road in the Arikok National Park, I have to laugh at my Caribbean experience. Aruba turned out to be a lot more than resort hotels lining white sandy beaches and lazy days lounging by the pool. My trip turned into two weeks […]

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Carnival Cruise: How to Visit the Bahamas on a Budget

Have you ever looked at a friend’s Facebook pictures of frolicking fun on exotic islands and wondered how they could afford it?  Have you lamented being able to visit the Bahamas on a budget? You’re not alone. Taking a tropical vacation with a limited budget is easier than you think.  Carnival’s cruises to the Bahamas out […]

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Meet Puerto Rico’s Most Impressive Woman: Doña Fela

Felisa Rincón de Gautier, known affectionately as Doña Felisa or Doña Fela, was the first woman mayor of San Juan and one of the most prominent political figures in the history of Puerto Rico — a gorgeous Caribbean island that Americans generally do not need a passport for. Dona Fela’s Background Born in Ceiba as […]

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Regatta Race St Maarten: The One Thing You Must Do Here

Sailing is fun, but racing?  Even better!  And what better place to experience the thrill of speeding through the warm turquoise Caribbean ocean off the island of St. Maarten with the strong trade winds at your back. As part of my Carnival cruise excursion, I was not just a passenger on board one of the […]

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22 Fun Things to Try on Carnival’s Southern Caribbean Cruise

It took me a while to book my first cruise.  I was concerned that I would be “bored on board” or that I wouldn’t have enough time in port.  Having now cruised on three different Carnival ships within the last six months, I needn’t have worried.  Whether traveling with girlfriends, a sweetie, or solo, I […]

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Bohemian Rhapsody: Bahama Cruise from Charleston

I didn’t want to do it. Every fiber of my being was screaming, “NO!” The seemingly vertical drop looked bottomless. But I had no choice… after all, I had a reputation to maintain. I’d already nailed adrenaline stunts like skydiving,  hang gliding, and tons of bad-ass roller coasters with ease. So why was a  “little” […]

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Curacao Chichi Dolls: Art, Entrepreneurism, and Community Service

Not only was my “Chichi®” one of my favorite souvenirs from Curaçao, a Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela, it’s one of my favorite artifacts from all of my world travels. Each one a hand-painted original, these voluptuous clay sculptures open their arms as if to draw you into a loving embrace.  “Chichi,” in […]

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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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