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

by Bonnie Aleman, updated 2020 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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Bohamian 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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BEST Activities & Beaches in Culebra, Puerto Rico for Families [updated 2021]

“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 from the beaches in Culebra. That’s what Flamenco Beach on the northwest coast of Culebra is like. Hailed in tourist brochures as one […]

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Ostrich Farm Curacao: This Place is for the Birds!

While Curacao is most well-known for the iconic Dutch architecture of its UNESCO World Heritage downtown, turquoise palm-lined beaches, and world-class diving, there are also opportunities for adventures like… feeding birds at the Curacao Ostrich Farm Tour. What? Bird-feeding doesn’t sound very exciting, you say? Well, this is no ordinary bird-watching expedition!  The Curacao Ostrich Farm […]

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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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