Monkey Business in Taroko

It was the ultimate game of cat and mouse – or human and monkey, in this case. Rested and wide-eyed from a blissful sleep at the Grand Formosa in Taiwan’s Taroko National Park (www.taroko.gov.tw), I woke up earlier than usual. Nightlife was no issue on this five-star stay, which proved an indulgence in an eight-day sojourn that typically found me up later than usual. I had slept with the doors opens, lulled to la-la land by a babbling...

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Beach Bounty

I’ve hunted and collected beach glass ever since my days of beachcombing the Windward and North shores of Oahu. So when I came across a mother load in the sleepy fishing village of Puerto Angel, this heavenly slice of Mexico’s Pacific Coast shot even higher up my list of great south of the border retreats. Waiting for lunch at Cordelia’s on Playa Panteon, I decided to check if the water was as pleasant as it had been...

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Vouching For “The Village”

OK. Maybe I’m a bit biased when it comes to Hawaii. While I’m not the least bit surprised that National Geographic Traveler has named Kona Village Resort to its annual “Stay List,” I’m surprised that only five Hawaii properties were actually tapped for this prestigious group. Regardless, I have included this wonderful retreat on my own personal roster of Hawaii favorites since my first visit during the 1980s. Each time I’m fortunate...

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Beauty, Banos & Big Name Golfers

My fingers are crossed. When visiting Huatulco, Oaxaca last week, I was told by various visitor industry contacts that Mexicana Airlines plans to launch much-needed nonstop service from LAX to HUX this summer. The destination certainly warrants the convenient West Coast access with its emerging eco-tourism options, remarkable cuisine, sparkling bays, rich cultural diversions, roster of fine accommodations and commitment to continue...

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New Caledonia Spins South Pacific Travel

For years, New Caledonians have used the catch phrase “France in the Pacific” to promote their country to the international tourist market. It’s certainly that, with fashionistas crossing paths with the more casual clad in brightly colored clothing reflecting an island lifestyle. It’s that softened, exotic Pacific attitude that makes this destination even more appealing, especially among travelers into warm tropical weather,...

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Shooting For The Stars

Sure, I can spot the Big Dipper. And while I love a full moon, nothing beats the promise of wishing on a shooting star. But those iconic nighttime wonders aside, my knowledge of a darkened sky is basic at best. Determined to heighten my celestial sense, I knew few Earthly viewing venues could top Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island. So on a recent romp to this remarkably diverse island, I decided to shoot for Hawaii Forest & Trail’s...

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