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Cuba: A Slow Pace of Life

Preconceptions of Cuba The pictures of Cuba highlighted in the glossy pages of my guide book show a vibrant world of flamenco dancers and multicolored 1950s cars, and yet the blisteringly hot cement building my small plane touches down outside seemed to have little in...

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Learnin’ Creole in Antigua

Island Arrival I touch down at a modern airport that began life as a dusty WWII airstrip. The sole immigration officer present carefully looks over my paperwork, but waves me through with a full toothed smile and a few words in a thick local island dialect - "ya mon -...

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Customs when entering The Bahamas

The Customs officers in The Bahamas were deeply suspicious of my motives for visiting their country on two separate occasions within one week. My itinerary was taking me from Grand Cayman to Montego Bay and then on to Nassau, before heading over to the Turks and...

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Cockburn Town, Grand Turk Island

Along Duke Street are some lovely restored buildings dating from around one hundred years ago with casuarina, frangipani, and Caribbean pine trees in the gardens. The sea is never far away with its clarity and light-blue colour being a constant feature all the way...

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Flyin’ Solo at Sandals

Sandals Grande Antigua I bet you’re like me, a traveler with a jones for the tropical getaway. So when I get the opportunity for a long weekend visit to Sandals and tell my friends about this good fortune, they ask – “what’s a single traveler got to do at a couple's...

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Havana Perspective

Running Through Havana A New Lens on Havana Understanding the flow of Cuban life begins at the artery of the Old City, Calle Obispo. Formed of piece-mealed cobblestone and sand (occasionally broken up to reveal new fiber-optic cable), Calle Obispo’s streets run from...

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Skipping the Beach on Aruba Vacations

Skipping the Beach in Aruba With a threat of endangered bats bound to fly into my hair, I was not crazy about climbing the steps to the mouth of the cave. But this was the real, natural Aruba I hoped to immerse myself in, so into the hole I went found inside the...

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Curacao’s Colorful Culture

Curacao’s Colorful Culture   The restaurant owner slipped something in my hand with a wink, and then was gone. He gifted me a little colorful coin purse with “Jaanchie’s” emblazoned on the front as a thank you for savoring his food. But it really wasn’t necessary...

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Meet the People in Jamaica

  JAMAICA TOURIST BOARD ENCOURAGES VISITORS TO ‘MEET THE PEOPLE’ AND EXPERIENCE THE JAMAICAN WAY OF LIFE KINGSTON, JAMAICA – October 28, 2013 – To offer visitors a chance to explore beyond the resort and experience the Jamaican way of life, the Jamaica Tourist...

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