Two man standing beside an antique car in Havana, Cuba

Two man standing beside an antique car in Havana, Cuba

Looking down on Megan's Bay, St. Thomas

Looking down on Megan's Bay, St. Thomas

swimming with the stingrays in the Bahamas

swimming with the stingrays in the Bahamas

The wind blows through a gazebo in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Every year, couples come to ...

The wind blows through a gazebo in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Every year, couples come to ...

Caribbean travel reviews

The "real" Havana

Chance meeting with a local leads to the unexpected.

I was sitting on the sea wall with my friend Ben, watching the sun set over Havana Harbor, when I smoked my first cigar. And my second. And my ninth. During our sunset routine on ...

I drank my fill in the Bahamas

The first-annual Rum Bahamas fest, plus more island exploring.

The Caribbean and Atlantic islands weren’t the origin of rum – that was created in New England – but they were part of the trade triangle that included African slaves and island molasses. Any thought ...

PriceSmart brouhaha in Jamaica resolved

Cubans can now shop at membership stores

Cubans working in Jamaica are again free to shop at membership retailer PriceSmart, according to the publication The Gleaner. Earlier this year, PriceSmart suspended accounts of residents and staff of the Cuban embassy on Jamaica. ...

Better than Hawaii?

The case for Puerto Rico: cheaper, friendlier, more accessible.

Puerto Rico offers a better travel experience than Hawaii - it is more accessible to visitors, more wildly beautiful, friendlier, less expensive, and has a rhythmic undercurrent that is infectious, lively, delicious and mindbending. San ...

A Cuban love story: the summers of 1896 and 2012

"While the city sleeps, I think of you."

In the summer of 1896, yellow fever, civil unrest, an independence war, collapsing buildings and general economic despair threatened the lives of the entire populace of Havana, Cuba. In the summer of 2012, cholera, civil ...

Providencia, Colombia

Tales of pirates and Puritans in this Caribbean island hideaway.

Below us, the island came into view, encircled by a brittle ring of coral reefs made distinguishable by whitewater ripping at the edges. A turquoise iris skirted the white sandy edges of the Caribbean island ...

Bridging the gap in Haiti

Only three hours in Haiti, I'd seen forms of travel that spanned hundreds of years – a woman on a mule, a man on a horse, people walking, riding bicycles and on mopeds, brightly colored ...

Vacation Evolutis

A (literal) getaway in Haiti.

The majority of non-business travel is for one special thing, “Vacation.” The word within the word vacation is "vacate" ("4. an act or an instance of vacating," Merriam-Webster), so by extension looking at it as ...

En Route in Port-au-Prince

A first impression following the 3-year anniversary of the quake.

I stepped off the plane and onto the tarmac, directed toward a small white building with bright blue lettering: "Toussaint Louverture." The massive cracks in the side of the building were visible even before we ...

Must-see Colombia

Get off the tourist track and see undiscovered Caribbean coast.

Most of the Caribbean has long since lost its authenticity, being overrun by cruise ships, high-pressure touts and one too many Jimmy Buffet wannabes. But there are still a few places where you can find ...

La Vida Tranquila: A Family's Pursuit of Paradise

Escaping suburban America for the tiny island of Útila, Honduras.

(Originally appeared as a 9/4/12 blog entry at HuffingtonPost.com.) In 1998, I left a boyfriend who admitted he couldn't commit to anything more than putting food in the cat's bowl. We were in our early ...

A Return to Cuba

As I walked through U.S. customs down the hall and out the electric doors into the Los Angeles sunlight, I was excited to see my mother. My mother, upon seeing me, both smiled and then ...

U.S. Virgin Islands: Domestic Caribbean

The Virgin Islands are a great travel destination. While the islands are American territories, accept U.S. dollars, and speak English, there remains an exotic, faraway flavor about them. West Indian culture strongly influences the islands ...

Havana with my Father: “Por la Izquierda”

As usual, my father disappeared while I was still sleeping. For a second, I wondered what a 65-year-old tourist would be doing alone in the middle of Havana at 8 in the morning. Then I ...

Jamaica – A Family Visit

Wow. Where to even begin. My grandmother was born and raised in St. Catherine Parish, Jamaica. For as long as I can remember, she's always described Jamaica as "a beautiful and fun place." This summer, ...

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