Collected by Natalie Taylor, AFAR Local Expert
San Fuego 70, Santa Cruz, Aruba
Among the 20 percent of Aruba that’s protected land, Arikok National Park boasts lava fields, limestone terrain, and a small beach, all crisscrossed with picturesque hiking trails. Paths lead to gold mine ruins, former plantations, and...
Renaissance Island, Aruba
Aruba is not known so much for its flamingos as for its beaches and aloe. But you'll find these beautiful pink birds on Renaissance Island, which is owned by the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino in the capital city, Oranjestad. While the city...
Main Street, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Happy Bay, St Martin
The start of the path is quite easy to find in Friar’s Bay. Just walk North past Kali’s Beach Bar and past Friar’s Bay Beach Bar until you see a path marked by orange arrows. It should lead up a hill. (There appears to be another path that goes...
Henrys, Bridgetown, Barbados
There's simply no better place to get Caribbean spiny lobster on Barbados than Lobster Alive. Fact. Why? Because practically every lobster sold in every restaurant on the island comes through this one unassuming location. The problem is that due...
Las Terrazas, Cuba
While in Cuba, I visited the nature reserve called Las Terrazas. There I found a coffee shop that served this capppuccino with a surprise cinnamon topping. With a specially designed stencil, the servers offer up a real Cuban coffee with an image...
Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
While visiting Old Havana, I couldn't resist a photograph of this elderly cigar smoker. She added some local color to a wonderful day in the historic and colonial heart of Havana. Old Havana is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is a beautifully...
Grace Bay Rd, Grace Bay TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands
Housed on a 1,100-foot stretch of beachfront, Grace Bay Club is as stylishly current as it was in 1993, when it became the first luxury hotel to open on the then nearly empty sands of Grace Bay. From its original 21 rooms, the upscale property has...
54 Bonaventure Crescent, Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands
Located in the heart of Grace Bay's white sand beaches, the Ocean Club West is a relaxing and intimate resort. All suites have rustic and unpretentious island decor, a kitchen suite (complete with big fridge!), dining and living area. There are a...
Blue Hills Rd, TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands
Conch is as ubiquitous on Turks and Caicos restaurant menus as palm trees on the beaches, and at Da Conch Shack, you’ll find it prepared any way you can imagine. Of course, there are the classic dishes of conch fritters, conch chowder,...
Santa Fe, Cebu, Philippines
Bantayan Island is a hidden gem, and is sometimes dubbed as the quieter version of the popular but more busy Boracay. It has the same fine white sands and clear light blue waters, minus the busy night parties of Boracay. A couple of friends and I...
หาดท่าน้ำ Tambon Ko Chang, Amphoe Ko Chang, Chang Wat Trat 23170, Thailand
Since a youngster I've been warned that names can be deceiving and when it comes to Lonely Beach this is certainly true. The images conjured up of crystal clear turquoise waters lapping gently at the miles of stretching white sand, not a single...
Angol Beach, White Beach Path, Boracay, 5608 Aklan, Philippines
There are so many islands in the Philippines, its hard to pick just one destination. However, if you want white smooth sand, open blue skies, clear warm water and a ton of water sport activities then Boracay is the island of choice. This hassle...
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