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Taboga Island, Panama
Isla Taboga is about a 45-minute ferry ride from the marina at Amador Causeway. Sit at the ferry bow to get an unobstructed view of cargo ships waiting to queue the Panama Canal. The sleepy island lures locals to its shores and is home to a nearly...
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Panama City, Panama
Coffee lovers go to the Bajareque Coffee House & Roastery, where the owner grows, dries, roasts, and grinds his own beans. World-renowned geisha beans are sourced from the owner's family farm in the Boquete region. Buy a bag or two to savor a...
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San Felipe, Panamá, Panama
The Spanish colonial square is abuzz with children playing baseball, couples canoodling on park benches, and folks socializing over coffee at patio tables. It's a welcoming area for sitting at a cafe and taking in the scene, day or night. Relaxing...
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Calle 8a Oeste, Panamá, Panama
Arco Chato (the Flat Arch) on Avenida A, an architectural ruin in the old quarter near Iglesia de Santo Domingo, houses an outdoor gallery of intriguing and modern sculptural works and art installations. The ruins, the rustic stone, and the...
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Calle 9 con Calle Boquete (Esquina Casco Antiguo, Panama
Wine? Check. Tapas? Check. New friends? You bet. Good times are meant to be shared. Tinto de Verano offers a comfortable, intimate setting for sipping wine, sharing tapas, and lingering with locals. Speaking of lingering, the plush, tufted booth...
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Panama City, Panama
Mostaza offers an upscale, formal setting for an intimate dinner in the heart of Casco Viejo, yet it's tucked away in a discreet corner. Take advantage of the outdoor ambience and dine at an al fresco table in front of the historic ruin Arco Chato...
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Av. A, Panamá, Panama
If you'd rather pass on trendy bars but want to enjoy a beer in Casco Viejo, then perhaps La Bencidad, with its outdoor patio, would be more up your alley. It's very popular with locals for live music and dancing. It's at Avenida A, between Calle...
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Calle Miller, Panamá, Panama
One of Panama City's oldest bars, the Balboa Yacht Club sits just before the Amador Causeway. It's an institution in the community, and locals frequent here. Chill with a cerveza Balboa on the covered wooden terrace, and take in views of the...
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Flamenco Island, Panama City, Panama
For food recommended by locals, bring your appetite and try the grilled specialties at Lenos & Carbon. The place has two locations, at Albrook Mall and Amador Causeway (the latter is near the end at the wharf and offers great harbor views).
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Avenida A., Calle 6a Oeste, Panamá, Panama
Step into Panama City’s Diablo Rosso and you’ll find yourself in a “creative think tank” and gallery that would fit comfortably into any of the world’s headliner art scenes. Diablo Rosso was founded in 2006 to promote emerging talent in the area,...
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Vía Cincuentenario, Panamá, Panama
These impressive stone ruins are all that remain of the original Panama City, founded in 1519 by the feared conquistador Pedro Arias de Ávila. Although the Panamá Viejo (or Panamá La Vieja) remains are now skeletal, a tour of the site is a crash...
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La Alameda, Panamá, Panama
City parks are often urban oases of natural life, but few offer the ecological drama of Panama City's Parque Natural Metropolitano, the city's largest park. While residents stroll, play sports, and relax within its leafy acres, travelers often...
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Calle República de Uruguay, Panamá, Panama
Sit down for a meal at La Posta, and you’ll feel as if you’ve been seated on the private verandah of a local who’s about to share some wonderful stories as well as fine food. With sweeping vegetation, exposed-wood ceilings, woven chairs and warm...
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Panama City, Panama
After biking or walking to the end of Amador Causeway, aren't you ready for a reward? Go to Alberto's on Isla Flamenco. Sit back and sip a fresh limonada and enjoy panoramic views of the bay. For a leisurely, open-air spot to hang out at night, go...
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Playa Venao, Panama
Karimar, popular with locals for its beachside restaurant and bar, also offers Karimar Aventura outdoor activities, which include boating, fishing, and jet skiing. Excursions provide some fun in the sun for teenagers and groups.
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Veracruz, Panama
Playa Veracruz is dotted with about a dozen small ranchitos (concessions) and bars. During weekends, it's especially popular with young locals, who come here to let loose and dine on super cheap grub. The offerings are good: ceviche, fried fish,...
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Panama Canal, Panama
A great love for Panama’s biodiversity and culture is palpable in all tours offered by Ancon Expeditions of Panamá. Based in Panama City, Ancon is one of the country’s leading operators, and Lonely Planet, National Geographic Traveler, and other...
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Av Central, Panamá, Panama
Savor a slice (or, rather, a cup) of Panamanian daily life at the Café Coca-Cola, which bills itself as the country’s oldest café. Whether or not this is true, the practice of sitting down for a coffee, a newspaper, and conversation about current...
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Calle 49, Panamá, Panama
From the same team behind Market and La Posta, La Chesa restaurant distinguishes itself by serving warm Tuscan cuisine in the heart of Panama. Pappardelle, panzanella, and pollo cacciatorre may satisfy those whose enthusiasm for plantains and...
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Playa Negra, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limón, 70401, Costa Rica
Tucked away in its own little world, a 20 minute beach walk north of the laid back surfer town of Puerto Viejo, Hotel Banana Azul is a little piece of heaven. You become their family and they become yours as you share meals, get to know the house...
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In front of Villas del Caribe, Limón Province, Punta Cocles, Costa Rica
I am so thrilled that I was able to visit the Jaguar Rescue Center while I was in Puerto Viejo. This was by far the highlight of my entire trip to Costa Rica. I am a huge animal lover and I'm so proud of the JRC's efforts to help injured animals....
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36, Limón, Costa Rica
On our most recent trip to Costa Rica one of my goals was to take a photo of a sloth in the wild. While on a walking tour in Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, our guide Florentino turned to me and said 'do you see it?' What an amazing photo...
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Limón Province, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
All along Avenida 71 in the tiny surf town of Puerto Viejo, on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, can be found terrific shopping for the curious tourist. From handcrafted furniture to factory-made trinkets to woven clothing, hammocks and bags -...
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Limón Province, Cahuita, Costa Rica
I was walking through the Parque Nacional de Cahuita on the Caribbean coast one morning and this brilliant eyelash viper caught my eye from well off the trail. I have always wanted to see one of these unique snakes in the wild and now, after...
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Frente Parque Lobo, Barrio El Carmen, Puntarenas, Av. 4, Provincia de Puntarenas, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Montezuma was a must-stop recommendation of all the beaches, so when we two Floridians finally arrived on the miniature, desolate coast in this small town we were confused. The communal bonfire atmosphere described seemed unlikely and the view was...
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Limón Province, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Secluded beaches! This is what you should think of when you think of Costa Rica my recommendation: rent beach cruisers in town for $4, ride along the road and look for any trail that might lead you somewhere wonderful. The restaurants along the...
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Limón Province, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
This was a great spot we had a local offer to take us on a water fall tour for the whole day, Its only cost about $10USD for the whole day and we got home made ice creams to! This waterfall in particular was really nice and we had it all to our...
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Bastimento, Panama
The view from my towel. Used a log as a pillow for reading and had fun in some unexpectedly huge waves.
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Bastimento, Panama
Awesome hotel. Solar-powered and staffed by great people
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Bahia Honda, Isla Bastimentos, Bastimento, Panama
As a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, I live in what might be the birthplace of foodie-ism. Surrounded as I am by world-class restaurants and beautiful local food, I still dream about the meals I experienced at a secluded treehouse on a...
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Ambergris Caye, Belize
Rent a golf cart in San Pedro, grab a towel, and head off on a day of adventure. Locals will likely send you to the island's "Secret Beach" when asked where to head for a quiet day on some pristine sand. Bring a map and $10 Belizean ($5 U.S.) to...
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Belize City, Belize
Chukka is the premier activity outfitter in Belize, our second stop on board the Navigator of the Seas, with some unbelievable adventures to be had. During my day in Belize, I went with Chukka and spent the first part of the day high up in tree...
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Bocawina Hill, Belize
If it's adventure and an adrenaline-pumping experience you seek, waterfall rappelling in southern Belize is perfect for you. Bocawina National Forest, located in the Belize’s Stann Creek District, is home to two majestic waterfalls—the 100ft...
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Xunantunich Rd, San Jose Succotz, Belize
The Cayo District is home to many of Belize’s ancient Maya sites, including one of the largest, Xunantunich. Located atop a ridge near the Mopan River and the Guatemala border, Xunantunich’s "El Castillo," the main pyramid, is...
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4 Cooma Cairn Road, Mountain Pine Ridge Cayo, Belize
Over 7,000 acres of adventure await visitors to Hidden Valley Inn and Reserve. This intimate luxury resort is situated in a guest-exclusive reserve in the Mountain Pine Ridge area of the Cayo District. The boutique property features 10 Estate...
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No visit to Ambergris Caye is complete without an afternoon at the Palapa Bar. Situated at the end of a dock surrounded by turquoise waters and cool breezes, Palapa Bar attracts a mix of locals, travelers, and some of the coolest bartenders...
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The long trek miles north is definitely worth it for a day at Rojo Beach Bar. This swanky yet casual beach bar is easily one of my favorite spots in Belize and I’m obviously not alone. Rojo has received a lot of international acclaim and was...
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161 Dolphin Trail Long Caye, Lighthouse Reef, Belize
Huracan Diving is the only dive operation at the famed Lighthouse atoll, between 2 and 5 minutes from the surrounding reef and just a 10 minute boat ride from the celebrated Blue Hole. Because Huracan is so close, you can choose dive sites and...
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Belize
In the Orange Walk district, in Northern Belize, lies one of the largest Maya ruins in the country: Lamanai. It is accessible by road but I arrived after a one-hour boat ride up the New River. The name “Lamanai” is roughly translated...
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Glover Reef, Belize
Though the name Emerald Forest would suggest a lush, green plot of land, in fact the Emerald Forest in Belize is a paradise for divers that is part of Glover’s Reef Atoll. Because it is somewhat shallow, it offers idyllic conditions for snorkelers...
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Belize City, Belize
And here we go – down into the deep blue sea, at the Great Blue Hole, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most remarkable underwater kingdoms the world has to offer. I didn't get a change to visit the stalagmites and stalactites deep down...
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15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95033, USA
Castle Rock state park has some absolutely gorgeous hikes (and climbs), rain or shine. I recently snapped this shot on a rainy hike, the greens vibrantly shone through the fog, each tree seeming to house some new species of moss.
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400 Reservoir Rd, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
"The Dish" is a beloved recreational area among Stanford students, local residents, and visitors from near and far. Views of San Francisco and the Santa Cruz Mountains await hikers and joggers at the top of the 3.6 mile paved loop. The Dish is...
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N California Ave & Ash St, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
Produce from local farms, famous rotisserie chickens, and gourmet crepes await visitors at this beloved Sunday market. Go into Zombierunner Coffee (disguised inside an old theater) for Palo Alto's (arguably) best latte. Izzy's Brooklyn Bagels,...
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Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
Stanford's admissions rate may be 5.7%, but the campus welcomes visitors with sunny hospitality and a band of spirited student tour guides. Things to see on campus abound - check out the Cantor Arts Center, see a show at the new Bing Concert Hall,...
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Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
Palo Alto’s year-round comfortable weather just begs for fun in the sun. What better way to spend time outdoors than enjoying a rousing game of lawn bowling at Palo Alto’s Lawn Bowling Green. First-time bowlers can learn this relaxing sport...
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831 Villa St, Mountain View, CA 94041, USA
Known for being one of the only vintage clothing stores in the entire Peninsula, Empire Clothing is haven to thrifters and to those seeking to put together festive costumes. The $5 clothing rack of vintage tops and trousers is an open invitation...
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490 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA
If you're planning a visit to Palo Alto, be sure you're there for the Sunday Farmer's Market. This local favorite event promotes some of the tastiest treats from local farmers, food truck vendors, clothing stores and more. What separates this...
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22500 Cristo Rey Dr, Cupertino, CA 95014, USA
A trip to Deer Hollow Farm sticks with you—even now my memory of elementary school field trips here are vivid. For over a century the farm has operated as a community-focused experiential education center. True to tradition, they continue to...
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1550 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
Walking into Shane Brown's San Francisco showroom of vintage collectibles and antiques is like being transported into a magical movie set scene. It's whimsical, spacious and inspiring. I was hoping I could hide in one of the antique trunks and...
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3150 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
The Wise Sons Deli menu claims that the Matzo Ball soup is "better than your Bubbies" I didn't have a Bubbie, but I did have this soup and it was...delicious. Savory broth with dill and the big ball had the consistency of polenta. My friend has...
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2900 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

While Heath Ceramics is over 60 years old, having been founded in 1948 in Sausalito, their colorful bud vases, dinnerware and tiles have enjoyed a boom in recent years. Straddling the line between a rough, hand-crafted aesthetic and an elegant,...

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9750 Adelaida Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446, USA
Tucked in the West Paso Robles mountainside you will find the Kiamie Wine Cellar tasting room and vineyard. Kiamie is known for some truly distinctive blends. Their White Kuvée happens to be one of my favorites whites. My suggestion would be to...
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Ko Wua Ta Lap, Ang Thong, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
Climbing to the top of Mue Koh for a bird's eye view of Angthong Marine National Park near Ko Samui, Thailand really makes you feel "on top of the world". There are several tour operators on Ko Samui that offer day tours to the park that include...
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Koh Phi Phi Le, Ko Phi Phi, อำเภอเมืองกระบี่ กระบี่ 81000, Thailand
Maya Bay is no real secret - Leonardo DiCarprio's The Beach took care of that - but it is still one of the most naturally stunning places on earth. The old Thai longboats that settle in on the beach help add to the atmosphere too. As far as pure...
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52801 California State Route 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
After five hours in the car, I was more than happy to hop out and hike the 1.4 miles out to Pfeiffer Burns State Park and get the prize of a beautiful waterfall. The water's color is an unreal sea blue/green that I have never seen before. The best...
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14 Canyon Lake Dr, Port Costa, CA 94569, USA
Nestled in the trees along the Carquinez Strait, just a stone's throw from the old C&H factory, is a gem of a town called Port Costa (population 190). Home to just a restaurant, cafe, a couple of gift shops, and a bar featuring an ACTUAL POLAR...
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17000 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446, USA
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve in Guerneville offers easy one-mile hikes and strenuous nine-miles climbs. No matter which you choose, the scenery is spectacular. Look for Parson Jones, the tallest tree in the grove, which measures more...
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900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
"Franklin Barbecue in Austin may be the most popular barbecue joint in the world," says Daniel Vaughn, the barbecue editor for Texas Monthly. "It actually made the local news when the line was short due to crazy cold temperatures. They make my...
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Outer Sunset, San Francisco, CA, USA
When I went back to San Francisco for the second time in August, I ended up staying in the Outer Sunset. A new store just opened there in the summer called Establish SF and I fell in LOVE! They sell and custom make jewelry there as well as sell a...
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3639 Taraval, San Francisco, CA 94116, USA
The Riptide is a fun bar with a brick fireplace. It is a great place to hang out in the winter. They host a surf movie night on Wednesdays. 3639 Taraval St., (415) 681-8433, riptidesf.com. This story appeared in the January/February 2012 issue.
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25050 CA-1, Jenner, CA 95450, USA
Salt Point Park is in the Northern part of Sonoma County in California. There are 20 miles of trails in this park and we hiked the Central Trail to the Pygmy Forest and looped around the Prairie to the South Trail to return via the Powerline...
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Via Marina Piccola, 118, 80076 Capri NA, Italy
When going to Italy there are so many beautiful and breathtaking things that have such historical relevance and striking beauty. Venezia, Firenze, and Roma all have very powerful histories from the rule of Venetians to the birth of the Renaissance...
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Av. Pasteur, 520 - Urca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22290-240, Brazil
The locals like to say that 'God made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio'. In this heaving metropolis, set against the luminescent green of Guanabara Bay and surrounded by the slopes of Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado, it's...
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Gibson Rd, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
Every once in a while, the sun shines bright in San Francisco and every city residents flocks to the nearest park or beach to soak up the sun and day drink. Baker Beach, in the confines of SF, seems worlds away from city life. The view of the...
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45500 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
One of my favorite campgrounds in Big Sur is the big open meadow at Andrew Molera State Park. It's great for large groups and it's one of the best bases for hiking and surfing in the area. More than 20 miles of trails run throughout the park's...