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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Central America
"You get to the end of the road . . . make sure you lock your car. Follow the beach down to a bunch of white tents. You can’t miss it.” We’d heard those words before, and we’d proved our inalienable right to, indeed, miss what could not be missed....
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Crowds may swarm upon it daily from sunrise onwards, but exposure hasn’t dulled the impact of the largest religious monument in the world. Commissioned by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century as the centerpiece of the mighty Khmer empire,...
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Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
The Taj Mahal is referred to as "the jewel of Muslim art in India,” by UNESCO in its listing on the World Heritage Site registry. The Mughal ruler Shah Jahan  had the truly magnificent white marble...
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Chichén Itzá, Yucatán, Mexico
A brilliant work of architecture and astronomy, the Pyramid of Kukulkán at Chichén Itzá is so precisely engineered that on the vernal and autumnal equinoxes, the sun casts shadows that slither like snakes and seem to descend...
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The Galapagos Islands are known around the world for the famous, endemic wildlife found there. An amazing eighty-percent of all land-based animals on the archipelago are only found there, thanks to its isolation from the rest of the world. Of all...
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Bahnhofstrasse 25, 7002 Chur, Switzerland
I didn’t even realize that the Bernina Express scenic train journey was on the UNESCO World Heritage list until I arrived at the small northern Italian town of Tirano to start the trip. There are several different routes from which travelers may...
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Road from Puerto Jiménez to Carate, km 22., Osa Peninsula - Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
While we were staying in a really great cabin down off of Matapalo Beach on the Oso Peninsula in Costa Rica (Sueño Verde), we were often visited by families of Capuchin monkeys who would go foraging for insects and coconuts in the trees right...
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Bajo Garita, Provincia de Alajuela, La Garita, Costa Rica
No cage...just a perch under the forest canopy at the "Zoo Ave" bird sanctuary, just west of San José, Costa Rica. Several of the parrots and macaws do "speak," but most of these splendid creatures are not pets; tame enough, though, so you can...
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Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
With Volcan Arenal nearby La Fortuna has several hot springs perfect for relaxing those tired muscles of yours after a day of hiking. There are a handful of options including ritzy all inclusive spa resorts but when my friend and I were traveling...
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Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico
The ocean churns as a 36-ton mammal swims up to the boat. With your arm plunged into the cool water, you await the touch of a California gray whale. Like a house cat craving a scratch on the head, the whale pushes its rubbery skin, rough with...
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Playa del Amor, Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico
A day trip to lovers beach, one of the most beautiful tucked away Islands I've seen.
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Baja California Sur, Mexico
When down in Cabo San Lucas, I always try to avoid the normal "tourist" destinations, but make a point to take a boat taxi to El Arco, Land's End, and Lovers Beach. There is something so special about this view.
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Carretera Puerto Juarez ~ Tulum Km. 104, 77776 Akumal, Q.R., Mexico
This pair of baby loggerhead turtles was less than 12 hours old when we saw and briefly held them. What was amazing was that no matter which direction we faced them, they instinctively knew to turn towards the ocean! There are seven species of sea...
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Zona Industrial, San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico
While in Cozumel Mexico this past November I had an opportunity of a lifetime! I had originally planned to visit Tulum Mayan ruins while our cruise ship stopped in Cozumel but INSTANTLY changed my mind when I found out we could participate in an...
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Isla Mujeres, Q.R., Mexico
We love this little island... It's only the 12th time we visit and it does not get old. It's laid-back, friendly, authentic, relaxing, and yummie. Just a boat ride from Cancun, but don't come just for the day trip and buffet on the beach. Come to...
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Bonampak, Chis., Mexico
The classic Mayan site of Bonampak, located deep in the jungles of Chiapas, Mexico, holds one of the most unlikely and important discoveries in the history of Mayan archaeological investigation. The story of the wall murals is a story of an...
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Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Isla Mujeres, home to a protected sea turtle hatching area, is the perfect place to visit for nature lovers. The turtle hatchery is dedicated to their conservation and ensures the population is sustained. The small place is typically crowd-free...
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Carretera a Pichilingue km 5.5 next to Hotel La Concha, Zona Central, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico
"“Aeeeeiiiiiiiiii”, Shauna shrieked, splashing heavily trying to flee the boulder-sized head coming at her. Her stunned scream set off a chain reaction of fear throughout the group – four of us swished about, creating waves in the green, cold...
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Michoacán, Mexico
Every autumn, millions of Monarch butterflies make their way from Canada and the northern US to the pine forests of this corner of Michoacán, where they hibernate for the winter. Seeing these little creatures fly in swarms over hills and highways...
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San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Las Ventanas al Paraíso represents the epitome of luxury, with gorgeous, gigantic rooms featuring traditional crafts, handmade mosaic headboards, and classy furniture and accents. Balcony railings are awash in pink blossoms of...
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From May to September, one of the most exciting activities throughout the area, is swimming with whale sharks. Measuring up to 40 ft. and weighing up to 15 tons, they are drawn to these waters to feed on plankton, providing an opportunity for...
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Carretera Diaz Ordaz al Observatorio Km 84, 22795 Ejido México, B.C., Mexico
Coming upon a dolphin in the wild is a special kind of thrill. But in Mexico's Sea of Cortez, what Cousteau called "The Aquarium of the World," you have the chance to sail among hundreds or even thousands of common dolphins. These rich seas are...
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Boulevard Kukulcan KM 13 , LOCAL 410 y 411A, Benito Juárez, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Centrally located in the Hotel Zone, Kukulcan Plaza is an upmarket mall with about 300 internationally known brands, boutiques, and jewelry stores. For a break and a bite, you can stop at one of the delicious restaurants surrounding the mall's...
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Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico
Just a simple image taken from an infinity pool at a friends house in Pedregal Cabo San Lucas. The image will never be forgotten as it looked like the sky was on fire and the images off the water were such perfect reflections of the clouds above....
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New Mexico, USA
Located just outside Alamogordo, New Mexico, White Sands National Monument is one of the most beautiful places to watch a sunrise or sunset in the U.S. The combination of a desert sky and pure white sand makes the most striking images. If there...
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Isla del Espiritu Santo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
While sea kayaking in the Sea of Cortez, we took time out from snorkeling with the sea lyons, spotting manta rays and whales and just cruising, to spend a bit of time in our base camp on an inlet on the north west side of Isla Espiritu Santo. I...
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Av de los Héroes, Centro, 77000 Chetumal, Q.R., Mexico
The capital of Quintana Roo, Chetumal is a great place to base yourself for a couple nights in order to explore some of the surrounding attractions, including several Maya archaeological sites and the Bacalar Lagoon, before jumping across the...
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Blvd. Paseo de la Marina Dock M slip 14, Centro, Marina, 23450 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico
There are lots of ways to get out on the water to tour the rocks and beaches along the tip of the Baja Peninsula—party cruises, whale watching boats, tour groups—you’ve seen a million pictures of them, but splurge a little and just charter your...
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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
I’m not sure at what age humans develop the skill to stand still and appreciate scenery, but based on a scientific survey of kids who live in my house, it’s not age seven. (On a trip to the Canadian Rockies, as my wife and I snapped photos of the...
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Circuito Perimetral S/N, San MIguel del Milagro, 90720 Natívitas, Tlax., Mexico
Nearly 1,000 years after the once-powerful central Mexican city of Cacaxtla was abandoned, would-be looters of the hilltop palace ruins came across fantastically well-preserved and still colorful murals painted in a somewhat puzzling Mayan style....
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El Medano Ejidal, Marina, 23479 Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
If you've had a tough time finding authentic souvenirs, you might find something suitable in an unlikely place: Cabo's biggest shopping mall. Puerto Paraiso may be the last place you'd think about going while in Cabo, but it has several stores,...
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Cerrada Las Golondrinas 24, Alfredo Bonfil, 77560 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
If you have a hard time convincing your kids that sculptures and museums are cool, you might change their mind when they find out that Cancun's most famous sculptures are in a very unique museum: one that's underwater. The idea for the museum was...
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La Gloria, Isla Mujeres, Q.R., Mexico
If you're not a fan of huge resorts and big hotels, Isla Mujeres is the perfect getaway from Cancun. Just catch the ferry to the island located 13km to the northeast of Cancun. The ferry ride in itself is enjoyable, as you float over shallow reefs...
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Quintana Roo, Mexico
If you are staying anywhere near Tulum, Mexico, plan a visit to Sian Ka’an Reserve, a 1.5 million acre protected UNESCO World Heritage site. The company that runs the Reserve offers several different tours. We signed up for the canal tour. After...
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Latin America
The big winter draw in Baja California Sur is whale watching. Magdalena Bay, with its entrance to the Pacific Ocean, is a favorite for female whales to calve and nurse their babies until they can make the trip north in the spring. Every other year...
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Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
El Arco is one of the most famous place to visit in Cabo. We hopped into a boat taxi for a quick tour. This beautiful rock formation called El Arco is breathtaking! There are seals and bunch of cool beaches near by. Great for family.
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1ro de Mayo, San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
Baja offerings continued to surprise me... Thursday night: local artists in San Jose del Cabo, an amazing drive to Todos Santos, exquisite food from Penny Lane Cafe, Hacienda Cocina, and Edith's on the Sea of Cortez in Cabo San Lucas. Boat ride to...
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San Ignacio, Los Cangrejos, 23473 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico
It's amazing to think that the gray whale trundles its massive body—an average weight of 26 tons and an average length of 40 feet—on the longest migration journey of all mammals: nearly 10,000 miles from the Arctic to Mexico's Baja California...
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Los Cabos, Lote D, Cabo Del Sol, 23410 Cd Gral Escobedo, N.L., Mexico
At the end of April I took my family of five camping on Baja California Sur’s Magdalena Bay. We joined the good folks at Grupo Tortuguero in their community and sea turtle conservation project – the information gathered provides data on health,...
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Manuel Doblado & Boulevard Mijares, (office on rooftop at Shooters Sports Bar), Centro, 23400 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
Cabo Outfitters leads full-day kayak and snorkel excursions to the bay of Cabo Pulmo, a national marine park reputed to have the greatest variety of underwater life in all of Los Cabos. All gear is provided for the trip, led by experienced guides...
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Carretera Transpeninsular Km 43.5, 23420 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
It hasn't yet hit the radar among amateur birders but Los Cabos is beginning to attract passionate birdwatchers who travel the world to tick more sightings off their checklists. The diverse microclimates of Baja California and Los Cabos allow...
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This botanical garden may be in a desert, but that doesn't mean it lacks biodiversity: more than one million plants representing over 1,500 varieties can be found here. The plants that were chosen for the carefully designed garden honor Mexico's...
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Alvaro Obregon 12, Centro, 23400 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
Every Thursday night during the months of November to June, San Jose de Cabo's galleries stay open late for Art Walk. You can join other art lovers on a casual stroll through the Art District's many galleries, enjoying work in various media from...
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Alvaro Obregon, Centro, San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
Of the many galleries in San Jose del Cabo, Galeria Corsica is one of the finest, having been established for over a decade and with outposts in Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City. The gallery specializes in the work of contemporary Mexican artists,...
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Santo Tomás de los Plátanos, State of Mexico, Mexico
Besides beautiful scenery (think bearded cactus, banana and guava trees, and even orchids!) hiking in Santo Tomás de los Plátanos, in a near Barranca del Diablo (Devil’s Gorge), has an additional perk. You can find cave paintings that date from a...
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Isla Mujeres, Q.R., Mexico
Discover the island on foot, rent golf carts, mopeds or bikes to explore the surrounding areas. Featured here are souvenir shops located along the "centro" of the town. Not surprisingly, Isla Mujeres, is not as idyllic as it was once thought of....
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Paseo Álvaro Obregón No. 2130-D, Zona Centro, Zona Comercial, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico
Tears in my eyes.... I saw my husband danced with this one year old sea lion. Pure emotion. And done with Rodrigo, a guide Who respect those animals with important rules that we have to follow.
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Guadalupe Island, Baja California, Mexico
A 5-day boat trek delivered many hours of amazing dive time with the sharks of Guadalupe.
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Centro, Ildefonso Green, Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico
Stay away from the noisy, overcrowded boat trips that they try to sell you on every street corner in Cabo. We had a fantastic private catamaran experience that was the highlight of our trip.
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Calle Zazil-ha s/n Islote El Yunque, Playa Norte, Centro - Supmza. 001, 77400 Isla Mujeres, Q.R., Mexico
Located on the beach by Avalon coral reef
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San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo, PR, Puerto Rico
Cuevas del Indios (Indian Caves) of Arecibo offers a tidbit of ancient history of a lost people. An easy-to-find natural wonder, with a simple $2 fee for parking, this you won't want to miss. Bring some sunscreen and your camera. Begin your hike...
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Puerto Ferro, Puerto Rico
One of my favorite places in the whole world—Vieques! I'm actually a little apprehensive to share, because I'd love to keep it the semi-secret it is. If you time it well, you can have this beach all to yourself.
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501 Calle Norzagaray, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
We visited El Morro during a brief cruise visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico. We only had from 3pm - 10pm in port, but we know the one thing on our must do list: El Morro. We arrived at El Morro & the fort’s sprawling lawn after a 20 minute...
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202 Calle San José, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican plazas are laid-back gathering spaces where locals buy snacks, watch shows, play dominoes, and chat with friends. Take a seat on a bench to give your feet a break and soak up some of the everyday comings and goings. At the Plaza de...