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The world’s largest coral reef system, made up of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands over its length of 2,250 kilometers (1,400 miles), the Great Barrier Reef has earned a place on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites thanks to...

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6 Skyrail Drive, Smithfield QLD 4878, Australia

From the Skyrail Terminal just north of Cairns, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway has six-person cable cars which take travelers on a jaw-dropping eight-kilometer (five-mile) ride above World Heritage–listed rain forest to the highland village...

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Green Island QLD 4871, Australia

Green Island, just 45 minutes by boat across the Coral Sea from Cairns, is a magnificent, 6,000-year-old coral cay located on the Great Barrier Reef. The small island has an area of only 15 hectares (37 acres); it's easy to walk the entire...

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126-144 Bunda St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

One of the world's most beautiful train rides, the Kuranda Scenic Railway is also a testament to the pioneers who settled northern Queensland. From 1882 to 1891, they constructed this engineering marvel that passes through 15 tunnels and over 37...

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The Port Heritage Resort, 8/40 Macrossan St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia

Continue north from Cairns further up the Cape York Peninsula and in an hour you'll reach Port Douglas, a breezy tropical town known for its restaurants (with some 60 in town and at nearby resorts), art galleries, boutiques and walking trails....

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Snorkeling at Sherrard Island Anchorage requires only an ability to swim, decent physical fitness and a curiosity about life under the sea. Here you have the opportunity to see as many as 1,500 species of fish, 350 different corals and some 2,500...

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Ribbon Reef, Lizard 4892, Australia

The planet's largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the best places on Earth to scuba dive. It is the world's largest single structure comprised of living organisms, famous among divers all over the world for its biodiversity...

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While most visitors to the Great Barrier Reef focus their attention under the water, the seabirds of this region are just as exquisite as the marine life. There have been 40 species of seabirds documented on the Great Barrier Reef, with...

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Fishing is a popular pastime in the region and is allowed—with a few restrictions. Take only what you need, do not use non-native fish for bait, and do not fish where fish feeding takes place. It is also essential to return undersize fish...

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Though your iPhone will suffice for some snapshots of this very photogenic region, you may wish to take out the wide-angle lens for photographs of the legendary sunrises and sunsets at Sherrard Island Anchorage. A zoom lens will also help your...

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1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

This store is the perfect browsing place for geography nerds and maritime navigators. Cairns Charts & Maps (the result of the 2013 merger of Cairns Charts Correcting Agency and Absell's Chart & Map Centre) carries a wide range of regional...

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Located in Delap next to the Marshall Islands Resort, the Canoe House is a training school for local young people interested in maintaining traditional skills. It's a fascinating spot to visit whether you have a passion for canoes or just an...

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Majuro, Majuro Atoll, RMI

Elefa, an official member of the Majuro Chamber of Commerce Marshall Islands Association of Handicraft Businesses, has two locations in Majuro—one in the downtown area close to the Majuro Bowl and another at Amata Kabua International...

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One Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ, UK
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A 30-minute boat ride from Majuro, Eneko Island consists of newly built bungalow accommodations, with a cookhouse, operated by Majuro's Hotel Robert Reimers. For day-trippers, the island offers pristine beaches lapped by clear, shallow waters, and...

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With the islands' high unemployment and a general lack of education and employment opportunities, the purchase of souvenirs is a great way to support and show gratitude to local communities. In addition to the Elefa Handicraft Shops, dotted...

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P.O. Box 786, Arno Atoll 96960, RMI

One of the most popular atolls to visit, Arno is reachable by a 45-minute boat ride from Majuro. It offers white-sand beaches and waters with plenty of marine life—including sharks. There's a simple cabin to rent for overnight stays and a...

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Majuro Atoll 96960, RMI

The official restaurant of the Marshall Islands Resort, Enra offers guests an extensive menu of mostly classic Western dishes in a spacious and comfortable dining room with great lagoon views. There's something for everyone here, whether it's the...

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Parade Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India
The first of Fort Cochin's slew of heritage hotels, Malabar House has been in operation since 1996, though its history dates all the way back to 1755, when it was commissioned by a Dutchman. Today it's one of the most sought-after places to stay...
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Av. Ivaldo Alves Veras - J. Marco Zero - Jardim Marco Zero, Macapá - AP, 68903-362, Brazil

Some six kilometers (four miles) outside of the center of town, a cartographer's concept is given a physical expression at Macapá's most visited attraction. This monument marking where the equator passes through the city consists of a...

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1663 - R. Cândido Mendes, 1611 - Central, Macapá - AP, 68900-100, Brazil

It's actually easier to reach Macapá from French Guiana than from the rest of Brazil, thanks to a highway that connects the city with Cayenne, the capital of its neighbor. Things were not always so cordial, however. The impressive Fortaleza...

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86-124 Ogden St, Townsville City QLD 4810, Australia
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This contemporary restaurant in the Townsville neighborhood of Cairns serves entrées that are a surprising mix of Italian, Asian and local ingredients and flavors. You'll find everything from dumplings and samosas to eggplant parmigiana on...

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Situated inside the Hotel Robert Reimers (also called RRE Hotel), Tide Table is a sports-bar-style restaurant with a wooden bar and regular screenings of sporting events. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers a broad and tasty...

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Praça Tomé de Souza, S/N - Centro, Salvador - BA, 40020-000, Brazil

This gorgeously restored Art Deco outdoor elevator is a symbol of Salvador and connects the city's cidade alta (upper city) with the cidade baixa (lower city). Zooming up and down 72 meters (236 feet) in 30 seconds, it's an iconic ride with...

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R. da Aurora, 155 - Condomínio Porto das Baleias, Mata de São João - BA, 48280-000, Brazil

Beautiful Praia do Forte is the best beach within day-trip range of Salvador. The small, upscale village has an ecological bent and is one of Brazil's most important sea turtle sanctuaries. Sparkling, sun-toasted sands dotted with pretty...

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Pelourinho, Salvador - State of Bahia, 40020-060, Brazil

All things Salvador begin and end with Pelourinho, the city's UNESCO World Heritage–listed historic center, a cobblestoned corridor of pastel-colored 17th- and 18th-century colonial buildings and dignified churches awash in gold. Day or...

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Praça Visc. de Cayru, s/n - Comercio, Salvador - BA, 40015-170, Brazil

For a city of its size and tourism pedigree, Salvador is surprisingly short on great shops. The Mercado Modelo—a two-story former slave containment area—offers dozens of stalls for regional handicrafts and souvenirs.

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Majuro, Majuro Atoll, RMI

Set up as a nonprofit venture in 1981, the Alele Museum is dedicated to preserving the folk arts, traditional skills, historic accounts and oral traditions of the indigenous population of the Marshall Islands. The permanent exhibition features...

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Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra - Largo do Farol da Barra, s/n - Barra, Salvador - BA, 40140-650, Brazil

Bahia's oldest fort dates to 1698 and is best known for housing South America's oldest lighthouse, which sits perched on the southwest end of Salvador's upscale Farol da Barra beach. Inside, the excellent nautical collection—the city's best...

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1/498, Calvetty Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India

While Cochin has long been (and still is) a major trading port, the warehouses and shipyards of the Fort Cochin peninsula have been displaced by newer operations on islands in the middle of the harbor and along the Ernakulam shoreline. Some of the...

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Rua Edgard Loureiro, 98 - B - Cabula, Salvador - BA, 40342-100, Brazil

A foodie mainstay in Salvador far off the beaten path in residential Cabula, Paraíso Tropical puts a gourmet spin on regional delicacies like the fantastic shrimp, octopus and lobster moqueca (seafood stew) for two people. Many of the...

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Rua dos Tupinambás, 1038 - Centro, Belo Horizonte - MG, 30120-070, Brazil

Bahia's most renowned cooking school operates a fantastic and varied daily lunch buffet that is the best place in Salvador to try regional delicacies. You can choose all-you-can-eat for a fixed price or you can pay-by-weight. Trust us, you'll want...

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Rua Beira Rio, 218 - Santa Ines, Macapá - AP, 68901-470, Brazil

While this restaurant has a reputation as being more expensive than others in Macapá, that doesn't stop it from being consistently recognized as one of the city's best dining options. The river views are part of the appeal, as the...

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Ridsdale Rd, Near Parade Ground, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India

Nearly 10 percent of India’s population are members of ancient indigenous tribes, whose art and cultures have managed to survive into the 21st century. The Tribes India showrooms are government-run shops located throughout the country that...

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Princess St, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India

Fort Cochin, and especially the area around Jew Town, has long been famous among those with a taste for Indian furnishings and art. Its warehouses are crowded with works and antiques from the city’s colonial past (British, Dutch and even...

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R. Vila Operária, 1234 - Fazendinha, Macapá - AP, 68911-153, Brazil

If you want to swim in the Amazon, Fazendinha Beach (Praia da Fazendinha) is the best option—and, no, you need not worry about piranhas here. This beach is about 16 kilometers (10 miles) south from the city center, and it's the most...

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This new government-supported handicrafts shop in Pelourinho is an initiative for shoppers to buy direct from artisans supported by Bahia's Art & Culture Association (Cultuarte). The focus here is quality over quantity.

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Bastian Street, Fort Cochin, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India

While Cochin's St. Francis Church managed to survive through the different conquests of the city, its Roman Catholic cathedral was not as fortunate. Construction of the earliest church on the site began in 1505 and it was elevated to a cathedral...

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Majuro's Cathedral of the Assumption was built in 1898 by the missionaries of the Order of the Sacred Heart. The exterior is eye-catching enough, but inside, the tile floor—a geometric display of circles inside squares, rendered in inviting...

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Magdalena, Colombia

Noted for its stunning scenery, this park just north of Santa Marta offers opportunities to hike through the jungle on its extensive network of trails, many of which end at pristine Caribbean beaches. The park, which is located about a half hour...

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Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
I didn't know what to expect. Tbh a beach that's been talked about and covered this much could easily become disneyland but it wasn't - it was heaven. With out exaggerating of course. lol. Blue skies, blue water, fresh food on the beach, strong...
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Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

A short trip from Santa Marta, Playa Blanca is a favorite of local families wanting to enjoy the white sand beach and clear blue water. Despite its relatively remote location, which requires a taxi and a short boat trip, the bay here is often busy...

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Cl. 20, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Located in the historic center of Santa Marta, Parque de los Novios is one of the most popular gathering spots in the city, bustling with locals and tourists, including many couples out for a stroll (its name translates as the Park of Lovers). A...

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Av. del Libertador - Sector San Pedro Alejandrino, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Begun in the 17th century, and most famous as the place where Simón Bolívar spent the final days of his life and died in 1830, this hacienda on the east side of the city was an agricultural estate for centuries. Today it is a...

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Playa Cristal o playa muerto, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Situated on a beautiful bay surrounded by hills, Playa Cristal is one of the gems of Tayrona National Natural Park. Many visitors simply relax on this secluded strip of sand, enjoying the beach chairs and the drinks and grilled fish served by...

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Carrera 2 Parque Simón Bolívar, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Part of the revitalization of the city of Santa Marta is this new addition to its cultural offerings. The Tayrona Gold Museum (Museo del Oro Tairona), named after the Tayrona culture, which dates back to at least 100 C.E., has a fascinating...

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One of the best ways to see Santa Marta is on the waterfront promenade, the Paseo El Camellón (also known as the Paseo de Bastidas), which runs between the city's old port and the new marina. The palm tree–lined walk has several...

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Valledupar, Cesar, Colombia

A visit to Nabusimake makes for a long day trip from Santa Marta, about three hours each direction, but how often can you say you have visited the land where the sun is born? That is how the Arhuaco people, one of Colombia's 83 indigenous nations,...

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Cra. 3 #16-36, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Situated on a quiet alley just a few blocks south of Parque Simón Bolívar, Restaurante Lamart is known for its excellent ceviche, sea bass and steaks. In addition to the excellent dishes prepared by its kitchen, Lamart is a...

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Rua Francisco Azarias Silva C Neto - s/n - Alvorada, Macapá - AP, 68900-080, Brazil

If you are looking to return home with a souvenir from the Amazon, the waterfront Casa do Artesão is the one-stop shop you are looking for. The state-run emporium is filled with an impressive selection of wooden crafts, textiles and other...

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Rua Beira Rio, 328 - Santa Ines, Macapá - AP, 68901-470, Brazil

This restaurant located right on the Amazon has been serving local dishes with river views for more than 20 years. Open for lunch daily from 11 a.m., diners can choose from alfresco seating or the air-conditioned interior on days when...

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Cl. 15 #1-40, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Frequently cited as the best restaurant in Santa Marta, Tierra Negra manages to be a hidden gem even though it is located right on Parque Simón Bolívar. After climbing an unremarkable staircase to the second floor, you're greeted by...

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Centro Comercial Arrecife, Cra. 4 #11A-119, Gaira, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

While a mall may not be the first choice of many travelers, this new shopping center in the upscale El Rodadero neighborhood offers a nice air-conditioned break from the sun. A popular place to get an ice cream or coffee, the mall is also a...

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Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

The views of the skyline of Gaira (once a separate town, near Playa Blanca, but now part of greater Santa Marta), the ocean, and the surrounding hills are part of the magical experience of dining at Burukuka, located right on the water. But it is...

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Cl. 19 #2 - 17, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Located on a corner facing Parque de los Novios and with a large shaded section of sidewalk dining, Donde Chucho manages to be rustic and sophisticated at once. The kitchen is known for its generous portions of expertly cooked seafood and...

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Cra. 2 #11-68, Gaira, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

This aquarium's small size belies its big intentions. Intimate enough to provide guided tours, the aquarium not only has several species of marine life, but it also plays a key role in rescuing endangered species and rehabilitating...

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Mercado Público, Cl. 12 #8-81, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Including more than 500 different vendors, the Santa Marta Market (Mercado Público) is a lively and colorful experience. You can wander among the exotic fruits and vegetables in one row of stores, see meat and poultry vendors in another and...

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Rua Beira Rio - Santa Ines, Macapá - AP, 68900-800, Brazil

Less than a 10-minute walk from the Fortaleza de São José de Macapá, the Trapiche Eliezer Levy is a pier that was constructed in the 1930s and extends into the Amazon. In addition to coming to admire the mighty river and...

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Rio Bueno, Jamaica

Not well known among visitors to Jamaica, the historic seaside village of Rio Bueno to the east of Falmouth was visited by Columbus on his second voyage. With its deep horseshoe-shaped harbor, the town prospered in early colonial times before...

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435 Belgrade Ave.,, Jamaica

Many of Jamaica's finest great houses are within easy reach of Falmouth. A few miles to the west, the hilltop Greenwood Great House was established by the family of poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Visitors come to admire its antiques, musical...

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Rafters Village, Martha Brae, Falmouth, Jamaica

For centuries, sugar and other crops traveled by water in Jamaica. Today, visitors to Falmouth can head a few miles up the Martha Brae River for a relaxing bamboo rafting and nature tour along a stretch of calm waters. Two passengers share a raft...

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Rue Victor Sévère, Fort-de-France, Martinique

The gorgeous Bibliothèque Schoelcher is a soaring late-19th-century library built of wrought iron, concrete, wood and glass. The building was designed by Pierre-Henri Picq, a disciple of Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame), and built...

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The colonial town of St. Pierre, on Martinique's west coast, has a colorful past. Rich from the earnings of the sugar and rum trades, it was once considered the Paris of the Caribbean—until 1902, when it was destroyed by the...

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Martinique

On the northeast coast, the diminutive Musée de la Banane is as fun a museum as you'll find anywhere. Set in an old stone banana-packing house, it tells the story of this major Caribbean cash crop. You'll learn about the many...

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Jamaica's most unusual region, the 1,300-square-kilometer (502-square-mile) Cockpit Country south of Falmouth is a rugged karst limestone area of deep gullies, caverns and thick brambles. It's popular with spelunkers, but anyone can hike easier...

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Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Everyone remembers the Jamaican bobsled team. Well, visitors can give the sport a shot in a tropical setting along the 1,000-meter-long (3,281-foot-long) track at Mystic Mountain. Near Dunn's River Falls, the park operated by Rainforest Adventures...

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Good Hope Estate, Falmouth, Jamaica

Crowned by its late-18th-century Georgian-style great house, the 810-hectare (2,002-acre) Good Hope Plantation sits above Cockpit Country. The Great House is a popular destination for afternoon tea and also for a lunch of jerk chicken,...

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Good Hope Estate, Falmouth, Jamaica

On a horse-drawn carriage ride around Good Hope Plantation, guests visit the on-site pottery studio to see the widely admired works of David Pinto, which can be purchased at the estate's Trading House. At the house's Caribbean Village, guests...

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35 Allée des Raisiniers, Les Anses-d'Arlet 97217, Martinique

Grande Anse d'Arlet Bay, on the southwest coast not far from Fort-de-France, is one of Martinique's top beach areas. When you're ready for lunch, Ti Sable restaurant is the place for succulent seafood served right on the...

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Cl. 16 #3-28, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Even if you aren't fluent in Spanish, this bookstore and café is an ideal place to while away some time, especially when the midday sun is shining down on Santa Marta. It's located in the city's historic district, and it has plenty of...

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Río Dulce, Livingston, Guatemala

At the entrance of Lake Izabal stands a stone citadel. Built in the mid-1600s by the Spanish, the imposing structure thwarted thieving pirates from attacking the lake, which was used as a storage facility for transport goods. El Castillo de San...

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Santo Tomás de Castilla, Puerto Barrios, Guatemala

For an excellent array of locally crafted keepsakes, hit the Artisans' Market conveniently located inside the cruise terminal. While the handicrafts are traditionally created, the setting is a little more sterilized for visitors. Credit cards are...

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Malecón de Puerto Barrios, Puerto Barrios, Guatemala

Colorful embroidery, beadwork and handwoven textiles are hallmark souvenirs from Guatemala. Browse among the crafts as well as artwork, clothing and household items at this hyperlocal market in the Old Zone of Puerto Barrios, also known as Zone 1....

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Guatemala

Banana production is Santo Tomás de Castilla's marquee industry. Production of bananas for the Chiquita company began in the region in the 1870s. Today, it packages more than 3 billion pounds of bananas a year. A visit to the plant shows...

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Calz Marina de Guerra, Puerto Barrios, Guatemala

Also called Matías de Gálvez, Santo Tomás de Castilla has been functioning as a leisure cruise port since 2004. Whatever you call the coastal town, it was once under Belgian rule. The European influence is most notable in the...

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Guatemala

Mexico may get all the ink, but Guatemala is just as rich with Maya ruins. This UNESCO World Heritage Site on the southeastern coast stretches across 34 hectares (84 acres) to encompass a dizzying array of stone monuments, dwellings and...

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Chisec, Guatemala

Guatemala's wild jungle interior is filled with adventure. Guided hikes wind through tropical flora and end up at crystalline waterfalls. There are more than 400 species of birds—including toucans and parrots—in this...

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Livingston, Guatemala

Garifuna culture is the big draw of this town positioned on the Dulce River. Descended from African, Island Carib and Arawak people, the Garifuna have populated this river port for more than 200 years. Rasta Mesa, a community center of sorts,...

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Plage du Coin 97221, Le Carbet, Martinique

A jaunt up Martinique's west coast takes you to Le Petibonum, a popular beachside restaurant/bar whose outgoing proprietor is nicknamed Hot Pants for his typical attire. Guests sit on a huge covered wooden terrace to enjoy great rum...

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Rue Blenac, Fort-de-France, Martinique

A lively produce market takes place in the Grand Marché Couvert, a huge 1880s glass-and-steel building tucked into Fort-de-France's tight town center. Rows of vendors sell mangoes, pineapples and other tropical fruits, as well as...

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Av. José Bento Ribeiro Dantas, 428 - Centro, Búzios - RJ, 28950-000, Brazil

Salt is so close to the waterfront that even if you aren't dining on your grilled octopus or smoked salmon on the outside deck, you'll still enjoy fine sea views from anywhere inside the old bungalow house. Opened in 2011, the rustic...

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Av. Mario Cruz, 0376 - Central, Macapá - AP, 68900-740, Brazil

Located just a short walk from the Fortaleza de São José de Macapá, this museum is in a typical 19th-century building and features exhibits on archaeological finds in the area, principally ceramic pieces created...

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Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

On the eastern edge of the island near Cap Cana sits a pretty strand of gleaming sand. Shaded by a collection of swaying palm trees and lapped by calm waters, this beach has all the makings of a Caribbean daydream come true. Better yet,...

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Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

Dine with the waves crashing just below you at this seaside eatery. Part of the Eden Roc hotel, lauded with the Relais & Châteaux designation, this oceanfront restaurant excels at fresh seafood and Italian dishes. The...

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Cap Cana, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

Tee off at one of the most picturesque courses in the world. All fairways have water views; eight holes are positioned seaside. The par 72 course designed by Jack Nicklaus is consistently voted the best in the region. The clubhouse...

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Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic

There’s something for everyone at this replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean village. In addition to shops and restaurants, there’s an archaeological museum filled with local artifacts from the pre-Columbian era. There are...

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Calle Brisas, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

This island nation is well known for its rum—and its cigars. The best puros are made from aged tobacco and are hand rolled. And this boutique company, owned by a German expat, prides itself on small, quality...

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Cabo Frio - Praça Dom Pedro II - Centro, Cabo Frio - RJ, 28905-240, Brazil

Like Búzios, the town of Cabo Frio lies on a peninsula rich with lagoons, sand dunes and beaches. The whitewashed 17th-century Forte São Mateus towers over a rocky islet and guards this 400-year-old colonial fishing settlement....

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Tv. Santana, 1 - Praia da Armação, Búzios - RJ, 28950-000, Brazil

Not merely a great excuse to enjoy caipirinhas, a cruise on a modified old fishing schooner takes you around the small islands surrounding Búzios and into its many coves and bays. When the boat anchors off fine beaches such as...

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Valley Rd, St John's, Antigua and Barbuda

Smack-dab in the center of St. John’s you'll find this market selling an array of locally grown fruits (black pineapple, tamarind and mango) and herbs (sorrel). It's rounded out by a collection of boutique shops, and adjacent...

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Pares, Antigua and Barbuda

One of the oldest sugar plantations on Antigua is now a museum. Founded in 1651, the large estate grew and processed sugar for nearly 250 years. The chief attraction on-site is the pair of towering windmills that have been restored. (One of the...

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Ffryes Beach, Valley Road, St Johns, Antigua and Barbuda

It’s a toss-up as to which deserves more accolades at this restaurant—the food or the view. Perfectly positioned above the sparkling Caribbean, the eatery has a chic vibe with tables and white loungers set on wooden decks...

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St Mary's St, St John's, Antigua and Barbuda

Browse Caribbean titles, guides and tomes on Antiguan history at this local favorite. An excellent selection of regional cookbooks makes buying gifts a snap. And, of course, there is a fantastic array of beach reads available. Readings and...

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The privately run three-hectare (eight-acre) Reserva Ecológica Tauá, just outside the main town of Armação dos Búzios (close enough to reach by a leisurely bicycle ride), is a nice getaway from the buzz of...

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R. das Pedras, 242 - Centro, Búzios - RJ, 28950-000, Brazil

Visitors flock to Búzios for the simple pleasure of strolling up and down the Rua das Pedras, the main cobblestone street, as well as the promenade named for Brigitte Bardot, where they can admire fishing boats and pleasure craft in the...

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Paillotte Road, Dominica
An easy 10-minute trail leads to paired cascades on the west side of the mammoth Morne Trois Pitons National Park: the higher, lefthand Father (279ft/85m) and the smaller Mother (131ft/40m). While the fun officially stops at the viewing platform,...
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2 Chome-4-1 Jingū, Miyazaki-shi, Miyazaki-ken 880-0053, Japan

Claiming the title of Miyazaki’s oldest shrine, Miyazaki Jingu was said to have been founded more than 2,600 years ago during the reign of Jimmu Tenno, the first emperor. The Shinto shrine was rebuilt in 1907 at the...

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16750-1 Hichiya, Hyūga-shi, Miyazaki-ken 883-0062, Japan

Ever been tempted to try one of the more exotic creatures of the sea—such as the potentially deadly fugu (puffer fish or blowfish)? The fish's intestines, ovaries and liver contain a poison called tetrodotoxin that's 1,200 times deadlier...

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Japan, 〒880-0035 Miyazaki-ken, Miyazaki-shi, 下北方町越ヶ迫6146

Haniwa Garden, located in Heiwadai Park, features a collection of more than 400 replica haniwa (burial statues) depicting everything from boats and buildings to warriors and animals. Historically, the clay statues were used as a tribute to the...

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Miyake, Saito, Miyazaki Prefecture 881-0005, Japan

Designated a National Historical Site in 1952, the Saitobaru Burial Grounds area features more than 300 kofun, or burial mounds, which were constructed between the 4th and 7th centuries. Visitors can meander through trails among the mounds, which...

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Japan, 〒883-0001 宮崎県日向市伊勢ヶ浜

Dedicated to the Japanese sun goddess, Amaterasu, the Omi Shrine may be small, but its oceanside setting is still impressive. At the shrine is a large round stone called a dragon egg and a massive boulder made of fused pebbles and rocks. The...

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Fans of Japanese mythology will find three powerful spots linked to the Japanese creation myths in Citizen’s Forest: Eda Shrine, Misogi Goten and Misogi-ike. According to legend, Izanagi No Mikoto and his sister-lover Izanami No Mikoto...

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Maehama-1401-255 Shinbeppucho, Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture 880-0834, Japan
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The local beef is so famous in Japan that it is customary to present the champion sumo wrestler with a cow from Miyazaki. Miyachiku uses beef from the Kuroge Washu breed of cattle, also known as Japanese Black. The elegant riverside...

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1 Chome-106 Shinseichō, Hyūga-shi, Miyazaki-ken 883-0013, Japan

Noodle fans can get their udon on at Marugame Seimen, which specializes in the Japanese comfort food. As usual, the noodle-soup options include a variety of toppings and subtle flavors. In addition to udon, casual Marugame Seimen also spotlights a...

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An excursion on the Búzios trolley is a fun way to cruise around the huge peninsula and check out its diverse flora, from dry scrub to riotous flowering plants. Over a two-hour tour, visitors stop at several lookouts for marvelous views...

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Av. José Bento Ribeiro Dantas, 500 - Vila Luiza, Búzios - RJ, 28950-000, Brazil

Very popular for its sea views and outdoor terrace dining, Satyricon is the sister of a popular Ipanema restaurant of the same name. Guests can select their lobster and mollusks from a tank, while the fish were line-caught earlier. Pastas,...

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Av. José Bento Ribeiro Dantas, 1515 - Lot. Triangulo de Buzios, Búzios - RJ, 28950-970, Brazil

A good dozen of Búzios's countless shops are in a small mall called Shopping N1, whose boutiques deal in both surf- and swimwear and smart, casual clothing, as well as jewelry and art. A fleet of fine vintage cars is displayed in front, at...

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Cap Cana, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

This ecological park is the definition of impressive, a huge green space with jaw-dropping topographic diversity—enormous sea-facing cliffs, dense jungle interior, pristine golden shoreline and fish-teeming waters. All of that is...

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Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

This casual Cap Cana eatery is the kind of place where you can order an ice-cold beer and chat up the bartenders with your toes in the sand. Visitors and locals come for the laid-back atmosphere, ceviche, grilled fish and burgers and stay...

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Pristine, untouched and unforgettable: There's no other way to describe this natural park just off the northeast coast of St. Croix. Walking trails crisscross the expanse through frangipani and tamarind trees and cacti to beautiful...

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52 Estate Whim, Frederiksted, VI 00840
The Estate Whim Plantation Museum, billed as the only sugar plantation museum in the Virgin Islands, is set on magnificently landscaped grounds occupying 12 acres of what was formerly a 150-acre property. The restored...
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Christiansted, St Croix 00820, USVI

Sure, it's the largest town on St. Croix, but it's the charming Danish-influenced architecture that makes it most noteworthy. The city center is a protected national park lined with candy-colored buildings and historic churches,...

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Frederiksted, St Croix 00840, USVI

This city is laid out in a grid system—seven streets by seven streets. Although established in 1751, Frederiksted was rebuilt in 1878 in a Victorian gingerbread style following a great fire due to a labor revolt. St. Patrick's church, which...

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This gift shop's claim to fame may be that it stocks more candles than any other store on the island, but it's the curated keepsakes—from Christmas ornaments to housewares—that bring people back. A selection of organic teas...

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3A Strand St, Frederiksted, St Croix 00840, USVI

This breezy spot hosts hearty breakfasts and casual lunches. Sandwiches—try the grilled cheese—burgers (there are vegan and veggie options) and plenty of salads dominate the menu. Fresh-squeezed juices are also...

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R. César Augusto São Luís, 334 - Lot. Triangulo de Buzios, Búzios - RJ, 28950-000, Brazil

Without a doubt, Búzios is a nonstop shopper's paradise. But anyone looking to get beyond the boutique scene will want to check out the slightly hippieish evening crafts market on the Praça Santos Dumont, the main town square....

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

This chic equestrian shop is the personification of Cap Cana—sophisticated and cool while imparting the air of vacation. There are fashions for serious riders and for those who simply like the polo fan look. The store also sells riding...

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Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

This shopping center features dozens of stores selling locally created handicrafts and cigars, as well as the usual island souvenirs. And in the center of it all is a bar serving cold beer and local snacks. Bargaining is...

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Antigua and Barbuda

Great views and great drinks are the hallmarks of this eatery in St. John’s Harbour. The spot is housed in a former military stronghold that has been restored by the eponymous owner/chef. House specialties are regional favorites;...

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14a Calle, Puerto Barrios, Guatemala

Considered the best restaurant in the eastern part of the country, this waterfront eatery, set in the Amatique Bay Resort & Marina in Puerto Barrios, showcases fusion preparations of traditional Guatemalan, Garifuna and Caribbean favorites....

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Aoshima, 2 Chome-13 Aoshima, Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture 889-2162, Japan

Cross the bridge to this pretty little island and leave the clamor of the city behind. Ringed by white-sand beaches, Aoshima Island hides two tranquil shrines in its jungly heart. The larger of the two, Aoshima Jinja, is believed to...

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King St, Frederiksted, St Croix 00840, USVI

Fans of organic skin care make a beeline to this shop for its all-natural, St. Croix products. Ultrahydrating lotions are made with 100 percent aloe vera juice and packed with avocado and jojoba oil. Bar soaps are spiced with Caribbean...

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Bath Rd, Roseau, Dominica

The Dominica Botanic Gardens, in Roseau, were laid out by the British back in 1890, and they're as fine as any in the Caribbean. Hurricane David caused considerable damage in 1979, destroying many old trees. Though the park has since been...

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Rosalie, Dominica
Named after the Creole for "almond tree," this flower-filled, open-air restaurant enjoys pride of place at the pioneering eco-boutique Rosalie Bay Resort. The kitchen deploys healthy ingredients fresh from its organic garden in dishes like vegan...
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Old St, Roseau, Dominica
In the heart of Roseau, this local favorite serves fine international cuisine in a casual setting. The bar occupies a bright lime-and-orange Creole cottage with gingerbread trim; the dining room sits on a stone patio under a wooden gazebo. Dishes...
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Scotts Head, Dominica

At the southern tip of Dominica, where the calm Caribbean meets the turbulent Atlantic, you'll find the Soufriere-Scott's Head Marine Reserve. Over decades of skirmishes, the English and French took turns controlling this headland;...

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Dominica

Cool, deep waters await you at Titou Gorge, in the rain forest that leads up to the famous Boiling Lake. If you're wearing water shoes and a flotation device, you can make your way upstream through a series of pools that ends at a...

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Dominica

An hour's cross-island drive takes you to Kalinago Territory, officially established in 1903 as the Caribbean’s only autonomous enclave for the indigenous people. The settlement covers 15.5 square kilometers (six square...

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Strand St, Frederiksted, St Croix 00840, USVI

You'll find this New Orleans–style bistro with Caribbean flair in a 200-year-old stone house on the waterfront. The menu is packed with Cajun favorites like jambalaya, spicy peel-and-eat shrimp and fiery gumbo. Sunday brunch is...

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2 Chome-4-4 Jingū, Miyazaki-shi, Miyazaki-ken 880-0053, Japan

To get a taste of old Japan, check out the Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History. It features a variety of exhibits on Miyazaki, including archaeology, artifacts and some life-size displays. Behind the institution is Minkaen, a...

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4 Chome-6-28 Ōyodo, Miyazaki-shi, Miyazaki-ken 880-0902, Japan

With its convenient location, Miyako City attracts both locals and visitors with its array of shops and restaurants. Though it is a basic local mall, you'll find it to be a good place for browsing or for grabbing a quick curry when in...

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Eguchi-862-1 Shinbeppuchō, Miyazaki-shi, Miyazaki-ken 880-0834, Japan

Part of a chain of Aeon Malls, the shopping center in Miyazaki features an array of clothing boutiques, shoe stores and housewares retailers, as well as more than 20 restaurants. You'll also find a supermarket (always a fascinating experience in a...

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3 Chome-4-24 Tachibanadōrihigashi, Miyazaki-shi, Miyazaki-ken 880-0805, Japan
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Tucked down a small alley, Ogura Honten has more of a claim to fame than its nondescript exterior would indicate. This is the spot where Miyazaki’s signature dish, chikin nanban, was created in the 1960s. The...

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Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan

Miyazaki’s serious shopping takes place on Tachibana-dori, which is lined with retail stores and boutiques, as well as restaurants, cafés and other diversions. Also worth strolling is Shiki-dori, another pedestrian-friendly shopping...

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Japan, 〒880-0804 Miyazaki-ken, Miyazaki-shi, Miyatachō, 1−6

Looking for a souvenir? Miyazaki Prefectural Products Promotion Exhibition Hall, in spite of its bureaucratic name, has an engaging selection of regional foods and crafts. Items offered include wood carvings; haniwa,...

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Mimitsumachi, Hyuga, Miyazaki Prefecture 889-1111, Japan

History lives in Hyuga’s Mimitsu district, where structures from the Edo and Meiji periods have been restored, including the white walls of the kura (Japanese storehouse) that fringe its cobblestoned streets. This charming former port town...

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Av. Atlântica, 1702 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22021-001, Brazil

The generations-old jewelry company H. Stern can be found all over Brazil. It’s fun to shop its branch in the legendary Belmond Copacabana Palace where the collection includes gold and diamond rings, earrings and pendants inspired...

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Av. Vieira Souto, 320 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22420-004, Brazil

Go ahead and hum when you head to Ipanema, and especially as you drink a caipirinha in the Garota de Ipanema bar where the signature bossa nova song, "The Girl from Ipanema," was penned. Ipanema is not just a fashionable surfing beach but one of...

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R. Jardim Botânico, 1008 - Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22460-030, Brazil

Founded in 1808 by Dom João VI, the king of Portugal, Rio’s 54-hectare (133-acre) botanical garden is one of the world’s finest. One can spend hours strolling through the gardens amid monkeys,...

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R. do Lavradio, 20 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20230-070, Brazil

In the recently revived Lapa district, the multilevel and antique-filled Rio Scenarium is as much theater and music house as it is bar and restaurant. Live samba and pagode bands play while guests dance and dine on a full menu of Brazilian...

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Parque Nacional da Tijuca - Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil

Inspiration for countless copycats worldwide, the Christ the Redeemer statue soaring atop 710-meter (2,330-foot) Corcovado rivals the Statue of Liberty in iconic status. To view the soaring sandstone monument from all over town is one thing,...

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Rio is so packed with spectacular sights that the solid granite Sugarloaf Mountain, whose name comes from the cone-shaped molds once used to store sugar, would be the main highlight anywhere else. An engineering marvel when it was built in 1912,...

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6200 Magen's Bay Rd, St Thomas 00802, USVI

It makes every best beach list again and again, so it shouldn't be surprising if you feel like you've seen photos before of this sugar-sand beach. The cove is bordered by lines of pretty palm trees, and the crystal-clear waters are serene and...

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5093 Dronningens Gade Ste 3, St Thomas, VI 00802, USVI

Thoughts of your visit to this intimate shop will linger pleasantly long after you've left. Delectable bonbons filled with nuts, fruit, caramel and more are all hand-crafted on-site. Lollipops, truffles and sugar-free confections also line...

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Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas 00801, USVI

Come hungry for Caribbean cuisine. This local favorite really dishes up home-style eats. There are curries—chicken and goat—conch served a variety of ways (as fritters, soup or just grilled) and jerk meats. Most meals come accompanied...

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9617 Estate Thomas, St Thomas 00802, USVI

Soar to amazing heights on the Skyride. The tram begins its ascent from the cruise ship dock in Charlotte Amalie, and you'll enjoy the ride's panoramic views of the sparkling sea, the green mountains, and the capital town and its harbor. The...

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Coki Beach, St Thomas 00802, USVI
Small and picturesque Coki Beach is a favorite for its soft white sand and calm, crystal-clear water. While there's only limited shade here, umbrellas are available for rent, as are beach chairs, Jet Skis, diving and snorkeling equipment, and...
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Dronningens Gade, Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas 00802, USVI

Formerly the headquarters of the U.S. District Court in these parts, the low-slung brick building on the central waterfront now houses the island's best handicrafts display. The maze features 150 artisans selling everything from handmade...

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6450 Coki Point, St Thomas, Virgin Islands 00802, USVI

Deep dive without getting wet at this spectacular marine park. The enormous aquarium is home to living coral reef tanks teeming with colorful fish and sea life. Outdoor attractions include a pool of stingrays, another full of turtles and...

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St John 00830, USVI

The smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. John is only accessible via ferry from St. Thomas. The pristine expanse, 60 percent of which is a national park, is perfect for adventure lovers: Hiking trails crisscross Cinnamon Bay...

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Lille Taarne Gade, Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas 00802, USVI

Yo, ho, ho and oh, my! Up on Government Hill, this watchtower, built circa 1678, is known as Blackbeard's Castle and is literally the stuff of legends. Although it's open for debate whether the notorious pirate ever used the...

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Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas 00801, USVI

This intimate synagogue, built in 1833, is considered the oldest U.S. in continuous use (a hundred families still worship here). Visit the National Historic Landmark to find mahogany pews, ornate domes, and scrolls that survived a fire....

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St Peter Mountain Rd, Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas 00802, USVI

Colonial sugar and tobacco plantations usually had a great house—the owner's residence, sometimes constructed of stone and, true to its name, a grand structure on the working farm. This former plantation house is set...

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R. Alm. Alexandrino, 660 - Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20240-120, Brazil

If any part of Rio comes as an utter surprise to first-time visitors, it’s the colonial Santa Teresa district. Winding streets lead up the hills to where the elite used to escape the humidity below. Small shops, cafés and the...

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How many cities in the world have a tropical forest right inside their boundaries? Tijuca National Park, at the base of the 844-meter (2,769-foot) flat granite monolith Pedra da Gávea, is a dense Atlantic rain forest that has...

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Av. Atlântica, 1702 - Copacabana - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22021-001, Brazil

The first thing you'll probably notice at Copacabana Beach (before being distracted by the supertoned bodies playing futevolei, or footvolley) is the work of landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx: the wonderful swirling black-and-gray-patterned...

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Av. Köeller, 260 - Centro, Petrópolis - RJ, 25685-060, Brazil

It takes just an hour to reach Petrópolis, in the Serra dos Órgãos mountains, but once there you've left Rio far behind. The city, named for Emperor Pedro II, was once the summer getaway for the royal family and elite classes....

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Niterói, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Nicknamed the Smiling City, Niterói is a large and prosperous metropolis in its own right, linked to Rio by a long bridge across Guanabara Bay. It’s best known for the Oscar Niemeyer–designed contemporary art museum that hovers...

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R. Silva Jardim, 32 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20050-060, Brazil

An early-20th-century European architectural vibe dominates the old Centro business district. Among the historic theaters and grand churches, the National Museum of Fine Arts—a 1908 structure designed in an eclectic style with...

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R. Aprazível, 62 - Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20241-270, Brazil

Aprazível Restaurante, in hilly Santa Teresa, is blessed with a perfect locale. Ensconced on a slope behind a wall, with enormous open green space, the restaurant offers tree-house gazebo dining that attracts a swank crowd....

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Av. Atlântica, 3564 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22070-001, Brazil

With folk art baskets hanging from the ceiling and colorful wooden statuettes placed in little wall nooks, the beachfront restaurant Brasileirinho Copacabana is an antidote to swank Rio. The small, quiet spot serves a sophisticated take on...

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Charlotte Amalie West, St Thomas 00802, USVI

Those looking for some island spirits may be surprised to find that the liquid concoctions at this historic outpost are body products, not liquor. Invented in 1838, the signature blend of bay leaf oils and island-made rum hydrates and nourishes...

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6501 Red Hook Rd, Red Hook, St Thomas 00802, USVI

Sit on the dock while sipping a chilled cocktail and watching the catch come in. The menu here reflects the fact that the chef meets the fishermen right when they make landfall. The po'boys—shrimp, oyster or scallop—are great, and the...

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USVI, Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas 00801, USVI

Cool—that's the adjective that springs to mind when thinking of this island attraction. Housed in an old warehouse, the newish museum is a glittering collection of sculptures hand-crafted from arctic ice by 16 artists. In addition...

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Crown Mountain Rd, St Thomas 00802, USVI
Sometimes you have to be a tourist to enjoy the great pleasures that travel offers. That’s why a visit to Mountain Top on St. Thomas is a must-do activity for any visitor. In 1949, a British restaurateur began a mission to develop the best...
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A local favorite for breakfast and lunch, this little spot in the heart of downtown Charlotte Amalie excels in quickie meals with major flavor. There's an excellent array of sandwiches and traditional regional dishes, including conch fritters and...

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Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas 00801, USVI

Whether you prefer oil paintings or pastels, photography or wood carvings, metalwork or ornamental items, you'll find excellent locally made samples at this large gallery in Charlotte Amalie. The wood pieces by Avelino Samuel are particularly...

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Rua Conde de Bernadotte, 26 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22430-200, Brazil

The Academia da Cachaça may not grant degrees, but it’s an education on Brazil’s signature sugarcane spirit. Those caipirinhas you enjoy come from uncountable national cachaça brands, many of which can be sampled...

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North Shore Road Cruz Bay, St John 00830, USVI

If shopping is on your agenda, be sure to stop at Mongoose Junction, at the north end of Cruz Bay where North Shore Road heads out of town. The open-air mall is small but attractive, made of local stone and mahogany and landscaped with tropical...

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St John 00830, USVI

Often called one of the world's most beautiful beaches, Trunk Bay is a crescent of snow-white sand with a small green islet on the north side of the aquamarine lagoon. Part of the Virgin Islands National Park, Trunk Bay is known for...

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74-2 Cruz Bay Town, St John, VI 00830

The sleepy town of Cruz Bay, nicknamed Love City, is the main settlement on St. John, and the hub where most visitors arrive after a ferry ride from St. Thomas. The island draws everyone from salty sailors to A-list celebrities, and Cruz Bay is...

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Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas 00802, USVI

St. Thomas, the most populated of the USVI, lies a little more than 10 kilometers (6.5 miles) across the water from St. John. Here you'll find Charlotte Amalie, capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands and one of the Caribbean's most popular...

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This open-air bar and restaurant is right at the ferry dock in the heart of Cruz Bay. It's a great spot to have lunch between island adventures, or just to grab a drink and enjoy some people-watching along the dock. The menu lists...

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210 Prince Street Box 1693, Cruz Bay, VI 00831, USVI

If you've developed a taste for the flavors of the Caribbean during your cruise, stop at this small spice shop to take some home with you. It's hard to miss, since it's located upstairs from the ferry dock. The owners hand-mix most of their...