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I Heart My Island: Curaçao

No matter where or how far he roams, Alfred Gutierrez can’t stay away from Curaçao for long. Nor would he want to. The Dutch Caribbean island’s biggest asset, the chef says, is its locals. “The people of Curaçao are multicultural, kind, and always find a reason to laugh.” Here are a few of the island native’s favorite things about the place he’s proud to call home.

Low-Key Caribbean: A Tale of Four Islands

In a world where the easiest route is usually the most popular, it’s no surprise that many vacationers limit their warm-weather winter getaways to the Caribbean’s more accessible islands—especially if they have kids in tow. And while the quick trip has its advantages, some of best destinations require more effort. Here are four to add to your list.

Five Voodoo Haunts in the Caribbean

Vengeful gods, terrifying sorcerers, and death-dealing demons populate the legends and beliefs of the Caribbean, which derive from a potent blend of voodoo, Catholicism, and folklore.

St. Croix’s Locavore Revolution

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Once the breadbasket of the Lesser Antilles—its arable land is a rarity in this corner of the Caribbean—St. Croix turned industrial in the 1960s and now relies almost entirely on imports. But last year’s closing of a large oil refinery here coincided with a back-to-the-land trend.

Port of Call: Dominica

This Caribbean island is a delightful throwback to gentler times, a place without megaresorts, nightlife, and mass tourism. Dominica has shifted between British and French occupation for two centuries, but 2013 marks the 35th anniversary of its independence. Here’s a brief primer on how to make the most of your time in port on the “Nature Island.”

Event-o-Rama: 12 Must-Dos in April

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There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in April.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

The Radar: Underworld Maya, Terrifying Bridges, Find Your Adventurous Spirit

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups.

Flip-Side Caribbean

With its picturesque beaches and crystalline water, it’s no wonder the Caribbean is a popular vacation destination. But beyond the mega resorts and cruise ship decks there are rich cultures waiting to be explored. The next time you’re in the mood for a tropical getaway, think about taking a trip to one of these lesser-known islands to get a more authentic Caribbean experience.

See Sea Turtles in Dominica

A phone call in the middle of the night rarely portends good news. Unless you’re expecting someone or, in this case, something, to give birth. Staying at Rosalie Bay in Dominica (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) for four days in May meant I’d have a good chance of getting that call.

The Radar: Best of Norway, Cancun for Locals, Top 7 World Markets

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups.

The Radar: Trips of a Lifetime, Scotland Adventures, Hidden Caribbean Paradise

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photograph by Alessio Mesiano, My Shot.