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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.

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 Poras Chaudhary, My Shot.

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The Radar: 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 the next day for our daily roundup

Four new island hotels offer nature, tranquillity, and just the right amount of creature comforts. By Margaret Loftus From the November/December issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine. Forget the impersonal mega-resorts; the latest batch of Caribbean hotels is more intimate and organic, reflecting the character of each island. Hotel Chocolat, St. Lucia After spending years restoring the…

Looking for an out-of-the-ordinary destination for your summer vacation? Try Roatan, Honduras, hand-picked by our editors as one of the 10 Best Summer Trips of 2011. Located about 30 miles north of the Honduran mainland, this divers’ dream destination is encircled by a living coral reef, extending directly from the shore. The shallow-water, reef eco-system is…

Strange Planet: Runway Beach

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Don’t adjust your monitor. This is not an emergency landing. At Maho Beach on the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten, beach goers get an up-close-and-personal view of 747 planes landing at the neighboring airport. Our friends at BoingBoing recap what it’s like to sunbathe on a runway. Photo: Asa Jernigan/My Shot

Alison Ince, manager of Collections in National Geographic Libraries and Information Services, headed down to explore the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Who would have thought that lying in a pool of thick gray mud would be one of the highlights of my trip to Colombia?   But there I was, in the crater of a…

For the past year, Rainer Jenss and his family have been traveling around the world and blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. This post marks the last dispatch from their journey, and the end to an incredible year. You can see where they’ve traveled by going back through the archive of their…

Belize: Trouble in Paradise

The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is a wonder. Inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1996, it’s home to sea turtles, manatees, and American marine crocodiles. It represents the “evolutionary history of reef development” and includes 450 cayes and three atolls. The reserve is part of the Mesoamerican Reef, which is the second largest…

Rainer Jenss and his family are wrapping up the final stops of their around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. Most travelers have probably heard the expression, “It’s not…

Rainer Jenss and his family are wrapping up the final weeks of their around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. Of all the things we’ve experienced over the course…

Jenss Family Travels: Costa Rica

Rainer Jenss and his family are currently on an around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. When our TACA flight from Lima finally touched down in the capital city…

Island Hopping in Vermont

A Caribbean sunset? Not quite…it’s Vermont. I’m just back from a trip to the islands…of Vermont. While the Green Mountain State may foster thoughts of skiing, snow and perhaps maple syrup, Vermont is a blast during the non-summer months. And yes, there are islands in the state, the foremost of which are North and South…

For years, El Salvador has gotten a bad rap. Not that civil war has anything to do with it, but every country deserves a second chance, right? According to recently launched campaign, EcoExperiencias El Salvador, the country offers a truly off-the-beaten-path look at Central America. Guests can explore the many museums and restaurants of San…

On a wet, dreary night in March last year I got a phone call from my parents. They were having dinner on the beach in Cabarete, a small Caribbean beach village on the northern shore of the Dominican Republic. I could barely hear my mom over the voices and music in the background. “You would…