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Beyond the Beach in Curaçao

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Sitting 40 miles off the Venezuelan coast, the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao stretches close to 40 miles itself, from north to south. And though most of the action happens at beachfront resorts and sandy expanses crowded with cruise ship passengers, the isle offers myriad (and less-traveled) historical, creative, and natural spaces that will satisfy gourmands, nature lovers,…

Beyond the Beach in Anguilla

Most visitors to Anguilla are looking to log serious shore time. To be sure, the tiny Caribbean island’s 33 beaches, with their pure-white swaths of crushed coral sand, are hard to resist. But there is far more to this tropical paradise in the Lesser Antilles than surf and sun. Here are eight ways to go beyond the beach.

Europe’s Loveliest Cemeteries

Not just the province of the dead and those who mourn them, cemeteries can be celebrated for all they offer the living. Europe boasts some of the most interesting and elaborate cemeteries in the world. Here are five of the most striking, all of which happen to be located in capital cities.

Zen and the Art of Bicycling

While riding a sleek bullet train in Taiwan recently, where the towering Taipei 101 skyscraper stands as testament to the country’s economic bustle, I never expected that a mere hour of cycling would locate me in a living, breathing haiku: a physical experience that occupies a brief moment in time, but, though simple, presents a great depth of experience.

Doing It Right in the Dominican Republic

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With sounds of the surf lapping at the harbor next to La Yola restaurant, I tucked into my curried lobster with gusto. Though dining on an over-fished creature, I didn’t feel the least bit guilty. That’s because I knew that the local fishermen were given lobster houses in exchange for a commitment to restrict their catch:…

Eco Heroes of the Peruvian Amazon

Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is one of the largest tracts of protected land in Peru at more than five millions acres. Thanks to a cadre of paid and volunteer rangers, only two percent of this Amazonian wonderland–hemmed in between the Marañon River and the Puinahua Channel–has been logged.

More Than a Canal: Panama City

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After a decade of stop-and-go development, the Frank Gehry-designed BioMuseo opened in early February. The debut marked a defining moment for the capital in the centennial of another game changer: the Panama Canal. Actually, the museum’s protracted birth fits the subject matter of its galleries, which tell a story that began some 20 million years ago.…

Discover the Green Side of Lisbon

Anyone who’s visited Lisbon can easily reel off the prerequisite activities: listening to melancholic Fado music, hopping aboard an old tram straining up a steep incline, climbing the ramparts of the old Moorish Castelo de São Jorge, visiting the Belem district with its monuments to the great explorers, strolling along a woodland trail.

Huh? What was that last one?

Port of Call: North Frisian Flair

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The rich and famous have long engaged in holiday merrymaking on Sylt, a narrow strip of land — just seven miles wide and 21 miles long — battered by the North Sea along Germany’s coast. Beyond the designer boutiques and pulsing nightclubs in Kampen and the throngs swarming the beaches and souvenir shops in Westerland, you’ll find a terrain of unspoiled beauty on this North Frisian island.

The New All-Inclusive Resort

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Where are the manicured grounds where every blade of grass knows its place? Or the temperature-controlled rooms that seal guests off from the unknown beyond resort boundaries? Morgan’s Rock Ecolodge near San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, is part of a growing trend to defy — and redefine — the all-inclusive archetype.

Cuba’s Green Revolution

Here’s a look beyond Cuba’s iconic 1950s autos, ever-flowing mojitos, political turbulence, and intoxicating rhythms – at the greener side of this island nation.

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.