The arcade at Convent Santo Domingo in Oaxaca City.

Where to Go in Oaxaca

The best thing to do in Oaxaca is explore. The city of Oaxaca has a rich downtown area with plenty of architecture and handicrafts (a theme continued throughout the state) as well as galleries and museums. Outside the city, outdoor adventure and cultural immersion rule.

Enjoy a spectacular sunset over Playa El Tunco.

The Best of El Salvador in 14 Days

If you have two weeks, you have enough time to get in all the best that El Salvador has to offer. From the western beaches of the Pacific Coast, through the ruins, volcanoes, and quaint, colorful towns of Ruta de Las Flores, into the hidden gems of San Salvador and beyond, expert author Jamie Jacques gives you everything you need for a memorable trip.

The dive site known as China Walls is a vertical wall that drops off the south side of Koko Head and reaches down to depths of 75 feet.

Diving in Southeastern O‘ahu

Diving in southeastern O’ahu is stellar, with a handful of complete dive shops offering sales, rentals, and dive excursions at a range of prices. The wealth of dive sites includes the area known as China Walls, a deep vertical wall drop with countless nooks and crannies, and several wreck sites now home to dozens of species.

Blueberry pancakes at Koa Pancake House.

Where to Eat in Kane’ohe and Points North

Kane‘ohe and further onward haven’t been largely altered by tourism, the proof being that you won’t find any fine dining restaurants or chic clothing boutiques. Instead, Kane‘ohe is littered with local and national fast-food chains and small and simple ethnic eateries.

Looking across the Great Sound, Bermuda.

Bermuda Landscapes: Geography and Geology

An archipelago arranged as a fishhook, “The Island” comprises a total of more than 100 islands encircled by a collar of coral. Bermuda landscapes are a diverse range of natural habitats—from marshland to sand dunes and cedar woodland—that support an equally varied ecology.

Experience the colonial charm of Suchitoto, El Salvador.

Where to Go in El Salvador

Though El Salvador is a small country, it’s hugely rich in history, culture, and nature. Each region has its own unique draw, such as the excellent surfing on the Pacific Coast or San Salvador’s museums, but wherever you go, you’ll find a little of everything.

Makapu‘u marks the rugged and dry eastern tip of O‘ahu.

Whale-Watching on O‘ahu

Humpback whales routinely frequent O‘ahu waters during their Hawaii stay from October to March. Once in the shallow waters, they engage in mating behaviors and give birth to massive calves. Fortunately for whale-watchers, humpback whales like to congregate in the waters from Makapu‘u to Koko Head, and swim very close to shore as they pass by.

A rocky cliff rises above a crescent beach with yellow sand.

Best Beaches of Makapu‘u and Waimanalo, O’ahu

The best beaches of Makapu’u and Waimanalo are all a bit different, some with the most breathtaking scenery, others with dozens of tide pools to explore, or great opportunities for swimming, surfing, and sunbathing. There’s even beach-side camping.

Small bottles of maple syrup shaped like leaves are for sale at a farmers market table.

Hudson River Valley Agriculture: Maple Syrup

Some 4,000 farms cover nearly 20 percent of all land in the Hudson River Valley, producing everything from beef, poultry, milk, and cheese to apples, sweet corn, organic produce, wine, hay, and flowers. Here, a handful of farmers produce delicious maple syrup the good old fashioned way.