Sun rising over St. Thomas harbor.

Discover the U.S. & British Virgin Islands

One of the greatest things about the Virgin Islands is their sheer variety. Each island is distinct. Discover the joy of the Virgin Islands as you choose your proportions: two parts stillness, one part life, chill and serve. Yield: paradise.

Unique and Casual Shopping in Cartagena

Shopping in Cartagena runs the gamut from a familiar modern mall setting to sprawling marketplaces, making it easy to find everyday essentials or more unique purchases and experiences. Here’s your quick and concise shopping guide to Cartagena.

Statue of Manuel de Céspedes in Plaza de Armas.

Sights in and Around Havana’s Plaza de Armas

The most important plaza in Habana Vieja, as well as the oldest, handsome Arms Square was laid out in 1519 and first named Plaza de Iglesia. Learn about the plaza’s evolution to Plaza de Armas, along with sights and museums in and around the square.

A wooden boardwalk borders a crystal blue spring in Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

Death Valley’s Hidden Springs and Desert Oases

The most surprising feature in Death Valley may be the presence of wetlands. These rare environments support distinct fish populations and provide life-giving watering holes, and are a sight to see surrounded by much rougher, barren landscapes.

A surfer rides a wave at Koki Beach in Hana, Maui.

East Maui Surfing

Surfing in East Maui is reserved for only intermediate and advanced surfers. Here’s where to go for the best surfing in Pa‘ia and Hana, where to rent boards, and schools in the area that cater to more skilled surfers.

A performer in an elaborate cat costume growls at the crowd.

Colombia’s Carnaval de Barranquilla

Carnaval de Barranquilla, the most famous celebration in Colombia, is a time of music, dancing in the streets, and revelry. It lasts only about four days, but the city starts readying for it days (if not weeks) in advance. If you want to participate, make sure you book early! Here’s what to expect in those four days of celebration.

A sunny day at Christiansted Harbor on St. Croix island.

Itinerary: 7 Days in Authentic St. Croix

St. Croix is the largest and least-traveled of the Virgin Islands. It also offers the greatest variety to its visitors, including outstanding historical sites and untouched natural areas. But you may enjoy the St. Croix sensibility—which prizes authenticity—most of all.

A surfer tests his mettle against a large wave at the Eddie Aikau Invitational.

The Eddie Surf Tournament, O‘ahu

Learn about The Eddie, an annual yet elusive one-day event that honors the late North Shore waterman Eddie Aikau and the surfers who dedicate their lives to riding giant waves.

A street in Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba, leads to the Capitol building, which is undergoing a facelift.

Restoring Old Havana

Old Havana has been called the “finest urban ensemble in the Americas” and is a UNESCO World Heritage. Learn about the preservation and restoration efforts underway for the more than 900 Habana Vieja structures of historical importance.