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.

A black, brown and white butterfly rests on ferns in Medellín's Jardín Botánico del Quindío.

Planning Your Time in Medellín

Weather-wise, anytime of the year is a good time to visit Medellín and the coffee region. Plan where to go, what to see, and how to spend your time with this advice.

Pacific Whale Foundation has the largest presence for whale-watching in Lahaina.

Whale Watching in West Maui

Whale watching in west Maui is easy: any single vessel that floats is going to be offering whale watching between December 15 and April 15. Since most prices are about the same, the choice ultimately comes down to what sort of vessel best suits your comfort level.

An Easter procession near Parque Simon Bolivar, Medellín, Colombia.

Happy Monday! Annual Colombian Holidays

Colombians enjoy a long list of annual holidays (over 20). With a few exceptions, holidays are celebrated on the following Monday. Here they all are, along with approximate dates and tips for traveling during holiday weekends.

Surfboards for rent on Waikiki Beach.

Best Surf Spots in Waikiki

Synonymous with surfing, Waikiki is home to a host of excellent surf spots. Whether you are a longboarder, shortboarder, experienced, novice, or first-timer, there’s a number of breaks that suit all abilities. Here are the best of the best for everyone.

Two tall cactuses in the dry desert of La Guajira, Colombia.

Planning a Vist to Colombia’s Alta Guajira

Colombia’s Alta Guajira (Upper Guajira) comprises the entire peninsula east of Cabo de la Vela and Uribia. To help plan your visit, here’s a brief area overview along with offered tours and recommended tour companies.