Visiting the Island of Utila

Snorkeling with whale sharks is a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience—and the reason many choose Utila over any other Caribbean island. Plan a trip to this popular budget destination with this helpful guide.

Carnaval and Other Popular Festivals in Salvador, Brazil

Salvador has all the prerequisite ingredients for a good party: an idyllic climate, a powerful musical and cultural heritage, the mix of Catholic and Candomblé, and a population that loves to take to the streets and celebrate. The following are a sampling of the most important and unique festivals.

Rio’s Carnaval Goes Full Tilt

For those who missed this year’s Carnaval in Rio or who just plain miss Rio, the 5-minute film, “The City of Samba,” will either kill your longings or inflame your Rio yearnings all the more.

Popcorn Experience

I just returned from Escaping Carnaval in Salvador. Together, with a group of friends – all of them Bahians; none of them up to dealing with 6 days and 7 nights of body-crushing, ear-blasting, eye-popping, sweat/urine/perfume/beer-scented hedonism that characterizes the longest and biggest street party on the planet – I hightailed it out of town […]