Catedral de Puntarenas. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Sights in the Port Town of Puntarenas

Puntarenas has long been favored by Josefinos seeking R&R. This sultry port town is built along a narrow spit running west from the suburb of Cocal and backed to the north by a mangrove estuary; to the south are the Golfo de Nicoya and a beach cluttered with driftwood. Though tiny, there’s plenty to see here from museums to festivals to mingling with the locals.

Cruise ships docked in the bay at St. Thomas, US Virgin islands

Accessibility in the Virgin Islands

While the U.S. Virgin Islands, which are governed by the Americans with Disabilities Act, are much better equipped for travelers with physical disabilities than the British Virgin Islands, lack of accessibility is an issue. Author Susanna Henighan Potter shares advice and tips on hotels, getting around, and cruise options.

Cyclist in San Jose's Parque la Sabana. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Recreational Tours in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has scores of tour operators offering a complete range of options. Here are recommended general tour operators as well as specific recommended tours from horseback-riding and hiking to bird-watching and cruises and nearly everything between.

Take a sunset cruise aboard a Sail Trilogy catamaran.

Take a Sunset Cruise in West Maui

Few Maui activities are more iconic than a sunset sail off the West Maui coastline. You have your choice of vessels and experiences, from sailing catamarans serving select appetizers to more yacht-like full-bar and restaurant dinner cruises.

A boat on display at the St. Michaels Maritime Museum.

Visiting Historic St. Michaels, Maryland

This charming vintage port is a popular tourist destination and features manicured colonial, federal, and Victorian homes, stunning churches, and a scenic shopping area with specialty stores, restaurants, exclusive inns, and bed-and-breakfasts.