Hang loose and kick back at the Humpback Turtle hostel in Playa Almejal. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Where to Eat and Stay in El Valle, Colombia

El Valle is an authentic fishing community in Colombia. Here are things to do on your visit, from yearly festivals to local daily habits, interesting places to stay, from hostels to private cabins, and the best places to grab a snack or meal.

Coffee seedlings in Maricao, Puerto Rico.

Explore Puerto Rico’s Coffee Trail

The gourmet coffee trade has exploded in Puerto Rico, recalling the island’s heyday as a major exporter of the product during the 19th century. Today, historic coffee haciendas are reopening and new coffee farms are being established throughout the Cordillera Central. Here are some great ones to visit for their tours and museums, and festivals and events too.

Easter Kite in Bermuda. Photo © Rosemary Jones.

Bermuda’s Festivals and Events: January to June

In true Bermudian style, the island is awash with events and festivals all year round. Don’t assume this means every event is an excuse for a party; Bermuda is very much about enjoying your here and now whatever it might be. From January to June, here are Bermuda’s tournaments, parades, and cultural celebrations.

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 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 mock bullfight staged at Christmas in Tacuba.

Holidays and Festivals in El Salvador

Salvadorans are festive folk and celebrate a number of holidays during the year. Depending on how you feel about crowds, you might want to plan your travels to coincide with holidays and festivals or to avoid them.

View across a wide green lawn of the Festival Theatre with modern angles and tall glass windows.

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario typically opens with preview performances in late April and early May and continues through October. Beyond the plays, the festival offers a variety of theater tours, lectures, and special events.

Gombey dancers perform at the daylong festival honoring Bermuda’s labor movement.

Bermuda’s Festivals and Events: July to December

Though the summer is generally prime festival season, don’t expect things to slow to a crawl in the latter part of the year. Outdoor sports and competitions continue on year-round, as do many of Bermuda’s heritage events. Here’s the annual line-up from July to December.

Cricket played in Bermuda at the Cup Match.

Cricket Cup Match in Bermuda

Don’t worry if you can’t fathom a “maiden over” or a “googly”—Cup Match is still the very best fun you can have in Bermuda all year. From beaching and boating to al fresco dance parties wrapped in swizzle-infused bonhomie, Cup Match is an authentically Bermudian festival. Make a very long midsummer weekend of Bermuda’s favorite public holiday.