Frederik Lutheran Church on St. Thomas. Photo © Susanna Henighan Potter.

Sights in King’s Quarter on St. Thomas Part 2

Starting at Frederik Lutheran Church and ending with Blackbeard’s Castle, here’s part two of our series focused on experiencing Charlotte Amalie’s historic charm by exploring the steep step-streets of Government Hill in the western environs of King’s Quarter.

A Victorian clock tower on Fort Christian in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI.

Sights in King’s Quarter on St. Thomas Part 1

King’s Quarter is the oldest part of the city of Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas. Exploring the steep step-streets of Government Hill in the western environs of King’s Quarter is the best way to experience the city’s historic charm. Here’s part one covering major points of interest such as historic sites, museums, and walking tours.

The Bermudian Heritage Museum once belonged to the Grand United Order of Good Samaritans, which aided newly freed blacks before and after their emancipation in 1834. Photo © Rosemary Jones.

Key Sites Along Bermuda’s African Diaspora Trail

Bermuda’s black heritage and the 200-year legacy of slavery on the island is remembered through a chain of monuments and museums. The African Diaspora Trail has a dozen points of interest throughout the island all officially designated UNESCO Slave Route Projects. Here are some of the key sights and points of interest along the trail.

Bone fragments found at the Marco Gonzalez Maya Site. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

The Marco Gonzalez Maya Site, Belize

Those looking for a little Mayan history on Ambergris Caye in Belize can find it at the Marco Gonzalez Maya Site. History and adventure buffs will enjoy private guided tours of this virgin site, currently under study, which was inhabited by the Maya for 1,600 years.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Photo © Suzanne Van Atten.

Old San Juan’s Two Historic Castillos

History buffs and especially those interested in military history should take time to explore Old San Juan’s two historic forts, Castillo San Felipe del Morro dating from 1539 and Castillo de San Cristóbal dating from 1634.

Mojitos at Dos Hermanos. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Bars and Lounge Clubs in Habana Vieja, Havana

Whether you’re looking for ambiance, to mingle with the locals, or just a stiff drink, Habana Vieja is the place to go. From chic and trendy lounges to waterfront saloons and hole-in-the-wall bars, here’s where to go to wet your whistle in Habana Vieja.

Inside the Dau Go Cave in Ha Long Bay. Photo © Nikolay Grachev/123rf.

Visiting Ha Long Bay’s Caves

Ha Long Bay is home to caves, islands, a few small beaches, and sleepy fishing villages. Since the bay is accessible only by boat tour, you’ll have little to no control of which sights you see once you’ve booked your trip. Here’s an overview of the caves visited on tours to ensure your trip includes those you’re most interested in.

View from Santa Catalina. Photo © Mitch Barrie, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Hiking Providencia and Santa Catalina, Colombia

Providencia’s The Peak is a much more strenuous hike than exploring Fort Warwick and Morgan’s Cave on Santa Catalina but holds the most stunning views, while Santa Catalina presents a wonderfully historical hike with plenty of decent views of its own. Both are easily undertaken by casual visitors.