View from Hotelito Desconocido. Photo © furphotos, licensed Creative Commons usage.

Rustic Luxury Retreats in Puerto Vallarta

A sprinkling of secluded upscale mini resorts, perfect for a few days of quiet tropical relaxation, have opened in some remote corners of the Puerto Vallarta region. Being hideaways, they are not always easily accessible, but for those willing to make an extra effort, the rewards are rustically luxurious accommodations in lovely natural settings.

Kura Design Villa in Costa Rica's Central Pacific. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Unique Costa Rica Retreats: Lodges, Reserves, and More

Consider a stay at a mountain or rainforest lodge, an aerial tree house, or even a working farm for a unique Costa Rica experience. Most have naturalist guides and activities such as canoeing and hiking. Some offer luxury fit for a king; others are basic, although no less endearing.

Majahuitas Resort. Photo © Donna Day.

Best Hideaways in Puerto Vallarta

There are all kinds of hotel experiences to be had in the Puerto Vallarta region. For those who really just want to get away from it all and do nothing in beautiful isolation, here are your best hideaway options.

Los Amigos Youth Hostel in Flores. Photo © John Barrie, licensed Creative Commons usage.

Tips on Staying in Guatemala on a Budget

Guatemala is a major stop along the Central American backpacking circuit, so it’s no surprise that there are a plethora of low-budget hotels to choose from, and most national parks allow camping. Expert author Al Argueta gives an overview on what sorts of rooms you’ll find and to look for to ensure your stay is comfortable.

View of Lake Atitlán from Casa Palopó. Photo © Al Argueta.

Best Boutique Hotels and Jungle Lodges in Guatemala

Guatemala has some of the hippest digs anywhere on the planet. If you’re sick and tired of hotels that all pretty much look the same and enjoy the opportunity to check out unique boutique hotels and jungle lodges near worthwhile attractions, then this list is for you.

A room in the Hotel Grano de Oro, San José, Costa Rica.

What to Expect from Accommodations in Costa Rica

To get the most out of your trip to Costa Rica, adjusting your expectations for your accommodations before departing is key. In this article, expert author Christopher P. Baker gives a rundown of what to expect from budget to high-end room rentals, dealing with staff, the importance of reservations, and tips on getting the best rates.

A woman walk down a caged pathway in the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

Exploring Amargosa Valley in Death Valley

The Amargosa Valley stretches north of Death Valley Junction along Highway 124 and crosses the state line into Nevada. Here the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge offers a lovely side trip and pleasant oasis refuge from the desert.

The fanciful, fairy-tale-like exterior of the Hang Nga Crazy House.

Hotels, Hostels and More in Vietnam

Throughout Vietnam, accommodations run the gamut from dingy budget hostels to luxurious high-end resorts, sometimes even within the same neighborhood. Expert author Dana Filek-Gibson is here with tips on reservations, local customs, and places to stay from hotels to hostels, resorts to homestays.

Mobster Meyer Lansky's Hotel Habana Riviera. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Sights Along The Malecón in Havana

The Malecón runs along the bulging, wave-battered shorefront of northern Vedado, Havana, and is home to a handful of impressive cultural sights. Among them are the fascinating Hotel Nacional, with its mobster-speckled history, and other historic monuments and sites.