An Artist’s Tour of Baltimore

Sculptor Alessandra Torres loves Baltimore for its festivals, its food, and its haunts that “aren’t too cool and aren’t too fancy.” Visit her favorite neighborhoods, attractions, and festivals to experience the best of Baltimore in the summertime.

Made in Bermuda: Finding Unique Souvenirs

There’s always a T-shirt or paperweight to take home, but if you look around, you’ll find far more interesting souvenirs. Author Rosemary Jones offers suggestions for unique mementos to pick up while in Bermuda.

Visiting Guaitíl on the Nicoya Peninsula

Guaitíl pottery is synonymous with Costa Rica’s indigenous crafts. In visiting this tranquil little village, you can take pottery classes and learn more about local culture and the ancient symbolism of the designs.

Shopping in Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan

People love to shop in Old San Juan because it offers the widest variety of unique shopping options in one pedestrian-friendly place. This is the place to go for fine jewelry, imported clothing and furnishings, cigars, folk art, tourist trinkets, and American chain stores, such as Marshalls, Walgreens, and Radio Shack.

Shopping in Fortaleza, Brazil

Fortaleza is a good place to stock up on pieces to add to your burgeoning folk art collection. You’ll find lots of wood carvings, ceramics, and leather goods, but two artisanal traditions that really stand out are woven hammocks and lacework.

Day-Tripping in Monte Plata

If you are vacationing in the city of Santo Domingo and seeking a refreshing change from the typical day trip to the beach, try going inland to the rich countryside of the province of Monte Plata.