View from inside a limestone cavern with vegetation outside.

Puerto Rico, the “Island of Enchantment”

Puerto Rico’s nickname, Island of Enchantment, is a fitting sobriquet. Sandy beaches, palm trees, and tropical breezes make it a favorite getaway for the sun and surf crowd. Rugged mountains and a verdant rain forest attract adventure travelers, and lavish hotels with ocean-side golf courses embrace vacationers who crave luxury.

A fountain with sculpted figures lit up at night.

Tour Operators in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has a slew of tour operators offering a variety of adventures that span the spectrum from guided city walks to deep-sea dives to mountain-climbing hikes. All tour companies require reservations.

Rio de Janeiro scenic view

Rio’s Alternative Points of View

Unknown to many tourists, there are happily many other Carioca summits that offer alternatively impressive views far from the crowds that flock to Sugarloaf and Corcovado. Michael Sommers points you towards some off the beaten path alternatives.

Memorial Minas Gerais - Vale Museum

Big City Fix in Belo Horizonte

Michael and his boyfriend take a weekend road trip from Diamantina to Belo Horizonte, a popular destination for Diamantinenses seeking a fix of Big City entertainment. While not a classic tourist destination, over the last couple of years, the city has made major investments in its leisure and cultural offerings.

A Norfolk Tides' batter about to swing.

An All-Star Baseball Road Trip

For those of us to whom summer means hot dogs, apple pie, and baseball games, the recent Major League All-Star Game was a significant milestone. Marking the midway point of the season, the All-Star Game put baseball back in the national spotlight, a place where “America’s Pastime” has only been a part-time player for many years. But while attendance and viewing numbers for Major League Baseball have been overtaken by rival sports like basketball and football, there is one world where baseball still hits a clear home run: its extended family of local baseball teams that make up the Minor Leagues.

Barbosa with hat in car

Da Boca do Brasileiro: Diamantina Insights

Diamantina is one of Minas’ most charming and unpretentious historical towns, a beguiling patchwork of whitewashed houses, baroque churches, and cobblestoned squares. Get an inside look at Diamantina through the eyes of a local with recommendations of what to eat and what not to miss.