Plan a trip to Manuel Antonio

Immediately southeast of Quepos, a road climbs sharply over the forested headland of Punta Quepos before dropping down to the evolving beachfront community of Manuel Antonio.

Costa Rica Hot Springs in Zona Norte

Costa Rica is worth visiting for its many hot springs alone. While you’re relaxing in one of these warm pools, take in the sight of the grand Arenal Volcano. Erin Van Rheenen outlines several locations, including Tabacón Hot Springs, Ecotermales Fortuna, and Baldi Hot Springs.

Exploring Brazil’s Cocoa Coast: Ilhéus

Today, traces of the legacy of the “colonels” can be glimpsed by wandering among the handful of grandiose mansions and civic buildings of Ilhéus’s small historical center. Surrounded by native Atlantic forest and, to the north and south, boasting some attractive white-sand beaches—Ilhéus is well worth exploring.