The rising sun casts incoming waves in a golden hue.

Discover Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast

Sparsely settled, Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast extends some 200 kilometers. Author Christopher P. Baker shares information about the area and tips for planning your time, whether you’re looking to surf, explore the rainforest, or simply enjoy the slower pace of life.

Underwater view of an array of tropical fish on a reef.

Staying Safe in the Waters of Aruba

Make your stay in the Caribbean an enjoyable one! Rosalie Klein offers some safety tips for dipping a toe into the waters of Aruba, whether you plan to be swimming in a designated area, relaxing on a lightweight float, or snorkeling in the shallows.

A white minivan on a well-paved two-land road that winds between rolling golden hills dotted with greenery.

Driving to Puerto Vallarta from the United States

If you’re adventurous and like going to out-of-the-way places, but you still want to have all the comforts of home, you may enjoy driving your own car or RV to Puerto Vallarta. Author Justin Henderson covers the essentials for motoring in Mexico: routes, fuel costs, car repair, insurance, and various safety tips.

A thick string of balloons in the rainbow curve to make an arc on the parade route.

LGBT Life in Brazil

Many gay and lesbian foreigners associate Brazil with images of transvestites, Carnaval drag queens, and the muscle boys of Ipanema and allow themselves to think that Brazil is a very gay-friendly place. In reality, it is and it isn’t. Living abroad expert Michael Sommers discusses Brazilian cultural attitudes toward LGBT individuals.