A red door in a pale green wall surrounded by graffitied names.

Crime in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is considered one of the safer countries in Central America. Tourism-related crime like petty theft and scam artists (and the occasional robbery and assault) sometimes occur, usually at night and involving alcohol. Stay safe during your travels by keeping informed, following these tips, and most of all, know where and how to avoid a sticky situation.

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Where to Travel in 2016: A Month-by-Month List

Most of us at Moon have an ever-growing list of places we want to visit, a common side effect of working on travel books. This list reflects a few of the destinations that inspired our wanderlust in the last year. There are trip-of-a-lifetime–type destinations, and there are smaller destinations, but all of them triggered that classic reverie, imagining what it would be like to be there, feeling that pull.

2,000 Colombian pesos note. Photo © Fibonacci (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

A Practical Guide to Money in Colombia

When planning foreign travel, knowing the ins and outs of practical day-to-day money matters counts. Familiarizing yourself with the local currency and general exchange rates is key, as is knowing how to access your money, common methods of payment, and even banking laws and tipping customs. Here’s what you need to know to make your travels easy in Colombia.

View of Sapa from Dragon Jaw Mountain. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Visiting Sapa’s Minority Villages in Vietnam

Beyond Sapa’s borders the surrounding hills and valleys are studded with minority villages, particularly those of the Black H’mong and Red Dao. Visiting any of the these villages affords visitors a window into the daily lives of Sapa’s minority communities, as well as the pleasure of trekking through the verdant landscape.

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Moon Spotlight Sayulita & the Riviera Nayarit

Moon Spotlight Sayulita & the Riviera Nayarit is a 70-page compact guide covering Sayulita and the best of the Riviera Nayarit, including Rinón de Guayabitos, La Peñita, San Blas, and Tepic. Author Justin Henderson provides his firsthand advice on must-see attractions, as well as maps with sightseeing highlights, so you can make the most of […]

Customers entering and browsing the Mercado Central.

Sights in West-Central San José, Costa Rica

Sights in west-central San José are big on culture. Fans of architecture and history buffs won’t want to miss spending an afternoon here, and those looking for true cultural immersion should definitely hit up the market scene. Here’s where to go.

A beach in Providencia. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Planning Your Time in Colombia’s San Andrés Archipelago

The San Andrés Archipelago is made up of seven atolls and three major (but fairly small) islands: San Andrés, Providencia, and Santa Catalina. Providencia and its tiny tag-along neighbor of Santa Catalina are places to experience how the Caribbean used to be before tourism developed, while more popular San Andrés is popular with Colombian vacationers.

Silk Cayes. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

Discover the Belize Cayes

Belize’s cayes are everyone’s deserted island fantasy come true. Learn about the many islands and their draw, plan when to visit with expert advice, then discover them for yourself.

A Hawaaian sea urchin in a coral crevice.

Ocean Safety in Hawaii

More people drown in Hawaii than anywhere else in the world. But don’t let the statistics deter you from enjoying the ocean! Use common sense along with these tips for respecting both the ocean and the creatures that live in it to stay safe.