Parque Gran Colombiano. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Where to Go in Norte de Santander, Colombia

In the department of Norte de Santander, visitors are drawn to Pamplona, a charming and cool highland town that was important during the colonial era, and Cúcuta, a large, boiling hot commercial city and gateway to Venezuela. Here are notable sights, highlights, and things to do.

Stairs leading to an old building near Perfume Pagoda. Photo © Tuomas Lehtinen/123rf.

Day Trips From Hanoi

Beyond the city limits, Hanoi’s suburbs and surrounding countryside offer a few easygoing day trips. Take a jaunt to the booming traditional handicraft villages of Tam Coc and Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh’s main attractions, and visit the serene pagoda complex of the beautifully austere Perfume Pagoda.

Aerial view of northern cayes. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

Where to Go in the Belize Cayes

Regardless of where you go in the Belize Cayes, days are spent alfresco: kayaking, sailing, fishing, feasting on fresh catch, swimming alongside rays and turtles, gazing at magnificent frigatebirds hovering in blue skies. Or mastering the art of dolce far niente: the sweetness of doing nothing. Here’s an overview of island highlights.

A scenic highway leads south from Petén into Alta Verapaz. Photo © Al Argueta.

Las Verapaces: Guatemala’s Green Heartland

Las Verapaces remains green and lush throughout most of the year. From exploring beautiful cloud forests to remote hikes to discovering a lagoon in the middle of the rainforest, outdoor enthusiasts will find no shortage of vibrant, unique landscapes to experience. Here’s a sampling of the best.

Blue ocean meets white sand on Sandy Cay's beach.

Where to Go on Jost Van Dyke

Only four miles long and three miles wide at its broadest point, Jost Van Dyke is nevertheless home to three locales that draw visitors month after month: spectacular White Bay, one of the best beaches in the entire Virgin Islands; Bubbly Pool, likened to a high-priced spa treatment; and Sandy Cay, the perfect desert island. Learn all about these three incredible places.

Mayan village of San Pedro Columbia. Photo © Lebawit LIiy Girma.

Planning Your Time in Punta Gorda and the Deep South of Belize

Just an hour and a half on a regional flight from Belize City will land visitors in the real backcountry of Belize, where they’ll find all that is authentically Belizean in one place: virgin rainforests, waterfalls, five Mayan archaeological sites, a diverse population, and, more importantly, proximity to the most pristine and uncrowded of Belize’s offshore islands for snorkeling, diving, and sportfishing in two adjacent marine reserves.

La Pared in Luquillo. Photo © Suzanne Van Atten.

Things to Do in Luquillo, Puerto Rico

Luquillo attracts visitors from far and wide for two reasons. One is its beautiful public beach, commonly referred to as Playa Luquillo, and the other is the Luquillo Kioskos, more than 50 food vendors serving some of the very best street food available in Puerto Rico. Here are even more reasons to visit

Hassel Island lies just offshore from Charlotte Amalie, St, Thomas, USVI.

Visiting Hassel Island off St. Thomas

Hassel Island in the Virgin Islands, just off St. Thomas, has served many purposes throughout history. From early 19th-century British fortifications to a leprosarium to an important marine railway, some of those ruins are still standing for exploration. Learn more about the island’s history and how you can visit.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Photo © Suzanne Van Atten.

Where to Go in Puerto Rico

Though relatively small, there’s no shortage of places to explore and things to experience in Puerto Rico. Here are the highlights by region, from San Juan to each coast to the central mountain region and the offshore islands.

The colorful Paisa town of Jericó. Photo © Flaperval/123rf.

Visit Jericó, Colombia’s Paisa Cowboy Outpost

Jericó and Jardín are two (colorfully painted) peas in the same pod. Both are fiercely traditional Paisa pueblos, and they won’t change for anybody. Of the two, Jericó feels more remote, and less visited, and therein lies its charm. Visit for its unique handicraft, the carriel, and its sleepy streets lined with brightly colored wooden balconies and doors that are a playground for shutterbugs.