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.

La Coca Falls at El Yunque. Photo © Suzanne Van Atten.

Planning Your Time on Puerto Rico’s East Coast

Puerto Rico’s east coast is rich in natural wonders, making it the most popular destination for day-trippers from San Juan. From quintessential Puerto Rican sights and scenic drives to sleepy beach towns and spectacular resorts, here’s how to plan your time exploring the east coast.

Belize's waters are teeming with unique coral formations. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

Where to See Marine Life in the Belize Cayes

Whether you’re a beginner or certified underwater aficionado, Belize’s splendid down under is sure to impress. Here’s a sampling Caribbean critters you’ll encounter and where to go to see them. The good news is, you don’t have to be a diver to see them all.

La Piedra Escrita in Jayuya. Phot © Suzanne Van Atten.

Best Puerto Rico Day Trips

Rent a car and explore some of the island. Puerto Rico is filled with so many surprising and delightful charms that are just a short drive away, it would be a shame to miss them. From beaches to rainforests to historic sights and more, here are the best day trips from San Juan.