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THE STORM IS TAKING IT ALL - THE NEW YORK TIMES

The winds of Hurricane Maria were barreling down our street in the mountain town of Cayey, Puerto Rico. The windows in my parents’ bedroom began to shake. My mother left the room quickly, but my father froze. “I can’t move,” he said. “The storm is taking it all.” My two siblings and I entered. We told him he needed to get out. “I can’t,” he said with a blank stare. We hugged him hard while the windows rattled, threatening to break loose. “Te tenemos, papi,” we said. (“We got you, Dad.”) He looked up at us and started walking… PDF or Read Online

A LOCAL'S VIEW OF A HOPEFUL PUERTO RICO - LONELY PLANET

My paradise has been transformed, forever marked with the visible and invisible scars left by ferocious winds and all-encompassing waters. But now there’s a new and subtle vibration felt in the city – a new island is emerging in all its raw and vulnerable beauty for the world to see. I walk down the street and can’t help but feel immense appreciation for having an opportunity to rethink, to rebuild and to rebound... Read More

SAN JUAN'S BEST COCKTAIL BARS - LONELY PLANET

In the balmy Puerto Rican capital of San Juan, the creative class has merged the art of island living with the art of crafting a cocktail. The result? A wave of striking flavors that delight both connoisseurs and amateurs. And that’s just what’s on the menu – where you drink matters just as much. From the well-worn and crusty to the meticulously decorated, these bars are little masterpieces serving up  some seriously inventive booze... Read More

FIND YOUR GROOVE IN JAMAICA - ROYAL CARIBBEAN

The birthplace of reggae, Jamaica gave the world the soundtrack of its relaxed lifestyle, good-time-loving people and fearless optimism. As soon as you arrive in Jamaica, you'll sense how much this destination honors the sensibilities of its musical export. Soak your feet in pristine blue waters at Bamboo Beach Club in Ocho Rios. Splash around Dunn's River Falls, where cold, clear mountain water pours down on the rocks in mini-waterfalls. Cruise to Jamaica to journey into the rainforest at Mystic Mountain, and take the SkyExplorer chairlift above the treetops to the mountain's summit… Read More.

PUERTO RICO AFTER MARIA - LONELY PLANET

Six months after Hurricane Maria hit, a new Puerto Rico is being painstakingly and lovingly carved from the rubble. Slowly the images of flooded neighborhoods and gutted homes are being replaced by scenes like those outside Lote 23, a popular food truck park in Santurce bursting with visitors, or the recent San Sebastian Street Festival, which drew thousands to the streets of Old San Juan... Read More

DISCOVER MARINA CAY IN THE BVI’S - AFAR MAGAZINE

This lesser-known Caribbean island served as the backdrop for the 1959 movie Virgin Island, starring John Cassavetes and Sidney Poitier. The film recounted writer Robb White's adventure with his wife Rosalie "Rodie" Mason after buying the island for $60 in 1937. The couple built a humble abode on the summit of the previously uninhabited Marina Cay against the wishes of their family members, some BVI locals, and most of all, against the expectations of society in that era… Read More

FAMILY FUN - FUN ASHORE MAGAZINE (CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE)

SEUSS AT SEA. The playfully quaint world of Dr. Seuss goes aquatic with Seuss at Sea, where kiddos and their families enjoy whimsical parades, enchanting story times, and green eggs galore. This is fun for kids of all ages, including those who are kids at heart... Read More: Link or PDF.

REAL-LIFE WATER WORLD - ROYAL CARIBBEAN

A respite for sun and sand seekers, the Bahamas is home to light blue beaches, translucent underwater caves, a rich royal heritage and exclusive private isles. These can all be found throughout a beautifully scattered string of 700 islands (most of which are uninhabited). Cruise to the Bahamas to take a dive and witness a majestic coral garden at Orange Bowl reef, hang out at ultra-luxurious resorts like Atlantis, and shop resort fashion in Paradise Island or Nassau. The Bahamas has an island for every taste and style, and it's easy to enjoy its subtropical charm during an overnight stint or a week-long cruise… Read More

14 SIGNS YOU LEARNED TO DRINK IN PUERTO RICO - MATADOR NETWORK

13. When you were going through your hard-drinking phase, you spent many nights downing shots at El Batey. This dark-and-crusty dive bar in the heart of Old San Juan is where you came to play pool, chat with the bartender for hours, and sing along to the Bob Dylan songs playing on an old vellonera. You liked that phase. It made you feel like a modern-day Hunter S. Thompson. Hell, you even wrote your own rum diary! Read More

THE PUERTO RICO YOU HAVEN'T SEEN, YET - POPSUGAR

Puerto Rico is a microcosm, encapsulating cultures from much bigger countries and from thousands of years ago. Go to Old San Juan and you see the Spanish influence, go to Loiza and you find the African heritage, and go to the Tibes Indigenous Ceremonial Center in Ponce and you get a glimpse of the Taíno culture. Not surprisingly, this melange works delightfully well... Read More

PUERTO RICO FOR INTIMACY SEEKERS - MASTERCARD

The waiter brings a ginger vodka and lobster croquettes—you take a sip, then a bite, and close your eyes to savor the pungent island flavors. A fragrant marlin with eggplant follows, and then you finish with the guava budin, a mouthwatering bread pudding showered with guava sauce. You’re at El Blok, a secluded inn and restaurant in the utopian island of Vieques, and thanks to Chef José Enrique, the local trailblazer behind the restaurant’s illustrious cuisine, Vieques is now a place you can see as well as taste... Read More

PANAMA CANAL CRUISES: AMAZING PORTS OF CALL - PRINCESS CRUISES

If you ever wondered what crossing the Panama Canal would be like, take a chance and cruise in comfort and style across this famous sliver of water. Traveling through different locks, the journey across the canal takes around ten hours. See others make the crossing as well, from cargo ships to small sailboats; the canal serves all kinds of vessels. Approximately 13,000 ships make the crossing every year... Read More

VERDE MESA EN EL VIEJO SAN JUAN - NILEGUIDE

Al abrir la delicada puerta blanca del restaurante Verde Mesa, en la calle Tetuán del Viejo San Juan, rápidamente adentras la casa de una mujer francesa ecléctica y rústica del viejo mundo, que colecciona cerámicas, cocina con mucho sabor y está siempre feliz de que la visiten. A esto se añaden olores, colores y melodías que reflejan la hermosura de los campos fértiles de Francia... Read More

CANADA'S GREATEST ADVENTURES - DISCOVERY BLOGS

As the second largest country in the world, Canada has no shortage of places to explore. From snow-dipped mountains and haunting rain forests to sculpted fjord lands and arctic tundra... Read More

NICARAGUA: EDEN OF SURFING & YOGA -  SEEK RETREAT

The immaculate surf breaks you see from the balcony at the Magnific Rock hotel look like liquid sculptures. Sitting on the edge of a headland, the hotel has an exquisite... Read More: PDF or Link

THE LURE OF CUERNAVACA - DISCOVERY BLOGS

Cuernavaca or Cuerna—as locals call their beloved home—is a Mexican city known for its brilliant confluence of luxurious comfort and cultural... Read More

THE RANCHER -  CH+D MAGAZINE

“If you can’t walk out of the living room or bedroom or kitchen onto the ground, if you have to go down steps, you’re not living like a real Californian lives,” said architect Cliff May, whose name has long been synonymous... Read More

LOT TWIST -  CH+D MAGAZINE

It isn’t easy being green. While environmental concerns are a priority now more than ever, sustainable building practices can still be more complicated and expensive than traditional... Read More

TOTAL RHAPSODY -  FASHION TV

A stampede of mismatch heaven took place at the Marc Jacobs show held at the Lexington Avenue Armory, where the audience enjoyed an awe-inspiring, all Americana... Read More

THE LOGIC OF BRIGHTS - HOUZZ.COM

Dwelling in a beige-boring world? Vanquish color-phobia with a small dose of brights that’s enough to grant your casa a zesty spin. Bold color fusions of sunny yellows, cool aquamarines... Read More


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