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  • Sunset

    Varadero Favorites

    If you are lucky, you can see amazing sunsets on Varadero beach, because it faces west and the sea reflects the light beautifully. This sunset was the best and I was happy to find these leaves to create a contrast.

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  • Walking

    San Juan Favorites

    Walk, walk, walk. I would recommend that you park the car at the municipal parking lot located at the 'Paseo de la Princesa' and start your wandering through the wonderful streets in Old San Juan. Wandering around Old San Juan through the old cobblestone streets and the small quaint alleyways. For more pictures of streets found here in Old San...

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  • Boats & Water Sports

    Nassau Favorites

    All the beaches in the Bahamas are public. No one can stop you or charge you for using a beach. You can access the beach on a little path at the side of what is now the Riu Paradise Hotel (used to be Sheraton). What you are charged for is if you want a tour of the Atlantis property. That is $25.00. You can not get up from the beach to their...

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  • Havana Vieja (Old Havana)

    Havana Favorites

    En el mes de Septiembre estuvimos de vacaciones en Cuba y buscando hoteles por internet vimos que muchos Cubanos estan alquilando habitaciones en sus casas. Nos dio curiosidad y ganas de ensayar pero a la vez desconfianza por ir a casa de personas desconocidas. Al fin decidimos ir a una de estas casas pensando en que si no nos gustaba nos...

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  • Zona Colonial - Old Town

    Santo Domingo Favorites

    Besides comfortable shoes and clothing and a water bottle (or 2), a good map of the Old Town is good to have if you want to know where you walked by or information in general. A good one can be found at Colonial Zone. They have a printable version and the one on the link, where you can click on the numbers to find out about the places.

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  • Cathedrals & Cloisters

    Antigua Guatemala Favorites

    The cathedral located at the east side of the Parque central dates from 1680 after the first one was demolished a few years before. It's certainly not the most beautifull church in town, but it's worth to take a look inside.

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  • The Split

    Caye Caulker Favorites

    This would be the place to go if you’re really interested in the local flora. The Caye Caulker Belize Tourism Industry Association’s Mini-Reserve has a few interpretive trails with signs telling you what all the native trees and plants are. There’s also a resource center, but this was closed when we were there. Caye Caulker’s constant breezes can’t...

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  • Holguin People

    Holguín Favorites

    Stay on the beach, and visit the city! The beaches are breath taking in Holguin and the temperature tends to be the best in this part of Cuba year round. In Holguin, since it is the dryest area in the country, you will have the least chance of precipitation regardless of the season. Also, there is no humidex factor!! Put your lotion on, whatever...

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  • Castillo del Morro

    Santiago de Cuba Favorites

    El Morro de Santiago de Cuba is one of the most beautiful fort in all of the Caribbean. Its elevated very high up and its very majestic. It is one of those places that at any time of the day you can see the most fantastic colors come out of the Cuban sky.. The sunsets are beautiful.

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  • Suspension Bridge

    San Ignacio Favorites

    San Ignacio is across the Macal River from their sister city of Santa Elena. To get from one side of the river to the other you must cross the one-lane Hawksworth Bridge - Belize's only suspension bridge which was built in 1949. Walking across is pretty easy, but in order to cross in a car, you have to take your turn. In order to avoid...

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  • Street Scenes

    Trinidad Favorites

    The best way to have some good memories of Trinidad is to start going out without any guide or map. This could be a good advice everywhere, but particulary in this small town, you will probably not remember museums or square names, but you will get well impressed in your mind the slow living in the narrow streets and the colourful colonial houses...

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  • Finca Campesina

    Cienfuegos Favorites

    On the way to Cienfuegos we visited the Finca Campesina, to be honest I did not like this place....for me you can avoid it....such a touristic and artificial place...and full of poor animals closed in little old cages with lots of screaming tourists tryin' to get some pics of them......not a great view believe me......so I decided to shoot no...

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  • Local flora/fauna

    Puerto Rico Favorites

    The flora and fauna in Puerto Rico is gorgeous. They have beautiful mountains crowded with lush trees! And, those trees and flowers are beautiful... I just loved taking pictures of the wild flowers

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  • Nassau

    The Bahamas Favorites

    My brief visit to Bahamas was... excelent. The first impression was the contrast between the expected american way of life, and the british colonial look of the reality (even driving in the left hand). A taxi circuit along the island made me feel in Africa, and that was a stupend sensation. "America" was in the other side, in Paradise Island,...

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  • Cayo District

    Belize Favorites

    bring a pair of cotton socks, they don't tell you this and then when ur already on the bus they stop by the store to buy some, i think they get commission. Also, set of dry clothes to change in after. Bring repellant but do not use until cross all the small rivers, locals drink that water down the stream and use it to prepare food, lets not poison...

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  • Beaches

    Varadero Favorites

    The flag system is this: red flag, no swimming. green flag, go swim! yellow flag, be cautious. Out of the whole week I was there, it was red flag four days and yellow flag 3. The days it was red, there were dead jellyfish on the beach... not sure what happened, but the tsunami in Sri Lanka was happening at the same time.... When the beach was...

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  • El Yunque Rainforest

    San Juan Favorites

    One of the main things I wanted to do when we were in San Juan was to visit this rainforest. It is unique in the Caribbean and in the National Park/Forest system of the US. You should stop at the Visitor's Center first to find out about the park. They have a film (both in Spanish and English) narrated by Jimmy Smits Unfortunately it is really hard...

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  • Nassau Town

    Nassau Favorites

    If you have some time to stay in Nassau, and are not coming for just a few days at a big resort, you may be looking for a less expensive option where you can settle in. I'd suggest the Orange Hill Beach Hotel. It's clean, reasonably priced, and in the safe West Bay Street area, not far from the airport. We stay there a lot if we get stuck in Nassau...

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  • Old cars

    Havana Favorites

    great to drive, get a nice car and you go sightseeing, then stop as you like and walk its narrow streets, just wonderful and don't forget to get those old American cars to be driven on, its special. And of course drive Under the historical tunnel of Havana with 733 meters long ,and it is 12-14 meters deep built by a French firm Societé de Grand...

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  • Santiago de Los Caballeros

    Antigua Guatemala Favorites

    Antigua at its height was a very powerful and important city. Spain divided its conquests in the New World into three sections, and the part we now call Central America was all governed from the Guatemalan capital, that is Antigua. Antigua, or Antigua Guatemala to give it its full name, was in fact the country’s third capital. It was founded in...

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  • Snorkeling

    Caye Caulker Favorites

    Don't leave Caye Caulker without a snorkeling trip, either all day or half day. My other advice is take a kayak around the island. I mean, paddle it yourself. It's a lot of work but great fun. Snorkeling near the reef off Caye Caulker wasn't quite as spectacular as around Gladden Spit where I went in 2005, but it's still amazingly beautiful. Shark...

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  • Beach

    Holguín Favorites

    Snorkeling - the coral reefs are so amazing (some parts of the reef are very sharp..be careful). The tropical fish so colourful. My fav' was taking buns from dinner and then briging them out with us the nexy day to feed the fish. kayaking to a secluded part of the beach (near the Melia Rio de Oro Hotel) this was quite difficult because #1 I can't...

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  • Street Scenes

    Santiago de Cuba Favorites

    Walk along Avenida Jose A Saco, Santiago de Cuba, The downtown portion between Plaza de Marte and Parque Cespedes has most of the tourist shops and interesting architecture. Some of the oldest Spanish colonial architecture with French influences.

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  • Ancon

    Trinidad Favorites

    The Ancon peninsula, a beautiful natural area is about 12-13 kms from Trinidad. The beaches washed by the Caribbean Sea are sandy with crystal-clear water. We stayed on the peninsula rather than in the town and it was a good decision. After a long day in Trinidad, it was bliss to submerge in the warm sea. The picture shows the still water between...

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  • Street Scenes

    Cienfuegos Favorites

    Coming from the busy Havana soon we noticed two things: it was much hotter and the city was extremely quiet and "old". Yes, the first impression was that we had done a jump in the colonial age, the coloured houses most of them with a small backyard and their rocking chairs that we soon learned to enjoy.The old cars parked on the streets and the...

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  • Weather

    Puerto Rico Favorites

    Get used to the weather of Puerto Rico. It sometimes rain early in the morning and then the whole afternoon it becomes sunny. Before our group left for Puerto Rico, we invited a Puerto Rican guy to give us information about the weather of Puerto Rico. He told us that growing up in Puerto Rico, they used to play with the rain since it rains almost...

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  • Grand Bahama

    The Bahamas Favorites

    Travel tip.. If you are not staying in the Port Lucaya area, it is about $5 usd per person for taxi service to the Lucaya area where everything is at. Be sure to look in the phone book for the excursion companies and call them about picking you up at your resort. We stayed at the Island Seas, great place but a ways from Lucaya and the markets, and...

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  • Travel Information

    Belize Favorites

    One of the best places for information on what to do in various ports is Cruise Critic. The Cruise Critic Belize forum board was very useful in planning shore excursions, whether the ones offered by the ship or independent, and there is also Belize port information with hints on where to go, what to do, where the ships dock, where to eat and h

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  • Give Aways

    Varadero Favorites

    Try to bring some spare toiliteries or make up as a tip to your chamber maid as they really do appreciate this. Also, stuff for kids, pens, crayons etc. We went to our local £1 shop and loaded up and they really loved it ( also got us extra coffee and water in the rooms ! ) In return, our maid kept making our towels into animals.

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  • Forts

    San Juan Favorites

    El Moro is the predominant fort that most people notice as it is a big landmark in the harbor, especially if you approach or leave by cruise ship. It also has it's own site on Virtual Tourist. But there is another big San Juan fort and my guide convinced me that this fort was very worthy of a visit. It is not only a part of the a San Juan National...

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  • outside Nassau

    Nassau Favorites

    I remember that when I was tired of walkingI took a bus - they call jitneys - a great way to see most of the shore in an inexpensive way. The driver was ver friendly ansd gave me a real tour about the island. I missed have a better camera to take better pictures. Well, something to miss, right?

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  • The Malecon

    Havana Favorites

    Built along the Northern coastline of Havana, during the early 1900's EL MALECON is a favourite walk for the locals and tourist alike. It runs along the main arteries of Havana and provides incredible views of the Bay. The famous 12 kilometre oceanside road links Old Havana to the busy neighbourhood of Vedado, We could see children playing, locals...

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  • Colonial Architecture

    Antigua Guatemala Favorites

    For a nice walk and look at buildings, wander round the streets behind the cathdral on the main square. This is where the nobility had their houses and although you can't go in many of them (some are shops which you can) you can still see the doorways and decorative details. Really lovely buildings!!

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  • No Cars

    Caye Caulker Favorites

    The streets are sand and there were almost no internal combustion automobiles on the island. There were said to be a beer truck, and maybe two other cars. All transportation was by foot, bike or golf cart. I soon found though that if I went barefoot I wore all the skin off my feet. Walking along the shore (wearing shoes) into town to get a meal or...

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  • Dolphins

    Holguín Favorites

    Swimming with dolphins in Cuba Two favorites areDOLP: Veradero Delfinario at Punto Hicacos Nature Park and the aquarium at Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park (Holguin) . A third one is located near Cienfuegos (Playa Rancho Luna). A rather new Delfinario performing captive and trained dolphins several times daily The Veradero Delfinario offers...

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  • Architechture

    Puerto Rico Favorites

    El Morro was awesome. There is no doubt that this is a must see in Puerto Rico. The history is amazing and the views are breathtaking! Walking the grounds of El Morro and the adjoining Cemetery are a photographic dream!

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  • Out islands

    The Bahamas Favorites

    The beaches are unbelievable. Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are on Green Turtle Cay, off the coast of Abaco. Green Turtle Cay is paradise. It is a small island; the natives are very friendly; the island is "away from it all". Travel is done mostly by golf cart; there is very little intenet service, most cell phones do not work...

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  • Mayan sites

    Belize Favorites

    Make sure to manage your time. Head to the Mayan ruins early. It was a long ride on a bumpy, undeveloped roads to the Altun Ha, the ancient Mayan site in Belize. If you are planning to go there, make sure to start early and have time to climb and explore on all the ruins. The travel time to and and from the ruins is about four hours and that's...

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  • Plazas

    San Juan Favorites

    Located in Old San Juan's main square on San Jose' Street is PLAZA DE ARMAS or ARMS SQUARE. It features four statues representing the four seasons and has served as a social meeting place for generations.

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  • Paradise Is.

    Nassau Favorites

    Visit Paradise Island. The biggest hotel there (I sort of forgot the name but you can see it as you cross the bridge from Nassau to Paradise Island) is phenomenal. I have never seen a nicer hotel. Even in Las Vegas. It truly was Paradise. I would love to stay in Paradise Island the next time I come to the Bahamas.

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  • Plaza de la Revolucion

    Havana Favorites

    One of the buildings in Revolution Square is the Ministerio del Interior or MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR. It would just be another building, if not for the giant ironwork mural of the likeness of Ernest (Che) Guevara (1928 to 1967 ) Cuba's revolutionary Hero. His motto " Hasta La Victoria Siempre" - "Towards Victory Always" is inscripted below his...

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  • Shopping

    Antigua Guatemala Favorites

    If you go to Antigua, Guatemala, do not hesitate in buying some indian handcrafts. It is amazing how racist mexican population is. Despite our indian roots, we are taught since we are children, to neglect the indian influence in our culture, and mainly to deny the existence of indian blood in our families... When I visited Guatemala, I found lots...

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  • Old Cars

    Holguín Favorites

    Cubans feel very proud to have old motors like this one and they will allow you to take photographs and to sit in the car if you ask. If you are lucky enough to be offered a drive around the block then do so - it is an honour. To say Thank You give the owner a small present like $1 or $2, this will help him to buy gasoline. I think this car is a...

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  • Getting around Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rico Favorites

    Driving in Puerto Rico is a lot of fun. A lot of people warned me that Puerto Ricans drive badly but the reality is that they drive in the subjective. That is to say, they drive as if the rules of the road are a bit fuzzy or open to interpretation or common sense. Instead of saying something like "You must stop for a red light" you should think of...

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  • Underwater

    The Bahamas Favorites

    Even without snorkling you can swim along and see the most amazing sea life, from different neon clored fish to sea urchins... Giligans Lagoon (where they filmed for Giligans Island) and the hermit crab races where they would bet money on which crab would finish the race first!

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