The Unspoiled Islands of Loreto: Baja, MEXICO

Whether you’re looking for adventure on the high seas or chllin’ on the beach and doing nada, a visit to Loreto Islands provides a secluded getaway and a taste of authentic Mexico. Located about half-way down the eastern side of the Baja peninsula, Loreto is one of the last unspoiled destinations in Mexico and one of its’ oldest settlements. The natural beauty of the area is largely untouched by … [Read more...]

Waves for Water: Cartagena, COLOMBIA

Kinga Philipps goes on a mission with Waves for Water to Cartagena and provides clean drinking water to communities in need. You can do the same, just by packing a few filters in your suitcase. There’s a surplus of humanitarian needs in the world we live in. Fortunately, humanity redeems itself with the efforts of people who offer their support, energy, funds and (most importantly) time to make … [Read more...]

Branch out in BELIZE

Kinga Philipps delves deep into the Belize jungle, exploring caves, visiting ancient Mayan ruins,  and sleeping amid the treetops at Parrot Nest Lodge. Charlie, said endearingly as if referencing an old friend, is the palm-sized wolf spider you might see occupying wall space in the cabins and bathrooms at the Parrot Nest Lodge. Let me clarify, Charlie is the common name for ALL the various wolf … [Read more...]

Beds & Books: A Novel Retreat in ST. LUCIA

The Bed: Ladera, St. Lucia We have personally laid our heads on these beds, and cozied up with these books… The majestic Pitons mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lord over St. Lucia seemingly protecting it from harm.  Hidden bays with tropical fish, bobbing sailboats and dark, delicious local rum make this lush island a lover's paradise. … [Read more...]

Caribbean Color: TOBAGO’S Blue Food Festival

Natalie Compagno gets muddied up on her way to the Blue Food Festival, an outdoor party that brings together thousands of locals to eat Dasheen-inspired dishes. Mud covers my legs and I have no idea where my knee starts and the wet earth begins.  I lost my shoes long ago in some sort of sink hole. I took a step and suddenly one of my purple flats was gone, sucked into a sticky rain puddle. … [Read more...]

Diving with Whale Sharks in ISLA MUJERES, Mexico

Kinga Philipps takes a solo adventure off the coast of Cancun to Isla Mujures and finds unspoiled beaches, transparent water and epic dives surrounded by whale sharks and manta rays.  What better place for a solo sojourn than the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and a place called Isla Mujeres, the Island of Women. It was my eat, pray, love of sorts. Except, instead of pasta, I indulged in … [Read more...]

The Kristian World: A Stunning Mix of Wildlife and Fashion Photography

David Jenison spotlights international photographer Kristian Schmidt whose striking images juxtapose wildlife with high fashion in their natural habitats. "I was diving with whale sharks in Mexico,” recalls photographer Kristian Schmidt, “and I thought, ‘I have to figure out a way to shoot the whale sharks with fashion.’” Sharks and modeling have always gone together in a figurative sense, … [Read more...]

Tooth or Dare: Great White Shark Dive, Guadalupe, MEXICO

“Whhhiiitttteeeee Shark!” Two words most people hope to never hear for fear they might be their last. Certainly not two words that ever become background noise. But when you venture by boat 150 miles off the coast of Mexico to Guadalupe Island, a geological wonder, a biosphere reserve and one of the worlds premier sites to cage dive with great white sharks…things are a bit different. Over the … [Read more...]

From Ruins To Rainforest: The Bounty of BELIZE

An insider's guide to this magical Central American destination, rich in ancient Mayan culture, exotic wildlife and underwater beauty For travelers looking for a destination with that rare mix of ancient culture, active adventure, natural beauty and perfect beaches, Belize is the perfect prescription. Unique among Central American nations, Belize is English speaking, compact (about the size … [Read more...]

Xcaret: The RIVIERA MAYA’S Family Fantasy Land

Located In Mexico's Yucatan Region, this popular eco-adventure park entertains families with everything from cultural spectacles to lagoon snorkle trips. Xcaret (“Ssh-karet”), the site of a centuries-old Maya trading post, is now a unique ecological theme park built on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.  It’s just four miles south of the lively nightlife of Playa del … [Read more...]