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Costa Rica’s Adventures: Rain Forests, Volcanoes, and Exotic Wildlife

Physician’s Money Digest Costa Rica, a “land bridge” between North and South America, features an incredible diversity of ecological zones from cloud forests, to mangrove swamps, rain forests, marshes, and coral reefs. You can explore volcanoes, raft rivers, and hikes through the through rain forests to see scarlet macaws, parrots, and monkeys. Rain Forests At […]

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Airbnb Jumps into Spring Break

Travel Tips and Trips Airbnb, the company that enables travelers to rent a couch, a spare bedroom, condo, or home from locals, is more and more popular with those on Spring Break—college students and families. Airbnb’s share of bookings during spring break rose from 4% in 2015 to 9.5% this season according to Hipmunk, a […]

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Snorkeling and Diving in Belize

Travel Tips and Trips Snorkelers and divers visit Belize to explore its spectacular reef. The 185-mile-long barrier reef ranks as the longest chain of coral in the Americas and the second longest in the world (Australia’s reef is the longest). The colorful underwater gardens—70 types of hard coral alone—as well as the caves and walls […]

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Luxury All-inclusive: Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

Travel Tips and Trips Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, just outside of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is an all-inclusive resort that appeals to both those who like staying at one-price properties and to those who don’t. At this AAA five-diamond lodging, you won’t find such typical trade-offs for fixed rates as mediocre fare and merely serviceable rooms. […]

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Sol Searching: Luxury and Adventure Await at Mexico’s Riviera Maya and Cozumel

Physician’s Money Digest From atop the cliffside Castillo (castle), Tulum’s most important building, the crashing waves and the calls of the sea birds conjure visions of this once-vital Maya seaport. Tulum is one of the treasures of the Riviera Maya, a swath of about 85 miles along Mexico’s Caribbean coast that stretches from south of […]

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Otavalo, Andes Mountains, Ecuador

We took it as a good omen that just as we headed out of Quito for Imbabura Province in the north the sky cleared to reveal the slopes of Cotopaxi, at 19,348 feet, the world’s highest active volcano. Looming to Quito’s south, Cotopaxi, backed by a blue sky, hung like a clear promise, contrasting sharply […]

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Eco-Adventure Riviera Maya, Mexico

Eco-adventures abound in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. At Hidden Worlds, not far from Tulum, we snorkel underground rivers, pedal a SkyCycle at tree-top height, and fly along a zipline. What we especially like about Hidden Worlds are the choices and the small group experience. In addition to its fine sand beaches, the Riviera Maya along Mexico’s […]

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Putting on the Ritz at the Club in Cancún

Dining Fine Putting on the Ritz at the Club Grill in Cancún How to handle a legend? That’s the challenge that chef de cuisine Andreas Schatzschneider faced when, in September 2009, he took over the Ritz-Carlton Cancún’s Club Grill (Retorno del Rey 36, Zona Hotelera, 998.881.0808, ritzcarlton.com/cancun), a local star with 10 straight years of […]

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