WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations for the Month of August 2017

ARCTIC SIGHTS & NORTHERN LIGHTS

ARCTIC SIGHTS & NORTHERN LIGHTS

Break out of the summer U.S. heat and get your chill on. Travel writer Lisa TE Sonne cools off on a luxury Arctic Circle cruise aboard Poseidon Expeditions.

Belize Part 1: Remembering Mr. Peters’ boom and chime band

Belize Part 1: Remembering Mr. Peters’ boom and chime band

Planning a trip to Belize? If so, don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes, because this little Central American country has two sure-fire ways to get your juices flowing – musically, that is. One is a popular mish-mash of African, Latin and Caribbean music called “brukdown” (meaning broken down calypso).

Belize Part 2: Punta is like hula dancing on steroids

Belize Part 2: Punta is like hula dancing on steroids

When they’re not dancing to Belize’s homegrown “brukdown” tunes you might find the local folks shaking their booties to another kind of zippy music called “punta” (from an African word not surprisingly meaning butt). Its origin goes back to centuries-old tales of shipwrecked African slaves finding freedom on a nearby Caribbean island, then... well, you’ll find out in the story.

Earth to move under the feet of 600 tango dancers

Earth to move under the feet of 600 tango dancers

People have been doing this sexy dance down in Argentina since the 1880s, at times despite government attempts to outlaw it. It’s mind-boggling to think of  hundreds and hundreds of couples dragging their feet across the floor, sensually wiggling around and doing all kinds of other tango stuff, but it’s actually going to happen this month in Buenos Aires.

Shopping bonanzas, soaring pyramids await visitors to Chiapas

Shopping bonanzas, soaring pyramids await visitors to Chiapas

The 16th century colonial town of San Cristobal de las Casas is just 45 minutes up the road from Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of southern Mexico’s state of Chiapas. But San Cristobal might as well be on another planet.

CANNON BEACH + NEARBY

CANNON BEACH + NEARBY

Three days on the beach include in Oregon sandcastles, crowds, isolated beaches, columns that would be lighthouses, and threatening tides. Travel writer Yvette Cardozo’s photo essay is the next best to being there.

NINE COLORFUL CHARACTERS WHO MADE HISTORY

NINE COLORFUL CHARACTERS WHO MADE HISTORY

Travel authority Rich Grant sifts through the list of the millions of tourists who have visited Estes Park to honor those who made a difference that extended way beyond the park itself.

12 THINGS TO DO IN BRANSON WITH THE GRANDKIDS

12 THINGS TO DO IN BRANSON WITH THE GRANDKIDS

Where to go that’s affordable, safe and not mobbed before school starts in the fall? Travel veteran Carole Jacobs tours the land of no-four-letter-words complete with railroads, zip lines and duck rides.

Swimming with Gentle Giants

Swimming with Gentle Giants

At the break of dawn, Michelle da Silva Richmond heads off to take a dip with gentle giants—legendary whale sharks, the largest fish on the planet. So what should one have for breakfast before swimming with sharks?

Santa Fe, My Beloved

Santa Fe, My Beloved

As a new bride in 1988 Courtney Drake-McDonough honeymooned in Santa Fe. A return to Santa Fe in 2017, served up even more to love about the oldest capital city in the United States.

Mexico says ‘hola’ to a lot more visitors

Mexico says ‘hola’ to a lot more visitors

It’s getting hotter and hotter in Mexico – in more ways than one. For instance, a whopping 35 million visitors bunked down in the country’s resorts, hotels and inns last year, an all-time record. And 2017 so far looks even better.

Professional honors

Watchboom congratulates two of our most popular contributors for winning awards in the annual writing competition among members of the Society of American Travel Writers’ Western Chapter. Scoring awards in four of nine categories were: frequent Watchboom contributor Rich Grant for his stories in the categories of Internet Articles and Travel or Guide Book, and SATW Chapter Chair Christine Loomis for stories in the Travel Trade and Service Article categories.

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