WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations of the Month

Vacationing on the Spanish Main

Vacationing on the Spanish Main

“Maybe there's a little Captain Blood in all of us, just itching to feel the salt air slapping us in the face as we set sail for yet another adventure on the Spanish Main,” says WatchBoom co-founder Bob Schulman. In this issue, he takes us on a tour of the Caribbean, stopping at old-time pirate hangouts, still-standing forts and other big draws for today’s tourist hordes.

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DEAD ZONE

DEAD ZONE

Travel Authority and cruise editor of Watchboom.com Bob Bone reports on his visit to Peleliu in the South Pacific. Of all the islands Bone has visited, this singular destination rated as worthy of inclusion in his recently released memoir, Fire Bone! available on Amazon.com. Peleiu is the island where thousands of Americans and Japanese died between Sept. 5 and Nov. 25, 1944.

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PACK SMART

PACK SMART

What you pack in your bag isn’t nearly as important as your journey, but it can certainly have an impact on your experience. Lugging around a huge bag can be both a literal weight on your shoulders, but also a figurative one that can drag you down as well. Travel expert Gretchen Healey reports on packing tips from Marta Rabins, Managing Director of Ponte Travels. Marta has lived and led travel groups all over the world, and has a lifetime of experience in turning packing into an art form. Her tips can save you time, money, frustration and your rotator cuff.

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Upscale travelers pick the best hotels in Mexico

Upscale travelers pick the best hotels in Mexico

Suites...villas...casitas...private pools...beachfront spas..dining to die for...floor to ceiling windows...picture postcard views...hillside hideaways right off the travel posters. You’ll find all these – and lots more – at Mexico’s best, uber-luxurious hotels, picked by readers of the prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine.

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Bargaining savvy pays off in Mexico

Bargaining savvy pays off in Mexico

Mexico travel pro Michelle da Silva Richmond unveils the secrets of getting good deals south of the border. “Bargaining down there is a lot more than just haggling over prices,” she notes, “it’s a fine art.”

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LF Awards: The 18 Best Hotels & Restaurants in San Juan, Puerto Rico

LF Awards: The 18 Best Hotels & Restaurants in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Since I’m a travel writer, people often ask me for travel tips and recommendations, especially about Latin America. The most recent inquiry was from a friend who was planning a vacation in Puerto Rico, one of my favorite places in the Caribbean. He wanted to know which are the best hotels and restaurants in San Juan, Puerto Rico. But, of course, the answer for a question like that depends heavily on your own personal style and preferences, as well as the type of traveler you are.

With that in mind, I’ve put together this list of some of my favorite Puerto Rico hotels and restaurants, for various traveler types .

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ISLAND HOP SWEDISH STYLE

ISLAND HOP SWEDISH STYLE

WatchBoom’s expert on experiential travel Lisa TE Sonne has cruised the islands of Alaska, the Galapagos, Papua New Guinea, the Mediterranean, and French Polynesia. She saved the best for last: Stockholm, Sweden, a city of islands, the starting port of Holland America’s Baltics Adventure, home to the Nobel Museum and the world’s oldest complete ship, the Vasa.

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Small ship cruising brings the ports to you

Small ship cruising brings the ports to you

Veteran travel writer Michelle da Silva Richmond says this about cruise liners: “Sure, the mega ships offer a plethora of non-stop activities, dizzying entertainment and food galore, but if you yearn for a truly tranquil journey, you should ‘think small’ when searching for a cruise.” In her debut story for WatchBoom, she shares a sailing adventure on one of the four small luxury cruise ships (they sleep 148 to 310 passengers) operated by Windstar Cruises.

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