WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations for the Month of April 2017
April 11 is party time across Costa Rica. The festivities – yes, tourists are welcome – date back to 1856 when a drama played out thousands of miles south of the border. Among the main players were an American billionaire and his vast steamship empire, a mercenary army hired by the billionaire, a rebel army in neighboring Nicaragua, the U.S. Congress, what later turned out to be the Panama Canal and a 25-year-old drummer boy in the Costa Rican army.
Denali National Park is so expansive at 9.492 square miles that it is the horizon no matter which direction you look. The view from here, reports travel writer Carole Jacobs is less about distance and more about perspective. Without question, this is the last frontier.
A stroll along Alamos' cobbled lanes, porticoed walkways and Andalusian courtyards takes you back to the 17th and 18th centuries, when the silver mines of the nearby Mexican Sierras made this city one of the richest spots on Earth. You half expect to see mining barons in silk shirts, velvet breeches and knee-high leather boots strutting off to count the day’s take.
Fun in the sun may be the hot ticket on a Caribbean cruise, but sail aboard Oceania’s Marina and you’re likely to find yourself having fun over a hot cooktop—on board and ashore. Travel writer
Ginger Dingus discovers the alchemy of good cookin’.
Yvette Cardozo’s Top Secrets on Staying Connected.
On her first Danube River Cruise some 20 years ago Journalist Anne Z. Cooke spent entire days on the top deck watching valleys give way to mountains and back to valleys. With few organized excursions and even fewer cruise ships going by it was a “Huck Finn” coming-of-age. Buton the Scenic River Cruises ship the Pearl, with my family in tow, the trip is much more in the moment. And deep in the water.
“We will greet the tulips and windmills of Holland with panache and Panache,” says writer-photographer Lisa Sonne. “That’s the name of our 12 passenger barge – complete with a crew of six, spa, sun deck, salon, twelve bikes, and the promise that every dinner will be a ‘gastronomic adventure.’ Our floating boutique hotel, the Panache, sounds well-named by European Waterways, since panache means ‘verve, spirit, and style’!”