WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations of the Month

Holbox: Far from the Madding Crowd

Holbox: Far from the Madding Crowd

Far north of anywhere on the Yucatan Peninsula, a small island is steeped in tradition and tranquility). Patricia Alisau reports on this former lair of pirates northwest of Cancun where she fishes for her dinner.

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VILLA DEL PALMAR:  The Number 1 Lovers’ Valentine Surprise

VILLA DEL PALMAR:  The Number 1 Lovers’ Valentine Surprise

Travel Authority Anne Z. Cooke knows you can’t go wrong with chocolate hearts and long-stem roses on Valentine’s Day. Classic love charms say “I love you” like almost nothing else. But if you really want to reach the summit with an over-the-top adventure that neither you nor your significant other – partner, lover, husband or wife – will ever forget, organize a surprise getaway to the Villa Del Palmar resort, on the arid west coast of the Sea of Cortez, in Mexico.

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Ski Smarts: Making the Most of the Slopes

Ski Smarts: Making the Most of the Slopes

Where the snow flies, skiers do too. The Top Five ski resorts in North America are taking reservations for the season. Travel writer Anne Z. Cooke shares how to make the most of the slopes once you get there.

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Trams to whisk visitors to Peru’s mountaintop ruins

Trams to whisk visitors to Peru’s mountaintop ruins

It’ll be something short of “Beam me up, Scotty,” but the Peruvian government is shortly going to make it a lost easier – and considerably faster – to get to the mountaintop ruins of its ancient Inca cities.

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Lower Baja California: Vacationing with the saints

Lower Baja California: Vacationing with the saints

Maybe they were just very religious. Or perhaps they knew spies from the dreaded Inquisition were looking over their shoulders. Whatever their reasons, Hernan Cortes and his conquistadores named many of the spots they settled in Mexico after saints. By the time they got to the tip of western Mexico’s Baja Peninsula at Cabo San Lucas (Cape of St. Luke, shown above), the invaders were doling out holy tags like playing cards.

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You’re invited to a big party in La Paz, Mexico

You’re invited to a big party in La Paz, Mexico

What in the world is going on here? Fierce-looking Indians are prancing around the stage to the eerie sounds of drums and flutes... a regal-looking lady is reaching up to the stars... guys in metal hats and body armor are pouring ashore from rowboats. And you’re welcome to join thousands of local folks who turn out each year to enjoy all this along with concerts, dances and food festivals.

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San Francisco—a City in a Park

San Francisco—a City in a Park

Most cities have parks inside them.  But San Francisco is a city inside a park.   And an 80,000-acre national park at that.

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