Central America

I dare you to do this in Panama

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After you’ve done the Panama City Tour classics like visit the Panama Canal, walking around in Casco Viejo, and learning about the country’s history at the Biodiversity Museum, I dare you to take a little detour and get out of your comfort zone by doing the things on this list.  You’re bound to have a great time! 1. Lunch on the Caribbean, Sunset on t[...]

Why Group Travel is the New Way to Travel

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I landed in Managua without any expectations for my upcoming Under30Experiences trip through Nicaragua. When my flight touched the tarmac at Augusto C. Sandino International airport, I had the same questions and pre-trip jitters I remember having when on my first group trip to Morocco the year before. Who would my trip mates be? Would we get along? Wo[...]

The Mayan Experience: Life at Lake Atitlan

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Some time ago, I spent a year living in a beautiful place called Lake Atitlan, located in Guatemala. During this time I was lucky to find a dear friend, Petronela, and she invited me to her home in the hills of Santa Catarina, one of the 13 communities surrounding the lake. She worked in a hat and a weaving shop while her older sister and mother were artisan[...]

Top 10 Places to Surf in Winter

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It’s time to trade in that heavy winter coat and those miserable days spent hibernating inside for a neoprene onesie and a trip to the beach. Who says surfing needs to be reserved exclusively for summer? Why not make the most of the ocean 365 days a year? Some of the best swells occur during the colder seasons, and these great conditions aren’t the only perk[...]

3 INCREDIBLE Places to Surf with Rapturecamps

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Dreaming of waking up every day to the sound of the ocean? Fantasizing about that feeling of the wind through your hair, salt on your lips and the sun kissing your skin? Longing to spend your days out on the water, carving up waves and becoming one with the ocean? First step: Watch this video- Second step: Stop dreaming and make this a reality! It doesn[...]

A beginners guide to Saint Lucia

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When I booked my flight to Saint Lucia, the only thing I knew about the island was its location: The Caribbean. In the weeks leading up to our trip I heard more and more about Saint Lucia: The Bachelorette was shot there, it’s a dream honeymoon destination, it is part of the Commonwealth. But nobody I knew had ever been and thus arriving at tiny Hewanorra Ai[...]

What not to miss in Bocas del Toro, Panama

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As I sit here in New York City, looking at another dreary day unfolding outside my window, I'm thinking about the view I had one year ago. That view had nothing to do with the red brick buildings and alleyways of Astoria; but rather featured the jungle foliage and sunny weather of Panama. Back in March 2014, I flew down to Central America with friends in tow[...]

The Travelettes Itinerary for Costa Rica

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Of all the places I visited in the past two years, Costa Rica must be the ultimate favourite - possibly because I had more than 5 rushed days to soak up every little bit of information I could gather and had time to actually relax, lean back and let the experiences drizzle down on me like warm summer rain. Or heavy tropical rain showers - that depended on th[...]

Experience Curacao Like a Local

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An ideal day in the Caribbean could start with a morning yoga class in an ocean-view shala, a refreshing dip into the pristine turquoise waters and a frozen fruit smoothie in a hammock underneath the palm trees on the beach. Or, it could start with a bumpy ride on a small road around the island, a pit-stop at a tucked-away street food market and an ice-cold [...]

10 reasons to travel Honduras

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Honduras is hot right now. And it’s not just the steamy, tropical, Central American climes that make it so. In fact, this whole stretch of land bridging the gap between Mexico and Colombia has been slowly coming into its own as a firm favourite with independent travellers over the past 20 years, as political and civil situations gain stability. As a result, [...]