Central America

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, [...]

The Travelettes Guide to Willemstad, Curacao

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When I thought about travelling to the Caribbean, I pictured myself on a white sandy beach, with a coconut cocktail in one hand and a good book in the other. At least that was the predominant image in my head when I recently followed the invitation of the Curacao tourism board to explore the biggest of the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) for a week. Ad[...]

Finding Paradise on Caye Caulker

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As the taxi boat approached the island my sight was filled with palm trees, pastel-coloured houses and locals with dreadlocks; we had unmistakably arrived in the Caribbean. Instant happiness flooded my heart when I stepped ashore - this was what paradise must look like. A white sandy road lead from the pier towards the settlement. I started walking in my nor[...]