Central America

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[...]

Yoga in Paradise: Pranamar Yoga Retreat

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The first time I took part in a yoga class, I was a teenager with a passion for speedy activities like Volleyball or athletics. One day our gym teacher invited an instructor to introduce us to this "new thing" called yoga, and new it surely was back then in my home country of Austria. Unfortunately, 15-year-old me wasn't impressed by stretching her bottom to[...]

The Rainforest of the Austrians

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With images of wooden jungle cabins, untouched beaches and wild animals roaming free, the word “eco-tourism” resonates with my memories of Costa Rica like no other. Never before have I traveled a place where ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY was written across nearly everything: car rental companies, back country lodges, traditional restaurants, tour agencies and[...]

Hotels we love: Florblanca Villas in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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There comes the time when I've just had enough. Carrying at least one heavy backpack from one bus stop to the next, holding on to my valuables on a public bus, curling up on a super-thin dorm mattress trying to avoid leaving the safe (and clean) environment of my sleeping bag. Fighting for the last tablespoon in the hostel kitchen and ending up slurping 1-mi[...]