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The Tropical Paradise of Roatan

September 5, 2017

You can credit -- or blame -- the storm-wary cruise ship captain some 20 years ago for Roatan's boom.

The story goes that the port of call wasn't even on his cruise line's itinerary but when passengers were surveyed after the voyage ended, they kept highlighting the emergency stop on that sleepy Caribbean island just off the coast of Honduras.  From that inadvertent ...

Go to Peru, See Machu Picchu, Then Eat Your Way through the Rest of the Country

They arrive by the plane load, wearing hiking boots, backpacks and headbands.  "Machu Picchu?," the Peruvian customs official asks wearily.  And off they go to one of the world's most intoxicating sights -- and the mountaintop home of the nation's most famous site.

In the process, however, they are doing themselves a huge injustice.

For in their quest to follow ...

Ocean Cruises From the Metro Area Make for a Total Vacation Happening

It’s cruise season, or a great time to plan one. 

Metro area travelers are fortunate to have major cruise lines that leave from New York and Bayonne with wide array of destinations.  New York departures cover the globe with Trans-Atlantic cruises, the Northeastern coastline, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. After a quick hop into the city, you can step aboard a luxury ...

Diving and Snorkeling the Barrier Reefs of Roatan

What soccer is to Europe and baseball is to the U.S., scuba diving is to Roatan.

Professional dive shops are as abundant as Starbucks in New York. Virtually every conversation circles back to that day's visibility or curious sightings.

And it's easy to see why.

Located along the world's second-largest barrier reef, it boasts more than 150 established dive sites, from the ...

Swimming with the Australian Minke Whales

TAPinto Travels 

It approaches from deep within the Coral Sea, 20 feet of steel grey torpedo-shaped flesh that sends shivers through the gaggle of snorkelers peering down from the surface.

A great white shark?

Nope. The elusive minke whale and we have leaped off a dive boat far out in Australia's Great Barrier Reef to swim with them.

Much to the consternation of ...

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