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  • Dominican Republic Travel | Places to visit in Dominican Republic | Rough Guides
    Guide The Rough Guide to First Time Around The World View Guide Occupying the eastern half of the island of Hispaniola the Dominican Republic is the most visited tourist destination in the Caribbean And the country s image as a sun blessed playground is merited you can happily spend your days on sandy beaches framed by crystal clear waters and lofty palm trees and fill your nights with merengue and dark rum But there s a lot more to the DR as it s commonly known Set on the most geographically diverse Caribbean island it boasts alpine wilderness tropical rainforests and mangrove swamps cultivated savannahs vast desert expanses and everything in between The opportunities for ecotourism and adventure travel are staggering if you were so inclined in a single week you could scale a 150m waterfall on a rope mountain bike along remote dirt tracks ride the best windsurfing waves in the hemisphere trek to the top of a 3000m mountain and head out in a fishing boat to marvel at the humpback whales crashing about in the bay of Samaná As Dominicans are quick to point out their land was the setting for Christopher Columbus s first colony La Isabela and Spain s first New World city Santo Domingo The events that took place during this brief heyday did much to define the Americas as we know them and examples of period architecture both preserved and in ruins remain in the colonial heart of Santo Domingo As for Dominican culture today locals take great pride in the sophisticated and intoxicating rhythms of merengue and bachata the national musical forms and in the exploits of homegrown baseball players who become stars in the North American leagues Religion too is an integral part of life The roots of syncretic religion are

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  • Guatemala Travel | Places to visit in Guatemala | Rough Guides
    America On a Budget View Guide The Rough Guide to the Dominican Republic View Guide The Rough Guide to Cuba View Guide The Rough Guide to Jamaica View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Central America on a Budget Nicaragua View Guide The Rough Guide to First Time Around The World View Guide The Rough Guide to Belize View Guide The Rough Guide to Trinidad Tobago View Guide The Rough Guide to Panama View Guide Spanning a mountainous slice of Central America immediately south of Mexico Guatemala is loaded with incredible natural historical and cultural appeal As the birthplace and heartland of the ancient Maya the country is in many ways defined by the legacy of this early civilization Their rainforest cities were abandoned centuries ago but Maya people continue to thrive in the Guatemalan highlands where traditions and religious rituals mingled with Catholic practices endure to form the richest and most distinctive indigenous identity in the hemisphere Guatemala today is very much a synthesis of Maya and colonial traditions fused with the omnipresent influences of twenty first century Latin and North American culture Baroque churches dating back to the Spanish Conquest coexist with pagan temples that have been sites of worship for millennia Highland street markets prosper alongside vast glitzy shopping malls and pre Columbian festival dances are performed by teenage hip hop fans Guatemala is still a developing nation a young democracy with a turbulent and bloody history that s beset by deep rooted inequalities And yet despite alarming levels of poverty and unemployment most Guatemalans are extraordinarily courteous and helpful to travellers and only too eager to help you catch the right bus or practise your Spanish It s this genuine and profound hospitality combined with the country s outstanding cultural legacy and astonishing natural beauty that makes Guatemala

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  • Honduras Travel | Places to visit in Honduras | Rough Guides
    Southern Honduras The central highlands The western highlands Olancho The north coast La Mosquitia The Bay Islands Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels View map Honduras Memorable Maya ruins idyllic nature reserves and world class diving Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides The Rough Guide to Central America On a Budget View Guide The Rough Guide to Belize View Guide The Rough Guide to Trinidad Tobago View Guide The Rough Guide to Guatemala View Guide The Rough Guide to the Dominican Republic View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Central America on a Budget Nicaragua View Guide Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary Latin American Spanish View Guide The Rough Guide to Cuba View Guide The Rough Guide to Costa Rica View Guide The Rough Guide to First Time Around The World View Guide All too often Honduras receives short shrift on travellers Central American itineraries most visitors either race to see the Maya ruins at Copán or the palm fringed beaches of the Bay Islands and skip the rest of the country And while these are two beautiful worthy sights there s much more to Honduras from the wetlands of La Mosquitia to the subtropical shore of the Golfo de Fonseca this is a land of inspiring often untouched natural beauty and a longer visit will pay ample rewards The country s development however has been held up by political instability and the largely unchecked violent activities of international drug cartels which use the country as a staging post Security in Honduras is a serious issue Read More Where to go When to go Essentials Fact file Getting there Getting around Accommodation Food and drink Culture and etiquette Festivals Sports and outdoor activities Travel essentials Things not to miss Explore Honduras Where Next Check out Panama Book a hostel in Honduras Travel

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  • Nicaragua Travel | Places to visit in Nicaragua | Rough Guides
    and around The northwest The central highlands The southwest Lago de Nicaragua The Atlantic coast Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels View map Nicaragua Smoking volcanoes white sand beaches and shoestring prices Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides The Rough Guide to Central America On a Budget View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Central America on a Budget Nicaragua View Guide Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary Latin American Spanish View Guide The Rough Guide to Panama View Guide The Rough Guide to the Dominican Republic View Guide The Rough Guide to Costa Rica View Guide The Rough Guide to Belize View Guide The Rough Guide to Trinidad Tobago View Guide The Rough Guide to Cuba View Guide The Rough Guide to Guatemala View Guide Wedge shaped Nicaragua may be the largest nation in Central America but despite recent growth it remains one of the least visited Still many travellers who spend any time here find that Nicaragua s extraordinary landscape of volcanoes lakes mountains and vast swathes of rainforest helps make it their favourite country on the isthmus Compared to the Maya ruins of Guatemala or Belize Nicaragua offers few heavyweight tourist attractions almost no ancient structures remain and years of revolution civil war and natural disasters have laid waste to museums galleries and theatres However the country s colonial architecture is gradually being restored while its natural riches rival those of better known Costa Rica And with travel still feasible on 20 a day Nicaragua is one of the world s finest budget destinations Read More Where to go When to go Essentials Fact file Getting there Getting around Accommodation Food and drink Culture and etiquette Festivals Sports and outdoor activities Travel essentials Things not to miss Explore Nicaragua Features Where Next Check out Puerto Rico Book a hostel in

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  • Panama Travel | Places to visit in Panama | Rough Guides
    Darién Guna Yala Central Panama and the Península de Azuero Veraguas Province Chiriquí Province Bocas del Toro Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels View map Panama Captivating cities amazing wildlife and one big canal Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides The Rough Guide to Central America On a Budget View Guide The Rough Guide to Panama View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Central America on a Budget Nicaragua View Guide The Rough Guide to First Time Around The World View Guide The Rough Guide to Jamaica View Guide The Rough Guide to Guatemala View Guide The Rough Guide to Costa Rica View Guide The Rough Guide to Belize View Guide The Rough Guide to the Dominican Republic View Guide The Rough Guide to Cuba View Guide A narrow snake shaped stretch of land that divides oceans and continents Panama has long been one of the world s greatest crossroads far before the construction of its famous canal Though its historical ties to the US have led to an exaggerated perception of the country as a de facto American colony Spanish African West Indian Chinese Indian European and several of the least assimilated indigenous communities in the region have all played a role in the creation of the most sophisticated open minded and outward looking society in Central America The comparatively high level of economic development and use of the US dollar also make it one of the more expensive countries in the region but the wildlife viewing and adventure travel options are excellent Read More Where to go When to go Essentials Fact file Getting there Getting around Accommodation Food and drink Culture and etiquette Sports and outdoor activities Festivals Travel essentials Things not to miss Explore Panama Features Gallery Where Next Check out Guatemala Book a hostel in Panama Travel Offers

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  • Places To Visit In Puerto Rico | Visit Puerto Rico | Rough Guides
    and a dynamic musical tradition that gave birth to salsa The scenery is similar but this is not the West Indies think baseball not cricket and despite its links with the US Puerto Rican identity like Cuba remains proudly Latino The island boasts an astounding diversity of landscapes from the misty rainforests of El Yunque and the crumbling outcrops of karst country to reef encrusted desert islands and the withering dry forests of the southwest And in several places impenetrable mangrove swamps cradle one of nature s most mind boggling spectacles the glowing waters of bioluminescent bays Rent a car and it s easy to escape the tourist areas and you can zip between cool mountain forests and sun bleached beaches in minutes The island is remarkably safe and though it can be tough for budget travellers Puerto Rico compares favourably with other islands in the region Beaches understandably remain one of the biggest draws here Thanks in part to a small but vigorous coalition of environmental groups property development has been confined to small clusters with low key resorts such as Rincón successfully holding back the tide of condo and hotel building at least for now Occupied by the United States Navy until relatively recently Vieques and Culebra in particular offer some of the most idyllic coastlines in the Caribbean the military having ensured that both islands were spared the excesses of tourism The island s mountainous interior is just as enticing a land of torpid Spanish hill towns and gourmet coffee plantations Ranches still raise Paso Fino horses the finest in the Americas and state forests preserve lush jungle covered peaks fish filled lakes and gurgling waterfalls Yet it s the juxtaposition of old and new rather than a nostalgic throwback frozen in time that makes Puerto Rico

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  • Central America Travel | Caribbean Travel | Rough Guides
    Nicaragua Panama Puerto Rico Latest Central America the Caribbean Features View By Destination Bahamas Barbados Belize Bermuda Costa Rica Cuba Dominican Republic El Salvador Grenada Guatemala Honduras Jamaica Nicaragua Panama Puerto Rico Trinidad Tobago What s new for Cuba in 2016 10 developments to watch out for this year 16 pictures that show the colours of Panama Cuba 10 travel tips for first timers Cocoa loco a guide to chocolate tourism in Trinidad and Tobago The best beaches in Cuba 10 things you didn t know you could do in Panama The allure of Old Havana captured on film 10 of the best beaches in the Caribbean Nicaragua s tourism revolution this is the year to visit See all Central America the Caribbean features Travel Guides The Rough Guide to Central America On a Budget Rough Guides Snapshot Central America on a Budget Nicaragua The Rough Guide to First Time Around The World The Rough Guide to Trinidad Tobago The Rough Guide to Panama The Rough Guide to Belize The Rough Guide to Jamaica Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary Latin American Spanish The Rough Guide to Cuba See all Central America the Caribbean travel guides Gallery See all pictures

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  • What’s new for Cuba in 2016? 10 developments to watch out for this year | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    the twelve criteria set out by the US Government for any of its citizens travelling to Cuba Among the newest of these so called people to people tours is insightCuba s four night Weekend in Santiago de Cuba Tour with an emphasis on music and the history of the Cuban Revolution launching in January and already selling out fast Central Holidays ten day themed Afro Cubanismo tour visits Havana Camaguey and Santiago de Cuba and Coda International Tours introduce what they bill as the only all gay trip to Unexplored Cuba Luxury travel agent Abercrombie Kent is amongst the operators visiting Cuba for the first time this year whilst at the other end of the scale Cuban based Havana Supertours add the Mob Tour to their original and diverse set of day trips around the capital tracing the history of the Mafia in pre revolutionary Havana with transportation as with their other tours in a classic 1950s American car 4 Gran Teatro reopens The Gran Teatro one of Havana s most magnificently ornate buildings home to the Cuban National Ballet reopens to the public on January 3 after several years of closure Now known as the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso this cathedral of dance has been meticulously restored and is one of the most awe inspiring sights in Habana Vieja See it at night when its shining regal exterior which has been cleaned so thoroughly you d think it had only just been built is now captivatingly lit and the new jewel in the Parque Central crown sparkles above you 5 Cruise liner companies launch Cuba itineraries Cruise ships have been a rare sight in Cuban harbours over the last five decades but in 2016 they are set to become a regular feature in the ports of Havana Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba Cyprus based Celestyal Cruises have been sailing their 1200 passenger Celestyal Crystal on seven day circuits around the island since last December whilst Italian owned MSC Cruises has become the first major cruise ship company to use Cuba as a starting point for cruises operating from the Cuban capital until 12 April this year The world s largest cruise line Carnival an American company will join in in Spring 2016 when it commences sailing to Cuba for the first time though technically according to US law the ship s passengers will not be permitted to sunbathe on the beach as this does not qualify as an activity which supports the Cuban people 6 Manana music festival Manana 2016 is the first ever international electronic music festival on Cuban soil taking place in May 4 6 in Santiago de Cuba The brainchild of Londoners Harry Follett Jenner del Vecchio and Cuban musical artist Alain Garcia Artola the festival will feature an unprecedented mixture of mostly UK US and Cuban based musical talent There will be boundary breaking collaborations between Cuban musicians of various musical genres and foreign electronic artists Among the confirmed performers are British

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