Aruba is nicknamed “One Happy Island,” and it’s not hard to see why. At just over 19 miles long and a mere 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela, it’s a slice of paradise that’s full of quirky contradictions. As a territory of the Netherlands, Aruba has a surprising infusion of Dutch architecture and food. Guests sample these distinctly European elements amidst echoes of Spanish music while the heat on your skin reminds you that you’re in the tropics. The…

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Where you stay in Aruba really makes a difference, and you won’t find better accommodation than the Boardwalk Small Hotel Aruba. Often the debate revolves around whether to stay in the high-rise or low-rise hotel area while in Aruba. Located in Palm Beach, the Boardwalk Small Hotel is in the high-rise area. But with only 14 villas, you’ll never feel rushed or herded here. It’s across the street from the Ritz Carlton and Marriott so you…

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La Cueva del Indio is one of over 2,000 caves on the island of Puerto Rico, and arguably the most famous. You may recognize the idyllic setting from movies like The Goonies and Pirates of the Carribbean. Perched on a strip of beach in Arecibo, you can pair this site with a visit to the Arecibo Observatory for the perfect day trip, exploring Puerto Rico’s varied photography, from beaches to jungles. Taino Indians The caves are made of natural…

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The Arecibo Observatory is one of Puerto Rico’s little-known cultural highlights, tucked away in the mountains, far from beach-goers and cruise ships. James Bond fans will immediately recognize the location from the Golden Eye film, when Pierce Brosnan kills a defected agent and becomes 007 for the first time. Those unfamiliar with the action series will still get a kick out of visiting this place, home to the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope and one…

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