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Capturing la Vida Pura

When you find yourself eating juicy starfruit plucked from a tree after a midday rain has lulled you into a misty trance, you’ve embraced the pace of Costa Rica. Go during shoulder season – late September is often ideal – which is the temperate period between distinct dry and wet times of year. Following is a suggested itinerary for a...

Ayuh, Get the Lobstah

Get some fresh Maine lobster, straight from the cold waters of the North Atlantic, add melted butter and you have the recognized king of seafood. Just as we go to New Orleans for gumbo and Philadelphia for cheesesteak, it’s only right to go to Maine for lobster. And when GetMaineLobster.com offers a tour of Portland and its environs at a...

Vive Le Tour de France

A trip built around this month’s Tour de France is a cultural way to combine a love of off-the-beaten-path experiences with an international bicycling event. You can enjoy crepes, Edith Piaf music, sunflowers and some of the world’s best athletes – all authentically intertwined with the French spirit. The trophy of such a trip is time spent driving in the...

Huzzah to the Azores

Nine hundred miles west of Portugal lie the Azores, an archipelago paradise that the world is finally discovering. This Hawaii of the Atlantic is a quiltwork of surprises – lush landscapes, warm breezes, green meadows sprinkled with cows, and an imperturbable, convivial attitude. For parties, try Vegas. For cathedrals, visit Florence. For rubies, go to Madagascar. But if you want to...

Beat the Heat

As the temperature rises this month and Oklahoma becomes its usual sticky mess, getting outside to relax or go on vacation may not seem like an optimal choice. But an effective one-two combination – shade and water – provide the perfect counterpunch to the Sooner State’s hot summers. The following areas – most well known; some not so obvious – give...

Splendor in the Light

Ensconced in the Andalusian hills and bluffs of Granada is the imposing Alhambra. The last citadel of the Moors of southern Spain, with the Sierra Nevada cresting behind, must be on your list of places to visit. The historic architectural stunner was an alcazar (palace), an alcazaba (fortress) and a medina (township) as well as a masterpiece of harmonious natural...

Maritime Mountain Meeting

There’s something enchanting about the idea of being on your own secluded island. In the 1950s musical South Pacific, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein expressed it this way: Bali Ha’i will whisper On the wind of the sea: “Here am I, your special island! Come to me, come to me!” Little Harvest Caye in the Caribbean, just off the coast of Belize, goes far...

Yo, Hadrian – This Wall’s Not Rocky

Transport yourself to a viridescent destination that can enrich you physically and mentally. Hadrian’s Wall in the United Kingdom offers adventure and bonding, ideal for a themed trip or a graduation gift for parent and child to enjoy together. For those wanting a vacation that’s intrepid but not overly “touristy,” head to this remnant from the Roman Empire. Climate and...