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Lobby at Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa in Jamaica
Lobby/Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa

If your idea of Caribbean all-inclusives includes rowdy spring breakers and bland buffets, think again. A new wave of refined offerings and exclusive properties is transforming the all-inclusive landscape. The traditional appeal of affordable packages for hotel, food, and travel is still the focus but on a more sophisticated... Read More

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King room at Circa 39 Hotel in Miami, Florida
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As the summer winds down, we’re looking forward to what fall travel brings — especially shoulder season, which is what drives down room rates in October and November. It’s at this time that most people are re-settling into their normal routines and waiting until after the winter holidays for their... Read More

 Panama City/Facebook/Visit Panama
Panama City/Facebook/Visit Panama

After nine years, billions of dollars, and dozens of delays, the massive expansion of the Panama Canal finally opened last month. While the most dramatic way to experience the NeoPanamax locks will happen in November 2017, when the Caribbean Princess launches its 10-day canal cruises ($1,000 USD to $3,600 USD), there are... Read More

 Miraflores locks, Panama Canal/flickr/Marquicio Pagola
Miraflores locks, Panama Canal/flickr/Marquicio Pagola

With much local fanfare, the $5.4 billion expansion of the Panama Canal opened on Sunday — a project that took some 40,000 workers and a decade to complete. The giant new locks can now handle the world’s largest cargo ships, and yes — cruise ships, too. Princess Cruises, which operates... Read More

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The Barbie Room at Hilton Panama
Barbie Room/Hilton Panama

Barbie-themed travel and experiences are nothing new. Beginning in 2013, Royal Caribbean offered what it called the “Barbie Premium Experience,” complete with a stateroom inspired by the doll, a mermaid dance class, and a fashion show. That same year, the Barbie Café opened in Taipei. (It recently closed, but... Read More

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Yandup Island Lodge in Panama
Yandup Island Lodge/Eric Mohl

The seven countries that make up Central America (Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Belize, and Guatemala) offer something for every traveler, from beaches to volcanoes to cool cities to pristine rainforest to archaeological sites. These countries are also offering a wider and wider range of hotels. To... Read More

Grace Panama Hotel
Grace Panama/Anne Roderique Jones

Just mention the great metropolis that makes up Panama City, Panama and you’ll hear many of the locals compare their home to Miami. And they’re not far off — here, nearly 13 million inhabitants live among a glittering skyline that’s brought in visitors from around the globe. Jetsetters mingle with surf studs... Read More

Copa Airlines
Copa Airlines

Have you heard about Copa Airlines? It’s Panama’s fast-growing airline that’s greatly expanding its American footprint. From the top on-time departures to free booze, here are four reasons to fly with Copa. 1. The on-time record is solid. No one enjoys being stranded at the airport or, worse, on the tarmac.... Read More

A room at Grace Panama
Grace Panama

Panama City is often referred to as the Miami of Central America. Here, high-rise buildings dot the skyline, and there’s certainly no shortage of fancy hotels. But we went searching for a boutique-style alternative that embodied the cosmopolitan glitz of the city while offering the warm service that Panamanians... Read More

The MSC Divina in Miami
MSC Divina/MSC Cruises

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip… Always wanted to do a a Panama Canal crossing? Here’s a secret: After going through the first lock or two, it becomes a tad repetitive. So we’re thrilled that Windstar Cruises... Read More

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Cafayate — Megan Eileen McDonough/Bohemian Trails

Latin America is home to some pretty amazing cities — Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Cusco to name a few — so we can understand if you’re having trouble picking and choosing what to see and what to skip. That said, there are so many equally impressive destinations... Read More

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In the latest installment of fabulous Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals coming up in the next week, we take a look at under-$100 Caribbean getaways, a 75 percent discount in Panama City, and even a stellar sale for flights to Fiji. Get those credit cards ready… ... Read More

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The Resort at Longboat Key Club, one of this year's many Cyber Monday & Black Friday travel deals

In what has become an annual highly anticipated sale, dozens of hotels and resorts have gotten into the Black Friday and Cyber Monday game, offering deals that must be booked either the day after Thanksgiving (November 28 this year) or the following Monday (December 1) for varying days of... Read More

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On August 15, the Panama Canal, which unites the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and is considered a feat of civil engineering, will celebrate its 100th birthday. Many cruise lines are offering centennial itineraries that are scheduled to pass through the 48-mile-long canal, but other travel companies are getting in on... Read More

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Sounds impossible to buy a ticket to the wrong destination, right? You’d never mistake York, England for New York State. But would you notice an airline issuing a plane ticket for Grenada instead of Granada, like British Airways did last month? Or the 1,500 mile difference between airline codes... Read More