Latin-Caribbean Travel

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American cruise travelers bump into Cuba’s rules

During the course of the cruise on Lindblad’s Panorama II, our schedule changed almost daily from our printed itinerary. Communication about changing procedures is not an attribute of central government in Cuba, a country known for breakdowns in plans and mechanics and disincentives for individual decision-making.

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Amid Mexico’s megaresorts, a hipster mecca in Tulum

It’s midnight in Mexico, and my husband and I are sitting silently in the back seat of a small gray car, about an hour and a half from where we want to be — Tulum. We’re on edge, because we’re pretty sure the two guys in the front seat, whom we met at the Cancun airport a few minutes ago, are scamming us. Neil is calculating whether he can take them, should things go south. I’m wondering why, in the middle of Highway 307, there are speed bumps the size of large turtles that cause cars to slow to a crawl.

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Bahamas: Sailing the Exumas

Laid out like a string of pearls along the eastern edge of the Grand Bahamas Bank, the Exumas are a breathtaking chain of idyllic, pristine islands with white sand beaches, crystal blue waters and very few people — remarkable, considering they’re only 300 miles from Miami.

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Time ticks more slowly on unplugged Culebra

The 4-foot-tall yellow sign on the chain-link gate didn’t just say “Danger: No trespassing” in block letters. It also had a black-and-red image of a bomb and the warning “Explosives — unexploded ordnance” in English and Spanish. Nevertheless, I squeezed though the gate’s opening. My husband, Andrew, followed me down the path to Carlos Rosario Beach.

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