Hidden Bahamian harbors boast sapphire blue waters, pink sands, emerald green canopies and flamingo sanctuaries. Trek Jamaica’s tropical jungles, scout Cartagena’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, and snorkel the turquoise waters of the San Blas Islands.
West Palm Beach, FL, United States of America
With year-round balmy weather that is as close to ideal as it gets, West Palm Beach is a gem in the crown of south Florida’s coastline. Pristine beaches line waters populated by a rich and varied marine life, while elegant mansions, fine dining establishments and high-end shopping venues vie for your attention. Hike or bike along the boardwalks of the Grassy Waters Preserve or enjoy a round of golf on a world-class course.
Harbor Island, Bahamas
This tropical island jewel of the Bahamas sits off the coast of Eleuthera's northern tip, floating in a sea of sapphire-blue waters. A former capital of the Bahamas, it has been twice recognized as "The Best Island in the Caribbean" by Travel + Leisure magazine, most recently in 2015. Harbor Island's three-plus miles of pink sand beaches are the perfect setting for swimming, snorkeling and other water activities. A wealth of restaurants beckons with some of the finest food in the Bahamas.
Cockburn Town, San Salvador, Bahamas
The small, emerald-green island of San Salvador, situated in the far eastern Bahamas, is home to pristine beaches and colorful coral reefs that are ideal for swimming, snorkeling and diving. Though subject to debate, San Salvador may also be the first place where Christopher Columbus set foot in the New World in 1492. On San Salvador's west coast is the island's capital and largest settlement, Cockburn Town, boasting a museum, restaurants, bars and its signature landmark, a giant almond tree.
Great Inagua Island, Bahamas
The southernmost district in the Bahamas is Inagua, comprised of two islands, Great Inagua Island and Little Inagua Island. Great Inagua, the third-largest island in the Bahamas, is a hot spot for birdwatchers. Its centerpiece is the Inagua National Park, spanning nearly half of the island, and providing a home for more than 80,000 West Indian flamingos and other birds, including Bahama parrots, Inagua woodstars, and more. Little Inagua is a protected habitat for endangered sea turtles.
Port Antonio, Jamaica
The New York Times once described this haven as “Jamaica unplugged.” One of the island’s lesser visited ports, Port Antonio’s dreamy landscape of gorgeous beaches, misty mountains and waterfalls is truly enchanting, as are the sapphire waters of its famed Blue Lagoon. The afterglow of its 1950s celebrity era still lingers, and with a Dark and Stormie in hand, it’s easy to imagine Errol Flynn, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth and Richard escaping the buzz of Hollywood for the quiet beauty found here.
She is celebrated as the queen of the Caribbean coast, and given the shimmering lagoons, bays and stunning sea that surround her, it’s easy to see why. Cartagena’s beautifully preserved Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with winding alleys, vibrant displays of architecture and iconic churches. Explore islands offshore, swim in the crystalline waters, and be sure to sample the ceviche!
San Blas Island, Panama
Clustered just off the Caribbean coast of Panama, east of Chagres National Park, are the San Blas Islands. These 365 pristine isles of white beaches and swaying coconut palms are uninhabited, save for about 50 islands where the Kuna indigenous people make their home and proudly protect their land and way of life throughout the archipelago. The surrounding turquoise waters and colorful coral reefs teeming with marine life are off-limits to scuba divers but can be appreciated by snorkelers.
Panama City, Panama
Situated at the narrowest point in the Americas, the UNESCO-designated Casco Viejo has been revitalized with trendy new cafés, bars and shops. And yet, mere miles from the international fusion of Panama City’s colonial architecture and waterfront steel high-rises you’ll find one of the wildest rainforests in the Western Hemisphere, the Darien Jungle.
Panama City, Panama
Arrive Panama City, Panama. Arrive in Panama City, a beautiful, colorful, and vibrant city. Built in 1519 by Pedro Arias de Avila, a Spanish conquistador who made it his base for plundering Peru’s riches, today, Panama remains one of the central hubs for commerce and trade in the Americas. Panama offers diverse natural wonders, a melting pot of ethnicities and cultures, and historical as well as modern cityscapes.