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  • The best hikes in Costa Rica

    The best hikes in Costa Rica

    March 28th, 2018Rough Guides Editors
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    Over a quarter of Costa Rica’s landscape is protected by its comprehensive system of national parks, wildlife refuges and biological reserves. As well as being crammed with stunning landscapes and startling biodiversity, these parks and reserves contain some truly memorable hikes, which may take you deep into verdant rainforest, past bubbling mud pools or along surf-lashed... Read more »

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  • The best of Haiti: why the time to go is now

    The best of Haiti: why the time to go is now

    February 5th, 2018Thomas Rees
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    With its natural wonders, revolutionary history and captivating culture – informed by the vodou (voodoo) religion – Haiti is like nowhere else in the Caribbean. Look beyond the trash talk and the misconceptions and you’ll be richly rewarded. President Trump’s recent comments are just the latest in a long line of slurs directed at Haiti,... Read more »

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  • Video: 10 reasons to visit Belize

    Video: 10 reasons to visit Belize

    December 21st, 2017Colt St. George
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    Belize was ranked in the Rough Guide to 2018 for good reason. Often overshadowed by its more touristed neighbours, this Central American nation remains one of the world’s least visited countries – but certainly one of its most rewarding destinations. From ancient Mayan temples to gorgeous coastline, thriving rainforests to affable locals, here are 10 reasons to visit Belize:  ... Read more »

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  • Breaking the Caribbean mould in Dominica

    Breaking the Caribbean mould in Dominica

    July 31st, 2017Helen Abramson
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    When imagining a Caribbean holiday, most of us think of pristine white-sand beaches, all-inclusive resorts and glitzy pool parties. But nestled between Guadeloupe and Martinique, the volcanic island of Dominica flouts expectations. Nicknamed the “Nature island of the Caribbean”, it attracts a relatively small number of independent, adventurous eco-minded travellers. Here’s why you should go, plus the... Read more »

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  • Guatemala City: 7 reasons to stay a while

    Guatemala City: 7 reasons to stay a while

    July 12th, 2017Freya Godfrey
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    Most visitors race through Guatemala City, keen to get to Antigua’s colourful colonial streets, visit the country’s Mayan sites or explore its spectacular volcanic landscape. But stay a while in the capital and you’ll experience a buzzing modern city that’s emerging from the shadows of its recent past. Inaugurated as Guatemala’s capital following an earthquake... Read more »

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  • Video: a 1 minute guide to Cuba

    Video: a 1 minute guide to Cuba

    March 15th, 2017Colt St. George
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    From the gorgeous countryside of Viñales to the brilliant beaches of Varadero – not to mention the atmospheric, timeworn streets of Havana – Cuba is a beguiling destination. If you’re planning a trip, here’s some inspiration on where to go in Cuba:   Plan your trip to Cuba with The Rough Guide to Cuba. Compare flights,... Read more »

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  • 8 tips for backpacking Central America

    8 tips for backpacking Central America

    February 13th, 2017Chloe Cann
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    From the calm surf of the Caribbean on the east coast, to the gnarly breaks of the Pacific on the west, the beaches of Central America make for stellar backpacking territory. And there’s plenty more wedged in between. Whether you want to sandboard down a steaming volcano in Nicaragua, explore a cloudforest in Costa Rica,... Read more »

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  • 15 of the most romantic places in Cuba

    15 of the most romantic places in Cuba

    December 14th, 2016Greg Dickinson
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  • 18 brilliant pictures of life in Cuba

    18 brilliant pictures of life in Cuba

    December 9th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Cuba – with its gorgeous beaches, verdant countryside and time-worn capital – made it onto the Rough Guide to 2018. And as Trump tightens restrictions on US travel here, this communist country, which has been busy preparing for an influx of visitors, needs tourists more than ever. If you’re planning a trip to this fascinating island,... Read more »

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  • 9 tips for travelling in Costa Rica

    9 tips for travelling in Costa Rica

    October 25th, 2016Chloe Cann
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    Inspired by pictures of Costa Rica’s primordial-looking shores, rainforests brimming with exotic creatures and steaming volcanoes that tower above the clouds? Us too. If you’re dreaming of a trip to this Central American nation, here are nine tips for squeezing the best out of the country. 1. Plan for the high season With so many... Read more »

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  • Trinidad or Tobago – which island is right for you?

    Trinidad or Tobago – which island is right for you?

    September 6th, 2016Andy Turner
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    The islands of Trinidad and Tobago both have tropical beaches, steamy rainforest and amazing wildlife but are far from identical twins. Here we look at which island to head for on your first trip to these Caribbean siblings. Which has the best beaches? If you’re the type of traveller that packs at least three novels... Read more »

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  • 12 tips for backpacking Cuba

    12 tips for backpacking Cuba

    May 10th, 2016Freya Godfrey
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    Cuba’s captivating, colourful streets and carnaval­ feel make it appealing for travellers year­-round. And, as relations with the US thaw, the country’s popularity has skyrocketed, with visitor numbers showing little sign of abating. Planning to join them? Start with our top tips for making the most out of backpacking Cuba. 1. Stay with a Cuban family Casa particulares are... Read more »

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