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  • Cocoa loco: a guide to chocolate tourism in Trinidad and Tobago

    Cocoa loco: a guide to chocolate tourism in Trinidad and Tobago

    November 23rd, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    Our authors have travelled the length and breadth of Trinidad and Tobago, shimmying through the streets at Carnival, body-surfing at the beaches and gorging on street food, yet chocolate remains one of their highlights. Pin Some of the world’s best cocoa is grown in this twin-island republic, and there are plenty of ways to sample... Read more »

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  • The best beaches in Cuba

    The best beaches in Cuba

    November 10th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    Conjure up an image of the perfect Caribbean beach and you’ll find Cuba‘s generous shoreline fits the description perfectly: stretches of powdery, bone-white sand – often freckled with shady palm trees – and limpid, turquoise waters. And with so much coastline there are beaches to suit all needs: great swathes of golden sand groomed by resorts promise days... Read more »

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  • 10 things you didn’t know you could do in Panama

    10 things you didn’t know you could do in Panama

    September 8th, 2015Megan Eileen McDonough
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    There’s a whole lot more to Panama than its famous canal. Hiking, rafting, surfing and diving are just a few of the excellent adventure activities on offer, and it’s a brilliant destination for birdwatching with over 970 species soaring in its skies. From touring Panama City to sampling inventive cuisine from entrepreneurial chefs, there are countless... Read more »

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  • Go solo: the 20 best places to travel alone

    Go solo: the 20 best places to travel alone

    September 4th, 2015Rachel Mills
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  • The allure of Old Havana captured on film

    The allure of Old Havana captured on film

    August 28th, 2015Emma Henderson
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    Old Havana, or Habana Vieja, oozes history. There’s nowhere else quite like this living museum of Cuban culture – a city where time stopped short and you’ll find stop-and-stare images everywhere you turn. 1950s American cars in blazing colours are parked on the edge of the road. Cycle rickshaws glide swiftly through the traffic. Narrow side streets hide buildings painted in... Read more »

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  • 10 of the best beaches in the Caribbean

    10 of the best beaches in the Caribbean

    August 26th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    Palm trees swaying over white-sand beaches, teeming reefs just a flipper kick from the shore and killer rum cocktails brought right to your lounge chair – this is the Caribbean, everyone’s favourite tropical fantasy. With sun, sea and sand aplenty, it’s the ultimate place to lie on the beach and unwind. Finding a beach that... Read more »

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  • Nicaragua’s tourism revolution: this is the year to visit

    Nicaragua’s tourism revolution: this is the year to visit

    August 18th, 2015Sarah Gilbert
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    Nicaragua is fast becoming the must-visit Central American nation. Sarah Gilbert tells us why you need to explore this fascinating country before the crowds and canals move in. The land of lakes and volcanoes is also the land of lively colonial cities, wildlife-rich forests and deserted beaches. It’s a nature lover’s paradise: Costa Rica without... Read more »

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  • Cycling in Cuba: go before the cars rule the roads

    Cycling in Cuba: go before the cars rule the roads

    August 5th, 2015Matt Norman
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    In Cuba, the car is not king. For a country whose image for visitors has become so inseparable with classic 1950s American automobiles, this is a remarkably auto-free nation. The most recently available World Bank statistics (from 2011) indicate that there are just 21 passenger cars per 1000 people in Cuba (in the UK it’s... Read more »

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  • 9 of the world’s best white­water rafting spots

    9 of the world’s best white­water rafting spots

    April 20th, 2015Helen Abramson
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    Rough Guides’ adventure sports expert Helen Abramson gives us her top tips on some of the world’s best adrenalin­-pumping whitewater rafting. Rapids are classified from I–VI, where grade VI is “un-runnable”, so the Grade V rivers listed here are essentially as thrilling as it gets. 1. Zambezi River, Zimbabwe Africa’s most exhilarating rafting is found on... Read more »

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  • 14 magical sunrises that prove it’s worth getting up early

    14 magical sunrises that prove it’s worth getting up early

    April 16th, 2015Eleanor Aldridge
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    Looking through the Rough Guides photography archive, one kind of shot stands out again and again: pictures captured at sunrise. Sure, there’s nothing more tempting than sleeping in until noon while you’re on holiday. But if you can bring yourself to brave the odd early morning, you’ll discover a magical world as dawn breaks. From... Read more »

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  • Havana: the city where time stopped short

    Havana: the city where time stopped short

    March 23rd, 2015Gilly Pickup
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    Gilly Pickup discovers the enduring allure of Cuba’s bright and breezy capital, Havana, the island’s cultural heart. Havana’s effervescence is palpable. The city is reminiscent of an old picture postcard come to life – awash with faded grandeur and crumbling ice-cream coloured buildings. Bartenders mix up mojitos in time to the hip-swaying, hypnotic sounds of salsa... Read more »

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  • Quiz: can you name these famous sights?

    Quiz: can you name these famous sights?

    March 20th, 2015Jessica Sinyor
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    Do postcards and travel posters paper your walls? Do you pride yourself on your travel knowledge? We’ve selected ten of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring sights around the world to put you to the test. Can you identify the famous sight from the picture? Be warned, sometimes places can look surprisingly similar…

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