Delta Guide 2013

Delta Guide 2013

Freeport, The Bahamas

Unlike New Providence Island, long and skinny Grand Bahama Island, with a western tip that curves and an eastern tip that curves south and ends in a string of cays, boasts great expanses of pristine nature and undeveloped beaches.

Nassau, The Bahamas

Just 75 miles from Palm Beach, New Providence Island is home to capital city Nassau, a magnet for cruise ship passengers and other visitors who want to eat well and shop even better.

Bermuda

More than 600 miles north of the tropics, Bermuda is not where you go for guaranteed hot weather in January, but it more than makes up for that in so many ways.

Bonaire

Bonaire is to diving as Colorado is to skiing, which is to say, there’s plenty to enjoy if you don’t dive, but if you do dive, it’s on your bucket list—and after you’ve crossed it off the list, it goes right back on again.

Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is one of the most prosperous islands in the region, thanks to its banking and other industries, but as with Bonaire, it’s the lure of world-class diving that attracts many of its visitors.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Where to begin? Barcelo, Dreams, Iberostar, Paradisus, Secrets, Zoëtry and Hard Rock all have resorts here, in Punta Cana, as do many independents.

Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic

This, the second-largest city in the Dominican Republic, is an inland metropolis that, instead of offering beaches and golf, welcomes business travelers and other visitors to an untouristed destination with urban nightlife and culture.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

This city has some of the most stunning sights in the Western Hemisphere, because this was where the Columbus family settled down and the Spanish crown established an empire.

Grenada

Nobody ever accused Grenada of being a big island, but within its 100 sq. miles it manages to offer visitors both the bucolic scenery and quietude of the old Caribbean and the luxuries of the new.

Port-au-Prince

Most people know that Haiti was an unstable country in the last days of the Duvalier regime and for a decade or so after it fell.

Montego Bay

MoBay and its environs have plenty to offer, from duty-free shopping at City Centre to hand-made items at the Montego Craft Market, and from Rose Hall Great House, a historic sugar plantation, to the Rastafari cultural experience at Montego River Gardens.

San Juan

This city has it all: historic grandeur, hip nightlife, hot restaurants, great beach resorts, and an airport where the Customs officials don’t ask for American citizens’ passports.

St. Kitts

Alexander Hamilton left lush St. Kitts for the American colonies in the 1760s, but if he’d been born 200 years later, he might have thought twice about leaving.

Saint Lucia

Not only one of the most beautiful islands on earth, St. Lucia is famous for the twin Piton mountains on its southwest shore, and yes, you can climb them (hint: the shorter one is actually harder to scale because it’s steeper).

St. Maarten

Perhaps because it’s half Dutch (the south) and half French (where the spelling is “Saint-Martin”), this island has two, if not more, personalities.

Providenciales

Shaped like the bottom half of a clamshell, this Turks and Caicos island lies southeast of The Bahamas, with which it was united at one point, and north of Cuba.

St. Thomas

The most built-up of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas used to be known mainly for its nonstop shopping in Charlotte Amalie, where thousands of cruise ship passengers descend daily.

Mexico

The different landscapes that steal your breath away are the first thing we’ll show you of Mexico, but everything else—its historical legacies, tomorrow-ready indulgences and the warmest of people—we’ll leave for you to discover.

Cancun, Mexico

One of the world’s most popular playgrounds and the No. 1 international travel destination for North Americans, Cancun is blessed with some of Mexico’s most beautiful beaches and accommodations that best each other year after year.

Facts-Mexico

Facts

Cozumel, Mexico

The island of Cozumel, just off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, is home to the Mesoamerican Reef, the largest of its kind in the Americas—an underwater world of hundreds of fish, sea turtles and other creatures that put on a show for the many divers that come from around the world to explore its tunnels and caves.

Guadalajera, Mexico

The capital of the state of Jalisco is also perhaps the most emblematic of Mexico’s cities.

Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Contrary to popular belief, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo are actually two different towns.

Mazatlan, Mexico

Miles of Pacific beaches and a world-famous Carnival (this year’s takes place Feb. 7-12) are not the only claims to fame of this romantic Pacific city.

Los Cabos, Mexico

The long list of visitor-directed pleasures available in Los Cabos, coupled with the region’s raw beauty, have made famous a once little-known stretch of desert at the end of the Baja Peninsula.

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