Delta Guide 2012

Delta Guide 2012

Freeport, Bahamas

Though visitors fly into the small town of Freeport, the most prominent part of Grand Bahama Island is the Grand Lucayan resort.

Exuma, Bahamas

The Exuma Islands of The Bahamas epitomize the “deserted island” ideal. A string of cays and islands—365 in total, one for every day of the year—they’re known for their beautiful beaches and the breezy attitude of their locals.

Bermuda

Posh is the word for this island set north of the Caribbean, closer to the coast of North Carolina than to its island neighbors to the south. You’ll feel the English influence strongly here, especially in its capital city of Hamilton, home to a wealth of 19th century buildings built by colonists from England.

Bonaire

This quiet island in the southern Caribbean is famous for exactly one thing, diving. If you’re a diver, this is your holy grail—an island in the middle of a diverse underwater ecosystem, giving deep-sea explorers the chance to encounter more fish, plants and animals than anyplace else in the islands.

George Town, Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman’s most popular tourist attractions rank among the best-known in the Caribbean.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Several decades ago, Punta Cana played host to an explosion of large-scale resorts—many of them all-inclusive—so today, the region is largely defined by its tourism industry.

Santiago, Dominican Republic

The city of Santiago doesn’t get the number of tourists you’ll find in Punta Cana or Santo Domingo, a blessing for the travelers who do visit this second largest city in the Dominican Republic.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The capital of the Dominican Republic blends old and new unlike anyplace else on earth. This is the birthplace of European colonialism in the Western Hemisphere, with a wealth of historic sites that rank among the oldest of their kind in the new world.

Grenada

They call it the Spice Island for a reason, mainly because this island measuring a little over 100 sq. miles, is one of the world’s leading exporters of nutmeg.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Haiti’s rich Creole culture has long been overshadowed by natural disaster, most recently an earthquake in January of 2010 that destroyed much of the gateway city of Port-au-Prince.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

With a distinctive culture and a diverse tourist market, Jamaica ranks among the Caribbean’s most iconic vacation destinations.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s capital city ranks among the Caribbean’s most modern and cosmopolitan metropolises. In the Condado neighborhood, for example, high-end resorts rub elbows with designer boutiques and upscale restaurants.

St. Kitts

You don’t hear much about St. Kitts in comparison with too many other Caribbean islands like Jamaica and The Bahamas, but that’s not due to any lack of appeal on the island’s part.

Saint Lucia

If there’s one image that stands out in Saint Lucia, it is the Pitons—two side-by-side mountain peaks covered in lush greenery and rising nearly vertically up from the sea.

St. Maarten

Geographically, St. Maarten is one of the world’s strangest places. Not because its flora or fauna are unique, but because it shares its tiny island with the country of St. Martin, turning any vacation here into a delightfully diverse and cultural expedition.

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

“Provo” is one of Turks and Caicos’ foremost tourist hubs, with a thriving high-end resort scene anchored by beautiful Grace Bay Beach.

St. Thomas, USVI

St. Thomas is the most developed of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, with cities like the capital of Charlotte Amalie serving as a hub—both for travel, as well as dining, entertainment, nightlife and shopping.

St. Croix, USVI

The relaxed, breezy feel of St. Croix keeps travelers coming back to its boutique hotels for a taste of small-town Caribbean life.

Mexico

A visit to Mexico is a journey into worlds of culture, nature and contrast. With as much variety in landscapes and customs as there is in travel opportunities, this is one of a true traveler’s favorite destinations, whether for a weekend escape with friends, a romantic getaway or a family vacation.

Acapulco

This seaside resort destination started picking up steam in the 1950s and 60s with the likes of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra singing its praises.

Cancun

With year-round beach weather and some of the most picture-perfect beaches in Mexico, Cancun also serves as gateway to the Mayan world.

Cozumel

Just east of the Yucatan Peninsula, Cozumel is not just a Caribbean paradise—it’s also an important Mayan sanctuary rich in history.

Guadalajara

Fresh off a successful hosting of the XVI Pan American Games, the capital of Jalisco is one of Mexico’s most tradition-filled destinations.

Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo

Just a few minutes apart, the neighboring towns of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo on Mexico’s Pacific coastline in the state of Guerrero, reveal sparkling beaches and bays amid a background of rolling hills and miles of green, courtesy of the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Los Cabos

It’s a hotter year than ever for Los Cabos, as it’s been selected to host this year’s G20 Summit.

Mazatlan

The “Pearl of the Pacific” embraces its 19th century landmarks in a well-kept historic center while attracting beach-and-sun visitors with miles of beautiful shorelines. Sportfishing and golf are main draws, although foodies might know it best for its famous juicy shrimp.

Mexico City

Mexico’s capital, one of the world’s most populated, is a seemingly unconquerable maze of modernity and tradition.

Monterrey

The “Sultan of the North” and capital of the state of Nuevo Leon is a principal economic hub for Mexico, propelled by its hi-tech and industrial activity, yet provides plenty of sightseeing and adventure options for visitors, thanks to its 400-year history and prime location at the foot of the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range.

Puerto Vallarta

Adorned by its proximity to the Sierra Madre Mountains, Banderas Bay and its cathedral’s dazzling crown, Puerto Vallarta wows upon first and last impression.

Central America

Central America is calling…and an increasing number of travelers are hearing the message that it’s time to pack up and take off aboard Delta Air Lines to a close-by region shared by the seven countries that form a land bridge between North and South America.

Belize City, Belize

Belize City is the country’s commercial and cultural center, a lively town distinguished by fine examples of Victorian houses with gingerbread trim.

San Jose, Costa Rica

Almost all roads lead to San Jose, the capital that often plays home-base to visitors for many close-by excursions to the rainforest and coast.

Liberia, Costa Rica

Touchdown for Pacific coast beaches, giant cattle ranches and national reserves of the Guanacaste province and the Nicoya Peninsula is the new international airport in Liberia.

San Salvador, El Salvador

Ringed by hills and volcanoes, San Salvador makes an ideal home base for business and leisure travelers. Right in the capital there is lots to see.

Guatemala City, Guatemala

The front door to this Tennessee-size country is Guatemala City, a cosmopolitan capital that is well-endowed with fine hotels—Real InterContinental, for one—and good restaurants—we like the traditional dishes at Kacao—excellent museums, a lively nightlife, new shopping centers and traditional markets.

Roatan, Honduras

Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands, a pristine archipelago that covers about 92 sq. miles along the world’s second largest barrier reef.

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

San Pedro Sula is the commercial capital of Honduras and indeed, a longer-stay town for business travelers, but of little interest for leisure travelers, who are always en-route to something more interesting elsewhere, such as the north coast and the Copan ruins.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Practically perfect weather is an important asset of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, situated 3,000 ft. above sea level and surrounded on three sides by towering hills.

Managua, Nicaragua

The cone of the Momotombo Volcano serves as a backdrop to Managua, located on the southern shore of Lake Managua and capital of the largest country in Central America.

Panama City, Panama

Sprawling along beautiful Panama Bay, Panama City welcomes her guests with a handsome profile of glass skyscrapers that catch the sun along the waterfront, as well as a delicious restaurant scene, a lively nightlife and casino action.

South America

We can think of oh so many good reasons why now is the time to let Delta Air Lines introduce you—or reacquaint you—with a whole new world of vacation treasures and pleasures in South America.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina’s lively, cosmopolitan capital, has a well-deserved reputation for offering some of the best of everything in South America: best hotels, best nightlife, best shopping, best restaurants.

Brasilia, Brazil

Brazil’s inland, futuristic capital, Brasilia, was carved out of nowhere in the 1950s—a stark, modernist and purpose-built city, and the only one in the world built in the 20th century that achieved UNESCO World Heritage site status.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is a place of superlatives, presenting her visitors with a scintillating mix of beach culture, big city sophistication and seemingly endless joie de vivre.

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo, often called Brazil’s “Big Apple,” is indeed South America’s largest metropolis, as well as the country’s corporate and industrial core.

Santiago, Chile

Long gone are the days when Santiago was seen as sleepy and staid, a capital just to transit en-route to the wilds of Patagonia or Easter Island.

Bogota, Colombia

Founded by gold-seeking conquistadors in 1538, today Bogota is Colombia’s first city in every way.

Quito, Ecuador

There’s an idyllic quality about Quito. Nearly two miles high and almost directly on the equator, the Andean capital stretches along the foothills beneath the Pinchincha Volcano and in its dozens of superb colonial churches.

Georgetown, Guyana

Georgetown is the capital of Guyana (pronounced “guy” as in “eye”). Once called the “garden city of the Caribbean,” the country’s commercial center still enjoys a profusion of flowering trees and architecturally resembles a quaint combination of tin-roofed mining town and Victorian elegance—a legacy of its years as a former British colony and in turn the only English-speaking country on the continent.

Lima, Peru

Once called the “City of Kings,” Lima was the center of Spanish power in the New World following Pizarro’s conquest of Peru in the 16th century.

Caracas, Venezuela

While foreign visitors may find Caracas less carefree and fun-loving nowadays, in the capital of oil-rich Venezuela there are still many things to see and do.

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