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.

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