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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.

Monterrey, Mexico

Located in the northeastern state of Nuevo Leon, this is one of Mexico’s main industrial and business centers, but as one of the country’s largest cities, it also has a wealth of attractions for all tastes, many of which can be reached by trolley.

Mexico City, Mexico

Bohemian, ancient, modern and magnificent, Mexico’s capital is a gigantic maze of history and urbanism.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Tucked away between the southern portion of the Sierra Madre Mountains and Banderas Bay, the second largest of its kind in the Americas, Puerto Vallarta is a non-stop flurry of cultural, historical and natural attractions.

Central America

About four million years ago, give or take a millennium, a fortunate collision of underwater continental places heaved up a great mass of stone, creating a steep and narrow isthmus separating the Pacific Ocean from the Caribbean Sea, linking the then-existing continents of North and South America.

Belize City

There are good reasons for the saying: “It’s better in Belize.”

Liberia, Costa Rica

With Liberia as second air service gateway from the U.S., it is much easier to tap into the Pacific pleasures of Guanacaste and its neighboring provinces, a corner that captures the majority of the beach-loving, surfing, and deep-sea fishing crowd.

San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rica has become synonymous with ecotourism travel, capturing the hearts of those interested in spectacular scenery (volcanoes to rainforests to beaches), biological diversity (100 species of frogs!) and adventure sports (river rafting, hiking, scuba diving, surfing, ziplining, for starters) that capitalize on the great outdoors.

San Salvador

The smallest country in Central America, El Salvador, is filled with important Mayan ruins, fine craft traditions alive and well in country villages, jungle peaks that brush the sky, lines of volcanic cones rising over lakes and valleys, and a Pacific shoreline where surfers push off from white and black beaches to meet world-class waves.

Guatemala City

Not only is it the transportation gateway to the rest of the country, but Guatemala City is also a cosmopolitan capital that offers a compelling mix of new shopping centers and traditional markets, fine hotels, very good restaurants, a lively nightlife and excellent museums.

Roatan, Honduras

Moored 30 miles off mainland Honduras, the Bay Islands make up a pristine archipelago that covers about 92 sq. miles along the world’s second largest coral reef.

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

The business and commercial center of Honduras is San Pedro Sula, whose leading choices for home-away-from-home comforts are stays at the Real InterContinental and Hilton Princess, although travelers looking for some quiet charm might enjoy the Isabella Boutique Hotel located in the Barrio Los Andes.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Fitting snugly into a valley at 3,000 ft., Tegucigalpa—more easily called Teguce by the locals—is the capital of Honduras; its narrow streets twist up and down hillsides, sheltering often charming pockets of colonial architecture.


Nicaragua is gaining a reputation as Central America’s most intriguing new travel destination.

Panama City

The New York Times, in placing Panama in its No. 1 slot of 45 places to go in 2012, suggested: “Go for the canal. Stay for everything else.”

South America

Where are travelers going to be going in 2013? Delta is betting that North Americans are going to continue their pursuit of discovery vacations in South America.

Buenos Aires

Big, brash and beautiful Buenos Aires is one of the world’s hottest destinations, in 2012 voted top South American city by Conde Nast Traveler readers.

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 status.

Rio de Janerio, Brazil

After winning bids to host both the 2014 World Cup soccer and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro—already a prized destination for American travelers—is solidly in the spotlight.

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Because of its reputation as a concrete metropolis, visitors are surprised by Sao Paulo’s lovely natural areas.


Centerpiece of the Central Valley, Santiago is home to a third of Chilean people.


There are many good reasons for travelers to spend some quality time in Bogota, one of the oldest cities in the Western Hemisphere and nowadays one of its liveliest and most interesting capitals.


Ecuador made its way onto Lonely Planet’s “Top 10 Countries” picks for 2013, pointing to the great expectations for the new railway network that opens this year.


Guyana is an Indian word meaning “land of many waters,” and these many waters are the major thoroughfares along which people and produce move about the country.


Peru is the cradle of South America’s ancient civilizations, today promoted by PromPeru as “Peru: Empire of Hidden Treasures.”


If Venezuela’s international reputation seems to swirl only around oil and the politics of President Hugo Chavez, now is as good a time as ever to also consider that this is a nation of dazzling beauty and diversity