After a visually stunning flight from San Juan west across the northern Puerto Rican shoreline I land at the Punta Cana International Airport with its open-air breezeways and palapa (thatched) roofs. High up, a yellow-throated warbler flits in the rafters. At the eastern end of the island of Hispaniola, Punta Cana has become the fastest-growing zone for luxury megaresorts in the Dominican Republic. Part of 186 properties in 17 countries, the family-owned Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort boasts 1900 rooms and a P.B. Dye 18-hole tropical golf course The Lakes alongside a sparkling white, palm-strewn 1.2 mile beach and shallow coral reef.
Islamorada: Luxury, Legacy and Fishing
Islamorada in Spanish literally means "Purple Island," a name that contains some truth when the western sky glows with the fading tropical colors of a Florida Keys sunset. Unlike Key Largo, which increasingly resembles a South Dade suburb, and Marathon, with its working class ethos, Islamorada maintains a more sophisticated façade.
Panama: The Most Intriguing Isthmus
The republic of Panama is blessed with a myriad of natural gifts, from over 1,800 islands on both Pacific and Caribbean coasts to pristine rainforests with 3% of the world's biodiversity, all contained in an isthmus, a narrow strip of land with sea on either side squeezed between two larger areas of land...