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One of the best-kept secrets in the Caribbean, St. Vincent and the Grenadines are an idyllic collection of islands and cays in the Windward Islands, 26 miles south of St. Lucia. Much of this 40-mile-long chain of islands has only been discovered by a privileged few, like avid sailors and celebrity residents. A total of 33 islands, all begging to be hopped, they arc the waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The largest island, St. Vincent, spans a mere 18 miles long by 11 miles wide, and is home to the port city of Kingstown. You can easily escape the busy port to nearby black-sand beaches, a blanket of rain forest, and the mighty La Soufrière volcano. St. Vincent serves as the gateway to the Grenadines, which is comprised of elusive islands like Bequia and Mustique. These islands traverse south toward the jaw-droppingly beautiful Tobago Cays, an archipelago of uninhabited islands.

Although it’s easy simply to lay about and soak up the laid-back island atmosphere, activities abound on these islands. Barefoot Yacht Charters (t784-456-9526; www.barefootyachts.com) is one of the best live-aboard sailing schools in the Caribbean, whether you’re a first-timer or an advanced sailor seeking bareboat certification.

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The barrio of Retiro may be small, but it’s well worth a visit. Within this neighborhood is Buenos Aires’ main plaza, and two very different sub-neighborhoods.

As you’ll read, Retiro is known for the Plaza San Martín, which is the most famous pedestrian walkway in all of Buenos Aires. Along with many of the parks in the city, landscaper Charles Thays was involved in the design. If you’re looking for a green space within the city, consider that Thays filled the Plaza San Martín with more than 350 trees, using regional species like ceibos, gomeros, ombues, tipas, jacarandas, palos borrachos and tilos.

Tourists may be seen in the southwest corner of the plaza taking photos in front of the giant bronze equestrian statue of the plaza’s namesake—Argentinean Independence hero Don José de San Martín. But the plaza is also a real local experience. The plaza’s central location makes it a popular local hangout. Throughout the week, you can find porteños using the plaza to sunbathe, have a picnic, play soccer or simply relax on the grass.

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The Northern barrio of Palermo is so big that it’s actually split into different boroughs—Palermo Chico, the trendy Palermo Viejo, the downtown area of Northern Palermo and the gastronomic zone in Las Cañitas. With that much ground to cover, it’s hard to know where to begin.

Each piece of Palermo couldn’t be more different. Palermo Chico is the historic home to Argentina’s elite. Today the neighborhood’s Colonial mansions and estates hold foreign embassies, educational centers and museums. Palermo Viejo, meanwhile, splits into the sub-neighborhoods of Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood. Palermo Soho, like its American counterpart, is artistic and bohemian. It borders the Plaza Cortázar, a meeting point for artists and designers, and the location of a weekend craft fair. Most of Argentina’s television and movie production studios can be found in the refurbished warehouses of Palermo Hollywood. For shopping, Northern Palermo is the neighborhood to go to, especially the Alto Palermo Shopping Center, the city’s swankiest shopping mall. Las Cañitas at the far right corner of the city was once best known for its military base and polo field. In the past few years, the neighborhood has been gaining more attention for its food. Get this: Las Cañitas has more restaurants than any other barrio in Buenos Aires.

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It always surprises me how much Puerto Madero and San Telmo have in common. Despite the fact Puerto Madero is one of the newest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires and San Telmo is one of the oldest, they share a similar sort of glamour.

Puerto Madero was originally the main port of Buenos Aires. Many of the luxury hotels, offices and bistros found in this district are housed in refurbished brick warehouses along former dockyards. Trendy and expensive, Puerto Madero’s waterfront real estate is the priciest in all of Buenos Aires if not all of South America. It’s also considered the safest part of the city. Though this high-end barrio may lack some of the color of older neighborhoods, it is pedestrian-friendly and is a local favorite for an afternoon stroll. You can take a walk or a bike ride along the docks, or wander through the open boulevards of the neighborhood. There are also plenty of cafes and restaurants from simple fast food to exotic international dishes. During the day, the area attracts businessmen from nearby San Nicolás, while at night Puerto Madero hosts the city’s elite. A barrio almost completely on the water, it makes sense that some of its best places are not on land. Puerto Madero has two floating museums, both based in old Navy training vessels.

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Ñ La Habana Vieja

Ñ Walking Tour

Ñ Centro Habana

Ñ Vedado

Ñ Miramar

Ñ Fortresses of East Havana

Ñ Outskirts of Havana


Ñ Havana to Pinar del Río

Ñ Viñales Valley

Ñ Vuelta Abajo Triangle

Ñ Guanahacabibes Peninsula

Ñ Coast Road


Ñ Playas del Este

Ñ Matanzas

Ñ Varadero

Ñ Cárdenas


Ñ Zapata Peninsula

Ñ Cienfuegos

Ñ Santa Clara

Ñ Outskirts of Santa Clara

Ñ Trinidad

Ñ Outskirts of Trinidad

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