Trinidad, Cuba

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Trinidad, Cuba

Unlike the Havana this town in Cuba has much more character while the Havana was renovated for the westerners. Trinidad is all original with beautiful architecture and color.  This town of only 60,000 people is littered  with cobblestones and pastel Spanish architecture. What’s a better place than here to get salsa lessons, and let alone the dozens of places people can indulge in dance. The people are friendly and the businesses at the farmers market are quick to disappear as they pop up and close down the same day. Make sure to buy products from reputable people.

San Jose, Costa Rica

 

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San Jose , Costa Rica

When traveling to Costa Rica be aware that everything is according to Tico time which normally 15-20 minutes later than set time. Otherwise San Jose is the Capital of Costa Rica for more than 250 years. One of the best ways to see the culture of San Jose is taking tour through the National Museum which is house in an amazing Spanish styled building. Melico Slazar Theater is another historic sight to see and has many uses over the years due to it being rebuilt from fires and earthquakes. After seeing one of their many ballets/operas take a stroll in the central market where everything is up for haggling. Everything from fine luxury items to Costa Rican comfort foods are available for purchase. The food can’t get any better than Marketplace everything made fresh that day and no one is afraid to season their food.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Punta Cana, Dominican Repbulic

Punta Cana has transformed itself in to a tourist destination for Caribbean vacationing. Everything is relaxed and Punta Cana has many resorts that are all inclusive which makes for a perfect getaway. The town is almost isolated from the rest of the Dominican Republic. This however makes it more enjoyable for the tourists because it is almost being on a small island. With the amenities and fun activities such as driving buggies on the beaches, Ziplining, Snorkeling or taking a safari ride in the tropical lands.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Similar to the rest of Jamaica Ocho Rios has many cultural influences English, German, Chinese, and African descendants. This Christian Nation has a very warm and genuine hospitality. Much of their culture was also influenced from reggae music, commonly known as Rastafari. Rastafari refers to an Ethiopian religion. Besides reggae Ocho Rios is home to one of the largest Jazz Festivals for the last 10 years bringing in large jazz players and performers. A good travel tip is to stay at a B&B instead of a hotel in order fully experience the full beauty of Ocho Rios.

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

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Quebec City, Quebec

One of the oldest cities in North America, the French Heritage cannot be hidden in Quebec City. The architecture, revitalized parks, cultural centers, and language makes this place have a European feel to it. The hotel Chateau Frontenac is known to be the most photographed hotel in North America. Reason being they offer tours in the hotel without an overnight stay. Talk about bringing in business without even renting out hotel rooms.

Guanajuato, Mexico

Overview of the colorful city of Guanajuato (from Pipila Monument), Mexico

Guanajuato, Mexico

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a charming colonial-era city, Guanajuato is also the capital of Guanajuato state and nicknamed ” The place of Frogs” because the shape of the mountainous terrain. The heartland of Mexico they refer to is known as the Bajio. Silver was first discovered in Guanajuato a former silver minging city in the mid-1600s and home to the La Valenciana mine city Founded in 1559  . La Valencia was opened a century later and quickly became one of the richest and most productive silver mines in the world. The historic center of Guanajuato has a distinct European flavor with hundreds of narrow cobblestone callejones (alleyways) running up and down the hillside. Shady plazas are dotted with sidewalk cafés, museums, theaters, markets and historic monuments. The buildings throughout the city are fine examples of neoclassical- and baroque-style colonial architecture. An underground network of tunnels runs beneath the city helping to control the flow of traffic.