Category: Spring Break

Costa Rica Quickly: Where to Stay When Flying Out of San José

Romance in the courtyard of the Costa Rica Marriott San Jose Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Hotel with a Familiar Name—Marriott—Proves Perfect Planning a visit to Costa Rica, I begin to understand how confused visitors must be when they come to New York: It is both a city and a state, and the major airports…

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The Working Hilton

The Washington Hilton is ideally situated, by would the service be as good as its location? Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Knowing how sizeable the Washington Hilton is, how it is a lure both for tourists and business folk, I am reticent to stay there. Yes, it is ideally situated just north of Dupont Circle on Connecticut Avenue, perfect for getting…

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Peacefulness by the Sea, Captiva

The Brawny Sherpa and I wander aimlessly through Captiva Island, Fla., having ditched our rental car somewhere with the optimistic hope that we’ll remember its color, make and license number when it’s time to retrieve it. This is a day…

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Gulf Getaway: Oasis in Condo-Land

Never super-keen on the Gulf coast of Florida for no particularly discernible reasons except Miami, Palm Beach, and Amelia Island, I headed there for a quick stay on Marco Island with the Brawny Sherpa before pointing north to a family…

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How to Choose a Hotel in Cancun

Beachfront cabana at the Hyatt Regency Cancun. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Determining which hotel to stay in during a Cancun vacation is likely to be a traveler’s most intellectually challenging problem on a trip of this sort. The monster resorts that have grown up on a narrow spit of sand since…

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Why Belize? Why Not?

Belize Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

  “How did you choose Belize?” is the question I most commonly hear, especially after I’ve been telling stories about my visit: the howler monkeys, jaguar prints, a jungle survival tour, bats at the window, a scorpion on the door,…

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