The Caribbean

beyond the beaten path

While the Caribbean has long been known as a resort vacation destination for honeymooners and retirees, a small movement toward eco-tourism and backpacking has started to open up the Caribbean to more independent travel. With year-round goodweather (with the occasional but sometimes serious exception of hurricane season in the late summer and early fall), promotional air fares from Europe and North America, and hundreds of islands to explore, the Caribbean offers something for almost everyone.
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Mayari, Cuba by Alex Meier
Rosalie, Dominica by Rajvinder Singh

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Owen Gaddis
  • Argentina
  • Belize
We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate.We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again—to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.
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Max Nelson
  • Cuba
Cuba is a magical place, and I've been honored to have experienced so much joy and learned so much wisdom over my years in the country.With a population of 11 million—and the same length as Italy—the country is more extensive than people realize. Even though new buildings are going up, and some old structures are maintained, others are slowly crumbling away. Dating from colonial times up until 1960, much of the country looks like a land where time stands still.
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Kellie Okonek
  • Albania
  • Antarctica
Kellie lives in Alaska, USA and is in love with the state. An active explorer, she's adventured around the state on skis, bikes, foot, packraft,and small planes. She believes Alaskan nature has the power to transform and wants to help adventurous travelers experience the 'real' Alaska. It doesn't take a cruise ship or expensive excursions to enjoy the grandeur of this place
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Carrie Back
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
Carrie Ann Back is a part-time travel writer and full-time globetrotter based in Southeast Asia. She’s been to over 30 countries,including living in the Amazon jungle in Bolivia and working for elephant conservation in Thailand. I love anything off-the-beaten path! Carrie continues to be a sought-after travel expert for digital media, print materials & magazines, and conferences all over the world. Carrie is also a digital copywriter for hotels and restaurants worldwide. When not traveling, she can be found sampling new wines, planning her next trip, or trying to perfect her
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Max nelson
  • Colombia
  • Cuba
A habitual globetrotter has a passion for immersing himself in foreign cultures and working with emerging markets.He has traveled to nearly every Latin American country and some travel highlights include: hItchhiking across Eastern Europe, celebrating the Khmer New Year in Cambodia & volunteering with a surfing community in Peru. He founded Hastacuba 3 years ago and has become a member of the Cuban community and loves exploring the local landscape and developing exciting, new programs a.nd sharing them
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JPJose Alberto Paez
  • Cuba
I am part of group of certified guides that were born in the beautiful fields of Vinales. We specialize in guided horseback tour through the Vinales Valley.We have several Creole horses that we take care of with great dedication, totally domesticated for this type of rides. We know perfectly our entire valley and we will be happy to show you the wonders of this miracle of nature through an unforgettable horseback tour in Vinales.
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