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Mazatlan

Mazatlan, Mexico

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Mazatlan, Mexico

Mazatlán combines the sun and beach with the architectural richness of its historic downtown with details and finishes of neoclassical and French Baroque. This provides it with a unique beauty among the Mexican tourist destinations. Unique activities cater to everyone in Mazatlán- the beauty of its natural attractions; its warm beaches that are rich in marine fauna, the tropical weather, the rich culture, the gastronomy, the sports, the architecture and the nightlife will combine to make of it one of your favorite places to visit.

Puerto Rico

The island is recovering from the hurricane Maria damage of 2017, with several all inclusives open for business. Help the local economy by visiting and discovering romantic old San Juan, with its rum factory tours, excellent food and San Juan National Historic Site, housing Castillo San Cristobal, the largest Spanish fort built in the new world. This city was voted a top pick by Lonely Planet, and it shows with the passion of the Puerto Rican people on full display. Catch some baseball at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, go mountain biking in the jungle, or head over to Ponce, the island’s second city, with a personality completely different than San Juan.

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Nearby Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort is 18 miles from the Cuban culture of Miami. Discover Little Havana, a vibrant community influenced by a foreign country only a few hundred miles south. Cigar shops, authentic restaurants, art galleries, coffee shops, and domino parks can all be found in this fun little spot of the cosmopolitan city. In greater Miami, have fun celebrity spotting in South Beach, basking in the sun, shopping, and gallery browsing during Miami Art Week.

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

This is Caribbean travel at its finest- check out an excursion to the Bavaro Adventure Park where you can ride horses and dune buggies, and ride a zipline into a refreshing tropical lake. Explore Saona Island, which is so typically tropical, many commercials have been filmed there portraying it as a castaway’s paradise. An easy trip from the states, this burgeoning destination is sure to satiate your need for a tropical getaway. The friendly people will welcome you with open arms are you discover the magic and treasures of the island of Hispaniola.

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About the Author

About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. His favorite RTX destinations are on the beach: Orange Beach, Alabama, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. .

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