Photo by David A.

Hanging out in Old Havana

Whether you're walking through Habana Vieja in search of Hemingway's old haunts or enjoying the constant beat of mambo or salsa emanating from every street corner, Cuba's Havana will mesmerize you with its history, architecture and indomitable spirit.

How The Beach Boys Convinced Me Aruba Was Worth A Look

Do you know that famous line in the Beach Boys song Kokomo that goes "Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I want to take you to ... Well, way back when the song was just released, it was the first time I had ever heard of Aruba. Even back then it sounded like someplace I'd someday like to visit. I've always imagined that Aruba would be dotted with sandy white beaches and clear sparkling water like those from that famous Beach Boys song. So, do Aruba's beaches really live up to my imagination?

White Sand Beaches in Punta Cana Dominican Republic

Travel Photo: White Sand Beaches in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Sparkling, crystal clear ocean waves, long, powdery white sandy beaches and gentle tropical trade winds to cool off in the afternoon sun define Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. This Caribbean Sea community is comprised mostly of all inclusive hotels and tourists lazing the day away on their long anticipated vacations.

Who can blame them when the weather, the water and the relaxing lifestyle all converge to give them a trip they'll always remember. From it's dozens of freshly manicured world class golf courses to it's string of spas and boutique shops that Sulis Minerva herself would envy, Punta Cana has everything that a modern paradise seeking tourist could...

Statue of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, Plaza de Armas, Havana, Cuba

Travel Photo: Plaza de Armas, Havana, Cuba

The capital city of Havana in the Republic of Cuba is known for its history, monuments, architecture and its culture. Founded in the 16th century and claimed by the Spanish, the city was the perfect foothold for Spain's colonisation of the island. It was also a major stopping point for the famous treasure filled Spanish Galleons that sailed the waters in that time.

La Habana, as it is called in Spanish, is typically divided into three areas. Vedado, Old Havana and the suburban districts.

Old Havana is where the architecture and the history truly come alive. It's columned buildings, grass filled courtyards and stylized gateways done in neoclassic and baroque architecture add to it's many sights. It's a place where pirates once dreamed of gold filled plunders and daring escapes. Where Hemingway spent long days drinking cool mojito's at the historical El Floridita bar. Where unhappy politicians plotted to...