Cuba: What is a Casa Particular?

Due to the inefficiencies of the state-run communist economy the Cuban government has needed to make some free market concessions over the years. One of these being the ability of citizens to rent out their homes to tourists traveling in Cuba. Casa Particular literally means “personal house” and is a term used in Cuba to […]

How to Get to Playa Blanca from Cartagena

Playa Blanca is a stretch of beautiful white sand that sits on the southwest corner of Isla de Baru in Colombia. It’s often considered to be the nicest beach around the city of Cartagena and is a frequent get away for tourists and locals in the area.  To reach Playa Blanca, you will need to […]

Colombia: Where to Stay in Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca is a beautiful stretch of white sand located about 45 minutes south of Cartagena along Colombia’s Caribbean coast. It sits on the southwest corner of the Isla of Baru and is a popular tourist destination for locals and foreigners. While the vast majority of people traveling to Playa Blanca only stay for an […]

Aruba, Aruba, Where for art thou Aruba?

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I am in love with Aruba! Too bad Aruba is not a man. What do you do with intense feelings for a country? Or better yet, an island such as Aruba (one of the Caribbean islands)? As a traveling consultant for SERJ Solutions, my recent project in Fresno came to an unexpected and abrupt close in […]

San Juan, Puerto Rico: The Super Stylish Condado District

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While searching for a place to stay during our recent trip to San Juan, I came across several affordable boutique hotel options in the Condado district. Intrigued, I decided to do my research before “booking without looking.” Most tourist sites will tell you that the Condado is comparable to Miami Beach or even the Vegas […]