Latin America: A Retiree’s Dream
By Mariela Rosario | 03/26/2009 - 18:15

The opportunity has never been better for some Latin countries to cash in on a new import: America's elderly. Some 73 million U.S. baby boomers are now on the brink of retirement—amid the worst financial crisis in decades. Faced with steep taxes and an average of $350-a-day nursing home bills, a growing number would rather move to a warmer, cheaper place and live comfortably. Increasingly, that means heading south, thanks to nations like Costa Rica touting their recent stability (no more civil wars and hyperinflation) and offering easy visas and affordable health care.

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Notes from Abroad: Queen for a Day
By Ivana Cepeda | 02/16/2009 - 13:06

I have been in London for a little over two weeks and it has been super-busy. I don’t even think I've had time to stop and process all that I've experienced, and I'm already at the halfway point. This past weekend was New York City’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade, and while I am sure the streets of Fifth Avenue were jam-packed with proud Puerto Ricans waving their flags, across the pond in London's St. James Park, I watched a different kind parade.

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Volunteer Vacations
By Dorkys Ramos | 01/29/2009 - 17:15

We’d all love to take time off to help the poor and feed the hungry à la Shakira, but wouldn’t that mean parting with valuable vacation days? Not necessarily! It is possible to combine a fun trip—downtime and sightseeing included—with helping out a cause you feel passionate about. Read on to sample the best of both worlds.

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Get Jammin' in Jamaica
By Mariela Rosario | 01/07/2009 - 15:00

Take a trip to Jamaica and you'll be surprised by how similar it is to many Latin American destinations, especially the Spanish Caribbean. From the spicy local flavors and dishes, to the love of song and dance, Jamaica will definitely feel like a home away from home.

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Ring in the New Year in Style in Rio de Janeiro
By Verky Arcos | 12/19/2008 - 14:20

After a night of sipping caipirinhas and samba dancing on the beach, you'll know exactly why they call Rio the Marvelous City. More than 2 million people arrive in Rio every year to celebrate the New Year, so fly in right before the holidays to snag an affordable flight. Make sure you bring party dresses, your tiniest Brazilian bikini, a pair of Havaianas and a white outfit for New Year's Eve. Feliz Ano Novo!

What to Do:

Samba School

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Honeymoon on the Riviera Maya
By Mariela Rosario | 12/12/2008 - 16:19

Cancun may conjure up memories (often hazy) of spring break madness, body shots of tequila, and girls gone wild. But, thanks to the recent rebranding of the area's resort row by the clever folks at Mexico Tourism, it has been reborn as the Riviera Maya. A strip of white sand beach populated by adults-only all-inclusive properties designed for those of us who recovered from Spring Break Fever more than a couple of years ago.

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Get Active in Antigua
By Mariela Rosario | 10/21/2008 - 15:16

November kicks off the high season in Guatemala, ushering in endless days of perfect spring-like weather and offering high visibility for your treks around mountains and volcanoes surrounding Antigua. If you're planning on taking on serious hiking expeditions while your visiting, you need to prepare. Increase the incline on your carido machine a few weeks prior to your trip in order to get in peak hiking condition.

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St. Lucia
By Latina Staff | 10/16/2008 - 10:17
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Find Yourself at St Lucia’s Jade Mountain
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/15/2008 - 17:20

If you’re anything like me, then your main objective when going on vacation is to chill as hard as you possibly can. You can’t fathom why people go away to, like, work. Climb what? Explore huh? No thanks. You’ll find me on the beach with a scandalous book on my lap, fruity alcoholic beverage in hand, and a “do not disturb” sign hanging around my neck. And while St.

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Go Wild in the Galápagos Islands
By Mariela Rosario | 09/29/2008 - 13:02

Located on the equator, just 600 miles west of mainland Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands enjoy beautiful weather all year round, making it an ideal spot for communing with the great outdoors. Fly into Quito, Ecuador's capital city and then catch a discounted flight to the islands via TAME airlines. Set sail around the Galápagos to see the hundreds of animals on each island, from playful sea lions to the giant sea turtles that gave the islands their name.

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