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Jul 9, 2015
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In Jamaica, a man on a mission to promote tourism


Wolde Kristos is a man with a mission—and a vision. He hopes to bring the sleepy Jamaican town of Bluefields Bay into the 21st century—tourist wise. more
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Exploring the area around Bluefields Bay in Jamaica


Our driver Percy Baldwin first takes us to the Black River—at 44 miles the longest navigable river in Jamaica. We’re only going to cruise for about an hour down the pristine river where Crocodiles and birds live and mangroves grow. more
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Bluefields Bay Jamaica — an unresort-like resort


Welcome to Bluefields Bay Villas—the most unresort-like resort I’ve ever visited -- in Jamaica, about an hour and 15 minut4es drive from Montego Bay in the small community of Bluefields Bay. more
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There’s more to Puerto Rico than the beaches


It is pitch black and we are kayaking through red mangroves, trying to dodge the roots, on our way to the Bioluminescent Bay Laguana Grande at Las Croabas, Fajardo in Puerto Rico—one of three on the island, I learn from our guide Joel from GSI Adventures. more
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Ski resorts are offering more and more for families


Snow resorts around the country are pulling out all the stops for families this winter with everything from alpine coasters (Park City Mountain Resort, Breckenridge) zip lines (Crested Butte, Colo., Big Sky, Mont.) and family festivals (Sunday River, Me., Mount Snow, Vt.) more
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Plans go awry – not necessarily a bad thing on vacation


All my plans for this week have gone awry. The freak snowstorm that struck the Northeast over the weekend knocked out our power in Connecticut and we have no clue when it may be restored. But thinking back just two short months, I determined that when plans go awry on vacation, it's not always a bad thing. more
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Tired of cooking turkey yourself — head to a Thanksgiving destination


Whatever the reason, it’s not too late to turn Thanksgiving into a mini vacation with the kids. You’ve already got half the week off from work and school anyway. Tell the relatives you’ll see them at Christmas or, if you like them enough, invite them along. more
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To Aulani, Disney’s First Hawaii Resort


Disney employed more than 100 local consultants to advise them on everything from storytelling to music to architecture. Local fish and produce are served at the resort restaurants and children can learn to snorkel with Hawaiian fish in the artificial Rainbow Reef. more
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Disney sees Aulani as the place for destination weddings


There are already 1,000 weddings a year at Walt Disney World in Orlando--upwards of 20 per cent among blended families, says Korrie McFann, who oversees Disney’s e wedding and honeymoon business around the world. The company anticipates Aulani to rival Orlando for the wedding business. more
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Plenty to do with little ones in the Orlando area


So go ahead. Bring the little ones. You don’t have to stay a week. And you don’t have to see everything. You can’t even if you try. more
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