It’s no secret that Zickie and I love islands. You might even say we have an island addiction. (That’s not a bad thing, is it?) But one tropical paradise we’ve yet to explore? That would be Culebra, a small isle that lies 17 miles off the east coast of Puerto Rico. A paradise of white sand beaches, black sand beaches, and coral beaches, it’s also a Spanish Virgin Island, only 15 miles from St. Thomas. This diminutive Caribbean landmass tempts travelers who love off-the-beate
When you travel to a tropical island, gorgeous sand, leafy palm trees, and warm, azure ocean are probably top of your list of must-haves. For Zickie and me, it’s the same thing. Give us a stunning view, and it’s bliss as far as these Island Runaways are concerned. (Condado Beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo (c) Zickie Allgrove) Throw in a handsome, cool hotel? Then we really feel spoiled! Fortunately, on our trip to Puerto Rico together, the resort we booked into surprised
Do you remember that song by the Police, "Bring on the Night"? The lyrics start out, "the afternoon has gently passed me by...the evening spreads its sail against the sky." Looking at this photo that Zickie took from a hotel balcony in Puerto Rico, outside San Juan, reminds us of how intensely beautiful an island night can be. Sure, we love a sunny day, swimming in the Caribbean Sea, or hiking through Jamaica's Blue Mountains with the sky a bright cerulean blue. Yet as dusk r
by Island Expert H.H. McKinnon Who doesn’t love the beach, right? Having grown up along the coast of Florida, a day in the sand is as familiar as breathing. However, I love the mountains just as much. It must be genetic. That’s why spending time with relatives in Puerto Rico means country life rather than coastal, seaside frolicking for me. It is all about the food, the culture, family, neighbors, and the mountain environment. (1. Puerto Rican mountains) My family is from a s
One thing I discovered in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, is that there’s no shortage of historic sites. This walled colonial city brims with colorfully painted homes, striking churches, and charming streets lined in ancient blue bricks. Wander to the end of a lane, and you may be rewarded with a spectacular view of blue ocean and wide, uninterrupted sky. I was lucky enough to take a walking tour with a warm, funny Puerto Rican guide. She showed our group the major buildings and r
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