Duck Key in the Florida Keys: A Lively Family and Fishing Vacation

Surprise, surprise, there is a hot vacation destination midway between Miami and Key West. One and a half hours from the heart of Miami, there’s a sign for Duck Key on Route 1, the Overseas Highway, before it hits the world-famous Seven Mile Bridge. Take the left turn. The road leads to a quiet but […]

New Orleans and All Its Jazz

Yes New Orleans, Louisiana is steeped in history, culture, fine arts and friendly gregarious people. And all those ingredients seem to peak every April when the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivaltakes center stage. Thousands of music lovers sojourn to a city that already has a rhythm all its on. Wine flows, tasty food is […]

Cannes Majestic Hotel

Every May, the city of Cannes, on the chic southern shores of France’s famed Côte d’Azur, hosts the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival where actors, directors and world-premiere movies take center stage. The most glamorous people stay in Cannes’ most glamorous hotel, the Cannes Majestic Barrière. I know, because I saw them when I roomed at […]

Ritz-Carlton Jamaica

In August 2000, the world-renowned Ritz-Carlton chain opened a new, 200-acre resort on the white-sand shores of Rose Hall Jamaica, just 15 minutes from Montego Bay airport. In just a year, Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall, Jamaica has become one of the island’s most elegant and well-maintained resorts. Its graceful, seductive, gray-taupe, horseshoe-shaped, 5-story building beckons vacationers […]

Barbados for Grownups

The British came to Barbados in 1627 and used slave labor to work the sugar plantations that produced world-class rum. From 1834, when slavery was abolished, through the 20th century, the island’s economy was dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production. After Barbados won independence from the UK in 1966, tourism and manufacturing gradually surpassed […]

A Sunny South Florida Vacation Without the Thongs & Six Packs

If you’re thinking of a Florida vacation, but would rather skip the over-populated, see-and-be-seen sands of South Beach, Sunny Isles Beach, Miami offers a quieter, more family-friendly and adult-happy alternative. Same sun, shores and waters … fewer thongs and six-pack abs. Sunny Isles Beach The Haulover Bridge, completed in 1925, connects Miami Beach to the […]

Good Reasons to Comeback to Jamaican Hotels & Resorts

TV news reports have depicted Jamaican government forces battling a drug gang in the Tivoli Gardens section of Kingston, a city on Jamaica’s southeast coast. That mayhem caused the State Department to issue a Travel Alert for that Kingston, which expires June 23. Tivoli is only one section of a vast city frequented largely by […]

St. Lucia – Come for the Jazz & Arts Festival, Stay for the Island

When the 22nd annual St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival came to a rollicking close May 12, over 50 artists had whipped audiences into frenzy and sustained a cool vibe that lasted for 13 days. When they weren’t listening to toe-tapping music on Pigeon Island National Landmark, festivalgoers dined out, went sailing, sightseeing, beach hopping, […]

The 2014 Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival Rocks It

  The annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival is a major stop on the jazz festival circuit. The four-day weekend soiree draws a burgeoning audience of 20,000 music lovers from Florida, Georgia, Alabama—41 states in all and ten countries. They come to Panama City Beach to hear international musicians sing and play their instruments in a style […]

Miami Comfortable Beach Town, Deluxe City Life

It’s a win-win situation: World-renown Miami Beach, a flip flop-wearing tourist’s haven, and Downtown Miami, a vibrant new hot spot for upscale locals. Vacationing in these districts gives visitors the best of both worlds: Big beach fun and deluxe city life. >> Read More