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The Greater Miami area is home to a diverse array of cultures, cuisines, and activities. Cruises along Biscayne Bay drink in the skyscraper-studded coastline, and in glitzy Miami Beach, beachgoers frolic against the backdrop of vibrant art deco buildings. Nightlife hot spot South Beach buzzes with activity into the early morning hours. Coral Gables' tree-lined avenues house notable landmarks like the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and the Venetian Pool, a historic 1923 swimming hole fed by spring water. The city offers plenty to do, with numerous museums and professional sports teams, marinas and yacht clubs, golf courses and more, but some visitors head southwest to Everglades National Park. The 1.5 million acre preserve hosts boating and canoeing excursions as well as wildlife-spotting treks to see alligators and manatees.

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Language: Spanish

Currency: Colombian Peso (COP), U.S. Dollar (US$)

Cartagena is a fascinating locale, nearly surrounded by lagoons, bays and the Caribbean Sea. Visitors can stroll the streets of Old Town, the city's walled historic center, where they'll find vendors serving up treats like savory arepas and sweet guava jellies as well as notable architecture like the 17th-century Cloister, Museum and Church of San Pedro Claver. Art lovers should visit the Cartagena Museum of Modern Art, or take a trip to Getsemani, a hip neighborhood that's awash in street murals and displays. On tours that dig into Colombia's emerald history, a professional will show off the green gems and help you learn how to spot the real thing. Adventure seekers can excursion to the nearby town of La Boquilla, where you can canoe through mangroves to spot wildlife like egrets and pelicans, or venture to the white-sand shores of Manzanillo del Mar for a horseback ride on the beach.



This western Caribbean port, established in 1850, is home to one of the world's largest duty-free zones. After stocking up on souvenirs and savings, discover indigenous culture in the village of the Embera Indians, marvel at the engineering of the Miraflores locks on the Panama Canal and take in views of Gatun Lake and the Chagres River from the observation tower in Gamboa Rainforest Resort. Located 30 miles southwest, the San Lorenzo Protected Forest features diverse flora and fauna and numerous Spanish forts that date to the 17th and 18th centuries. Additional defense structures can be seen in the nearby town of Portobelo, where you can embark on a boat ride around the bay. On Isla Grande, gorgeous beaches and clear blue waters provide the ideal setting for snorkeling, scuba diving and relaxation. The island's lighthouse was designed by the same man who engineered the Eiffel Tower.

Language: Spanish

Currency: Panamanian Balboa (PAB), U.S. Dollar (US$)

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The Panama Canal is both an engineering masterpiece and a natural wonder. Connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the passageway crosses the huge, man-made Gatun Lake and the amazing Gaillard Cut, blasted out of solid mountainside. The great locks raise and lower your ship along a 50-mile waterway -- sometimes with just inches to spare on either side.

Language: Spanish
Currency: Panamanian Balboa (PAB), U.S. Dollar (US$)


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Puntarenas is located in the central region of Costa Rica's Pacific coast. With a population of 100,000, it is the capital of the province of the same name. Flat, dark-sanded Jaco Beach is a popular seaside locale and surfing spot. As with the rest of the country, a wealth of nature attractions is accessible from Puntarenas. Don't miss the delicious seafood available everywhere, from typical diners called "sodas" to more formal restaurants.

Language: Spanish
Currency: Costa Rican Colon (CRC), U.S. Dollar (US$)



Puerto Quetzal is Guatemala's largest Pacific Ocean port. The population centers are located in the more temperate central highlands, rather than along the tropical coasts, which are characterized by black sand beaches.

Language: Spanish
Currency: Guatemalan Quetzal (GTQ), U.S. Dollar (US$)

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Manzanillo is an energetic port with exquisite beaches. The city's main attraction is Las Hadas resort, a village of whitewashed cottages that mix Moorish, Mexican and Mediterranean styles. The posh resort was built in the '70s by a multi-millionaire and was the filming location for the movie "10." Other options in Manzanillo include deep-sea fishing, swimming, and surfing.

Language: Spanish
Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN), U.S. Dollar (US$)


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Since this port was discovered as a prime vacation spot in the 1960s, it has become home to luxury resorts and beautiful villas. But the city's tranquil past is still evident in its charming courtyards, cobblestone streets and markets. The most popular excursions visit Gringo Gulch, the town square and unique cathedral. There's always shopping and horseback riding or relaxing on the beach.

Language: Spanish
Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN), U.S. Dollar (US$)


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Cabo San Lucas' breadth and beauty is epitomized by El Arco, a rising rock archway at the confluence of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez. A glass-bottom boat ride to this landmark, which sails past a sea lion colony, is just one of the excursions offered in this port, located at the southern tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. Kayak along Pelican Rock, discover marine life while snorkeling Chileno Bay, explore the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains on a hike or drive an all-terrain vehicle over shorefront dunes. An all-inclusive day pass allows you to enjoy a resort's pools and other amenities, while a trip to Lover's Beach will work wonders for your tan. From December to April, board a whale-watching cruise to see the numerous species that migrate to Cabo's welcoming waters.

Small-ship cruises depart from Cabo San Lucas and sail through the Sea of Cortez.

Language: Spanish
Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN), U.S. Dollar (US$)

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A city rich with diversity and culture, Los Angeles offers travelers of all ages plenty to do while visiting the coast of Southern California. Browse the shops along Rodeo Drive in legendary Beverly Hills, stroll along a beach promenade, or soak in the sights and sounds of Hollywood. Visitors can also catch a variety of sports events, visit one of over 800 art museums in the area, and watch expert surfers and rollerbladers at Venice Beach.

Language: English
Currency: U.S. Dollar (US$)

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