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Leatherback Turtle Nesting Ground Protected In Puerto Rico

Leatherback Turtle Nesting Ground Protected In Puerto Rico Apr 14th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Puerto Rico has just declared 5.4 square miles of coastline as protected land in order to preserve a leatherback turtle nesting ground, BBC reports. The Northeast Ecological Corridor has been a battleground between conservation groups and big business for 15 years. The choice was basically between two ideas: "Hey, look at this beautiful natural wonder; let's preserve it for low-impact...

Budget Locations For Spring Break Travel

Budget Locations For Spring Break Travel Mar 1st, 2013 at 10:00AM: Spring break is just around the corner, and if you haven't already planned a trip, our friends at Expedia have mined their price stats to come up with some of the most budget-friendly locations around. From family-friendly to party-hearty, these trips won't break the bank. Tampa, Florida Home of the New York Yankees' spring training camp, this sunny destination has much to offer both...

Photo Of The Day: Puerto Rico Vista

Photo Of The Day: Puerto Rico Vista Dec 21st, 2012 at 6:00PM: This beautiful Puerto Rico vista, snapped by Flickr user trishhartmann, was taken in Guzmán Arriba, Río Grande, toward the eastern end of the Commonwealth territory. With temperatures dipping and daylight at a premium in the north temperate zone, this image is a reminder of the near-magical appeal of the Caribbean, and the tropics in general over the winter. If you don't sort...

Traditional holiday beverages from around the world

Traditional holiday beverages from around the world Nov 30th, 2011 at 5:30PM: Americans aren't very creative when it comes to traditional holiday beverages (do, however, look for my upcoming story on Boulder's banging mixology scene, which includes some killer contemporary winter cocktails). Historically, though, we're more of an eggnog/mulled cider/hot chocolate kind of society. I'm not knocking our Christmas beverages of choice. Properly made, they're delicious, and...

Last minute tropical Labor Day getaways

Last minute tropical Labor Day getaways Aug 29th, 2011 at 3:00PM: Ready, set, book. The East Coast was largely spared the wrath of Hurricane Irene and no other pending tropical storms are threatening to ruin your upcoming three-day weekend. Why not jet away for a quick tropical vacation? From the East Coast, many Caribbean islands are a nonstop flight away, and from the west and Texas, Mexico is an easy jaunt. Consider the following great last-minute Labor...

Feds threaten: cruise line pollution must stop

Feds threaten: cruise line pollution must stop Dec 9th, 2010 at 4:30PM: New emission rules for cruise ships and other large vessels are set to go into effect in late 2013. A United Nations plan to control emissions from ships sailing within 200 nautical miles of the U.S. and Canadian coasts initially excluded the U.S, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico which pretty much left the Caribbean wide open for uncontrolled cruise line pollution. Ships often use lower...

Local budget travel secrets

Local budget travel secrets Nov 30th, 2010 at 9:45AM: Most countries and territories have their own local domestic budget secrets that don't get a lot of press beyond their borders. To call these local travel habits secrets is to miss the point just slightly, as they're actually widely appreciated and utilized, though by locals. In this sense, they're the opposite of secrets, even as they remain more or less unknown to foreigners. This post is...

Airlines provide change fee relief because of Hurricane Earl

Airlines provide change fee relief because of Hurricane Earl Sep 2nd, 2010 at 10:00AM: As Hurricane Earl works its way up the east coast, airlines are letting passengers take one item off their lists of concerns. Delta has announced that passengers affected by the storm can make one-time changes to their plans without incurring any fees. This applies to flights scheduled for today and tomorrow and covers more than 20 airports in the eastern United States, including the New York...

ToroVerde park delivers an adventure in Puerto Rico

ToroVerde park delivers an adventure in Puerto Rico Jul 22nd, 2010 at 8:00AM: Thrill seekers who are looking to take a break from all that sun and surf while visiting Puerto Rico now have a new option to add a little excitement to their vacation. The recently opened ToroVerde Adventure Park is ready to give them the jolt of adrenaline that they're looking for, offering up opportunities to rock climb, mountain bike, and choose from an array of zip line tours. Located near...

Travel writer and publisher Q&A: Julie Schwietert

Travel writer and publisher Q&A: Julie Schwietert Jul 9th, 2010 at 1:30PM: Julie Schwietert, known for her work with MatadorNetwork and Collazo Projects, is a writer, editor, and translator whose work bridges the worlds of service travel writing, culture, and politics. Though travel writing is a big piece of her métier, it's not its sum. This profile of Julie is the first in a Gadling series on writers and publishers who have found a way to turn their enthusiasms...

Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa debuts "World's Spiciest Drink"

Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa debuts Jun 4th, 2010 at 3:30PM: This drink is no joke. The Fire Pit Bloody Mary is part of the Wyndham's Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa's new "Caliente Cocktails" and the Puerto Rico hotel is already staking claim that it's the spiciest drink in the world. The Fire Pit Bloody Mary's key ingredient is the fiery Indian bhut jolokia chile pepper. It boosts a ranking of more than one million Scoville units (the measurement of...

17 great destinations for romance

17 great destinations for romance May 21st, 2010 at 3:30PM: Some say that romance is a lost art - but it's not. It's just hiding, waiting to be uncovered in some of the most beautiful places around the globe. Whether you are trying to show that special someone that they truly are special, making a proposal, or rekindling the flame you once had with your spouse, setting the stage is your first step to success. Whether you are searching for the perfect...

Porn star rights Customs' wrong

Porn star rights Customs' wrong Apr 26th, 2010 at 8:00AM: A Brooklyn guy was faced with the worst of scenarios. Coming through customs on a return trip from Puerto Rico, he was cuffed in San Juan. He was accused of transporting child pornography, because a copy of the DVD "Little Lupe the Innocent" was found in his bags. Of course, Carlos Simon-Timmerman claimed his innocence, so in his mind at least, he was staring down two decades in prison for...

10 great zip lines from around the world (videos)

Mar 12th, 2010 at 8:30AM: Roller coasters and other such thrill rides are fun, but imagine reaching speed of up to 100 miles per hour on a metal cable, with nothing more then a harness, a helmet... and the air below you. Around the world, zip lines have become an adrenaline seeker's favorite, literally allowing you to hurtle through awe-inspiring landscapes at jaw-dropping speeds. In some cases, the mere presence of a...

Hotel Review: The Verdanza Hotel in Puerto Rico

Hotel Review: The Verdanza Hotel in Puerto Rico Jan 31st, 2010 at 4:00PM: Formerly a Holiday Inn (and long before that, a 60's era tennis club and hotel), the Verdanza Hotel in Puerto Rico underwent major renovations as it transitioned from chain to independent hotel. The local ownership remained the same, but the decor, attitude, and commitment to the environment is all new. The vibe here is young - both the GM and the chef are the youngest to hold those...

Gadlinks for Thursday, 1.28.2010

Gadlinks for Thursday, 1.28.2010 Jan 28th, 2010 at 6:00PM: The weekend is almost here! Are you headed anywhere fun? I'm off to sunny Puerto Rico to escape Chicago's latest cold snap. Here are a few bonus travel stories to keep you dreaming of warmer days. Winter in the northern hemisphere means summer in Buenos Aires. If you're headed down south, here are a few places to gorge yourself silly, courtesy of Matador writer Tom Gates. [via Matador...

Verdanza Hotel opens in Puerto Rico

Verdanza Hotel opens in Puerto Rico Dec 8th, 2009 at 3:00PM: There's a new hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. On Friday, the Verdanza Hotel opened its doors, offering an upscale urban-inspired experience ... but only a few steps from the beach. It's not far from the Isla Verde tourism district, so you'll have plenty of access. And, the 222-room hotel (with 20 suites) boasts three restaurants and a pastry shop. Look for some personalized touches at the Verdanza...

Tied to a chair and robbed in a five-star hotel

Tied to a chair and robbed in a five-star hotel Nov 12th, 2009 at 12:00PM: No matter who you are or how fancy your hotel is, inviting strangers to your room is a risky business. Just ask Robert J. Anello, a New York Lawyer who was staying at the lovely Ritz-Carlton, San Juan in Puerto Rico's posh Isla Verde district (shown). He was tied up in his room with lamp cords and a necktie just before dawn on Monday, and had $800 cash and his two cell phones stolen. Associated...

Photo of the Day (11.8.09)

Photo of the Day (11.8.09) Nov 8th, 2009 at 6:00PM: Anyone looking for a taste Caribbean colonial charm should head for Puerto Rico's Old San Juan. It's an area with loads of atmosphere - brightly colored pastel mansions, cobblestone streets, and a surprising street art scene. I particularly liked the bold colors and gritty charm of this photo in Old San Juan by Flickr user robertrexdotcom. It reminded me of my visit last year, wandering the...

American Airlines employees busted for drug-smuggling

American Airlines employees busted for drug-smuggling Sep 16th, 2009 at 10:00AM: 22 people were arrested Tuesday amidst allegations of smuggling drugs from Puerto Rico into the US on American Airlines planes. Nine of the people arrested were employees of the airline, who allegedly sent over 9,000 kilograms - almost 20,000 pounds - of cocaine to US destinations that included Miami, Orlando and New Jersey. According to the US Justice Department, the ring has been operating since...

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