If you're looking for a vacation that's smoking hot, there's nothing like a getaway to an active or dormant volcano. Apple Vacations offers four great destinations that get you up-close-and-personal with ancient volcanoes. We promise, you'll lava it! (We'll see ourselves out now.) Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica Located just a few hours east of Guanacaste, the Arenal Volcano makes a great...
by Dave McBride We are off to Panama City and not the Florida one where spring breakers bong beers on the beach. Our destination, Panama the country, is the newest real estate in the Western Hemisphere. The space in which it resides was previously occupied by the ocean for 70 million years between two drifting continents before colossal pressures in the...
by Dave McBride CNN reported Panama among the 2016 Top Ten Ethical Travel Destinations as ranked by the Ethical Traveler Organization. It ranks countries on the basis of unspoiled natural beauty, memory-making outdoor activities and opportunities to interact with local people in a mutually enriching way. Ethical Traveler ranked Panama second in environmental protection, because of major reforestation projects and...
By Dave McBride Whenever one travels in the Riviera Maya, one will inevitably meet a native whose mission is to (with guile and aggression) turn a tourist encounter to personal profit. Sometimes the light-fingered grifter is a time-share agent. Sometimes it is a Great-tailed Grackle. The Great-tailed Grackle (aka Mexican Grackle) is the larger cousin of the gang of Boat-tailed Grackles...
Ancient Aztecs measured getting hammered in units of rabbits, as in: “I’m not speaking to my husband. He stumbled in last night at least 150 rabbits.” When they discovered that sap from the agave naturally fermented into a creamy drink with about the same alcohol content as beer, the mythology of the 400 Rabbits was born. The story goes...
A stay on the north coast is just what the Doctor Bird ordered Hello---I’m reading the foremost author on the birds of Jamaica---whose name is Bond. James Bond. James Bond was an American ornithologist who wrote Birds of the West Indies in 1936. Ian Fleming moved to Jamaica and was a passionate bird watcher and owned a copy of Birds of...
Veteran Newsman Dave McBride is an award-winning news radio reporter, anchor and program director and creator of fan-favorite Dave’s Raves. Dave has received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Writing for Radio/Large Market and the 2010 and 2011 Murrow for continuing news coverage. He was awarded the New York Festivals World Gold Medal for Best Writing for Radio....
We're halfway through a long week, and you know what that means! Let's celebrate by exploring this fun excursion in Los Cabos called "Camel Quest," a camel-riding safari that winds its way through El Tule canyon in the desert of Los Cabos. Amstar dmc will pick you up from your hotel for a morning or mid-day safari. Upon arrival at...
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By Dave McBride Standing at the new Cocoli Pacific Locks of the Panama Canal today in the company of heads-of-state and assorted Pooh-Bahs and Potentates, we watched as Panama opened a bigger door to world commerce. By this time, most everybody knows the basic way that a lock system provides the steps for ships to climb and descend between sea level...
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Destination of the Month Weather
Montego Bay, Jamaica
89.6 ° F