[Featured Post] Best of: Nicaragua 2014


I’ve been back from Nicaragua for nearly four months now, but my time there is still sitting heavily with me. Continue reading “[Featured Post] Best of: Nicaragua 2014”

Ometepe: The Budget Buster


I was on the last leg of my time in Nicaragua, and getting worried that I was running out of days for a visit to the place I had heard the most glowing reviews of from other travelers in the area: Ometepe. Continue reading “Ometepe: The Budget Buster”

Paradise on Earth: Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge


Pina Colada in hand, I lay my head back in the hammock of our private cabana on a nearly deserted stretch of crystal water and white sand. Continue reading “Paradise on Earth: Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge”

Surfing Turtle Lodge: Worth The Trip


So… I went to the beach during a tsunami warning.

Sorry Mom. Continue reading “Surfing Turtle Lodge: Worth The Trip”

The Good and the Bad at the Treehouse Poste Rojo

Edit: I have been contacted in the comments by a new owner, and a quick look at the website confirms that the treehouse has been redone. So consider this review a story of the past. Have you been to the new and improved Poste Rojo?? If you have, let me know how it was in the comments!  – Mariana

“!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DISCLAIMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our guests are generally people who enjoy a rustic environment. We attract a young crowd or at least the young at heart. Our guest love the animals and insects you encounter. Our guests don’t mind a bat flying through the dorm or a group of monkeys howling in the morning. (actual TripAdvisor complaints) Our guest understand the limitations of a treehouse in the jungle and seek out the wonders that staying here offers.. If you are too unhealthy, lazy or pristine to climb 150 m or don’t enjoy being around great people, great views and animals in a natural environment. PLEASE stay at one of Nicaragua’s fine hotels with room service and A/C. We look forward to meeting the rest of you!”
Continue reading “The Good and the Bad at the Treehouse Poste Rojo”

Climbing a Volcano and Flying Back Down: Volcano Boarding on Cerro Negro


Volcano boarding is something I knew I would do when I came to Leon. Continue reading “Climbing a Volcano and Flying Back Down: Volcano Boarding on Cerro Negro”

Flor de Cana Factory Tour


The last time I was in the Dominican Republic, my wise grandmother taught me a very important truth: rum cures all things. Continue reading “Flor de Cana Factory Tour”

Best of: Dominican Republic 2012/2013

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It has been years since we spent the holidays in my mother’s homeland of the Dominican Republic. Continue reading “Best of: Dominican Republic 2012/2013”

Headed to El Panchan? Stay at Margarita & Ed’s


Somewhere on the road between the town of Palenque and the ruins of Palenque is a funny little place called El Panchan. It’s a travelers’ compound, made up of clusters of rooms and cabanas hidden behind big leaves and giant trees run by four or five different operators. Somehow amongst the ramshackle accommodation typical of the area Austin and I found ourselves in a spotless studio opening up directly to the jungle. Continue reading “Headed to El Panchan? Stay at Margarita & Ed’s”

Bavaro Hotel Review: Playa Turquesa

When looking for accommodations in the Punta Cana/Bavaro area, you won’t find yourself lacking for options. Famous for its array of all-inclusive resorts, there’s a place for every budget and need on this stretch of sand. But the idea of spending 4 weeks at an all-inclusive wasn’t appealing to my family and I, so we set our sights on finding a condo to rent. We wanted the flexibility to move around the area and have our own kitchen, but we still wanted resort-like amenities like pool and beach access. We found everything we needed at Playa Turquesa. Continue reading “Bavaro Hotel Review: Playa Turquesa”