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Feb 5 2016

travel42 Best Of: Top 10 winter escapes

Category: Best Of | DestinationsMegan Leader @ 10:45

The groundhog has spoken: Apparently we're in for an early spring, but for many of us, that sunny weather can't come soon enough! That's why we have rounded up 10 of our favorite go-to escapes for warm weather in winter. Join us on a bright, cheery tour of some of the world's loveliest destinations.

1. St. Lucia. The island's twin pitons are More...

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Apr 7 2015

The best private restaurants in Havana

Category: Best Of | Destinations | Dining | Favorites | ListsChristine Norris @ 08:52

Things are changing in Cuba: President Raul Castro has made some sweeping reforms, and the U.S. is preparing to extend a hand of diplomacy to the long-shunned island nation. There's a lot of good news for travelers in all these changes, and the best and most important concerns the food. Cuban cuisine has never been anything to write home about, usually served poorly cooked and in a once elegant but now run-down government-owned restaurant; and surprisingly for an island, you really did not want to order any fish. Luckily for foodies, private, family-run restaurants have slowly been building a presence, especially in the capital, serving world-class cuisines in a myriad variety of styles. Here are some of our favorite paladars (private restaurants) to try in Havana.

La Corte del Principe. Without a doubt the best Italian restaurant in town, this unpretentious and off-the-beaten-path restaurant is beloved by Havana's expat community. Sergio, the Italian owner, has created a piece of home away from home, down to the red-and-white checkered tablecloths. The fare depends on Sergio's daily whim; the waiter will tell you what's on offer. Every dish is divine. Be sure to try whatever pasta is available.

               

                                Elegant seating at Le Chansonnier; photo courtesy of the restaurant

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Jan 12 2015

travel42's trending destinations for 2015

Category: DestinationsKaren @ 04:14

During the weeks surrounding the New Year, the travel industry publishes countless and widely varying lists predicting the hottest destinations for the coming year. They're fascinating to read, although in reality only time can tell which predictions will actually come true. More...

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Apr 16 2014

10 things you need to know before visiting Havana

Category: DestinationsMegan Leader @ 09:52

More travelers than ever are obtaining visas to visit Cuba. The capital city, Havana, presents visitors with a hodge-podge of historic buildings, beautiful beaches, dilapidation and poverty; it's a time warp, a history lesson and a reality check all wrapped into one beautifully chaotic place. Havana remains shrouded in mystery for a lot of people because of the U.S. embargo with Cuba, but legislation in recent years has loosened the requirements for travelers to experience the island.

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

We just updated our Havana destination guide with tons of new information for visitors, but here are a few things you should know before planning a trip to Cuba's capital.

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