Nature

Off the Gringo Trail

ONCE THOUGHT TO BE a black-sand gulag, the Pacific coast is now shaping up as Latin America's last surfing frontier. El Paredón Surf Camp, which opened just over a year ago, is tucked...

Surfing In Guatemala

ONCE THOUGHT TO BE a black-sand gulag, the Pacific coast is now shaping up as Latin America's last surfing frontier. El Paredón Surf Camp, which opened just over a year ago, is tucked...

Stalk the Monkey

IT MAY SEEM LIKE THE ONLY animals left in the jungle that haven't been pricked, prodded, and named are fungus-munching snails and obscure forms of head lice. Not so. Over the past six years,...

The Lazy, Crazy Guide to Sand Land

PICO DUARTE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Hike from steamy jungle to cool forest on this strenuous 29-mile trek to the top of the Caribbean's highest peak, Pico Duarte (10,128 feet). Traverse Parque...

The Lazy, Crazy Guide to Sand Land

LODGE AT PICO BONITO, HONDURAS: The 8,000-foot peak of Pico Bonito sets the backdrop for this 200-acre nature resort close to the Caribbean coast, where 21 cabins (constructed from hurricane...

Afterglow a Go-Go

Q: I'm heading to Puerto Rico soon and want to learn more about the bioluminescent bays/lagoons there. Can I visit any of them from San Juan in one night? Or would it require a...

Denver

THE HYPERACTIVE WEEKEND ABOUT FOUR HOURS northwest of Denver, feel your shoulders relax as you cross 9,426-foot Rabbit Ears Pass, about 2,600 feet above Steamboat Springs. In town,...

GO FAR: 10 New Outfitted Trips for Families

Yoho National Park Mountain Hut Trip MINIMUM AGE: All ages welcome DESCRIPTION: Who better to introduce kids to backpacking than a naturalist who was a teacher for 27 years? The...

Summer Splashdown

With more than 169 million acres of protected land, 12 times the coastline of the United States, and about two million lakes, Canada's park system is one of the biggest and wettest on the planet...

Strand Us Here

FAR AND AWAY Crescent Beach, Block Island, Rhode Island THE BEACH: Fastidious locals armed with free time and Hefty bags routinely troll for garbage on this two-mile...

Strand Us Here

Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada THE BEACH: On the southern end of Lake Huron's South Georgian Bay, Wasaga Beach is Baywatch North. The nine-mile-long beach two hours...

Strand Us Here

Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland and Virginia THE BEACH: While the National Seashore has only two "eveloped"beaches with lifeguards, bathrooms, and picnic areas—at...

Roam School

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, after my daughter, Zoe, woke me up for the third time because she was afraid of the snakes, I wondered if maybe this trip wasn't such a good idea after all. Earlier,...

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