Rose Goes South • Passing Through Costa Rica

3 words to describe Costa Rica? Tropical, Rastafarian and expensive. The latter is why we chose to spend only 2 nights here, and the first and second are also why we chose to spend as many 2 nights here. Renowned for being Americanized and out of budget, so many travellers choose to avoid Costa Rica,…

Rose Goes South • Bocas Del Toros… Panama’s Playground 

Post-San Blas Adventures, our group were in need of a recoup. After spending a single night in Panama City which turned into Ladies Night at a Rooftop Bar, it was necessary catch a boat to Bocas Islands where we would retreat, shower properly, do some yoga and wine and dine. Turns out this was another…

Rose Goes South • Tyrona: Hiking and Hammocking

Last week I published a post about how to do nothing in Santa Marta. Today I’m writing one about how to make your trip to Santa Marta worthwhile by doing anything and everything in the Tyrona National Park, only a stones throw from Santa Marta, by taxi or by bus. A popular traveller route, the…

Rose Goes South • 48 Hours in Cartagena 

On a late night bus to Santa Marta, AC blowing and American chick flick dubbed in Spanish on the TV, it’s finally time to relax and to reflect on the most colourful few days of my trip so far. But this blog post poses a challenge: Cartagena Des Indias appeals to too many senses to…

Rose Goes South • A Little Slice of Paradise 

Playa Blanca is paradise. Except it’s a strange kind of paradise. Imagine a remote Caribbean retreat on an island miles from civilisation…Palm trees, white sand, clear skies, warm crystal waters, coconuts… Are you there yet? Well, Playa Blanca is basically the full whammy, but only 45 minutes away from buzzing city of Cartagena. Accessible by…

Good Friday in Bermuda – Go Fly a Kite

Easter in the Western world usually involves going to church, hunting for eggs and being visited by a large bunny (as least when you’re a kid), but traditions vary all around the world. In Bermuda, Good Friday is celebrated in a way that certainly appeals to this writer. This holy day is spent flying kites,…

Aruba – Navigating One Happy Island

Friendly. Warm. Relaxing. Desolate. Rocky. Unpaved. Alien. All ways to describe the amazing island that is reputed to be the happiest in all the Caribbean. All things you should keep in mind when traveling here. Here are a few key tips that will make getting around Aruba much easier: Don’t trust Google Maps! Many things…

Aruba – Save The Donkeys!

Every animal lover has visited their fair share of animal rescues, but I’d bet money that you’ve never been to a Donkey Sanctuary before! First off, make sure you spend a day driving around Aruba’s east coast. Not far from the entrance to Arikok National Park, off of a dirt road (which starts off fairly…

Aruba – Local Food on the Beach

If you’re visiting Aruba, you’re most likely staying in one of the two major hotel areas, and while the hotels all have great restaurants and delicious cuisine, my tip for you is to indulge in the local flavors a bit off the beaten path. Of all of the food we indulged in on the island, our…

St. Maarten – Little Berries Make Legendary Liqueur

Walking around St. Maarten, it’s hard to miss the stands advertising Guavaberry liqueur. The bright pink packaging is positively eye-catching (which is saying something on such a colorful island). Made from aged rum, cane sugar and guavaberries, it has a fruity, woody, bitter-sweet flavor. Local mixologists combine the unique liqueur with other ingredients to create…