St. Barts Makes Birthdays More Fun

View of the Caribbean Sea from Villa Bibi in St. Barts

View of the Caribbean Sea from Villa Bibi in St. Barts

Let’s just go ahead and get this part of the story over with: I was turning 40, the big 4-0. And I was not happy about it. As I contemplated the various ways I could numb the pain, my thoughts inevitably turned to travel. If I could just be in a beautiful place surrounded by friends, that would make it all better, right?

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There’s Something About San Juan: Visiting Puerto Rico’s Capital

Umbrellas dot the beach in San Juan

Umbrellas dot the beach in San Juan

San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, has a lot going for it: gorgeous beaches with clear azure-blue water, lively food and art scenes, proximity to beautiful rainforests, and a sense of history (old San Juan has more than 400 restored buildings dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries). And once you find out that Old San Juan’s housing is not expensive—that particular area, though beautiful, is not regarded as fashionable by the locals—you might ponder buying a colonial-era apartment there to indulge in the relaxed Caribbean way of life.

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