Dushi Curacao

By Hillary Latos Though the country of Curacao suffers from the “homonym syndrome” often getting confused with the local orange bitter liqueur or nearby Venezuelan metropolis Caracas, this cosmopolitan Dutch Antilles island is one of the jewels of the Caribbean.  Throughout the island you may also hear the local colloquialism “dushi” which unlike its North…

The Quiet Charm of St Kitts

By Hillary Latos Known for its lush rainforests, rugged mountains and golden sand beaches, St. Kitts is a small island with a storied past that offers an abundance of activities for the adventurous souls.  Originally named after Christopher Columbus who discovered and claimed the saintly island in 1493 for Spain, eventually it was shortened to…

A Costa Rican Adventure

By Hillary Latos Though many countries claim to have first been discovered by Christopher Columbus, he is still credited with being the first European to have set foot on the golden shores of Costa Rica- hence earning its name that translates to “Rich Coast.”  The adventurous spirit of explorers and adventure seekers still reverberates through…

Aruba’s Melting Pot

By Hillary Latos Around every winter, I have a recurring dream of dipping my feet in warm sparkling aquamarine waters, lying on a white sandy beach, snorkeling with tropical fish, and then dining amongst the samba beats of the Caribbean – then I realize this is just a dream. Or is it possibly a yearning…