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Letter from the Caribbean: San Juan, Puerto Rico

The seven-minute ride from the airport to the El San Juan Resort and Casino had, to my delight, transported me into what seemed like a time warp. Immediately upon stepping through the resort doors, I could envision the Copacabana showgirls descending the grand staircase and Desi Arnaz beating out “Babalu” on his conga drum. It […]

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A Letter from North America: Miami

During my stay at The W South Beach in Miami, I realized that just as that brand made standard hotels “boutique,” so did the hotel’s thoughtful design encourage me to make normal directions “artistic.” The environment had me unconsciously translating standard navigation into something more unexpected and unique. The desk clerk, Marc, said “Sir, you’ll...

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Letter from North America

  A mere 80 mile-drive South from Miami International Airport, you’ll find the cozy and relaxing charm of Islamorada. The journey along green mangrove-lined US 1 (also known as the “Overseas Highway”) brings you to the northern part of the Keys, the island chain that forms a narrow spit separating the turquoise waters of the […]

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