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Caribbean

Bermuda - The island’s semi-tropical climate, sunny skies, pink sand beaches, and welcoming residents attract tourists from all over the world. The island's history began in 1609 when a storm blew a Jamestown, Virginia bound British ship off course. Although the ship wrecked on the island’s east-end reef, all of the 150 people on board survived. In the ten months that followed, the sailors and settlers built two new ships out of local Bermuda cedar then continued toward Jamestown. Two volunteers agreed to stay behind to preserve the British claim on the island. Today, Bermuda is a self-governing British Crown Colony.


Cuba - Before there was Las Vegas, there was Havana, Cuba. For less than $100 Americans could fly roundtrip from Miami to Havana in the 1950s where the sex, drugs and gambling were plentiful.  It was the playground for Hollywood stars and the American mafia. From Havana's cabarets to Varadero's white sand beaches, American's flocked to this Caribbean island. But the country fell on hard times after the fall of the Soviet Union and the start of the now fifty year old American economic embargo. However, today Americans are slowly returning to the Communist-ruled island under the United States People to People cultural and educational program. Even though Havana is a mere ghost of itself today, there's still plenty to see and do.



Dominican Republic - Santo Domingo, the country's capital city, is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the New World. Early settlers made their home in an area now known as the Colonial Zone. In this area is an amazing number of the historic churches, forts, houses, and palaces that were built during the colonization of the New World. In fact, much of the original city can still be seen. With the New World’s first cathedral, first stone house, first hospital, first monastery, and first palace, among others, Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone can rightly be called “the city of firsts”. This one day walking tour will take you pass some of the city's most popular attractions.


 
Santo Domingo Photo Gallery - Santo Domingo, the New World's first city, is said to have more than 300 historic monuments, churches, streets and residences. While some of them exist only as protected ruins, many of them have been restored and others have been repurposed for tourism or local business use. This gallery contains photos of some of the most popular historic sites and some modern day sites as well.




The Gate of Santo Domingo - In the early history of the Santo Domingo, the entire area known today as the Colonial Zone was surrounded on three side by a continuous defensive wall or murralla in Spanish. The south side of the city was protected by the cliffs and ridges of the Caribbean Sea. Entry into the city from other directions was controlled through one of four gates. Although most of the murralla has been destroyed, three of the four original gates still exist.
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