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Jungle ruins, sea life await in Belize

SAN IGNACIO, Belize — The same turquoise waters that lure tourists to Caribbean destinations slosh around Belize’s island chain. But tiny Belize has a major …Read More

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Take a stroll in these Istanbul neighborhoods

ISTANBUL — Istanbul, the noisy metropolis on the Bosporus Strait lauded by many a travel ranking, has much more to offer than grand mosques and bazaars. Away from the din of typical tourist haunts, a walk around the neighborhoods of Karakoy, Balat and Kuzguncuk will …

‘Rock in Rio’ site planned for Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — A group including casino company MGM Resorts announced plans Monday to build a 33-acre open-air music venue on the Las Vegas Strip to host a four-day Rock in Rio USA festival beginning in May 2015. MGM Resorts International officials said the “City of …

Las Pozas a surreal art garden amid Mexican jungle

XILITLA, Mexico — At the end of a long, dirt road in Mexico’s northeast jungle, two spiral staircases appear, leading nowhere amid an ornate concrete structure. Giant concrete fleur-de-lis flank a pathway, and tall bamboo-shaped columns surround a house with no walls. Oversize plaster orchids …

Disney’s ‘Small World’ celebrating big anniversary

NEW YORK — Disney on Friday launched a website to create a global sing-along for “it’s a small world,” marking 50 years since the classic attraction with the unforgettable earworm of a song opened at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. The “it’s a …

Dine in fine style while in New Orleans for Mardi Gras

Visiting New Orleans for Mardi Gras season? You’ll find pizza, hot dog stands and rolling carts of cotton candy galore along the parade routes, but some of the city’s finest fare can also be consumed along St. Charles Avenue, the main drag for the biggest and glitziest star-studded processions of Carnival.

Island hopping made easy — Enjoy Hawaii via cruise ship

ABOARD PRIDE OF AMERICA — A great way to sample the many wonders of the Hawaiian Islands without the hassles of island-hopping by plane — like going through security and carting your luggage on each flight — is to instead take a cruise. My wife …

Jennifer Hudson, Styx, Lady Antebellum headlining Carnival Cruises

NEW YORK — Back when she was a nobody, long before she blasted to stardom on “American Idol” and “Dreamgirls,” Jennifer Hudson sang on a cruise ship. And on Wednesday, the singer said she would do it again — this time as the headliner for …

Diagon Alley to open at Universal Orlando; requires additional ticket

The new Harry Potter area opening at Universal Orlando Resort this summer, called Diagon Alley, will offer fans a new thrill ride themed on Gringotts bank from the Harry Potter book series, along with more than a half-dozen eateries and shops selling souvenirs like wands. …

Ancient sites beckon travelers to Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan — If you are keen on getting your Middle Eastern fix of ancient sites, sun, mint tea, and falafel, the Arab Spring may have challenged your travel plans. Although tourists have stayed largely safe in the Arab world in the past several years, …

Vegas ‘Jubilee’ to close for makeover

LAS VEGAS — “Jubilee!,” the campy Las Vegas show with elaborate sequined costumes, chorus boys and, of course, showgirls, will close on Jan. 30 for a complete makeover. The show at Bally’s Las Vegas hotel-casino is expected to reopen with a more contemporary feel in …

In search of Sicily’s best ice cream

SYRACUSE, Sicily — Sicilians pride themselves on their contribution to the world of ice cream. History may not credit them definitively with the invention of the frozen treat, but it turns out that nature allowed them to have ice long before electricity made its way …