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Rich in history, La Fortaleza is the oldest governor’s mansion in the western hemisphere; be sure to see the mahogany clock which stopped in time when the last Spanish governor of Puerto Rico struck it with his sword on his way out, heralding the last moment of Spanish rule in the New World.
St. Thomas is glimmering bays, shining seas, powdery sand beaches and unsurpassed shopping. Delight in exquisite imported goods, from Danish silver to French porcelain and Swiss watches. This mountainous island is one of the loveliest stretches of land in the Caribbean, and its former pirate haunts, Danish relics and picturesque old buildings are constant reminders of St. Thomas’ exotic history.
British influences abound in Basse-Terre, the capital of St. Kitts. Here you’ll find the domed Treasury Building, the Circus, which was modeled after Piccadilly in London, and the St. George’s Anglican Church. Explore the traditional white-sand beaches or admire breathtaking views of verdant mountains.
This island provides common ground for two intrepid travelers who seemingly share nothing else: Christopher Columbus and Richard Branson. The former discovered and named Virgin Gorda (the land resembles a reclining woman with an ample belly), the latter was so enchanted that he now owns her neighboring island. Explore the Baths – an unusual area of massive boulders and rock formations with ethereal grottoes.
As famous for its Art Deco Historic District as for its beach bodies and international style, Miami is unapologetically fabulous. Admire the full glory of Miami Beach with a stroll along South Beach’s famous Ocean Boulevard, where splendidly restored art deco buildings compete with fashion models and sun worshipers for attention. Taste Cuban cuisine and culture in Little Havana on the mainland.