Colombia is the only South American country to border both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean, and has recently emerged from a traumatic and rich history. Expect stunning scenery, sophisticated culture, and vibrant eco-systems.
Located at 8,600 feet with 360-degree views, Bogotá should bookend any Colombian itinerary. Home to the country’s top chefs and designers, this posh city also touts dozens of local universities.
Medellín is the subject of cocktail chatter thanks to the hit series Narcos. Considered the world’s flower capital (we’ll book a tour of the flower farms located just outside the city), this vibrant city dances with trendy nightlife and live music. Its pleasant, year-round climate has lassoed Medellín’s “Eternal Spring” nickname.
Cartagena hugs the Caribbean Sea and is home to famous scribe Gabriel García Márquez. This charming, walled-in city allows visitors to wander cobblestone streets for table- and boutique- hopping. And don’t miss The Rosario Islands for a fun, sun-kissed day.
Lauren Maggard to create an unforgettable escape to Colombia.
Old school is the new cool, or so it would seem with the resurgence of Jamaica’s popularity. The 1950’s produced classical and colonial gems, like Round Hill, with timeless appeal that still lure sophisticated travelers today. However, figureheads like Chris Blackwell, best known as Bob Marley’s producer and founder of Island Records, have reimagined the Jamaican vacation. Blackwell’s aptly named Island Outposts showcase the lesser-known corners of the expansive island. Pantrepant, a two-bedroom cottage occupying hundreds of acres on the edge of ‘Cockpit Country’, beckons adventurers inland for an authentic experience of living off the land – literally. For those seeking surf and sand, Rockhouse in Negril and Golden Eye in Oracabessa provide compelling alternatives. Irrespective of location, the distinct culture – a vibrant and dynamic music industry, an indigenous and soulful culinary tradition, and the originality of Rastafarianism – are what continue to make Jamaica a compelling destination.
To plan your own authentic Jamaican experience contact Julia Douglas.
Only a 45-minute flight from Miami, but an entire world away, Cuba and its people are authentic beyond measure. The allure of Cuba and its “forbiddenness” have attracted the more adventurous and experiential traveler for decades. With the recent opening between Cuba and the US, accessibility has improved and subsequently demand has increased. Change is imminent – and accelerating.
Isolated from Americans, but not new to tourism, Havana offers endless appeal from its colonial architecture, historical automobiles, pervasive music, progressive art, world famous cigars, and sports prowess – an enduring source of national pride. However, the best kept secret is its people. Cubans are joyful, generous, proud – brimming with life. Their singing, dancing, socializing – all a part of daily life – ooze from every corner at all hours of the day. One feels safer in Havana than in many other cities around the world.
To create your own, customized and private experience to Cuba, contact Lauren Maggard.