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October - December 2008 lime 45 Carnival in Curacao ROGER GIBBS/ Curacao TOURIST BOARD

Dominican Republic l1 The Old City, Santo Domingo There is something uniquely atmospheric about the old city in Santo Domingo. You are walking among the oldest buildings in the New World – five centuries of history resonate in their stone walls. At their centre stands the Cathedral and on the River Ozama sits Columbus's restored palace. l2 The Faro a Cólon, Santo Domingo The Columbus Lighthouse, a massive hunk of concrete, is monstrous but strangely impressive at the same time. The oversized cross contains several museums, mainly about marine and New World history. And of course the ashes of Columbus himself, brought from the Cathedral... Well possibly, depending on whose history you believe. travel 46 lime October - December 2008 US Virgin Islands l7 The Devil's Triangle, St Thomas Mahogany Run golf course is set on the north coast of St Thomas and thus has superb views to islands offshore and into the steep hills inland. But its secret lies in the Devil's Triangle, holes 13, 14 and 15. In Hole 14 you will be driving over the ocean. l8 St John National Park St John is St Thomas' smaller and very different sister – it is much quieter and less developed. Approximately half of the island is national park and is criss- crossed by hiking paths. There are camp grounds in which to stay, which offer lectures as well as guided hikes. l9 Danish heritage, St Croix The most unlikely nation to have an island in the Caribbean ( if you exclude the Knights of Malta), is surely the Danes – but the US Virgins were once Danish territory. Its heritage is most visible in Christiansted, where pretty arches line the bay, dressed in vibrant colours. You could almost imagine King Christian appear in his regalia. Puerto Rico l3 Old San Juan, Puerto Rico With its traditional lanterns and ' adequine' cobblestones, Old San Juan is extremely picturesque. It takes its history pretty seriously, with a dozen museums, but perhaps is most celebrated as the home of the pina colada, which was founded in a bar on Calle Fortaleza. Nowadays the liveliest bars are on Calle San Sebastian. l4 Arecibo Observatory The largest telescope in the world, 1300 feet across and 20 acres in size, the Arecibo Observatory sits in a huge limestone sinkhole in Puerto Rico's central mountain range. Responsible for the discovery of pulsars and quasars, it also saw the climax of the James Bond film The World is not Enough. l5 Hacienda Buena Vista Set in the hills above Ponce on the south coast, Hacienda Buena Vista is a restored coffee plantation from the nineteenth century, when Puerto Rico produced the finest coffee in the world. Original machinery, for pulping, rinsing, fermenting and husking coffee berries and beans, is driven by water power and culminates in a Jacuzzi. l6 Phosphorescent Lake, Vieques A quick journey from San Juan takes you to Vieques and the bio- luminescent lake, where by night the black lagoon glows as you agitate the water full of tiny protozoa. Each paddle stroke sets off a white whorl, a splash is like a cascade and fish sew a zig- zag pattern as they race beneath you. If there was a contender for the Caribbean's most extraordinary natural attraction, surely this would be it? St John's National Park, Virgin Islands The Governor's Mansion, St Croix United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism