World Travel

  1. Off the beaten path, onto the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica


    By the end of our fourth day on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, we had seen, according to the tally kept by my 9-year-old, Sasha, dozens of species of animals. We had peered at leafcutter ants, army ants and zombie ants. We had been deafened by howler monkeys, beguiled by squirrel monkeys and strangely stirred by …

    Natural tidal pools form on the beach near Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge, at the tip of the Osa Peninsula — a place of lush, unspoiled beauty and biodiversity.
  2. Disney's 'It's a Small World' celebrates 50 years with sing-along (w/video)




    It's a world of laughter, a world of tears.

  3. Shamu show returns to SeaWorld this weekend


    After a three-month hiatus for pool upgrades, the Shamu show "One Ocean" is returning to SeaWorld in Orlando on Friday. The iconic killer whale show was closed in January while Shamu Stadium's main pool was repainted and the clear panels that separate the animals from the audience were replaced. The "Dine With Shamu" …

  4. The Dwarf House, the original Chick-fil-A, is a fun stop in Georgia



    The first time I saw the road sign I almost swerved off Interstate 75. Our highway exits are littered with fast-food conformity — Mickey Ds, BK, T-Bell, the usual — but this was different, a magical anomaly, perhaps even a puckish trick of the light on weary eyes.

    Chick-fil-A …

    The original Chick-fil-A Dwarf House has myriad charms, including a miniature front door (pictured, with the not-so-miniature reporter) and a statue of founder Truett Cathy. It’s in Hapeville, Ga., just south of Atlanta.
  5. Universal's retro Cabana Bay resort aims for value



    It was 1958, and America was all about zoom. The Space Race was on. Our highways were growing longer, Roadside U.S.A. in full bloom. It didn't matter if the family was headed to Mars or Miami: Travel was the thing, and we were having a blast, World War II behind us, Vietnam yet to cast a pall.

    Cabana Bay Beach Resort is now open.
  6. New baby dolphin makes a splash


    ORLANDO – Discovery Cove welcomed a new baby last month.

  7. St. Pete Beach on east coast? Hernando mermaids in Ocala? So says this tourist advertisement

    Human Interest

    It sounded like a good idea.

    Visit Florida, the state's tourism agency, struck a deal with Coastal Living magazine to persuade people to, well, visit Florida. At a reduced rate, visitor bureaus and resorts from the Panhandle to Key West chipped in to buy a seven-page glossy advertising section. On the …

    On the first page of Visit Florida’s advertising section in Coastal Living magazine, a barefoot, wispy-haired boy stands on a pristine beach and holds a lemon yellow kite over his head. Above a distant breaking surf, at the top of the page: “Florida — STAY & PLAY GUIDE.” The trouble is, if you used the subsequent pages as an actual guide, you would in several cases neither stay nor play anywhere near the places you intended.
  8. Cute video: Abandoned Florida panther kitten thriving at zoo


    Remember the tiny Florida panther found abandoned by his mother and brought to the Lowry Park Zoo?

    An photo of the panther kitten taken in late March and posted to Lowry Park Zoo's Flickr channel.
  9. Disney hikes parking fees, makes MyMagic+ available to all


    If you've seen those fancy wrist bands that act like credit cards at Disney World, the theme park giant this week announced that it has expanded its MyMagic+ program to include theme-park guests not staying in a Disney hotel. In other Disney news, it will now cost you more to park there, up to $17 from its current $15. …

  10. On the tropical rum trail in the Caribbean


    “Care to kiss the ground?" • The question came from Norman Murray, local sage and tour guide in the rural parish of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. • "Our visitors from Europe, America — this is a holy pilgrimage for them. So, really," he egged me on, "feel free." • Confession: I nearly knelt. After …

    A steam engine is used to crush cane inside the St. Nicholas Abbey distillery in St. Peter, Barbados. The venue’s namesake rum is produced here.