The Portara, what remains of a 2,500-year-old temple, towers above the main town on Naxos. Vivooo/Shutterstock.com

An Aegean Sea archipelago diary | Travellers’ Tales

The islands of the Aegean Sea are the original archipelago, which has lent its name to scatterings of islands everywhere else in the world. Under the baking summer sun, Philip Sander explores the Cyclades, from picturesque hill villages to ancient ruins to glistening bays, and feels oddly at home.

Photo by Pete Oxford

Lethem, Guyana | Neighbourhood

Far from Georgetown and the Atlantic coast, Guyana’s raffish border town is a gateway to neighbouring Brazil — and to the adventures of the Rupununi, with its rolling savannahs, misty mountains, forests, birds, and beasts.

Protected by a marine park, the uninhabited Tobago Cays and nearby Horseshoe Reef, in the southern Grenadines, are a paradise of shallow turquoise water, accessible only by boat. Photo by Jonathan Palmer/Mustique Airways

St Vincent & the Grenadines — one destination, 32 islands | Escape

Near the southern end of the Antillean chain, St Vincent and the Grenadines is one country made up of thirty-two islands. Welcome to the charms of Caribbean Airlines’ latest destination — from the clear turquoise water of the Tobago Cays to St Vincent’s volcanic black beaches, to the gingerbread cottages of Mustique and the boat-builders of Bequia.

Just outside Oistins, Miami Beach shows why the sandy shores of Barbados’s south coast are so popular with bathers: warm turquoise water, gentle waves breaking on white sand, and a skyline of pine trees swaying in the breeze. Photo by Andre Donawa

Clockwise Barbados | Destination

You can explore your way entirely around the island of Barbados in a single day, enjoying extraordinary beaches, historic architecture, and landscapes varying from gently rolling to dramatically rugged — as in our “clockwise” itinerary.

In the hills above Ocho Rios, the Blue Hole — also sometimes called Secret Falls — are a turquoise oasis set among a profusion of trees and flowers. Photo by Ivan Kokoulin/Shutterstock.com

Jamaica, land we love | Escape

Jamaica’s beaches are as famous as its reggae and dancehall. But turn from the coast into the lush, hilly interior and you discover why the island’s name means “land of wood and water.” And there’s no better way to experience that wild beauty than to hike up Blue Mountain Peak, as Nazma Muller did.

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Paramaribo, Suriname | Layover

Newcomers to Suriname’s capital are often surprised by its cosmopolitan charms — which you can enjoy on even a brief visit.

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Santiago de Cuba | Neighbourhood

Cuba’s onetime capital, sheltered by the Sierra Maestra, is a living history museum and a cultural epicentre, especially during the July Carnival.

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Nassau, The Bahamas | Layover

On a business trip to the capital of the Bahamas with a few hours to spare? Overnighting before you board your cruise ship? You can catch the essential flavour of Nassau even on a brief visit.

The white sand and blue waters of Pinney’s Beach, home of Sunshine’s. Photo by Peter Phipp/Travelshots.com

Llewellyn Caines: “Sunshine” in paradise | Nevis

How did tiny Nevis come to have one of the Caribbean’s most famous beach bars? Garry Steckles meets Llewellyn “Sunshine” Caines and hears the story behind his Pinney’s Beach establishment, its celebrity clientele — and the lethally delicious Killer Bee rum cocktail. Plus: why a new geothermal project could soon make the island one of the world’s greenest destinations, and an exporter of energy to its neighbours.

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Gros Islet, St Lucia | Neighbourhood

No longer a sleepy fishing village, this community near St Lucia’s northern tip has become the island’s tourism centre, thanks to its proximity to Rodney Bay.