Callao (Lima), Peru
Peru's capital is one of the most important cities in the Americas. Its UNESCO-inscribed Spanish Colonial heritage is combined with amazing Inca artifacts and renowned cuisine.
An important port of the Spanish Main, Cartagena was raided by pirates until they built a fortified wall. Today it houses shops, restaurants and cafes serving the beach crowd.
Havana (La Habana), Cuba
Cuba's capital is a sprawling hybrid of diverse architectural styles, historic references, colors, music and excitement. Colonial Old Havana is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Many famous Cuban writers and musicians come from Santiago. Its Citadel San Pedro de la Roca is the best preserved Spanish colonial fortress and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
One of the later colonial cities of Cuba, Cienfuegos was founded by French nationals in 1819, yet it is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its remarkable concentration of 19th century architecture. The Castle of Jagua at the entrance to the bay actually predates the city, erected in 1745 to protect shipping from pirates. An overnight stay allows visits to the city's highlights, as well as cultural experiences such as classes in Cuban dance and visits to two other UNESCO Heritage sites: the earlier colonial towns of Santa Clara and Trinidad.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Where the Baja California peninsula ends, the Pacific and Sea of Cortez meet at the rocky Los Arcos. The cozy harbor fronts a town totally dedicated to good fishing and fun.