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Contributor Cristina Huré fulfills a lifelong desire to swim with sharks and photographer Patrick Barton records the event for TraveLife readers in the waters off the Bahamas.

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On a recent trip to Bahamas, Marc Atchison is invited to visit the exclusive Abaco Club and comes away with a smile.

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American writer David Latt visits Havana and Cuba's capital impresses him with its public art displays.

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It's been a tough fight but Gary Trask found out on a recent trip to Puerto Rico that the island has almost fully recovered from the knockout blow it took from Hurricane Maria.

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NEGRIL, JAMAICA — He looked 10 days older than dirt. Bamboo thin, he barely cast a shadow in the waning Caribbean sun as it slowly descended below the horizon, thrusting fingerlike ribbons of light into the low-lying patchwork clouds.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE — Pay no attention to the media stereotypes of disaster and the ridiculous utterings of a certain world leader. Known as the Pearl of the Caribbean, Haiti and its vibrant capital, Port-au-Prince, bursts with art and activity.

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PLAYA LARGA, CUBA – Birds are giving the morning rave notices. Crows, kestrels, spoonbills, herons, woodpeckers, cuckoos and the Cuban national bird, the tocororo. Birds hang-gliding, flapping, hopping, hovering, fidgeting, chirping, cheeping.

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GRACE BAY, TURKS AND CAICOS — As the plane breaks through the clouds, I’m treated to a spectacular view — a necklace of 40 low-lying islands sit below surrounded by turquoise water so clear that I can make out the web of coral reefs lying just below the surface.Let my holiday begin!

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ELEUTHERA, BAHAMAS — The sweet scent of basil permeates the balmy late afternoon trade winds on Clyde Bethel’s organic farm on Eleuthera. The sky is a shocking cerulean blue, a not unusual phenomenon on this Bahamian outer island, though one that continually delights.

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CAMBRIDGE CAY, BAHAMAS — From the deck of our friend’s 49-foot Beneteau sailboat, we admire some of the pristine private islands that dot the azure waters of The Exumas, that glorious necklace of 365 islands, or cays as they are known here, in the Bahamas that sailors like to explore.