Sunday, January 4, 2020; Page P01
Far be it from us to turn travel into a competitive sport.
When it comes to vacations, sometimes the best choices are
the old standbys.
Still, we wondered. Where do all the cool people go when they
get tired of South Beach?* If Prague is passé, what's
Europe's new cutting-edge destination?** Is there anything
new in Vegas beyond those standard-issue glitzfests on the
To find out, we chased down the rumors, scoped the emerging
markets, interviewed the experts and chatted up our more forward-thinking
friends and colleagues. And the winners are on the following
pages. Here's hoping your own travels in 2004 will result
in a perfect combination of old standbys and next new things.
The real winner of the Summer Games? The tourist infrastructure.
2. The Bahamas
A new resort and more flights signal change on Great Exuma.
Unlike other African safari centers, the animals actually
outnumber the animal watchers.
Prague: Out. Sofia: In.
South America's friendly one-stop shop for volcanoes, jungles,
You've been to Belize, done Costa Rica. Now it's Pico Bonito's
With few visitors, cheap hotels and a smoldering volcano,
you'll lava the place.
8. New Zealand
RV'ing around this otherworldly country can be Hobbit forming.
9. Northern Manitoba
See polar bears from the comfort of a tundra buggy.
Whoever owns it, it's worth visiting for its ancient temples
and mountain resorts.
© 2004 The Washington Post Company
Hot Spots 2004: International
By Elissa Leibowitz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, January 4, 2020; Page P08
Here are our choices for 10 hot international destinations
in the new year.
Why go: First Belize was on everyone's Central
American radar screen, then Costa Rica became the eco-tourist's
darling. Now Honduras, with untouched rain forests, mountains
and 400 miles of Caribbean coastline, is starting to get its
The details: Adventure seekers go to Honduras
-- tucked between Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua --
to scuba dive or fish around the Bay Islands off the northern
coast, to explore Pico Bonito National Park or to see the
Mayan ruins of Copan, one of the top archaeological sites
in Central America. Visitors marvel at the bird-watching and
cloud forests of two seldom-visited national parks (La Muralla
and Sierra de Agalta in the eastern part of the country) or
the uninhabited tropical rain forests of the Mosquito Coast
and the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, where about 80 percent
of Honduras's species are protected. One word of caution:
Street smarts are needed throughout the country.
Where to stay: The Bay Islands and wildlife
such as jaguars and monkeys can be seen from the inland observation
towers at the Lodge at Pico Bonito (888-428-0221; from $155),
the nation's first eco-lodge. If you want to call the Bay
Islands home for a few days, consider the town of Roatan,
where the B&B at the Sante Wellness Center day spa (510-315-1238;
$95) is on the beach.
Info: Honduras Institute of Tourism, 800-410-9608, www.LestGoHonduras.com