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A Mostly Walkable Tour of Santiago de Cuba

A Mostly Walkable Tour of Santiago de Cuba {Guest Post by My Gipsy Soul} | CosmosMariners.com
We're headed to sunny Cuba! I know there's been a lot of buzz about the Caribbean island since the majority of travel restrictions were raised for Americans, so we're strapping on our walking shoes and heading out to experience Santiago de Cuba with this self-guided walking tour.

Indulge Your Inner Astronaut: 9 Things To Do at Kennedy Space Center

Indulge Your Inner Astronaut: 9 Things To Do at Kennedy Space Center | CosmosMariners.com


When I was about 9, I had two dreams:
1) I would become an astronaut, and
2) I would became a paleontologist specializing in protoceratops (my favorite dinosaur at the time. The fact that I had a favorite dinosaur should tell you a lot about the type of kid I was.)

When I was about 12, I realized that
1) I was severely claustrophobic,
2) I doubted I could bring myself to eat space food, and
3) I enjoyed reading about space and dinosaurs (and, well, anything) more than I would enjoy studying astrophysics or digging for months in a hot desert.

A Quiet Retreat on Florida's Space Coast: Tuckaway Shores Resort

A Quiet Retreat on Florida's Space Coast: Tuckaway Shores Resort, Indiatlantic, Florida | CosmosMariners.com

I love driving down Florida's A1A highway: the ocean is right there, and if you're not in a tropical state of mind before you get on the road, you will be within in the first quarter mile.

When my daughter and I head down to the Space Coast, we didn't arrive until after dark, but I could still feel those island vibes and hear the roar of the Atlantic as we hopped on AIA and headed towards our hotel: Tuckaway Shores in Indiatlantic, Florida.

13 Things You Probably Didn't Know about the Dominican Republic

13 Things You Probably Didn't Know about the Dominican Republic | CosmosMariners.com

Picture a white sand beach, palm trees gently swaying the wind, and crystal blue water stretching as far as the eye can see. For many people, this view is synonymous with the Dominican Republic, one of the most well-known and most-visited islands in the world. The island certainly draws in millions of visitors a year because of its tropical climate and beauty, but the country also has deep cultural ties and an incredible (if difficult) history for a well-rounded vacation experience.

Before you jet off to your next vacation in the Dominican Republic, learn these 13 fun facts!

Dr. Martin Luther King, the Civil Right Movement, and St. Augustine, Florida

Dr. Martin Luther King, the Civil Right Movement, and St. Augustine, Florida | CosmosMariners.com

When I visit a place that has a deep history, I like to close my eyes and think for a moment about all of the people who have stood where I now stand, the things that the surrounding buildings have seen, and the unrelenting march of time that somehow seems to pass these amazing places by.

If you've ever been to St. Augustine, Florida, there are plenty of places to experience such moments. After all, this is a city that has been continuously inhabited since before Jamestown, Virginia. Flags from Spain (twice during the city's history), Britain, and the U.S. have all been hoisted above the town.

12 Ways to Soak up Culture in the Algarve, Portugal

12 Ways to Soak up Culture in the Algarve, Portugal | CosmosMariners.com

Since the Algarve is Portugal's most visited summer vacation spot, you expect to find gorgeous water, sandy beaches, and plenty of warm weather. The Algarve has all of these in spades, but this region of Portugal (which draws its name from the Arabic word for "west") has plenty more to offer visitors when they tire of the sun, sands, and crowds.

From incredible meals to Roman ruins to the weird chapel you've ever visited, here's how to experience culture in the Algarve on your next visit to Portugal.

A First-Timer's Guide to Georgia's Golden Isles: Where to Visit, Eat, Shop, and Sleep

A First-Timer's Guide to Georgia's Golden Isles: Where to Visit, Eat, Shop, and Sleep | CosmosMariners.com

Escape to the coast and spend time on Georgia's Golden Isles. Even though I only live a few hours north of this gorgeous part of Georgia, I hadn't explored the area until just a few years ago. Once I went for the first time, I was hooked and have been back multiple times in consecutive years!

The Golden Isles stretch along Georgia's coast and include four islands: St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, and Little St. Simons Island. Sometimes, Cumberland Island to the south is also included in mix, too--since it's nearby, I'll throw in some tips for it as well since it's such an interesting place.