The peninsular tip of Senegal points like an arrow 385 miles into the heart of Cape Verde. A former Portuguese colony and once hub of the slave trade, the country shows its roots in music, food and the Crioulo blend of Portuguese and West African languages. Tuesdays and Fridays, fly Cabo Verde Airlines nonstop from Boston (BOS) to Praia (RAI) on the island of Santiago (or con- nect daily through Lisbon). Short flights from Praia (the name translates to "beach") access the volcano island of Fogo, Sal with its surf breaks and Santo Antão, where they brew the traditional unaged cane liquor called grogue. Wherever you land, pull up a patch of sand and order punch, made from grogue, sugar & lime, similar to a Brazilian caipirinha, potentially lethal but delicious.
We’re not close followers of ABC’s The Bachelor, but we can’t help but notice when the show visits an island we know well. If you want to give your honey the full Bachelor experience (or get to know your top three better), here’s a quick guide to all of the episodes' spectacular backdrops. — Zach Stovall
Confession: we can't get enough of the monkeys in this video. (Just watch.) Even cooler: This one-day road trip film is part of a project for videos that are going into Indonesia's taxis. Worth the ride? We think yes.
Grand Cayman is one nonstop flight from 14 U.S. cities (think about boarding a plane in Detroit or Philly or Dallas at 7 a.m. and landing here before lunch). All the major cruise lines also stop in Grand Cayman. Pass the tourist kiosks and follow us. This is how we do Cayman.