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Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries found two vessels off the North Carolina coast: a sunken Nazi U-boat and a Nicaraguan freighter.

Both ships were lost for more than 70 years before they were rediscovered 30 miles off the coast.

By: Ann Abel

There’s something irresistible about a hotel where no one dresses up for dinner but everyone kicks off their shoes in the dining pavilion. The new eco-chic Yemaya Island Hideaway is that kind of place.

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The Corn Islands, made up of Little Corn Island and Big Corn Island, have long been known to surfers and backpackers and were once a refuge for pirates. Recent developments – including new hotels and activities – are putting the Corn Islands at the forefront as the next Caribbean destination piquing travelers’ interest. The two islands, located 43 miles off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, are a tropical paradise offering travelers the opportunity to get off the beaten path and explore the relaxed island lifestyle that includes turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, palm trees, stunning reefs and marine life. Not only for relaxing, visitors can also undertake adventurous activities that Nicaragua is known for including snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and fishing.


Every few years, a new Central American country gets crowned "the next Costa Rica" -- meaning it's relatively safe and bursting with natural beauty, but it's not yet expensive and overrun with tourists. This year, Nicaragua is working hard to earn the title. Volcanoes, rainforests, rivers, and Caribbean beaches lure travelers looking for off-the-beaten-path adventure on the cheap. But as the term "the next Costa Rica" implies, if Nicaragua becomes more popular in the years to come, it will likely become more expensive as well. Until then, expect to be able to spend as little as $20 per day, or live the high life for not a whole lot more. Note that many see the recent constitutional amendment that removes term limits on the presidency as a potential threat to democracy, but it seems unlikely that there will be any immediate effect on travelers.