ARTICLES

Galápagos Islands, Santa Fé land iguana

Written by: Sandra Baksh

10
Mar 2017

Of the three species of land iguana in the Galápagos Islands, the palest, yellowest species (Conolophus pallidus), lives exclusively on the island of Santa Fé. With an estimated endemic population of about 7,000, these iguanas also enjoy the fruit of the prickly pear cactus (Opuntia sp.), as they fall to the ground.

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El Capitolio, Havana, Cuba

Written by: Sandra Baksh

10
Mar 2017

El Capitolio (the National Capitol) in Havana, is almost a replica of The Capitol, in Washington, DC, in the United States. It was built over three years and completed in 1929, under the former dictator, Gerardo Machado. It used to be the location of the Cuban Congress until 1959, when The Revolution occurred. It is […]

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Classic cars in Havana, Cuba

Written by: Sandra Baksh

10
Mar 2017

“There are probably more vintage cars in Cuba than all of the world,” boasted Andreas Jimenes Castillo. “Too many Americans are asking the locals to sell them the cars and for a lot of money too,” said the marine biologist who works on the Jardines Aggressor I. There was every make and model of American-made […]

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Guanaja, Bay Islands, Honduras

Written by: Sandra Baksh

10
Mar 2017

Guanaja’s center of activity is on The Cay, which is a compact area, fully surrounded by water, comprising two smaller cays—Hog Cay and Sheen Cay. They have become indistinguishable because so much construction has occurred over the years, to form one huge community where thousands of people now reside, out at sea. It is a […]

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Nature’s neon-colored “nudi”

Written by: Sandra Baksh

08
Feb 2016

  For Blue’s current cover (Jan–April 2016 issue), macro-photography in Anilao, Philippines is highlighted. One of the most fascinating attractions there, is the vivid color seen on so many sea slugs (shell-less marine mollusks), especially nudibranchs. Nudibranch (pronounced “noodie-brank”) comes from Greek, meaning “naked gills,” which literally describes their distinct physical appearance. From their flattened […]

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Willemstad’s pastel façades

Written by: Sandra Baksh

18
Jul 2015

  A stroll through Punda, the oldest district of Willemstad, is like taking a walk hundreds of years back in time. It is strange and fascinating to see such well-preserved Dutch architecture in the Caribbean but that is what distinguishes this capital of Curaçao, from so many others in the region. Along the Waterfront, lining Handelskade, the […]

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Malé, the island capital city of Maldives

Written by: Sandra Baksh

24
Jun 2015

How many countries have capital cities that are densely populated islands, accessible mainly by ferry or sea planes? Maldives is probably the only one. Its capital city of Malé, is a vibrant economic and administrative center and a transportation hub for many going to luxury resorts in other atolls, boarding tenders for live-aboard dive yachts, […]

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Meet the new Blue

Written by: Sandra Baksh

13
Apr 2015

Blue has been rebranded, commencing with the removal of the word, “Caribbean,” which was previously used as an appendage. The new and bold Website, also offers a more colorful and enjoyable viewing experience, with a variety of travel destinations to explore. Since inception, Blue has featured numerous countries in the Caribbean region, including a few […]

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Cocos Island, “El Copey” bridge

Written by: Sandra Baksh

29
Jan 2015

Located 340 miles southwest off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Cocos Island is an oceanic island and a mere dot in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. At only 9.2 square miles, it is the largest uninhabited island in the world (only Costa Rican Park Rangers reside there) and the only one with a wet tropical […]

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Guadeloupe, Les Saintes Bay

Written by: Sandra Baksh

29
Jan 2015

Guadeloupe is an archipelago comprising of five sets of islands. The two main islands of Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, connected by a bridge. There are other smaller islands of Marie-Galante, La Désirade and Les Saintes. Les Saintes, is a half-hour ferry ride from Trois-Rivières, Basse-Terre, to Terre-de-Haut, the main islet in Les Saintes. Le Bourg is […]

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