For New York residents Pauline and Chris Walsh, 13 consecutive years of vacationing on the northwest coast of Puerto Rico means forging new friendships not only with other vacationers but also with local residents, including starting an annual softball tournament between Chris’ Staten Island softball league and softball teams in the town of Isabela.
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Kerala proves a perfect place to recover from the frenzy of Mumbai, India’s financial and movie capital. This coconut palm-choked tropical state on India’s southwest tip — whose name means “land of coconuts” — brims with backwaters, misty mountains, tea and spice plantations, golden-sand beaches, wildlife sanctuaries and rice paddies. That’s not all: Authentic traditions like Kathakali dance, Theyyam trance rituals, Ayurveda and some of India’s most colorful festivals abound in a fascinating amalgam of varied cultures.