There is a six-foot boundary law for all animals on the islands. As humans, it was our duty to keep that distance even though the birds, who approached us regularly didn't seem to care about the rule.
When you hear Tahiti, the typical response is to say, "far." But, in actuality, the amazingly authentic islands of French Polynesia are only a few extra hours from Hawaii, our go to tropical island destination as Americans.
Best as we can recall, only three people didn't like living on an island full-time: Robinson Crusoe, Tom Hanks and Gilligan. For the rest of us, the idea of a home with a water view in any direction is the ultimate dream.
Yes, it's a tiring journey, but when you step onto the silky white sands and take a deep breath at the other end, it's beyond worth it.
We dispatched Florida reporters, videographers and photographers to plot their day at the beach. Here's just a sampling of what they found.
While hundreds of tons of plastic garbage have been removed from the area, much more remains. We've ignored this problem for decades; that has to end before this special place is ruined forever.
Replace door-to-door caroling with tree-to-tree zip lining, snow men with sandcastles and extended family with extended peace and quiet. Here are seven reasons you should go to Maui this Christmas.
These spots are not necessarily new or obscure, but they are all having a renaissance worth witnessing.
These islands aren't all ideal for beach-goers, but they are all perfect for anyone looking to have a good time with locals excited about Christmas.
Hell, it turns out, is a flash in the road near West Bay, named for a swatch of spiky, tortured, black, ironshore that looks like midday in the garden of evil.
This final soft-blue morning, I catch a fishing boat named Heavenly Hooker and head out to find the scene of the slime.
The assumption here is that travelers know how to handle both the a schooner and their rum.
Though not a deep cave, Peter's has its share of fairy tale beauty and spelean riches. The flowstones look like melting cake icing; the cave coral like popcorn; the draperies like strips of bacon.
Over the years I've caressed many of the Caribbean gems, but never a set like the Cayman Islands.
The night we arrived the waves were crashing onto the street and the next morning that same shoreline stretched out to sea for a kilometer, revealing incredible tide pools. Neon coral, clown fish, eels, starfish and sea urchins showedthemselves in just a few inches of water.
As a travel writer specializing in Cuba, I often get asked about the best things to see and do. Here's my ideal two-week itinerary.