Around the World in Review, Leg 16: Panama, Costa Rica, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Bahamas, Haiti, and Jamaica



All good things must come to an end…

Angela and I wrapped up our year-long trip around the world by visiting Central America and several Caribbean islands.

We spent nearly a week in Panama City, Panama, but didn’t rush to see much more of the country, content to walk around the city, relax by the pool, and catch up on writing. We flew into San José, Costa Rica, for a quick two days before enduring a three-flight travel day to arrive in Grand Cayman.

The time for our annual dive trip with our Colorado friends had come around again, the last one taking place in the Azores near the beginning of this worldwide adventure. We stayed at a luxurious beachside villa, danced in the streets at 4 AM, and enjoyed plenty of camaraderie and good diving.

After a week of diving with our friends, Angela and I caught a flight to Havana, Cuba. United States politics being what they are, it was a high priority for us to visit this country while it was still possible. And, although we were happy we made the trip, the actual experience left something to be desired.

From Cuba we took a direct flight to Nassau, Bahamas, for a couple of days of recuperation on the beach. Then it was on to five days in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, via an overnight stop in Miami, Florida. In Haiti, we managed to take a quick side trip across the border to the Dominican Republic before flying on to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The friendly island nation was our last stop before making our way back home to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Jamaica marked our 100th UN country visited together and our 121st overall, if you include sovereign states and territories.

Although this trip around the world was wonderful beyond description, it was also exhausting in its execution. With 95 countries and nearly 1000 regions in the world still to visit, Angela and I will not lack for adventure in the future.

But we will probably slow down just a bit.

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