Tamarindo, Costa Rica

“Buenas!” “Hola!” “Pura Vida!” Common greetings among friends and strangers alike. Despite a surge of growth, Tamarindo still offers that “place where everybody knows your name, ” small-town vibe. Historically this Pacific coastal town nestled along the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region, just two-and-a-half hours south of the Nicaraguan border, was a quiet fisherman’s town. A few boats in the bay and not much else other than lush flora and native wildlife.

Roatán, Honduras

The verdant, jungle-covered hills of Roatán rise suddenly from the vivid blue sea. It’s a tropical paradise…without the high costs you might expect from a Caribbean destination. These days a small but active group of retirees and other expats live on this long and narrow island, whose total population is about 80,000.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital city. It’s the political hub of the country, and the cultural and historical center, too. Founded more than 1,000 years ago, the city remains steeped in tradition. Hanoi was occupied by the Chinese for much of its early history, and later by the French.