Who’d have ever thought of grouping New York’s Catskills with the South Pacific’s Cook Islands? Or Baltimore and Barcelona? Or even Cambria (near Hearst Castle) in California and a town in Vietman? Arthur Frommer, that’s who. He’s recently polled hundreds of global experts and published their Top 10 Up and Coming Destinations For Summer 2005.
The list includes culture and softshell crabs in Baltimore, rustic Belize, beautiful Cambria, the bustling Catskills in NY and balmy Puerto Rico in North America. South America features the rainforest-and-beach surrounded Paraty, Brazil, a perfectly presevered Colonial City.
On to the South Seas, there’s Cook Island for exotic island beauty at a fraction of Bora Bora’s cost. Moving eastward, visit Hoi An, Vietnam, a charming, historical, riverfront town. There’s also the breathtaking natural beauty of South Africa. And don’t forget the Spainish gem of Barcelona, with its new hip restaurants and newly renovated National Art Museum of Catalonia.