WELCOME TO THE AMERICAS
Our focus in these two continents is currently South Carolina and Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts in North America, where we currently offer exceptional beach locations, and Cartagena, Colombia in South America.
South Carolina lies on the Atlantic coast of North America, between the states of North Carolina and Georgia. It is blessed with a sub-tropical climate, beautiful beaches on the east and rolling hills on the west. It was one of the 13 original colonies that participated in the American revolution and was the founding state of the American Confederacy. The first shots of the American Civil War took place in Charleston Harbor.
The city of Charleston is one of the most gracious in the United States. Built on a peninsular at the confluence of the Charles and Ashley Rivers and the sea, it became wealthy as the colony prospered from the fertility of the Low Country. Rice and indigo cultivation was developed on a large scale with the help of the labor of imported slaves from Africa. The prosperity was evidenced by fine houses in the city and large, classically-influenced plantation homes in the adjacent Low Country. Happily, much of this architectural heritage has been preserved, so that today Charleston has the unique ambiance of a gracious southern city that has again become prosperous. It has elegant historic inns and numerous excellent restaurants serving both the well-known Low Country cuisine and international cuisine.
The South Carolina coastal areas and islands north and south of Charleston are the home to such famous resorts as Kiawah, Hilton Head, Sea Pines, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Debordieu and Pawleys Island. The attractions are outstanding beaches, excellent local cuisine, historical associations, glorious golf courses, and a laid back lifestyle, far removed from the more populous and “Disneyfied” areas further south on the U.S. Atlantic coast.
Cartagena, Colombia is possibly the most attractive city in the western hemisphere. There has been the happy result of preservation of its historical colonial heritage despite the considerable real estate development and tourism of the past 30/40 years. The result is that the gem that is the old Spanish colonial town glories in its past while the tall modern hotels, apartment buildings and offices of the modern era sit dramatically around the curve of Cartagena’s great bay.
With a tropical climate, sea breezes, beaches, and numerous offshore islands, and the fulfilling of the needs of its international tourists, Cartagena has plenty to interest visitors other than its history. It represents an opportunity like nowhere else to discover the Spanish Colonial period amidst the dynamic environment of Colombia today. There are many coastal resorts in the Americas, and in the Caribbean in particular, but none can match Cartagena in providing a genuine Spanish Colonial experience in such a sophisticated ambiance.