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A-List 2010: World's Top Travel Agents

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The Caribbean

Margie Hand
New Favorite: On St. Lucia, Hand directs clients looking for an extra-authentic, slightly quirky take on the island to Fabian Philip, owner of Fabian’s Tours—he’ll show you everything from the best homemade coconut cookies (at a friend’s bakery) to staggering views of the Pitons seen from back roads.
Years as Agent: 15.
Other Specialty: Destination weddings.
Fee: Varies.

Janet McLaughlin
New Favorite: Secrets Sanctuary Cap Cana, in the Dominican Republic, was redone late last year. It has a state-of-the-art spa overlooking the beach, access to two Jack Nicklaus–designed golf courses, and spare, cool décor (Zen-inspired beds; stone or wood-paneled walls).
Years as Agent: 22.
Other Specialties: Luxury safaris, East and South Africa.
Fee: $125–200.

Latin America

Argentina

Maita Barrenechea
New Favorite: In Buenos Aires, Barrenechea is crazy about Mansion Vitraux, a sleek new boutique hotel in the San Telmo district.
Years as Agent: 28.
Other Specialty: South America.
Fee: Varies.

Brazil

Martin Frankenberg * +
New Favorite: Over the past year, Frankenberg has been sending clients to Lençóis Maranhenses, in the northernmost reaches of Brazil. There, desert sand dunes are dotted with thousands of freshwater lagoons.
Years as Agent: 10.
Other Specialty: Amazon River cruises.
Fee: Varies.

Jerry Greenberg **
Dream Trip:
A romantic escape to the pristine beaches of Ponta dos Ganchos, an all-bungalow resort on a privately owned peninsula in southern Brazil.
Years as Agent: 38.
Other Specialties: South America, Italy.
Fee: $200.

Costa Rica

Rachael Bockoven Colbert
New Favorite: Puerto Viejo, on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. It has easy access to Cahuita National Park and Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, as well as Le Caméléon, a stylish new hotel.
Years as Agent: 11.
Other Specialty: Soft adventure.
Fee: None.

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** T+L’s Travel Agent Advisory Board, 2010
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