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Letters | January 2012

Spread of Costa Rica from November issue.

Photo: Lars Klove

Happy Trails

I was pleased to see Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula featured [November], though I must admit to feeling a little dismayed at your sharing of one of the country’s best secrets. I was wistfully reliving my last trip while reading Andrew McCarthy’s description of his horseback ride with Miguel Sánchez when I realized I had ridden the same horse! That trek through the forest, with Miguel’s nephew Kolbi riding ahead and clearing the jungle with his machete, is one of my most vivid memories of Costa Rica. —TravelandLeisure.com member wanderingviolet

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Travel + Leisure’s 40th anniversary issue’s “Top Travel Destinations: 1971-2011” brought back many memories, since I have been to all but four of the travel destinations mentioned in the article. I am now running out of places to go—perhaps a pat on the back for those of us who have traveled with you these 40 years. —Robert Saccacio, Laredo, Tex.

California’s New Arrival

I recently read “T+L 2011 Air-Travel Report” [November] but was disappointed to note the omission of any reference to Sacramento International Airport’s new Terminal B in Karrie Jacobs’s discussion of “how terminals across the country are evolving.” After many years of planning, they managed to open it earlier than anticipated, and it is a major aviation improvement for the Central Valley. Please take the time to discover the wonderful innovations of our newest terminal. —Fran Marshall, Sacramento, Calif.

Under-The-Radar Mexico

Thank you for the article on Mineral de Pozos in your November issue. My wife and I are part of a small group of expats who began in San Miguel and moved to Mineral de Pozos—a historical and scenic town with a nascent artist population. Our home is in the western hills, which were once at the center of a turn-of-the-century mining boom. The views are incredible and they constantly change. —Bill Conklin, Mineral De Pozos, Mexico

Going for Gold

“London's Hottest New Hotels” [November] appeared just as I began to make preparations to attend next summer’s Olympic Games. Stephen Drucker’s suggestions are the encouragement I needed to choose a hotel—let’s hope there’s still room at a “new classic” or at one of the posh properties on the “style circuit.” —Natalie Quinn, Delray Beach, Fla.

Hot Topic: Rules of the Road

“America’s Worst Drivers” [online, October] inspired some heated controversy among readers—proof that road rage isn’t always confined to the street.

If Detroit can’t make the top 22 on this list, there is something wrong with the survey. It doesn’t matter how fast you go in this city, someone will pass you. Detroit drivers have a healthy disdain for traffic rules. —TravelandLeisure.com member melkozek

Interesting that Miami’s rating comes from a Canadian writer, when the worst drivers in Miami are usually those with Quebec plates—driving around town without direction and changing lanes without checking traffic. I sometimes wonder if they were awarded their driver’s licenses at a bingo contest. —TravelandLeisure.com member mclozano1

Not only are Austinites unpredictable on the road; they don’t even use their turn signals! Oh, and watch out for various trajectories (cigarette butts, straws, etc.). Why do I risk it? Public transportation is worse than walking. —TravelandLeisure.com member mercedesbenz

Reader’s Find: Castaway’s Paradise

After three weeks of traveling around China, we chose to wrap up our trip with a weeklong stay in Thailand—a very good decision! We spent five nights in Koh Samui and loved every minute of our time at Bo Phut Resort & Spa (doubles from $265). It was a perfect place to relax: beautiful, peaceful, just steps from the ocean, with a heavenly pool. The highlights included a chef-taught Thai cooking class and a seafood dinner served on the beach one dark night. The service was low-key and gracious, and the tropical local décor in our villa was tasteful and lovely. We always choose small, intimate places to stay, but Bo Phut Resort & Spa was pure magic. —Barbara And Walt Gruber, Healdsburg, Calif.

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T+L Asks: What Is Your First Travel Memory? Where Were You and What Did You Do?

“The Cayman Islands: I remember sitting on the beach, opening a coconut on a rock and collecting coral that had washed up on shore.” —Kari Iverson

“Driving—in a blizzard—to my grandparents’ house in the Black Hills of South Dakota. To a kid, it was just like the song, ‘Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go!’ ” —Ami Kamara

“I saw a documentary on Monaco as a little girl and it left such an impression on me—I remember it in color, even though it was shot in black-and-white. I’ve only passed through Monaco as an adult, but it did not disappoint.” —Susan Kramer

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