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Cabanas Estefany (Mapp223; % 6183155;d US$15;2-/8-person cabin US$30/55) This cute clutch of cabanas is one of the only places on Isla Colón to be located on a beach. In addition to basic rooms with shared bathrooms, Cabañas Estefany has small two-person cabins with a bathroom and kitchen, and larger cabins for up to eight people. The cabins are often booked with researchers from the nearby Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, so it's recommended that you call ahead.

t'liU'HM Punta Caracol Aqua Lodge (Map p223; % 612 1088;; s/d with 2 meals & tours in low season US$290/355, high season USS365/440) If you can afford it, do it! Accessible only by boat, this luxury ecolodge is built of wood and penca (palm tree leaves) in conformity with traditional Caribbean architecture. Two-story stand-alone cabins feature upstairs bedrooms that are made for romance with a king-size canopy bed, big skylight window with canvas closures, and soft lighting. The living room has fine bamboo furniture and a pair of couches opening onto a private porch-dock with hammock and sun. The small bathroom exudes the same classic, tropical style with bamboo detailing and signature. And the chef is French, so you can expect to eat divinely!

The Birding Manual

The Birding Manual

The Birding Manual provides just that with over 700 pages of in-depth descriptions of every North American bird. The Birding Manual takes you from being the casual backyard birdwatcher to becoming an avid birdwatcher. It won't be long and you will be planning trips to bird sanctuaries and other parts of the country, so you and your family can hone your birdwatching skills and The Birding Manual will be one of the first things you will want to take with you.

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