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Pineapple Fields Resort

Sinking your toes into pearly sands and sipping on a festive cocktail qualify as essential ingredients for enjoying a beach bar. But Caribbean joints require an extra component: music. After all, lounging beachside in the Caribbean isn’t quite complete without languid reggae rhythms, upbeat dancehall, or punchy cumbia notes — and all that music, more often than not, inspires some fun dance moves for a night. Here are the bars to hit up for the liveliest dancing.

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Cheap & Chic: Ojai, California, On a Budget

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Wedged between the expensive seashore city of Santa Barbara and the beach cities of Los Angeles County, Ojai is in the perfect spot for a budget-friendly getaway. This laid-back town of 7,500 people boasts charming bed-and-breakfasts, spas, eclectic boutiques, farm-to-fork eateries, and outdoor adventures. It’s not uncommon to pass a shop touting palm or tarot-card readings, and a yoga class is always an easy find. Fly into LAX, and even with LA’s worst traffic, you can be there in less than two hours. Here’s the perfect plan for your Ojai getaway.

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Bicycling through wine country may have a few unexpected challenges — but it comes with oh-so-many rewards. Never been on a wine country cycling adventure? These six tips can get you on your way. Read more

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All Aboard! 5 Dinner Cruises We Love

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Sure, they may be a little cheesy, but what’s wrong with combining a delicious dinner with exploring new sights? This is especially true when you consider the recent renaissance in culinary quality, service, and atmosphere in recent years. Here are just five favorites we love hopping onto for delicious eats and smooth sailing.

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Deal Alert: 4 Perks Worth Up to $1,550 on Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises

Is 2015 the year that you’ll take a cruise? If you’re still on the fence about getting on the high seas, we’ll let Celebrity Cruises’ Pick Your Perk offer do the persuading. Until May 10, the cruise line is giving guests a choice of one of four perks when they book cruises of four nights or more, for sailings June through December. To be eligible for the special, you must book an ocean view or higher stateroom. (It excludes Celebrity Xpedition, transatlantic, transpacific, and repositioning cruises.)

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Mai Tai Halekulani - best Hawaiian cocktail in Honolulu

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One of the great pleasures of being in Hawaii is sitting outside in the sun, sipping a tropical drink, while contemplating the gorgeous views on offer. Happily, there’s no shortage of cocktails to sample. And while rum is nearly as ubiquitous in a Hawaiian drink as a wedge of pineapple, a fresh orchid, or a small paper umbrella, it’s not the only ingredient you’ll find when you step out to imbibe. Here, five cocktails not to miss — and where to find them in Honolulu — on your next tropical trip.

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Hôtel Gault

Printemps — that’s “springtime” in French — in Montréal is pretty sweet. After a long, cold winter, flowers are poking out of the soil, and the city’s Euro-flair shines through farmers markets, park picnics, and all kinds of festivals. (We love Montréal Botanical Garden’s Butterflies Go Free and Montréal’s Digital Spring, a series of digital and architectural installations, among others.)

To tempt you even further, Tourisme Montréal is offering guests who visit for at least two nights a 50 percent discount on their second night, at one of 25 hotels. Read more

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Love trinkets and other souvenirs? On your next trip, we suggest taking a step behind the jewelry counter to explore how your favorite pieces are crafted — and of course get a great hands-on experience while you’re at it, too. These five tours allow you to blow your own glass, check out a gold mill, and get to know local artists in their own studios.

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dubrovnik

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Croatia consists of over 1,000 islands, most of them paradises in their own way. Unfortunately, it’s pretty much impossible to hop to each of them in one trip, or perhaps even a lifetime. Here, we’ve decided to help you figure out which Adriatic island is perfect for you. Read more

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Barbados, lomo beach

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Have the Caribbean on your mind? Brilliant Barbados, a new campaign from the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association, essentially shaves 25 percent off your hotel — with a few extra perks.

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Adventures by Disney Gets into the River Cruise Business

Adventures by Disney

Disney is setting sail once again — but not on the seas via its own beloved cruise line. Adventures by Disney, the company’s family touring arm, is partnering with river cruise company AmaWaterways for four sailings on the Danube River in 2016.

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20 things every smart traveler should know

Navigating the streets of Cairo, Egypt is a lot easier when you have your travel basics down pat. (Photo: Matt Long/LandLopers)

By Matt Long for Yahoo! Travel

I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes a good traveler lately. Usually, those thoughts tend to go into higher levels of personal philosophy and self-improvement. At its base though, no matter where we go, there are a few things we should all know — not just to make us better travelers, but better people. Here are my top 20.

1. How to wash clothes in a sink. All of us, from luxury travelers to budget travelers, will, at some point, have a laundry emergency and be forced to launder our own clothes effectively and quickly.

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Bees do more than make honey — their pollinating efforts contribute to the landscape you see and the local foods you eat. These five beekeeping experiences provide a glimpse into the sweet world of bees.

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Deal Alert: All-Business Class Airline Offers Summer Fares to Paris or London from $2,990

La Compagnie

Are you basking in the euphoria of the weak Euro? If you haven’t already jumped on plans to go to Europe in the coming months, maybe the Summer Duo fares promotion from La Compagnie, an all-business class airline, will give you that little nudge.

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Pujol

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From dive-y taquerias to five-star restaurants, here’s where to eat best in Mexico City.

1. Pujol: Chef Enrique Olvera opened Pujol nearly 15 years ago, and the restaurant remains a cult favorite among foodies, both in Mexico City and beyond. The sleekly designed space, serving elegant takes on Mexican cuisine, is among the best in the nation, holding court to the 50 World’s Best Restaurant list each year. Don’t miss the dinner tasting menu — a steal at $90. Guests will experience six courses, including Olvera’s playful take on street snacks and a signature “happy ending.”

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