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Hawks Cay/Eddy Vidal

With a balmy climate and lush scenery, the Florida Keys feel far-flung and exotic, even though they’re just a short flight from many major hubs in the U.S. That’s why it’s one of our go-to destinations when we want to disconnect from the daily grind, and reconnect with the things we enjoy — whether... Read More

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Mombacho in Nicaragua
Mombacho/Flickr/Celeste

Lake Nicaragua is the largest lake in Central America and is renowned for its cultural islands and adjacent volcanoes. But changes could be on the horizon. The proposed cross-country canal project may pose a major environmental threat, due to the presence of large ships, changing water levels, pollution, and reduced wetlands. With... Read More

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Bungalows at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Bungalows/Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Have you dreamed of inserting yourself into one of those classic magazine cover shots of a swoon-worthy overwater bungalow, straddling a turquoise sea? Us too! That’s why we’ve dreamily rounded up this list of the world’s five very best overwater bungalows in Bora Bora to Belize and beyond; because if... Read More

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Guestroom at The Belamar in California
Guestroom/The Belamar

The beach is a huge draw for a late-summer vacation or a quiet retreat after school’s back in session. Fortunately, deals are in abundance for August and September escapes, given that the summer rush is over. From Hawaii to Tobago — and many spots in between — here are six places... Read More

Saint-Pierre, Martinique
Saint-Pierre, Martinique/Flickr/Sébastien Avenet

It may be the birthplace of Napoléon Bonaparte’s first wife, Empress Josephine, but Martinique is better known for it’s rugged mountains, raw landscape, and rum. Here’s what to do in this French Caribbean island to satisfy one’s inner art lover, hiker, and culture-seeker. Bonus: It’s all completely affordable. The Beaches: Rent... Read More

 Sand Key outside waterfront deck
Sand Key outside waterfront deck

One of the best things about dining out in Florida is the restaurant names. Only in the Sunshine State will diners find places unabashedly called Cooter’s, Crabby Bill’s, Frenchy’s, and Salty’s. Clearwater Beach, a barrier island off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, is no exception. This walkable... Read More

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Wyndham Grand Rio Mar, Puerto Rico. USA. Photography by: Victor Elias Photography.
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar, Puerto Rico/Victor Elias Photography

We know how hard it is to find an all-inclusive deal in Puerto Rico. So we were thrilled when the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar launched a new program last month that gives guests unlimited access to its bars, restaurants, and other amenities. Because, let’s face it — it’s nice to... Read More

Edisto Beach State Park. Bache Monument. 'Credit: DiscoverSouthCarolina.com_2009'
Edisto Beach State Park/DiscoverSouthCarolina.com

If the invention of sweet tea and mint juleps are any indication, southerners know how to do summer. Here are five small, waterfront towns calling you to fly south for the season. Beaufort, South Carolina South Carolina’s second-oldest city is set on a coastal isle surrounded by a backdrop of marshes, old... Read More

Junkanoo Bahamas
Junkanoo Bahamas/Bahamas Tourism

We’ve all heard the slogan “It’s better in the Bahamas,” and when it comes to annual festivals happening in this welcoming Atlantic Ocean archipelago, there’s a lot of truth to the tourism bureau’s tagline. From the legendary Junkanoo to the Andros Crab Festival, Bahamians really know how to party.... Read More

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flickr/Paulius Malinovskis

For most people, summer vacation is synonymous with catching some rays. But when it comes to the sun, the old saying holds especially true — you can definitely have too much of a good thing. Extended time in hot weather can lead to dehydration and salt depletion, ultimately resulting in heat exhaustion.... Read More

Piedras Blancas in California
Piedras Blancas/Flickr/Anita Ritenour

Highway 1 is arguably America’s most scenic road trip. Many people fly into Los Angeles, rent a car, and cruise up the coast to San Francisco. While the 450-mile trip could be driven in a couple days, we highly recommend a week. San Luis Obispo County, which many people breeze... Read More

Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines
Chocolate Hills/Flickr/shankar s.

The island of Bohol — located south of Cebu in the Philippines — is rich in relaxed beach communities, coral reefs, and rainforest landscape. The island is, at present, mostly a backpacker’s hangout due to its limited access, requiring a series of flights and/or ferries to reach. But that... Read More

 Clearwater Beach/ColinMiller
Clearwater Beach/Colin Miller

Although Clearwater is consistently rated one of the best beaches in the U.S., there’s much more to do in this seaside town than sunbathe. Stroll down Mandalay Avenue, the main thoroughfare, where you’ll find a mix of upscale restaurants, like Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber, souvenir shops and boutiques, and kitschy attractions... Read More

Pool at The Chelsea Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Forget what you think you know about Atlantic City. While it was struck by a wave of hotel and casino closures in recent years — and the city is currently at risk of filing for bankruptcy — now is actually a great time to visit the seaside destination. That’s thanks to a trove... Read More

 The Peninsula House/Lily Girma
The Peninsula House/Lily Girma

The Dominican Republic offers an incredible variety of settings — from miles of white sand beaches along the Atlantic and Caribbean, to the highest peaks in the region, and a bustling Colonial City. Exploring it all will require a solid home base, and these three options put you well on... Read More