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Getting to the major Caribbean islands is pretty easy these days, with the major airlines providing direct service from many U.S. cities, Canada, and even Europe. But what if you’ve set your sights on a smaller island? Or if you plan to island-hop between destinations in paradise? Inter-island ferry service is possible, but the logistics of arranging it can be tricky. Flying is often a better choice, especially when time is a factor. Luckily, there are at least a dozen regional Caribbean airlines servicing the most remote islands. Some even have flights departing from the U.S. and Canada, sometimes at a cheaper price and with fewer connections than on the big commercial carriers. Use our mini guide to make navigating the islands fun, cheap, and, best of all, easy.
With freezing temperatures across the country and what seems like an endless amount of snow this winter, it’s high time you treated yourself to a warm-weather escape at a reasonable price. Swap the white snow for the white-sand beaches of the Bahamas, unwind under palm trees on a week-long sail to the Caribbean or Mexico, traverse the famous Panama Canal while visiting tropical Aruba and Curacao, or island hop through Hawaii, all for under $1000. If slow cruising in luxury is more your speed, travel through the translucent waters surrounding the Seychelles on a yacht, visit ancient Mayan ruins on a cruise to Central America and the Caribbean, or drop anchor in exotic marvels of the South Pacific. So dig out of that snowbank and try one of these 10 warming cruises this season:
- $219+: 3-Night Bahamas Cruise w/Credit, Save 30%
- $299+: 7-Night Caribbean Cruise from Miami w/Credit
- $369+: 7-Night Caribbean Cruise Incl. Cayman Islands
- $494+: 7-Nt Pacific Coast Cruise on Princess w/Oceanview & More
- $789+: 10-Nt Panama Canal Cruise on Holland America w/Oceanview
- $969+: 7-Night, 4-Island Cruise to Hawaii in March
- $1650+: 7-Night Seychelles Yacht Cruise in March, Save 25%
- $2398+: 10-Nt Caribbean Upscale Cruise w/Air, Save 50%
- $4849+: 13-Nt Luxury South Pacific Cruise w/Oceanview & $125 Credit
- $4999+: 10-Night Luxury Bahamas & Bermuda Cruise
For some of us, the name Mallorca conjures up images of cheap package vacations – not exactly chic. Yet, we all have to grow up, and so the Spanish Mediterranean island of Mallorca has matured over the past few years, shrugging off its association with binge-drinking bachelor parties from the U.K. and gaining a rising reputation as a center for contemporary art and design. (The mild climate, white-sand beaches, and dramatic limestone cliffs don’t hurt either.) At the center of this reinvention is the capital, Palma. Here’s how to see the best of it…
Whether you’re looking for a tropical escape or windswept remoteness, the following destinations are perfect for island-hopping. From there, your biggest challenge is choosing your favorite beach…
Inner and Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Despite their wild and remote image, getting around these archipelagos in western Scotland can be straightforward. A few of the most accessible islands include Skye, where the geologically diverse landscape includes lochs (lakes), forests, and glens (valley) and Islay, with its whiskey distilleries. Iona has white sandy beaches, and Lewis has mysterious standing stones. Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne runs services to 22 islands, most year-round. Visitors planning to travel extensively around the islands can purchase an Island-Hopping pass, which can save you some money. For example, one pass includes ferry rides from the mainland and to the islands of Skye, Harris, and Lewis, and back to the mainland. For car and passenger, the pass costs $30 per person in the summer ($28, or $56 total, in the winter). By comparison, the total price for a car and passenger making the same trip by buying single tickets would be $202 in the summer.
We’ve got something to lift your spirits today: As we move into spring break season, resorts throughout the Caribbean and eastern Mexico are likely to be either booked solid, or selling at a premium. Come April and early May, however, we’ll start to see those prices go down. For an early spring getaway, plan on kicking back on a remote island in South Carolina, St. Croix, or enjoying a stay at one of New Orleans’ most historic hotels. Read more
Ah, Mexico. In a country known for beautiful beaches, delicious food, and lively street festivals, it can be hard figuring out just where you’d like to spend your time. Perhaps a villa in Riviera Maya? Or a walkabout through historic Mexico City? Or maybe it’s a week hiding out in enchanting San Jose del Cabo, the “gateway to the Los Cabos Corridor,” as well as the town nearest to Los Cabos International Airport. Though lesser-known than its nonstop-partying neighbor to the west, Cabo San Lucas, it turns out the scenic coastal stretch of San Jose del Cabo is ideal for leisurely bike rides, seafood feasts, and carefree drives up the coast. All on a budget, of course. Here’s how to do it… Read more
Like a beautiful beach, margaritas come in all shapes and sizes. Some are poured like a martini, some are rimmed with a spicy-salt mixture. And some forsake the traditional ingredient, tequila, altogether in favor of more experimental spirits. This National Margarita Day (yes, that’s a holiday that exists, and where would we be without it?), which happens on February 21, we’re not looking to get tipsy on just any old cookie-cutter cocktail. We want to be wowed by some of the most inventive margaritas out there. Without further ado, here are 9 infusions guaranteed to wow your taste buds and satisfy your sense of adventure at the same time… Read more
Are you the type who starts planning for a trip months ahead of your departure, or do you prefer to wait until the last minute, speed-read a guidebook on the plane, and just leave the rest up to fate? Whatever your tactics (or lack thereof), the digital age has heralded a new breed of travel tools, designed to help intrepid travelers educate themselves about a destination so they can plan their trip effectively. Here are a few online resources that will surely enhance your next jaunt to a couple of key destinations… Read more
With a reputation for glamor and parties, it’s not surprising that a trip to Miami can be hard on your wallet; those cocktails and cover charges add up. However, with just a few adjustments, you can save yourself a few dollars without missing out on the fun. Here’s how. Read more
If a change of scenery is the goal for your next getaway, these stunning shores along the Caribbean Sea ought to fit the bill. Try a cruise stop-off in the Dominican Republic’s dreamy Samaná Bay, or spread out along a 2,000-foot long coastal stretch in Anguilla; wherever you go, plan on letting out a great, heaving ‘Aahhh’ as soon as your toes hit the sand. Here are ten of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean to visit now.
We travelers jump at any chance to explore nature, whether it’s a sweaty hike through the Amazon, or maybe an afternoon spent flower-gazing on a mountain in South Africa. This is what travel is all about: seeing all the beauty the world has to offer. But what about sites that weren’t created by nature? Sometimes, they can be just as impressive. Below, we’ve rounded up eight man-made attractions around the world that you can visit for free… Read more
If there’s one thing we know at ShermansTravel, it’s deals. In this new series, “Where To Go Now?”, we help steer you towards the best money-saving offers to book right now. For our first edition, we’re focusing on short, cheap, warm-weather getaways. Got some extra cash and want to splash away a weekend in the Caribbean? You’ve come to the right place. Without further ado, here are five easy, value-packed deals you can book right now… Read more
We’ve always had a soft spot for Lanai, the small, sparsely inhabited Hawaiian island that’s a quick ferry ride from the east coast of Maui. Many travelers who visit its red-and-orange-sand shores are daytrippers who hungrily reserve the island’s limited rental cars far in advance. And they leave the comfort of their Maui resorts for good reason. Breathtaking solitude on its beaches, mysterious rock formations, towering offshore shipwrecks, and stoplight-and-shopping-mall-free roads are just some of its charms.
Heading south-of-the-border is a popular option for budget-friendly getaways, especially to Mexico’s Cancún and Riviera Maya. However, some think the region only caters to the college crowd. Not so. A sophisticated, low-key time can be had for those who are savvy. Below, four myth-busters to prepare you for the sun-and-sea-filled escape you’ve been dreaming about…
Two hours by plane from Sydney (and one and a half from Melbourne), Adelaide is generally known as a quieter, more rustic alternative to Australia’s bustling metropolises. Set along the gentle River Torrens, Adelaide has fashioned itself into something of a sports capital (its main cricket and football stadium, Adelaide Oval, recently completed a $535 million renovation), but it’s not just cricket fans who are showing up to enjoy Adelaide’s bucolic charm. Adelaide Hills and Cleland Wildlife Park – two of the city’s most popular and accessible public parks – showcase a wide range of native Australian wildlife, making Adelaide perfect for nature-lovers. Plus, the city is incredibly easy to navigate. A bus and tram (both free) help visitors get around the city center, while a basic grid system allows visitors to explore without worrying about getting lost.
In short, whether it’s adventure, cricket, or a quiet afternoon at the beach that you’re after, Adelaide hits all the marks, and, even better, you won’t spend a fortune while you’re there. Here are five places worth checking out: Read more
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