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Edisto Beach State Park. Bache Monument. 'Credit: SCPRT/Photo by Perry Baker_2009'
Edisto Beach State Park/SCPRT/Perry Baker

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

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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

 flickr/Paulius Malinovskis

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

Sugar Beach in St. Lucia
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

For an island that’s less than 240 square miles in size, St. Lucia offers an overwhelming amount of diversity. Between the language (Creole French), the fresh seafood, and the jaw-dropping vistas, it’s hard to not overload your To Do list. We picked four of our favorite ways to spend a long... Read More

Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia
Lake Toba/Flickr/Marc Veraart

Travelers bound for Indonesia usually set their sights on Bali or Java, but Sumatra — Indonesia’s largest island — has just as much, if not more, to offer. Sumatra is easy to reach; hour-long flights operate several times a day from both Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and a three-hour ferry... Read More

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Guestroom at Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort & Spa in St. Lucia
Guestroom/Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort & Spa

Whether hiking a mountain, feasting at the Friday night fish fry, or swimming in the Caribbean Ocean, St. Lucia has activities — and sights to see — for all kinds of travelers. More so: after a full day of exploring, playing or relaxing, there’s a variety of hotels apt... Read More

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White Elephant Village
White Elephant Village

This year, break out of the mimosa-and-pancakes Mother’s Day routine and take your mom on an adventure she’ll never forget. We’ve done the planning — you just need to do the packing. 1. The Chatwal Hotel (New York City, NY) Why: For an unforgettable Mother’s Day, check in to this neo-Georgian Stanford White-designed... Read More

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Yandup Island Lodge in Panama
Yandup Island Lodge/Eric Mohl

The seven countries that make up Central America (Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Belize, and Guatemala) offer something for every traveler, from beaches to volcanoes to cool cities to pristine rainforest to archaeological sites. These countries are also offering a wider and wider range of hotels. To... Read More

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Beach villa at Anantara Phuket Layan in Thailand
Beach villa/Anantara Phuket Layan

Thailand’s Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, just 10 minutes from the bustling area of Laguna, affords incredible luxury with the utmost privacy. It’s the kind of place you’d expect to see (or hear whispers about) a visiting Beyoncé and Jay Z or the Brangelina squad — likely holed up in the ultra-posh Residences... Read More

Savonet Plantation House, Curacao
Savonet Plantation/iStock

Curacao is known for its unique mix of cultures — African, Dutch, Latin American, and Caribbean — and its incredible diving. The capital, Willemstad, has a busy cruise ship port while the dry, desert-like terrain on the east coast is lined with beach and dive resorts. For the most... Read More