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Dubai is a city of superlatives, but Cheapest Vacation Destination is generally not among them. While it might be too much to hope for prices that match South East Asia or even nearby Egypt, the United Arab Emirates doesn’t have to be a budget-buster. If you’re planning to pass through the Emirates soon, keep these tips in mind for ways to save money in Dubai and still have an awesome experience. Read more

FontainebleauWe may all be feeling the heat right now, but it won’t be too long before it’s time to start heading south for warmer climes. If you can bear to think that far ahead, we recommend making your reservations for a December trip to Miami soon in order to take advantage of this Holidays in July offer from the glam Fontainbleau hotel.

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Southwest Southwest Airlines have been a major player in the U.S. market over the past few decades, but today it takes its first step into the big, wide world. As of July 1, Southwest has begun service to Aruba and Montego Bay, Jamaica, from Atlanta, Baltimore, and Orlando. In the coming months flights to the Bahamas, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic from other gateways will follow.

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SunsetKeyOne of Florida’s most exclusive islands lies just 500 yards off Key West, yet most visitors only catch a glimpse of it while watching the sunset from Mallory Square.

The 27-acre Sunset Key is privately held by residents lucky enough to own multi-million dollar homes there, but the rest of us can get a taste, even if just for a few hours. There are only three ways you can board the free shuttle boat to the island from Key West (from the marina in front of the Westin Key West Resort). You can spend the night at one of the Westin’s Sunset Key cottages, have a reservation at their restaurant, or book a service at their spa. Read more

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Parisians typically flee the city for their summer holidays in August, but for travelers heading to the City of Light, there are plenty of ways to beat the heat (or bask in it). A bonus? You’ll experience smaller crowds and the sunniest of sunny days. Here’s how to do it:

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Vieques Puerto Rico

Some travelers might head out on an African safari to encounter exotic species or sail up a fjord in Norway for the dramatic scenery. But just two and a half hours by plane from Miami and not quite four from NYC, Puerto Rico contains a whole hidden world of natural wonders that satisfy both instincts. Here are six unforgettable experiences that you don’t have to go far for or spend a lot on — flights can be had for under $200-$300 round-trip, depending on your departure city.

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No summer is complete without a trip to the beach. But instead of the typical best-of roundup, we decided to do something a little different: We had the ShermansTravel staff share their favorite off-beat alternatives to the hotspots that everyone flocks to in drove. We won’t go as far as to call these spots “secret,” but we will promise that you’ll find a relatively intimate excursion with lots of character at any one of them. Ready to feel like a beach insider and stretch out?

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It isn’t just the quaint coastal communities, museum-quality art galleries, and scenic state parks that make Door County one of the Midwest’s most popular summer destinations. Known as the Cape Cod of the Midwest, this northern Wisconsin peninsula attracts thrifty travelers with its bounty of free and nearly-free things to do along the shores of Lake Michigan. Here’s what to do and how to stretch your dollar here:

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Miami might be steamy right now but, with this bumper list of new hotels, now is the time to enjoy off-season and introductory rates at the newly opened properties– or to start planning a trip around those that will be opening later this year and next.

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MetropolitanbyCOMOSure, most travelers book a trip to Miami Beach with a single plan in mind — drink all day, party all night. But everyone needs to cool off and chill out at some point. Even Miami, which we rate as one of the world’s party capitals, has plenty of options for relaxing, refreshing, and (maybe) replenishing your body in preparation for another night out. Here’s how:

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While many monied folks head to exclusive beach spots like the Hamptons and Martha’s Vineyard in summer, we’re thinking about the Jersey Shore for more affordable sand and sun on the East Coast. Don’t worry, we’ve no intention of hooking up with Snooki and her pals — instead, it’s off to the historic seaside resort town of Cape May. Just three hours from NYC and less than two from Philadelphia, this laid-back spot is a more affordable alternative for beachside cabanas, frosty cocktails,  and boardwalk diversions. Here’s how to enjoy the destination without breaking the bank.

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Temple, Sri Lanka Once known as Ceylon, the island nation of Sri Lanka off the southern coast of India is still finding its tourism balance as it rebuilds from the devastation of the 2004 tsunami and years of political unrest. As such, Sri Lanka doesn’t see nearly as many visitors as its neighbor to the north, where it’s often easy to find good value on accommodation and tour packages. If you’re looking for a destination that offers the color and spice of India, and all the gracious hospitality and natural beauty of Southeast Asia, but still feels relatively free of tourists, Sri Lanka may be the ideal choice. Here are three reasons why:

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LongboatKeyFor many Americans, a winter trip to Florida is a yearly ritual. But many don’t realize that it’s worthy of a visit any time of year. While it’s hot throughout most of the country come summer, Florida boasts beautiful beaches and tropical tranquility. Even better: when you go off-season, you can indulge in the luxuries you might not be able to afford at in spring or fall.

The state’s two coasts are unique, each offering charm and beauty all their own. Pick a coast, grab a fantastic off-season deal at a luxe property, and then relax and enjoy the views, smaller crowds, and ocean breezes. Read more

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The reasons for hitting up San Diego for a relaxing summer weekend are countless. For starters, from June through August, the weather peaks in the 70s with lows in the 50s on average. And whether you’re interested in outdoor activities, shopping, or great dining, it’s all readily accessible and set against a beautiful Southern California backdrop to boot. What’s more, if you don’t feel like flying or driving, Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner can you get there from anywhere between San Diego and San Luis Obispo.

Here, we’ve rounded up three of our favorite neighborhoods in the city with affordable options for what to do and where to eat. Depending on how much time you have and how ambitious you are, feel free to pick and choose — or add them all to your itinerary this season.

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If sparkling turquoise waters and lush emerald landscapes are your idea of an idyllic Caribbean escape, then St. John is your ultimate paradise. This droplet of white sand and thick forest in the U.S. Virgin Islands is home to both Virgin Islands National Park as well as some of the most luxurious villas in the region. Unsurprisingly, prices can rise quickly for these villas — as well as essentials like groceries and gas — but fear not. We rustled up four ways to stay and play that don’t break the bank.

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