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Rum smoothie Anegada Reef Hotel in the British Virgin Islands
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As most travelers to the Caribbean know, the issue of where and what to drink is just as pressing as choosing a place to stay. Fortunately for those visiting the British Virgin Islands, we’re making that decision a bit easier with our picks for the best bars on the archipelago. Soggy Dollar... Read More

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Na Pali Coast Kauai/flickr/n4rwhals

Between the tropical rainforest and scenic hiking trails, the hidden beaches and dramatic coastline, Kauai’s landscape offers endless opportunities for adventure. Here are our top ten picks to experience the best of Hawaii’s Garden Island. 1. Sunbathe at Polihale State Park While most folks flock to Kauai’s North Shore for the beach, Polihale State Park on the west side... Read More

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Lobby at Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa in Jamaica
Lobby/Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa

If your idea of Caribbean all-inclusives includes rowdy spring breakers and bland buffets, think again. A new wave of refined offerings and exclusive properties is transforming the all-inclusive landscape. The traditional appeal of affordable packages for hotel, food, and travel is still the focus but on a more sophisticated... Read More

75-Mile Beach/Danielle Lancaster
75 Mile Beach/Danielle Lancaster

Fraser Island, off the central coast of Queensland, Australia, is the largest sand island on earth and the largest UNESCO World Heritage Site listed in the world. A visit to this enchanting paradise allows you to view shipwrecks, touch ancient forests, and be enchanted by the rich wildlife on and... Read More

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort in St. Maarten
Sonesta Ocean Point Resort

Most people know St. Maarten because of Princess Juliana International Airport. It’s here that airplanes land on Maho Beach, blowing sand above the bikini-clad bathers, making it one of the most photographed runways in the world. The Sonesta Ocean Point Resort lies just below the action and is where guests are treated to the... Read More

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 Pearl Harbor/flickr/Laurens Doesborgh
Pearl Harbor/flickr/Laurens Doesborgh

On December 7, 1941 — about eighteen years before Hawaii became a U.S. state — the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the United States military stationed at Pearl Harbor. It began at 7:55 a.m. and took only one hour and fifteen minutes. Nearly half of the 2,403 causalities occurred when... Read More

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Santa Barbara beach/flickr/Damian Gadal

At 70 degrees and sunny nearly every day of the year, Santa Barbara is known as California’s playground for the rich and famous. Oprah, Ellen, and Brangelina all have weekend homes here (although the status of the latter may be in question) to get away from the bustle and smog of... Read More

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Geneva/Switzerland Tourism

When planning a European vacation, sometimes the hardest part is deciding where to go. All those countries, so little time. France or Spain? Germany or Austria? Switzerland or Italy? But why settle for one when you can have two? All across Europe, border towns give travelers the flexibility to... Read More

 Tahiti/flickr/Mayumi Ishikawa
Tahiti/flickr/Mayumi Ishikawa

Tahiti is a place where romance thrives. French Polynesia’s popular Society Islands teem with honeymooners and anniversary celebrators, all happily paired off and in their own private worlds. But if you’re a solo traveler and still want to experience the incredible beauty of French Polynesia, you’re not alone. Here are five ways to... Read More

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Windsurfing Curacao/Facebook

Curaçao, former Dutch Caribbean colony of the Netherlands Antilles, may be known for spectacular underwater dive sites as much as its eponymous blue liqueur, but there are plenty of seafaring activities to do on the surface of its cerulean waters as well — a popular one being windsurfing. Finding a place... Read More

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Mallory Square/Facebook

Known to the locals at the Conch Republic, Key West is the country’s southernmost tropical paradise. Time moves slower here, and the mood tends to be more relaxed than it is in the rest of Florida. Maybe it has something to do with the endless bars (all within walking... Read More

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Sunset on the Big Island of Hawaii
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The island of Hawaii (nicknamed the Big Island) has so much to offer visitors with its diverse geographies and landscapes. From stand-up paddle boarding to fluming (more on that later!), here are our top 10 activities that are a must-see on the Big Island. 1. Lava Hike The island of Hawaii is volcanic... Read More

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Asbury Park rose to national prominence thanks to Bruce Springsteen’s 1973 debut album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., but the seaside town — having endured its fair share of ups and downs since then — has newly re-blossomed, following a decade-long revitalization. Situated along New Jersey’s central coast, the town flourished from the late 1800s through the... Read More

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Bixby Creek Bridge in Big Sur, California
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From Washington to California, the west coast of the United States is chock full of road trip opportunities, including journeys that cross state and country borders, meander up and down the coastline, bypass mountains and lakes, and offer endless opportunities to stop the car and enjoy. Here are five... Read More

 The Pig and the Lady/Facebook/@rick_poon
The Pig and the Lady/Facebook/@rick_poon

If Hawaii has one perceived flaw, it’s the price tag. Visitors often marvel at the high cost of living in the main tourism district of Waikiki, telling jokes about a $6 gallon of milk or a $15 margarita. But sitting in the shadows of the fancy hotels and high-end... Read More