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By: Jordan Simon Little did the British passengers of the Sea Venture, shipwrecked en route to Jamestown, Virginia in 1609, imagine that the series of rocky reef-encircled Atlantic islets they washed up on would, nearly four centuries later, be synonymous with posh retreats and serenity. Resembling a vast botanical garden... Read More

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By: David Appell Founded in 1911, up through the 1950s, this formerly somewhat snoozy South Florida backwater by the sea was a favorite of boaters because of its many canals and Intracoastal Waterway location and as a gateway to the Caribbean. But otherwise Fort Lauderdale remained pretty much your regular... Read More

By: David Appell Sprawling, sometimes sexy, unruly, and occasionally outrageous, Greater Miami has become an urban mix unlike any other in America: one part sun-splashed resort playground; one part glamorama party capital; and one part (the biggest, in fact) bustling, Hispanic-flavored sprawl – parts of which feel more like Latin... Read More

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By: Jordan Simon Ironic that a tiny, rocky Caribbean island ill-suited to agriculture and populated only by poor Norman and Breton fishermen should wind up luring Rockefellers and rock stars, real and reel royalty. But St. Barthélemy, affectionately known as St. Barts (or Barths – both are correct) with its... Read More

By: Stephanie Johnnidis With its colorful colonial village, jungle-covered slopes, miles of palm-shaded shores, and idyllic waterfront setting along the turquoise waters of Bahia de Banderas (Bay of Flags), one of the world’s deepest bays (and Mexico’s largest), Puerto Vallarta (known as PV in shorthand), is not just another Mexican... Read More

By: David Appell Adventure and eco-tourism vacations have become the hottest and fastest-growing categories of the travel industry and it’s in this type of outdoorsy, back-to-nature tourism that Costa Rica has made itself a world superstar, adroitly leveraging the many extraordinary natural and cultural wealth it packs into its little... Read More

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By: Anja Mutic Only a handful of world’s cities compare to Sydney. It may be far down in the Southern Hemisphere, but Australia’s shining urban star has abundant delights for visitors who brave the long trip Down Under. With its fantastic ocean-side setting, inimitably laid-back attitude, stellar beaches, fabulously beautiful... Read More

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iStock InternationalBest spots at the height of the summer season.

Warm days, long nights, garden barbecues, and ice-cream cones on the boardwalk . . . For many of us, summer is the best season of all, when everything moves outdoors, cities come alive with festivals, and freshwater lakes and backyard pools beckon. Our list of top summer destinations highlights... Read More

By: Darren Frei Even if you have never ventured within Los Angeles‘ 467 square miles, the city’s wildly diverse geography and architecture, shimmering from countless angles on television and film, are instantly recognizable. Whether it’s the city lights from the fanfare of the 20th Century Fox logo, the Malibu mountains... Read More

By: Anja Mutic Breaking news: The French Riviera is officially passé. The new hot spot: Dubrovnik, Croatia. Indeed, crowds are once again flocking to this wondrous city on the southernmost stretch of Croatia’s coast, as enchanted by its beauty today as the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, who once proclaimed... Read More