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Dorado Bedroom at Kamalame Cay in the Bahamas
Dorado bedroom at Kamalame Cay/Michael Paniccia

Thanks to the seclusion, privacy, and white-glove service they offer — think: private chefs, butlers, and other yours-only amenities — villas are among the most romantic types of accommodation out there. And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, what better time to check out a few of the... Read More

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Patties from Tastee restaurant in Jamaica
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Jamaica lures most travelers with scenic beaches and hard-to-resist reggae rhythms, but a visit to the island’s bustling capital of Kingston reveals a foodie paradise waiting to be explored. We’re diving into an important aspect of Jamaican culture with a look at our five favorite local foods — and... Read More

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FieldSpa at GoldenEye
FieldSpa at GoldenEye

If you’re still trying to detox from that holiday cookie binge, put down the green juice and pick up your passport. Many resorts and destination spas — from Lake Placid to the Philippines — offer treatment options that feature local ingredients like maple syrup and incorporate indigenous techniques to... Read More

Crop Over in Barbados (a lesser known Caribbean festival)
Crop Over festival/Barbados Tourism Marketing

You’ll always find positive vibes in the Caribbean, but the celebratory mood is nothing short of infectious during big hooplas like Carnival. If the crowds scare you, though, we have good news: There are a handful of lesser-known but just as amazing festivals across the islands. While most happen over... Read More

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Pineapple Fields Resort

Sinking your toes into pearly sands and sipping on a festive cocktail qualify as essential ingredients for enjoying a beach bar. But Caribbean joints require an extra component: music. After all, lounging beachside in the Caribbean isn’t quite complete without languid reggae rhythms, upbeat dancehall, or punchy cumbia notes — and... Read More

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You might have heard this recent story: Several airlines have repeatedly denied a woman’s request to bring her pet hedgehog inside the cabin. In fact, this has spurred a Change.org petition urging air carriers to change their stance on pets. According to CNN.com, the passenger was told that Heloise... Read More

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Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.  If you know who Lady Mary, Tom Branson... Read More

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Dreams Punta Cana Resort

If you’re yearning to flee the coop this winter for a little heat, Apple Vacations wants to help you out. Its Winter Super Sale kicks into effect for select packages in various sunny locales — shaving close to $300 off busy season prices from booking air and hotel separately. The... Read More

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cruise fix

Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? We’ve got the latest on luxury sales, a great idea for crowd-funding your next vacation, holiday itineraries, and more.  Now here’s a great idea for newlywed travelers: Rather than asking for home appliances, why not have friends and family contribute to your... Read More

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Later this month, Jake’s, a collection of 15 chic low-key cottages in the quiet fishing village of Treasure Island on Jamaica’s southern coast, will open a nearby grown-up hostel-style option for travelers on a budget. ... Read More

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Jamaica Inn

Taking a vacation in Jamaica doesn’t necessarily mean napping in the sun for a week. Lately, we’ve been seeing more and more vacations that include fitness classes, adventure treks, dance lessons, and other kinds of physical activity. For a week of soothing, and highly focused fitness, check out this... Read More

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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... Read More

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It’s a problem nobody really minds having, but picking a Caribbean island for your vacation can be tough. The dozens of islands scattered throughout the Caribbean Sea offer diverse experiences for visitors; from diving to fine dining, or just lying on the beach all day. Here are a few... Read More

Bushwacker USVI

Ever had a Dirty Banana? Can you handle a few Painkillers? They’re both related, but not how you might think. See, when you belly up to a Caribbean bar, chances are these drinks will appear on a cocktail menu. Sure, you’ll see some familiar­ mixes like mojitos, piña coladas... Read More

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Deciding to vacation in the Caribbean is easy, but choosing your accommodations, particularly beyond the traditional hotel set-up, can be daunting if you don’t know what to look for. For those who enjoy having more space and more amenities, we recommend staying in a villa. It’s a great choice for... Read More