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By Annemarie Dooling for Yahoo! Travel
Even though you don’t need a passport to visit and the U.S. dollar is the official currency, Puerto Rico feels like another world — the ultimate beach getaway destination. Instead of just flying in for a quick weekend, here’s how to spend the best week of your life in Puerto Rico.
We’re constantly asked about Puerto Rico’s all-inclusive resorts. The “one-price-pays-all” vacation experience is popular throughout the Caribbean, but unfortunately, that’s not so true on this particular island. When it comes to all-inclusive resorts, the pickings in Puerto Rico are slim — there are a mere two options — and one doesn’t get many gold stars.
In most cases, your best bet is to choose a hotel offering perks like free breakfast, non-motorized watersports, parking, and WiFi. These places give you a little more bang for your buck — and we do mean your buck. U.S. dollars are the local currency, and you won’t need a passport, either! Here are some options to consider.
If you’ve never been to Peninsula Papagayo on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, here’s the first thing you need to know: it’s isolated. Very isolated. Now, depending on what type of traveler you are, that might sound incredibly alluring — but just keep in mind that the nearest “town,” and the airport, is around 45 minutes away.
If you’re dreaming of escaping to a tropical hideaway while most of the country is up to their eyeballs in snow, a new offer from the Turtle Island Resort Fiji — located on a beautiful private island — may spur a trip to the South Pacific.
When you book a seven-night, all-inclusive stay between February 21 and June 15, the resort will cover two roundtrip economy international airfares from LAX up to $2,500. For context, it depends on the specific itinerary, but most flights between the two destinations fall somewhere between $1,000 and $1,250 per person. This means that there shouldn’t be significant excess costs from Los Angeles. If you have to connect from elsewhere, though, you’ll have to cover that fare yourself.
The charms of historic New England make the perfect backdrop for a romantic weekend getaway. Just in time for the most romantic month of the year, seek out comfort and luxury await at inns along the coast, going out of their way to surprise and delight their guests. Whether you want to spend $175 or $600, let warm fireplaces and soothing bottles of wine cure your winter blues at these five cozy retreats.
Tired of the same old Caribbean resorts, however lovely? Let a newly opened property in St. Kitts inspire you. In a unique twist, Kittitian Hill has just unveiled its working organic Belle Mont Farm accommodations, in the first chapter of its luxury sustainable development. The property encompasses a collection of 84 one-bedroom guesthouses and seven four-bedroom farmhouses, all set on an organic farm.
Yes, lodging in Istanbul is incredibly inexpensive in the winter, with plenty of hotels offering rates under $100. But if you’re willing to make a small splurge in low season, you’ll enjoy luxury that’s leaps ahead of what your dollars will get you elsewhere.
By Jennifer Billock for Yahoo! Travel
The Sámi watched the northern lights with reverence. Traditional beliefs among northern Scandinavia’s indigenous population say that the aurora is actually the energy of departing souls. According to folklore, if someone whistled underneath the lights, the aurora would swoop down, pick them up, and carry them away into the swirling colors.
But while a whistle may not really spark a show, we thankfully don’t have to go arctic to see the fire. That’s right — you can view the aurora’s dazzling display throughout the U.S., too. As long as conditions are right, the night sky will be ready to wow you.
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We love lacing up our skates in the winter — it’s a great way to stay active and warm up even as the temps drop below freezing. Even more, we love doing so at rinks with great views, whether it’s mountain vistas, starry skies by the beach, or historical monuments in the background. Here are some of our favorite places to try to land that triple axel. (Remember to layer up and bring some thick socks!)
Remember when it seemed like you could reach up and touch the Milky Way, the ribbon of stars that make up our galaxy? Thanks to light pollution, it’s becoming harder and harder to see — unless you get yourself out to dark and remote locales. Here are seven stargazing sites, all recognized by the International Dark Sky Association for their inky-black nights, that offer stellar views of the heavens above.
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 post-nuptial trip? Princess Cruises‘ Honeymoon Wishes Registry allows others to chip in for everything from cruise fare and shore excursions to specialty dining and drinks by the pool to relaxing spa treatments. All gifts are applied as an onboard credit to the couple’s stateroom account to use during their honeymoon cruise, and the bride and groom can create an accompanying website to share wedding details and personal photos.
Napa and Sonoma both offer great wines, great food, and incredible experiences, but because there’s so much to do in each county that visitors usually focus on one or the other. Which is the best option for you? Here’s a guide for how to choose.
The last thing you want to think about on vacation is how to eat well. But overindulging while away can mean extra work to get back in shape when you return home.
The good news? There are lots of little things you can do to minimize the damage and take advantage of your destination’s local fare at the same time. Registered dietician Cheryl Forberg — who’s the nutritionist for NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and a brand nutritionist for Omni Hotels and Resorts — offers specific tips for different types of escapes.
The Hamptons may steal the vacation spotlight during the summer season, but once autumn arrives, it’s all about the North Fork of Long Island — where farm stands and wineries offer peak-season products. If you crave fresh produce and local wines, this area is the perfect destination for a quick getaway. Weekends in October draw extra traffic, so consider a weekday stay to relax and enjoy the area like a local.
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