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Barbados
The hardest part of marathon training for me isn’t the 20-mile runs. It’s the week or so before race day known as “the taper,” when suddenly you have to run less and rest more. Rest? Me? A type-A woman in New York City? No chance. So with a race...
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Kencot, Kingston, Jamaica
On Saturday mornings all over Kingston, Jamaica, cooks fire up the jerk pans. These characteristic grills—industrial steel-drums- turned-smokers—appear on every street corner. When I asked my taxi driver to find the best jerk chicken en route to...
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Val Des Pitons Forbidden Beach La Baie de Silence, St Lucia
Sugar Beach Viceroy Resort is one of those dreamy beach havens where luxury is standard. Overall the best hotel on the island of St.Lucia for amenities, location, activities and dining options. Driving along the jagged roads of St. Lucia, from the...
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Lower Bight Road, Grace Bay, Providenciales TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands
The world’s third-largest coral reef system fringes the Turks and Caicos. The Beach House on Providenciales is the ultimate base for divers. This 21-suite hotel has partnered with dive operator Big Blue Unlimited. Big Blue can arrange...
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Scrub Island, VG1120, British Virgin Islands
The 2-year-old Scrub Island Resort has one of the closest marinas to the North Drop, a famous fishing spot for blue marlin. Half- and full- day fishing charters include a boat, a guide, and equipment. Guests who land a tuna or a marlin can bring...
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Baie de Saint Jean, Saint Barthélemy 97133, St Barthélemy
Every place has a history & Eden Rock is no exception. Dating back to the 1950s, Eden Rock was the first hotel built on St. Barth, before the island was even a travel destination. At the time, Eden Rock was a guesthouse, a sanctuary for those...
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Long Bay Village 2640, Anguilla
In an all-white open-air dining room that spills out onto the sand overlooking Meads Bay on Anguilla’s west end, Jacala serves just 35 guests a night. Chef Alain Laurent’s French-inspired menu includes dishes such as fennel-spiked...
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San Fuego 70, Santa Cruz, Aruba
My first taste of the Caribbean was not a rummy cocktail or a fried plantain: It was a blast of salty dirt, delivered to my face when I stood up in the back of a Jeep as we rattled up Aruba’s hardscrabble east coast. My friend Will and I...
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Old road, Antigua and Barbuda
Watching sailing from a distance can be like watching an insect’s funeral procession: white specks slowly moving across a blue background. But if you get out on the water, a boat race comes to life. Deckhands sprint across the decks, sails...
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Mount Liamuiga, St Kitts & Nevis
Gregory Pereira grew up on St. Kitts, and his hiking tours include stops at old sugar plantations, hidden caves, and other secret spots. He leads strenuous all-day hikes through the rain forest up to the top of Mt. Liamuiga. When hikers reach the...
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State Road 187 kilometer 4.2, Río Grande 00745, Puerto Rico
Situated between a two-mile stretch of beach and a rain forest, St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort gives guests the option to play in the property’s canals, ponds, and lakes, or in the ocean. Sunfish sailboats are available to take out on the...
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101 South Shore Road, Southampton SN 02, Bermuda
Located less than two hours from New York and Washington, DC, Bermuda is the perfect long-weekend destination in large part due to its famous pink beaches. The unique pinkish hue actually comes from miniscule creations that call the island’s...
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PR-191, Río Grande, 00745, Puerto Rico
Mount Britton Trail, El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
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Firostefani, Thira 847 00, Greece
Having arrived into Santorini in the late evening hours, she kept her mystique wrapped up in a cloak of darkness, waiting until morning to graciously introduce herself. Stepping outside and onto the veranda of the Blue Dolphins Apartments, the...
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9680 Vila Franca do Campo, Portugal
Snorkeling at Ilhéu de Vila Franca is a unique experience: you are diving on your own private island. The water is quite warm for snorkeling, with variety of fish to see such as jelly fish, sea cucumber, etc. A crater that is just off the...
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For a bit of physical effort it is possible to feel castaway on a deserted island in the Seychelles without blowing the budget on a 10,000 euro a night hotel. Everybody who goes to La Digue dips their toes into the aquamarine water off infamous...
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Beacon Hill Road, Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten
The runway at Princess Juliana airport on Sint Maarten runs right to the beach, and you can get as up close and personal as you'd like with jetliners on approach. A couple of beach bars provide pleasant venues for watching, but to get the full...
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Bird, Seychelles
Bird Island is Paradise... Perfectly clear warm water, white sand... Home to nesting turtles, tortoises, and of course millions of birds. No telephones, no TV, no internet... I loved my 3 day/2 night stay - it was by far my favorite highlight...
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Rum Point, Cayman Islands
It’s hard to pick a favorite memory from my trip to the Cayman Islands. Maybe it was jumping in the water at Stingray City. Maybe it was diving the USS Kittiwake. Or maybe it was taking in this view at Rum Point. We spent the morning...
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Harbor Island, The Bahamas
Finally after almost two months of not traveling I was able to take a little trip to the most wonderful beach I have ever seen, and I was fortunate to get there before a cold front came by. I had two wonderful days of nothing but blue sky and calm...
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Just 30-minute boat ride from central Cartagena, Playa Blanca's soft white sand and clear turquoise waters draw loads of day trippers looking to escape the heat of the city. Rent a shelter and chairs for $10-20 anywhere along the mile-long strand,...
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Mykonos, Mikonos, Greece
Exploring the back streets of Mykonos town.
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Fiji
Bula! Welcome to Fiji! At the heart of the South Pacific, Fiji is blessed with 333 tropical islands that are home to happiness. Famous for its soft coral diving, white sand beaches, and pristine natural environment, Fiji is a leader in...
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French Polynesia
Although the name "Tahiti" is commonly used to describe the entire destination, it is actually one of the many islands in French Polynesia. Often referred to as "Tahiti and her Islands", French Polynesia is a collection of 118 islands and atolls...
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Mosquito Bay Beach, Vieques 00765, Puerto Rico
At Mosquito Bay Beach—also known as Starfish Beach—on Vieques Island in Puerto Rico, you'll find tons of colorful starfish. While the beach itself is small, it's still beautiful and perfect for a scenic walk. You won't get bored searching for sea...
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31026 SMB Seven Mile Beach Royal Watler Cruise Ship Terminal Grand Cayman KY1, George Town, Cayman Islands
Hundreds of Stingrays (with barbs); the friendliest fish we've ever met.
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Punta Milna 27, 21450, Malo Grablje, Croatia
Hotel Fortuna and the little town of Milna (Hvar), Croatia are magical. The location is so incredibly beautiful. The water is crystal clear and the perfect temperature in July. Refreshingly cool, but not cold. Myself, my husband, and our 11 and...
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Trinidad and Tobago
Imagine a swimming pool with no walls and no limits with warm water and bright sunshine in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. Named in 1962 by Princess Margaret who thought the clarity of the pool reminded her of looking through a nylon stocking,...
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Let's start by saying, this picture is just one residence, not the whole hotel. This is rock star living, with a huge sunken tub in the open air overlooking the ocean, gorgeous design, delicious cuisine, and impeccable service. You arrive by...
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Tuamotus Islands, French Polynesia
The Tuamotu archipelago – 78 coral reef atolls spread north and east of Tahiti – are just remote enough they’ve not been spoiled by excessive tourism. There are a few high-end hotels, but just a few. Instead of tourism, the local economy is still...
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20 Whitsunday Blvd, Whitsundays QLD 4803, Australia
Islands trace the Great Barrier Reef up the northeastern coast of Australia, clustering in the clear blue waters known as the Whitsundays. There, nestled on Hamilton Island, Qualia has set a new standard for Australian...
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Arecibo, Puerto Rico
While honeymooning in Puerto Rico, my husband and I decided to take the road less traveled and forego the all-inclusive resort. Instead, we explored the entire island. Every day was a new adventure, including our trip to the caves. Although this...
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Playa Sucia, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
Five years ago, my friends and I found a secret beach near the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse. To this day, we've never seen anyone else there. Ignore the beach's misnomer—Bahia Sucia (dirty bay)—and plan on an 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. outing to this natural...
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West Bay, Cayman Islands
Grand Cayman outfitter Spirit of the West adds an extra thrill to its horseback-riding adventures. Caymanian owner Paul Rivers leads guests on a nearly two-hour trot along Barkers Beach, one of the island’s most secluded spots. After working up a...
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Pilos 240 01, Greece
Located above the southwest end of Voidokilia Beach, a climb to Nestor's Cave awards views of Navarino Bay, the Divari Lagoon of Gialova, and the olive tree-lined Peloponnesian Hills. The cave itself holds a mythical history, believed to belong to...
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Hanauma Bay, Hawaii 96825, USA
Hawaii's waters boast an exciting wealth of biodiversity, accessible with a swimsuit and a snorkel. The rocky shores of Richardson Beach on the Big Island are a favorite jumping-off point for humans and sea turtles alike, while the island’s...
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Warwick Long Bay, Bermuda
Bermuda is famous for them and it’s usually the first thing any visitor wants to experience firsthand. But the truth behind Bermuda’s famous pink beaches is a little different from popular perception. First, they’re not hot pink, so put those...
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Bermuda is actually a group of 180 or so islands. The seven largest islands are connected by causeways and bridges. Bermuda has some magnificent large and small beaches.The sand in Bermuda is exceptionally fine.They even have beaches with pink...
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Maritime Ln, Sandys MA 01, Bermuda
Oh, the maritime battles and pirate adventures to explore! I like to do a little research about the history and culture of a place, even if I’m going to dive headlong into the requisite hedonism of a proper island vacation. Bermuda gets even...
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Bermuda
Cliffs and coves, perfectly pink sand, and sparkling blue water put Bermuda’s beaches among the most beautiful in the world. Horseshoe Bay Beach is a crescent-shaped stretch of salmon-shaded sand bordered by gentle waves in tropical shades of...
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Fairy Hill, Jamaica
Having grown up in New York City, I'm no stranger to Jerk chicken, but what I ate in Boston Bay, Jamaica, the birth place of Jerk, redefined the cuisine for me. We were staying at Mikuzi Guesthouse, just 3km west of Boston Bay. The owner offered...
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Long Bay, Jamaica
Few venture this far east in Jamaica, but those who do will find one of the most authentic sides of the island, and the most secluded of getaways. A charming fishing village about thirty minutes past Port Antonio, Long Bay is as peaceful and...
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Going to dinner at Little Ochie is as fun as it is delicious. Pick your dinner—from a cooler of freshly caught fish—by species and by weight, then pick the style in which you'd like it cooked: jerk,...
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Central America
"You get to the end of the road . . . make sure you lock your car. Follow the beach down to a bunch of white tents. You can’t miss it.” We’d heard those words before, and we’d proved our inalienable right to, indeed, miss what could not be missed....
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Playa Diamante, 33000, Dominican Republic
At Diamond Beach in Cabrera, Dominican Republic, you can walk out into the water nearly 200 feet before it even gets above your knees. A natural hot spring runs beneath the cove and warms the sand under your feet. This is a great beach for kids as...
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Petite Tabac is one of five tiny islets that make up the Tobago Cays archipelago in the Grenadines. Everything you could ever want in a deserted island paradise is here. You’ll find shallow, crystalline waters teaming with colorful sea life...
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Blue Mountains, Jamaica
Lush source of the mellow, world-famous Blue Mountain coffee, Jamaica’s longest mountain range is nature at its best, seemingly a world away from nearby bustling, noisy Kingston. In these mountains 7,400...
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Duncans, Jamaica
Located in the small town of Duncans Bay, off the North Coast Highway, Silver Sands is easily in the top three most breathtaking beaches in Jamaica. A half-mile long, the beach is flanked by cliffs, the water is sparkling clear and the sand...
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Jamaica
Adventurous souls should plan on a moonlit dip in the bioluminescent Glistening Waters, also known as Luminous Lagoon. Boats leave from a marina, located an hour north of Montego Bay, on scheduled night tours. As your tour boat...
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Discovery Bay, Jamaica
Directly off the northern highway is Columbus Park, overlooking the scenic harbor at Discovery Bay, where Columbus was thought to have first anchored—although recent indications are that he sailed there from St. Ann’s Bay. The park is the only...
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Chukka Cove, Llandovery, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
If you love the Caribbean outdoors and if you love horses, then you will really love Chukka's Horseback Ride & Swim! The Chukka staff will pick you up at your hotels and bring you to their very lovely private property where the horses are stabled....
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A1, Jamaica
Located right off the north coast highway, between Montego Bay and Falmouth, you won’t see any tourists here—the small, modest shack that is the Lilliput Jerk Centre is still a well-kept local secret. Cars stop in regularly, particularly around...
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On the south coast's Highway A-2, between the towns of Lacovia and Middle Quarters, the road suddenly enters a green tunnel of tall bamboo trees—the trees on either side of the road meet to form an arch that continues for two and...
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Ocho Rios, Jamaica
People outside of Jamaica will presume the word "matrimony" signifies two people getting married. For Jamaicans however "matrimony" is a fruit salad marriage, combining the exotic purple (pictured here) or green star apple, orange, grapefruit, a...
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Laughing Bird Caye, Belize
One of the highlights of staying in Placencia, Belize, is the easy access to several beautiful cayes on day trips. Laughing Bird Caye is less than an hour away and offers great snorkeling and relaxing on the soft white sand oasis.
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Magdalena, Colombia
East of the city of Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast of Colombia lies the gorgeous, rugged Parque Tayrona, a true feast for all of the senses. The park doesn't have roads--you have to hike or go by boat in order to get past the entrance--so we...
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With the highest snow peaks in Colombia situated to the East, the Caribbean coast to the west, Los Pinos Hostel sits high nestled amongst the Sierra Nevadas overlooking the lush green top of the jungle's canopy. A former military base/finca, this...
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Atoll Rangiroa, French Polynesia
Rangiroa doesn't have the dramatic peaks of islands like Bora Bora, but it does have a rival underwater scene. While snorkeling above the reefs surrounding the largest atoll in French Polynesia’s Tuamotu archipelago, you’ll experience...
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Southern Europe
Ponza is an island destination mostly frequented by Italians (especially Romans and Neapolitans, as it's just a hop, skip, and a jump away by boat) that is largely undiscovered by foreign tourists. A must-do in Ponza: rent a motorboat on your own,...
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Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Besut, Terengganu, Malaysia
The Perhentian Islands in Malaysia have some of the best diving and snorkeling with crystal clear water, cheap digs and thumpin' bass if you need to party.
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Koror, Palau
Willingly jump into an entire lake filled with jellyfish?!? A must if you are in Palau. These particular type of jellyfish do not sting; instead their food source (algae) is cultivated inside their bodies. Only snorkeling (no SCUBA diving) is...
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PO. Box 3019, Light House Rd West End , Negril 00000, Jamaica
Swimming and snorkeling around Xtabi (pronounced "X-tah-bee") Resort's underwater caves are a unique experience and a well-kept secret from first-timers. While it's a great place to stay, overshadowed by places like Rockhouse Hotel, you don't have...
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W End Rd, Negril, Jamaica
Dining at one of Negril's excellent cliffside restaurants is highly recommended, and the gorgeous setting of Ivan's Bar & Restaurant at Catcha Falling Star makes it a very nice option. The longtime...
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Treasure Beach, Jamaica
I have yet to see more than two people at once on Treasure Beach's wide black sand stretches. The sea here is no less stunning, and you'll spot plenty of birds complementing this charming scenery of fishing villages spread out along the coast....
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Blue Hole Road, Jamaica
You’ll more than likely gasp when you first glimpse this 180-foot-deep, jade- and sapphire-colored body of water surrounded by verdant rain forest. Though you can spot it from the road as you drive along Port Antonio's east coast, the Blue...
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Trade your beachwear for wetsuits, climbing harnesses, life preservers and helmets. Then go jump off a cliff... Or 10! The whole thing kicks off with a short hike down into the valley before you come to the river and the first jump… Twenty-three...
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Marietas Islands, Mexico
So amazing! Sail out to the Marietas for a marine safari. Snorkel, stand up paddle board, spend your day with dolphins and blue-footed boobies! This activity is part of a 3 day exclusive AFAR package with accommodations at St Regis Punta Mita,...
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Hāmoa Beach, Hawaii 96713, USA
Legendary travels scribes from Michener to Twain have written of the beauty of lonely Hamoa. Sandy, sheltered, and dripping in palms, this remote stretch of shoreline on the eastern tip of Maui can make a case for Maui's best beach. Nevertheless,...
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Steep cliffs, tufts of green shrubs, and blissfully blues skies serve as a backdrop to turquoise waves, coral formations, and a gently curving stretch of sand. Named one of the world’s 100 Best Beaches by CNN, Warwick Long Bay takes its name...
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Front St, Bermuda
I was fortunate enough to be in Bermuda for their National Day celebration this past May, which in addition to a rum swizzle tasting tour of the island, meant a chance to dance in the Bermuda Day parade among the Gombeys. The Gombey is the iconic...
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Greece
Thanks to doing research on AFAR.com, I learned that one could sea kayak around the island of Milos. I signed up with Rod from Sea Kayak Milos and had a fantastic time. My fellow kayakers and I paddled through bright blue water, in and out of...
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4865 Uakea Rd, Hana, HI 96713, USA
Once you complete the 54-mile Road to Hana drive it's very hard to turn back the other way. Hana has a completely different personality than the rest of Maui and I always urge friends to stay a night in the sleepy little town. There are a handful...
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West Whale Bay, Bermuda
Beaches in Bermuda range from popular, people-watching spots to secluded and serene strands. When it’s time to get away from it all, consider heading to one of these small and secluded, yet incredibly scenic, strips of sand. West Whale Bay Beach,...
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Sandys Parish, Bermuda
Romantic dinners, western-facing beaches, and natural backgrounds make Bermuda's sunset scene the best show of the day. Black Bay Beach, in Sandys Parish, is also known as Sea Glass Beach because of the piles of multi-colored sea glass that clink...
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Church Bay, Bermuda
Nearby reefs and big boulders keep Bermuda’s beaches calm and colorful for snorkelers and swimmers. Both Tobacco Bay and Church Bay offer great snorkeling conditions along beautiful shorelines. With one in the east and the other in the west, you...
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Hilo, HI, HI, USA
Can honey make the world a better place? Prior to traveling on the Big Island, my answer to that question was most definitely “Huh? ” most likely followed by “No.” However, after meeting Richard of the Volcano Island Honey Company and spending...
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43-2007 Paauilo Mauka Rd, Paauilo, HI 96776, USA
Ice cream, chocolate-chip cookies, coffee, cakes, shakes—these are the goodies where you expect to find vanilla beans or vanilla flavor. But what about lemonade, BBQ sauce, chutney, cornbread, maple syrup, jelly, or salad dressing? And would you...
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96-2694 Wood Valley Rd, Pahala, HI 96777, USA
The region of Ka’u is so quiet and relatively unhurried that you’ll think you are on another planet, and with good reason. The least populated district in all of Hawai’i, it is a stone’s throw away from sunny Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Ka’u...
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16-701 Macadamia Road, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Living in Hawaii, I find it's not hard to appreciate macadamia nuts. After moving to the Islands, I did not waste any time determining my favorite kind of chocolate-covered mac, Mauna Loa. As with many other companies, mac nut orchards dot the Big...
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60 South Shore Road, Paget PG 04, Bermuda
Crashing waves serve as the soundtrack to your stay at Elbow Beach, situated on 50 lush acres along Bermuda’s rose-hued southern coast. Decorated with exposed beams, tiled floors, and neutral color schemes, the spacious cottage-style...
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2801-N2 Lā-'ī Rd, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
Waikiki and the North Shore get most of the attention on the island of Oahu, and for good reason. Oahu is the surfing capital of the world and has something to offer every skill level, but hiking on the island of Oahu is one of its best-kept...
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The trees look as if they have plotted a slow attack to take over the road. Vines hang down trying to slyly block my way and hinder my vision. The road isn’t straight nor does it have any defined shoulders or boundaries. The asphalt is laid around...
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30 Kings Point Rd, Somerset Village MA 02, Bermuda
There’s no moment of the day more glorious than sunrise, but because I can’t get my bum out of bed early enough to see it, I’ll settle for its not-so-shabby little sister sunset. Most locals will tell you that it’s...
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Magic Island, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
Even before I moved to Hawaii, I knew I wanted to be a part of the Lantern Floating Festival. It takes place on Memorial Day weekend in May at Ala Moana Park in Honolulu. An estimated 40,000 people turned out for the 2012 celebration where...
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Pointe Milou, 97133
Imagine yourself waking up along with your spouse in the bedroom of your St. Barths villa. You get up quietly, open the door gently, and step onto the deck. The sun is rising. You go to the kitchen, make yourself an espresso, and sip it while...
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Luang Namtha, Laos
A great way to splurge in Laos, is by participating in the Gibbon Experience at the Bokeo Nature Reserve. Over a few nights stay, you get to zipline from tree house to tree house, sleep in the tree houses and support Gibbon preservation!
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100 Dorado Beach Drive, Dorado, 00646, Puerto Rico
Surrounded by heavenly smells, exotic island textures, and natural sounds I could spend my whole vacation soaking up the carefully curated details in Spa Botanico's luxurious spa escape. After waltzing through a delicate curtain of lavender and...
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Kalahaku Overlook Trail, Kula, HI 96790, USA
Instead of going to the crowded summit of Haleakala, we stopped at 9000 ft and awaited the sunrise. The moment was far more serene because there was virtually no one there and the view was still spectacular
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Aydinli Mah., Yavuz Sok. No:1, 50180 Göreme Belediyesi/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
When you travel to the Cappadocia region of Turkey you have to stay in a cave hotel. Sleeping in a room carved out of the area’s ‘fairy chimney’ rock formations is inherently cool. When you realize that your room is also literally cool—even in the...
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Hanalei, HI 96714, USA
Ke'e Beach is across the road from the trailhead to the famous Kalalau Trail. After a hike (4 miles roundtrip) to Hanakapi'ai Beach, we refreshed ourselves with beach time at Ke'e, where locals and tourists are joined by some of the island's...
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Puerto Ferro, Puerto Rico
One of my favorite places in the whole world—Vieques! I'm actually a little apprehensive to share, because I'd love to keep it the semi-secret it is. If you time it well, you can have this beach all to yourself.
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6000 Rio Mar Blvd, Río Grande, PR 00745
Rented 4WD needed for roads out to Green Beach, but worth the adventure. Very private and completely gorgeous. Great snorkeling too.
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Esperanza, Vieques 00765, Puerto Rico
Esparanza is the town you want to stay in when you go to Vieques. While researching hotels and the island, we found that certain hotel locations would require us to rent a car. It was recommended we stay in Esparanza if we didn't want a car (a...
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8 Crystal Caves Road, Hamilton Parish CR 04, Bermuda
As stalactites drip from above and stalagmites rise from the floor, the caves found below the surface of Bermuda create an otherworldly wonder for kids. Discovered by two young boys in 1907, Crystal Cave has a 50-foot-deep subterranean lake full...
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Railway Trail, Bermuda
Grab the kids and take off on a walking or bicycling tour of Bermuda. A former NASA space shuttle tracking facility, Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve is now part of the Bermuda National Parks system. Its salt marsh habitat is home to birds and...