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Luxe Lavs: Unique Bathrooms at Private Island Resorts
Beach Vacations / Luxe Lavs

Luxe Lavs: Unique Bathrooms at Private Island Resorts

Ever wanted to experience the life of luxury as a twenty-first century castaway? This month, Luxe Lavs contributors Angela Fairhurst and Natalie Compagno discovered four boutique hotels that give you the… Read More…

After Oil Spill, Are Santa Barbara’s Beaches Safe This Summer?
Beach Vacations / California / Family/Kids Travel / Summer

After Oil Spill, Are Santa Barbara’s Beaches Safe This Summer?

Santa Barbara is located just 95 miles north of Los Angeles (and a three-hour drive from LAX). On May 19, a land-based oil pipeline ruptured near Refugio State Beach, which… Read More…

Travel Tip: Travel Gear You Can Use When You’re at the Beach
Beach Vacations / Summer / Travel Gear / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Travel Gear You Can Use When You’re at the Beach

If you’re headed to the beach this summer, there are some basic concerns. With necessity being the mother of invention, there’s probably a travel gadget to help you. One problem… Read More…

Travel Tip: What You Need to Know About Rip Currents
Beach Vacations / Travel Safety / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: What You Need to Know About Rip Currents

Now that it’s beach season, there’s a serious safety concern. I’m referring to rip currents, which are not to be confused with rip tides. These currents kill up to 100 people—… Read More…

Travel Tip: The Best & Worst Beaches in America
Beach Vacations / Travel Tips / USA

Travel Tip: The Best & Worst Beaches in America

Now that we’re officially in beach season, do you know the best—and the worst—beaches to visit this summer? Every year, a coastal scientist named Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. Dr. Beach, ranks… Read More…

Off the Brochure Travel Guide: Honolulu, Hawaii
Beach Vacations / Destinations / Off The Brochure

Off the Brochure Travel Guide: Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaii has made its fortune by selling images of grass-skirted hula dancers, hanging ten on white sandy beaches, and pig-roasting luaus. In fact, in 2006, there were more than 4 million… Read More…

Long Beach, California: Recommendations From A Local
Beach Vacations / California / Culinary Travel / Pop Culture Travel

Long Beach, California: Recommendations From A Local

Located a little over 20 miles to the south of Los Angeles, the city of Long Beach is often overlooked as a travel destination. Contributing writer and Long Beach native… Read More…

The Rock in Zanzibar
Africa / Beach Vacations

Beyond White Sand Beaches: Exploring Historic Zanzibar

Is Zanzibar on your bucket list? Contributing writer Sarah Pew wanted a unique honeymoon—one that didn’t include sipping cocktails and long strolls on the beach. Instead, she opted for a… Read More…

Travel Tip: How to Protect Your Vacation During Hurricane Season
Beach Vacations / Hurricane Season / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: How to Protect Your Vacation During Hurricane Season

It’s hurricane season and, while there are no guarantees on how to protect yourself and your vacation, there are some resources out there. Planning a trip to the Caribbean? Your best… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Keep the Ocean Clean in Maui
Beach Vacations / Eco Travel / Hawaii / Voluntourism

Voluntourism Spotlight: Keep the Ocean Clean in Maui

Hawaii is a popular destination for travelers during summer, particularly the island of Maui. But in between soaking up the sun, driving the road to Hana, and hiking on Mount… Read More…

Last-Minute Spring Break 2014 Options Parents Can Trust
Beach Vacations / Window Seat or Aisle Seat

Last-Minute Spring Break 2014 Options Parents Can Trust

Spring break season is just starting for college kids and there are tons of last-minute vacation options. But not every trip is considered safe and parent friendly. Family travel expert… Read More…

Boomers, Find Bargains on Gulf Coast Beaches This Fall
Beach Vacations / South

Boomers, Find Bargains on Gulf Coast Beaches This Fall

It’s back-to-school season for kids, which means it’s back-to-the-beach season for boomers. Fall is the sweet spot for exploring surprisingly uncrowded beaches and resorts. Boomer travelers Barbara and Jim Twardowski… Read More…

Is Romantic Fiji Also Fit for Families?
Beach Vacations / Destinations / Eco Travel / Family/Kids Travel

Is Romantic Fiji Also Fit for Families?

Mention the name Fiji and what comes time mind? Honeymoons, anniversary trips, romantic escapes. With blue water and remote soft-sand beaches, Fiji screams romance. Can this country, seemingly designed for… Read More…

What’s Different about Adventure Travel in Belize?
Adventure Travel & Sports / Beach Vacations / Mexico & Central America / Water sports

What’s Different about Adventure Travel in Belize?

Belize bills itself as Mother Nature’s best-kept secret, but the cat’s out of the bag and the tiny Central American country is becoming a mecca for active travelers seeking adventure… Read More…

Find Your Own Private Island: Yes, You Can Afford It
Beach Vacations / USA

Find Your Own Private Island: Yes, You Can Afford It

Looking to get away from it all? Then it’s time to find your own island. Cole Ruth found four islands where the year-round population ranges from 0 to 10. These… Read More…

Go Wild! One Family’s Adventures in Costa Rica
Beach Vacations / Destinations / Eco Travel / Family/Kids Travel

Go Wild! One Family’s Adventures in Costa Rica

Wild animals are not only at the zoo! That’s a lesson family travel expert Amie O’Shaughnessy’s family learned on a recent trip to Costa Rica. Find out how family travel… Read More…

Nude Beaches Around the World: Do You Dare to go Bare?
Beach Vacations / Culture / Specialized Travel

Nude Beaches Around the World: Do You Dare to go Bare?

There’s nothing like summer beach days. People are drawn to the coast, whether it’s to play in the surf, build sand castles, take long strolls at sunset, lie out under… Read More…

Discover the 8 Best US Beaches for Summer 2013
Beach Vacations / CBS News / Summer / USA

Discover the 8 Best US Beaches for Summer 2013

Fourth of July weekend means fireworks, barbecues and beaches. Beyond your neighborhood spot, Peter has rounded up eight of the best beaches from coast to coast. And it’s not just… Read More…