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The Best Island Beaches in Europe

June 17, 2015 at 5:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

By David Jefferys for Conde Nast Traveler

This year's Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards produced a fascinating list of top island beaches in Europe, from strands of sand in the North Sea to Croatia's Dalmatian Coast. Add these to your beach vacation bucket list!

12. Corfu (Ionian Islands), Greece
Cape Drastis, on the northwestern tip of Corfu, is barely 50 nautical miles from the heel of Italy across the Ioanian Sea. The peninsula is studded with tiny beaches, accessible only on foot or by water.

11. Sardinia, Italy
Cala Goloritzè is one of Italy’s most enduringly famous beaches, located at the base of a ravine on the island's northeastern coast. It’s super tiny, but no less beautiful with its limestone cliffs, soft ivory sand, and striking, blue-green ocean. It's so special, it was even made a UNESCO site in 1995.

10. Hvar (Dalmatian Islands), Croatia
For a quiet spell away from the lively Renaissance port town of Hvar, head south to the tiny pebble beach of Uvala Dubovica. Get there early if driving as parking is limited, or rent a boat and swim ashore. A gorgeous 17th-century manor house anchors one end of the cove, while pine trees for shade sit at the other.

9. Crete, Greece
Balos Beach, on Crete's most northwesterly peninsula, is most easily accessed by ferries from Kissamos port—much better than the long, rugged dirt track or a 3-hour hike. A mix of bright white and pinkish sand and incredibly vivid turquoise water in the lagoon have made this one of the most photographed spots in Crete.

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Hawaii for Half-Price? Airfare Deals to the Islands Keep on Coming

March 9, 2015 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hawaii is cheap this season, you guys. The faraway state of paradise (both literal and figurative) has seen airfare deals from all over the country, for totals that've been beating prices to Cancun, Cabo, and even Florida. Right now is the time to rethink and reroute vacation plans in the direction of the Pacific Ocean.

The onslaught of Hawaii deals began in December, with some roundtrips from almost all major US cities to most major Hawaiian airports in the high $500 range. We jumped on a $570 US Airways deal from Boston to Kauai—one of the most expensive islands to travel to—and a friend snagged Detroit-Kauai on Delta. It seemed a Christmas miracle, having flights to Hawaii for 50% off!

To our surprise and everyone's benefit, those deals have continued and, in certain cases, even sweetened. Our friends at FareDealAlert just dug up a $355 roundtrip to Honolulu on United from Minneapolis and various other middle America cities suffering from the winter blues. Chicago is a hair more at $500.

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Put the Snow Shovel Away and Book a Tropical Getaway. Like, Now.

March 5, 2015 at 6:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sorry about that snow day, northern United States.

While school is cancelled and the car needs shoveling out, it's important to remember that there are ways to get away from all that and late winter is the ideal time to book a last-minute warm weather escape. Today we're specifically thinking about the Caribbean's A-B-C Islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, for which airfare has been nicely affordable almost all winter.

We made the hop to Aruba ourselves, thanks to a $350 roundtrip (yes, it can be that cheap!) on American Airlines from the Midwest.

For a few more options beyond the Caribbean, our partner CNTraveler just published 10 destinations with airfare under $400 *right now*. In addition, our buddies at TheFlightDeal and FareDealAlert have been on it this week when it comes to Hawaii fares. Right now, both United and Delta are in something of a war over offering the best prices from middle America to Honolulu. Here's proof, but book ASAP.

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In Search of Perfect Weather: When to Travel to Rio de Janeiro

January 12, 2015 at 10:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

If it's cold where you live, then pay attention this week as we profile a few Perfect Weather destinations.

Brazil is so hot right now.

Coming off 2014, the year the country successfully hosted the World Cup, energy is still high and airfare deals are plenty. For Rio de Janeiro in particular, tourism has never been better, and it’ll only continue trending upward as the city preps for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

To get in while the going’s good, plan a Rio trip for 2015. To help, we’ve already detailed how to get the Brazilian visa, what to pack, and even what to say when you arrive.

Rio is tropical and temperate year-round, but there are some distinct times of the year when it’s best to go, or best to stay away.

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How to Enjoy El Salvador: 4 Activities for the First-Time Visitor

December 29, 2014 at 12:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

Maybe the flight was cheap. Maybe it's the promise of sun and warm weather. Maybe you've just always wanted to go. Whatever the reason, traveling to El Salvador means embarking on a little adventure in Central America.

So what should a first-time visitor hope to discover? First and foremost, venturing outside the capital of San Salvador is a must, and this can easily be accomplished with a rental car or tour. From there, we have four suggestions:

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Where to Begin in Cartagena, Colombia: Day-tripping to the Rosario Islands

November 28, 2014 at 2:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Cartagena's so hot right now. New flight routes and a fresh focus on safer tourism in Colombia means more international visitors are arriving to this city of colonial charm and coastal allure. This week we're exploring how to reach and enjoy this city, nicknamed "Door of the Americas."

The primary metropolitan area of Cartagena does have its share of worthwhile Caribbean beaches, but if your visit is 3 days or longer then they why not go further afield to a tropical island? To be specific, we're talking about the Rosario Islands, located just off the coast of Cartagena but still within the length of a 45-minute boat ride from Marina Santa Cruz in the harbor district.

Isla Grande is the largest of the Rosario Islands, as its name implies, and is home to Hotel San Pedro de Majagua. Spending the day on Isla Grande requires a per person one-day tour fee of about $72 per adult/$49 child if you're not staying overnight.

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Beachgoers Kicked Off the Sand for Kardashian Photoshoot in Australia

Where: Australia
November 17, 2014 at 3:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kim Kardashian wasn't able to break the internet, but she did manage to break Australia's Jervis Bay.

This morning, beachgoers were turned away by Kim's entourage and security so she could pose for photos in peace. There's no word what the photo shoot was for, but whatever it was they were trying to keep the images tightly under wraps.

As more and more people arrived for a day at the beach, Kim's team ushered her into a tent and asked everyone to leave.

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Daytona Beach Isn't Known for Its Restaurants, But Maybe It Should Be

November 4, 2014 at 11:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Daytona Beach area isn't exactly a cuisine scene, but any visitor willing to venture further than the nearest pizza place will quickly find that it should be. And now that we've shared when to go to Daytona Beach, it's time to discuss the food situation.

Most of our favorites ended up being outside the central downtown area, but easily reachable by rental car.

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5 Upcoming Events That Prove Daytona Beach Isn't Just About Spring Break

November 3, 2014 at 3:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Daytona Beach has long been called the “World’s Most Famous Beach,” a title which can be both a blessing or curse depending on the time of year. One definite season of blessing is the depths of winter, when Spring Break is still far off and the day's most strenuous activity may be the walk from the beach or your hotel pool down a pier for dinner.

In fact, the city goes out of its way to make winter the best, and perhaps most family-friendly, time to visit Daytona Beach. Here's just a few events and festivals around which to base your upcoming travels:

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Beyond the Beach: Fort Lauderdale for LGBT Travelers

October 22, 2014 at 3:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

You guys, the temps are starting to drop as fast as crimson and golden leaves from trees, so it's high time to daydream about sand beaches, sunny skies, and fruity cocktails. We already talked about how hot the city of Fort Lauderdale is for the average sun seeker, but more and more it's overtaking Miami as an LGBT destination.

The city was recently named the "The Destination of the Year" by ManAboutWorld, as the top city for gay, lesbian and transgender visitors. Broward, the county that Fort Lauderdale calls home, is one of the most progressive in the U.S., from electing openly gay officials to passing same-sex domestic partnership benefits and barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and identity.

Fun fact: Fort Lauderdale was first US city to have a dedicated travel page for LGBT tourists, even integrating gay-friendly images to their mainstream tourism campaigns.

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Fort Lauderdale is So Hot Right Now, and We're Not Talking About the Temperature

October 3, 2014 at 3:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

We're sorry to say that winter's approaching, but we're not sorry to admit that we have no problem high-tailing out of colder climes in search of sunny skies, sandy beaches and skimpy swimsuits. While South Florida specializes in these things, one city in particular is reaping more attention than normal, and that city is Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale sits about 40 minutes north of its big sister Miami, and is similar packed with nightlife, warm weather activities, and daytime culture. With an average year-round temperature of about 75 degrees and 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, it's plain to see why this city is on the upswing with tourist numbers.

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Video Interlude: Australian Surf, Sand, and Sun in Stunning Time-Lapse

September 10, 2014 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

As the temperatures drop and days shorten, the folks at Gold Coast Tourism really want to remind you that the opposite is happening Down Under in Australia's. Gold Coast's beach metropolis is synonymous with endless summer, and is the star of this new gorgeous time-lapse video.

From sunrise to sunset, the "glitter strip" comes alive with waves crashing on the shore, lots of SPF and plenty of shots that show off the beauty of the area. With obligatory shots of Q1 skyscraper (with its highest building climb in the southern hemisphere), and plenty of surfers catching some swells, this four-minute spot is a must-watch for a dreary day.

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