These locations lack the natural and picturesque sand beaches that stretch for miles in places like Hawaii. However, don't disregard these tropical places just because they lack one thing; there are still plenty of recreational reasons to visit, whether it's jungles for hiking, cities for exploring, or rivers for cruising. Plus, many of them have man-made beaches created from imported sand!

These locations lack the natural and picturesque sand beaches that stretch for miles in places like Hawaii. However, don't disregard these tropical places just because they lack one thing; there are still plenty of recreational reasons to visit, whether it's jungles for hiking, cities for exploring, or rivers for cruising. Plus, many of them have man-made beaches created from imported sand!

There are plenty of flash sales and discount carriers to choose from, but not all of them are created equal. It’s become easy to find reasonable flights between big air hubs, but dreamy, far-off islands will almost always cost you more. But some great deals are just kicking off that will get you there for less.

There are plenty of flash sales and discount carriers to choose from, but not all of them are created equal. It’s become easy to find reasonable flights between big air hubs, but dreamy, far-off islands will almost always cost you more. But some great deals are just kicking off that will get you there for less.

Flying to your destination can be great, but let’s be honest, what’s more fun than an old-fashioned road trip with family or friends? That being said, with any road trip, things can go wrong and none more so than driving through hazardous weather.

Flying to your destination can be great, but let’s be honest, what’s more fun than an old-fashioned road trip with family or friends? That being said, with any road trip, things can go wrong and none more so than driving through hazardous weather.

Each Caribbean country in the region has its own unique atmosphere, and what could be the perfect destination for someone looking for a high-end resort with beachfront views might not work well for budget travelers who wish to immerse themselves in local culture. If you're thinking about heading to the Caribbean, but aren't quite sure where to go, here are a few suggestions.

Each Caribbean country in the region has its own unique atmosphere, and what could be the perfect destination for someone looking for a high-end resort with beachfront views might not work well for budget travelers who wish to immerse themselves in local culture. If you're thinking about heading to the Caribbean, but aren't quite sure where to go, here are a few suggestions.

We've come up with a list of 10 beach destinations -- from the U.S. to Europe -- where you don't have to worry about the Zika virus yet.

We've come up with a list of 10 beach destinations -- from the U.S. to Europe -- where you don't have to worry about the Zika virus yet.

2015 was a bad year for Caribbean seaweed, and 2016 isn't shaping up to be much better. The record amount of sargassum that washed up on beaches from Cancun to Antigua marred many a beach vacation and threatened the region's tourism. Unfortunately, visitors to the Caribbean and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula will probably be facing similar amounts of the unsightly algae again. According to Chuanmin Hu, a professor of optical oceanography at the University of South Florida, satellite imagery…

2015 was a bad year for Caribbean seaweed, and 2016 isn't shaping up to be much better. The record amount of sargassum that washed up on beaches from Cancun to Antigua marred many a beach vacation and threatened the region's tourism. Unfortunately, visitors to the Caribbean and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula will probably be facing similar amounts of the unsightly algae again. According to Chuanmin Hu, a professor of optical oceanography at the University of South Florida, satellite imagery…

We know those vacation days are precious, so let us help get any surprises out of the way. This way you can show up, relax, and bask in your best place. There's a reason why Aruba has the most return visitors in the Caribbean and why the Bahamas rings in as a top destination year after year -- now it's up to you to find your perfect fit.

We know those vacation days are precious, so let us help get any surprises out of the way. This way you can show up, relax, and bask in your best place. There's a reason why Aruba has the most return visitors in the Caribbean and why the Bahamas rings in as a top destination year after year -- now it's up to you to find your perfect fit.

When it comes to planning a vacation, there's a number of people who swear by cruises. It makes sense; it's all-inclusive, you can see multiple destinations in one shot, and your getaway is filled with activities. Cruising aficionados have the routine down pat, but what if it's your first time? “Choosing a cruise for the first time can seem like an overwhelming task -- with so many lines and ships to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start," Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of…

When it comes to planning a vacation, there's a number of people who swear by cruises. It makes sense; it's all-inclusive, you can see multiple destinations in one shot, and your getaway is filled with activities. Cruising aficionados have the routine down pat, but what if it's your first time? “Choosing a cruise for the first time can seem like an overwhelming task -- with so many lines and ships to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start," Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief of…

Though it’s hardly a secret these days, there’s something about Costa Rica that exudes a certain cool factor. Maybe it’s the laid-back surfer and yogi scene drawing expats from around the world, the local "pura vida" way of life, the eco-friendly rustic charm, the exotic birds and wildlife, the mesmerizing and ruggedly beautiful Pacific coast, and the urge to travel light, most likely by backpack. Here we’ve put together an itinerary for first-timers.

Though it’s hardly a secret these days, there’s something about Costa Rica that exudes a certain cool factor. Maybe it’s the laid-back surfer and yogi scene drawing expats from around the world, the local "pura vida" way of life, the eco-friendly rustic charm, the exotic birds and wildlife, the mesmerizing and ruggedly beautiful Pacific coast, and the urge to travel light, most likely by backpack. Here we’ve put together an itinerary for first-timers.

While certain islands like the Dominican Republic are popular for good reason, we wondered if more discreet Caribbean destinations might offer similar features and fewer tourist crowds. With that in mind, we reached out to Margie Hand, a travel advisor and Caribbean specialist at Andavo Travel. Keep reading for her tips on five popular Caribbean destinations and where to go instead, especially if you want to escape the hordes.

While certain islands like the Dominican Republic are popular for good reason, we wondered if more discreet Caribbean destinations might offer similar features and fewer tourist crowds. With that in mind, we reached out to Margie Hand, a travel advisor and Caribbean specialist at Andavo Travel. Keep reading for her tips on five popular Caribbean destinations and where to go instead, especially if you want to escape the hordes.

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