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December 13, 2010

How to Score Drugs in Mexico

The beach in Lo De Marcos, Mexico (Nathan Borchelt)

1.    Go somewhere somewhat off the Gringo Trail.  An hour south of Puerto Vallarta, like the Snowbird-centric town of Lo De Marcos should do.

2.    Meet up with 21 relatives, including six people in their late 50s and early 60s, two teens, six kids in ages ranging from 18 months to ten, and a bunch of middle-age family members.

3.    Go swimming with said kids to protect them from the imaginary tidal waves and not-as-imaginary undertows.

4.    Step on a stingray…on the stinger.

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December 09, 2010

Spring Break already? Yes, please!

By Kate Chandler

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Basse Terre, Guadeloupe (Guadeloupe Islands Tourism Board)

We at hope you have something fabulous planned for the upcoming holidays, even if it means a staycation with delicious food and (non-stressful) family. It's a fun, if not busy, time of year.

But it's not too early to start planning an awesome spring break vacation. For some, that's only three months away...surely you will have recovered from the holidays by then. The first choice you need to make is beach or ski. Those of you who think it's ridiculous to waste away on the beach while there's still snow on the slopes should check out our Top Ski Resorts for Spring Skiing.

For the rest of you who are ready to get somewhere warm pronto, start with our guides to Mexico and the Caribbean. You can also look at Florida, but it isn't unheard of to hit a cold-snap in the panhandle area in March (for those of you with an early spring break). We have the beta on all the top beaches in these spots, but we also have ideas for the whole family and for the active crowd.

If you need a bit more direction, our top ten lists are your go-to. Top Ten Alternative Spring Break Vacations offers ideas beyond the typical Cancun and Panama City-type choices. If you have the kiddos in tow, pick from our Top Ten Spring Break Destinations for Families. And if you need more than warm beaches and cool cocktails (really, you need more than that?), our Top Ten Active Spring Break Vacations should do the trick.

So instead of biding you happy holidays, I'll wish you happy spring break planning!

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September 02, 2010

Hit the Gulf Coast this Labor Day

By Kate Chandler

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Beach at Sandestin, Florida (Kate Chandler)

If you're still undecided about a vacation spot for the upcoming long Labor Day weekend (a bit of a procrastinator, are we?), I have to suggest giving Florida's Gulf Coast some thought. I visited Sandestin, part of the Beaches of South Walton, a couple of weeks ago and was pleased to see that the beaches at one of my fave vacation spots were untarnished by the oil spill.

Even more amazing was the lack of crowds on these typically uber-popular beaches. This, of course, isn't good for the local economy, but it's great for someone looking for a gorgeous white beach with a clear blue-green ocean to enjoy. I mean, I only had to wait 15 minutes to get a table for four at the Red Bar...that's unheard of in August. I also uncovered a culinary gem in Vin'tij, a wine bar with southern flair right across the from the Silver Sands outlet stores. Don't let the Subway sandwich shop next door fool you, Vin'tij is the real delicious deal.

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August 24, 2010

Au Pair Adventures: The Greek Fountain of Youth

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Healing waters of Kios beach (

As tourists head for sunsets in the Cyclades, the native Greek go to Kios (also known as Kos). The pebbly beach in the finger of the Peloponnese isn't much to see. The semi-smooth rocks are separated from the sea in a thick line of seaweed, dead bugs, and the occasional floating plastic bottle. The boulder-sized submerged rocks come next, followed by the demi-jungle of long, stringy seaweed covered in unidentifiable brown goo. At waist deep you can almost see your toes—it certainly doesn't compare to the crystal clear waters of nearby Nafplion.

But on any day of the week this beach is filled with elderly locals seeking the healing power of this Greek fountain of youth. It is the murkiness of the extra-salty water that gives this part of the ocean power—the plants and mud give the water life. In what I have come to call the Peloponnese retirement center, it is here in the grime and grit that people wade out to 100 meters where the water is waist deep. There they dig up earth from the bottom and slather their bodies with the ashy mud.

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April 14, 2010

Off the Beach in Mexico's Riviera Maya


Sparkling blue seas, white beaches soft as talc, a Caribbean breeze in your face. When people think of vacations in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, these are the things that come to mind. But on the Riviera Maya, south of Cancun, visitors are more and more venturing to parks inland to get a break from the (albeit blissful) monotony of lounging poolside at an all-inclusive resort.

But all jungle adventures are not made equal. Here, nature and adventure tours spring up where once un viejo sat at the gate of an underground pool, asking a few pesos to enter. Now, you’ll visit those same pools (called cenotes [sen-oh-tays]) but you’ll get there through the entrance of a full-blown theme park or via a “Mayan taxi,” a local joke for a glorified tractor and trailer pulling you through the jungle.

Here are three of the Riviera Maya’s best activities for when (or if) you get tired of jade oceans and soft sand:

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March 26, 2010

Hotel Spotlight: Hacienda Tres Rios, Playa del Carmen


Open since early 2009, Playa del Carmen's all-inclusive Hacienda Tres Ríos is charting a new course in sustainable resort development in an area that's heretofore been synonymous with quite the opposite. Located 35 miles south of Cancun's concrete-clad "Hotel Zone," the 273-room Hacienda is the first of five planned hotels in the ambitious Tres Ríos development. Given its prime location in 326-acre Tres Ríos Nature Park, the property adheres to strict eco-friendly practices, from landscape design to recycling to on-site water desalination, all of which is overseen by the hotel's "Green Team." Beside its green-building efforts, the Tres Ríos project seeks to foster sustainable tourism through interactions with local artisans, cuisine, and the area's rich culture and history. The all-inclusive offering doesn't scrimp on luxury, either, with multiple restaurants, freeform swimming pools every which way you turn, full-service spa, endless cocktails available at the wave of your hand, and enough activities and amenities to keep an ADD family busy for a week. Pick of the activities include self-guided kayak tours through the nature preserve's knotty mangrove forests, snorkeling and swimming excursions through freshwater cenotes, and guided nature hikes and bike rides. Among its recent accolades, Hacienda Tres Ríos was voted a "Top 10 Relaxation/Spa Hotel in the Caribbean & Mexico" in's 2010 Travelers' Choice awards.

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January 26, 2010

Five Great Reasons to Visit Panama

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Panama Beach (Barefoot Panama) STRAND US HERE: The crystal-clear waters of Panama (Barefoot Panama)

1) Accessibility
Panama is a crossroads between the Americas and is served by major airlines with direct flights from countries including the United States, France, Spain, and the United Kingdom. It is only two and a half hours from Miami and four from Houston. An increasing number of flights to Panama mean they're getting less expensive, too. Most people don't need a visa, just a $5 tourist card that you can buy at the airport for single-entry tourist visits (note U.S. citizens now require a passport valid for up to 90 days). You can also travel by bus to Panama from Costa Rica and fly or take a boat from Colombia. With Spain, France, the U.S., and many other countries influencing the history of this country, you will find a lot of people speak more than one language. The currency is the U.S. dollar, officially known as the balboa though locals also colloquially use the term dólar.

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January 13, 2010

Sculpt with the Pros: South Padre Sandcastle Lessons

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South Padre Island Sand Stallion (Lisa Porter)

Building a sandcastle proves that there are still fun things that families can do together, regardless of age or ability. And with a little bit of instruction you too can build a magnificent sandcastle during an hour-long lesson that instructor Andy Hancock teaches on one of the best beaches in South Padre Island, Texas. Lisa Porter, another instructor who also runs a local pottery studio, created the beautiful full-size horse in the picture. But you don't need that level of artistic ability to enjoy your time in the sand and under the sun and pick up a few tips on creating your next sand sculpture. For those who catch on quickly, advanced classes and team building exercises are available, as well as convention and holiday packages for larger groups. Starting at only $25 per hour, prices vary with the size of the group and the length of the lesson.

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January 07, 2010

Donate a Coat, Receive a Free Overnight Stay

By Lacy Morris

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AERIAL VIEW: Sheraton's Freshwater Pool (courtesy, Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort)

If you're in the Bahamas no winter coat is needed, so why not donate it to charity? The Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort in Nassau, Bahamas, is giving back by participating in One Warm Coat's "Warm Coats Warm Hearts" drive. Upon checking-in, hand over any winter coat and receive a voucher for a free night's stay on your next visit to the resort. There is a limit of two vouchers per room and the promotion will continue through March 19, 2010.  

The Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort is set along one of Nassau's most beautiful white-sand beaches. Scattered throughout the resort's tropical landscape are three freshwater pools, a swim-up bar, and six restaurants and lounges.

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November 04, 2009

Belize: Top 5 Insider Travel Tips

TRUE BLUE: Diving the Blue Hole, Belize (Nathan Borchelt)

This guest post comes courtesy of Joshua Berman, author of the recently updated Moon Belize travel guidebook.

- 1. If you find yourself on a tight budget after the plane fare to Belize blew most of your wad, choose a budget accommodation from the Toucan Trail, an association of small, often family-run hotels in Belize that charge less than $60 per night. Despite Belize's reputation for being an expensive Central America destination, there are over 100 of these budget options, located throughout the country. Saving money on your hotel every night means you can devote more cash to tours, activities, and restaurants.

- 2. Go on a cave trip in Cayo. The jungle-draped pyramids of Xunantunich and Caracol archeological sites are the most obvious above-ground attractions in Belize's western highlands, also known as the Cayo District. But to get a peek at Xibalba—the Maya underworld—grab a headlamp and sign up for a trip to one of the area's numerous caves. Each is different—some caves, like Barton Creek, you float through in canoes; others, like Actun Tunichil Muknal, force you to hike, swim, crawl, and climb to reach its treasures. Most caving companies are based next door to each other on Burns Avenue in San Ignacio, the area's main town.

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