Archive for May, 2010

I used to think Cancun was only for spring-breakers, but after my last two visits, I’ve learned that it’s far more than a spring break destination. Next time I visit, you can bet I’ll be looking to experience fine luxury at some of Mexico’s top all inclusive resorts.

Drawing celebrities, artists and travelers to its tropical shoreline and white-hot nightlife, Miami beach is a premier South Florida vacation destination, but also one that boasts a rich history. Visit in style by booking a room at one of these historic Miami hotels.

What could be better than enjoying the Southern California sun and surf with your family, especially when we’re talking about San Diego? And with so many incredible San Diego hotels, you’ve got options galore.

There’s a reason that the island of Oahu is called the Heart of Hawaii. Those on the island have a commitment to the finer things in life, and this has a lot to do with Oahu’s reputation. A Hawaii vacation is often synonymous with the ultimate in relaxing, gorgeous beach vacations, but how about adding a glass of wine and a unique massage to the itinerary?

If you were hoping against hope that the annoying restrictions on carry-on liquids — the so-called “3-1-1 rule” first enacted in the summer of 2006 — would be lifted soon, forget it.

Punta Cana, the easternmost point of the Dominican Republic, is known as an ideal Caribbean vacation destination with year-round, 80-degree temperatures, beaches, golf courses, and a breathtaking shoreline that runs along both the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Along its coastline, visitors will find endless natural marine pools for swimming and wading. Punta Cana is, simply put, a lot like paradise.

If you like Harry Potter as much as your kids do, you’re in for the ultimate Florida vacation. On June 18, Harry Potter fans will be introduced to a new attraction area at Universal Orlando Resort’s Islands of Adventure: Harry Potter’s Wizarding World.

Best-known for its ski resorts, Lake Tahoe is also an extraordinarily beautiful summer vacation destination with an amazing 4th of July celebration. The 72-miles of lakeshore offer spellbinding scenery and rugged terrain, with almost perfect daytime temperatures and cool nights. If you’re looking for the perfect 4th of July vacation, there’s no more spectacular place to be than Tahoe’s Lights on the Lake celebration.

The somewhat ill-defined bones of CLEAR were purchased out of bankruptcy earlier this month by a new firm that claims it is about to relaunch the plan. The company, Alclear, paid about $5.9 million for the assets of CLEAR and the firm’s chief executive promises to begin enrolling new members this summer.

By Joe Brancatelli Hyatt is devaluing the award chart of its much-admired Gold Passport program. This shouldn’t come as a surprise after a major devaluation in the Hilton Honors program in January and a less-severe increase in prices in the Starwood Preferred Guest program several months ago. Besides, you didn’t think all of these bonus-points [read more…]

The struggling GoGo Inflight Internet service has a new angle: cross-airline monthly pricing. The new $34.95-a-month plan permits you to use GoGo on any of the 800 commercial aircraft where it’s available.

Walking the Freedom Trail is a must-do for anyone visiting Boston, especially in the summer. Grab a trail map and follow that red line winds from the Boston Commons to Bunker Hill. It’s educational, fun … and it can wear you out. If you want to stay along the Freedom Trail, here are 4 Boston hotels where you can unwind from a day of history with modern indulgence…

By Maria Mora Every year, Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, better known as Dr. Beach, chooses the country’s top 10 beaches. Year after year, Florida beaches make the list. Here are three winning beaches worth checking out on your next Florida vacation: Saint Joseph Peninsula State Park, Florida Panhandle For a rustic, authentic Florida beach vacation, head [read more…]

I’m young and single, so of course I had to find the best party location on my beach vacations trip to Bali this spring. I decided to stay in Kuta, a beach vacations destination perfectly saturated with tourists, surfers, clubs, and restaurants. Located in the southern end of the island, Kuta is also known as being a hub for singles looking to meet new people.

If you want to do something new, environmentally-friendly, and artsy, visit Cancun’s Underwater Museum. It will separate your Mexico vacation from all the others.

My husband will be hitting several Las Vegas hotels for a bachelor party weekend in a few months, and I’m debating on whether to tell him about the biggest buffet deal in town: 24-hour, all-you-can-eat passes good for seven Las Vegas buffets.

People told us not to visit Madagascar, Africa — that political conflict made the country unsafe for tourists. But we decided to go anyway because the best and most eye-opening experiences always occur in places well off the beaten path. And wouldn’t you know, we fell in love with Anantanrivo, Madagascar’s capital city.

When I visit the City of Angels, these are the five hip downtown Los Angeles hotels in which I prefer to stay.

The Marriott CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa has something more to offer than what you’ll find on the typical sun-filled, beach-bumming, margarita-sipping Mexico vacation. Visit this luxurious resort from June through early December and you’ll get a chance to participate in the unforgettable “Secretos del Mar” Sea Turtle Rescue Program.

The largest European street festival of its kind, the Notting Hill Carnival covers 20 miles of West London streets and draws over one million visitors (filling London hotels in flash).