Archive for February, 2013

Photography by Loukas Hapsis / IML Image Group / Aurora Photos

It’s arguably the most famous sunset in the world. In Oia, they know what matters most: the sunset. More »

Best Beach Awards

They’re back! Travel Channel presents its second annual Best Beach Awards — but this year there’s a little twist: The winners will be determined entirely by you, our faithful Travel Channel viewers.

Vote for your favorite nominees across 10 categories as often as you like through March 7.

1. Best Party Beach
2. Best Family Beach
3. Best Romantic Beach
4. Sexiest Beach
5. Best Beach Bars
6. Best Beach You Haven’t Heard of … Yet
7. Best Beach for Adventure
8. Best Exotic Beach
9. Best Beach Boardwalks
10. Best Overall Beach

The winners will be revealed during Travel Channel’s “Beach Weekend,” airing during the day on March 9 and 10. Where’s your little piece of heaven? Start voting now …

Next: Vote on Best Family Beach >>

Photography by Pascal Maitre / Cosmos / Aurora Photos

Upon closer observation of the Bayon Temple near Cambodia’s equally amazing Khmer temple of Angkor Wat, you may find that you are under observation, too. More »

Tonight at 9|8c on Bizarre Foods America, Andrew visits Parallel 17, known for pressing the “outer limits” of the culinary world with its ant larvae beignets (see video below) and silkie black chicken entrée. Venturing outside the city of Denver, Andrew receives several one-on-one lessons in preparing Rocky Mountain oysters, aka bull testicles.

Watch a sneak peek of tonight’s episode.

Plus, go behind the scenes with our Denver slideshow, and get the name of each restaurant, activity and accommodation that Andrew enjoyed while in the Mile High City in our Travel Guide.

Located off the northwest coast of Puerto Rico, Rincon is home to some of the best surfing in the world, making the area popular among both locals and tourists. The Casa Verde hotel is no exception, but in recent years, the hotel has been losing money when it should be profiting. A reason for the hotel’s downward spiral is its bar, Rock Bottom. The bar is extremely loud, caters to a young college crowd and is open all hours of the night. The bar brings money in, but if things don’t change soon, the hotel will hit rock bottom itself.

When Anthony arrives in the hotel’s parking lot he sees a decrepit sign, a broken fence, rusty chains and yellow caution tape. When he walks over to the hotel, Anthony can’t seem to find the front desk. He spots a sign for the “office,” but it leads him to a dirty, dusty room filled with broken chairs. Anthony is disgusted, and he hasn’t even begun his initial walkthrough of the hotel!

The bar may be costing the Casa Verde money, but it clearly is not the only thing on the property that is in desperate need of a makeover. Can Anthony clean up the property and tone down the noise at Rock Bottom in order save Rincon’s Casa Verde? Find out on an all-new episode, tonight at 10|9c.

Plus, check out these exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from Anthony’s visit to Casa Verde.

Photography by Jeffrey Murray / Aurora Photos

Upper Cathedral Lake reflects the majestic lines of Cathedral Peak, its backcountry companion here in Yosemite National Park in Northern California. More »

Photography by Villa Orsula

There probably couldn’t be a better place to plot your Croatian adventure than from the enchanting patio of the Villa Orsula’s Victoria Restaurant. More »

Edge of Arkansas

Watch Geoff visit the Edge of Arkansas on Sat, Feb. 16 @ 2|1c.

Is there a state with as bad a rap as Arkansas? Childhood obesity. Poverty. Gennifer Flowers.  A cultural backwater like no other, right?

This is why Arkansas is such a perfect place to prove one of Edge of America’s central points. That instead of judging the Earth from the snooty, big city, New York/Chicago/Los Angeles perspective, we should approach every state, every small town, every hamlet with an open mind and an open heart. You never know what you’ll find.

In Arkansas, I found one of the most beautiful states in the country, a place with mountain vistas, rolling meadows, ice cream shops, ranches and old time musicians gathering to play outside, for free.

If salaries are lower than they are in Boston, so is the cost of living. At one point, we drove by a charming country house — all wood, big windows, wrap-around front porch — with a for sale sign outside. I looked it up. $89,500. Now I get it. The reality is that you are not going to see ‘Melo jaw with KG at the Garden, and Bruno Mars ain’t coming to town. But you’re also not going to throw down $650,000 for a 2-room walkup in Chelsea with a brick wall outside your bedroom window and a cranky woman living below you who can’t stand the fact that you have a friend with a baby staying over and “Damn, does the kid have to walk across the floor at 7:30 in the morning?”

Fact is, these Arkansans might have things figured out better than we. They’ve got beautiful homes, family and friends all around, and instead of generic entertainment, they know how to make their own fun.

Tommy Rand taught me to tackle a cow. I have a hunch I’ll never use that skill again. But you get to see it in our episode. A pair of local Arkansans gave me the honor of pushing their outhouse. Don’t ask. You’ll just have to see it. And I found myself in the woods with a kinder, gentler version of Roger Clemens, who let me get behind the wheel of his jeep to rock crawl, which is basically climbing up the side of a mountain in a monster truck. Blue sky. Clean air. Smiles all around.

Out there, in my rock crawler, the last thing I was thinking of was crowding into an arena to catch Neil Young for the umpteenth time.

- Geoff Edgers

Photography by Neil Rabinowitz / Corbis / Aurora Photos

Santa Claus had nothing to do with the christening of this sparkling blue cove in St. Thomas. More »

Spring Break Destinations

College students knee-deep in papers, projects — and, in some places, snow — can take solace in the knowledge that spring break is just around the corner. But before you end up spending your precious vacation in a hotel room updating your Facebook status with rainy-day laments, you’d better check the weather forecast. Never fear,  weathertrends360 to the rescue! Start packing your sunglasses, sunblock and lax pinnies, because the experts in long-term forecasting have selected the best spring break destinations for the month of March:

FIRST WEEK OF MARCH

Cancun, Mexico: If you want to visit this popular spring break destination, you’d better do it sooner rather than later. The first week of March will be warm and sunny, while the end of the month is expected to be cloudy and rainy. Check out our video to see what makes Cancun an infamous spring break spot.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: 2013 is great year to spend your spring break in the Dominican Republic – the temperatures will be the warmest in 3 years. The first week of the month will have the best weather, but you may also get a sun-filled trip during the last week of the month.

Barbados: Like the Dominican Republic, temperatures in March will be the warmest in 3 years, and the first week will be the driest of the month.

FIRST HALF OF MARCH

South Padre Island, Texas: The first half of March will have the best and driest weather in this south Texas town. Book your trip today and you’ll be partying on South Padre Island before you know it.

Miami Beach, Florida: March is a great time to visit Florida — the temperatures are comfortable, and hurricane season is still several months away. The first half of March 2013 will be the best time to visit, as it will be driest part of the month.

Montego Bay, Jamaica: The warm and dry weather during the first half of March will make it a great time to visit the small island nation of Jamaica. It’s expected to be the warmest March in 6 years.

SECOND HALF OF MARCH

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: Book your trip later in March for the warmest and driest weather.

Las Vegas, Nevada: Sure, Las Vegas is in the desert, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that means it’s bikini weather all the time! If you’re headed to Sin City for your spring break, book your trip later in March for the warmest weather.

ANYTIME

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico:  There really isn’t a bad time to visit Puerto Vallarta in March. It’s expected to be warm and sunny throughout the month.

Acapulco, Mexico: Travel a bit farther south to Acapulco, where sunshine and warmth await all month long.

 

For even more great weather spots, check out weathertrends360′s Sunniest Spots Around the World.

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Photography by Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa

 

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