ALL POSTS IN [Beaches]

It’s 5 o’clock Friday, and we’re guessing that you’d rather be just about anywhere than your cubicle — like a Caribbean island, for instance. Once reality sinks in, don’t abandon the daydream just because it’s smack dab in the middle of hurricane season. All Caribbean islands are not created equal, after all — nor are their chances of being struck by a storm.

Travel insiders have long known that the “Dutch ABCs” — Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao — are your safest bets during the fall, since they are situated in the Southern Caribbean, far from the hurricane belt. Better yet, if you book now, you’re likely to find great deals, as the summer crowds are long gone and have left lower prices. Read on to find out which Netherlands territory will live up to your island fantasy.

Aruba

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Delray Beach (Photo Courtesy of Panoramic Images / Getty Images)

Book by September 30.

Looking for a quick, end-of-summer getaway that’s as good for your spirit as it is for your budget? Try Florida’s Palm Beach. The area offers all the trappings of a classic beach getaway — miles of sand, excellent swimming and water sports galore — plus a posh vibe that extends to its restaurants, shops and (of course) its championship golf courses.

Starting at $430 per person, you can book an air-inclusive 3-night vacation package that lets you stay at the Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront resort, and includes all taxes and fees. You’ll also receive exclusive discounts to nearby attractions such as the Palm Beach Zoo, Delray Yacht Cruises, MacArthur Beach State Park and more.
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Barcelona (Photo Courtesy of Thinkstock)

Book by August 31.

Barcelona is a traveler’s dream. Teeming with incredible food, unmistakable landmarks and unstoppable nightlife, it’s no wonder that this elegant Spanish city is at the top of many bucket lists.

Whether your first priority is to see the latest addition to Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia cathedral, or to eat your way through La Boqueria market, this city is as varied as it is budget friendly. And if all of that exploring gets exhausting, you can always just lie on the beach.

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Photo Courtesy of ShermansTravel

Book by July 31.

It’s 2 blocks from Waikiki Beach. It’s surrounded by high-end shops. It’s a 7-minute drive from Diamond Head. And, it’s on sale.

You’ll find all that and more right now at the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach hotel, located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

Stay at this beautiful Hyatt property, which underwent a major renovation in 2012, for $189 per night on select dates through Nov. 30, 2014. That’s 30% off current rates! Even better? Breakfast and Wi-Fi are included, and kids 17 and under stay free.

This rate is good for a city-view room, but for as little as $9 you can upgrade to a mountain- or ocean-view room with a private balcony. Relax at the on-site pool, spend an evening by the fire pit or simply kick back in your room with a movie or music played from your own mobile device.

If you’ve had enough sun and sand, head to the nearby Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium or Kapiolani Park. They’re all within a 1-mile radius of the hotel.

Terms & Conditions:
Cancellation Terms:
- If cancelled before Aug. 21, 2014, Eastern Time, $19.95.
- If cancelled on or after Aug. 21, 2014, Eastern Time, Lose 1 Night’s Room & Tax plus $19.95.

Coupon Terms:
- Book 21 days in advance and receive an INSTANT 10% OFF on lodging plus FREE breakfast daily! Inventory and pricing subject to change at any time. This offer will end soon; so book it now!
- Hotel Check-In Time is:  3:00 pm
- Hotel Check-Out Time is:  12:00 pm
- You must be AT LEAST 18 years old to check in to this property.
- This booking is subject to the Hotel Terms & Conditions.
- This booking is subject to the BookIt.com Terms & Conditions.

– BY SHERMANSTRAVEL

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Paris Plage (Photo Courtesy of Reuters / Charles Platiau)

Celebrated on July 14, French National Day or Bastille Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution and the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. Celebrations are held all over France, but thousands line up along the Champs-Elysees in Paris to watch the oldest and largest military parade in Europe. These annual festivities aren’t limited to the celebration on the ground, but locals and tourists can look high above the crowds to see the Patrouille de France aerobatics team in action.

Bastille Day isn’t the only thing tourists should add to their agenda when visiting Paris in the summer. Here’s a quick list of 5 fun summertime experiences you don’t want to miss when vacationing in Paris.
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Photo Courtesy of Chris Burkard

I was up late trying to beat a bad case of insomnia when I saw Carson Daly’s interview with pro photographer Chris Burkard, who apparently has a knack for traveling to the most remote corners of the Earth to capture his travels, nature and usually, surfers in action.

Based in San Luis Obispo, CA, Chris is a senior staff photographer for Surfer Magazine, and contributes regularly to various international publications and brands like Patagonia. The self-taught photographer and artist has worked on 3 book projects: Distant Shores: Surfing the Ends of the Earth, The California Project and Plight of the Torpedo People.

I was inspired and amazed by Chris’ work and thought it would be fun to find out more about the man behind the lens of so many awe-inspiring photos.
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Key West, FL

Photography By Moment / Getty Images

Choosing the perfect Florida beach just got easier with Visit Florida’s recent launch of Florida Beach Finder — an interactive “trip tuner” now available online. With the new feature, visitors can dial into 4 ranges of beach personalities — from adventurous vs. laid back to manicured vs. au naturel — that help narrow down the ultimate beach vacation based on the user’s personal preferences. Upon preference selection, the best beach matches will be revealed for them to view. READ MORE

Venice Beach, CA

Photography By John Paul “Boomer” Lacoangelo / LA Tourism

If you’re looking for a summer escape where the sun is always shining and there’s an abundance of beaches and activities, the City of Angels is calling your name! Enter to win an exciting trip for 2 to Los Angeles. The $10,000 prize package includes the following:

– Round-trip airfare for 2
– Hotel accommodations for 3 nights in Hollywood and 3 nights in Marina Del Rey
– A night of shopping and dining in Beverly Hills
– A VIP Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood
– A walking tour through LA’s world-famous Farmers Market
– Segway tour through Santa Monica and Venice Beach
– A behind-the-scenes tour of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach
– A 2-hour Harbor Dinner Cruise from Marina Del Rey
– Car rental for duration of the week
– $2,000 in spending money

From Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive, to the Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach Boardwalk, there’s an abundance of fun and entertaining things to do in LA.

For the ultimate chance to win, enter daily for this $10,000 trip for 2 to LA.

 

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Salvador’s Pelourinho Neighborhood (Photo Courtesy of Embratur)

Salvador is known as Brazil’scapital of happiness” because of its countless number of popular outdoor parties, including its street carnival. Its humble beginnings can be traced to 1549 when Portuguese settlers decided to colonize Brazil and make Salvador the capital of the country. As a result, this coastal city quickly became the main port of call for ships from all over the world that would dock and import their goods into South America. Salvador is no longer Brazil’s capital, but it is a magnificent city with unique architecture, historic museums, chic gastronomy restaurants and African-inspired music, which makes it a unique host city for the 2014 World Cup soccer games.

Salvador, the City of Music
Bahia is the musical state of Brazil. Its rich mixture of Brazilian, African and European cultures birthed genres and rhythms like axe, pagode and samba.. The state’s capital, Salvador, marches to its own beat. People here sing and play special percussion instruments like the berimbau, agogos and atabaques.
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Photography by Davide Scagliola / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos

Lovers, bicyclists and nature enthusiasts all gather on the edge of Manila Bay, the natural harbor that carves into the uppermost island of the Philippines.

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