Marianela Pereyra

Dreaming of warm sunshine, wide stretches of sand and a frozen drink in your hand?  Yeah, we are, too. This weekend, take an (imaginary) journey to some of the best beaches in the 2 states that everyone in the Northeast wishes they were in right now: Florida and California.

Tomorrow night at 11|10c, tune in to Marianela’s Best Beaches, where Argentine model and Travel Channel beach expert Marianela Pereyra gives her unique perspective on some of America’s most beautiful stretches of coastline.

 

Get up-close and personal with sharks in Key West, FL:

 

Learn to make a bonfire at California’s Dockweiler Beach:

So you don’t have a valentine this year … whomp, whomp. Don’t spend the weekend gorging on chocolate hearts and swiping right on a certain dating app. Instead, consider exploring your options in a different city this year. The best city for finding love, according to a new Zillow survey? Washington, DC. The survey used 4 main metrics: percentage of population that’s single, percentage of population that’s new to the city and single (hello, fresh options), date spots, and disposable income to pay for said date spots. The Washington Post does pose the obvious question: Could Washington be the best city for love because it’s the most loveless city? Hmm, let’s stay hopeful!

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The thought of fleeing anywhere warm right now is particularly appealing since the damn groundhog saw his shadow and we’re stuck with 6 more weeks of winter. Admit it: Whether you were let down by Snowmageddon, brushed off record-breaking snow like the Midwest, or got pummeled by storms (sorry, Boston), you’d rather be at the beach right now.

The fact that it is Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day weekend is not lost on us, but if you were a major slacker with your plans, spend the extra time with your honey — or meet a new one — on a beach somewhere. These flights were priced from Travel Channel headquarters in DC, but visit SkySkanner.com (or your preferred search engine) to find the cheapest last-minute flights for you.

Miami

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Miami, $287
Sunny and 73 degrees, trapezing along Lincoln Road, and late-night Cuban sandwiches … need we go on? It also just happened to be named our Sexiest Beach for 2015 by Sports Illustrated model Nina Agdal. Sold.

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Caroline Wozniacki on Captiva Island

Caroline Wozniacki – Captiva Island – Photo Credit: Walter looss Jr / Sports Illustrated

In tandem with the release of the Sports Illustrated 2015 Swimsuit Edition, Travel Channel and Sports Illustrated teamed up to give viewers the ultimate behind-the-scenes look into what goes in to making the annual fan favorite. From the world’s sexiest swimsuit models to America’s most ideal locales, SI: The Making of Swimsuit 2015 kicks off with back-to-back premieres Sunday, starting at 9|8c, and continues with 1-hour specials every night at 9|8c through Wednesday.

As in recent years, there’s a special surprise for all you sports fans out there. This year’s issue features 2 of the fiercest, most competitive female athletes in the world, MMA fighter Ronda Rousey and professional tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. Join them on Captiva Island in Florida as they strip down to their bikinis and show off their athletic frames, proving that sports stars can be just as sexy as swimsuit models.

The countdown to Beach Week is on — it’s just 3 days away — so don’t miss out on the sexiest show to hit the air this season, as well as our other sunny, beach-paradise-themed programming, including 101 Sand n’ Surf Hotspots and back-to-back specials of Marianela’s Best Beaches.

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SI: The Making of Swimsuit – Hawaii

On Location With Sports Illustrated’s Nina Agdal

#TCBeachWeek

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Beach Week is back and it’s bigger than ever! Here are 3 ways you can get into the action.

1) Visit TravelChannel.com: From Sunday, Feb. 15, through Saturday, Feb. 18, TravelChannel.com is celebrating the best in beaches. Check out our Best Beach Award winners (and vote for your favorite!), go behind the scenes of SI: The Making of Swimsuit 2015, watch exclusive Marianela’s Best Beaches video and more.

2) Tune-In Starting on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 8|7c: This year we’re celebrating on-air with a 4-day programming event hosted by Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Nina Agdal, stacked with all-new premieres and sunny, beach-paradise-themed programming to help melt away those winter blues and inspire your next getaway.

3) Share Your Best Beach Photos! That’s right, when you find yourself needing a mental break from all of this winter weather, start combing through your Facebook and Instagram feeds and dig up your best beach photos. Share them with us on Instagram with hashtag #TCBEACHWEEK for a chance to be featured!

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More Beach Week 2015:
101 Sand n’ Surf Hot Spots
Which Beach Are You? Quiz
Win $100,000 Trip to Hawaii

Lexus believes in going beyond utility and pushing boundaries. The first-ever Lexus NX combines bold design, innovative technology and a turbocharged engine to take on whatever urban adventure comes your way.

Take our Metropolis quiz to find out which of the world’s greatest cities is your spirit animal. Still need convincing? Check out a side-by-side look at NYC and San Francisco, plus what to do and what not to do while you’re there.

New York City

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New York City
Feed off the energy of the city that never sleeps, whether you’re getting lost at the MoMA, taking in a Broadway play, strolling through Central Park or mingling among the brightest young things in Brooklyn. If you’re a classic, high-energy New Yorker at heart, their world is your oyster.

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This Week in Travel
Whether you’ve always dreamed of traveling solo or being in 2 places at once, this week in travel has you covered.

If you’ve written off Hawaii as a honeymoon destination, you’re missing out. Fathom reveals it’s also perfectly suited for road trips, hikes, surfing and dining solo.

In case you missed it: See the latest in a (very) long-standing Super Bowl tradition over on Skift.

If being in 2 places at once is on your bucket list, the Huffington Post has a solution beyond straddling a state line — visit Llívia, Spain.

Tour Los Feliz, CA, on Boat Magazine with local girl Mel Caselas Ayer writer, photographer, rock star’s wife and all-around “it” girl.

What do Delta Air Lines, United Continental Holdings, Air Canada and Turkish Airlines have in common? Travel and Leisure reveals they all freshen up their cabins with a custom scent.

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The year’s hottest night in music is almost here. On Sunday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., some of the music industry’s most popular recording artists will walk the red carpet in Los Angeles, CA, for the 57th annual Grammy Awards.

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Happy Birthday to the King of Reggae — Bob Marley! The legendary singer-songwriter was born on Feb. 6, 1945, and this year he would have celebrated his 70th birthday. “In this bright future you can’t forget your past…” nor such a legendary musician’s past either. So what better way to celebrate the Reggae star than with a visit to his colorful country of Jamaica, mon! Bob Marley fans from across the world make the pilgrimage to the beautiful island nation to see where the music legend lived and where his iconic sound took root.

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Take a moment. Wander from the suggested route. Experience a culture full of welcoming aloha. You won’t need a roadmap to find your most memorable moments. All you have to do is “Let Hawaii Happen.” gohawaii.com

Akaka Falls, Big Island
There are some things one has come to expect of Hawaii, such as otherworldly waterfalls, unrivaled beaches and ideal surf conditions, just to name a few. Then, there are the things you discover upon arrival: the genuine friendliness of the people, the fact that there is an active volcano … and that snow and sand can coexist on Hawaii Island! But there are some things that are intrinsic to an authentic Hawaiian experience, which manage to escape even the most well-intentioned itinerary or frequent visitor’s zeitgeist. To discover the true spirit of Hawaii, here are 5 things you must see, do and taste.

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