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The 1,500-room property has over 20 restaurants and bars, including Ossiano, a Mediterranean-inspired seafood restaurant submerged in Atlantis’ Ambassador Lagoon where coral reefs teem with marine life. More »

Nicaragua

Nicaragua is still a diamond in the rough, but it offers many of the same splendors that draw travelers to its neighbor to the south, Costa Rica — lush rainforest, beautiful white-sand beaches, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. Other draws? The great surfing, charming Spanish Colonial towns, enormous lakes, low crime rates, and friendly locals. With the opening of the rustic-luxe Aqua Wellness Resort in 2011 and the uber-luxuriousMukul earlier this year, the country is poised to become the next tourism hot spot. The country is already popular with the backpacker and adventure travel crowd, just as Costa Rica was before it saw an explosion of resort development.

Those planning a getaway to Central America should note that there are a few advantages to traveling to Nicaragua over Costa Rica. Nicaragua has much more Spanish Colonial history and charm, with historic churches and plazas in the towns of Granada and Leon. Because it is relatively undiscovered compared to Costa Rica, it also offers a more authentic experience — visitors might see locals riding horses and carts through the streets, fruit stands selling unripe mangoes and jocotes (tart snacks popular among the Nicaraguans), and one of the country’s many lively street festivals. Plus, prices for just about everything, including food and transportation, tend to be far cheaper.

- Oyster.com Staff

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Ideally located on a lush private acreage on Brickell Key, the tasteful Mandarin Oriental tower may feel like it occupies its own island when, in fact, it’s a part of Miami’s glitzy downtown. More »

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Even cruise ships can anchor in the Bay of Villefranche, one of the deepest natural harbors in the Mediterranean. More »

 

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South Beach Marina on the southwest end of Hilton Head Island is a favorite gathering place for locals and tourists alike. More »

Courtesy of D-Hotel Maris

Turkish beach travel soared to new levels of luxury with the 2012 remodel of the D-Hotel Maris on the Datça Peninsula. More »

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“Bali Ha’i may call you, any night, any day. In your heart, you’ll hear it call you:
Come away… come away.” More »

 

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The term “overwater bungalow” has practically become synonymous with Bora Bora, a connection that the French Polynesian island group’s resorts have no reason to contradict. More »

 

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Cafes and sandal making shops, just steps from the sand, attract tourists and locals alike to this quiet playground between Sorrento and Amalfi. More »

 

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