Florida Keys to Reopen to Tourists October 1

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/25/2017, 8:30 PM

The Florida Keys will reopen to tourists on October 1, government officials there have announced. The archipelago just off the southern tip of Florida was hit with extreme force by Hurricane Irma on September 10, when the Category 4 storm made landfall, destroying an estimated 25% of homes on the islands.     In the immediate aftermath, officials advised travelers to postpone trips to the area w...

$5/Day One-Way Car Rentals to Florida Right Now

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/20/2017, 11:00 PM

It's time for the Great Florida Drive-In. Each autumn, the major rental car brands need to shift inventory to their parking lots in Florida to meet winter tourist demand.  Normally, it'll cost a hefty extra fee to drop off a rental car in a different location than where you picked it up. Not right now. For the next few weeks, renters in the northeastern United States will find deals that hover aro...

Not All of the Caribbean was Devastated by Irma: Don't Neglect the Rest

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/15/2017, 6:00 PM

Our hearts go out to those island nations that suffered so badly from recent storms—St. Martin, the Virgin Islands, Barbuda, among them. But by assuming that all such islands were equally affected, and by then canceling our general plans to vacation in the Caribbean, we increase the suffering of that area.     It’s important to realize that some Caribbean islands were totally or primarily by...

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One U.S. Virgin Islands Resort Stands a Good Chance of Reopening First

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/15/2017, 5:15 PM

Back in July, it was announced that a new management company had taken over the unique tented community known as Cinnamon Bay on the gorgeous island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The news was greeted with enthusiasm by the tens of thousands of unpretentious, cost-conscious tourists who, over the years, have used large tents as their beachfront accommodations in St. John.   The new...

After the Storms: What You Need to Know If You Have Booked Travel to Impacted Regions

By Frommer's Staff

Harvey's and Irma's effects will be felt for months to come. What the airlines, cruise lines, hotel companies, and other travel industry entities are—and aren't—doing to help those who have travel plans.

Sonoma Coast State Park in California

California State Parks That Would Be National Parks Anywhere Else

In California, even the state parks are awe-inspiring. From redwood forests to unspoiled beaches and otherworldly deserts, here are eight spots that would be national parks anywhere else.

U.S. Expands Mexico Travel Warning to Include Cancun and Los Cabos

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/24/2017, 7:00 PM

For the first time, the U.S. State Department has expanded its Mexico travel warning to include the states where some of the country's most popular beach resorts are located.  Updating a warning released in December, the government names Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo among the places where U.S. citizens have been the victims of violence caused by criminal organizations.  Baja California S...

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Which Bahamas Island Is Right for You? Use Our Paradise Picker

There are 700 islands in the Bahamas, and while nearly each one is a looker, they're not all the same. We'll help you find the right speck of paradise for you, based on what you're into—seclusion, adventure, history, or swimming pigs.
A Jersey Shore beach

The Best Beaches on the Jersey Shore

Welcome to the real Jersey Shore—a vast expanse of sand and sea with excellent surfing, nature preserves, amusement parks, and seafood shacks. Here's our rundown of the best beaches in New Jersey.
Hot Travel Instagrammers

20 Beautiful Instagram Accounts By Beautiful Travelers

Call them your travel Instababes. We’ve chosen 20 hot Instagram users who go beyond the usual vacation images—and who do it in a language that sociual media rewards: by being as gorgeous as their adventures.

Toppled Rock Formation in Malta Now a Popular Scuba Diving Site

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/16/2017, 12:00 AM

The Mediterranean nation of Malta lost one of its most recognizable—and most Instagrammable—landmarks in March, when the Azure Window, a 92-foot limestone arch(pictured above) on the island of Gozo went tumbling into the sea after heavy storms. But the natural icon didn't just vanish into thin air. It now lies in enormous boulders under the surf at depths ranging from 16 to more than 100 feet. T...

Hurricane Season Could Be Worse Than Initially Predicted

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/15/2017, 12:00 AM

Weather watchers were already expecting the 2017 hurricane season to be unusually active in the western Atlantic, including the Caribbean region.  But now researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) think the season could be even worse than initially projected.  The NOAA is predicting 14 to 19 named storms, 5 to 9 of which could become hurricanes. That's up from the ...

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Adventure Ahoy! Tracking the Caribbean's Real-Life Pirates

Hoist the Jolly Roger and get out those treasure maps: We're setting sail in search of the sites once haunted by the cutthroats and swashbucklers who terrorized the Caribbean during the golden age of piracy. Don't be surprised if we shiver your timbers.

Replacing Maho Bay, Newly Expanded Cinnamon Bay Provides Affordable Digs in the U.S. Virgin Islands

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/08/2017, 12:00 AM

For many years, a collection of tented bungalows called Maho Bay, on the quiet island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, was the world’s best-kept budget secret. Sensitive, intelligent Americans flocked to stay in these primitive digs, and thus enjoyed the cheapest tropical vacation on earth. It was a fabulous place. But Maho Bay’s lease ran out, it was forced to close, and its owners are ...

Sunset in Guam

All About Guam: Where It Is, What to Do, and the Strange Way They Eat Mangoes

Guam, an American territory in the western Pacific, is a lot closer to Asia than it is to the mainland. That's why it's off the radar for most American tourists, despite its distinct island appeal.

A New Warning About Cocktails at Some Mexican All-Inclusive Resorts

By Pauline Frommer

Toxic alcohol is a rising problem at some unethical resorts in Mexico. Here's what you should know—and how to tell if you've had sub-par booze.

A view of the central town on Mackinack Island from Fort Mackinac

Mackinac Island: Lost in Time

The car never came to Mackinac Island—but famed researchers, Native Americans, fur traders, invading British troops, and vacationers galore did. Discover the big impact on history and travel made by this tiny speck in Lake Huron.
Minneapolis skyline as seen from the Stone Arch Bridge

Minneapolis Is Underrated. Here Are 10 Reasons Why It Shouldn’t Be.

If you live outside the Midwest, you probably don't think twice about Minneapolis. But from the arts to the outdoors, this Twin City stands apart. We've got 10 good reasons to pay a visit.
What to do on Gran Canaria Island

What to Do on (Very Windy) Gran Canaria Island

Touring the highlights of Gran Canaria island, or Grand Canary Island, in the North Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco.
A tight turn on the Amalfi Coast in Italy

European Road Trips: The Best Coastal Drives

We're hitting the road to find Europe's best coastal scenery—from rugged and windswept to sunny and sandy.

VIDEO: The Natural Beauty of Northern Michigan

By Frommer's Editors

Pauline Frommer celebrates the natural beauty of Northern Michigan, land of cherry trees, towering sand dunes, and Great Lakes.

A lifeguard stand on a beach in California

America's Best Beaches, Coast to Coast

Celebrate America's considerable coastal beauty with this roundup of the nation's best beaches—where you'll find the softest sand, clearest water, and best swimming.