Unknown to Most Americans, Florida Now Has a Speedy Railway, Writes Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/17/2019, 9:00 AM

When the current governor of California recently announced that he was discontinuing work on a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, multitudes of train enthusiasts all but wept.   How, they cried, could a poor country like Spain operate high-speed trains between Madrid and Barcelona, while wealthy California could not find the same resources in America? The god of trai...

This Spring, It Will Never Be Cheaper to Fly to Hawaii, Says Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/10/2019, 9:00 AM

The biggest news in travel is the recent start-up by price-cutting Southwest Airlines of a massive number of flights from the U.S. west coast to the islands of Hawaii.  Travel to those popular resorts will never be the same again. For several decades, the airlines serving Hawaii have zealously maintained the highest possible price level for flights there.   Vacationers paid as much as $60...

This Rolling Hotel Moves to Wherever the Surf's Up

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/09/2019, 7:15 PM

A new hotel makes traveling among the beaches of southwestern Portugal super-easy—because it's the hotel that does the traveling. The Truck Surf Hotel is just that: a cargo truck that has been converted into a surf hotel. The double-decker B&B on wheels features a kitchen, living area, bathroom, and large sliding doors on the lower level. Upstairs, hydraulic arms extend to make space for fiv...

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South African President de Klerk's Retreat Becomes All-Inclusive Beach Lodge

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/02/2019, 4:00 PM

The coastal retreat of former South African president F.W. de Klerk has been reborn as an all-inclusive, eco-conscious lodge overlooking an untouched, nearly 4-mile (6km)-long stretch of Indian Ocean beachfront.  Set to open April 15, Lekkerwater Beach Lodge is located about a 3-hour drive east of Cape Town in a secluded area of De Hoop Nature Reserve, a landscape of sand and scrub between the oc...

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Travel Bargain Hunting? Where the Dollar Is Strong Now

By Zac Thompson

There are still places across the globe where American travelers can get plenty of bang for their bucks. Here's where the dollar will stretch the furthest.

Eat with the Fishes at Norway's New Underwater Restaurant

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/25/2019, 9:00 AM

A new restaurant with what's being billed as Europe's first underwater dining room will soon open on the southern tip of Norway.  The semi-submerged, aptly named Under is housed in a 112-foot (34m)-long rectangular building, one end of which sits on the seabed, 18 feet (5.5m) below the surface of the North Atlantic. The other, aboveground end looks kind of like an intermediate species dragging i...

Unruly Drinking on This Spanish Island Could Cost You Thousands

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/22/2019, 1:00 AM

Tourists who break public drinking laws on the Spanish island of Majorca—long known for its beaches and raucous party scene—will face fines of up to €3,000 (US$3,400) this summer, as part of a crackdown on boozy misbehavior. Under the new restrictions, law enforcement can fine alcohol-fueled revelers for fighting, breaking stuff, and otherwise “causing a public nuisance," according to The Indepen...

Spot Orcas and Dolphins Along Western Scotland's New Whale Trail

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/12/2019, 9:30 PM

About a quarter of the world's whale and dolphin species have been spotted at one time or another in the waters around western Scotland's Hebrides islands, according to the nonprofit Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust (HWDT).  Starting in May, visitors should have an even better chance of glimpsing those cetaceans with the launch of the Hebridean Whale Trail. Developed by the HWDT, the trail is...

1917 photo of a U.S. military diver

Scuba Diving Certification: Should You Take the Plunge on Vacation?

By Zac Thompson

How does someone find training and certification for underwater diving? We got some answers for newbies who'd like to explore the depths. 

Best Lakefront Hotel Trips for Families in the USA and Canada

Top Lake Resort Vacations for Families in the U.S. and Canada

By Candyce H. Stapen

These diverse lake destinations and resorts please kids of various ages and families with differing tastes and budgets.

12 Hot and Fresh Hotels to Book in 2019

By Juliana Shallcross

A dozen new hotels that are cool right now: From beach vacations to gambling weekends, luxe to lax, there's a brand new hotel opening to suit your tastes.

Meet the USA's Newest National Park

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/22/2019, 3:45 PM

The United States has a new national park. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has been re-designated Indiana Dunes National Park thanks to a provision in the same spending bill that averted another government shutdown on February 15.  The Northwest Indiana site, which has been a federally protected national lakeshore since 1966, stretches for 15 miles along Lake Michigan, encompassing 15,000 acres...

You Can Go Standup Paddleboarding at San Antonio's River Walk Now

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/12/2019, 9:30 PM

If you feel your city sightseeing hasn't done enough to test your balance and core strength lately, here's a good remedy: a new way to see San Antonio. Local company SUP SATX now offers lessons and tours in standup paddleboarding—which involves standing or kneeling on a surfboard while using an oar to propel yourself forward—along the city's namesake waterway. After a 30-minute lesson, paddl...

Key West Bans Common Types of Sunscreen

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/08/2019, 1:00 AM

In a late effort to revive its rapidly dying coral reef system, the island city of Key West, the crown of the Florida Keys, will ban sales of all sunscreen containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate. "Various studies indicate the two chemicals can increase coral bleaching, cause mortality in developing coral and cause genetic damage to corals and other marine organisms," stated the offi...

Best resorts for families in the Caribbean and the Bahamas: make sure your choice appeals to everyone

The Best Resorts for Families in the Caribbean and the Bahamas

By Candyce H. Stapen

Frommer’s chooses our favorite resorts for kids and their parents in the Caribbean and the Bahamas—for every budget.
What to do in Alaska in summer

Alaska in the Summer: Whale Watching, Glacier Hikes, and the Best Cities to Visit

By Kris Capps

What is there to do in Alaska (other than take a cruise)? In you're there at the right time, you can't miss these experiences.
Paros, Greece

Places to Visit in Europe in Summer: Great Vacation Ideas

By Frommer's Staff

If you need a cheap European destination for June, July, August, or September, you have to get creative. From beaches to festivals, our continent-spanning roundup of Europe's warm-weather destinations will help you have the best summer vacation ever.  

Tipping in Mexico: A Gratuities Guide for Restaurants, Hotels, and All-Inclusive Resorts

By Zac Thompson

Tips on tipping wait staff, hotel workers, bartenders, and tour guides in Mexico

The Caribbean's Newest Resorts are Now North of Cancun, Reports Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/13/2018, 12:00 AM

We Americans tend to have widely divergent views about Mexico. Some regard that nation as a place of constant poverty and problems. Other more perceptive types are aware of Mexico’s skyrocketing rise in the world of tourism.   Mexico is currently enjoying a major increase in its yearly number of international visitors, and similar advances in many other industries. In particular, giant new hotels...

The Trends That Will Shape Travel in 2019 by Pauline Frommer

The Trends That Will Shape Travel in 2019

By Pauline Frommer

What will travel hold in the coming year? We asked a wide variety of travel experts to share their thoughts.

Arthur Frommer: Rejecting an Army Made Life in Costa Rica Better

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/06/2018, 12:00 AM

Of all the documentary films recently shown in America, one has a special relevance to the world of travel. It is called A Bold Peace, and it deals with the Central American nation of Costa Rica.   To the extent that it showcases that country’s superb beaches, its forested mountains, and its beautiful cities, it is a superb travelogue, encouraging Americans to vacation there. (You can purchase ou...

Horseback riding in Aruba

What to Do in Aruba When You're Tired of Sunbathing

By Zac Thompson

You may want to spend all of your Aruba vacation loafing in the sun. If not, here's where to go for nature, history, food, shopping, and adventure. 

The Celebrity Edge photo tour

The Celebrity Edge: A Tour of the New Pinnacle of Cruise Ship Design

By Jason Cochran

Have a look around the new (2018) Celebrity Edge, a modern breed of cruise ship.

Arthur Frommer: The Safest Destinations Are Named. Guess Who's Not a Leader?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/27/2018, 2:00 AM

A well-respected international consumer organization has picked the safest countries in which to travel, and the United States is nowhere among the leaders. Which are the world’s safest countries in which to travel? In these days of terror and climate change, that question is posed by a great many would-be tourists. An international organization recently researched that question, and to no o...

Frommer's' Best Places to Go in 2019 List

Frommer's Best Places to Go in 2019

By Frommer's Staff

The 19 best places around the world to see something new, soak up culture, marvel at nature, and eat great food in 2019.