12 Islands to See by Kayak

12 Idyllic Islands Where The Kayaking is Sweet (Plus Where to Rent the Kayak)

By Molly Harris

Not too rough, not too crowded, always gorgeous—these wordwide waters to kayak make for a great excuse to go on your next vacation.

California Improving Coastal Access with New Beach Wheelchairs

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/11/2019, 5:15 PM

Eighteen coastal sites in California—from Clam Beach, where Highway 101 meets the Pacific in northern Arcata, to lively Ocean Beach in San Diego—are getting new wheelchairs and other mobility equipment designed to roll on sand. The state-run California Coastal Conservancy has approved a program to award grants to 11 different nonprofits so that they can purchase a total of 29 beach wheelchairs ...

How to Tell If You Need Travel Insurance, Based on the Type of Vacation

By Ramsey Qubein

Traveling soon and not sure if you need coverage? You just might. No company paid to be a part of this article—this is just our honest opinion about what might work best for each scenario.

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Take Your Next Beach Vacation in the Bahamas: It's the Right Thing to Do

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/10/2019, 8:15 PM

The pictures are devastating: mile after mile of rubble, overturned cars, and marooned boats where once homes, streets, and marinas stood. Hurricane Dorian, the slow-moving, hugely powerful storm that hit part of the Bahamas, was arguably the most destructive hurricane in modern history. Many are now asking how to help. The clear, if unexpected answer is: Go to the Bahamas on your next vacation....

Multigenerational travel

The Best Vacations to Take with Grandkids

By Veronica Stoddart

Here are some grand ideas for hitting the road with grandkids. Step one: Leave their parents at home. 

Key West Hotels Introduce "Underwater Library" with Waterproof Books

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/26/2019, 5:00 PM

Reading while lounging next to bodies of water is so popular it spawned a whole literary genre. But here's the thing about beach reads: There's a very real chance you'll ruin the book if you get it wet. Two hotels in Key West, Florida, have devised a clever solution to this perennial vacation problem: waterproof books.  The new "underwater library" is an aquarium tank stocked with fully submerge...

Leonard's Bakery sign, Honolulu, Hawaii

Eat Like a Local: The Best Cheap Food in Honolulu, Oahu

By Jason Cochran

If you know where to go, you can eat like the locals do—fresh ahi tuna, decadent one-of-a-kind pastries, and heaping portions of the famous Hawaiian "plate lunch" are all within easy reach of the beach.

Best Beaches in Italy

The Best Beaches in Italy (And How to Get to Them)

By Elizabeth Heath

Where to find Italy’s most dazzling beaches, and what to expect once you get there.

Arthur Frommer: Viewing Whales and Dolphins in Captivity Should No Longer be Seen as Ethical

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/15/2019, 1:00 AM

A major step forward in the ethical treatment of large sea life was just taken by Sir Richard Branson.     On behalf of all the Branson entities, he has announced that his companies will no longer participate in tours with or presentations of captive whales and dolphins, otherwise known as cetaceans.     Those large animals are today found to be thinking creatures with emotions and tho...

Vacation Rental Law Hits Hawaii Hard—How to Navigate Tough Rental Regulations

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/14/2019, 6:00 PM

Long before Airbnb was a twinkle on founder Brian Chesky’s browser, New York State had a law severely limiting short-term rentals. Called the "Multiple Dwelling Law," it has, in its many iterations, banned short-term rentals of less than 30 days in the state, including New York City, since 1929. The law was strengthened in both 2011 and 2018; today, it applies to apartments in buildings with mo...

How to Plan the Perfect Nantucket Vacation

A Nantucket Vacation: Making it Affordable and Easy, From Hotels to the Best Beaches

By Pauline Frommer

Nantucket can be a tricky destination. Here's how to have the vacation of a lifetime without raiding the kids' college fund.

Visiting This Australian Museum Will Require Flippers and an Oxygen Tank

By Ben Appel

Posted on 07/24/2019, 12:00 AM

Deep-sea divers with an interest in sculpture should mark their calendars for December, when the first installation of visionary artist Jason deCaires Taylor’s Museum of Underwater Art is set to be unveiled at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  (Image by Jason deCaires Taylor) The MOUA, which will eventually comprise works at several spots around Queensland, will debut with a coastal-bas...

LGBT-friendly beaches on the United States east coast

The New P-Town: 10 Reasons Why Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Should Be Your Next LGBT Vacation Destination

By Ben Appel

Learn why the charming coastal town of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, rivals Provincetown as the LGBT beach destination on the East Coast.

Family Cruising 101: Book everything early

Family Cruising: The Ultimate Guide to Planning Cruise Vacations with Kids

By Candyce H. Stapen

Here's the only guide to planning megaship vacations with your kids that you'll ever need.

Now Streaming: A Social Media–Themed Water Park near Orlando

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/24/2019, 9:45 PM

A new water park with a social media theme has just opened next to Margaritaville Resort Orlando in central Florida. Dubbed Island H2O Live!, the park has eight water slides with names like Follow Me Falls, Hashtag Heights, and Reply Racers. You'll also find the Chat Creek lazy river, Megabytes snack bar, and adults-only Private Domain pool. Seems like there should also be a Data Mine slide wher...

Belvedere Palace in Vienna

Europe in Autumn: Where to Go in September, October, and November

By Frommer's Staff

For travelers averse to summer crowds and winter temperatures, autumn is an ideal season to visit many parts of Europe. Here are our favorite places to visit in September, October, and November.

Richard Branson Touts His New Cruise, But What Is it Like, Asks Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/13/2019, 8:00 AM

You can count on Sir Richard Branson to market his new ocean-going cruise ship, the Scarlet Lady, in an utterly unique fashion—and that’s what he has now done.     Springing the funds for a costly, full-page New York Times ad, he has used that extravagant space to appeal to residents of South Dakota, of all places—because, he claims, South Dakota is the only state in America that has not yet...

Here Are the Major Cruise Lines' Policies on Cuba Cancellations

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 06/05/2019, 6:00 PM

Tens of thousands of people are holding tickets for cruises to Cuba that, in a snap of a finger, the Trump Administration has said they now can't use. Here are the cruise companies' current policies—verbatim—on what to do if you have booked a Cuba-bound cruise with them. Norwegian Cruise Line   As you know, yesterday the United States government announced new and immediate travel restric...

Trump Administration Announces Bans on Cruises and Tours to Cuba

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/04/2019, 3:00 PM

The other zapato has dropped. In April, White House National Security Advisor John Bolton announced that the Treasury Department would soon implement new regulations to restrict non-family travel to Cuba. But I don't think anyone expected the roll-out of those new regulations to be as abrupt, messy, or sweeping as the ones announced today turned out to be.   On Tuesday afternoon, the Treasury De...

Arthur Frommer: Seaweed is Invading the Mexican Caribbean, But There's a Bright Side

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/30/2019, 7:00 AM

Among the current important news of travel is a sudden and mysterious drop in tourist traffic to the so-called “Mexican Caribbean” (Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Tulum, the Mayan Riviera), an area which usually accounts for half of all tourism to Mexico.     After several speculative guesses as to what is happening, scientists and Mexican officials have agreed that the cause is “sa...

Royal Caribbean's CocoCay: What to Expect, How to Prepare

Royal Caribbean's Perfect Day at CocoCay: What to Expect, How to Prepare

By Jason Cochran

Royal Caribbean's $250 million upgrade to its private island in the Bahamas is impressive. But it requires some planning.

Famous Thai Beach to Remain Closed Two More Years—at Least

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/13/2019, 4:00 PM

Thailand's Maya Bay, which played the titular locale in the 2000 Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach, is currently closed to tourists and will remain that way until at least 2021.  Officials first banned visitors from the scenic scoop of sand on the island of Koh Phi Phi Leh during the summer of 2018. The idea was to give the natural environment, particularly fragile underwater corals, a chance to ...

Norwegian Joy

Norwegian Joy Ride: A Tour of the Go-Kart-Topped Cruise Ship

By Zac Thompson

Originally used for Asian itineraries, the Norwegian Joy has been reassigned to North America's West Coast, following a $50 million makeover. Here's what's onboard.  

Dinner in the Sky

You're Eating Where?! The World's Weirdest Restaurants

By Veronica Stoddart

From the depths of the ocean to hanging high above the earth, here are 10 restaurants so unusual you’ll have a hard time focusing on your food.

The Prettiest French Seaside Holiday Towns

The Prettiest French Seaside Towns for the Perfect Vacation

By Lily Heise

Whether you want to escape to a frozen-in-time fishing village or a grand seaside resort dating to the heyday of the Belle Époque, there’s a French seaside village perfect for you.