In Curaçao, a Wondrous Cathedral Constructed Out of Thorns

By Alexis Flippin

On this Southern Caribbean island, an artist is transforming a ferocious local plant into a thing of beauty and grace that you can visit on your next vacation.

Travel gifts, many under $100

Frommer's Gift Guide: Great Stuff for Travel

Don't know what to buy your favorite traveler? Frommer's has the best gift ideas for you.
Frommer's' Best Places to Go 2018

Frommer's' Best Places to Go in 2018

The 18 best places around the world to see something new, soak up culture, marvel at nature, and eat great food in 2018.
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Hot Travel Instagrammers from around the world

21 Beautiful Instagram Accounts By Beautiful Travelers

Call them your travel Instababes. We’ve chosen 20 hot Instagram users who go beyond the usual humdrum vacation images—and who do it in a language that social media rewards: by being as gorgeous as their adventures.
Great, quiet islands for an Italy vacation

You'll Love these Lesser-Known Islands in Italy For a Quiet Vacation

The next time you find yourself fantasizing about a vacation to an island in Italy, consider these lesser-known treasures.

The Cruise Industry Goes All Out to Claim Caribbean Ports Have Recovered

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/20/2017, 5:15 PM

When did you last see an ad for land-based resorts in Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands?    You probably haven’t. The damage to beaches and roads leading to some of those properties seems too significant to overcome concerns about them. While such major Caribbean islands as Jamaica, Aruba, Curacao, St. Lucia, and others have suffered no damage at all from the recent hurricanes, Puerto R...

A surfer wipes out

Travel Experiences That Aren't What They're Cracked Up to Be

Let’s face it: Not every travel experience is as rewarding as advertised. Frommer’s staffers share activities that we expected to be enjoyable and enriching—but weren’t.

If You Crave a Caribbean Vacation, Many Areas Escaped Storm Damage: A List

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/10/2017, 4:45 PM

This coming winter, many thousands of Americans will agonize over whether they can enjoy tropical vacations in the Caribbean of the sort they once knew. Should they even bother to apply for reservations in an area broadly damaged by hurricanes?   Fortunately, a majority of these famed islands was either unaffected by storms or else so moderately damaged that they can be restored and repaired...

Starting Oct. 13, Drive California's Highway 1 from Carmel to Big Sur Again

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/09/2017, 2:45 AM

With the completion of the new Pfeiffer Creek Bridge in Big Sur, California, a key portion of the state's spectacularly scenic Highway 1 is set to reopen on October 13.  The original bridge had to be demolished in March after damage caused by heavy rains. That cut Big Sur in two and made it impossible for drivers to complete the rugged central coast route that starts in Carmel—one of the country'...

Calabria, the toe of Italy’s boot, is unfairly one of the country’s lesser-known regions

14 Reasons Calabria Needs to Be Your Next Italy Vacation

Calabria, the toe of Italy’s boot, is one of the country’s lesser-known regions among Americans, but that's not fair. We'll tell you why it makes for one of the best quiet beach and seaside vacations in Italy.

Waterfront Entertainment Complex in D.C. Set to Open Oct. 12

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/02/2017, 11:45 PM

A soon-to-open waterfront development in Washington, D.C. is set to offer visitors a bunch of new dining, entertainment, and outdoor recreation options just south of the National Mall. Scheduled to begin welcoming guests on October 12, The Wharf is an ambitious project combining more than 20 food and drink venues, three hotels, shops, a 6,000-seat concert hall, and a water taxi system along a mil...

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...

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...

Bahamas beach

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.

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 ...

Pirate flag

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.