TripAdvisor: 5 Caribbean Destinations You Never Think Of

TripAdvisor created this upbeat video featuring scenery and attractions from five Caribbean Destinations You Never Think Of. Spoiler alert: They are Costa Rica, Honduras, Trinidad & Tobago, Panama and Belize. Enjoy!

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25 Best Beaches in the Caribbean | Islands decided to take its turn at a “best beach” ranking. Here are its 25 can’t-miss Caribbean beaches.

Source: 25 Best Beaches in the Caribbean | Islands

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What happens to a Spring Break town when it cracks down on Spring Break? – The New York Times

Panama City Beach, stung from the party-hard reputation it has gained, is now finding that a move to tone things down might have been bad for business.

Source: In a Florida Party Town, Last Call Leaves a Financial Hangover – The New York Times

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10 Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA | U.S. News Travel

IMG_0884Taking the family to the beach can create lifelong memories, as long as every member of the family is satisfied. To help you choose your next family beach vacation, U.S. News considered factors like safe waters, kid-friendly attractions, dining options, spacious accommodations, multi-generational appeal and overall accessibility. The list below features destinations across the country that are most ideal for family getaways, according to travel experts and our readers. Weigh in by voting below, then use this list to plan your upcoming travels.

Source: 10 Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA | U.S. News Travel

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Unruly Spring Break Crowds Cause Issues on Miami Beach | NBC 6 South Florida

Spring breakers got rowdy on Miami Beach Friday night. Crowds got out-of-control, forcing Miami Beach Police to shut down some streets.

Find out more at NBC 6 South Florida: Unruly Spring Break Crowds Cause Issues on Miami Beach | NBC 6 South Florida

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Visiting Stingray City Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands – a Review

On our first full day to the Cayman Islands, we headed out on a boat trip to Stingray City Grand Cayman, a sandbar that attracts stingrays into its waist-high waters.  Visitors arrive from a variety of different ways – tour boats, private boats, and jet skis, but we took a tour boat from Captain Melvin’s, which is located right across the street from the Westin (where we stayed).

Source: Visiting Stingray City Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands – a Review

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Beach of the Week: Hollywood Beach, Florida

BeachManiacBlogWithText3_150pxBustling. It’s the perfect word to describe Hollywood Beach, Florida. With the addition last fall of the Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville Beach Resort and the Margaritaville Entertainment District – complete with an outdoor beachside music and entertainment stage and FlowRider Double waterslide – added life has been breathed into this already vibrant destination. Put on your beach shirt, shorts and sandals and stroll two and a half miles up and down the palm-tree lined promenade past dozens of outdoor dining and drinking venues on one side with the umbrella-decorated sand and bubbling surf on the other. Or rent a bike – we recommend Skip Rogers and the good people at The Bike Shack – and soak it all in while gliding past the crowd. I visited Hollywood Beach recently and took the video above and the pictures below.

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Hollywood Beach Weather:

Chance of a Thunderstorm
05/28/2016 30%
High 85° / Low 74°
Partly Cloudy
05/29/2016 20%
High 86° / Low 74°
Partly Cloudy
05/30/2016 20%
High 88° / Low 75°
05/31/2016 20%
High 87° / Low 76°
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Beach of the Week: Poipu Beach, Kauai


On the balcony of a Sheraton Kauai room overlooking Poipu Beach.

BeachManiacBlogWithText3_150pxPoipu Beach, on the sun-drenched South Shore of Kaui, is widely recognized as one of the best beaches in the world. It is actually made up of three crescents of golden sand that – when combined with reef formations – provide the perfect environment for swimming, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, boogie boarding, or just wading in the clear, turquoise waters. The abundant sunshine on the South Coast draws sun-bathing tourists to the resorts and parks along the shore but it never feels crowded on Poipu.

At the heart of Poipu Beach is the Sheraton Kauai Resort, where you can relax amid swaying palm trees or answer the call of the ocean. Don’t be surprised if you spot a seal or two relaxing on the sand, or in season (winter and early spring) see humpback whales splashing across the top of the open waters.

Poipu Beach is great destination for families, with a lot to offer kids of any age. At Poipu Beach Park, you’ll find a lifeguard on duty to help watch over the kids. The park also offers showers, restrooms and picnic areas.

Poipu Beach has often been named one of the world’s top beaches, including being dubbed America’s Best Beach by The Travel Channel. Dr. Beach, a noted authority who ranks beaches annually, also has ranked Poipu Beach number one in the United States.

Explore the many great hotels and resorts along and near Poipu Beach.

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Beach of the Week: Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas

Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, Bahamas. Photo by Mike's Birds via Flickr

Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, Bahamas. Photo by Mike’s Birds via Flickr

BeachManiacBlogWithText3_150pxYes, Pink Sands Beach on Harbour Island in the Bahamas has exactly what its name suggests – beautiful soft sand with a pinkish glimmer – but there are a lot of other reasons as well to love this three-mile stretch of paradise. The clear, gentle turquoise waters are protected from the Atlantic waves by a coral reef, making for great swimming and snorkeling.  The food choices include everything from fine restaurants to more casual bayside cuisine, and the lodging ranges from comfortable and charming to luxurious.

This recent review on TripAdvisor says it all:

“Having seen this on the list of the 10 most outstanding beaches in the world, I had to check it out for myself…..

“It hit all the right spots for a perfect beach for me. Gorgeous pink sand that shimmers in the sunlight and changes hue with the light from the sun or with the water crashing against it. Turquoise clear waters with nary a large wave but smooth as silk sometimes and wonderful to swim, jump and just generally play in. What makes this spot even better is that the beach stretches for more than 2 miles I think with very little to distract from the wonder of the beach itself, there is never a large crowd making noise or causing a ruckus and one can feel completely at peace and isolated from all that could be wrong in the world.”

Find out more about Pink Sands Beach and explore lodging options.

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