Two chairs on a dock in clear shallow water surrounded by palm trees.

Visit Belize’s Tobacco Caye

If your tropical island dream includes sharing said island with a few dozen fellow travelers, snorkelers, divers, rum drinkers, and hammock sitters from around the world, then Tobacco Caye is your place.

The sun sets over the horizon turning a dramatic cloud covered sky from golden to deep purple.

Planning Your Time in Belize’s Northern Cayes

Once the favorite hideout and playground of pirates, the Northern Cayes are Belize’s greatest tourism draw, and with good reason. These postcard-perfect islands offer quick access to the Belize Barrier Reef and Hol Chan Marine Reserve, a dizzying array of outdoor activities, and enough lodging, restaurants, and entertainment options to fit celebrity and backpacker budgets alike.

A boat is docked along a strip of shore surrounded by calm, clear water.

Discover Belize

If you’ve traveled in other parts of Central America or the Caribbean, forget them all. Belize is different: It is coconut shavings in your rice and beans. It is butter pooling in your conch soup—with a squirt of lime and a splash of hot sauce to make it bite. Belize is the hemisphere’s largest barrier reef; it is massive forests of giant cohune palms and prehistoric tree ferns, some amid ancient Mayan plazas.

Agua Volcano watches over Antigua, Guatemala’s old colonial capital.

Discover Guatemala

Guatemala has always been the stuff of legend. Discover its people, its vast landscapes, and learn about its seasons and popular travel times to help plan your own visit to this magical land.

Silk Cayes. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

Discover the Belize Cayes

Belize’s cayes are everyone’s deserted island fantasy come true. Learn about the many islands and their draw, plan when to visit with expert advice, then discover them for yourself.

Storefronts line the banks of the Co Chien River in Vinh Long. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Planning Your Time in the Mekong Delta

Exploring western Vietnam allows for more interaction with locals and a more authentic glimpse of daily life than many other destinations along the coast. Here’s how to effectively plan your time in the area, making the most of your explorations, along with a general overview of the area’s geography and population.

Downtown Hanoi at rush hour. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Planning Your Time in Hanoi, Vietnam

There’s no denying that the soul of Vietnam lies in Hanoi. Along its busy streets every era of the city’s history shines, in its gracefully aging cathedral, sturdy Communist architecture, and the vibrant Old Quarter. A place to savor rather than sightsee, here’s how to plan your time in Hanoi.

The San Juan, Puerto Rico, skyline at night.

Discover San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico, is arguably the most cosmopolitan city in the Caribbean, yet so full of history as well. Discover all that San Juan has to offer, learn about the city’s heritage, and brush up on how to plan your time in the city.

A woman works in the terraced rice paddies of Vietnam's northwest. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Discover Vietnam: When to Go

Discover Vietnam, where bustling cities and sleepy farming towns alike thrive, rising in a cacophonous clash of old and new, modern and traditional. Learn about the country’s rhythms and the best times to visit.