The Best of Aruba in One Week

You’ll get plenty of gorgeous beaches, azure water, and memorable sunsets in this seven-day itinerary—and you’ll also head inland to explore the culture and unique topography of Aruba.

Belize’s Lighthouse Reef Atoll and Half Moon Caye

On Lighthouse Reef Atoll, you’ll find Half Moon Caye, a historical natural monument and protected area with a lighthouse, bird sanctuary, shipwrecks, and incredible diving spots offshore. Author Lily Girma shares everything you need to know about this interesting area.

If you could only recommend one beach in Los Cabos, which would it be?

Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach) is the only beach in the world to border the Sea of Cortez on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. Take a water taxi from Playa El Medano or the marina in Cabo San Lucas, or rent a kayak and paddle yourself. Bring snorkeling gear and a picnic lunch for a perfect afternoon in the sun.

Best Beaches in Los Cabos along the Corridor

Author Nikki Goth Itoi points you toward the best places to take a dip or lay your towel along the 29-kilometer stretch of beautiful coastline between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas known as the Corridor.

Which beach would you recommend for the overall best beach experience in Belize?

If you’re looking for a great beach with entertainment, Placencia Beach is definitely the best pick. In addition to 16 miles of golden sand that stretches across three areas or neighborhoods, there are numerous bars, restaurants, and boutique hotels lining its shores—and therefore plenty of all-around entertainment. And while Belize's offshore cayes or islands are my favorites and have stunning white sand beaches surrounded by gorgeous Caribbean turquoise waters, they're often isolated or restricted to on-site resort visitors only. If you want to experience a secluded white sand beach and turquoise waters straight out of a dreamy postcard, then take a day trip or stay on one of the offshore islands, like South Water Caye or Ranguana Caye.