Boats moored in the shallow waters of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

The Virgin Islands’ Best Snorkeling

Good snorkeling is in the eye of the beholder, and though most people gravitate to reefs, sea grass and mangrove habitats are also fun to explore. With that in mind, here are the best places to snorkel in both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.

Long Beach, Phu Quoc Island. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Vietnam’s Best Beaches

From mainstays on the tourist trail to remote, near-deserted islands, here are Vietnam’s best beaches–a healthy mix of active, fast-paced water sport hubs and easygoing seaside venues.

Orange-billed nightingale-thrush in La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Costa Rica’s Best Wildlife Watching Spots

National parks, wildlife refuges, and biological reserves are found throughout the country. They range from swampy wetlands to dry-forest environments and from lowland rainforests to high-mountain cloud forests. Sign up for guided natural-history excursions or hire a local naturalist guide. You’ll see many times more critters in the company of an eagle-eyed guide.

A surfer on a longboard turns into a crumbling wave.

Costa Rica’s Best Surf Spots

For many, the search for the perfect wave has ended in Costa Rica, the “Hawaii of Latin American surf.” You’re spoiled for choice, with dozens of world-class venues and no shortage of surf camps, surf schools, and rental outlets. Out of them all, for beginners to experts and all through the year, here are the best places to catch a wave in Costa Rica.

View of Lake McDonald from Apgar Lookout in Glacier National Park.

Glacier National Park’s 10 Best Hikes

Glacier is a hiker’s park, with more than 700 miles of trails. Out of all that, it’s tough to choose which hikes to take first, especially if you’re short on time. Here’s a quick glance at Glacier National Park’s ten best hikes, with highlights and starting points.

Coronado Beach starts at historic Hotel del Coronado and runs north to a dog-friendly beach.

San Diego’s Best Beaches

A roundup of San Diego’s best beaches. Whether you have children to entertain or are on your own ready for sun, sand, & surf, there’s a beach here for you.

The clear waters of Church Bay Bermuda.

The Best Beaches in Bermuda

Bermuda’s beaches are world-renowned for their pristine, coral-tinged beauty, and there are hundreds of them around the island. Rosemary Jones points you toward the best beaches for snorkeling, the most secluded beaches, the best beaches for the ultimate island experience, and more.

A tall narrow waterfall cascades down through the bamboo forest in Maui.

Best Hikes of the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii’s majestic mountains and forests hold verdant treasures that can only be seen by foot. There are a rich diversity of trails, from shaded valleys leading to waterfalls to ridges overlooking coastline and valleys with views of neighbor islands.

Overlook view of the deep blue waters of Rae Lakes in Kings Canyon National Park.

The Best of Sequoia & Kings Canyon

You could fill weeks with all there is to do in Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park, but if you’re short on time or would prefer to hit the highlights, here’s the best of both parks.