Craggy rocks rise up along a smooth sandy beach as waves wash up on shore.

The Best California Beaches

From wide, golden beaches with abundant sunshine to boardwalks crowded with kids, cotton candy, and roller coasters, California has any kind of beach you could possibly want. Author Stuart Thornton shares a helpful overview of some of the state’s best options for sun, sand, and surf.

Surfboards stacked in the grass near the beach at Amigas Surf Retreat in Nicaragua.

The Best Surf Spots in Nicaragua

The secret is out: Nicaragua is the new frontier for world-class waves. Most surfers head straight to San Juan del Sur; there are plenty of breaks to explore up and down the Pacific coastline. To catch the best breaks from beginner to expert, here’s where to go.

A view of Old Town Puerto Vallarta from a hilltop restaurant. Photo © Justin Henderson.

The Best Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta

There’s no shortage of great places to eat in Puerto Vallarta. Whether you’re looking for beautiful beachfront dining or the best cheap tacos on the planet, here’s a concise list of the best restaurants on offer.

Volcán Concepción. Photo © Dreamstime.com.

Nicaragua’s Best Volcano Hikes

No trip to Nicaragua is complete without visiting at least one volcano. Dormant and active peaks are scattered up and down the Pacific half of the country. With a couple exceptions, most of these hikes are long and challenging, requiring an experienced guide. Here are the best volcano hikes from north to south.

A howler monkey at the Community Baboon Sanctuary. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

The Best Wildlife Spotting in the Belize Cayes

Filled with national parks and wildlife reserves, Belize home to an estimated 145 species of mammals, 139 species of reptiles, and at least 500 species of birds, many of which can be spotted along the cayes. An island vacation doesn’t mean missing out on any of the wildlife—here is what to look out for both inland and offshore.

Big Sur offers picturesque coastal hikes. Photo © Stuart Thornton.

The Best Hikes in Monterey and Carmel

The Monterey and Carmel region contains outstanding hiking trails for all levels of hikers. Here’s a list of the best, including everything from an easy leg-stretching hike to a strenuous multiday backpacking adventure.

Semuc Champey. Photo © Al Argueta.

Guatemala’s Top Ten Must-Sees

Guatemala’s top ten must-sees range from colonial towns and archeological sites to majestic volcanoes and stunning emerald green limestone pools. There’s something here for everyone, whether you’re a nature lover, history buff, or adventure traveler.

Billy Barquedier National Park. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

Romantic Getaways in the Belize Cayes

On the rise as a wedding and luxury honeymoon escape, Belize offers easy romance, but there are a few unique places and ways to experience the best of all its magic. From fine dining to secluded escapes, here they are.

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.