The white sand of Oranjestad Beach juts out into turqoise water with the land and cityscape stretching into the distance.

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.

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Diving in the Galápagos Islands

While perhaps not for beginners, the Galápagos Islands rank among the world’s best dive destinations. Read on to learn what to expect and the best seasons for diving in these dramatic waters.

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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.

Sculpted statues underwater are covered with algae as the sun filters through the water's surface.

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling around Isla Mujeres

Snorkelers can enjoy encounters with whale sharks or visit the remarkable underwater sculpture park near Manchones reef, and beginner divers and veterans alike will find plenty to explore as well. Learn more about the amazing underwater experiences available around Isla Mujeres.

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Finding Adventure in Belize

Get your heart racing by exploring the largest cave system in Central America, more than 11 national parks, and numerous forest and marine reserves and wildlife sanctuaries. Author Lily Girma shares the exciting kinds of adventure that await you in Belize.

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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas offers a variety of unique opportunities for underwater exploration. Boat rides are relatively short (as little as five minutes to the closest sites), and the terrain is dramatic. Read on to learn more about snorkeling and diving in Cabo San Lucas.

Jagged verdant mountains rise up on a small island.

Visiting San Juan Bautista on Isla Robinson Crusoe

On Robinson Crusoe’s well-watered north shore, at the foot of the precipitous Cordón Chifladores, San Juan Bautista sits on a narrow wave-cut terrace facing the sheltered Bahía Cumberland. Here’s how to get there, what to see, and where to stay.

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Snorkeling vs. Surfing in O‘ahu: The Importance of Weather

During Hawai‘i’s winter, from October to April, and sometimes into spring, storms in the North Pacific create very large, open ocean swells. Big waves are great news for surfers, but they’re a worst-case scenario for snorkelers and divers. Learn more about the best times to visit O‘ahu for both surfers and snorkelers.