Large landmark rocks jut out of the deep blue waters of the pacific as a fishing boat leaves a wake.

Bringing Your Own Boat to Mexico

Sailing and fishing are popular activities off Mexico’s azure coast, especially along the Baja California peninsula and the Pacific. Author Julie Doherty Meade tells you what you need to know to bring your boat to Mexico.

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.

The stone arches of the Seven Mile Bridge stretch out over the aqua ocean.

Spend a Week in the Florida Keys

First-time visitors to the Florida Keys should set aside at least a week to experience the best that these legendary islands—plus the gateway areas of Miami and the Everglades—have to offer. Author Laura Martone shares an exciting itinerary to help you plan your time.

View from a hotel room of Mismaloya Beach, a crescent of white sand dotted with umbrellas.

Puerto Vallarta’s Best Beaches

Looking for the perfect beach in Puerto Vallarta? Justin Henderson suggests great all-purpose beaches with convenient access, fun amenities, and opportunities for everything from snorkeling to kayaking. He also shares the best hidden beaches, the best beaches for wildlife viewing on the Nayarit Coast, and more.

A mesh day-tent covers a picnic table at the side of a lake on a sunny day with thick clouds in the sky.

The Chippewa National Forest

Encompassing three of Minnesota’s largest lakes, plus the infant Mississippi River and thousands of acres of forest and wetland, the Chippewa National Forest is absolutely packed with recreational opportunities. Here’s an overview of what the park has to offer for outdoors and camping enthusiasts.

A wide dirt trail follows a narrow stream through the canyon.

Recreation in Spearfish, South Dakota

Some of the best recreation in the Black Hills is concentrated along the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. Laural A. Bidwell recommends the area’s best trails for hiking and biking enthusiasts, the best place to tee up for golfers, and more.

At a lake's edge, a canoe is pulled ashore next to a sign reading Babbs Island Campsite.

Camping Options: Boat-In Seclusion

Most campers would never think of trading in their cars, pickup trucks, or RVs for boats instead, but people who go by boat on a camping trip enjoy virtually guaranteed seclusion and top-quality outdoor experiences. Outdoorsman Tom Stienstra tells you what you need to know to enjoy the many available boat-in campgrounds, as well as how to fashion your own personal campsite.