Beer bottles cluster on a heavy, rough-hewn wooden bar top.

Soak It Up: Hot Springs of Montana

Hot water gurgles up all over the state, and it’s exploited to one degree or another by a wide variety of resorts, from the rustic to the chic. Be sure to bring a swimsuit — these aren’t clothing-optional spots! A breakneck tour of the state’s hot springs can be done in a few days, but chances are you’d rather relax and make this into a weeklong trip.

Two boats float offshore as gentle waves lap on the shore of a wide sandy beach with dense tropical foliage just beyond.

Ilha Grande and Ilha Gipóia in Brazil’s Angra Bay

The largest of the many beautiful islands in the Bay of Angra, Ilha Grande boasts more than 100 pristine white-sand beaches. The second largest island, Ilha Gipóia is also the most visited, blessed with its own beaches, the surrounding waters are ideal for snorkeling and diving.

View of a multi-story Norman-style palace with a neatly trimmed lawn sloping down towards a reflecting pool.

Day Trip from Rio: Petrópolis

Only an hour’s drive north from Rio, the summer getaway of the Brazilian emperor and his family still provides a welcome refuge. Aside from imperial trappings. Petrópolis offers a cool respite, fine food, and mountain scenery.

View atop a grassy hill of a small strip of buildings and a span of grass between them and a long stretch of beach.

Exploring Brazil’s Cocoa Coast: Ilhéus

Today, traces of the legacy of the “colonels” can be glimpsed by wandering among the handful of grandiose mansions and civic buildings of Ilhéus’s small historical center. Surrounded by native Atlantic forest and, to the north and south, boasting some attractive white-sand beaches—Ilhéus is well worth exploring.

A woman crosses a hanging rope bridge amidst lush green trees.

The Best of Costa Rica in Two Weeks

Few visitors have time to explore Costa Rica from tip to toe, but this two-week itinerary takes in half a dozen of the best national parks, a potpourri of active adventures, and many of the best sights.

Four-star hotel sign

Following the Stars

ne of my earlier travel memories is of a family trip to France in which I discovered not only pain au chocolat and chestnut trees, but stars. I don’t mean stars as in celestial bodies, but stars as in the precise and pointed symbols, assembled in ones, twos, and threes, that conferred worthiness on every […]

A view of the clear green waters of Lake Peten Itza.

Experiencing Guatemala’s Best on a Budget

Americans are not always aware that Guatemala is one of the best travel values in the world. For a very reasonable price, you can get a whole new perspective in Guatemala, with enough cash left over to treat yourself along the way to some fine restaurants and hotels that would probably cost two or three times as much in the U.S.

Jamaica’s Best with Oliver Hill

Oliver Hill, author of Moon Jamaica, talks about the best resort package deals, the best places to stay for budget conscious travelers, the best music festivals, and more.