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.

Cruz Bay in St. John. Photo © Susanna Henighan Potter.

Discover St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

For outdoors enthusiasts, there is no better place to explore a tropical wilderness. Discover the natural beauty and laid-back hamlets of St. John, plus where to stay on the island, day trip ideas, and tips on planning your time.

Ha Long Bay is an enigmatic maze of blue-green waters. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Where to Go in Vietnam

Vietnam is a thriving country where the old sits contentedly alongside the new, a place to explore nature as well as culture, to shop, eat and play, to relax and enjoy. In the cities, life is fast-paced, bustling. The countryside is as vibrant, but takes life at a slower pace. Where you go in Vietnam depends very much on what type of experience you want from your travels.

A woman snorkels amid boulders under Virgin Gorda's blue skies.

Which Virgin Island Should You Visit?

Each of the seven Virgin Islands holds its own draw, and depending on what sort of experience you’re looking for during your travels–rest and relaxation, exploring off the beaten path, or a darn good party–there’s one or two that will fit you perfectly. To help choose where to spend your time, here’s an overview of each island’s personality and highlights.

A beach in Providencia. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Best Beaches of Providencia and Santa Catalina

Secluded palm-lined beaches, gorgeous turquoise Caribbean waters, mellow locals, fresh seafood, and rum drinks make it easy to become smitten with the islands of Providencia and Santa Catalina. Learn the lay of the land, and most importantly, the best beaches to while away the hours.

Thriving coral in the waters of San Andrés, Colombia.

Discover San Andrés, Colombia

Surrounded by a large barrier reef, San Andrés is Colombia’s Caribbean playground. Days here are spent lazing on the beach, island hopping, snorkeling and diving, and enjoying fresh seafood.

Sailboats in the waters off Hamilton Island, Australia.

Recreation on Australia’s Hamilton Island

Recreation on Hamilton Island is weighted heavily toward sailing and boating, since the area is so great for it, but you’ll also find a plethora of other activities from the usual vacation pursuits such as walking tours or a round of golf, and some not-so-usual pursuits such as art classes, and Go-Kart racing.

Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island, Australia.

Visit Australia’s Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island of the Whitsundays, and when you first arrive, you may feel like you’re in a relatively large town. But, besides some rather gorgeous private holiday residences, this is pretty much a giant resort. Learn about the ins and outs of staying here, along with information a few key locations and getting around.