Nha Trang Beach. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Planning Your Time on Vietnam’s South-Central Coast

The bulk of Vietnam’s most-visited mainland beaches belong to the south-central coast, a vibrant, sun-soaked shoreline that runs unbroken from the tumultuous cliffs of Quy Nhon down to Mui Ne’s bizarre tropical sand dunes. Whether you’re an adventure junkie plying the surf of Mui Ne, a party animal living it up on the sands of Nha Trang, or just a traveler in search of some good old-fashioned rest and relaxation on the quieter shores of Phan Rang or Quy Nhon, there are plenty of places to lay your towel here.

Ha Long Bay. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Planning Your Time in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay

Boasting wild, uncharted jungles and karst-studded seas, Ha Long Bay and Vietnam’s northern coast captivates travelers with its breathtaking scenery. Whether on water or land, the otherworldly landscapes of the region provide a stunning backdrop for adventure.

Agua Volcano watches over Antigua, Guatemala’s old colonial capital.

Discover Guatemala

Guatemala has always been the stuff of legend. Discover its people, its vast landscapes, and learn about its seasons and popular travel times to help plan your own visit to this magical land.

The boardwalk along Christiansted's waterfront. Photo © Susanna Henighan Potter.

Explore St. Croix of the Virgin Islands

The largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands is the richest in history, culture, and landscapes. St. Croix is the most overlooked of the islands, in part because it has been unwilling to smooth out all of its kinks for the benefit of tourists. Visitors who recognize the value of this authenticity will be rewarded by a dynamic, fascinating, and ultimately awesome island.

Over 3,000 majestic humpback whales make their way to Colombia's Pacific coast from August until October each year. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Planning Your Time on Colombia’s Pacific Coast

While the Caribbean coast is developed and populated, Colombia’s Pacific coast is wild, remote, and mysterious. For the few who venture to this little-visited area, the beaches, jungles, and people are simply unforgettable.

Notch-leaved phacelia (Phacelia Crenulata), along 190 north of Furnace Creek.

Plan a Visit to Furnace Creek and the Amargosa Range

Furnace Creek is the hub of Death Valley National Park, an outpost of comfort and civilization with a visitors center, accommodations, campgrounds, restaurants, and even gas. Here’s helpful advice on planning a trip to the area, including when to go and where to spend your time.

A woman works in the terraced rice paddies of Vietnam's northwest. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Discover Vietnam: When to Go

Discover Vietnam, where bustling cities and sleepy farming towns alike thrive, rising in a cacophonous clash of old and new, modern and traditional. Learn about the country’s rhythms and the best times to visit.

Easter Kite in Bermuda. Photo © Rosemary Jones.

Bermuda’s Festivals and Events: January to June

In true Bermudian style, the island is awash with events and festivals all year round. Don’t assume this means every event is an excuse for a party; Bermuda is very much about enjoying your here and now whatever it might be. From January to June, here are Bermuda’s tournaments, parades, and cultural celebrations.

An Easter procession near Parque Simon Bolivar, Medellín, Colombia.

Happy Monday! Annual Colombian Holidays

Colombians enjoy a long list of annual holidays (over 20). With a few exceptions, holidays are celebrated on the following Monday. Here they all are, along with approximate dates and tips for traveling during holiday weekends.

A surfer on a longboard turns into a crumbling wave.

Costa Rica’s Best Surf Spots

For many, the search for the perfect wave has ended in Costa Rica, the “Hawaii of Latin American surf.” You’re spoiled for choice, with dozens of world-class venues and no shortage of surf camps, surf schools, and rental outlets. Out of them all, for beginners to experts and all through the year, here are the best places to catch a wave in Costa Rica.