The beautiful and endangered West Indian manatee at a sanctuary in Florida.

Manatee-Watching in Fort Myers

Spend a little time on the Orange and Caloosahatchee Rivers, and chances are you’ll see a West Indian manatee. Here’s where to go to learn more about manatees and hopefully spot one of these wonderful creatures.

Surfboards are lined up in front of a surfshop painted in rastafarian colors.

10 Days in Costa Rica for Hopeful Expats

Ten days will fly by in Costa Rica, especially if you’re looking to move there and trying to catch a glimpse of many different parts of the country. Erin Van Rheenen’s whirlwind sampler of expat hot spots casts a wide net, allowing you to see as much as possible in less than two weeks.

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.

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.

Hilltop view of Park City and surrounding hills, with short wild grasses growing in the foreground.

Salt Lake City Day Hike: Lost Prospector

This Park City backyard trail is an autumn classic. Traversing right above town, the trail is popular with beginner mountain bikers, and it makes a nice outing for hikers of all types. Mike Matson shares the scoop on where to go, what you’ll see, and more.