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EX-PATS: Surfers Conserving Costa Rica

Surfers will travel far and wide in search of the perfect pipe. For Florida native Louis Wilson in 1974, this meant a two-month drive from Miami to the then-shack village of Tamarindo, Costa Rica.

In this new episode of the Reserve Channel's series, EX-PATS, host Savannah Jane Buffet catches up with Louis on his love for riding waves and protecting the saltwater jungles of Costa Rica. His passion for conservation led him to open up one of the oldest eco-tourism destinations in Central America, Hotel Las Tortugas. Forty years later, Louis and his fellow ex-pat wife, Carrie, are still living la pura vida amongst the leatherback turtles and tiger-herons.

Check out the full episode for more on Louis' quest to conserve Tamarindo.

Maria Pedone is a digital editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

Guess Where? Overwater Bungalow

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Can you guess where this dreamy island scene is located? Log in and leave your guesses below. Check back on Monday for the answer!

UPDATE: This is in the Maldives.

Lyndsey Matthews is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo Courtesy of the T+L Photo Contest

Guess Where? Romantic Island

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Do you know where this beautiful scene is? Hint: It's located on one of the world's most romantic islands, as chosen by T+L readers.  Log in and leave your guesses below.

Check back on Monday for the answer!

UPDATE: This beautiful scene can be found on the island of Capri in Italy.

Lyndsey Matthews is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo Courtesy of the T+L Photo Contest

Kids Fly, Stay, Eat Free at Atlantis

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Am I the only one who hears Donovan and remembers that scene in Goodfellas everytime I see Atlantis mentioned?

Okay, ridiculous confession aside, there’s good news for families looking for getaway ideas. (And really good news: this one doesn't involve Joe Pesci.) JetBlue is briefly offering a big deal: book at minimum 3-night vacation to Atlantis in the Bahamas, and your kids fly free, stay free, and eat free. Book before midnight Sunday (January 20) for travel before March 7.

There are some restrictions, natch: one kid per paying adult; blackout dates from February 13-26; maximum 2 adults and 2 kids per room; etc. But you KNOW how much it costs to fly the whole family anywhere—the airfare alone represents a big savings.

Hail, Atlantis! And JetBlue.

For more information or to book, please visit JetBlue Getaways.

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo of Atlantis: Floto+Warner

What to Do in Bermuda

Bermuda: Hartley's Undersea Walk

It’s campy, but helmet diving with Hartley’s Undersea Walk ($95)—similar to snorkeling—is an island classic.

Get the honey and cane sugar scrub at the new spa at Rosewood Tucker’s Point (80-minute massage from $275).

Try the bacon-wrapped scallops at the Fairmont Southampton’s Waterlot Inn ($$)—Mark Twain was a regular.

Photo by Cedric Angeles

Behind the Scenes at a T+L Photo Shoot

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“We were finishing up a morning shoot in the Philippines on White Beach in Boracay, this big, long stretch of supersoft, sugary sand on the island’s western coast. It’s lined with resorts.

Before heading to our next location, we took a swim in the sea just outside our hotel. While drying off, I spotted this couple sleeping with their big, floppy, matching sun hats. They weren’t wearing bathing suits, so I assumed they were just arriving, maybe waiting to check in. For me this moment encompasses that whole feeling you get at the start of a vacation: when you know that everything’s going to be taken care of and your needs will be met. The sky is going to be ablue and the sun will be out, and the palm trees will shade you. The water is going to be warm; the drinks, cool; and the daybeds are there. It’s time to relax.” —Emily Nathan, photographer

Shot at Discovery Shores.

Photo by Emily Nathan

How to Tie a Sarong

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Does your beach cover-up never seem to stay on? Designer Milo Migliavacca—whose batik-print silk wraps are sold at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay—shows how to do it right.

1. Hold unfolded sarong behind your back, leaving excess fabric on left side. Fold right side to middle of waist.

2. Wrap left side across your waist, pulling up the right edge. Continue wrapping around the torso.

3. Switch grips, and tie ends together in a simple double knot at the right hip.

4. Tuck knot and ends into waist and smooth out. Sarong should hang flat and reach below ankles.

Marguerite A. Suozzi

Marguerite A. Suozzi is an associate research editor at Travel + Leisure.

 

Illustration by L-Dopa

Crowdsourcing: What to Do When You’re on Cape Cod


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We asked true travel pros what to do on Cape Cod. Want to share your expertise? Join our community on Facebook at facebook.com/travelandleisure and at Twitter @TravlandLeisure.

“Go to Napi’s restaurant (7 Freeman St.), on a Provincetown side street. We usually order the “king’s feast for two”: bouillabaisse topped with a 1 1/4-pound lobster.” —Ricky Coombs, via Facebook

“A French native owns Wellfleet’s PB Boulangerie Bistro (15 Lecount Hollow Rd.) (no surprise: it’s beyond delicious).” —@jesslaniew

“After a beach day, a movie at Wellfleet Drive-In is a relaxing, Cape-style throwback.” —Carol Intravaia, via Facebook

“Nauset Beach (Orleans) is gorgeous! Look for the food shack on the sand for the best onion rings ever.” —@rabbilaufer

“Need a nightcap? The Chatham Squire has been a legend since 1968.” —Suzanne Corcoran, via Facebook

New Resort Inside Malaysian National Park

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This July marked the opening of Gaya Island Resort off the coast of Malaysian Borneo. With 120 villas overlooking the South China Sea, the hotel takes full advantage of their stunning national park space with a resident naturalist and marine biologist, private yacht, and underwater photography classes. This land is as pristine as it gets.

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Guess Where? Island

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Wouldn't you rather be on this beautiful island right now? But wait! Before you start packing your bags you have to guess where it is. Do you know?

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