Beach Vacations

The beach holiday is the platonic ideal of vacations: what nearly every traveler, whether active or armchair, dreams of. Soft sand, shady palms, a cold drink, a warm surf—what more could you want? It’s no wonder so many ad campaigns hang their hook (and their products) on this seaside ideal: brands of beer, lines of clothes, models of cars. Travel + Leisure writers and editors are no strangers to the allure of the shore, and so search the world for the best beach vacations it can offer.

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13 Affordable Family Vacations to Take This Summer

Great ideas for family vacations, from laid-back islands to bustling cities to charming small towns.
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9 Cheap Caribbean Vacations That Feel Like a Splurge

Whether you're looking for an adventurous getaway or a relaxing beach vacation, there's a perfect Caribbean island for you. Families, couples, and even solo travelers flock to the Caribbean Islands every year, choosing destinations like Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Cayman Islands to spend their vacation. The Caribbean offers a mix of relaxation and excitement, with opportunities to lie on the beach, snorkel and scuba, and more. Plus, these destinations are just a short flight from most east coast cities, much closer than other exotic locales like Fiji or Thailand. Flights, accommodations, meals, and activities can add up quickly, but thankfully, we've curated this list of cheap Caribbean vacations so you can enjoy everything these islands have to offer without going over budget.  Related: More beach vacation ideas 
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10 Cheap Beach Vacations the Whole Family Will Love

Nothing says summer like a trip to the beach. Beach vacations are the classic family vacation, but they're also great for romantic getaways, trips with friends, or even solo trips. Whether you want to relax with your toes in the sand or try surfing and snorkeling, there's a perfect beach destination for you. Thankfully, you can have an incredible vacation without spending too much — we've put together a list of cheap beach vacations so you can enjoy the sand and surf on a budget.  Related:More vacation ideas 
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Santa Barbara Has Officially Gotten Its Groove Back

This California city was long considered just a sleepy neighbor of Los Angeles. Now a flourishing wine culture and an infusion of luxe resorts — not to mention the arrival of top-wattage celebrities — have upped Santa Barbara's glam quotient.