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Welcome to Croatia, the melting pot of hot. Where East meets West, the old is new, the young are worldly-wise, the wilds are pristine, and the 20th-century shadows of war are giving way to a hip and happening 21st-century place to find peace.

Three months of pure freedom. You're loving it—and we are, too. From big water to big walls, from oyster stands to dune shacks, fifty-one sunny ways to dive in when the mercury rises.

Embrace the summer sun with an intelligent skin-protection strategy

Protect your baby blues with sunglasses designed for a summer's worth of action and adventure

No one denies that our 50th state is Paradise, USA. But anyone who's ever been to this lush chain knows a simple truth: Not all the islands are created equal. So which is best? Welcome to the Great Hawaiian Island-Off. Read on, and pick your perfection.

Let Cancún have the crowds. Four spots that lend style to spring debauchery.

What do you want—a printed invitation? OK, here it is: We’ve scouted the year’s coolest travel offerings—from new classics like cruising the Arctic, exploring the wild Caribbean, and journeying across Russia’s heartland to bold new frontiers like trekking Libya and tracking wildlife (and luxury lodges) in Sri Lanka. Going somewhere?…

Our adventure recon to Madagascar turns up virgin rivers, ivory beaches, and limitless possibilities.

Freed from a conflicted past, Mozambique's sublime islands are coming alive—and they've never been more spellbinding

From beach to jungle, cottage to castle: eight great island hideaways

Colonial Seduction Golden Rock Plantation Inn, Nevis Don’t fret about the colonialist fantasies you’ll start entertaining during your stay at Golden Rock Plantation Inn, a converted 1811 sugar mill and estate tucked into the hilly interior of Nevis. Here you are, with your run of the bougainvillea-and-bromeliad gardens and cool,…

Sea World Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge, Isla Colón Tranquilo is the operative word at Punta Caracol, located just off serene Isla Colón, 75 minutes by puddle jumper and boat from Panama City, via Bocas del Toro. Sheltered by the surrounding archipelago and mainland Panama, the resort’s six two-story cabanas with…

The wedding's a wrap, the guests are gone, and now the real fun begins. these eight perfect honeymoons will launch your new life together.

It's a 21st-century refinement of the Robinson Crusoe fantasy: Your own private island—but with none of the inconvenience and discomfort of being a castaway. From the coral reefs, talcum sand, and swaying palms of the Seychelles to nine other crowd-free island retreats, we've got the ultimate unplugged paradise for you.

Nine more dreamy private isles to call your own

Discover the wild, sandy stretch between Sydney and Melbourne, the next idyllic beach paradise Down Under

How to see your stomping grounds as a concrete jungle.

Travel Guide, Winter 1995-1996 Islands You’ve Never Heard Of By Jonathan Runge Culebra Just 17 miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, Culebra has been bypassed by the tourists crowding its parent island. This 11-square-mile, wishbone-shaped islet is defined as much by what…

Living well is a European tradition, but playing hard is the continent's secret passion. We discover five towns where you'll be both challenged and charmed.

You'll hit more surf than pavement on this 250-mile pleasure drive around the Big Island

From secret surf stashes on the Pacific to untouched Caribbean isles—plus all the volcanoes and colonial plazas in between—Nicaragua has the makings of a sporting paradise. Come discover Central America's red-hot center.

Twelve value-packed Caribbean resorts where your room comes with a view—and killer perks, too

A wave off Rincón isn't the only wild ride in Puerto Rico. Here's an action primer on the island's untamed side.

It's ok—relax. We've got your big holiday score all wrapped up: the latest shiny new toys, sharp tools, and smokin' threads to help you keep you adventure resolutions.

In the nearly 30 years I've been hiking, biking, skiing, climbing, and kayaking, I've gone through a lot of gear. Most of it has been pretty good (like my Eureka Sentinel tent of a dozen years ago—heavy, but sturdy and roomy). Some of it has been pretty awful (like the…

From mountain biking in Mexico to snorkeling in Panama...

To maximize the return on your investment in wanderlust, you need know-how and solid advice. We’re here to help. From saving on destination packages and high-value gear to insider trips and the bet reasons to blow a bundle, we’ve got the lowdown on affordable, rip-roaring, full-value adventure travel.

Pass the summer splash test with these rowdy water fitness contests

1. Havasu Falls, Supai, Arizona Hike two miles to this perfect turquoise pool, with year-round 72-degree water, in Havasu Canyon. All About H2O The wet stuff is always there for us—it grows our food, puts splash and spirit in our adventure, and (by the way) keeps us alive.

Why jet to exotic reefs when home waters boast spectacularly diverse diving?

Paradise—and paradox—in the realm of Flora-Bama

Mama's boys, beware: Portsmouth Island is nature untethered

There’s a swoosh of heaven that runs from Hawaii through Mexico to Central America and the Caribbean. Don’t let it bask in the sun by itself. Our 43 sweet spots are waiting—surrender and go. TRAILING OFF ON KAUAI By James Glave THE INS & OUTBOARDS OF…

Budget-conscious families should know two things about the tropics: First, Central America and the Caribbean are only a few degrees hotter in summer than in winter. Second, as temperatures rise, resort prices often fall by 15 to 20 percent or more. What's a little humidity in exchange for a great, affordable family trip? We found six of the best spots-from Puer

Going to the beach without the latest sunglasses is like walking when you could fly. You'll have it made in the shade with these six new designs.

A thousand miles from anywhere, the Azores are a natural layover for voyaging sailors and adventurous pilgrims. But beware: the island group's hydrangea-drenched hillsides and mist-shrouded volcanoes may capture your heart forever.

When the sea summons you, answer! Fourteen idyllic beach escapes, from Cape Cod to Sanibel.

Honomu, Hawaii: Aloha Spirit

There's a magnitude of new adventure on this country's Pacific coast

Bahamas Island Out-Adventures (www.bahamasadventures.com; 242-333-3282) arranges trips by the day and includes all transportation, meals, activities, and equipment. One-day adventures cost $99 per person. Overnight trips start at $299 per person for two days, $399 for three days, and $499 for four days. The company can also…

Fresh off an empty island in the tropical Atlantic, our intrepid travel expert gives the inside scoop on the Bahamian adventures you never knew were possible.

Dreaming of Oceania's island paradise? Here's how to feed your fantasy.

Camping in communal bliss in Moorea

Where to Surf, Hike, Dive, Fish, Shop, Eat, Drink, Dance, Sleep, and Kick Back

Is a great beach more than a gazillion grains of sand mixed with sun and water? You bet. Here, the 15 best for families.

7,100 Islands: One For Each Day of Your Next 19 Years

Welcome to Bigfoot's winter hideaway, where unclimbed mountains, roaring whitewater, and a new luxury eco-lodge await you

Our thoroughly opinionated guide to the five sexiest sporting islands.

And deliver us pronto to these 44 island Edens—if they were any more perfect we'd be in heaven

The local gang: a tourist-free look under Biscayne National Park Q: We are looking for a four-day winter getaway on a beach in the southeastern United States. We have a limited amount of money. We would like to go sometime in December of this year. Any ideas?…

Dive the undived, paddle the unvisited, and otherwise indulge your Pacific island fantasies

If your idea of good H2O involves head-high surf and barracuda-infested reefs, you'll find no better place to hang your hammock

On Ireland's western fringe, the mystic highlands of Connemara hide an unexpected kingdom of adventure.

Pacific Mexico is a thatch roof overhead, fresh snapper daily, and 660 miles of nada between timeshares.

Beyond ouzo and the Acropolis, five islands for waves and wandering in the playground of Zeus

East of San Lucas's sun-drunk hordes, the Baja that was still is.

A mountain-to-jungle-to-reef meander through Mexico and points south

The Costa Rica of legend still exists. But you have to crash through breakers and fight off pigs to find it.

On the other side of the world are other worldly sights-Tasmanian Devils, spirit houses, and the greatest reef of them all.

Australia's huge and haunting Kimberley might just be the last frontier.

Train as hard as you want, but until you've tapped the secrets of top-notch form you'll be all go and no flow

Going Beyond the African Safari

A Guide to Surfing's Hallowed Hot Spots

Beyond L.A.'s tangle of freeways, you can pedal, snorkel, and kayak your way to a truly great outdoor weekend.

Fifty-odd years ago, a young guy's visit to Vanuatu inspired the legend of Bali Hai. Thankfully, the good life's still here. Why aren't you?

It's a long line from the old salt to the swarms at Waikiki. So real Hawaiians head for the far sides of paradise.

Dive (or cannonball, or belly-flop) into summer at these seven backcountry water holes and hot springs.

Eight great resorts on four islands with activities for all. Be there. Aloha.

Five wunderfamilies show how children are no impediment to real, no-holds-barred, self-supported adventure.

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