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Top 25 Reasons to Visit Martinique Now (VIDEO)

Karen Schaler | Posted 08.26.2015 | Travel
Karen Schaler

One of the things I love about the French Caribbean island of Martinique is how it continues to surprised me with unique and affordable things to do.

Message In A Bottle Reaches Destination After More Than 100 Years At Sea

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 08.21.2015 | World

LONDON (AP) -- A century-old message in a bottle, possibly the oldest ever found, has finally reached its destination. Tossed into the North Sea some...

Hidden Gems In The Caribbean

Oyster | Posted 08.20.2015 | Travel
Oyster

Fortunately some quaint bed-and-breakfasts can be found nestled among the beaches of the Caribbean, and our hotel investigators discovered 10 hidden gems during their recent travels.

Sand-Castles: Not for Kids Only

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts
Randee Mia Berman

Then there's the sand castle. Yup, we all remember our childhood trips to the beach, schlepping pails down to the water's edge, digging tunnels, moats and towers like the ones in Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, imagining ourselves soldiers defending the fort, or princesses up on the balcony being rescued by the prince.

These Extraordinary Sandcastles Are Pure Wizardry

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 08.14.2015 | HuffPost Home

Every summer when the beach beckons, most of us head out with visions of building the most enchanted, magnificent sand castle in all the land. A castl...

8 Dynamite Books For The Dog Days Of Summer

O, The Oprah Magazine | Ashley Sepanski | Posted 08.19.2015 | OWN

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18 GIFs That Will Take You From The Miserable Office To The Beach

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 08.11.2015 | Travel

If you're addicted to the ocean, then summer is a real problem. At this time of year, we'd love nothing more than to hop a flight, check in at a ...

Calmness in the Chaos

Erin Hinkle | Posted 08.07.2015 | Women
Erin Hinkle

I was sitting in bed during a power outage recently, amazed at how still, how quiet, how dark it can all be. There isn't a moment when I'm not moving, whether physically or mentally. I'm a busy person, an extremist, a "go-getter."

6 Tips for Traveling During Hurricane Season

CheapTickets | Posted 08.07.2015 | Travel
CheapTickets

To avoid islands outside of the so-called hurricane belt, focus on the southern Caribbean and remember your ABCs--Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao are generally safer bets for avoiding a direct hit.

18 Incredible Beaches You've Never Heard Of, But Need To Know

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 08.06.2015 | Travel

We've seen some pretty incredible beaches in our day, but sadly enough, this means that everyone else has seen them, too. Trash and crowding...

17 Thoughts Parents Have at the Beach

Jenny Evans | Posted 08.05.2015 | Parents
Jenny Evans

Look at that other mom's beach bag. *Drool.* It's huge. Would it be weird to ask where she got it? And she has a rolling cart! I want that. I need that. Wait, am I listening to myself? I am so uncool! What happened to me?

An Inside Look at Miami's Hottest New Property

Oyster | Posted 08.05.2015 | Travel
Oyster

An affiliate of the Starwood Capital Group, the 1 Hotel brand is a luxurious, eco-conscious line of hotels inspired by nature; environment-friendly ...

The 5 Best Beach Camping Spots In America

Thrillist | Posted 08.05.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

Few getaways rival a relaxing beach camping escape: roaring bonfires, gorgeous ocean sunrises (or sunsets), and the soothing sound of waves crashing on the beach while you sleep. All while spending your days chilling in the sun or playing in/on the water. You see what we're saying, right?

Vacation Stress Over Shark Attacks, and Why We Need to Rethink the Beach Vacation

Catherine Franssen | Posted 08.04.2015 | Science
Catherine Franssen

While no one can ever guarantee your safety at the beach, the danger (perceived or not) points to some interesting things about the neuroscience of stress and anxiety.

Where to Watch Mind-Blowing Surfing

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 08.04.2015 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

by William Finnegan, Condé Nast Traveler Alamy In his new memoir, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, award-winning journalist William Finnegan explai...

Leave Me Alone in My Speedo!

Robert Miraldi | Posted 08.03.2015 | Style
Robert Miraldi

Women can wear -- no, are encouraged to wear -- bikinis and clingy bathing suits. The thong is no longer a scandal; women's side straps leave little thigh unexposed. Show it off! And no snickering goes on; leering perhaps. But for me there is this cult of Speedo shame.

The Five Stages of Vacation Grief

Dawn Weber | Posted 08.03.2015 | Comedy
Dawn Weber

Every year, I take a week off, eager to get to the beach, overjoyed to be out of my cubicle, thrilled on Monday, and devastated on Friday. I have a name for this phenomenon. Please -- read on for your handy guide to the Five Stages of Vacation Grief.

33 Ways to Bring the Beach Home With You This Summer

Hometalk | Posted 08.03.2015 | HuffPost Home
Hometalk

These simple and stylish projects will help you bring the beach back home with you, so that you can spend the whole season surrounded by shells, waves, and nautical goodness!

8 Ways To Vacation Right And Recharge Your Health

U.S. News & World Report | Rebecca Scholl | Posted 08.03.2015 | Healthy Living

By 6 a.m., Sam Clarke is usually already on a call with an Asian tech company halfway around the world. By the afternoon, she switches to calls in th...

2 Great Days in Cape Cod

Shoptiques | Posted 07.30.2015 | Travel
Shoptiques

Cape Cod: It's the quintessential summer destination. Located where New England juts out like a flexed arm to meet the Atlantic Ocean, this area is the place to find the perfect mix of quaint harbors, historic towns and, of course, sandy beaches.

Why the Beach Is So Much Grosser Than You Thought

Health.com | Posted 07.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Health.com

With all the news reports -- about everything from shark activity to "flesh-eating" bacteria -- the ocean is getting a lot of nasty press this summer. But, actually, it may be the sand that's the ickier part of the beach, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

The 10 Prettiest Open-Air Hotel Rooms In The World

Oyster | Posted 07.29.2015 | Travel
Oyster

It can be particularly nice to find a hotel where open-air rooms benefit from the breeze as well so you can enjoy it around the clock. Numerous hotels have rooms with an al fresco leaning, but here are the 10 prettiest we've ever seen.

Why Your Next Family Trip Should Be to Sanibel Island

Tara Settembre | Posted 07.24.2015 | Travel
Tara Settembre

Sanibel Island was named the No. 1 family-friendly vacation spot in the country during NBC's Today show after winning two categories in a readers' poll from FamilyFun magazine: The best family-friendly vacation spot in the U.S. and the top tourist town.

How To Take Your Kids To The Beach In 18 'Easy' Steps

Deva Dalporto | Posted 08.31.2015 | Parents
Deva Dalporto

Remember the days when you could hit the beach with nothing but a good book, a towel and a tube of sunscreen? Now that you're a mom, those days are gone, baby, gone!

6 Pool Safety Questions You Need Answered Before You Dive In

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Scholl | Posted 07.18.2015 | Healthy Living

On a hot summer day, very little is quite as appealing as your local swimming pool.  Swimming is the most popular recreational activity for child...