Finding an acceptable beach hotel on a shoestring budget is no mean feat -- and it can be all the more frustrating when recommendations from well-meaning friends leave you wondering whether they understand what "budget" really means.
What's the secret to a great family vacation? Finding a location that allows everyone to explore and have fun -- at their own pace. A spot where the kids (most likely bursting with energy) can have a blast while you enjoy a relaxing massage and a margarita... or several margaritas.
lf St. Barts sounds like a tropical Shangri-La, it comes pretty close. There's only one catch: it ranks among the most expensive getaways on the planet. One reason is that everything has to be shipped in, but the big reason is because the island caters to an upscale clientele.
Extreme endurance athletes try to accomplish one monumental climb, run or swim before they tackle The Big One. To that end, I embarked yesterday morning on a 24-hour swim here at my training camp in St. Maarten in the Caribbean.