Life’s a Beach

Sun, fun, sand and sanity. A beach vacation is just the ticket for a mid-year break.


I can’t think of a better way to spend time than on beach vacation on a warm (hot, actually) tropical island, chilling in a hammock with a good book in hand. 

Beaches are everywhere (well, everywhere that there’s water, that is) and trying to decide where to take your next beach vacation can yield many choices. In this issue, we look at some of our staff’s favorite sand spots from around the United States and the Caribbean in our TravelMuse Beach Getaways article. In addition, John Frenaye details his love of St. Lucia, while Anne Kazel-Wilcox gives the lowdown on Key West and the rest of the Florida Keys.

We wouldn’t want to send you out on an adventure without proper safety tips, so check out Nicole Fancher’s article on how you and your family can stay safe at the beach this summer. Our Special Needs column lists a variety of accessible beaches, and Amy Hatch laments the days when she could head to the beach with barely more than a towel and a copy of People magazine in her Back Page column.

What’s on the minds of many travelers these days, however, is the cost of travel. Gas prices are through the roof, and American Airlines’ announcement last week about charging $15 for even one checked bag has set the industry on fire. TravelMuse will feature gas saving deals in next week’s issue, but this week we have 8 tips on how to keep airline fees to a minimum.

Other features this week include an account of traveling New Mexico’s quirky Turquoise Trail, hiking a lava tube on Hawaii’s Big Island, an ecotourism piece by Christy Mehrlich about helping the majestic leatherback turtles of Costa Rica, and a look at various North American Olympic sites. Even though the games are long gone from these locations, Kim Foley MacKinnon shows that there’s still a host of activities for everyone in the family to enjoy.

In keeping with the theme of water, this week’s book review is on the book Blue Planet Run by Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt, an educational and inspirational account about the world’s water crisis. It’s a fascinating read. And don’t miss our weekly Travel Deals column.

I’ll soon be off to a Florida beach myself, but not before we bring you next week’s issue on Yosemite National Park. We’ll also be sharing some additional new features and functionality, so stay tuned and don’t get too comfy in your beachside Adirondack chair.

Happy travels!

Donna M. Airoldi
Editorial Director

Themes: Family Travel

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