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Photo by Anita O'Brien

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Cinque Terre umbrellas

Cinque Terre umbrellas

These umbrellas were nice to sit under with a refreshing drink on a hot day in Vernazza.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Milan, Lombardy, and the Lakes Travel Guide

Photo: Anita O'Brien

Photo by Anita O'Brien

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Ravello splash of color

Ravello splash of color

Colorful urns of flowers adorned Villa Cimbrone in Ravello. Lobelia are my favorites for stunning depth of color.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Italy Travel Guide

Photo: Anita O'Brien

Photo by Anita O'Brien

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Mindel Beach at Sunset

Mindel Beach at Sunset

I saw this scene on a postcard in a Darwin market and was determined to find where it was taken. I did!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Darwin Travel Guide

Photo: Anita O'Brien

Photo by Anita O'Brien

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Hammock heaven

Hammock heaven

The colors of Mexico are an integral part of the experience, and Oaxaca is full of brilliant, vivid colors. And I've never seen a hammock I didn't want to climb into.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Oaxaca Travel Guide

Photo: Anita O'Brien

Photo by Anita O'Brien

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Panarea perfection

Panarea perfection

We visited Panarea on a daytrip from Lipari (Aeolian Islands) and were warmed by the blue, white, and green of this gorgeous island.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Sicily Travel Guide

Photo: Anita O'Brien

Photo by tomrohling

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Port Aransas Beach

Port Aransas Beach

My first visit to Port Aransas, TX was fabulous. Beautiful clean beaches, no crowds and beautiful weather.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Texas Travel Guide

Photo: tomrohling

Photo by turksoldtimer

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Photo: turksoldtimer

Photo by turksoldtimer

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Photo: turksoldtimer

Photo by kcapuani

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Abandoned Boat at Taylor Bay

Abandoned Boat at Taylor Bay

Taylor Bay Beach is one of the most relaxing beaches I have ever been to with its calm blue water and remote feeling. While strolling around the bay, I came across this abandoned boat. There is something about a boat that has seen better days that sets off your imagination.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Providenciales Travel Guide

Photo: kcapuani

Photo by kcapuani

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Conch Shell at Leeward Beach

Conch Shell at Leeward Beach

Providenciales is a beach lover's paradise: crystal clear water, constant sunshine and gentle breezes. One of our many stops was Leeward Beach, just down the road from world famous Grace Bay Beach. Here, instead of sharing the beach with tourists, we shared the beach with conch shells and crabs.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Providenciales Travel Guide

Photo: kcapuani

Photo by Minerva Bloom

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Cruise Ship

Cruise Ship

A cruise ship anchored at Port Everglades on an early morning before its departure. This photograph was taken on an early morning from atop the 17th Street Causeway Bridge, about an hour after sunrise, when the light was still golden. Port Everglades is one of the world's busiest cruise departure Ports. It holds the world record for hosting the most cruise passengers in a single day with 49,234 passengers (Jan 3, 2009). More than 4 million cruise passengers pass through Port Everglades annually. This Port is an eight-time winner of the Grand Prix Mondial du Voyage’s International Tourism Award. It is the deepest of all Florida ports.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Fort Lauderdale and Broward County Travel Guide

Photo: Minerva Bloom

Photo by Minerva Bloom

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Hybiscus Blossom

Hybiscus Blossom

An orange/red hybiscus in the full sun. A native to warm, temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are often noted for their showy flowers.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Fort Lauderdale and Broward County Travel Guide

Photo: Minerva Bloom

Photo by Minerva Bloom

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Two by the Shade

Two by the Shade

We took a ferry to the secluded beach of Las Caletas and while strolling the area, I came upon this two vintage canoes. On this hot summer day under the shade, even the cicadas whispered...

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide

Photo: Minerva Bloom

Photo by Minerva Bloom

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Port Everglades

Port Everglades

Cruise ships at Port Everglades. This photograph was taken on an early morning from atop the 17th Street Causeway Bridge about an hour after sunrise when the light was still golden. Port Everglades is one of the world's busiest cruise departure Ports. It holds the world record for hosting the most cruise passengers in a single day with 49,234 passengers (Jan 3, 2009). More than 4 million cruise passengers pass through Port Everglades annually. This Port is an eight-time winner of the Grand Prix Mondial du Voyage’s International Tourism Award. It is the deepest of all Florida ports.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Fort Lauderdale and Broward County Travel Guide

Photo: Minerva Bloom

Photo by Raminder Dosanjh

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Restful

Restful

The market in Vietnam teemed with colorfully dressed women selling their goods and buying the family staples. Many of these women walked for miles to attend this market. This photo captured a woman taking a moment to rest.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Vietnam Travel Guide

Photo: Raminder Dosanjh

Photo by Gregory_Ellis

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The Man is the Boss

The Man is the Boss

The Princess (Donna) and I had been sitting on the beach watching our first "honeymoon" sunset. Our wedding photographer was packing her gear. We were chatting and I playfully said, "Just remember, the man is the boss!". Donna popped up, grabbed my shirt, and began to drag me in the sand. Our photographer snapped the pic. Every time I see this photo, I am instantly transported, in my mind, back to that beautiful beach and to the beginning of a beautiful marriage.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Negril Travel Guide

Photo: Gregory_Ellis

Photo by Tonna Corbin

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80 Degree Water

80 Degree Water

What made is moment memorable?....sailing in a dhow with Jefferson Airplane inspired sails to our snorkeling destination, "Makubwa" - Big Rock in Swahili.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Tanzania Travel Guide

Photo: Tonna Corbin

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sunset at the red sea

sunset at the red sea

a beautiful holiday at the el gouna, red sea in egypt. The middle of winter and the weather was perfect beach days.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Egypt Travel Guide

Photo: nicole vogels

Photo by nicole vogels

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2's company, 3's a crowd

2's company, 3's a crowd

the only things i had to share this island with were these star fish. can't complain!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Bahamas Travel Guide

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Photo by nicole vogels

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all by myself!

all by myself!

miles and miles away from anyone. a beautiful deserted island and crystal clear waters

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Bahamas Travel Guide

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Photo by nicole vogels

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truly paradise

truly paradise

we dropped anchor and canoed to this beautiful island. we set up s a beautiful BBQ. truly paradise!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Bahamas Travel Guide

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Photo by nicole vogels

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childhood escape

childhood escape

another gorgeous day spent at mullet bay.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's St. Maarten Travel Guide

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Manzanillo Beach

Manzanillo Beach

When we visited Costa Rica, we wanted to avoid the tourist traps. We rented a house in Manzanillo, which is at the end of the road heading south on the Caribbean coast. The weather, snorkeling, food, people, and the beach were all perfect.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Caribbean Coast Travel Guide

Photo: rka401

Photo by Kelli Glaser

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East Railay Beauty

East Railay Beauty

We had just arrived in southern Thailand and were taking a boat to a local resort when we captured this iconic view. Later that evening we discovered the sunsets on the west beach were the longest and most unique that I have seen anywhere in the world.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Gulf Coast Beaches Travel Guide

Photo: Kelli Glaser

Photo by Kelli Glaser

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Colorful springs on the Tongariro Crossing

Colorful springs on the Tongariro Crossing

In New Zealand where the weather can vary greatly, Tongariro National park was a warm volcanic oasis. It was truly one of the most beautiful hikes we have ever done.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's East Coast and the Volcanic Zone Travel Guide

Photo: Kelli Glaser

Photo by Kelli Glaser

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Wild Na Pali views

Wild Na Pali views

While backpacking along the Napali Coast trail we encountered slippery mud, knife edge trails with several hundred foot drops, a local jungle dweller, and amazing views like this.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Kauai Travel Guide

Photo: Kelli Glaser

Photo by Kelli Glaser

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Turtle encounters of the closest kind

Turtle encounters of the closest kind

We have always loved turtles, but this was our first time encountering a sea turtle while snorkeling. Next thing we knew there were a dozen or so all around us. Pretty amazing to be in their world.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Kauai Travel Guide

Photo: Kelli Glaser

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Secluded beache

Secluded beache

You do not have to go out of the Unites States to find beautiful beaches. There are no private ocean beaches in PR - all are public- and you can find miles of beaches with few users. Some are good for swimming, others for surf boarding and others for snorkeling. This beach was within a wildlife refuge near Humacao (East shore). Include the islands of Culebra and Vieques, and you find even more pristine areas.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Puerto Rico Travel Guide

Photo: Oldanalyst

Photo by Oldanalyst

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The Caribbean calls

The Caribbean calls

The job of choosing which typical tropical pictures to submit was the hard part - I have many pictures like this. Panama has many rather secluded beaches, islands and places to snorkel. We snorkeled on this island in some of the most beautiful coral imaginable. Just behind me was a gorgeous white sand beach kept clean by the Kuna. If you want to relax, snorkel and be bedazzled by the beauty of a place, go to the San Blas area off the north east coast of Panama.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Canal and Central Panama Travel Guide

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Photo by Oldanalyst

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Supper preparation outside

Supper preparation outside

This beautiful Haitian woman was preparing some beans for her family using rather primitive stoves. She was friendly and when I asked if I could take her picture, she said yes but hoped I could make her a star. Meals were prepared outside since it was too hot to prepare them in the house.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Caribbean Travel Guide

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Photo by Oldanalyst

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Best citrus ever

Best citrus ever

These Dominicans were harvesting citrus fruits in the eastern part of the DR. Note the donkey, truck and motorcycle. These oranges as well as the 4 or 5 other citrus fruits were outstanding. These people really worked hard in the hot, sticky climate of the DR. Yet they were friendly and happy to give us all the fruit we could eat. We gorged!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Caribbean Travel Guide

Photo: Oldanalyst

Photo by Oldanalyst

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Bear and bare

Bear and bare

The little girl was cute, friendly and unaware that she was doing anything unusual-after all, it was hot. She is a member of the indigenous Kuna group.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Eastern Panama Travel Guide

Photo: Oldanalyst

Photo by Shyam Subramanyan (@shyamster)

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The Dunes

The Dunes

There seemed to be something missing as I waited to capture the sunset at the dunes in Death Valley. The photographer and his friend walked into the frame making it a memorable sunset and capture.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Mojave Desert Travel Guide

Photo: Shyam Subramanyan (@shyamster)

Photo by Shyam Subramanyan (@shyamster)

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Bored Anticipation

Bored Anticipation

We stayed at the Casa Blanca house at the Bosque Del Cabo rainforest lodge in Osa Peninsula. My son spent countless hours watching wildlife from the deck at the back of the house. Here he is waiting for the monkeys to show up again.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's South Pacific Coast Travel Guide

Photo: Shyam Subramanyan (@shyamster)

Photo by Shyam Subramanyan

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Playa Dominical from above

Playa Dominical from above

On the way from San Jose to Osa Peninsula, we flew on a 12 seater plane mostly over the clouds, when it suddenly cleared below us for a nice view of Playa Dominical. It was wonderful to spot all the streams of water, from recent rain, flow into the beach. We knew we were going to enjoy the rainforest at the Osa peninsula.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's South Pacific Coast Travel Guide

Photo: Shyam Subramanyan

Photo by Shyam Subramanyan (@shyamster)

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Makena Sunset

Makena Sunset

It was the first time at a beach for my three-year old twin boys back in Nov 2005. We could not keep them away from the sand and the water until they literally fell asleep for the day. We watched this sunset with the boys sleeping on our lap.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Maui Travel Guide

Photo: Shyam Subramanyan (@shyamster)

Photo by GoFishCostaRica

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Special Christmas Visitors

Special Christmas Visitors

While everyone back home was enjoying Christmas in long sleeves, we were having eggnog with the monkeys.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's North Pacific Coast Travel Guide

Photo: GoFishCostaRica

Photo by GoFishCostaRica

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Just another Febuary Monday in Costa Rica

Just another Febuary Monday in Costa Rica

Seeing folks escaping from their frozen North American homes to take in a beautiful afternoon in warm and sunny Tamarindo Costa Rica.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's North Pacific Coast Travel Guide

Photo: GoFishCostaRica

Photo by Tonna Corbin

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Island Wedding

Island Wedding

While sailing in The Grenadines, we encountered each morning the "boat boys" - those who speed about taking orders from charter sailors for supplies. Where others, at times, saw them as pesky salesmen, we thoroughly enjoyed their stories of island life. Our friendship was repaid with an invite to one of the boat boys island wedding. They made us feel like family.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's St. Vincent and the Grenadines Travel Guide

Photo: Tonna Corbin

Photo by Kathy Nelson

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Great View!

Great View!

A very windy day, causing our sunglasses to become white with the salt air from the ocean.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's San Miguel de Allende and the Heartland Travel Guide

Photo: Kathy Nelson

Photo by basingstoke2

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Day is done

Day is done

We were relaxing, watching the setting sun and this moment captured the peace and beauty of the coast.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Monterey Bay Travel Guide

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Photo by basingstoke2

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Yearning

Yearning

In Mexico's Biosphere, a lone Palm reaches for the sea.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Mexico Travel Guide

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Photo by basingstoke2

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Buy me!

Buy me!

Browsing in the Cancun Barrio Mercado, this display of simple crafts caught my eye for the riot of color an shape that typifies a colorful culture.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Cancún Travel Guide

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Photo by Wendy Geraci

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Beach Day On Melbourne Beach, Florida

Beach Day On Melbourne Beach, Florida

Spending the day with family on the beach!!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Orlando Travel Guide

Photo: Wendy Geraci

Photo by Nelson Chenkin

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Serendipity

Serendipity

Our B&B of that name was located a few miles outside of town. This was the view we had from the table where we ate breakfast each morning. This prepared us for a very busy day of strolling along the nearby miles of beach.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Mexico Travel Guide

Photo: Nelson Chenkin

Photo by Nelson Chenkin

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Sunny Day Colors

Sunny Day Colors

The warm rosy color of this stairway always made me smile. One afternoon the blue sky and sun was just perfect, as I knew it might be snowing back home.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Mexico Travel Guide

Photo: Nelson Chenkin

Photo by JenRutsky

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Peaceful Marigot Bay

Peaceful Marigot Bay

My husband and I took a helicopter tour of St. Lucia and we got this great picture of Marigot Bay.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's St. Lucia Travel Guide

Photo: JenRutsky

Photo by basingstoke2

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Sunset entertainment at the southernmost point in the US

Sunset entertainment at the southernmost point in the US

Sunset is coming in Key West and Mallory Square is where it is celebrated. The fire juggler is just one of the many entertainers making the square the place to be.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Key West Travel Guide

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Photo by basingstoke2

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Just chillin'

Just chillin'

Strolling on the beach near Tulum we came upon this scene that captures the essence of just relaxing on a beach with blindingly white sand and the bluest ocean calmed by a reef where the blue changes shade.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Mexico Travel Guide

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Photo by Mike Ward

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Nothing to do but count shells on the beach

Nothing to do but count shells on the beach

A nearly empty beach in the South Coast of NSW, Australia on a sunny day this January as the snow came down back home in Paris. But what was truly memorable was running out of the water when we saw a fin, which turned out to be some dolphins playing in the surf!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's New South Wales Travel Guide

Photo: Mike Ward

Photo by Roger Jacobs

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Iao Needle

Iao Needle

Beautiful area and not to be missed when you're on Maui.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Maui Travel Guide

Photo: Roger Jacobs

Photo by Roger Jacobs

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West Maui sunset

West Maui sunset

A sunset over the island of Lanai from our backdoor. Priceless

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Maui Travel Guide

Photo: Roger Jacobs

Photo by Roger Jacobs

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Gotta have a beach

Gotta have a beach

We were on Maui in January and it's 20 degrees back home. How much more memorable can it get?

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Maui Travel Guide

Photo: Roger Jacobs

Photo by ccsuwxman

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Another beautiful Aruba sunset

Another beautiful Aruba sunset

The hazy sun behind the clouds on the horizon, combined with the sea birds flying across the scene made this a special sunset that my wife and I were able to share with our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Aruba Travel Guide

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Photo by ccsuwxman

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Mother and daughter (my own daughter and granddaughter, in this case) taking a sunset walk on Druif Beach in Aruba

Mother and daughter (my own daughter and granddaughter, in this case) taking a sunset walk on Druif Beach in Aruba

This was the first time my granddaughter had ever been on a beach of any kind. She loved making footprints in the sand.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Aruba Travel Guide

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Photo by ccsuwxman

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Wine, Ice and Sunglasses in Aruba

Wine, Ice and Sunglasses in Aruba

This is the essence of our Aruba vacation. Relaxing on the beach, sharing a glass of wine and letting all the stresses of the everyday world disappear among the grains of pure white sand.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Aruba Travel Guide

Photo: ccsuwxman

Photo by S. Dobbie

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Brasilito Bicycles

Brasilito Bicycles

The sunny colours of Rosa the cook's bicycle against the terracotta wall and the vibrant contrast with the sky and flora caught my husband's eye. The day I went to photograph it, I was fortunate in that another bicycle had been parked with hers. This Photo always brings back the colours and the light of our month in Costa Rica ... and Rosa's delicious Arroz con Pollo.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's North Pacific Coast Travel Guide

Photo: S. Dobbie

Photo by reedness

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January Flowers of the Rain Forest

January Flowers of the Rain Forest

The tropical rainforest of El Yunque was filled with all sorts of flowers and plants in January. Here are some beautiful yellow blooms in January. What a nice contrast to the ice and snow I had just left.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Puerto Rico Travel Guide

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Photo by reedness

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Creative Transportation

Creative Transportation

In January, while sitting on my hotel room's balcony listening to a free Jazz concert below in San Juan near the Lagoon or inner harbor, and watching the setting sun, I caught a glimpse of a man paddling by on a surf board to get closer to the Jazz Concert. It was a pleasantly warm evening, and parking can be so difficult to find in San Juan. I was impressed by his creativity. The music was fantastic.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Puerto Rico Travel Guide

Photo: reedness

Photo by Heidi H.

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Anhinga In the Warm Sun

Anhinga In the Warm Sun

The gorgeous anhinga bird is dramatic and showy, displaying her wings, drying them in the 80 degree sunshine.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Everglades Travel Guide

Photo: Heidi H.

Photo by Heidi H.

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Beach Stroll

Beach Stroll

The layers of color worked so well; the blue sky and blue green water, the white sand and crisp white outfits of the beach strollers, and finally, the juicy colors of a beach towel in the foreground. So warm and sunny!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Florida Travel Guide

Photo: Heidi H.

Photo by reedness

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The Pool at

The Pool at "La Casa Grande" Mountain Retreat

In January, I rarely, actually, I never get to swim outside whether it is in a pool or natural body of water, so being able to swim in cool water on a very warm day in January was a real treat. We drove through the Cordillera Central of Puerto Rico to get to Utuado rather than taking a much quicker and less scenic route by way of a four lane interstate like route. Puerto Rico's Ruta Panoramica is beautiful, but not an express highway. It is a mountain road through the jungle. It is amazing! Palm Trees are reflected in the pool in this photo. It is calm here. The coqui's make their sound at night, but it is quiet until the rooster sings out in the morning. The hotel owner gave us directions for a quicker way back to San Juan. This gave us extra time to stop at a nice restaurant in Dorado for a leisurely lunch. Casa Grande is a mountain retreat; it is very beautiful and comfortable here. This is a part of Puerto Rico that I suspect many people do not get to see, but it is well worth the effort to get here. I can't wait to go back. Next time I will plan to stay longer.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Puerto Rico Travel Guide

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Photo by reedness

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Large Ferns reflected in a pool of water

Large Ferns reflected in a pool of water

It was January, 2010 at the Museum of Art in San Juan. Inside the art was wonderful, but no photos are allowed. The San Juan Philharmonic just happened to be rehearsing on the day we chose to visit, and they are so talented. Outside there is a sculpture garden. Tropical plants are placed very carefully so that the art and the plants can be enjoyed together. It was a gift for the eyes at every turn. I especially enjoyed the whimsical aspects that the gardener/artists had taken here. We practically had the garden to ourselves that afternoon; this is practically an undiscovered bit of paradise. The flowers and plants were beautiful by themselves, but they had all been carefully placed and that added to the calmness and tranquility of the garden.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Puerto Rico Travel Guide

Photo: reedness

Photo by Seymour Levy

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Sunset Grandstand

Sunset Grandstand

Watching the sun set in Costa Rica is a national sport. I was fortunate enough to be in the grand stand to watch the show.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Costa Rica Travel Guide

Photo: Seymour Levy

Photo by Seymour Levy

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The Rain Forrest

The Rain Forrest

Synonymous with the lush landscape of Costa Rica is their rain forrest. Upon hiking in this jungle scenery I was not disappointed to be in the midst of this scene.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Central Pacific Coast Travel Guide

Photo: Seymour Levy

Photo by Seymour Levy

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Beach Horse

Beach Horse

A horse cantering, a person strolling, and someone just enjoying the beautiful Costa Rica beach etched a perfect vacation landscape in my mind, enough to make me want to remember the occasion.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Costa Rica Travel Guide

Photo: Seymour Levy

Photo by Seymour Levy

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"Baked Bird"

Crossing a small bridge I noticed this white bird contrasted against this parched muddy river landscape, The scene generated enough heat for me to take this photo.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Central Pacific Coast Travel Guide

Photo: Seymour Levy

Photo by Seymour Levy

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Cooling It

Cooling It

Strolling the beach at Jaco, Costa Rica I came across this youngster without a care in the world, just waiting fr the tide to come in.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Central Pacific Coast Travel Guide

Photo: Seymour Levy

Photo by GeneZdonek

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No words needed...

No words needed...

Swaying in a hammock high up the mountain in Quepos witnessing natures majesty. The sunset just kept getting better and better over the span of 40 mins.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Costa Rica Travel Guide

Photo: GeneZdonek

Photo by GeneZ

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Perfect days end

Perfect days end

After several hours travel starting early in NYC on a frigid morning I made it for a warm breezed sunset on the peninsula of Costa Rica.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's North Pacific Coast Travel Guide

Photo: GeneZ

Photo by Jeffrey S. Goldner

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Sunset at Lana'i

Sunset at Lana'i

After a daylong excursion to Lana'i, the return trip offered many photo opportunities. This shot was one of my favorites.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Lana‘i Travel Guide

Photo: Jeffrey S. Goldner

Photo by Jeffrey S. Goldner

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Sunset over Lana'i

Sunset over Lana'i

Kaanapali Beach faces Lana'i so the sun doesn't melt into the Pacific at this spot. But there is nothing like the relaxation that happens in the last few minutes of the daylight.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Hawaii Travel Guide

Photo: Jeffrey S. Goldner

Photo by Jeffrey S. Goldner

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Kaanapali Beach

Kaanapali Beach

Just basking in the sun and warmth of this beautiful place with my girlfriend!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Hawaii Travel Guide

Photo: Jeffrey S. Goldner

Photo by Louhead

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Sunset at Sunset Cliffs

Sunset at Sunset Cliffs

I had just moved to San Diego from Baltimore in early January of 2003. I took this photo the first day my wife and I spent at the beach. It was the first time I had ever seen the Pacific Ocean!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's San Diego Travel Guide

Photo: Louhead

Photo by justin baer

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Tempting

Tempting

We were vacationing in Florida and the day was warm and inviting to take a plunge in this pool which reflected the beautiful colors of area.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Lower Gulf Coast Travel Guide

Photo: justin baer

Photo by missesbueno

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Mirror Perfection

Mirror Perfection

With many more memorable sunsets to remember, this was our first night of vacation. What a treat to have our own pool, but it was a breathtaking experience to watch the reflections of the setting sun daily with the ocean in the background.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide

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Photo by missesbueno

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Mexico as we used to know

Mexico as we used to know

Wandering the streets of this small village reminded me of childhood vacations in Cabo San Luca. Bright colors, quiet, lazy afternoons, and the feeling you are welcome into the lives of the people who live there. Lest this not be spoiled, I will keep the name of this town secret.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide

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Photo by missesbueno

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Oasis at the end of the trail

Oasis at the end of the trail

After winding on uneven sandy trails in sweltering heat it was such a reward to see the water ahead. When we started out it was a happy go lucky walk on a lazy afternoon. It soon turned into a journey with the water as the destination. You know it's there, but after what seemed like forever in the heat, we found ourselves craving what awaited us at the end of the trail. Ahhh...the splash never felt so good.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide

Photo: missesbueno

Photo by CatCastell

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Afternoon Nap

Afternoon Nap

A couple enjoys an afternoon nap on the island of Anegada.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Other British Virgin Islands Travel Guide

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Photo by CatCastell

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Waiting for A Ride

Waiting for A Ride

A man and woman wait for a boat to pick them up at the of the day.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's St. Vincent and the Grenadines Travel Guide

Photo: CatCastell

Photo by Ben Arico

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Botanical Gardens in January

Botanical Gardens in January

While the US was freezing, we were enjoying 80 degree weather in Melbourne.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Melbourne Travel Guide

Photo: Ben Arico

Photo by marianneryan

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Sunset from the Villa

Sunset from the Villa

Playa las Tortugas was the best vacation we have ever had. We sat under our roof-top palapa every evening for the most beautiful sunsets. We released Olive Ridley endangered baby turtles into the ocean...an exhilarating and humbling experience. We kayaked, surfed and walked the 6 mile vendor free beach for hours. Can't wait to go back!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Mexico and Central America Travel Guide

Photo: marianneryan

Photo by brightpurple

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"Love at First at Site" with Cabo San Lucas

I have been best friends with a gal I've known since I was 3 years old. We are now 46. For several years we would say to each other, "we need to take a vacation together!" Now with kids grown, we jumped at the chance to cruise to the Mexican Riviera together. This was our final destination port and our favorite. This photo will make my winters warmer just by looking at it and reminiscing.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Los Cabos Travel Guide

Photo: brightpurple

Photo by christinea78

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Flower

Flower

Just admiring the flowers on a morning walk in Key Largo.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Florida Keys Travel Guide

Photo: christinea78

Photo by crdiver

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It's always a great day for fishing!

It's always a great day for fishing!

It was a warm (in the 80 degree range), lazy day in St. Petersburg Florida. It was such a lazy day that we noticed this pelican had decided to take it easy and fish the easy way rather than diving for its fish!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's USA Travel Guide

Photo: crdiver

Photo by Jay Anderson

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Surfer #8

Surfer #8

Sitting by the lighthouse watching the Santa Cruz local surfers catch some waves was the best end to a trip to the beach.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Monterey Bay Travel Guide

Photo: Jay Anderson

Photo by Jay Anderson

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La Casita

La Casita

This was taken during a birthday trip to Los Cabos. The picture was taken out our hotel window with as much of the downtown Los Cabos commercialization cropped as possible to give the stark contrast between the sky and hotel making it look like an authentic Mexican villa.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Los Cabos Travel Guide

Photo: Jay Anderson

Photo by Jay Anderson

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Molokai from the Air

Molokai from the Air

I was in process of getting my private pilot's license when we went to Maui so I was able to rent a plane and instructor to fly around the islands. This was a cool shot from the left seat showing the cliffs of Molokai.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Moloka‘i Travel Guide

Photo: Jay Anderson

Photo by bunny0027

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The road north of Kapalua

The road north of Kapalua

Driving along the road past Kapalua-the ocean draws you in...

Photo: bunny0027

Photo by mtuttle

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Longtail Boats on Ko Ngai

Longtail Boats on Ko Ngai

This was island #4 on a four island tour that we were certain couldn't get any better. Longtails, the island taxis of Thailand, could get us places no other boat could.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Gulf Coast Beaches Travel Guide

Photo: mtuttle

Photo by Alicia Wszelaki

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Freshest Catch of the Day

Freshest Catch of the Day

Seeing our dinner come straight out of the ocean and prepared on the beach made the evenings dinner one of the best and most authentic experiences of our trip. Without the usual amenities, our local host Tony dressed our catch with lemons, onions and sea salt. He grilled it right on the beach and rinsed it off in the ocean. Truly the simplest meals are the best.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Fiji Travel Guide

Photo: Alicia Wszelaki

Photo by gocl

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just another day in paradise, while we swam with dolphins in 80 degree temps,

just another day in paradise, while we swam with dolphins in 80 degree temps,

while we swam with dolphins in 80 degree temps, the rest of the USA was under several inches (or feet) of snow & bone chilling temps. always said we'd rather be lucky than good!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Honolulu and Oahu Travel Guide

Photo: gocl

Photo by Gayle Buck

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Volcanic rock beach formation

Volcanic rock beach formation

The Big Island landscape varies greatly and this was just a beautiful and different area for sunbathing on the volcanic rock.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Big Island Travel Guide

Photo: Gayle Buck

Photo by Gayle Buck

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Trpoical Oasis on the Big Island

Trpoical Oasis on the Big Island

We were vacationing and driving all over the Big Island. This was one of the most beautiful shaded beach areas we came upon.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Big Island Travel Guide

Photo: Gayle Buck

Photo by Tom Rohling

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Diamondhead

Diamondhead

This was my first trip to Hawaii and I was dazzled with the scenery. I got up early and walked the beach and was able to get this early morning picture of Diamondhead. I will never forget the trip to Hawaii and this picture is a great reminder.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Honolulu and Oahu Travel Guide

Photo: Tom Rohling

Photo by jaime uribe

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"The natural pause that refreshes".

Paloma, my niece´s daughter was at the "Rincón del Mar" beach and she found this coconut lying on the sand. She could not resist to try for the first time in her life its refreshing milk, so we asked a native to open it with a machete. She loved it!

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's The Caribbean Coast Travel Guide

Photo: jaime uribe

Photo by Kathy Nelson

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Refreshment!

Refreshment!

It was a very hot and windy day to tour the East side of Cozumel, we came across this road side stand that offered "refreshment."

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Mexico and Central America Travel Guide

Photo: Kathy Nelson

Photo by NormaP

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Bathers at the Dead Sea

Bathers at the Dead Sea

We visited the Dead Sea in January 2010 after a fantastic visit to the fortress Masada and Qumran, site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. People swam and enjoyed the beach. Jordan is seen across from the Dead Sea. The desert scenery was surreal. I half expected Lawrence of Arabia to gallop across the hills.

Plan Your Trip: Fodor's Around Jerusalem and the Dead Sea Travel Guide

Photo: NormaP

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