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December 26, 2012

Cheap and Chic Beach Vacations

What could be better than a few days spent playing in the waves? Doing it the cheap, of course. So we put together the seven best beach destinations—think always-hot Santorini, laidback Vieques, and charming Curaçao—that won't break the bank.
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Hawaii  
Splurge vs. Save: Maui
Maui's got it all—from plush resorts to boutique beachfront stays; romantic eateries to beachfront cafes. Here are our picks for when to splurge and save.
Puerto Rico  
Starter Kit to Puerto Rico
If you have yet to hit the shores of Puerto Rico, you're sure taking your time. It's been on the map since 1493! Go play in the sun, soak up the history, and experience some thrills with these tips.
Mexico  
Just Back from: Tulum
Tulum is the quiet side of Riviera Maya, with white sand beaches and plenty of yogis. And no matter how many times you go, you'll always discover something new (and delicious).
Cruise  
10 Money-Saving Cruise Tips
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more convenient and cost-effective way of seeing multiple places than on a cruise. Here are the 10 best tips for maximizing your cruising dollars.
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