These 6 Caribbean destinations are cheap (but amazing) for summer travel

Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

With white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters, the Caribbean is a dreamy destination — so it’s no surprise it has an $18 billion tourism industry. According to Caribbean Tourism Organization, 30 million visitors traveled here in 2017, the highest number on record.

Many parts of the Caribbean are cheaper to travel in summer when several islands go “off peak,” compared to fall and winter high-season prices. (Though hurricane season in the area is June to late November, most storms hit during its peak, between late August and October. Last year, hurricanes Irma and Maria both occurred in September.)

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Traveling Solo? Checkout These Tips and Hotspots

Traveling solo might one of the most exciting travel opportunities you have. Even if you have to go alone, you can finally visit that dream destination. Whether you’re an extrovert or introvert, following these tips ensure you have can enjoy the trip of a lifetime.

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Thanh Chuong Viet Palace: Hanoi’s epicenter of cultural heritage

Surrounded by peaceful lotus ponds and lush banyan trees, Thanh Chuong Viet Palace is one of the most culturally rich destinations in Vietnam.

Located on Soc Son Mountain, outside of the capital Hanoi, the palace tells the story of Vietnam’s cultural history through traditional architecture, artwork and folk heritage pieces.

As part of the preservation project, lots of the relics found around the grounds have been trucked in from the country’s outer provinces or sourced from many of the country’s 54 recognized ethnic groups, including stilt houses and a 500-year-old stone bridge.

“You can see that this place has everything, from space and atmosphere to ecology, architecture and art,” artist and founder Thanh Chuong tells CNN Travel.

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Sneak peek tour of Ocean Resort in Atlantic City: Say goodbye to ‘old dark casinos’

With a grand opening in a little more than two weeks, Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City pulled back the curtain on its ongoing revival of the former Revel property.

“The ocean is what makes this property in Atlantic City so special,” said Seth Schorr, resort adviser, during a media preview of the 6.4 million-square-foot property. “The days of old dark casinos are a thing of the past.”

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San Antonio Is the Food Destination You Didn’t Know You Needed to Visit

At the Mexican Market (El Mercado), San Antonio, Texas

 

There’s a lot more to San Antonio than the Alamo and Riverwalk, and there’s a lot more to San Antonio’s food scene than Tex-Mex and barbecue.

Last year, San Antonio became the second American city to be designated a Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO, the branch of the United Nations that designates World Heritage Sites. Just in time to celebrate its tricentennial, San Antonio has become a go-to place to sample chicken fried oysters, chorizo burgers, and tacos of all styles from hundreds of unique restaurants.

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