Find Your Perfect Caribbean Island

by Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon. Posted Feb 12th 2014 12:00 PM
Planning a Caribbean vacation but not sure which island to choose? Want to tan by the pool at an all-inclusive resort? Or are you traveling with your family and looking for kid-friendly things to do? Maybe you want a romantic tropical escape full of sunsets, piña coladas and deserted beaches.

To make your vacation planning process a little more fun (isn't that the point of a vacation?), we came up with destination "dating profiles" for 10 Caribbean islands.
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Dominican Republic: Your Perfect Caribbean Island?

by Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon. Posted Feb 12th 2014 12:00 PM
Dominican Republic : Punta Cana beach, Dominican Republic, Caribbean

Am I the Caribbean island for you? Read my online dating profile to find out:
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Plane Crashes Twice in One Day (Watch the Second Wreck)

by Zach Everson. Posted Jan 13th 2014 02:09 PM
Friday, a plane made an emergency landing on New Zealand's Martins Bay beach after its engine stopped in mid-air. Then, after a new motor was installed, it crashed again on take off.
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In Mexico, Neil Patrick Harris Is Warmer (and Possibly Drunker) Than You Are

by Zach Everson. Posted Jan 7th 2014 12:19 PM
Neil Patrick Harris Portrait Session
Associated Press
If -- after whether your car would start or your pipes would freeze -- your biggest concern about today's polar vortex was whether it would impact Neil Patrick Harris, you can relax. The star of "How I Met Your Mother" with his family in Mexico. And really drunk too. Good thing "Doogie Howser, M.D." is off the air; this behavior might would have cost him his medical license.

Drunk selfies-celebs, they're just like us!-after the jump.
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Beach House Diaries: Looking Back ... and Planning Ahead

by Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb. Posted Sep 5th 2013 02:02 PM
Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb
So this is it. My summer sojourn on Pictou Island is ending and the whole back-to-work, back-to-school shtick is about to begin -- but not before Mother Nature stages a grand finale. What my family refers to as "the show" would more accurately be called the running of the herring. Now, this is not to be confused with the famous Running of the Bulls in Pamplona: you won't see drunken daredevils racing down labyrinthine alleys with angry fish in hot pursuit. Rather it's akin to a run of ready-to-spawn salmon, and the huge schools of herring that swim into our strait attract voracious seals, the occasional whale, plus flocks of hungry gannets that barrel out of the clouds at breakneck speed like rockets in reverse.
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Beach House Diaries: 10 Tips for Saving on Beach House Rentals

by Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb. Posted Sep 5th 2013 02:00 PM
Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb
With so many choices out there, beach house rentals are easy enough to find. Snagging one that's right for you at a price you can afford can be a different story. Whether your summertime nirvana is a modest Walden-esque cabin or a waterfront mansion worthy of Jay Gatsby, these pointers can help you get the best deal.
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Beach House Diaries: Gifts from the Sea

by Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb. Posted Aug 29th 2013 04:00 PM
crab shell on beach
Jane Wimshurst

As far as I'm concerned, sea water beats lake water by a long shot. The simple presence of salt -- a miracle mineral -- is one reason. More than a flavor booster, it's a buoyancy enhancer, a preservative and, as spa-goers will attest, an effective exfoliant. Plus it is an age-old healing agent, which explains why doctors make such ample use of saline solution. Nevertheless, it's the interesting stuff the sea delivers to my beach daily that really sets saltwater apart from fresh.
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Beach House Diaries: 8 Tips for Collecting Gifts from the Sea

by Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb. Posted Aug 29th 2013 04:00 PM
Colin Whitcomb

Anne Morrow Lindbergh knew where to look for coveted seashells: after all Captiva (her destination of choice) and its sister island Sanibel are magnets for conchologists. Some 400 species have been identified there, including the shell hunters' "Holy Grail" – the Junonia. Treasures, though, can turn up almost anywhere. Here are a few tips to get you started.
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Beach House Diaries: The Kids are Alright

by Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb. Posted Aug 22nd 2013 11:00 AM
girls mud facials
Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb

By this point in the summer I am so relaxed that I'm virtually comatose, yet the impending arrival of grade-school guests is enough to push my reset button. Part of the reason I slip back into an A-type frame of mind is that I'm concerned for the young ones' wellbeing. I fear underactive Xbox addicts and TV junkies may be pushed over sanity's edge on this off-the-grid island. On the other hand, I fear that overactive kids (like overactive adults) might unwittingly put themselves in harm's way, considering that my beach house has poison ivy to tumble into, highs bluffs to trip off of, boats to tip over... you get the picture.
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Beach Cruising: Biking Venice and Santa Monica

by Whitney Friedlander. Posted Aug 21st 2013 10:55 AM
Venice Beach Los Angeles bike ride

Angelenos would have you believe that we are and will always be car people. We tell you we like our freeways long and our tops down. But, like the Tinseltown dreams our main industry peddles you, this image is a slight fabrication.

Some of us are bikers, careening down park trails, daringly darting in and out of traffic and coaching kids with training wheels around suburban subdivisions.

I am not one. But some of us are.
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