On the islands -- where imported goods tend to be an expensive luxury -- locally brewed beer isn't just a quirky novelty, it's a cultural necessity. So if you truly want to taste the islands, get out your bottle opener and crack open a cold one. View larger version.
Sandals Resorts is taking the all-inclusive concept to its bar scene, which leaves no one asking, "Why is the rum gone?" Mixologists are going beyond the daquiri, notching up the beach vibe with new signature cocktails.
Haven't been to the Out Island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas yet? Go now. Before everyone else does. Trust us. You'll have miles of pristine beaches to yourself, enjoy some of the best conch salad and meet some of the friendliest people around.
It's just 2 1/2 hours by ferry to Grand Bahama from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but you'll know you've left the States when you see the Atlantic Ocean turn that perfect shade of turquoise. Make the Grand Lucayan your home base for the weekend.