No need to blow through your international data plan telling your Facebook friends what a good time you’re having at Hard Rock Punta Cana. Room rates at the party hearty all-inc include free phone calls to the U.S. and Canada, so you can brag with abandon instead of just tweeting the highlights. -SG
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It takes almost a full day to reach this place. This long trek to the tiny island of Petit St. Vincent guarantees I'll be secluded among the tiny isles near the Tobago Cays. I arrive to my stone villa perched on a hill overlooking the beach. Yeah, there are other villas around here, probably with other guests, though I can't be sure. They wouldn't know I'm here, and vice versa.
Jewelry and chocolate is nice. But if you want to seriously get the attention of your significant other, a plane ticket to a tropical destination would make for the perfect Valentine's Day gift. Thankfully, some of our favorite resorts are offering some great deals, but you better hurry: For some of these deals, you'll have to book by the end of this week.
Editor's note: We've very excited about the news that American Airlines will start direct flights to Martinique this April. In honor of that, here's an account of our editors' recent trip to Martinique.
I blame Pierce Brosnan. Ever since I watched him seduce Rene Russo by whisking her off on a romantic island getaway in the movie The Thomas Crown Affair, I’ve longed to visit Martinique, where those steamy scenes were shot. So when the invitation to visit arrived, I jumped at the chance. That first morning, I’m struck by the dichotomy of Martinique: With its undulating terrain, roadside fruit stalls and tracts of sugar cane intersected by winding roads (some so hilly they change the orientation on my iPhone), the tiny isle first appears as Caribbean as any other. But ...
Go underground in the Dominican Republic's La Cueva de Rulfo.
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Get more romantic trip ideas in the new ISLANDS Romantic Getaways Vacation Guide.
During a recent trip to Cancun's Desire Pearl nude beach all-inclusive in Mexico, contributing writer David Lansing learned this expert advice if you ever want to travel like a nudist.
ISLANDS editor Robert Stephens and photographer Jon Whittle find real island baseball in the Dominican Republic for this trip from the ISLANDS Wish List.