5 beach getaways in one flight

Naples, florida

Flight time: 2h30 | IAH Daily on Spirit, United, American; Everyday Hobby on the Southwest

There are two tickets to heaven: Fly directly to Fort Myers and make the 40 minute trip south, or take a direct flight to Fort Lauderdale and do the same through the Everglades (double the travel time and Marsh). Either way, you’ll find yourself on one of Florida’s most beautiful coastlines, home to pristine sugar sand, marinas and parsonages, and (restrain yourself) Judge Judy.

On the route? A day trip to Naples botanical garden, naplesgarden.org, where you can develop an orchid habit. Sip fresh oysters at Captain & Krewe Seafood Market and Raw Bar, these dudes know how to cook. Or take a new plug to your Airbnb baller (Naples is, in fact, the land of old Florida’s dream lists), and prowl the bustling little town of Fifth Street after dark for martini occasions.

Most of the time, however, you’ll want to put sand under your feet, whether you’re camping at Lowdermilk Beach or at the Naples Pier, further south at Marco Island (Photo at the top), or a luxury resort in between. Repeated dives in the Gulf are mandatory from dawn to sunset – do the ‘stingray shuffle’ to avoid accidents and maybe a manatee will even swim to say hello.

EAT: Humble shopping mall establishment Grouper & Chips has the best conch fritters on this side of I-75. grouperandchipsnaples.com

TO STAY: Go for it all in a luxurious and historic Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, which has 319 rooms with balconies overlooking the gulf (also: difficult children can opt for the swimming pool). naplesbeachhotel.com

DO: Head toward Quay of the city of Naples embark on a day at the beach on Keewaydin Island, a sunset cruise, a fishing excursion or a wildlife tour. naplesgov.com/cdw —Gwendolyn Knapp


Flight time: 4 hours | IAH Daily on United; Once a day from Hobby on Southwest

Spend a sunny Caribbean morning wandering around the 500-year-old Puerto Rican capital and century-old forts, Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo San Cristóbal-visit both at San Juan National Historic Site for a total of $ 10, nps.gov/saju– and you will still have time to go to the famous Condado beach in the afternoon. As the sun sets, take a guided LED-lit kayak tour of Condado Lagoon, nightkayak.com, for real vibes of the island of enchantment. — Catherine Wendlandt


Flight time: 8-9 hours | Once a day from IAH on United; Once a day from Hobby on United

Start by paying homage to the Pearl Harbor National Memorial and learn about the island’s history at the Iolani Palace, which was once the official residence of the Hawaiian monarchy and offers daily tours, iolanipalace.org. Seriously, how often do you have the opportunity to visit a heavenly palace?

You should also spend as much time as possible outdoors (and don’t forget the sunscreen). Head to gentle Lanikai Beach, 30 minutes north, to escape the touristy Waikiki. Climb the 300,000-year-old volcano at Diamond head, and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, take a surf lesson with Ty Gurney Surf School, tygurneysurfschool.com, at Waikiki Beach. The Sunset Surf Package ($ 550 for two), according to General Manager Jasmine Garcia, “offers one of the best views.”—CW


Flight time: 6-8 hours | IAH Daily on American, Delta

If someone says they want to take you to Aruba, you should say yes. Crystal clear, stellar waters scuba diving tickets, casinos, volcanoes, gastronomic outposts and the colorful squares of colonial towns make this constituent country of the Netherlands, just north of the Venezuelan peninsula, a tropical destination like no other. It’s almost a full season of The crown in travel time between IAH and the main Queen Beatrix International Airport (how royal it is!), but American Airlines and Delta offer early morning flights with stops in Atlanta and Miami, respectively, which will bring you back to your hotel in time to watch the sunset.—Laura Furr Mericas

Nassau, Bahamas:

Flight time: 5 hours | IAH Daily on United

You will head towards Baha Mar, bahamar.com, sure. The luxury resort is open for the 2021 season with over 1,000 acres of beach and three hotels to choose from, as well as a casino, Jack Nicklaus golf course, flamingo yoga, nine restaurants and five bars, of which can -being to leave the children at the Explorer Club day camp on site.—GK

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