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I Embarrassed Myself in Jamaica

Since Oyster staff is on a COVID-19 travel hiatus for the time-being, we thought it would be fun to look back at some of the ways big and small that we’ve embarrassed ourselves on trips over the years. Sure, we’re professional hotel reviewers, photographers, and travel writers — but we’re also human and sometimes we…

Best Staycations to Dream About Taking in the Northeast

Although we love to pack our bags and fly to far-off destinations, money and time constraints can make that difficult. Fortunately, there are some amazing hotels within easy reach of our own backyard, creating the perfect escape for even just a night or two. Whether you’re looking to celebrate an anniversary, treat the family to…

Jamaica vs Mexico: Which Vacation is the Right Destination for You?

When your main ingredients for a much-needed vacation are warmth and water, it can be hard to decide between two destinations that offer both — especially when it comes to the beloved vacation spots of Jamaica and Mexico. Both countries offer white-sand beaches, epic food scenes, and specific cultural and geographical activities — that are…

Cancun vs. Cozumel: Which Mexican Destination is Right for You?

Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is gifted with some of the finest beaches in the Caribbean, making it a popular vacation playground for all types of travelers. Two of the region’s mainstays, Cancun and Cozumel, are known for their affordable all-inclusive resorts, stunning coastlines, and fun-loving vacation atmospheres. Though similar, there are some key differences (Cozumel is…

Is Tulum Overrated?

I’m going to tell you this: I never thought I would go to Tulum. I had seen and heard too many things about it — good-vibes-only and Burning-Man-influencer kinds of things — that made me give it a pass that I thought would last forever. I’ve never been to Burning Man and I never will.…

Maui vs. Kauai: Which Hawaiian Island Is Better for You?

Whether you’re after adventure, nightlife, beautiful beaches, scenic views, or cultural highlights, booking a vacation to Hawaii is an easy decision. But unless you are lucky enough to have plenty of time (and money), you have a second, tougher decision to make: which Hawaiian island should you visit? Each one offers its own unique experience.  The two that often…

Oaxaca Itinerary: The Perfect Week

If you’re looking for an immersive but laidback Mexican vacation — something less manic than bustling Mexico City, but more authentic than a beach retreat — then Oaxaca is the sweet spot. You can spend an entire week based in Oaxaca’s city center, as you sample molé and mezcal, meander the markets that influence Mexico’s…

14 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid in Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo is one of the biggest cities on the planet, but there’s so much more to it than sheer size and sprawl. The city’s cosmopolitan residents and visitors enjoy some of the best shopping, dining, and nightlife in the world. Life is stylish here: Sao Paulo’s art scene is second to none, its entertainment…