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The Best Florida Family Beach Destinations for When Spring Break Returns

Though Florida is currently closed to non-essential travel, it won’t be that way forever. Florida has more than 600 miles of beaches. Chances are at least one section of the sandy stretch around the edge of the Sunshine State will make your family happy. But every brood has different spring break priorities. Maybe your perfect…

How to Have Plugged-in Fun in the House: 10 Unexpected Gadgets

A gentle reminder that you’re not stuck at home, you’re safe at home. But if you’re getting restless (we don’t blame you), then it might be time to turn to a new toy. Here are 10 unexpected gadgets that can help you relax, learn a new skill, or start a dance party in your kitchen.…

The Coziest Slippers for the Whole Family

There’s no hard evidence that shows COVID-19 can be brought into your home via your shoes. But in these anxiety-inducing times of flattening the curve and social distancing, it’s probably best to slip off your outside shoes and into something way more comfortable to wear around the house. Ease your mind and pamper your feet…

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…