Hipsters Are Ruining Surfing

Surf IlloI started surfing only recently—just six years ago—but the sport had beckoned for a long time. A big part of surfing’s appeal was its beauty—the enviable, effortless-looking grace that skilled wave riders bring to their pursuit. But I was also drawn to the sport’s solitude. More

Top Luxury Surf Camps

Just a few years ago, the very idea of a luxury surf resort would have seemed oxymoronic to most any wave rider. Surfers, after all, have traditionally eschewed creature comforts in favor of access to their favorite breaks. More

Mexico’s Los Cabos Resort Bounces Back

A year after being battered by a hurricane, the Baja hot spot is buzzing again.

When I first fell for Los Cabos—the resort area that stretches for about 20 miles between the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja peninsula—it was for all the usual reasons. More

Top-Notch Women’s Ski Camps

Skiing with the guys can be great fun. But when it comes to learning new slopeside skills—like navigating steeps, moguls, or backcountry terrain with confidence—many women prefer the support and rapport of other gals. More

Hey! You! Get Off of My Island!

How To Have Thailand’s Most Idyllic Islands (Almost) To Yourself

The Fantasy

My dream of visiting Thailand’s islands was as vivid as it was specific: I would walk along an empty beach, its sand as white and fine as sifted flour, beneath soaring rock walls. I would wade into a cerulean sea so clear that I could make out the chips in my toenail polish. And I would be profoundly, blissfully alone.

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A Swim With Mexico’s Massive Whale Sharks

In the waters off the Yucatán Peninsula, travelers can get up close to the largest sharks in the world

It seemed like we’d been searching for the sharks for hours. Our group had actually only been motoring through the Gulf of Mexico for 40 minutes, scanning the Mylar-smooth water for telltale fins. But anticipation had made time sluggish. More

The Big Idea: Truly Tiny Hotels

With fewer than 10 rooms, these truly boutique hotels still offer big luxuries, like gourmet restaurants, rooftop pools and spas

Ale House InnNot long ago, staying at a hotel with fewer than 10 rooms usually meant one thing: bedding down at a guesthouse. In the U.S. and abroad, small-scale options were largely limited to inns and B&Bs—some lovely, but others with fraying upholstery, too-thin walls and resident gangs of tchotchkes. More