Possibilities are endless in this cluster of islands, located to the south and east of Florida. Summertime offers good values since it's considered "off-peak" season — when temps are high and hurricanes can hardly be avoided. Islands such as St. John (left) and St. Maarten offer accommodations for all ages. Those seeking a little luxury will find comfort in Anguilla: Cap Juluca, a member of Leading Small Hotels of the World, features 58 rooms, along with various suites, on a secluded 179-acre retreat. And located in the Turks and Caicos is the Meridian Club, a Caribbean retreat on Pine Cay, an 800-acre island. Rooms and cottages, tucked along the shoreline and dunes, all offer panoramic views of the ocean and the island.
Paris, Provence, the Riviera, Brittany, Nice (left), Normandy, the French Alps — the choices for summer vacation spots in France are endless. Those looking for shopping as well as sights can head to Paris, where the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré houses Lanvin, Guy Laroche, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Jean Paul Gaultier and Versace boutiques. As for accommodations, beyond the famed Ritz, Meurice, Four Seasons George V or Bristol, there's the Golden Tulip Royal Garden Champs-Elysées or the Hotel Etoile Friedland. Meanwhile, on the coast is Cannes, where one can wander the Croisette while staying at such famed hotels as Majestic Barriere and Hotel Martinez or, if budgets allow, the Hotel du Cap in nearby Cap d'Antibes.
Source: American Society of Travel Agents’ "2008 Hot Spots for Summer" survey; *Indicates a tie
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