Autumn in Costa Rica’s Las Catalinas is the perfect time to enjoy shoulder season savings while having fun and helping the environment all at the same time. Las Catalinas is a car-free, emerging beach resort on Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Coast, with 90 residences, four restaurants and a beach club set on 21 acres.
Accommodations range from a variety of vacation rentals for short or long-term stays, including apartments and villas, all fully staffed.
Families can enjoy two pristine and safe beaches as Las Catalinas — Playa Danta and Playa Dantita — where the waves are gentle and instructors and gear are available for a variety of water sports.
Popular options include body surfing, boogie boarding, snorkeling, sea kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, as well as scuba diving. Surfers can hang 10 at Playa Grande, Witch’s Rock, and other famous nearby surf breaks by arrangement with the concierge.
The resort’s Beach Club boasts separate adult and kiddie pools, a fitness center, hot tub and all-day dining.
There are also nearly 14 miles of trails you and the kids can explore on foot or on mountain bikes — equipment and trail maps are available for guests — and where you might spot monkeys, deer, wild hogs and a variety of exotic birds.
Eventually, the number of residences is expected to double, and there will be 10 restaurants and more than a dozen plazas and stores when the current development project is complete. You don’t have to wait to enjoy the stores already open, however, which include Pura Vida Ride, ConnectOcean, d’Aqui Interiors, WAKE Day Spa, La Pula design shop and Las Catalians Collection.
Even more impressive is the array of walkable public spaces featuring a mix of nature and architecture for easy indoor-outdoor living.
The core idea behind the project, in addition to offering visitors sun, sea and beautiful views, is environmental stewardship, connection to one another and to the rhythms of nature. This fall, Las Catalinas is celebrating green season with serious savings on all resort accommodations through Nov. 23, with rates typically 15–20 percent lower during this period. For example, a two-bedroom apartment is priced at $300, down from $350; a three-bedroom home from $900 to $800; a four-bedroom home from $1,250 to $950; and a deluxe room at the Santarena Hotel from $375 to $315.
Planning a vacation for next year? A new Center of Joy wellness center will open in March 2020 offering fitness classes and various physical and healing therapies, along with instructors, workshops and other special events. In the meantime, you can enjoy yoga on the beach or join in exercise classes designed for the whole family.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Overshadowed by nearby Portland and overlooked by tourists bound for the popular coastal towns of Camden and Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick is not on the radar of most family travelers in Maine. But couples looking for a cozy getaway will find fine dining, antiques, art and quiet streets for strolling, many lined by distinguished homes and well-kept gardens.
Not quite ready to say goodbye to summer? If the weather is forcing you to head indoors, you can still take advantage of a few opportunities to splash around in the waves, without even being that far from the beach — thanks to the world’s largest indoor beachfront waterpark, which opened this summer in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.