From the Editor

BY DON NICHOLS | PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER CALVIN

TOASTING COASTS
Show me a beach or ocean, and I'll show you a smile. As I've mentioned before, I'm hooked on water, having grown up on the Texas Gulf Coast. For that reason, I must admit the past few months have been good to me. Last fall, I vacationed on the island of Kauai in Hawaii, and I recently visited Harbour Island and St. Barts on assignment for this issue. My story ("What's New in the Bahamas and Caribbean") is one of the four featured in our special 17-page Coastal Report.

We put together the package especially for this spring issue knowing that you would be thinking spring break - or maybe even daydreaming ahead to your summer vacation - just about the time the magazine landed in your mailbox.

Do you like your sand mixed with history and sophistication? In "Cornwall," Andrew Sessa discovers why this U.K. peninsula of castles and culture, long popular with British travelers, should be on more Americans' radar. If the open seas call you, Janice Wald Henderson spotlights the fast-growing options in adventure cruising, including a new fly/boat itinerary on which you explore Antarctica without sailing through the infamous Drake Passage. Lazing on a beach more your thing? Paul Rubio reports on Cabo's ongoing lodging boom in "And What's New Along Mexico's Hautest Coast" (page 64). His story complements mine, in which I take you to some of the most inviting new hotels on the sun-drenched isles where I sported sunscreen.

After reading these stories, you'll be plotting your next getaway to (or on) the water. I know I am.

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