New Orleans

New Orleans is one of the world's most fascinating cities – it's home to a great food and music. Eat at the famed Cafe Du Monde, dance at the Spotted Cat or walk up Frenchman Street to listen to jazz. Come in two days early and stay at the Four Points Sheraton on Bourbon St. in the French Quarter (Fri. and Sat.). 2 night minimum.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Sun-soaked beaches, tropical gardens, and a lush countryside. Activities in Montego Bay tick all the tropical boxes. Divers and snorkelers can explore the protected waters of the Marine Park as well as reefs fringing the blonde-sand beaches. Excursions: Rum Tour, the Blue Hole, and Dunns Falls.

Grand Cayman

The British Isle of Grand Cayman offers some of the best diving in the world. Crystal clear waters in striking shades of blue slosh upon the shores of this tropical island. Rich coral reefs, scattered shipwrecks, and steep underwater walls teem with marine life make for great exploring. Excursions: Seven Mile Island, Stingray City, and Snorkeling/Diving.

Cozumel

Cozumel is proof that Mexico can do 'island flavor' with the best of the Caribbean. Cozumel is a very popular cruise port with lots to do. This island also happens to be perched atop a coral reef, which promises hours of snorkeling or scuba diving fun. Excursions: Chankanaab private beach, Tulum ruins, buggy tour, and/or snorkeling.