JAMAICA – But even the most astute stoner must gain some enhanced state of consciousness knowing that this is the weed that launched a thousand reggae careers.
TRINIDAD – Instead of sounding like a cornball cruise ship outfit or bootleg Jimmy Buffet concert, it's like seeing Barry White and the Love Unlimited Orchestra bang out long, progressive pieces of complex music.
TURKS AND CAICOS – A boutique hotel on a private island with a flawless, white beach. Pinch yourself. It's real.
FRENCH POLYNESIA – Two folktales, one new and one old, blend myth and reality in French Polynesia.
TAHAA, French Polynesia – We made out canoes in the distance as party boats jockeyed for position. Things got rowdy, but the canoe teams forged on.
BARU, Colombia – At 5 a.m., we find every abandoned beach dog in town cowering in our living room, along with our caretaker, desperately trying to catch airborne patio furniture.
CAPRI – I used to have the loveliest hate-hate relationship with Capri. Then I checked into J.K. Place Capri, and I became one of the zillions of idiots who loves this island.
CROATIA – Brijuni has been a pleasure island since the days of Ancient Romans. It's a party waiting to happen. Take a look around.
NANTUCKET – A solo traveler's picture-perfect postcards from the New England island.
CAPRI, Italy – If you're lucky enough to find yourself overlooking the blue seas from your room at this magical hotel then, well, clearly you've been very good this year.