The DEPARTURES Guide to Sand and Sun

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Your comprehensive guide to summer luxury.

Summer is already in full swing, but the fun is just beginning. From the last-minute getaways to plan (brand-new villas, anyone?) to the beach essentials you shouldn’t be without (skincare, sunnies, best-sellers, and more), here are our top suggestions for making the most of the season.

Food + Drink

Made-in-America Rosés to Buy Now
Creative, dry, light rosés from the U.S. that challenge Provence's authority on this ideal summertime wine. See the slideshow »

The Best in Mail-Order Barbecue
Keep the prep to a minimum and let the experts from our favorite barbecue joints across the South do the dirty work for you—and then send the results right to your door. Read the story »

Ask the Experts: Best Wines for Summer
Sommeliers from coast to coast suggest their favorite bottles to serve alongside every summer entertaining situation. See the slideshow »

Summer Spirit: The Only Bottle You Need This Season
Maestro Dobel’s new, lightly smoked tequila pairs perfectly with the season's most quintessential flavors. Read the story »

 

Fashion + Beauty

Red, White, Blue, and Beyond: Summer Style Essentials
Six seasonal ensembles for men and women made up of designs by a few of our favorite U.S.-based talents. See the slideshow »

The Humble Boat Shoe, Updated
Eight designs for the modern man add a sophisticated spin to the classic deck shoe. See the slideshow »

More Than Utility: Diving Watches
The best new timepieces on the market for those who don't want to choose between their adventure and sartorial sides. See the slideshow »

Delicate Jewelry to Gift and Wear at Weddings
Ten beautiful pieces that prioritize sentiment over statement. See the slideshow »

The Hottest Color to Tote: Blue
Let your handbag reflect glistening oceans and clear skies. See the slideshow »

Five Outfits for Five Getaways
Whether you're hopping on a flight to Miami or Marrakech, make sure you dress the part. See the slideshow »

Festive, Fun Summer Looks
The seasons steamiest looks for men women, as inspired by hot-spot Miami nightclub, El Tucán. See the slideshow »

Beach Beauty
An essential list of products for your skin and hair that protect and enunciate that hard-won sun-kissed glow. See the slideshow »

Travel

July's Top Destinations
Our recurring list of the best reasons to travel now, including a tour of South Africa's vineyards via helicopte and more. See the slideshow »

That's Not All
More hotels that opened, or got a makeover, this summer. See the slideshow »

10 Luxe Bike Tours
From Snowmass to Mallorca, these are the season's best two-wheeled adventures. See the slideshow »

What's New in Golf
The hottest destinations for golf right now—and what to take with you. See the slideshow »

Perfect Summer Vacation Destinations for the Family
Where to go to make sure your kids have the most unforgettable summer vacation. See the slideshow »

Visit Our Country's Awe-Inspiring National Parks, Sans Crowds
Celebrate the National Park Service's centennial by getting close with nature. See the slideshow »

Not Your Average Pool
Nine rooftop pools, from Dallas to Singapore, that take your swimming experience up a notch (and many stories too). See the slideshow »

Villas to Book Now Around the World
It's never too late to get away: The 13 best last-minute villa escapes to book now. See the slideshow »

Off the Beaten Path: France's Belle-Île
The beautiful seaside retreat with little fanfare and, consequently, loads of charm. Read the story »

Culture + Design

The Summer Season: Top Cultural Events
Not-to-miss art exhibitions, cultural happenings, and performances to enliven your July. See the slideshow »

Summer Reading: New and Noteworthy
A diverse list of books to take with you wherever you go this season. See the slideshow »

A Case for Beach Reads
Emma Straub, author of this summer's must-read Modern Lovers, on why the genre deserves more credit. Read the story »

What to Watch
The best movies and TV series to see (and stream) this month, including a worth-while summer blockbuster and the return of a beloved show. See the slideshow »

A Center for the Arts in the Middle of the Rockies
One of America's most fantastic collections of large-scale sculptures finds an unlikely home at Tippet Rise in Fishtail, Montana. Read the story »

Poolside Furniture, Refreshed
Six chairs—and the perfect side table—for backyard lounging. See the slideshow »