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Rio de Janeiro

The hottest spot south of Havana is indeed Copacabana (to paraphrase Barry Manilow). With the Olympics starting Aug. 6, now might be the perfect time to visit the seaside Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. Stay at the supersleek Hotel Fasano on Ipanema beach, visit the famous Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf Mountain, then head to the well-heeled neighborhood of Leblon to shop at local stores. Shopping in Rio is much more than swimwear and flip-flops: Jewelry is what you should be buying here, and for serious buyers, Roberta Do Rio is your one-stop shop!

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5 Vacations That Have Never Been More Affordable — and the Most Stylish Souvenirs to Bring Home

Dora Fung
Market Director

If you haven’t decided on a vacation destination yet, help is at hand! This summer may be the best time to take your long-dreamed-of fantasy vacation — especially since the dollar is the strongest it’s been for years compared to currencies like the post-Brexit British pound and the euro. 

So forget all those times you’ve been envious of your friend’s luxe vacations, glamorous hotel selfies, and the souvenirs they bring back from some far-flung exotic location. We’ve found plenty of places where the dollar will buy you much more than just a few cold piña coladas and an adequate Airbnb. Click ahead for five destinations that’ve never been more affordable — and the most stylish souvenirs to bring back from each. 

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