All posts by CBS13 | CBS Sacramento

Woman Arrested For String Of Armed Robberies At Stockton McDonald’s Restaurants

STOCKTON (CBS13) – Detectives say they have arrested a woman suspected in a string of Stockton-area McDonald’s robberies.

The Stockton Police Department says 29-year-old Kimberlee Roberson was identified in a string of armed robberies of McDonald’s restaurants in the city dating back to last summer.

In total, six robberies are believed to be linked. The robberies happened back in July, August and December of 2017. One 2400 block of W. Hammer Lane restaurant was robbed twice, once in August then again in December.

Detectives say a tip to Stockton Crime Stoppers helped them identify Roberson at a suspect.

Roberson was arrested on Friday at a home in Manteca and has been booked at San Joaquin County Jail. She’s facing robbery charges.

Police: Pregnant Girl, 17, Shot Twice In Modesto

MODESTO (CBS13) – Police are investigating after a pregnant teenager was shot twice in Modesto Tuesday evening.

The scene was along the 1700 block of St. Charlotte Lane.

Modesto police say they responded to the scene around 6:30 p.m. to investigate a shooting and found that a 17-year-old girl had been hurt in a shooting.

The girl says she was sleeping in an upstairs room at the home when she was shot, police say.

Medics took the girl to the hospital. Her wounds are said to be not life-threatening and the unborn child was not hurt in the shooting.

Police investigators say they don’t know exactly where the shots came from. No suspects have been identified at this point.

Claude Julien Finally Makes Return To Boston With Habs

By Steve Silverman

Claude Julien was fired by the Boston Bruins nearly a full year ago.

He makes his first return to Boston as head coach of the struggling Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN), and the Bruins are likely to give their former coach a warm welcome, complete with a commemorative and emotional video.

Julien, who is in his second coaching stint with the Habs, coached the Bruins for 10 years, and he was their leader in 2011 when they won their first Stanley Cup in 39 years. He also made it back to the final with the Bruins two years later when they dropped the Stanley Cup Final is six emotional and memorable games against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Through an NHL schedule quirk, the Bruins finished their season series with the Habs in early February last year – before Julien was hired by Montreal – and they didn’t play their first game against their archrivals until last Saturday.

The Bruins won that game 4-3 in a shootout.

Since the Habs are struggling to score goals and win games this year – they are nine points out of a playoff spot and can’t string wins together — the usual hatred that is associated with the NHL’s most volatile rivalry is likely to be missing.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and star left wing Brad Marchand have credited Julien with having developed Boston into a successful team that has excelled on defense.

“Obviously he is a great coach and a great person and he taught me a lot about how to play the game the right way in certain situations and he was a great teacher,” said Chara, per Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald. “Anytime you have that kind of teacher you want to learn as much and you can.”

Marchand, who developed into one of the top left wings in the league under Julien, wants to see his former coach receive a warm welcome and is excited to see Julien’s tribute video montage.

“I’m sure he’s excited to come back and he deserves that video,” said Marchand. “I’m sure a lot of people will be excited to see him again and I’m sure it will be a memorable game. I learned a lot and went through a lot of different things. I think the biggest thing he preached to me was how to be a good pro and how to be consistent, that was the one thing he talked about a lot.”

This will not be a typical Montreal-Boston game, but it will be memorable.

Oilers continue to flounder past midway point

A year ago, the Edmonton Oilers and Connor McDavid were the talk of the NHL.

They finished in second place in the Pacific Division and won a tough playoff matchup with the veteran San Jose Sharks in six games before pushing the Anaheim Ducks to seven games in the second round.

The Oilers were one of the favorites – and clearly the trendy pick – to come out of the Western Conference and play for the Stanley Cup this year.

Those prognostications look like a joke right now as the Oilers rank 13th out of 15 Western Conference teams, and they would have to jump over five teams if they were to earn the last wild-card spot in the West.

The Oilers are 20-23-3 through 46 games after putting together a 47-26-9 mark in 2016-2017.

How can a team with McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Milan Lucic, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Darnell Nurse and goalie Cam Talbot fall down the ladder so far?

The Oilers are 24th in scoring with 2.72 goals for per game and 25th in goals against with 3.17 goals allowed. Those two figures are fairly basic and tend to explain what is wrong.

But the bigger issues are McDavid and Talbot. McDavid was the leading scorer in the league last year with 100 points, 11 more than runners-up Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane. McDavid is 10th in scoring this year with 52 points, and while that isn’t bad, he is not leading the team to victories.

Talbot was a monster in the net last year with a 42-22-8 record, a 2.39 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. This year, Talbot has had a disastrous run, with a 16-16-2 mark, a 3.11 GAA and a .902 save percentage.

It may take something of a miracle for the Oilers to turn it around, and McDavid and Talbot will have to be the key performers.

Crawford may not be returning anytime soon

Corey Crawford has been the backbone of two Stanley Cup victories for the Chicago Blackhawks, and while Blackhawks’ fans have often been critical of his poor games, he has shown the ability to bounce back from allowing bad goals and the occasional poor game like few other goalies in NHL history.

He has been out of the Chicago lineup since Christmas with an “upper-body” injury, and head coach Joel Quenneville has not given any hints as to when Crawford might return or what is specifically wrong with him.

Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported that Crawford is suffering from vertigo-like symptoms, and there is a chance that he may not be able to return this season.

Crawford has a 16-9-2 record with a 2.27 goals-against average, and .929 save percentage. Backups Anton Forsberg and Jeff Glass are struggling to fill in. Forsberg is 3-6-3 with a 2.92 GAA and a .911 save percentage. Glass is 3-21-, with a 3.18 GAA and a .910 save percentage.

The Blackhawks are going to have a difficult time making the playoffs if they don’t get Crawford back quickly.

Trade Front

The NHL trade deadline is rapidly approaching, and there could be a slew of players moved by the February 26 trade deadline.

The top prizes are defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes and left wing Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens.

Second-tier players include Evander Kane of the Buffalo Sabres, Mike Hoffman of the Ottawa Senators, Mike Green of the Detroit Red Wings, and Jack Johnson of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

John Tavares remains a possibility because he will be a free agent at the end of the season, and Toronto’s James van Riemsdyk is looking for a huge contract extension. While it’s unlikely either one of those two will be moved, they could be offered if the Islanders and Maple Leafs can get a huge haul in return.

Calaveras County Reverses Course, Bans Marijuana Farms

SAN ANDREAS (AP) – A previously pot-friendly rural California county has reversed course and banned commercial marijuana farms, paving the way for lawsuits from growers who previously received permits and paid taxes.

A newly constituted Calaveras County board of supervisors last week voted 3-2 to ban marijuana, giving some 200 farmers with permits about a month to cease operation.

Growers with permits said Wednesday they are planning to sue.

The economically struggling county of 44,000 residents initially embraced legalized marijuana as a way to generate revenue and recover from a devastating 2015 wildfire that displaced hundreds or residents and businesses. The county raised millions of dollars used to hire additional police and staff.

But a new board majority campaigning to ban pot won election in November and was seated this month.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.

Take The Same Cognitive Exam As President Trump

By Dr. Dave Hnida

CBS Local – President Donald Trump underwent his annual physical exam Tuesday, and overall, the results were good, especially for cardiovascular health.

gettyimages 891786464 Take The Same Cognitive Exam As President Trump

President Donald Trump (credit: Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)

The part of the testing that got the most attention, however, was that of cognitive testing. In other words, a screening exam of mental function.

The screening used is one common in medical offices across the nation. It’s called the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, one of several we use to screen for early signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s, and this particular one is considered to be an adequate screening test.

LINK: Take The Test (pdf)

It only takes 10 minutes, and involves a variety of tasks to take a snapshot of mental abilities. It has a few strengths and weaknesses, which we’ll talk about in a second.

moca2 Take The Same Cognitive Exam As President Trump

Montreal Cognitive Assessment (credit: CBS)

The test itself has many parts, including:

– The ability to draw a line from a number to a letter
– Being able to draw a clock
– Drawing a cube
– Being able to name a group of animals, such as a lion, rhinoceros, and camel
– The ability to repeat a phrase
– Repeat a series of numbers

… And several other tasks.

Now, here are some things to remember before drawing conclusions either way about the results.

Note the number of times I use the word “screening” test. That’s all it is — a screening. It is far from comprehensive.

A perfect score is 30. Most people age 65 and older are able to score this number, although as people age, the scores can decrease.

Passing is 27 or higher.

It, once again, is a screening tool for dementia.

It does not test for non-age-related cognitive problems or any mental disorders.

It does not measure IQ or intelligence.

The test is quick and easy to administer, which is why we often uses it when a person has their first Medicare physical.

So all in all, the test needs to be put in perspective. It’s good, but not perfect.

If you wonder just what’s involved in the test, here’s the opportunity to take the same one the President took.

Remember, you have 10 minutes, and will need a helper to ask a few of the questions — but even done alone, you’ll get the basic idea.

Dr. Dave Hnida is CBS4’s Medical Editor. He blogs about the latest studies and trends in the health world. Read his latest blog entries, check out his bio or follow him on Twitter @drdavehnida

Vandals Topple Beehives, Douse Them With Diesel, Kill 200,000 Bees

PRUNEDALE (AP) – A California man says vandals toppled 100 beehives and killed hundreds of thousands of bees after dousing them with diesel fuel.

Mike Hickenbottom told KSBW-TV that the Italian and Russian honey bees on his property in Prunedale were attacked on Saturday.

Hickenbottom says the bees are stored on his property during the winter, and beekeeper Alfonzo Perez leases the hives to pollinate almond trees growing on farms across the state.

Hickenbottom says neighbors have complained about the bees in the past, but the bees are not aggressive. An estimated 200,000 bees died.

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, and authorities say no arrests have been made.

Prunedale is about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of San Francisco.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.

Colin Kaepernick Says He’s Completing $1 Million Donation Pledge

(CNN) — Back when he was playing for the San Francisco 49ers — and protesting by kneeling during the National Anthem — Colin Kaepernick said he would donate $1 million plus all the proceeds of his jersey sales from the 2016 season to organizations working in oppressed communities.

The final push started this week for the remaining $100,000. Beginning Wednesday, the ex-49ers quarterback said he will give $10,000 a day for the next 10 days to an organization of his choice, and one celebrity will match that donation.

The Colin Kaepernick Foundation announced the first $10,000 will go to Silicon Valley De-Bug, a community-organizing, advocacy and multimedia storytelling organization in San Jose, California.

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant has made a matching $10,000 donation.

“KD, thank you so much, brother, for continuing to uplift and empower our communities,” Kaepernick said in a video posted to his Twitter account. “We love and appreciate you.”

Kaepernick became a lightning rod in 2016 when he refused to stand during the National Anthem, protesting what he believes are racial injustices and ongoing police brutality in the United States. He drew fierce criticism from some by kneeling but also inspired other athletes — from elementary schools to professional leagues — to join his movement.

In March, Kaepernick opted out of his 49ers contract and became a free agent. No NFL team signed him. Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in October, accusing it of collusion.

“With or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people,” Kaepernick said in December when accepting the 2017 Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. “Because my platform is the people.”

Kaepernick has kept a list on his website of the recipients of his donations and how the money has been earmarked. A large portion of the donations have gone to grass-roots groups, including veterans, the homeless, students, immigrants, single mothers, families affected by violent crime, those fighting for reproductive rights and those impacted by incarceration.

Kaepernick’s money has been distributed all over the country, including to groups in New York, Phoenix, Chicago, Dallas, Baltimore, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Milwaukee as well as organizations in smaller communities such as Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Lithonia, Georgia.

Another donation, according to Kaepernick’s website, was $50,000 for a plane to deliver food and water to famine areas of Somalia.

The-CNN-Wire
™ & © 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

Take A Trip Back In Time To See The Beatles

By Rick Sallinger

LIVERPOOL, England. (CBS) – In the English city where they were born and rose to fame, tourists can take a trip back in time to meet “The Beatles.”

Day 1

For those who have lived their lives to a soundtrack of The Beatles, a trip to Liverpool is like making a pilgrimage.

My flight from Denver last month took me first to London. When I think of the Beatles, that inevitably leads my mind to an image permanently etched inside my brain. It’s the album cover photo of John, Paul, George and Ringo strolling across Abbey Road. So off I went to that famous crossing in northwest London.

img 3398 Take A Trip Back In Time To See The Beatles

(credit: CBS)

You can tell you are at the right place by all the other Beatles fans getting their photos taken in the street while hoping not to get run over.

That crossing is right by a white building which, not coincidentally, is the Abbey Road recording studios. In 1969 the Beatles performed their famous concert on the rooftop there. On this day I had to settle for just watching a few unrecognizable musicians wandering in and out.

There is now a gift shop in an adjacent building conveniently located to help you unload your British pounds.

Day 2

Everything was going fine on my timetable for the planned 2 1/2 hour train ride from London to Liverpool. Then someone had the misfortune of crossing the tracks at the exact same time as a train on that line and was struck.

All trains were canceled as Euston station became an elbow-to-elbow sea of passengers with nowhere to go.

The tracks were shut down for three hours. When my train finally was called it was like a stampede of buffaloes to the platform to be able to find a seat on a car.

I passed the time on the ride listening to an audio book about the early years of The Beatles. It detailed how they overcame hardships and poverty to achieve their amazing success.

Due to my late arrival in Liverpool, I quickly checked into a hotel, changed, and got directions for the 10 minute walk down Whitechapel towards the Cavern Club. It’s on Matthew Street, which is a pedestrian mall filled with bars blaring music. Near the end was a yellow sign reading “Cavern Club.”

Reaching my destination I walked down the stairs with anticipation. I asked myself, “Would this be my trip back in time into that black and white film of The Beatles performing here that I have seen so often or a big letdown?”

img 3421 Take A Trip Back In Time To See The Beatles

(credit: CBS)

I paid the £4 ($5.20) entry fee and began to smile. I was walking into where so much history was made in the era where my musical tastes are hopelessly stuck.

On the wall you can’t miss a bright yellow poster dated October 31, 1965 advertising “A great night of musical pop art with The Who.”

img 3422 Take A Trip Back In Time To See The Beatles

(credit: CBS)

The Beatles played this club some 300 times. Now I was finally going to catch their act, kind of. I had carefully planned this trip around this night’s live entertainment because it featured a Beatles tribute band.

At about 10:45 p.m. “The Beatles” strummed their first chords and the party was underway. The band members wore wigs and sounded close enough to the original “Fab Four” for me. Everyone started dancing and singing along. People from different countries gathered together here were suddenly best friends for a night united in Beatles harmony.

Three very friendly “gents” from Liverpool asked me where I was from. I must have provided the right answer because they wouldn’t let me buy a drink for myself the rest of the night.

On the cramped stage the band’s repertoire was strictly early Beatles. “Please Mr. Postman,” “Ticket to Ride” and so many more. They performed into the early morning hours.

This trip into the past came to a close with “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” My Liverpool friends kindly asked me if I wanted join them at a casino, but by then I was two ciders over my personal limit and had an important item on my schedule (pronounced there as shed-ule) in the morning.

The “Magical Mystery Tour” came to take me away at 11 a.m. departing from the Albert Dock.

img 3464 Take A Trip Back In Time To See The Beatles

(credit: CBS)

As that song played on the tour bus we headed first to Ringo Starr’s home. He was known as Richard Starkey back then.

The area was extremely poor and referred to as “The Dingle.” The tour guide told how he replaced drummer Pete Best, who had performed hundreds of gigs. Best went on to become a job center manager. Fortunately, he made some good money when his work with the Beatles was placed on an anthology album.

img 3467 Take A Trip Back In Time To See The Beatles

(credit: CBS)

For two hours we also visited John, Paul and George’s onetime homes and listened to their music. The highlight for me was driving up Penny Lane, staring out at the sites mentioned in the lyrics such as “the shelter in the middle of the roundabout” (now a vacant pub and restaurant) and look, there’s shop where the barber shaves another customer.

img 3487 Take A Trip Back In Time To See The Beatles

(credit: CBS)

Penny Lane was now in my heart too at least for a few minutes, then we arrived at Strawberry Field where “nothing is real, nothing to get hung about.”

img 3480 Take A Trip Back In Time To See The Beatles

(credit: CBS)

It’s a graffiti-filled red gate leading to a not-so-large outdoor area at the Salvation Army children’s home.

We stopped briefly at St. Peter’s church where John and Paul met in 1957 when John was playing with the Quarrymen. There’s a cemetery where Eleanor Rigby could have been buried if she had been real.

Making our way back to central Liverpool we drove by the magnificent Liverpool Cathedral where the tour guide told us Paul had failed his audition to get into the choir.

Stories like that of the Beatles’ lives have filled many books. Since a time machine doesn’t yet exist, this, for me, this was the closest I could come to living in an important part of Beatles history.

CBS4’s Rick Sallinger is a Peabody award winning reporter who has been with the station more than two decades doing hard news and investigative reporting. Follow him on Twitter @ricksallinger.

Eagles Opponent Profile: Vikings Bring Defensive Power To NFC Championship Game

By Kevin McGuire

The stage is set for the NFC Championship Game. The Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings each bring top defenses to the table, and hope to grab one more win with a backup quarterback for the right to advance to the Super Bowl to face the AFC Champions in Minnesota. If the Vikings are going to go on the road and win their first road playoff game since 2005, they will need the defense to set the tone against an Eagles offense that still seems to be without a bit of an edge without Carson Wentz.

Here is a look at the final hurdle standing in the way of the Eagles and a spot in the Super Bowl.

Vikings Record: 13-3 Regular Season, 1-0 Postseason

The Vikings exceeded expectations this season by going 13-3 and keeping the pressure on the Eagles for the top spot in the NFC playoff field. The defense has been the story of the season for Mike Zimmer’s Vikings, helping the team win games with backup quarterback Case Keenum keeping the offense on steady footing. The 13 regular season wins is the most by the Vikings in a season since winning 15 games in 1998. Last weekend, the Vikings stunned the New Orleans Saints with a last-second touchdown to advance to the team’s first NFC Championship Game since the 2009 season.

The Vikings own the advantage in the all-time series with a 13-10 record against the Eagles, but the Eagles are 3-0 all-time against the Vikings in postseason play. The most recent playoff meeting occurred in 2009, with the Eagles upsetting the Vikings at home, 26-14. The last postseason meeting in Philadelphia came in 2005 in a divisional round matchup, when Freddie Mitchell caught a miraculous touchdown and thanked his hands for being so great afterward. The Eagles went on to the Super Bowl that season.

Vikings on Offense

The Vikings lost some key offensive players early this season, including former Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford and rookie running back Dalvin Cook. Case Keenum has stepped into the lead role this season and Bradford will be the team’s backup option this weekend, leaving Teddy Bridgewater out of the mix. Keenum has thrown 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions in the regular season, and the Eagles will look to keep him from feeling too comfortable in the pocket.

Stefon Diggs was the hero for the Vikings on Sunday with his touchdown grab on the final play of their playoff win against the Saints, and he will be a threat against the Eagles secondary this weekend as well. Diggs has caught 64 passes for 849 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns (veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph also has eight touchdown receptions). Diggs may be the big play threat inside the red zone, but leading receiver Adam Thielen has caught 20 passes for a gain of 20 or more yards this season, and has a team-leading 1,276 receiving yards on 91 receptions. The Eagles’ secondary will be tested mightily this weekend.

During the postseason, the Vikings have had the second-best third-down conversion rate (58.8 percent) behind only New England. The Vikings’ offensive line has done a solid job of protecting Keenum as well. During the regular season, the Vikings allowed just 27 sacks, which tied for fourth fewest sacks allowed in the NFL.

Vikings on Defense

Minnesota is thriving on the strength of their defense this season. Heading into the playoffs, the Vikings owned the NFL’s top-ranked defense after allowing just 275.9 yards per game and holding opponents to just 15.8 points per game. Simply put, moving the ball and scoring against the Vikings has not come easily for anyone this season. In the three losses Minnesota suffered this season, they fell 14-7 against the Detroit Lions, 26-9 to the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game that saw Pittsburgh settle for four field goals without Sam Bradford, and a back-and-forth game against the Carolina Panthers that ended 31-24. The Eagles may need to win a defensive battle like the Lions did if Philadelphia going to reach the Super Bowl.

Both teams will bring the NFL’s top two rushing defenses to the table, with the Eagles allowing 79.2 rushing yards per game during the regular season and the Vikings allowing 83.6 ypg. If there is one advantage the Eagles have against the Vikings, it may come in the turnover department. The Eagles were among the NFL’s best in taking the football away (31 takeaways), while the Vikings defense had just 19 takeaways this season. If Nick Foles continues to play it safe with the football and can avoid any costly turnovers, then the Eagles may be able to sustain enough scoring drives against one of the best NFL defenses to scratch together a win.

Vikings Players to Watch

Latavius Murray, Running Back: If the Eagles can prevent Murray from reaching the end zone, their chances of a win could increase. Murray has scored eight touchdowns in games won by the Vikings this season, but he is scoreless in games Minnesota loses.

Everson Griffen, Defensive End: The biggest concern the Eagles should have when on offense is finding a way to prevent Griffen from having an impact. Griffen had 13 sacks this season, and he added one more last weekend against the Saints while racking up six tackles.

Outlook

Expect this game to be all about the defense, because two of the best defenses in the NFC are about to go head-to-head with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. The Vikings have thrived all season long with their defense. This is a situation where the home-field advantage may be the deciding factor, because two of Minnesota’s losses have come on the road. In each, the defense could not dominate the way they typically have at home, either. Just as was the case last week against Atlanta, the offense simply has to find a way to allow the running game to control the game for the Eagles, even against a stingy defense like the Vikings. Do that and allow Nick Foles to keep a comfort zone, and it all comes down to not making any costly mistakes with the football. The room for error is razor thin this weekend.

Kevin McGuire is a Philadelphia area sports writer and college football editor for The Comeback and host of the No 2-Minute Warning PodcastFollow McGuire on Twitter and like him on Facebook.

Best Tropical Destinations For Travelers On A Budget

By Randy Yagi  

With the prospects of pleasant weather practically year round despite the notion of sweat inducing humidity, tropical destinations are often the top choice for backpackers and other budget minded travelers. On the other hand, a tropical climate can also represent some of wettest places on the planet, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Columbia and much of Central America, making even popular vacation spots like Costa Rica and New Zealand a little less desirable and with fewer optimum days to visit. Fortunately, there is a large number of other tropical or subtropical destinations that can make for the ultimate getaway regardless of the time of year. For a few suggestions, this following list of tropical or subtropical destinations may be far from complete and certainly up for debate, it does provide the prospective traveler to both familiar and not so familiar places that are well worthy of merit and affordable contenders for that once in a lifetime journey. Here then, are just five of the best tropical destinations for travelers on a budget.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Just a short flight from many American cities, Cabo San Lucas has long been a popular tourist destination not only due to its proximity to the Continental U.S., but also because of a strong U.S. dollar.  Situated at the very southern tip of Baja California and blessed year-round with a subtropical climate, Cabo offers a wide variety of places to stay, from low cost hostels and moderately priced hotels to luxury resorts and vacation rentals. While some Cabo hostels can be reserved for under $20, such as Baja Cactus Hostel and Ocean Tigers Dive House, some bargain prices can also be had at some of the best all-inclusive resorts when booked at the right time and possibly through leading last minute travel apps like HotelTonight. This may include top rated spots like Cabo Azul Resort, Casa del Mar Golf Resort and Spa and the magnificent, yet remarkably affordable Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf and Spa Resort, which recently unveiled its new Towers at Pacifica. The best times to visit Cabo San Lucas for the budget minded traveler are typically after Easter through May, as well as later in the year in October and November. But with mild temperatures all year, travelers can enjoy all sorts of affordable activities, including kayaking from Cabo Outfitters, snorkeling from Cabo Adventures and a boat ride  to the must-see El Arco, (the Arch), the landmark rock formation at the southern edge of Cabo San Lucas.

RelatedOutdoorsrman’s Guide To South America

Durban, South Africa

Known for its fabulous sun-drenched beaches and pleasant subtropical climate, Durban can be remarkably affordable for visitors on a tight budget. Once named the “Coolest City in South Africa”, this culturally rich city along the Indian Ocean features an exceptional collection of accommodations, including hostels priced under $20 the itinerant backpacker like Durban Backpackers and Curiocity Durban and upscale hotels like Auberge Hollandaise Guest House, and Hilton Durban for under $100. The top attraction in the city is also its most affordable – the Golden Mile – which actually stretches 3.7 miles along the golden sand beaches from uShaka Beach in Point Waterfront to Suncoast Casino next to Durban Beach. With a splendid, year round average water temperature in the mid-70s, swimming and snorkeling are is among the most popular outdoor activities to enjoy in Durban and it’s said that there isn’t a better place in South Africa for surfers and certainly among the world’s best. Visitors to South Africa’s third largest city and the largest in the kwaZulu-Natal province can also enjoy low cost attractions like biking through Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park, the Skycar at Moses Mabhida Stadium or a stroll through Durban Botanic Gardens.

Koh Chang, Thailand

A solid choice for backpackers and other budget conscious travelers, Thailand always is part of the conversation when rating the world’s most affordable destinations. Also known as the Land of Smiles, this fascinating country in Southeast Asia has a very favorable monetary exchange rate for international travelers and in particular Americans, who can enjoy hostels in Bangkok for just $15 a night or even a moderately priced hotel in touristy Phuket for under $100. Yet one often overlooked vacation spot is Koh Chang, one of the largest of the Thai islands and easily accessible by a short ferryboat ride from Trat, a village near the Cambodian border. While Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai are the most popular places to go in this tropical country, Koh Chang unsurprisingly offers even better lodging rates, with hostels often available at under $10 nightly, such as Lazy Republique and Pajamas Koh Chang, and many resort hotels like the Spa Koh Chang and Mercure Koh Chang Hideaway Hotel are often available for under $50. However, the real payoff in choosing Koh Chang over a more popular and certainly more crowded tourist destination in Thailand are the wealth of affordable activities, such as watersports, a visit to Koh Chang Waterfalls or a hike through Mu Ko Chang National Park, as well the spectacular beaches all around the island, most notably White Sands Beach and Lonely Beach.

Nanjing, China

Residing along the famed Yangtze River within the Jiangsu province of eastern China, Nanjing, whose name translates to “Southern Capital”, is regarded as one of a handful of the country’s “Furnace Cities”, with particularly warm summer weather due to its subtropical climate. However, this fascinating city is also known as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, having served as the capital city of several dynasties over a period of nearly 2,000 years, as well as having served as the first capital of the Republic of China. Like many other notable Asian destinations, Nanjing is pleasantly affordable, with an efficient public transportation, inexpensive meals starting at under $5 and dorm rooms starting at under $10 at suggested places like Time International Youth Hostel and Laomendong International Youth Hostel. Moreover, there are several affordable, yet upscale hotels for well under $100, such as Sofitel Galaxy and Jingling Hotel, while five star hotels like Shangri-la Hotel Nanjing, InterContinental Nanjing and Fairmont Nanjing offer rooms starting at around $115. Of course, this fabulous ancient capital of China also has a wide array of world-class, yet affordable attractions to consider, such as the 600-year old Nanjing City Wall, the extraordinary Usnisa Palace at Niushou Cultural Park, the majestic Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum at Purple Mountain, the lively Confucius Temple shopping area and the must-see Nanjing Massacre Memorial. While summer temperatures often reach into the high 90s, the falls months are quite pleasant, although some important festivals are held much earlier in the year, such as the world famous Qinhuai International Lantern Festival, the largest of its kind in China beginning at the end of the Chinese New Year and the Plum Blossom Festival in late February.

St. John’s, Antigua

Home to some of the world’s most exclusive resorts including the uber-luxurious Jumby Bay, the island of Antigua might not seem like the perfect tropical destination, especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Yet, unlike its sister island, Barbuda that together with Antigua primarily forms its namesake sovereign state, the latter was largely spared and most businesses and luxury resorts like Carlisle Bay Antigua, Hermitage Bay and Sandals Grande Antigua have remained open or have since reopened. While these glamorous accommodations hardly meet the definition of affordable except for the rich and famous, there are numerous lodging options for the more budget conscious on this, the largest of the British Leeward Islands, particularly in St. John’s, the capital and largest city. This includes the Inn La Galleria, Caribbean Holiday Apartments, Connie’s Comfort Suites and Heritage Hotel, with prices averaging around $70 nightly. Additionally, Carnival, Princess Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean offer Caribbean cruise trips with St. John’s as one of the ports of call. But whether it’s for a day or multiple days, Antigua can make for a truly exceptional tropical experience, with many free or low cost things to do, such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling. swimming at any of the island’s 365 beaches including favorites like Dickenson Bay, Jolly Beach and Valley Church Beach and sightseeing at places like Devil’s Bridge, Jolly Harbour, English Harbour or even Mount Obama National Park. Additional activities can include historic sites like the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, St. John’s Cathedral, Nelson’s Dockyard, Fort James and Falmouth, the first town on Antigua, near English Harbour, with transportation provided by public or private services.

Related: Backpacker’s Guide To Asia