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Americans have been escaping to Mexico to avoid COVID-19 restrictions back home. Now Mexico is seeing a surge in coronavirus cases.

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A beach in Cancun, Mexico, on Tuesday. Alberto Valdez / Eyepix Group/Barcroft Media via Getty Images (edited)
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans have flocked to Mexico to vacation or to settle, according to multiple reports.

  • In November, more than half a million Americans traveled to Mexico, The New York Times reported.

  • The influx of Americans has been partly due to relaxed restrictions at the Mexican border: While many countries require proof of a negative coronavirus test or a quarantine upon arrival, Mexico does not ask for either.

  • But the influx has contributed to a surge in COVID-19 cases in

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St. Johns County beach renourishment wrapping up

beach renourishment in St. Johns County will wrap up soon, but more beach projects are gearing up. 

One effort to beef up the coastline began late this year, and sand placement should be finished soon, said Damon Douglas, St. Johns County’s coastal manager. The work stretches from just north of Nease Beachfront Park to around the Ocean Villas in the Serenata Beach community. 

“They’re anticipating by just after New Year’s,” he said. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has an agreement with St. Johns County for the project, is leading the effort.

Once the sand placement is

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Exciting new hotel openings 2021

New year, new hotels!

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the traveling game for many of us. With many destinations on some form of lockdown or enacting quarantine orders or other restrictions for visitors, much of your vacation time might be spent in hotels, so why not pick one that’ll still make you feel like you’re getting away?

From Las Vegas to Vietnam and beyond, new hotels are still popping up around the world – each with a different feel and vibe. Here are USA TODAY’s top picks for some of the buzziest hotels expected to open around the world

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Miami wedding season continues but with precautions

When it comes to Miami winter weddings, some couples have decided that the show must go on.

Despite warnings against holiday travel issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Miami hotels say many couples are going ahead with December wedding plans. Most events are smaller than in years past, hotels say, and come with a host of new requirements — masks, social distancing — that public health experts say can help mitigate the risk of infection.

“Success is that our guests come and we are following the protocols and the guidelines to ensure that the safety element is there

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