Things to Do Where to travel in 2017: Hot Caribbean spots, New Orleans, Kuala Lumpur and more Escape to the beach in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, and other hot spots for 2017 travel. Photo Credit: iStock By Meredith Deliso email@example.com @themerryness December 28, 2016 4:52 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email If you’re itching to pack your bags for travel in the new year, here are the top Caribbean destinations, rising neighborhoods and trends to know. Caribbean spotlight: Thanks to plenty of direct flight options in four hours or less, New York City is one of the biggest markets for the travel website CheapCaribbean.com, which specializes in beach vacations. Some of the major areas right now for the site are Panama, including resorts on Playa Bonita and Playa Blanca; Haiti; Rivieria Maya, Mexico; and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. “It has the reputation for the best beaches in the Dominican Republic,” said Steve Dumaine, president and CEO of CheapCaribbean.com, of Puerto Plata. “It was the first resort destination in the Dominican Republic, but then Punta Cana came up and grew like a weed. But people are going back to Puerto Plata, there are good deals you can get there.” Another spot on the rise is Cabo, Mexico, which “is very much back online” from Hurricane Matthew in fall 2016, said Dumaine. Trending neighborhoods: Forget cities on the rise — try neighborhoods. According to Airbnb, the top trending neighborhoods for travelers in 2017 include Milneburg in New Orleans; Kampung Baru in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Fitzroy in Melbourne, Australia; Konohana-ku in Osaka, Japan; and Chutes-Lavie in Marseille, France. Among the common threads in rising destinations are that they’re urban but not dense, have plenty of green space, and are foodie hubs. Sustainable tourism: Look out for efforts to push sustainable tourism across the globe in the new year. The United Nations has declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development to “advance the contribution of the tourism sector to the three pillars of sustainability — economic, social and environmental,” United Nations World Tourism Organization Secretary-General Taleb Rifai said in a statement announcing the adoption. By Meredith Deliso firstname.lastname@example.org @themerryness Meredith has been a features editor with amNewYork since 2013, covering dining, health, travel and books. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.