Tropical vacations can offer everything from adventure to relaxation and romance to family entertainment. Anyone planning trips to tropical vacation destinations can look forward to a unique array of attractions and activities, all of which will ensure amazing memories of some of the world’s most beautiful destinations. The best island vacation spots are scattered around the globe, meaning you can head to Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and beyond, and you’re guaranteed a terrific getaway.
Close to the US, the Caribbean and Central America boast several sparkling gems of tropical vacation destinations. Bermuda, consisting of 138 islands and islets, offers a variety of things to do and see, as well as terrific beaches. The Bahamas provide a variety of scenery and atmospheres, depending on which island you visit, but they all guarantee great beaches, clear water, and plenty of palm trees. In the US Virgin Islands, St Thomas is the most popular island to visit, though St Croix and St John also draw their fair share of visitors. The Caribbean is a great area for both last minute vacations and cruise vacations, as it’s also relatively easy to find vacation packages and deals for all inclusive getaways.
In Central America, Belize is one of the most popular places to visit, as it’s home to the fascinating Mayan ruins at Caracol and Xunantunich, as well as beach destinations such as Ambergris Caye. Honduras and Costa Rica draw their fair share of travelers as well, and the tourist industry is growing in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador, which is earning itself a reputation as one of the top surfing destinations as well.
If you’re looking for classic tropical destinations, the South Pacific offers some of the best island vacation spots in the world. Nothing less than a dream, Bora Bora, which is in the Tahitian islands, has beautiful beaches and one of the most romantic accommodations options in the world. If you’re planning a destination wedding or on a honeymoon, consider staying at the overwater bungalows that rest just offshore from the spectacular beaches and have stunning views of the ocean and the surrounding area, and possible activities in the area include diving, snorkeling, and getting a few spa treatments. Nearby Fiji, which has more than 300 islands, is a great place to kick back and enjoy the some of the world’s best beach vacation spots in one of its top tropical vacation destinations.
Part of the United States and yet quite a world away, Hawaii is a lovely tropical paradise, drawing thousands of visitors each year, and with little wonder—it offers an array of attractions, landscapes, and beaches, as well as great options for cheap trips, in addition to luxury resorts. Travelers can go surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving, or head for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park or the Iao Valley if they’re looking to go hiking.
If you’re looking to go as far and unspoiled as possible, the remote islands in the Indian Ocean offer the best in secluded luxury. Seychelles, a paradise of blue waters, white sands, fantastic rock formations, and luxury resorts, is located off the coast of Madagascar and is simply unforgettable. Closer to Sri Lanka, the grouping of small islands known as Maldives also offers plenty of water activities and quiet luxury. These destinations may be harder to get to, but they make up for it with the chance to get completely away from your everyday life.
Where you’re planning to spend your tropical vacations scuba diving through the corals, snorkeling above tropical fish, hiking through rain forests, or simply relaxing on the gorgeous beaches, you’ll find that the world’s tropical destinations do not disappoint. The choices for the best island vacation spots vary from traveler to traveler, and each one offers something special, but no matter what you choose, you’re virtually guaranteed the trip of a lifetime.