The world’s nine-to-fivers look forward to a well-earned tropical vacation every year. Reclining on a beach in a wide-brimmed hat, it’s easy to understand why the “island life” is so popular.
Whether you’re celebrating a milestone in your career or want to treat yourself to a dream getaway, a tropical island is a prime choice for your next vacation. Of course, deciding where to go is a bit more difficult.
We’ll do one better – we have handpicked these five popular destinations for your upcoming tropical getaway. You’ll be amazed in every turn by their unmatched beauty and serenity, and the aspects that are unique to each.
5. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
When you imagine the vacation spots of the wealthiest elite, you probably picture bungalows with thatched roofs stretched out over crystal clear blue water.
That place is Bora Bora, and it welcomes hundreds of thousands of guests every year. Many honeymooners rent out the bungalows to enjoy some alone time together, although you can just as easily travel there by yourself or with friends and family.
From the moment you arrive to the time you say goodbye, Bora Bora will treat you like royalty. Try out one of the many lagoons activities, explore the remote island or relax and enjoy your catered meals. You can’t go wrong picking Bora Bora as your next tropical vacation destination.
4. Pattaya, Thailand
One of the most popular tropical beaches in Thailand is Pattaya. This destination is perfect for travellers who want the beauty of the Bora Bora ocean with a highly affordable price tag.
The dollar-to-baht conversation rate makes this trip a bargain — even if you choose to splurge on luxury amenities. Stay in one of the fantastic beachside resorts, visit local shops and restaurants or see the shows that light up the nightlife. Any visitor will be ready to party when their plane touches down in Pattaya.
3. Nassau, Bahamas
Nassau is the capital city of the Bahamas, as well as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Bahama Islands. This bustling city teems with beach life and fun things to do.
When you visit Nassau, you can enjoy all your favourite beach vacation activities — you’ll find golf courses to conquer, casinos to enjoy, restaurants to try and even an aquarium to explore for families.
Before you go, do your research and check out the upcoming cultural events happening in the city. The locals enjoy throwing celebrations and festivals connected to the island’s heritage, so your vacation time will double as a one-of-a-kind chance to learn about a new culture.
2. Mazatlan, Mexico
If you look forward to visiting historical locations on your trips, a Mazatlan tropical vacation should be on your radar. This centuries-old city started as a fishing village and grew to become a massive tourist destination. Even though tens of thousands of people visit Mazatlan every year, the area is pleasantly free from the traffic and touristy shops featured at many beach vacation spots.
While you’re not strolling through the recently restored colonial district, beachfront activities and resorts await. Visit historical sites and lose yourself in the history of the city before heading back to the pristine beaches lined with palm trees.
1. The Cook Islands, South Pacific
If you fancy a tropical paradise far away from large crowds and city life, the Cook Islands is for you. You won’t find any tall buildings that overshadow their coconut trees. Most structures are two stories tall and spread out along the island.
Although it’s a quiet getaway, there’s still plenty to do. Snorkle with sea turtles, eat local foods and fall into the island culture that reflects what island life was like before the tourism industry flourished. Whether you stay in a villa or spend your days fishing, a trip to the Cook Islands is worth every penny.
Experience Them All!
Although you can’t be in five places at once, you should give all these tropical destinations a try for your future vacations. Each offers a unique experience that will refresh and relax you like nothing you’ve ever imagined. Experience them all over time, or start with whatever destination inspires you the most.
Dylan Bartlett is “The Regular Guide,” writing about travel, the outdoors and similar topics on his blog. Check out Just a Regular Guide for more.