It’s summer somewhere in the world. With that in mind, there’s no excuse why you shouldn’t go to at least one tropical vacation this year. With international travel becoming popular, it’s hard not to get green in envy at those beach photos your friends persistently keep posting on social media. Not that it should be your motivation to go on holiday out but it only means that there’s so many beautiful tropical destinations out there just waiting to be discovered.
In this article, we’ll help you get started on vacation planning by giving you ideas on some of the best tropical places to visit this year.
You can’t make a top 10 tropical vacation list without including Thailand in it. The country, being synonymous with travel, features some of the best beach destinations in the world and one of them is definitely Phuket. It’s flocked by tourists every year for good reasons. The clear blue waters, breathtaking karst limestones, delicious cuisine, and affordable accommodations are just some of them.
El Nido, Philippines
If you’re looking for something more unspoilt, head on over to El Nido Philippines. It’s one of those destinations that’s yet to be crowded by thousands of tourists so this is a prime time to visit the place. Book one of their island tours or choose to stay in the island enjoying the many pristine beaches lining the area.
Unlike its popular counterparts, Mykonos or Santorini, Crete is an affordable travel destination that you definitely must go to! You won’t drown as much in tourist crowds and will actually get to enjoy the miles of white sand. Aside from that, you can also explore ancient ruins, try their sumptuous dishes, and get a chance to see sea turtles!
Dubbed as the island of the Gods, Bali has made a name for itself in the travel industry, attracting millions of tourists every year. If you’re on a mission to do some soul searching while on vacation, this is the place to be. In fact, some of the scenes from the movie Eat, Pray, Love’s was actually filmed here! Aside from the frolicking in their wonderful beaches, you can also explore the temples, hike the lush terraces, enjoy a full-day spa, or partake in a yoga class. Simply put, they have everything that will make any kind of traveller satisfied.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
For a more affordable tropical destination, head to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. The place features 60 miles of sandy shores –just enough space for couples to relax, kids to play, and all kinds of vacationers to have a good time. Currently, construction is being done to extend the famous boardwalk and it will soon be lined with shops, restaurants, and a live music venue.
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
If there’s one tropical place you should go this year, it should be Providenciales. Imagine a picture-perfect destination, minus the idea of burning a hole in your pocket. What you get is this island featuring turquoise waters, soft white sand, and no crowds. It’s yet to be overrun by tourists making it the perfect tropical vacation for you, your family, or your significant other.
Ochos Rios, Jamaica
For some quiet vacation time, head over to Ocho Rios in Jamaica. This port town has now become a popular stopping point for cruise ships where tourists can enjoy a range of water activities such as snorkeling and diving. It’s also lined with resorts and accommodations for guests considering to stay for a few more days. If you’re here, try to book one of their all-inclusive resorts for the family or an adult only all-inclusive resorts It’s the best way to experience an unspoilt destination such as Ocho Rios.
Maui is a bucket-list destination for many good reasons. Its abundance of beaches, dormant volcanoes, and waterfalls make it the ultimate travel destination for tropical lovers. It may not be the cheapest place to travel but once you’re here, you won’t run out things to do, from dolphin watching, to witnessing fire dancers to hiking valleys.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Enjoy idyllic views of the Caribbean sea by paying a visit to Punta Cana. Walk along the soft golden sands, lounge in the crystal clear waters, and relax in one of their many exclusive resorts. Turning your vacation-mode on becomes easy once you’re here.
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