Whether work is draining you, the kids won’t stop fighting, or you’re just flat-out exhausted: there’s nothing a vacation can’t fix. Want to feel an extra sense of adventure and relaxation? Book a plane ticket to a foreign country you’ve always wanted to visit. While we can’t plan your vacation, we can alleviate some of that pressure by giving our list of vacation destinations. Here are eight places that you’ll be happy to cross off your tropical paradise bucket list.
The Maldives are a group of 510 mile long islands located in the Indian Ocean. The Maldives are known for their sandy white beaches and thriving ocean marine life. If you love water sports, you will find a bustling coral reef filled with sea turtles, colorful fish, sharks, dolphins, eels, rays, and at night, bioluminescent organisms. The Maldives also offers luxurious resort spas – often serving their local cuisine of coconut-based soups, fish, and a flatbread called roshi. Most resorts are bungalow-style located right over the ocean, so your entire vacation will be surrounded by clear skies and sparkling crystal waters. Pro tip: the best time to visit the Maldives is to avoid the rainy season between November and April.
2. Bora Bora
While Bora Bora is one of the best vacation destinations, there are fewer crowds than expected due to its secluded nature. Bora Bora is in the middle of the ocean, located just 2,600 miles under Hawaii. Unlike other crowded beach towns, most of Bora Bora is untouched by humans. There are clear bottom floors in some of the bungalow-style resorts where you can look right down into the marine life. Some say it is the clearest water they have ever seen. You can’t miss out on making time for a massage at the local spas in between your stingray feeding and scuba dive tour.
3. New Zealand
New Zealand is known for its scenery, seafood and drink, and never-ending things to do – making it one of the most popular vacation destinations. They have a wide range of activities for all kinds of people: bungee jumping, skydiving, hiking, cave diving, white water rafting, or sand duning. New Zealand holds both tropical rainforest and volcanic sand beaches within the same region. There is also a lack of light pollution due to the environment being protected and untouched, so the night stars are like anything you have experienced before.
There are so many reasons people lust over Hawaii: white sandy beaches, gorgeous mountains, active volcanoes, lush vegetation, and beautiful waterfalls. All of which are great for hiking and enjoying one on one time with nature. With Hawaii as a cultural melting pot, you can learn so much just by visiting a local grocery store and talking to the friendly residents. The weather in Hawaii usually ranges between a lovely 70-90 degrees. While most of Hawaii’s wildlife is protected, you can admire whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and seals from afar.
5. The Bahamas
Other than the obvious luxury of getting to be on a beach in the middle of the ocean, the Bahamas has some of the clearest water in the world. If sitting around and relaxing isn’t your thing, consider swimming with pigs in Exhuma. The Bahamas are filled with a history of piracy, and there are dive tours that explore hundreds of years old shipwrecks. After a long day’s swim, you are likely to be hungry. Bahamian food is also delicious ranging from Caribbean jerk chicken to South American cuisine, always packed with flavor and never disappointing.
6. Costa Rica
Much like Hawaii, you will find a wide array of conditions ranging far past a tropical climate. There are so many things to experience in Costa Rica like rainforests, beaches, volcanoes, national parks, surfing, river rafting, zip-lining… the list goes on. When exploring their oceans and rainforests, you may run into some interesting creatures like macaws, sea turtles, monkeys, whales, iguanas, and, uniquely, sloths. This beautiful country is a hot spot for amazing food, shops, craft beer, and delicious coffee. After a long day of action-packed adventure, you can return to your five-star resort or hit the relaxing hot springs.
Located on an island in Indonesia, Bali stands out as one of the most captivating spots to visit for many reasons. Most Bali beaches have limestone jumping cliffs, waterfalls, rice fields, flower gardens, and canyons. You can see the Indonesian culture in the beautiful temples and musical dance ceremonies. Prices are surprisingly affordable in Bali. You could stay at an inexpensive hostel or in a popular, yet still low-cost, private villa on the water. Many international chefs come to Bali, so you can find cuisine from all around the world. If you want a break from adventuring, head down to a local spa for the pampering of a lifetime.
Last one our list of vacation destinations – Thailand is a sight to see. One might argue that Thailand has some of the best beaches in the world. Year-round, they have exotic cuisine, fresh, flavorful food, and street vendors that all pack a flavor punch. Thailand is also known for its great nightlife with bars, live music, and late-night shopping. If nightly outings are not your scene, experience the history through beautiful buddha statues and temples that paint the cities. Any animal lover would love to come here and see the unique wildlife such as elephants, whales, tigers, and monkeys.
A tropical getaway is just what you need to take a break from the madness of daily life. This life is too short to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of your daily life. A vacation isn’t just for fun; it’s good for the soul. Wherever the wind takes you, Tropic Outdoors is here to supply all of your tropical travel needs.