Picture this: white sand beaches, room temperature seas, lush flora and, of course, sunshine. We call it the perfect cocktail for the ideal tropical vacation. But choosing where to spend your free time basking in the sun can be tricky as each destination offers its own charm. Some intrigue you with their natural beauty. Others offer unique cultural attractions. And a few offer memorable adventures. It’s just a matter of finding the perfect fit. From the Caribbean to Mexico, this list of tropical vacation destinations covers some of the most beautiful (and not too far away) places in the world. Holiday mode starts now!
Riviera Maya, Mexico
The Riviera Maya is part of the northeast Caribbean coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. It’s known for its all-inclusive resorts, yoga retreats, ancient Mayan ruins, and long white-sand beaches. The Fairmont Mayakoba offers the best tropical beach vacation and is the best way to experience what the Riviera Maya has to offer. At the Fairmont Mayakoba, guests can watch exotic birds, turtles, and even crocodiles from a resort boat in the mangrove-filled jungle. Marine wildlife lovers can snorkel among gorgonians, giant sponges and moray eels, or take a catamaran on the water. Golf, spa services, mezcal tastings or Mexican cooking classes are also offered in this tropical paradise. If you can imagine it, they probably offer it at the resort! The private, gated 240-hectare property is surrounded by lush rainforest (which can be cycled through) fringed by waterways, directly on the Caribbean shoreline.
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British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands are a British Overseas Territory and part of a volcanic archipelago in the Caribbean. It is known as a paradise for boaters, divers and kitesurfers. Saba Rock, a resort town in the British Virgin Islands, dates back to the 1960s. Saba Rock was put on the map by diving pioneer Herbert Kilbride when he founded his dive base for scuba diving and launched the legendary Pirates’ Pub, known for being one of the best beachfront bars in the Caribbean. Since then, visitors have flocked to Saba Rock for a taste of the ‘old’ Caribbean, from water adventures and breathtaking scenery to fresh sea food and lively Happy Hours. The secluded resort offers kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, diving, windsurfing, yoga, massage, snorkeling, fish feeding, and SNUBA.
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Grenada is a Caribbean country nicknamed the “Spice Island” because of its many nutmeg plantations. Whether you’re partaking in sailing, paddleboarding, fishing, a beach massage, or relaxing on the white sand beach with the sound of the waves lapping against the shore, you’ll have found paradise at Mount Cinnamon. Resort and Beach Club. An added benefit is that Mount Cinnamon Resort and Beach Club supports South St. George Elementary School through an initiative that empowers travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community. If you save a few pounds of space in your suitcase to pack supplies for the project, you will have an invaluable impact on the lives of local children and families.
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Belize is a nation located on the east coast of Central America, with shores of the Caribbean Sea, dense jungle and Mayan ruins. Located five kilometers off the coast of San Pedro, Belize, Cayo Espanto is truly an unforgettable private island retreat. The Cayo area includes natural shrines, the majestic Hidden Valley Falls, the bustling town of San Ignacio and many splendid Mayan ruins. Some travelers have claimed to have experienced nirvana from the top of the main pyramid of Xunantunich, which offers breathtaking views of the Mopan Valley and Guatemala. The all-inclusive resort offers excursions such as scuba diving, fly fishing, mainland tours, bone fishing, private yacht excursions, and bird watching excursions. Pair that with world-class cuisine and a spa, and Cayo Espanto becomes your private oasis. All Cayo Espanto premium villas are oceanfront and beachfront with private pools.
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Anguilla, a British Overseas Territory in the Eastern Caribbean, is known for its prehistoric petroglyphs and a wildlife conservation site. Frangipani Beach Resort, a family establishment, is a luxury resort in Anguilla. With just 19 rooms and suites and a four-bedroom villa, the resort offers guests an unparalleled and intimate experience. Guests have the option of attending the weekly managers cocktail party, going on a sunset cruise, or dancing the night away with the staff at a local beach bar. Frangipani Beach Resort offers a wide variety of activities. Whether you’re looking for poolside relaxation, water sports, a private boat charter or a game of tennis, they’ve got you covered. In case you still need an excuse to book a trip to Anguilla, Frangipani Beach Resort is committed to giving back to the island community with opportunities for social and cultural development in Anguilla.
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