Winter is here and you are dreaming of a winter beach vacation in the tropics. Don’t know where they offer the best beach vacations?
Here are the top four tropical beach winter getaways that are sure to give you the best beach vacation:
1. The Maldives
The Maldives are made up of 26 natural atolls and over 1,100 coral islands in the Indian Ocean, southwest of India and Sri Lanka.
The Maldives can be expensive if you stay in their luxury resorts. However, the Maldives have recently opened up their tourism to allow locals to start guesthouses, which makes a stay there more economical, and the locals are quite friendly.
The Maldives have pristine white beaches which offer world-class diving and snorkeling in a protected marine area. They are also a top surfing destination. Other water sports include parasailing and water skiing.
You can be as active or as relaxed as you choose.
2. Hawaiian Islands
Hawaii is made up of eight major islands that offer fantastic beaches, but also have tropical gardens and lush rainforests and waterfalls.
Depending on what island you choose, you can lie on the beaches, which offer world-class surfing waves, snorkel or scuba dive, enjoy scenery from cliffs or dive from them, hike peaks, or explore jungles.
Explore volcanos, and watch as new lava slowly flows into the ocean.
Hawaii is exotic, but is still part of the United States so things will be familiar.
3. The Cook Islands
The Cook Islands are made up of 15 islands, the largest and most visited of which is Rarotonga, the main tourist gateway. If you visit the lesser known islands, there is no crowding and you practically have miles of beach to yourself.
It doesn’t matter when you go to the Cook Islands, because the weather is consistent year-round, being hot and humid. The Cook Islands may seem glamourous, but they are affordable and the people there are among the friendliest of the South Pacific.
This is what you expect of a tropical destination – beaches, palm trees and lagoons.
The Cook Islands offer swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and fishing. Visit the Aitutaki Marine Research Center and learn about their marine restoration projects, such as rehabilitating marine life like sea turtles.
The Cook Islands are ideal for anyone who likes space for themselves, but there is plenty to do if you want company.
4. Riviera Maya, Mexico
In addition to beautiful beaches, the Riviera Maya (Mayan Riviera) has culture and is known for its cuisine.
Located on the tip of the Yucatan peninsula, the Riviera Maya is an area that is made up of resort destinations Cancun, Playa del Carmen and the island of Cozumel.
It runs along the Caribbean coast, and offers long, beautiful beaches. The warm, clear waters are home to popular activities like fishing, diving and snorkeling, and swimming.
If history excites you, you can visit the ancient ruins of the city of Tulum.
Closer than other tropical destinations, and affordable!
These top tropical beach getaways have something to offer everyone!