When it comes to relaxation, it doesn’t get any better than a sun-drenched tropical island. With pristine sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, balmy breezes and colorful sunsets, it is no wonder that heading to a tropical paradise is high on many travelers’ wish lists. Add each island’s individual charms to the mix, and you have a recipe for the greatest holiday of all time. From eco-adventures and stunning dive spots to spectacular natural wonders and rich culture, there is a tropical island to suit every type of holiday and budget.
So, if you are looking for luxurious tropical spots for a winter getaway, add these unbelievably beautiful islands to your travel bucket list. Whether you’re looking for a bungalow over the water in Bora Bora or a close encounter with nature in Hawaii, it’s possible to find the perfect vacation for your needs.
Stunning Dutch colonial architecture and beautiful hidden beaches make Curaçao one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets. Art lovers will take great pleasure in spotting the colorful murals sprawled across the buildings of the Willemstad while diving fans will appreciate the crystal-clear waters and aquatic wildlife found at the multitude of beaches around the island. Head north to visit Shete Boka National Park where a barren volcanic landscape gives way to spectacular coastline views in which huge sapphire waves crash against the cliffs with a loud roar. The fun doesn’t stop at sundown either, as there is also plenty of nightlife to enjoy. From live blues music to street parties, there are plenty of options!
Great Abaco, The Bahamas
The Bahamas, an archipelago of over 700 islands, is perfect for an idyllic vacation. Although only 230 of the islands are inhabited, they are all geared up to cater for tourists, with plenty of places to eat and stay while you soak up every moment of paradise. One such island in the Bahamas is the Great Abaco, one of the Abaco chain of islands that stretches over 120 miles. One of the most accessible of the Abaco, the Great Abaco has some of the best waters for boating and sailing. See the famous swimming island pigs or enjoy the pink and white sandy beaches and clear, azure waters.
Once you visit a paradise island, you will never want to go home!
Bora Bora, Tahiti
The lush greenery of Bora Bora makes it one of the most stunning paradises in the world. The dramatic emerald mountain at the heart of the French Polynesian island provides a gorgeous backdrop for the clusters of coconut palms and luxury bungalows perched over the water. The culture is as rich as the natural beauty, with French bringing the main language as well as influencing the cuisine. Choose from a wide range of water sports, hiking trails, shark dives and national parks for the holiday of a lifetime.
If it’s a vast array of nature and wildlife that you’re after, then you can’t go wrong with the gorgeous island of Kaua’i. Also known as “the Garden Isle,” its abundance of waterfalls, lush rainforest and dramatic lava-sculpted landscape mean that Kaua’i is a firm favorite with locals and international travelers alike. Go snorkeling to see the colorful reefs and turtles or take a hike through the jungles of the 10-mile-long Waimea Canyon. Head to the cliffs above Hanalei Bay for some of the most gorgeous views of cloud-capped coastal peaks or bask on the golden beaches and watch out for the lazy monk seals.
No list of tropical islands would be complete without a mention of the mystical charms of Bali. From incense-scented temples to lively beaches, Bali is packed with a range of activities and cultural attractions that make it one of the best places in the world. Head to the emerald hills of Ubud to reconnect with your spiritual side or check out the bustling shops and restaurants in busy Kuta. With accommodations and catering to fit every budget, this is a bucket-list-worthy island.
Whichever tropical paradise you choose to visit, try not to relax so much that you forget your flight home! Happy vacationing!