Ah, summer break. Who doesn’t love kicking back on the beach, sipping at a fruity drink and just enjoying the sounds of life flowing around you? People have been taking tropical vacations since the dawn of civilization. It used to be that in order to ditch the daily grind for a while and take a trip to a tropical hangout you had to either be royalty or have an incredible amount of wealth.
Thankfully for you, however, times have changed. Now an amazing tropical getaway is well within the reach of most average people, even if they do require a bit of saving. These days, the hardest part of your vacation is just deciding where it is that you want to go! Do you want to see what the UK’s sub-tropical islands have to offer?
Or would you rather set sail to somewhere more exotic?
In case you’re having a hard time deciding where you would like to take your vacation, we’ll break down some of the most popular travel destinations in the world, all of which are places where you can turn your dream vacation into a reality.
Isles of Scilly
First, you have the Isles of Scilly. This paradise is located just off the coast of Cornwall, but the two areas could not be any more distinct. The sub-tropical stretch of small islands have a host of beautiful landmarks and local fauna for you and your family to explore.
If you’re more of a “lay on the beach and listen to the waves” type of tourist, the Isles of Scilly have you covered there too. With restaurants and boardwalk grills and bars you will be sure to have the ability to relax to your heart’s content.
The Isles of Scilly also feature a huge variety of accommodations at an array of different price points, so you will be sure to find a place to sleep that you can afford. The rooms range from 4-star hotels to barns converted into charming and fully furnished motels. You may even prefer to take a more rustic approach and go camping throughout your stay!
The U.S Virgin Islands are widely known as “America’s Caribbean Paradise”, and they definitely live up to the name. The Virgin Islands seek to give every traveler a one in a lifetime experience bundled with an education on authentic Caribbean culture. Travelers will be able to see “Moko Jumbies” take part in a Carnival parade while sampling a huge variety of authentic foods and drinks.
The Virgin Islands are solidly tropical, however, so be sure to pack a lot of light clothing, wide brimmed hats, and sunscreen, because you will need it. If you find yourself needing a place to hide from the heat throughout the day, the Virgin Islands have a host of accommodations at every price point.
Keep in mind that the Virgin Islands are Islands, as in plural. Each one has its own vibe and local culture, so be sure to do some research in advance as to which would be the best fit for your ideal vacation.
The Cayman Islands, lying 90 miles south of Cuba, are an archipelago made up of three distinct islands. Grand Cayman, where most tourists and honeymooners will find themselves, is the most developed of the three islands. Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are geared more for those who want to spend their vacations diving and exploring the famous Caribbean Reefs. The waters around the Cayman Islands are renowned for their crystal clarity. Just make sure to never touch the coral reefs, or you will be in for a very hefty fine.
The Cayman Islands have some seriously nice hotels that hold their own among those in the Virgin Islands and Scilly Isles, many of which can cost you pretty deep in the purse. Vacationing here is great for those who want to live in the lap of luxury in a tropical setting, but only if they have the money to afford to do so. However, for travelers who simply want to experience a different climate or culture, there are also much cheaper options available to you.
Hopefully you found this article helpful in your quest to find the perfect vacation spot, whether it’s just you traveling solo or your family is tagging along. With all of the locations and options available to you, picking a vacation destination can be a very challenging task. If you still have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to do some research or even contact local hotels in the area to get a better idea as to whether or not a certain location will be the best choice for you.