Enjoy the Sun in the Top Tropical Destinations
by Jessica Howell
basking in the heat of the sun, toes dipped in the cool
ocean water and frozen drink in hand
ROAD & TRAVEL's
list of top tropical getaways will leave you dreaming of
seaside luxury. From white sandy beaches to tranquil blue-green
lagoons, these destinations are guaranteed to satisfy every
one of your warm weather desires.
South Pacific's warm waters swirl around this collection
of islands - 333 in all. Perfect for movers and shakers,
island hopping in Fiji can provide serene solitude in the
morning and give way to steamy hot spots in the evening.
Whether you're looking for excitement and attractions or
peace and quiet, this destination can accommodate.
While Fiji enjoys ideal South Sea tropical climates, trade
winds from the east southeast bring year long cooling breezes
that make for comfortable, cool evenings. There are plenty
of exceptional luxury resorts to choose from and since English
is the spoken language, you can venture from your resort
Resort Pick: Shangri-La's
Fiji for more information. For more
there is one reason for Maui's enduring popularity it is
it's diversity -- the island's uncanny ability to dazzle
and soothe almost at the same time.
The second largest island in the Hawaiian chain, Maui is
48 miles long and 26 miles across. But into that space is
packed long, sandy beaches, tropical rainforests, rolling
green pasture lands, dryland forests, and spectacular rocky
cliffs. From east to west, there is a place to accommodate
any personality. From ubertrendy Upcountry to Hana's old
plantation lifestyle, Maui is continually thought of as
Hawaii's best and most exclusive.
Resort Pick: The
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
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Maui for more information.
of following the travel-trendy crowd? If you're in search
of a tropical destination that's off the beaten path, but
tried and true, you'll easily fall for Barbuda (pronoun-ced
Bar-byew-dah), a small island 26 miles north of its Caribbean
This sparsely populated gem is primarily inhabited by birds.
That's right - the glossy black Magnificent Frigate Birdsto
be exact - who seem to show a marked preference for the
sandy island. Swooping through the sky with a wing span
up to 8 feet and enjoying the undeveloped wilderness, the
Frigates are striking, majestic and a memorable aspect of
Barbuda. If bird gazing isn't your thing, try diving, snorkeling,
fishing, caving or beachcombing on pink coral and white
endless sandy stretches.
Resort Pick: The
Visit Antigua-Barbuda or Babudiful for more information.
Bora Bora, Tahiti
1961 Bora Bora was a coconut and hibiscus-strewn split volcano
afloat in the vast South Pacific region known as French
Polynesia. Today, few things have changed with looming green-wreathed
volcanic peaks lending a dramatic backdrop to this little
island some 260 kilometers northwest of Tahiti. Lush tropical
gardens and crystal clear emerald lagoons make Bora Bora
any traveler's dream. Pack your bags with the breeziest
summer resort wear and seek refuge near the island's legendary
name Bora Bora, which is believed to mean "first born"
in Polynesian, originated from a legend that it was the
first island raised out of the sea by the supreme god. Judging
from it's ethereal beauty, it doesn't sound too far off
Resort pick: Hotel
Tourism for more information.
Los Cabos, Mexico
Capes," known as one of Mexico's most exclusive destinations,
lies on the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula
(the world's longest) and is perfectly situated where the
Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortes. Don't let the short
distance from America fool you - these beaches may be miles
away, but you'll feel a world apart. A picturesque slice
of Mexico, Los Cabos still resonates with the 18th Century
mission town that it once was.
eyes will fall first on the craggy peaks of Sierra de la
Laguna, then wander to miles of golden beach and finally
rest on the calm turquoise ocean. With plenty of hotel and
resort options, you'll easily find a place that pleases.
So settle in and the decide where the warm breeze will take
you: sun bathing, sailing, golfing, exploring the great
"El Arco" rock arch
the possibilities here
are as limitless as the sandy terrain.
Resort Pick: Las
Ventanas Al Paraiso
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