Picture this: you are lazing around on a white sandy beach, soaking up the sun, with the deep blue waters surrounding you and the wind blowing lazily through your hair―doesn't that conjure up lovely visions of a tropical vacation? From inexpensive to luxurious, and from weekend getaways to cruises, you can choose a tropical beach vacation that suits your needs ... there are just so many options. So, if you are looking forward to a good time in a place with sparkling blue waters, tropical weather, and sandy white beaches, then pack your bags and get ready for a mesmerizing holiday in the tropics.
Did You Know?At a time, only 460 visitors are allowed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fernando de Noronha. This ensures that at any given point of time, this tropical island is relatively secluded.
1. Bora Bora, Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia
With a land area of less than 15.6 sq mi, this enchanting tropical island can be covered entirely in just one trip. Though the island is famous for its luxurious resorts and expensive holidays, travelers can find cheaper accommodation options too. In 2013, Travel + Leisure readers, voted Bora Bora as the most romantic island in the world. A quiet, relaxed atmosphere with intimate beaches, over-the-water bungalows on motus, and the much-needed seclusion, this island happens to be the most seductive of the lot.
2. Pink Sand Beaches at Harbor Island, The Bahamas
This small island has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. More so, it is famous for its beaches on the east side, all of which are blessed with pink sand. With less than 2,000 inhabitants, the island has an unbelievably laid-back attitude, making it an awesome destination for tourists seeking relaxation. Stroll down the streets and gaze upon awe-inspiring Georgian architecture. You can reach this island by air (North Eleuthera Airport), and then by a short water-taxi trip.
3. Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
If you want to enjoy your tropical beach vacation in the company of thousands, this is your best bet; the Hanauma Nature Reserve draws more than three thousand visitors every day. The bay itself is said to be a 36,000-year-old volcanic crater. Snorkelers and swimmers take special pleasure in the sheltered bay, and are greeted every now and then by several colorful tropical fish. Note that the bay is closed on all Tuesdays to allow fish feeding with no interruption. During summers, the Bay is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and during winters, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
4. Palm Beach, Aruba
Unlike many Caribbean Islands, Aruba has some of the most spectacular beaches. You can explore exotic Aruban buildings and go golfing at some of the most spectacular golf courses ever. Palm Beach is idyllic for you and the family. Along with the obvious water sports, it has shopping malls, movie complexes, and an upbeat nightlife. Those looking for a holiday with a pinch of glamor―Aruba is the place for you. Apart from renowned, high-rise luxury hotels, you will also find condos on rent.
5. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Few people get the chance to travel to the unspoiled, unmarred, breathtakingly beautiful beaches of Fernando de Noronha. Also, tourists need to pay an Environmental Preservation Tax, which is decided on the duration of your stay. Being a small part of a volcanic archipelago, Fernando de Noronha boasts of towering rock sculptures, natural swimming pools, pristine waterfalls, and exquisite white beaches that are snuggled amongst jagged caves and cliffs. The most beautiful beaches are Praia do Sancho, Praia dos Porcos, and Praia do Leão. Also, the island is one of the biggest sea bird breeding colonies in the South Atlantic.
6. Tulum, Mexico
Crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches greet visitors to this exotic paradise. The ancient Mayan ruins that tower over the beaches are one of the most mesmerizing sites in the world. Sunbathers and swimmers will be swept off their feet with the beauty of the beaches here. Today, it is the third-most-visited archaeological site in the country. Due to its close proximity to Cancún, the sitesees an increasing number of tourists every year.
There are several tropical islands you can choose from for your next vacation. However, the ones we've mentioned in this article are clear winners. A trip to these paradises is nothing short of an experience.