Summer is here, so if you haven’t already planned your vacation, consider these top ten exotic beach getaways that combine privacy, beauty, and many different types of fun.
Kamalame Cay, The Bahamas
The private island is just a 15-minute flight from Nassau and offers an isolated sanctuary surrounded by crystal-clear water and rustling palms. At the Kamalame Cay Resort, you’ll get as much, or as little, attention as you want from the staff. There, you can discover the beauty of underwater life with a scuba expedition at the island’s PADI rated Dive Centre, which offers all levels of certification for non-divers, snorkelers, and children. Or simply grab a cocktail and stroll across the sandy path to the dock to catch a stunning sunset.
Rosalie Bay, Dominica
Set on the wild Atlantic coast of rugged, mostly undeveloped Dominica, Rosalie Bay offers a tranquil island escape 45 minutes from the capital city of Roseau. Stay at the Rosalie Bay Resort, which features twenty-eight guest rooms and suites with mountain, ocean, river, or garden views amid towering palms and coconut trees. The resort’s Zamaan Restaurant offers fresh ingredients from Rosalie Bay Resort’s garden and authentic Dominican flavors. Enjoy your meal under the moonlight on their outdoor veranda. You can enjoy a trek over moss-covered paths to Boiling Lake, the world’s second-largest volcanically heated body of water.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
The exotic city of Playa del Carmen sits just outside of Cancun, with gorgeous beaches on the coast of the Caribbean Sea. A stay at The Banyan Tree Mayakoba resort ensures privacy with your own plunge pool. Spacious villas seamlessly blend outdoors and indoors, with an open-to-the-stars tub. Due to its proximity to Cancun, you can take a day trip to the historic archeological sites outside of the city where you can explore preserved pyramids, ancient temples, and colorful murals.
Peter Island, British Virgin Islands
Located on one of the largest private islands in the Caribbean, Peter Island features a collection of five secluded beaches. Peter Island Resort is the island’s only attraction, but you won’t be shorted on service. Enjoy luxurious villas and suites, a quietly attentive staff, and a spa surrounded by lush gardens. For fun, sign up for the Sunset Loop, an exciting ride up the curvy mountain roads to one of the highest points on the island. For food, indulge in authentic Caribbean food and delectable desserts at the resort’s Tradewinds restaurant, and don’t miss the eatery’s wine room, which features more than 300 exclusive selections.
Curaçao, The Caribbean
This enticing island known for its gorgeous coral reefs is located in the southern Caribbean Sea, off the Venezuelan coast. You can stay at the Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa & Casino, which was actually once a slum. Now, the drastically renovated hotel features 80 rooms, each uniquely different. You’ll get a large dose of Venezuelan culture if you go global at the open-air Old Market, where vendors grill chicken, fish, or even goat for lunch. Seating is communal, so picnic tables are likely to be shared by government employees, cab drivers, and tourists.
Costa Alegre, Mexico
Located just below Puerto Vallarta and just above Cihuatlan, Costa Alegre translates to “Cheerful Coast.” Experts recommend a stay at El Tamarindo, where you won’t have to angle for beach space with only a few dozen guests and two miles of coast. Eat at the El Marino in nearby Manzanillo for fresh seafood and a stunning beach view. When you venture outside of the resort, make sure to arrange for a temazcal, an ancient purifying treatment involving a mud bath and sweat lodge on the beach.
Sandy Cay, British Virgin Islands
This small nature preserve in the British Virgin Islands is great for snorkeling and swimming, thanks to crystal-clear water and a shallow reef. Sebastian’s Seaside Villas, located about four miles from the island, offers beachfront accommodations with private balconies or terraces. Stroll the shore and enjoy spectacular sunset views, explore the white-sand beach—home to endangered leather back turtles—and snorkel in the waters around Sandy Spit. Ivan’s Stress Free Bar located on nearby Jost Van Dyke Island is an excellent place to eat seasonal BBQ every Thursday.
West Snake Caye, Port of Honduras
Seventeen miles from the town of Punta Gorda, the four small Snake Cayes lie in the 160-mile Port of Honduras Marine Reserve, which boasts lush mangrove trees and endangered species. Your stay at the The Wyvern Hotel in Punta Gorda ensures that you are equipped with lush bathrobes in every room and tranquil Charlotte Harbor views. For a taste of fresh, local cuisine, try Emery’s in Punta Gorda. The open-air restaurant features a variety of dishes, with everything from stew chicken to whole fried snapper.
Gold Coast, Barbados
The lavish Sandy Lane resort will make you and your family feel right at home with spacious villas, penthouses, and suites. Head to the resort’s casual Bajan Blue restaurant for European, Asian, and Caribbean influenced cuisine in an idyllic beachside atmosphere. You might experience a “star-sighting” on this popular celebrity hot spot off the West coast of Barbados.
Shoal Bay East, Anguilla
Sleepy Anguilla wakes up—a little—at this two-mile expanse of feathery white sand that glitters in the sun. The quiet Shoal Bay Villas offer studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments all equipped with kitchens, only steps away from the water. Be sure to take advantage of the bay’s pure-white beaches, which are rarely crowded, and offer complete relaxation. At Gwen’s Reggae Bar, you can enjoy a tasty lunch, enjoy live reggae on Sundays, and take a nap on an inviting hammock under a grove of palm trees.
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