The 10 Best Tropical Vacation Spots with Travel Guide Videos

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Tropical vacation spots are popular destinations for travelers wanting to relax, bask in the sun and maybe even have some adventure. Perfect for a solo-triphoneymoon or even a family vacation, there are so many tropical destinations that you find just the right place to vacation tropical style and fulfill your other travel needs.

Since the Tropics extend around the world, the real question is where will you go? To help you narrow down your list we’ve compiled our top 10 best tropical vacation spots for you to consider. 

While the “Tropics” are classified as a region of the Earth surrounding the Equator, we’ve also included some destinations that are outside of that zone but have a tropical climate that is warm and moist all year and full of lush vegetation... and tiki torches.

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Best Tropical Vacation Spots Around the World

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

This sought-after destination just north of Tahiti is renowned for its natural beauty, making it one of the top tropical vacation spots for a relaxing getaway.

Ideal for honeymooners, the island's overwater bungalows have become a trendy choice for a romantic escape. Those seeking underwater adventure can explore local activities, including snorkeling and water tours. Additionally, indulge in the local cuisine at beachfront restaurants, where you can savor fresh seafood while enjoying breathtaking views of crystal-clear lagoons.

Tortuga, Costa Rica

If swimming in tropical waters and observing local wildlife are on your to-do list, consider adding a day trip to Tortuga to your Costa Rica vacation.

Don’t forget your camera; whether you're taking a guided tour on a banana boat or hiking through the island’s tropical forest, there are plenty of must-see sights. After a day of exploration, unwind in the local hot springs or enjoy a beachfront bonfire with traditional Costa Rican music and dance.

Maldives

Relax and unwind in the warmth of the Indian Ocean. With more than twenty atolls to choose from and a plethora of white sand beaches, finding a spot to watch the local marine life is a breeze.

When visiting the Maldives, don’t miss a stop at the colorful coral at Banana Reef. For a unique experience, consider a night fishing excursion where you can catch your dinner and have it prepared by a local chef.

 

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Cook Islands, New Zealand

Whether you’re planning a honeymoon or searching for a new family vacation spot, the Cook Islands have a lot to offer.

The Crystal Blue Lagoon on the popular island Rarotonga is home to seaside villas and stunning beachfront views. No vacation to the Cook Islands is complete without a whale-watching tour. Additionally, immerse yourself in the local culture by attending a traditional Polynesian dance performance and feasting on a luau-style meal.

Fiji

Looking for family-friendly tropical vacation destinations? Fiji boasts a wide range of all-inclusive resorts with kids’ clubs and babysitting services, providing peace of mind for parents.

Golf lovers can book a tee time at Natadola Bay, one of the top golf courses in the Pacific. Need help making a golf reservation? Travel protection plans from Generali Global Assistance include Concierge Services that can help you find a golf course or reserve a tee time wherever you’re traveling around the world.

For a cultural experience, attend a traditional Fijian kava ceremony and sample local delicacies at a vibrant food market.

Kauai, Hawaii

No list of the best tropical vacation spots would be complete without Hawaii. Even in the off-season, Hawaii’s great weather and stunning views make it one of the top tropical vacation spots and a premier destination for a beach vacation in the United States.

Kauai, the Garden Island, is known for its lush greenery and family-friendly beaches. For adventure seekers, Wailua Falls, one of the island's famous waterfalls, is a short hike or drive from some of the island’s main attractions. After a day of exploration, unwind with a traditional Hawaiian luau featuring local cuisine and hula dancing.

Find the Hawaiian island that fits your vacation style

 

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Bali, Indonesia

For years, Bali has held a top spot in travelers' dream vacation lists, remaining a top destination for those seeking tropical vacation spots. Families looking for a seaside getaway should plan a trip to Sanur beach.

Must-visit attractions in Bali include observing macaque monkeys in the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary or visiting the island temple, Tanah Lot. For a taste of local arts and crafts, explore the vibrant markets in Ubud and witness traditional Balinese dance performances.

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Harbour Island, Bahamas

Wondering where to find the best Caribbean vacations? Many popular Bahamas destinations offer a taste of paradise, and the range of islands is just off Florida's coast for East Coasters looking to stay close to home.

Harbour Island is well-known for its pink sand beaches. Foodies looking to try local Bahamas cuisine should indulge in the islands’ famous conch fritters and stone crab claws. Explore the island's colonial history by visiting Dunmore Town, where pastel-colored buildings and cobblestone streets add charm to the experience.

Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

The Phi Phi Islands consist of six unique islands, each with distinct characteristics and attractions, making them among the best vacation spots in the world.

Those looking to liven up their Thailand vacation should visit Tonsai Bay, where Thai street food from local stalls and shopping for local goods in a market await. For a more tranquil beach getaway, Phak Nam Bay or Relax Bay is a perfect spot to unwind. Discover the vibrant underwater world by embarking on a snorkeling or scuba diving adventure around Maya Bay.

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Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Mexico’s blend of Spanish and indigenous cultures provides a unique vacation experience. Isla Mujeres, just a short half-hour ride from Cancun, offers a quiet escape from large crowds compared to more popular Mexican destinations.

Whether relaxing in a hammock or exploring Mayan ruins in Garrafon Natural Reef Park, the tropical beauty of the island is sure to leave you breathless. Uncover the island's artistic side by visiting the local galleries and attending cultural festivals that celebrate the rich heritage of Mexico.

Planning Your Tropical Vacation

Vacation planning can be a challenge. Whether you’re choosing the best place to go or picking the best time for a getaway, travelers must be smart about their vacation needs. When exploring the tropics, smart travelers know the unexpected can happen. That’s why our travel protection plans offer a number of coverages and services that travelers may need. 

No one wants to think about illness while living it up on a tropical vacation, but you’ll want to keep in mind that your health insurance may not provide out-of-network emergency care and the tropics are full of risks you might not face at home. Smart travelers understand the importance of insuring their trip, especially in the case of medical emergencies. 

Packing sunscreen and mosquito repellant is one way to stay safe while on the beach but if you’re traveling to a remote location, make sure your travel protection plan includes Emergency Assistance and Transportation coverage. A travel protection plan from Generali Global Assistance includes coverages and services that can help get you from distress to relief.

Tropical storms can derail your summer vacation plans and adverse weather like hurricanes can disrupt travel plans and cause major inconveniences. Our Travel Delay coverage aims to reimburse travelers if a covered reason delays them for a certain amount of time for additional expenses like lodging, meals and local transportation that they may incur. Additionally, if you have to return home early due to a covered reason, our Trip Interruption coverage provides reimbursement for the prepaid, non-refundable portion of your vacation.

Whether your favorite tropical vacation spots include overwater bungalows or beachfront villas, a travel protection plan can help reduce your stress about the vacation and enjoy more of your time in paradise.

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