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The 20 Best Tropical Vacations

By: Joe Sills
June 10, 2021

These tropical vacation destinations will give you warm weather memories that last a lifetime.

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The Dream Vacation

What makes a perfect tropical vacation? Warm weather and jaw-dropping views are a must for any retreat. But the best tropical destinations blend those elements with incredible amenities and activities that can't be duplicated anywhere else. These are the best tropical vacation destinations in the world.

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1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Remnants of an extinct volcano rise over a bountiful barrier reef on Bora Bora. This Polynesian island pioneered overwater bungalows — like those found at Le Bora Bora and Four Seasons Bora Bora — in the 1970s. Today, overwater bungalows are ubiquitous on tropical islands around the world, but Bora Bora remains one of the best places on the planet to relax above pristine, aquamarine waves.

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2. Kauai, Hawaii

Stunning, verdant cliffs plunge into the Pacific along Kauai’s Napali Coast, a glimpse at what this unique Hawaiian island offers. Backpackers can post up at Kauai Beach House Hostel amidst a haven of natural wonders perfect for adventure travelers. Kauai is home to Hawaii’s only navigable rivers — the Hanalei, Huleai and Wailua. Whether you’re kayaking down one of the rivers or zip-lining through the jungle, Kauai offers a flip side to the Hawaii of postcard fame.

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3. St. Barthélemy, France

Wander the colorful streets of Gustavia and plant your feet on French soil without crossing the Atlantic in St. Bart’s. This volcanic, Caribbean paradise is home to mountaintop lodging like Le Barth Villas, breathtaking tidal pools and clothing optional beaches. Stretch your legs on a day cruise with MasterSki Pilou amidst the island’s ever-present fleet of luxury yachts or indulge in French cuisine at one of Gustavia’s many flavorful restaurants.

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