30 Best Tropical Places to Visit on Vacation

30 Best Tropical Places to Visit on Vacation

Summer is approaching, and many families are dreaming of escaping their daily lives to relax in a warm tropical paradise — away from the hustle and bustle of the office or classroom and instead surrounded by sand, sun, and sea. As you begin to plan incredible vacations for your clients, it’s important to pick the right destination. 

Here, we will introduce the best 30 tropical destinations to travel to in 2024 based on their attractiveness, cost-effectiveness, and uniqueness. Whether you are looking to plan a romantic getaway, a family adventure, or a solo escape, you will find the perfect place to send your travelers here.

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1. Cancun, Mexico

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Cancun is a stunning tropical destination with endless sunshine and a lively atmosphere. Whether you want to relax, explore the ancient archeological ruins or feast on new foods, Cancun has something for everyone.

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2. Dominican Republic

  • Tourist spots: Samana Bay or Los Hiatuses National Park
  • Activities to try: Whale watching, hiking national parks, or snorkeling in Punta Cana
  • Hotel: Cofresi Palm & Spa Resort All Inclusive 
  • Price per night: from $150

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The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean paradise filled surrounded by stunning beaches. You can enjoy the music, dance, feast on the best cuisine, and art or relax on the white sand and clear waters.

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3. Bali, Indonesia

  • Tourist Spots: Banyumala Twin Waterfall, Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Mount Batur (an active volcano)
  • Activities to try: Hike various landscapes, explore waterfalls, take a Balinese cooking class
  • Hotel: Ramayana Suites & Resort
  • Price per night: from $73

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Bali is a tropical island famous for its Hindu temples, colorful ceremonies, and friendly people who welcome visitors with a smile. Bali is also home to stunning natural scenery, such as flourishing rice terraces, volcanic mountains, and coral reefs.

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4. Maldives

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The Maldives is an archipelago of over 1,000 islands in the Indian Ocean, each offering its own unique charm and attractions. The Maldives offers water activities, relaxation, and exquisite cuisine. With its unique and beautiful landscape, it is ideal for a summer vacation.

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5. Costa Rica (San Jose, Fortuna, Arenal)

  • Tourist spots: Nicoya Peninsula, Fortuna, or Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Activities to try: Snorkeling, horseback riding, jungle adventures, or volcano hiking
  • Hotel: Arenal Oasis Resort
  • Price per night: from $103/night

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Do you dream of a tropical paradise with stunning natural beauty? Then you need to check out Costa Rica and its capital! This Central American country has it all: lush rainforests and volcanoes, coral reefs, rich wildlife, and adventure sports.

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6. Aruba

  • Tourist spots: Palm Beach, Downtown Orenjestad
  • Activities to try: sightseeing, shopping, ATV tours
  • Hotel: Holiday Inn Resort Aruba
  • Resort: from $504/night

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Aruba is a Caribbean Island with a sunny climate, and clear waters. It is a popular destination for tourists who enjoy snorkeling, windsurfing, or simply relaxing in the sun. Aruba has a diverse history that blends influences from the Netherlands, Spain, Africa, and indigenous peoples.

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7. Bora Bora

  • Tourist spots: Bora Bora Lagoon or Marae Fare Opu (ruins with turtle petroglyphs)
  • Activities to try: Jet ski adventures, scuba diving, and island tours
  • Hotel: Le Bora Bora by Pearl Resort
  • Price per night: from $1,170/night

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Bora Bora is a dream destination for many travelers who seek a tropical paradise with stunning scenery and luxurious accommodations. One of the most iconic features of this French Polynesian island is how secluded it is. With over-water bungalows, colorful fish, and plenty of sun, it’s the perfect getaway.

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8. Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • Tourist spots: Rose Hall Great House, Dunn’s River Falls, or the Blue Mountains
  • Activities to try: Water sports, sipping cocktails in the sun, or horseback riding
  • Hotel: SeaGarden Resort
  • Price per night: from $180

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If you’re looking for a sunny and lively destination for your summer vacation, Montego Bay might be the perfect choice. The second-largest city in Jamaica, Montego Bay is known for its beautiful white sand beaches and vibrant nightlife.

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9. Dominica

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Dominica is a hidden gem in the Caribbean, perfect for those who love adventures and nature. It’s the home of the Kalinago people, the native community, who provide cultural experiences and genuine handicrafts.

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10. Zanzibar, Tanazia

  • Tourist spots: Stone Town, Jozani Forest, or Secret Garden
  • Activities to try: Snorkel with colorful fish, indulge in local food, or hike off the calories!
  • Hotel: Zanzibar Palace Hotel 
  • Price per night: from $159

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Zanzibar is an affordable tropical paradise located off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. The atoll is famous for its white-sand, turquoise waters, coral reefs, and exotic spices. Zanzibar is a perfect destination for summer vacationers who want to relax, and enjoy nature.

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11. Los Cabos, Mexico

  • Tourist spots: Cabo San Lucas, Cabo Pulmo
  • Activities to try: Swimming with marine life, zipline, enjoy delicious gastronomy 
  • Hotel: The Westin Los Cabos Resort
  • Price per night: from $816

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If your clients are looking for a sensational and unique summer getaway, consider Los Cabos. This Mexican treasure offers breathtaking scenery, vibrant entertainment, delicious food, and incredible wildlife. It’s a haven for those chasing sunshine, adventure, and satisfaction.

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12. Palawan, Philippines

  • Tourist spots: Coron, The Tubbataha Reef, or Onok 
  • Activities to try: Island hop, scuba dive, or bask in the sun
  • Hotel: El Nido Coco Resort
  • Price per night: from $123

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Palawan, located in the Philippines, is a must-visit destination for those who crave natural beauty, cultural diversity, and exciting experiences. This island province has stunning landscapes and exotic wildlife to explore. It even offers underground rivers, coral reefs, mangrove forests, and limestone caves, giving a distinct scenic experience.

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13. Seychelles

  • Tourist spots: Curieuse or Beau Vallon 
  • Activities to try: Scuba diving, meet giant tortoises, take island tours
  • Hotel: Savoy Seychelles Resort & Spa
  • Price per night: from $291

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Seychelles is a tropical paradise with white-sand and crystal blue waters, perfect for a serene vacation. This archipelago consists of 115 islands and is located in the Indiana Ocean. Seychelles also boasts a rich culture and cuisine influenced by African, Asian, and European traditions.

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14. Zakynthos, Greece

  • Tourist spots: The Byzantine Museum, Venetian Castle
  • Activities to try: Explore the blue caves
  • Hotels: Mediterranean Resort
  • Price per night: from $233

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Zakynthos, a Greek island in the Ionian Sea, is renowned for its beaches. For travelers, Zakynthos offers a varied range of attractions, from historic landmarks and museums to stunning natural scenery.

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15. Fiji

  • Tourist spots: Fiji Museum, one of the many Fiji temples, or Denarau 
  • Activities to try: Exploring coral reefs, cruises, or restaurant hopping
  • Hotels: Castaway Fiji 
  • Price per night: from $220

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Fiji is a South Pacific island nation that offers stunning natural beauty, and adventure. Whether you want to relax on the white sand beaches, snorkel or dive in the coral reefs, explore plenty of rainforest and waterfalls, or learn about the Fijian traditions and history, Fiji has something for everyone.

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16. Thailand

  • Tourist spots: Phuket — Thailand’s largest island or one of the 40,000 temples and monasteries
  • Activities to try: Go on hiking adventures and enjoy the warm sun 
  • Hotel: The Silver Palm Wellness Resort
  • Price per night: from $56

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Thailand, a tropical Southeast Asian nation, is famous for its vacations, sandy beaches, historic temples, lively heritage, and tasty, yet budget happy food. Top spots include Bangkok, with its mix of contemporary high-rises and old attractions, and Chiang Mai, northern Thailand’s cultural center known for verdant mountains and elephant reserves.

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17. Brazil

  • Tourist spots: Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo
  • Activities to try: Climb the Christ the Redeemer
  • Hotel: Arena Leme Hotel 
  • Price per night: from $130

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Brazil is a huge country! Across it lies diverse ecosystems, incredible coasts, and stunning beach waters, and arguably some of the best food. While visiting Brazil, travelers can experience unique and lively atmospheres, delicious foods, and colorful carnivals.

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18. Cyprus

  • Tourist spots: Kolossi Castle or Cyprus museum
  • Activities to try: Lavender Festival or Potato Festival. Also, explore ancient ruins
  • Hotel: Park Beach Hotel from $490
  • Price per night: from $1886

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Cyprus, located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, is about 40 miles from the Turkish coast. The island offers a variety of affordable activities and attractions to its visitors during the warm summer season. With festivals happening throughout these months, it’s a best opportunity for travelers to delve into the local customs and cultural heritage.

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19. Mérida, Mexico

  • Tourist spots: Mayan ruins of Uxmal, Paseo de Montejo
  • Activities to try: Browse affordable local shops and food stands or take a dip in a swimming hole
  • Hotel: Fiesta Americana Merida 
  • Price per night: from $206

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For an urban getaway in a lush, tropical setting, consider visiting Mérida, the capital of Yucatán in Mexico. This city displays picturesque squares, numerous art galleries, and consistently warm temperatures. Mérida is also encircled by historical Mayan sites that were occupied from 300 B.C. up to the Spanish conquests in the 16th century. Plus there are local hotels and places to stay that are budget friendly.

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20. The Florida Keys

  • Tourist spots: The Everglades, Coral Reef State Park, Key West
  • Activities to try: Take the African Queen Canal cruise, immerse yourself in Hemingway literature 
  • Hotel: The Marker Key West Harbor Resort 
  • Price per night: from $459

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The Florida Keys are a stunning tropical paradise dotted with small islands, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant marine life. With its colorful coral reefs, charming coastal towns, and endless sunshine, the Florida Keys offer a unique and unforgettable vacation experience.

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21. Spain

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Spain’s Mediterranean coast offers a variety of scenery, from relaxing coasts and rocky cliffs to tall mountains. Beyond its physical beauty, the region is rich in history and culture, with cities like Barcelona, Valencia, and Madrid filled with art and heritage.

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22. Riviera Maya, Mexico

  • Tourist spots: Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve
  • Activities to try: Relax by the water, explore hiking trails, and eat in local eateries.
  • Hotel: Fiesta Inn Playa del Carmen
  • Price per night: from $134

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Located on the Yucatan Peninsula below Cancun, and including seaside locations such as Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum, the Riviera Maya in Mexico stands out as a guaranteed unforgettable tropical beach destination suitable for various travelers.

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23. Lamu Archipelago, Kenya

  • Tourist spots: Lamu Old Town or Shela Beach — it’s a beauty!
  • Activities to try: Explore colorful coral reefs, take an affordable boat ride safari (Dhow Safari)
  • Hotel: Lamu House Hotel 
  • Price per night: from $317

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Lamu is a group of islands located directly off the coast of Kenya. These islands are recognized for their beauty and are steeped in a rich history. Visitors are attracted to explore the city’s narrow streets and relax on the stunning beaches.

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24. Heron Island, Australia

  • Tourist spots: The Great Barrier Reef, Heron Research Station
  • Activities to try: Scuba diving, wildlife watching, boat riding
  • Hotel: Heron Island Resort 
  • Price per night: from $281

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If you want to impress your clients with a breathtaking tropical paradise, we highly recommend suggesting Heron Island. This stunning location is situated on the southern Great Barrier Reef and offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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25. Ibiza, Spain

  • Tourist spots: Dalt Vila or Cala Comte
  • Activities to try: Visit hippie markets or lean into the nightlight scene
  • Hotel: Argos Hotel 
  • Price per night: from $340

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For a tropical escape with lively nightlife, Ibiza is your way to go. Tourists around the world flock to this small island each year to bake in the warm sun, enjoy the clean, clear waters, and party after dark. Ibiza is also known for its historic attractions and landmarks.

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26. Galapagos Islands

  • Tourist spots: Charles Darwin Research Station or Tortuga Bay
  • Activities to try: Snorkeling, Wildlife watching, or voluntourism
  • Hotel: Hotel Galapagos Tortuga Bay 
  • Price per night: from $133

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The Galapagos are volcanic islands off the coast of Ecuador. Because of their diverse ecosystems and terrains, they have been studied for almost two hundred years. These atolls have become popular vacation spot for travellers around the world because of their beauty and unique wildlife.

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27. Hawaii

  • Tourist spots: Hawaii Volcano National Park
  • Activities to try: Attend a Luau or learn to cook Hawaiian cuisine
  • Hotel: CASTLE at Waikīkī Grand 
  • Price per night: from $203

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For clients who prefer to stay within the USA, Hawaii offers an ideal tropical getaway with its sunny beaches and budget-friendly activities. The region comprises eight principal islands: Hawaii , Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau, and Kahoolawe.

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28. Turks and Caicos

  • Tourist spots: Grace Bay, visit one of the many national parks
  • Activities to try: Kiteboarding, surfing, exploring lagoons
  • Hotel: Villa del Mar 
  • Price per night: from $337

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Turks and Caicos is a British Overseas Territory located in the Atlantic Ocean, riddled with beautiful resorts. These islands are southeast of the Bahamas and have clear waters, coral reefs, and lots of sun! Plus, they use the US dollar on the island, and the official language is English, which makes it ideal for US travelers.

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29. Koh Lipe

  • Tourist spots: Sunrise, Sunset, and Pattaya Beach
  • Activities to try: Relax and enjoy the sun, explore nature, and enjoy delicious cuisines
  • Hotel: Mali Resort Sunrise
  • Price per night: from $85

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Koh Lipe, also known as Ko Lipe, is located approximately 50km from the Tarutao National Marine Park on the Thai/Malaysian border. It is considered one of Thailand’s hidden vacation gems and offers 3 beaches.

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30. San Blas Islands

  • Tourist spots: Guna Yala Archipelago
  • Activities to try: Isle hopping or marine life watching
  • Best Hotel: San Blas Private Cabin
  • Price per night: from $287

San Blas is a breathtaking cluster of over tropical 300 islands, renowned around the world for their pristine natural beauty and some of the best beaches. For those fortunate enough to have visited this hidden gem, the tranquil scenery offers a truly unforgettable experience.

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Tags: Aruba, Australia, Bora Bora, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Galapagos Islands, Greece, Hawaii, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Koh Lipe, Maldives, Mexico, Philippines, San Blas Islands, Seychelles, Spain, Thailand, Zanzibar
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