This one is an obvious choice for island vacations, but that doesn’t mean it’s overrated! Maui is full of natural beauty, and it’s temperate enough for outdoor adventures any time of the year. You can go snorkeling or whale watching on the coast, or simply soak up the sun all day on one of the many pristine beaches. Rent a car and drive along the northeastern coast to Hana for a breathtaking ocean vista, or hike through the Haleakala National Park, full of sunlit bamboo forests. Don’t forget to sample some of the delicious native street food! Here are some more amazing spots for tropical vacations around the world.
In the heart of the South Pacific, the American Somoa islands are home to tropical rainforests, beautiful beaches, and huge coral reefs. You can stay at one of several lovely beachfront resorts or find a unique vacation rental. On the island of Apia, visit the Samoa Cultural Village to learn about Samoan traditions, and hike to the beautiful Papapapaitai Falls. Water transport between the two main islands of Upolu and Savai’i is provided by Samoa Shipping.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
Not all the best island vacations are in the tropics! Mackinac Island in Lake Huron, Michigan, combines Midwestern charm with resort vacationing. The small island was home to a British fort in the Revolutionary War, and the entire island still retains the look and feel of a Victorian town. It’s an ideal vacation spot for history buffs, families, and those who want to sample famous locally made fudge from the dozens of fudge shops on the island. Late spring through the summer is the best time to visit Mackinac, as the island does tend to stay Michigan cold through most of the spring. If your passport hasn’t expired yet, you’ll also want to see these European islands you haven’t thought to visit.