Spring break is coming up, which means that there’s probably one thing on your mind: time at the beach. Island getaways are the perfect escape from your normal day-to-day, and what better time to hit the beach than in the dead of winter? You probably already have some places in mind for your upcoming holiday, but I’m here to provide some inspiration, in case you’re a last-minute type of planner. (It’s okay if you are, I don’t judge.)
Whether you’re thinking of hitting the Caribbean or want to go all the way around the globe to the Philippines, there are island getaways all over the world that can fit your taste, travel style, and budget. Everything from the bougiest resorts in the Maldives to little huts in Aruba are at your fingertips. The sky is truly the limit when it comes to planning your perfect beachy vacay.
If you’ve been sitting at home scrolling through the #beachday hashtag on Instagram, wishing that you could get out of your city, this is your chance. Take this as your opportunity to leave your worries behind — if only for a few days — and take off on the island getaway of your dreams. Trust me: You definitely won’t regret it.
When you think of “island getaways,” Maldives is probably one of the first places that comes to mind. The archipelago nation is full of luxurious resorts that will help you forget about all of your worries. If you’re lucky enough to stay in an over-water villa, you’ll have views of the ocean as far as the eye can see, and you can take a dip right in your “backyard.”
One of the more underrated Caribbean destinations, Curaçao is a Dutch island getaway that offers more than just stunning beaches. You can beach hop around the island, immerse yourself in the rich culture, indulge in some delicious Dutch-influenced, Caribbean food, and much more.
Puerto Rico is a bucket list destination for most frequent travelers, and for good reason. It’s one of those island getaways that is completely unforgettable, from the crystal clear oceans to the amazing culture and food. The nation is much bigger than you think, and for people looking to explore outside of the capital, San Juan, there’s a plethora of activities to take in. When you go, try swimming in a bio bay at night: You’ll see the bioluminescent plankton light up all around you.
Another Dutch Caribbean island worth visiting, Aruba is a hotspot for people looking for island getaways. The crystal clear turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and towering palm trees make it the ultimate spot for a relaxing vacay. Lounge in a cabana and let the light breeze around the beach transport you to total state of zen.
Palawan, Philippines is often voted one of the top islands to visit in the world, and for good reason. The region is known for its near-perfect weather and variety of landscapes. You can island hop, hike up mountains to secret waterfalls, swim in lagoons, and relax on the beach — all in one place. Plus, Filipinos are known for being very hospitable, so you’ll have a five-star experience all around.
Barbados is another Caribbean destination that probably comes to mind when you think of perfect island getaways. The island is full of stunning beaches that are rich in exotic marine life, botanical gardens, and the incredible Harrison’s Cave. The island’s hospitality will have you feeling relaxed, and you’ll probably never want to leave.
The Azores is a group of Portuguese islands that are in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Though the islands are hard to find on a map, the escape you feel when you go there is unlike any other. The islands offer some incredible sights, including giant lakes, beautiful mountains, natural swimming pools, and much more.