With the holiday season quickly approaching, some people are looking to switch up the routine a little. For most, being with the family is nice, but an ocean breeze and salt spray can make any holiday that much sweeter. You can lay on a beach or watch whales, study botany or shop native craft stalls. It’s all up to you when you plan an island holiday getaway.
North American islands, including Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, are islands many people flock to for holidays. These areas will be filled with unspoiled natural beauty, cool, comfortable temperatures, and whale watching expeditions.
Going further south is the little island of Bermuda off the eastern U.S. coast. Surrounded with hundreds of square miles of reef formations, Bermuda is ideal for snorkeling. If you are looking for something a little less adventurous, you can ride around in a glass bottom boat and view the beautiful undersea world.
Continuing to travel south, we find the Caribbean islands. Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Barbados, the Virgin Islands, and many other spots make lovely island holidays. This collection of islands has long been popular spots for tourists. Each island has its own unique flavor and feel. But they all have a few things in common. The beaches are white and sandy, the weather is very warm and the locals are extremely friendly and just as warm. Up in the interior of these islands, you can find a wide variety of birds and other wildlife.
European islands of all types make great spots for holiday getaways. The isle of Greece with its clear seas, quiet beaches, olive groves, and simple life is defiantly top of the list. Corfu is the choice of those who like up-to-date restaurants and shopping, while Lefkas is popular with wind-surfers and sailors. The Portuguese island of Madeira boasts of its beautiful weather and having one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Then there’s the Canary Islands, off the coast of Spain. This tourist hotspot has been popular with Europeans for years.
Eco-tourism has become a new trend for island holiday getaways. This type of traveling ensures that neither the earth nor the local people you are visiting are harmed in any way. People who are drawn to eco-tourism may enjoy bird-watching, hiking, and other types of activities that do not leave an impact on the area.
If you’re dreaming of skipping out on the traditional family meal and taking an island holiday, these islands from all over the world, each offering its own cultural experience and natural wonders is a great list to start your planning from. Many spots are still unspoiled and secluded, while others are lively and exciting. As with any type of vacation, deciding where to go all starts and end with what it is that you want out of your vacation.