How many of us are spending most of our winters dreaming about blue skies, white sand beaches and the feeling of the sun on our backs? Probably most of us. This time of year, when we’re back at work and still in the middle of the winter without the hope of Christmas any time soon, we’re all starting to plan our next big trip and to consider where we’re going next. And why not go big? We need some sun and sand to look forward to. Here are some incredible island vacations that you could check out for this summer…
The Dominican Republic is a perfect island destination for anyone who’s looking for a little culture in their sun soaked holiday. The home of merengue, a type of sensual music and dance, the Dominican Republic is also home to Santo Domingo, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest city in the New World. Explore its gorgeous Spanish Colonial architecture and check out sites like the First Cathedral of America and the Plaza de la Culture. The Dominican Republic is also home to a number of all-inclusive resorts, for holidaymakers who’d rather fully relax by the pool with a cocktail in hand for the duration of their trip.
If you’re into the idea of a relaxed and low-key holiday, then look no further than Grenada. The Spice Isle smells like nutmeg, and it’s perfect for anyone who wants to really explore nature by going hiking, walking, diving or snorkelling, packed with rainforest covered hills and quiet beaches with golden sand. Grenada’s capital, the beautiful St George’s, is absolutely worth a visit, and if you want to check out any culture, the underwater sculpture park is absolutely breathtaking. Use your trip to Grenada as a time to really relax, to soak up island culture, and to become immersed in a completely different lifestyle.
Mykonos is known as one of the most fun tourist destinations in Greece. An island in the Aegean sea just to the southeast of mainland Greece, Mykonos is perfect no matter what you want to do. If you fancy checking out some culture and history in the land of Sophocles and Plato, then why not take a day trip to Delos, a local island, where you can find one of the most significant archaeological sites in Greece? Spend the rest of your holiday relaxing on the beach or outside your villa – check out Mykonos Villas! – as you enjoy the glorious sun and the hospitable culture.
One of the most popular Thai islands, Koh Samui is known for its range of budget bungalows where holidaymakers can stay right on the beach to contemplate life and love under the blazing sun. Check out the street food from stalls by the beach or the restaurants on the west of the island for a taste of real Thailand, and experience the most epic party of your life if you go to Koh Phangan for one of the famous Full Moon parties.