If relaxing in a tropical destination is in your future, there are many options available far and wide. Idyllic weather, soft sandy beaches and beautiful landscapes await. But, some locations additionally offer amazing cuisine selections along with fascinating history.

Puerto Rico

The northeastern Caribbean island is also a territory of the United States. Though the island encompasses more than 3,500 square miles, it is considered small in size. A wide selection of powdery soft sandy beaches and crystal waters accommodate families to seclusion seekers. Coral reefs and colorful marine life found beneath the water appeal to snorkelers and divers alike. Take a peaceful hike through the tropical environment offered by the El Yunque National Forest. Scale the vegetation-rich Cayey, Jayuya or Orocovis mountainside for commanding views and photographic moments. Indulge in an adventure by land or by sea. A number of museums and iconic sites provide a glimpse into Puerto Rico’s rich cultural history.

The Bahamas

The archipelago of 700 islands is another destination closer to home, the Bahamas is a mere 50 miles away from Florida’s coast. The many landmasses provide visitors with the option of choosing more populated regions when in the mood for partying and fun. The islands also provide guests with more tranquil and private options. With the visibility extending up to 200 feet, local waters easily attract diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. Couples might choose to enjoy a romantic picnic on a secluded pink- sandbar away from other guests. Or, go shopping for traditional island fashion and make a point of indulging in a fish fry. By night, the clubs are hopping with Junkanoo beats to dance the night away.

Bora Bora

Although the French Polynesian island in the South Pacific is popular with honeymooners, the location welcomes all to visit and become immersed in the incredible beauty of the destination. Reserve a stay in a traditional thatched-roof bungalow that rises above the brilliantly white sand and turquoise waters. Explore the coral reefs and gaze upon the amazing sea creatures. Swim with the local rays and other marine life. Hike to the peak of Mount Otemanu or Mount Pahia. Each rises more than 700 feet toward the sky.