The pending holidays can make many people cringe as they envision all the upcoming stress. Sometimes the best thing to do is get away from it all and lie on a beach somewhere while the remaining people you know put up with presents they do not want; crazy dysfunctional families; fattening food; squealing children; and large, pushy crowds. Why not do something out of the ordinary this year and consider one of these 5 warm vacation destinations to beat the holiday blues.
Anse Source d’Argent – Seychelles
East of Africa and northeast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean amongst a cluster of one-hundred and fifteen islands sits the country of Seychelles. One of its crown jewels is Anse source d’Argent on the island of La Digue, a beach that some describe as surreal. With the entire population weighing in at about eighty-nine thousand, there is no such thing as crowds. Is definitely a paradise with calm, pink sand beaches surrounded by worn boulders and tropical vegetation. You will not find large resorts here, just a place to let your blues float away.
Poipu Beach – Hawaii
You have probably seen portions of Poipu Beach in films such as Jurassic Park. It is nestled on the least developed island of Kauai along its south coast. Another secluded getaway, Poipu offers a colorful snorkeling experience as well as surfing along its outermost edges.
Aruba – Caribbean
If gambling, golfing, and tanning are more your speed head over to the island of Aruba to forget all about that holiday pressure cooker. Here it rains about fifteen inches per year and maintains a breezy eighty-two degrees. On its western and southern coasts, which are protected from strong ocean currents, it offers some of the whitest, cleanest beaches in the world. Treat yourself to the quaint Tamarijin Resort or the energetic high rise Occidental Grand.
Coronado Beach – California
In Spanish it means “the crowned one” and it surely lives up to its title. Located in Silver Strand, Crown City just over the bridge near San Diego Bay, this is a beach amongst a quaint town of tree-lined, optional car streets where most locals walk or bike where they need to go. Starting in December whale watching is a favorite past time as you stroll or nap on one of the top ten beaches in the world. Stay at the Victorian Hotel Del Coronado, a local gem since 1888.
Phi Phi Islands – Thailand
These two islands, Ko Phi Phi Don and Ko Phi Phi Leh, are tucked away amongst sharp-toothed cliffs and limestone ledges. Forget about luxury hotels, here you stay in a modest yet very comfortable bamboo hut. Feast on local seafood that can be prepared ‘phet’ or so spicy your taste buds will dance making you forget all about those holiday blues.
These five vacation spots are perfect to take your mind away from mad holiday shopping and even madder obligatory holiday parties.
Porfiro Zaner loves traveling the world. He’s also into the stock market and oil diversity and can often be found checking for Shale Marcellus news and updates.