A new year means new opportunity to check off destinations from your bucket list and it’s never too early to start planning your next vacation! Here are five of the top trending locations around the globe for 2019. Whether its exploration or relaxation, find out where to go and what to do so you can make the most of your dream vacation.
These destinations are perfect for your next city break, island escape and everything in between!
If you’re into nature and ready for an adventure, be sure to visit Monteverde, Costa Rica – it’s home to one of the rarest habitats on Earth, the cloud forest and amazing flora and fauna. Visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve; this unique rainforest has eight different biological zones and a constant mist that looks like clouds – hence the name! Be on the lookout for pumas, monkeys, and endangered jaguars. Walk through the clouds on the notorious hanging bridges, lengths ranging between 150 feet up to 510 feet. You can also zip-line on a course that is two miles long and includes a Tarzan swing! Eat like a local and revel con authentic food at Choco Café Don Juan or Soda La Salvadita. Experience all that is Costa Rica!
The breathtaking scenery, aloha spirit, and incredible beaches a just a few of the reasons why Hawaii is a top-rated destination. Visit Kauai – the Garden Island, it’s the oldest, fourth-largest Hawaiian Island, home to some of the best beaches in the world. If you are seeking some relaxing time, there’s no better way to recharge than on this island. Kauai’s geological and cultural history are rich – lush waterfalls, beautiful landscapes, and spiritual core make this a once in a lifetime trip. If you are up for an adventure, dare to hike the Kalalau Trail – a 22 mile roundtrip trail! Waimea Canyon is also a must-visit location, home to lush vegetation and towering waterfalls, it’s known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Discover this paradise today!
With endless things to do and glorious white-sand beaches; this world-class vacation destination offers countless attractions, tours, and activities for all ages. Visit some of Cancún’s famous beaches: Las Perlas, Tortugas and Caracol to relax and enjoy the stunning crystal-clear waters. Another famous spot is Isla Mujeres. Known for its amazing snorkeling and scuba diving, this island is just a short 20-minute ferry ride from Cancún – perfect for a one day trip! Spend some time sightseeing one or two famous archaeological sites. One of the most popular day trips is to Chichén Itzá, it’s three hours west of the beaches and one of Mexico’s largest and best-restored archaeological sites – it’s also one of the seven wonders all of the world. Be ready for a vacation of a lifetime!
World-class restaurants, rich history, and culture all await you in the stunning capital of Portugal, Lisbon. The district of Bélem lies along the Tagus River and contains some of the capital’s most interesting historical monuments, such as the Belém Tower. Visit Chiado – the artsy district, loved by poets and writers and enjoy beautiful theaters, quaint bookshops, and deluxe restaurants. Take a day trip to the Sintra, where ancient palaces meet exotic gardens – it’s UNESCO World Heritage for a reason! Close to Lisbon is a coastline of beautiful sandy beaches, where you can find calm sea waters and charming resort towns. Enjoy all the beauty of Portugal – add this top destination to your list!
Castries is both the capital of and the largest city in St. Lucia. Shop ’til you drop at Pointe Seraphine! This shopping center offers designer jewelry, fragrances, and clothing or stop by La Place Carenage where you can find the perfect souvenir for your loved ones back home, the best part – both are duty-free! If you are looking to relax and unwind, Vigie Beach is waiting for you. Enjoy tropical drinks and local food while you’re there. This beach also offers a stunning view of the sunset – make sure to capture your picture-perfect moment! Head over to Marigot Bay for a day trip, this beautiful beach is a 30-minute drive south of Castries and spend the day on a catamaran or snorkeling. Make your tropical dreams come true in Castries, St. Lucia.