Tropical Islands to Tick Off Your Bucket List

Are you a beach lover? Do you look forward to winter’s end so you can slather on the SPF and never look back? If so, then consider treating yourself to more than a trip to the local shoreline. Most people have fantasies of living on a tropical island forever. And while you might not be able to spend the rest of your life on one, you can still check out the following beaches and islands to relax, sit back, and enjoy the sun.

1. The Seychelles

The Seychelles islands are absolute paradise and are situated off Africa’s east coast. The Seychelles has impeccable beaches, pristine water and 115 islands to choose from while planning out your getaway. Worth noting, however, that this isn’t the cheapest paradise on the list; these islands can get a bit pricey. But if you’re looking for a splurge, head to the Seychelles between May and September, when it doesn’t rain frequently.

2. The Maldives

The Maldives is a chain of 1,000 islands that are situated in the Indian Ocean and just slightly above sea level. During the Tsunami in 2004, the ocean water nearly washed away most of the islands. As a means of lessening the impact of future tsunamis, flood barriers have been built by the government. There are white sandy beaches filled with friendly locals surrounding these small coral islands, giving visitors ample opportunity to dive or snorkel.

3. Ko Lipe

This semi-off-the-map tropical island is situated in southern Thailand. The water surrounding the island is swarming with life, so seafood lovers come for the daily catch brought in by local fishermen. The island is known for simple, basic accommodation, and most places turn the electricity off at midnight to conserve energy. The fine sand beaches and the bathtub-warm water will keep you there for several weeks. The right time to enjoy Ko Lipe is between November and March.

4. Bali

Year after year, Bali is voted one of world’s best islands. The island features amazing food, great parties, some of the world’s friendliest locals, and it’s probably the best bang for your buck on this list. Bali is ideal for the beach lover who also wants to incorporate some diversity into their trip, as there are also temples that you can visit and a volcano that you can climb. Throughout the year, the weather is most quite constant, but can get a bit dry between April and October.

There are countless tropical islands to visit on this earth, and this list only serves as a sampling of the best. But hey, too many tropical paradise locations to choose from isn’t much to complain about. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!