Top Summer Vacation Destinations

*This post originally appeared on Ryan Hemphill.

Summer is quickly approaching, and that means it’s time to start planning your vacation if you haven’t already done so. If you want to get the most of your summer vacation, then the first step is selecting a destination where you’ll be sure to get plenty of sunshine. Two of the most popular summer vacation spots are the mountains and the beach. However, if you really want an unforgettable vacation you should also consider traveling to a tropical island. Below are five of the top summer destinations. Break out your bathing suit and keep reading!

Hawaii

Hawaii is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world—and not just during summer. Clear skies, surfing lessons, and majestic beaches are just three of the features that draw travelers year after year. While Hawaii may seem like an exotic destination due to its lush environment, the good news is that if you’re an American citizen you don’t need your passport to visit. Hawaii is a great destination for families, couples, and even solo travelers. If relaxing is your goal during your summer vacation, you won’t be disappointed with Hawaii.

Miami, FL

In general, Miami tends to be less crowded during the summer than other seasons. Why? It gets hot. Still, visitors from all over the globe make their way to Miami to escape colder temperatures. If you can stand the heat visiting Miami during the summer is absolutely worth it. Plus, if you spend your days poolside or in the ocean, the heat won’t be an issue. Once the sun sets you can enjoy Miami’s famous nightlife. When you visit Miami, make sure you pack sunscreen, flip-flops, and tank tops.

Ocean City, MD

Ocean City is one of the best beach towns to visit in Maryland. The town is famous for its boardwalk, and—since it’s in Maryland—its crabs. Take a look at this list to learn about some of the town’s best crab spots. Ocean City is an especially good destination for families. On the boardwalk, you’ll find amusement rides, arcade games, and candy shops. If the boardwalk isn’t your kind of thing, there is always the beach where you can relax and enjoy the water.

Bora Bora

Bora Bora is a part of the Society Islands which is one of the island groups that make up French Polynesia. The island’s resorts are famous for their bungalows that sit above the water. If you want to get around on the island on your own, be prepared to rent a car or a bicycle since there isn’t any public transportation. Snorkeling and scuba diving are two of the most popular tourist activities. The island’s waters teem with colorful fish, coral, and stingrays. To learn more about Bora Bora visit take a look at this link.

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