Top 5 Summer Vacation Destinations

by Emma W.R. on May 19, 2014

Summer is almost here! I know I’ve personally been waiting for this day since the first day of winter. It’s finally time to buy those bathing suits, suntan lotion and flip-flops. And now we have to start wondering where we’d like to go on summer vacation this year. The decision is always difficult for me since there are so many beautiful places around the world and around the country. It’s almost impossible to weigh all the options, but here are my top 5 summer vacation destinations I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying:


1.) Cancun, Mexico – Whether you’re a party person or a nature person, Cancun has enough to keep both types entertained for weeks. The nightlife is such a good time with fun parties and cheap beer! The scuba diving and snorkeling is phenomenal. The scenery and beaches are just breath-taking, and that is in no way an exaggeration. Mayan temples and ruins are just a 2 hour bus ride away. The island of Cozumel is a 45 min boat ride away and the reefs surrounding the island are marvelous.

2.) Key West, Florida – Key West has reefs and wild life just as beautiful as Cancun and the plane ride will probably be slightly less expensive. Likewise, the nightlife is just as good also. Key West has a bit of a more relaxed and homey atmosphere than that of the high energy atmosphere in Cancun. Enjoy fresh coconut water straight from a coconut that has been cut in front of your eyes and giggle at the pretty roosters roaming freely through the streets. Key West is an excellent place to unwind and refresh.

3.) Sydney, Australia – The Great Barrier Reef is regarded as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. Indeed, it is the largest structure on earth made by living organisms (coral polyps) and can easily be seen from space. It’s all so much more beautiful up close and personal than any picture could ever capture. Learn about the culture of Australians and Aboriginals and take in their delightful customs. It is 100% worth the 21 hour plane ride.

4.) Savannah, Georgia – Savannah has things to offer for a vacation that other, more traditionally tropical vacation destinations do not have. For example, the bed & breakfast establishments there are the best in the world and will have you feeling relaxed and pampered in no time. I love history and culture and Savannah is loaded with both. Whether it’s learning about the role of Georgia in the post-revolutionary United States or taking in some civil war facts, Savannah is abundant in its unique history.

5.) Wildwood, New Jersey – Those who live in NJ are familiar with this popular destination but to the rest of the country & world, it’s a hidden gem. The boardwalk in Wildwood stretches to about 2.5 miles, making it one of the longest boardwalks in the country. On these boardwalks are fantastic shops ranging from clothing to music – and let’s not forget the amazing assortment of foods and goodies. You’ll certainly keep yourself and your children entertained by participating in some of the thousands of boardwalk games… see who wins a stuffed animal first! Get a boogie board and ride the waves or watch the sunset paint the sky in beautiful oranges and reds while you go for a quick snack on the boardwalk. This is a destination to bring out the kid in you, which is something we could all benefit from every once in a while.

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Abbie M. August 31, 2016 at 1:23 pm

I would highly recommend Colorado as a must see vacation spot. The view from Pike’s Peak was the inspiration for the song, “America The Beautiful.” You can take a cog train ride to the top, it’s the only cog train in the U.S., and on a clear day one can see four states! There are dude ranches, white water rafting, The Garden of the Gods, the list goes on and on…


Justina December 16, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Cancun has the best beaches. Hands down. Beautiful


Amy June 10, 2014 at 11:00 am

I’ve been contemplating going to New Hampshire. I hear the scenery is amazing.


Eli May 20, 2014 at 10:24 am

Another wonderful place to go would be the area of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. The scenery is beautiful and the hot summer weather hardly ever invades the area, especially at night when the temperature is quite cool. And, if one wants to venture up the mountain itself, temperatures differences are huge: as an example, in mid May, when the rest of the area is experiencing highs in the upper 60s to low 70s, the predicted high on the mountain for that day is usually around 30 degrees less. How refreshing those lower temperatures would be when it’s in the 90s everywhere else. In addition, the air is so much cleaner than in the big cities and the people a lot friendlier.


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