Hot and humid Georgetown has a distinctly Caribbean feel, so…
It’s a good alternative to all those island destinations with their cruise-ship crowds. Most of the city’s charm comes from the wooden colonial buildings, markets and rum distillery. Just remember that too much rum can be a dangerous thing to do when travelling! Out Islands, Bahamas, the reefs around the Out Islands keep the big cruise ships – and the crowds – away. Only 14 of the islands, some of which boast pink sand beaches, are inhabited and they’ve escaped the ravages of the 2017 hurricane season.
Nevis is the perfect destination is you’re looking for a tropical hideaway filled with character. In addition to the beaches, the island where Alexander Hamilton was born is home to plantation houses and a rich Afro-Caribbean culture. It also escaped Hurricane Irma relatively unscathed. The early part of the year is high season in Brazil as the country gears up for the Rio Carnival. However, Florianopolis is a great option if you want a beach side city without Rio’s crowds or chaos. The island city is a surfing and paragliding hot spot but you’ll also find secluded beaches.
El Salvador is for the adventurous. The country’s Costa del Balsamo is perfect if you’re looking for beachside communities where you can surf, gorge on fresh seafood and catch some rays on black sand beaches. You won’t be able to resist showing off your tan afterwards. While just about everyone spends the Argentine summer in Bariloche, head to El Bolson. Here, you can become one with nature by hiking, biking, fly-fishing, rafting, horseback-riding and much more. It’s foodie heaven too and there’s a growing craft beer scene.
Placencia as a great beach alternative to Belize’s popular Ambergris Cay. It’s cheaper and less crowded, has a spectacular beach and is close to attractions such as Garifuna villages and wildlife preserves and, if you’re interested in ancient places, there are Mayan ruins nearby too. You got options.
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