Summer is finally here! Now, I know it's not the same summer break we enjoyed during our grade school and college years, but that doesn't mean we can't cash in those earned PTO days and plan our next trip. CNBC notes that American companies are giving us less paid time off, so I can understand why using those days for leisure might feel overindulgent.
But, science proves that travel is good for our overall health, especially for women, as a lack of vacationing is associated with a higher risk of heart disease and death from heart disease. Dr. Oz said so.
Now that I've gotten that out of the way, I want to share the eight beaches that can assist you in your mission of operation: summer vacation.
Located on the on Bermuda's South Shore, Church Bay is ideal for beach lovers that enjoy a little adventure with their sun. Snorkeling on this part of the island is a breeze since you don't have to dive deep or swim too far out to see the parrotfish and marine life.
St. Lucia is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. From the people to the Pitons, you'll feel both grounded and small taking in the beauty this island has to offer. My favorite beach was Sugar Beach, located in between the mighty Pitons located near Soufrière. While you're there, don't forget to stop by La Petit Peak for the red snapper and the Sulphur Springs for a mud bath.
Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos are one of the most beautiful, sought-after spots for beach vacations. If you plan your trip far enough in advance, airfare is reasonable, especially during April and May. I booked in August and found that time of year to be reasonable as well. Once you get airfare out of the way, accommodations can get a little pricey, but again with a bit of early planning and possibly a stay at an Airbnb — you'll be able to plan a luxe, budget-friendly vacation.
Visiting the airy resort town seems to be on everyone's list for obvious reasons. Tulum is about a two-hour ride from Cancun, which is the best airport to fly into if you're planning a vacation in the small beach town. While Tulum is a great place to get your beach time and yoga classes in, its proximity to the Mayan ruins makes the city special. Since the town is bike-friendly, you can take a bike ride over to the ruins or hire a tour guide.
Thailand is known for its beautiful coastline, street food, and wellness retreats. We say you should take in everything! Planning a trip to Thailand is pretty easy to do solo with all of the information at our fingertips, but if you want to experience the Southeast Asian country with a little help, groups like Black Girls Travel Too and Up In The Air have pre-planned itineraries.
Palm Beach, Aruba
Since Aruba doesn't have to worry about hurricane season, this Dutch island is an ideal vacation destination any time of year. If you're traveling with kiddos, you're in luck! The island, unlike many hot spots, welcomes families with many of the all-inclusive resorts participating in the "One Cool Family Vacation" offering discounts from July 1 - August 31.
Trunk Bay, St. John, USVI
You won't need your passport for this one. Trunk Bay boasts high marks for its white sandy beaches and its 225-yard long underwater snorkeling trail, but there is one downside to its popularity. The beaches can become crowded during peak travel times. But, don't let that stop you from planning your next trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, as they still need our support post hurricanes, Maria and Irma.
The Inkwell or Oak Bluffs has been a safe haven for the black elite for over 100 years. The Shearer Cottage was the first black-owned hotel that allowed blacks vacationers to stay on Martha's Vineyard without issue. The town of Oak Bluffs is still thriving, so if you're inclined to take a day trip or spend a long weekend there, be sure to take a tour of the African American Heritage Trail. I hear it is not to be missed.
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