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    Get to These Tropical Oasis’s before Everybody Else

    The Bahamas may be beautiful and Cancun captivating, but everyone knows it. Leave the bustling tourist traps behind with a trip to one of the lesser-traveled tropical destinations.

    These five up-and-coming hotspots are still largely untouched by the crowds and just waiting for you to discover them. 

    Cartagena de Indias

    Cartagena, Colombia
    Dome of San Pedro church and historic colonial buildings in the center of Cartagena, Colombia

    From its splendid beaches to its amazing old town, Cartagena de Indias is known as the queen of the Caribbean coast for a reason. Nestled on the northwest coast of Colombia, Cartagena is a handsome fishing village that doubles as a historic haven and triples as one of the safest areas in the entire country.

    Although Cartagena is a popular stop for cruise ships, it has no problem retaining its old-world charm. Cobblestone streets wend their way through colonial architecture in an 8-mile span embraced by centuries-old colonial walls, creating a romantically charming experience.


    Holbox Island

    Move over, Cancun, as Holbox Island is getting hotter by the minute. This Mexican island is just northwest of Cancun, cut off from the mainland and deliciously unspoiled by throngs of tourists. The pristine beauty of the 26-mile-long island is further enhanced by very few automobiles and the Caribbean’s famed white sand – even the island streets are made from it.

    In addition to lounging on the beach, activities on Holbox Island include boat tours, fly fishing and fishing tours, and swimming with whale sharks.

    Caye Caulker

    Caye Caulker in Belize

    Relaxed, easygoing living is the theme for Caye Caulker, a tiny island off the coast of Belize. Although the island measures only 5 miles long and less than 1 mile wide, it’s big on untouched, natural surroundings. Golf carts and bicycles take the place of cars, and even they are instructed to “Go Slow.”

    Thanks to the nearby barrier reef, snorkeling and diving are prime activities. But then again so is sweetly napping on the shores of the island’s amazing azure waters.

    El Nido

    El Nido

    Known as the Philippines’ last frontier, El Nido awaits with wild beaches and breathtaking lagoons surrounded by equally breathtaking limestone walls. The Philippine municipality is on Palawan Island, known for its coral reefs and more of that fabulous white sand.

    Diving and snorkeling are popular pastimes, both around El Nido proper or around the nearby Bascuit archipelago. The adjacent island group has multiple lagoons, clear waters, and numerous dive sites, including one with an underwater cavern.

    Emerald Coast, Ecuador

    Ecuador, Pacific Coast

    Florida has an Emerald Coast, and Ireland is known as the “Emerald Isle.” But neither can compete with the wild, untouched landscape you’ll find on the Emerald Coast of Ecuador. Charmingly rustic and featuring eco-friendly resorts, Ecuador’s Emerald Coast retains the low-key, unsullied characteristic that makes it a natural choice for those looking to escape the frantic pace of the hurly-burly world.

    Activities on and around the Emerald Coast include beach time, jungle exploration, endless hiking opportunities, and kicking back to watch the whales.

    Knowing you need a serene getaway to one of these up-and-coming tropical destinations is easy. The tough part is deciding among them. Need help choosing or want additional information? Contact Swift; we’re always happy to help!

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