6 vacation destinations off the beaten path
In search of new destination to explore for your next getaway? We’ve compiled a list of six vacation spots you may not be too familiar with, yet offer so much to discover. What’s more? They’re all within easy reach on board a Sunwing flight. From cultural gems to secluded islands, read on for our list of destinations off the beaten track that you can explore this winter.
Those looking for an island escape where they can get in touch with nature will love Roatán. This beautiful destination has a tranquil atmosphere with crystalline turquoise waters and isolated beaches. Known as a haven for snorkelling and scuba diving, underwater explorer from all over the world head to Roatán to explore the island’s impressive coral reef, historic shipwrecks and other under the sea wonders.
Where to stay: Nestled on its own 21-acre private island off the southern coast of Roatán, Fantasy Island Beach Resort, Dive and Marina offers vacationers unforgettable tropical escapes. Beach-goers can look forward to lounging on three secluded white-sand beaches or spend their days exploring Roatan’s incredible underwater world with the 5-star PADI Dive Centre on-site.
Panama offers travellers a perfect blend of city escapes and beach getaways. This Central American gem features diverse landscapes with lush rainforests and golden-sand beaches resting against the backdrop of a city skyline with towering buildings. Vacationers can stroll along the cobblestone streets, indulge in fresh ceviche at Panama City’s Fish Market or marvel at one of the seven wonders of the modern world, the Panama Canal.
Where to stay: Travellers looking to experience Panama in style can stay at Playa Blanca Resort. Sun-seekers who choose to stay at the resort can take a dip in Central America’s largest saltwater pool or unwind in a palapa on Playa Blanca Beach. When the sun goes down, vacationers can retreat to stylish accommodations or watch exciting entertainment at the amphitheater.
Known as the “Pearl of the Pacific” for its natural beauty, Mazatlán is an ideal destination to soak up the sun and embrace local culture. This historic beach town offers a peek into the past with 19th century architecture including historic churches, quaint plazas and impressive landmarks in Old Mazatlán. Travellers can stroll along the seaside Malecon boardwalk stretching 21 kilometers, relax on golden-sand beaches in the aptly named Golden Zone or indulge in local seafood specialties.
Where to stay: Riu Emerald Bay is a haven for entertainment and adventure in Mazatlán. With a beachfront location on Playa Brujas, vacationers can spend their days surfing and body boarding, or cool off in one of the pristine pools on-site. Plus, travellers can look forward to the resort’s weekly beach parties or head over to the Golden Zone known for beaches, shopping and nightlife.
With 37 white-sand beaches dotted along St. Maarten’s coastline, this tiny island is a slice of paradise for those seeking a quintessential beach escape in a unique destination. Commonly referred to as the “Friendly Island”, St. Maarten’ rich culture blends French, Dutch and Creole influences. Travellers can take advantage of the island’s pristine water sports conditions to try kiteboarding or surfing or watch planes glide above them as they sunbathe on Maho Beach’s renowned shores.
Where to stay: Families, couples and groups will love Sonesta Maho Beach Resort Casino and Spa. This newly-renovated resort is conveniently located within walking distance to the shops and nightlife of St. Maarten and offers easy access to a pristine white-sand beach. Kids can have a blast splashing around the mini-aqua park or playing at the kids club. Adults can look forward to rolling the dice at the casino or having dinner dates at The Point, an Italian à la carte restaurant overlooking the ocean.
Isla Holbox is a stunning island off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. This car-free destination features 36 kilometers of pristine white-sand beaches perfect for uninterrupted beach days in paradise. Nestled in the Yum Balam Nature Reserve, vacationers can kayak through the mangroves, cycle along scenic trails or take in incredible views of the lagoon where they may be able to spot pink flamingoes, pelicans and other beautiful creatures.
Where to stay: Nature lovers will love Mystique Holbox by Royalton. This boutique luxury hotel features spacious suites designed to reflect the natural surroundings, with rooftop balconies and ocean view room options. Travellers can spend their days exploring the island with a scenic bicycle ride or enjoy a unique dining experience at Fresco Artful Cuisine where they can discuss ingredients, flavors and textures to help the restaurants expert chef develop the cuisine of the day.
Adventure-seekers should put Costa Rica to the top of their list of must-visit destinations. Vacationers can zoom down thrilling zipline circuits or ATV through the jungle. There are plenty magnificent landscapes for eco-enthusiasts to discover from lush rainforests and volcanoes to hidden waterfalls where vacationers can spot exotic animals such as monkeys and iguanas.
Where to stay: Sun-seekers can Vacation like a Star™ at Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica, a luxury entertainment-themed resort overlooking the Gulf of Papagayo. Relaxation-seekers can unwind in celeb-worthy suites with 24-hour room service or sunbathe by one of the resort’s sparkling pools while mini-vacationers make music videos at the Star Kids Club. For an elevated experience, guests can upgrade to Star Class™ and receive access to exclusive areas and a Personal Agent to handle booking reservations and excursions.