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It better be hot

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Looking Up: Tiki Shade and Blue Sky,
Florida Keys

A not-so-conclusive guide to the hottest places on earth. 

As the slow ascent out of winter begins, many of us begin planning for our summer vacations. You know–that 1-2 weeks a year that we sit on until the weather is just right so we can leave whatever land-locked city we build our lives around and head to the coast for whatever it is we vacation for. So to help you in your process of determining where you will go, I have created a guide that you will hopefully find either useful or will just serve as very beautiful eye candy that will have you dreaming of white sands, tropical adventures, and crystal clear water ready to be explored.

Excellence Playa Mujeres, Mexico

What to know: all-inclusive in Cancun; beach with white sands but also plenty of pools; gorgeous guest rooms with a variety of upgrade options; adults only = complete relaxation and romance; great for honeymoons and anniversaries

How to get there: flights into Cancun, Mexico and then a short 30-minute taxi ride to the resort

Some of the rooms have "terraces" which include plush bed and private plunge pool
Worth an upgrade: Some of the rooms have “terraces” which include plush bed and private plunge pool

Hawks’ Cay, Florida Keys

What to know: not all-inclusive (the U.S. does not have any all-inclusive resorts); great for families and couples; stay in a 2-bedroom villa waterfront or in resort guest room overlooking serenity pool; 21+ pool option with beautiful cabanas for lounging; five restaurants on site offering diverse menu options; dolphins on property

How to get there: flights to Miami and rent a car for a stunning, you will not regret 2 hour drive down to the middle of the Keys where you will find Duck Key, Florida (about 30 minutes below Islamorada and 15 minutes before Marathon)

View from large balcony
Palm trees and pools: View from resort room balcony
Water activities: Deep sea fishing, jet skis, parasailing, you name it
Water activities: Deep sea fishing, jet skis, parasailing, you name it

Marriot’s Frenchman’s Cove, St. Thomas, U.V.I.

What to know: you can choose an all-inclusive plan which I suggest you opt for because restaurants are limited in the U.S. Virgin Islands; several adventure programs; caters more towards families; infinity pool overlooking ocean; 2 and 3 bedroom villas available with gorgeous views; shopping nearby; take a boat across the water and have a brief encounter with nature in St. John (the other U.V.I. island); no passport needed as this is a United States territory

How to get there: fly into STT which is only 6 miles away from the resort, resort does not offer shuttle service but a taxi should only cost you about $10

marriott's frenchman's cove
Caribbean Color: Frenchman’s Cove sits atop a cliff
Water on Water: Swimming in fresh water overlooking the saltwater sea is possible at this Marriott location
Water on Water: Swimming in fresh water overlooking the saltwater sea is possible at this Marriott location

Four Seasons Resort, Hawaii

What to know: luxurious hotel on Hawaii’s 2nd largest island Maui; ranked #2 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice for 2013 for having the best service; caters to couples looking for romance at every turn; excellent beach; marble bathrooms, pricey meals but quality dining experiences; golf course; spa; variety of room options

How to get there: flights to Kahului Airport (OGG) are available through 7 airline carriers and then a 30 minute taxi ride will have you swept into this resort’s welcoming and capable arms

Paradise can be found both outside and indoors
Paradise can be found both outside as well as indoors
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Fountain pool at Four Seasons, Maui
Blue water, green grass, and palm trees
Blue water, green grass, and palm trees

If you’re searching for the perfect tropical getaway, keep in mind what it is you are most looking for in a vacation and allow it to guide you as you make your decision.

Is it water sports? Excellent cuisine? Pristine beaches? Or couples only?

No matter what the answers are to these questions, one thing is certain: it better be hot. 

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