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Top Summer Destinations



Ahhhhhh, summer. For many of us, it conjures up thoughts of warm sunshine, bare feet on sand and cool blue water. Summer is the perfect time to plan a vacation and get away from the every day.



Here are some top summer destination recommendations to consider when planning your summer vacation.

    Image of a rocky beach in Maui.

    Maui, Hawaii

    Aloha! There is a sense of magic and beauty that encompasses Maui. It's a pulse or beat that lingers with travelers long after they've returned home. So much more than famous beaches and championship golf courses, Maui is a living breathing place that leaves an imprint on its visitors.

    Maui is the second-largest Hawaiian Island and often referred to as the Valley Isle. Formerly part of a larger landmass, today, Maui is made up of two dormant peaks and a sprawling valley that stretches between them.

    Whether you want to relax or participate in a variety of water activities, Maui’s beautiful beaches are for you. Maui boasts over 120 miles of coastline and 30 beaches. Sand that comes in a variety of colors such as white, black and red. Some popular water activities include snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, whale watching, and surfing. There are many things to do on land as well, driving the road to Hana, watching the sunrise at Haleakala, zip-lining, hiking trails, and farm tours. If you’re looking for a different perspective you can take to the skies with a helicopter tour or parasailing and see Maui in a way you’ll never forget.

    Maui, Hawaii

      Maui, Hawaii

      Aloha! There is a sense of magic and beauty that encompasses Maui. It's a pulse or beat that lingers with travelers long after they've returned home. So much more than famous beaches and championship golf courses, Maui is a living breathing place that leaves an imprint on its visitors.

      Maui is the second-largest Hawaiian Island and often referred to as the Valley Isle. Formerly part of a larger landmass, today, Maui is made up of two dormant peaks and a sprawling valley that stretches between them.

      Whether you want to relax or participate in a variety of water activities, Maui’s beautiful beaches are for you. Maui boasts over 120 miles of coastline and 30 beaches. Sand that comes in a variety of colors such as white, black and red. Some popular water activities include snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, whale watching, and surfing. There are many things to do on land as well, driving the road to Hana, watching the sunrise at Haleakala, zip-lining, hiking trails, and farm tours. If you’re looking for a different perspective you can take to the skies with a helicopter tour or parasailing and see Maui in a way you’ll never forget.

      Maui, Hawaii

        Image of a rocky beach in Maui.

        Cancun, Mexico

        When it comes to top summer destinations in Mexico, Cancun reigns supreme. Expansive beachfront, turquoise waters, endless entertainment, and all-inclusive resorts await you in Cancun’s hotel zone.

        Fifteen miles of sandy beaches, mega-resorts with all-inclusive options, oceanfront swimming pools and opulent spas line the Zona Hotelera (hotel zone). Add in some boutique resorts, shopping venues, bars, and nightlife, and it's a wonder people ever leave.

        This region of Mexico is known for extensive Mayan culture and artifacts. The Museo Maya de Cancun, located in the hotel zone, hosts more than 400 artifacts and an outdoor exhibit including original ruins among walking paths.

        To the north is the community of Playa Mujeres, a sleepy resort area that has grown in recent years. Exquisite resorts are staking a claim in this area offering an alternative to the bustling hotel zone without sacrificing the beach experience.

        Cancun, Mexico

          Image of happy tourist in the Caribbean.

          The Bahamas, Caribbean

          Miles of white-sand beaches lining the beautiful turquoise ocean. You can find this little piece of paradise and a whole lot more in the Bahamas. Here the experience is what you make it. You can sit on the beach with a book, go swimming or snorkeling in the clear blue water.

          If you like to have it all… casino action, beautiful beaches, fabulous shopping, amazing marine habitats, and a second-to-none water park, I recommend Atlantis, Paradise Island.

          Every time I go there I have the same conundrum… where to start? This time we’ll start with my personal favorite, The Dig. This incredible aquarium is an imagining of ruins from the lost city of Atlantis. It features exhibits for seahorses (and if you are really lucky like I was, you might even see baby seahorses!), clownfish, grouper, jellyfish and the impressive Moray eels. You’ll also see lobsters and lionfish. Lose yourself in the wonder and beauty of The Dig.

          Up next is the water park. It has river rides, it has water slides, both wild and mild, and even has a splash park for the kids. But a trip to the water park is not complete without taking the Leap of Faith. Nothing is quite as intimidating as sitting on the edge of the slide at the top, with your feet dangling down waiting for the light to turn green. I admit it… I almost chickened out. But I took the leap. And it was scary but worth it!

          The Bahamas, Caribbean

            Oahu, Hawaii

            Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands, and the heart of Hawaii. The contrast between traditional Hawaii and modern metropolis make exploring Oahu such an adventure. Downtown Honolulu brings you to the largest city in Hawaii, a place where high rise hotels and resorts line city blocks. Creating the stunning backdrop for Waikiki Beach is the majestic Diamond Head Crater.

            As Hawaii was once an independent country, it is the only state where we have real palaces. Iolani Palace on Oahu was the official home for the Hawaiian Kingdom’s last two monarchs.

            In the central corridor of Oahu is Pearl Harbor. Dedicated monuments and visitor sites offer in-depth World War II historical perspectives and memorials, including the USS Battleship Missouri Memorial, which I definitely recommend.

            Before you go back to the mainland, find a Honolulu Cookie Company. These shortbread cookies are a favorite here at Costco Travel, and we usually bring some back to the office when we go to Hawaii.

            Oahu, Hawaii

              Aloha, and happy travels!

                Here are some top summer destination recommendations to consider when planning your summer vacation.

                  Image of a rocky beach in Maui.

                  Maui, Hawaii

                  Aloha! There is a sense of magic and beauty that encompasses Maui. It's a pulse or beat that lingers with travelers long after they've returned home. So much more than famous beaches and championship golf courses, Maui is a living breathing place that leaves an imprint on its visitors.

                  Maui is the second-largest Hawaiian Island and often referred to as the Valley Isle. Formerly part of a larger landmass, today, Maui is made up of two dormant peaks and a sprawling valley that stretches between them.

                  Whether you want to relax or participate in a variety of water activities, Maui’s beautiful beaches are for you. Maui boasts over 120 miles of coastline and 30 beaches. Sand that comes in a variety of colors such as white, black and red. Some popular water activities include snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, whale watching, and surfing. There are many things to do on land as well, driving the road to Hana, watching the sunrise at Haleakala, zip-lining, hiking trails, and farm tours. If you’re looking for a different perspective you can take to the skies with a helicopter tour or parasailing and see Maui in a way you’ll never forget.

                  Maui, Hawaii

                    Maui, Hawaii

                    Aloha! There is a sense of magic and beauty that encompasses Maui. It's a pulse or beat that lingers with travelers long after they've returned home. So much more than famous beaches and championship golf courses, Maui is a living breathing place that leaves an imprint on its visitors.

                    Maui is the second-largest Hawaiian Island and often referred to as the Valley Isle. Formerly part of a larger landmass, today, Maui is made up of two dormant peaks and a sprawling valley that stretches between them.

                    Whether you want to relax or participate in a variety of water activities, Maui’s beautiful beaches are for you. Maui boasts over 120 miles of coastline and 30 beaches. Sand that comes in a variety of colors such as white, black and red. Some popular water activities include snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, whale watching, and surfing. There are many things to do on land as well, driving the road to Hana, watching the sunrise at Haleakala, zip-lining, hiking trails, and farm tours. If you’re looking for a different perspective you can take to the skies with a helicopter tour or parasailing and see Maui in a way you’ll never forget.

                    Maui, Hawaii

                      Image of a rocky beach in Maui.

                      Cancun, Mexico

                      When it comes to top summer destinations in Mexico, Cancun reigns supreme. Expansive beachfront, turquoise waters, endless entertainment, and all-inclusive resorts await you in Cancun’s hotel zone.

                      Fifteen miles of sandy beaches, mega-resorts with all-inclusive options, oceanfront swimming pools and opulent spas line the Zona Hotelera (hotel zone). Add in some boutique resorts, shopping venues, bars, and nightlife, and it's a wonder people ever leave.

                      This region of Mexico is known for extensive Mayan culture and artifacts. The Museo Maya de Cancun, located in the hotel zone, hosts more than 400 artifacts and an outdoor exhibit including original ruins among walking paths.

                      To the north is the community of Playa Mujeres, a sleepy resort area that has grown in recent years. Exquisite resorts are staking a claim in this area offering an alternative to the bustling hotel zone without sacrificing the beach experience.

                      Cancun, Mexico

                        Image of happy tourist in the Caribbean.

                        The Bahamas, Caribbean

                        Miles of white-sand beaches lining the beautiful turquoise ocean. You can find this little piece of paradise and a whole lot more in the Bahamas. Here the experience is what you make it. You can sit on the beach with a book, go swimming or snorkeling in the clear blue water.

                        If you like to have it all… casino action, beautiful beaches, fabulous shopping, amazing marine habitats, and a second-to-none water park, I recommend Atlantis, Paradise Island.

                        Every time I go there I have the same conundrum… where to start? This time we’ll start with my personal favorite, The Dig. This incredible aquarium is an imagining of ruins from the lost city of Atlantis. It features exhibits for seahorses (and if you are really lucky like I was, you might even see baby seahorses!), clownfish, grouper, jellyfish and the impressive Moray eels. You’ll also see lobsters and lionfish. Lose yourself in the wonder and beauty of The Dig.

                        Up next is the water park. It has river rides, it has water slides, both wild and mild, and even has a splash park for the kids. But a trip to the water park is not complete without taking the Leap of Faith. Nothing is quite as intimidating as sitting on the edge of the slide at the top, with your feet dangling down waiting for the light to turn green. I admit it… I almost chickened out. But I took the leap. And it was scary but worth it!

                        The Bahamas, Caribbean

                          Oahu, Hawaii

                          Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands, and the heart of Hawaii. The contrast between traditional Hawaii and modern metropolis make exploring Oahu such an adventure. Downtown Honolulu brings you to the largest city in Hawaii, a place where high rise hotels and resorts line city blocks. Creating the stunning backdrop for Waikiki Beach is the majestic Diamond Head Crater.

                          As Hawaii was once an independent country, it is the only state where we have real palaces. Iolani Palace on Oahu was the official home for the Hawaiian Kingdom’s last two monarchs.

                          In the central corridor of Oahu is Pearl Harbor. Dedicated monuments and visitor sites offer in-depth World War II historical perspectives and memorials, including the USS Battleship Missouri Memorial, which I definitely recommend.

                          Before you go back to the mainland, find a Honolulu Cookie Company. These shortbread cookies are a favorite here at Costco Travel, and we usually bring some back to the office when we go to Hawaii.

                          Oahu, Hawaii

                            Aloha, and happy travels!


                              About the Authors: The above piece was written by Penny Anderson, Merchandising/Ecommerce Manager at Costco Travel, with help from Laura, a Costco Travel Expert with 13 years of experience in the travel industry. Penny has been a Costco employee for 23 years, 14 of these years at Costco Travel.


                               
                               
                               
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