There is something universal about the very idea of a tropical island vacation. Whether you’ve been raised in the wheat fields of Kansas or the outback of Australia, the notion of a beach vacation s going to conjure identical images: white, sandy beaches, palm trees, water sports, nightlife amidst cool breezes and the promise of a terrific tan. Bluegreen Vacations makes it possible for you to enjoy beach and island destinations where all of the above is possible.
The Hammocks at Marathon
The Hammocks at Marathon offers visitors a wealth of those tropical images in addition to a variety of both active and passive attractions that’ll keep your family coming back for more. Visit the Crane Point Museum and Nature Center, a nature preserve and living history museum. You can enjoy the hiking trails through its 63 acres of tropical vegetation and pay a visit to the Adderly House, for a glimpse into life on the Florida Keys, circa 1901.
Visit the nearby Dolphin Research Center, once home to the world’s most famous dolphin, Flipper, and avail yourself of the opportunity to swim with the dolphins and learn about these fascinating mammals of the sea. A little further offshore, you can take advantage of the opportunity to swim with even more fascinating sea creatures by diving into the Sombrero Reef, a federally protected section of the United States’ only living coral barrier reef, or head on out into the Florida Straits for some world-class wreck diving. If you’d prefer to stay in and/or on a marine vessel, you can fish for billfish and tuna in the winter, and dolphin fish in the summer. You can charter, rent or bring your own boat and tie up at a local marina, with slips available exclusively to Bluegreen Vacation Club owners.
Pono Kai Resort
There are nearly 70 beaches on the island of Kauai (Hawaii’s fourth largest), and one of them is just steps away from Pono Kai Resort. Situated on the Coconut (east) Coast of this 550-square-mile island, Pono Kai Resort offers you all the sandy beaches, water sports and entertainment you can handle. You can scuba dive, windsurf, head on out for a whale watch or stay closer to home and just play tennis. Tour the nearby Wailua River, the only river navigable by boats larger than a kayak in all of Hawaii. Several forks in this river lead to waterfalls, which can be accessed with a kayak, or you can take a popular trip to Fern Grotto in a flat-bottom cruise boat.
Though the island is, of course, surrounded by water, this island resort is completely surrounded on the west by a set of forest preserves, one of which encompasses the island’s tallest mountain – mile-high Kawaikini Mountain. These forests stretch all the way to the west coast of the island and include Waimea Canyon State Park, home of what’s known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, where you can opt for an area bike tour.
La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino
Just over 5,800 miles east of Kauai, in the waters of the Caribbean, lay the Bluegreen La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino resort in Aruba. While the western shores of this island, about 20 miles from Venezuela, offer visitors a wealth of tropical island attractions and activities, its northern and eastern shores are host to a rugged desert landscape.
You can stay close to home at the island resort and take part in a variety of land activities or walk across the street to lounge on Eagle Beach. For those with a little more wanderlust in their bones, consultation with the resort’s concierge will put you on track for adventures in golf, horseback riding, scuba diving, windsurfing or parasailing. You can indulge that wanderlust even more with a trip to the north, either guided or on your own.
Your dreams. Your choice.