Time to enjoy a Tropical Christmas!
By Florin R. Ferrs
It’s Christmas 09, the New England snow is piled several feet deep outside and I’m envious of the hordes of tanned Australians surfing with Santa hats at Bondi Beach on CNN. I switch over to the Spanish channel but it offers no reprieve, every other news report seem to be from a beach resort in Uruguay chock full of tanned models and all the beautiful people of Buenos Aires enjoying one of the hottest days of their summer on the Uruguayan Riviera. This is when I wished I’d gone to Puerto Rico for Christmas instead of Connecticut, but one can’t choose where one’s in laws live.
This year will be different
Christmas 2010 will be very different. I will make it a Tropical Christmas and thanks to divorce and vayama’s discounted airfares to all the tropical Christmas destinations of the world, I’m literally spoilt for choice.
Here are my top 5 Tropical Christmas destinations for 2010
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Flights are cheap if one books early. Get a hotel in Old San Juan and discover the town that invented Piña colada. Salsa lessons are available at the Nuyorican Cafe (link) during the day so you can strut your stuff at night. Escape to the island Paradise of Vieques via ferry for a true blue beach and white sand experience.
Forget the Cancun Strip, take a cab directly from the Airport to Cancun’s Water Taxi Pier and set yourself up in the isle of Isla Mujeres. The island enjoys clear blue waters, white sandy beaches, pristine coral reefs, a happening nightlife and fresh seafood prepared local style. Enjoy fresh lobster with lemon and tortillas or achiote seasoned grilled fish right on the beach.
Bondi beach is the place to be on Christmas day, get your surfboard, your Santa hat and another shrimp in the Barbie.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Girls from Ipanema spend Christmas on the beach showing off their latest Brazilian style bikinis (white swimwear is traditional for the New Year). Order your Caipirignas from your perch on the sand and hit the town at night for some samba shaking all night long. For New Year’s, Rio pours onto the beach for an all night party and to set floating candles on the bay.
Cebu is one of the best kept secrets in Asia. Friendly people, amazing beaches and world class scuba diving. And being the only Christian country in Asia, get ready for a big bash Christmas celebration. Don’t miss the traditional Hamonado, a pineapple glazed ham that is the centrepiece of every the Philippine Christmas table. The beaches of Cebu’s northern and southwest coast offer white sands and spectacular diving. Don’t miss the off shore islands of Bantayan and Malapascua, reachable by ferry from the main island of Cebu, for the best lost island paradise experience in the Philippines.
Tell us about your favorite tropical Christmas destinations and get ready to boost your tan during the holidays.