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How to Have Your Best Tropical Getaway

Where to stay and how to make the most of a vacation in paradise.

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Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort.

Your next tropical getaway is calling! Get ready to enjoy sparkling blue waters, white sandy beaches and beautiful vistas.

Check out our list of top Caribbean and island destinations, along with suggestions for where to stay and things to do to make your trip even more satisfying.

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Hawaii

Hawaii is one of the most famous vacation spots for people to visit and highly recommended for a tropical getaway. From the friendly natives with their aloha spirit to the rich, cultural traditions, one can feel welcomed instantly and enjoy all that the islands have to offer.

Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Waikiki, Honolulu

Make yourself at home at the AAA Diamond Rated Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Waikiki. Located by Waikiki Beach and off Ala Moana Boulevard, it includes breathtaking views and vibrant night life. A fitness center, a restaurant and on-site parking are just some of the many amenities available.

Start your day off with the Aloha Breakfast Buffet, available for a small fee, then head over to nearby attractions such as the Ala Moana Center, which is the largest outdoor shopping mall in Hawaii, the famous Waikiki Beach or family-oriented attractions like the Waikiki Aquarium.

Wyndham Vacation Resorts at Waikiki, Honolulu

Walking into your room at the Wyndham Royal Garden at Waikiki, you will be greeted by extravagant views of the city, ocean and mountains. This European-style tropical resort is within walking distance of top attractions, but also secluded enough for you to feel that you can get away from it all. Each vacation rental includes a private balcony and a kitchenette. There is also valet parking and a 24-hour reception desk.

Not too far from the hotel, you can travel to the challenging and ADA-accessible Diamond Head State Monument, the historic Pearl Harbor Memorials and the family friendly Honolulu Zoo, located in Kapiolani Park.

Wyndham Mauna Loa Village, Kailua-Kona

At Wyndham Mauna Loa Village resort, enjoy peace and quiet. Several outdoor pools, hot tubs and tennis courts are available for a small fee. Other included amenities are on-site parking, laundry facilities and children’s activities.

This resort is located right next door to the Kona Country Club and is two blocks within shopping, restaurants and movie theaters. Other local attractions include seeing royal artifacts at the Hulihe‘e Palace and a chance to swim with the dolphins at Dolphin Quest.

Kona Coast Resort, Kailua-Kona

A charming 1930s Hawaiian atmosphere meets modern day luxury at Kona Coast Resort. Each two-bedroom condo includes traditional Hawaiian décor and provides incredible views from the balcony. After a long day, unwind in a luxurious and spacious living room.

This resort is just minutes away from attractions such as the Royal Kona Coffee Center and Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park.

Puerto Rico

Nicknamed the Island of Enchantment, Puerto Rico invites you to take part in their culture, their food and their hospitality. Best of all, you don’t need your passport or visa. All you need is your driver’s license or another government-issued ID, and you’ll be on your way to a land full of vibrant festivals, unique architecture and lively music and dance as part of your Caribbean getaway.

Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort, Rio Grande

There is no better way to experience the beauty and calm of Puerto Rico than by staying at Wyndham Grand Rio Mar. The 500-acre resort borders the El Yunque National Forest and the pristine Atlantic Ocean. You can dine at the many on-site restaurants or take a gamble at the casino. Additionally, beautiful vistas and a shuttle to local attractions are just some of the many more amenities available.

Close by, you can have a zip line adventure at JungleQui Zipline Park in El Yunque National Forest, have a sailing and snorkeling adventure with Catamaran Sail & Snorkel or have a whirlwind of fun at the Bioluminescent Bay with a Bio Bay Fajardo Kayak tour.

TYRP by Wyndham Isla Verde, San Juan

Put yourself in the heart of the spirit and culture of Puerto Rico by staying at the newly-renovated TYRP by Wyndham Isla Verde. Here, enjoy eating a full American breakfast buffet and dining at the two on-site restaurants. You can also take advantage of the business center and the free Wi-Fi. This hotel is less than ten minutes away from the San Juan Airport.

Additionally, it’s conveniently located by all sorts of venues. Want to explore nature while getting a good work out in? Try ziplining at Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park or take a swing at Palmas del Mar Golf Club. If you want to shop till you drop, shop at the many stores in Plaza Las Americas and the Mall of San Juan. Interested in art and art history by Puerto Rican artists? Check out the Puerto Rico Museum of Art.

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Wyndham Tamardino in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Costa Rica

Ranked as the third happiest country in Latin America, Costa Rica is eager to share its culture with its visitors. From being one of the most biodiverse nations in the world to having some of the finest coffee, Costa Rica truly embodies its pura vida spirit.

Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel and Convention Center, San José

When you visit Costa Rica, you will find the Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel and Convention Center the perfect place to relax and have a blissful time. Close to bustling downtown San José, this hotel boasts world-class service and proximity to many businesses. Guests can take advantage of the hotel-provided free shuttle service to local attractions. The hotel also has a state-of-the-art fitness center and spa. In addition, there’s also free breakfast provided and a kitchenette in each of the rooms.

Nearby, you can enjoy a play at the National Theater of Costa Rica, take a stroll in Braulio Carrillo National Park or enjoy extraordinary folk art and indigenous art at the Galeria Namu.

Wyndham Tamarindo, Guanacaste

At Wyndham Tamarindo, the most exquisite parts of Central America await you. This hotel boasts natural beauty and top-notch service with amenities such as a spa and an infinity pool and bar. The rooms are non-smoking and are equipped with air conditioning. Additionally, your go-to for meals is right on the property at Vista, their oceanfront restaurant. A free shuttle also comes with your reservation.

You can take advantage of the many beaches that are nearby, such as Playa Conchal, Avellana and Flamingo or you can go on an ATV adventure on the beaches or in the jungles with ATV Tours Tamarindo.

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Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach in La Romana, Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic

Ready to visit a country full of sun, palm trees and merengue? The Dominican Republic offers a cultural experience like no other. From the abundance of many types of food to its close connection to nature, the Dominican Republic welcomes you to experience its beauty first-hand. It’s a must-visit for a Caribbean getaway.

Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach, La Romana

Whether you want to keep active or you just simply want to relax, the all-inclusive Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach is the perfect hotel for your needs. You can dive into one of the four pools or walk along a white sand beach. There’s even a seaside trapeze in addition to beach volleyball, catamaran rides and canoeing. Indoors, there’s a fitness center complete with a tennis court and a rock climbing wall.

Need some rest and relaxation? Look no further than the Metamorphosis Spa. Looking to build your palate? Enjoy international cuisine at one of the six onsite restaurants.

The hotel is near some of the most scenic diving locations in the Caribbean. The most famous of these is the St. George Wreck in the Bayahibe area and is recommended for more advanced divers. If you’re looking for a less intense diving experience, make your way over to the Ancia to see coral gardens, light beam-filled caverns, underwater passageways and incredible ruins.

Not interested in diving? Head over to Altos de Chavón, a replica of a sixteen century Mediterranean village, and enjoy the restaurants, the jewelry as well as the art and crafts.

Ramada Santo Domingo Princess, Santo Domingo

Hotels usually aren’t considered destinations for a trip, but some people make an exception for the Ramada Santo Domingo Princess hotel. After all, it does have particularly extravagant banquet halls, and the overall atmosphere is simply elegant. It provides incredibly spacious rooms, equipped with a desk, a coffee and tea maker, a mini bar and much, much more.

Located just minutes from the Caribbean Sea, it offers easy access to businesses, places to shop and government buildings. Amenities include free parking and a free breakfast buffet.

Just ten minutes away from the hotel, you can find attractions such as Plaza de la Cultura, Parque Mirador del Sur and the Columbus Lighthouse. Or, if you travel a bit further, you can visit Choco Museum Santo Domingo and make your own chocolate!

Mexico

A popular place for Spring Breakers and families alike, Mexico is well-known for its sparkling beaches and its tropical year-round temperature. From the beaches to the plethora of foods to world class nightlife, it is an ideal tropical getaway.

Ramada Cancun City, Cancun

Conveniently located by Route 15A, Ramada Cancun City hotel is a must for all your Caribbean relaxation needs. Amenities include an on-site restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, an outdoor pool you can lounge in and a shuttle to local, nearby places. If you want to keep on top of your fitness goals, a fitness center is also available.

Minutes away, you can have fun in the sun at Wet ‘n Wild Water Park . Do you (or your kids) want to be up close and personal with our friends in the sea? You can swim with dolphins and see exotic sea life from all over the world at Aquarium Cancun. If shopping is more of your thing than splashing, Plaza las Americas has many specialty stores where you’d definitely want to shop and buy souvenirs.

Wyndham Garden Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen

The newly renovated Wyndham Garden Playa del Carmen is set right at the heart of the Riviera Maya. Spacious guest rooms, luxurious bath essentials and free high-speed Wi-Fi await guests who want to make the most out of their Playa del Carmen experience. You can take a shuttle to downtown Playa del Carmen to the many attractions.

In the mood to shop? Head to La Quinta Avenida, or 5th Avenue, known for its numerous unique shops. Interested in seeing grand caves? Head over to the Rio Secreto, or Secret River, a nature reserve, and enjoy the beauty of the stalagmites and stalactites all around.

What are some of your favorite tropical getaways? Let us know in the comments! 

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