Miami is the ideal home base for jet setters. Its central location is a hop, skip, and a jump to Mexico and Central America - a survivable flight to everywhere else. Plus, our local airport is an American Airlines hub. Combined, these perks make traveling extremely easy in the few occasions when we feel compelled to leave paradise.
Because we live in jet setter HQ, us Miami locals are very well traveled. We're constantly coming, going, or planning our next vacation. And, now that summer (read, travel) season is unofficially here, we imagine you're probably doing all three frequently. To help inspire your future travels, today we are sharing our top 3 travel destinations du jour: Nicaragua, Panama, and the Maldives. Here's why you need them on your "must visit" list.
Nicaragua is our most recent travel destination. Last June, we planned a 10-day trip to Rivas, Nicaragua with 7 of our friends. We stayed at Fort Walker, a newly completed five-bedroom house situated in front of Panga Drops surf break. While we spent most of our time relaxing at the gorgeous house, we ventured out several times with the help of Nicaragua365 to surf other breaks and to explore Granada, the oldest city in the continent. The surf, the beaches, the climate, the history, and the fritanga are but five reasons why you must visit. Watch our travel diaries to see more.
We visited The Maldives for our honeymoon nearly three years ago and it is our most frequently recommended destination. To be honest, the only two reasons we haven't already gone back are the length and cost of the trip. During our visit, we stayed in an overwater bungalow on a Kaafu Atoll island that is home to the Chaaya Island Resort Dhonveli and only the Chaaya Island Resort Dhonveli. The beauty of the Maldives is that there is a plethora of islands and resorts that look similar. We found this particular resort through Waterways Surf Adventures and chose it because your stay includes exclusive access to Pasta Point, a highly-coveted surf break. Lucky for the non-surfers, we confirmed during our stay that the resort's 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor are for more than its guests-only surf break. We also credit the staff's incredible hospitality, the incomparable scuba diving and snorkeling, and the awe-inspiring views.
Panama is our most frequented destination. In fact, if we ever leave Miami, you can bet we're headed there. We love it because it offers a dichotomy between natural and engineered landscapes, much like Miami. You can disconnect and step out of your comfort zone by leaving civilization behind like we did when we visited La Puerca or immersing yourself in nature under more comfortable conditions as we do during our stays at Hotel Playa Cambutal. If instead you're an urban explorer, the country also has a lot for you to discover like its continuously expanding skyline along Panama City's cinta costera or the incredible architecture, shopping, dining, and nightlife destination's Casco Viejo historic district.
Are you planning any summer trips? Where will you be going? Where is your favorite travel destination? What is next on your must visit list? Which of these three destinations would you most like to visit? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!