Hit the Road, Jack! 2012’s Hottest Vacation Spots

By Cindy Prosser

Whether you have a touch of the winter blues or are just looking for a place to escape your every day, 2012 is a great time to do it. Once your destination is set, pack your bags – don’t forget your board-shorts! – and head out to relax on one of these gorgeous beaches.

Here are some of our top choices for travel during 2012, designed to fit budgets large and small:

great caribbean travel deals Curacao, Lesser Antilles – A hidden gem in the southern Caribbean, it’s the last area of what are known as the ABC islands – Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. Beaches on the southern coast feature pristine, calm waters, making them perfect for swimming and scuba diving.

If you’re up for exploring, look no further than the Curacao Underwater Marine Park where you can grab a snorkel and discover the underwater sights.

cheap travel deals to hawaiiPoipu Beach, Hawaii – Located on the lush island of Kauai, you’ll find the area is the least developed of the four major islands and features stunning beaches, rugged cliffs, and an array of natural wonders.

Poipu Beach is located on the southern coast and is the perfect place for swimming, snorkeling, surfing, or even just relaxing on the beach and taking in the beautiful scenery.

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Matira Beach,Bora Bora – Spanning only 18 miles long in the South Pacific, Bora Bora is one of the islands that make up French Polynesia. Fondly known as the “Romantic Island,” the area features several beautiful beaches – but perhaps the most stunning is Matira Beach. The long stretch of white sand and turquoise waters is perfect for those who want to take a dip or watch the beautiful sunset over the water.

cheap travel dealsSouth Beach, Miami, Florida – If you’re in the U.S. and want something a little closer to home, consider South Beach. Travel experts often call this the beach to “see and be seen.”

It’s not only a great place to swim and sunbathe, but is also known for its vibrant nightlife – so you’ll never be without something to do.

cheap vacation dealsTulum Beach, Mexico –
Mexico is filled with cities that offer beautiful beaches and an exciting nightlife. But, if you’re looking for something a little more relaxed, set your sights on Tulum.

It’s surrounded by some of the country’s most stunning Mayan ruins and, even better, hasn’t yet been taken over by tourists. For a combination of relaxation and adventure, consider Tulum Beach for your next outing.

last minute cheap air faresGrace Bay, Turks and Caicos – This island chain features some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches thanks to it also being the home to the third-largest coral reef system in the world.

Grace Bay beach spans 12 miles as part of the Princess Alexandria National Park and is perfect for those wanting to sail, snorkel, or just take a dip in the clear water.

And there you have it, my friends. If you’re planning a beach vacation during 2012, look no further than the above beaches and you’ll be enjoying your fun in the sun in no time.

About the Author:
Cindy Prosser modeled swimwear in a past life… but now that she’s a part-time freelance writer and full-time mom she has embraced a new passion: helping you look great in board shorts for men from Bare Necessities. Like Bare Necessities on Facebook for HUGE sales and be sure to get the Bare Necessities coupon!

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