If you have wanderlust like us, there are always plenty of destinations to add to your vacation list. With summer in full swing, there’s more reason than ever to travel the world, get your toes wet in crystal clear tropical waters, sip exotic cocktails, meet the locals, and everything in between. To narrow down the list of where to go, we asked our most savvy sbe staffers for their top travel destinations. So get your passport ready and check out these five locales to satisfy your summer wanderlust.
Yoga, detoxing, endless ocean, fantastic food, Mezcal for miles—who wouldn’t want to visit Tulum? Just a couple hours drive from Cancun; most travelers come here for privacy and off-the-beaten-path luxury. It’s also become a favorite among the fashionable jet-set crowd, who regularly visit for the white sand beaches, Mayan ruins, and a spiritual recharge.
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Dubbed “The Next Tulum,” this still off-the-beaten-path location has everything you’d ever want in a laid back beach vacation. sbe’s Senior Marketing Director Lauren Roxborough recommends this strip of little beach hamlets in Costa Rica. There’s year-round sunshine, plenty of surf, a growing foodie scene, and of course the boho-yoga vibe, should you need a little urban detox.
Shantel Young, Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails’ Special Events Manager, can’t get enough of Barbados. Why is it so great? “Crystal blue water, white sand, island cuisine!” she explains. Go this summer for Cropover, a Carnival-style festival with Caribbean music and even a band led by Rihanna.
Chelsie Eddings, sbe’s Event Sales Manager, is off to Scandinavia: “I’m going to escape the Miami summer heat, and enjoy Sweden’s long cool days (the sun rises at 4:11 am and sets at 10:17 pm)!” she enthuses. Time it right and you’ll get an amazing perspective with the Northern Lights.
Senior Marketing Manager Jen Sorlie has her sights on the Emerald City, voted #2 places to visit this summer by Travel and Leisure. There’s the popular Pike Place Market, a fish-lovers’ paradise; the city’s endless parks and greenery (hence the nickname); bike riding to wineries; and if it’s of interest, Seattle is home to the loudest stadium in the NFL.