Beach Bound: 7 Warm-Weather Travel Destinations

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Photography courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas.

If the winter doldrums have you craving a little vitamin sea, let these expert selections from Scouted travel agents guide you in planning your next sun-soaked sojourn. From coastal Cali to a secluded Central American hideaway, we’re already packing our caftans and sense of adventure. To find a Scouted travel expert, consult The Scout Guide Directory.


Photography courtesy of Como Parrot Cay.

Investing in a beachfront property is essential, given its exclusive amenities like a private pool and breathtaking vistas of the ocean. COMO Parrot Cay can function as either a romantic couples getaway or an amazing family destination, thanks to its seclusion and exclusivity, this retreat is perfect for travelers seeking privacy and tranquility. One of my favorite activities to do while here with the family is to sponsor a coconut tree. You can design your own sign and plant a tree that will be nurtured in their plantation!”
–Betsey Brown, luxury travel advisor at SmartFlyer in St. Louis, Missouri.


Photography courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas.

“St. Thomas is perfectly situated between the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean, and thanks to its status as a United States territory, it does not require a passport for US citizens, making travel a breeze. St. Thomas is also home to the capital city, Charlotte Amalie, which features one of the most stunning harbors in the world. I recommend a stay at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton, where guests can spend their days splashing in the turquoise waters, strolling the white-sand beaches of Great Bay, enjoying a myriad of water sports via the full-service Aquatic Center, or exploring the surrounding islands on a catamaran. Other stand-out activities on the island include soaking up the dazzling views at Magens Bay or from Drake’s Seat, learning pirate history at the Pirates Treasure Museum, and snorkeling at the Secret Harbour Resort. And if you are looking to explore a little nightlife, make sure to head to the popular and fun town of Red Hook.“ –Jennie Jensen, owner of Monterra Travel in Boise, Idaho.


Photography courtesy of Kona Village, a Rosewood Resort, Hawai’i.

“This family-friendly getaway in the heart of the Big Island is getting a lot of buzz. Kona Village is situated on a former ancient fishing village, weaving modern luxury with local artisan touches throughout its 150 bungalows. The resort is centered around the beloved Hawaiian concept of ‘ohana’ meaning family, making it an ideal destination for multi-generational families to relax and reconnect. With four outdoor pools and several dining outlets, there’s no shortage of opportunities for fun in the sun for the whole family. Don’t miss Coconut O’Clock, every day at 3 o’clock by the pool. Fresh coconuts come with or without a shot of rum, depending on your mood!” –Kelly Smith, founder of Kelly K Travel in Chicago, Illinois.


Photography courtesy of Palm Heights Grand Cayman B.W.I.

Palm Heights is a chic resort perched in the middle of Seven Mile Beach. The design is rooted in a 1970s aesthetic, which is reflected in the furniture and art, with a nod to Caribbean culture.The resort has a diverse range of restaurant and bar experiences. I recommend starting your Saturday night with a rum cocktail at Coconut Club, then snagging a table for Mombo Night at Paradise Pizza (pro tip: be sure to have your go-to karaoke song ready!). I love this property for couples, as well as a group of friends. Whether you’re celebrating life’s milestones or just looking for a quick retreat, Palm Heights is guaranteed to impress. It’s particularly ideal for wellness enthusiasts with the Garden Club offering a wide range of programming from HIIT classes to sound healing and a variety of spa treatments.” –Kelly Smith, founder of Kelly K Travel in Chicago, Illinois.


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Photography courtesy of The Resort at Pelican Hill Newport Beach.

“With residential-style Bungalows and Villas that offer ample space to spread out and are casually elegant, with an attentive staff there to provide an exceptional level of care. The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach is a perennial favorite. Located in between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, there is plenty to do and see including world class sailing and golf, and food and art tours. If you are bringing the kids, a day at the beach is a great way to soak up the sun, or opt to spend a relaxing day at the pool, taking advantage of the pool side service at the resort. For a more outdoorsy adventure, spend part of the day at Crystal Cove State Park, which is popular for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and even scuba diving in the offshore waters. The Corona del Mar Farmers’ Market and Newport Beach Farmers’ Market bring fresh local produce, flowers, cheese and more every weekend and are a favorite among visitors and locals alike. For dinner, be sure to visit Michelin Starred Marché Moderne, which features modern takes on French classics. The poached Maine lobster tail flambéed in Courvoisier and paired with a quenelle of scallop, is perfectly on point.” –Jennie Jensen, owner of Monterra Travel in Boise, Idaho.


Photography courtesy of Nayara Bocas del Toro, Panama.

“You used to have to travel all the way to Tahiti or the Maldives for a true overwater escape, but thanks to Nayara Bocas Del Toro you can have a similar experience without days of travel. Recently opened, this jaw-dropping resort has amazing food, sex appeal, villas with private plunge pools, and views for days. This is the first true luxury overwater experience in the Western hemisphere, offering a cutting-edge experience in an otherwise uncharted area.” –Robert Merlin, luxury travel advisor at SmartFlyer in St. Louis, Missouri.

SmartFlyer appears in The Scout Guide Saint Louis. Monterra Travel appears in The Scout Guide Boise & The Treasure Valley. Kelly K Travel appears in The Scout Guide North Shore of Chicago.