Top Tropical Adventure Destinations for 2016

The new year brings exciting new trip ideas. We tapped into the experts and discovered the top tropical destinations identified by National Geographic, Lonely Planet and others.


Described as “one of the most magical diving and snorkelling destination in the world,” Palau is a collection of 500 limestone and volcanic islands. Activities in Palau range from ocean kayaking through the rock islands, exploring historical western pacific culture and military sites, and sportfishing for Red Bass and Giant Trevally.

Palau is listed  #4 on Lonely Planet’s list of top 10 must-see countries for 2016. Learn more at Lonely Planet.

Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Nicknamed “Bride of the Sun”, Rio Grande do Norte is about a three hour flight from Rio de Janeiro and known for year-round activities. Listed on National Geographic Traveler’s New Year’s Must-See Places, Rio Grande do Norte offers exquisite beaches stretching for miles and nearly the cleanest air on the planet. You can even see the world’s largest cashew tree.  According to Michael Sommers, Rio Grande do Norte Rio “one of the most welcoming, and sun-splashed, places in Brazil.”

Learn more at National Geographic Traveler.


Described as “brimming with personality”, this eccentric island keeps it’s British heritage alive. Visitors can dive the many wrecks and SUP the crystal clear waters of Horseshoe Beach. Adventures also include sailing the many coves and horseback riding on the beach.

Bermuda is listed on National Geographic Traveler’s New Year’s Must-See Places. Learn more at the National Geographic

Sierra Maestra Mountains, Cuba

Cuba’s largest mountain range, Sierra Maestra Mountains are full of history and prime for adventure. Hiking and cycling… Listed on CNN’s top trips for 2016.. See the full list at CNN Travel.

Costa Rica

Listed as #5 on Overseas Adventure Travel’s list of top 15 trips for 2016.

Featuring comfortable temperatures in the dry season (Jan – April) and the green season starting in May, Costa Rica can offer a variety of landscapes and microclimates.  See the full list at Overseas Adventure Travel.

You can always start your tropical adventure at Mangrove Market!