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Nothing screams paradise more than laying in a hammock, taking in the views.
Whether you use your hammock as a surrogate bed or as just a comfy place for a mid-day nap, here are our top 9 hammock-worthy destinations.
1. Florianopolis, Brazil
Although frequently overshadowed by Brazil’s busier cities to the north, namely Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Florianopolis is a must-visit beachy destination. Visitors can choose activities ranging from sandboarding to spending time in Florianopolis’ lauded party scene. Best of all is simply relaxing in one of the island’s many beaches, including the famous Playa de Joaquina.
2. Key West, Florida
The southern most part of Florida, only 90 miles from Cuba, Key West is known for its coral reefs and laid-back island vibe. Key West is a common cruise destination, but if you arrive by car or plane and stay after the wave of cruising tourists go back to their ship, you’ll experience Key West’s serenely eccentric beauty. Stop by Rest Beach, take a dip in the water astonishingly devoid of turbidity, then retreat back to your hammock, hung between a pair of the many palm trees lining the beach.
When in Key West, don’t forget to drop by B.O.’s Fish Wagon and pick up one of their seafood platters or gourmet burgers.
3. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is a massive metropolis with millions of things going on at the same time. Spending time in Rio feels like a perpetual party, with both locals and tourists enjoying the beaches and sun. Don’t miss top beaches like Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and Barra da Tijuca.
4. Bali, Indonesia
Bali is Asia’s surfing mecca, but it’s more than just a touristy tropical island. A Hindu enclave among Indonesia’s Islamic majority, Bali is a spiritual destination with numerous places for yoga and meditation as popularized by the book and movie Eat, Pray, Love. Visit temples around Ubud and view Bali’s unique paddy fields which are a Natural UNESCO world heritage site. Whether inland, near the rice paddies or by the ocean, there are countless places to hang your hammock in Bali and take in the views. For westerners, things in Bali are inexpensive, so leave some space in your suitcase for souvenirs. Thankfully if you take a Sea to Summit Ultralight hammock, you shouldn’t have any issues with space – it weighs only 5.4 oz.
5. Guayaquil, Ecuador
A lesser known destination, Guayaquil is Ecuador’s most populous city and its main economic hub. Located only about 150 miles from the equator, its basically always summer in Guayaquil. When it’s cold and drab in the Western Hemisphere, take a trip down to Ecuador to experience the beaches near Guayaquil and visit the Malecón 2000. What is the Malecón 2000 you may ask? With a name like that, I first imagined it as a futuristic rocket launch pad, something straight out of Star Wars – but no, it’s just a boardwalk. The number 2000 refers to the year it was built. Guayaquil can get rainy at times, so you may want to pack along a hammock tarp just in case.
6. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Have you ever seen one of those scams on Facebook? They go something like this: “Buy our online marketing guru coaching course and you can make $5000 in passive income per month from a hammock on the beach in Thailand.” It’s all BS except for the fact that laying on a hammock in Thailand is really the dream life.
Chiang Mai is a city in the north of Thailand, away from the heady Phuket party scene and the bustle of Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok. It is the place for gringos to go for spiritual awakenings, or to retire early without the costly living expenses of Western Europe or America. Take a trip to Chiang Mai, rent a bungalow, hang up a hammock to meditate and relax.
7. Aruba (Caribbean Island)
Everyone in Aruba is uncannily happy. Aruba is a small, 20 mile long Dutch Caribbean island just off the coast of Venezuela. It is frequented primarily by cruisers who disembark for the day. Aruba has it’s hard core fans. Take the Jameses from Florida for example: they’ve been going to Aruba since the 70s – 39 trips in 37 years. What makes Aruba such a magnetic destination? The beaches, the easygoing culture and the sun – the perfect formula for spending hours on a hammock.
8. Santorini, Greece
If you ever come across a photo of a Greek island, there’s a good chance you’re looking at Santorini. The Telegraph claims that of all the Greek Islands, Santorini is the “best for views“. Santorini is located in the southern Aegean Sea and is a member of the Cyclades island group. Planning a romantic getaway? Pack along a hammock for two.
9. Colorado Springs, Colorado
Located right at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is adventure junkies’ paradise. Known for it’s hiking and stunning views, it’s the perfect destination to hang your hammock. There’s nothing better than laying in a hammock among the trees after a long hike (I’m writing from personal experience).
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