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How to Live the Island Life

How to Live the Island Life

by Austin Keith

The "island life" is not just a way of living. It's a state of mind. To capture it, you have to find a perfect mix of land, love and beauty all wrapped up in one unforgettable vacation destination. So if you're looking for a break from your land-locked ways, the Caribbean offers plenty of options to help you get your groove back and enjoy the perks of island living.

If you want to take a crash-course in living the island life, the Cayman Islands offer some of the best spots to dive into the crystal-blue hues of the Caribbean Sea. If you want to get up close and personal "wit 'da fishies," chart your way over to Stingray City sandbar. Part snorkeling - part close encounter of the marine kind, this experience will have you splashing with cool stingrays and feeling the good vibes before you know it. On the island, the residents are just as friendly. If you want a relaxing retreat, check out the Reef Resort in Grand Cayman's tranquil East End. Spend a few days on these beautiful beaches, listening to the peaceful whooshing sound of the waves and you'll never want to leave.

Speaking of relaxing, if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the mainland, there are plenty of Americans, Europeans, and Canadians living the island life on the sugar-white shores of the Dominican Republic. With friendly locals, low cost of living and amazing beaches, it's the perfect place to get the best of elegant island living. For a really beautiful beach, stay at Ocean Blue & Sand Beach Resort. It's the perfect spot to relax with a cocktail in hand.

While there are plenty of places to discover paradise, there's one particular destination that sums up what it truly means to capture the island living - Jamaica. With healthy portions of beauty, friendly locals and all the Red Stripe you can handle, this Caribbean getaway offers travelers a true escape from the pressures of life. And don't forget the reggae. Head over to the town of 9-Mile to discover the pulse of reggae culture at the birthplace of music legend Bob Marley. The Jamaican phrase, "no problem mon," is one they take to heart, so if you're looking for a place to let your problems go, there aren't many choices better than Secret Wild Orchid Montego Bay. It's the perfect place to experience elegant island living in the comfort of an ultra-luxurious resort.

Whether you plan to permanently trade your 9-5 in for a warm beach and laid back charm, or just take a few days to relax and recharge - living the island life is the best way to lose yourself in paradise.

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