I’m Dreaming a Tropical Island.

It’s the time of year when the sky turns grey and the air turns cold. There’s a long winter ahead of us and as we cozy up in front of the fireplace pictures of tropical islands dance in our heads. We reminisce about our days at the beach or long walks in the sand and then start to plan our next vacation.

What is it about the islands that make life better? Is it the tropical breeze coming in from the ocean? Is it the sound of the waves crashing on the shore? Maybe its the laid back vibe or the perfect sunset that you see no matter what island you are visiting.

Really, it could be any of the above.

When I think of our times in the islands, nothing but perfection springs to mind. All the complications and stresses of life completely melt away in the tropical heat and are instantly replaced by the tranquility of a deserted beach or seaside cabana.

So lets take you away, far far away to some of the most stunning islands on earth in our collection of Tropical Islands in Pictures.

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The beautiful tropical island of Zanzibar

The island of Zanzibar is located off the coast of Tanzania. Known as the spice island, Zanzibar has some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Its turquoise waters are like nothing I’ve ever seen and when the tide goes out, there isn’t a more beautiful coastline on earth.

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Nothing says tropical island like Fiji

When thinking of the island Fiji, you can’t help but picture absolute paradise. It is one of those places that doesn’t disappoint. It has yet to reach the levels of development in the Caribbean and you can still find a quiet, secluded beach in this mother of all tropical islands.

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Get me to Jamaica now!

The Island of Jamaica in the West Indies is the ultimate vacation destination for the package tourist. But head out from behind the gates and you will discover a country filled with rich culture, fun activities and friendly and inviting people. And yes, the beaches are absolutely beautiful. Taking a catamaran tour will give you a view of it’s magnificent coastline.

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St. Kitts is paradise.

You may not know much about St. Kitts, but this tiny island packs a punch. With only one major development in the country, it is one of the few Caribbean Islands that still feels like an untouched paradise. Head over to the Reggae bar on Reggae beach or hike up the volcano through the unspoiled jungle to see a birds eye view of the island.

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Let Bali into your tropical island dreams

Bali is really the island of dreams. Located in Indonesia, it offers the tourist an island experience with deep cultural roots. Temples line the coastline like the one above. Tana Lot is one of its most sacred temples and you can’t help but feel peaceful when visiting it or any of the great monuments on the island of Bali.

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If Koh Lipe doesn't say paradise don't know what does.

Thailand has some of the most beautiful islands and beaches in the world and Koh Lipe is one of those islands. Located right on the Malaysian Border, the trip out to Koh Lipe is worth it. Longtail boats line every beach in Southern Thailand making for the picture perfect setting for anyone travelling to the tropics.

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Koh Lanta in Thailsnd

No tropical islands in pictures would be complete without the perfect sunset. We witnessed many a sunset in Thailand and had many to choose from. But it was this one that spoke to me most. It’s looking out over the Andaman Sea at the fiery sky after a perfect day in Paradise.

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65 Comments

  1. Abby

    Soo beautiful!! You know I’m a sucker for warm, tropical climes. It’s 70s and sunny where I am right now, and I’m too cold! (The two Canadians I’m with from Edmonton think I’m nuts.)

    1. debndave Post author

      ah, The Canadians from Edmonton are definitely used to the cold. They’re hearty people, it gets even more freezing than here in Toronto. We’ve already dug into our winter wardrobe and our friends have been laughing at us wearing our winter coats. We can’t help it, it’s our first winter in 3 years. And it’s only just beginning. Luckily we have a lot of trips lined up.

  2. donna

    i was in bora bora and cant figure out why no one ever include it in these surveys it is by far the most heavenly and beautiful places on earth

    1. debndave Post author

      If I had ever been to Bora Bora I would definitely include it. Unfortunately we have never been there. We always draw upon our own experiences when writing our post and use our own photos. We can’t really recommend a place that we haven’t been to. We are more than happy to have your write a guest post about Bora Bora Though if you are up for it!

    1. debndave Post author

      Excellent to hear that. I love inspiring people to go somewhere new. That’s how we find our next destination, from other travels.

    1. debndave Post author

      Agreed, Koh Lipe is beautiful. Things change so quickly in Thailand, I hope that it is still magical.

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks Erin, that is exactly how we are feeling right now. Luckily the weather in Ontario has been quite mild.

    1. debndave Post author

      Oh no, I thought that we might be able to take you away for a bit, instead it just makes us all yearn for the tropics even more eh.

  3. Arief - Things To do in Bali

    Hi Deb and Dave. What a stunning pictures. I love the zanzibar and the two traditional boat. I live in Bali so i know what a great sunset is and i would say that you manage to capture one of the best sunset scenery in Bali. If I’m not mistaken it is Tanah Lot right? I definitely have to learn photography for my blog. Cheers – Arief

    1. debndave Post author

      You are right Arief. I think I wrote Ulu Watu, had a little mind lapse, thanks for pointing out my mistake. Yes, Tana Lot it is. cheers.

  4. Emily

    Oh, wow–such stunning photos! It’s a very cold night here in Austin, so these pictures made me long for a warm sunny day on the beach.

    1. debndave Post author

      Ahhh, I agree. Don’t we all belong on a tropical island? I always wondered what made people decide to settle in cold climates. If I were an explorer I would have just kept on sailing to the Caribbean.

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks Daniel. We like to mix it up. If you look at our Portraits photo story there is no HDR. I use it when the feeling hits me but I would say that it is about 50-50 of the time.

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    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks Alika, Yes Zanzibar is one extraordinary island. I remember thinking, this place is absolute perfection.

  6. Amanda

    Ah, beautiful islands! I think we must be on the same wavelength, wanting to think of warm places this time of year – I just did a post on Hawaii today!

    1. debndave Post author

      Ooh, We’ve never been to Hawaii. I have heard amazing things about it. The closest we got was Fiji last year, one of these days, Hawaii will make it on or itinerary. I’m going to check out what you did in Hawaii for inspiration!

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks Raymond. It was taken on a slide too. It’s a scan of a slide photo that Dave took before we owned a digital camera

  7. Tom Bartel

    Being from Minnesota, I almost think of myself as an honorary Canadian. I also think of myself as crazy for living here. That’s why I’m headed to Bali next week.

    1. debndave Post author

      Lucky You! Have a great time in Bali. Yes, you are crazy just like these two crazy Canucks for living in Minnesota. Why do we put ourselves through these brutal winters? :-)

    1. debndave Post author

      Haha, I know. But yes, you are right, we woke up to a beautiful blanket of snow. The fire is on and we’re cozied up with our fluffy blankets drinking hot chocolate. Seriously!

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  9. umair

    great ideas – I am so behind on my lists.. thanks for sharing friends.
    Oh yes,,,,,,, you will love visiting a Tropical Island. Life just seems better in the
    tropics……….

  10. Jan

    Hi everyone, I live in Townsville, in Northern Australia, with our own tropical island – Magnetic Island – just off shore. It is hot here, I would guess about 35 degrees. While you are rugged up, I am in bathers with my hair up, sitting under a ceiling fan, dreaming of somewhere cooler! Most days here are hot with blue skies, we love it when it rains. Cheers. Jan
    PS Loving those Fantastic Photos.

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks for letting us know about your tropical island. We will have to put it on our list as one of the next tropical islands we visit. Cheers

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  12. RumShopRyan

    Beautiful photos! Being a Caribbean travel blogger I can appreciate the island magic. You’re very right about St. Kitts, is old school Caribbean deserves some love. cheers!

  13. umair

    wow i like u style .. very very beautiful .. thanks for sharing
    We will have to put it on our list as one of the next tropical islands we visit…

  14. umair

    very very beautiful style.. i like u soo much .. thanks for sharings friends …
    ………………………………………………..

    1. debndave Post author

      I have heard great things about Margarita Islands. We haven’t been there yet or Costa Rica! There are so many great things to see in this world, our list just keeps getting longer and longer.

  15. jade

    Wow- seriously, guys… these are amazing. Love the attitude I get from these and you are totally right, I am dreaming of a beach vacation now!

    1. debndave Post author

      Thanks Jade. Ah, with the snow coming down outside and the temperature reaching -18 the other day, I am totally dreaming of an island vacation too.

  16. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    Love the photos! We had the privilege of visiting St. Kitts several months ago and loved staying at Ottley’s Plantation. Your pics are inspiring me to want to add the other islands to our dream list.

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