Now that the holiday high has worn off and we're all busy working on new resolutions and fresh outlooks for the coming year, it's time to discuss what to see & do on the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean & Mexico this year. Here's a few trends you can expect to see on the beach in 2014:
Swimwear for Women
The temperatures outside may be frightful, but in sunny Miami, swimsuit designers turned our eyes to summer sand at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. You’re going to be needing new swimwear thanks to what will definitely be totally successful New Years Resolutions. Or if you’re like us, you’ll want a new suit, even if you don’t drop two dress sizes. So here’s a quick list, compiled from industry watchers, of what’s trending:
High-waisted bottoms for a sleek silhouette in the 1940’s vintage style
Jungle-inspired and animal prints
Long-sleeved tops that cover shoulders and upper arms paired with small bottoms
Mixing and matching bright, colorful tops and bottoms
Classic nautical looks
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Swimwear for Men
Men’s swimwear may generally be a little less articulate than women’s, but the guys need to know that wearing jorts or basketball shorts on the beach just won’t fly. The looks for guys include short swim shorts in all the classic navy blues, reds and whites. For men unafraid of being noticed, trunks with colorful pastels and eye-catching patterns will be the way to go. Of course, if a guy is reticent to move out of his comfort zone, you can always compromise with board shorts in colorful pastels or navy blue shorts that stop just above the knee.
On the other hand, if he’s more the adventurous (or self-promoting) type, briefs-style swim trunks are featuring bold patterns, bolder colors and draw strings for the snuggest fit imaginable.
Authentic Destination Experience
Travellers want to feel the texture of their chosen destination. For some, this will mean plunging into the sharing economy and renting time at a villa or beach house. This option will nestle you and your fellow travelers more organically into the community. Depending on where you want to go (or who you want to go with) in the Caribbean, options in the sharing economy can be limited. Plus, buying food and getting around the island might be difficult if you have kids or a big group with you.
Luckily, local vendors both big and small offer tons of trips and excursions to delve into the destination’s culture and landscape. USA Today recently published a list of their 10 favorite water excursions in the Caribbean, which includes kayaking on glowing water in Puerto Rico and walking among the boulders of The Baths, Virgin Gorda. Tour operators will pick you up at your resort and drop you off when the tour is over. That kind of convenience and opportunity is hard to beat. However you get there, make time to go see what makes your chosen destination a brilliant and unique place.
Hot New Properties
There’s nothing quite like the electric thrill of visiting a brand new resort. The adventure of a new beginning invigorates the staff and guests with palpable enthusiasm. The property gleams never brighter than in its youth. Then again, a $30 million renovation might also do the trick. After all, often times a “new” resort is a big time renovation of a recently purchased property. In the end, the result is a fabulous new resort to explore. Luckily for us, 2014 is witness to new resorts all across the Caribbean and Mexico.
Sandals Barbados: Sandals resorts are popping up all over the Caribbean, and beautiful Barbados is the newest home for this luxury resort chain.
Breathless Punta Cana: This brand new property from AM Resorts opened at the end of 2013 and offers adult fun for singles and couples in an energetic and chic setting.
Beaches Ocho Rios: This Jamaican property just underwent a huge renovation to get many much needed updates. The result is a resort of sparkling amenities with the same, attentive Beaches service.
The Bahamian Riviera: This sprawling project is actually comprised of four properties on Nassau’s Cable Beach. Huge and teeming with amenities and services, the flagship resort, Baha Mar, boasts Vegas-style luxury and backs it up with a 2,000 sq. ft. casino. Other resorts on Cable Beach, such as Melia Nassau, are a good, easy way to enjoy the glamour and newness of the Riviera if you don’t want to stay with the crowds.
Bestie Desties in 2014
The Panama Canal is turning 100. There ain’t no birthday like a centennial, and we can expect Panamanians to celebrate accordingly.
Costa Rica took a step on its path to appeal to even wider tourism audiences. The Playas de Nosara in the Gulf of Nicoya received the Blue Flag, an international symbol of the beaches’ top quality and eco-friendliness.
Mexico is on the rise. As travelers feel increasingly confident visiting the big cities (Cabo, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta), Mexico is making top lists in 2014, including LonelyPlanet and Frommers.
Destination weddings and honeymoons are always big in Mexico and the Caribbean, and this year the beachy locales are as appealing as ever for the about to be and just recently betrothed. Destination Weddings magazine includes several Caribbean and Mexican locations in its list of the top honeymoon destinations for 2014.
So as you can see, 2014 is gearing up to be the best year at the beach yet. With plenty of new trends and the resurrection of some of the past, we can't wait to see what an exciting year 2014 is going to be. To learn more about the beaches to see and be seen on in 2014, visit CheapCaribbean.com.