Throughout my time in the travel industry, I have met a lot of different people and travelers.
And while I truly believe that every human is unique, the truth is that most of us fit into one of seven categories. From the Party Enthusiast, to the Beach Bum, to the Luxury Seeker — at least one of each type makes their way to every destination.
Which one are you?
7 Types Of Beach Travelers
All that matters to this type of traveler is the pristine sands and turquoise waters. If you’re a beach bum, you can snooze, read, drink, lounge and sunbathe on the beach all day (read: all week) long.
Resort match: Iberostar Bavaro is set on one of the best beaches in Dominican Republic, with beautiful white sand and blue waters. Connected to multiple Iberostar properties, the beach is wide with many seating options, umbrellas and, most importantly, bars.
Long walks on the beach, horseback riding along the water’s edge, candle lit dinners and a couples massage is on every romantic traveler’s bucket list.
Resort match: Couples Swept Away is set on the enchanting 7 mile beach of Negril, Jamaica. It’s perfect for honeymoons, anniversary trips and getaways with your significant other. And, it’s exclusively for couples — hence the name –, so leave the kids at home.
It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, right?
This traveler can be found at breakfast with a hangover cure and later at the swim-up bar mingling with new friends. Usually passing out mid-afternoon, the snoozing time gives them just enough rest to recharge for a late night of eating, dancing and meeting new people.
Resort Match: From the moment it opens until closing time, the Swim-up Bar at the Secrets Royal Beach keeps the unlimited drinks flowing. The entertainment staff engages new-found buddies in activities from interactive games to daily pool parties. Once the sun goes down, guests can hit up the weekly beach party or the disco.
For the adventure seeker, beach lounging only comes after the action. When it comes to destination hunting, snorkeling, excursions and a plethora of activities make it to the top of your bucket list.
Resort Match: Resorts in Costa Rica and Cozumel are sure to please. The beaches in Cozumel are a bit more rugged than other destinations, but the snorkeling and diving is world-renowned. All Inclusive resorts in Costa Rica are continually expanding as the destination grows in popularity, drawing visitors with its beautiful coastline, lush jungle and eco-tourism.
The Spa Fanatic is traveler whose beach vacation is not complete without a deep tissue massage received in a world-class facility.
Resort Match: Nestled amidst the paradise of St Lucia, The Body Holiday at Le Sport offers its guests one spa treatment per day as part of their All Inclusive package. The Wellness Centre has been voted one of the best spas on the island.
Too much of a good thing? You beg to differ. You have exquisite taste and a knack for luxury. On the top of your list is fine cuisine, top-notch facilities and exceptional service. Honestly, you won’t settle for anything but the best of the best — and you shouldn’t have to.
Resort match: Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, in Puerto Vallarta, will not disappoint. It offers top-notch service alongside ultimate luxury and highly acclaimed cuisine. If you’re looking for more intimate, Adults Only option, escape to its sister boutique property Casa Velas.
This traveler wants a bit of everything without any sole priority or agenda. The “Yes” Man is incredibly easy to travel with and will be down for anything from lounging on the beach to hiking a live volcano.
Resort Match: Dreams Riviera Cancun. This resort is great for any type of traveler. No wristbands, no reservations and Top-shelf liquor is included. It’s close to beach towns like Playa del Carmen and within reach of many excursions from historic ruins to zip lining. For those looking to stay on resort grounds, the kids club, Teen zone and non-motorized water sports are included. And, the beach is fantastic.
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