Best Vacation Spots for Seniors

Retirement is an ideal time to travel. Where’s the ideal location? Everyone’s tastes for travel are different. Consider these diverse destinations for relaxation, rejuvenation, and reinvention — all with retirees’ leisure preferences in mind.

 1. Alaska Cruise

If you’re looking for a cruise vacation that’s a little bit out of the way and a little bit out of the ordinary, make an Alaska cruise your first choice. If your first thought is “Alaska… cool!” you’re on the right track — even in the mild summer season, you should still pack your sweater. Grab it and get up here because Alaska is a natural wonder through and through, and the coastal panhandle region Carnival sails to is perhaps the most stunning. How’s Alaska planning on stunning you? Alaska cruises will do it with quaint seaside towns like Ketchikan and Skagway, and with stunning harbor vistas like Juneau’s. Cruising Alaska will also give you a first-row ticket to the best of nature — including fjords, wildlife and mountains galore. “Oh, mother nature… now you’re just showing off.”

2. Miami Beach, FL

For many seniors heading south towards the consistently balmy climes of Florida and other places below the Frost Belt makes perfect vacation sense. Miami Beach is a coastal resort city located between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay and has much to offer older travelers, including some great beachfront resorts like Loews South Beach and hotels like Park Central. Miami Beach is home to the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world and guided tours are plentiful. You can also take a water tour around Biscayne Bay, getting a good look at Biscayne Marina and Biscayne Marketplace on your way. There are some great museums in Miami including the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum and Lincoln Road is great for shopping. Of course, you’re going to want to spend some time enjoying the sea, surf and magnificent views at South Beach. Head down later in the day for an early seafood dinner.

3. The Caribbean

The concept of an all-inclusive resort, where one price covers lodging, meals, drinks, activities, and entertainment, took off at Caribbean beach destinations in the 1970s, with Club Med dominating the original budget-minded market. By the late ’80s, developers were introducing the next phase of luxury all-inclusive that might include personal butlers; salon and spa treatments; fitness, cooking and language classes; and cultural tours.

Traveling seniors tend to be more interested in convenience and gravitate to these high-end all-inclusive resorts. As with families, the security provided by a gated all-inclusive resort adds a level of comfort. Easy participation in activities such as golftennis, and cycling appeals to older guests, as does a variety of fine-dining options such as those found at the Breezes Grand in Negril, Jamaica. As an added plus, vacationing at an all-inclusive resort can make it easier to stick to an established budget. (Per Robert Curley of For more info visit:

4. Hawaii

One popular vacation destination among senior citizens is the Aloha State of Hawaii. As a matter of fact, many of the tourists in Hawaii are senior citizens who have spent most of their lives saving and waiting for the day when they can finally savor their vacation. It may seem that many of the activities one can do in Hawaii are geared towards the younger crowd, but doing a bit of research can result into a plethora of senior-citizen friendly sights and activities. If you’re in your golden years, make them more memorable by planning a vacation to Hawaii.

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