After nearly three years of travel inconveniences and hassles, many countries have lifted the majority of their pandemic restrictions. Because of the large number of people who travel internationally, there is a lot of unmet demand all over the world.
Many of the last countries to open their borders during the pandemic, such as Japan, Thailand, and Bhutan, have finally done so, allowing travelers to use their passports all over the world.
Here are some of the best vacation spots for 2023
The country reopened only at the end of 2021, so visitor numbers to the South Pacific paradise have yet to fully recover. So why not go and enjoy the brilliant blue waters, vast coral reefs, and hundreds of tranquil islands?
The world-famous "Bula" of Fiji is more than just a greeting. It's the genuine friendliness, kindness, and joy that pervades all aspects of Fijian life. Arrive as a visitor and leave as a family by immersing yourself in the Bula spirit through cultural heritage activities like village visits and daily interactions with locals.
With so much adventure, culture, and gastronomy to enjoy, Fiji is truly a one-stop destination for those who want it all.
During the high season, which runs from November to April, this Central American country is a convenient stop for many visitors, with direct flights to Belize City from a number of North American airports.
The majority of visitors make their way to Belize's Caribbean coast. The country's largest island, Ambergris Caye, is located next to the Belize Barrier Reef, the world's second largest coral reef system.
However, Belize has much more to offer than its beautiful islands. Lush rainforests, cave networks, winding rivers, and rich Mayan archaeological sites beckon exploration in a country that has had an evolving sustainable tourism master plan since 2012.
The Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands, home to the famous Seven Mile Beach, is one of the best Caribbean islands to visit this year.
Made up of three British-ruled islands — they use Cayman Islands (CI) currency with Queen Elizabeth's face on the bills! — The islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman are well-known for their crystal-clear blue waters, diving and snorkeling opportunities, food, wildlife, and beaches. They have everything you could want in a tropical vacation. And, unlike other popular vacation destinations, the Cayman Islands have remained relatively undeveloped. They're also relatively easy to get to, with most flights stopping in Miami before continuing on to Grand Cayman, and round-trip airfare can be found for around $500 even during peak season. So, gather your suits and shades.
This year, the Middle East's extravagant playground is turning up the volume. The long-awaited ultraluxury beachfront resort Atlantis the Royal on the man-made Palm Jumeirah is set to open in February. Cloud 22, its nightlife focal point, offers sweeping views from 22 stories up and includes a 90-meter (295-foot) infinity pool, private cabanas, and a DJ. Heston Blumenthal and José Andrés are among the chefs on board. Nobu is also relocating from sister property Atlantis the Palm to Nobu by the Beach, a pool club.
The best time to visit is between November and March, when the weather is usually a perfect 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. Evening temperatures in December and January are just cool enough to warrant a light jacket when dining al fresco.
Japan reopened its borders to travelers in late 2022, after a two-year closure due to the pandemic. Japan is on everyone's bucket list, and the pent-up demand is enormous. This was the "it" destination prior to the pandemic, so you have residual demand from those who had to cancel their plans, combined with new interest in the cultural experience that Japan provides.
Benguerra Island, Mozambique
The Bazaruto Archipelago of Mozambique consists of five islands known for their white beaches and diverse marine life. Benguerra, the second largest of them all, has quietly emerged as a wild and stealthy upscale getaway. Stay at the newly opened Kisawa Sanctuary or on and Beyond Benguerra Island for a truly remote tropical getaway where the shoreline stretches for miles without a person or building in sight. Take a dhow ride, a traditional African fishing boat, or ask your lodge to take you dugong spotting, which is a rare sea cow sighting.
It is at the top of my list of places to visit despite having had so little access in the last two years. The food, the people, and the blend of nature and city are all must-sees for anyone looking for an unforgettable experience. It's even more exciting if you can attend the Singapore Grand Prix, when the city comes alive.
Despite the fact that Singapore is one of the world's smallest cities, there are many top things to do in Singapore, sites to visit, gardens to explore, and off-the-beaten-path locations to discover in this modern metropolis.
Best for history buffs and hotel enthusiasts looking to explore ancient ruins while staying in modern luxury. In 2023, Rome's entire historical heritage will be on display for visitors to enjoy. This year has seen a surge in the number of luxury hotel openings in Rome, from the Edition to the Bulgari to the Six Senses. The Eternal City is always a classic destination, but these highly anticipated properties, many of which have a modern twist, will only pique visitors' interest.
Best for adventurous travelers looking for eco-friendly luxury. Kenya has long been a popular safari destination, but there's more to see than the Masai Mara, and there are compelling new reasons to visit. Previously relegated to one-night layovers on the way to the bush, innovative new hotel concepts like The Social House Nairobi, which opened just before the pandemic, are enticing visitors to stay longer. The 83 sleek rooms are stocked with local products like Kenyan coffee and toiletries, and the four restaurants and café are popular hangouts for Nairobi's creative set.
Turks and Caicos
Best for sun seekers and beach lovers. Grace Bay Beach's exquisite white sands and blue waters have long been the desired destination for visitors to Turks and Caicos. However, a slew of new hotels and developments in more remote parts of the island chain have recently altered what it means to have an exclusive experience there.
Visitors will also have a plethora of new lodging options. The first Andaz-branded resort and residential property in the Caribbean, Andaz Turks & Caicos Residences at Grace Bay, is set to open in spring 2023. The Shore Club will also add eight six-bedroom pool villas to its iconic Long Bay Beach property in 2023. Travelers can also look forward to boutique-style suites and panoramic views of Grace Bay Beach at The Bight Hotel and South Bank Turks & Caicos, Providenciales' newest resort and marina, both of which are in the works.
The Biden administration has made it a little easier to visit Cuba by relaxing some travel restrictions to the island in May 2022.
If you enjoy the arts, you should visit the Great Theater of Havana, the International Ballet Festival, and the Havana International Jazz Festival. If you like the fine arts, you should go to the Museum of Decorative Arts and the National Museum.
You will have warm weather all year. The Playas del Este and Playa del Chivo are ideal places to cool off in the Caribbean Sea.
Your cultural experience in Havana will be unforgettable. The island is well-known for its cigar production, but the local cuisine alone is worth the trip. Traditional music is still very popular, and you will hear styles such as habanera and mambo, as well as modern Cuban hip-hop.
Best for thrill seekers looking to explore an unspoiled paradise. Panama may be best known for its famous canal, but that will change in 2023, as previously unexplored areas become more accessible to travelers. The country is a biodiversity hotspot with an eclectic mix of cultures unlike any other in the region. It's now easier than ever to get a taste of everything.
Few visitors to Los Santos, one of Panama's least-visited provinces, make it to the end of the only main road leading south. Cambutal, 228 miles from Panama City, is a beach town gaining deserved attention from Panamanians and adventurous international travelers alike.
The town is located on the outskirts of a never-crowded, volcanic black-sand beach with perfect surfable waves. Rivers, canyons, natural pools, and multitiered waterfalls can be found in the surrounding jungles.
Ideal for visitors seeking a taste of the ancient world in the heart of the modern Middle East.
Jordan is on many travelers' bucket lists because it is home to some of the world's oldest pieces of history, especially now that several new additions are on the way. In 2023, this Middle Eastern country will channel its renowned hospitality to welcome visitors with new flights, hotels, and experiences.