Visit these unexpected summer destinations for an inspired escape.
Nantucket, Aspen, and the Kohala Coast are coveted destinations for summer fun, yet June, July, and August are also prime months to go against the grain and visit unexpected summer locales. A few favorites? Snorkeling in Nevis, waterfall trekking in Costa Rica, and exploring the Marietas Islands while staying in Real Del Mar. Here’s what’s not to miss.
Why Now: Nevis is rapidly gaining word-of-mouth buzz, meaning a year from now, expect more curious visitors. Escape to this gem of the Caribbean now for uncrowded, unspoiled experiences.
Not to Miss: Sunshines, a legendary hangout named after its always smiling owner Llewellyn “Sunshine” Caines, is famous for the island’s finest rum punch.
Sip and Savor: Montpelier Plantation has been reimagined into a boutique hotel hosting five-course meals in a candlelit, 300-year-old sugar mill.
Did You Know: If wanting to test your hamstrings, hike the 3,232-foot Nevis Peak to reach the highest point on the island. When ready to cool down, Nevis is known for spectacular snorkeling areas.
REAL DEL MAR, MEXICO
Why Now: Yes, it’s hot during the summer months, but that means more space to roam. And considering most Members list the Club’s Real del Mar residences as a favorite, your private infinity pool will not only keep you cool but frame views of the famous Banderas Bay.
Not to Miss: The Sunday fish market, or Mercado Domingo, in nearby La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Shop for the day’s catch and local artwork while listening to live music.
Sip and Savor: Your Concierge can arrange for a taste of Mexico in the privacy of your residence — opt for a private Don Julio tasting or a guacamole making class.
Did You Know: Just a scenic 45-minute boat ride away, Marietas Islands features the “Hidden Beach” — a secluded sandy cove that feels very far from a pinging iPhone.
Why Now: Summer in Telluride is when this mountain town truly shines. Between music festivals, family events, and endless outdoor pursuits, get in on the action when the mountains are emerald green, and the Colorado sky stages brilliant sunsets.
Not to Miss: Held July 8-10, the Ride Festival features top musicians and ones to watch. This year’s 2022 sessions include Arc Angels, Black Pistol Fire, and James McMurtry. Also on the music landscape, the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival (September 16-18) stages Buddy Guy, John Hiatt, Gov’t Mule, and much more.
Sip and Savor: Any local will tell you Brown Dog Pizza (arguably the best pizza in the Rocky Mountains) and The Sheridan (burger a must) are go-tos.
Did You Know: Keep an eye out for the “Gondogola” — a famous image of Telluride dogs riding the town’s iconic gondy.
PENINSULA PAPAGAYO, COSTA RICA
Why Now: In-the-know locals say July is their favorite month in Costa Rica. Why? The weather is typically nice, the surf’s up (but not too big), and it’s considered offseason, which equals less crowds.
Not to Miss: Hike to the Rio Celeste Waterfall. Located in Tenorio Volcano National Park, this iconic waterfall is reached via a gorgeous trek through the jungle — a day trip from the Club’s flagship in Peninsula Papagayo.
Sip and Savor: Always a favorite, the Member’s-only Poro Poro Beach Club features cuisine by Chef Nicholas Devenelle. Standouts include seabass ceviche and beef and goat cheese empanadas.
Did You Know: Developed in 2004 as a Club flagship, Peninsula Papagayo and the Poro Poro Beach Club were designed and constructed specifically for Members. Four-bedroom residences feature private plunge pools, indoor-outdoor gathering spaces, and chef-grade kitchens.
LOS CABOS, MEXICO
Why Now: Los Cabos is amidst a cultural renaissance. Top international gallerists and restaurateurs have further elevated the local art and food scenes while the area maintains its status as an adventure hub.
Not to Miss: Located in San Jose del Cabo, Flora’s Field Kitchen at Flora Farms is one of Mexico’s top restaurants. Operated on a working farm, expect source-to-fork cuisine and decadent handcrafted cocktails.
Sip and Savor: Esperanza’s culinary scene is worth the trip alone. Helmed by Mexico City native Chef Alexis Palacios, the resort’s epicurean status is anchored in locally inspired cuisine, such as smoky-tasting honey harvested from bees in nearby San Dionisio.
Did You Know: There’s a reason Los Cabos is nicknamed Marlin Alley. Considered a global sport-fishing capital, big-game fish are all in a day’s play here.