6 Top Vacation Spots for Retirees

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You're retired, and the world is your oyster. It's time to turn your travel dreams into realities. Check out these top six vacation spots for retirees in 2020. No kids. No responsibilities. Just pure adventure and fun!


Plan ahead and travel with ease

Before you head off on your adventure, it's important to make sure you have a health plan that covers domestic and international travel. If you have Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, you can travel anywhere in the United States and still be covered. But you must use doctors and hospitals that accept Medicare and are in network.

Some Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Supplement plans can help cover emergency medical expenses overseas. This can save you time and money. Not all plans provide overseas coverage, so make sure you talk to your insurance provider about which options are available to you.

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1. Nevis

If you're looking for a relaxing, sun-drenched retreat, think Nevis, a small tropical Caribbean island that's much less crowded than its neighbors. Enjoy a good book under swaying palm trees on one of Nevis' many white-sand beaches. If you're feeling adventurous, hike up Nevis Peak with a tour guide. Enjoy the lush trails and idyllic views of the crystal-clear waters below. Whatever you decide to do, you'll be happy you made the trip to this postcard-perfect island that's truly a hidden gem.

2. The California Coast

Up for a road trip? Take California's Highway 1 from San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea. It's one of the most spectacular drives in the world. From beaches to theme parks, you'll get a little bit of everything cruising California's coast. The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is a great way to start your trip. Must-see stops along the way? Take a stroll in one of the most majestic forests in the world and see the giant Sequoias. Get lost in the charming seaside village of Carmel, lined with boutiques, art galleries, and renowned restaurants. And don't forget to throw an afternoon picnic at the lovely Half Moon Bay State Beach.

3. Dubrovnik, Croatia

There's no better way to experience Dubrovnik than to see it from the medieval walls. It takes about two hours to loop around the entire city. Be prepared to take tons of photos! After, wander the cobblestone-lined streets of Old Town and shop and dine until you drop. Game of Thrones fan? Take a tour of King's Landing, where many scenes were filmed. If you're looking to spend the day at the beach or wander the gardens, take a short ferry ride to Lokrum Island and hang with the peacocks and large rabbits that roam freely. Whatever you're into, there's plenty to do in this ancient, walled medieval city perched on the coast of the Adriatic Sea.

4. Machu Picchu, Peru

Lace up your walking shoes and get ready to explore the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the new seven wonders of the world. Before you gear up for the hike, spend a day or two roaming the cobblestone passageways of Cusco — spotted with ornate cathedrals and friendly llamas that welcome selfies and petting. After you've had all the pisco sours and ceviche you can handle, take the beautiful scenic train ride (about 3.5 hours) to Aguas Calientes (the town located a few miles from Machu Picchu).

5. South Africa

If you've spent years commuting in traffic, you deserve a break. Jet over to South Africa, and the only traffic you'll experience is a tower of giraffes crossing the road. Let loose on a safari and get up close and personal with wildlife. If safaris aren't your speed, don't worry — South Africa has so much to offer. Sip the finest South African wines as you tour lush vineyards. Stroll the blissful beaches along the Garden Route and be sure to enjoy a sunset at Plettenberg Bay. Or catch the most amazing views of the mountains and beaches by air on a helicopter tour. The options are endless!

6. Lake Como, Italy

Located in the foot of the Alps, Lake Como is best known for its breathtaking scenery. It's filled with lush gardens, luxury villas and quaint villages that hug the shore. Spend the afternoon exploring Lake Como's most well-known town, Bellagio. Bounce around the shops and be sure to pop into one of the many eateries for an aperitivo (pre-dinner drink with delicious bites)! And if you want a taste of city life, Milan is just an hour away. The roads are winding, and traffic can be heavier in the busy summer months, so catch a train. Another reason to add Lake Como to your bucket list? You could spot George Clooney, as he recently made his vacation home there.

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