Zika Free Beach Destinations

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Zika Free and Babymoon Beach Destinations

The idea of a babymoon has become increasingly popular.  This is caused from couples embracing the fact that their time together alone and traveling is soon to be inevitably impossible.  However, zika free beach destinations for babymoons near the U.S. have become limited.  In 2016, the World Health Organization had declared the spread of the Zika virus to be a global emergency.  Brazil had been hit the hardest by the Zika virus and made its way to Central America and Caribbean islands and unfortunately, making these once popular babymoon destinations, completely off the radar.

Zika Free and Babymoon Beach Destinations
Last vacation as a family of two!

If you’re pregnant or considering becoming pregnant and planning a trip, check with the CDC’s website for the most up-to date information before you make travel plans.  Also, always be sure to follow CDC’s recommendations for avoiding bug bites all together and consult with your doctor before any travel plans.

So what beaches can parents-to-be travel to?  Here are a few zika free beach destinations that are perfect for any upcoming baby moon!

Babymoon Destinations

Bahamas

These islands recently became removed from CDC’s list, effective 2/2/2018.  These islands are one of the most visited tourist spots in the world!  Plus, with its close proximity to Florida, makes the Bahamas an easy international destination to get to.

  • Things to do: join a Junkanoo Carnival, play at Atlantis’s 141-acre Aquaventure Waterpark, swim with the pigs in the Exumas, head to iguana island, shop at the Straw Market, or check out Nassau’s historic attractions and bustling marketplaces.
  • Beaches: Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island, Cable Beach on New Providence Island, and Junkanoo Beach in downtown Nassua.
  • Flight Duration from Chicago: ~3 hours (direct)
  • Average Temperature in February: High: 79 degrees F/ Low: 64 degrees F

Bermuda

Just east of South Carolina, Bermuda has managed to stay free and clear of Zika.  This island may not be the warmest of the options, but it makes up for it with its pink-sand beaches and British charm.

  • Things to do: tour the Crystal and Fantasy Caves, hike up to Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, lounge in the pink sand, shop at the Royal Naval Dockyard for Bermudian crafts, or take a stroll through the historic St. George.
  • Beaches: Horseshoe Bay Beach, Elbow Beach, Warwick Long Bay Beach
  • Flight Duration from Chicago: ~3.5 hours (1 stop).
  • Average Temperature in February: High: 79 degrees F/ Low: 64 degrees F

Cayman Islands

In July of 2017, the CDC had announced that the Cayman Islands had been removed from its Zika related advisory list.  This is a result from the island’s efforts to prevent the presence of Zika by using non-biting, genetically modified male mosquitoes.  The reason for GM mosquitoes is because they breed with local mosquitoes, resulting in offspring that die before reaching adulthood.  The Cayman Islands were able to show that there have been no locally transmitted cases of Zika last year, which is the reason why it was removed from CDC’s Zika list.  The Grand Cayman is one nonstop flight from 14 U.S. cities making this a very accessible destination.

  • Things to do: walk through the Crystal Caves, see an ocean constellation of starfish at Starfish Point, snorkel in Stingray City, ride a ferry to Rum Point, and hold a turtle at the Cayman Turtle Farm.
  • Beaches: Seven Mile Beach and Rum Point Beach.
  • Flight Duration from Chicago: ~4 hours (direct)
  • Average Temperature in February: High: 84 degrees F/ Low: 73 degrees F.

Hawaii

All of the 8 Hawaiian islands have never been on CDC’s Zika list.  If willing to travel 8+ hours, this Zika free paradise definitely worth it.

  • Things to do: See Kauai landscapes (think Jurassic Park), watch the sunrise on the dormant volcano Haleakala, check out one of the five active volcanoes, tour Pearl Harbor, and of course, dance at a Luau.
  • Beaches: Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Kauna ‘oa Beach and Punalu’u Beach on the Big Island, Kaanapali Beach in Maui, Hapuna Beach on Hawaii Island, Lanikai Beach in Oahu, and Poipu Beach in Kauai.
  • Flight Duration from Chicago: ~8.5 hours (direct).
  • Average Temperature in February: High: 81 degrees F/ Low: 65 degrees F

Miami  

There was one county, Miami-Date County, that was labeled as ‘Zika cautionary area.’  This cautionary was removed on 6/2/2017.  For those that want a little more action and glamour to go with your beach, Miami is a great option.

  • Things to do: explore the national wonders of Everglades National Park, wander around the Art Deco District, shop at the Bayside Marketplace, soak up the Cuban flavor at Little Havana, check out the Museum of Science, and party all night with the Miami beach nightlife.
  • Beaches: South Beach, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, and Haulover Beach (Miami’s only clothing optional beach)
  • Flight Duration from Chicago: ~4.5 hours (direct).
  • Average Temperature in February: High: 74 degrees F/ Low: 66 degrees F

San Diego  

Known as “America’s Finest City.” San Diego has never been on CDC’s Zika List.  This makes it a fine choice for a babymoon!

  • Things to do: chill out in La Jolla, rent a bike on Coronado Island, take a Harbor Cruise, visit the Sand Diego Zoo Safari Park, or hike the Torrey Pines State Reserve.
  • Beaches: Coronado Beach, La Jolla Beach, Mission Beach, and Pacific Beach
  • Flight Duration from Chicago: ~4.5 hours (direct)
  • Average Temperature in February: High: 66 degrees F/ Low: 51 degrees F
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Suns out, belly out!

Wanderlusting of baking your bun in the oven under the sun on a beach?  I’d love to hear about where you are thinking about going to!  Keep me posted!

xoxo, Rachael

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  1. This is fun! I really like your baby card. Have a blessed day.

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