Hammocks were born in the jungles of Central and South America, but these days, whatever hemisphere you find yourself in, there’s a place nearby where you can swing in the breeze and enjoy the view. Since honing in on the best spot takes a bit of research, we’ve scoured the internet for the finest hammock-friendly destinations the planet has to offer.
Not surprisingly, the birthplace of the hammock is chock-full of options. But in a crowded marketplace, finding a diamond in the rough requires a discerning eye. In Mexico, trade the brash mega-resorts for laid-back Zipolite, a low-key beach hangout on the Oaxacan coast. Book Hotel El Alquimista Yoga Spa for a holistic hammock experience to satisfy your body and mind.
In Guatemala’s crisp, cool highlands you’ll find gorgeous Lago de Atitlan, where you can climb volcanos, explore small town markets or just relax in a hammock. Reserve a room at Pasaj.Cap Apartment Rentals in San Marcos for a picture-perfect lake views at a relaxed pace.
Colombia used to be off-limits to tourists during the long civil war, but these days the once-troubled country has become the region’s hottest new destination. The Caribbean port city of Cartegena is drop-dead gorgeous, so book in at the Alfiz Hotel in the heart of the old town.
Southeast Asia earns high marks on the global travel circuit, and the king of them all is Thailand. Its sunny skies, sandy beaches and wide smiles draw 25 million tourists annually. Thankfully, there are still some islands left where you can escape the sunburnt masses, so head to Ko Lipe for hammock-induced euphoria at the Cast Away Beach Resort.
The Philippines is made up of 7,000 islands, so whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find your little slice of paradise. The adventurous should set sail for Siquijor, reputed to be home of witches, reserve a room at Casa De La Playa and let the island work its magic on you.
Heading on safari? When you finish chasing the Big Five, head to Kenya’s palm-fringed beaches for some R&R. Arab sailors have been plying this coast for centuries, leaving a rich cultural legacy that rewards exploration. Head to the Distant Relatives Ecolodge and Backpackers in tranquil Kilifi for a few days eating spicy goat curry in a beachfront hammock.
Lucky Antipodeans, they’ve got blue skies and sandy beaches at their front door. If you weren’t lucky enough to be born Down Under, console yourself by spending the weekend at Boonooloo Beach House at Port Douglas, where you can fantasize about being an Australian, until Monday rolls around and you realize you don’t have to leave for work. Poetic justice, perhaps.
The United States is a country of continental proportions. But therein lies the rub: how to choose wisely in a land of endless opportunity? Find a place that’s stood the test of time; follow celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and Elvis to Palm Springs. Slip on sunglasses and check into the Ace Hotel for cutting-edge design and haute cuisine with your hammock.
Canada, America’s northern neighbour, is more than just a giant block of ice populated by hungry bears and toothless hockey players. Canadians love their massive country, so join them on a trip through the great outdoors. Explore the southwest coast, where you’ll find temperate rainforests, windswept beaches, spawning salmon and hungry bears. Or better yet, admire the view from the hammocks at Up The Creek guesthouse in friendly Roberts Creek.
Few global cities are as appealing than Berlin. But round-the-clock German buzz can wear down even the most hardcore culture-vulture, so recharge your batteries at the 25 Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin. Though nowhere near a beach (and tragically still on a 24-hour clock), this city-centre hotel is a design masterpiece of Euro-cool, featuring a swanky bar, on-site DJ and plenty of hammocks.
Spain’s warm climate, rich history and relaxed lifestyle make an appealing travel destination. There’s plenty of coastline, but avoid the package holiday hordes packed into faux Irish pubs and head to Cadiz, which has been inhabited since the Phoenician days. Swoon under Andalusian architecture, snack on tapas, then have a siesta in a hammock at Casa Caracol.
There are many ways to sit in a hammock. How many of them do you know?