Illinois May 12, 2018
6 Places In Illinois That Are Like A Caribbean Paradise In The Summer
Our affinity for being by the water is increased at summertime, and we’ve got six amazing spots you need to check out if you’re craving a vacation to a Caribbean paradise. Forget expensive cruises and long plane rides when you can experience all the fun in the sun you need right here.
Be sure to grab your beach towels and sunblock before heading off to these amazing attractions. Scroll on for all the details.
1. Rend Lake
Especially around the South Sandusky Campground on the west side of this gigantic lake, guests find a magnificent oasis that will make you feel anywhere but the Midwest. Rend Lake stretches 13 miles, so there are many places where you can't see the other side. It is located in southern Illinois just south of Mt. Vernon. Enjoy the beaches or take a boat out on the lake for a perfect summer day.
2. Clinton Lake
This nearly 5,000-acre reservoir near the town of Clinton will make you feel like you're far away from it all. It's formed like a U-shaped snake and is mostly surrounded by trees. The lake is located near the town from which it gets its namesake in Central Illinois.
3. Lake Glendale
Nestled within the Shawnee National Forest in the Southern part of the state, this gorgeous lake is really something to see. It is actually quite small and hidden, but especially in the summer, it's better than Aruba or The Bahamas. Get yourself to Golconda to check it out.
4. Sunrise Park, Lake Michigan
Of course, Lake Michigan is better than any ocean, and all the beaches along its coast in the Prairie State are immaculate. Located in Lake Bluff, this incredible spot will make you feel like you're on an island coast rather than the middle of the United States.
5. North Avenue Beach, Lake Michigan
This lovely beach looks everything like a Caribbean paradise city. Lake Michigan's blue waters and endless horizon will make you feel like you're on an ocean any day. Be sure to stop by if you find yourself in Chicago this summer.
6. Three Oaks Recreational Area
This Caribbean paradise is actually an abandoned quarry located in Crystal Lake that includes little islands and beautiful beaches that make summer seem endless. The recreational area is great for fishing and any other water activities you enjoy.
7. Itasca Caribbean Water Park
We can't talk about tropical wonderlands in Illinois without mentioning this exotic place. Guests enjoy water slides, large pools, aquatic playgrounds, and the best tropical-themed decor in the whole state. You may actually forget you're in Illinois. Check it out at 100 Catalpa Ave., Itasca, IL 60143.
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What other places in Illinois are just like a Caribbean paradise? Share your favorite oases with us in the comments.