You might not think that there are any tropical places in Detroit — but we’ve got a few recommendations that just might change your mind. While the Motor City and its surrounding areas seem like a far cry from the genuine tropical paradises many of us dream about vacationing in, they’ve still got plenty of spectacular scenery and pretty perks during the summer months. There are so many great things to do in Detroit during summertime, but nothing beats the experience of unwinding and pretending you’ve landed in a far-off tropical locale. If you’re ready for a getaway that won’t require a plane ride or a huge chunk of change, check out these seven unique destinations that will make you feel like you’ve uncovered a few bonafide tropical places in Detroit.

If you can’t get enough tropical vibes, you might just want to read about the prettiest beaches around Detroit or even check out a charming beach town near Detroit. Which of the items on our list of Caribbean-esque destinations, many of which might just make you feel as if you’ve found paradise in Detroit, have you checked out in person? Are there any other things to do in Detroit that we should consider featuring in a future piece? Share your experiences with us by leaving a Facebook comment or recommend another tropical-inspired locale by filling out our official nomination form.

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Tropical Places In Detroit

Are there any other summer attractions in Detroit?

While we're certainly sold on the many delights of beachfront adventure during the warmer months, we know that tropical vibes aren't for everyone -- but we're also lucky to live in a region that offers endless fun. If you're on the hunt for memorable family fun in and around Motown, you'll want to read about 11 of the best day trips in Detroit and its neighboring communities. From living history villages to top-notch shopping destinations and everything in between, there's plenty to discover.

Are there any beautiful lighthouses around Detroit?

Hoping to add a dash of history to your beachfront adventures here in Metro Detroit? We've got you covered with an exceptional and engaging lighthouse road trip around Detroit, which leads adventurers to five marvelous lighthouses along the area's coast. Whether you're spending an afternoon on Lake Erie in Luna Pier or keeping it local at Milliken State Park, these lighthouses in Detroit will make you feel like you've added a new dimension to your next waterfront outing.

What are some of the most underrated beaches near Detroit?

We covered a few of our favorite tropical-inspired locations above, but you'll be thrilled to learn that Detroit is also home to its fair share of underrated spots. If you're seeking hidden beaches in Detroit and beyond, add options like Clover Beach in Linden and even Walter and Mary Burke Park in the tiny town of New Baltimore to your list. You might have to drive a bit outside the Motor City's bounds, but the payoffs and fun of these water from spots will be well worth the extra effort.