The Night Is Still Young & So Are You — Best 60th Birthday Ideas Around!

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Birthdays only come around once a year, and that is all the justification you need to plan an amazing celebration. If you are soon to celebrate your 60th birthday, we have compiled a list of the best destinations, tours, and activities you can enjoy on your big day. Whether you will be celebrating with your significant other, friends, family, or even solo, there are lots of destinations you can visit and things you can do to usher in your special day!

60th birthday vacation destination ideas: Sunshine and relaxation

We'll start with the destinations where the sun always seems to be shining - the Caribbean. Anyone looking to unwind and spend plenty of time by the water might consider a trip here. A vacation in this part of the world is ideal if you want to celebrate your 60th birthday in a place that is both warm and beautiful. Here are some of our favorite island destinations:

1. Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

The Turks & Caicos is a tropical archipelago made up of around 40 islands. Providenciales, or Provo as the locals call it, is world-famous for its pristine white sand beaches with crystal clear waters. Grace Bay Beach is the most popular beach in The Turks & Caicos. Vacationing at an all-inclusive resort in Turks & Caicos can be a wonderful way to spend a 60th birthday. You can celebrate at Beaches Resort in Grace Bay Turks & Caicos and spend endless hours on the beach or sip on cold drinks at one of the resort's swim-up bars. Beaches Turks & Caicos has 10 pools and a waterpark, and it is ideal for group vacations that include children.

Expert tip: Are you planning to go on a vacation in The Turks & Caicos? Here are some of the best things to do in Turks & Caicos and a Turks & Caicos packing list to get you started!

2. Negril, Jamaica

Waking up in Negril on your 60th birthday can be a memorable way to kick off your celebration. You can do this at one of the stunning Negril resorts on the world-famous Seven Mile Beach. Laid back and wonderful, there are plenty of things to do in Negril. Beaches Negril matches the relaxed ambiance of this part of Jamaica and it is one of the resorts where you'll find a perfect mix of fun and relaxation.

At Beaches Negril, you’ll be perfectly positioned to take advantage of the best of Seven Mile Beach. This lively and accommodating resort has all the inclusions you need to enjoy your birthday and the simple pleasures of an island vacation!

3. Nassau, The Bahamas

If ever there were a place where you could have that quintessential Caribbean vacation, it would be The Bahamas. The Bahamas consists of around 700 islands and cays. For your 60th birthday, you can book a vacation in Nassau, the capital of this territory. In Nassau, you'll be able to soak in plenty of sun, swim, snorkel, and enjoy all kinds of excursions. It takes about an hour to get to The Bahamas from some parts of the United States, specifically Miami, Florida.

While in Nassau, you can have some birthday fun at the all-inclusive Sandals Royal Bahamian. This is an adults-only resort and it includes a private island. You can get from the resort to the private island in just minutes and once there you can enjoy the finest dining, water adventures, and a myriad of amenities.

4. Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Jamaica is one of the largest Caribbean islands and it is famous for many amazing things. Bob Marley, a legendary musician, and Usain Bolt, an Olympic sprinter, are just a few of the things Jamaica is known for. Jamaica is also home to some of the most beautiful beaches like Doctor’s Cave Beach, breathtaking waterfalls (including Dunn's River Falls Jamaica), and countless exciting adventures.

If you're wondering about the best place to stay while in Jamaica for a 60th birthday vacation, you might want to consider Ocho Rios. Located on the north side of Jamaica, Ocho Rios features amazing scenery and greenery, gorgeous beaches and waterfalls, and lots of fun tours out in the sunshine. You might hear locals referring to Ocho Rios as the garden parish, and once you arrive there, you'll realize why. Expect lots of greenery, particularly at Beaches Ocho Rios which has 22 acres of lush, tropical gardens and a beautiful white sand beach just steps from the resort.

5. Exuma, The Bahamas

Another wonderful place in The Bahamas to spend a 60th birthday is Exuma. This is one of the most beautiful parts of The Bahamas and it is most known for its surrounding sapphire blue waters and secluded beaches. Exuma is the ideal birthday getaway for anyone who really wants to get away from it all and enjoy a world of indulgence at an all-inclusive resort like Sandals Emerald Bay.

Sandals Emerald Bay is ideal for sophisticated adults as it is private and intimate. Quite likely, as you and your guests enjoy your birthday in Exuma, you’ll feel as though you're among the only people on the island!

6. Saint Vincent

Saint Vincent has a unique allure that attracts vacationers seeking rest, relaxation, and good times. This island is one of the Caribbean's most special jewels, with lush mountainsides, stunning waterfalls, and gorgeous beaches. A 60th birthday vacation in Saint Vincent can be spent exploring the best natural attractions and indulging in the island’s all-inclusive resorts.

At Saint Vincent, you can embark on a memorable adventure by visiting the La Soufrière volcano, an active stratovolcano, complete with mud baths and mineral springs rumored to have rejuvenating properties. For a more leisurely experience, take a stroll through the enchanting Montreal Gardens, where you can admire a wide variety of tropical plants and flowers. The island also boasts some of the most pristine diving spots in the Caribbean, allowing you to discover vibrant coral reefs and marine life. Whether you seek relaxation or adventure, Saint Vincent promises an unforgettable birthday vacation amidst its natural wonders and warm Caribbean hospitality.

Good to know: St. Vincent is part of an archipelago that includes Carriacou and Petit Martinique, so you can explore these and other islands as part of a birthday island-hopping adventure from St. Vincent.

7. Dickenson Bay, Antigua

When it comes to birthday getaways, Antigua is hard to beat. This island has it all: sun, sea, and adventure. Antigua is most famous for having 365 beaches, which is more than enough to enjoy during a vacation. For your 60th birthday vacation in Antigua, you can challenge yourself to see how many beaches you can visit in one trip.

Antigua is known for its all-inclusive resorts. If celebrating at a resort with quality inclusions like themed restaurants, day and night entertainment, land sports, and water sports, as well as cozy accommodation sounds like your idea of the perfect getaway, then this might be the island for you. For a resort with lots to see and do, look no further than Sandals Grande Antigua. Sandals Grande Antigua is located on Antigua’s most beautiful beach, Dickinson Bay.

8. St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados

The island of Barbados is composed primarily of limestone. It is located in the eastern Caribbean. This island is most known for its breathtaking beaches, pristine natural attractions, and exquisite all-inclusive resorts. Harrison's Cave is one of the island's most popular visitor attractions. While in Barbados, you might also enjoy exploring the popular St. Lawrence Gap area.

Barbados is a terrific choice for a 60th birthday getaway as it features a mix of energetic thrills and more peaceful things vacationers can enjoy. If you're looking for a memorable way to celebrate your birthday in Barbados, consider booking a stay at Sandals Royal Barbados. While at this resort, you'll be able to feast on delicious meals, chill in the rooftop pool, and even spend some time in a swim-up or other suite category. Your significant other will appreciate this retreat as much as you do.

9. Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is one of the best Caribbean birthday vacation options. You'll be able to unwind, switch off, and live entirely in the moment if you spend your 60th birthday on this island! Rodney Bay is one of Saint Lucia's most famous tourist destinations. This part of the island features some of the prettiest beaches as well as breathtaking mountain vistas. The beaches are gorgeous and unspoiled with tranquil waves.

It might seem as though greenery is everywhere you look in Saint Lucia, even at major all-inclusive resorts like Sandals Grand St. Lucian. This will add a serene feel to your birthday getaway. Sandals Grande St. Lucian is a great choice for a 60th birthday since you can spend your days lounging on the postcard-worthy beach nearby and enjoying all of the resort's facilities, which include diverse restaurants. With day and night entertainment as well as a variety of water and land sports, you'll be able to make the most of your birthday vacation at this resort while also relaxing in the laid-back environment of the island.

10. St George’s, Grenada

Why not have an easy-going 60th birthday vacation in. St. George's, Grenada? In exchange for the hustle and bustle of the city, a vacation in Grenada offers the chance to relax for as long as you’d like on pristine, sandy shores. Grenada, a Caribbean island nation with both** black and white sand beaches** due to its volcanic origins, is a popular choice for celebratory vacations. Rainforests, a 13-acre crater lake, cascading cliffs, and hot springs are just some of the many natural wonders that bring visitors to this island.

Sign up for a snorkeling or scuba diving tour during your time in Grenada to get up close to some of the vibrant coral reefs you may have glimpsed from the plane. Sandals Grenada offers guests free snorkeling and scuba diving (up to 2 tanks per day), so you'll be able to check out the best spots, including the notable Underwater Sculpture Park. Sandals Grenada also offers private plunge pool suites, cascading waterfalls, and winding river pools that guests can enjoy during their time in Grenada. Sandals Grenada is situated on the beautiful Pink Gin Beach.

11. Willemstad, Curaçao

Another amazing 60th birthday destination is Curaçao, located in the Southern Caribbean. Willemstad is the capital of this Dutch Caribbean island. This city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and it is known for its charming infrastructure, tropical scenery, and street cafés. For your birthday vacation, you can dive into the culture of Curaçao starting with its delectable cuisine.

In terms of the food, local favorites include Keshi Yena, which is basically a cheese ball stuffed with spicy meat and coated in Gouda or Edam cheese. Another item you're likely to see on the menu is sopi mondongo (a hearty soup often made with tripe) and fun chi (comparable to polenta). In addition to enjoying the food and culture of Curaçao, you can relax on beautiful beaches and spend time at a beautiful resort like Sandals Royal Curacao.

Sandals Royal Curaçao is on Santa Barbara Beach and has a 2-level infinity pool that looks out to the mountains. With views like that, this will definitely be your best birthday yet!

60th birthday vacation ideas: Take a tour

1. Coach tours

There are lots of pluses to hopping on a 60th birthday coach tour, particularly in terms of cost, comfort, and scenery. Coach tours make it possible to go on several different adventures as part of one vacation. You might get to see multiple countries as well. Coach tour operators usually do all the planning in terms of scheduling, so all you'll need to do is show up.

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Most coach tours include a tour guide which means you'll be able to learn about new places as you go along. The vistas will be amazing, as will the downtime you'll have as you whiz through new locales.

2. Rail tour

Much like a coach tour, a rail tour is another great way to sit back, relax and enjoy some amazing scenery. There are rail tours available in a number of locations, including Europe. This kind of trip is perfect if you don't want to stress too much over where to go for your birthday and like the flexibility of being able to do different things.

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3. City walking tours

A city walking tour can be as diverse as you want it to be, especially if you're planning this tour as part of a birthday. There are amazing walking tours in Nassau, Willemstad, Madrid, Venice, and even in U.S. cities like New York, which can be ideal if you want to do a bit of exploring for your birthday. The key to selecting the best city for your walking tour is to think about places you've always wanted to visit and towns that intrigue you. Guides are often included in walking tours and they can take you to the best hotspots. Most walking tours include pit stops along the way to get refreshed.

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Here are a few walking tours that would be perfect for a 60th birthday celebration:

4. Take a backpacking tour

Have you always wanted to go on a backpacking tour but never got the chance? A 60th birthday can be a great time for this adventure. At 60, much unlike in your younger years, you may have the ability to take a longer vacation. This means you’ll have enough time to savor all the wondrous elements of this amazing tour. Pre-set and more traditional backpacking tours are available in many destinations including Peru, Chile, France, and even at national parks within the U.S. As they always say, you’re never too old for a little adventure!

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60th birthday vacation ideas: Go with friends & family

No matter how old you are, you may want to celebrate your birthday with all of your loved ones. You might also be organizing a trip for someone else, and they may want to take others along. Here are some of the best 60th birthday getaway ideas for groups.

1. Head to an all-inclusive family-friendly resort

A 60th birthday vacation at an all-inclusive resort can provide you with some much-needed relaxation. To pick the best resort, you’ll first need to decide the type of experience you want. If you're traveling with children, family-friendly resorts like Beaches in the Caribbean are a fantastic option. Adults can join in on the excitement at resorts like Beaches Ocho Rios, which offer a variety of fantastic eateries and easy access to the most amazing things to do in Ocho Rios.

If spending time near the beach is what will make you and your group happy as you celebrate your birthday, you'll love the private beach at Beaches Ocho Rios. Added to that, the abundance of activities for kids and adults and limitless quality extras offered at this resort will certainly have you feeling that 60th birthday magic.

Insider tip: Food, drinks, and activities will all be included in the price you'll pay for your Beaches Resort 60th birthday vacation. This means that all you’ll need to think about after booking is getting there and enjoying your vacation!

2. Head to a log cabin or glamping ground

Want to go camping or glamping? Whether it is the traditional or modern alternative to camping that appeals to you, you can plan a memorable adventure for a 60th birthday. In terms of choosing which of these activities is best for you, keep in mind that camping works best for larger groups. Glamping in a log cabin or yurt is a completely different experience to traditional camping but it can be worth it for the additional comfort. There are a number of camping and glamping locations in the U.S. that could be perfect for your birthday adventure.

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3. Golf break

A golf break can be the perfect excuse to escape to a scenic location in the name of relaxation. Even better if this golf break is to celebrate a 60th birthday. If you mean business about your relaxation, then you're probably going to enjoy a golf vacation in the Caribbean. There are some pretty awesome Caribbean golf resorts where you and your family or friends will be able to play as much golf as you want and enjoy all-inclusive resort perks as well. Some all-inclusive resorts combine the beach vacation experience with golf, so there's something to do for everyone. A golf/beach vacation combo is a great idea if you'll be traveling with a group.

Expert tip: If you’ll be traveling with family to celebrate your birthday on an island, you might want to take a look at these amazing family beach vacations in the Caribbean. If Jamaica is your destination of choice, don’t miss out on the best golf courses in Jamaica.

4. Be a tourist in your own town

How well do you know your own backyard's sights and sounds? Well, not exactly your backyard, but your immediate surroundings? If it's been a while since you explored your own hometown, a 60th birthday celebration is the perfect time to do just that.

You can spend your big day acting like a tourist and experiencing the area's attractions with your loved ones. To avoid the hassle of coordinating everyone's schedules for a traditional vacation, this alternative is a great substitute. A birthday vacation of this sort calls for at least a day or two off. For added flexibility, you can split your birthday group into two smaller groups, based on who is available and when. Together, you can arrange to see many of the top attractions in your area, including some you may not have visited in a while. Some great places you might want to check out include local hotspots like trendy bars, restaurants, and scenic beaches.

60th birthday vacation ideas: Feast the senses

A birthday is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a sensory overload. There are 60th birthday trip ideas that are sure to satisfy every one of your senses, whether that means eating exquisite cuisine or seeing beautiful sights.

1. Wine tour

Why not celebrate your birthday by signing up for a wine tour that will allow you to visit and taste the produce of multiple vineyards, either close to home or far away? This is definitely a possibility for a 60th birthday vacation, especially if you want to take it easy.

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If you live in the United States and don't want to travel too far, a wine-tasting tour in California is a good option. It is possible to try a number of different tours at various wineries in Napa County, California. In case you're looking to travel further afield, Europe is rife with wine-tasting excursions. One way to add some variety to your wine-tasting adventures in Europe is to visit multiple regions.

2. Food tour

A 60th birthday definitely calls for a bit of indulgence. Why not visit a place where you can both explore new tastes and be sure to find familiar ones that you love? To celebrate your birthday with this type of adventure, you can try to find a food tour that showcases the finest examples of your preferred cuisine. This can be done in almost any city in the U.S., and even in some island destinations.

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A birthday food tour is also a good idea if you want to try a wide selection of cuisines from around the world. Whether near or far, the destination you choose will influence the sort of food and restaurants you'll be able to experience during this tour, so be precise about picking!

If you’re looking to dine around the Caribbean, these fantastic restaurants are the best place to start:

3. Music tour

Spend your birthday doing what you love—chasing the rhythms as part of a music tour that will allow you to indulge in your favorite tunes. Music fans will appreciate this option the most. Nashville, Tennessee is a fantastic location for a musical journey due to the abundance of live music venues found around the city. A trip to the Honky Tonk Highway is guaranteed to get you moving.

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It's also possible to celebrate a 60th birthday by visiting the hometown of a favorite band or musician. You might make it a goal of your vacation to learn as much as possible about the local band or musician. If you're a fan of reggae music, Jamaica is a wonderful destination to go on an experience like that because you can visit the home of the late, great Bob Marley. From Beaches Jamaica, a trip to the Bob Marley Museum is simple to arrange.

4. See the sights

How interested are you in visiting the Seven Wonders of the World? If you could visit any museum or landmark, what would it be? If the wheels have started turning in your head with these ideas, turning 60 is an excellent moment to get things rolling. Several of these sights can be seen in one vacation by traveling to a larger city with more attractions. In order to make the most of your time in your birthday destination of choice, planning what you want to see in advance is essential.

5. Head on safari

You're turning 60, and you want to celebrate by getting closer to nature. Organizing a safari trip seems like the perfect way to do this. It doesn't matter if this is your first safari or your tenth; either way, you're in for a great experience. Safaris allow visitors to get up close and personal with wild animals in their natural habitat.

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Keep your ears perked for the lions' roars and your eyes peeled for the tiniest of these creatures as they set out on their own adventure. Safaris can be experienced in exotic locations like Kenya, but they are also offered in the United States. Determine which option is ideal for you based on how far you are willing to travel to celebrate your birthday. At some American safari parks, you can spend your days relaxing in a treehouse accommodation or in a more modern hotel. Going on a safari for your 60th birthday is a fantastic idea because it will be a trip you (and whomever you choose to go with) will remember fondly for years to come.

60th birthday vacation ideas: Close to home

If you don't want to go too far or are limited by time but still want to celebrate your 60th birthday in style, there are quite a few destinations in the U.S. you can enjoy. Here are some of the more interesting choices:

1. Chicago, Illinois

There’s plenty to do, see, and eat in Chicago, also known as the Windy City. This is why spending time here can be an interesting option for a 60th birthday vacation. There are numerous locations in this destination where you can enjoy breathtaking views, such as the Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower. Looking ahead, you can greet a new year of life with hope and blissful anticipation.

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There are many things to do in Chicago, such as spending time on the water or visiting museums and galleries. What you do in this city will depend on your personal preferences, but the good news is that you’ll be able to keep your schedule as full or as casual as you desire. In the colder months, you might enjoy ice skating along the Maggie Daley Park Ice Skating Ribbon. When you've finished making your rounds in the rink, reward yourself with a steamy-hot deep-dish pizza, a Chicago classic.

2. Las Vegas, Nevada

A trip to Las Vegas is the ideal opportunity to reconnect with your younger self, who perhaps was more spontaneous, wild, and free. Maybe, even at 60, these characteristics haven't faded, in which case Las Vegas can be the ideal birthday destination. In this town, you have complete permission to let your hair down and eat, drink, and have fun to your heart's content.

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You won't run out of things to do in Las Vegas, from visiting casinos and watching world-class shows to dining at the most exclusive restaurants and dancing the night away at the best clubs. A road trip through Nevada's deserts can be a nice way to mix up the pace of this holiday with something a little more peaceful. Look out for interesting pieces of roadside sculpture along the way. Some of the most well-known Gold Rush ghost towns can also be found along the route.

3. Durango, Colorado

Durango, Colorado is ideal for a 60th birthday celebration if you want some adventure mixed with Old West charm. You can begin by horseback riding on the mountain trails, which will provide an excellent opportunity to take in the scenery, which includes ponderosa pines and wildflowers. Following that, you might want to go white water rafting on the Animas River. A jeep tour, which can take you as high as 12,000 feet up for simply stunning views, is an equally exciting tour where you can sit back and relax. Don't leave without visiting the SKA Brewery, known for producing some of the best craft beer in the world, and Fox Fire Farms, a vineyard and winery that also hosts live outdoor concerts.

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Best birthday plans around --- for 60th birthday vacations and beyond!

Well, there you have it. Some of the most creative 60th birthday vacation ideas. The bottom line is that if you want to have the most thrilling 60th birthday trip ever, do whatever you've always wanted to do, wherever you've always wanted to do it. This applies whether you'll be celebrating with a partner, as a solo traveler, or as part of an all-inclusive group vacation.

If you're going with a large party, especially to somewhere warm and delightful, an all-inclusive resort might be an excellent option. Beaches Resorts in the Caribbean appeal to groups of families and friends looking to make the most of their vacation or just enjoy special occasions with the people they care most about.

Kylie Morrow

About Kylie Morrow

Writing for 13 years, Kylie discovered that experiences tell the best stories. As a Caribbean mother who wrote for newspapers, magazines, and blogs, she believes inspiration is even found in our kids!