If you’re craving warm weather this winter, but can’t swing a southerly vacation, here are seven ways to bring the tropics to you without venturing beyond New England.
Get bronzed Fool yourself into thinking you’ve jetted to Bali and gotten some rays by indulging in the Bali Paradise Experience and Spa Tan at G20 Spa + Salon. For your Bali moment, your skin is rubbed with fruit extracts, herbs, and oil before you enter The Experience
Room, which accommodates eight and offers herbal-infused steam with a refreshing ice fog and tropical shower. For the bronzing treatment, your skin is buffed with a body polish; rinsed with massaging water jets through a Swiss shower treatment; coated with a customized, mist-free application of bronzer; and blow-dried to avoid streaking and spattering. Bali Paradise Experience, 40 minutes, $75; Spa Tan, 60 minutes, $125. 278 Newbury St., 617-262-2220, www.g2ospasalon.com
Savor Tiki drinks Sip Polynesian flavors through your straw at DRINK, where the bartenders have mastered the art of Tiki drinks. With 15 rums, fresh squeezed juices, and homemade syrups, they can craft the perfect mai thai, jet pilot, zombie, and other rum-based cocktails. 348 Congress St., 617-695-1806, www.drinkfortpoint.com
Do the salsa Every Thursday night from 10 p.m.-1 a.m., pretend you’re in Latin America by salsa dancing through SalsaBoston.com’s Club Caribe in the second-floor lounge in the Marriott Courtyard Boston Cambridge. DJs provide the rousing music and lessons are available from 8-9 and 9-10 p.m.; all ages are welcome. Admission is $12; add $5 for a lesson. 777 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, 800-228-6990 www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/boscy-courtyard-boston-cambridge/, www.salsaboston.com/caribe/
Sit under the palm trees Settle on a bench in the Conservatory under the fringe of palms and think of Hawaii at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center. New England’s largest public, indoor display gardens house 150 ypes of plants and flowers and nearly 20 kinds of palms. Adults $3, ages 6-12 $1, under 6 free. Roger Williams Park, Providence, 401-785-9450, ext. 263, www.providenceri.com/parks-and-rec/roger-williams-park
Swim, body surf, and waterslide Don your bathing suit and surf in the wavepool at Kahuna Laguna indoor water park at Red Jack Mountain View Resort, then whoosh through one of four high-speed water tubes into the landing pool. With a shallow pool for tots, water cannons, hot tubs, a play tower, and the Tiki Tide Café, you could be at a resort in Costa Rica. Day pass $40, under 2 free. Route 16, North Conway, N.H., 800-RJACKET, www.redjacketresorts.com/kahuna-laguna-waterpark.php
Sample Latin-style cooking Try the flavors of South America at Tico, the boisterous, colorful eatery of chef-owner Michael Schlow. With 88 tequilas to choose from and dishes like lobster and avocado tacos and chorizo with chimichurri, you’ll forget you’re in “the home of the bean and the cod.” 222 Berkeley St., 617-351-0400, www.ticoboston.com
Spy gorillas in a tropical forest Watch eight gorillas in a rain forest setting complete with thousands of plants at the Franklin Park Zoo. Yes, you’re out of Africa, but you imagine otherwise as you view the magnificent creatures in their lush, warm habitat. Adults $17, age 62 and up $14, 2-12 $11, under 2 free. One Franklin Park Road, 617-541-5466, www.zoonewengland.org
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