My recent escape was to the desert island of Aruba. Temperatures were about 90F with a constant trade wind blowing across the whole island. Why would I leave the beautiful fall in my woods for such an experience?. I had 'points' that were about to expire and that made the condo FREE!! It was the low tourist season for them and that meant no waits in line at any restaurants, no re-scheduling of any tours, beaches that were not crowded and a swimming pool that might have only one other family using it at the same time as we did. The weather was hot, but the shade was just fine.
Their desert is exotic and full of a quiet beauty that I do not see where I live. I even saw small succulent flowers blooming in the valleys between rocks and squat barrel cactus waiting to trip me. I did not see the rattlesnakes or boa constrictors that live there. I did see several lovely birds which I will post for your edification later.
One side of the island has crashing beaches with waves tossed on sands by the trade winds. The rocky shores are worn coral and volcanic rock along a line that sometimes becomes caves. This side of the island has enough wind to power their wind farm and their wind surfers.
The tourist side of the island with low-rise and high-rise hotels has beautiful calm waters and extensive beaches with rocky outpatches for snorkeling and watching dozens of species of fish and sea creatures and sipping island drinks while watching the best sunsets!
Those are a few of the reasons that I went.