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Where to Go to Celebrate Milestone Birthdays

by Sheryl Nance-Nash |
Sep 5, 2018

There are birthdays, and then there are milestone birthdays: 21, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, and 80. They might be turning points or wake-up calls, they may bring excitement or fear, but they all have a certain magic. There’s no better way to mark the event than with a bucket-list trip. Here’s where to do just that.

There are birthdays, and then there are milestone birthdays: 21, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, and 80. They might be turning points or wake-up calls, they may bring excitement or fear, but they all have a certain magic. There’s no better way to mark the event than with a bucket-list trip. Here’s where to do just that.

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21: Key West

Now that you can officially party, Key West calls. From brunch at Blue Heaven restaurant, to the carnival-like Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square, and bar hopping down Duval Street, Key West is easy on the wallet and offers enough opportunities to imbibe until dawn. When it’s time to blow out the candles, forgo the cake in favor of Key Lime pie.

Now that you can officially party, Key West calls. From brunch at Blue Heaven restaurant, to the carnival-like Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square, and bar hopping down Duval Street, Key West is easy on the wallet and offers enough opportunities to imbibe until dawn. When it’s time to blow out the candles, forgo the cake in favor of Key Lime pie.

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30: Peru

At 30, you’re looking for adventure—but with a few more comforts than in your backpacking days. Set out on the epic, multi-day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; but instead of roughing it, glamp at the newly opened Peru Ecocamp, or the five-star Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel at the foot of the mountaintop citadeland, a stone’s-throw from the Vilcanota River.

At 30, you’re looking for adventure—but with a few more comforts than in your backpacking days. Set out on the epic, multi-day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; but instead of roughing it, glamp at the newly opened Peru Ecocamp, or the five-star Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel at the foot of the mountaintop citadeland, a stone’s-throw from the Vilcanota River.

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40: New Orleans

Whether it’s a hint of middle-age malaise, or you just need a change, NOLA is the place to shake things up. Celebrations are the heartbeat of the Big Easy, and what better way to boost yourself up than with a personal parade. Hire a brass band and lead your crew through the streets, with your favorite cocktail in-hand. The party only stops when you do.

Whether it’s a hint of middle-age malaise, or you just need a change, NOLA is the place to shake things up. Celebrations are the heartbeat of the Big Easy, and what better way to boost yourself up than with a personal parade. Hire a brass band and lead your crew through the streets, with your favorite cocktail in-hand. The party only stops when you do.

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50: Costa Rica

You’ve spent the last decade (or more) taking care of everyone else. Fifty is the time to embark on pura vida (the simple or pure life)—and in Costa Rica, it’s a way of being. Head to the Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas in Guanacaste, where you’ll feast on fresh, organic food from the farm onsite; relax at the spa; take daily yoga; and walk one of the world’s largest labyrinths.

You’ve spent the last decade (or more) taking care of everyone else. Fifty is the time to embark on pura vida (the simple or pure life)—and in Costa Rica, it’s a way of being. Head to the Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas in Guanacaste, where you’ll feast on fresh, organic food from the farm onsite; relax at the spa; tak edaily yoga; and walk one of the world’s largest labyrinths.

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60: Northern California

You’re getting ready for retirement, and for your 60th, you just want to unplug with the people you love. Greenhorn Ranch in Quincy, California—about three hours east of Sacramento by car—is an all-inclusive dude ranch in Plumas National Forest. Here, it’s all about taking things slow and enjoying the mountain air with trail rides, golf, archery, yoga, or fishing with the kids (or grandkids).

You’re getting ready for retirement, and for your 60th, you just want to unplug with the people you love. Greenhorn Ranch in Quincy, California—about three hours east of Sacramento by car—is an all-inclusive dude ranch in Plumas National Forest. Here, it’s all about taking things slow and enjoying the mountain air with trail rides, golf, archery, yoga, or fishing with the kids (or grandkids).

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70: Panama City

For your seventh decade, fly or book that bucket-list cruise to Panama City­—one of Latin America’s most thriving, cosmopolitan centers. It’s packed with history (the Panama Canal), culture (historic Casco Viejo), and nature (Gamboa Rainforest); yet crowds are few and far between, so you can move at your own pace. For a respite, unwind in the oceanfront pool or spa at The Westin Playa Bonita.  

For your seventh decade, fly or book that bucket-list cruise to Panama City­—one of Latin America’s most thriving, cosmopolitan centers. It’s packed with history (the Panama Canal), culture (historic Casco Viejo), and nature (Gamboa Rainforest); yet crowds are few and far between, so you can move at your own pace. For a respite, unwind in the oceanfront pool or spa at The Westin Playa Bonita.  

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80: Kildare, Ireland

At 80, you want to go somewhere special, but not taxing; a place where you’ll be stimulated but also catered to. And after all your years of wisdom, you’ve earned the royal treatment. Celebrate at the Kilkea Castle in County Kildare, Ireland. Built in 1880, it’s suited for mature guests, with elevators, onsite dining, spa, golf, fishing, a lazy river, and resplendent surroundings.

At 80, you want to go somewhere special, but not taxing; a place where you’ll be stimulated but also catered to. And after all your years of wisdom, you’ve earned the royal treatment. Celebrate at the Kilkea Castle in County Kildare, Ireland. Built in 1880, it’s suited for mature guests, with elevators, onsite dining, spa, golf, fishing, a lazy river, and resplendent surroundings.

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