A 3-Day Itinerary for a Tropical Vacation at Universal Orlando Resort

June 23, 2020
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This blog was originally published in June of 2020 and then underwent extensive updates and editing in August of 2023 to remain current and relevant.

There’s nothing like a tropical vacation to put you in ultimate relaxation mode. While swaying palm trees, tropical feasts, and an island breeze sound like a dream, they don’t have to be, because you can experience all this with a sprinkle of roller coaster screams at Universal Orlando Resort.

Below you’ll find our itinerary for the ultimate three-day tropical vacation at Universal Orlando Resort. Don’t worry, you can trust us — we’re two Florida natives who live and breathe tropical thrills and all things Universal Orlando.

DAY 1: A Day of Adventure at Universal Islands of Adventure + Universal Studios Florida

Any vacation to Universal Orlando needs an adventure day, so let’s start there! Where does tropical getaway meet adventure? Islands of Adventure, of course! From a journey through the jungles of Skull Island, to a river tour with prehistoric beasts, Islands of Adventure brings the epic to your tropical vacation.

What To Do at Islands of Adventure

Hope you didn’t think only Islands has all the fun. You can keep the tropical vibes going at Universal Studios Florida with plenty of treats and thrills. 

What To Do at Universal Studios Florida

Pro Tip: For a fun picture by the water at Islands of Adventure, you can snap a shot on the walkway behind Mythos with an Incredible *wink wink* view. 

DAY 2: Relax at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort & Explore Universal CityWalk

Relaxation awaits at all of Universal Orlando Resort’s hotels — Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort is even walking distance from Universal Volcano Bay — but for the ultimate in tropical bliss, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort is our top choice. The blue waterfalls, sand between your toes, and palm tree-lined pool at this dreamy paradise create a vision straight out of your greatest Caribbean daydreams.

What To Do at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

  • Kick off the day with the breakfast buffet at Amatista Cookhouse
    • OR hit snooze and order room service while taking in your room view of the sparkling lagoon
  • Experience the tropical landscape with a jog around the resort’s jogging paths
  • Bury your toes in the sand and soak up some sun at the two sand beaches
  • Make a splash at the pool or sit a spell in the hot tub
  • Enjoy a tropical poolside lunch at the Drhum Club Kantine
    • The Grilled Jerk Shrimp Bao and the Piña Colada Catch of the Day Sandwich are our favorites!
  • Keep up the fun with a ping pong tournament or relax by the fire pit
  • Check out Strong Water Tavern and enjoy a rum tasting experience led by a literal Rum Captain

What To Do at Universal’s CityWalk

Pro Tip: Head over to Bar 17 Bistro at Universal’s Aventura Hotel for a drink and view from this rooftop bar to wrap up your evening.

DAY 3: A Day of Thrills and Chills at Universal Volcano Bay

Of course we saved the most tropical for last! To cap off your three-day tropical getaway, head to Volcano Bay for an experience like no other. From the thrills of water slides (and even an aqua coaster!) to the relaxing shores of Waturi Beach, there’s something for everyone at this slice of paradise. 

What To Do at Volcano Bay

Pro Tip: Keep an eye out for TapuTapu symbols throughout the park, and be sure to tap your wearable to them for fun surprise! You can even use it to talk to Vol, the fiery spirit trapped inside of Krakatau.

And there you have it! We hope this guide helps you plan for the tropical getaway of your dreams at Universal Orlando Resort. Be sure to tag us in your best vacation photos on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on our channels!

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  • Reply Saheed Mojeed June 27, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Iam really intrested in 3days adventures.

    • Reply Digital Guest Communications June 27, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      We hope to welcome you to our parks for your next adventure, Saheed!

  • Reply Carl white jr July 25, 2023 at 10:02 am

    How much does Athrre day at universal Orlando vacation cost

    • Reply Digital Guest Communications July 25, 2023 at 10:10 am

      Hi Carl! Pricing is date-based, so it will vary depending on the date of your visit. We recommend taking a look at our website and inputting your travel dates for more information:

  • Reply Elyzabeth Loneker-Smith August 17, 2023 at 3:57 pm


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