Vacation Ideas for Music Lovers

If you love the music you hear in a Zumba® class, you’ll love visiting these cities around the world. Whether you’re into the glitz and glamour of big name artists or discovering local talent in a pub, we have a place on our list for you!

Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee: Yes, a three-hour road trip separates these two spots, but we think it’s a small price to pay to visit two of the world’s most iconic music cities. In Memphis, you can visit the Blues Hall of Fame and Graceland, home to Elvis Presley, by day and stroll down Beale Street for great live music by night. When you head to Nashville, you can catch free live music at venues throughout the city, and you may just hear one of your country favorites from Zumba class like Miranda Lambert’s Something that I Like About a Honky Tonk.

Havana, Cuba: Take a trip back in time to Havana, where the colonial architecture and 1950s-style cars give the city a truly unique feel. Inside Havana’s music venues, you can hear both traditional and contemporary tunes. Be ready to bust out your Zumba core rhythm moves because you’re sure to hear some salsa, mambo, and cha-cha-cha in this beautiful city.

Los Angeles, CA:  LA is the birthplace of so many rhythms you hear in a Zumba class, especially pop! It’s also where all types of music icons from bands like The Doors to rap stars like Dr. Dre got their start. You can check out your favorite artists’ stars on the walk of fame and their incredible homes while you’re here. In the evenings, you have your choice between concerts from the biggest names in the biz to small venues featuring local bands.

Miami, FL: Where would Zumba be without Miami? Basically, nonexistent! When Zumba creator Beto Perez moved from his hometown of Cali, Colombia to the U.S., he headed straight to Miami. With its tropical climate and huge Latin influence, he knew it was the place for the Zumba program to thrive. Home to musical legends like Gloria Estefan and Pitbull, Miami is the place to go if you want a strong dose of international culture without having to go abroad! Plus, year-round beach weather is always a great bonus.

Trinidad and Tobago: The birthplace of Soca music won’t disappoint with its lively rhythms heard all over these islands. In February, the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is the place to be for music and dancing in the streets. You might even take steel pan lessons from a local expert, as this instrument used in many island rhythms originated here. If you’ve been grooving to Soca hits like ‘Waiting on the Stage’ or ‘Erupt’ in your Zumba class, you’ll love what Trinidad and Tobago has to offer!

The Zumba® Cruise: If you want to get a taste of ALL the rhythms you hear in a Zumba class, there’s only one destination for you: the 2nd annual Zumba Cruise. Sailing from April 23-28, 2017 out of Miami, Florida, you’ll stop in Nassau, Bahamas and Cozumel, Mexico. It’s a 24 hour party aboard this cruise, with non-stop Zumba classes and activities like rock climbing, ice skating, mini golf, and so much more. It’s sure to be an unforgettable week and now, you even get the chance to cruise for free.

Jennifer Lauren

Jennifer Lauren is a Zumba® instructor from New York. She blogs about teaching Zumba® classes and all things fitness at www.TheZBeat.com.

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