Tropical Escapes, No Plane Ticket Needed

While Seattle clearly has it better than a lot of cities this winter (I’m looking at you with sympathy, Boston and NYC), when it comes down to it, we are still gonna have to deal with a depressing amount of chilly, damp, gray ickiness until Seattle’s (un)official summer kick off date of July 4. That’s a solid four months of gross! When you need a break but can’t afford a Caribbean cruise, check out these more accessible escapes.


On days when the sun is a deadbeat no-show and your pants never quite dry out after your waterlogged trek to work, a fruity rum drink adorned with a little paper umbrella can be transformative. Grab a seat at Rumba and sip a classic daiquiri or boozy rum punch, concocted with one of the bar’s 400+ rum varieties.  Soak up the booze with island inspired snacks including empanadas and chicken wings.

For a slightly kitschier, more raucous vibe, Hula Hula in Lower Queen Anne is your spot. Share their Volcano or Zombie Bowl, then hit the stage for karaoke, offered seven nights a week. Some Beach Boys, Bob Marley or Sublime perhaps?


By March I feel like about 40% of me is pho. For a delicious alternative equally effective at combating rainy weather blues, hit up one of these joints for a meal:

  • Island Soul Dig into fried plantains, jerk chicken, habanero wings and more at this Caribbean-Southern spot. Island Soul offers brunch and happy hour, too.

  • Pam’s Kitchen Stop in for lunch and let Pam’s delectable Trinidadian fare transport you far from Seattle’s gloomy skies. Regulars rave about the roti and Jerk Chicken Sandwich.

  • Northshore Hawaiian BBQ North Shore serves up heaping portions of Hawaiian goodness like loco moco, saimin, chicken katsu and grilled mahi mahi in a comfy, tropical environment. Do like the Hawaiians do and order the Spam musubi to accompany your meal. If it’s one of *those* nights and you just need to eat on your couch in sweatpants while staring at a screen, they do takeout and delivery.

  • La Isla Seattle loves La Isla for delicious, authentic Puerto Rican cuisine. Wash down brunch, lunch or dinner with a mojito or pina colada. If you close your eyes, you might be able to feel a warm, tropical breeze...


When even fruity rum drinks and spicy island dishes can’t warm you up, hit a local dance floor for some salsa to bust through the late winter gloom. Salsa Tropical, Salsa N Seattle and Century Ballroom all offer lessons if you are a newbie or just need some brushing up.

-Leah Wyatt, TWIF Blogger and Social Media Coordinator