Vacation Ready Nails: Achieve Beachy Perfection with These 15 Tropical Manicures

We always spend the final days of a trip in circles, no matter how early we begin the preparations. It’s time to choose outfits, pack toiletries, and dig passports out of the safe. Then there is the pre-trip mani-pedi.

We’ve got some ideas for you if you don’t know what you want to leave the salon with. It’s the perfect opportunity to get creative with your nails during a tropical getaway. We’ve gathered 15 tropical nail designs for your next vacation. Scroll down and have a safe trip.

Orange Are You Ready to Vacation

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You can add hibiscus accents no matter what your level of nail art is. If you are a beginner, you can use nail stickers. If you consider yourself an intermediate, you can use nail stencils. And if you are a professional, you can grab some fine-lining brush and start painting.

Ride The Wave

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Try an ocean theme for a more literal interpretation of tropical nails. You can almost hear the waves crashing on the shore.

Sunrise and Sunset

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Aura Nails will bring you good vibes and help you manifest some amazing vacation sunsets.

Lucky Stars

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This set takes the “rich girl manicure” to the Tropics. The gemstones make the starfish on the accent nail dance.

Hibiscus Crush

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This tropical twist on the classic French manicure is a favorite. While the deep red tip might not immediately make you think of vacation, it goes perfectly with the white flowers.

Nails under water

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This manicure looks like you’re swimming with dolphins. Visit Brittney’s Instagram to see her use of clear polish, white nail polish and a dotting instrument to create the water effect.

Neon Jelly Hearts

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The subtle hearts and neon nails are the perfect way to bring a little energy on your vacation.

Hot Tropic

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This set shows that you don’t need a large surface area to display 3D builder accents. We’d leave this to the pros, even though it is only a short piece.

Tropical Girlie

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Coquette nails meet tropical nails. This pink manicure is the essence of girlhood. There’s something to suit everyone: French tips, ombres, hand-painted florals, and even dainty 3-D details.

Happy Days

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Why not put your smile on your nail? This manicure is full of joy, from the orange-pink gradient to the adorable smiley faces.

Yellow Not so Yellow

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The spring was dominated by buttery yellow. But we predict that neon will be the color of summer.

This Barbie is on Vacation

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The set, which features 3D floral and watery accents, was inspired by Malibu Barbie. However, we think that it would be equally suitable for Mermaid Barbie.

Blue Crush

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This set is a great example of a matte topcoat. Most summer nail designs are gloss-heavy, but it’s a good alternative. This elegant tropical look is created by combining negative space with swirls and French tips in blue.

Just a Swirl

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Negative space swirls are a great option for those who like their nail art to be minimalistic. Choose swirls in a muted neon color, such as Manucurist’s Pulp ($14), to give your manicure a tropical flair.

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