Going on a tropical getaway is one of the best ways to unwind and catch a break from the pressures of work. But you don't have to wait for a vacation in Hawaii or Aruba to relax in a cool, tropical setting: your backyard can do the trick!

Transforming your backyard into your very own small, tropical haven is not all that difficult if you have the right backyard furniture and accessories. So if you are thinking that your backyard needs a radical makeover, consider some of these simple ideas, and transform it into a private tropical getaway.

1. Bamboo Fencing

Bamboo is a very lightweight, yet sturdy and durable wood. A bamboo fence will not only prove resilient, but it will also give your yard an instant tropical feel. Use rolled bamboo fencing or bamboo tiki poles.

2. Palm Trees

Palm trees not only look great and compliment the bamboo fencing, but their large leaves provide a natural shade, for when you want to take a break from the hot summer sun.

3. The Hammock

Tropical décor is all about creating a feeling of comfort and easy rest, and nothing says laidback like a hammock. If you have two palm trees at the right distance away from each other, placing a hammock between them can add just the right touch to your backyard.

4. Lounge seating

Wicker and bamboo lounge furniture are perfect for poolside seating in a tropical backyard. Remember to add tables for guests to have drinks and snacks.

5. Tiki

Tiki torches and statues are the ideal accent pieces for a tropical backyard. They don't have to be huge either. Even small tikis can really tie the theme of an outdoors space together. Having a tiki bar available poolside as well is even better, and adds a whole new layer to the tropical décor of your yard.

6. A Sand Pit

Depending on how big your backyard is, the size of your sand pit will vary. But whether it's big enough to set up volleyball game or only big enough to work as a sandbox for the kids, a sand pit is a practical way of creating that tropical, playful feel.

7. Outdoor speakers

This final tropical décor tip might not seem obviously tropical, but the right music can do wonders for the feel of your back yard. Lay down in the hammock and let a soft, relaxing tune play over the system and you'll be glad you installed outdoor speakers.

Source by Kim White