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Check out this Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) guide on how to make a tropical island themed design! Get ideas for a vacation resort design, good furniture to use, and more!!

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How To Make A Tropical Island Layout

Recommended Items/Tools To Have

Number And Type Of Furniture Is Up To You

The type and number of furniture/fences you use will of course depend on the type of tropical island you want to create! The bigger your scale, the more of the above items (and other furniture) you're going to need, so be prepared!

Prepare A Working Space

Before working on your tropical area, first decide on how much space you're going to use, and whether or not you'll employ multiple levels of elevation. Clear out an appropriately large space to do this.

Get Inspiration From Real Places

Before starting, open up a tab and look up some images of tropical resort islands to give you inspiration. Pictures of places like Hawaii, Guam, or Bali are good places to start.

Lay Down A Path


First, lay down your main roads using the Island Designer tool. To get that tropical island vibe just right, we recommend Terra-cotta Tiles, which can be purchased for Miles. They should give your resort a brighter, friendlier look.

Decorate With Items


Once you've laid down the floor of your resort, start to place furniture. When placing furniture, save decorations on the edges of the road for last so movement isn't impeded.

Photograph Your Final Product

It wouldn't be a tropical vacation if you didn't take lots of pictures, so make sure to do so! Experiment with different filters too, we particularly recommend the "Pop" and "Dramatic" filters.





Furniture To Use For A Tropical Island

Recommended Furniture

FountainFountain Poolside bedPoolside bed HammockHammock
Beach bedBeach chair Beach ballBeach ball Beach towelBeach towel
Lawn ChairLawn Chair Floor lightFloor light SurfboardSurfboard

Recommended DIY Furniture

Infused Water DispenserInfused Water Dispenser Palm Tree LampPalm Tree Lamp Coconut JuiceCoconut Juice
BarrelBarrel Flower StandFlower Stand StallStall

Recommended Fences

LatticeLattice Fence Brick FenceBrick Fence

Recommended Trees/Shrubs

CoconutPalm Tree/Coconut HibiscusHibiscus Shrub

Our Tropical Island - Showcase

Full Area Shot

Tropical Island

We turned one part of the island into a tropical destination. Although it is a somewhat small space, it has a very strong southern tropical resort atmosphere about it which works really well on our island.

Ice Cream Stand

Ice Cream Stand
writerGorilla FanIf you find yourself in a humid, tropical climate, you'll definitely want to have Ice Cream available! Decorating with an ice-cream related object would probably have bene better but I didn't have one on me so I made do with fruits!

Cafe Area

WriterGorilla FanA place to sit down and have some ice cream - or a coffee! Having a place to sit down really adds to the elegance of the whole resort, I feel.

Rest Area

Rest Area
WriterGorilla FanAfter a long day of working on your island, you'll definitely need to take a break, so I set up a nice rest area, complete with a fan pointed in the sleeper's direction, as well as a much needed water dispenser for hydration!

DJ Booth

WriterGorilla FanTropical nights are sleepless nights. Don't be beat by the sweltering heat - dance the night away instead at our party area!


WriterGorilla FanIt wouldn't be a tropical island without beaches! I placed some beach furniture nearby a palm tree and set up a coconut juice stall right behind it.

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