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.
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.
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.
If 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!
After 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!