Is it just us, or is right around mid-November each year that we start craving a hot weather, beachside vacation? If you’re ready to plan your next trip, the beach is only one way to enjoy relaxing by the water. We’ve got a few splashy suggestions for how to add some excitement to your next vacation — just add water.

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

Live out your Finding Nemo fantasies by heading to a beach that offers snorkeling as one its activities (just don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your back before spending hours gazing at the colorful fish – we learned this one the hard way).

Just keep swimming from Finding Nemo

Want to step it up a notch? Put in the time to get your scuba diving certification. It’ll take a weekend, but once you have your certification, the world is your ocean.

White Water Rafting

Maybe relaxing on a beach is too low-key for you. If that’s the case, check out a white water rafting adventure vacation. Let an expert help you navigate the rapids, then spend your evenings camping under the stars and roasting s’mores (save us one, please).

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Fit a little fitness into your vacation by renting a stand-up paddleboard. Standing on this unstable surface forces you to activate your core. Plus, as you paddle on each side of the board, you’ll twist your trunk and work your obliques, not to mention the work your shoulders will have to do to push against the resistance of the water. Feeling brave? Some places offer stand-up paddleboard yoga classes, where you’ll try various yoga moves in the open water. Do it for the Gram.


Whether you’re near a river or the ocean, kayaking is a great way to explore your surroundings while getting in a little bit of a workout. Stash a stainless steel water bottle in your kayak so you can stay hydrated as you paddle downstream. Bonus points if you can manage to kayak in a straight line the whole time.

Aquatic Aviation

One of the coolest things we’ve ever seen in our lives, Aquatic Aviation is what you’d get if you crossed jet packs with wakeboarding. By combining a giant hose with a wakeboard-like surface, and using the science of water pressure, these places allow beach-goers to experience the feeling of surfing through the air, with the water acting as a safety net before. Don’t worry, you’ll get a full lesson in how to balance on the board and maneuver the controls before you start flying. Get ready to get your Buzz Lightyear on.


Any of these water vacations sound tempting? (Uh, all of them.) We’ll see you on the water.

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