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Take Your Water-Activity Fantasies To A New High

If you’re looking for something beyond mere swimming and snorkeling, where adrenaline junkies can get their fix from boat-towed action, high-altitudes, and splashing wind-in-hair moments then this article is perfect for you. And more of us than ever—have come around to the idea that a relaxing holiday by the sea involves activity. It’s not quite as perverse as it sounds, but precious days away feel longer when they are more fulfilling as you learn a new skill, practice a favorite hobby or simply have fun.

So here, we’ve selected some of the most interesting water-based activities that you can try for an aquatic adventure this holiday season:

 

W Retreat & Spa, Vieques, Puerto Rico

Snorkel on your own around a small cay, or book a trip with one of the island’s operators for a trip to its secret underwater spots at W Retreat & Spa in Puerto Rico. Set on the undiscovered island of Vieques, this resort offers a unique travel experience and an entrée into W’s “new way to escape,” blending the brand’s sophisticated signature style and programming with the stunning nature and island.

 

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Caneel Bay, Trunk Bay, US Virgin Islands

Undeniably one of the most photographed beaches in the Carribean, this beach sits in the northwestern corner of the Virgin Islands National Park. Calm, clear water, and a 225-yard-long Underwater Trail for superb snorkeling are big draws, as are hiking trails up to and into the surrounding greenery filled with the ruins of historic sugar can plantations.

 

 

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Ritz Carlton, Palm Beach, Aruba

The two-mile-long strip on the northwest side of the island is filled with activities to keep you busy all day and night. Try your hand at parasailing or snorkeling before sitting down to enjoy a barefoot lunch at Pelican Pier Bar during the day; then, head to the nearby casinos, restaurants and nightclubs to make your day more lively.

 

 

 

Jake’s Hotel, Treasure Beach, Jamaica

Be charmed by the sleepy fishing villages located at this resort and enjoy some spectacular swimming and snorkeling along the untouched rock shorelines. Less of a tourist spot, their local community is made up of writers and artists creating an inviting cultural scene.