Relax a Different Way With These 5 Active Vacations
You don't have to sit by a pool all vacation long to recharge your body and mind.
Relaxing on a beach with an umbrella drink is what we like to think of when it comes to vacation but it's not everyone's idea of a great way to unwind.
An increasing number of people are turning to an alternative: active vacations with outdoor adventures, fitness classes and spa treatments. Escape the daily grind by going on an adrenaline-pumping excursion or try a new outdoor activity without breaking the bank. Get a perspective that other travelers won't and burn plenty of calories to balance out the eating and drinking you'll probably be doing.
Here are some destinations for fit travelers looking for an active vacation.
Surfing in Costa Rica
There are tons of options for new and experienced surfers alike heading down to Costa Rica but Playa Guiones might have the perfect balance of tourist accommodations combined with local flavor. The waves are consistent and the sand is a beautiful white, making Playa Guiones a haven for surfers and travelers.
The L’acqua Viva Resort & Spa is a 4-star resort and boasts beaches, restaurants, bars, gyms and a spa for guests.
If you're new to surfing, Corky Carroll's is one of the best surf schools in the area and has been operating in Playa Guiones since 1996.
Skiing and Snowboarding in the Swiss Alps
The Swiss Alps are an amazing destination for active travelers during both winter and summer. Skiing and snowboarding here is an experience every winter athlete should experience and the warmer months allow for some great hiking.
For your stay, consider The Chedi Andermatt in the Urseren Valley. The mix of Swiss alpine chalet and Asian decor provide an appropriate ambiance for the location, particularly in the colder months. The resort is perfect for fit travelers with its spa and wellness centre. Here, guests can take yoga classes, hit the free weights or take a swim when not out on the mountains.
Hiking and Mountain Biking in Utah
Thousands of acres of national park await hikers and mountain bikers in Utah. Fantastic trails with amazing views of red rock canyons provide a spectacular spot for adventurers looking for a great outdoor excursion. After you've trekked on land, there's whitewater rafting to be done on the Colorado River.
Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab is an award-winning resort and provides guided tours, beautiful suites and cabins and even a winery. If boat tours, canyoneering and scenic air flights aren't enough, the lodge has an indoor fitness center and seasonal outdoor pool.
Everything Fitness in Austin
What's not to love about a lakefront resort in Austin, Texas that prioritizes health and wellness for its guests?
Lake Austin Spa Resort in an all-inclusive luxury spa resort in Texas Hill Country that provides a unique travel experience. Guests are treated to healthy gourmet meals, spa treatments and various fitness activities while enjoying Austin's vibrant and active scene that make it one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Kettlebell circuits, zumba, yoga, pilates and guided meditation are just some of your fitness class options at Lake Austin Spa Resort.
Swimming and Snorkeling in Tahiti
This one's not exactly a secret but Bora Bora Resort in French Polynesia (Tahiti) is a must for travelers looking to swim, snorkel and dive beautiful waters while enjoying luxury and majestic views. Get around by catamaran or paddleboard and experience Tahitian paradise. A perfect destination for honeymooners.
Forget the regrets and hangovers from big dinners and too many drinks. Instead, feel rejuvenated and full of energy by doing something better for you on vacation.
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