Top 9 Vacations if You Love Getting Exercise

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Lying on a beach with a drink in your hand isn’t exactly going to help you reach your fitness goals. The good news is that there are lots of amazing trips that will allow you to have fun while keeping active. Here are 10 of the best vacations for getting some exercise while you travel.

Cycling the Big Island, Hawaii
cycling on the beach in Hawaii

Cycling the Big Island, Hawaii

There are few better places to escape the cold of winter than the Hawaiian Islands, and working on your fitness goals here won’t exactly feel like hard work, cycling among the fantastic tropical scenery found on the Big Island, passing picturesque beaches, lush rainforest, lava fields and coffee plantations. Backroads offers this “Big Island Bike Tour,” which includes biking 30 miles of the famous Ironman Triathlon’s cycling course and a locally guided exploring Kilauea Iki Crater and riding to the beautiful Punaluu black sand beach. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy swimming snorkeling, and of course, a little relaxing on the beach, and fueling active pursuits by feasting on tasty and nutritious Pacific Rim fare like fresh fish and tropical fruit.

Hike the Inca Trail in Peru
Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Peru

Hike the Inca Trail in Peru

The Inca Trail is a popular travel bucket list item that’s a great way to test your endurance while experiencing one of the world’s most fascinating places. A hike of a lifetime, it will bring you over mountain passes through the heartland of the Quechua people to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, and mist-shrouded Picchu Mountain, which rises nearly 1,000 feet above the fascinating stone ruins, plazas and terraces. Along the way, the trail wanders off the beaten path to allow trekkers to experience more of an in-depth look at the Andean culture, winding through weaver villages and seriously testing the endurance of travelers as it steadily climbs over Ipsayccasa pass. A number of outfitters offer the experience, which includes comfortable camping, a porter to help carry gear and expert knowledge of the area.

Surfing in Costa Rica
Costa Rica

Surfing in Costa Rica

Want to learn to surf in one of the best places on Earth to paddle? Kalon Surf in Dominical, Costa Rica, renowned for its outstanding waves, is a luxury surf coaching destination that will help you get comfortable on a board by starting out in a swimming pool where you’ll learn to paddle and master some of the basics before heading out into ocean. You can even begin your day with a Pilates session that’s specific to surfing, before enjoying three or four hours in the surf with personalized instruction. It’ll be easy to stick to your diet too, with healthy meals based on fresh, local ingredients. You’ll get an off day to rest and help your muscles recover, and can take advantage of complimentary massage and Pilates sessions to enhance those efforts.

Surfing, Snorkeling and Yoga in Panama
snorkeling in Panama

Surfing, Snorkeling and Yoga in Panama

Amazing adventures await in Panama, it’s a magnificent tropical paradise all year round. Before getting out on the surf, enjoy an energizing morning yoga session, followed by an afternoon of kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding. Head to Santa Catalina Island for snorkeling or beach yoga, and it’s a beautiful place for hiking and biking as well!

Hiking, Biking and Canyoneering in Utah
Red Mountain Resort

Hiking, Biking and Canyoneering in Utah

Zion, Bryce Canyon National Park or Snow Canyon State Park are ideal destinations for getting a workout. Just 120 miles or so from Las Vegas, you’ll be immersed in the heart of Southern Utah’s canyon country, where you can enjoy world-class mountain biking and hiking over a variety of scenic trails at all levels of experience. Canyoneering, horseback riding, kayaking and rock climbing are the top activities in this area.

Paddleboarding in Maui, Hawaii
paddle boarding in Maui

Paddleboarding in Maui, Hawaii

The beautiful island of Maui has all of the opportunities for exercise you could ever want, but one activity that’s growing in popularity is paddleboarding. Paddle the waves and even enjoy the occasional non-diet-friendly margaritas after all of that exercise too. Maui offers a fabulous venue for adventures that allow you to stick with your favorite workouts throughout your vacation.

Mountain Climbing in Tanzania, Africa
Mount Kilimanjaro,Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania

Mountain Climbing in Tanzania, Africa

If you’re looking for exotic, and an experience that is sure to bring you to all new heights, consider REI Africa Tours mountain climbing excursion to Mt. Kilimanjaro. It requires hiking and climbing over several days in Tanzania, where you’ll ascend to the summit at over an astounding 19,000 feet to be rewarded with incredible panoramic views below. You’ll get yet another reward for all that hard work by enjoying some of the best wildlife viewing in the world on a safari, including the chance to spot lions, zebras, wildebeests, crocodiles, gazelle and buffalo.

Pairing Excersize and Relaxation at JW Marriot Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn & Resort

Pairing Excersize and Relaxation at JW Marriot Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

If you’re looking for a more go-at-your-own-pace kind of retreat, where you can enjoy a host of activities, along with relaxation in the beautiful Southwest, Camelback Inn is a great choice. Of course, it will be hard to tear yourself away from the gorgeous pool and spa, but when you do, you’ll be able to rent a bike and head out on the trails that wind through the picturesque desert landscape, hit the jogging trails, play a game of tennis, workout in the fully-equipped fitness center and take part in complimentary exercise classes too.

Boot Camp in Delray Beach, Florida
Vita Vie Retreat, Del Ray Beach, Florida

Boot Camp in Delray Beach, Florida

Another serious option for getting in shape in the sun can be found in Delray Beach, Florida. Vita Vie Retreat’s Bella Boot Camp includes five hours of activity every day, including local hikes, beach boot camps, strength training, Zumba, hip-hop dance and more. There are packages advanced beginners and those who exercise regularly, “The Bella,” as well as a special Half/Beginner package for those who are  just getting started on their fitness goals. Also included are daily spa or nutrition sessions, five classes each day, standard accommodations and all meals.

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