What matters to you when you travel — is it the proximity of the beach to your hotel? The ability to have a nice high pier to jump off and into the freshwater? Or to plunge deep to the depths of the ocean floor to explore life underwater?
If you’re a traveller who loves the water, consider yourself a mermaid or merman, we can’t recommend enough for you to incorporate it into your travels more; chase the waterfalls of Thailand, go to the rivers you’re not used to in Venice, and try the thermal springs of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.
We’ve compiled a list of the very best spots for travellers who love the sand and waves, those who can’t decide between beach and city, water sports enthusiasts, and travellers who can’t get enough of the relaxation water brings to the body and soul.
Beach or city? Choose both!
1. La Barceloneta, Barcelona
Barcelona is the ideal spot for those who want to experience both the hustle and bustle of city life and the calm of the beach in one trip. Spend the day catching rays on the sand or chasing waves on your surfboard, then head for the delectable tapas and seafood restaurants the area has to offer — we hear that La Deliciosa is the perfect Spanish restaurant right on the beach.
2. Venice, Italy
Fall in love on the water in ‘The Floating City’. What makes Venice a perfect romantic location is the iconic waterscape. Float in a gondola with your love and a big scoop of gelato. One of the most special experiences we can recommend is taking a night tour of The Grand Canal.
Sand, sea, and sun
1. Maui, Hawaii
Is there anywhere more tranquil than Hawaii? Escape to an island for your very own retreat to the shore. Did you know that Hawaii has some of the most unusual colored beaches in the world? Papakolea beach has green sand and Wai’anapanapa is black sand beach. We recommend the red sand beach called Kaihalulu for scuba diving, snorkeling, or go on a sunset tour for a more unique and serene beachscape.
2. Crete, Greece
Balos Beach is an idyllic spot on the Caribbean side of Crete. The water is crystalline against the soft white sand, and there’s even a mini island with a Venetian castle at the top. Vai Beach is another incredible place to escape — surrounded by the largest palm tree forest in Europe, so it feels secluded and snug. P.S you can even check out the Krka waterfalls in Crete, which offer a gorgeous backdrop to your afternoon swim.
3. Turks and Caicos, Caribbean
The shimmering turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean host the 40 something islands that make up Turks and Caicos archipelago. For adrenaline seekers, there are a host of activities to explore the islands’ waters; snorkeling, boat rides, fishing, and diving. For those who prefer to absorb the views and relax, there are amazing spa and wellness centres dotted across the islands. If it’s good enough for Kim K, it’s good enough for us.
Go with the flow
1. Iguazu Falls, South America
A trip for the senses, Iguazu Falls are the most divine water spectacle in South America. The breathtaking Iguazu Falls make up the largest waterfall in the entire world, on the border of Argentina and Brazil. You’ll find a few unique ways to explore the falls; by jet boat or even a helicopter.
Our favorite watering holes in Thailand are the Waterfalls at Erawan National Park and Khao Sok National Park. If you do venture to Thailand, don’t miss out on their weekend floating markets — vendors sell fresh produce including seafood, food, and goods from their boats in canals. One of the most famous in Bangkok is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
Destinations for water sports
1. Goa, India
Calangute Beach is one of Goa’s most famous beaches, especially among family vacationers. Why? It offers so much in terms of family watersports and activities, like parasailing, water-skiing, and surfing. Miramar beach provides a tonne of water sport activities for families or couples in a serene, relaxed environment. Mobor beach is also a popular option for banana boating!
2. The Rio Futaleufu, Chile
This river running amongst the cliffs in Patagonia is the perfect spot for white water river rafting and tubing! If you are an adrenaline-seeking, water sport enthusiast these rainforest rapids are perfect for the adventurer in you.
Thermal springs relaxation
1. Blue Lagoon, Iceland
One of the most breathtaking and instagrammable destinations in the world is the geothermal spring waters of the Blue Lagoon. For a more relaxing water holiday, slip into the hot springs and let your worries melt away in the world’s most natural spa.
2. Terme di Saturnia in Tuscany, Italy
Legend has it that these 3,000 year old ruins were formed thanks to a bolt of lightning thrown by Jupiter in a battle with Saturn. Saturnia also has so much more to offer than their incredible thermal springs; from Tuscan wine tastings to local bike tours.
3. Szechenyi Baths, Hungary
The largest Medicinal bath in Europe, its water can be used as a therapy to treat a range of ailments. Not only that, but it’s just so relaxing. Go for a refreshing swim in the pool then treat yourself to a luxurious, healing massage in the spa.
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