There’s just something about being around the ocean that’s innately relaxing – no wonder beach holidays are in demand all year-round! Sun, sand, and crystal-clear waters are both a wonderful summer staple and a great winter getaway. Plus, there are loads of different ways to enjoy the sea – whether that’s by being next to it, on top of it, or even in it. If you’re craving some sort of sea-based holiday, here are some different ways you can think about doing just that:
If you’re an athletic sort who doesn’t want to laze about too much while on holiday, a diving holiday might be just the thing for you. You can pick up a new skill and explore some of the world’s most amazing oceans – whether by yourself or with your friends, family, or partner. Planning a diving holiday allows for a certain amount of flexibility – you’ll need to account for your skill level, location, and preferred itinerary. Best of all, diving holiday tours allow for travel from diving spot to diving spot, so you can do some touristy, land-based exploring in between dives. It’s up to you!
Not everyone’s a fan of backpacking across land, so why not try out its oceanic equivalent? It’s perfect for people who aren’t looking for anything too strenuous but nonetheless have a thirst for exploration. Island-hopping is particularly popular with visitors to Greece or the Caribbean – or any other cluster of islands that are easy to travel between. Plus, you can divide your time between shopping and exploring – or you can stay on the beach between travelling.
For avid partygoers, the beach is a great place for impromptu get-togethers – ranging from casual beachside barbeques to all-out raves. Many people opt to rent a luxury villa alongside choice party beaches so they can be close to the action – doing so allows for more privacy and flexibility than a hotel, after all. If you’re looking for a little party action this summer but aren’t a fan of enclosed, cramped nightclubs, splitting a luxury villa between yourself and your friends may be the way to go.
If you’re looking to wind down rather than party it up, you may have considered the possibility of a beachside hotel retreat. If not – why not? Lots of spas and hotels offering relaxing forms of yoga or therapy are located next to oceans for optimal serenity. You can find all sorts of treatments and cleanses that offer rejuvenation and revitalisation – excellent for anyone looking for a much-needed break from the hectic pace of life.
Of course, if you’re looking to encompass a little bit of all the above, a cruise holiday is a great way to do that. Contrary to popular belief, cruises aren’t just for the elderly – most cruise companies offer services, facilities, and entertainment for a range of demographics. There are well-being cruises, party cruises, longer cruises that stop at a variety of destinations, as well as cruises that offer diving and snorkelling stops. As long as you do your research, you should be able to find a cruise that suits you, your partner, your family, your kids, or any other subset of people you go on holiday with.
What’s your favourite way to enjoy the ocean? Let us know in the comments!
Gavin Harvey’s passions include travel, health, and living life to the fullest. He blogs for Dynamic Lives.