By LL Editorial StaffSome people are just not content sitting by the pool, visiting the resort spa, or sipping umbrella-laden drinks from a chaise lounge at sunset. This special breed of traveler needs an adrenaline rush, whether it’s zip-lining through the rainforest or chasing herds of elephants. The world is full of amazing and amazingly exciting places where the adventurist is sure to feel right at home.
The jungles of Central and South America are teeming with exotic creatures. Many of the resorts in these parts are environmentally sensitive to their surroundings having been built from reclaimed materials and relying on solar power to generate energy. But the energy generated from the many travelers who flock to this region has more to do with how they spend their free time. In Costa Rica, guests of Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge keep quite active with kayaking, snorkeling or fishing tours of Golfo Dulce or finding their way through the jungle mangroves on foot. And everyone knows that Costa Rica has some of the world’s best surfing conditions.
In Belize you can go from mild to wild at one of the country’s many eco-friendly lodges, such as the Lodge at Chaa Creek, which offers everything from guided morning bird walks to advanced hikes through the extensive Ruta Maya trail system. In Honduras Cuero y Salado is a coastal manatee and wildlife refuge where the Cuero and Salado Rivers empty into the ocean. Guests at the Lodge at Pico Bonito get to view the refuge, which is populated with monkeys, sloths, crocodiles and oversized iguanas, by traveling to this wildlife wonder in pushcarts known as burras that follow a narrow railway through pastures and coconut plantations. Upon arrival, small motorized skiffs make their way through the estuaries, but hand-paddling a canoe makes for a more interesting encounter with Mother Nature.
For those who enjoy aquatic adventures coupled with a posh setting should head to the Caribbean. Those who enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving will certainly be in their element at a number of resorts, including Biras Creek in the Virgin Islands which offers scuba lessons to beginners. At Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica, there are endless watersports to enjoy, including tubing, water skiing, windsurfing, sea kayaking and pedal boats. The ultimate girlfriend getaway takes place in coastal Mexico with Manifesta Safaris for Woman, Las Olas Surf Safaris, designed for women with an appreciation for the art and culture of surfing.