Put down your steaming cup of tea and turn off Netflix — summer is here, so it’s finally time to head out and enjoy the sun and sea. Whether you’re looking for a short break or have your passport ready for a longer trip, we’ve got the best tips for you. Here are our top 9 recommendations for enjoying summer on the water.
1. Cruise around Tenerife
With stretches of sand, greenery, and shopping opportunities galore, Tenerife has pretty much everything you could wish for on vacation. In the south, you can visit El Médano to enjoy some of the nicest natural beaches in the world. If you’re looking for a luxe resort experience, head north to Puerto de la Cruz. You can even take it to the next level by exploring the surrounding bays from the comfort of your own luxury yacht.
2. Go on an adventure in the Algarve
Partial to Portugal? Then make your way to the southern coastline, which is home to the Algarve. Not just known for great weather and picture-perfect fishing towns, the Algarve is also home to incredible caves. After a long day of discovering new worlds both above and below the waterline, head back to land and watch the sunset with a fresh seafood dinner on the beach.
3. Fall in love with Victoria Falls
For an inland aquatic experience, Victoria Falls in western Zimbabwe might be the place for you. The Zambezi River flows right over a sheer cliff face, creating a massive waterfall and continuing on through a series of gorges. One of the highlights is the Devil’s Pool, a natural infinity pool that’s sure to be the star of your Instagram feed. With accommodation on location, you can spend a few days here or even just drop by for the day.
4. Capers in Capri
Looking for crystal-clear waters, a bit of history, and some excellent food and wine? Head to Capri, where the Blue Grotto, Monte Solaro, and Villa San Michele are just waiting to be explored. You can travel this scenic region by land, but we suggest soaking up the incredible coastlines from the deck of a private yacht. La dolce vita, indeed!
5. Say bonjour to Bora Bora
Far from Bora-ing (not sorry), Bora Bora is the perfect summer destination. Located in the Society Islands of French Polynesia, this tropical retreat is world-renowned as a popular honeymoon destination. Whether you’re here with your family, as a twosome, or solo, Bora Bora is the ideal place to relax and unwind. Stay right on (or even over) the water and spend your days exploring with the help of a snorkel or jet ski.
6. Mix it up in Miami
With its vibrant pastel buildings and lively nightlife, Miami is a city that pulses with energy. The best way to explore? By water. Grab yourself a spot on a boat tour and relax in the sunshine before heading back to land for dinner, drinks, and a responsible bedtime (or not).
7. Explore ruins in Rhodes
As the largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands, Rhodes combines scenic sunsets with serious historical street cred. You can take a break from playing Indiana Jones at the Acropolis and other classical ruins by heading out to the beach. Here you can enjoy surfing lessons, beach games, or even a paddleboard trip.
8. Do something different in Dubai
Featuring one of the world’s most famous shorelines and dotted with gravity-defying skyscrapers, Dubai is a contrast to the classic beach holiday. Visit one of the many beach clubs and chill out in the shade of the Burj Khalifa (or take a trip to the top) and hit the water on a short boat trip. Adventurous travelers can check out the sand dunes and enjoy sandboarding in the sun.
9. Take it easy in Tulum
Mexico is a classic vacation destination, with Puerto Vallarta and Cancun packed from spring break to the last days of summer. If you want to avoid the crowds, head to Tulum for something a little bit different. Here you can explore the Mayan ruins, snorkel in a limestone sinkhole, and chill out on palm-fringed beaches. Say hola to an exciting (and relaxing) vacation by the sea.