For some travelers, it’s not enough to lounge on a beach with a drink in hand. Extreme sports and adventurous locales offer memorable vacations and a way to truly challenge oneself in some of the most exciting places on the planet. Here are a few beaches around the world that cater to adventure seekers:
Rai Leh Beach, Krabi, Thailand
With its iconic craggy cliffs beckoning visitors to climb the sheer walls to their very top, Rai Leh Beach combines water and land sports with stunning scenery and a laid-back vibe. While rock climbing is the big draw, there’s also a great spot for wreck diving ,or visitors can indulge in a little ocean kayaking. If travelers grow tired of the water and the cliffs, there’s always a spelunking trip to Phra Nang Cave or some jungle trekking to the hidden lagoon known as Sa Phra Nang.
Montañita Beach, Ecuador
Known for its excellent nightlife and beautiful scenery, Montañita is popular with locals and visitors alike thanks to its sheer number of activities for the adventure traveler. Whether it’s water sports above and below the waves, jungle trekking, horseback riding or parasailing, Montañita offers a wealth of unique experiences for any adventurer. It is one of the best surfing beaches for those who enjoy the sport. Montanita Estates is a great place to experience the more relaxing side of the beach after a day filled with adventure.
Amergris Caye, Belize
The famous Blue Hole is only one of the many attractions drawing adventure travelers to this tropical paradise. Excellent diving at the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, exploring jungle-entwined Mayan ruins, enjoying the local culture and riding ATVs across the sand top any adventurer’s list of things to enjoy.
Skeleton Coast, Namibia
Named for the bleached bones scattered for miles along this sandy stretch of coastline, Skeleton Coast gives travelers the usual enjoyable water sports while offering other attractions that are uniquely African, such as Kalahari Desert safari treks.
Limestone Coast, Australia
Famous for its surfing, Australia has always been a land perfect for adventurers. Located between Adelaide and Melbourne, the Limestone Coast offers supreme diving and excellent surfing waves. The pitted coastline is also home to the Naracoorte Caves and Coorong National Park, a reserve perfect for four-wheeling.
This coastal retreat on the Mediterranean offers an unusual commodity: wind. Its extreme gusts make kite sailing and wind surfing a top attraction for adventure travelers. There’s also hiking further inland and its proximity to the Straits of Gibraltar means visitors can easily take a ferry over to Morocco to enjoy its beaches.
While these are just a sampling of the delights that await travelers looking for an extreme experience, these six prime spots offer endless possibilities for adventure and the chance to make memories that will last a lifetime.