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6 Coastal Destinations for Exciting Ocean Activities

by Aoife O'Riordan

May 22, 2023

© Beach House Hilton Head Island

Destinations / Caribbean

With the ocean beckoning many family travelers this summer, why not make the most of your summer beach trip with a stay one of these resorts? These six resorts offer countless activities to best enjoy the ocean.


© Beach House Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

On America’s Favorite Island, Beach House Hilton Head Island resort offers easy access to beautiful beaches. While here, visitors can rent skift boats to explore the waters solo or in search of dolphin pods or embark on an array of boat tours for sailing, fishing or wildlife viewing. Head over to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina to book kayaks, paddleboards and tubes. Beach House Hilton Head Island also provides resources to further explore the area, from a Harbor Town Crabbing Cruise to time paddleboarding with Sea Monkeys Watersports.


San Diego, California

Take advantage of ocean views and quick access to the beach with stays at either San Diego Mission Bay Resort or Kona Kai Resort & Spa. Both properties allow for many beachside adventures and feature on-site Action Sports Rental centers. These centers offer a variety of bike and watersports rental equipment, including stand-up paddleboards and powerboats. At Kona Kai, guests can book a 2.5-hour ticketed harbor cruise by Triton Charters to sail around San Diego Bay.


San Juan, Puerto Rico

Consider a stay at Hotel El Convento in the center of Old San Juan to best enjoy the nearby waters. Thrill seekers can go jetpacking through the Puerto Rico Tour Desk, while those looking for more of a relaxing ocean trip can book a private charter to tour hidden coves and beaches and spot wildlife. San Juan’s beaches are also the perfect places to go scuba diving, surfing, snorkeling and more.


© The Sanctuary Beach Resort

Monterey Bay, California

Boasting some of the richest marine environments in the world, this Californian beach town is a sea lover’s dream. Go whale watching and spot humpback and blue whales or take a deep-sea fishing charter from Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Scuba divers will love renowned spots like Lovers Point and Whalers Cove. Visitors can also take a sailing lesson or cruise on the coast. The Sanctuary Beach Resort, a chic and luxury resort, sits on a private stretch of beach and serves as a great home base for exploring Monterey Bay.


© Kingston Resorts

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach spans 60 miles and offers endless water adventures, from budget-friendly jet ski and boat rentals to parasailing to banana boat rides. Visitors can also enjoy a dolphin cruise, deep-sea fishing charter or scuba diving session. Looking for a place to stay to best enjoy these activities? Look no further than Kingston Resorts, where completely renovated rooms and suites await.


© The St. Regis Punta Mita resort

Punta Mita, Mexico

Home to the Marietas Islands, this chain of uninhabited islands is a protected site only accessible by boat. It’s here where travelers can experience some of the world’s best snorkeling spots. Punta Mita also draws surfers from around the world, and The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort welcomes travelers to relax between ocean adventures with renovated rooms, suites and soon-to-launch refreshed experiences. The property can also help arrange off-property water excursions.


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