Fog rising off of Santa Cruz Island, part of Channel Island National Park. Photo © David Wan, icensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Explore Santa Cruz Island’s Sea Caves

Santa Cruz Island is the largest island within Channel Islands National Park, and the island’s most breathing features are the sea caves that riddle the coastline and can be explored by kayak. Here is some helpful advice on planning your kayaking adventure.

The beautiful and endangered West Indian manatee at a sanctuary in Florida.

Manatee-Watching in Fort Myers

Spend a little time on the Orange and Caloosahatchee Rivers, and chances are you’ll see a West Indian manatee. Here’s where to go to learn more about manatees and hopefully spot one of these wonderful creatures.

A person in a rash guard sits on the sand with a boat anchored just off-shore.

Recreation and Water Sports in Placencia Village, Belize

There’s no shortage of guide services in Placencia, where most tour operators offer service to all nearby destinations: snorkeling and fishing trips with lunch on a beautiful caye, visits to ancient Maya ruins, and a variety of paddling tours. Here’s some helpful information about great companies offering recreational activities in the area.

View along the coast with a dock extending into the water and boats visible on shore.

Visiting Sarteneja in Northern Belize

In addition to being a picturesque fishing village, Sarteneja is the only place on mainland Belize where you can watch the sun set over the water. Here’s everything you need to plan a visit to Sarteneja.

A bicycle parked on the street in front of a stucco building.

Boating, Swimming, and Bicycling in Granada

If you start early before it gets too hot, a bike ride down the Peninsula de Asese can be excellent, and getting out on the water is another fun option. Author Amber Dobrzensky shares a few ways to enjoy this beautiful corner of Nicaragua.

Carriage horses in harnesses and blinders drink from tubs as they await riders.

Take a Guided Tour of Savannah, Georgia

Savannah’s tourist boom has resulted in a similar explosion of more than 50 separate tour services, ranging from guided trolley journeys to carriage rides to ecotourism adventures. Author Jim Morekis lists the most notable offerings to choose from when planning your trip.

Craggy rocks rise up along a smooth sandy beach as waves wash up on shore.

The Best California Beaches

From wide, golden beaches with abundant sunshine to boardwalks crowded with kids, cotton candy, and roller coasters, California has any kind of beach you could possibly want. Author Stuart Thornton shares a helpful overview of some of the state’s best options for sun, sand, and surf.