The Rainbow Lake Trail near Whistler.

Summer Recreation in Whistler

During the few months that they aren’t covered in snow, the slopes of the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort come alive with locals and tourists alike enjoying hiking, guided naturalist walks, mountain biking, and horseback riding, or just marveling at the mountainscape from the comfort of the lifts.

The Cape Fear River in North Carolina's Raven Rock State Park.

Touring the Sandy Lowlands: Barbecue, Antiques, and More

Between the Triangle and the beaches are a band of small towns like Wilson which continue to be culturally vital, architecturally interesting, and full of good places to browse for antiques and to gobble up barbecue. Here’s a quick look at the Sandy Lowland’s towns and state parks.

View of the upper torso of a crocodile with its mouth open.

Tárcoles, Costa Rica: Crocodile Safaris, Birding Tours, and More

Tárcoles offers many recreation options and wildlife viewing opportunities. Take a zipline tour of the jungle canopy, enjoy a thrilling crocodile safari in the estuary, or keep an eye out for the more than 400 species of birds that inhabit the area. In addition to sharing tour information, author Christopher P. Baker recommends where to stay and eat in Tárcoles.

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.

A tent cabin sits directly on the beach surrounded by palm trees.

Glover’s Reef Atoll in Southern Belize

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Glover’s Reef Atoll is an 80-square-mile, nearly continuous ring of brilliant coral, flanked on its southeastern curve by five tiny islands. Read on for information about diving, snorkeling, accommodations, and more.

The endangered Hawksbill sea turtle is just one of the amazing creatures you can see while SCUBA diuving in Utila.

Dive Shops in Utila, Honduras

Competition between shops is fierce in Utila, where inexpensive Open Water certification is a big business. Here’s a round-up of recommended dive shops, all of which are PADI-certified and have similar prices for services.

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.