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6 ways to experience more on your tropical getaway

While soaking up the sun by the pool or on the beach is certainly relaxing, there are so many other ways to make the most of your precious time away! Make the most of your time away in destination with an excursion. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, culture enthusiast, eco-lover or underwater explorer, excursions are the best way to try new things and make unforgettable memories on vacation.

With so much to see and do, it can be hard to narrow down which adventure is right for you and your family. We rounded up some of our favourite Sunwing Experiences for every travel style, to help you take your next vacation to new heights.

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For the thrill-seeker: Zipline across the jungle

If exhilarating experiences are on your vacation bucket list, ziplining through the jungles of Costa Rica is a perfect activity for your next getaway! On the Canopy Congo Trail tour, you can fly high above the exotic landscapes of the Costa Rican jungle on a series of zipline circuits reaching heights of up to 60 feet. Keep an eye out for exotic species that call the jungle home, including monkeys and sloths, as you soar from platform to platform.

Where to stay: Try out a range of exciting experiences when you stay at the recently-opened Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica. This entertainment-themed resort offers activities like yoga, obstacle courses, a splash pad and the action-packed Star Kids Club. You can enjoy other thrill-seeking adventures with the curated PH Experiences, from exploring volcanoes to hiking through the rainforest.

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For the beach bum: Explore a desert island for the day

Is beachside relaxation at the top of your vacation itinerary? You can spend the day exploring your very own beach on a desert island with the Saona Island excursion. Located just off the coast of Punta Cana and surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea this paradise ‘desert island’ is home to pristine white-sand shores lined with lush shady palms. Spend your day in paradise lounging at a private beach club and enjoying a delicious beachside lunch.

Where to stay: Stay just steps from one of the world’s most famous beaches at the luxurious Royalton Bavaro Resort and Spa. You can lounge on a Bali bed by the white-sand shores of Bavaro Beach, cool off at the on-site splash pad, wind down the lazy river or test your surfing skills on the FlowRider® surf simulator.

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For the nature lover: Ride through cacti forests

Los Cabos is known for its unique natural beauty, with a breathtaking blend of desert landscapes and the sparkling Pacific coastline – including the famous El Arco rock formation. Explore Los Cabos on the Outback and Camel Safari tour, where you can travel through the Baja Peninsula on a truck safari and discover the area’s natural landscapes on the back of a camel. Trek through ancient cacti forests and along the pristine golden-sand shores on this picturesque excursion.

Where to stay: When you’re not exploring the coast of Los Cabos, you can admire the area’s breathtaking landscapes from the sprawling oceanview pool at Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas. Sip on your favourite drink with poolside waiter service or head over to the Splash Water World water park to zoom down one of the exciting water slides.

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For the fitness enthusiast: Climb up a famous waterfall

Keeping fit on vacation doesn’t have to mean running on the treadmill in the resort gym! On the Cool Runnings Catamaran Cruise in Jamaica, you can explore your tropical destination while staying active. After a scenic catamaran cruise along the shores of Montego Bay – with stops along the way for snorkelling – you’ll head to Dunn’s River Falls to hike up the cascades’ natural staircase. You can burn calories while soaking in spectacular views of one of the island’s most famous landmarks!

Looking for other ways to stay active on vacation? Check out our blog on calorie crushing vacation ideas.

Where to stay: Try out a range of action-packed activities at Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort in Runaway Bay. Whether you want to tee off with unlimited complimentary green fees at the on-site golf course or zoom down multi-level slides at the Jewel Lagoon Water Park, there’s never a dull moment at this top-rated family resort. Kids will also have a blast at the Red Ruby Ranch with carriage rides, bonfires and more!

Aerial view of catamaran above a coral reef
For the underwater explorer: Snorkel through colourful coral reefs

Discover the deep blue on your next getaway with a snorkelling adventure. The crystal-clear waters off the coast of Cancun make this Mexican destination an ideal spot both for snorkelling and scuba diving. You can explore the underwater world on the Samba Catamaran Isla Mujeres cruise that will take you through the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico to Isla Mujeres, a small island accessible only by boat. The catamaran will stop at a vibrant coral reef where you can swim alongside colourful tropical fish and exotic marine life like stingrays and sea turtles.

Where to stay: Explore the underwater world right from your beachside lounger when you stay at Riu Yucatan! Whether you’re snorkelling or windsurfing, the resort offers a range of complimentary water sports. After a day under the sea, you can head into nearby downtown Playa del Carmen to experience the area’s world-famous nightlife and stroll along lively 5th Avenue.

Sugarcane field surrounded by lush mountains
For the culture aficionado: Learn about Cuban culture

Looking to embrace the local culture on your next vacation? Learn about the customs, traditions and history of your chosen destination on a cultural excursion. On the Sugar Cane Tour in Varadero, you’ll board a heritage steam train to tour the Cuban countryside and learn all about one of the island’s most famous products: sugar! Learn all about the history of the sugarcane industry on the island and its importance to Cuban culture on this fascinating excursion.

Where to stay: Continue soaking in the vibrant Cuban culture when you stay at Grand Memories Varadero. Sip on refreshing mojitos, a popular cocktail that originated in Cuba, and embrace the laidback island lifestyle on a beachside lounger. While adults soak in the local culture, kids can have a blast at the complimentary kids club featuring popular characters Toopy and Binoo™.

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