The crystal clear coves of the Caribbean Sea, the pure rivers of the Rockies, the tremendous waves of the Pacific; the diverse waters of the Americas beckon locals and visitors alike to cartier replica enjoy their splendors to the fullest by partaking in a wide range of watersports. While there might be a vast variety to choose from no matter where you go, there is always the ultimate sport for your specific holiday destination. Discover the best places across the Americas to pick up a paddle, strap up a tank and mask or climb aboard thanks to these excellent insider tips.
Diving – Harbour Island, The Bahamas
Over in The Bahamas, one of the best places for diving in the Caribbean is Harbour Island. Located two miles off the north coast of Eleuthera, the island offers excellent diving opportunities throughout the whole year.
“The Island was made famous by Jacques Cousteau and National Geographic,” describes our local villa expert Pamela H. Murdock. “One can swim through ridges and coral canyons that are full of sea life. For those also who love underwater photography, this is a spectacular spot.
“On the whole diving is better during the rainy season, May to November, when the water is warmer and clearer, and we can better access Bat Islands as well due to lower winds. In the dry season, however, with the cold water, we get the rays in abundance, and very rich plankton filled water that creates a lot of action.
“At different times of the year, you’ll be able to catch certain sealife. Whales are usually visible from January to March, and then again from August through November. The season to see sea turtles starts in June and extend through November. Giant Manta Rays and all rays (large schools of hublot replica golden rays and devil rays, and tons of roving stingrays) appear from January to March. Whale Sharks occasionally come, but it’s hard to guess a season, however, they usually appear from December to April as well. Since they like the warmer water, sharks are generally visible from May to November.”
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Snorkeling – Turks and Caicos
There are many fabulous places to snorkel in the Caribbean, however, according to Laura Blair of In Villa Veritas, the snorkeling in the Turks and Caicos is phenomenal.
“The archipelago has the third largest barrier reef in the world,” explains Laura. “The water is the most lovely turquoise (pictured above) and the reef is amazing and teeming with fish and coral life.”
Providenciales offers some excellent snorkeling right from the beach. You can enjoy the best snorkeling off the north coast where there are two reefs. The Bight Reef is easy to access, but the more difficult to find Smith’s Reef has much more to see. Therefore, it might be better to book a boat trip to truly experience the reef, something In Villa Veritas can arrange. You’ll be able to swim above rainbow coral, spot some sea turtles, stingrays and other tropical sea life.
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Cenote Diving – Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Scuba diving has become quite popular in Mexico, but adventurous and experienced divers might want to try cenote diving off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, as suggested by our experts at Catherwood Travels.
The omega replica peninsula sits on a huge limestone platform where freshwater flows like rivers through underground cave systems. Part of this land collapsed after the last ice age, creating sinkholes called cenotes. These offer one of the most unique diving experiences in the world.
However, it is mandatory to be certified in order to explore the hidden depths of these remarkable formations of stalagmites and stalactites. There are dive tours offered at every experience level and led by certified dive masters and supported by veteran ground crews.
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Kiteboarding/Kitesurfing – Anguilla
Kiteboarding (also known as kitesurfing) is today’s fastest-growing water sport, and you can be part of it the next time you visit the beautiful island of Anguilla.
“If you’re new to kiteboarding we suggest taking some lessons from Anguilla Watersports,” says Sue Ricketts of Ricketts Luxury Properties. “They have the one and only Kiteboarding Academy on the island and it is also considered by many to be the best in the Caribbean.They spare no effort in providing the ultimate kiting experience.
“They use the latest kiteboarding gear, uphold stringent safety guidelines, are respectful of the environment, and provide excellent instruction using a step-by-step approach so that you learn how to ride both quickly and safely. Anguilla has the perfect beaches and ideal weather conditions for learning how to kiteboard. Based on our experience, an average person needs 8 to 10 hours of kiting instruction in order to experience the thrill of the first solo ride. The best place to kiteboard is Cove Bay on the south-west coast of Anguilla.”
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Kiteboarding/Kitesurfing – Búzios, Brazil
Kiteboarding is also taking off in Brazil and our experts at Matueté Villas recommend taking up your board and sail in Búzios.
“Búzios is known as ‘the Brazilian St. Tropez’ and attracts visitors from all over the world,” elaborates Martin Frankenberg of Matueté. “It has 23 beaches, some of which have warm waters, others cold waters, and a lot of wind for this sport. It is located close to Rio de Janeiro, perfect to spend a few days before or after the Olympics.”
The wide Manguinhos Beach is the hub for kiteboarding, where beginners can start by taking a few lessons. It also has an authentic fish market which you can peruse before stopping for lunch to enjoy the fresh catches of the day. For a more star-studded stay, head to Ferradura Beach. It hugs a charming cove with a sea of opulent mansions dotting its hillsides.
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Windsurfing – Maui, Hawaii
According to our experts at Hawaii Hideaways you can experience amazing windsurfing from your own backyard in exquisite Banyan Cove on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Located on the beautiful north shore of the island, it is one of the best locales for windsurfing in all of Hawaii and could even be considered the current windsurfing capital of the world.
It is within easy walking distance from the artsy town of Paia, where all like-minded athletes play and dwell. It’s also nearby the world famous Hookipa Beach Park and the Kapalua Ridge Trail, though the natural beauty of the island and its verdant tropical vegetation are everywhere you look.
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Surfing – Kauai, Hawaii
Surfing immediately comes to mind when Hawaii is mentioned. Sylvia Delvaille Jones of Villas and Apartments Abroad sends us to one of the best places to hit the waves: the beautiful island of Kauai.
“It’s on the northern coast which is very lush and exotic,” details Sylvia. “Since it tends to be windier, it’s perfect for wind driven sports. A main focus of visitors to this island is outdoors activities, especially at sea.
“Hanalei Bay with its backdrop of mountains and waterfalls is a great base. Another ideal spot is Kahili Bay, one of Kauai’s most secluded and scenic beaches. Multisport lovers might prefer Rock Quarry beach with its excellent surfing, as well as paddle boarding/kayaking on the river.”
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White-Water Rafting – Montana, U.S.A.
Montana has some of the most awe-inspiring scenery of the Americas. Amidst the mountains snake powerful rivers, like the fabled Yellowstone River, the longest free-flowing river in North America. It originates in Yellowstone National Park and flows almost 700 miles to its confluence with the Missouri River.
One of the best watersport activities on this formidable river is white water rafting, advise our experts at Mountain Homes. They suggest trying out this activity through the legendary rapids of Yankee Jim Canyon. The location is ideal for first time rafters as well as experienced thrill-seekers. The narrow canyon features class III and class IV rapids and racing over them is a pulse-raising experience. The river can be paddled during a full or half day rafting trip like those offered by Wild West White Water Rafting.
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