Different types of popular activities in beach resorts

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Different types of popular activities in beach resorts

This article aims to explore different types of popular activities in beach resorts. There are millions of big and small beaches in the world and indeed many resorts have been developed in and around those beaches. Certainly, beach resorts are very popular holiday destinations for millions of visitors every year. So, what do they do when they go there?

Different types of popular activities in beach resorts

Beach resorts are different in terms of size, location, and services provided. Therefore, the provision of activities is different and may not be equally liked by every type of traveller either. Some resorts have facilities for sports such as beach volleyball and water polo, while others may not have them at all. Therefore, instead of being very specific about the activities of one type of beach resort, this article aims to look into popular activities in general and divide them into two broad categories i.e. water activities and non-water outdoor activities.

Water activities in beach resorts

The popular water-based activities in beach resorts are diving, kayaking, snorkelling, surf skiing, water polo, banana boating, windsurfing, and speedboat riding. No doubt that good swimming skill is required to do some of these activities. In some resorts, people can learn how to swim and dive with certified swimming and diving instructors. Some Caribbean resorts offer courses designed to introduce parents and their kids as young as eight to the sport of sailing.

Exploring the underwater world and bumping fins with reef fish and non-stinging jellyfish by snorkelling? How about creating a lot of laughter and splashes with banana boating? A banana boat is an inflated tube designed to carry passengers who hold on tight and try their best not to fall off! Or, wishing to combine both surfing and sailing together in windsurfing? These are some of the adventurous and popular activities in beach resorts.

According to Kwan (2017) the best snorkelling destinations in the world are Raja Ampat (Indonesia), Komodo National Park (Indonesia), the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), the Coral Triangle (Asia Pacific), the Philippines, Silver Bank (Dominican Republic), Palau (Micronesia), Great Barrier Reef (Australia), Solomon Islands, Isla Holbox (Mexico), and Kealakekua Bay (Hawaii). Some of the top windsurfing destinations are Langebaan (South Africa), Dakhla (Morocco), Cabarete (Dominican Republic), Lac Bay (Bonaire), and Gostoso (Brazil).

Non-water outdoor activities in beach resorts

Non-water outdoor activities can be divided into two groups i.e. active physical activities and relaxing activities. Active physical activities include tours around the resorts and local areas, playing sports such as beach volleyball, caving, beach football, cricket, and many more. On the other hand, relaxing activities include but not limited to watching birds and siting on pool chairs. Some people find meditation, yoga, and reading books very relaxing in resorts as well.

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Last update:  21 September 2019


Kwan, T. (2017) Snorkeling destinations: 11 of the best places in the world, available at: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/best-snorkeling-destinations/index.html (accessed 20 September, 2019)

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Author: M Rahman

M Rahman writes extensively online with an emphasis on business management, marketing, and tourism. He is a lecturer in Management and Marketing. He holds an MSc in Tourism & Hospitality from the University of Sunderland. Also, graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a BA in Business & Management Studies and completed a DTLLS (Diploma in Teaching in the Life-Long Learning Sector) from London South Bank University.