1. Create your own dolphin tale at Sandpearl Resort. As the first silver LEED-certified resort in Florida, Sandpearl’s mission is to uphold its eco-conscious principles to preserve the beautiful beaches of Clearwater and wildlife. Get up close and personal with animals at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, work behind the scenes assisting with the poolside feeding of resident dolphins, and even sharks, and hop aboard the Dolphin Adventure catamaran to learn more about the dolphin population; sandpearl.com.
2. Learn to surf at W Punta de Mita, a chic, indigenous-inspired beach resort located on Mexico’s coveted Riviera Nayarit. The resort pays homage to local surf culture found throughout Banderas Bay and the nearby fishing village of Sayulita with design and décor touches that include beds with headboards made of surfboards. This resort features a WAVE Surf Shop on property that offers private and group surf lessons complete with souvenir GoPro photos; wpuntademita.com.
3. Live like a Bajan in Barbados while staying at Crystal Cove, an all-inclusive on Barbados’ sparkling west coast. Learn to play calypso classics on the steel pan, or jump in for a game of road tennis, the island’s sport of choice. Journey to Turtle Beach, a vibrant beachfront all-inclusive to play beach cricket. Or, embark on a culinary tour through a farmer’s market, collecting ingredients for an authentic cooking class upon returning to the resort; eleganthotels.com/crystal-cove.
4. Mingle with monkeys and sloths in Panama. A tropical beachfront oasis just outside bustling Panama City, The Westin Playa Bonita is an ideal escape for the adventurous looking to experience local wildlife. The resort partners with Gamboa Tours to offer a Gatun Lake boat expedition, which brings travelers face-to-face with howler and spider monkeys, caiman and various species of tropical birds; westinplayabonita.com