Our love of the water leads us not only to the shore, but out across lagoons, rivers, lakes, bays, bayous, and oceans. And our choice of vessel is as vast as the bodies of water we explore.
The smallest of boats—kayaks, canoes and rowboats—rely on human propulsion. Sailboats, from the smallest dinghies to the elegant racing yachts, go where the wind blows. Whether fishing boats or cruisers, powerboats are often the choice when people need to get somewhere quickly. And personal watercraft, such as jet skis, are popular with beach vacationers all over the world.
You don’t have to own a yacht in the French Riviera to love boating. From the Caribbean to Lake Geneva, the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan, the Yangtze River to the Everglades—there are plenty of places to get on the water.
Feed blue crabs, sleep in Victorian bed and breakfasts, and take a Segway nature tour on your Amelia Island vacation.
Tempt your travel-wary teen with Barcelona’s youthful vibe and culture, funky architecture, vegetarian restaurants and sailing tours.
This popular spot in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains has added glitz and glam over the years yet remains a great place for old-fashioned fun.
Get in on one of the top activities in the BVI—sailing. Learn the ins and outs of chartering a boat, take sailing classes and you’re on your way!
Surf, swim and sail the alluring Caribbean waters off the British Virgin Islands’ tranquil Tortola.
Find the best resorts, attractions and restaurants on the third largest of the British Virgin Islands.
If you plan to take a Yangtze River cruise, plan ahead and make sure the accommodations match your expectations.
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Tortuguero, on the Atlantic side of Costa Rica, provides a wealth of opportunities to see a variety of sea turtles and other jungle life.
Learn from the author's first family cruise to the Caribbean how to make your cruise vacation a success.
Gourmet meals and French wines combine with on-shore cultural excursions for an unforgettable river cruise through the French countryside.
Mexican cruises offer families warm temperatures, native art and culture, and plenty of adventure.
Tour the tiny, coastal villages of Chesapeake Bay for a glimpse of the past and a refreshing respite from the modern metropolis.
From NASCAR racing to golf getaways and one extravagant Scotland adventure, check out these Father’s Day travel specials.
Show Dad how cool he is by sending him on an outdoor adventure or a guys’ golfing getaway with his buddies.
Jibe, tack and turn hard a-starboard on an unforgettable sailing vacation in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.
Find the best attractions and places to take the kids when visiting this quaint Idaho mountain town.
Read why this gorgeous mountain destination with an acclaimed arts community is considered one of the best small towns in the west.
One of the best ways to appreciate Lake Tahoe is to get out on the water.
Take a break from the Vegas Strip and jet ski, fish or simply kick back and relax with a houseboat rental on nearby Lake Mead.
From pirate ship sailings to glass blowing to volunteer opportunities, there are plenty of off-beach family activities for Cabo vacationers.
Australia’s second-largest city boasts arts festivals, eclectic ethnic cuisine, exotic wildlife and easy, walkable streets to explore it all.
Known as the Crown of the Continent, Glacier National Park’s scenery rivals the European Alps for beauty and variety.
From traditional sightseeing boat tours to kayaking the Hudson River and visiting working docks in New York Harbor, see the city from a new vantage point.
Want to see the Caribbean the way it used to be? Put on your flip-flops and get away to the Bay Islands of Honduras.
Take a Lake Pátzcuaro candlelit boat procession to an island cemetery celebration of the dead.
Surf’s up at O.C. beaches and seaside resorts at Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach and Dana Point.
Can’t get to Venice, Italy this year? Try a romantic gondola ride in Coronado, instead.
Georgia’s historic coastal islands offer everything from haute to honky-tonk and a pristine national seashore.
From lush rain forests to staggering mountain peaks, experience the rugged beauty of the this state’s three national parks, each an easy day-trip from Seattle.
Explore Tampa on a nature tour, including crabbing on the bay, canoeing near alligators and visiting the Big Cat Rescue sanctuary.
Tag along for this teen’s perspective on her hiking adventure along the scenic and slippery slopes of this beautiful northern trail.
Get outdoors with a trip to Traverse City, for beachcombing, scuba diving, kayaking and more.
On Providenciales, stroll along elegant Grace Bay Beach, snorkel around coral reefs and celebrate the mighty conch.
Grab your sailing gear and head out on a boating adventure in the waters around St. John and St. Thomas.
Chill on gorgeous beaches, ply Caribbean waters, tour historic attractions and shop duty-free on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John—while leaving your passport at home.
There’s no need to leave the kids at home when you can plan a family cruise vacation that satisfies all in the family.