4 Epic Water-based Vacations

Saying goodbye to summer can be difficult, especially if you love to be near the water. To ease the pain, plan ahead for next year or find a way to get on the water now. Here are some ideas for an epic seaside trip.

Deep-sea Fishing

If you think fishing is boring, you have never been on a deep-sea fishing charter. Trips combine scenic locations, exciting fishing excursions and plenty of fresh seafood. Go north to Alaska and fish for salmon, rockfish, lingcod and halibut. Head south to Guatemala or Costa Rica and try catching mahimahi, tuna, sailfish and marlin. In most cases, your catch is cleaned, professionally butchered and packaged for you. Many charter companies ship it to your home as part of their service.

Beach-front Home

Do you dream of living on the beach? You can, if only for a week or two. Beautiful beach house rentals Newport Beach CA are an ideal home base for a fun, relaxing vacation. Some are adjacent to sandy swimming beaches, others have their own boat docks. Balboa Island offers the best southern California has to offer. Outdoors, enjoy sun, sand and swimming. The waters around Balboa are great for stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and snorkeling. In town, visit quaint boutiques and gourmet eateries. In an hour or less you can be on Catalina Island or in Disneyland.

Sailing Lessons

One of the most exciting ways to learn how to sail is to take a sailing vacation. Part exotic retreat, part intensive training school, a learn-to-sail vacation can be an epic way to spend a holiday.

Most learning vacations last a week, during which you live onboard the vessel and divide your days between lessons and downtime. Meals are provided on the sailboat. Host schools may follow curricula set forth by the American Sailing Association or by U.S. Sailing. Either way, you should return home with a certification to skipper a monohull, catamaran or yacht.

Kayaking Tours

If the idea of boating sounds good, but you are not ready for the size and learning curve of sailing, try your hand at kayaking. Once you master a few paddling basics you are ready to embark on a kayak tour. You may opt for a few days in the Grand Tetons or a week in the fjords of Alaska. More exotic locations include Patagonia, Norway and the Galapagos Islands. Choose a guided tour or strike out on your own — mild or wild, kayaking lets you experience the best of water and land in one amazing trip.