Discover Your Wild Side

Discover Your Wild Side

by Gemma Gosuico

Grab your battered fedora, lace up your trusty hiking boots and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime! It's time to channel your inner Indiana Jones with a family adventure vacation in the Caribbean. Planning is made easy with these three resorts that offer a wide range of options to please everyone from adrenaline junkies to those who think a visit to a butterfly conservatory is walking on the wild side.

You and your young explorer might not discover a crystal skull in the Mayan ruins like Indiana Jones did, but travelers in search of adventurous vacations love the Occidental Grand Xcaret. Not only do guests receive discounted tickets to the eco-archeological complex of Xcaret Park, but it's within walking distance to the hotel. The park features an aquarium, scale models and historic ruins of Mayan cities, one of the world's largest butterfly pavilions, botanical gardens and an interactive dolphin program. You can swim with the dolphins or explore more than 300 miles of passageways connecting cenotes. After a day or two of adventure, the sumptuous amenities of the resort, free-form pools and private beach cove are the perfect way to unwind.

You might not meet a certain famous adventurer, but guests of the Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa in Puerto Rico can pair a family adventure vacation with civilized luxuries. Test your nerve with a zip line tour through El Yunque National Forest, adjacent to the resort and the only tropical forest in the US National Forest System. For those who don't fancy flying through the treetops, there are guided horseback rides through the lowlands, charter boats for a day on the water, evening kayak tours to Bio Bay and bike rentals to explore the 500 acres of this luxury resort. After a day with Mother Nature, the resort's exclusive spa, world-class golf course, tennis courts and easy access to Old San Juan make this destination perfect for families with diverse interests.

Jamaica lures both romantics and those seeking adventurous vacations in the Caribbean. The Riu Ocho Rios, surrounded by spectacular natural beauty and a pristine beach, is a smart choice when you want more than all inclusive, luxurious accommodations. If a perfect beach bores you, grab a picnic for a trek though Cranbrook Flower Forest or for a day getting wet at Dunn's River and Falls. The Green Grotto Caves are a must-see, and for Reggae fans, Nine Mile has guided tours of the birthplace of Bob Marley. Chukka Cove is a favorite, thanks to their horseback ride-and-swim option; pack your swimsuit and get ready for the experience of a lifetime.

Adventurous vacations are the perfect antidote for everyday routines. Surprise your family with the best adventure vacation for priceless memories that last forever!

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