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Take a Different Kind of Vacation This Year


Do you get bored lying on the beach sipping mimosas? Would you rather spend your time focusing on reaching your health and fitness goals? If you want a one-of-a-kind experience, check out the selection of fitness-focused vacations available around the world.

You don’t have to give up the coveted location or your down time but you will have the option to occupy your time with hikes, beach workouts, group activities and more. Not only do these vacations offer a wide range of exercise classes and active outings, many also provide healthy, nutritious meals. Here are just a few of the many options available:

Start at Your Core

With Core Fitness Vacations travelers don’t have to give up going to the beach or the pool, but they should be prepared for 5 hours a day of structured workouts and adventures. Participants choose from two tropical locations, Clearwater Beach, Florida, or St. Lucia in the Caribbean. All packages include three healthy chef-prepared meals a day, nutrition counseling, personalized workouts and full spa access. These destinations are designed as holistic wellness retreats that incorporate all aspects of mind, body and spirit, according to the company’s website.

Get Off the Beaten Path

Mountain Trek Fitness Retreats & Health Spa is for travelers who want to get away from the city and spend their time hiking through the back country of British Columbia or Baja California, Mexico. This company offers a boot-camp style vacation conducive to helping guests with weight loss and fitness goals. Daily activities include yoga classes, hikes and explorations, group fitness classes and massages.

Attend Beach Boot Camps

Getaway Fitness provides its guests with a one-of-a-kind experience, including options for intensive exercise and relaxation to help guests rejuvenate. Visitors have many options to fill their days, including various fitness, yoga and Zumba® classes, beach boot camps, kayaking, biking, health and nutrition lectures, spa services and more. Customers also receive fitness assessments, nutrition counseling and three healthy gourmet meals a day. Locations include St. Pete Beach, Florida; San Diego, California; and the Caribbean.


Discover Yourself

Women of any age and ability can enjoy a fitness retreat designed to promote self-discovery, health and a balanced lifestyle. Womens Quest™ offers vacations filled with activities that integrate the body, mind and spirit in a supportive environment. Women can choose from many different locations ranging from Hawaii to Italy. Each trip offers different activities based on the location and season as well as personalized life coaching.

Push Your Limits

Travelers can test their fitness levels, connect with nature and relax with Sol Fitness Adventures. There are many locations to choose from in Utah, around the United States and internationally. Guests can customize their days hiking, biking, backpacking, stand-up paddling, yoga, meditation and more.

Focus on Your Goals

Private Fitness Retreats in Delray Beach, Florida, offers highly customized vacation experiences. The options are suitable for individuals, couples and small groups of fewer than six people. The fully customizable vacations focus on each person’s fitness and weight loss goals and preferences. The retreats also have different themes, including weight loss, stress reduction, flexibility, sports-specific goals, strength or endurance enhancement.


Have you taken a fitness vacation? If so, what was it like? Would you recommend it to others? If you haven’t taken one would you consider it?


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Jessica Cline

Jessica is a former editorial assistant at IDEA Health and Fitness Association.

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