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Ah, water. A basic need with transformative properties. Practical, part of everyday experience, yet mystical in its fluid identity. A main ingredient in your vacation for fun and excitement, or the soothing rejuvenator of a hurried mind and body. These water experiences can’t be recreated anywhere else.
Cenotes, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Take an unforgettable dip in swimming pools only nature could create. Made of limestone, the water that fills them is rich with healthy nutrients. Also filled with marine fossils, stalactites and stalagmites and surrounded by organic vegetation, the cenotes are considered sacred and are even blessed by Mayan priests.
Hot Springs, Costa Rica
Five active volcanos make for some seething underground energy. In between Arenal National Park and the Arenal Volcano are mineral springs bubbling in the rainforest preserve. Mineralized and heated by the subterranean magma, the hot springs offer an ecological brilliance and a nourishing soak.
Stingray City, Grand Cayman
Shallow sandbars, jewel-toned waters and a smooth stingray gliding past you. Welcome to Stingray City, an interactive, untamed water park for visitors and home to the southern stingray, some with wingspans stretching over 6.5 feet. This may be a tourist attraction, but we like to think of it as a stingray retreat.
Bioluminescent Lagoon, Jamaica
Each night, the glow-in-the-dark phenomenon becomes a place out of this world, so much so that it’s been likened to moving stars. Microorganisms thrive where the freshwater meets sea water, and light up when they are touched. Playful splashing becomes sparkles, and quiet viewing sometimes conjures the outline of a fish.