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If blue is your favorite color, you’ve come to the right place: This is the section of the site where we go on the water and under it. Divers, snorkelers, paddlers, and sailors will all find enough trips to keep you dreaming through snowy winters.

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Beaches & Water Sports: The Bucket List

 


Into the sea!

Horseback Riding into the Sea in Turks and Caicos Islands

Diamond had been rescued from a schizophrenic pothead on Provo, I learned. The standardbred horse sometimes takes issue with people at eye level, but he was a sweetheart once I took the saddle. Similar stories ride on the backs of the two dozen or so indigenous and imported Turks & Caicos ...
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Diving Silfra, Iceland, between the Continental Plates

Tentative: In the illustrated dictionary of my imaginings, the word has a picture of me sitting between the Eurasian and North American continental plates, getting up the nerve to immerse myself in water that is 35 degrees Fahrenheit. I'm so ready for the shock of numbing cold that when I dip ...
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The author rides the bow through class-4 rapids. Credit: Rios Tropicales

River Rafting in Costa Rica

I perched in the front of the bouncing rubber raft like a figurehead, clinging to the side straps for dear life, forgetting not to scream as wave after wave slapped my face and filled my mouth. Peals of pure laughter followed my shrieks of  joy while my raft mates paddled ...
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It's almost impossible to capture bioluminescence on camera, but this gives you an idea. Credit: Florida's Space Coast/Florida Today.

Kayaking in Bioluminescence on Florida’s Space Coast

The hulking, witchy-armed mangroves engulfed me in such solitude and deep darkness that I had the fleeting thought I should be apprehensive  -- out there in a solo kayak in the middle of the night with no one else in sight. But the magical liquid light show around me immersed ...
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Day trip with the Sea Lion to Paltra Sur (©photocoen)

Snorkeling with Sharks in the Galápagos Islands

"Shark!" I was facedown in the water, following a schools of surgeonfish weaving their way among the rocks, yet the word registered loud and clear. I looked up and saw my partner Coen waving frantically, pointing to something underneath his body. I swam towards him, careful not to make any sudden movements ...
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Maine Windjammers off Rockland (Photo by Stillman Rogers)

Sailing on Maine Windjammer Angelique

My husband Tim is a sailing ship nut who could happily spend day after day standing on a swaying deck watching the sails billow and the shore slide past. Born a century earlier, he might have run away to sea as a cabin boy. But would 12-year-old Mary and I ...
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Protected from wind and wake, Mirror Lake is well-named

Kayaking in Peace and Quiet on Mirror Lake, Wisconsin

The only sound is a quiet drip-drip-drip as water droplets fall off the edge of my paddle, each one plopping into the glassy sheen, then rippling outward in concentric circles in the otherwise still waters of Mirror Lake. No need to guess how it got its name. I've been spending a ...
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Looking down Mill Creek at Sandwich Boardwalk, Cape Cod. Photo credit: H. Nijkamp

Playing at Sandwich’s Town Neck Beach and Boardwalk on Cape Cod

As you round the last bend on Boardwalk Road, the lush green of the salt marsh comes into view, further out the dunes rise up and the boardwalk appears in front of you. At extreme high tides the marshes may be entirely under water, giving the impression that the boardwalk ...
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