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7 Adventures That Celebrate the Sun

Article by Tom Weede

Even during the cold, damp weather of winter, there are tropical destinations bathed in sunshine just waiting to be explored. In fact, with temperatures retreating from summer highs, the winter can be the best time to travel to Florida, the Caribbean or Latin America and create memories that will last through the winter and beyond.

Diving Adventures in Cancun, Mexico

Start your scuba experience with a diving lesson in the pool at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun. The two-hour class is part of a three-day course that culminates with an exhilarating dive off the coast. In these warm waters of the Caribbean, you’ll be immersed in a turquoise-colored world of manta rays, starfish, brightly colored schools of fish and sea turtles as long as 5 feet.

Explore Canals and Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Known as the Venice of America, Fort Lauderdale is sliced by 165 miles of scenic canals, part of the 3,000-mile Intracoastal Waterway that runs between the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Take one of the sightseeing boats or jump on a water taxi to visit the waterfront shops and restaurants. For a more natural escape, opt for an airboat ride in the nearby Everglades to view colorful flora and fauna, including alligators and Florida panthers.


    Indulge in Aruba’s Palm Beach

    The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba overlooks spectacular Palm Beach, a two-mile strip with white powder sand and calm turquoise waters.     Enjoy the view in luxe relaxation from the comfort of a poolside or beach cabana featuring plush lounge chairs, personalized     amenities, fresh fruit and beverages. Mix in active play with beach volleyball and beach tennis — it’s a popular island sport that’s     like tennis but played on a beach volleyball court. 



The Ultimate Tennis Experience in Key Biscayne, Miami, Florida

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami features one of the best tennis facilities in the world — the Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center. Don’t have a tennis partner? The center is known for being adept at matching players of similar skill. Or brush up with a lesson from tennis great Cliff Drysdale, who designed the facility to include innovative elements such as soft nets for fencing and underground irrigation.

Kayaking through the Mangroves in Grand Cayman

Mangroves are the forests of the sea — tough shrub and tree species found along tropical shorelines, rivers and estuaries, with twisting, sculptural roots that provide a nursery for reef animals. Experience their quiet beauty up close on The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Mangrove Kayak Adventure, part of the Ambassadors of the Environment program. With glass bottom double kayaks, you won’t miss any submerged highlights.

A Masterful Round of Golf in Naples, Florida

Tee it up for championship golf on the lush fairways of The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. The resort offers two Greg Norman designed courses just three miles from The Ritz-Carlton, Naples beach resort. The courses — which feature unique stacked sod wall bunkers and coquina shell waste bunkers —incorporate and protect the natural beauty of the land. It’s no surprise that the area is designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary

In Search of the Green Flash in Sarasota, Florida

Join the evening sunset celebration at The Ritz-Carlton Beach Club, where you’ll see one of Sarasota’s most dazzling attractions. As the sun sets off the Gulf’s waters, the sky is filled with vibrant hues ranging from radiant orange to warm golden tones to muted shades of pink and purple. If the conditions are just right, you may catch a flash of green, a sunset mirage that appears just above the upper rim of the sun as it slips below the horizon.