GEORGIA, USA, Friday January 6, 2017 – Whether you’re determined to ditch the pounds piled on over the holidays, or are among a growing number of travellers who demand fitness facilities to compliment vacation fun, destinations worldwide are at your service to cater to every healthy living need.
A New Year health kick doesn’t have to mean detox, denial and downright misery, however, a fact illustrated by freelance travel writer Joe Minihane who compiled CNN’s Top 10 fitness vacations for the New Year.
The Caribbean secured two places on the list in the shape of Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
Minihane singled out cycling and swimming in Cuba, indicating that cycling across the island was “a great way not only to shed a bit of holiday timber, but also to get steeped in the country’s recent history.”
He recommended Responsible Travel’s nine-day jaunt from Havana to Santa Clara, which he described as “an easy-going affair, following quiet coastal routes and stopping at beaches such as Playa Larga for a dip, as well as at key sites including the Bay of Pigs and Che Guevara’s mausoleum.”
Moving on to the Dominican Republic, the eco adventure-themed Extreme Hotel Cabarete was recommended to “get your 2017 off to a flying start” with everything from kitesurfing to trapeze training.
According to CNN: “Cabarete on the Dominican Republic’s north coast is about more than just riding waves. The eco adventure-themed Extreme Hotel serves up adrenaline fuelled ways of getting in shape, from kite surfing on azure waters to trying out trapeze at the country’s only dedicated circus school.
The latter is staffed by internationally certified trainers, helping visitors learn to build core muscle groups in an approach that’s way beyond the average sweaty gym class.”
There are also regular fitness camps and yoga classes for those who want something “a touch less out there.”
The Caribbean had plenty of competition on the Top 10 with Self-guided walks on England’s North Downs Way; Muay Thai in Koh Samui and Bangkok, Thailand; Log lifting and sand dune running in Zanzibar; Beach boot camps in Miami; Cycle safari in Tanzania; Yoga and meditation in the Indian Himalayas; and Ski mountaineering in the Italian Alps.