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Hotels that help you embrace your adventurous side

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Escape to adventure

Whether you want water sports, high-impact hikes or an unforgettable jungle experience, we're rounding up some hotels and resorts that put the focus on getting your adrenalin pumping.

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, Colorado

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, Colorado

Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek makes it easy for guests to get adventurous on land, in the water or in the air. The Beaver Creek Hiking Center can arrange solo or guided tours through the Rockies (for hikers of all levels), while the concierge can organize an afternoon of fly-fishing or white water rafting down the Colorado River. Take the Centennial Express high-speed chairlift to the top of the mountain for a round on the 18-hole championship disc golf course and, if you really want to have fun, enjoy a heart-thumping mountain bike ride back to the bottom.

St. Kitts Marriott Resort, St. Kitts

St. Kitts Marriott Resort, St. Kitts

The exotic landscape of gorgeous St. Kitts boasts lush rain forests, lava formations, seaside lagoons, and monkeys around every corner, making the St. Kitts Marriott Resort an ideal spot for outdoor adventure of all kinds. Located on North Frigate Bay Beach the resort makes the perfect base for lots of island-based adrenalin-inducing activities, including water sports, volcano hikes, ATV rides and ziplining through the rain forest.

Alma del Pacifico, Costa Rica

Alma del Pacifico, Costa Rica

Alma del Pacifico, a colorful boutique hotel with a fun, bohemian-chic vibe, is the ideal home base for travelers looking for off-the-grid adventure in Costa Rica. The hotel's prime location means there is an extensive array of outdoor activities to choose from, such as white water rafting, ziplining, surfing, exploring forest reserves by ATV, horseback riding along the beach, hiking and much more. The hotel itself offers various packages that also help guests reveal their inner-adventurist (at any level of experience) — from the Adrenaline Junkie Package (including ziplining and stand-up paddle boarding) to the Endless Surfing Package.

Spring Creek Ranch, Wyoming

Spring Creek Ranch, Wyoming

Spring Creek Ranch is a 1,000-acre retreat that allows guests to embrace their adventurous side no matter the season. In the winter, you can get your heart pumping with downhill skiing, dog sledding, wildlife observation tours, mountaineering, skating and snowmobiling. In the summer, try fly-fishing in the Snake River, hot-air ballooning, hiking on nature trails, white water rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking and even wildlife tours and safaris.

Royal Livingstone, Zambia

Royal Livingstone, Zambia

The five-star Royal Livingstone provides an well-balanced combination of luxury and adventure in Zambia, Africa. Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World provides the backdrop for the property, situated in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Wildlife Park. The park boasts lots of exciting wildlife, including five white rhino, various antelope, giraffe, zebra, buffalo and stunning views of the Zambezi River. Safaris are offered in 4X4 vehicles, by elephant-back and on horseback trails. There are also extensive adventure excursions offered via the property, such as bungee jumping from the falls (yikes!), white water rafting, all-terrain quad biking, rappelling, helicopter flights and micro-light flights.

The Lodge at Chaa Creek, Belize

The Lodge at Chaa Creak, Belize

Set along the banks of the Macal River and reaching toward the foothills of the Maya Mountains, Chaa Creek has provided unique adventure travel experiences for thousands of visitors. The 365-acre private nature reserve offers several ways to embrace adventure and connect with the natural environment. Take a mountain bike tour through the jungle, canoe the Macal River, go on a night hike to check out what's lurking in the rain forest after dark or head out on horseback to explore the lush surroundings. Off-site opportunities for adventure include helicopter tours, diving and snorkeling and a must-try cave tour that will have you twisting, squeezing and sometimes swimming through an ancient cave.

Copamarina Resort & Spa, Puerto Rico

Copamarina Resort & Spa, Puerto Rico

Take an authentic, unforgettable trip to Puerto Rico's undiscovered southwest coast with a visit to Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa, a 20-acre tropical resort. Situated in the seaside town of Guanica, the property offers travelers a chance to explore a new region in Puerto Rico known for nearby attractions, including the Dry Forest Reserve and Gilligan's Island. If you'd rather spend time in the water, you can enjoy top-notch water sport programming, including snorkeling, SNUBA, and kayaking. The property also features several swimming pools, a variety of water sports and recreational activities and nearby attractions.

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