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Top 5 Destinations for Action-Packed Vacations
by Roy Witman ©2009

The word “vacation” means different things to different people. Some want to lounge on the beach sipping a piña colada while others crave adventure. Before booking your next vacation, you'll want to make sure the destination offers what you're looking for.

Vacation spots such as Europe center around history and culture more than activities. While sightseeing and tours are plentiful, those with a need for speed will likely long for something more. With that in mind, here are my recommendations for the top 5 action-packed destinations.

#5 - Mexico

From Cozumel to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico offers a great variety of activities for thrill seekers. Hike through dense rainforests or explore jungles, plunge down a natural waterfall, race off on a Baja four- wheeler adventure or Jeep safari, soar to new heights while parasailing high above the ocean and much more.

#4 - The Bahamas

One of the most popular cruise destinations, the Bahamas gives you plenty of opportunities for fun. Swim with dolphins or dive deeper with a guided scuba adventure. Participate in an actual race aboard one of two America's Cup vessels as part of the sailing team or hop aboard a Thriller powerboat for a high- speed tour you'll not soon forget.

#3 - Hawaii

Hawaii has some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world, but it is also filled with excitement for adventure seekers. Catch a wave off Oahu's famous North Shore, which offers some of the best surfing in the world. Hike through lava fields to the top of active volcanoes for up-close views of fire pits, lava tubes and an 11-mile crater rim. Dolphin encounters, off-road adventures and more are also available.

#2 - Alaska

Just imagine yourself flying across an expanse of solid white with a team of dogs under your control. Dog sledding is just one of the many quests Alaska delivers. Tour the Inside Passage for a salmon-fishing tour guaranteed to get your heart pumping. Hop a high-speed catamaran and zip past blue icebergs, as white thunder crashes all around you, or explore the most remote areas of the Juneau Icefield by foot. The frozen tundra awaits!

#1 - The Caribbean

Reportedly the number-one cruise vacation spot of all time, the Caribbean is comprised of a string of small islands dotted throughout the Atlantic Ocean. There's little wonder why with all the thrilling excursions you can participate in. Climb Jamaica's Dunn's River Falls, go whitewater rafting or mountain biking in Costa Rica's rainforests. Snorkel with stingrays, ride horses on the beach- from helmet diving to jungle-river tubing, you'd better take your vitamins because the Caribbean will keep you on your toes.

The world is filled with exceptional destinations for thrill seekers, but these 5 top the list of satisfying the action lover's thirst. Before booking a cruise to any location, check the list of available excursions to ensure you'll have numerous options to keep you busy.

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