When summer's heat lingers, keep cool by planning your family's next adventure. Here are three ideas:
Sayulita, Mexico. Turn back the clock with a trip to the Mexican fishing village 45 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta, where dirt and cobblestone roads lead to a sleepy beach for a relaxing seaside vacation. Affordable villas and casitas provide family-size space.
Older kids will find this beach community ideal for learning to surf or practicing their long-board skills. Nearby, find fishing excursions, jungle exploration and trips to a reef for snorkeling. For details: www.sayulitalife.com
San Juan Islands, Washington state. Join University of Washington biologists to learn about creatures that live in the ocean depths as well as shoreline tide pools. Kayak among orcas and sea lions, bike and hike the picturesque islands off the Washington coast, and visit the Whale Museum. Stay nourished mentally and physically each day by time together and locally grown, organic meals prepared by well-trained guides. The trip is recommended for ages 8 and older. For details: www.rei.com/ adventures/trips/namer/fsj .html .
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Boundary Waters canoe trips, Ely, Minn. With more than a million acres of woodlands and water at your disposal, you and your family can swim, fish, paddle and share stories next to a campfire at day's end.
Your outfitter will help match the dozens of entry points and wilderness canoe routes to your family's vision for this back-to-basics experience. No matter the skill level, your family will emerge as experts in portaging and paddling. Details: www.boundary watersoutfitters.com/family- canoe-trips.htm .