I just got back from my fifth trip to Beaches Resorts, and once again it didn’t disappoint. There’s always so much to do, but are you aware of all the Beaches Resorts free water sports activities?
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If you don’t already know, Beaches Resorts is all inclusive. They take that moniker seriously, so things are really all inclusive there.
What does that mean? All those water sports that tease you in other resorts? They’re included at Beaches Resorts.
While each Beaches Resort offers slightly different waters ports options, they’re all included. For example, Negril and Ocho Rios locations offer more motorized water sports than Turks & Caicos, but the everything’s included philosophy remains the same.
This information focuses on Beaches Resorts Turks & Caicos. You can find each of these activities in the Jamaica locations, though times may vary slightly.
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What free water activities can you do at Beaches Resorts?
The short answer is most of the basics. You can participate in snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, aqua trikes, and more. If you’re a certified SCUBA diver, that’s included, too.
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You can both get your initial certification as well as your Advanced Open Water certification or other courses at the resort with a top notch dive team. If you’re an experienced diver and plan to visit Beaches Resorts or Sandals resorts semi-regularly, consider looking into the Elite Diver program.
There are a few water sports that aren’t included. If you want to do special excursions like deep sea fishing or more extensive snorkeling that include lunch or other variations, you book those through Island Routes either online before your Beaches Resorts vacation or at the desk once you arrive.
SNUBA is another great example of a really fun excursion that has extra costs to it, but it’s a great transition between snorkeling and SCUBA.
The best part is that the activities you may not be so comfortable with also offer free lessons. While that doesn’t include ASA sailing experiences – which Beaches Resorts does offer – you can get unlimited free sailing lessons to get comfortable on the water.
Snorkeling at Beaches Resorts
For snorkeling, you have a couple options. They provide snorkeling equipment – mask, and life vest – at no charge. For snorkeling on your own, they do not provide fins.
You can check them out from the water sports desk and go snorkeling on your own at any time – and the life vest is mandatory.
You can check out the equipment anytime the water sports desk is open up to about an hour before they close. They ask that you return the equipment before they close each night. They’re open 9am to 6pm daily.
At Beaches Resorts Turks and Caicos, there’s a great marine park called Coral Gardens about a ten minute walk south of the resort along the beach. Swim to the marked buoys about 30 feet out and swim around the coral formation to see all sorts of fish.
Directly to the side of that snorkeling area, you find sea grass. Explore a bit in that area, as well. You can often find sea turtles swimming, which is definitely worth the walk.
Beaches Resorts also offers an organized boat snorkel trips. They use a dive boat to take you to a good location to see lots of sea life.
Again, they provide the equipment, though you’re free to use your own if you choose. They don’t always go to the same location, so feel free to sign up more than once.
The trips last a little over an hour, and I recommend you sign up the morning before you want to go out. The aqua center only takes reservations one day in advance, and these trips often fill up if you wait until late in the day to register.
During high season, some guests tell me they have to show up early at 6:30 or 7am to get a spot on the snorkel trip because it is so popular. Fortunately, they offer many times during the day, and if they have no shows, you can often pop onboard.
Snorkel Trip Schedule:
- Monday to Friday: 9am, 11am, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm
- Saturday and Sunday: 9:30am and 11:30am
Additionally, there are other paid snorkeling trips that you can book through Island Routes, but let’s focus on the free ones for now!
Kayaking at Beaches Resorts
The resort also offers kayaks you can use for free. Sign up for them at the water sports hut.
You must wear a life vest, and generally they fit two people, though a child can sit in the third seat and enjoy a ride. These are traditional kayaks and not a clear kayak.
If you aren’t comfortable with your kayak skills, ask for a lesson. The guys working the water sports hut do a fantastic job explaining the details. They offer free lessons 9am to 5:30pm daily.
If the water is too rough, you cannot go kayaking, so watch for red or black flags. I’ve periodically seen red flags, but they’re almost always green or yellow.
Aqua Trikes at Beaches Resorts
The aqua trikes are a hoot. You’ve all seen the paddle boats at various lakes and other locations. These operate under the same philosophy, but they’re… huge tricycles.
Two people can pedal at a time on the bench of the aqua trike, but three can easily fit on the bench for a ride. There’s a steering column, but recognize that your turning radius isn’t exactly narrow.
These are a ton of fun to use, but they only offer them when the ocean is at green flag status, so take advantage when you can! They’re available for check out from the water sports desk from 9am to 5pm.
Stand Up Paddle Boards at Beaches Resorts
If you’ve never tried stand up paddle boards, know that these give you a fantastic workout. These are yet another fun – and unique – free water sports offering at Beaches Resorts.
Find them at the water sports activity hut. The workers will get the paddle board down and into the water for you, and yes, they’ll give you lessons if it’s your first time. Or your second or twentieth.
You can request those lessons anytime you show up between 9am and 5pm. As long as there’s someone available – and there generally is – you’re good to go!
Windsurfing at Beaches Resorts
I’ve seen people windsurfing in the ocean for years and admired as they glide across the water. I’ve never seen it offered for free at an all inclusive resort before though.
Beaches Resorts yet again provides a unique offering. The good news? They offer lessons as this isn’t an easy sport.
In fact, halfway through my first lesson a few years ago, the instructor told me I was no Tom Brady. (Well of course I’m not – but lucky man had just taught him to windsurf a few weeks earlier.)
The lessons are thorough and really helpful. You start on the sand and learn how to control the sail. This lets you practice before you head into the ocean.
Once you get in the ocean, the instructor remains nearby to help provide useful tips as you try to get comfortable with the sport. It’s not an easy task, but it’s so fun once you get the hang of it.
I strongly suggest not giving up after your first lesson. The second lesson and third are much easier than the first, and all lessons are free.
Sailing at Beaches Resorts
Of course Beaches Resorts offers sailing. If you know how to sail already, you can take out the Hobie Cats or Laser Bugs, depending on the resort you visit.
If you don’t know how to sail and just want a quick tutorial, you can go out on a Hobie Cat with an instructor for a half hour or so lesson or just a fun sail every day anytime 9:30am to noon and again 2:30 to 5pm.
I’ve done the lessons a couple times and was surprised by how quickly I felt comfortable handling the boat. I’m not ready to take the boat out on my own, but maybe I’ll get there on my next trip.
Beaches Resorts also offers a more rigorous course as a paid add on. You can sign up for a four day Sailing Fun program with two hours of sailing daily.
This Sailing Fun Experience counts towards credit towards your ASA certification if you want to earn that at some point. Beaches Resorts does not offer the full ASA certification yet.
The cost for the Sailing Fun Experience is $150 per person (or $500 for a group of four signing up together). You can also sign up for a private course for $500.
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