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Top 10 Things to Do During Your Vacation at the Beach

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Are you craving the perfect beach getaway? Get ready to dive headfirst into sun, sand, and sea because we’re here to list the top 10 things to do during your ultimate vacation in West Palm Beach! We can help you plan ahead and make sure you make the most of your time by the shore.

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Water Adventures


Imagine soaring high above the shimmering ocean, feeling the salty breeze in your hair and the thrill of being suspended in the sky. That's exactly what parasailing has in store for you!

Parasailing involves being harnessed to a parachute and towed behind a boat. It's like flying, minus the wings. You can give parasailing a try even if you’re a beginner, as professional guides will be with you every step of the way to ensure your adventure is both exhilarating and secure.


If you've ever dreamt of exploring the secrets of the underwater world, snorkeling is your ticket to an aquatic adventure. Grab your mask, snorkel, and fins, and get ready to plunge into a world of wonder.

Professionals can guide you to the best snorkeling spots teeming with vibrant coral reefs and captivating marine life. Worried about what gear to bring? Your instructors will take care of that! Snorkeling is an adventure the whole family can enjoy, so don't miss out on this incredible beach experience.

Before you book your snorkeling adventure, check out these tips:

  • Check the weather and ocean conditions.
  • Apply sunscreen generously.
  • Know your limits and stay within them.
  • Keep a safe distance from marine life.
  • Practice proper snorkel breathing techniques.
  • Be mindful of the underwater environment.
  • Buddy up for safety.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Enjoy the experience and take photos to capture memories.


For those craving an adrenaline rush that blends the thrill of surfing with the excitement of water skiing, wakeboarding is the way to go. You’ll be gliding across calm waters on a wakeboard, all while holding onto a towrope attached to a speeding boat.

It's a thrilling experience that'll have you grinning from ear to ear. Don't worry if you're new to this — we've got expert tips and safety measures to ensure you have a splashing good time, such as:

  • Wear a properly fitted life jacket at all times.
  • Communicate clearly with the boat driver using predefined hand signals.
  • Start in a crouched position with knees bent to maintain balance.
  • Keep your weight centered over the board and distribute it evenly.
  • Keep your arms relaxed and maintain a slight bend at the elbows.
  • Use your hips and body movement to steer and control the board.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and potential obstacles.
  • If you fall, let go of the towrope to avoid being dragged.
  • Familiarize yourself with the boat's safety procedures and emergency protocols.

Water Skiing

Looking to combine fun with fitness? Water skiing might just be your new favorite beach activity. Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned pro, water skiing offers an exhilarating way to spend your day on the water as you glide on two skis, one foot in each binding, and hold onto a towrope attached to a speeding boat. Prepare for an amazing full-body workout while having a blast on the waves!


Hold on tight because tubing behind a boat is an adventure that'll leave you breathless (in a good way!). You'll be perched atop an inflatable tube, bouncing and skipping across the waves. Instructors will provide safety tips beforehand, give you a tube, and let you in on what to expect during this heart-pounding activity.  

Tubing is also a kids favorite because it promises oodles of laughter, splashes, and thrilling adventures, creating beach vacation memories they'll cherish forever!

Private Charters

Why settle for the ordinary when you can experience the extraordinary? Renting a private charter is your golden ticket to exploring the beach from a whole new perspective. If you're interested in a fishing expedition or a romantic sunset cruise, a private charter can make it happen.

Private charters offer unparalleled privacy, luxury, and unforgettable memories. You also can take along your favorite snacks and curate a playlist to add an extra layer of fun and enjoyment to your adventure on the high seas!

Sunbathing and Beachcombing

Sunbathing at the beach is a relaxing way to soak up the sun, recharge, and enjoy the coastal breeze. Remember to stay safe by applying sunscreen every three hours and staying hydrated.

Beachcombing, on the other hand, is a treasure hunt for seashells, sea glass, and more, which provides a fun and educational experience for all ages. Always respect nature and follow responsible beachcombing practices to keep the beaches pristine.

people on vacation in west palm beach

Beach Picnics and Bonfires

What's a beach vacation without indulging in a little beachside dining and bonfire magic? Pack the perfect seaside picnic and complete with delectable treats and refreshing beverages.

And when the sun sets, don't miss out on the enchantment of a beach bonfire. Get late night snacks and prepare interesting stories to create unforgettable memories with your loved ones as the night unfolds.

Beach Volleyball

If you're a fan of friendly competition and sandy courts, beach volleyball should be at the top of your list. You’ll dig your toes into the warm sand as you set, spike, and dive for the ball. Whether you're a pro or new to the sport, beach volleyball is a fantastic way to stay active and socialize with fellow beachgoers.

Beach Frisbee

Sometimes, keeping it simple and fun is the way to go. Enter beach frisbee! It's an incredibly fun and easygoing activity that can be enjoyed by people of all skill levels.

Whether you're playing a friendly game with friends or family or just tossing a frisbee back and forth while enjoying the sun and surf, beach frisbee encourages social interaction and physical activity.

Bird Watching

Beach enthusiasts don't just appreciate the sea; they also enjoy the coastal ecosystem. Birdwatching at the beach is a serene and educational experience, and West Palm Beach offers fantastic opportunities for this activity. You might encounter common coastal birds like pelicans, seagulls, and sandpipers. If you're lucky, you may even spot more elusive species like roseate spoonbills or ospreys.

To make the most of your birdwatching adventure, here are some tips:

  • Bring binoculars and a field guide for bird identification.
  • Dress in muted, natural colors to blend into the environment.
  • Stay quiet and move slowly to avoid startling the birds.
  • Be patient and observant; sometimes, the best sightings take time.
  • Respect wildlife and their habitats; maintain a safe distance.
  • Keep hydrated, protect yourself from the sun, and use insect repellent as needed.
  • Join a local birdwatching group or take guided tours for expert insights.

Local Cuisine

Your beach vacation isn't complete without indulging in the delectable local cuisine offered at beachside restaurants. Get recommendations about must-try dishes that showcase the flavors of the coast and highlight the experience of dining with an ocean view.

Beach Bars and Nightclubs

The beach doesn't go to sleep when the sun sets! here are many nightlife options available at the beach, from lively beach bars where you can sip on tropical cocktails while listening to live music and enjoying the ocean breeze, to bustling nightclubs where you can dance the night away to the latest tunes spun by talented DJs.

If you're up for a different kind of adventure, consider joining a beachfront movie screening for a more relaxed evening under the stars.

people tubing on vacation in west palm beach

Are You Planning a Vacation or Getaway to West Palm Beach?

Contact Adventure Watersports to schedule your water sports adventures! From snorkeling to parasailing, we’ll help you make the most of your time in this beautiful coastal paradise. Call today!

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