If you’re looking for a vacation that will keep your high-energy kids entertained while getting them out into nature, a getaway that incorporates water sports is your best bet. What better way to spend a summer vacation than splashing in the sea and riding the waves? We’ve narrowed down the options so you can choose from the very best water sports resorts in the world.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado, California

Located at the bay in Coronado’s lovely Silver Strand Road near Silver Strand State Beach, Loews Coronado Bay Resort is a wonderful treat for energetic families seeking an adventurous vacation. You can wander down to the big beach to build sandcastles, splash in the waves or collect shells, or take part in a fun variety of water sports in the bay. The resort has facilities for water skiing, paddle boarding, surfing and wave running, so you’re sure to be entertained throughout your vacation. The resort has a relaxed, feel-good atmosphere that will have the whole family looking forward to the next visit.

The Bitter End Yacht Club, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

The stunning British Virgin Islands are the perfect place for your dream vacation. The Bitter End is all about sailing and water sports- you and your kids can transform from nervous land-lubbers to experienced saileos in no time under the careful professional tuition offered by the resort. The Bitter End is famously relaxed and laid back, so you don’t have to worry about dressing up or impressing anyone, although you may catch sight of neighbour Richard Branson while you explore the deep seas.

Casa Marina Resort, Key West, Florida

Casa Marina is the largest resort in the Florida Keys- it has a huge private beach, a large private swimming pool for its guests and tons of thrilling water sports for your family. You can dive deep into the sea with a snorkel to check out the coral and beautiful life underwater, or set out on a kayak or boat with the kids to get a feel for the waves. The resort will take you out parasailing, windsurfing and waverunning, and even offers dolphin encounters to get you up close and personal with some real life sea creatures.

Woodloch Pines, Hawley, Pennsylvania

Woodloch Pines is a beautiful lakeside retreat set in the scenic Pocono Mountains region, just three hours away from New York City. The resort is all-inclusive, comfortable and offers traditional family fun in the great outdoors. The resort’s lakeside location gives you the chance to try all sort of fun water sports, including boat rides, canoeing, fishing, swimming, bumper boating, waterskiing and kayaking. The VENTURE program caters especially for kids, with trained counsellors on site to teach them archery, take them out water white rafting and exploring the local nature trails.

Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes, Vermont

Your family can sleep comfortably in a historic cottage or guesthouse at Basin Harbor Club, a vast rustic resort overlooking Lake Champlain. Kids can get involved with all sorts of water sports and outdoor activities, and after a long day on the lake you can all sit down for a delicious five course dinner in the resort’s Main Dining Room. The resort also has a program available for teens, so every age group in the family is catered to.

Four Seasons Maui, Wailea, Hawaii

The Four Seasons Maui is one of the world’s best luxury family resorts, with beautiful accommodation, incredible views and top quality service from the resort’s staff. Relax in your own personal poolside Cabana or have some fun on the water with beach volleyball, scuba lessons, snorkelling, canoeing and paddle boarding. There’s no shortage of fun to be had at the Four Seasons Maui: you’ll just wish you’d booked a longer trip.

Image: Woodloch Pines Resort by Alex Berger on Flickr.