Three sunny and sandy destinations to maintain your bikini body.

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Barbados

The scoop: Slow down and soak up more than just the sun on this vibrant island full of history, enchanting architecture and natural charms. Entrenched in British history, afternoon tea is a daily occurrence, cricket a pastime and colonial buildings mark the country’s past. With practically perfect weather year-round, more than 100 kilometres of beaches and glistening turquoise waters, chances are you’ll be maintaining your bikini body while wearing the suit.  

Shape up: Apart from Hawaii, this is the next best place in the world to windsurf. Silver Sands, found on the island’s south coast, is considered the top beach to try this sport with conditions that are challenging enough for experts, but forgiving for beginners. Engaging your core and upper body, this is a full-body workout best left to those comfortable in the water. For a picturesque way to see the landscape and work up an appetite without getting your toes wet, horseback riding will do the trick. The Caribbean International Riding Centre offers trail rides through rich green countryside and if you chose, along the beach with crashing waves below you. Rates start at US $65 per person for one hour and US $90 per person for an hour and a half. Both prices include transfers and refreshments.

Sweet sleep: A stunning property that’s hosted the who’s who from A-list celebrities to royalty, Sandy Lane is the island’s most iconic address. Notorious for its unparalleled service, the resort is the perfect retreat after an active day—whether that’s in the 47,000-sq. ft. spa or in the restaurant sampling on freshly caught seafood. Golfers should plan to book in a tee time at one of the three surrounding courses—ideally The Green Monkey—an ultra-exclusive 72-par course available only to guests of the resort.

Turks & Caicos

The scoop: A mere 90-minute plane ride from Miami, this tropical paradise is an off-the-radar destination its regulars would prefer stayed that way. Comprised of 40 islands and cays, the waters are crystal clear and the beaches are sandy white. With celebrities slinking off to the secluded Parrot Cay, it’s a luxurious escape where water adventures are best complemented with spa indulgences.

Shape up: Torch calories and get a front seat to the spectacular marine life with a deep-sea dive. In the capital island of Grand Turk, where diving rules the waters, a protected coral reef sits just off the beach, plunging to 8,000 feet, where you can spot everything from colourful fish to stingrays and turtles. For those who’d prefer a bit of distance, try gliding through the mangroves in a glass-bottom kayak for a tranquil afternoon that puts your upper body to work. Learn while you burn with Oasis Divers, a guided
eco-safari kayak excursion for US $45 per person.

Sweet sleep: Found on the renowned Grace Bay beach, Seven Stars Resort delights with its upscale accommodations, fine dining and friendly service. Most suites feature ocean views with terraces, and all offer fully equipped kitchens — meaning no excuses when it comes to preparing a healthy meal. With 24-hour access, their fitness centre, lit tennis courts and yoga classes overlooking the bay, will have you earning a spa treatment post-activity. Our pick? Keep it classic with the SSR Signature Candle Massage (US $160 for 60 minutes), which is best enjoyed beachside.

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Jamaica

The scoop: Authentic is just one of words that come to mind when describing Jamaica. Brimming with a lively energy, the island may be small in size, but it’s rich with history, cuisine and most notably its music. Found in the Caribbean Sea, it’s not difficult to find long, sandy stretches on the coast to lay down a towel and open a book or even discover a secret cove, but the island’s landscape is much more diverse, with a misty Blue Mountain and lush rainforest.

Shape up: Adventurous travellers who want to blast calories along the way should consider the exhilarating experience of mountain biking through the rainforest. Blue Mountain Bicycle Tours offers all-day excursions suitable for all levels of riders and includes round-trip transfers. Don’t forget your camera for shooting en route and a swimsuit for a dip in a waterfall at the end of the ride. Rates start at US $98 per person.

Sweet sleep: On the island’s north coast, just outside Montego Bay, Half Moon, A Rock Resort is set on 400 acres of lush landscape dotted with whitewashed cottages facing the waters. Staying active on the property is easy to do thanks to the more than three-kilometre- long private beach where you dive, waterski, windsurf and more. On land there’s a fitness centre, with everything from Spinning to Pilates classes. Don’t miss getting zen with some yoga set in a pavilion overlooking the ocean and then complete the recovery with a trip to their 68,000-sq. ft. indoor/outdoor spa. Try their Body Contour Wrap (US $210 for 80 min) in a seaside cabana to amplify your hard work.

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