Mancations Rise in Popularity; Hotel Viking, Royal Hideaway, Hotel Caravelle Offer Tips on Activities from Fishing Tournaments and Zip Lining to Polo Lessons and SCUBA

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Bro-cation ideas from Hotel Viking, Newport, Rhode Island; Hotel Caravelle, St. Croix; Lemon Tree Inn, Naples, Forida; and Royal Hideaway Playacar on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast.

The newly renovated Hotel Caravelle offers a new, contemporary feel with all the ammenities.

Check out these man-cation ideas in Rhode Island; US Virgin Islands; Florida; and Mexico’s Caribbean Coast.

Whether you call them Guy Getaways, Mancations or Bro-cations, the trend of traveling with friends continues to rise in popularity. Hotels from New England to Florida to the Caribbean share ideas on getaways that offer a mix of adventure, education and entertainment. Check out these bro-cation ideas at Hotel Viking, Newport, Rhode Island; Hotel Caravelle, St. Croix; Lemon Tree Inn, Naples, Forida.; and Royal Hideaway Playacar on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast. Or opt to kick back in your own private home at Eden View Villa on the island of St. Thomas.

Hotel Viking of Newport, Rhode Island suggests racing aboard a 12 Meter America’s Cup yacht. The 3-hour experience is $125 per person, and is available on race days (July 17, August 28 and September 18) and no experience in needed. Another adrenaline-pumping option is polo. Newport Polo season kicks off each season in mid-March and continues through September. Matches take place in Portsmouth, RI, about six miles from Hotel Viking and downtown Newport. The Men's League and Women's League offer adults the opportunity to learn and compete together or among their peers. Lessons start at $65 per person and reservations can be made online to join a group lesson.

Dive Buddies: The waters of St. Croix are divers’ nirvana, offering the only location in the Caribbean where your one-day dive schedule can include a wreck, a wall, a pier and a reef. Located right on the boardwalk in Christiansted, Hotel Caravelle offers easy access to an array of scuba diving excursions with daily departures from the hotel’s own dock. When more than 5 rooms are booked at Hotel Caravelle, groups, whether guys or gals, enjoy direct booking savings of 5% on 5 rooms, 10% on ten rooms and up to 20% off the rack rate on 20 rooms. Offering easy-access for U.S. citizens, the waters surrounding the U.S. Virgin Islands are home to more than 500 species of fish, 40 kinds of coral and myriad invertebrates. Popular dive sites from St. Croix include Butler Bay Wrecks, Frederiksted Pier and Salt River Canyon East & West Walls.

Custom Fit: Located on the north side of St. Thomas offering sweeping ocean views, Eden View Villa is a newly refurbished two-bedroom, 2.5-bath private villa, just a few minutes from the par-70 Mahogany Run Golf Course. Golf by day and grille by night or arrange for a private chef to cater your meals. In addition to scuba, snorkeling and sailing excursions, St. Thomas also boasts a zip-lining, kayaking and hosts a roster of world-known sporting events including the Chrysler Cup Tennis Tournament, the International Rolex Regatta and the USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament.

High and Low: A 5-star adults-only resort on the on Mexico’s Riviera Maya Coast, just 40 miles south of Cancun International Airport, Royal Hideaway Playacar Resort is the ideal jumping-off point for everything from zip-lining through the jungle to diving into fresh-water cenotes (underwater rivers formed millions of years ago). Established in 2009, Xplor is a portal to Earth’s history, offering visitors an up-close experience in a natural landscape that evolved over millennia. Choose from five adventures: Zip-line; explore the terrain in an amphibious vehicle; go rafting; swim in underground rivers; or hike through natural caverns and grottos. The evening Xplor Fuego Tour showcases the terrain illuminated only by fire-lit torches, fireflies and starlight. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Chichen Itza is just two hours by car from Playa del Carmen and surrounded by mapped hiking trails. Work up a sweat then return to the hotel and indulge in a private tequila tasting.

Cast Away: Shore, surf or deep-sea, Lemon Tree Inn in Naples, Fla. is smack-dab in the middle of some of the Gulf Coast’s best fishing. Cast a line from Naples Pier, less than two miles from Lemon Tree Inn. The pier is a favorite gathering spot for locals and visitors alike — and the City of Naples holds a bulk fishing license, so there’s no individual license required. Or charter a boat and weave your way into the canals of Port Royal. Dubbed “Tarpon City” by locals, the canals are flush with, you guessed it, tarpon. If your heart is set on a deep-water catch, check online listings for dozens of reputable charter fishing companies. Charters usually include fishing equipment, bait and ice — and sometimes include the required fishing license. Check with your captain at booking.

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