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5 Vacations that Will Get Your Adrenaline Pumping

Trapeze in the Dominican Republic

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Hotel: Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace Resort

Soar through the air (albeit while tethered to security wires) for free at this Dominican party spot. Actual circus performers teach guests how to hang upside down by their knees while swinging 25 feet in the air. While you won’t be in the next Ringling Brothers show, we can guarantee that you’ll get a rush from the lesson. Wind down on one of the hotel’s pristine beaches; they’re some of the best on the island.

Killer Surfing in Hawaii

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Hotel: Aston Wakiki Beach Hotel, Oahu, Hawaii

The relatively gentle waves at Waikiki Beach (and the abundance of lifeguards) make it a great place to learn how to surf—and considering Duke Kahanamoku invented surfing here, you could hardly pick a more appropriate spot. We recommend checking out the respected Hans Hedemann Surf School for lessons, and the Aston offers super-affordable rates and a prime location—right across the street from the family-friendly Kuhio section of the beach.

Tank Dives with Sharks in Las Vegas

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Hotel: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino has a 1.3 million-gallon tank filled with more than 30 sharks and other marine animals, including jellyfish and turtles. Adrenaline junkies who aren’t content simply looking at these creatures can actually scuba dive in the aquarium.

The downside? Guests must already be a certified diver, but with the Sandtiger, Sandbar, and White Tip Reef sharks they could encounter (not to mention sawfish and stingrays), it’s probably for the best that only experienced scuba folks can take a stab at this death-defying dive.

High Ropes Course in the Dominican Republic

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Hotel: Allegro Puerto Plata

While the vibe at this Dominican resort is rather chill, the hotel is home to one of our favorite adrenaline-pumping activities: The high ropes course, which, naturally, is included in the cost of your stay. Instructors harness guests in and hoist them high into the air where they swing back and forth. But beware: This activity is definitely not for everyone—even if the kids beg, make sure to ask if they’re safe to participate first.

Cliff Diving in Jamaica

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Hotel: The Caves

Set along Negril’s western edge, The Caves’ multitude of natural rock formations are perfect for cliff diving—at 3 or 30 feet. Arguably Jamaica’s most romantic escape (for adults only), the Caves’ 11 unique, private cottages and suites are tucked along lush garden paths and dramatic seaside cliffs (there’s no beach). Now, gather your courage—it’s time to jump!