Get Away To...Play Tennis

This 4.5-square-mile island, just five minutes from Miami, is tennis nirvana. At the five-star Ritz-Carlton, 11 courts--10 clay--blanket the grounds. Play on your own ($15 a day for guests who haven't signed up for a tennis package), or perfect your drop shot at one of the 12 weekly clinics ($35 for 90 minutes). During your match, request a "tennis butler," who will provide towels and beverages. Need a little extra help with your backhand? Sign up for a private lesson with a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association ($95 to $300 per hour), such as legend Cliff Drysdale, who has played at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

Put down your racket and cross-train at the oceanfront fitness center, which offers everything from a two-mile guided run around the island to traditional kickboxing sessions ($15 per class). Next, hit the water. Kayaks, windsurfers, and sailboats are available at the hotel ($25 to $95 an hour), or rent a kayak at Biscayne National Park and paddle through the mangroves ($16 an hour;, where you can spot more than 170 species of birds, like blue herons and snowy egrets.

DETAILS Rates for the Island Tennis Getaway package start at $499 a night per person and include accommodation, valet parking, breakfast for two, and unlimited court time. Go to, or call 800-241-3333 for more info.

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