Get Fit on Vacation in Orange County

Posted May 31, 2012 by Amelia Winslow

When you hear the words “fitness vacation,” you might think hours of grueling exercise, tiny meals that leave you starving, and hardcore trainers that push you further than you’ve ever gone before.  Sure, you may come home slightly slimmer, but such an experience could hardly be called a vacation. Rest assured, there are places in Orange County that give you the best of all worlds.  

Come to OC for a fitness-focused vacation, and you’ll actually enjoy yourself as you devote time to your mental, physical, and spiritual health.  All of the following fitness vacations can be catalysts for change, but they’ll also help restore your well-being so you leave relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to implement healthy changes in your life back at home.  Plus, there’s no more beautiful place to get in shape than on the beaches of Orange County!

Resort at Pelican Hill – Newport Beach

As if merely staying on 500 acres of pristine coastal land isn’t restorative enough, the Resort at Pelican Hill offers a Balanced Wellness program – a one or two day retreat combining fitness, nutrition, and therapeutic spa treatments.   A day in this program might include waking up to a fresh fruit smoothie delivered to your door, followed by a beach walk, yoga, healthy cooking demonstration, “slow down” massage, and a discussion about gratitude.  If these activities aren't up your alley, no problem; they're “build your own retreat” philosophy means there’s something for everyone.  We think even spending a night or two in their luxurious accommodations will relax and rejuvinate you more than you ever imagined.  

Montage Resort & Spa – Laguna Beach

Sunset yoga, mixed martial arts, global dance, and beach boot camp are just a few of the many fitness classes offered at the Montage in Laguna Beach.  The options for healthy vacationing here seem endless, and can be catered to fit your specific needs.  Participate in group classes, or get one-on-one attention with a private instructor.  Their artist-in-residence, Ashley Turner, also offers weekend workshops devoted to your mental, physical, and spiritual health.  Wellness packages are always changing, so contact the Spa Montage to see what they have in store for you at any given time.

Surf Camps 

Want to get in shape while looking like a local?  Sign up for surf camp.  Endless Summer Surf Camp in San Clemente offers 5-day overnight camps for surfers and surfer wannabes of all ages.  You’ll stay in their deluxe camp at San Onofre State Park, where all amenities, meals and snacks, and equipment are provided.  By the end of camp, you’ll have more ocean awareness, better surfing techniques and etiquette, and be an expert on proper surf equipment and wave selection.  Love it so much you can’t bear to leave?  Not to worry, you can stay for up to 15 weeks!

Build-Your-Own Vacation 

If you’re more of the DIY-type, Orange County is a heavenly place to build-your-own fitness vacation.  With healthy dining options abound, and more outdoor activities than you’d ever have time for, you can easily spend your trip here getting into shape while enjoying the best of Orange County.  Rollerblade on the peninsula in Newport Beach, walk around Balboa Island, ride your bike from Seal Beach to Newport, take a surf lesson in Huntington Beach, enjoy a healthy picnic at a park in Dana Point, wander the county's best farmer's markets, and more.  The options here are truly endless.

Wherever you choose to get healthy in Orange County, you can be sure the experiences you have here will fuel you for months to come, at which point, you can return!

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