Real Reasons Why People Flock Towards Water on Vacations

*this is a guest post

Have you ever wondered why beaches and parks with gigantic waterfalls are so crowded during summer vacations? Even people who don’t swim, wouldn’t be caught dead in a bathing suit and have no great love for the outdoors seem to book lodgings as near as possible to ocean beaches, lakes and falls. While some vacationers like to get in a bit of fishing, others have no clue what is so appealing about water yet they just know that’s where they want to be. If you are seeking answers, you’ve come to the right place! There are real reasons why people flock towards water on vacation, some of which you might never have guessed.

Near the Hub of Activity

You would think that after working 48 to 50 weeks out of the year people would simply want to get away from the crowds, but when you do that, there are few places to go and things to do. Unless you are into nature and moments of tranquility, you will want to stay near the water which is where all the 4 star hotels are located. For example, when spending your vacation at Niagara Falls, you will find all the best full service luxury hotels on both sides of the border. The farther you get from the water, the lesser your chance will be to find luxury resorts complete with all the amenities you would expect in hotels of this caliber.

Water Soothes the Soul

There is just something about the sound of waves lapping up against the shore or water cascading over a giant waterfall. Have you ever noticed that a high percentage of guided imagery recordings and videos have the sound of water in the background? Many psychologists believe this is because we spent 9 months in the womb filled with water / amniotic fluid. What is more peaceful and secure than being a babe protected from a cold, cruel world by that place of comfort inside mom? For a number of reasons, the sound of water is soothing to the soul.

Pleasing to Other Members of the Family

Oddly, some families take vacations on or near the water because that is where some members of the family wish to be. Whether or not you want to be near water is of no consequence when there are others in your party who have been longing for the beach or to visit some of the nation’s tallest waterfalls. It only takes one family diehard to hold out for a vacation on the water and you are a goner. Unless you have more stamina, you can count on yet another holiday at the beach!

Sea Air Has Proven Health Benefits

For literally hundreds of years it has been thought that staying near salt water has healthful benefits. Modern science has proven this theory and now it is known that there are minerals in the air close to large bodies of salt water, which would be oceans and seas. Some of these minerals, such as salt in the water, help to preserve levels of certain stress-relieving chemicals in the brain. The most noted of such are serotonin, tryptamine and melatonin. Not only is depression reduced when these chemicals are present in adequate amounts but the sound of ocean waves, as mentioned above, has a soothing effect on the brain because it can work to alter wave patterns. Medical science believes it is this effect that creates a sense of wellness and relaxation.

Health Benefits of Cascading Waterfalls

Similar to being near an ocean, cascading waterfalls offer more benefits than just soothing sounds. Medical science has found that it is the negative ions released by cascading water that help to stabilize mood and offer an increased ability to focus, to concentrate. These negative ions are also proven to help the body eliminate free-radicals, which in turn, helps the body to heal from a number of illnesses and conditions. Removing free radicals from the body also helps to slow the aging process. Want to come back looking and feeling years younger? You can’t do better than to reserve a couple weeks’ vacation as close as possible to powerful waterfalls.

Of course there will be those water babies who love nothing better than to submerge themselves into the depths of crystal clear water, but even those of you who can’t for the life of you imagine why you want to vacation near water, there are plenty of reasons. Any vacation on or near the water is sure to be memorable, even if you don’t know why. These are just a few reasons why people flock towards water on vacations, but enough to let you know you are in good company.

*thank you for this guest post!


  1. I couldn’t agree more! The smell of the sea is also really good. It’s fresh, it’s windy, the scenery is absolutely beautiful, the whole family can have lots of fun in the water, and having a big feast for dinner is really enjoying as well.

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