06/24/2012 10:26 am ET | Updated Aug 24, 2012

9 River and Lake Getaways Better Than The Beach (PHOTOS)

It's true that the ocean is awesome, but reaching it can be a trek for many travelers. Even for those who live close to the beach, there comes a point in the summer when you get sick of sand getting stuck between your toes. That's why we've compiled some of our favorite spots for freshwater fun. These beautiful lakes and rivers are an active traveler's dream, offering activities such as canoeing, kayaking, fishing, nearby hiking, and more.

And these trip options are suited to a range of tastes, not just sand lover. Whether you prefer picnicking on Tahoe's shores or cave tubing in Belize, fresh water has something to offer.

-- Kelsey Blodget,

Think Beyond the Beach: 9 Lake and River Getaways (PHOTOS)