Mashqita Lake is a huge lake (actually a dam) located near the Turkish border. It is a favorite spot for locals to spend the weekend. You can have a nice Arabic meal at one of the restaurants overlooking the lake as you smoke shisha. Then if you fancy, take a boat ride around the lake.
Slunfeh is a hill resort just outside of Latakiya. The climate in Slunfeh is cooler and is therefore a favorite summer destination for Syrians. Enjoy the cool breeze and marvelous view of the farming plains.