Get hitched then head for the beach

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Get hitched then head for the beach
Question: I am in the middle of planning my honeymoon for next July and would also like to squeeze in a surfing trip. My future wife loves the beach but does not surf. Do you have any suggestions for some remote surf spots that are also romantic? Please don't say Costa Rica.

Marc Torres
Brooklyn, NY

Beginners and experts alike can
catch a tasty wave in El Salvador

Adventure Adviser: I get it. You're planning the honeymoon to get major points with your fiancée, but in reality you just want to make sure wherever you go, you'll catch a few big waves. Smart man, but if surfing is really a priority you might have considered taking your honeymoon in late winter or early spring.

Though it is an obvious choice, why not go to Hawaii? In July you won't get the biggest breakers of the year, but you will get some good off-season discounts. The Windward Coast of Oahu isn't the least crowded or most romantic part of Hawaii, but if you really want waves that is where you'll find them.

If you need to brush up on your technique or want to introduce your new bride to the world of surfing, you can enroll in a two-hour lesson at Surf and Sea in Haleiwa (808-637-9887).

If unconventional is more your style and you consider yourself a strong surfer, it may be time to head where all the other surf gypsies of the world have migrated to — El Salvador.

Glassy tubes roll into the bay of La Libertád daily, and you can catch wave after blissful wave along the 320-mile Pacific coast. Though the surfing's great, the amenities leave something to be desired. You may consider a rundown little hostel to be part of the charm, but if not, you can find some nice places to stay in San Salvador, 20 miles north of La Libertád. I hear the lobster's pretty tasty too. For more information on surfing El Salvador, check out The Surf Report Volume 8 #10, from Surfer Publications (714-496-5922).

Last but not least, there's a little village an hour north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, renowned for great surfing close to shore. Home to El Tigre, one of Mexico's top surfers, Sayulita's best breaks are all in front of El Costeño Restaurant, the best restaurant in town.

You can surf in the morning, have a little ceviche at El Costeño and then head up the coast to Costa Azul (800-365-7613), a 5-acre jungle beach compound with horseback riding, snorkeling, hiking, fishing, and mountain biking. Now that sounds like a honeymoon.

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