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Learn To Surf

The seven-day Las Olas ("the waves" in Spanish) camps have a slogan: "We make girls out of women." While they would love for you to go home itching to book your next surf vacation, the overarching goal is to just have fun.

Lesson plan Wake up and join in a surfing-specific yoga session to prepare your body for the workout to come. Then, in twice-daily classes -- morning and afternoon -- you'll learn surf etiquette and the ins and outs of reading and riding waves from an international crew of female instructors (all lifeguard-certified). The warm water and manageable waves help you get the hang of the sport without becoming frustrated or waterlogged. If you think you want to pursue surfing when you get home, sit in on a class called "Your First Surfboard: How to Buy."

After hours Morning lessons are usually over by 1 p.m. If you opt out of the afternoon session, you can get a massage, try salsa dancing, go exploring in town or just hang out at your beach villa and soak up the ambiance.

What about your guy? Sorry, they're not allowed.

Burn it off Surfing melts 200 calories an hour.

Details Camps run weekly from Nov. through June and often sell out six months in advance. Prices range from $1,995-$2,700 (double-occupancy) and include lodging for six nights, three meals a day, transportation between the camp and Puerto Vallarta, surf instruction, daily yoga sessions and a one-hour massage. Call (831) 625-5748 or go to surflasolas.com.

*All calorie counts are estimates for a 145-pound woman.
** Rates are in Canadian dollars.

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