"Coming from California, where you're dealing with the crowds, I
find the surfing here just heavenly. The water is so warm and you
don't need a wet suit. There are different levels of surf. My son
learned on this last trip. We found a beach that had very forgiving
waves, very gentle with a nice sandy bottom. There's a place called
Las Olas, which means 'waves' in Spanish, and it's a surf camp for
women. You have to be at least 9 years old, but then you can be 90
or 100 and you can go out there and surf. You sleep in bungalows
and everything is included: breakfast, lessons, lunch, massages.
They've got hiking and jewelry-making classes, too. It's run by a
woman named Izzy Tahanyi, who has taught more than 7,000 women to
surf. There are two Los Arcos [rocky arches in the ocean], the
manmade one and the natural one. The natural one is an incredible
place to dive. There's a shallow, protected area that's great for
the inexperienced diver or snorkeler. But it's also got this
800-foot underwater cliff that's really rich in sea life. I've been
diving most of my life, and I just love it there."
"I love the street vendors for their miniature tacos, quesadillas,
burritos, and tostados. Le Bistro, on the Rio Cuale Island right in
the center of town, is a great place for lunch. You walk to it on
these suspension bridges that connect the island to the mainland.
The children love to bounce on the bridge as you're walking along.
At Le Bistro, you can listen to jazz music. It's got a great
ambience and really good food."