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Specialized trips blend fitness and fun

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A yoga session in Rincon, Puerto Rico, at a retreat created by Jessica Bellofatto of KamaDeva Yoga and Gina Bradley of Paddle Diva. The program is an example of active vacations tailored to travelers who value healthy lifestyles and new experiences.

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Women enjoy a yoga session in Rincon, Puerto Rico, during a retreat created by Jessica Bellofatto of KamaDeva Yoga and Gina Bradley of Paddle Diva.

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Paddleboards are lined up on the beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico, for use by guests at a stand-up paddleboard and yoga retreat.

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Jessica Bellofatto of KamaDeva Yoga and Gina Bradley of Paddle Diva have designed a vacation retreat centered on healthy lifestyles and yoga in Rincon, Puerto Rico.

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The grounds of Pura Vida Adventures, a surf and yoga camp in Malpais, Costa Rica.

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Vacationers wait for a wave while surfing in Malpais, Costa Rica, at the Pura Vida Adventures camp.

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In this photo taken Feb. 14, 2013, Samantha Goldberger, left, who had just set her camera on a timer, is surprised by her boyfriend Jason Skipton, as he proposes marriage, at the El Capulin reserve, near Zitacuaro, Mexico. Skipton found the love of his life 2,000 miles from home in a chance encounter that gave him butterflies. So of course, he said, there could be no better place to propose marriage than in a swirl of orange and black butterflies that had migrated thousands of miles to mate, at the monarch butterfly sanctuary in central Mexico.

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Several years ago, I found myself needing a certain type of vacation -- one that would help me reset life and that combined my passions: fitness and sports, the outdoors and travel, healthy food and new people. I wanted much of the planning done for me. I also wanted the ability to break from any itinerary. And I wanted to go alone without feeling lonely. A reasonable cost, a variety of activities and a warm location also were important.
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    • A yoga session in Rincon, Puerto Rico, at a retreat created by Jessica Bellofatto of KamaDeva Yoga and Gina Bradley of Paddle Diva. The program is an example of active vacations tailored to travelers who value healthy lifestyles and new experiences.
    • Women enjoy a yoga session in Rincon, Puerto Rico, during a retreat created by Jessica Bellofatto of KamaDeva Yoga and Gina Bradley of Paddle Diva.
    • Paddleboards are lined up on the beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico, for use by guests at a stand-up paddleboard and yoga retreat.
    • Jessica Bellofatto of KamaDeva Yoga and Gina Bradley of Paddle Diva have designed a vacation retreat centered on healthy lifestyles and yoga in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
    • The grounds of Pura Vida Adventures, a surf and yoga camp in Malpais, Costa Rica.
    • Vacationers wait for a wave while surfing in Malpais, Costa Rica, at the Pura Vida Adventures camp.
    • In this photo taken Feb. 14, 2013, Samantha Goldberger, left, who had just set her camera on a timer, is surprised by her boyfriend Jason Skipton, as he proposes marriage, at the El Capulin reserve, near Zitacuaro, Mexico. Skipton found the love of his life 2,000 miles from home in a chance encounter that gave him butterflies. So of course, he said, there could be no better place to propose marriage than in a swirl of orange and black butterflies that had migrated thousands of miles to mate, at the monarch butterfly sanctuary in central Mexico.
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