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4 Perfect Friends’ Getaways

By Regan Stephens

Once you’ve tackled the hurdle of coordinating hectic schedules, reconnect with friends in a destination that diverges from the norm. From restorative waterfront retreats to exhilarating outdoor adventures, find inspiration for your next group getaway.

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1. Laguna Niguel, California

Situated atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is in a prime location for activities in and by the water. Learn to surf on Laguna Beach, tour Dana Point Harbor on a stand-up paddleboard, snorkel over the kelp forest, or spend an adrenaline-fueled morning bodyboarding and bodysurfing.

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2. Orlando, Florida

Anglers of any level of expertise can head for one of the The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes’ 11 private, stocked lakes and ponds for a guided bass fishing expedition, no license required, and return for a restorative massage afterward. The hotel spa draws from the local bounty, with treatments that use herbs from the organic garden, citrus from nearby orchards, and honey from its resident bees.

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3. Puerto Rico

From the coastal cities of Puerto Rico, the sea and ocean beckon the curious, the adventurous and the free-spirited. Venture to surrounding islands with your group aboard a private yacht, admire the architecture of Old San Juan from the water aboard a classic American-style sailboat, or head out on a diving excursion to explore the island's cays from beneath the surface.

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4. Lake Tahoe, California

The expansive freshwater lake at the foot of the Sierra Nevada lures visitors year-round for its bounty of both winter and summer activities. In colder months, choose from exhilarating endeavors like heli-skiing or full-moon hiking. When the weather warms, the lake beckons. Hire a private charter for an afternoon of wake surfing or tubing.

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