By Marisa Spano

The beach is a popular date destination, but for Bethany Hamilton, author of Soul Surfer — it’s where she got engaged. Hamilton told People, “Adam knew how to please his mermaid.” Hamilton, known for losing her arm in a shark attack yet continued to pursue her passion for surfing, opened up about the proposal. “We hiked to our favorite quiet beach, munched on lunch and hung out,” she said. “Then we went for a walk to a beautiful garden behind the beach. As we were walking we found two coconuts, my favorite thing to drink, which accompanied the ring. Then he started sharing his heart and love for me, and he dropped on his knee and proposed. I said yes and was crying and laughing all in a jumble. It was beautiful and perfect.”

What are some location ideas for the perfect proposal?

Cupid’s Advice:

Deciding on the perfect proposal setting can be difficult. Cupid has some advice to make it easier:

1. Make it different: Try to find a spot that you don’t go to quite often. Being proposed to in a place that you aren’t very familiar with makes it seem that much more exotic and majestic. In fact, vacation proposals have been the up and coming new proposal trend.

2. A place that has meaning: Choose a meaningful spot to pop the question. It should be a place the two of you could share and enjoy together. Whether it’s the place you had your first kiss or the restaurant you had your first date, you should both understand the thought behind it.

3. The top of a mountain: No matter what location you choose to propose, make sure it’s romantic. What’s more romantic than standing on the top of a mountain taking in breathtaking views? A hike followed by a thoughtful picnic might be just the key.

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