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Things to consider when booking a Learn To Windsurf holiday

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Things to consider when booking a Learn To Windsurf holiday

Whether it’s your first time or you’ve already caught the bug and are going back for more, planning your next windsurfing holiday involves a little bit of thinking. Because it’s a sport that relies on specific conditions and locales, you need to weigh up your options in order to maximise your windsurfing holiday potential.

With that in mind, here are five things you should consider before you book your next windsurfing holiday:

1. Wind

The wind is perhaps the single biggest consideration of any windsurfing holiday. Without it, there is not going to be much windsurfing. Most of the well-known windsurfing destinations have reliable winds but even these can vary throughout the year. It’s worth doing a bit of research to find out when your preferred destinations have the best conditions.

You also need to keep in mind your own ability level. If you’re a beginner, it’s best to avoid destinations with extreme winds. Opting instead for places where conditions are steady but not too strong.


2. Water

The condition of the water is also important. If you’re learning the basics, look for places with big flat-water lagoons – Dakhla in Morocco or Langebaan in South Africa would be good examples. More advanced riders should look for bigger conditions and if you like aerial action or riding waves then look for spots with epic surf, like Le Morne in Mauritius.


3. Distance

There are windsurfing destinations all over the world, from Brazil to Mexico to Vietnam. So you have to think about travel times and ease of access. If you’ve got less than a week, then travelling to some of the more remote locations, such as the Dutch Antilles, is going to eat
into your holiday time. Whereas Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands and West Portugal are just a few hours away from the UK and most major European cities.

If you’ve got more time on your hands, going the extra mile to some of the more remote locations, such as Pacasmayo in Peru or Icaraizinho in Brazil, is really worth the effort.



4. Budget

Of course, how far you go and when you travel are all dependent on your budget. If you’ve decided to break the bank and go all out on your next trip, then the luxury resorts of Mauritius and the Caribbean offer high-end accommodation in luxurious resorts and great windsurfing conditions.

On the other hand, if you trying to stick to a budget, then places like Sal or Boa Vista offer cheaper travel options and a good range of resort accommodation near the top spots.


5. Travelling partners

Who you are travelling with will also have a big bearing on your decision. If you’re going solo, then there are several destinations that have special accommodation for singles. Places like Gostoso in Brazil offer you the chance to just eat, sleep and windsurf until your heart is content. Family-oriented windsurfing destinations like Bonaire and Fuerteventura offer a range of other activities and a choice of large resorts with spas, fine dining and other attractions. If you’re travelling as part of a couple, then glamorous getaway destinations like Mauritius will add a touch of romance.