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Windsurfing holidays


If you’re a windsurfing fanatic looking for a holiday with the right conditions, here is our top ten destinations.

Fuerteventura:

Fuerteventura offers the perfect conditions for windsurfing, kiteboarding and surfing, the most popular watersports on the island. Windsurfing in the north of Fuerteventura takes place near the resort or Corralejo and in the south the area of Jandia has undoubtedly the best beaches on the island and is also host to the Windsurfing & Kiteboarding World Championships every July.

When to go: Fuerteventura North for advanced windsurfers is March to November and all year round for beginners. Fuerteventura South is all year round for all levels.

Sardinia, Italy:

Porto Pollo being the windiest point in Sardinia has some of the best windsurfing that the island has to offer, it has two bays created by the promontory of Isola dei Gabbiani and is ideal for beginners and experienced surfers alike.

When to go: March to October

Rhodes, Greece:

Prassonissi Beach, located on the islands most southern point, is Rhodes answer to surfer’s paradise. Where the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean separated by a stretch of golden sandy beach. The Aegean side is generally the choppier side, whilst the Med side calm and clear, even if you’re not a surfer the two opposing sandy bays makes it a must see.

When to go: July and August are the best months to visit when the ‘Meltemi winds’ set in.

Prassonissi beach

Prassonissi beach

Malta:

Watersports are aplenty here with a wide range on offer and all the main beaches have windsurfing rentals. The best windsurfing spots are Mellieha Bay, Ghallis Rock and St Thomas Bay. Mellieha is the largest bay in Malta and offers a large variety of windsurfing conditions, Ghallis Rock is better suited to those with experience, and St Thomas Bay is a small bay on the south of the island and conditions are similar to Mellieha Bay.

When to go: Winter to spring

Madeira

Favourable winds make Madeira an ideal location for windsurfing, Jardim do Mar, Paul do Mar and Sao Vicente all offer excellent surfing.

When to go: All year, though during the winter months is better suited to the more experienced surfer.

Dahab, Egypt:

Located on the south eastern side of the Sinai peninsular, facing Saudi Arabia, Dahab is great for windsurfing holidays. Dahab offers year round winds and is suitable for beginners to advanced windsurfers.

When to go: All year resort, though best time is March to November

Sun setting in Dahab

Sun setting in Dahab

Sal, Cape Verde:

Due to their position within the winter tradewind belt, the islands have some of the best windsurfing conditions in the world. The island of Sal is best suited to intermediate to advanced riders, due to the considerable shore break; the main area for windsurfing is at the southern end of the island in Santa Maria. For the more experienced, seeking serious wave riding then a visit to Punta Preta on the west side is a must.

When to go: November to June

Barbados, Caribbean:

Windsurfing is one of the most popular sports in Barbados, with an ideal tropical climate, constant warm trade winds and easy to surf waves, its one of the hottest windsurfing spots in the region. The best spot to windsurf is the area of Silver Sands and is well suited to beginners and those with more experience.

When to go: All year, though November to April are the best times.

Hawaii:

A favourite hot spot for major competitions, this dream destination offers great beaches, breathtaking scenery and a paradise for windsurf or surf lovers. The islands Maui, Oahu and Kauai all feature prime windsurfing spots.

When to go: All year

Hawaii offers the perfect waves

Hawaii offers the perfect wave

Thailand:

Conditions in Thailand are superb, with lots of clean beaches and clear waters, with long stretches free of rocks or other hazards. Winds are predictable in season and conditions can oblige those just learning to expert. On Phuket good windsurfing spots are found on the west-coast at Kata Beach, Karon Beach and Patong. On Koh Samui the north-coast beaches of Bophut and Maenam are suitable all year while on the east-coast the beaches of Chaweng and Lamai offer seasonal windsurfing, though not suitable from October till May during the northwest monsoon.

When to go: All year

Posted : Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 at 09:23
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One Response to “Windsurfing holidays”

  1. Zoey says:

    Nothing like a bit of windsurfing to blow the cobwebs… and breath… away. If you’re into the extreme side of windsurfing Cape Town is also incredible – biggest waves I’ve ever seen in my life. Not that I was in the sea you understand. More sat on the beach watching windersurfers take their lives in their hands. 😉

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