Words and pics: Planet Windsurf Holidays
Planet Windsurf Holidays are the UK’s largest and oldest ATOL & TTA bonded Windsurf Holiday Travel Specialist and their team is always on hand to offer expert advice on windsurfing holidays.
Whether you are looking for fantastic wave spots, a flat water dream destination with a pristine marine environments, beautiful stretches of beach where you can simply relax or an adventurous holiday filled with amazing cultural sites, a variety of activities and delicious cuisine, Planet works with the very best hotels and centres in the world to arrange for their clients windsurfing holiday you won’t forget. Here they give us some sound advice on four things to consider when planning your next windsurfing holiday.
The right location for your skill level can really make your windsurfing holiday experience. Finding that perfect balance of an amazing centre with all new equipment, amazing hotels that offer incredible accommodation options and the ideal windsurfing conditions in a safe and protected area, is not an easy task. That is the team at Planet Windsurf Holidays has travelled to each of the locations they offer and can recommend accommodation, centres and locations to suit your needs and skill levels. Some of their current favourites include the flat water lagoons of Langebaan in South Africa and Dakhla in Morocco as well the brand new resort of FeelViana in West Portugal. This amazing new location offers a four star boutique hotel in an authentic area of Portugal with its very own centre located right on an expansive beach with perfect conditions for beginners and improvers, and in the summer months there is free safety cover – it doesn’t get much better than that!
As always, your budget will have a big impact on the holiday options available to you, but booking the cheapest holiday doesn’t always mean you are getting the best value for money. Exotic locations like Mauritius can often be more affordable than you think if you travel outside of peak times and school holidays and the good news is that the southern hemisphere winter months between May and September also is the best time to visit for fantastic windsurfing conditions. Destinations like this also offer amazing all inclusive options, often accompanied by free upgrades or special discounts, in this period, so you really don’t have to worry about spending extra money when on holiday – allowing you and the family to really kick back and enjoy your time together. Planet’s immediate quick quote system allows you to get real time cost estimates within 30 seconds on their website, which is great for budgeting, and then you can chat to a travel expert to firm up the details of your holiday. Also be sure to book with an operator that is ATOL & TTA bonded for complete peace of mind.
When planning your windsurfing holiday, it’s important to bear in mind who you will be travelling with. Certain destinations and hotels, like Ocean Vagabond in Dakhla or Gostoso in Brazil, cater for singles who just want to sleep, eat and windsurf, while other destinations like Bonaire and Cabarete are amazing for the family, offering a multitude of activities for everyone to enjoy. On the other hand, more exotic locals like Anse La Raie or Le Morne in Mauritius or Cape Town in South Africa are perfect for an adventurous but romantic getaway as a couple.
It’s important not to stretch your time to thin when planning a windsurfing holiday, just in case you have a day or two with no wind. For longer haul destinations, like South Africa and the Caribbean, we recommend at least spending 7 nights in your chosen location while short haul locations like Cape Verde, Portugal and Fuerteventura are perfect for long weekend breaks or a few nights getaway from the UK. If time is not of the essence you can also combine a week of windsurfing with a tour of the region, taking time to visit South Africa’s picturesque garden route or exploring the ancient wonders of Machu Picchu in Peru.
Planet Windsurf also offer a bespoke tailor made service to ensure you enjoy the best holiday for your needs. Their team have travelled extensively in the regions that they offer so are happy to pass on their personal recommendation when constructing your tour itinerary. Be sure to contact them today for the very best advice for planning your windsurfing holiday!