When booking a holiday, the first thing we often look to is the weather and the scenery. Tropical climates, sunny skies and bright blue waters are the features that dream holiday destinations are made of. Some may simply want to sit on the beach and watch the world pass by but I for one like to know what activities I can get involved with, I need to know where the fun is going to be taking place. Though it may not seem so, windsurfing is actually quite the accessible water sport that can be enjoyed by pretty much anyone. If you’re looking at riding the waves, you’ll need to look at wind conditions too, don’t worry though we have you covered. Here are a few excellent spots for enjoying both the sun and the waves.
Maui is undoubtably the best spot in the world for windsurfing and the best thing is you can go any time of year to take part in it. Its warm waters which are about 26°C year-round and strong winds ensure that you’ll have one of the best experiences possible out on the waves. Winds are at their best between May and October and you’ll see other windsurfers and surfers alike out on the waves enjoying the ride. For beginners you may want to take to the bay of Kanaha Beach where the waters are slightly calmer. More seasoned windsurfers might want to take to Ho’okipa Beach, here the waves can reach heights of 6 meters, perfect for extreme windsurfing.
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are a well-known spot for a sunny beach holiday and see plenty of visitors during the vacation seasons. Fuerteventura however is the least developed of these beautiful islands which means you won’t necessarily have to worry about overcrowded beaches. And did you know that Fuerteventura actually translates to English as “strong wind”? It’s the perfect places to take to the waves and offers a variety of windsurfing classes for both beginners and experts looking to up their game. Its strong winds make it one of the best places to achieve top speeds like no other.
Lake Arenal, Costa Rica
For those of you with more experience in the art of windsurfing you may want to consider Lake Arenal. It’s not for the faint of heart though, during the dry season which lands between December and May, wind speeds can reach roughly 25 mph, teamed with 1.5m high waves it can make for some excellent high-speed windsurfing. If you’re looking for the safest ride head to the north of the lake, however if your looking for a wilder ride it’s the west side of the lake you’ll be wanting to head to. Cool waters and warm winds at their strongest make this a beloved spot that’s perfect for slalom and jumping. Just to top off the experience the lake sits on the foothills below the Arenal Volcano. This is one of the most active Volcanoes in South America and occasionally you’ll see it shooting fire and ash out its top just to add that extra touch of danger.