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Spring is almost here and summer is not too far behind that! This means that a lot of warm weather activities are gonna be taking up our free time and boy are we looking forward to it. There are so many fun things to do when the weather is good. This is why we want to talk about a fun sport that can also take you to beautiful places. We are talking about kite surfing.
- Sotavento, Canary Islands, Spain
Aside from being the ideal spot for kitesurfing, for nature lovers, Sotavento offers an opportunity to explore the scenic beauty of the island. Visitors can go on hiking trails to discover the vast rocky terrain, stunning landscapes, and massive sand dunes that are unique to Fuerteventura.
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- Essaouira, Morocco
Essaouira is a beautiful coastal city in Morocco that is known for its picturesque harbor, windy beaches, and colorful markets. The city is also a great place to try traditional Moroccan dishes like couscous and tagine, and more.
A stay at the Amenjena Hotel in Marrakech is also a great place to rest either before or after hitting the beach.
Photo Credit to Peter Schulz
- Tarifa, Spain
Tarifa has been inhabited for over 5,000 years, and it has been a crossroads for many cultures throughout its history. The town has been occupied by the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Arabs, and the Christians. This long history has left its mark on Tarifa, and you can see evidence of all of these cultures throughout the town.
Photo Credit to Miguel Sinisterra
- La Ventana, Baja California, Mexico
Aside from the great kite-surfing, weather, nature, and wildlife that can be experienced, of course, there is going to be good food. One of the most popular dishes in La Ventana is seafood soup, a thick broth made with a variety of seafood, vegetables, and spices. The soup is typically served with tortillas on the side.
Afterward, check out the 7-Day – Best of Cabo San Lucas Tour for an authentic sensory overload of Baja California.
Photo Credit to Alejandro de Cossa
- Maui, Hawaii, USA
Of course, spending time at the beach is a must, but you can also hiking in the rainforest, take a dip in the ocean, or go on a safari to see some of the island’s rare animals like the Pueo (Hawaiian Owl), the Horned Chameleon, Mongoose, and of course all the popular water animals.
A great place to consider resting here is the Four Seasons in Maui.
Photo Credit to Ganapathy Kumar
- Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka
This town has a long history, dating back to the days of the Dutch East India Company, as it was an important trading center for the Dutch, who used the town as a base for their operations in the region. Today, Kalpitiya is a popular tourist destination, with visitors coming from all over the world to enjoy its beaches and its proximity to the Wilpattu National Park.
As well, there is an amazing 15-Day Tour Discovering Sri Lanka’s Heritage.
Photo Credit to Jim Thirion
- Mui Ne, Vietnam
A developing tourist destination, not only does this part of Vietnam have over 100 amazing and unique beaches, filled with restaurants, bars, and shops, it is also an interesting part of Vietnam for being almost exclusively in a sandy region. Even having their own sand dunes! Also, if you are a culinary explorer, the iguana is one of the region’s most popular ingredients.
Photo Credit to Evgeny Nelmin
- Cumbuco, Brazil
A tiny town of roughly only 1,500 people, this location is great for beginners and is known as a major kite-surfing hub. The city of Fortaleza, the fifth biggest in Brazil, is just less than 20 miles away. Making this a great destination to visit one of Brazil’s premiere cities for arts, history, food, and nightlife when not at the beach of Cumbuco.
This is a great place to visit before trying out the Dunes and Beaches Tour, which will show you some of Northeast Brazil’s finest spots.
Photo Credit to Vitor Paladini
- Cabarete, Dominican Republic
With an awesome main drag that parallels the beachfront, this relatively new spot is starting to become a booming destination for adventure water sports. Inviting people from all over, this town is a great destination for people wanting to party, enjoy the sun, get an adrenaline rush, make friends, and do it all over again.
And maybe after some days of exercise and nightlife, it is a good idea to take a load off at the Hotel Boutique Casa Colonial Beach and Resort.
Photo Credit to Joel Casilla
- Sal, Cape Verde
The second most populated island in the island nation of Cape Verde, Sal is known for having 350 days of sunshine and year-round kitesurfing. This is a small-town person’s dream island. Relaxed and with a lot of nature this is also a great place to see loggerhead turtles.
Photo Credit to Dielemans Photos
- Paracas, Peru
This is an amazing place to go for those interested in South American history. Not only is this region famous for the ancient Paracas culture, which predated the Incan culture. There are museums that house artifacts and you can also visit the Paracas Candelabra Geoglyph, which still maintains a mystery about its origins and meaning.
And for those who are interested in seeing more of Peru, we suggest the 13-Day Cruise with Avalon Waterways.
Photo Credit to Matthijs Idema
- Red Sea, Egypt
A series of islands (Geisum, Tawila, Abu Mongar, and Ashrafi) all lay between the Sinai Peninsula and mainland Egpyt. With a selection of resorts to choose from, this is a high-end alternative to some of our other selections for this list. As well, the ancient city of Luxor, close to the Valley of the Kings and many other ancient Egyptian archaeological is only a half-day drive.
Photo Credit to Sandro Gautier
- Boracay, Philippines
Named twice as part of the best islands in the world by Travel + Leisure (2012) and Condé Nast Traveler (2014) and now in 2021 being named as part of the ‘Top 8 Islands to Travel’ by Condé Nast Traveler. This island might get its name from its white powder-like sandy beaches which locals have described as being like bubbles.
And what goes better with a world-class beach than a world-class stay at the Shangri-La Boracay Hotel?
Photo Credit by Laurentiu Morariu
- Zanzibar, Tanzania
One of the most historically interesting places on this list, Zanzibar has seen many different groups come and go. From the original Bantu settlers to Muslim conquerors and European colonialists to the more recent inclusion in the nation of Tanzania, this island is a beautiful place to see many different histories and cultures all in one place.
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- Lake Garda, Italy
The only lake on the list and also the largest lake in all of Italy, this kitesurfing destination has a totally different feel from most of the tropical destinations on this list. Here you can visit old Italian castles, dine on local cuisine in a number of the small cities and towns that populate the surrounding shore, and pristine gardens. Another plus is that it is not too far from the Alps or Venice.
And with a stay at the Lefay Resort and Spa, you are sure to know what it means to travel luxuriously.
Photo Credit to Egle Sidaraviciute
- Babaomby, Madagascar
This is a totally ‘out-there’ type of destination. Getting here is not just a train ride from the nearest airport. No, to get here you have to have the plan to kite-surf in one of the more remote places to kite-surf. However, it is all worth it as Madagascar truly is a world of its own that cannot be compared to any other travel destination.
And make the whole trip complete with a stay at the MIAVANA by Time + Tide.
Photo Credit Stefano Intintoli
- Long Bay, Turks and Caicos
A 3-Mile beachfront is one the island of Providenciales has beautiful turquoise waters and mushroom-shaped tiny islets. This location is also great for seeing humpback whales. And perhaps the nicest part of the beach is that for quite some distance the water stays the same level from when you enter at the shore, meaning you can walk out into the ocean for some time.
Photo Credit Mariella Francis
- Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, USA
Consistently regarded as one of the best beaches in the United States, Cape Hatteras is known for having nice warm summers and mild winters. With several small towns, this is an ideal location for families. However, be aware of hurricane season!
Photo Credit by Julie Canfield
- Columbia River, Oregon and Washington
The only river on the list, this is a great place to kitesurf in the mountains. With just about 20 miles of surfing area allowable in the Columbia River Gorge, there is plenty of nature to take in. Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and Mt. St. Helens are not far off to visit either.
Photo Credit to Ben Vaughn
- Atlantis Beach, Bonaire, Netherlands (Caribbean)
Bonaire is a perfectly preserved beach that is teeming with wildlife and offers not only a great place to kitesurf but also a great place for diving and seeing incredibly reefs. Along with this natural beauty though, comes a super friendly eco, green, and sustainable mindset from the locals, making it also a great place to learn how to better preserve our most treasured places to visit.
Photo Credit to Stephen Pedersen
- South Padre, Texas, USA
South Padre is known for spring break, but in the weeks of the year when that is not happening, this place is great for quiet beaches, friendly folk, deep-sea fishing, and kitesurfing. Also, we tend to think of it as one of the most underrated beaches in the USA.
Photo Credit to Kylee Gregg
- Dillon Reservoir, Colorado, USA
The only reservoir on this list and located in the mountains of Colorado, this place offers both summer and winter kite surfing. Ever kitesurfed on a snowboard or skis? Well, here you can. As well, it is a great place to check out in the winter with closeby ski areas like Copper Mountain, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and Breckenridge.
Photo Credit to Noah Loffredo
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