Windsurfing has been around since the latter half the twentieth century and is a popular sport by many around the world. Although you can find places to windsurf all over, including rivers, lakes, and the ocean, some locations are more appealing than others because of how often wind can be found. Here are the top 10 destinations for windsurfing vacations all over the globe:
For those wanting to stay within the borders of the U.S., Hookipa Beach in Maui is the undisputed location to go for windsurfing vacations. Plus with so many other activities to fill a Hawaiian vacation, there's no chance of being bored. Scuba dive in the warm waters viewing all the colorful fish, head on a hike up one of the volcanoes, or just enjoy the beach.
With 300 days of wind a year and warm waters all year round, Tarifa, located at the southern tip of Spain right on the Strait of Gibralter, makes for the perfect location for a windsurfing vacation.
Cabarete, Dominican Republic
A great location for windsurfing in the Caribbean is Cabarete, where you can find warm waters and beautiful beaches. What better place for a windsurfing vacation?
South Padre Island, Texas
Known for warm weather and amazing beaches, South Padre Island is also known as a great windsurfing location within the United States. When you're not on your board, you can enjoy the water by kayaking, swimming, and jet skiing, so you can have more than just a windsurfing vacation.
Another perfect location in Europe for windsurfing is Rhodes, Greece. Rhodes is an island in the Aegean Sea where you can experience the history of Greece while enjoying the sun and the wind.
Canary Islands, Spain
The Canary Islands, located off the coast of Western Sahara, are a hot spot for tourists because of the weather. The southeastern area called Gran Canaria is especially known for windsurfing vacations, where many competitions take place throughout the year.
Outer Banks, North Carolina
The Outer Banks provide a great place to vacation for the whole family and will give a chance for windsurfers to have some fun. This narrow strip of barrier islands (200 miles long) attracts many tourists each year for its beaches and waters.
If you're looking for an area where you can not only windsurf but kayak, scuba dive, snorkel, and more, then the Virgin Islands are the perfect location with warm waters and beautiful scenery. It will be one of the most beautiful windsurfing vacations that you've ever been on.
Columbia River, Border of Washington and Oregon
If you don't mind the cold water, one windsurfing mecca within the U.S. is the border of Washington State and Oregon — the Columbia River. The culture of the area centers on windsurfing, so you'll find a lot of windsurfing shops and stores that cater to these "board heads."
Merritt Island, Florida
With warm waters and soft, sandy beaches, Florida is a great spot for a beach vacation, but you'll also find that Merritt Island is perfect for windsurfing as well.
So the next time you plan a windsurfing vacation, be sure to keep this list in mind. And while you're planning on where you want to windsurf, don't forget to book a vacation rental to relax in at the end of the day. You can find vacation rentals to fit everyone in your group and you'll have way more room than a hotel — which is important when you're traveling with all of your windsurfing gear! You're in for the best windsurfing vacation of your entire life.