The 10 Cheapest Surf Escapes in February
While we have a cold winter here in Europe, the surfs up in tropical Central and South America, Northern Africa and in some warm Atlantic Islands. If you want to get away to catch some rays and waves, here are the 10 cheapest warm water surf escapes in February.
1. Canary Islands, Spain
With cheap flights and cheap car hire, you can easily combine a sunny getaway with surfing within a short flight time. Out of the Canaries, the islands of Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria are the best choices of destination for surfers going to the Canaries on a surf trip. Overall the standard of waves on offer in the Canary Islands is very high with a multitude of over hundret well known rocky pointbreaks, reefs and rippable beachbreak waves suitable for learners, intermediate and hardcore surfers.
2. Puerto Rico
Check out the northwest coast of Puerto Rico. The white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters are home to some top-notch surf breaks and it’s somehow managed to avoid the hype and accompanying crowds to date. Food is reasonably priced (especially around Rincon). Speaking of Rincon, if you’re a novice it’s the place to be. The Rincon Surf School offers group lessons or you can hire a local to give you private lessons no problem. Paddle boarding is also quite popular here – most surf schools also offer lessons/rentals.
Morocco has some amazing surf breaks and don’t worry – you’ll likely see camels wandering on the beaches anyway. The most famous place to catch a wave is probably Targhazout, but the coast south of Tangier is really littered with great surfing spots. Morocco’s beaches are uncrowded and you can score inexpensive accommodation with a little planning.
4. Baja California, Mexico
An hour south of Tijuana by car lies some of the best, uncrowded and inexpensive surfing on the Pacific coast. From Salsipuedes in the north to Cabo San Lucas (more than 700 miles) to the south, you’ve got an endless supply of small towns and perfect surf conditions to choose from. We recommend flying into Cabo and leisurely meandering up the coast. Cheap eats and accommodations are everywhere once you get even an hour north of town.
Nicaragua is our pick for the best year-round conditions. In Nicaragua you’ve got warm water, cheap food and accommodation and year-round offshore winds. The “Papagayo Winds” as they are called, make sun up to sundown surfing a reality for visitors. You’ll want to lean on the local surf camps while you get your bearings, there’s not a ton of tourism round these parts and the roads are brutal. Let a professional guide help you out for your initial visit – once you get the lay of the land you’ll be golden.
6. Sri Lanka
Our pick for the most under-the-radar spot has to be Sri Lanka. You don’t want to miss Main Reef, which is the most accessible and inexpensive of the options in the Hikkaduwa and Galle regions. The 3-hour drive from Colombo is well worth the spectacular surf conditions and warm waters of Main Reef. Sri Lanka is still relatively undiscovered – but it’s coming up more and more with surfers in the know. You can hire an off-duty fisherman to take you out for some amazing snorkeling.
7. Costa Rica
Its geography makes Costa Rica a classic trip choice, having two coastlines — the Caribbean and the Pacific — which both produce great waves and have quality surf spots. The clean surf season is December to April when swell from deep antic lows reach the Pacific coastline with offshore winds a common occurrence. Typically morning surfs are offshore and afternoon are light onshore, make sure you are up early to get those classic glassy sessions. Costa Rica is a country that is blessed not only with consistent waves year round but also many great surf spots. If you are a fan of pointbreaks then Costa Rica is your ideal destination.
8. Cap Verde
Cape Verde is a safe option for African Travel. It is a perfect start for a first time Africa traveler who hesitates to go exploring on the big and somehow more troubled mainland of the continent. The Cape Verde Islands is better known as a kite and wind surf spot. But you do find some world class waves here although many get blown out by the strong winds. You often find the best waves from November to February. Even though you have the most ground swell in and around June the winds will destroy the waves on most days. In the winter time you can surf in your shortie and even board shorts in the early winter. Bring your own gear as it is hard to find decent equipped paddle surf shops.
9. El Salvador
El Salvador is the land of right pointbreaks. It can seem that nearly every headland has a perfect long right reeling along its rocky shore, and in fact that’s not too far from the truth. Its Pacific coastline faces almost due south, and can be split up into two areas of roughly equal size: the west and the “Wild East.” Both areas offer a plethora of world-class right pointbreaks as well as fun and occasionally heavy beach breaks. January and February are small, but good for beginners and first timers.
10. Algarve, Portugal
Situated on the southern western tip of Europe, the surf beaches in the Algarve offer many type of waves for all different times of the year and has some great beach breaks from Arrifana to Faro. On the southern western tip is the small town of Sagres which offers many options for both the the advanced surfer and the beginner and everyone in-beween. There are lots of Sagres surf camps and surf schools that offer lessons and equipment rental for all and in the quieter more sheltered beaches there is SUP on offer. Lots of these schools and camps also base themselves out of Sagres and travel to many of the beaches we will mention. The Algarve is a great place to go on a surf holiday all year round as it offers sun, surf and a great vibe, be that in the towns, villages or deep in the amazing countryside.