Situated south of the city of Huelva on Spain's south west coast not too far from the Portuguese border lies the stretch of beach known as Nueva Umbria. This is a great spot for surfers, wind surfers and kite surfers of all levels and abilities. It does get pretty crowded with tourists and beach goers, so there may well be surfing restrictions or zones in place during June July and August. It will pay you to check this out before you set off. The best times to surf are between April and September.
This is a lagoon spot that works best when the lagoon is connected to the sea, forming nice sand banks, which usually results in good conditions (this is usually from May to September). When the south swell appears, coupled with clean wind directions, you can get some really good waves, mostly lefts, with or without the connection being open. The spot is best suited to experienced surfers although there are some shallow spots that are suitable for beginners.
Five minutes from the center of Ericeira and 40 kms north from Lisbon you will find the beach of Foz Do Lizandro. It is a popular spot for surfers who have some experience and is great because it is never too crowded. The locals are very friendly too. Although the season is classed as being from March to September, all round is possible.
Fonte Da Telha can be found by heading towards Caparica and when you arrive there turn left and the spot is about 10 kms south. It is a popular spot for surfers of all types and abilities. The season is pretty much all year round as the wind is quite constant here.
Figueirinha is located south west of Setubal and is a very popular beach in an area of outstanding beaches. It looks out over the Bay of Setubal and has a wonderful backdrop of the Serra Da Arrabida hills. The beach is suitable for windsurfing at low tide when a cove is created by a sandbank. Kiesurfing is possible some of the time as is sailing.
Cova de Vapor (Steamer's Cove) is a small fishing village that is located at the mouth of the estuary where the River Tagus meets the Atlantic Ocean. It is best suited to kitesurfers of intermediate to expert level since there are a few potential hazards here. The season is pretty much all year round at this spot.
Carcavelos is located in the Portuguese district of Cascais and used to be known for its wine production. It is now better known amongst surfers for the good quality of surfing to be had at this beach and is also becoming very popular with body surfers. The spot is best suited to intermediate and expert surfers since there are numerous potential hazards here. The winter months are most suited to surfing here as summer has strong offshore winds and it can be very gusty.
Alcochete is located on the south bank of the river Tagus in Portugal and is a popular spot for kitesurfers of all abilities. Alcochete is best known for its bull fighting traditions and for its close proximity to the longest bridge in Europe, the Vasco De Gama Bridge. It is also only a 20 minute drive from Lisbon so makes a great spot if you want a weekend away.
Monte Verde is located on the northern shores of the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores and is a popular spot for surfers of intermediate and expert levels. There is no real season here although the best wind and waves are to be had during spring and winter. The winds and waves are more powerful here than on the southern shore of the Island.
Sete Cidades is a lake that is located in a former volcanic crate in the western part of the Island of San Miguel in the Azores. It is a popular spot for kite surfers of all abilities and surfing is pretty much all year round with the wind being fairly stable.
Agua D'Alto is located on the southern shores of the Island of Sao Miguel in the Azores and is a spot for surfers of intermediate and expert ability. There is no real season here, although the best times are probably spring and winter when the winds are at their best.
s is another of those gorgeous quiet islands just off the coast of Cuba itself. Intermediate or better windsurfers and kitesurfers should be out here, as the small area and busy nature makes it unsuitable for beginners.
On the northeast coast of a quiet island, this is for those who like their watersports somewhere quiet and close to nature. It is a place suitable for all abilities of kitesurfer and windsurfer, and has a laid back attitude.
This gorgeous caya is just of the north coast of Cuba, and is a popular follow up destination after visiting Cayo Coco. It is suitable for windsurfers and kitesurfers of all abilities, including rank beginners, and is friendly and laid back.
This is a bit more of a challenge for windsurfers and kitesurfers, requiring some technical ability to manage the waves. It’s a nice laid back spot and the island is just off the north coast of Cuba, so a plane or boat trip will be required to get here.
Cayo Coco is an island off the central part of Cubas northern coast, and is just heavenly. It’s a great location for windsurfing and kitesurfing and all abilities are welcome, and the atmosphere is typically Latin American – laid back, but full of energy when it needs to be.
Situated south of the city of Huelva or north west of the city of Cadiz lies the stretch of coastline known as Martalascanas. It is a very popular spot for wind surfers and kite surfers of all levels and abilities. It does get crowded with tourists and beach goers during the months of June ,July and August so there may well be surfing restrictions in place during this time, so you might want to check this out before you set off. The best time to surf here is between April and September where you can pick up some nice thermal breezes.
Situated about 15 minutes north west of Tarifa, heading towards Cadiz, lies the beach at Los Lances. It is a great spot for surfers, wind surfers and kite surfers of all levels and abilities. Kite and wind surfing is forbidden here between between the dates of 15th June and 15th September otherwise you face a hefty fine. With this in mind the best times to surf here are from October through to May.
Situated around 1 hour west of Tarifa heading towards Cadiz lies the beach at Los Canos De Meca. This is a very popular spot for surfers, wind surfers and kite surfers of intermediate and expert ability. Novices are not advised to surf here because of the reefs that are clearly visible during low tide. There are special wind and kite surfer zones set up during the busy summer months. The best times to surf here are from April through to September when the thermal winds blow.
Situated around 20 minutes drive out of Tarifa heading towards the city of Cadiz lies the beach as Las Dunas. It is a popular spot for surfers, kite surfers and wind surfers of all levels and abilities. The best months are June to September when you can pick up some really good thermal breezes. However, there may well be surfing restrictions during this time so it might be advisable to check before you set off.
Located on the outskirts of the surfing capital of Europe lies the beach at La Jaima. It is a popular place with wind surfers, kite surfers and surfers of al levels and abilities. There may well be restrictions in place during the summer season so you will need to check it out before you set off. The best time of the year to surf this spot is between the months of April to September when you can pick up some pretty good thermal breezes.
This is a great little lagoon on the southern edge of the island, near to the pleasantly named Blossom Village. It is a spot that can provide a good day out for windsurfers and kitesurfers of all abilities.
This is a nice safe area right out at the end of the northwest arm of the island, just near Rum Point. Kiters and windsurfers of all abilities will like this spot, and it’s got a typically chilled Caribbean atmosphere.
The big lagoon on this side of the island is perfect for beginners, although people with a bit experience will also find plenty to like about the spot. As you’d hope for the Caribbean, it is quite, friendly and relaxed – don’t take life too seriously and you’ll have a great day.
Out on the furthest northern point of the western arm of the island, this area catches a variety of conditions and because of this it is suitable for kitesurfers, windsurfers and surfers of all abilities.
On the arm at the northwest end of the island, this spot catches some strong winds when conditions are right. It isn’t for beginners as the small beach and strong winds can cause problems, but anyone with a decent amount of experience will enjoy kitesurfing or windsurfing here.
Elbow Beach is a popular tourist destination on an already popular island, so if you want somewhere to relax in your own space it might not be for you. Kitesurfers and windsurfers can both be found here, and the conditions mean it isn’t suitable for beginners.
Up in the northeast part of the island, this is nice and quiet yet not as remote as you might think. Kiters and windsurfers use this place, but kitesurfers need to have some good control and a bit of experience to be able to go out here safely.
Situated right in the heart of the fashionable town of Roses on Spain's north eastern coast lies this spot. It is popular with wind surfers and kite surfers of intermediate and expert abilities. Novices are not advised to practice here because of the harbor mole located just off the beach. Kite surfing is forbidden here between May and September, as the police frequently patrol this stretch of coast and will confiscate any kiting equipment of people found surfing during this time. Even out of season they require a kiting licence and insurance also. Because of this the season is October through to April.