The Best Places to go Kitesurfing in Brazil

Brazil’s Atlantic coast is a mecca for kitesurfers. It’s home to some of the world’s best kitesurfing spots – most of them catering to beginners and experienced kitesurfers alike. Sandy beaches, warm water, flat kiteboarding lagoons and plenty of wave fun are just some of the highlights this beautiful holiday destination has to offer. With more than six months of reliable strong winds pretty much every day all day it is perfect for kitesurfers in search of adventure or simply a relaxing holiday.

Here is some of the Top Kiting spots

CUMBUCO

On top of a well-deserved reputation as a top kiting resort, Cumbuco also has convenience in its favour. A mere 30 minutes from Fortaleza, you can hop off an international flight and be on the beach in no time at all. The infrastructure around is well developed and its a social place so expect plenty of fellow kiters, kit shops, course and schools, as well as permanently blowing wind and idyllic sea lagoons.

You can leave the big kites at home – at Cumbuco at most times the lighter ladies will be fine with a 7 and you’ll see the guys sporting a 9. The further west you go, the smaller the kites usually get as the massive dunes heat up and create additional thermic effects. Also, be assured that you won’t need a wetsuit. Weather and water are warm and inviting so you can enjoy your kite sessions wearing only shorts and a lycra to protect you from the sun as you’ll quite likely be out all day.

CAERA

Small lagoons and river deltas can be found all along Ceara’s coast and make for great flat water kiteboarding conditions. Some of the largest flat water areas can be found in Ilha do Guajiru and Barra Grande which hardly ever get crowded. Of course, there are also some nice lagoons closer to popular spots like Cauipe right next to Cumbuco. If your passion is more in the waves there are plenty to play with as well. Taiba is known for a nice swell. Almost as varied as the riding conditions is the offered accommodation. While you will find nice hotels and kite villages of all sizes and standards along the shore a lot of kitesurfers opt for a stay in a pousada, a typical Brazilian guest house which often offers local cuisine as well.

JERICOACOARA

Kite and windsurfers have had a hand in putting Jericoacoara on the map and helping it become the tourist hub it is today – until the 1980s it was a undisturbed fishing hamlet. These days backpackers and honeymooners, as well as surfers and boarders arrive year-round. The kiting on Jeri’s own beach has its limitations and can be busy with others on the water. Preá, however is just 15km (9.3 miles) down the coast. The beach there offers some of the country’s best kitesurfing, as well a large school.

BARRA GRANDE

Barra Grande in Piauí (not Bahia) is an emerging kiting destination. As it is 250km (155 miles) west of Jericoacoara (which is challenging enough to get to in its own right), reaching this sleepy town takes time and effort. For serious kiters, however, it is worth it. The conditions – a constant wind of 18-28 knots, soft sand beaches and seawater lagoons – give good kiting for beginners as well as enough to entertain the pros too.

BARRA DA TIJUCA

Most of Brazil’s best kitesurfing beaches are in the country’s north-east, but visitors to Rio de Janeiro can take to the waves too. Barra da Tijuca, a 17 km (10.6 mile) stretch of sand in the city’s west zone, has a cloud of kites fluttering out at sea on weekends and holidays. It is easily reached by taxi from Ipanema or Copacabana – when you arrive, a couple of barracas, like K07 and Kite Point Rio, along the beach rent kit and give instruction if you need it.

SAO MIGUEL DO GOSTOSO

From November to January, the water off São Miguel do Gostoso in Rio Grande do Norte is thick with kitesurfers. The laid-back little town is rustic though well-connected and has four main beaches that all offer something different. The main bay is flat and sandy, with clear shallows at low tide. Others have plenty of wave-riding and jump opportunities in the peak season.

ICARAIZINHO

Icaraizinho (‘little Icaraí do Amontada’)’s six kilometres (3.7 miles) of beach receive almost perfect kiting conditions that, coupled with the peace and emptiness of the area, attract riders who want to get out on the waves by day and take it truly easy in the evenings. The wind blows up to 30 knots, getting stronger and more blustery in the afternoons. There are flat areas to the south and plenty of bumps and jumps heading north, as well as lesser-known beaches to be discovered.

TAIBA

For the wave junkies, Taiba is the place to go. It is another small fishing village on the coast north of Fortaleza with waves that reach up to two metres (6.6 feet) high. Serious boarders flock to the bay to practice their tricks, while flat-water riders head to the lagoon. It is less well known than other spots so tends to be less crowded as well as postcard perfect.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

If you’re up for even less crowded flatwater spots with more moderate winds, then you may want to head south from Fortaleza. Here you’ll find your very own paradise visiting places like Barra Nova, Parajuru, Macau, Galinhos, Sao Miguel do Gostoso or Tibau do Sul. Just keep in mind, that the further south you go, the more the likeliness of an occasional day without wind will increase. That being said, during the main season the wind statistics still remain on par with many other top spots in the world.

Even the very south of Brazil between Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre has its share of awesome spots for kitesurfing (e.g. Ilhabela, Ibiraquera, Campeche) but the wind stats can’t match the kite heaven in the north. Still, if you happen to be passing through it’s definitely worth a trip to the beach.

A kiteboarding trip to Brazil ain’t complete without a downwinder experience. Given the steady sideshore winds, it’s the natural thing to do and there is a wide variety of trips on offer if you want to go further than just a day trip to the next village. If you have enough time and feel confident in your fitness and riding skills you can start as low as Barra Nova and have a guide take you all the way up past Cumbuco and Jericoacoara to Atkins which covers a distance of more than 600 km. It’s a nature experience you’ll never forget, feeling one with the ocean and its steady movements even though you’ve long touched shore.

DEFIANTLY A TRIP TO REMEMBER! 

The ALOHA Spirit of OAHU – Hawaii

Oahu Hawaii is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world, and if you get to visit this island paradise you’ll quickly see why. The third largest Hawaiian island is home to over 125 beaches, heaps of hikes, natural beauty galore, the bustling city life of Honolulu, and famous world-class surf.

From waterfalls, beaches, and waves, to nightlife, crafty eats, and shopping, there’s no shortage of things to do in Oahu. Treat yourself to the spectacle of a Surf Competition of the North Shore  go whale watching, skydiving, snorkeling, swimming in crystal-clear waters, or simply chillax and sip a Mai Tai on one of the many picture-perfect beaches.

Oahu may be a tiny island in Hawaii, but you’ll find your days completely packed here (especially if you’re a nature-lover). If you’re looking for best things to do in Oahu, here are some;

  • Surfing

Everyone visiting Hawaii should try their hand at surfing at least once.          The island of Oahu is a surfer’s paradise with warm waters year-round, and excellent conditions to suit everyone from novices to surfing superstars. With lots of surf schools popping up along the coast and connected to every resort – this is the perfect time to try.

Oahu is home to one of the most notorious spots in the whole of the surf world and a major reason why people opt for visiting Hawaii– the iconic North Shore. In winter the swells throw up some of the biggest waves known to man and you need to be a hardened pro with nerves of steel. From Sunset each to Pipeline and Waimea Bay – these dense shorelines are worth watching but steer clear of the water unless you are an expert.

For softer play when visiting Oahu, you can seek out the frolicking white water spots of Waimanalo Beach and Bellows Beach – both excellent choices for beginners who want to get a foot on the board. Intermediate surfers can head for Sandy Beach with its powerful shore breaks and vibrant colored sand that seems to get stuck in every orifice.

  • Hiking  

Visiting Oahu becomes a pure playground for hikers, especially those who love to disappear into the wilderness. From craggy volcanic peaks, to Ziplining  from the top, to dense orchid flaring rainforests, hidden waterfalls, and jaw dropping vistas – this island is etched with passages, trails, and hikes to blow you away. Diamond Head is one of the most popular, yet the Kuliouou Trail is also mild and simple and rewards climbers with clear and dazzling views from the summit. The Han Bay hike is another popular one, especially for those who want to indulge in a colorful snorkel afterwards.

Lanipo is for the less faint of heart – with her ridgeline crest trail that dips in and out of the rolling green hills. If you want to lose yourself in the humidity of the jungle and pass through banyan arches, then Ualaka’a is an expedition. Waimano Falls leads you down a shaded path until you reach a cascade waterfall of the brightest blue. Whichever path you choose, you can be sure that the best Oahu hikes will stay carved in your heart.

  • Snorkeling  

For the crème de la crème of Hawaii’s underwater wonders – Hanauma Bay is the poster child tempting snorkelers from across the world into visiting Hawaii. The visibility makes snorkeling one of the most incredible activities for those seeking what to do in Oahu..

During the summer months snorkelers can also head to Sharks Cove; a natural shallow garden surrounded by rocks and wonderful for younger snorkelers on calm days. In the warm liquid blue of Oahu you can swim alongside sea turtles, spinner dolphins, and a whole network of shimmering fish and marine species

  • Swim in the Waterfalls

 Like any paradise isle, Oahu is brimming with beautiful waterfalls. Some gush from dizzying heights, others trickle like the sound of music, some take death defying hikes to get to, others have serene blue pools for bathing. The only waterfall in Oahu you can swim in is in the Waimea Falls Park. The fifty-foot waterfall cascades into a freshwater pool, lifeguards man the edge, and you can even borrow life vests if you want to take the plunge safely. Surrounding the falls, you can find beautiful botanical gardens, and there are often Polynesian inspired cultural events taking place in the courtyard.

  • Whale Watching  

Common in December until May, whale watching tours can be a wonder to behold when visiting Hawaii. During the winter months, the humpbacks leave the icy waters to travel down to the balmy tropical seas that surround Hawaii. Here, they give birth and start to raise their calves. From Oahu, you can take a charter boat out to get up close and personal with these gentle giants. The most common spots you can book a boat tour from are the waters by Makapuu Lighthouse, along Hanauma Bay, and the coastline close to Diamond Head. Go the extra mile when looking for things to do on Oahu and book a boat with an expert guide who can tell you all about these fascinating creatures as you seek out your own Moby Dick.

  • Beach

With so much coastline you can be sure to find hidden gems scattered along the whole of Oahu and sometimes the best beaches in Hawaii are tucked away. These are beaches where you may not see another soul in sight and can leave a single set of footprints in the sand. A spot that needs discovering when seeking hidden things to do in Oahu is the Halona beach Cove Surrounded by craggy rock, this beautiful pocket of sand meets waters of the purest blue. Close to the fiery Halona blowhole, this is also the star beach that featured in the 1950’s movie – From Here to Eternity.

If you want to spend your days lingering on white sands but don’t want to miss out on the party, then Waikiki Beach should be top of your list for beaches when visiting Oahu. The two-mile stretch is split into sections ensuring that everyone gets a space to call their own. Watersports galore, cosmopolitan chic, and family fun – from sun rise to sun down; the good times don’t skip a beat at Waikiki.

It’s easy to see why Hawaii has become synonymous with paradise. Just look at these sugary beaches, Technicolor coral reefs and volcanoes beckoning adventurous spirits.

Cozumel, a Paradise for Scuba Divers

Cozumel is well-known in the scuba diving industry as one of the best diving locations in the world. With an array of sea and breathtaking reef system, it’s a scuba diver’s dream.

Cozumel sits on the second largest barrier reef in the world! The only next largest is he great barrier reef of Australia. This reef runs from Cozumel, down to Belize and Honduras. It is the Caribbean’s best-keep secret… or at least it use to be. Thousands of divers now flock here every year to dive in some of the clearest and most colorful diving in the world!

Every diver in the world should have Cozumel on their bucket list. From walls, currents, caves, wrecks, and huge marine life – Cozumel has it all!! Plus visibility is incredible, usually up to 30 – 40 meters.

The water in Cozumel during summer is usually 29˚C and 23˚C in the winter making diving in Cozumel great all year around! With the cooler water there are more chances of swimming with eagle rays. The marine life in Cozumel is world renowned, as elsewhere in the Caribbean. The most common marine species are groupers, giant lobsters, loggerhead turtles, nurse sharks moray eels and many lion-fish.

There are over 40 dive sites in Cozumel, appropriate for all experience levels. There are wall dive sites, reef sites, and sites where you get a chance to swim through some pretty cool cavern structures.

Due to the currents present around Cozumel, many of the dive sites around the island are drift dives. Some are slow and gentle, others, particularly those in the south, are suitable only for experienced divers.

Imagine floating through a tunnel within the coral wall, drifting along the currents to come out to a group of nurse sharks swimming just above the drop off – now your imagining Cozumel. Due to the swift currents the coral in Cozumel is some of the cleanest and colorful there is to see (in the top five for best wall diving on Mexico’s east coast 2015)! And with big currents there are big wildlife!  When diving in Cozumel a beginner can start with the shallower end of the coral wall including anchors and cannons from a Spanish galleon as well as massive sea fan corals. For the more advance, diving in Cozumel can offer tunnels running through the walls, windward-side diving and six caves which are home to nurse sharks!

The friendly environment and the popularity of shore diving make Cozumel’s reputation. Indeed, it’s the perfect place to log more dives and meet new people! Go experience diving in Cozumeland make some new Amigos!

Why is Cabarete The Adventure Capital of the Caribbean?

If you like beach town vibes, adventure and to be active, you will love Cabarete too!
Most water-sporters… I know, visit Cabarete regularly. Cabarete has the ideal conditions for kiteboarding, windsurfing, and surfing. But there is actually a lot more to do than surfing. I can’t imagine anyone NOT having a great time in Cabarete.

Cabarete is one of the top surfing spots in the world. If you like to be active, start your day surfing the waves at Playa Encuentro. It is located just 5 minutes outside of town. Early mornings are the best time to go for a session. The afternoon, when the wind is turned ‘on’, the waves will crumble and the current gets stronger. And this spot is known for its silky smooth waves, so set your alarm clock!  The locals are super friendly and make you feel like you are part of the community.

In the afternoon when the wind is at its best, Cabarete attracts hundreds of kiters. With about 300 wind days per year, it is the perfect destination for anything with a sail and a board. Surfing, Kitesurfing, Windsurfing isn’t as big as it used to be, but they divide the beach into 2 parts so they aren’t in each other’s way. Windsurfing on the right-hand side of the bay and kite surfers to the left. You see a lot of kites which is a pretty sight while sipping on a Mojito.

There is no better time to stroll along the crest shaped beach in Cabarete. And the sunrise is the best backdrop for pictures. In the afternoon the beach fills up with water-sporters, mostly kiters. When walking down the beach, watch out for kites flying around, especially the beginners that can’t control their kite. The eastern part of the bay has multiplerestaurants and bars directly on the beach that offer all kinds of international dining.

If you want to get away from all the surfing, there are several options. Too cute are the squirrel monkeys at the Monkey jungle. They are not afraid of humans and they will eat out of your hand and sit on your head. If you haven’t had a monkey on your head once in your life…you are totally missing out. Good to know: all profits from the venue goes to charity. The community can get free medical and dental treatment. So you’re helping a good cause! And the environment the monkeys are in is pretty good. Remember, monkeys are not indigenous in the Dominican Republic, so setting them free is not a good option.

Cabarete just ‘feels right’. The locals, the surf vibe, the green surroundings, just all very comforting. We will most definitely go back, and again, and again, and again.

Peru, the richest country in the world

Peru invites us to discover that being rich isn’t about having the most; it’s about experiencing the most unforgettable moments. And these experiences begin on a trip to Peru, a place where the diversity and authenticity of the culture, nature and food hold the essence of life itself.

Have you ever dream about getting to know the magnificent Pacific coast, contemplating the infinity beauty of the Andes and feeling the exuberance of the Amazon jungle? The same country offers access to the sublime contrast of these unique natural settings.

Thanks to the legacy of powerful ancient civilizations, Peru is home to over 5,000 archeological sites. Many of them shrouded in mystery and are able to transport the visitor back to a time when these cultures flourished. For example, a visit to Machu Picchu reveals the perfection of the Inca Empire; you can reach this sacret spot on board trains that travel through breathtaking mountain landscapes dotted with colorful Andean villages.

The Peru Amazon River is the longest in South America with a biodiversity the richest of any river in the world, it is said that the river contains over two thousand five hundred species of fish, many different species of mammals, amphibians and snakes also live in the river. Along the shores of the mighty Peru Amazon many species of animals exist, some in danger of extinction, but luckily the governments of Peru and Brazil have been working together to protect the river and the jungle and have projects in place to protect the endangered species. Probably the most famous inhabitant of the Peru Amazon River is the Piranha, the funny fish with the bad reputation, but in fact the fish actually helps to keep the river clean, a fun fact you may not have known about the piranha.

The Peruvian Jungle Indians were not really affected by the Spanish invasion, but were more effected by the Europeans who discovered rubber in the region.

Today it is believed that there are tribes living deep in the Peruvian jungle that have never seen or meet white people.

For all this and more Peru is synonymous with nature and is one of the ten countries with the greatest biodiversity and natural resources in the world. With more than 158 protected natural areas, it has 84 of the 117 life zones around the world. Peru has 12 national parks, 11 national reserves, 7 national sanctuaries and 10 reserved areas. It is home to more than 1,800 species of birds and 10% of reptiles, mammals and fish on the planet. It also has 3,500 species of orchids.

A paradise for those who are passionate about adventure, Peru offers a wide range of activities for anyone interested, beginners, amateurs, and expert in mainly natural environments: trekking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, surfing, paragliding, hang gliding, canoeing and kayaking being some of the most popular activities within the world of possibilities the country offers. 12,000 lagoons, 50 mountains standing over 6,000 meters above sea level, the deepest canyons on the planet, among many other options, will meet the expectations of those seeking to get rid of some adrenaline on their travels.

Bahia Salinas: A Hidden Paradise

Bahía Salinas is gorgeous hidden gem found on Costa Rica’s western coastline. Nestled in the northwest corner of Guanacaste Province, this isolated town hosts pristine beaches virtually untouched by modern development and views of the bay unrivaled in their beauty. With its magnificent sights, year-round warmth and naturally strong winds, it’s no wonder that vacationers in the know flock to this stunning seaport every year. As an ideal getaway destination for travelers seeking to unwind, Bahía Salinas boasts plenty of opportunities to take in the small Central American nation’s tropical scenery. From sunset boat tours to fishing, you’ll find no shortage of activities that let you kick back and enjoy everything Guanacaste offers. Not only that, its close proximity to Nicaragua means that it’s just a quick jaunt to more fun in the sun through daytime excursions in nearby San Juan Del Sur.

Why Bahia Salinas is the paradise of Adventures

Adventure awaits the more daring vacationer through exciting, high-octane recreation. Already blessed by sparkling sandy beaches, the town also benefits from strong wind gusts that become more intense between November to March. As a result, the town is a prime location for surfing, windsurfing, kayaking and kiteboarding enthusiasts. Whether you’re a seasoned wave catcher yourself or you’re looking experienced teachers giving lessons, the local coastline provides miles of sand, waves, wind and sun for your enjoyment. If your interests lie more towards fun on the land, Bahía Salinas still has lots to offer. Mountain bikers will love the area’s trails and the natural grandeur of the surrounding landscapes.

What is the best time to surf?

Summer can be thought to be the best time to practice surf but we think it’s actually when you make some time for it. Yeah, we know you actually want to know which season is the best to do it. So stay with us and keep on reading.

Check the weather before traveling

It sounds mainstream, but you will need to check the time before getting your flights. It will all depend if your planning to surf in Europe, Asia or even Central America. Remember seasons are not the same all around the world, so be aware of all this details:

  • Seasons in the part of the world you’ll visit
  • Weather during your stay
  • Natives holidays
  • Beaches you’ll visit

The best time to surf!

Summer, or what we call summer in Europe, comprises the hottest months of the year. It’s also the season in which most of the people enjoy their holidays. So keep this in mind if your destination is Europe or North America. Beaches are usually crowded and practicing surf may be a bit complicated.

The best time to surf in Europe is definitely the end of summer. No matter how good you are, you’ll be able to enjoy the waves without taking turns. Moreover, September and October are are cheaper months to travel. The water is also good, its temperature is not too warm and not too cold, perfect for surfing.

On the other hand, if you are planning to visit Latin America, the following tips may be useful:

  • In January, February and March you’ll find small waves, perfect ones for beginners.
  • From May to September people of any level are able to enjoy surfing. Weather is nicer and it will all depend on the beach you decide to go.
  • Experts enjoy surfing in Central from October to December, when there’s not so many people, it’s windier (but not cold) and the waves are more intense.

Find out how to travel with your sports equipment by plane

Find out how to travel with your sports equipment by plane

Traveling with sports equipment has been always a nightmare. Either if you are a surfer, a bicyclist or a kayaker you may need to pay a special baggage fee for taking your equipment on board.

In recent times, some airlines have changed their policies. So it’s important to check out the fine print of your ticket, because these can change from one airline to another. Depending as well on where you are traveling, the airplane size, and of course, what you are taking on board.

Taking your sports equipment on board

Sports equipment is actually part of the well known “special” equipment for airlines. Including things such as: golf sticks, bicycles, wheelchairs, musical instruments, and even fire guns.

As we mentioned before, all airlines have their own conditions and we all have to stick to them. It’s important to know all the details related to the equipment you want to take on board, like measures, number of wheels, pockets, or handles in case it has.

A free bag can be taken in the cabin luggage compartment only if it fits the given measures. But usually the size of out sports equipment exceeds the standard measures. So it’s important to ask your airline, or take a glance to all the details before you even buy the ticket.

In case your sports equipment is bigger and doesn’t fit the cabin luggage compartment, you will be asked to pay a special fee to check in it. These fees usually apply only on single flights. So if you plan to bring back your stuff, keep in mind you may need to pay a double fee. Please take note that your equipment has to be perfectly wrapped or packed. Aircrafts are usually picky in this respect.

Have in mind that sometimes is better (or cheaper) to rent an equipment when arriving to your destiny. It will all only depend on your decision and how much you are willing to pay for taking with you your beloved equipment!

10 reasons to travel to Costa Rica to practice sports


Costa Rica has been one of the most popular destinations around the world during the past years. Stay
with us and figure out all the wonderful reasons that will make you choose it for your next trip!

1 Ride a Bike Around the Country!
Costa Rica has been focusing lately on producing renewable energy. So why not moving around by
bike? Give it a try, rent a bike and visit small and folkloric towns!

2 Hitchhike and Discover Active Volcanoes
Visit the five active volcanoes in Costa Rica. You can hitchhike all of them. But the most popular one is
called Arenal, located in Alajuela province. Don’t miss its thermal springs, they’re Heaven on Earth!

3 Walk Through Foggy Forests
Costa Rica is the country with the largest biodiversity in the world per square meter. There are tons of
places to visit, like its famous foggy or rainforests forests. Visit Monteverde and Braulio Carrillo
National Park, you’ll see thousands of waterfalls!

4 Practice Kiteboarding in Bahía Salinas
Bahia Salinas, located on the West coast line is well known as the off-the-beaten-path paradise of
wind. It’s an amazing beach where besides kiteboarding you will be stunned with the amount of
animals this bay owns, such as dolphins, sea turtles, whales and tuna.

5 Security
Security is one of the most important issues while traveling. Costa Rica is one of the most safe places
in Latin America, especially out of the capital.

6 Shocking Death Slides
Once you try Death Slides in Costa Rica nothing will be the same. The most popular places to do it are
Arenal and Monteverde, but there are also tons of fantastic and less touristic places around the
country

7 Typical Food in Traditional Restaurants
Get all the energy you need to practice sports by eating in the most traditional places around Costa
Rica. We encourage you to taste the real Costa Rican plates, you’ll love them!

8 Surfing Costa Rican Beaches
Surf is one of the most popular sports in Costa Rica, you can go by yourself if you know surfing or you
can also try learning at a camp. There are tons of beaches with all kinds of waves. Playa Grande, in
Guanacaste is one of the most famous beaches around.

9 Yoga Camps and Retreats
Costa Rica is a wonderful place to practice yoga. Their stunning sunsets, sunrises and good vibes attract people from all over the world.

10 Practice Sports surrounded by Nature
Nothing like practicing sports surrounded by nature! Breathing clean and fresh air while practicing your
favorite sports are wonders of life that can only be enjoyed in Costa Rica!