Everything You Wanted
to Know About Surf Vacations
When it comes to surfing the world is
your playground and it is every surfers desire to find the "Perfect
Waves". You just need to get there! Obviously the decision
needs to be based on time, money and what is realistic for your surfing
Check out some of the best locations to go for surf
vacations by destination...
Shop For The Best Deals ....
Regardless of your destination
you should always shop around
for air fare and accommodations. You will find a great variation
in prices. The internet makes this task painless with
websites like Travelocity and Expedia. I prefer to use
Vacations-To-Go when making my vacation plans. I found them to be
very competitive as well as reliable.
The one thing that you must
keep in mind is that airlines have restrictions on surfboards.
So be sure to investigate this prior to booking your reservation since
airline regulations change constantly. Here is what you want to
- Is your board within the
- Is your packed boardbag
within the maximum allowed weight for a single item of luggage?
- Does the airline charge a
flat fee per boardbag?
- Is the board covered in your
- Do you have to advise the
airline that you will be bringing a board prior to checking in?
Packing a Surfboard...
It is extremely
important that you
pack your surfboard properly
to eliminate damage to the board. Failing to
take the time to do this could result in no surfboard when you arrive at
your "surf vacation" destination. A good board bag is a must!
Packing For A Surf
In addition, be sure to
research the climate and water temperature so that you take the
necessary equipment with you. A wetsuit may be necessary due to
water temperatures. You may need boots if you are surfing a coral
reef. You should also include sunscreen, sunglasses and rash guards,
remember the sun can be much stronger and you do not want to burn.
Don't forget your board leashe, and wax. You might want to take
spare fins, in case you break one and a ding repair kit. Both
could be difficult to locate on some small islands. A full first
aid kit with antibiotics would also be a smart thing to take with you.
Depending where you are
going you may need to be vaccinated. Check the
Center for Disease Control
to determine any risks factors.
Vaccines should always be taken in advance to allow the antibodies to
begin working so don't wait until the last minute.
Some countries require a Visa.
Be sure to check in advance to see if you can get it upon arrival there
or if you need it in advance. You would not want to be put back on
a plane and sent home because you do not have your Visa.
If you are an
American citizen and will be leaving the country you now need a
passport. This new law includes Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean.
For details on obtaining a passport see our
passport tips section.