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For some, a holiday means more than just a relaxing getaway. In fact, for many it means the polar opposite of a relaxing getaway: these are the adrenaline junkies, the thrill seekers. Those who require something with a little bit more excitement than sunning themselves on a beach for two weeks when they go on holiday. There are many ways for this group of enthusiasts to express themselves, be it by bungee jumping, skydiving or rock climbing. One such activity that can all too often be criminally overlooked, though, is kitesurfing.
Kitesurfing is a pastime that fuses several others into one high-octane sport. Elements of windsurfing, paragliding, surfing and gymnastics are all involved to an extent, making for a truly exhilarating experience on the waves. This has become a globally recognised phenomenon fairly recently, and as such there is an endless choice of destinations to choose from to hone your skills. HomeAway is here to help wherever you end up, offering a wide and varied selection of rental accommodation across the world. All that’s left to do now is read our guide to some of the top suggestions, book up and strap on your board.
Top kitesurfing destinations
Kitesurfing in Nabq
Situated just north of Egyptian tourist haven Sharm el Sheikh, Nabq has become a popular haunt amongst thrill seekers for very different reasons. The relatively unspoilt development is a picturesque coastal delight, with crystal clear Red Sea waters creating a unique setting for water sports. The accommodating hosts at the local centre will go out of their way to ensure that you enjoy not only the greatest kitesurfing moments, but the overall experience of this area. And, of course, a hard day on the sea can be rewarded at one of the many fine pubs and clubs that populate Sharm and nearby Naama Bay.
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Kitesurfing in Tarifa
The south of Spain is an alluring locale for a host of reasons. Most notable are the soaring temperatures and luscious beaches, not to mention the opportunity to cross the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco for a day or so. This stretch of water also happens to be ideally suited for kitesurfing. This is attributed to the mighty wind that cascades through it, with daredevils reaching speeds of up to 40 knots while still basking in glorious climates. Pleasingly, the town of Tarifa itself has been largely unaffected by the throng of water lovers that now descend upon it, maintaining its charming Andalusian atmosphere.
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Kitesurfing Canary Islands
Not unlike Tarifa, the Canary Islands are blessed with winds that are any experienced kitesurfer’s dream, yet with a climate that allows time spent on dry land to be equally pleasurable. Fuerteventura in particular is popular amongst those in the know. If you’re reasonably new to the sport, you may want to start on the slightly more tranquil lagoon at Sotavento Beach, but if your confidence and skills are at a premium, head along to the southeast hot spot of Flag Beach for more extreme thrills. Holiday haven Lanzarote is also a fine option for boarders.
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Kitesurfing in Aruba
The draw of Aruba is that it tends to have some of the most consistent trade winds on the planet. The island is blessed with almost perpetual sunshine, enough wind power to keep kitesurfers happy, and gleaming aquamarine waters. This is perhaps the best destination for those travelling with the entire family, with the laid-back Caribbean atmosphere assuring a pleasant time for all concerned. Even if the rest of your party are not quite as enthusiastic about kites as yourself, they’ll have a ball with the snorkelling, scuba diving and beach activities on offer elsewhere.
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Kitesurfing in Cornwall
There is, of course, no rule to say you must depart the shores of good old Blighty in order to indulge in some kitesurfing. Indeed, Cornwall has become a destination esteemed across the world for its water sport-friendly shores, with visitors from the UK and beyond heading to the southeast coast to see for themselves. Daymer Bay is a popular choice for local enthusiasts, set against a backdrop of rolling sand dunes. Watergate Bay is another favourite, and most convenient for the amenities of nearby town Newquay. Just remember to pack clothes that cater for any eventuality; this is Britain, after all.
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Kitesurfing Accommodation in Brighton
A newly refurbished, bright and light luxury raised ground floor apartment in an original Regency building (dating 1826). Set in a prestigious street, situated in Brighton & Hove, just minutes walk away from Brighton city centre. The beautiful per...
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Beautiful apartment block Sea Salt Studio, detached. In the centre of Brighton, 300 m from the sea. Private: patio, garden furniture. Parking space or garage only for small to medium-sized cars. Shop 100 m, ...
Bright, fun and relaxing two bedroom, 2nd floor apartment with distant sea view, located in the heart of Hove. Sleeping up to 6 people, this holiday apartment is just 400m to the seafront with the beautiful Promenade and Brighton's Palace Pier wit...
Contemporary 2 bed bungalow in the village of Saltdean, just a £20 taxi or short bus ride to Brighton. Sleeping up to 5 people, this modern, light and well equipped property has ample parking, a decked outdoor terrace and sea view.
Attractive, 2 bedroom Mews house sleeping up to 4 people, in a quiet central location close to the seafront and the city centre. Solid oak flooring, high ceilings, new kitchen and contemporary bathroom. Off street parking available. Great for conf...