Before you can book the flight and take off to your surfing dream vacation, you must be honest with your skill level. If you are an amateur, you may want to stay with the rest of the tourists at a resort where it is safe. For those of you seeking a little more adventure on a budget, you may have help with the resources below.
Have you ever used Priceline, Kayak, Travelocity, or other travel site? You can do the same thing with package deals. Often times you can find 5-7 night stays with round trip airfare for as little at $600. Some sites even allow you to ask for a certain price, which may save additional dollars. Also check Groupon, Living Social, and other deal-based sites – sometimes great deals appear and sell out before you know it.
WARNING: Do your research on any international area before booking to ensure your safety. Even the recommendation below – check before you book. Times change and so does the safety in other areas – as seen in the U.S. as well. It is much harder to deal with emergencies in other countries.
Recommended Surfing Destination: Puerto Escondido, Mexico
With packages ranging from $900 to $1,300 for 7 nights, this no-resort, fun tourist town offers 200 yards of swell-active beaches for amateurs and pros alike. If you want to go even cheaper, ditch the hotel and rent a beach bungalow for as low as $25 a night. The area is relatively safe with no gang-related activity in the township so you can ease your guard.
The best time to visit is during summer months when the southwest swells arrive. This coincides with the rainy season – May through October – but worth the risk. If you want no rain and calmer waves, visit November through April. For those in the Midwest and Northern U.S. states, the latter months are more appealing because warmth and fun in the sun trump 8-9 months of winter.
The Puerto Escondido beach offers a variety of breaks including hollow tubes and easy beginner waves. Perfect for people who want to hone an old skill or develop a new talent. Did I mention beer is cheap here, too? If you are lucky, you may even find an all-inclusive deal where drinks and food are plenty and endless.
Check your passports, purchase the tickets, and pack for the surfing vacation of your life in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
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