Are you thinking about planning a family surf vacation? Surfing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, exercise, and spend time with loved ones. Plus, there’s nothing like riding a wave to give you an adrenaline rush. However, before you head out to the beach, there are a few things you’ll need to do when planning a family surf vacation.
1. Decide on a destination with beginner surf spots
Anyone who’s tried to surf for the first time will know it’s not as easy as it looks. A key element to surfing is finding a good wave; for beginners, that means going to a surf spot with smaller waves. Gentle waves are good for new surfers and teen surfers because they provide a chance to practice without being overwhelmed. They also give you a feel for the board and how it moves in the water. Not to mention, gentle waves are far less likely to knock you off your board or cause you to wipe out.
Don’t forget to take into account the time of year. The weather and water conditions vary greatly depending on the season, so you’ll want to do some research to find out when the best time to visit is.
If you’re unsure where to start, look online. There are lots of websites and forums devoted to surfing, and many of them will have lists of beginner-friendly spots.
2. Choose convenient accommodation
If you’re planning a surfing holiday, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is where to stay. Here are a few reasons why a hotel on or near the beach is the best option for surfers:
- You’ll be able to wake up and head straight for the waves — The closer your accommodation is to the beach, the less time you’ll spend travelling, maximizing your surf sessions.
- You can take advantage of special deals and offers — Many hotels offer expert surf coaches, surf camps, and package deals for guests planning to spend their days surfing.
3. Check the availability of other family-friendly activities
In addition to surfing, the whole family can enjoy plenty of other activities. For instance, fishing is a great way to bond with loved ones while relaxing and appreciating nature. Horseback riding is an excellent option if you’re looking for something a little more active. On the other hand, yoga classes are offered on many beaches for those who want to find their zen.
For families with adventurous spirits, plenty of resorts offer optional activities like ziplining and whale watching. So whether you’re looking to relax or get your heart pumping, there’s sure to be an activity perfect for you and the whole family.
4. Book your flights, visas, and travel insurance
Now that the fun part is out of the way, you’ll need to finalize your travel details. First and foremost, you’ll need to ensure that you have all the necessary travel documents. This includes booking your flights and applying for visas (if needed). You’ll also want to ensure that you have travel insurance covering surfing — just in case! Trust us; it’s better to be safe than sorry.
5. Pack your bags and get ready to go
Everyone will need a few essential items when planning a family surf vacation. First, of course, is a swimsuit. For the ladies, a nice rash guard or wetsuit top can provide some extra sun protection. For the gentlemen, board shorts or trunks are the way to go. Don’t forget tons of sunscreen to prevent sunburns!
If you don’t own a surfboard, there’s no need to worry. Many shops offer surfboard rentals, especially at beginner surf spots. Be sure to ask about discounts for families or longer-term rentals. Many shops offer special rates for those who rent for multiple days or weeks. Finally, don’t forget to inquire about surf lessons! Taking a lesson or two is a great way to learn the basics of surfing and make the most of your time on the water. If you choose a surf resort, it simplifies your surf vacation planning and experience because board, lessons, beach, waves and accommodations are all provided.
Why choose Costa Rica for your family vacation?
There are plenty of reasons why Costa Rica is perfect for families who want to enjoy some surfing, action and adventure. The country’s coastline provides plenty of opportunities for surfing, and the waves here are perfect for beginners and experienced surfers alike. There are also plenty of other activities to keep everyone entertained, from zip-lining through the rainforest to hiking through national parks.
Plan the surf vacation of your dreams with Kalon Surf
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach holiday or an action-packed adventure, Costa Rica has something to offer every family member. Costa Rica is a top destination for beginner surfers, and Kalon Surf is the perfect place to stay while you’re catching waves. Our resort offers 5-star surf coaching, beautiful accommodations, and healthy food and drinks to keep you feeling your best.With its warm water and consistent waves, Costa Rica is a paradise for surfers. And at Kalon Surf Lifestyle Resort, you’ll be right in the heart of the action. So even if you’ve never surfed before, planning a surf vacation with your family has never been easier!