One of the most amazing benefits of kiteboarding is that you don’t need to rely on your friends to go on holiday with you, you can travel solo and still have the most incredible vacation ever! You don’t need to worry about who will launch your kite or who you will spend your evenings with because there are some unforgettable kitesurfing destinations filled with other solo travelers and kiters eager to make friends, meet new people and explore new spots and places.
As a solo traveler, your choice of destination and accommodation can make or break your vacation. Here are a few tips on choosing the right destination and making the most of your solo kite travels:
Choosing Your Destination
Choosing a more popular destination and during high season will guarantee that you meet other kiters and find people to spend your time with. During high season there are often more events and activities going on to keep you busy.
Choosing Your Accommodation
Accommodation styles have a huge effect on your social life and privacy. For example choosing a dorm room in a hostel vs airbnb vs a hotel room. If you are into the party scene, hostels are always the way to go. Especially during high season you will always have someone who’s ready for a night out, a BBQ or a relaxed games night. Booking a private room in a hostel can be the perfect option for a solo traveller as there is always something to do and someone to hangout with but you always have the option of privacy and chilling time.
Location of Accommodation
Location of your accommodation is also an important consideration. Being located right at the kite spot or directly downtown vs a 15 minute walk or drive from the action can play a huge role in your vacation. Staying close to the action will give you more freedom and motivation to go out and meet friends without worrying about walking home late at night, carrying your gear a long way or spending money on a car rental, bus or taxi.
Finding Accommodations and Other Kiters Before You Go
Sometimes it can be comforting to know other people before you go and can be worthwhile to find alternate accommodation with other kiters rather than staying in hostels. Posting in facebook groups like this is a great way to find other travelers or ask for advice or accommodation options.
Top Choices for Solo Travelers
Cape Town and Langebaan are both great options for solo travelers. Being one of the top kiteboarding spots in the world, it is filled with kiters from around the world through the season (November- March). Hostels and share houses are easily found here, transport is easy and there are many other options other than kiting such as hiking, climbing and going on safari. Big events such as King of the Air is held in Cape Town creating an incredible atmosphere and bringing the kiting community together.
Tarifa, Spain is one of Europe’s biggest kite spots. If you want to kite and party, Tarifa is the place for you! During the day all the kitersurfers are out there on the water and all spots are super busy. After a long day on the water, the crowds move to the city. In town you will find lots of bars and clubs all crowded with kitesurfers. It’s a pretty cool atmosphere and perfect to get to know other kitesurfers from all over the world.
Cabarete, Dominican Republic is known as the adventure capital of the Caribbean and is more than suitable for solo travelers. Accommodations are available directly on the beach which are filled with other kiters and travelers. Party all night or enjoy an active, healthy holiday with kiting, kickboxing, surfing and more. Cabarete has an amazing atmosphere with something for everyone. You will find wind and kiters here all year though the most reliable wind months are June-August and December-March.
Check out more about kitesurfing in the Caribbean.
Dakhla, Morocco is just a short flight from most European countries and is best from April-September. As Dakhla is more about the kiting then the nightlife, it is easiest to make friends during the day and meet later for a couple of drinks or playing some card games. Otherwise most accommodations host dozens of kitesurfers so it is super easy to meet others.
Borocay is the biggest kite spot in the Philippines with people traveling from all over the globe. There are plenty of accommodation options directly Bulabog Beach which are filled with kitesboarders and watersports enthusiasts. Enjoy a social breakfast talking about today’s wind, enjoy one or two sessions throughout the day with plenty of other things to do after. Join in on weekly early hours kitesurfer parties or relax and have a drink during the sundowner. You can party till early morning with the tourist crowds from White Beach in town if the wind forecast isn’t looking good.
Check out more about kitesurfing in the Philippines.
Kite Camps or Cruises Anywhere!
If you are looking for an amazing, simple holiday without much planning involved, a kite camp or cruise is for you. Kite camps are suitable for beginner-advanced riders and are usually inclusive of accommodation as well as spot transfers (if needed) as well as lessons or coaching. You will be joining other travellers for the camp and likely be staying in the same house or very close to the other campers. This is the perfect option for solo travellers as you are guaranteed to meet other people and find the best spots being guided by a local.
If you are not into partying and prefer more secluded and relaxing kite spots, a kite cruise or safari could be the best option for you.
As you can see, traveling solo is not as intimidating as it sounds. Once you consider different accommodations options, styles, locations and all your different destination options, planning a solo kite trip is easy!