7-Day Surf Retreat: Winter Escape – Azores

7-Day Surf Retreat: Winter Escape - Azores

£ 1,126

Cabouco, Azores

7-Day Surf Retreat: Winter Escape – Azores
Beginner & Intermediate & Advanced
Multi-Day, Guides & Tours, Lessons & Courses
Minimum age: 18
Cabouco, Azores
Cancellation: Strict
£ 1,126

Activity Highlights:

Keep the summer spirit alive and join us for an unforgettable surf retreat in the ‘Hawaii of Europe’ this October! The Azores, with its vibrant island of São Miguel, offers a unique surfing experience amidst stunning landscapes and uncrowded beaches. Get ready to ride the waves, soak in natural hot springs, and immerse yourself in the local culture on this extraordinary adventure with great vibes.

Key Details

  • Dates: 13th – 19th October 2024
  • Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
  • Location: São Miguel, Azores, Portugal
  • Includes: 5 surf lessons, equipment, hot springs, hiking excursions, 7 breakfasts, light lunches, 3 dinners, airport transfers, and island transport

What to Expect

Experience a surf retreat like no other, with consistent waves and a perfect climate for surfing and exploring. Beyond surfing, unwind in São Miguel’s soothing hot springs, discover the rich cultural towns, savor local cuisine, and embark on scenic hikes. Our retreat offers adventure and relaxation, with activities like whale watching, kayaking, and snorkeling available to enhance your stay.

Most importantly, we are all about the community. Our aim is to create surfing retreats that welcome anyone who is eager to come along. One thing is certain, the energy and excitement they bring will make you feel at home from day one. Now is the perfect time to join the journey.

Itinerary

Please note, this is subject to some adjustment based on conditions and the desires of the group, but here is a rough guide to your amazing surf retreat with us:

  • Day One: Arrival at São Miguel – Settle into our delightful accommodation and kickstart our adventure with a welcoming BBQ evening.
  • Day 2: Begin with an exciting surf lesson in the stunning blue waters of São Miguel. We will split the groups depending on your level. Beginners are welcome, but so are more experienced surfers. In the afternoon, take a scenic hike to discover the island’s breathtaking landscapes and vistas.
  • Day 3: Hit the waves again for more surfing fun, then relax and rejuvenate in the island’s soothing natural hot springs.
  • Day 4: Continue our surf adventure, followed by a journey to the island’s north for exploration and a charming dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Day 5: After catching more waves, unwind in another set of natural hot springs, surrounded by the island’s spectacular natural beauty.
  • Day 6: Discover São Miguel, spending the day uncovering the island’s hidden treasures, from dramatic coastlines to quaint villages.
  • Day 7: Wrap up our surf retreat with a final surf session.

Location

São Miguel, known as the green jewel of the Azores, is a paradise for nature lovers and surf enthusiasts. Its diverse landscapes of volcanic craters, lush greenery, and coastal cliffs make it an ideal setting for our surf retreat. The island’s unspoiled beauty and warm climate provide a serene backdrop for our activities and leisure time.

The Azores are ideal for surfing due to their location in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, which ensures consistent swells, offering a variety of waves suitable for all skill levels. The islands also feature uncrowded beaches and a mild climate, enhancing the overall surfing experience.

Accommodation

Stay in our luxurious villa in Cabouco, blending comfort with traditional Azorean charm. The villa offers various room options:

  • Dorm Room: 3-5 beds, ideal for solo travelers or groups
  • Twin Room: 2 single beds, shared with another person
  • Private Room: Book for 1 or 2 people, single and double options

Each room is designed for comfort, ensuring a restful night’s sleep after a day full of activities.

Prerequisites

No previous surfing experience is required, as our retreat caters to all skill levels. Just bring your enthusiasm and a sense of adventure! If you are experienced, please don’t worry about being held back, we will split groups based on your skill level, and our coaches Catharine and Simone will work with you on your surfing goals. We are a surfing community and we can’t wait to welcome you.

Why Choose Us

Choose this retreat with Simone and Catharine to experience the ultimate surf adventure with expert coaches who bring global expertise from places like Costa Rica and New Zealand. Their consistent presence in every retreat ensures a personalised and enriching surfing journey, blending skill improvement with a vibrant community spirit, adventure, and soulful living.

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What's Included:

  • 5 surf lessons with fully qualified instructors
  • All necessary surfing equipment
  • 7 days/6 nights accommodation in a luxurious villa
  • 7 healthy breakfasts, light lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Hot springs and hiking excursions
  • Airport transfers and transport around São Miguel
  • A consistent coaching team for each retreat

What's Not Included:

  • Flights to and from the Azores
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional meals and drinks not specified
  • Optional extra activities (whale watching, kayaking, snorkeling)
  • Personal expenses

Frequently Asked Questions

Our retreat caters to all levels of surfers, from complete beginners to experienced wave riders. Our qualified instructors, Simone and Catharine, tailor the surf lessons to match each participant’s skill level, ensuring a rewarding experience for everyone.

Participants are responsible for booking their flights to João Paulo II Airport (Ponta Delgada, São Miguel). Upon arrival, our team will provide airport transfers to the accommodation, included in the retreat package. We can advise on flights if that is helpful.

Our villa offers various room types: shared dorm rooms, twin rooms, and private rooms for one or two people. You can select your preferred room type when booking, subject to availability.

The retreat includes 7 breakfasts, light lunches, and 3 dinners. Our villa chef prepares meals using fresh, local ingredients, and we can accommodate dietary restrictions with advance notice.

Pack comfortable beachwear, swimwear, a towel, sunscreen, and a hat for sun protection. For non-surfing activities, include hiking shoes, casual clothing, and a jacket for cooler evenings. Don’t forget your camera for capturing the stunning landscapes!

We will supply you with a wetsuit and surfboard!

Additional costs include flights, travel insurance, meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary, optional activities, and personal expenses like souvenirs and gratuities.

Our retreats are intimate and community-focused, typically hosting between 10 and 15 participants. This size ensures personalised attention from our instructors and a close-knit atmosphere among guests.

Beyond surfing, our retreat includes hot springs visits, hiking excursions, and ample opportunity to explore São Miguel’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Optional activities like whale watching, kayaking, and snorkeling can be arranged at an additional cost.

Sure! We will take money off the final payment if you have your own surfboard or wetsuit. Make sure you tell us this in the form so we can help to organise this with you.

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