Known as the ‘Hawaii of Europe’ due to its similar climate and many surf spots, it’s easy to see why Fuerteventura is such a popular surfing destination! It is home to more white, sandy beaches than any of the other Canary Islands and provides plenty of great waves all year around.
The sea temperature is a cool 23°C in the summer and 18°C in the winter, while the summer days reach an average of 82.4 degrees Fahrenheit, dropping to 71.6 degrees Fahrenheit in winter. The island not only receives around 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, but it only rains for about 2 hours every week!
While it is the second largest of the Canary Islands, it only has a population of about 103,167 making it a quiet, tranquil destination. However, larger towns like Corralejo are buzzing with delicious restaurants and tapas bars, as well as trendy shops.
Fuerteventura clearly has a lot to offer, and their surfing camps and schools are no exception. There are quite a few dotted around the island, but how to choose? Below, you’ll find our top ten picks from mobile surf schools to villas that not only provide excellent surfing courses no matter what your skill level, but stylish accommodation and a whole host of other activities.
Home Grown Surf School is located in Casa Hilda, in the charming town of Corralejo. With an inner courtyard, sundeck, and courtyard it is a quintessential Mediterranean property with two bathrooms and a communal kitchen. Plus, there are plenty of shops well within walking distance.
Home Grown provides you with the very best surfboards, wetsuits, and all the equipment you’ll need for hitting the waves. As they are a mobile surf school too, you will be taken to various surfing hotspots such as Playa Cotillo, Playa Esquinzo, Playa de Las Mujeres, Playa Tubaderas, Playa Morro and Playa Blanca.
Line Up Surf Camp is the only surf camp in Fuerteventura that has been purposely redesigned and rebuilt as a camp suitable for both surfers and kiters. This unique camp provides clean and comfortable accommodation and opts to teach in smaller groups with a maximum of 5 people to ensure you are getting the proper attention and quality teaching.
Spanish and Surf is located in the charming Canarian villa Casa Carmen, overlooking the ocean and situated in the Bristol Beach area, much-loved by surfers. Offering classes in beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, Spanish and Surf is mainly focused on giving individual corrections, and is also a mobile surf school – so you’ll get to improve your surfing all the while exploring the beautiful island of Fuerteventura!
Star Surf Camp provides easy access to three stunning coastlines North, East, and West of Fuerteventura, and provides classes at Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels so no matter what your skill level Star Surf Camp has a class for you. They also provide snorkeling equipment for you to explore a stunning underwater world, as well as yoga sessions to help you center your body and mind.
Just a five-minute walk from Lajeres, Lapoint Surf Camp is entirely solar-powered and works with local surf schools to provide classes at Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels.
Billabong Surf Camp provides packages suitable for singles, couples, and larger groups all at a beach-front location. Their surf school is integrated into the camp building and gives you easy, free access to all equipment. Have any special requests? Email Billabong Surf Camp and they will try their very best to accommodate you!
After establishing surf camps in France and other parts of Spain, it’s safe to say that Planet Surf Camp knows what they’re talking about when it comes to surfing. But that’s not all they have to offer. You can take carver skateboards out for a spin, or join fellow campers at weekly barbecues or weekend trips to the island of Lobos. A stay at Planet Surf Camp makes for a jam-packed stay in Fuerteventura!
For the best surfing experience possible, the instructors at Surf Therapy take you to the best locations every day to optimize your lessons.
With a villa located right on the beach in Corralejo, Wave Rider Surf School teaches Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced courses in smaller groups to ensure everybody receives the correct instruction. Transfers to and from the airport are available for 40 Euros. Just get in touch with Wave Rider Surf School and they will arrange this for you.
Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Surfing Colors Hotel is technically not a surfing camp but offers surfing lessons and free yoga lessons, as well as surfboard and bicycle hire.
Before any trip, it is important to know all the individual costs of your vacation. Below, we’ve broken down everything from SIM cards to gasoline prices
Meal Price Range
In Fuerteventura, a typical fast food meal costs around 9 Eur ($10.87), while a cappuccino is 2.70 Eur ($3.37) and espresso is 1.40 Eur ($1.69).
While tipping is not obligatory in Fuerteventura it is still polite to leave a modest tip at the end of your meal, especially as those in the hospitality industry tend to not earn a huge amount of money.
Of course, if you received service you were particularly impressed by, then it’s definitely worth leaving a few Euros to show your appreciation. To put a figure on it, 5% is considered acceptable, while 10% is considered generous. However, when dining at a more upmarket restaurant then we advise tipping around 10%.
Meanwhile, a Euro is considered acceptable for hotel porters, and taxi drivers will be happy with any rounded-up tip.
Shopping for food at a supermarket in Fuerteventura is a lot cheaper than shopping in the United States. For example, in Fuerteventura a bottle or carton of milk will cost around $1.40 Eur ($1.69).
Most surf camps will provide equipment either free of charge or with a small charge added.
Prepaid SIM Cards:
The easiest way to stay connected to family and friends while in Fuerteventura is by buying a local SIM card. They’re worth investing in, as Spanish SIM cards are relatively cheap, at only a couple of dollars.
Without a SIM card, you will become reliant on hotel or public WiFi which can be slow or have a weak signal.
We recommend purchasing a Vodafone Spain SIM card, as they have a very strong network and offer 16 GB data for just 10 Euros.
There are bus services in Fuerteventura but these are fairly slow and only run between major towns. If you’re looking to go further afield then we recommend renting a car.
Taxis are also available in larger towns and are fairly inexpensive but they cannot be booked in advance.
If you decide to rent a car, gasoline is slightly cheaper in Fuerteventura than it is in the US. In Fuerteventura, gasoline costs 1 Euro ($1.20).
Types of Risk
While Fuerteventura is a rather quiet and relatively safe island, it is still a popular tourist destination so it’s important to stay alert.
Petty crimes like bag snatching and pickpocketing can occur in busy areas so it’s important to be vigilant and keep your belongings with you. Try not to carry valuable items with you and keep money concealed.
The beautiful azure waters of Fuerteventura are what attract so many surfers to the island, but while the ocean is inviting it can be dangerous and you must always take care when you head into the waves.
Always monitor the beach flags, as they let you know when the sea may be particularly dangerous. You can see flags where there are riptides and bad undercurrents. While the beaches around resorts can be quite calm, further afield the water is considerably rougher.
How to Prepare
From vaccines to insurance, below you’ll find details on all you need to protect yourself and your money during your trip.
As Spain is a party to the Schengen Agreement, U.S. citizens may enter Spain for up to 90 days for tourism or business without a visa. However, your passport needs to be valid for at least three months beyond the period you will be staying there.
While Fuerteventura is a relatively safe place to travel to, it’s important to make sure you’re up to date with routine vaccines such as Chickenpox (Varicella), Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis, Influenza, MMR, and Polio.
You should also consider a Hepatitis A vaccine, especially if visiting villages or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water. If you haven’t been vaccinated for Hepatitis B, then this may be a good idea as well.
If you’re vacationing with infants who are 6 to 11 months old, then they should receive 1 dose of the MMR vaccine before travel to protect them from measles.
While the Canary Islands are free of dog rabies, rabies may still be present in wildlife species such as bats. However, the CDC only recommends the rabies vaccination before travel only for those working directly with wildlife.
Language and Currency
Just like the rest of Spain, the official language of the Canary Islands is Spanish. However, English is the second most spoken language and most people in the Canary Islands can understand German too. In almost all hotels, stores, and restaurants some employees will speak English or German. Many informational signs are in Spanish, English, and German.
Meanwhile, Fuertaventura’s currency is the Euro and the island has many ATMs and foreign exchange facilities, especially in the bigger towns like Corralejo.
While it is always recommended to have extra cash in your wallet in case of an emergency, the easiest way to purchase items or food is with a debit/credit card.
Checking Surf Forecast
Before you hit the beach you can check out the surf forecast by visiting FuerteVentura Playas.
It updates every 6 hours and provides wind and wave forecasts for Fuertaventuran main spots such as El Cotillo, Corralejo, the north shore, Puerto, Puerto del Rossario, Sotavento, Punta del Tigre, Cofete and La Pared.
Their forecasts are based on the GFS-model and WW3-model of the American Weather Service (NOAA). The service forecasts the weather for the next seven days. Its default units are knots for wind speed, meters for the wave height, and seconds for the wave period. Arrows are used to indicate the wind and wave directions.
Before you head to Fuerteventura it is vital that you take out travel insurance.
This provides cover for you and your family if someone becomes ill or has an accident, or if your possessions are lost or stolen during your vacation. It will also protect you if your vacation has to be cut short or unexpectedly canceled.
Many ordinary travel insurance policies include surfing as an activity – but it wouldn’t hurt to get some additional cover. For example, when taking your own surfboard with you it’s recommended to ensure it separately, especially as surfboards can be expensive.
This might mean that the lost baggage insurance on your policy won’t be enough to cover it. However, some specialist insurers offer dedicated travel insurance for surfers.
Furthermore, some ordinary travel insurance policies may come with restrictions on surfing. For example, you may only be covered if you stay close to the shore. If you plan on surfing in open water it is recommended you take a look at specialist cover.
No matter what insurance policy you go for though, there will always be some restrictions. For example, your insurance is likely to be invalidated if you break local laws like surfing illegally in dangerous areas, or if you dismiss instructions from lifeguards.