Sometimes in order to experience the ultimate bliss, you usually have to fork over some dough, and lots of it. Though riding the best wave can cost a pretty penny, here at StudentUniverse, we’ve done a bit of research and have found the top surf destinations for that all so pleasing cheap student flight price.
Paddling out in a foreign country can be intimidating, however in Uruguay there is no need to be scared. It’s not uncommon for the local surfers to welcome you with open arms. The plethora of points, reefs, and beach breaks are enough to satisfy any traveling surfer, and a modestly comfortable room can be as cheap as £4. So make sure you check out our list of cheap hostels and discount hotels before you book.
To keep the cost down even more, fly into Buenos Aires, Argentina because airfares to Montevideo can get pricey. If you’re a food lover than make sure to bring your best steak knife, because Uruguay is the largest consumer of beef in the world. It might not hurt to pack your wet-suit and booties, too.
Mexico, Puerto Escondido
Located in the southern region of Mainland Mexico, Puerto Escondido can offer screaming hollow beach breaks, mellow beginner waves, cheap cervezas, and reasonable lodging. A basic beach bungalow can go for as little as £15 a night in the low season. Why not make this a group holiday and bag yourself discounted tours and major savings. Split this between some friends and you’ll save some change.
Sri Lanka is known as a small teardrop shaped island off the coast of India and is steadily gaining recognition in the surfing world. Over the last decade a surf culture has emerged over the Hikkaduwa and Galle regions. Main Reef is one of the more consistent and accessible spots with cheap accommodations right on the break. Modest rooms go for £3-£18 a night. For the ultimate deal, fly into Colombo on Air Lanka (no board bag fees) and take the 3-hour drive to the Hikkaduwa area by taxi or rental car. Visit Sri Lanka while it is still relatively un-crowded because this hidden gem is soon to be a world-class surf destination.
With thousands of miles of surf rich coastline, Indonesia has become one of the most sought after surf destinations in the world. If you’re not looking for crowds try paying a fisherman for a tour of one of the other 18,700 islands in Indonesia. Flights can be pricey however booking early and with StudentUniverse you are to find a discount flight that suits your budget and better yet once you get there, everything is cheap.
Nicaragua has everything any traveling surfer could ask for: warm water, consistent surf, student friendly hotels, and year round offshore winds. Lake Managua, is a giant lake that encompasses most of southern Nicaragua and creates offshore winds that blow all day every day. This means you can surf sun up to sundown if the waves are easy. These ‘Papagayo Winds’ are reason enough to pack your bags. Once arrived, the cost of living is cheap. Fly into Managua, rent a 4×4 and take the 3-4 hour drive into the Popoyo area for a more enriched tour.
There’s a world of opportunity out there just waiting to be explored, so make sure you don’t miss out! Remember, the only thing that’s limiting you is your imagination.
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