About Canary Islands, Lanzarote

The Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean are famous for the tourist attraction they gain during the vacationing seasons. To the Far East of these islands lies Lanzarote, a paradise on Earth. Like most of the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote has its origins in a volcanic eruption that took place centuries – in fact, 15 million years – ago, with the splitting of the American and African continental plates. Quite the historical origin! To add to its brilliance, Lanzarote is yet another one of the Canary Islands to be titled a biosphere reserve by the UNESCO. Add to this the fact that it is the first-most inhabited of the many Canary Islands and you have an absolute treasure on your hands.

The climate is tropical, the land is rocky and adorned with the peaks of the Famara, and to top it off, a smoothly curving bay, a picturesque coastline, an exquisite cuisine and ethereal local surroundings. A constant, dry wind covers the island, making its conditions tropical and just the right type of windy for vacationers. Windsurfing, kitesurfing, paragliding, swimming, diving, snorkeling, fishing, sailing, boating – the list of the island’s many fun activities goes ever on.

The restaurants in Lanzarote are many and the food plentiful and extremely pleasing to the palate. Not only this, but tourists revel in the diversity Lanzarote has to offer: Italian, Spanish, French, Chinese – to summarize, not only continental and local but a diverse range of food is ready to be consumed over at the island. However, if you do visit Lanzarote you must settle for the local and the traditional, for a taste of the local cuisine that is different and refreshing to the tongue. Take a break from your usual – after all, what are vacations for? The traditional and local cuisine is generously laden with fish caught off the very coast. The Sancocho Canario, a dish made from dried fish and wrinkled potatoes; and the Pescado a la sal, basically baked fish are two of the most popular among the locals. These are usually served with the mojo, a hot pepper sauce that gives your tongue just the right amount of tang it needs on a windy vacation. Not just fish, but mutton and beef – usually exported from Argentina – also dominate the island’s priority list, and therefore you’ll find beef, mutton and vegetable stews in abundance. The Puchero and the potaje are two such stews made from beef, chickpeas, lentils and various vegetables. Thus despite the fact that the food in Lanzarote is – as with the other Canary Islands – a fishy business, there is however space for other ingredients to fit in.

A good meal must be followed by a good bout of sight-seeing, and in that capacity too the island isn’t lacking. From the Crater in El Golfo to Hacha Grande, a rocky mountain in the south of the island, and from the Malvasia grape vines to Papagayo beach with the graceful curve (for real beaches have curves!) – Lanzarote has you all buckled up.

About Bahia Salinas, Costa Rica

Bahia Salinas is a bay located in a corner of the ever so popular Costa Rica – and it’s a great place to visit, especially if kite surfing is the plan. It’s all the better, in fact, had you been planning on catching the wind, known to be the 8th windiest place in the wide world. Bahia Salinas boasts, during the months of November to May, an average 22knots+ wind 24/7 that is sure to make you gravitate around the bay for your vacations. A reef that blocks chop results in mostly flat water conditions and an island adorned with snow white sand in the middle of the bay adds to the overall luster of the place. As regards the weather of Bahia Salinas, it is mostly enveloped by a cozy warmth, as is the water and the land, yet you will remember it’s a windy bay at that on grounds of which at times stronger currents of wind mix up with the regular, resulting in a relative coolness of the surroundings – which isn’t unpleasant in any way. If there’s one place that perfectly converges nature, culture and guarantees you a good time – it’s Bahia Salinas, and all that it has to offer.

Kite surfing requires, foremost, two things: a sturdy wind and a nice, smooth, sandy beach. Luckily for you, Bahia Salinas is blessed with both and thus serves as a prime spot for kite surfing. Its rural location in Costa Rica adds to its charm and grandeur. Kite surfing isn’t the only thing this windy bay has to offer you – in addition to the sport aforesaid you are at leisure to trample with kayaking, boating, and fishing; and even mountain-biking. The Santa Rosa National Park, located nearby, houses around 250 species of exotic birds. The bay itself is a treasury of wildlife.

A rental car, if hired, is a well-thought of idea so as to keep up not with the surfing but with the local festivities and the rural goings-on. The beaches and hotels, while have their urbane charm, are not worthwhile if the localities are ignored. The currency – which is something to bear in mind – is that of the colon (colones plural) and 500 colones are roughly equal to 1 USD. The food is exotic and relatively expensive – with each bite being worth each penny. For breakfast the classic Costa Rican Gallo Pinto: a regular Costa Rican breakfast with rice, black beans, fried plantain, beef, scrambled eggs and sour cream. Sounds good? Almost Chipotle-good, that is. Gallo Pinto isn’t the only dish the bay’s exquisite and exotic cuisine has to offer. To refresh yourself in between the meals – here comes Costa Rican junk food! – They have Bocas, light bites that aren’t too overpowering; these include the chimichurri and the black bean dip, etc. The Bocas are served with tortillas or crevice and are too heavenly to totally dismiss – even on a diet.
Thus endowed with grandiose natural embellishments and with its rich culture, Bahia Salinas is sure to land as your dream destination for kite surfing.