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Vela Resorts has been offering windsports travel experiences for over 30 years and is dedicated to making that first email or phone call to your last turn on the water the ultimate and unforgettable vacation experience. With a growing menu of destinations throughout the Caribbean, North America, South America, and the Pacific, Vela has something for everyone. Vela’s experienced travel agents will help match everything—your skill level, travel period, and overall vacation interests—with the best destination to suit your needs. The typical Vela trip offers the friendliest and most experienced staff possible, informative lessons from trained professionals, plus the latest and safest new gear on the market from Cabrinha. Vela has a network of partner hotels and vacation rentals for you to call home before and after each day of kiting with competitive pricing when you reserve a complete vacation package. Whether you need a clean and inexpensive room, a suite at a high-end resort for a getaway with someone special, or a private villa to share with family and friends, Vela can guarantee the best kiteboarding experience.

DESTINATIONS OFFERED: Aruba (AUA), Baja (SJD), Belize (BZE), Brazil (FOR), Cabarete (POP), Hood River (PDX), Maui (OGG), Tobago (TAB), Turks/Caicos (PLS).

TRANSPORT TO LOCATION: Vela makes all transfer and logistical arrangements and can recommend the best method of travel depending on the location and your activity plans.

AVAILABLE SEASONS: Vela has a wide selection of destinations around the world that provide top quality wind, where consistent conditions can be found at any time of the year.

WIND RANGE: Ranging from light wind foiling destinations to nuclear high-wind kite meccas, Vela can tune the wind to your skill level and vacation interests.

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WATER TEMPERATURE: With the exception of Hood River and Baja, most Vela locations are tropical (75-85°F) so oftentimes you can plan on leaving your wetsuit at home.

LOCAL RULES/SAFETY HAZARDS: Some spots are ideal for all levels to continue to learn and practice, while others require experience in high winds, confident self-launch/ rescue, certification, and use of your own gear when not in lessons. Vela staff have firsthand experience with the conditions, who can fill you in on all the ‘local knowledge’ about the spot you’ll be riding, either with a conversation on the beach, formal supported lesson, or ride-along/supervision session.

LODGING RECOMMENDATIONS AND COSTS: Packages at Vela range greatly in price, with something available for almost any budget. For those traveling with their own gear who just want a room, that’s no problem. For those willing to bring their own kites but wanting to avoid oversize board fees, Vela has board-only rental packages. Vela can help from start to finish with hotel, private taxis, full rentals (bring only your harness), lessons and progression clinics. The options are endless.

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THE ONE THING EVERYONE MUST DO: Tap the inside knowledge of the locals working at the Vela centers to learn about what’s going on in town during your trip.

WHY KARL WILLIAMS OF VELA RESORTS RECOMMENDS ITS SERVICES: Vela travel packages are custom tailored to our client’s needs and all of Vela’s locations have been chosen based not only on the conditions but also for being excellent vacation spots. With a full offering of SUP, kayak, surf, yoga, dining, shopping, and exploring, you can’t go wrong with a Vela vacation.

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