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Surfing  In Portugal and Florida

Picture: A Surfer, Algarve, Portugal

Whether you’re an advanced surfer or first timer in this exhilarating  sport our holiday home locations offer the best of both worlds.

Portugal’s Algarve is renowned for its surfing with classes available to get you started in this exhilarating sport.

It boasts some of the best surfing beaches in the world, all within easy driving distance of our Algarve holiday homes in Vilarinha and Lagos.

For example, Amado Beach offers a good mix of wave conditions. It’s open to all Atlantic swells but is protected by north west winds, making it ideal for both new and experienced surfers. Surf schools and surf camps operate in the area.

Anna Maria Island offers surfing opportunities, too. The best surfing can be found off the White Avenue beach.

Fishing From Beach, Pier Or Boat

Picture: Rod Reel Pier, Anna Maria Island, Florida

With the sea on your doorstep fishing is a popular pastime for holidaymakers in both Florida and Portugal.

On Anna Maria Island you can rent equipment and fish from the Rod Reel or City piers, or from the beaches and jetties around the island. Just don’t forget to arrange a fishing permit ahead of your trip.

In Portugal’s Algarve you can fish from cliffs or beaches or join a chartered sea fishing trip to test your skills with experienced fishermen on hand to support you. Fishing permits are also required in Portugal so joining an organised trip may be the easisest option.

Fishing trips can be arranged from numerous resorts and are particularly plentiful in the seaside town of Lagos. Everything from family trips and reef fishing to shark fishing is available to try.

Sail Away On A Sea Adventure

Picture: Yacht, Anna Maria Island, Florida

A multitude of boat trips offer you a chance to explore and enjoy the coast and ocean in both Florida and Portugal.

Sailing adventure trips from Anna Maria Island in Florida offer you a different perspective, the freedom of the ocean, the chance to watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexica or experience a feast of nature.

Enjoy sightings of dolphins, manatees, cormorants, osprey, bald eagle and views beyond compare from a boat sailing through calm waters.

Portugal also excels when it comes to boat trips, one of its most famous being an opportunity to explore coastal caves and grottos along its dramatic coastline. Sail to Lagos’s famous Ponta da Piedade – cliff-like rocks up to 20 metres high. Or why not have a close encounter with the characters beneath the waves on a dolphin trip?

Swimming With Horses In Florida

Picture: Swimming with horses, C Ponies.

Horseback riding across silver sands is the stuff of dreams but visitors to Anna Maria Island in Florida can go one step further – they can SWIM with horses.

This  experience is offered by C Ponies, an AMI leisure company with a big heart. Most of their horses are rescue animals.

These magnificent creatures  will carry you across silver sands. You then enjoy an experience that will stay with you forever – the opportunity to ride a horse as it swims in the ocean.

You will be in waters no more than 3ft deep but will feel a sensation described as ‘like flying’. Hold on to your trusty stead’s mane as their legs move rhythmically through the water. The horses are never forced to swim, it’s actually their favourite bit, according to C Ponies.

To find out more visit cponies.com