people on the beach moroccoFor many travelers, the epitome of a fun vacation is engaging in different forms of entertainment, including cultural explorations, local nightlife and even recreational water sports. Morocco is no exception.

This North African country sports two beautiful coasts—one fronting the Atlantic Ocean, the other framing the Mediterranean Sea. There is something particularly appealing to people who hope to escape the heat of this exceptionally warm country by submerging themselves in the cool waters at the beach. In the summer months, Morocco’s coastal beaches are flooded with tourists and locals alike.

Many local tourism agencies already understand that there is a market for water sports in Morocco. Thankfully, the country has plenty of great opportunities to engage in all manner of water activities, particularly non-team sports.

In Morocco, water sports have long had a place in the country. Windsurfing, surfing, kayaking, canoeing and similar pursuits have been practiced in Morocco for as long as they have elsewhere in the world. Water skiing in particular has maintained its popularity for several years. Scuba diving, too, has been attracting more attention as it provides a perfect way to explore the Moroccan coastal waters and interact with the region’s diverse marine life.

Kite surfing only recently arrived in Morocco, but the sport is quickly taking center stage; a special blend of skill, strength and intelligence has drawn many athletes to the activity. It’s also not uncommon to see the coastal waters of Morocco dotted with sails and other boats. Sailing is a relatively stress-free, low-key sport that appeals to many visitors. Many others are jumping aboard boats to take advantage of Morocco’s deep-sea fishing opportunities; there has been surge of popularity in this challenging sport.

If you visit any of the country’s major beaches, including Oualidia, Taqhazout, Dar Bouazza and Agadir, at the right time of the year, you can observe (or engage) in surfing competitions like Sidi Bouzid.

The quest for new water sporting venues has spread across Morocco into other areas as more people have taken to the rivers and lakes that crisscross the country. Thus, white water rafting, rowing, jet skiing and yachting are other Moroccan water sports that interest many tourists.

Certainly, if you were to visit Morocco today, you would find no shortage of great water sports to enjoy. If Morocco trip, ou are planning a trip to Morocco Journey Beyond Travel and you love the water, don’t forget to pack your bathing suit.

Written by Shaun Kilgore.

Photo by Joao Maximo.