FAQs

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

Beach towel, pen (for arrival/departure form at passport control), swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses, flipflops, beach bag, plastic bag (for transporting your wet wetsuit), something warm to wear at night. If you're bringing your surfboard, take your fins off the board and don't forget the fins, fin screws, fin key, leash and some wax.

 

WHERE IS MINT SURF MOROCCO?

Mint Surf Morocco is based in the surfing mecca north of Agadir in the town of Taghazout. We are 18km from the city of Agadir, and a a 45 min drive from Agadir Al Massira international airport, which is a short hop (2-4 hours) from most European cities. It’s the closest place for any European surfer to get year-round warm water, perfect waves and a unique cultural experience.

 

HOW DO I GET THERE?

Morocco is served by direct flights from the UK and other major European airports, with flight times to Agadir between 2-4 hours. Guests travelling from the US can connect either in Casablanca or at a European airport as there are no direct flights to Agadir.

 

From Agadir airport it’s a 45 minute drive south east along the coastal road. There are taxis at the iorport for 300 dirhams to Taghazout, but you can also arrange a pick-up from us for £25. You can take a bus from the airport, but it's complicated, as it requires a bus to Inzegane (a city next to Agadir, then another bus to Agadir, to catch a bus to Taghazout.


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Flights to Agadir:
Flights leave the UK from London Gatwick (LGW), London Heathrow (LHR) and Manchester (MAN).
From the UK: Easyjet / BMI / Thomsonfly / Flythomascook / Firstchoice / Royal Air Maroc
You can also get direct flights from Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, and many German cities.
Ireland: Aer Lingus
Paris: Transavia / Jet4You/ EasyJet

Brussels: Ryanair

German cities: TUI / Condor / AirBerlin

Amsterdam: TUI / Transavia

 

Transfers from Marrakech can also be arranged and take 4-5 hours and cost £100 for 1-4 people. Please contact us if you would like us to arrange a transfer. Or else you can take a bus; we recommend either CTM or Supratours. See our Google map for more information.


Fiights to Marrakech:
Ryanair / Easyjet / Thomsonfly / Royal Air Maroc

 

DO I NEED A VISA ?

EU, US, Australian and New Zealand passport holders with a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date do not require a visa to enter Morocco for tourist purposes. If you hold a passport from another country, check http://www.moroccanconsulate.com/visa.cfm

 

WHAT ABOUT CUSTOMS/PASSPORT CONTROL?

When you enter and leave, you will need to fill out a form with basic information such as your name, birth date, occupation and passport details.

 

HOW CAN I PAY?

Our payment facility on our website accepts credit and debit cards, processed via Paypal. We prefer if guests pay their deposit via Paypal, and we graciously pay any fees for this. However, we prefer guests then pay their balance in cash while in Morocco. Guests wishing to pay their full amount via bank transfer or Paypal will be charged an extra 10% for bank processing and foreign exchange fees.

 

CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN?

Children of all ages are welcome but we do not have specialised childcare facilities. A parent is required to supervise children under the age of 12 during lessons or free surf.

 

WHAT IS THE CURRENCY? WHERE CAN I GET IT?

The Moroccan currency is the Dirham. Exchange rates at last time of checking were around 12/£, 10.5/€ and 10/US$. Dirhams are not always offered at exchange counters outside of Morocco, and the exchange rate is better if you wait until you arrive in Morocco. There are exchange facilities and ATMs in the airport. There are also plenty of ATMs in Agadir. There are no ATMs in Taghazout, the nearest is Aourir (Banana Village), a five-minute drive from Taghazout. To be on the safe side, we recommend you bring the phone number of your bank in case your bank places a security hold on your card. Note your ATM daily withdrawal limit is also in effect here as well, and you may not be able to withdraw large sums of money in one day. If you think you may need to sell any leftover notes before you leave, keep one of your orignal exchange receipts, preferably one with your name on it.


Please note: Traveller's cheques cannot be exchanged at the airport or locally, and there are only a few places in Agadir that will change them (at a disadvantageous exchange rate). We do not recommend bringing Traveller's cheques.

 

CAN I USE MY PHONE? IS THERE INTERNET?

Nearly all European networks work in Morocco. Contact your network for call charges. Coverage is good, with reception on all the beaches. You can find public phones (coin and cards) in Taghazout. International call charges are relatively cheap. There is free wifi available at our surf camp. There are also cafés with free wifi in the area, and at Restaurant Flouka in Taghazout, where our clients can use the Mint Surf wifi.

 

WHAT IS THE SURF AND THE WEATHER LIKE? WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?

Morocco is a year-round destination for great surf and great weather. During the winter months the waves, that have made Morocco famous, come to life, andis the best tome for advanced surfers. But there is a huge variety of surf in this area of Morocco, from ideal beginner waves to challenging reef ledges. Intermediates and those new to the sport should not be put off or worried. Due to the nature of the coastline there is almost always somewhere sheltered and manageable, and those looking for something challenging won’t be disappointed. Morocco is blessed with over 300 days of sunshine a year. Between the months November to February there is a small chance of rain, although statistically it is unlikely. The summer months (April - October) are full of sunny days, and see small to medium swells with surf mostly on the beaches and reefs on the more exposed north-west coast.

 

Typical wave size and temperatures:

 

Swell

Air Temp

Sea temp

Wetsuits

Sept - Nov

4 - 8 ft

25c - 30c

18c - 21c

shorts/shortie

Dec- Feb

4 - 15 ft

18c - 26c

16c - 18

3/2 full suit

Mar - May

4 - 6 ft

20c - 30c

18c - 20c

3/2 full - short arm 3/2

Jun - Aug

2- 4 ft

25c - 30c

21c +

Shorts/ vest

 

Your choice of wetsuit comes down to personal choice and tolerance, but generally you should bring a 3/2mm full suit, and when it gets too hot, just go in the water as you are. All our surf school wetsuits are 3/2 full suits.

 

Of course, visit magicseaweed.com for daily weather and swell forecasts.

 

WHAT BOARDS SHOULD I BRING?

With the large range and choice of waves, some clients bring a whole quiver of boards. In general, the majority of advanced waves are right-hand point breaks from soft, slow, rolling spots to heavy, fast barrelling spots. Bring equipment to suit your ability and what you want to surf. We have lots of great Surftech boards for hire as well, if you decide you want try a new/different shape or size.

 

WHAT AMENITIES ARE THERE LOCALLY?

There's an abundance of small corner shops selling water, soda, crisps, fruit, vegetables and other essentials. For cigarettes, you must go to a Tabac. There are a well stocked pharmacy and six surf shops (see below).  Alcohol can be bought only in Agadir (see below). You can buy Moroccan handicrafts locally as well, or even on the beach, so don’t sweat it if you don’t have time to go to Agadir.

 

WHAT KIND OF SURFING GEAR CAN I BUY THERE?

There are a few surf shops in Taghazout that sell the necessary items, but there is not a large selection, and prices are not cheap. You can of course get your Morocco surfing t-shirts, hoodies. You don't have to worry about board repairs,as you can get you banged up board fixed good and cheap.

 

HOW SHOULD I DRESS?

Morocco is a liberal Muslim country, and men and women are welcome to wear shorts and t-shirts. Swimsuits and bikinis are expected on the beach, but nudity is not (please be discreet when changing). For women, it is advisable when walking around town or the city not to wear anything too revealing, and a scarf is handy for those occasions when you're feeling a bit exposed in certain eyes. It can get chilly at night, and trousers and jumpers are needed particularly in mid-winter, so make sure you bring some warm clothes too.

 

WHAT'S THE FOOD LIKE, IS IT SAFE?

The food available at restaurants is a mixture of Moroccan and international dishes. You can get some great couscous and tagines, but pizzas and hamburgers are served at most restaurants as well. Guiding and lessons packages include a packed lunch with sandwiches, soda, biscuits and fruit. Note stays in apartments are self-catering.

 

Tap water is fine for washing and brushing teeth, but we do not recommend that you drink large quantities. Bottled mineral water is cheap (5 dirhams) and available everywhere. Sometimes visitors suffer stomach upsets, but this often passes quickly (usually within 24 hours), so give yourself a break, drink plenty of water, and stay near a bathroom, if you can.

 

DO YOU CATER FOR SPECIAL DIETS?

Let us know in advance if you have any special requirements, and we’ll do our best to make sure we have what you need.  Any vegetarians need to tell us if they also exclude dairy (milk and cheese) or eggs from their diets. This being Morocco, not all specialized food alternatives are available. Soya milk and diabetic products are available though. If you are gluten free, please bring gluten-free bread with you, so we can use it on days we make sandwiches for lunch.

 

DO YOU SUPPLY TOWELS?

Bath towels but not beach towels are available for stays at our surf camp and the luxury apartments at Killers Bay. At ALL venues you will need to bring your own beach towels (probably the item forgotten the most).

 

WHAT ABOUT ALCOHOLIC DRINKS?

Although Islam forbids the consumption of alcohol by Muslims, and alcohol cannot be sold or served in the towns we operate in, it can be bought in Agadir. If you're coming from the airport and wish to purchase alchohol for the duration of your stay, please ask us or your taxi driver to make a pitstop. Note that stores stop selling alcohol at 8pm. Popular places to buy alcohol in Agadir are Marjane, Uniprix and Atacadao. Some types of alcohol and imports can be expensive, so it may serve you well to get Duty Free on your way here.

 

WHAT ABOUT THE EVENINGS?

It’s really up to you. You can dine at the surf camp and enjoy a drink under the stars, get comfy in the salon , or take mint tea in the village and check out the local scene. It is also easy to go to Agadir for nightlife, with possibilities for dinner, drinks and dancing.

 

WHAT IS A HAMMAM?

The Moroccan hammam is the local bathhouse, where people of all ages go to get a steam and a good scrub (men and women have separate facilities). We can helo you take part in the tradition while you're here.

 

WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES ARE THERE?

If you need a break from surfing, the most popular thing to do is a hike through Paradise Valley, amongst the palm trees and bright blue pools of water, great for cliff-diving. The path through the ancient valley is easily navigable and will lead you to gorgeous waterfalls at the end (if it hasn't been too dry).

 

Horse and camel rides and quad biking are all close by and easily organized. For those who want to relax there are miles of empty golden sandy beaches to discover or you can sunbathe and chill out on the terrace.

 

The big souk in Agadir provides the quintessential Moroccan shopping experience with leather goods, woodwork, ceramics, carpets, blankets, jewellery and clothing, but don’t forget to haggle!

 

Henna tattoos can be arranged at the surf camp.

 

The ancient city of Marrakech is only 4 hours away, and reachable by bus. The beautiful seaside town of Essaouira is only two and half hours north and is a popular day trip.

 

WHAT VOLTAGE AND PLUGS DO YOU USE?

Morocco is on 220 volts with European two-pin round plugs. Please bring a a plug adaptor, if you expect you will need one. Note to Americans: leave your hairdryer at home, but your cell phone and laptop will be fine.

 

HOW DO I CALL MOROCCO?

The international country code for Morocco is +212. If calling from outside the country, you will need to dial your international operator code (+ on a mobile, or 00 for Europe, and 011 for the US and Canada) then the number. If you see a Moroccan phone number listed without 212 preceding it, you will need to add it. If calling locally, drop the 212 and add a 0 before the number.

 

WHEN IS CHECK IN AND OUT?

You can arrive at any time and any day of the week, but it will not always be possible to have your room ready before 2pm. If you do want to arrive early and your room isn’t immediately available, start enjoying yourself anyway – we’ll take care of your bags and get you started on your holiday. Check out is officially 12pm, but if you would like a later check out, let us know and we’ll do our best.

 

IS IT SAFE TO DRIVE IN MOROCCO?

If you are renting a car, please ensure you have a valid EU driving license that shows you have been driving for at least one year. The law insists that you always carry your license and car hire documents with you when driving in Morocco. Seat belts must be worn at all times and mobile phone use while driving is a finable offense. Police and gendarmerie checkpoints are common along the routes and you must slow down or even stop a and wait for them to wave you through. Watch out for police hiding with speed radar. They will stop you and fine you an on-the-spot payment. In Morocco, as in Europe driving is on the right. The main roads in the area are relatively new though are generally narrower and may sometimes have bumps and potholes, especially after periods of rain. We do ask that you take particular care when driving, especially when off-roading to check out surf spots, bearing in mind the conditions of your hire car rental agreement. Please bring roof straps if you have them.

 

WHAT ABOUT MEDICAL CARE?

No vaccinations are required for visitors to Morocco and you will unlikely come across a mosquito, so anti-malarial precautions are not necessary. We have first aid equipment along with staff trained in administering first aid. In case of an emergency, there are hospitals and clinics in Agadir. Medical charges will apply according to the treatment received so make sure you have travel insurance before you arrive. Pharmacies in Morocco are plentiful and carry pretty much anything you might need, with lots of medications available without a doctor's prescription. We also offer local surfing accident insurance in case of injury while surfing here with us for an extra £8/person. Please let us know if you would like us to put your name on our policy.

 

CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY FILMS OR BOOKS ABOUT MOROCCO?

Not that any films really show what Morocco is like, but the classics are Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956) with Jimmy Stewart and of course, "Casablanca" (1942) with Bogart. More modern ones with Morocco in the background are "Hideous Kinky" (1998), with Kate Winslet, "The Sheltering Sky" (1990), based on a book by Paul Bowles with John Malkovich,and "Babel" (2006) with Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt.

 

Great books about Morocco include the series of novels/stories written by Paul Bowles in the 1940s and 50s, most notably "The Spider's House" and "Let It Come Down", and recent works by Tahir Shah such as the Peter Mayle-esque "The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca" and" In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams"

 

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