A new hotel makes traveling among the beaches of southwestern Portugal super-easy—because it's the hotel that does the traveling.
The Truck Surf Hotel is just that: a cargo truck that has been converted into a surf hotel.
The double-decker B&B on wheels features a kitchen, living area, bathroom, and large sliding doors on the lower level. Upstairs, hydraulic arms extend to make space for five double rooms that can accommodate a total of 10 people at a time.
(Truck Surf Hotel)
On guided, weeklong surfing vacations, the truck transports guests along nearly 200 miles (300km) of sunny coastline in the Alentejo and Algarve regions, stopping at campsites and farms in famed surfing destinations such as Sines, Sagres, Lagos, and Costa Vicentina Natural Park.
During the day, experienced instructors with deep knowledge of the area lead groups to secluded, sheltered spots for lessons tailored to surfers of all skill levels. When you've had your fill of wipeouts, there are also options for hiking, city tours, caving, yoga, and boating (some of those experiences cost extra).
In the evenings, everybody reconvenes back at the truck to review training footage and unwind with games, movies, local beers, and chitchat. We're guessing there's a good chance somebody will pull out a guitar for sing-alongs.
Rates for seven days in a double room start at €758 (US$854) per person. That includes daily breakfast, daily surf lessons, and equipment.
For more information, visit Truck Surf Hotel's website.