South Atlantic
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November to February

South Atlantic

Atlantic, Morocco
LAST UPDATED 07/01/2008
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Jean & Nathalie: Essaouira, 11 September 2007

The South Atlantic Coast of Morocco is more laidback than its northern counterpart, home to some great beach towns.


Targui; Bertrand Devouard; Dec 2004

Southern Morocco is where the Sahara Desert meets the Atlantic, oceans of dry sand give way to oceans of salt water and it is one of the harshest environments on the planet, this truly is a desert wilderness. Access is limited and governed by the few roads, who knows how many undiscovered breaks there are down here on just the right day. The coast faces north west and picks up heaps of swell but the rising desert heat of summer draws strong onshore winds which can blow out the clean surf. The best time to surf is first light before the temperature rises, or come in the "cooler" months.


Amazigh Man: Nador City Center; 2006-07-20

Trains are much better than local buses and usually most preferred recommended transport because of speed and comfort. Buses that are run between towns by CTM, Supratours and smaller companies, are much better. You can also take a grande taxi (shared taxi) to travel between towns. And it's often the cheapest way of traveling between towns and cities in Morocco.

You can fly as well, but it's quite expensive and not very popular. You can also rent a car adrive yourself. Just make sure you have plenty of fuel if you travel to the countryside.

what to pack

Rich Niewiroski Jr.: 62 mm ultra-violet, fluorescent, and polarizing lens filters; April 9, 2007

Trainers, loose clothing - everything for the hot weather, if you are going in summer. Take some warm clothes for winter. Definitely take along some bug repellent spray, good sunscreen, a hat  and sunglasses!

A small backpack makes a good carryon bag and will be useful in daily life. Women: remember to take a good flat pair of shoes.... And for everybody: pair of comfortable walking shoes will be great for walking. And take a good protection for your camera from the sand.  


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