The 5 Best Surfing Destinations in the World
Beach lovers who dream of escaping to a wonderful surf destination can choose from a host of locations around the world.
Whether it's the picturesque tropical sandy coves of Hawaii to the lush jungles of Costa Rica and the quaint seaside towns along the coast of Portugal, there's surfing for everyone from the beginner to the longtime killjoy.
While all surfers may have a different idea of the best paddling spots, there are several beaches that are famous for their exceptional waves, distinctive landscapes, and a unique role in surfing history.
So when you're planning a getaway to catch your own "perfect wave," consider these world-class beaches.
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1. Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
With the majestic Diamond Head State Monument as a backdrop, Waikiki Beach is a legendary place to surf, as the beautiful turquoise waves offer fun rides on seemingly endless longboards.
It's all about the waves in Waikiki, you can easily rent a board once you hit the sand and you'll be paddling (and learning how to cross the steps) in no time.
Experienced instructors (traditionally called "Beach Boys" here) offer classes at Waikiki Beach Services across from the Royal Hawaiian Resort or elsewhere along this notoriously crowded beach.
You can surf Waikiki year-round without a wetsuit, and summer traditionally brings bigger waves.
The best part? Everything is nearby: fun and informal hotels, restaurants, shops, and beach bars for that refreshing tropical cocktail after the surf.
2. Maui, Hawaii
The stunning Hawaiian island of Maui (also known as "Island in the Valley") is a premier surf destination, offering a variety of great wave-catching spots, surrounded by palm trees, mountains, and crystal clear waters.
Home to several world-class surfing events that attract tons of avid fans, Maui's biggest waves crash at Pe’ahi (famous for its huge surf "Jaws").
For casual surfers or surf lessons, be sure to visit Goofy Foot Surf School near bustling Lahaina or Maui Surfer Girls at Ukumehame Beach Park.
You will see that the beaches of Maui are magnificent, with amazing tropical landscapes.
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3. North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii
The famous North Shore of the island of Oahu is known throughout the surfing community for its huge winter waves and is the site of several major surfing competitions that attract professionals and spectators from around the world.
Annually, from November to March, the waves at Banzai Pipeline and other areas are incredible and can reach over 35 feet in height.
As such, only experienced surfers should enter the water in winter. If you plan to go, start early as this area gets a lot of traffic when the waves are bouncing.
In summer, however, the waters here are generally calm and gentle, ideal for a lazy day at the beach with snorkeling or stand-up paddleboarding.
Most of the beaches on the north shore offer some basic facilities like picnic tables, showers, and restrooms, but it's best to check in advance.
4. Huntington Beach (Surf City, United States), California
Huntington Beach, known as the "City of Surfing, USA" is about an hour's drive south of Los Angeles and offers a great deal of the Southern California beach vibe that surfers and sunbathers crave.
If you know something, you can show your skills by paddling on the pier near the city center, or you can enroll in classes at the schools in the area.
The ocean here is cold so plan to wear a wetsuit most of the year.
When you're not at the beach, you can keep busy with a variety of ocean-related activities.
Check out some local surf shops to buy your own board, and don't miss the Huntington Beach International Surf Museum for the fascinating history of surfing.
5. Punta de Mita, Mexico
Quiet and rustic, with long beaches, beautiful Punta de Mita is a truly stunning coastal region on the mainland of Mexico.
It is home to several popular beaches for surfing with sapphire water and golden sand, such as La Bahía (“La Cala”), Palmitas, and La Lancha, which is considered the most consistent wave in the area.
This coastline has ideal ranges for long and short stays, so do a little research before choosing your location.
Located about 40 miles from Puerto Vallarta, Punta de Mita is an ideal day trip that is not far from the city, and lessons and board rentals can be arranged at a variety of local surf shops.
To schedule lessons in advance or to get answers to your specific surfing questions, check out SurfMex.
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