55 Surf Destinations You Need to Visit in 2017

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Catch a wave at one of the world’s best surf spots.

To some, surfing is a lifestyle that involves traveling to the farthest reaches of the world in search of uncrowded waves peeling perfectly across the horizon. To others, it’s a fun-filled activity to be enjoyed on leisurely vacations to tropical locales.

Surfing is one of the world’s fastest growing sports, and it’s no secret that traveling is one of the best ways to find uncrowded, world-class waves in culture-filled destinations. That’s why our team of travel experts reached out to popular surf organizations, professional surfers and intrepid surf travelers to find the destinations that are the best in the world for catching unforgettable waves.

Whatever your reason is for embarking on a surf vacation in 2017, the following are 55 destinations that offer fun (and sometimes adrenaline-pumping) waves, authentic surf culture, comfortable accommodation options, helpful surf schools and plenty of attractions to experience out of the water too.

 

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1. Lombok, Indonesia | 2. Byron Bay, Australia | 3. Oahu, Hawaii

4. Jeffreys Bay, South Africa | 5. Tamarindo, Costa Rica | 6. Maui, Hawaii

7. Canggu, Bali | 8. Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica | 9. Malibu, California

10. Bathsheba, Barbados | 11. Punta Roca, El Salvador | 12. Ericeira, Portugal

13. Dominical, Costa Rica | 14. Cadiz, Spain | 15. Azores, Portugal

16. Kauai, Hawaii | 17. Northern Nicaragua, Nicaragua | 18. Agadir, Morocco

19. San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua | 20. Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina | 21. Sayulita, Mexico

22. Praia da Pipa, Brazil | 23. Tofino, British Columbia | 24. Folly Beach, South Carolina

25. Hoddevik, Norway | 26. Kuta, Bali | 27. Nosara, Costa Rica

28. Itacare, Brazil | 29. Seminyak, Bali | 30. Ahangama, Sri Lanka

31. Fistral Beach, United Kingdom | 32. Basque Country, Spain and France

33. Northern Coast, Portugal | 34. Playa Miramar, Nicaragua | 35. Cocoa Beach, Florida

36. Mompiche, Ecuador | 37. North Coast, Dominican Republic | 38. Outer Banks, North Carolina

39. Algarve, Portugal | 40. Zanzibar, Tanzania | 41. Umzumbe, South Africa

42. Pavones, Costa Rica | 43. Bundoran, Ireland | 44. Wollongong, Australia

45. Klitmoller, Denmark | 46. Somo Beach, Spain | 47. Florianopolis, Brazil

48. Baja Norte, Mexico | 49. Keramas Beach, Bali | 50. Fuerteventura, Spain

51. Montauk, New York | 52. Montanita, Ecuador | 53. Bocas del Toro, Panama

54. Praia Grande, Portugal | 55. Mentawai Islands, Indonesia

 

1.Lombok, Indonesia

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Photo credit: David Hunt

Whether you’re setting foot on a surfboard for the first time, or you’re chasing barrels, Lombok is a tropical and affordable Indonesian surf destination that has it all. From sandy beach breaks to the heaviest reefs, Lombok is a destination for all levels of surfers seeking all levels of waves. The tropical, turquoise water is warm and scenic surf spots dot the bays, many surrounded by massive headlands and cliffs. The main town of Kuta feels much like the small fishing village it has been for decades, but you won’t be the only surfer with boards strapped to your rented motorbike. Located just a short 30-minute flight from Denpasar, Bali, Lombok is a comfortable, less-crowded retreat for surfers and vacations seeking a bit more solitude.

The best time to go:

 

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The island offers waves year-round, with the wet season (winter) offering gentle winds, and the dry season (summer) offering bigger swells and sweeping offshore breezes that bring the most anticipated conditions for advanced wave riders.

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Kura Kura Surf Camp

Located in Kuta, Lombok, the Kura Kura Surf Camp is the ultimate place to stay and play. The camp’s personal approach allows them to offer individualized lessons, which means you advance your skills faster. Enjoy your own private bungalow or share with family and friends.

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Surf Camp Lombok

Whether you are looking to improve your surfing or are simply a beginner, the waves around Lombok’s bay suit all competence levels. Expert guidance is provided by Surf Camp Lombok’s fully qualified instructors and local guides. From the camp, you are transported directly to the surf by boat, and packages include meals, equipment, boat transfer, surf classes, yoga and other activities around the camp.

2.Byron Bay, Australia

 

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Byron Bay is one of the world’s most renowned surf destinations in one of the world’s most surf driven countries — Australia. The town is blessed with stunning beaches, miles of pure sand, dense rainforest home to a range of native species (including koalas) and 220 square kilometres of surrounding marine park. Byron Bay has been a haven for surfers since it was first discovered in the 1960s and converted from a fishing, whaling and dairy town into a happy, hippy surf heaven.

Byron offers all types of surfing conditions for all types of surfing abilities, including open beach breaks for the experienced, long and safe waves inside Cape Byron for beginners and long right hand point breaks for longboarders.

The best time to go:

 

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All types of waves are located in Byron Bay, from point breaks to beach breaks, which means there is somewhere with rideable surf nearly every day of the year. The prevailing swell and wind direction in autumn, winter and spring is southerly, which means the long, sand-bottom point break, known as “The Pass” remains sheltered and fun.

Byron’s “Cosy Corner” is a wave magnet and is often regarded as one of the most consistent waves in the country. During the summer months, this is a go-to for surfers when the wind is from the North and “The Pass” is too small to ride.

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Style Surfing School Byron Bay

The Style Surfing School Byron Bay offers 3-hour-long surf lessons with surf instructors that come from one of Byron Bay’s local surfing families. They are licensed to teach lessons in Byron Bay and will take you to the best spots for your ability level.

 

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 Black Dog Surfing

Black Dog Surfing is an excellent surf school for pushing your skills to the next level. Their five-day classes include four group lessons and one private lesson with the goal of getting you riding real waves on a real (hard) surfboard. It is one of the few privileged surf schools to be licensed to teach in Byron Bay.

 

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Soul Surf School

Soul Surf School’s customers will be accommodated in Byron Bay‘s newest hostel, just a 30-second walk from Byron’s famous main beach. They offer group lessons, private lessons and family lessons. With every surf and stay package, customers also enjoy free beach hires from the company’s hire shop right at the beach.

 

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Lets Go Surfing

Lets Go Surfing’s lessons offer a safe, immersive adventure experience for everyone from first-time beginners to advanced surfers who prefer multi-lesson courses to develop their skills in more challenging conditions. Morning and afternoon lessons are offered every day of the year and are scheduled to take into account changing daily tides and conditions.

 

3.Oahu, Hawaii, United States

 

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Photo credit: Steven Worster

The Hawaiian island of Oahu is known as one of the world’s great surf meccas. It is home to so many of Hawaii’s most iconic and revered surfing beaches, including Waikiki beach on the southern coast near Diamond Head and the big winter surf out on the famous North Shore. There are also fun, less-crowed spots on the west side of Oahu, creating an island that is truly littered with world-class surf.

The best time to go:

 

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Photo credit: Pete Markham

This is the destination you long for, and the place that beckons you back time and time again. The good news is that there’s no bad time to visit Oahu, Hawaii and have so much fun in the sun and waves. You can expect a little more rain between November and March, but temperatures hover in the mid-70s to mid-80s all year round. With the climate’s changing around the world, Hawaii still has epic waves and cool trade winds to cool you off in Summer. The famed swells on the North Shore of Oahu typically hit in winter, but that doesn’t mean you won’t catch waves there during other times of year.

Surf and stay:

 

Nancy Emerson School of Surfing

Nancy’s commitment to vision brings surfing within the reach of anyone who has the desire to learn to surf. Nancy Emerson School of Surfing and Surf Clinics caters to everyone – for those as young as 5 years old and the excited 80-year-olds that want to give it a go too. And including those with special needs who have the passion to have a wonderful experience. Nancy’s schools have wonderful success stories that you can find on her site too.
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Siren Surf Adventures

Kristy and Cat of Siren Surf Adventures are surfers offering boutique surf trips throughout Oahu, Mexico and Costa Rica. Their packages include beachfront accommodation, meals, ground transportation, surf coaching and a variety of hand shaped surfboards by master shapers.

 

4.Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

 

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Photo credit: South African Tourism

 

Jeffreys Bay is home to one of the best right-hand point breaks in the world with waves that are perfect for all levels of surfing. While the town is famous for its waves, the town is also home to picture-perfect beaches, a number of living surf legends, delicious eateries and adventures that extend the waves into the nearby South African wild.

The best time to go:

 

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Photo credit: Rian (Ree) Saunders

 

The best time to plan a surf trip to Jeffrey’s Bay is during the winter months of May to September, which coincide with North America’s summer months when passing cold fronts push in the biggest and best waves. However, swells and surfable waves do arrive in all seasons, and a knowledgable guide can help you find waves at any time of year.

Surf and stay:

 

Surf Lodge South Africa

Surf Lodge South Africa offers surf course packages to residents that include a buffet breakfast, a barbecue, access to all rooms and facilities (lounge, jacuzzi, pool, kitchen & balcony), WiFi and airport transfers (for an added fee). As a guest, you have the option to choose between a basic surf course, medium course or surf-guiding. Visitors can also book nearby activities, like game drives, kayaking, blackwater tubing, hiking, treetop zipline tours and more.

Supertubes Guesthouse

Supertubes is always regarded as one of the top waves in the world, and Supertubes Guesthouse is the place to stay just steps from the surf. The friendly staff will set you up with surf lessons at one of the two highly-regarded camps in town.

5.Tamarindo, Costa Rica

 

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Tamarindo offers a long, sandy, tropical beach with warm water, allowing surfers to leave their wetsuits behind. Tamarindo offers accommodations from budget-friendly hostels to high-end boutique hotels, catering to any budget. And when you’re worn out from catching waves, there is a wide selection of bars and restaurants to re-hydrate and replenish those calories. For those surfers looking for even more variety, there a number of other quality surf beaches within a 30-minute drive of Tamarindo.

The best time to go:

 

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Year-round warm water and swells means surfers of all levels can catch waves in all seasons. All Tamarindo breaks work best from mid to high tide.

Surf and stay:

 

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Blue Trailz Hostel & Surf Camp

Blue Trailz offers affordable board rentals, surf camps, surf lessons and accommodations steps from the surf.
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Iguana Surf Shop
The Iguana Surf Shop offers top-quality surfboards and top-quality surf instruction for beginner to advanced-level surfers. Group surf lessons are available, and the friendly staff can create full surf vacation packages, including accommodations, breakfast, lessons, photography and more.

 

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Dreamsea Surf Camp of Costa Rica

Dreamsea is the ideal combination of surfing and luxury camping (glamping). The company’s motto is, “Collect moments, not things,” which is the foundation of their daily approach to making the most of each moment, whether it is surfing, yoga, excursions, or simply connecting with other campers.

 

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Cabinas Las Olas

Cabinas Las Olas is the perfect base camp for those who want to surf the best surf breaks of Guanacaste, including Playa Grande, Tamarindo, Langosta, and the one nearest to their location, Playa Negra. When you stay at Cabinas Las Olas, you wont have to go on an adventure to find excellent waves, because you’ll have them right in front of the hotel. You can find Cabinas Las Olas roughly 20 minutes south of Tamarindo at Playa Avellanas.

 

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Witch’s Rock Surf Camp

Eat, sleep, surf all in one destination, there’s nothing else to think of when you visit Witch’s Rock Surf Camp. They offer programs to beginners, intermediates or advanced surfers. Included is breakfast throughout the week, access to their huge surfboard selection, and educational surf seminars. Robert August is also their live host who runs a few seminars and is always looking to share old surf stories — he has a lot of them.

 

6.Maui, Hawaii, United States

 

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Photo credit: Bernard Spragg NZ

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Maui is a Hawaiian island built for surfers. With everything from gentle breaks for first-time riders to the famous, gut-wrenching big wave mecca known as Peahi, or “Jaws.” As the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui is a place to experience unsurpassed natural beauty, nearly 50 kilometers of beaches and some of the funnest waves in the world.

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Beginners can learn to surf nearly any day of the year on the island’s more gently breaking waves. However, advanced surfers will find the biggest waves in the winter months. With a knowledgable guide, you can find fun waves off the coast of Maui in any season, and warm water makes it possible to leave your wetsuit at home.

Surf and stay:

 

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Maui Surfer Girls

Maui Surfer Girls was established in 2001 with a mission to build self-confidence in girls and women through the sport of surfing. What started as a summer camp for teen girls quickly became one of Maui’s top rated co-ed surf schools, offering Maui’s best surf instructors and the island’s best surfing beach. The teen camps continue to sell out each summer, as do the newly introduced women’s surf camps, offered throughout the year. Maui Surfer Girls specializes in small group sizes, ideal for families or those seeking more personalized attention.

 

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SwellWomen Luxury Surf and Yoga Retreats

SwellWomen is an upscale boutique wellness retreat organizer that serves to foster personal connections and life transforming experiences in exotic, secure and welcoming environments. This is what makes SwellWomen different than the many other retreat organizers out there. SwellWomen offers retreats on Maui and in more than 10 other destinations around the world.

 

7.Canggu, Bali

 

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With tropical temperatures year-round and perfect waves nearly every day, the tropical Indonesian island of Bali offers ideal conditions for beginner, intermediate and advanced surfers. The surf town of Canggu is the place to be if you want to surf fun waves, dine on great local and international eats and shop for the latest surf clothing and gear. It is a place to be among likeminded travel and surf-oriented people. There has been an explosion of wonderful places eat, drink, stay and shop in the Canggu area over the last couple of years, making it an ideal destination for your next surf trip.

The best time to go:

 

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Year-round tropical temperatures and waves nearly every day of the year make Canggu an ideal destination for travelers who want to surf every day.

Surf and stay:

 

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Lapoint Surf Camp Canggu

Lapoint Surf Camp Canggu offers a chill surf vibe and great social staff that will help you pick out the best places to go while on the island of Bali. They also offer excursions and activities that allows for some exploration and meeting new friends that will last a lifetime.

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This boutique style surf camp caters to all surfing levels, from beginner to expert. Surf-guiding groups are organized by the skill level of the guests, so no one is under or over challenged. The professional, expert guides will help you catch waves every day of your stay.

 

8.Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

 

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Santa Teresa, also known as a Costa Rican Mecca for surfers, offers a consistent beach break that provides great waves year-round. Conditions at the beach break fit all surfing levels starting, starting with beginners and advancing to professional-level wave riders. All of the area’s beaches are decorated with stunning, unspoiled white sands, towering palm trees and howling monkeys.

The best time to go:

 

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The high season in Santa Teresa is from mid-November through the end of April. The high season typically offers perfect surf conditions and is the best time of year to enjoy this coastal paradise. May and June are typically rainy months, but they continue to offers more large swells. The small summer/green season, from July through mid-September, is one of the most scenic times to visit, and surfing waves tend to be fun. Mid-September through mid-November are the heart of the rainy season, which offers big surf conditions but often undesirable weather for tourists.

Surf and stay:

 

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Del Soul Surf School

Del Soul Surf School offers 90-minute surf lessons, including all of the necessary equipment, such as fitted surfboards and rashguards. we set Daily beginner-level surf lessons are set according to the ocean conditions and tide charts.

 

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Lapoint Surf Camp Costa Rica

Lapoint Surf Camp Costa Rica offers an incredible location overlooking the nearby beach and surf spot, and is surrounded by countless surf breaks for all levels of surfers. The surf camp offers high quality accommodation in addition to a great social vibe and many activities that allow you to explore the area in a fun and exciting way. Best of all, it is within walking distance of the surf.

 

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Pura Vida Adventures

For over thirteen years, international clients have frequented Pura Vida Adventures‘ barefoot luxury surf and yoga retreats, immersing themselves in the sweet process of self-discovery. The first-class surf and yoga instruction, beachfront accommodations, impeccable service, and all-inclusive amenities, gourmet meals, spa services, oceanfront swimming pool, etc, truly prove their stake as one of the best surf camps in Costa Rica.

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The Funky Monkey Lodge offers the one-on-one attention, with lessons for individuals and small groups. Each lesson includes a surfboard, rash guard, snack and transportation to and from the waves. Surfers will also receive photos and video footage to help them advance their skills and remember the adventure.

 

9.Malibu, California, United States

 

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Malibu offers a super fun, world-famous beach break with a sandy bottom. Surfers should be prepared to catch lots of waves and some epic, sand-bottom barrels. Zuma is a long stretch of beach break that features different spots that are suitable for all levels. Pros, families and beginners can all find a wave to their liking.

The best time to go:

 

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Clean water and consistent waves mean you can surf in all seasons, but summer is preferred for catching the best swells.

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Malibu Makos Surf Club

Started in 1991, the Malibu Makos Surf Club includes educators, ocean lifeguards, surfers, and other professionals that offer surf lessons Malibu. The club was formed to provide expert training, instruction, and supervision for individuals engaging in various beach and ocean activities. We are proud to offer group and private surfing lessons Malibu California, corporate events, birthday parties, and surf camps for both children and adults. When individuals use our programs, they will have the chance to enjoy an exciting, fun, and safe experience while they are enjoying being in the ocean or on the beach. We also make sure that we emphasize respect for the environment, as well as safety when we work with groups or individuals.

 

10.Bathsheba, Barbados

 

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In line to receive Atlantic swells, the east coast of Barbados is home to the most consistent breaks on the island. Waves make the long journey over the open Atlantic only to meet the steep Continental Shelf, which jacks up the swell as it rumbles across the reefs to create world class waves that are for the more experienced surfer.

The best time to go:

 

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Between December and March, a North swell will bring sporadic waves to the west coast if there is a strong enough swell to energize them. Under such conditions, the resulting power-packed waves can be truly great, even though it rarely gets above 8′. The south coast is more consistent than the west coast, yet rarely breaks in the summer months unless influenced by localized storm action. Bathsheba surfing locations are glassy, though small, from June to August. The coast offers the most consistent surf on the island from September to December.

Surf and stay:

 

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Sea-U Guest House

Sea-U Guest House is close to world class surfing. The hotel is perfect for surfers and offers ocean-view studios, apartments and cottage accommodation. It overlooks Tent Bay at Bathsheba and a great base for a great Barbados surf trip. Surfing at Soup Bowl and Parlors is only a short walk away. All island-wide surf spots can be reached within 40 minutes. Surf, relax, and mingle with locals and other guests.

 

11.Punta Roca, El Salvador

 

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La Libertad, where the world-famous Punta Roca surf break is located, offers waves for beginners to advanced surfers. The area offers more than nine right point breaks and miles of empty beach breaks.

The best time to go:

 

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The best time of year to surf Punta Roca and surrounding breaks is from April to September for intermediate to advanced surfers, while the off-season of October to March allows amazing surf school waves.

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AST Surf Hotel

The AST Surf Hotel is an oceanfront surf resort in La Libertad, El Salvador, with the world class wave Punta Roca straight out front in paddling and walking distance. AST Surf Hotel offers single to multi-guest surf school programs. For intermediate to advance surfers, they offer full surf tours with surf transfers, guides and meals.

El Salvador Surfcamps

Although El Salvador Surfcamps is located in nearby Playa El Tunco, one of the most popular surf village in the country, the certified instructors can provide surf packages with transportation around the country to different surf spots. El Tunco is a nice small town next to the nearby popular surf spots of Sunzal and Bocana. Surfcamp guests will find a nice atmosphere with a few bars and several restaurants nearby. The surf instructors are certificated by the ISA and also are part of the National Surf Federation.

 

12.Ericeira, Portugal

 

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Ericeira is a beautiful, small seaside town, 40 kilometres north from Lisbon. In 2011, Ericeira was made a World Surfing Reserve — the first in Europe and second in the world — to help protect the 8 kilometres of stunning beaches and waves.

The best time to go:

 

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Ericeira has a coastline that can cater to all levels of surfers. the best time for beginners is from April until November, Intermediates March to June and from late September until end of November, Advanced can find a spot almost all year round. The town, surf spots and beaches have enough variety to please Pros, families, friends, couples and solo travellers.

Surf and stay:

 

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Tiago Pires Surf School

Tiago Pires Surf School is specialized in surf teaching for all levels and for all ages. They provide all equipment for surfing and work with small groups of six people per instructor to ensure a safer, more personalized, and high quality teaching experience. The school travels to other locations to get the best surf sessions for intermediate and advanced levels. Private lessons are available as well. All TPSS instructors are accredited and knowledgeable of teaching locations.

 

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Magikvanilla Surf Camp

Magikvanilla Surf Camp aims to provide a safe and fun experience, regardless of your surf skills. Their team strives to make your next holiday one you’ll remember for years to come. Although they usually sell surf getaway packages, they can always work with guests to add to packages and make your holiday exactly what you’re seeking.

 

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Chill in Ericeira Surfhouse

Chill in Ericeira Surfhouse has the best view of Ericeira. From the windows of the rooms, you can see the village, beautiful sunsets and some of the best surf spots, like Foz do Lizandro, Pico do Futuro, Praia do Sul and Praia do Algodio, as well as the western point of Europe, Cabo da Roca. Each room is decorated in a different way, using colors and funky ideas. The center of town is at only a 5-minutes walk away. Daily surf lessons are organized, always taking into account the guest’s surfing level and current wave conditions.

 

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Surf Holidays

Travelers can create their own Ericeira surf and stay package on surfholidays.com. Book the Helios Beach Houses at Ericeira and add your surf lessons and airport transfers all in the booking steps.

Carcavelos Surf School

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Located just 45 minutes south of Ericeira at Carcavelos Beach, Carcavelos Surf School offers some of the most experienced surf instructors in the area. As the first surf school at this beach, you know you’re getting the best local knowledge when you learn with them.

 

13.Dominical, Costa Rica

 

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This surf destination provides easy access to several surf breaks, each providing a unique benefit and ensuring that there is the perfect wave for every surf level on any given day. Dominical and its nearby sister break, Dominicalito are some of the most consistent beach breaks that a surfer can find and as one of the best-kept secrets of Costa Rica, are still uncrowded.

The breaks of this town offer a full assortment of wave riding options from gentle, predictable and slow-rolling swells to large barrels as well as long both left and right waves. Isla Damas is a completely secluded beach break and perhaps one of the most beautiful places to learn how to surf without anything else in sight, only the peace of nature. This too, is a very consistent year-round wave – if you cannot find a wave anywhere else, you can always find a wave here. Waves break left and right and you will often see beautiful barrels. Additional breaks include a river mouth, point breaks and another secluded beach.

The best time to go:

 

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Year-round consistent waves combined with uncrowded breaks and a gorgeous setting where the jungle and mountains meet the ocean make this a world-class surf destination for surfers of all levels in all seasons.

Surf and stay:

 

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Costa Rica Surf Camp

Costa Rica Surf Camp is one of the best surf camps in Playa Dominical. They offer a relaxed schedule and can accommodate anyone’s individual needs (surfing and otherwise). Locally owned and operated, Costa Rica Surf Camp will have you surfing and exploring the area of Dominical with people who are eager to share there love for surf and Costa Rica.

 

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Manuel Antonio Surf School and Camp

Manuel Antonio Surf School (MASS) and its Endless Olas Surf Camp is much more than a typical surf school or camp. MASS was founded in 2004 by a passionate local surfer who wanted to share the benefits of this sport with surfers from around the world. Since then, the company has done just that with surfers of all levels, ages and abilities. MASS takes pride in their product and only uses a team of highly trained professionals to teach surfing. They also take it a step farther for those serious about improving their surfing ability by providing in depth surf coaching using videos and pictures to provide feedback on surf form, wave selection, etc. Day lessons generally include three hours in the water.

 

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Kalon Surf Luxury Resort

The Kalon Surf Luxury Resort offers weeklong, all-inclusive surf coaching weeks in a luxury setting, surfing uncrowded waves at completely untouched and paradise-like beaches. The whole week is designed for guests to learn to and/or improve their surf at the beach and in the hotel (video analysis and dry coaching) in the best possible setting: luxury accommodations, massages, pilates and amazing healthy gourmet type of food.

 

14.Cadiz, Spain

 

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Cadiz offers an ideal mix of surfing, year-round comfortable weather, mouthwatering local eats, history and culture. It’s as much of a must-visit travel destination as it is a renowned surf spot.

The best time to go:

 

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Year-round comfortable weather means any time of year is a good time to learn to surf in Cadiz. Bigger Atlantic swells, which will appeal more to intermediate and advanced surfers, are more consistent in the winter months.

Surf and stay:

 

Glassy Surf School

Glassy Surf School offers surf lessons for all levels of surfers. Their experienced guides will choose the break that suits the guests’s abilities and daily conditions/tides.

 

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9Pies Surf El Palmar

If you want total relaxation during your vacation, 9Pies Surf El Palmar takes care of everything: their surf camps in El Palmar are designed to cater to your wants and needs in and out of the water. They offer you a surfing adventure with simple beachside accommodations, some meals, surf lessons, equipment hire and surf trips to other beaches at a great price.

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El Palmar offers an experienced team of surf instructors that speak numerous languages. They’re able to instruct surfers of all levels, and clients can return home to the resort’s comfortable accommodations after a long, productive day in the surf.

 

15.Azores, Portugal

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Photo credit: Joao Miguel Martins

 

Located on São Jorge Island, Fajã de Santo Cristo offers long point breaks with warm water and uncrowded surf on a beautiful, isolated nature reserve and special ecological area. You’ll feel like you’ve found paradise when you land on the island, then you’ll travel even deeper into nature to find this undeniably scenic surf spot. The wave is best for intermediate to advanced level surfers.

The best time to go:

 

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The best time to surf here is during the months of September and October, but visitors will find consistent waves year-round.

Surf and stay:

 

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Caldeira Surfcamp and Guesthouse

Caldeira Surfcamp & Guesthouse is located in a nature reserve and special ecological area. To get there, there is a hiking trail that starts at Serra do Topo and ends in Fajã dos Cubres. The Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo is located in the middle, so there will be no roads or cars around you — just nature. There are no groceries, the surf camp will take care of your meals, and they have surfboards for rent as well as several soft boards, SUPs and kayaks available free of charge for guests.

 

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1. Lombok, Indonesia | 2. Byron Bay, Australia | 3. Oahu, Hawaii

4. Jeffreys Bay, South Africa | 5. Tamarindo, Costa Rica | 6. Maui, Hawaii

7. Canggu, Bali | 8. Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica | 9. Malibu, California

10. Bathsheba, Barbados | 11. Punta Roca, El Salvador | 12. Ericeira, Portugal

13. Dominical, Costa Rica | 14. Cadiz, Spain | 15. Azores, Portugal

16. Kauai, Hawaii | 17. Northern Nicaragua, Nicaragua | 18. Agadir, Morocco

19. San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua | 20. Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina | 21. Sayulita, Mexico

22. Praia da Pipa, Brazil | 23. Tofino, British Columbia | 24. Folly Beach, South Carolina

25. Hoddevik, Norway | 26. Kuta, Bali | 27. Nosara, Costa Rica

28. Itacare, Brazil | 29. Seminyak, Bali | 30. Ahangama, Sri Lanka

31. Fistral Beach, United Kingdom | 32. Basque Country, Spain and France

33. Northern Coast, Portugal | 34. Playa Miramar, Nicaragua | 35. Cocoa Beach, Florida

36. Mompiche, Ecuador | 37. North Coast, Dominican Republic | 38. Outer Banks, North Carolina

39. Algarve, Portugal | 40. Zanzibar, Tanzania | 41. Umzumbe, South Africa

42. Pavones, Costa Rica | 43. Bundoran, Ireland | 44. Wollongong, Australia

45. Klitmoller, Denmark | 46. Somo Beach, Spain | 47. Florianopolis, Brazil

48. Baja Norte, Mexico | 49. Keramas Beach, Bali | 50. Fuerteventura, Spain

51. Montauk, New York | 52. Montanita, Ecuador | 53. Bocas del Toro, Panama

54. Praia Grande, Portugal | 55. Mentawai Islands, Indonesia

16.Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii, United States

 

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Photo credit: Robert Linsdell

At Poipu Beach you’ll find some excellent surfing, with many different and well known individual spots along the way — surfers’ havens known as Acid Drops, PK’s and Centers, among many others.

The best time to go:

 

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Photo credit: Robert Linsdell

 

Poipu Beach sees fun waves in all seasons, and with so many famous breaks nearby, you’ll likely catch excellent waves every day of your visit. Consistent southerly swells in the summer months are ideal for summertime surf travelers.

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Koloa Landing Resort

Koloa Landing Resort provides an on-site Kama’aina Surf and Sport location. This is your ideal place to rent a surfboard, take a private or group lesson, or even go on an offshore surfing excursion to different destinations. The surf at Koloa Landing Resort is for intermediate surfers and is consistent all year round.

 

17.Northern Nicaragua, Nicaragua

 

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Northern Nicaragua is the destination to go for world class surf, rough tropical nature, colonial cities and a warm and pure latin culture. This area still very local, and less discovered. Here you can really enjoy the beautiful nature and ocean by practicing surf, yoga and many other adventures.

The best time to go:

 

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Around Punta Aposentillo, there are always surf spots working and waves for every level of surfer. From advanced surfers catching barrels to beginners learning to ride mellow waves, everyone can find a wave to their liking. However, the most optimal swell season for experienced wave riders is from May to November.

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Rise Up Surf Camp, Tours and Yoga Retreat

The Rise Up Familia’s goal is to let you disconnect and fully relax, so you are able to have an unforgettable and carefree surf and yoga holiday in the tropical paradise of Northern Nicaragua. They don’t just organize surf lessons, surf tours and yoga sessions, they also offer additional activities, such as volcano hiking/boarding, horseback riding, fishing trips, boat trips and more.

ThunderBomb Surf Camp

At ThunderBomb Surf Camp you can surf world-class waves, get barreled at The Boom, carve epic points, or learn to surf without the crowds that plague the beaches of Costa Rica and southern Nicaragua. Need a photographer to capture your dream vacation? They have all the equipment and access to local and international surf photographers. Whether you are looking to book an all-inclusive guided surf tour, learn to surf, or book a vacation rental Nicaragua, ThunderBomb Surf Camp in northern Nicaragua is an ideal place to do it.

 

18.Agadir, Morocco

 

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Morocco is often regarded as one of the world’s top surf destinations for its unique culture, stunning beaches, abundant sunshine, warm water, and more than 15 surf spots in the Agadir area alone.

The best time to go:

 

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Winter is the best time to visit Agadir on a surf holiday, because the largest Atlantic swells hit during that time. However, beginners will find fun waves and warm water in all seasons.

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Go Surf Morocco

Go Surf Morocco is pleased to welcome everyone from individual travelers to large groups. They offer accommodations, transportation, food, surf gear and all of the insider knowledge you need to reach the area’s best waves. An exciting schedule of all the activities will be delivered starting from the day of arrival until the day of return, and their English-speaking surf guides are always ready to help you advance your skills.

 

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Swell Surf Morocco

Swell Surf Morocco is located in berber village named Tamraght. They offer surf & kitesurf holidays year-round. Founded in 2011, Swell Surf Morocco is managed by a Moroccan and a Lithuanian, offering unforgettable experiences whether you’re learning to surf or are already an expert seeking the area’s best waves.

Magic Surf Morocco – Villa Shangri-La Surf & Yoga

Magic Surf Morocco offers all-inclusive packages including surf trips, mouthwatering meals, yoga sessions and lavish accommodations. Surf coaching is available for beginner to intermediate level surfers. If you’re looking for a stress-free vacation in which all of the planning for an unforgettable surf trip has already been done for you, there’s no better place to look than Magic Surf Morocco.

 

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Dfrost Almugar Surf and Yoga Villa Morocco

Just 30 minutes north of Agadir, in Taghazout, is the Dfrost Almugar Surf and Yoga Villa Morocco. Their surf school has been running since 2008, seeing hundreds of surfers passing through the surf house, ranging from first time surfers to advanced surfers seeking big waves. The philosophy they live by is, “The best surfer is the one having the most fun.” Their team of qualified surf instructors  make sure you have the best surf experience possible during your stay in Morocco.

Surf Berbere Surf Camp

Also located in Taghazout, Surf Berbere is an amazing surf camp right on the waterfront in the heart of the town, on Hash Point, a fun-right hand wave. The surf camp has views all the way up to Anchor Point, probably the most famous wave in Morocco and North Africa.

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Moroccan Surf Adventures

Moroccan Surf Adventures offers more than charming accommodations, surf lessons, and surf adventures. They offer yoga, Moroccan cooking Lessons, massage and great Moroccan hospitality to make your 2017 surf trip one you’ll never forget.

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Surf Paradise Morocco

Surf Paradise Morocco is a surf hotel and surf school offering daily surf lessons, surf guidings and yoga lessons. Stay in a luxury hostel with oceanview, surfers breakfast, dinners and BBQs on the rooftop. Everything you need is there, bedsheets and towels, a private garden and stunning rooftop. You normally start the day with morning yoga, to give your bones and muscles a loving caring wake-up, then join the daytrips to cliffjump and swim in the hidden waterfalls and river. Surf Paradise Morocco combines surfing with authentic Moroccan culture and adventure both in and out of the water.

 

19.San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

 

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The South Pacific Coast of Nicaragua is very hard to beat in terms of surf consistency: offshore winds for more than 300 days per year, all day long. There are countless beaches around the town of San Juan del Sur, so it is almost guaranteed to find the ideal waves for your surfing level. The locals are friendly, the cost of living is cheap, and the beaches are less crowded than its Central American neighbours. You’ll find loads of interesting things to do around San Juan del Sur, including zip line through the jungle, day trips on a catamaran on virgin beaches, horseback riding through the mountains and exploring the beaches of the South Coast.

The best time to go:

 

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The best time for a surf vacation to San Juan del Sur is from December to July, but swells come year-round and no time is a bad one for visiting. The only month that is truly impacted by the rainy season is October, and rare onshore days do occur during that time.

Surf and stay:

 

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Barefoot Surf Travel

Weekly packages with Barefoot Surf Travel include accommodations in a private villa, transportation, surf lessons, equipment and airport shuttles.  Barefoot Surf Travel is a one-stop shop for the ultimate surf vacation.

 

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Surf Expedition Nicaragua

Surf Expedition Nicaragua is a unique opportunity for a surf adventure across the coastline of Nicaragua. Guests travel for 10 days around Nicaragua (often outside of the San Juan Del Sur area) to uncrowded beach breaks off the beaten track, finding easy sand-bottom waves, perfect for beginner surfers. They surf in the morning and discover the country in the afternoon, while sailing on a catamaran, cliff jumping, volcano boarding, rappelling down a 100m cliff, kayaking in a laguna formed inside an old volcano crater, visiting an active volcano to see lava in fusion, going salsa dancing in a local bar, visiting an artisan market and more.

 

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Las Plumerias Surf Camp

Las Plumerias Surf Camp is located north of San Juan del Sur in the Popoyo area. The best part about this surfing area is the diversity of spots, including beach breaks, point breaks, reef breaks and outer reefs. With more than 12 spots in a short distance, there is always an option for every level of surfer. Las Plumerias organizes surf trips, lessons and accommodations for everyone from solo travelers to large groups.

 

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Chicabrava

Since 2003, Chicabrava has been the country’s premier surf retreat for women, with a mission to empower women through surfing some of the best breaks in the world.
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The Surf Sanctuary

Located roughly 1 hour north of San Juan del Sur, the Surf Sanctuary offers all-inclusive packages with surf guiding, accommodations, meals and transportation included. They also offer massage, yoga classes, a pool, game area, hammock chill zone, and an on-site restaurant. The friendly staff can also organize horseback riding and day trips to other cultural sites.

 

20.Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, United States

 

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Wrightsville Beach, N.C., is home to flawless, warm, emerald green waters and white sandy beaches that produce ideal waves and suitable conditions for all surfers.

The best time to go:

 

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The best time of the year to go surfing in Wilmington is usually during the winter swells for advanced and intermediate-level riders; however, summer-time waves are perfect for beginners with mainly consistent, warm-water waves. Overall, this surf destination is perfect for all levels of surfing depending on the time of the year and conditions. National Geographic recently named this small community one of the best surf towns in the world.

Surf and stay:

 

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WB Surf Camp®, sponsored by Quiksilver® and Roxy®, offers beginner to advanced surf lessons to kids, teens, adults and families alike. From youth summer camp surf sessions to professional stand up paddle boarding lessons, our world-class surf camps are the ultimate surfing experience in beautiful Wilmington, North Carolina.

 

21.Sayulita, Mexico

 

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Warm water, nice weather, scenic beaches, and more than 10 surf breaks in a short distance make Sayulita an ideal surf destination for travelers seeking fun waves and vibrant Mexican culture just a short distance from Puerto Vallarta.

The best time to go:

 

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The Sayulita and Punta Mita areas host waves for different levels, from beginner to intermediate. The best time to visit is from Mid-November to April, but waves can be found year-round.

Surf and stay:

 

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WildMex Surf and Adventure

WildMex Surf and Adventure is open year round. Their activity offerings go from separate lessons to surf camps and also tours, including mountain biking or hikes. They offer camps with or without accommodations included, with different accommodation options to fit all budgets (from Hostels to Luxurious beach front hotels). Surf camps include daily guided surfing, transport to the breaks for your lessons, boat trips (when condition, group size and waves are suitable for our guests’ ability level), and 100% access to their surf and SUP board inventory.

 

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Playa Escondida

Playa Escondida is known for offering one of the best spas in the area, delicious restaurants, and awesome extra activities like trail riding, snorkeling, kayaking, boogie boarding, all within the resort area.

 

22.Praia da Pipa, Brazil

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Pipa is very small village that is home to just 8,000 inhabitants. Visitors can experience the whole area by walking, and in the center of town, visitors will find shops selling local handicrafts as well as numerous restaurants and bars. The area is home to numerous breaks, including Praia dos Golfinhos, Madeiro, Praia do Amor, Sibauma, Lajao, Lajinha, Abacate and Sororoca. Some waves are suitable for beginners where others are ideal for expert-level riders.

The best time to go:

 

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Warm water and year-round swells mean this region can be enjoyed by surfers during any time of year.

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Surf Camp Pipa Hostel

The Surf Camp Pipa Hostel offers courses for all levels of surfers. Videos and images are used to help experienced surfers advance their skills and all instructors are ISA certified. The hostel’s comfortable accommodations include breakfast, WiFi and a long list of additional amenities.

 

23.Tofino, British Columbia

 

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Tofino, British Columbia is one of the most unique places in the world.  The rugged yet charming town is snuggled in amongst old growth forest, with mountains in the backyard and waves at the doorstep. Tofino’s small community and every-level friendly waves make this area a fantastic destination for all surfers.

The best time to go:

 

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Tofino is close to multiple beaches that bring something for everyone, no matter the day. Larger swell tends to find this area in the winter months (Nov-Feb), with summer swell being more beginner and long boarder friendly.

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Pacific Surf Co.

Pacific Surf Co., boasts the most comprehensive lessons, highest quality gear, and most importantly – the most carefully chosen staff. Everyone there is excited to make your surf experience the best it could be.

Tofino Surf Adventures

Tofino Surf Adventures offers surfing lessons that focus on being in the water. Whether you’re catching your first wave, advancing your skills or are looking for expert-level surf, Tofino Surf Adventures has what you are looking for. Safe, exciting and educational lessons are available for individuals, families or groups of friends.

 

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Surf Club at Long Beach

The Surf Club doors are open to everyone – resort & outside guests. The instructors at Surf Club at Long Beach offer custom, friendly lessons with quality surf gear. After your lesson, you can enjoy the Apres Surf Menu in the Great Room Restaurant or a well-deserved beverage and snack at the outdoor, beachfront Sandbar Bistro in the summer time.

 

24.Folly Beach, South Carolina, United States

 

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Photo credit: Gretchen Esbensen

 

Folly Beach, also known as the “Edge of America” is often listed as the best surf spot on the East Coast. Folly Beach has a specific stretch known as “The Washout”. Experienced surfers claim this is where you can experience the best waves on the South Carolina Coast. Hurricane Hugo was responsible for The Washout. Where a block of homes once stood, the wind now blows unimpeded across the beach, through the wetlands and then to the Folly River. This wind effect is what experts claim causes the water there to “roll” so well.

The best time to go:

 

Folly Beach experiences the biggest swells during hurricane season, the winter months and early spring. However, the mellower summer months are ideal for beginners learning to catch their first waves. Pop-up storm swells can also arrive during any time of year.

Surf and stay:

 

Sol Surfers Surf Camp, LLC

Sol Surfers Surf Camp teaches surfing at a high level, ensuring everyone’s success. The company is built on safety, and they ensure everyone will have fun.

 

25.Hoddevik, Norway

 

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Tall mountains, deep fjords and great surf conditions; this surf destination is something different and truly amazing. The bay of Hoddevik offers almost a mile-long sand beach that can produce some truly incredible surf conditions.

The best time to go:

 

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This destination is well-known for being harsh and cold in the winter, while the spring, summer and fall would be great times to go.

Surf and stay:

 

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Lapoint Surf Camp Norway

The Lapoint Surf Camp Norway offers lessons for beginner to intermediate-level surfers as well as activities like hiking, fishing and tips on how and where to explore this picture-perfect stretch of coastline. Surfing underneath a snow covered mountain and enjoying a beer in the jacuzzi during the sunset – this is a bucket list surf destination

 

26.Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

 

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The Indonesian island of Bali is one of the world’s top surf destinations, and Kuta is the closest place to catch waves straight off of the plane. In fact, several world-class waves are visible from the plane window as you land at the international airport in Denpasar. Kuta Beach offers beach breaks along the bay that are ideal for taking surf lessons as well as several more advanced, off-shore reef breaks that are easily accessed by boat.

The best time to go:

 

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Bali sees the largest swells and most desirable winds during the summer months, but it’s not uncommon for travelers to find perfect waves in all seasons. With a little bit of know-how, you can find waves any time of year.

Surf and stay:

 

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Odysseys Surf School

Established in 2003, Odysseys Surf School is sponsored by Oakley, Hard Rock Cafe and supported by the Academy of Surf Instructors Australia. High-quality equipment and certified surf instructor set Odysseys Surf School apart from the many others in the Kuta area. Their instructors are lifeguard trained and insured to provide the highest levels of safety.

 

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Dekom Bali Surf

The Dekom shop is located directly in front of the heart of Kuta beach. Their team of english-speaking instructors are well-trained and ready to teach beginners how to ride waves. Dekom also offers video footage to those learning to surf.

 

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“See you in the surf,” that’s One2 Surf Indonesia’s slogan, and they love to share their knowledge and unique experiences of their beautiful and diverse country through surf and other active and cultural experiences.

 

27.Nosara, Costa Rica

 

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Nosara is an ideal destinations for all levels of surfers. For the experienced, it’s a fun playful performance type of wave. However, intermediate and beginner-level surfers will enjoy that Nosara’s waves are less crowded and less intimidating than other Costa Rican surf spots.

The best time to go:

 

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The surf is excellent and consistent year-round with the larger surf coming from the Southern Hemisphere from late March through Oct. The optimal time for beginners and intermediates is Nov. through March, as the waves are a bit smaller but conditions are perfect.

Surf and stay:

 

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Surf Simply

Technical coaching, of a standard as high as any mainstream sport, is now available for surfing. Surf Simply’s one and two week, all inclusive courses in Nosara, Costa Rica, have changed the way surfing is taught.

 

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Safari Surf School

Safari Surf School is an all-inclusive tour provider that can customize a trip to one’s ideal vacation. They offer transportation to and from their location and various lodging options depending on the client’s desired budget and taste. They offer you the ideal vacation that works with your expectations and budget.

 

28.Itacare, Brazil

 

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Itacaré is a charming “Little Brazil” town. The region is blessed with absolutely stunning beaches, a tropical climate, warm water all year long, and extremely consistent waves. The area also hosts some of the best preserved dense Atlantic Rain Forest areas in Brazil, with great tropical flora & fauna. The lively 18t- century town mixes traditional exotic Afro-Brazilian culture with that from recent Brazilian and foreign immigrants, surfers, and travelers form all over the world.

The best time to go:

 

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Naturally, there are differences in wave size over the year. However, if you are in reasonably good shape, even as a beginner you will be able to surf unbroken outside waves in Itacaré in the winter, when waves tend to get bigger. Only exception: rare long distance ground swells with massive wave sizes up to 3 or 4 meters. For complete beginners the best season is probably November to April, since the waves are smaller (2 to 4 feet) than during the Brazilian winter. From April to September, rain is more frequent and from June on the waves get bigger, between 3 and 6 feet (up to 9 feet in July/August).

The preferred surfing seasons are March/April and October/November with generally consistent surfing conditions, perfect water and air temperatures, and crowd-free peaks.

Surf and stay:

 

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Easy Drop Surf Camp

Easy Drop Surf Camp works with students with all levels of surfing, from utmost beginner to advanced. Their program was designed for those really interested in learning to surf, or those interested in further developing their existing skills. All of their services services are certified, customized and highly professional.

 

29.Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia

 

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Seminyak is the most sought after up market location on Bali, just north of Kuta Beach. It’s is a much quieter place than the bustling tourist town of Kuta and offers a wide variety of world class restaurants, cafes, beach bars, boutique shops and affordable spas. The endless beaches of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak provide perfect beach breaks for learning how to surf or improving your surf skills and taking amazing beach walks to unwind. Here, you can also enjoy incredible sunsets with a cold drink, listen to live music and have a great dinner in one of the trendy bar/restaurants directly on the beach.

The best time to go:

 

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BALI – Island of the Gods. This tropical paradise is known as being one of the top surfing destinations in the world. Bali offers ideal surf conditions all year round for all level of surfers. It’s truly a surfer’s paradise. With beautiful coastlines, tropical warm waters year round and a variety of beach and reef breaks located around the island, there is always a wave to catch nearly everyday.

Surf and stay:

 

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Mind Body Soul — Surf Bali Retreat

The Mind Body Soul – Surf Bali Retreat is a women’s surf and yoga retreat, located in the town of Seminyak on the West coast of Bali. Packages appeal to all interests with surf adventures, cultural interactions, culinary delights to nourish the soul, all levels of surf skills and yoga practice. Enjoy deep relaxation with spa treatments and reset your mind-body-soul connection with holistic therapies and traditional Balinese healing methods.

 

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Bali Green Surf School

Bali Green Surf is a locally-run surf school offering guests the best possible surf experience. All of their surf instructors are highly skilled, very experienced and ready to teach beginners, intermediate or advanced surfers. They not only offer regular group lessons, but also private lessons, lessons specifically for kids and surf trips to other spots in Bali.

 

30.Ahangama, Sri Lanka

 

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The friendly locals, amazing beaches and incredible surf is why this destination is regarded as, “Bali 20 years ago.” It’s the next bit thing, and people know to enjoy it before it gets too crowded. While Ahangama, Sri Lanka, is mainly a beginner surf destination, there are a number of more difficult waves within a short walk or tuk-tuk ride.

The best time to go:

 

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Mainly home beginner to intermediate waves, Ahangama sees a couple of days of big, solid surf per month. However, it’s mostly home to small peeling reef breaks that can be enjoyed on a long board or small wave board at any time of year.

Surf and stay:

 

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Lapoint Surf Camp Sri Lanka

Lapoint Surf camp Sri Lanka offers both surf courses and activities in and around the area, like visiting tea plantations, sightseeing, beach excursions and more.

 

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Sion Surf’s location is unparalleled in Sri Lanka, because they offer their our own break and private beach right outside the wide open lush green camp. They offer lessons from beginners to intermediates, tailored to your personal level with a wide range of both reef and beach breaks nearby.
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Talalla Retreat Sri Lanka

The Lonely Planet recommended Talalla Retreat Sri Lanka is located roughly one hour from Ahangama in Gandara. Surf trips can be designed to suit your needs, including varying accommodation options at the resort, different levels of surf instruction, quality equipment, included meals and so much more. The Talalla Retreat is a one-stop destination for the ultimate surf trip.

 

31.Fistral Beach, United Kingdom

 

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Cornwall is known as the surfing mecca of the U.K., and Fistral Beach is known as the home of British surfing due to its consistent and quality breaks.

 

The best time to go:

 

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Fistral Beach, with its consistent surf and epic days, has earned its name as the Home of British Surfing. With the International Surfing Centre based on the beach, which is home to cafes, restaurants, surf hire and surf school, it is the perfect location for everyone’s beach day. While it’s a fun spot to learn nearly any day of the year, Fistral Beach sees its largest swells in the winter months.

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Fistral Beach Surf School

Collectively, Fistral Beach Surf School’s coaches have more than 30 years of surfing experience, and the surf school offers lessons for families, groups and individuals. No matter what your ability level is, you will enjoy surfing at Fistral Beach.

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Escape Surf School

Escape Surf School has been teaching people to surf in Cornwall for more than 11 years. Their certified instructors can coach everyone from complete beginners to advanced surfers looking to take their surfing to the next level. They also partner with stunning hotels in Newquay to create complete Cornwall surf getaways for guests. They’re open 12 months of the year and seven days a week.

 

32.Basque Country, Spain and France

 

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The surf in the Basque Country stretches between the long beaches of southwest France and the protected coves of northern Spain. This culturally-rich region is loaded with varying waves for all levels of surfers and guides who can take you to lesser-known spots.

The best time to go:

 

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Waves in the Basque Country range from easy, sand-bottom beach breaks to reeling point breaks. The best waves for beginners are during spring and summer while the biggest swells are seen during September, October and the chillier winter months.

Surf and stay:

 

Van Surfari, Spain and France Roadtrip

The Van Surfari goes where the surf is best, between the long beaches of southwest France and the protected coves of northern Spain. Their guides constantly asses the conditions as they roll through the Spanish and French countryside, passing by the Pyrenees on the way to the best surf breaks in this wave and culture rich region. When they’re done, guests return to the home base, a sprawling Basque farmhouse in the hills behind San Sebastian, and trade surf tales, tall and true, while drinking local wine and eating chef-prepared food.

 

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Private Surf School

Private surf school is located in Biarritz at Marbella beach, close to every consistent beach break. Lessons are ideal for beginner to advanced surfers. Lesson groups are maxed out at five participants, so everyone receives optimal instruction, and wetsuits are provided for comfort when the water gets chilly.

Laga Surf Camp

Laga Surf Camp is one of the best ways to learn surfing with qualified instructors at some of the best left-hand waves in Europe. Laga beach set in the Biosphere Reserve of Urdaibai, Bizkai. It is one of the most beautiful stretches of sand on the Vizcaya coast. With its 574 metres of fine, golden sand, the beach is open to the sea, and visitors can call it home while staying at the Laga Surf Camp.

 

33.Northern Coast, Portugal

 

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Portugal’s Northern Coast is often neglected in terms of Portugal’s surf scene, but that’s what makes the area so special. Also known among Portuguese surfers as the “forgotten coast,” this stretch offers a variety of waves that are often uncrowded.

The best time to go:

 

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Northern Portugal sees the biggest waves in the winter months when the northwesterly winds and swells hit. However, these swells can pop up at any time of year, and the warmer, more mellow summer months are great for learning.

Surf and stay:

 

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Surfivor Surf Camp

Surfivor was founded in 2004 and until today it remains as the first and most popular surf camp in North-Portugal. Each and every year, hundred of people from around the globe learn how to surf at our Surfivor Surf School at both our classic Surf Camp in Esmoriz and our brand new Surf Hostel in Porto. Select your preferred location and enjoy a relaxing surf holiday in a prime beachfront location with crowd-free line-ups. Surf’s up.
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Fish Surf Camp

Fish Surf Camp is a friendly an professional surf camp offering accommodations, gear and lessons twice a day at Matosinhos, one of North Portugal’s most consistent surf spots.

34.Playa Miramar, Nicaragua

 

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Playa Miramar is home to Punta Miramar, one of the best reef breaks in Northern Nicaragua. Surfers who travel here are also within walking distance of other incredible breaks called Pipes, Shacks, Shiftys, and Chicken Bowls. Playa Miramar offers waves ranging from heaving reef barrels and peaky beach breaks to rolling peelers and mellow coves.

 

The best time to go:

 

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Peak Season for intermediate to advance surfers is March to October, while beginner to intermediate surfers will enjoy the mellower waves from November to March. Beginners can also visit during peak season (summer), since the beginner beach works year-round.

Surf and stay:

 

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La Barra Surf Camp

La Barra Surf Camp offers full resort services at surf camp pricing, which include meals, surf guides, lessons, rentals, surf boat services, fishing, an oceanfront swimming pool, city transfers, private accommodations, and more.

 

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Surf Tours Nicaragua

Surf Tours Nicaragua has two certified surf instructors living at the camp with a combined 12 years of experience teaching children, young adults, and seniors alike. They have over 50 rental boards to get you on the best piece of equipment for your skill level, and they also offer video analysis to quicken the learning process and let you personally see how you can improve your surfing.

 

35.Cocoa Beach, Florida, United States

 

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Cocoa Beach offers a beautiful sandy beach on Florida’s space coast, accompanying the cool trade winds and tropical sunshine. The Atlantic Ocean is at your doorstep where surfing, swimming and fishing are just a few pleasures of beach life. As the birthplace of 11-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater , Cocoa Beach has become an East Coast surfing icon.

The best time to go:

 

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This surf destination is great for everyone from beginners to professional-level surfers. Intermediate or advanced surfing is best from fall to spring, while the summer months are better for beginners and intermediate level riders.

Surf and stay:

 

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Surf Studio Beach Resort

Surf Studio Beach Resort is on the South end of Cocoa Beach, where the beach is quiet and serene yet only couple of miles from downtown. The downtown offers many surf shops and surfing schools as well as great variety of restaurants.  Pets are welcome with a small fee.

School of Surf

School of Surf specializes in beginners, but their experienced surfers provide instruction catered toward any skill level. A family-friendly environment offers quality surfing for all ages. Consistent waves year-round are great for learning. All instructors are CPR/BLS certified to keep you safe as well as members of the National Coach Alliance to get you to surf your best.

 

Jump to any surf destination here:

 

1. Lombok, Indonesia | 2. Byron Bay, Australia | 3. Oahu, Hawaii

4. Jeffreys Bay, South Africa | 5. Tamarindo, Costa Rica | 6. Maui, Hawaii

7. Canggu, Bali | 8. Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica | 9. Malibu, California

10. Bathsheba, Barbados | 11. Punta Roca, El Salvador | 12. Ericeira, Portugal

13. Dominical, Costa Rica | 14. Cadiz, Spain | 15. Azores, Portugal

16. Kauai, Hawaii | 17. Northern Nicaragua, Nicaragua | 18. Agadir, Morocco

19. San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua | 20. Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina | 21. Sayulita, Mexico

22. Praia da Pipa, Brazil | 23. Tofino, British Columbia | 24. Folly Beach, South Carolina

25. Hoddevik, Norway | 26. Kuta, Bali | 27. Nosara, Costa Rica

28. Itacare, Brazil | 29. Seminyak, Bali | 30. Ahangama, Sri Lanka

31. Fistral Beach, United Kingdom | 32. Basque Country, Spain and France

33. Northern Coast, Portugal | 34. Playa Miramar, Nicaragua | 35. Cocoa Beach, Florida

36. Mompiche, Ecuador | 37. North Coast, Dominican Republic | 38. Outer Banks, North Carolina

39. Algarve, Portugal | 40. Zanzibar, Tanzania | 41. Umzumbe, South Africa

42. Pavones, Costa Rica | 43. Bundoran, Ireland | 44. Wollongong, Australia

45. Klitmoller, Denmark | 46. Somo Beach, Spain | 47. Florianopolis, Brazil

48. Baja Norte, Mexico | 49. Keramas Beach, Bali | 50. Fuerteventura, Spain

51. Montauk, New York | 52. Montanita, Ecuador | 53. Bocas del Toro, Panama

54. Praia Grande, Portugal | 55. Mentawai Islands, Indonesia

 

36.Mompiche, Ecuador

 

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Resting on a 64-mile crescent-moon bay, Mompiche’s main beach is more than 7 kilometres long and is home to one of the most famous surf breaks in South America. Every year it attracts numerous surfers and travelers from around the world.

The best time to go:

 

The best waves are generally seen from November through April, but board rentals and surf lessons are available year-round. Beginners will have fun learning during any time of year.

Surf and stay:

 

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The Mud House

The Mud House offers private or shared accommodations, fast WiFi, communal kitchens, and tasty burgers on the weekends. The hospitable staff can help you locate board rentals or lessons and direct you to some of the most exciting surf spots and other attractions in the area.

 

37.North Coast, Dominican Republic

 

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The Dominican Republic’s north coast is a surf destination that can suit any level of surfer with a chance of waves year-round. While Puerto Plata is home to the La Puntilla break, there are more than eight other famed surf spots within less than a 1-hour drive south to Sosua, Cabarete and Rio San Juan.

The best time to go:

 

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Like other Caribbean surf destinations, the north coast of the Dominican Republic sees the best waves during the fall hurricane season and the winter/early spring months. While summer doesn’t often see huge swells, it’s an ideal time for beginners to learn in mellow seas.

Surf and stay:

 

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Swell Surf Camp

Swell is the perfect destination for couples, friends and solo travellers; there’s always a friendly vibe and someone to hang out with in their stylish, purpose built surf resort. Travellers seeking a laid-back surf atmosphere without non-stop activities will find relaxation and epic waves here.

Pauhana Surf School

The Pauhana Surf School is run by two families that strive to give their clients the best surf experiences possible. Their surf instructors are certified to teach all levels of surfers, and Pauhana has a variety of boards on site, whether you’re seeking a high-performance short board or a longboard for cruising on mellow summer days.

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Macao Surf Camp

The Macao Surf Camp is located on the Domincan Republic’s public’s East Coast, roughly 5.5 hours southeast of Puerto Plata. Visitors can purchase affordable five-day lessons packages while enjoying the beauty of Punta Cana and stunning Macao Beach. A professional and friendly crew, personalized lessons and delicious local food make this the optimal environment to learn to surfing with family and friends.

 

38.Outer Banks, North Carolina, United States

 

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North Carolina’s Outer Banks are known as one of the best surf destinations on the East Coast. The world’s leading forecasting site, Surfline.com, has called the Outer Banks, “the most consistent beach break on the East Coast.” There are waves for all skill levels from beginner to advanced.

The best time to go:

 

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The Outer Banks sees its best swells during the fall hurricane season and chilly winter/early spring months. However, summer provides warm water and mellow waves that are ideal for learning to surf.

Surf and stay:

 

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Surf Hatteras Surf Camp

Surf Hatteras is a destination surf camp for kids & teens (ages 12-18) in the Outer Banks, N.C. Since 2006, their weeklong summer camps have provided a safe and relational atmosphere for campers of all levels to experience the joy and adventure of surfing. They offer comfortable accommodations with views of the water, home-cooked meals, and a 1:2 staff to camper ratio.

 

39.Algarve, Portugal

 

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Photo credit: Tiago Fernandes

 

The surf breaks in Portugal’s Algarve provide some of the best waves in Europe. Because of the unique location on the southwest point of Portugal, it’s almost always perfect somewhere.

The best time to go:

 

Summers are warm with the smallest waves, but in Autumn, you can find more size on the west coast and smaller swells on the south coast. Winters can bring big swells, which make all of the Algarve’s surf breaks fire.

Surf and stay:

 

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Chicks on Waves

With a home-away-from-home vibe, a group of open-minded souls sharing the passion for the ocean, and beautiful eco friendly accommodation, Chicks on Waves will have you pinching yourself. Whether you’re a beginner or intermediate surfer, this place has surf coaching and yoga lessons for all.

 

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Arrifana Surf Lodge

Arrifana is a family run surf lodge that offers an all inclusive surf package. They offer superb three course meals and some great surf tuition. Private king or twin rooms are available or solo travelers can opt to sleep in the shared room. Perfect for families, solo travelers or couples, the lodge is located in the Costa Vincentina Natural Park, which is known for it’s beauty and tranquility.

 

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Amado Surf Camp

Amado Surf Camp offers surf packages with many accommodation options, including tents, bungalows, rooms and wooden houses. It’s the perfect place for those who want to make their Algarve surf holiday a unique and memorable one.

 

40.Zanzibar, Tanzania

 

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Zanzibar offers fun waves on an uncrowded reef with tropical water temperatures between 25-29°. The island itself is a true paradise with a long palm tree riddled coast line and endless white sandy beaches. The Hakuna Matata vibe going around the island makes it a perfect destination to relax, surf, kitesurf and enjoy the beach and friendly people.

The best time to go:

 

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Surf in Zanzibar has 2 seasons: December to March and June to October. Waves are great for learners and intermediates. No crowds make it easy to progress quickly.  There are a number of different breaks suitable for different levels of surfers, and a knowledgable guide can direct you to the best place to go for your skill level.

The huge tidal differences in Zanzibar affect the surf, and those who are in-the-know can find a window of around three hours of good surf every day over the low tide. However, the softer mid- and high-tide waves can still be fun for stand-up paddle boarders.  The waves in Tanzania are best for the “casual surfer,” they’re not too advanced or challenging, but great fun and perfect for progression.

Surf and stay:

 

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Aquaholics Zanzibar

Aquaholics Zanzibar offers daily boat trips to the reef, including professional guiding (for intermediates) and beginner lessons for newbies. Trips always include boat ride, all gear (incl. board, reef shoes, lycra), guide/instructor, snacks and water. The trips are planned with the tides and schedule changes daily. Spots on the trips are limited, which makes surfing in Zanzibar so exclusive. On average you will surf an entire spot with only another 5-10 people.

 

41.Umzumbe, South Africa

 

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South of Durban, Umzumbe Beach is one of the most unspoiled stretches of sand you’ll find in South Africa with dense coastal vegetation creating an even more scenic atmosphere.

The best time to go:

 

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Summer brings smaller swell and lighter winds, which makes perfect conditions for beginners. During autumn, the swell increases as it heads toward winter and the cooler air brings light off-shore winds in the mornings, which clean up the surf for ideal conditions. Winter is when the size of the swell increases and surfers enjoy consistent off-shore winds most days.

Surf and stay:

 

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Umzumbe Surf House

Umzumbe Surf House is a unique beachfront, surf-themed lodge located directly on the Umzumbe Beach. The property is located in a tropical bush setting with beachfront access to Umzumbe’s stunning blue-flagged beach and famous right hand point surf break. The house emits a peaceful, relaxing and intimate vibe where guests instantly unwind upon arrival. It is a surf and beach lover’s paradise.

 

42.Pavones, Costa Rica

 

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The southern coast of Costa Rica offers 19 often epic waves to explore in a short distance, which means you can enjoy a new surf adventure every day of your visit, depending on the swell and your surfing level. Advanced surfers will love to charge the big days at Pavones and some other well kept secrets.

The best time to go:

 

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The best time of the year for easy small waves is between December and March, and bigger swells April-November. Most of the waves around the camp are uncrowded. Better suited for friends and families.

Surf and stay:

 

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Surf Expedition Costa Rica Surf Camp and Yoga Retreat

At Surf Expedition, you’ll enjoy five-star food in a five-star tropical setting, all of which was cautiously designed by the international chef and co-founder Dian Van Vegan. Surf Expedition offers some of the best food you’ll find in the area, coupled with a paradise-like location. They’re located on a 20,000-square-metre beachfront property covered with green grass, palm trees, fruit trees, horses, friendly dogs and a fun wave right out front.

 

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Siren Surf Adventures

Kristy and Cat of Siren Surf Adventures are surfers offering boutique surf trips throughout Costa Rica, Mexico (Saladita) and Oahu, Hawaii. Their packages include beachfront accommodation, meals, ground transportation, surf coaching and a variety of hand shaped surfboards by master shapers.

 

43.Bundoran, Ireland

 

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Bundoran is known as the “surf capital of Ireland” and has been welcoming surfers for over 30 years. It has staged the European Surfing Championships on three occasions – the most recent being 2011. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or professional, you’ll find a wave to suit you from beach breaks to reef breaks. Five surf schools will ensure you’re on your feet in no time. “The Peak,” a reef break,” and “Tullan Strand,” a popular beach break, are the favorite nearby waves for more advanced surfers.

The best time to go:

 

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Bundoran suits all level of surfers all year round. The water is obviously warmer in the summer months and more suitable to family lessons, but the surf schools operate year-round, and there’s always a wave in Bundoran or within a few minutes drive.

Surf and stay:

 

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Bundoran is a family friendly seaside resort and offers many different accommodation options from hotels, self catering, bed & breakfasts and hostels. A large number of restaurants and pubs will ensure you’ll never go hungry or thirsty and you can also enjoy many other activities like kayaking, cliff jumping, high ropes, foot golf, archery, bowling, cinema and live music.  

44.Wollongong, Australia

 

In addition to being one of the most picturesque places on the New South Wales South Coast, the Wollongong area offers fun, easily-accessed beach breaks. ‘The Farm” is a great location for all levels of surfers and the waves break farther out the back than most beaches around the Wollongong area. It doesn’t not close out on shore like most beach breaks. This break has postcard-worthy natural surroundings, and the sunset from the lineup is bucket list worthy.

The best time to go:

 

Wollongong offers exposed beach breaks that pick up a lot of swell and can be ridden any time of year. However, the best swells come from the east/northeast with southwest winds and are most common in the autumn months.

Surf and stay:

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Pines Surfing Academy is located at “The Farm” and is a short distance away from Wollongong, yet it seems like a world away. Visitors can enjoy wildlife, such as kangaroos and wallabies, dolphins, sting rays and sometimes whales that join them in the surf. Pines Surfing Academy is the Illawarra’s No. 1 surf school, winning numerous awards for its services. They are the longest running surf school in the Illawarra & South Coast and have been running surf lessons and camps since 2003.

 

45.Klitmoller, Denmark

 

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Also known as Cold Hawaii, Klitmøller is a small surfing community that has brought a lot of publicity to Denmark’s surfing scene. Two reefs off the coast and south of the point of Ørhage make Klitmøller a unique surf destination with numerous high-quality breaks in a short distance.

The best time to go:

 

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It’s warmer in the summer of course, but with the right equipment, you can surf year-round. The crowding of numerous surf breaks in a short distance means you can typically find somewhere to surf depending on the break you choose and the swell/wind directions.

Surf and stay:

 

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Cold Hawaii Surf Camp

Cold Hawaii Surf Camp combines nature, waves and nordic culture into the ultimate surf and stay experience. In addition to surf guides and accommodations, they offer yoga, a sauna, shaping room and recycled surfboards presentation.

 

46.Somo Beach, Spain

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Photo credit: mmagellean

Somo is a Santander surf central, its beach is a sheltered beach break that has reliable surf with clean groundswells. It offer left and right-hand waves that work in all tides. Good transport links make it easy to reach for tourists and locals alike.

The best time to go:

 

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Spring and autumn are the best seasons to surf in this area; however, the beaches remain fun in the summer months and surf lessons can be taken at any time of year.

Surf and stay:

 

Cantabrian Surf School

Cantabrian Surf School offer courses for all levels, from beginner to advance surfers in English, Italian and Spanish. The school offers private and group surf classes throughout the day for all ages over 5 years old. It has over 25 year of experience in teaching people to surf. There are many accommodation and package options, like surf camps, surf cabins and a surf house. All are close to the beach and feature all of the school’s amenities.

 

47.Florianapolis, Brazil

 

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Brazil offers more than 7,000 kilometres of coast line, and among all of that, Florianópolis island is the No. 1 surf destination in the country. The island offers 42 beaches, each of which featuring different surf conditions for all skill levels. Home of the most awarded surfers in Brazil, Florianopolis offers perfect surfing conditions, where gentle swells come together with a beautiful scenery, friendly people and an exotic atmosphere to create a must-visit destination.

The best time to go:

 

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The best surf seasons are from early March to late May and late September to early November; however, swells can arrive at any time of year, and beginners will have fun learning any day of the week.

Surf and stay:

 

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Brazil Trails Eco & Adventure Sports

Brazil Trails offers beach and adventure holidays in Florianopolis, the island paradise off the southern coast renowned for its vibrant culture, subtropical climate, beautiful beaches, and nightlife. The friendly English speaking staff is readily available to take you to kite surfing tours, yoga lessons, hiking through native Atlantic forest, surf lessons, snorkeling, scuba diving, paragliding, white river rafting and other active pursuits along free time to relax on the beach.

 

48.K38, Baja Norte, Mexico

 

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The point at K38 is the longest wave in the neighborhood, and is the surf break that made the the K38 area famous. It is a right that can be ridden for about 200 yards. It is a slower wave, so a funboard or longboard is the choice board. There are however some faster sections that justify using a shortboard.

The best time to go:

 

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The Point at K38 generally picks up southwest to west swells, and is surfable starting at about chest high, if the tide is about a 2 foot tide or lower. The point will break on higher tides, such as 4 feet tide or more, if the swell is larger. Northwest swells do break at the point but don’t wrap into the cove as well, therefore the ride is not as long. In the summer, the point is the best of all the breaks in the area about 75% of the time. The Point at K38 is a good surf break for strong beginner and intermediate surfers. When the surf gets over head, some sets start to close out.

Surf and stay:

 

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K38 Surf Houses

K38 Surf Houses provides oceanfront homes with hot tubs in Rosarito, Baja California. These homes are the ultimate home base for your escape to the perfect waves of K38 and the countless other famous Baja Norte breaks nearby.
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Mario Surf School

Located in the Baja Sur surf town of Los Cerritos, Mario Surf School is a long drive south of K38, but it’s an epic place to learn to surf for those flying into La Paz or Cabo San Lucas. Los Cerritos offers a smooth, sandy bottom and gentle waves, making it one of the best beaches in Baja to learn to surf. The crew also provides excursions to the Cabo area.

 

49.Keramas Beach, Bali, Indonesia

 

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Keramas is a powerful right hander that can produce some deep tube rides over a reef and rock bottom. Like any good wave anywhere in the world, Keramas is popular. This place can be surfed from waist high right through to triple over head.

The best time to go:

 

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Early mornings are best at Keramas and can also be surfed through the dry season if conditions are right. Best size is in the head to double head high class. Best tide , normally depending on the Moon Phase at the time as long as there is enough water the rocks you should be ok. The hotel provide night surfing at cost.

Surf and stay:

 

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Komune Resorts

Enjoy a magical location in front of world-class surf breaks and immersed in a friendly community with a spirited atmosphere. Komune is dedicated to connecting adventurous, fun-loving, environmentally conscious travelers who share a passion for surf and beach culture. Komune provides a variety of stylish accommodation to suit all budgets, from resort rooms, to suites and villas.

 

50.Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain

 

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Due to the shape of the island of Fuerteventura, surf can be found on every side, which means there’s always a break with enough swell or proper wind. The island is home to numerous breaks suitable for all levels of wave riders, from first-timers to sponsored professionals. One of the biggest perks of surfing in Fuerteventura is that it never gets cold and the sun shines nearly every day of the year.

The best time to go:

 

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Fuerteventura offers fun waves nearly 365 days a year, but some seasons are better than others. Pros should only visit from October to the end of April, when the largest swells are expected. But beginner and intermediate level surfers will enjoy optimal weather and fun waves year-round.

Surf and stay:

 

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Planet Surf Camps Fuerteventura

The team at Planet Surf Camps is well travelled, well surfed and lives in between Europe, Indonesia and Central America. They guarantee you’ll have an unforgettable getaway whether you take surf lessons, practice yoga, or simply enjoy the countless amenities of this surf camp.

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Otro Modo Surf School & Camp Supported by Billabong

Otro Modo Surf School & Camp offers complete packages (accommodation & surf courses), in an economically-priced hostel and in fully-furnished apartments with balconies and sea views just 200 meters from the beach. All accommodations are located in a beautiful and authentic fishing village with fun waves just 10 minutes away.

 

51.Montauk, New York, United States

 

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Photo credit: Martyn Smith

Montauk is home to several surf breaks often regarded as some of the best on the East Coast. Elite surfers in the area and from around the country travel to surf Ditch Plains. Unlike most other south shore beaches with sand bottoms, Ditch’s rock bottom create nice, long peeling waves. Nearby Camp Hero is referred to as “Radar’s,” referencing the obsolete radar tower installed during the 1950s to detect potential Soviet aircraft that now simply overlooks one of Long Island’s top surf spots. You have to scale down a cliff to get there, but you’ll be rewarded for your effort with less crowded waters.

Turtle cove can be found where the island juts out even farther into the Atlantic Ocean, surfers salivate at the sight of these swells, particularly before or after a storm. Turtle Cove, located south and west of the Montauk Point Lighthouse, is another classic surf spot out east. The crowds swarm there during the summer as the waves can rival Ditch’s on the right day. Whatever level of surfer you are, there’s a wave in Montauk for you.

The best time to go:

 

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Like most East Coast breaks, Montauk works best during hurricane season and on big winter swells. However, swells can arrive in any season, and summer offers the warmest water and mellowest waves for beginners.

Surf and stay:

 

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The Montauk Beach House

The Montauk Beach House is a boutique hotel situated in the heart of Downtown Montauk, USA. It is a block from the Atlantic Ocean surf beaches and a short stroll to Montauk’s shops, restaurants, bars and cafés. A social gathering space to eat, drink, be relaxed, and make memories. The staff and guests like to have fun in the evening, yet be able to wake up the next morning (with the occasional exception).

52.Montanita, Ecuador

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Montanita was a popular hippie haven in the 1960s, and while the area continues to offer laid-back vibes and a fun-loving culture, it has grown as a popular Ecuadorian surf destination. Known as the country’s main surf break, and characterized by a juicy right-hand point break, this spot can get crowded due to an abundance of budget-friendly accommodation options. However, the crowds won’t ruin your fun in or out of the surf.

The best time to go:

 

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Montanita is a consistent spot that catches any North or South swells. You’re likely to catch waves in any season.

Surf and stay:

 

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Balsa Surf Camp

Balsa Surf Camp’s friendly and naturally paradisiac place will make you feel at home the moment you arrive. An on-site spa and beautiful waves in the backyard are coupled with a unique opportunity to try the balsa wood surfboard. Packages can be tailored to fit every guest’s needs.

53.Bocas del Toro, Panama

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Bocas del Toro is an often overlooked Panamanian archipelago that’s home to nearly a dozen surf breaks in a short distance. The tropical environment means warm, clear Caribbean waters, and surfers can enjoy everything from lengthy longboard rides to heavy barrels when the swell is right.

The best time to go:

 

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Bocas del Toro’s best season spans from November to April, but swells have been known to pop up mid-summer too.

Surf and stay:

 

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Red Frog Beach Island Resort

The Red Frog Beach Island Resort is an ideal place to stay near some of Bocas del Toro’s best waves. Offering everything from guest rooms to lodges and 6-bedroom villas, Red Frog Beach Island Resort has everything you need for the ultimate Bocas del Toro surf escape. Surf lessons and rentals aren’t available on site, but they can easily be arranged for you.

 

54.Praia Grande, Portugal

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This corner of Portugal is littered with a variety of breaks suitable for riders of all abilities. From super fun beachies to endless point breaks and rippable reef breaks, you can find every type of wave here.

The best time to go:

 

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Praia Grande is one of the most consistent surf areas in the Lisbon zone, but the best waves come with fall and winter storms. Warmer, mellow waves in the summer months make this season ideal for learning.

Surf and stay

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The Lodge

The Lodge offers surf classes for all levels: complete beginners, intermediate, and advanced. Their certified and experienced instructors will introduce you to the basics of surfing or help you take your surfing to the next level. Small groups ensure individual coaching. With many surf spots to choose from, they take you to the best beach of the day, always trying to find the right conditions for you. Surf classes run seven days a week, either as half day classes (one 2-hour session) or full-day classes (two 2-hours sessions).

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Saltyway Travel

Saltyway Travel is a surf and climb camp geared toward travelers who want to have a truly thrilling surf escape. The Saltyway House is a traditional Portuguese ‘Moradia’ nestled between the ocean and the mountains. Whether you’re traveling solo or with a group, Saltyway will help you create the ultimate adventure escape.

55.Mentawai Islands, Indonesia

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The Mentawai Islands, known simply as “The Mentawais,” is one of the most exotic surf destinations in the world, and it’s blessed with some of the best waves too. Located 130 kilometres west of Sumatra, this collection of tropical islands is known for its practically unrivaled consistency.

The best time to go

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Winter (North American summer) is the best time to head to the Mentawais if you’re seeking epic waves. Low pressure systems off the Indian Ocean pump waves into the area consistently from June to September with many swells kicking off as early as March, April and May. Summer in the Mentawais (coinciding with winter in North America) tends to be the slowest season in term of waves, while spring still often lack punch, the area does see some swells pushing into October.

Surf and stay:

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Mentawai Surf Camp

Mentawai Surf Camp is the first high-end surf camp accommodation in the Mentawais, known for its incredible value and being an ideal place for singles, couples, and families seeking a 5-star surfing vacation for a fraction of the price. With a four speedboat fleet, the fastest internet in the area, a Le Cordon Blue graduate chef, accomplished local surf guides, land, air and water videographers and photographers, they offer an unheard of value for money and deliver services well beyond expectation.

Surf Camp Siberut

The Mentawai Surf Camp Siberut is a traditional beach camp resort located on the island of Nyang-Nyang, in the picture-perfect Mentawai archipelago of Indonesia. The white sandy beaches, towering palm trees, coral reefs and breathtaking waves will create an escape you’ll never forget. Lessons and tours are available for all levels of surfers.

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WavePark Resort Mentawai

The WavePark Resort Mentawai is an all-inclusive surfing resort with one of Mentawai’s best waves right out front. The 80-acre tropical island is exclusive for 12 guests, meaning more waves, more often, with less crowds. The camp caters to all abilities with beginner – advanced surfing possibilities. They always run two boats to make sure everybody is getting what they need.

GinGin Mentawai Surf Lodge

The GinGin Mentawai Surf Lodge offers some of the best surf on earth, a pristine environment, more than 15 breaks within a 30-minute boat ride and a world class wave right at the front.

Jump to any surf destination here:

 

1. Lombok, Indonesia | 2. Byron Bay, Australia | 3. Oahu, Hawaii

4. Jeffreys Bay, South Africa | 5. Tamarindo, Costa Rica | 6. Maui, Hawaii

7. Canggu, Bali | 8. Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica | 9. Malibu, California

10. Bathsheba, Barbados | 11. Punta Roca, El Salvador | 12. Ericeira, Portugal

13. Dominical, Costa Rica | 14. Cadiz, Spain | 15. Azores, Portugal

16. Kauai, Hawaii | 17. Northern Nicaragua, Nicaragua | 18. Agadir, Morocco

19. San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua | 20. Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina | 21. Sayulita, Mexico

22. Praia da Pipa, Brazil | 23. Tofino, British Columbia | 24. Folly Beach, South Carolina

25. Hoddevik, Norway | 26. Kuta, Bali | 27. Nosara, Costa Rica

28. Itacare, Brazil | 29. Seminyak, Bali | 30. Ahangama, Sri Lanka

31. Fistral Beach, United Kingdom | 32. Basque Country, Spain and France

33. Northern Coast, Portugal | 34. Playa Miramar, Nicaragua | 35. Cocoa Beach, Florida

36. Mompiche, Ecuador | 37. North Coast, Dominican Republic | 38. Outer Banks, North Carolina

39. Algarve, Portugal | 40. Zanzibar, Tanzania | 41. Umzumbe, South Africa

42. Pavones, Costa Rica | 43. Bundoran, Ireland | 44. Wollongong, Australia

45. Klitmoller, Denmark | 46. Somo Beach, Spain | 47. Florianopolis, Brazil

48. Baja Norte, Mexico | 49. Keramas Beach, Bali | 50. Fuerteventura, Spain

51. Montauk, New York | 52. Montanita, Ecuador | 53. Bocas del Toro, Panama

54. Praia Grande, Portugal | 55. Mentawai Islands, Indonesia

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About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a freelance writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, learning new cultures and surfing new waves.

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