Surf vacations can be enjoyed be everyone. If you’ve never picked up a board before, you will be surprised how fun it is to learn how to surf on vacation. Many of the same beaches where people go to enjoy the scenery and have some fun are good for surfing. For the moderately skilled, a chance to get even better is a driving force behind a surf vacation. For experts who can’t think of doing anything else, a surf vacation is the only kind of vacation worth having. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, a surf experience is waiting—you just need to get out and experience it for yourself.
Once you’ve decided to add some surfing to your vacation, you’ll need to decide where to go. Luckily, you have many choices of where to go; the best surfing beaches are sprinkled throughout the world.
California is one of the most famous destinations for surf trips, as anyone who’s listening to the Beach Boys has discovered. From the beaches of San Diego to La Jolla and Half Moon Bay, there are seemingly endless beaches where the waves are just right for surfing. Some beaches are well suited for beginners while others are better for those who really know what they’re doing. After a morning at the beach, you’ll be free to enjoy the rest of your day to discover the best of California’s attractions back on land.
The islands of the Caribbean also draw the attention of surfers who are already there on vacation. With surf trips, visitors can hit the waves just right and still have time to experience the islands and their own pace. Conditions can change from season to season, but generally the beaches of Barbados and Puerto Rico have some the region’s best surfing.
Of course California and the Caribbean are is just two of many places to enjoy surf vacations and get away from it all. Many islands have excellent surfing conditions, especially in the South Pacific. Before the modern day, the people of the South Pacific took long boards and navigated the waves. Many century later, Bali remains a surfing paradise where people come for everything from a quick introductory lesson to extended vacations where surfing is the main activity. On holiday in Bali, you’ll also have the chance to snorkel, dive or just lounge on the beach. Bali’s resorts also provide myriad opportunities to have fun, relax, and enjoy a holiday from the ordinary.
Surfing is also important on the islands on Hawaiian. When the Polynesian people arrived, they brought the skill of surfing with them. In the beginning, the sport was exclusively the domain of royalty. Today, you don’t need to be a king to grab a board on surf vacations thanks to Duke Kahanamoku. He grew up surfing on Waikki Beach in the early 20th century and was instrumental in making the sport popular. The same beach is one of the most popular surfing destinations in the world. In fact, a bronze statue of the gold medal winner greets surfers at the very same beach.
Many of the beaches in Hawaii—and others throughout the world—welcome surfers who are serious about learning the sport. In Australia, along the beaches of Costa Rica and other shoreline destinations, surf camps have popped up for people who are really serious about the sport. Some surf camps offer lessons by the day, and others are full-service vacations complete with overnight accommodations and food included.
Surf camps have sprung up around the best waves and the best surfing beaches—in California, along the shores of Bali, both coasts of Costa Rica, and many other fantastic places. Because surfing is one of those activities that requires skill, it helps to learn from experts. Surf camps are the perfect way to work on the fundamentals and have fun along the way. While some surf camps offer lessons during the day, others offers all-inclusive vacations with everything you need to enjoy your time at the shore.
People have been surfing the waters off Bali for thousands of years, and the Indonesian island continues to draw surfers with its white-sand beaches and gentle waves. Several surf camps have popped up on the shores of Bali, close to resorts of Kuta Beach, where you can learn how to surf, paddle board and snorkel. The camps are busiest between June and September, when the swells are the biggest, but they’re running year-round.
While both coasts attract surfers, many of the surf camps are clustered around Witch’s Rock and the other beaches along the northern Pacific Coast. Expert surfers will take you out on the waves and teach you the best techniques for surfing. Afteward, you’ll have plenty of time of have fun back on the shores in nearby Tamarindo.
The surfing capital of South Africa is undoubtedly Cape Town, so it’s no surprise to find surf camps here. You’ll also find great surfing — and lessons — in Jeffreys Bay, where the warm waters of the Indian Ocean are favored by beginning surfers. While surf camps happen all year, they’re most popular in the high season between October and March.
Florida & California
Florida & California
You don’t need to travel far away to find surf camps. On both coasts of the United States, surf camps line the shores of California and Florida. The West Coast has become inextricably linked with surfing culture—and many of the experts are on hand to share their skills, helping good surfers get better and new surfers get started. Over in Florida, you’ll find surf camps on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.