If you’re planning a holiday, love having a surfboard under your feet and the salty spray in your hair, you’re in luck! We’ve picked out the best places to catch the waves around the world.
Of course, different destinations are great for surfing at different times of year, with the sea’s swell varying in aggression. That said, there are options for both beginners and experts, regardless of which season you plan to travel in.
If you’re looking to catch some serious waves in the springtime, head to Bali or the Maldives. These destinations are treated to some serious surf come spring, so they’re best-suited to surfers who know their way around a board. If you’re just starting out and want to cut your teeth on some milder rollers, then consider Portugal or the west coast of Spain. These are great places for those who aren’t quite up to standing just yet, and need to build their confidence on a board before hitting more extreme waves.
Come summer, surfers shouldn’t struggle to catch an impressive wave. Favourites range from the vibrant coast of Brazil and Mexico, to closer locations, like the west coast of France and even areas along Turkey’s southern coast. When it comes to ‘surfin’ USA’, holidaymakers can find waves in the more well-known surfing destinations of North Carolina and California.
If you’re looking for smaller waves to ease you in, then Morocco is a great option for the autumn surfer. Taghazout, just north of Agidir, has been a popular surfing spot since the 1970s. Thanks to its long, right-hand point breaks, this area can throw up an easy wave for learners at this time of year, and provides more of a challenge from November to February. If your holiday isn’t planned for autumn, then you can make the most of the waves from your own doorstep: autumn is the best time for UK surfing, with Cornwall, Dorset, and even Newcastle getting their fair share of good waves.
Bigger swells roll in to Morocco during winter, making it a great place for seasoned wave-riders. But another great place for year-round surf is Thailand, with places like Phuket enjoying superb swells right through the year. Indonesia’s monsoon season, from November to March, makes the beaches of Lagoi, in Bintan, a surfer’s paradise, too.
As you can see, if you’re planning a surfing holiday, there’s an option for everyone, regardless of what time of year you plan to travel. So what are you waiting for? Get booking and grab your board. Surf’s up!