Today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Best Beaches to surf around the world. For this list, we’ll be looking at surf spots all over the world that are great for beginners and first-timers.
10) Chesterman Beach, British Columbia
When you think of Canada, surfing may not be the first thing that comes to mind, But here surfing isn’t exclusive to hot climates. Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Tofino is a popular spot for surfers of all levels with multiple beaches. Despite the cooler waters, Chesterman Beach is a great surf destination for beginners’. Tofino offers sheltered beaches with smaller swells, Long Beach breaks, and easy waves throughout the summer. Not to mention the beautiful tree-lined scenery. Want someone to show you how it’s done? No problem. Simply sign up for a lesson at one of several surf schools in the area. So grab your wetsuit and board and catch those waves.
9) Taghazout, Morocco, Best Beaches to Surf around the World
Since the 1960s seasoned surfers have enjoyed riding waves on the beach by the village of Taghazout. In recent years, Taghazout has also risen in some popularity for newbies to the spot. There are some spots where the harder waves are reserved for more advanced surfers, but there are other areas where the swells are longer and perfect for beginners. With more surf schools than surf spots, there is plenty of choices when it comes to lessons with many offering packages including surfing and accommodation at reasonable prices. The best time of year to go is during early autumn when the waves are small and the weather is warm.
8) Biarritz, France
Nicknamed the California of France, Biarritz is chock-a-block with surfing enthusiasts. So much that even doctors there sometimes prescribe surfing for some of their patients needing lifestyle changes. Biarritz both soft sand and sandbanks that produce long easy waves ideal for those starting out. Beginners also have a chance to work on their turns as Biarritz offers both left and right breaks. Once you think you’ve got the hang of it and want a level up, head north on the beach for more challenging waves. Warm and Mellow waters are best found during the summer months. So get riding those waves. Doctor’s orders!!
7) Santa Cruz, California, Best Beaches to Surf around the World
California has become almost synonymous with surfing with amazing beaches along the long coastline, receiving big waves from the pacific. One particularly legendary surf spot Santacruz attracts surfers from all levels. But don’t let that intimidate you. Santa Cruz is actually a fantastic place for beginners. Besides, the Santa Cruz wharf is the best spot for beginners since the cove is protected from strong winds. It offers a nice long wave, a sandy bottom, and a sheltered Point Break which makes the waves consistent. Summer is the best time for beginner waves and when most sharks have migrated elsewhere, Despite the summer weather you’ll still want to wear a wetsuit because of the cooler Pacific waters.
6) Surfer’s Point, Barbados
For great weather and waves year-round look no further than the properly named Surfer’s Point. Known for a friendly vibe in the line-up, this popular surfing destination is a great place to learn how to serve. After all, the tropical white, sands water and palm trees make this Beach a delight. The sandy bottom creates easy waves and left-handers perfect for beginners. You might even hang ten with a friendly sea turtle here. Another great feature of this Beach is the warm water. So there’s no need to wear a wetsuit. Though it is suggested that beginners wear a rash guard when starting to learn to surf. Surfer’s Point has great waves for beginners from August to February.
5) Meia Praia, Portugal, Best Beaches to Surf around the World
You may have seen videos of experienced surfers riding enormous waves off the coast of Portugal, but rest assured not all surfing in Portugal is like that. In fact, near Lagos, you will find great waves for beginners with a beautiful backdrop of giant limestone cliffs. This area offers a protected break which makes the waves easy and consistent. One of the great things about this area is that there are surfing waves every day due to the rough Atlantic, so surfers don’t have to worry too much about checking the surf report. Surfers can enjoy constant waves year-round but it’s best to go in the spring or autumn to avoid summer crowds and high prices.
4) Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a very popular destination for surfers of all levels. In the beautiful province of Guanacaste, Tamarindo is one of the best surf spots for learners. New surfers don’t need to worry about dodging coral reefs as Tamarindo is a sandy break with very few rocks. Waves normally stay around waist-high, so beginners can easily stand. If I’m not a strong swimmer, that said it’s best to look at the surf report in advance as some conditions can make bigger waves which are more challenging. The best time to go for a beginner is during the popular dry season which runs from December through April. During this busy time, it’s easy to find a place to rent a board or take a lesson.
3) Byron Bay, Australia, Best Beaches to Surf around the World
Why not head to the land down under to catch some awesome waves. On the East coast of Australia and the hippy coastal town of Byron Bay, beginners surfers can ride the waves while enjoying the laid-back atmosphere which still persists despite this area’s popularity. Byron Bay is protected from strong southern winds which makes conditions ideal for beginners. Waves can vary in size so beginners can level up once they’re feeling confident in their skills. But for true beginners, the best time to visit is from March to May when the weather is warm and the swell is consistent.
2) Waikiki, Hawaii
On the southern coast of Oahu in Honolulu, you’ll find the beautiful Waikiki Beach where surfing is a way of life. With long rolling waves, beginner surfers will find that they can stay up longer in order to improve their form. With smaller breaks, it’s much easier to paddle out. So surfers can use that extra energy to catch more waves. A beginner-friendly atmosphere and the fantastic weather make this an introduction to the sport. It’s easy to catch waves year-round but you’ll find consistent Southern swells from June to August.
1) Kuta, Bali, Best Beaches to Surf around the World
Kuta beach stretches about 1 and a half miles along the southwestern shore of Bali. Along this long stretch of sand, you’ll find a variety of rental shops and surf schools ready to teach you how to surf at an affordable price. The sandy bottom makes great conditions for easy swells and long white breaks perfect for beginners. Changes in tide or weather can though change the waves slightly, So beginners can challenge themselves when they’re ready. The best waves can be found from May to September when the offshore winds come in. Kuta is a popular beach so if you’re looking to beat the crowds then visit during October when the weather and waves are still great but there’s less of a line-up.
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