The World's Best Surf Destinations
Finding a great surf destination isn't difficult these days, and once someone has surfed an excellent spot, it isn't long before others know about it. Travelling to these destinations may not be the easiest thing to do, but if you have the desire and some serious cash, you can ride the waves.
The best surfers in the sport have scoured the Earth looking for the best sites, and here are some of the bucket list surfing heavens out there.
Huntington Beach, California
When it comes to great waves, Huntington Beach is a no-brainer. Huntington Beach has four different facing beaches: northwest, southwest and south. Short board riders love the south beaches as they will find tremendous waves waiting for them. All four provide some of the best breaks in all of the United States. Of all the beaches to surf, Huntington Beach is the most iconic on mainland America.
Bondi Beach, Australia
Located in Sydney, Bondi has been a top destination for surfers for decades. After you hang 10 on Bondi's killer waves, the beach has a number of great restaurants and bars to refuel at. You can also find plenty of great surf and skate shops around the beach.
Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii
If you are looking to ride large waves in the Pacific Ocean, look no further than Hawaii's Hanalei Bay. Surfers have experienced 20 foot waves and the locals have nicknamed the bay's largest waves "pine trees". Surfers will find about two miles of sandy shoreline in the crescent-shaped bay. Newer surfers can also venture to Hanalei as they will find gentle, smaller waves near the pier.
Praia do Tonel, Algarve, Portugal
Many consider Portugal to have the best waves in Europe, and anyone heading to the western coast of the continent will find plenty of sun during their trip. Praia do Tonel is a great spot due to the small crowds that go to it. The beach break waves are perfect for beginners, but there is plenty of difficulty for more experienced surfers, too. Mix in a holiday to Portugal's Algarve region, especially the holiday party spot of Albufeira, and you will have a tremendous time.
Tavarua Island, Fiji
Tavarua Island is home to the famous Cloudbreak. The break is regularly voted one of the 10 most challenging breaks to surf in the world. Unfortunately, the wave can only be surfed by those staying at the Tavarua Surf Resort. If you can afford the plane ticket and the hotel bill, it is a wave you have got to ride.
Rarely busy, Taghazout offers excellent waves to surfers that think they have been everywhere and seen everything. September through April sees the fishing village receive waves only advanced surfers should ride, meaning Taghazout is a great place few would expect to find great surfing. There are vacation villas at Taghazout for travelers to shack up in and the resorts provide yoga and surf instructors for beginners.