The 7 Best Places to Surf in the World

Before you pull out your passport and start planning, it’s important to know about some of the best places to surf, so you can plan your next trip accordingly. If you are looking to catch some waves at the best beaches in the world, then there is no shortage of options out there. However, while there are countless places to surf around the globe, not all of these destinations are created equal. Here are our Best Places to Surf!

The Best Places to Surf

Cloudbreak

If you are looking for a world-class surfing, then there are few places that can compete with Cloudbreak. Located in stunning Fiji, this is not only a great spot for surfers, but for checking out some of the most beautiful beaches in the world as well. This is also one of the go-to places to spot some of the best pros in the world hone their skills. There are other great spots nearby in Fiji as well if you want to hit multiple spots on your adventures on this island.  If you are traveling with individuals who don’t surf, or aren’t up for these big of waves, then you can actually head out on a boat to get an up-close-and-personal view of the surf. It is one of the most unique ways to see some of the most advanced surfers in the world take on some incredible waves. 

Nosara by -
Nosara by -

Nosara 

If you are looking for a surfing destination that has friendly locals, warm water, and consistent surfing opportunities—take a look at Nosara. In addition to surf, there are also great beaches to enjoy in this area, including Playa Guiones and Playa Garza. There are also plenty of other activities including jungle hikes and SUP to enjoy while you are there. Plus, there are opportunities for all types of surfers from beginners to pros to catch some waves. While Nosara isn’t the easiest place to get to, it not only makes for a great surfing spot, but a great vacation as well and has plenty of friendly locals that will help you feel right at home.

Nosara, Costa Rica by Pura Vida
Nosara, Costa Rica by Pura Vida

Popoyo

No list of surfing destinations would be complete without Popoyo on this list. Located off the west coast of Nicaragua, Popoyo may be a trek to get to, but it is one that is more than worth it once you reach this surfing mecca. Popoyo is a must-visit destination because it provides consistent waves nearly all year round and it has waves for all types of surfers and skill levels.  Along this beach you will find other popular surfing spots including the Stoneys, Playa Colorado, Plays Santa and the Playgrounds. Not sure if you are up for the challenge? There is also Beginner Bay. This spot, located on the southern portion of the beach has low, rolling waves where you a perfect your skills.

Adobe Stock Photo
Adobe Stock Photo

J-Bay

More formally known as Jeffreys Bay, J-Bay is often hailed as one of the surfing capitals in the world. Located off the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa, this a must-see destination for any experienced surfer. There are multiple sections to explore in Jeffreys Bay, including several incredible point breaks, in fact there are ten different sections to choose from—each with their own types of waves. Visiting Jeffreys Bay isn’t only a great place to catch some surf, but it is also an amazing spot to visit as well. There are lots of dining and hotel options nearby. Just make sure you’re prepared for the water conditions! The water can be cold and filled with sharks, so be ready for the water.

Adobe Stock Photo
Adobe Stock Photo

Uluwatu

If you are an advanced surfer in need of a bit of a challenge, then Uluwatu should be on your list. You can visit this beach, on the tip of the Bukit Peninsula, most of the year and enjoy great surfing multiple seasons in a row. This beach can get pretty crowded, and it isn’t suitable for beginners, but for those who can hack it, it is one of the best places in the world to get out and surf. Uluwatu is actually home to five different peaks, each with its own unique types of waves. These peaks are: Temples, The Peak, The Bombie, Outside Corner and Racetracks. Our recommendation? Check out Racetracks if you are looking for longer waves and a few barrels while you surf. 

Uluwatu by Tommy Schultz
Uluwatu by Tommy Schultz

Siargao 

Siargao is often hailed as the “surfing capital of the Philippines,” and for good reason. This large island is not only beautiful to look at but boasts over thirty different popular surf breaks. This is an affordable place to visit and surf and you can enjoy plenty of waves with minimal crowds, which definitely adds to the experience. Siargao is also home to Cloud 9, which is not only one of the most popular places on the island, but often hailed as one of the best breaks in the world. Plus, if you are particular about your water conditions while surfing, you can enjoy warm weather all year round in Siargao. Just make sure you do your research before you book your plane tickets. While there are lots of areas to surf, the surging can be inconsistent, so make sure you try to go during peak season.

Photo by Matt Paul Catalano
Photo by Matt Paul Catalano

North Shore : One Best Places to Surf in the United States

Of course, North Shore has to make the list of best surf spots. Americans who aren’t quite ready to whip out their passport can head to beautiful Oahu for some world-renowned surfing in North Shore, also known as the Seven Mile Miracle. This is a popular place not only for amazing surf (and multiple bays) but for some of the most exciting surf competitions in the world. Of course, while you’re there, you will also be along some of the most popular and beautiful beaches in the world. Just make sure to plan your trip accordingly. The best time to catch waves on the North Shore is in the winter. No matter what type of surf you are looking for, there are seven amazing destinations on our list that are sure to provide you with an unforgettable surfing experience, no matter what your experience level may be.

The North Shore by Jeremy Bishop
The North Shore by Jeremy Bishop

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