If you’re searching for the world’s best places to surf, look no further. From the west coast of the United States to the Spanish island of Fuerteventura, we’ve listed some of the top surfing destinations across the globe. Some may be familiar, while others are lesser-known to all but the most hardcore surfers. Whether you opt for an ocean-side hotel in Queensland, Australia or a Santa Monica beach house rental, you’ll love hitting the waves at any of these dream surf locations.
Surfing Down Under
The Land Down Under boasts a surfer’s paradise in its famous Gold Coast. Located in Queensland, the Gold Coast is lined with 70km of beaches. Known for its gorgeous subtropical, sun-drenched weather and amazing waves, this region attracts surfers from around the world and is counted among the top international surf spots.
Although its perfect weather and scenic location make it a major tourist destination, the Gold Coast is equally well-situated for catching a wave. Main Beach, The Spit, Mermaid Beach, Narrowneck and Palm Beach are the epic point breaks on which the Gold Coast built its reputation among surfers. Snapper Rocks beach is considered by some to be one of the best surfing beaches in the world. Lounge on one of the area’s many stunning beaches or do some local shopping when you’re done surfing for the day.
Santa Monica and California in general are known for offering the best surfing in the United States. Few surfing spots in the U.S. can boast of both a gorgeous climate year-round and waves to suit surfers at every skill level. Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or a relative newbie, California is a surfer’s paradise.
Veterans of the sport should head to the area of the Maverick mountains during the winter months for a real challenge. For tamer waves, you’ll find some great surfing between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay. Before heading back to your charming Santa Monica beach house rental, be sure to squeeze in some entertainment, sightseeing and shopping along the Santa Monica Pier.
Spanish Surfing Sites
Spain boasts a relatively hidden gem in Fuerteventura. The second-largest of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura is home to some truly amazing waves and fabulous weather year-round due to its location in the Atlantic Ocean off the African coast.
Although the Spanish island merits a visit any time of the year, the high season for surfers here is between October and March. The top Fuerteventura surfing spots include Shooting Gallery, Harbour Wall, The Bubble and Rocky Point.