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Surfing was once described as “the most blissful experience you can have on this planet, a taste of heaven.” by John McCarthy.
It is one of the oldest sports still being enjoyed today. Ancient drawings trace surfing back to Peru at least 3,000 years ago.
Peru is still one of the best surf vacations for surfers of all skill levels.
People from one side of the globe to another gather in these top five spots to catch some of the best swells for surfing, check out this guide to learn more!
The Canary Islands, Spain
The Canary Islands in Spain is one of the top surfing destinations in the whole world. The swell can be enjoyed year-round, with beautiful warm weather and constant waves.
The Canary Islands consists of seven breath-taking islands. But surfers swear by Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, and Lanzarote for the best surfing conditions.
Surfers of all skill levels are welcome here, but conditions are known to change ferociously from one day to another.
If you are considering a surfing trip, it’s best to book with professionals like the ones at Midweek Breaks.
Indonesia is known for its beautiful beaches, amazing culture, and spectacular temples. This archipelago is surrounded by tectonic plates and home to more than 100 active volcanoes, resulting in some of the best surf spots in the world.
If you are looking for fewer tourists and great swell, Lombok should be on the top of your list.
Lombok is home to the Desert Point, one of the longest lefthand barrels in the whole world! But proceed with caution because this one is meant for the avid surfer.
It wouldn’t be a surfer destination guide without at least mentioning Hawaii. Hawaii is spread out over 1,500 miles and consists of 137 islands.
The world-famous north shore of Oahu is home to some of the best surf waves in the world, including the Pe’ahi (jaws) in Maui, one of the biggest surf breaks known.
Surfing started as the “Sport of Kings” in Waikiki as ancient royalty would showcase their abilities on some of the most popular beaches.
Costa Rica is known for its beautiful beaches but is also home to surfers of all skill levels.
Costa Rica is also home to one of the biggest waves of the Caribbean, known as Salsa Brava. It is known for its “cheese grater” reefs that will tear up inexperienced surfers.
For the inexperienced, Costa Rica offers a host of other surf destinations that is perfect for people who are just starting to get their swell on including Playa Negra.
Portugal is home to the MEO rip curl professional surfing competition. The surfing competition takes place in Peniche, the surfing capital of Portugal.
Peniche is home of the Supertubos, a world-famous beach break that produces huge, powerful barrel waves.
Ericeira is a fishing community that produces constant waves for surfers. And Praia do Amado is another great surfing spot that has strong currents and great surf swell.
Best Surf Vacations
Surfing has grown tremendously in popularity over the years, due to technological advances that allow us to predict wave patterns and develop superior surfboard designs.
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