Find surf spots in Florida. Learn about the best conditions for different spots, find information about the types of waves, and compare surf reports in the region.
Florida Surf Guide
With over 8,000 miles of coastline between the Atlantic coast and the Gulf coast, Florida certainly has options when it comes to surf.
Such a massive area means a lot of potential for a variety of waves as long as you know where to look and when to be there. But, just like most places on the East Coast, good surf can be inconsistent.
Along the coast you’ll find all different types of beach scenes – from big cities and party towns to sleepy beach towns and natural settings.
Break-wise you’ll find everything from slopey beach breaks, inlets, piers, jetties, and reefs – and depending on what’s working waves from hollow barrels to mushy rollers.
Seasons for Surf in Florida
- Fall: The Hurricane Season of late summer and fall is the best time for surfing on both of Florida’s coasts. When the storms are just right, they’ll bring consistent, high quality, warm-water waves for a nice window throughout the Sunshine state. But, they can also bring some major damage and destruction.
- Winter: The Northern Atlantic cost of Florida draws in the best surf in the winter. Long period, north swells can produce some great waves here. Crowds will be way down, but you’ll definitely need some protection from the much colder weather, wind, and water.
- Spring: Spring can bring some sporadic windswell throughout the state as well as some short-lived SE in the Gulf.
- Summer: Summer is mostly flat, crowded, and very hot. An odd swell here or there is possible, but will be short lived and probably not all that great.
Florida Gulf Coast Average Monthly Water Temperatures
The Gulf coast stays pretty warm throughout the year – whether or not you’ll find any waves is what you’ll need to worry about.
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Florida Atlantic Coast Average Monthly Water Temperatures
While Florida’s Atlantic coast waters are warm most of the year, winter can get pretty frigid.
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