Where to go for your next surf trip?

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to planning a surf trip. Where will you go? How will you get there? What time of year is best? What kind of waves are there? How long should you stay? How much will it cost? Traveling solo or with friends/family?

Best Surf Vacations By Region

Below you’ll find popular region and destinations for your next surf trip. Click the place you’re interested in traveling to for more information on where to stay, best times to go, what the waves are like, best surf camps in the area, and more!



  • Byron Bay
  • Gold Coast
  • Sydney



Central America

East Asia


Indian Ocean

Pacific Islands

South America

Surf Vacations for Beginners

A “learn to surf” vacation can be a great way to expand your experience and build your skills as a new surfer.

For one, there are plenty of waves all around the world that are well suited for beginners. Depending on where you go, this could mean higher quality beginner waves without the crowds of your local spots.

Another option for a beginner surf trip is to enroll in a surf camp.

With the help of some surf lessons and some expert guidance from a coach, you’ll be able to correct some common beginner mistakes and advance your skills.

The benefit of taking a surf vacation and going to a surf camp as a beginner typically include:

  • Better wave conditions.
  • Warmer weather and water.
  • Full service itinerary and accommodations.

All of this means you’ll be able to practice your surfing in a comfortable, relaxing environment and get access to other things that are sure to make your trip memorable.

You can always read up before your trip with some of our learning to surf guides and tips.

Family Surf Trips

If you want to plan a hybrid surf trip/family vacation, you’ve got some good options too.

Assuming your whole family is made up of adept surfers, your choices are wide open! However, that’s usually not the case.

Here are some things to consider when planning a family surf trip:

  • If you’ve got some young kids or family members who want to learn to surf, pick a destination with some easy beginner waves.
  • If you’re traveling with young kids, also consider choosing a destination that’s relatively easy to get too – i.e. not too many plane changes, not too long of flights, etc.
  • When you’re traveling with your family who doesn’t surf at all, make sure you pick somewhere that’s nearby other amenities as well – this could include a popular city, landmarks, museums, tours, parks, hikes, zip lines, horseback riding, etc.

If you’re trying to get as much surfing in as possible on your family surf trip, you’ll want to make sure everyone’s happy.

This includes not only making sure everyone has some things that they’ll enjoy, but also that watching the kids is not falling to one partner all the time. Good luck – try to use some of your balance from surfing in this scenario.

Travel Insurance for your Surf Vacation

It’s always a smart choice to get insurance before any surf trip.

Depending on the package and coverage you choose, you can be covered for things like:

  • Major and minor injuries.
  • Transportation to the hospital.
  • Emergency services.

Check the full description and disclosures of your travel insurance policy to make sure you get the right coverage for you and your trip.

Tips for Having the Best Surf Trip

Making sure your have the best surf trip no matter where you go or what the conditions are like when you get there comes down to some simple planning and preparation.

Use these tips to make the most of your surf trip:

  • If you’re flying with your own surfboards, make sure you pack them securely in a good surfboard travel bag.
  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from when you’re traveling, and that you’ve satisfied any visa requirements that your destination may have for travelers from your country of origin well before you leave for your trip.
  • Where a decent surfing sunscreen no mater where you go and use extra sun protection like surf hats, wetsuit tops, or rash guards if you’re visiting a warm water destination that won’t require a wetsuit.
  • If you’re uncertain about a wave or conditions you encounter, don’t risk a serious injury by surfing well beyond your abilities. Ask a local or find a wave more suited to your skills.
  • Be respectful of the local community, other surfers you meet, and the local environment.
  • Be mindful of the environmental and cultural impacts your travel may have on the places you visits. Consider how you can make your surf travel more sustainable.

More Surf Travel Resources & Guides

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