If you’re ready for warm weather, it’s time to show off your moves and escape to one of the world’s best surfing spots. Many of them not only offer killer waves, but also have plenty of entertainment to keep you busy when you’re not in the water.

It’s time to pack your suitcase, throw in your boardshorts and shades – and get moving. Here are our top picks for surfing destinations, whether your budget is large or small:

#1: Mavericks, CA – If you’re really looking for a challenge, escape to Mavericks, CA where you’ll find waves that rise to as high as 25 meters. Those who surf here should plan to bring a jet ski and a tow-in expert with them because mastering this wave would make you part of an elite circle.

How do I get there? Fly into Half Moon Bay Airport (HAF) and take a Jet Ski or boat to the wave. But, talk to the experts before attempting because the last thing you want to do is approach it at the wrong angle.

#2: Surfrider Beach – Malibu, CA – For something a little more laid back, check out Surfrider Beach that’s long been known as a premier surfing beach. Perfect swells are created by Malibu Point, so grab your long board and head out for the day.

How do I get there? Fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or Long Beach Airport (LGB) and hop on the Pacific Coast Highway.

#3: Watergate Bay – Cornwall, England – How’s this for somewhere you didn’t expect? Try out Watergate Bay for surfing with a little English charm. The beach is much less crowded and features waves between 1 and 10 feet high. And, when you’re finished with your time in the sun, check out the local bistro on the beach that serves fresh seafood and steak.

How do I get there? Fly into Newquay Airport (NQY) and take a taxi to the beach.

#4: Tamarindo Beach – Tamarindo, Costa Rica – Situated amongst some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful scenery, this beach stretches one third of a mile and is perfect for beginners and experts alike. Waves reach heights of up to 10 feet and as you’re waiting for the next one, you’re sure to hear parakeets and monkeys in the background.

How do I get there? Fly into Tamarindo Airport (TNO) and take a taxi to the beach.

#5: Hanalei Bay, HI – This horseshoe shaped bay offers ideal conditions for those who love to surf. The bay is the largest on Kauai and is known for its overhead tubes, consistently great waves, and stunning waterfalls in the background.

How do I get there? Fly into Princeville Airport (HPV) and take a taxi. The drive is short – just three miles away.

#6: Surfer’s Point – Barbados – Located on the southeast coast of Barbados, Surfer’s Point is known amongst the locals as one of the best spots to catch a wave. It’s great for beginners and intermediates – and is also popular for those who want to windsurf, kite surf, and boogie board.

How do I get there? Fly into Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) and take a taxi to the beach.

Next time you’re planning a vacation filled with surf and sun, consider the beaches above. They’ll make for an exciting, adventurous vacation.

About the Author:
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