7 best surf towns around the world
We have listed our favorite surf towns around the world that all have a big place in our hearts. We highly recommend you make your way to these little towns if you are searching for a place to enjoy magical sunsets, consistent waves and stunning scenery.
Back in 1966 the boys from the classic movie- "Endless Summer" gave us our first sneak peak of this little town on the west coast of the North Island of NZ and its endless swell lines with dreamy barrelling waves. Raglan is actually the home to the longest left hander in the Southern Hemisphere and its not hard to believe when you see the image above. Just wow... After an epic surf session you should head to Raglan Roast and get your self a cup of freshly brewed coffee. This is the meeting point of the town where you will make friends with the locals who will most likely invite you to come along for the best Sunday session of your life, at the Yot Club. What more can we say, Raglan has it all, so put it on your bucket list!
Margaret River - Western Australia
Did you know about this hidden little gem in the Southwest of Australia? Margaret River is a fairly unknown surf town compared to the more famous places on the East coast such as Byron bay and Surfers Paradise. This combined with the fact that you have a 50km stretch, along Caves road, completely packed with some of the most consistent and spectacular breaks in the world, means that you can get waves completely by your self or sharing with just a few frothing locals. Its a win win situation :) If you feel like you need a break from your surf mission, simply stop by one of the hundreds of wineries and breweries along the famous Caves road. That's right, Margaret River is one of the best wine regions in Australia which def. calls for a well deserved stop in-between your surfs.
This pacific beach town is surrounded by jungles and endless beaches with countless of waves along them. Just take your pick! San Juan Del Sur is a colourful village full of international travelers and surfers all looking for a good time. One of our favourite spots which also has the most consistent waves is located just north of the village and is called Playa Maderas. With waves both for the beginner and the pro, Playa Maderas is one of those idyllic spots where you never want to leave. If you like the simple life and connecting with the locals, we recommend you check out Hostel Los Tres Hermanos. Located straight on the beach, you can literally be the first one in the water every morning!
Uluwatu, Padang Padang, Bingin, Balangan, Nusa Dua are just some of the word famous surf spots located on the Bukit, the most southern tip of Bali. This is the spot where surfers from around the world gather to get those dreamy turquoise barrels, enjoy great Indonesian cuisine and do some scooter exploring - like a true bali pro. Uluwatu is probably one of the most famous spots due to its consistent waves and photo friendly cave systems under the cliffs. After a session here, you simply walk up the stairs, take a front row seat at Single Fin and enjoy a drink infront of a magical sunset with the surfers in full action. In Bukit, the best way to get around to see all these surf spots, beautiful beaches and hidden gems, is by renting a scooter and go exploring. To say the least, Bukit has something for everyone, so get out of Kuta and head down to Bukit straight away!
Located in the south of Sri Lanka (about 3 hours drive from Colombo, the main airport) is this little longboarding heaven. What can we say, the people are lovely and the local food that consists of daal, rotis and coconut pancakes is a must to experience. Here you get to surf with palm trees and crystal clear water in your backdrop together with friendly locals. Weligama has got waves all year round and you can longboard your days away in this magical little spot, however if you would find yourself looking for a bit more challenging waves there is about 20 other surf breaks near by, so just take your pick! Oh and don't forget to enjoy the magical sunsets with a cold post surf coconut in hand, remember where you heard it first.
San Sebastián - Spain
San Sebastian is truly one of Europes best destinations for the one who love to get the best of the european cousine, magical waves, quirky architecture and jawdropping landscape. You might think; "how is that even possible?" Well, there ain't many places like San Sebastian, and you might just fall deeply in love, just sayin'! Being most famous for its "Lunch-tapas" in the charming streets of Parte Vieja (old town). Walk into any restaurant, pick a few tapas on the bar (as cheap as 1-5euro each), enjoy and repeat this process as many times as you like until you have reached ultimate food heaven. Once you are fed and have overcome your food-coma (it will happen), you can then just pop straight down to the beach and jump in for some afternoon waves. Finish the day with a Sangria in the sunset. Sounds pretty good hey?
Located on the Northen Ohau - Hawaii, Hale'iwa is a laid back little town with deep roots to the Hawaiian surfing history. Surrounded by some of the worlds most famous surf breaks such as Pipeline, Sunset beach and Waimea Bay - Hale'iwa has become the social hub of the North Shore, where surfers and tourists come to hangout, get a good fed, browse boutiques and art galleries. Our absolut favourite spot just 5 min drive from Hale'iwa is called Laniakea Beach, nicknamed "Turtle Bay" where you can snorkel and play together with heaps of, yes you guessed right, TURTLES! This also just happens to be a really nice surf spot as well with amazing sunsets. Laniakea simply has it all! We also recommend you to visit the historic big wave surfing spot - Waimea Bay where Greg Noll in 69' become famous for being the first to ever ride what is said to be a 60foot (18meter) wave. Now that's pretty impressive! Read more on what activities Hawaii has to offer here.