7 great surf holidays for couples and families

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Surf holidays: explore the world's best surf spots for couples and families | Photo: Shutterstock

There are so many different parts of the world that are known for their outstanding surfing spots.

Surfing is an excellent activity for anybody and can bring together a family or a couple. Finding the perfect spot for surfers at different levels can be challenging.

You want a spot that has great waves but offers a variety of water activities that are enjoyable to all members of the family.

Here are seven awesome surf holiday locations for couples and families that are bound to be a holiday you'll never forget.

Venice Beach

Venice Beach is one of the most popular cities in surfing culture. It's known for its radiating bohemian lifestyle while keeping the small-town vibe.

For surfers who don't want to bring their surfboards on holiday with them, Venice offers rental locations with excellent ratings.

You can expect to be surrounded by surfers of all levels, so don't feel intimidated if you haven't mastered your skills.

Venice Beach: in the heart of California surfing | Photo: Shutterstock

After a long day of surfing, you can explore the boardwalk and check out some of the talented street performers.

The three-mile-long beach offers a variety of dining options and activities such as the skate park and the famous Muscle Beach outdoor gym.

There you can expect to see talented athletes showing off their ultimate sports skills and indulge in people-watching.

Hawaii

Maui is the ultimate destination for surfers with no experience all the way to pros.

Maui is the only location in Hawaii that has the most beginner-friendly surf spots, which makes it a fantastic place for families.

Every beach offers something unique and an experience like no other.

Honolua Bay: a famous left-hand wave located in Maui | Photo: Shutterstock

Some of the best beaches for beginners are The Cove, Puamana Beach Park, and Kaanapali Beach.

If you are looking for surfing spots that are for experienced surfers, check out Honolua Bay, Honokohau Bay, and Kahalui.

These locations offer various activities like shopping and dining, so you are sure to have a fun-filled day.

Maldives

The Maldives is a true surf holiday destination with luxurious resorts and the Indian Ocean's white sandy beaches.

You can choose from the resorts built over the water or the ones nestled in a bungalow with private beach access.

Some of the well-known locations are Niyama Private Islands, Six Senses Laamu, and the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa.

Kuda Huraa: a Maldivian surfing paradise | Photo: Shutterstock

To catch the best swells in the Maldives, visit anytime from April to October, with peak season being June to September.

All the locations are accessible by either paddling or speedboat. This makes for surf spots that aren't overly crowded by other visitors.

For families that don't have experienced surfers, there are other fun activities such as snorkeling, paddle boarding and laying by the pool.

Thailand

Not only is Thailand known for its amazing food, but their surfing spots are a big attraction too.

Many resorts in Thailand offer surf camps and lessons for the members of the family who aren't experienced.

Thailand was one of the newer countries to be exposed to the surfing community so you can expect far less crowded beaches.

Kata Beach: enjoy a spiritual surfing session in Thailand's Phuket | Photo: Shutterstock

Check out Kata Beach in Phuket to see the annual Phuket surfing contest that is often organized by Quiksilver.

Enjoy the international extreme surfing event in September to see the pros do what they do best.

In Surin Beach, you can expect spots that are perfect for surfing and members of the family who enjoy boogie and bodyboarding.

Mexico


Mexico is known for its enriched culture and delicious food, but they also carry a reputation for abundant surfing spots.

Each location is unique and provides a different experience for surfers of all levels. Ensenada in Baja California attracts surfers from all over the world.

Baja California: Mexico attracts surfers from all over the world | Photo: Shutterstock

For those with some experience under their belt, check out the famed San Miguel beach for consistent breaks and reliable swells.

For beginners, Playa Hermosa is the place to be. It's the perfect location if you're learning how to surf or trying to practice your skills.

If you decided to travel to some of the resorts in Mexico, you'll be able to enjoy authentic Mexican food and an unforgettable cultural experience.

Australia

The entire country of Australia lives and breathes the surf culture, which makes it the perfect surfing destination.

There are more surf spots than one could count, but some of the highly-recognized ones are Bondi Beach, Cabarita Beach, Byron Bay, Lennox Head and Rottnest Island.

These locations are accessible by public transportation or walking.

Bondi Beach: one of the most popular surf spots in Australia | Photo: Shutterstock

If you have access to a car during your stay, check out Roof Rack World for quality roof racks, to safely and comfortably transport your gear.

What's great about these Australia locations is that they offer many activities and dining experiences to make the holiday whole.

Cabarita Beach is great for beginners, which gives the more experienced surfers the perfect spot to teach their loved ones how to surf.

Bali

Bali is every surfer's definition of paradise with their warm weather, inexpensive accommodations, cheap food and drinks, and unforgettable beaches.

You can expect to find beaches for surfers of all levels, and surf lessons are a great way to get your loved ones out there in the waves with you.

What's cool about Bali is the affordability and year-round surf spots. Most holiday destinations are expensive and experience a short peak season.

For families and couples that like other water-related activities, you can go snorkeling, jet skiing, and boogie boarding.

However, once you get the chance to appreciate the Bali surfing experience, you won't want to stop.

Suluban Beach: a Balinese surfing gem | Photo: Shutterstock

Some of the more popular surfing spots are Uluwatu, Padang Padang, and Medewi.

Medewi requires a longer drive, but it pays off when you can enjoy a secluded surfing experience.

Surf holidays are enjoyable for couples, families, and everybody in-between.

You get the chance to learn about a new culture and meet people who share the same passion for the ocean as you.

When you begin planning your next surfing holiday, consider lessons and camps for your loved ones that aren't experienced.

Who knows, they might even become more of a pro than you.


Words by Harold Camaya | Blogger

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