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They've been widely photographed for their natural beauty and crystal-clear waters, but they also share one thing in common. Surfers can ride waves there, too.

Pristine white sands, vibrant transparent waters, stunning weather, breathtaking surroundings, and heavenly ocean views.

Meet the 100 most amazing beaches in the world, where swells reach to deliver surfable waves.

These are not the best surf spots in the world. We've traveled the planet to discover the best of two worlds - surf and allure, waves and sights.

Paradise is just around the corner.

If you're planning the ultimate family holiday experience, browse our list and prepare to travel. They'll be surprised, and you'll get your share of waves.

From the cold waters of Norway and Tasmania to the warm waters of Brazil and Tahiti, there's an idyllic world of beaches to explore.

Feel the soul-warming sun, contemplate the clear blue skies, and taste the exotic smells of the Earth's most beautiful surfing beaches.

Enjoy life.

Tavarua, Fiji

Tavarua, Fiji: small beach, great waves


Crescent Head, Tasmania, Australia

Crescent Head, Australia: the power of the elements


Playa Grande, Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic

Playa Grande, Dominican Republic: rest and surf


Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco, Brazil

Fernando Noronha, Brazil: designed by God


Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, USA

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii: the family surfing destination


Malibu, California, USA

Malibu, USA: the birth of modern surfing | Photo: Leroy Grannis


White Beach, Okinawa, Japan

White Beach, Japan: white sands, transparent waves


Bloubergstrand, South Africa

Bloubergstrand, South Africa: waves and sights over Table Mountain


Anse Lazio, Seychelles

Anse Lazio, Seychelles: a tropical paradise


Biarritz, France

Biarritz, France: tasty croissants and consistent surf


Pantin, Ferrol, Spain

Pantin, Spain: a desert surf spot surrounded by tapas


St. Peter-Ording, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

St. Peter-Ording, Germany: a natural painting


El Golfo, Lanzarote, Spain

El Golfo, Spain: volcanic waves and lagoons



The 100 most beautiful surfing beaches in the world:


Arrifana, Aljezur, Portugal
Biarritz, France
Bundoran Beach, Ireland
Carrapateira, Portugal
Civitavecchia, Lazio, Italy
Désert des Agriates, Corsica, France
El Golfo, Lanzarote, Spain
Guincho, Portugal
L'Ancress Bay, Guernsey, Channel Islands
Les Cavaliers, Anglet, France
Levanto, Italy
Morro Jable, Fuerteventura, Spain
Mundaka, Spain
Oostduinkerke, Koksijde, Belgium
Pantin, Ferrol, Spain
Plage d'Hossegor, Soorts-Hossegor, France
Playa de la Barceloneta, Barcelona, Spain
Playa del Inglés, Las Palmas, Spain
Porto Santo, Madeira, Portugal
Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal
Ribeira d'Ilhas, Ericeira, Portugal
Rømø, Tønder, Denmark
Santa Bárbara, Azores, Portugal
Seilebost Beach, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Spiekeroog, East Frisian Islands, Germany
St. Peter-Ording, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Tarifa, Cadiz, Spain
Utakleiv, Lofoten, Norway
Watergate Bay, Cornwall, England
Zandvoort, Netherlands
Zavial, Portugal


Bells Beach, Torquay, Australia
Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Crescent Head, Tasmania, Australia
Esperance, Goldfields-Esperance, Australia
Kirra Beach, Coolangatta, Australia
Margaret River, Australia
Ninety Mile Beach, Northland, New Zealand
Ocean Beach, Denmark, Australia
Piha Beach, New Zealand
Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia
Tavarua, Fiji
Teahupoo, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Tuncurry Beach, New South Wales, Australia


Bathsheba, Barbados
Boston Beach, Jamaica
Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera, Bahamas
Maracas Bay, Trinidad & Tobago
Mayreau, St. Vincent & The Grenadines
Playa Grande, Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic
Rincon, Puerto Rico
Southampton, Bermudas


Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka
Big Vagator Beach, Goa, India
Bir Ali, Yemen
Cloud Nine, Siargao Island, Philippines
Hua Hin, Thailand
Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia
Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
Thanburudhoo, Maldives
Wanning, Hainan, China
White Beach, Okinawa, Japan


Camburi, São Paulo, Brazil
Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, USA
Conney Island Beach, New York, USA
Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco, Brazil
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Huntington Beach, California, USA
Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Itacoatiara, Brazil
Jericoacoara, Brazil
Malibu, California, USA
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA
Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Montanita Beach, Ecuador
Pebble Beach, California, USA
Pichilemu, Chile
Playa Espadilla, Costa Rica
Playa Puipuy, Venezuela
Playa Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Puerto Chicama, Chile
Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Santa Cruz, California, USA
Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada
Trestles, California, USA
Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, USA
Yakutat, Alaska, USA
Yokohama Bay, Hawaii, USA


Aglou, Morocco
Anse Lazio, Seychelles
Bloubergstrand, South Africa
Hammamet, Tunisia
Langebaan, South Africa
Muizenberg, South Africa
Petite-Île, Reunion Island
Santa Maria, Sal, Cabo Verde
São Pedro, São Vicente, Cabo Verde
Skeleton Bay, Namibia

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